Middle School News October 29, 2020

October 30, 2020

Greetings to Middle School Families! Wow, so many ways to get involved and support the community in this week’s post!

FYI, this document is posted weekly on the GDRMS website, under News: https://gdrsd.org/gdrms/news/

Newsletter submitted by, Kathi McCollumn, GDRMS Principal: kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.


Catie’s Closet


Starting on the 2nd of November, the GD Volunteers Club will be working with Catie’s Closet to host a three-week clothing drive through Florence Roche, Swallow Union, GDRMS, and GDRHS. This nonprofit organization collects and distributes clothing to special “closets” in schools with large numbers of homeless students. These closets provide the attire needed to feel comfortable and confident in school. There will be collection bins located outside of the offices of each school in order to create a safe and contactless transfer. Any new or gently used clothing or shoes would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the co-leaders Natalie Gavin, Ana Marchio, and Ava Metzger at ngavin22@gdrsd.us, amarchio22@gdrsd.us, and ametzger22@gdrsd.us.


Best Buddies

Submitted by Alisa Plotkin: Sign-ups are still open and will be all year, anyone can sign up on bestbuddiesonline.org. Students can also join Google Classroom the code is 4f22pec. This Friday we have our first meeting, we’d love it if students could dress up for our Halloween themed event.

Best Buddies Halloween

Best Buddies Membership Application


GD Gear

Submitted by: Matt Ricard, Athletic Director: If anyone is looking to purchase Groton Dunstable gear, check out the link below. This online store was created by three of our student leaders at the high school. Their goal is to increase school/district pride and spirit during these strange times. I would like to thank Regan Flynn, Andrew Wenzell and Cameron Hardy for all the extra time and Zooms with Mr. Ricard to get this project going. 



Free Pizza Thursdays!

Great news! Our cafeteria will be handing out free pizzas (after you sign up for one) in the  parent pick up dismissal line on Thursdays….check this out!! Free Pizza Thursdays!


Destination Imagination

Submitted by Debbie Kennedy: Destination Imagination is running this year! A lot of thought has gone into making this year’s challenges accessible for teams who are fully remote, hybrid, or any range in between! 

Destination Imagination is an organization that provides challenges for students in teams to creatively solve – the more creativity the better the score! Teams meet weekly to work on a solution to their challenge. If you think your child would be interested, please watch the videos below and fill out the survey. 

Here is a bit of information about the program: 


We are a volunteer lead organization. We need parents to become Team Managers in order to make teams-



And lastly, here is the link for the survey:


Feel free to email me with any questions.

Thanks so much,

Deborah Kennedy

DI Coordinator



Cafeteria News

As schools are adopting different learning models, we are committed to helping students access the meals they need to thrive during this pandemic. GDRSD will continue to provide free meals for all students, (including remote learners, hybrid learners, enrolled in another district, or home schooled), during the rest of the school year. No registration or identification is required to receive meals. Meals can be picked up at: South Middle School, at the delivery entrance, (around the right of the building just beyond the dumpsters), Monday through Thursday from 12:30 pm through 1:30 pm.

  • Call 978-448-6155 x3130 to leave your order, OR
  • Email pstlaurent@gdrsd.org. OR
  • Order online at https://www.fdmealplanner.com. [Your location is Groton, then choose Groton Dunstable Middle School south. Choose lunch, view menu, build & order a meal. The time is the third choice 12:30-13:30, pick up point is PARENT PICK UP MSS, then fill in the rest] 


Please know that we are following every safety protocol and best practices for social distancing at meal sites. All meals are served in a grab and go format, to limit social interactions. All employees follow hand washing, sanitizing, and mask-wearing protocols. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to us at 978-448-6155 x3106 or email pstlaurent@gdrsd.org. Submitted by: Patricia St. Laurent, GDRSD Food Service General Manager


Health Office News

As you have probably heard, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has mandated that all children in grades K-12 must have a flu shot. Next week, if we do not have evidence of this flu shot, parents/guardians will receive an email explaining that they will be excluded from school as of December 31, 2020 if they do not produce evidence of a flu shot. Also, here is the latest Department of Public Health advisory: www.mass.gov/Thanksgiving2020


Integrated Arts News

Starting October 30th, we are excited to offer students in Remote Learning model a face-to-face [synchronous] lesson with one of their IA teachers each Friday at 11:10-11:40. Your child’s IA teachers will let them know how to find the link. 


Remote Learning Materials Pick-up

Parents/guardians may pick up materials for their child learning in the remote model on Tuesdays 2pm-4pm & Fridays 8am-3pm. 


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences will not be held on November 12 and 19 as previously noted. More information to follow next week. 


SEL News

Social Emotional Learning

Responsible Decision Making’ November

Every student will receive a weekly lesson in this topic: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.  The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

★Identifying Problems         

★Analyzing Situations          

★ Solving Problems         



★Ethical Responsibility           



Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home:  How do we help kids make better choices?


Reference Links:


Sign up for GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring


Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote Students [To be completed by parent for any early dismissal]


How to order lunch


GDRMS Website


Library Books

North and South Libraries Website  or  https://bit.ly/GDMSlibrary  We’ve added some Halloween book suggestions in a video and more in a slideshow!  These BOO-OOOks blew us away!


Remote Learning Tab on Website



Tech Tips


Remote Learning and Zoom Tips


Email Etiquette


Upcoming Dates


Oct 28 – School Brains grades updated

Nov 3 – Voting in gym, no students or staff will be in the building, follow a typical Tuesday schedule. 

Nov 11 – No school – Veteran’s Day

Nov 18 – Last day of Quarter 1 – all assignments due

Nov 20 – Square One Art upload due square1art.com/shop/upload

Nov 25 – ‘Report Cards’ Live in School Brains 3pm

Nov 25 Half Day, All students/staff remote 

Nov 26-27 No school, Thanksgiving break

Dec 1 – Square One Art Parent ordering due 

Dec 1 – Picture Re-take day for all students, more info to follow

Dec 10 – Grade 8 Quarter 1 Awards Zoom, 11:50, teachers will give students in remote the link!





  • Be ready to learn
  • Don’t give up
  • Work hard