Middle School News – December 10, 2020

December 10, 2020


Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff! I was loving the spring weather, until this week!!           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.


Flu Vaccine

All students must receive a flu vaccination by December 30, 2020 and evidence of that vaccination must be emailed, mailed, or hand-delivered to each student’s school nurse. Students who have not provided this evidence by December 18th must receive instruction remotely until such proof of vaccination has been provided to the school. 


Library News

December scavenger hunt, match Dec themes with a book title

Make a book suggestion/review in 20 words or less

View new books in the libraries!



School Spirit Day December 17th

For our December Spirit Day we are having an Ugly Sweater day!  If you would like, both remote and hybrid students may post on the Padlet located below. Post a picture of you in your ugly sweater! You don’t have to participate if you don’t want to.

  1. Nothing inappropriate (graphics, words, ect.)
  2. No cropped sweaters.
  3. Please limit one picture per person.
  4. Wear the ugliest sweater you have!
  5. Padlet Password: uglysweater123

Remember this is optional, so you don’t have to participate. But if you choose to, please remember to have fun and stay safe! 

Thank you, Student Council Representatives  

Videos On!

Keeping a video off during a remote lesson may impact a student’s ability to participate actively in the learning experience. There could be a genuine barrier for the video to be off, such as broken video [we have chromebooks for students to borrow], worries about being on screen, need for movement or sensory breaks [if we could have a record of this our counselors can support], self-conscious or concern for home privacy [we can show you how to put up a digital screen]. If your middle schooler has a genuine need to have their video turned off, I urge you to reach out to myself, or your child’s counselor to discuss this situation so that we can offer as much support. Otherwise, students should have their video on during class at the discretion of the teacher. 


Free Pizza Thursdays!

Our cafeteria will be handing out free pizzas in the  parent pick up dismissal line on Thursdays….check this out!! Free Pizza Thursdays!


Help for the Holidays



If you are a family experiencing financial difficulties, please remember that the Community Children’s Fund can help with gifts, food and winter clothing. If you would like to experience the joy of giving during this upcoming holiday season, the Community Children’s Fund offers several gift giving options. To participate in either of these holiday traditions, receiving or giving, please contact Karen Tuomi at 978-877-6787 or email ktuomi@verizon.net. Confidentiality is strictly maintained.                 


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Teachers will send out specific schedules and sign-up opportunities. 

December 21, 22, 23: 

  • Students in grades 5 & 6 will have parent/teacher conferences. Grade 5 & 6 staff and students are remote: sync teaching (students zoom w/teacher) in a.m. and async (students have independent work) & conferences in p.m. 
  • Students in grades 7 & 8 will have full day remote schedules that follow typical Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.


Most Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’

December 4, 2020     November 20, 2020 

November 25, 2020    November 13, 2020 


Help Wanted!

We have openings for para-educators and substitute teachers! If you are interested in learning more about this, email Kathi McCollumn at kmccollumn@gdrsd.org



In December we are practicing safety drills. School districts, including our own, have been practicing lockdown and fire safety drills for many years.  Here are the drills we are practicing, in addition to Fire Drills, in concert with the Groton Police Department:

Safety Alert In the event of an emergency such as a medical emergency and keeping hallways open for responders, searching for a missing student, searching lockers, etc. 

Evacuation In the event of a building emergency such as a gas leak, bomb threat,  or an actively dangerous intruder, students would leave the building via nearest safe exit,  walk to designated location and rendevue. 

Barricade In the event of an actively dangerous intruder and student exit is uncertain. 

ALICE A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.  Practice the response options. Precipitating Events: In the event of imminent danger, such as bomb threat, dangerous intruder, severe weather. 


Staff Shout Outs

We love to share positive ‘shout outs’ during our faculty meetings. If you would like to send Kathi McCollumn a shout out for any of our staff members, please do so before Dec 16, when we have our next meeting, and we will read it aloud for all to enjoy!! kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.

Reference Links:

Tutoring: GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring

Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote 

How to order lunch

GDRMS Website

GDRMS Library https://bit.ly/GDMSlibrary 

Diversity Club Information


SEL News Social Emotional Learning

Self – Management

In December, every student will receive a weekly lesson in this topic. The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations, effectively managing stress, making a plan, monitoring that plan, making changes to stay on track, and reflecting on what worked, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself.  The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

★Impulse control   ★Stress management       ★ Self-discipline    ★Self-motivation        ★Goal setting         ★Organizational skills

★Resiliency            ★Integrity  

Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home:  Why Kids Don’t Hand in their Work, Even if they did it



News from the Counseling Department

Any  student  applying to a  technical or private school for next year will need to follow this  process  on  our  website:  

https://sites.google.com/a/gdrsd.org/gdrms-guidance-department/requesting-recommendations  Please allow  three weeks  for  the school forms to be completed.   Many  of these  schools have a submission date of 1/15/21 or  2/1/21,  so please pay careful attention to the deadlines.  Patricia Ascione



Upcoming Dates

Dec 11 – Sync learning in a.m. with teachers; all afternoon independent work for students in grades 5-8

Dec 18 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students in grades 5-8

Dec 21, 22, 23 Parent Teacher conferences for students in grades 5 & 6; students zoom with teachers in a.m.; work independently in p.m.; Students in grades 7 & 8 will have a typical Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday schedule from home. 

Dec 23 – – Grades updated in School Brains!

Dec 24 – Jan 3 Winter Break – no school

Jan 6 – Grades updated in School Brains!

Jan 8 – Sync learning in a.m. with teachers; all afternoon independent work for students in grades 5-8

Jan 15 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students in grades 5-8

Jan 18 – No School, Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 20 – Grades updated in School Brains!

Jan 22 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students in grades 5-8

Jan 29 – Last day of Quarter 2 – all work due!


P.R.I.D.E.  —  Empathy: 

  • Demonstrate kindness
  • Have compassion for others
December 10, 2020 - Posted in: GDRMS