January 7, 2021
Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff!
As December 2019 came to an end, I decided that 2020 would be a ‘Year of Possibilities’ for myself and our school community. Well, it sure was, in more ways than one! I hope that you and your loved ones were able to reflect on the possibilities that 2020 brought forth that you weren’t expecting!
So, what did I decide that 2021 would be…for myself at least? A ‘Year of Gratitude’. I hope that you will be able to join in and take the time daily to notice and reflect on what you are thankful for. Try this – – Place a ‘Gratitude Jar’ in a special place in your home/classroom, with slips of paper nearby for all family/class members to record moments of gratitude all year. In December [or June], read those notes together!
Here is a link for teens: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/gratitude-practice.html
Tutoring: GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring
GDRMS Library https://bit.ly/GDMSlibrary
School Spirit Day, January 13th
We invite students and staff to take part in our January School Spirit hat/hoodie day! Both remote and hybrid students can post one picture on this padlet. Remember, this is optional! You don’t have to participate if you don’t want to! Please do not wear anything inappropriate (hats with curses, offensive phrases or offensive mascots, etc). Again, this is optional and just for fun! If you choose to participate please do follow the rules listed above, stay safe, and have fun!
Your Student Council Representatives
Every Student Needs a Connection
During the weeks of December 14th and 21st, our school counselors and Assistant Principal Russo sent a survey to every student. Survey results were shared with staff in order to continue to support students’ academics and well being. This survey asked students if they felt they had a trusted adult that they could go to in school if they need an adult to talk to for any reason.
Out of the 344 participants, 266 responded that they have a trusted adult at school. Those adults include counselors, nurses, teachers, paras , admin assistants and administrators. Parents, please continue to have conversations with your middle schooler(s) regarding identifying a trusted adult to seek out if they are in need at school. We are certainly not trying to take the place of parents, we are trying to make sure that every student knows that there is at least one adult at school that they can reach out to if they need to connect with someone.
News from the Cafeteria
GDRSD Food service is seeking out parents in the community that have preschool children at home, children that are homeschooled or private school students that would like free lunches provided. The USDA has given us the opportunity to feed all children in the community, for free! There are no requirements other than the child must be 18 or younger! Check with your friends and neighbors! Have them contact us at 978-448-6155 ex 3108 to sign up!
‘We Stand Together’ Poster Contest
The Massachusetts Partnership for Youth organization announced their annual poster contest: MPY’s Poster and PSA theme for the 2020-2021 “We Stand Together.” For the students that wish to express themselves artistically, this might be of interest. https://massachusettspartnershipsforyouth.com/about/psaposter-project
Most Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’
SEL News Social Emotional Learning
In January, every student will receive a weekly lesson in this topic. ‘The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.’
★ Appreciating Diversity ★Respect for Others ★Peer Pressure ★Stereotyping ★ Encouragement/Listening
Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home: Supporting Empathy in Tweens
Cell phones are incredible tools, no doubt about it! So are cars, but we have very clear rules around their use in society for the safety of all. Did I just make a leap? No, I did not. Students in school are here for learning, not for using their phones. If they need to call parents or be called by parents, our offices are equipped to support this. When students are using phones without adult permission or supervision, we have no way of knowing what purpose or content they are exploring. If parents/teachers want to make me be the meanie, by all means, please do! This is the statement that has been in our handbook for two years: ‘Student cell phones that are in use anywhere on campus during the school day without teacher permission are subject to the following: First Offense, phone given to administrator, student may retrieve at the end of the day; Second Offense, phone is given to administrator, parent must retrieve at their leisure; Third Offense for the year, phone is given to an administrator for the rest of the year.’
The Groton Dunstable Education Foundation (GDEF) is urgently looking for a treasurer to volunteer with the organization. Volunteering for GDEF is an amazing way to give back to the District and directly impact our students’ educations. Please contact Emily Davis, GDEF President at and/or look at our website for more information about this vital position.
Jan 6 – Grades updated in School Brains!
Jan 8 – Sync learning in a.m. with teachers; all afternoon independent work for students
Jan 11 – Last day for students in grades 7 & 8 to sign up for the Virtual Jr. District Music Festival this year. Follow this link for more information.
Jan 13 – School Spirit Day: Hats or Hoodies
Jan 15 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students
Jan 18 – No School, Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 19 – If you have shout outs for staff, email Kath McCollumn!
Jan 20 – Grades updated in School Brains!
Jan 22 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students
Jan 29 – Last day of Quarter 2 – all work due!
Jan 29 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students
Feb 3 – School Brains Grades updated
Feb 5 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students
Feb 5 – 2nd Quarter ‘Report Cards’ Live in School Brains after 3pm
Feb 12 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students
Feb 15-19 – No School, No Classes
- Demonstrate acceptance
- Follow expectations
- Think of others
- Care for people and property
This document is posted weekly on the GDRMS website, under News: https://gdrsd.org/gdrms/news/.
Newsletter submitted by, Kathi McCollumn, GDRMS Principal: email@example.com.