Middle School News January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff! 

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others…”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.


Update on Flu Vaccinations

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in education settings.  Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.  DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.

News from SEPAC

Today, Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6:30pm SEPAC [Special Education Parent Advisory Council] will host a workshop focusing on the IEP; how it is developed, the breakdown of each section, and how it supports a student. Beth Bostic is the presenter and those who heard her last year found her exceptionally helpful. Please see attached flyer. You must pre-register in order to attend, by clicking on the link in the flyer. Hope to see you there!

Basic Rights, Understanding the IEP


News from the Cafeteria

Lunches are free until the end of the school year for students in hybrid and remote learning! Please call 978-448-6155 x3108 for details. Let us take  lunches off your meal planning plate! Water and milk are available for purchase for thirsty students.

Harvest of the month – Apples!  Did you know that there are 7,500 varieties of apples in existence throughout the world—2,500 of which are grown in the United States.  If you want to try a different variety of apple once a day, it would take you approximately 20 years to try them all! Submitted by: Patricia St. Laurent Food Service Director


News from our Library

Click on the library link. Open and copy  JANUARY’S “GUESS THE EMOJI BOOK TITLE QUESTShare your answers and your own Emoji Title with Mrs. Hourani and Mrs. O’Neill.  Stay tuned for a surprise.



Google Classroom & IAs

Please tell your middle schooler to NOT delete their 2nd quarter IA Google Classroom accounts when the quarter ends! The teachers will not be able to finish grading for the quarter!

SEL News Social Emotional Learning

Social Awareness

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.’

★Perspective-taking          ★Empathy         

★ Appreciating Diversity   ★Respect for Others     ★Peer Pressure ★Stereotyping        ★ Encouragement/Listening    

Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home: Helping Your Child Deal with Peer Pressure – familydoctor.org


News from Groton Public Library

We invite anyone in grades 6-12 who would like to read books and talk about social justice themes to join with us. The books are available to borrow and pick up at the library curbside, and they are on our YA Nooks to borrow as well.  They are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month from 4-5pm on Zoom.  

Here are links to sign up for the next 3 meetings. 

February 3: Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi 

March 3: March (Book 1) 

April 7:  The Black Friend by Fredrick Joseph   

Submitted: Deborah Dowson, Young Adult Librarian, Groton Public Library, gpl.org




Best Buddies


Our GDRMS chapter of Best Buddies welcomes new members. ‘Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.’ If your middle schooler would like to join our chapter, please see the application link. Their next meeting will be virtual on January, 25 @3:30 and if students do want to sign up,  before the 25th would be the best time. Membership Application


Reference Links:

GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring

Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote 

How to order lunch

GDRMS Website

GDRMS Library 

Diversity Club Information




Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’

January 14, 2021           December 23, 2020

January 7, 2021             December 17, 2020


Upcoming Dates

Jan 20 – Grades updated in School Brains!

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

Jan 25 – Best Buddies Meeting, 3:30pm

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 Feb 12 – 5th grade 2nd Quarter awards zoom

Feb 12 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Feb 17  – Grades updated in School Brains!

Feb 15-19 – No School, No Classes

Feb 26 Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Mar 3 – Grades updated in School Brains!

Mar 5 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students





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  • Don’t give up
  • Work hard