Middle School News – January 28, 2021

January 28, 2021

Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff! 

This Friday, January 29th, is the last day of Quarter 2 – please be sure ALL assignments are in! 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!

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.

Project 351 

Project 351 is a nonprofit organization that develops a new generation of community-first service leaders through the yearlong engagement of an eighth grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Youth are selected by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. Founded in 2011, Project 351 has engaged 3,753 unsung heroes and quiet leaders as change agents in their community. Together, these remarkable eighth graders have impacted more than 975,000 neighbors through transformational service. Last week, GDRMS, educators in grades 7 & 8 and Integrated Arts nominated 19 potential Ambassadors. That’s the most nominations in three years! This was a very hard decision to make, but we are only allowed to send one ambassador from Groton and one from Dunstable. Our 2020-2021 Project 351 Ambassadors are Avery C and Abigail C! Congratulations to both students! We want to acknowledge the other, very worthy, 8th graders that were also nominated by a large number of educators: Violet B, Eyob H, Cecelia C, Jacob D, Jolie B, Elena P, Keren N, Daniel S, Charlotte B, Annabella F, Saanvi G, Ryleigh R, Annie A, Valentina T, Lily F, Nolan B, and Bryson P. Even though this group of amazing 8th graders were not selected for the Ambassador slots, we are very proud of the young adults that they are becoming, and we expect to see great things from them in the future!


Library News

View these February book videos read by authors! Check them out from the library or on Sora: Book Excerpts Read by Their Authors

Counselor News

National School Counseling Week is February 1-5. Our school counselors know that this past year has been a struggle for many of our students and families and they wanted to remind everyone that they are here to help.  Here is a Bitmoji calming room that they created for our community to use: GDRMS Bitmoji Virtual Calming Room.  Please move your cursor around the room and click on different items.  You may also find their website helpful: GDRMS Counseling Department.  

Student Council News

The Student Council is launching a project called the ‘Kindness Paper Chain Project’! We are kicking this off on January 27th. Our goal is to spread kindness and compassion all around the school. We hope that each student in each homeroom will make one link with their positive message and then each homeroom will connect their links to make one chain for each building! Kindness Paper Chain Video! – Paper Chain Assembly Tutorial

Messages to spread


  • New Year’s resolutions
  • Kind messages/quotes
  • Inspirational messages/quotes


We encourage students and staff in remote learning to participate as well by writing their messages in the Google Form provided below, and Student Council Reps will print them out and hang them up! Remote Students and Staff Paper Chain Form by February 11th

Remember, this project is optional and for fun, but we suggest you take part. Stay safe!  

From, The GDRMS Student Council

Health Office News

Grade 6 parents: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has mandated that students entering the 7th grade be up to date on their immunizations, and provide proof of a physical exam dated January 1, 2021 or later in order to start grade 7. Physical Exam & Immunization Requirement


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 21, 2021           January 7, 2021
January 14, 2021           December 23, 2020


Groton Public Library News

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

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SEL News Social Emotional Learning

Self Awareness

The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts and values and how they influence behavior.  The ability to accurately see one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.” In February, 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.’

★Accurate self-perception  ★Stress

★Recognizing strengths       ★Self-efficacy ★Self-confidence      ★ Identifying emotions

★ Communication                 ★ Responsibility    

Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home: 

5th Grade Self-Awareness Skills

6th Grade Self-Awareness Skills

7th Grade Self-Awareness Skills

8th Grade Self Awareness Skills


Upcoming Dates

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 1 – National School Counseling Week

Feb 2 – World Wetlands Day

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 7Send a Card to a Friend Day

Feb 9Safer Internet Day

Feb 11Int. Day of Women& Girls in Science

Feb 12 – 5th grade 2nd Quarter awards zoom

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

Feb 12 – Chinese New Year

Feb 14 – International Book Giving Day

Feb 17  – Grades updated in School Brains!

Feb 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb 15-19 – No School, No Classes

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

Mar 2 – End of Quarter 3 – all work due!!

Mar 2 – Read Across America Day

Mar 3 – Grades updated in School Brains!

Mar 4 – World Book Day

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

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



  • Demonstrate kindness
  • Have compassion for others