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: email@example.com.
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!
View these February book videos read by authors! Check them out from the library or on Sora: Book Excerpts Read by Their Authors
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
Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’
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
SEL News Social Emotional Learning
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:
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 7 – Send a Card to a Friend Day
Feb 9 – Safer Internet Day
Feb 11 – Int. 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