Middle School News – February 11, 2021

February 11, 2021

Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff!        

Random Acts of Kindness Day is coming up soon, in honor of this day, ‘We rise by lifting others.’ Robert Ingersoll


Bus Seats

Approximately 110 cars are dropping off students each morning. If you would like to have your middle schooler ride the bus to school, we can do a little dive to see if we have seats available. If you would like a seat on the bus, please send an email to kmccollumn@gdrsd.org. We have slots on buses 9, 10 and 17. 

Bus 9 – (Dunstable) Kemp St , goes to Groton via Northwoods neighborhood to Nashua Road to Main Street to Middle School.

Bus 10 – (Groton) Chicopee at Raddin, goes to Longley, to Paquawket Path, to Longley, to Drumlin Hill, to Longley, to Middle School.

Bus 17 -(Groton) Pepperell Rd, then Chess Neighborhood (Rooks, Castle, Bishop), then Hill Rd, to Riverbend, to Hickory, to Jenkins to Middle School.


Library News

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


Reference Links:

GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring

Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote 

How to order lunch

GDRMS Website

GDRMS Library 

Diversity Club Information


Project 351 Ambassador Nominees

On Monday, Superintendent Chesson and Assistant Superintendent DeFrancisco, met with 16 of our 19 eighth grade ambassador nominees. Students had a chance to introduce themselves and share their thoughts on what has been difficult, and what has gone well in the current school situation. Students in remote learning miss spending time with their peers and making connections with peers and adults, that being in person allows. They also cited personal organization and internet issues as areas of struggle this year. Students in remote learning noted that they enjoy the 1-1 connections with teachers and Google Classroom is working for them. Students in hybrid learning reported that the social distancing restrictions, limited or no chances to see their friends, missing students that are in remote, not having a choice for IA class selection and missing out on the traditional 8th grade events such as dances, DC trip and in person graduation are areas of struggle this year. The students in hybrid noted some of the positives to be, physically being in school with peers, highly organized teachers helping them to be more organized, smaller class sizes, and building a stronger bond with one class. Dr. Chesson and Ms. DeFrancisco hope to return to meet with these student leaders again before the year is out to tap into their insights!


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 [pick up at library curbside], and on our Nooks to borrow.  Here are links to sign up for the zoom from 4-5pm.  

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 link that parents can use at home: 

Helping Your Child Develop A Healthy Sense of Self Esteem


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 February 24th, when we have our next meeting, and we will read it aloud for all to enjoy!! kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.


Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’

February 4, 2021            January 21, 2021

January 28, 2021           January 14, 2021


Flag Captains

We are looking for 1-2 students willing to help take the flag down at the end of the day, we have one student and need a bit more help. The flag captains go outside a few minutes before dismissal to take down the flag and fold it up for the next day. If your middle schooler is interested, please have them email kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.


Attention Class of 2025!

Parents/Guardians: This message was sent to your 8th grader on Wednesday for their input, please check with your 8th grader to make sure that they have completed the survey! 

“GDRHS will have many choices for elective classes in 9th grade.  Now is your chance to have a say in which electives will be offered next year. Please complete the survey below for the High School Social Studies Department. HS Social Studies Survey


Counseling Department

If you are looking for mental health support for your child(ren): William James College Interface Referral Service is available to residents of both Groton and Dunstable. This service, offered through the Freedman Center, is a mental health and wellness referral helpline available Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm at 888-244-6843. This is a  free, confidential referral service for residents of participating communities. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers from our extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call to INTERFACE. Each referral best meets the location, insurance and specialty needs of the caller.” For more information, visit:  Interface Link. Additional mental health resources can be found on the GDRMS Counseling Website.

We Need You!

If you enjoy spending time with middle schoolers…we are looking for a lunch/recess monitor to help out Mondays-Thursdays 11am-12:30 pm. A reward for your time would be $12/hour and the pleasure of helping to develop young adult minds! If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email kmccollumn@gdrsd.org


Upcoming Dates

Feb 11Int. Day of Women&Girls in Science

Feb 12 – 5th grade 2nd Quarter awards zoom

Feb 12 – 6th grade MOCOHOCO Awards

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 – 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 8 – International Women’s Day

Mar 11 – International School Meals Day

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

Mar 17 – Grades updated in School Brains!

Mar 18 – Global Recycling Day

Mar 19 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Mar 19-Apr 5 Gr. 8 Students/parents explore Program of Studies, Course Selection Sheets and look at teacher recommendations.  Courses are selected online through SchoolBrains and written on the Course Selection Sheet.

Mar 20International Day of Happiness

Mar 20 – Spring Equinox

Mar 21 – World Down Syndrome Day

Mar 21 – World Poetry Day

Mar 22 – World Water Day

Mar 24 – GDRHS Counselors present to 8th-graders via zoom

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

Mar 31 – Grades updated in School Brains!

Apr 27 ELA MCAS grades 6 & 8 [remote TBD]

Apr 28 – ELA MCAS grades 5 & 7[remote TBD]

May 11 – Science, Technology, Engineering MCAS grades 5 & 8 [remote TBD]

May 18 – Math MCAS grades 6 & 8 [remote TBD]

May 19 – Math MCAS grades 5 & 7 [remote TBD]

June 10 – Grade 8 Virtual Graduation

June 14 – Last day of school




  • Demonstrate acceptance
  • Follow expectations
  • Think of others
  • Care for people and property