Middle School News – March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff! They say March is in like a lion and out like a lamb, I’m on board with that! Who’s with me??       

GDRMS Library News

What’s new: links to eBooks, databases, libraries and more!   Click on a Black history, civil rights, or a President’s book for a review. We have a copy of March 1,2,3 so you can join the GPL March book club.  Test your knowledge on civil rights.  Learn about March themes, like National Compliment Day – who will you empower?.  There are links to eBooks, databases, libraries. and more. MS Library eBooks and Resources           

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

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 Management

During the month of March, all students will have weekly lessons in Self Management. ‘The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations–effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself.  The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.’

★Impulse control ★Stress management       ★Self-discipline ★Self-motivation        ★Goal setting            ★Organizational skills

★Resiliency                ★Integrity       

Here’s this week’s link that parents can use at update…home: Age of Distraction: Why it’s Crucial for Students to learn to Focus


News from the Cafeteria

Celery is our harvest of the month!

Celery contains an excellent source of antioxidants, beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6. All parts of the celery are edible! Yep, roots, seeds and leaves too! Nibbling on celery stalks helps in cleaning of the teeth and mouth after a meal. In the 1960s, because celery has so many benefits and was so popular, Jell-O offered celery-flavored gelatin mix but don’t worry. You won’t find celery Jell-o on the lunch menu!


Music News

Ms. Stone and Mr. DeStefano would like to congratulate the following students on their acceptance into the Central District Jr. Festival this year: Liv D – Viola – Grade 7, Jacob E – Trumpet – Grade 8, Keren N – Voice – Grade 8, and former GDRMS musician Anoushk Y – Flute – Grade 9. To all those that auditioned, well done and thank you for representing our school so well!



8th Grade Parent Information night at GDRHS will be April 1, 2021 at 6pm.

Please “virtually” join high school administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and support staff to learn more about transitioning from 8th grade at GDRMS to 9th grade at GDRHS.  The evening will include a number of topics including…

  • General Introduction to GDRHS and the Administrative Team
  • Student Life
  • Course Offerings
  • Navigating the Scheduling Process

A link to the presentation will be shared in coming weeks.

Reference Links:

GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring

Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote 

How to order lunch

GDRMS Website           GDRMS Library 

Interface Link.              GDRMS Counseling


Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’

February 25, 2021          February 4, 2021 

February 11, 2021          January 28, 2021



Upcoming Dates

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!

April 1 – High School virtual open house

Apr 2 –  Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Apr 2 – World Autism Awareness Day – Wear Blue!

Apr 7 – Quarter 3 ends, all work due

Apr 7 – World Health Day

Apr 14 – Quarter 3 Final Grades posted, 3pm

Apr 17 – Apr 25 – Spring Vacation, no classes!

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]

May 25 – Town Election Middle School Remote Learning Day, Tuesday schedule

June 10 – Grade 8 Virtual Graduation

June 14 – Last day of school, half day


This document is posted weekly on the GDRMS website, under News: http://gdrsd.org/gdrms/news/

Newsletter submitted by, Kathi McCollumn, GDRMS Principal: kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.




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