Middle School News – March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021


Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff!  We are loving the change in spring weather! Remember, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted!” Aesop     


MCAS Update

The latest news we have regarding MCAS is that grade 5 ELA, Math and Science tests will be scheduled for 1 day each between May 10th and June 11th. At this time, we do not have dates for grades 6-8 ELA, Math, Science MCAS tests. A portion of grade 8 will experience a pilot assessment in their Civics classes in April and May so that we may better understand the State level expectations for this new course. 


GDRMS Library News

What’s new:  This month we celebrate Integrity, the I in MS  P.R.I.D.E.  See what books we have representing Integrity and Honor.  View New titles and Popular Titles in our catalog.  See added March Themes, and which will you celebrate? We still have a copy of March 1,2,3 so you can join the GPL March book club.  There are links to eBooks, databases, libraries. and more. MS Library eBooks and Resources . Spring is coming!



Student Council News

Thank you to all that participated in our recent Student Council sponsored Spirit Day! Many students and staff members dressed for the day with their love of animals in mind and donated $307 for selected national wildlife organizations: Emergency Animal Rescue Fund for the Humane Society of the United States and Ocean Cleanup


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 March 17th, when we have our next meeting, and we will read it aloud for all to enjoy!! kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.


Daylight Savings Time is Here!!

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. So, this weekend, be sure to set your clocks 1 hour ahead! 


Groton Public Library News

Middle school opportunities: Arts & Crafts Programs:  Pick up the kits at the library, then join on Zoom to do the projects.

Take & Make Quilt Collage,

Take & Make Monotype Prints,

Zinetastic Zoom: Making Zines for a Better World


We also have an exciting  leadership and social justice 2 session workshop entitled “emPOWER ME! for grades 6-8.


Students in grades 6-12 who would like to read books, and talk about social justice themes to join. 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 home: The Digital Lives of Teens; the Internet never takes a rest


Yearbook Committee

If your middle schooler is interested in being on the Yearbook Committee this spring, please return this permission slip as noted. Yearbook meetings will be via ZOOM on Tuesdays after school, from 2:35 to 3:35 pm. Mrs. O’Neill is the yearbook advisor. Yearbook Committee Permission



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’

March 4, 2021                 February 11, 2021

February 25, 2021          February 4, 2021 



Upcoming Dates

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

Mar 14 – Daylight Savings Starts

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 – Wear flashy, or mis-matched socks for Down Syndrome Awareness

Mar 22 – World Water Day

Mar 23 – Wear Red for Autism Awareness

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

Mar 24 – Team up for Inclusion’ Wear school colors – Maroon, White, Black

Mar 25 – GDRHS fine arts dept zooms with in school and remote grade 8 about hs arts

Mar 25 – Wear Green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness

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

Mar 26 – Wear purple in honor of Epilepsy Awareness 

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

Apr 14 – Quarter 3 Final Grades posted, 3pm

Apr 19 – Apr 23 – Spring Vacation, no classes!

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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