March 25, 2021
Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff! On April 12th we welcome approximately 60 students into in-person learning. April 9th will be asynchronous [working independently] for students so that staff may prepare for this transition on Monday. Here is an FAQ for all students/parents on changes that are happening as of April 12th for remote and in person learning.
Quarter Date Changes
Quarter 3 will now end on April 9th – all student work will be due BY April 7th. ‘Report Cards’ in School Brains will be live at 3pm on April 16th. Please remind your middle schooler that they should NOT delete ANY Google Classroom class. Many students come to the end of the quarter and delete their IA classes that they will not be having in the following quarter. With this goes all of their work and any chance that the IA teacher has of grading their assignments for the quarter!
Drop Off – Pick Up Line
Please DO NOT leave your car idling while waiting for us to begin drop off or pick up, these fumes go right into other cars and the school building. It is illegal to idle in a school zone!
Google Chat & Google Hangout
As you may know, we found it necessary to take a break from Google chat/hangout because it was clear that we needed to refresh and recalibrate our expectations for its use. The catalyst for this break was the discovery that students in numbers of up to 100 at a time across several grade levels and school were using the feature to chat with one another about non-related school topics, some of which we deemed inappropriate in nature. We are prepared to reinstate the Google chat tool on April 1st after making it clear to students what we would expect to see when they are using the tool. We need your help! You can support our efforts by reiterating these expectations with your child, as we have done here at school. We would also appreciate you reviewing the acceptable use policy with your student which can be found here. Acceptable Use Please know that if your child is found engaging in unexpected use of google chat at school that we will first work with the student to ensure that they understand the expectation and can comply with it. If after that collaborative work with the student, the student continues to show unexpected use of the tool, then the appropriate disciplinary consequence will be taken in accordance with the acceptable use policy
Health Office News
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has mandated that students entering the 7th grade be up to date on their immunizations, and physicals. Parents/guardians may send in a copy or scan the immunizations to Nurse Gray’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Physicals and Immunizations Letter
GDRMS Library News bit.ly/GDMSlibrary
March Madness BOOK Tournament is HERE!
-VOTE for your favorite book OR….Vote for which book you’d like to read!!
-Remember, This Month we celebrate INTEGRITY
-Revisit NEW Titles, Popular Titles, March 1,2,3 graphic novels, Civil Rights info and quiz.
-Check out a book or ebook! MSLIbrary ebooks and Resources
8th Grade Parent Information Night
April 1 at 6pm.
Please “virtually” join high school administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and support staff to learn more about transitioning from 8th grade to 9th grade. The evening will include topics including: General Intro to GDRHS and the Administrative Team; Student Life; Course Offerings; Navigating the Scheduling Process
Scheduling with Counselors
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. Click for the GDRHS Scheduling Page.
SEL News Social Emotional Learning
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
Here’s this week’s link that parents can use at home: A Parent’s Guide to Self-Regulation
GD Boosters Spirit Wear
The GD Boosters has a new Spring Spirit Wear store open with lots of new apparel perfect for spring and summer, from tanks, tees, shorts and joggers! Check out our online store at: https://route2apparel.com/GDBoosters
Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’
Yearbook Committee Needs Pics!
We desperately need your pictures! Our Yearbook staffers have brain-stormed some categories of pictures we would love to have. Here’s a partial list: First Day of School (September 2020); First Day of School Again (April 2021); Life as a Remote Student; Pets who Zoom; Sick Bay;Hanging out with friends in your pod; Working Out at home; Notable Masks; Halloween in Quarantine; Cross Country and Track pictures Here’s the url for uploading:https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/my/GDRMS2021
Mar 19-Apr 5 Gr. 8 Students/parents explore GDRHS Program of Studies
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!
Mar 31 – Tours for students returning to school 2:00-3:30 pm, email Ms. McCollumn for a time. email@example.com
Apr 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
Apr 7 – All 3rd quarter assignments due
Apr 7 – World Health Day
Apr 8 –Tours for students returning to school 2:00-3:30 pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a time.
Apr 9 – Asynchronous learning all day, while we prep for student return
Apr 9 – Quarter 3 ends, DO NOT DELETE ANY GOOGLE CLASSROOM CLASSES!
Apr 12 – Welcome 60 students back from remote learning!
Apr 16 – Quarter 3 Final Grades posted, 3pm
Apr 19 – Apr 23 – Spring Vacation, no classes!
Apr 22 – International Earth Day
Apr 23 – World Book Night
Apr 28 – Stop Food Waste Day
May 5 – School Brains grades updated
May 12 – Grade 5 ELA MCAS
May 24 – Grade 5 Science MCAS
May 25 – Town Election Middle School Remote Learning Day, Tuesday schedule
May 27 – Grade 5 Math MCAS
June 8-Grade 8 Parade, 5:30-7:30pm, [June 9 raindate] timed entry for traffic flow, please stick to last name entry: [5:30 A-D; 6:00 E-H; 6:30 I-P; 7:00 Q-Z]
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: email@example.com.
- Demonstrate acceptance
- Follow expectations
- Think of others
- Care for people and property