Middle School News – April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021


Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff!  On April 12th we welcome approximately 65 students into in-person learning. April 9th will be asynchronous [working independently] for all students so that staff may prepare for this transition. NOTE: If your child is currently remote and you indicated on the survey that you would like to change to in-person and have not received an email from Ms. McCollumn regarding this, email her immediately please, kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.


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! 



GDRMS Library News bit.ly/GDMSlibrary

 March Madness BOOK Tournament! 

-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.

“Virtually” join high school staff to learn more about 9th grade.  Topics include: General Intro to GDRHS and the Admin Team; Student Life; Course Offerings; Navigating the Scheduling Process


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.


Reference Links:

GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring

Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote 

How to order lunch

GDRMS Website           GDRMS Library 

Interface Link.              GDRMS Counseling


Yearbook News

Remember, we need pictures! Here’s the link to upload pictures. Yearbook pictures needed! Coming soon! Yearbook Cover contest rules!


Genius Hour Needs You!

April 5-15 Looking for Donations!

Shoutout for Shelters!

Please join in as we raise money for the Lowell Humane Society. This is my Genius Hour project and I want to help the Lowell Humane Society to work with animals that are in need. There will be milk jugs in every classroom labeled LHS to collect money for the shelter. The homeroom class with the highest amount donated by April 15 will receive a special shout out! Thank you for your donations to help animals in need. Here is their website to check out: http://www.lowellhumanesociety.org/. Submitted by Patrick Twomey, Grade 5. 

Transitional Shelter in Need

I wanted to do this project for Genius Hour because I feel the need to help homeless people that have little to nothing. These people could have lost their jobs, their homes, been abused, or many other things that could have brought them to the situation they are in now. Many of these individuals do not even have basic necessities that we take for granted. That is why I wanted to gather donations and have fellow students included. The items requested are as follows: new packages of socks and underwear (various sizes) for men and women. New toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, etc. New packages of sheets and new blankets. The donations will be sent to the Lowell Transitional Shelter. Drop them off in boxes outside of each office.

Submitted by Corinne Costa, grade 5.


Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’

March 25, 2021               March 11, 2021 

March 18, 2021   March 4, 2021



SEL News Social Emotional Learning

Responsible Decision Making

During the month of April, all students will have weekly lessons in Responsible Decision Making. The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.  The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

★Identifying Problems       ★Reflecting     ★Analyzing Situations        ★Evaluating   

★ Solving Problems             ★Decision-Making             

★Ethical Responsibility       ★Compassion                  

Here’s this week’s link that parents can use at home: Best Guide for teaching kids thedecision making process



Friday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day! Our middle school Best Buddies chapter invites you to wear red in support! Wearing red is to show support in redefining the conversation of autism from one of fear to one of love and support. #RedInstead For more information, please read this article:



Parent Questionnaire

Believe it or not, GDRMS is beginning to think about schedules and class groupings for next school year already! We welcome parents of students entering grades 5-8 to share a bit about their middle schooler to help with this process. If you wish, please complete this parent questionnaire by April 16th. 


Upcoming Dates

Mar 19-Apr 5 Gr. 8 Students/parents explore GDRHS Program of Studies

Apr 1 – High School virtual open house, 6pm

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 kmccollumn@gdrsd.org for a time. 

Apr 9 – Asynchronous learning all day, while we prep for student return


Apr 12 – Welcome students to in person!!

Apr 16 – Quarter 3 Final Grades posted, 3pm

Apr 16 –  Half day, dismissal at 11:30

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 7 – – Half day, dismissal at 11:30

May 12 – Grade 5 ELA MCAS

May 14 – Half day, dismissal at 11:30

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: kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.





  • Demonstrate honesty
  • Being able to own your choices
  • To do the right thing when no one is looking