Middle School News – April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021


Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff!  On April 12th we welcome approximately 65 students into in-person learning [91 remain remote]. April 9th will be asynchronous [working independently] for all students so that staff may prepare for this transition. 

Here is an FAQ for all students/parents on changes that are happening as of April 12th for remote and in person learning. 


Spring Sports Registration

Registration deadline is 4/16/21:

Middle School Sports Registration

Middle School Track and Field (6th,7th.8th grade) – April 26 to June 15, 2021

Middle School Baseball (7th, 8th grade) – April 26 to June 15, 2021

Middle School Softball (7th, 8th grade) – April 26 to June 15, 2021


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 April 14th, when we have our next meeting, and we will read it aloud for all to enjoy!! kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.


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! 


Student Council News

Join us on Monday, April 12th with your GDRMS/GD wear or our school colors maroon, white and black! On Friday, April 16th, our first Friday in school since last March, why not wear our pj’s/comfy clothes to school. Join us in wearing school appropriate pj’s/comfy clothes, but no slippers please! If you want to post to the padlet…Padlet


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


Reference Links:

Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote 

How to order lunch

GDRMS Website           GDRMS Library 

Interface Link.              GDRMS Counseling

GDRHS Scheduling Information

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 – Animals

Please join in as we raise money for the Lowell Humane Society. 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! Here is their website to check out: http://www.lowellhumanesociety.org/. Submitted by Patrick Twomey, Grade 5. 

Transitional Shelter in Need – People

We are collecting donations of: 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’

April 1, 2021                   March 18, 2021

March 25, 2021               March 11, 2021 


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. 


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: Parenting: Decision Making


Upcoming Dates

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 – wear GDRMS colors – Maroon, Black, White

Apr 13 + 14 Covid Pool testing for pre-signed up students

Apr 15 – Grade 6 Qtr 3 Awards

Apr 16 – Quarter 3 Final Grades posted, 3pm

Apr 16 –  Half day, dismissal at 11:30

Apr 16 – Middle School Sports Registration

Apr16- PJ’s Day, sponsored by Student Council

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

Apr 22 – International Earth Day

Apr 23 – World Book Night

Apr 27, 28 Covid Pool testing for pre-signed up students

Apr 28 – Stop Food Waste Day

Apr 30 – Gr. 8 Qtr 3 awards

May 4, 5 Covid Pool testing for pre-signed up students

May 5 – School Brains grades updated

May 7 – – Half day, dismissal at 11:30

May 11, 12 Covid Pool testing for pre-signed up students

May 12 – Grade 5 ELA MCAS

May 14 – Half day, dismissal at 11:30

May 18, 19 Covid Pool testing for pre-signed up students

May 21 – 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 1, 2 Covid Pool testing for pre-signed up students

June 4 – Half day, dismissal at 11:30

June 8,9 Covid Pool testing for pre-signed up students

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, dismissal at 11:30


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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