From the Principal
ELA composition and comprehension MCAS has been completed for another year. We are very proud of the students for the hard work they put into these tests. In mid-May (5/9 – 5/16) we will have our mathematics grades 4-7; and science grade 5 MCAS tests.
Spring is here, and along with that comes spring and summer clothing. Please remind your children that at GMS we have a dress code. The rules are:
- shorts must be below fingertips when arms are resting down by your side
- no spaghetti straps
- under garments must not be showing
- cleavage must be covered and pants must cover backsides.
There will also be days when it is cool outside, and because children go outside during school hours they may want to have a light jacket or sweatshirt.
We typically have many year-end field trips and activities. Please be on the lookout for permission slips and/or information from your child.
On Wednesday, April 24 we will be having an Open House from 6-7PM for incoming third grade students and their families.
Mr. Gary Tashjian, Principal
Thursday, March 14, 2013
(Published in print: Friday, March 15, 2013)
GMS Middle School student has pi on her face as she and other 7th grade students at the Greenfield Middle School celebrate the number pi by building a paper chain with a link for each digit of the number pi, which was displayed on the Smart Board. Each numeral had a color assigned to it and they had to build a chain correct and longer than their classmates to win.
At the beginning of this New Year, we are continuing to review in every advisory what the Circle of Power and Respect looks like, sounds like, and feels like. The advisory is a chance for your children to become more acquainted with their peers, but also an opportunity to learn the social skills of getting along, acting appropriately, and being inclusive to everyone. The format of an advisory has a greeting, a sharing, an all-inclusive activity, and a reflection. In addition, one day of the week is geared toward using lessons from the approved bullying prevention programs of Steps to Respect (grades 4/5) and Second Step (grades 6 and 7). Advisory also integrates the monthly character themes into its format. January’s theme is COOPERATION, February’s theme is EMPATHY, and March’s theme is HONESTY WITHOUT HURT. Ask your child about these themes or any part of their advisory, to enhance the conversation about this structured social aspect of their school day.
Kate Marion-Lapierre & Nora Israeloff
GMS School Counselors
After a long absence, Family and Consumer Science, formerly known as Home Ec is back at GMS! Students are honing their hand-sewing skills. They are learning to correctly sew on a two hole button, and making projects that utilize the running stitch, the overcast stitch, the blanket stitch, and 7th graders are also tackling the backstitch. Students love to decorate their projects with google eyes, pom poms, rick rack, lace, whatever! So if you have any extra of these craft decorations, please pass them this way.
Keeping you in stitches – Ms. Campbell
Parent reminder: PLEASE call the school at 772-1360 ext. 3 when your child is going to be absent from school for the day. A note must be sent in with your child upon return to school.
On a regular basis we will have a wellness update in this newsletter.
To start the year we suggest building positive routines that will help your child succeed.
- Sleep – Children need between 8-10 hours of sleep per night.
- Breakfast – Children need a healthy breakfast complete with fruit, grain and protein every day.
- Water - Children need to drink plenty of water throughout the day. (Energy drinks are not allowed at GMS!)
- Be Active – Children need exercise every day.
ELT (Extended Learning Time)
The Extended Learning Time Grant is a state grant which only a select group of schools statewide participate in. This grant gives GMS the ability to extend the day and offer students opportunities that they would not normally receive. These include academic and enrichment activities.
On September 6th we will have our first enrichment selection assembly.
Parents are always welcome to attend. Students will bring home the menu list on Thursday and should return it on Friday to their morning advisory teacher.
Groups will be created and the ELT classes will begin on Monday, September 10th for 4/5 grade and Tuesday, September 11th for 6/7 grade.