Principal: Gary Tashjian, 413.772-1360, x2242
Associate Principal 4/5: Karin Patenaude, tel. 413.772-1360, x2321
Associate Principal 6/7: George Lanides, tel. 413.772-1360, x2142
Now enrolling for 2015-2016
2014 Massachusetts State Report Cards for Greenfield Middle School
GMS Mission Statement:
The mission of the Greenfield Public Schools, in active partnership with students, their families, individual citizens, and established groups within the community, is to educate students to meet the challenges and responsibilities of a rapidly changing and diverse world.
We recognize that every child is deserving of equal opportunities to maximize his or her potential, and we encourage all students in their pursuit of excellence.
GMS January-February News
From the Principal's Desk
We have three BIG projects happening this winter/spring and all have state implications. These three projects are:
- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing
- Extended Learning Time (ELT) Grant
- GMS School Council
PARCC: As you will read in the accompanying handout, PARCC is a new test in Mass and at the Greenfield Middle School. We have begun the PARCC process by having all students take a PARCC practice test on January 14th and 15th. Our staff is in the process of grading these practice tests and altering instruction to better teach the standards that these tests are based on. We will have the first round of real PARCC testing from March 23rd – April 3rd. The second round is May 11th – 22nd. Please mark your calendars for these tests and help your child have a restful night, a good breakfast at home or at school, and be on time. In addition 5th grade students will need to take the MCAS science test on May 5th and 6th.
ELT: On February 5th, the Department of Education will be visiting our school. Their goal is to view how the ELT grant works at GMS. They’ll be visiting classrooms, talking to GMS staff and asking parents for their opinions. If you are interested in participating in a parent focus group, please contact me as soon as possible (772-1360 ext. 2242).
SCHOOL COUNCIL: School councils were created several years ago to adopt educational goals for the school, identify the educational needs of students, review the annual school building budget and formulate a school improvement plan. If you’re interested in joining the GMS school council, please contact me at your earliest convenience.
Band - Save the dates! The next two band concerts are Thurs. March 5th and June 4th at 7PM for all band students in all grades.
Family & Consumer Science – 4th graders have just finished learning how to knot thread to their fabric. They have designed their pillow and are now learning the running stitch. New 6th and 7th grade encore students are learning the names and functions for the parts on their sewing machines. Grades 6th and 7th choice students are sewing away on various projects such as tessellation pillows or wall hangings, coin pouch key chains, pencil pouches, lap quilts and other projects of their choice. They’re doing fantastic jobs!
Art – Students in fourth, fifth and sixth choice art classes have been working hard creating sculptures for the Greenfield Winter Carnival in February. Seventh grade is completing original paintings and getting ready to begin building clay mugs!
Health – Health class will be compiling recipes from the students in order to create a GMS cookbook!
Theater – Grade seven theater class is working on an original play based on animated heroes and villains, sixth graders are preparing a production of ANNIE which will be performed on April 16th. Fourth & fifth graders are learning acting skills, working on poems and short scripts.
Music – Grade five Encore will be earning their black belt at the end of the trimester. They have already started earning their white belts! Fourth and fifth Encore II classes have been working on music from the musical Annie Jr.
P.E. – Remember to bring sneakers to school for gym class.
Spanish - In Spanish choice we are finishing our sports unit and moving on to the restaurant unit in which they’ll study different Spanish foods and sample some foods. In encore Spanish class we are about to begin the “saludos” (greetings) unit. Students will know how to greet each other appropriately by the end of the unit. After “saludos” we will talk about clothing and food in Spanish and begin preparing for the quincea?era project.
Kate Marion-Lapierre & Nora Israeloff
December – Our school wide reading of the book Wonder finished up in December. Take the opportunity to discuss with your child the social messages from the book reviewed in their advisories. Starting in January, all classes will begin again the PATHS and Second Step curricula to help students manage their social and emotional well-being.
January – The Character Theme for January is Cooperation. One way this theme is reinforced is through a “Peace Table,” in the 4th grade cafeteria. The idea for this came from Billy Woodall, who wanted to declare one table as a place where students agree to practice friendly conversations and topics. The Peace Table is open to, and rotates through, any interested student. GMS commends Billy for sharing his idea and putting it into practice!
Reminder: Butter Braid Fundraiser orders MUST be picked up on Wed. March 11th from 3:30 – 5:30 at the Sanderson St. entrance. All proceeds go toward funding field trips and school events. We have been able to pay for all field trips so far this year with monies raised! We were able to raise just under $2,000 for new books for our library from the Scholastic Book Fair.
Please continue to collect Box Tops: Monies raised help keep our school store well stocked. Be sure to check the expiration date and help by clipping around the outside of each Box Top and sending them into school.
Meetings: PTO meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 4PM in our school library. Childcare is available! If you’d like to join our email list, send an email to email@example.com
Being in school is the single biggest way to help your child succeed. At GMS, this means getting to school before 7:40 and staying until 3:30. Several students are getting dismissed after 2:00. We want to let everyone know that this year there are academic classes at this time. This change in schedule from last year means your child is missing valuable instruction.
Dismissals: If your child needs to be dismissed early for an appointment, they must come to office in the a.m. with a note. They will then be given a dismissal pass which allows them to leave their classroom and come to the office for parent/guardian pickup.
It's flu season again. Consider getting a flu shot for you and your family. In addition to getting vaccinated, encourage your child to take everyday steps that can help prevent the spread of germs. This includes:
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If not are available, cough into the crook of your arm.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Protect yourselves and others by washing hands frequently with soap and water.
Please remember to keep children home from school if they have a fever or diarrhea. Children must be fever free (without the aid of fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hrs. before returning to school.
I’m always happy to speak with you if you have question or concerns! 772-1360 ext. 2237
A Reminder from Mr. Hickey, Physical Education Teacher
All students are required to wear sneakers in P.E. classes!
Help is one free call away!
Project Bread – FoodSource hotline 1-800-645-8333 or go to www.gettingsnap.org for information about:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
- Emergency Food Programs
- School Meals
(The FoodSource Hotline is funded by the Mass Dept. of Transitional Assistance)
Do you have a child under 5?
Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
WIC offers families:
- Personalized nutrition consultations
- Checks for free, healthy food
- Tips for eating well to improve health
- Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family
If you are interested in purchasing student accident medical insurance, please stop by the main office for information.
Stop & Shop
A+ School Rewards
Since 2005, Stop & Shop A+ School rewards program has given away over $10 million dollars to many schools! They are excited to give away another $2.5 million to local schools in our community!
Parents! You can help GMS by registering your Stop & Shop card at any local Stop & Shop store using GMS ID number 05191. If you have done this once, you do not need to re-enroll.
Thank you for your support!
School Start and Dismissal Times
Students are to be at school by 7:40 AM
Dismissal is at 3:30, Monday through Thursday
Dismissal is at 2:10 on Fridays
Varsity and Junior Varsity
TO REPORT AN ABSENCE, PLEASE CALL 413 772-1360 AND PRESS “3”
Upon return to school, please bring a note explaining the absence.