Friday, May 22, 2020

Hard to believe that this is the last week of VLOs for students.  

Do you know where these pictures were taken?




The pictures from last week's blog were from the GMS Library and Mr. Branham's US History classroom. It's one of my favorite classrooms at GMS.  

Next week brings the last week of school and end of year celebrations.   There is something different planned for each grade level.  Sixth graders will participate in a virtual Ice Cream Social.  7th graders will have a virtual celebration. For our 8th graders, the campus is hosting a parade next Thursday.  Please check out our website for more details.  

Just a reminder that all VLOs are over and grades will be finalized next Tuesday.
Monday is Memorial Day so GMS will back on Tuesday.  Have a great weekend. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

8th graders, we need your help with submitting pictures for the 8th Grade Panoramic photo.  The deadline has been extended to next Friday the 22nd. 

 Last Friday I posted pictures of different places at GMS and asked if you knew where they were.  Here are the answers:  The Commons, over Tiger Mart, and the gym.  Those were easier.  Do you know where these pictures were taken?


Just a reminder that items in the PE lockers are able to be picked up.  An email was sent earlier this week with a link.  The link must be completed prior to you coming to school.  

Thank you all so much for your patience as GMS has worked through this unprecedented situation.  Stay safe and hope to see you soon. 

Friday, May 8, 2020

I want to thank the GMS Community for the wonderful Teacher Appreciation Treats this week.  You helped make cleaning out our rooms much easier. Thank you.

While I was on campus this week, I decided to take some photos of different places in the building.   Hopefully, you will know where in the building each of the photos came from.  If you need some help, just send me an email.  






Parents with students in high school level courses don't forget that you must submit the survey and if you want your child out of the class, email your gear level counselor.  

If you would like to have your 8th-grade child's picture in the 8th-grade slideshow, please email michelle.roddewig@austinisd.org

My last Principal Coffee for the year is Monday, May 11th.  Please RSVP to the above email.

Have a great Mother's Day Weekend. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Hope this blog finds you well and adjusting to our new norm. 

GMS Art work from home...


Needs ideas on how to create a poem?  Mrs. Juettner has a great idea.




Huge shout-out to the GMS PTA, specifically Mandy K. and Katy H. for hosting the Screenagers screening this week. 

This week you should have received the approved Middle School grading guidelines.  There are some significant changes for students taking high school credit classes.  Within the next few days, you will also receive another email from the district informing you of your child's current grade in high school-level courses, and if you want your child to continue in them.  Knowing there will be lots of questions, I am hosting a parent meeting on May 5th at 11:00.  Please RSVP to michelle.roddewig@austinisd.org to attend. May 6th, you should receive a survey where you will need to inform GMS of your decision to stay in the high school level course or be removed.

GMS is working on end of year celebrations.  We are in current need of pictures of our 8th graders.  Please send photos to michelle.roddewig@austinisd.org by May 15th. 

As we close out the year, students have items that need to be returned.  These are very specific items and you will receive an email from the teacher with more details if this pertains to your child.
Athletics, May 7th, 10:00-12:00, drop off in back by the gym
Band, May 14th, 10:00-2:00, front carpool lane
Orchestra, May 14th 10:00-2:00, loading dock near dumpsters
Dance, May 14th, 10:00-2:00, driveway by portable entering street from the front of the school.

At this time, all student materials will remain where they are until schools reopen. 

Next Principal Coffe is May 11th.  Look for more details.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, April 24, 2020

I hope everyone is staying safe and adjusting to this new "learning at home" situation. 

As we finish our third week of learning at home, GMS is identifying students that are completing the VLOs and those that aren't.  Even though GMS has 100% of our students accessing Blend, not all are completing the VLOs.  We have learned from several parents already that they thought their child was doing them.  Remember that you can check your child's assignments by having them show you their grades. 

Just a reminder that along with the VLOs the district has put together the "Learning at Home" website.  Not only is there great learning opportunities but there are great websites like PBL students can use. 
https://sites.google.com/austinisd.org/aisd-learning-at-home

I have enjoyed hosting my Principal Coffees.  The next one is Monday, April 27th at 1:30.  Please make sure you RSVP. 

Remember to review the Gorzycki Middle Campus Community Course in Blend.  GMS has posted several learning outcomes from students in this course.

It is supposed to be a great weekend, enjoy the nice weather. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

I am running short on pictures for my blog.  If you have any pictures of your child learning right now, please send them to me!  I hope these links work.

The first one is one of our 8th graders making mask extenders.
 https://www.kxan.com/news/coronavirus/austin-8th-grader-on-autism-spectrum-3d-prints-solution-to-medical-mask-ear-strain/

This one is a 6th grader with a great new recipe. 
https://aisdskylink-my.sharepoint.com/personal/bonnie_reedy_austinisd_org/_layouts/15/onedrive.aspx?id=%2Fpersonal%2Fbonnie%5Freedy%5Faustinisd%5Forg%2FDocuments%2FAttachments%2FGavin%20Sewell%20World%20Culture%27s%20cooking%20video%2Emov&parent=%2Fpersonal%2Fbonnie%5Freedy%5Faustinisd%5Forg%2FDocuments%2FAttachments&originalPath=aHR0cHM6Ly9haXNkc2t5bGluay1teS5zaGFyZXBvaW50LmNvbS86djovZy9wZXJzb25hbC9ib25uaWVfcmVlZHlfYXVzdGluaXNkX29yZy9FYmozMHRxMVcxNUttMEF4SWhVd2dsY0JUR0g1MUNKVkNyN2MzNmZlSjNVVjhBP3J0aW1lPThSSlM3eFBqMTBn

After the Principal Coffee on Monday, Ms. Prepster created a video tutorial on how to organize your Blend Dashboard.  It is super helpful especially for families with multiple school-aged children.  The link can also be found in the Gorzycki Middle Campus Community Course.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QMIzMGmW8floRrmqXELkj_FQPzsmEL6C/view

The District device rollout is still happening.  GMS hears about a few more each day.  Please email anna.garza@austinisd.org if you haven't received one by Monday.

If you haven't registered your child for the next school year, please do so now.  This can all be done online.  Related to registration and next year, please remember that students must be immunized and that the school must have that documentation.  More information can be found on our website at https://www.gmstigers.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=188417&type=d&pREC_ID=staff

Remember to always check both the GMS website and Gorzycki Middle Campus Community Course for the most updated information.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Have you ordered your 2019-2020 yearbook?  If not, more information can be found on www.gmstigers.com
GMS Yearbook on Sale Now!--Please click for more information Featured Photo
GMS is expecting...Remi has grown-up!  Stella is having a kid (baby for those that don't know a baby goat is called a kid!)

GMS is trying to communicate in lots of ways right now.  We apologize for duplicate messages but feel that is best during this time.  

www.gmstigers.com 
This is the Gorzycki website.  It will always have the most updated information.  Right under the photos are links to the GMS newsgroup.  Subscribing to this creates an email list for the school and another way we send messages out. 
If you continue to scroll down the page to the News & Announcements section, you can see all recent postings.  
You can also subscribe to the school Twitter and Facebook sites as well.  

BLEND is the other mode of communication.  You can find a link to BLEND on our website if you don't already know how to get there.  Almost all teachers are now posting VLOs in BLEND.  The GMS goal is to have all teachers doing this by the end of April.  
Gorzycki Middle Campus Community is a course you should have.  If you can't find it, check your list of courses, and add it to your dashboard.  I am beginning to post announcements there too.  (I am learning BLEND also.)

My Principal Coffees is another place.   There will be one April 13th, April 27th, and May 11th at 1:30.  Please be on the look at for an email.  RSVP is required for attendance.  

As always I am here to answer questions, just send me an email.  I will answer them as quickly as I can.  cathryn.mitchell@austinisd.org

Remember tomorrow is a student holiday.  Sounds kind of weird to say.  But teachers are attending virtual trainings and might not be available.  

Finding things to celebrate right now is difficult.  So, for those that celebrate Easter and Passover, enjoy the time.  For all others, find something to celebrate this weekend.  
Stay dry, healthy and safe.