Friday, January 20, 2017

Congratulations to Mrs. Huerta, our new Teacher of the Year!  Our GMS drumline did a great job surprising her.



Student Council is hosting a Super Bowl of Caring Fundraiser.  Don't forget to bring can food items.

Next week students will view Screenagers.  Please make sure you email Edna Reyes if you want to opt out your child.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Did you know that seven GMS Art students placed in the Scholastic Art Awards from more than 1800 entries?!  Congratulations Elise, Brecken, Taylor, Evan, Olivia, Andrea, Edie an d Angel.  

Do you ever wonder where Gnasher News gets all the news?  There are flyers all around school asking students if they are interested in being interviewed for a particular topic.  
 GMS is partnering with NAMI to bring a teen support group to GMS.  For more information, please contact our counselors.
A huge shout-out to our amazing Fine Arts team and their performances at all of our feeder elementary schools.  
GMS finished the Spelling Bee today.  Thirteen students represent the top 1% of spellers at GMS:    Alex, Kyle, Hayden, Will, Tyler, Katelyn, Zach, Keira, Shubh, Guy, Ezra, and Carson.  Alex will represent GMS at the next level.  


Don't forget that there is no school on Monday, January 16th for the MLK Jr. holiday  School resumes on Tuesday, January 17th.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Did you know that the first publication of the Digit Newspaper came out before the holidays. Make sure you read a copy.  Go to Digit.press to see more about what is happening at GMS from the student perspective. 

In December, the student council raised funds for a staff member battling breast cancer.  The fundraiser was called the Pink Power Dunk.  The participating teachers raised over $2000!  Today those "winning" teachers got "dunked'"!  Thank you, Mrs. Dahill, Mr. Wieners, Ms. Alver, Mr. Summers, Mr. Mahoney, Mrs. Mazac, Mrs. Snyder, Mrs. R. Christensen, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Laughlin, Mrs. Zimmerman, Mrs. Allevato, and Mr. Kagan. 












Have you ever heard of the AAH Committee Literary Contest?  One of our students, Parker L., won 3rd place with his piece on creating future leaders winning $50,  a book for our library and a certificate signed by the governor!  Way to go, Parker!

Phoenix House is partnering with the 6th grade teachers to support students with making healthy choices.  The goal of the program is to empower students to resist the dangers of substance abuse and encourage students to make healthy choices.  All 6th grade parents should have received information related to the program.  Please let me know if you have questions.

GMS is hosting an 8th grade parent night "Get Ready for High School" on Jan. 11th at 6:30 in cafeteria.  

GMS is thrilled to present "Screenagers".  This movie addresses the most pervasive parenting issues of our time - teens struggling over social medial, video games, and internet addiction.  Please go to our website to find times and to RSVP.

Stay warm this weekend!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

With such a short week, one wouldn't think there was learning happening.  But...
7th grade science was still dissecting frogs.


And we had a door decorating contest...


And of course we ended the semester with our wonderful Winter Fine Arts Assembly and luncheon.  This is a great tradition started by Diane Gorzycki herself.













Gorzycki wishes you a safe, peaceful, and happy holiday season!

Friday, December 16, 2016

There will be a new EXCEL tutoring schedule beginning January 9th.  
    • Monday = Social Studies
    • Tuesday = ELAR & Spanish
    • Wednesday = Science
    • Thursday = Math
    • Friday = SEL/ GNASHER NEWS
These subjects have priority on these days.  Tutoring can occur during any of the days if a planner isn’t stamped. Some EXCEL classes will remain (Cheer, NPFH, Leadership, PALS, Chickens 101, Recycling). However students can still receive tutoring if needed.

GMS Science Club came in 1st place at the UT Science Competition this week. Several students placed:
Physical and Chemical Changes: 4th place Neel K. and Jose B.
Density: 5th place Ethan S. and Max S.
Energy Roller Coaster: 2nd place Abby C. and Liam M. 3rd place Danielle C. and Annabelle R.

There were several different band performances. I happened to be at the beginner band concert. It is totally impressive how much these students learn in just a few months. The Steel Drums were amazing too.


 There were also several performances by our dance classes and teams.  Below is one of our dance classes performing.


National Junior Honors Society kicked off the Brown Santa drive by purchasing gifts themselves that totaled over $1000!

GMS PALS donated over 120 coats to Coats For Kids. It is really great to be in a school that cares so much for others.

Mr. Howard's Robotics Career class participated in the Robot Olympics.


PTA brought back the Reflections project. Below are the winners.

Sixth graders had their annual Poetry and Pie celebration.  Students did an excellent job composing and reading their poems.




Ms. Finkler's Business Careers finished the semester with their Tiger Cage Challenge. Students designed new companies and proposed their ideas to parents to judge.  Liam S. created a "Built-it Website" and won 1st place.  Ava P. "AP Paw Patrol" received 2nd and Abby W. placed 3rd with her "Delicious Kitchen" concept.   



On another note, I want to remind everyone again about the importance of monitoring your child's cell phone.  Remember that if should observe anything inappropriate or alarming the authorities must be called.  Please don't wait until the next day.  Please let me know if you have questions.

A huge thank you to the PTA for our cookie exchange.  The cookies were delicious!  
 It was great to hear our GMS choir caroling through the classrooms today.


Enjoy the cold weekend.  Two days left until vacation.  We still have girls playing basketball and there is a Fine Arts Showcase on Tuesday for the students and staff here at GMS. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

I would like to thank everyone who participated in one of our current fundraisers.  The children of this county will not only be dressed warmly but will also receive a great toy.

Our choir students had an amazing winter concert.  It was a great way to hear some holiday music.


There are lots of different events next week from band concerts to basketball games.  Check the school website's calendar for upcoming events.