Friday, February 17, 2017

GMS is experimenting on productive ways to help students focused in class.  Several weeks ago, we order stationary pedals for desks.  Students loved them.  Now we are observing how the rubber bands for desk work.  These are so popular that we are placing another order next week.

Today was PAWS for Fun.  Several new locations were opened up based on student feedback.

You have to love beautiful days in Austin...
 Glad to see students being silly outside...
 The new UNO room exploded to the hallway..
 The new youtube room...
 The movie room...
 I do think students enjoyed the new spaces, and it was a great celebration after a long six weeks.   Have a great weekend.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Just a reminder about school rules.

  • Cell phones, other devices, and ear buds are not to be seen after 8:25 am unless teachers have a BYOD sign on their door.  This includes hallways and the cafeteria.  Texting, Social Media, checking personal emails, playing games, taking pictures, and surfing the web are NEVER allowed on campus.  Confiscated phones have a 48 hour hold and $15 fee. 
  • Shorts, dresses and shirts worn with leggings must be fingertip length.  Shirts must have a 3 inch sleeve.   
  • Fidget toys must be used appropriately or they will be confiscated. 
  • In the mornings, food and drinks are to be consumed in the cafeteria at the breakfast tables. 
  • Nothing should be sold on campus.  

Choice Sheet Night was a huge success.  Remember that choice sheets were due this week.  

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Tiger Day is almost here, and  the PTA is looking for volunteers and partners.  More information is on the website above.  

GMS celebrated our outstanding counselors this week for Counselor Appreciation week. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

No Place For Hate GMS Coalition is sponsoring a poetry contest with the intent of spreading awareness of bullying.  Poems can be submitted through Mr. Martin's webpage by Feb. 10th.

 Have you noticed your students reading more than normal lately.  Mrs. Wiese, our librarian, is hosting a Read-a-thon.  As I visited classes this week, I have noticed thousands of pages being read by our students.  I even think there is a prize for the class who has read the most!  Keep reading.

There was a great turnout at the FMP district meeting last night.  Please refer to the district website for the most recent updates.

GMS ended the week by celebrating Women's Heart Health Day by wearing red and hosting our Valentine's Dance.

Choice Sheets are due next week.  If you have questions, please come to our Choice Sheet Night Tuesday.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hopefully your middle schooler has come home this week talking about the viewing of Screenagers.  Thank you to all the parents and the panel of experts that came out Saturday to watch it prior to students seeing it Monday and Tuesday. If you would like more information, look on the counselor page of our website.

GMS also hosted the final countdown for the Geo Bee.  Seth O. will represent GMS at the next level.

Parker L., had the winning essay for the African American Heritage foundation.  He will be recognized at their celebration in February.

8th graders participated in our annual Career Fair.  There were some great career ideas helicopter pilots, crime lab investigators, lawyers, artists, architects, mechanics and more.  Thank you GMS community for stepping up to help.

Congratulations to Ms. Shirack and her journalism classes.

Next week starts the countdown for 2017-2018 Choice Sheets. Counselors are making presentations to all students explaining the courses and providing support on how to complete the Choice Sheets.  Choice Sheets will be uploaded to the counselor website once presentations are made.  GMS will host a parent Choice Sheet Night Feb. 7th.  Check website for more details.

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 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!