Friday, January 19, 2018

Short weeks are so much fun.   I had the great fortune of being serenaded by the boys choir today.  They did an awesome job. 
It was also the finals for the GMS annual Geo Bee.  I don't know the winner yet so stay tuned next Friday.

Career Day is next Wednesday.  If you were thinking of participating but forgot, there is more information on the GMS website or email carrie.ryan@austinisd.org

Have a great weekend.
 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Welcome Back!  Hope everyone had a great and relaxing break.  GMS is already in the swing of spring semester. 

We would like to begin by thanking our AISD School Board Representative, Yasmin Wagner for the support she provides GMS.

Fellow Christian Athletes (FCA) had a guest speaker this week.  An ex-player of Coach Napoli's shared his experience with members. 
GMS hosted the Spelling Bee finals this week.   Where spelling is not my strong suit, I was totally impressed with the students but especially the last three standing!

 Team 6-1 honored their new students of the 6 weeks. It is always so much fun watching them walk into this meeting where all their teachers and administrators are and then realize it is for something great. 

 I also had the opportunity to cover woodshop.  It impresses me how much the students learn and how creative they are with what they create.
Today was the first episode of Gnasher News.  I watched it in my office with some of the student council members.  Mr. Keller and his students did a great job!
Middle of the Year benchmarks are beginning.  Please see the school calendar for specific tests and dates.

New seasons of basketball and soccer have started.  These dates can also be found on the website. 

Monday is a holiday, so see everyone on Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Diane Gorzycki, the band director our school is named after, started an amazing tradition.  The day before winter break she had the Fine Arts students perform for the school and provide them lunch.  Just to say thank you for everyone's support of the Fine Arts Department.  Here are some pictures of the performances.
Theater Arts
 Orchestra
 Art
 Steel Drums
 Band
Tiger Drill
 Guitar
Tiger Dancers
 Tigerettes
 Choir
Here are a few more pictures from this week's events.
7th grade science class.
 6th grade field trip to Houston's Museum of Natural Science

NJHS students purchase gifts for Brown Santa


I wish you a safe and Happy Holiday season.  We will see you back January 3, 2018

Friday, December 15, 2017

Some of the outstanding 6th graders this six weeks.
 There are lots of things the GMS PTA does for the staff that I love.  The Cookie Exchange is definitely on top!
 The Culinary classes created cupcake master pieces and then distributed them to staff. 
 Another treat from our amazing PTA is the augmented sandbox.  Teachers had time this week learning how to use it.  
 It is always fun to watch the theater kids create their own plays.  What you see on film is definitely not what was actually happening behind the scene!  
 Another exciting event this week was the Tiger Cage Business Competition.  Students are asked to create their own business and present the concept to actual business owners!  These are the top 3 winners.
Remember it is a short week next week.  The Fine Arts department has several performances on Tuesday.  This is an annual tradition started by Diane Gorzycki herself. 

The 8th grade Lady Tigers Basketball team also has final Tuesday. 

Have a great weekend.

Friday, December 1, 2017

7th grade science classes this week dissected chicken wings. Supposedly students feel this is worse than frogs.  I guess when you cook chicken wings dissecting them seems normal.  

The GMS Student Council for one of their Legacy of Giving project collected 2260 lbs of food for the Capital Area Food Bank.  Today was a field trip to the food bank to help. 
 Students in art created projects showing a balance between positive and negative spaces.
 Beginner theater students created puppets to use for their performance.
 Green Ag class has been busy around campus working on all the garden and flower beds. 
Don't forget the Middle School Fair is tomorrow for those that would like to come and visit.  The Lady Tigers have a basketball tournament and the boy soccer teams have games Saturday as well.  There are several fine arts performances next week.  Please check the school website for more specific information. 

Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Student Council had a successful Can Food Drive.  Mrs. Reedy's class won the contest with Mrs. Wiese, Mr. Grimes and Coach Napoli close behind.  But like Mrs. Huerta stated, "We are all winners because we showed empathy by giving to others who are less fortunate."



Sixth graders spent time today reviewing their children's books. 


There is lots happening when we return from break:  MOY Writing for 7th graders, Callbacks for the GMS Musical, Glee rehearsal, Student Council Fieldtrip to Food Bank, and Lady Tigers Basketball - just to name a few.

So get some rest and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The PTA Love Your School Fundraiser is underway.  GMS benefits completely from this fundraisers.  We have purchased items such as science lab updates, water bottle refill stations, overdrive for eBooks, furniture for the library, spirit items such as flags around camps.  GMS appreciate all of your support.

Only One Gorzycki Night was a huge success.  It was great showcasing the different programs offered here.  The presentation will be uploaded to the website soon.  A huge thanks to Mrs. Dumas for all her support in creating our flyers.

 GMS also celebrated PAWS for Fun and a presentation for our new Green Ag class. 


The counseling department has created a series of parenting classes.  The first one is Nov. 16th on Tech Generation.  Please check out our website for more information on this program and others.

The GMS Lost and Found is overflowing.  Please have your children stop by and look for lost items.  Items remaining by next Friday will be donated.  Also, make sure you label items brought to school.  This includes things like inhalers and epi-pens. 

GMS also celebrated our Tiger Veterans:  Mr. Kagan, Ms. Barraza, and Mr. Raup.  Thank you for your service.  Enjoy your Veteran's Day Weekend.