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GMS NEWS - January 12, 2017

We are having an exciting, event-filled week here at GMS! Both the girls and boys basketball teams are in action this evening. The girls are away at Olentangy Liberty and the boys are at home vs. Liberty. To show our support to JJ Thomas, students are having an “Orange Out” today at school and at the home basketball game. We’d love to pack the gym with orange so please consider joining us! #JJStrong

The wrestling team defeated Hilliard Memorial last evening for the first time in 7 years. I was thoroughly impressed with how hard each athlete worked during his match and how much support each athlete provided for his teammates. One of my favorite moments of the evening came when an experienced 8th grade wrestler mentored a 7th grader after his match. They talked and then the older boy demonstrated how the younger could use a move for more success in his next match. This kind of camaraderie is what makes being involved in a school activity so important!

Drama club continues its diligent preparation for their presentation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Dates for the performances are posted on our school calendar, and I encourage you to attend. It is going to be fantastic!!

The week’s activities are rounded out with the Spelling Bee. Preliminary grade rounds are being held today at lunch with the final round taking place at the end of the school day tomorrow. The school wide winner will represent GMS at Ohio University in the State Spelling Bee in March. Additionally, March Madness points are up for grabs! Please check out twitter and our school website for an announcement tomorrow regarding the winners.

Have a wonderful weekend!


GMS NEWS - January 5, 2017


Welcome back! I hope the winter holiday gave you time to rest, relax, and re-energize! The students did a great job transitioning back into “school” mode this morning, and our winter clubs/athletics are in full force. Please check the school website for upcoming events, competitions, and practices.

On Monday, January 9th our 7th grade students will be visiting Tolles Career and Technical Center. I am really excited for the students to see this 21st Century teaching and learning facility. In preparation for the visit, students will be watching 1 minute video clips about each of the 22 Tolles programs. Subsequently, students will choose which program they prefer to tour while on the field trip. Unlike in past years, students will get a more in depth and more accurate view of the entrance requirements, the day-to-day learning, and the certificate options for a program in which they have interest.

This is just one of the many differences about the opportunity Tolles Career and Technical Center offers our students. I imagine your perception may be like mine, based on the vocational/career center model of the 80’s and 90’s. The technical and career center model of 2017 includes many programs that require a high grade point average to be considered for entrance and also give students an opportunity to become certified upon graduation. Not only do these qualities change the expectation level of Tolles students, but they may also facilitate a fast track to college graduation and a means to finance what college level courses students are required to take.

Although the upcoming trip is only for 7th grade students, we have plans to schedule a voluntary trip (prior to high school scheduling) for interested Grade 8 students. Tolles has also shared that they are happy to schedule personal tours for families, should you or your child be interested in more details about a particular program or two. I encourage you to talk with your child about this challenging, engaging, and potentially money saving opportunity. If you would like more information about Tolles, I have included a short video link here: Tolles program video

Have a wonderful weekend!


GMS NEWS - December 16, 2016


Season’s Greetings! It is crazy that we are three school days away from the halfway point of the 16-17 school year. I hope the words of my weekly newsletters have demonstrated how fortunate I feel to be leading Grizzell Middle School. Every day there is something impressive about what our students and teachers accomplish. Rich learning. Significant service. Exceptional performances. Thank you for all you do to prepare your children as learners, for all you teach them about being good people, and for all of the support you provide to the GMS community.

Have a wonderful, safe, relaxing winter holiday!


GMS NEWS - December 7, 2016


Greetings! It finally feels like December and I heard this morning that there may be snow on the way! I am a fan of winter but I know not everyone feels cheery when they are anticipating cold and blustery weather. I hope you can find time this weekend to stay cozy and warm!

Perhaps, you’ll also find time to do some reading. If you’re looking for a good book or a holiday gift, our book fair is available through the end of the day Monday, December 12th. In fact, Mrs. Moshiri will be here at school on Monday evening from 6:30-7:30pm so that families can browse and shop. If you’d like to support the book fair and another student driven initiative, please consider the Jr. Teen Institute club’s book drive taking place now through December 16th. New or gently used books may be donated in your child’s homeroom class. This event is also one of the first March Madness events. Contributions will be recorded and the team with the most donations will receive March Madness points.

Perhaps, you’ll find time to enjoy surfing the internet. If this is the case, please consider visiting the two links listed below. I was recently contacted by a local businessman about publicizing and supporting fund raising for JJ Thomas and his family. The links below will take you to a “Go Fund Me” page hosted by the businessman and a Facebook page (Fight to Win #JJStrong) that shares information about a special showing of the movie “Sing.” If you’re interested in participating in either opportunity, please check out the links below.

Regardless of how you spend your weekend time, I hope you are warm, safe and happy. Have a great weekend!


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Grizzell Middle School 
Ms. Shana Murray, Assistant Principal
Hours: 8:28 a.m. - 3:08 p.m.
Phone: (614) 798-3569
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Athletics: (614) 718-8624
Athletic Hotline: (614) 760-6784
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