PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGEWelcome back! It has been wonderful greeting all of the students as they returned to school. They seem happy and enthusiastic to be back! That fact is a tribute to the attitudes of you and our AWESOME teaching staff. It’s great to be a GMS Celt!
During the afternoon of Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be viewable in Central Ohio weather permitting. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting its shadow on the earth. We want our students to experience this rare and important scientific educational opportunity.
There are a variety of ways to view the eclipse. Our expert teaching staff has plans in place to provide this learning experience for our students. 6th and 7th grade students will watch the eclipse via live stream at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive . Eighth grade students are building pinhole viewers in science class. If your 8th grade child returns the signed permission form he/she received in 7th period today, your child may go outside and view the eclipse with the pinhole viewer. All other 8th grade students will view the eclipse indoors via live stream at the address above. If you would like to check out your child from school to view at home under your supervision, this absence will be excused.
Students should be reminded that while they board the buses, ride home and while they are walking home, they should not look directly at the eclipse. Athletic teams will be warming up inside and will go outside for practice at the conclusion of the eclipse. As always, student safety is our number one priority and all safety precautions will be taken during school hours when the eclipse is expected to be visible weather permitting. As with taking part in any natural event, there are always risks associated with it. In this case, even a few seconds of viewing the eclipse without proper viewing glasses/pinhole equipment can result in permanent damage to eyes.
If you would like additional information on the eclipse, visit www.dublinschools.net/eclipse.aspx for links to information about the mathematical and scientific aspects of the event, as well as tips for safely viewing the event outside of the school day.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Welcome to Grizzell Middle School! We hope you have had a fun summer making memories and taking the time to relax and visit with those important to you. As you know, the start of school is just around the corner. We have planned several events and worked very hard in preparation for the new school year. I’d like to call your attention to the checklist at the bottom of this message. Completion of the items on this checklist is paramount in making the transition back to school as smooth as possible. For your convenience, we have provided active links to these action items that required at the beginning of each school year. To be as thorough as possible, we have also sent a hard copy of this letter and checklist to everyone via the U.S. Postal Service.
For families who are new to Dublin, we have a New Student Breakfast on August 9th at 9 a.m. which features activities that will help those new students become familiar with other new students, as well as Grizzell Middle School. Please contact Katie Pack, guidance secretary at 614-718-8613 to add your child’s name to the list of attendees.
Our “Back to School” day is August 9th. Sixth Grade Only Orientation will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Both students and parents are asked to attend. Students can meet their teachers, walk their schedules, pick up pre-ordered school supplies, get their school pictures taken, and practice opening their lockers. Simultaneously, parents will be participating in “My Child Is In Middle School. Now What?” which is designed to introduce parents to office staff, Schoology, information about Outdoor Education, and use of technology devices as learning tools.
Our 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend “Back to School Day” on the afternoon of August 9th from 1-5 p.m. As in years past, students can decorate their lockers, pick up pre-ordered school supplies, have their pictures taken, and walk their schedules.
Please take the time to look over the GMS website. It is full of important information and should be your primary resource for event dates (academic, music, and athletic), weekly newsletters and school information. Additionally, please follow us on twitter @gmsDCSD and @GMSCeltics for reminders throughout the school year.
Enjoy the last few days of summer! We can’t wait to reconnect with you and your family, and we know that the 2017-18 school year is going to be a great one!
Wow!!! Time flies when you’re having fun...I’m not sure if any truer words have ever been spoken! The 2016-17 school year was filled with awesome learning opportunities, enhanced by student clubs, organizations, performance groups and athletics. If you attended a band, orchestra or choir concert, our recent art show, or the drama club production, you witnessed middle school talent and artistry at its best!
Many of our Celtic athletic teams experienced tremendous success with winning seasons, including the Girls Track 4x4 relay team who finished in 2nd place at the middle school state track tournament. Students excelled in academic clubs as well including Lego League’s world’s qualifying efforts, MathCounts mathletes won 1st place at one of their tournaments and Power of the Pen students are competing this weekend at the state competition.
Students were generous this year too! They rallied around one of their own classmates in his battle with leukemia and raised more than $3700 in that effort. Additionally, they collected school supplies for those who need it, made blankets to keep people warm and organized “blessings in a backpack” among many other charitable activities.
And who could forget all the fun of March Madness, or the middle school dodgeball tournament championship that featured not one, but two teams from Grizzell! I hope when your child looks back on this school year, he/she does so with many fond memories. I know I will!
For parents of 8th grade students, please make note of the details below regarding the 8th grade end of year events.
As we close one school year, we can’t do so without thinking ahead to next year. Please watch both your email and mail, as well as the website near the first part of August for details for next school year. I can hardly wait to do it all again!
Have a wonderful summer!