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Grizzell Middle School
Principal: Corinne Evans
8705 Avery Road
Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-798-3569
Fax: 614-761-6514

Willard Grizzell Middle School
Ms. Shana Murray, Assistant Principal
Hours: 8:28 a.m. - 3:08 p.m.
Phone: (614) 798-3569
Attendance: (614) 718-8600 or email:  gmsattendance@dublinschools.net
Athletics: (614) 718-8624
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Grizzell News
GMS NEWS - May 5, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It’s May! Wow! Our year is flying by. Although it would be natural for the students and staff to begin the transition toward summer, quite the opposite is happening within the walls of GMS. Today kicks off the student art show in the commons and main hallway. Beautiful pieces prepared by nearly every Grizzell student will be on display through May 26th. Please arrive early to the band, choir, and orchestra concerts over the coming weeks to enjoy the hard work of our students.

Earlier this week, our students and staff participated in “Bowties for Brandon,” a community service project designed to raise awareness to the dangers of drunk driving and to making healthy life choices. Please check out @gmsDCSD to see all of the students in their bowties. I would also encourage you to ask your child about the #bowtiesforbrandon initiative.

During the week of May 20th, Celtic Connections will be holding its Spring Fling. Although the event is designed for student fun, there will also be a service component. Many of our 8th grade students are working alongside Celtic Connections and the Principal’s Advisory Council to raise awareness about healthy relationships. Students who donate their entrance tickets to the Spring Fling will contribute to the a Grizzell Middle School gift to Choices, an organization that provides temporary shelter for battered women and children of Central Ohio. Additionally, the same 8th student group suggested the idea of hosting a self-defense class, here at GMS. Please note the sign-up information for this opportunity later in the newsletter. This is just another example of our student body’s service-oriented attitude. I couldn’t be more proud!

Finally, speaking of service. I want to give a special “Thank You” to Lauren Menning and Kim Podobinski. They have chaired the PTO hospitality committee for the last four years and have provided many delicious meals and treats to show appreciation for our wonderful teachers. Thank you Lauren and Kim for your service and for your creativity. You are very appreciated!

Have a great day!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - April 28, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

By the time you receive this email, our guidance counselors, teaching faculty, and administrative assistants will have coordinated and administered over 4,500 AIR tests over the last three weeks. The amount of forethought, organization, and attention to detail that it takes to successfully accomplish this is significant! Although the process could be a full time job for many, our staff continued to teach students, support students and parents and have collegial conversations about how to best meet the academic and emotional needs of our 850 GMS students. I appreciate their work ethic and their devotion!

I would also like to recognize the 7th grade Celtic Connections students and staff for their leadership in organizing “No Tech Wednesday” on April 20. Several students approached me in March and asked to identify one day in April on which 7th grade students would mix up their lunch table seating and pledge to leave their phones or other personal electronic devices in their lockers. Although students were a bit hesitant last week, once they were given their new seats for the day, they quickly engaged in conversation and table games such as “Would You Rather” and “Two Truths and a Lie.” The feedback I received from our student leaders was that they enjoyed the opportunity to get to know someone who may have been an acquaintance and that they would like to repeat the day once a month for their 8th grade year. I think that is a great idea, and consequently, the Principal’s Advisory Council and Celtic Connections will continue to explore how to make a monthly “No Tech” day a reality for all three grade levels next year.

Finally, please take the time to scan through the announcements listed below. There are many opportunities for students and families over the coming months and our newsletter is a great way to be connected to Grizzell and the greater Dublin community.

Have a great day!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - April 20, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Feeling part of a community is important to emotional health and a student’s happiness. Although we are approaching the end of April, there are still many opportunities for students to get involved at GMS! Art Club will be meeting May 17th, 3:15-5pm, Celtic Connections will hold a meeting in early May (listen for WGMS announcements) and will also host a special school wide event on May 20th (Stay tuned for more information!), and Principal’s Advisory Council participation is open to all students throughout the year. Please have your son or daughter talk to a guidance counselor, a teacher or me to get more information about these events and others taking place in April, May, and June.

Students are back to a testing schedule next week. Please note that although Thursday, April 28th is recognized by some organizations as “Take Your Child To Work” Day, it is a day on which DCS students will be completing AIR tests in grades 6 and 8. If you are interested in having your child shadow you in your workplace, please schedule the opportunity on Friday, April 29th or a day in May. Thank you in advance for your support as we fulfill our state testing requirements without having to take students out of class for make ups.

Tomorrow night is Family Night. Our hope is that you are able to take a break from the busyness that consumes most of us and spend some quality time as a family. If you are looking for something different to do for family night, click here for some ideas. Also, our 8th grade choir will be singing the National Anthem at the Clippers game on Thursday. That would be a great way to spend quality time as a family, as well as support our Grizzell community. Have a great rest of the week and enjoy Family Night!

Corinne


 
GMS NEWS - April 15, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It’s been a quiet week at GMS. Students worked hard during their first two days of AIR testing and are continuing to put forth strong effort in each of their classes.

Please take a few minutes to complete the district’s parent survey. A link for the survey is listed in the “District News” section of this newsletter and you may have received an automated email yesterday including the link. Thank you in advance for your participation. I am confident that Dr. Hoadley and other district leaders will consider the data as they move forward with long range planning.

Enjoy the beautiful weather that is headed our way this weekend and consider buying a Bundt to support Honor Flight!

Corinne


 
GMS NEWS - April 7, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Greetings GMS parents! Following the excitement of March Madness (Thank you PTO and teachers for your hard work!), students have had a week centered on learning and academics. This is good timing! Students are refocused as we enter the month of state testing, April. Although state level tests are just one of the measures we use to gauge student progress, we encourage our students to do their very best on all of the AIR assessments. Parents can offer their encouragement by focusing on tips such as those listed below.

Remind your son or daughter to….

  • Give their full effort on each test.

  • Use the full allotment of time on each test.

  • Think positively about questions.

  • Make sure to answer all questions.

  • Eat a good breakfast on the morning of each test.

  • Get enough sleep the night prior to each test.

Grizzell students are naturally hard-working and willing and I have confidence that they will be fully engaged in AIR assessments so that all that they have learned and their academic growth will be clearly shown. It should also be noted that for students currently enrolled in a high school credit courses, completion of the AIR test will take the place of the district final exam.

The dates for upcoming tests are listed at the bottom of this week’s newsletter. Please check your family calendar and, if at all possible, have your child in school for the entire day on those dates.

Have a great weekend!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - March 17, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

I can’t believe we have already completed three grading periods and are heading into the final quarter of school. What a great year it has been so far! I hope you will have a very safe and enjoyable Spring Break. Whether you are traveling afar or embarking on a stay-cation here in Dublin, be sure to make time to relax with a good book and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day - It’s greener in Dublin!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - March 10, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It has been a productive week at GMS! Students are still buzzing about the fun they had at the March Madness “Tip Off” event on Friday evening and excited about the district dodgeball tournament, being held during all lunch periods. Finals for each grade level will take place on Friday, March 11th so the GMS teams will be set for the district event on April 1st.

Even with all of this fun, Celtic students are working hard in the classroom. Several Tech Solutions students are busy designing and building a quadcopter that they will program and test to determine its effectiveness. Language arts students in all three grades are busy writing an informational piece, and 6th grade music students are preparing for their upcoming spring concerts. These are just a few examples of the complex and creative thinking happening within the walls of Grizzell. It’s a great place to be!

 
GMS NEWS - March 4, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome to 3rd trimester! I imagine you’re enjoying the conversations around the dinner table about new classes that began this week and the many opportunities for service, sports and fun available to all students during the last part of the year. Please visit our website to check out the guidance, athletics, and PTO pages for descriptions.

March Madness (MM) is underway at GMS! I’m looking forward to our FREE event tomorrow evening from 7-9pm. Students can enjoy the MM events (dodgeball, Cupcake Wars, Lyp sinc, and Chess) for which they signed up while they dance to a DJ, and have fun eating FREE pizza, chips, and other snacks. If you’re interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Jodi Rhodes at srhodes6@columbus.rr.com

Have a great weekend!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - February 25, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

By the time you are reading this, Ms. Murray, the guidance counselors, and the 7th grade and related arts teachers will have implemented Character Day with 100% of our 7th Graders. The day was filled with activity and discussion about how to be the best student and person that one can be. Activities emphasized the importance of empathy and encouraged students to Notice. Consider. Act. In other words, students were encouraged to listen and observe others, think about the choices they have in a given situation, and to put positive choices into action. Students were engaged and enthusiastic for the full day program and worked hard to understand how they can leave a positive legacy at GMS! I am very proud of their effort.

 
GMS NEWS - February 18, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

The Grizzell community’s generosity continues to amaze me! At last Friday’s “Party In the USA” Honor Flight dance, students and their families contributed approximately $8000. Our students and teachers will continue their efforts through April but the profit for this one event was a great kick off and very much appreciated.

In addition to the direct fund raising that is occurring for Honor Flight, there are opportunities for families to support Grizzell through indirect efforts. And- they do! An example of this is Target’s Take Charge of Education. Grizzell recently received a donation of $646.95, all based on purchases made at local Target stores. It’s easy to sign up and a great way to support Grizzell using your Target Red Card. If you would like to participate and have a Target Red Card, just click on the link provided to sign up. Target Take Charge of Education Indirect donations such as these give opportunity to purchase books for classroom libraries and to fund fun events like our upcoming March Madness “Tip Off” event on March 4th. There will be no charge for the event ( including refreshments), and in addition to enjoying music and dancing, students can participate in corn hole, can jam, chess, and sketching March Madness events.

Finally, our PTO also has several indirect fund raising campaigns in progress. Please visit the PTO page on the Grizzell website if you would like more information about these opportunities. All indirect donations go toward funding fun, PTO sponsored activities, such as March Madness, and to fund school wide initiatives, such as the recent author visit.

Thank you for all that you do to support your child and the entire Grizzell student body! Have a great weekend.

Corinne


 
GMS NEWS - February 4, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

As you can see from the body of our newsletter, the GMS students and staff are busy learning, competing and serving in their community. You should have received an email from me this afternoon inviting you to a special service opportunity on Friday, February 12th. I hope that 100% of our student body can attend and if you’re interested in volunteering or chaperoning that evening, please contact Shawn Kaeser, the organizer of the event.

Another opportunity to visit Grizzell will occur the same day, February 12th. Between 1:15 and 2:45 p.m. our 7th grade students will be participate in the 20th Roman Trading Cards event. We have had to skip this event the last couple of years and are very excited about the opportunity for students to again be able to integrate their learning about how historic cultures have influenced later civilizations with their learning about markets/economics. Parents, family and past students are welcome to attend the show, get some ancient Roman cash, buy cards, and even play against some of the Roman experts in the 7th grade. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to play a challenging game from Classical times. Contact Mr. Hull (7-1) or Mr. Tisdale (7-2) if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - January 28, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

As you can see by the length of this week’s newsletter, we have many opportunities to get involved in supporting the Grizzell community! Between Honor Flight, March Madness, Willy Wonka, Dublin Literacy Conference, 6th Grade Dance Club, 8th Grade Career Day, and the culminating competitions for our winter sports, there is a place for every student who wants to be involved in a co- or extracurricular activity. Today, we are excited to honor and cheer for our winter athletes during the pep assembly - Go Celts! If your schedule allows, we would love for you to join us!

Corinne



 
GMS NEWS - January 21, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Greetings GMS parents! It has been a quiet week filled with great learning, and I appreciate all of the hard work that goes into each day, beginning in the early morning when you support your child as he/she prepares to come to school. Great students! Devoted parents! Hard-working teachers! This certainly is a recipe for learning success.

As I mentioned last week, you will be receiving information today or tomorrow from the District office regarding how to access your child’s digital grade card for second quarter. Please contact me at 718-8618 if you have any difficulty with that process.
 
GMS NEWS - January 14, 2016

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It’s unbelievable that we are at the semester mark of the 2015-16 school year. Although the first half of the year has flown by, we have some very significant events to which we can look forward during 3rd and 4th quarters. Two are described below and stay tuned to future weekly updates for more information about these events and others.

  • Please look for announcements in the GMS weekly update and on the daily announcements (can be found on the GMS webpage) about Honor Flight. Families can contribute both time and monetary resources to support this initiative.

  • PTO is kicking off March Madness (back to its 1-week format this year!) on Friday, March 4th with a corn hole and chess tournament during an evening canteen (7-9 pm). Students will have an opportunity to enjoy a DJ in the commons, play corn hole or participate in the chess tournament, or enjoy other typical canteen options like purchasing food and playing bingo. Most of the March Madness events will take place March 28-April 1.

 
GMS NEWS - January 8, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome to 2016! It is great to be back to school. Our students and teachers worked very hard all week reading, writing, and thinking. It is so awesome to be part of a school community that values coming to school and working hard everyday.

Speaking of working hard, a group of 8th grade students has initiated the Honor Flight service project again this year at GMS. Please stay tuned to our weekly newsletter and to the school calendar for opportunities to contribute both your time and your financial resources to this student-driven project.

Finally, if you are like me, you’ve set some personal and professional goals for 2016. I wanted to share a video with you that has impacted me significantly and may provide a New Year’s goal for you. The link to the video is listed below. Our entire staff watched the video and its ideas will be part of our 2016 professional development.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWv1VdDeoRY

Have a wonderful weekend!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - December 17, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
As we wind down the school year in 2015, I wish you and your family a wonderful winter break, plenty of time to relax and recharge, and a safe and healthy new year! I would also like to invite you to join us on Friday when we will be holding our second annual Grizzell Idol competition followed by the staff’s rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” If you’re new to Grizzell, the Idol competition involves one student from each grade level team performing in front of his/her classmates and using the poll everywhere app to have students text who they think should be the 2015 Grizzell Idol. The assembly will begin at approximately 2 p.m., but you will want to allow yourself a few extra minutes to park and get a visitor’s pass in the main office.

Have a wonderful break!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - December 10, 2015
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It’s Book Fair time! You have probably noticed in my writing that I LOVE books and literacy so the two weeks of Book Fair are some of my favorite of the school year. Mrs. Moshiri and Mrs. Moulton have worked very hard to display and offer a variety of fiction, non-fiction, and literacy related items including posters, pens, and games. Students are being provided an opportunity to preview the items during a language arts class and then have the option to return to purchase later. Please ask your child about the book fair scavenger hunt Mrs. Moshiri devised and what books and toys he/she hopes to purchase. Parents are welcome to stop in during the school day to shop at the Book Fair. Also, for your convenience, the Grizzell community can also shop on December 14th from 6:30-7:30 pm. If book buying is part of your holiday shopping, the Grizzell Library Book Fair is your destination!

Have a great weekend!

Corinne

 
GMS NEWS - December 3, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome to December! As many families prepare for the winter holidays, Grizzell students continue to show their generosity. The Grade 8 students are currently leading a toiletries drive to support our world’s Syrian Refugees. Students may begin turning in the following items to their homebase teacher on Monday, December 7th.

body soap, hand soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream,

combs/hairbrushes, toilet paper, feminine hygiene, baby diapers, and laundry soap.


The toiletries drive concludes on Friday, December 11th. Please contact Amber Yuen @ yuen_amber@dublinschools.net if you have questions.


Simultaneously, one of our students is beginning his quest for Eagle Scout designation and is asking families to check through their closets for gently used children’s shoes and clothing. Donations can be made in the plastic bins located near Grizzell’s front door. All donations will be given to Welcome Warehouse, a Dublin-based support organization for Northwest Columbus families in need.


Grizzell Middle School is truly a special place. Students are devoted to their learning, active in many co- and extra-curricular activities, yet still find time to think of the needs of others. Our school community is amazing!

Have a great weekend!

Corinne
 
GMS NEWS - November 19, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

As always, students have been working hard and have recently transitioned into their second trimester classes. I continue to be amazed by our kids here at Grizzell, and that is a reflection of you and the love and support you provide them. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be the leader of this wonderful school and with the Thanksgiving holiday just a few days away thought it would be fun to share the top 10 things for which I am thankful.

10. It’s been sunny more than cloudy in the last 10 days.

9. We are having Hat-Jama day on Friday #comfort

8. Officer Dunson and his “Buses Only” sign #studentsafety

7. The GMS PTO who provides generously and graciously

 
GMS NEWS - November 12, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Mid-November is here! With it comes the conclusion of our first round of parent conferences, the end of the first trimester, and the beginning of winter sports. Students continue to work hard and accept the academic challenges that come their way. Their perseverance is incredible and the support that you, their families, provide them is very much appreciated. I want to thank our PTO for their generous care of the staff during both of the parent conference evenings over the last two weeks. Their donations of yummy treats, delicious salads, and comforting main dishes give the staff the sustenance they need to lead positive and productive parent conferences.

I also wanted to recognize the leadership of our 8th grade class. They have recently initiated two significant service projects: support for the Syrian Refugee crisis and Honor Flight. On Wednesday, Veterans Day, I shared the following message with our students, recognizing the service of our veterans, but also challenging our students to be service oriented citizens. Our entire school will be participating in the support for the projects and as events are planned, I will continue to keep you informed of our progress.


   
 
GMS NEWS - November 5, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

We have been fortunate to have beautiful weather this week. Unfortunately, it looks like cold and wet days are in our upcoming forecast. With the change in the weather comes more students being dropped off at school so it is a great time to reach out to you about safety in our drop off and pick up zones.

 
GMS NEWS - October 29, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Wow! It is the end October and of the first quarter already. I am so pleased with how hard the students are working, reading, and creating. Continue to encourage your child to read nightly and to ask questions when new ideas don’t make sense. Our entire faculty is here to support and grow students and they LOVE IT when students are curious about their new learning.

 
GMS NEWS - October 22, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Greetings from our Nation’s Capital. We are having a great time! The weather is fantastic; students are learning and making connections; everyone is safe! Please make sure to follow @gmsDCSD on Twitter to get updates about the trp and other events happening at Grizzell.

 
GMS NEWS - October 16, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

There is a lot of excitement at Grizzell Middle School! Our 6th grade students are having a great time at outdoor education camp. Seventh grade students just finished their first fall sports season as Dublin City Schools athletes and 8th grade students are completing last minute preparations for their Washington DC trip next week. Thank you for your continued support of academics, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities. Students across the district reap the rewards of the entire Dublin community, but I know that our students as especially blessed with teachers and parents who encourage, prepare, and expect their best. It’s great to be a Celt!
 
GMS NEWS - October 8, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It is difficult to believe we are more than halfway through the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year. As I reflect, I smile when I think about all of the wonderful opportunities our community, coaches, and teaching staff have provided for the Grizzell students: sports, clubs, canteens, 6th Grade camp, Washington DC and MANY rich, rigorous, creative thinking opportunities in the classroom. The Dublin City Schools really does provide an outstanding, unique educational experience. #TheDublinDifference

   
 
GMS NEWS - October 1, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

What a great day! It is sunny and cool and our trees are beginning to change their colors. These are all signs of autumn! Another fall tradition is attending a sports competition for one of our fall sports teams. All teams, volleyball, tennis, cross country, and football still have competitions left and I encourage you to check out the school calendar on the main page of the GMS website to find a game or match to attend.

 
GMS NEWS - September 24, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

The GMS book committee has been working hard scheduling an upcoming author visit which will take place next Thursday and Friday, October 1 and 2. We are delighted to welcome poets/authors Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook to Grizzell to work with our students for two full days. The authors will host an assembly for each grade level and also facilitate writing workshop with students through language arts classes. Thank you to the PTO for funding the author visit and thank you to Mrs. Moshiri and the book committee for planning two wonderful days of learning activities for students.

 
GMS NEWS - September 17, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

We have had another great week at GMS! I want to offer a special “Shout Out” to the Washington Township Fire Department who provided CPR training to our Grade 8 teachers. Over the last 3 years, WTFD has CPR certified all Grizzell teachers! This is a wonderful community service so please make sure to show your appreciation if the opportunity arises.

 
GMS NEWS - September 10, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


It was great to see many of you at our recent Open House evenings. Based on the feedback I received, you were welcomed by our caring staff and left the event with a solid understanding about your child’s day here at Grizzell. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, guidance counselor or me if you have further questions.

   
 
GMS NEWS - September 3, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It has been a great week at GMS! Students have easily adjusted to their new routines and to their new team of teachers. I continue to be impressed with how hard-working and flexible our Celtic students are. It certainly is a pleasure to be the instructional leader of this wonderful school!

 
GMS NEWS - August 27, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! We had a great first day and the students arrived this morning with smiles and lots of enthusiasm. I am confident that great things will be happening again today and all year at GMS. With that said, if questions or concerns arise in your family, please do not hesitate to contact me at 718-8618 or evans_corinne@dublinschools.net. I would also like to invite you to follow GMS on Twitter at @gmsDCSD. Twitter is a great way to get “real time” updates about school events and important announcements. I would be thrilled if 100% of students and parents were following us on Twitter. Click here to check out our recent tweets and follow us!

 
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