Dear Grizzell Community,
Greetings! It’s been an interesting week! Thank you for all you’re doing to support your child, including providing structure while school is on hold. Even if middle school students don’t want to admit it, they like when we provide expectations for them. I recommend you agree upon a daily schedule, which includes time to play, exercise, read and complete assignments. I always try to remember that giving students an opportunity to provide input in the schedule is really important if we want them to adhere to it. Feel free to reach out to me if you want specific suggestions.
Teachers are working hard to provide meaningful learning opportunities for your child on Schoology. This should be the primary platform from which students can access their learning. Occasionally, students may also be asked to use a google suite product. In addition to teacher assignments, I will also be sending a Schoology message to the GMS community a couple of times a week. I hope you take the time to read/watch!
Next week, March 23-27 is Spring Break. Please unplug from Schoology and Google for these days. Focus on choice activities (like pleasure reading and outside exercise). Since many may be in Ohio (like me!) I have my fingers crossed for sunny days. I’ll take any temperature!
Don’t hesitate to email if you have questions. I’m working at home and welcome your messages.
VIDEO MESSAGE FROM MRS. EVANS TO STUDENTS
View Mrs. Evans’ March 20 video message here.
Whew! It’s been a crazy 24 hours! Please know we are working hard as a district to keep you informed and updated. I will be communicating regularly with our community until we return to school. Thanks in advance for checking your email and for following us on Twitter. @gmsDCSD.
Before I get to online learning during our absence, I want you to know how awesome your children are! We started our day with a video announcement reminding students today is a regular school day - both academically and behaviorally. As usual, our kiddos are exceeding expectations. Thank you for sending such awesome young people through our doors!
Later this afternoon, I will set expectations for online learning through April 3rd. Below are the key points and video I will share with students. I know I can count on you to support my expectations. Thank you!
•No academics will be required on Monday, March 16th or Tuesday, March 17th. Both days are designated Professional Days for teachers to prepare the online learning opportunity provided via Schoology.
•Student assignments will be assessed daily and feedback will be provided throughout the school closure. When we return to school, students will be expected to have completed all assignments. In fact, if a student hasn’t finished his/her work, the first day back will be tough. Thank you again for your support.
•I encourage you to establish a set time each day for your child to log onto Schoology and complete assignments.
Students will be bringing home their chromebooks, chargers, instruments, independent reading books and all materials. It is my understanding students will not be permitted into the building after today. If your child is absent today, you may pick up his/her materials until 4:15pm today or Monday between 7am-4:30pm.
I will have access to my email through April 3rd. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns, or simply need some reassurance. I care deeply about our school community and I will be available to support you!
Have a wonderful weekend!
View Mrs. Evan’s video message here.
Have you noticed the large bullfrog statue in our courtyard? Over a decade ago, Shawn Kaeser and his Social Studies students lobbied Ohio Legislators to name the American Bullfrog as the state frog. They were successful and our statue found its way home to GMS. #HOME
In the last year, Mr. Kaeser and art teacher, Mr. Todd Arnold, have introduced a license plate design featuring our bullfrog. I recently learned we are one step closer to providing the American Bullfrog as a choice on Ohio license plates. The bill passed the Ohio Senate 32-0 and is now headed to the Ohio House of Representatives for its next vote! This bill not only makes the design available for license plates but it also provides for a portion of the sales to go to wetland preservation in Ohio.
Thank you Mr. Kaeser, Mr. Arnold, and students for your leadership and for demonstrating the positive power of a Democracy. Ribbit! Ribbit!