Dear GMS Community,
I hope you are having a great Friday! This morning our staff participated in a simulation high-lighting the importance of building a positive and inclusive school culture. It was an amazing opportunity and we can’t wait for the students to return on Monday to continue the work of #HOME.
The #HOME initiative emphasizes the importance of school family. Families have fun together; they support each other; they encourage each other and they SERVE together. We currently have 2 opportunities to serve Central Ohio, both initiated by student groups. Junior Teen Institute is sponsoring a canned food drive for the Dublin Food Pantry and The Bridge, a near west side resource for the working poor. Students are encouraged to bring in canned meats, soups, and vegetables through October 27th. Donations should be dropped off in team leaders’ (Jesenovec, Galuska, Dechert, Baker, Garrity, Raybould & Wadenstierna) classrooms.
The 6th grade social studies students are sponsoring a paperback book drive through Veteran’s Day, November 11. Earlier this week, you received an email detailing the donation process. Please reach out to me if you didn’t receive this information. I am happy to forward it to you. For both initiatives, PTO will be providing prizes to the winners!
Have a great weekend!
Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday afternoon’s birthday celebration. It was great to see so many students, parents, teachers and former school faculty. Our theme for the event was 25 years of excellence and I have no doubt we will have 25 more years! Thanks for all you do to make GMS the best middle school in America.
If your child is a 7th or 8th grade student, he/she will have the opportunity (in late October) to participate in OHYES, a survey providing the district anonymous feedback about healthy lifestyles. Please look for more information, including an opt out choice, about OHYES next week.
We are certainly enjoying “Start with Hello” week. In addition to welcoming Todd Waites last Monday during an assembly for each grade level, students have had time in class to think about 3 important steps to making our school more inclusive.
#1: Be aware of students around you. Do they seem sad? Isolated? Alone?
#2: Make a decision to do something about an isolated or sad student.
#3: Start with a simple “hello.”
During WGMS on Monday morning, students watched a powerful video produced by SandyHook Promise. The link to the video is here. Please chat with your son or daughter about how the video impacted his/her thinking. Wednesday was “No technology” day during lunch. I was thoroughly impressed with how students embraced the idea. They laughed, talked, and were quite loud...exactly what we were hoping for!
Today is Celtic Card recognition day. Thank you to the PTO for providing an ice cream sandwich to any student who was nominated in August or September for demonstrating one of the Profile of a Graduate Habits: perseverance, kindness, empathy, mutual respect, honesty, and self awareness. I hope as you read these habits you are thinking the same thing I am...an inclusive school will be filled with students demonstrating these habits!!
We are super excited about next week! Mark you calendars for the GMS 25th birthday celebration on October 2nd. Festivities begin at 4pm. I will send information early next week about the agenda.
The faculty and staff at Grizzell are continuously striving to increase connections amongst students, between students and staff, and between staff and families. Those efforts come in all shapes and sizes! We have three events over the next month I want to call your attention to. On September 19th, students and families are invited to participate in a fall tailgate prior to the 8th grade football game against Sells. PTO will provide pizza for all in attendance and Kona Ice will be available to purchase; all in attendance are invited to play can jam, corn hole, soccer balls and hula hoops; a DJ wil entertain alongside a face painter (Thanks Mrs. Beard!); and as our football team enters Celt Stadium, we will make a tunnel to culminate the excitement. The event begins at 3:30pm and concludes at the start of the football game, 5:00pm. Please join in the fun of the tailgate and attend the FB game. Students are admitted for $2 and adults for $4 (or with a sports pass). See you then!
Please also mark your calendars for “Start with Hello” week, September 23-27 and the GMS 25th Birthday celebration on October 2nd. More details will be coming in next week’s newsletter.