Dear Grizzell Community,
Happy Thursday! I hope you have had a chance to meet our Athletic Director, Jay Ohlinger. He spent the first part of his career as a math teacher and basketball coach at Sells Middle School. Last spring, he expressed an interest in moving into a leadership role and GMS is the benefactor! He is positive, funny, and loves building relationships with students. If you haven’t had a chance to introduce yourself, please do. This time of year, he is at basketball and wrestling contests on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
One of the great things Mr. Ohlinger has brought to GMS is 6th grade Spring Sports Camp. If your child is a 6th grade student, he/she brought home an invitation last Friday to check out Grizzell Athletics by participating in one of 12 camps. We know that involvement in school activities is directly related to school achievement and positive sense of belonging, and we want as many students participating in athletics, music, or the arts as possible. GMS Spring Sports Camp is a great way for 6th grade students to learn more about a sport and make plans for joining a team next fall.
Please visit our website here if you would like more information about Mr. Ohilinger’s initiative.
Have a wonderful weekend.
January 9, 2020
Welcome back. It has been awesome greeting the students as we enter 2020. They seem rested and ready for the 2nd semester. Thank you for all you do to support your child. Your efforts make a difference!
You may have noticed more traffic in the front loop on Tuesday morning. Much of the additional congestion was due to the nearly 200 students we have participating in ski club. We understand skiing equipment is impossible to carry on the bus and expect parents to drop off their child; however, please drop off at the designated top loop OR prior to 8am on ski club dates. Per district policy, no cars will be permitted in the front loop after 8:10am so our buses can safely drop off students at the front door between 8:10am and 8:20am. In addition to creating a safer traffic environment, early drop off will also ensure that your child is able to efficiently store his/her ski equipment in the locker room area and get to 1st period on time. Thank you in advance for your support.
During drop off and pick up you also may have noticed our new School Resource Officer. Please help me in welcoming Officer Chad Patrick to the Grizzell community. Ofc. Patrick is a veteran with the Dublin Police Department and is thrilled to take on this new challenge. I find him friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable. I am sure you will too! Make sure to greet Ofc. Patrick when you see him.
Dear GMS Community,
I am confident in saying “The countdown is on!” We are doing our best to keep your child engaged and learning, right up to the winter holiday celebration next Thursday, December 19th at 1:30pm (Thank you PTO for providing snacks for the students!). We appreciate the encouragement you’re giving your sons and daughters at home.
On Monday, December 16th, Officer Burks, Shana and I will be facilitating a “tabletop” safety drill during each of the three lunch periods. “Tabletop” implies that we will talk, not actually practice, with students about what to do in an emergency situation. If an intruder enters the building between 11:00am and 1:30pm, there are extra logistic challenges which will be the focus of our drill. Please know I am working hard at selecting language that will both support and prepare students without scaring them.
Specifically, we will discuss how both large safety doors in the cafeteria will be dropped by staff and we will also point out the location of the three building exits from the commons end of the building. Finally, we will discuss what to do once students get outside.
Please keep me posted on your child’s feedback about the tabletop drill. I am happy to speak with you or communicate via email.
Have a great weekend!