GMS NEWS - October 12, 2017


Dear GMS Community,

Our 6th graders are off at camp having a great time!  Seventh and 8th grade students are “holding down the fort” very nicely.  In fact, I am amazed at the devotion to their learning. In every classroom I visit, I see students reading, writing, collaborating, and creating.  Thank you for sending such hard working students to us each day!

As we near the end of our first nine weeks, please be reminded that Katie Pack is scheduling parent conferences for parents who have a concern they would like to discuss with their child’s teachers. Please email Mrs. Pack at or phone her at 614-718-8613 to determine which times on November 2nd and November 9th are available. Team leaders may also be contacted to schedule a conference.

Next week, our students are honoring the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary by participating in “Say Something” week.  On Wednesday, students are encouraged to wear green, and wristbands will be for sale in early November.  Look for announcements on our webpage and in the weekly update.  

Beginning October 19th, the Student Council is sponsoring a “Pink Out”  to create awareness for Breast Cancer.  Students should wear pink on Wednesday, the 25th and are encouraged to support the SC in a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.   Pink wristbands will be for sale at lunch starting on the 19th and ending at the end of the month.

It’s obvious from these two initiatives plus the Principal’s Advisory Council’s drive to support hurricane victims that you are not only raising children who value their education but also children who understand the importance of serving others.  Thank you for all you do.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Are you experiencing economic hardship such as: job loss, death of a family member, sudden move, divorce, health issues, or an unexpected emergency? Each year Adopt-a-Family matches local families experiencing a financial or medical crisis with volunteer sponsors from the community seeking to experience the joy of giving. Families receive gifts for their children and a grocery card for a holiday meal.  If you are interested in holiday assistance, the deadline to let your school counselor know is OCTOBER 19th. Applications will NOT be handed out like in year’s past.



Our MakerSpace is up and rolling!  Thank you to everyone who donated items at the end of last school year. We are stocked with all types of art supplies, colorful paper, paints, and markers. Students are using the space and we are ready to move into phase 2, collecting wood scraps and workshop tools.  If you have either and are willing to donate to our MakerSpace, please contact Mrs. Evans at 614-718-8618 or



School Resource Officer Paul Burks will be our guest speaker this month.  Please plan to join us for this month’s PTO meeting, Wednesday, October 18th @ 1 p.m. in the library.  Officer Burks will share with us general information about what he does at GMS as an SRO and will be open to your questions.  Now is a great time to get involved with your child’s school through PTO!



Does your son or daughter love to ski?  Yes it’s only October but ski season will be here before we know it!  If your child is interested in ski club, plan to stop by GMS Commons on Wednesday, October 25th from 7:30-8:30 and learn all about Ski Club, pick-up and turn-in forms, etc.  Roger Murphy, the district ski club advisor will be on hand to answer all your questions.  For more info on ski Club, click here:



Students in 8th grade will have the opportunity to participate in a Career Day on Friday, December 1st from 8:30am-12:00pm. We are looking for parents who are willing to share information about their career field and profession. Volunteers will be asked to present four separate 25-minute sessions throughout the morning and lunch is provided afterward.  If you are interested in volunteering as a presenter, please contact Katie Pack, guidance secretary, at Thank you in advance for taking the time to share valuable career opportunities, experiences, and skills with our 8th graders!


NUMATS is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. The PSAT™8/9 test, designed for students in grades 8 and 9, is administered to students in grades 3 through 6. SAT® and ACT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9. NUMATS identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students. Click here to register for NUMATS   The Grizzell school code is 8500036.  NUMATS Family Guide 2018 booklets are available in the guidance office.  


Dublin City Schools Emerald Campus to open for high school students in 2018-19

At its regular meeting on Oct. 9, the Dublin City Schools Board of Education chose to name the District’s facility on Emerald Parkway, the Dublin City Schools Emerald Campus. Click here for details.

Profile of a Graduate

What are the traits and skills our community prioritizes in Dublin City Schools graduates? Find out by visiting:

Passion for education

Science teacher Ashley Dulin-Smith shares what her students enjoy most about science.

October Parent University sessions

We have some great Parent U sessions on the October schedule, including important meetings for high school parents and students interested in career exploration programming. Click here to view the calendar of events.


10/12 6th Grade Outdoor Education

10/13 6th Grade Outdoor Education

10/16 National Bus Safety Week

10/18 PTO Meeting, 1 p.m., Library (SRO Paul Burks will be the guest speaker)

10/19 End of first grading period

10/20 NO SCHOOL, Fall break

10/23 NO SCHOOL, Fall break

10/24 8th Grade Washington DC Trip begins

10/27 Grade Cards posted for first grading period

11/7 Election Day

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