Goodrich Middle School

January 2018

7th and 8th Grade Students to Take PSAT in January

Goodrich Middle School will administer the PSAT 8/9 to 7th and 8th grade students on January 9, 2018. In the event of inclement weather or school closing for any reason, a potential back-up date has been set for January 11, 2018. The assessment will begin promptly at 7:45am and takes about three hours to complete. Please ensure your child arrives to school on time and has breakfast that morning. The test will be completed before your child’s regularly scheduled lunch time. **In an effort to ensure an environment conducive to testing, 6th grade students will remain in their 1st hour class through 3rd hour on the day the test is administered.**

We are asking all students who have a PSAT approved calculator to please bring it with them to school to use on the day of the exam.

Permitted Calculators:

  • Four-function calculator
  • Scientific calculator
  • Graphing calculator

PROHIBITED Calculators:

  • Laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones
  • Models that can access the internet or have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smartphone-type features
  • Models that have a typewriter-like keypad, pen-input, or stylus
  • Models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or use paper tape

Please visit and PSAT Parent Information for additional information.

December Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated by their teachers to be our GMS Students of the Month for December! Students are nominated based on many factors, including but not limited to: work ethic, grades, positive attitude, helpfulness and other PRIDE qualities. Congratulations to Grant Grimes (6th - right), Andrew Hamilton (7th - left) and Noah Keller (8th - center).

Mark Your Calendars - GMS Winter Extravaganza/Talent Show

Our 6th and 7th grade classes are hosting this year's Winter Extravaganza directly after school on January 18th. Students and their friends are invited to perform their favorite lip sync or dance routine on stage in front of their peers. What fun! Student song choices and dance routines will need to be approved by Mr. Wozniak or Mr. Dawson in advance. Tickets for the event will go on sale during lunch the week of the event.

Sorry parents, this is a closed event for GMS Students ONLY.

Thank You, Goodrich Educational Foundation!

Students in Mrs. LaRowe’s 6th grade math classes (see below) used technology to research sales tax rates across the U.S. The students then went online gift shopping, calculated discounts, and stayed within their $200 budget. There were some creative purchases (pet toys and lava lamps), thoughtful gifts (books for their ELA teachers) and exceptionally smart shoppers who spent less than ½ of their funds! A HUGE thank-you to the Goodrich Educational Foundation for funding the grant request to purchase the Chromebooks for classroom usage!

Please Extend a Warm Welcome To...

  • Ms. Kaitlyn Kayfes, long term sub for Mrs. Ross
  • Student Teacher Ms. Kaitlin Marshall, who will be doing her student teaching with Mrs. LaRowe
  • Student Teacher Mr. Ricky Brooks, who will be doing his student teaching with Mr. Peterson and Mrs. Rettenmund
  • Mrs. Debbie Densham, who will be working with MS speech students beginning in February.

Music Notes...

Congratulations to Ashley Brown, Daisy Baut and Madison Ayotte who have been selected to participate in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District III Junior High School Honors Band! They represent the finest musical talent in the 25+ schools of District 3!

Jan. 5th - Monthly Book Swap

Goodrich Middle School's next monthly book swap will be this Friday, January 5! The event issponsored by Cottage Used Books in Goodrich.

Students are allowed to bring in up to five gently used books to turn in to their ELA teacher the day before the event in exchange for tickets to pick out new books during the swap. Kathy Mulholland from Cottage Used Books in Goodrich supplies “new” books for the kids to choose from. This is a great way to clear out the books your middle-school student has already read in exchange for new reading material!

What Lifts You?

Student’s in Mrs. Leadford's Art class learned about artist Kelsey Montague and her #whatliftsyou campaign. Kelsey Montague creates large wing murals that invite people to stand in front of for a picture, and then post on social media with a positive message including the #whatliftsyou. These wing murals are located in major cities all over the United States and around the world.

GMS Art students each created a single feather using Sharpie and Zentangle patterns. When completed, the feathers were all pasted together to create a large set of wings for the hallway of Goodrich Middle School. The result was a beautiful work of art!
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Gavin Dunn - 6th Grade Art Student

Junior Thespians Begins January 8th

If you child is interested in acting, managing or designing for theater, have them join Junior Thespians! All are welcome to attend! The first meeting will be January 8th and practice will be every Monday and Friday after school from 3-5pm in the High School Auditorium. Students can ride shuttle bus #5 from the middle school to the high school for practices. There's no need to sign up, just show up for the first practice. For more information, contact Brian Costanza at

Reminder - Homework Requests

  • Teachers are not required to provide work when a student is gone fewer than three (3) days.
  • Work should only be requested if you feel your child will have time during his/her absence to complete all work and return it upon their first day back at school.
  • In the case of illness or prolonged absences (3 or more consecutive days), parents may request work directly from the office. When this request is made, all work must be completed and turned in upon the student’s return. Failure to turn in completed work upon return to school will result in a failing grade for any missing assignments.
  • It is recommended your child collect their missing work when they return to school, as they will have the same number of days that they were absent to complete and return it.
  • As a reminder, medically excused absences (with a note from the child’s medical provider), death of an immediate family member/funeral (up to five (5) days), required court appearances and/or religious observances meet our excused absence guidelines. Any other absence, even those excused by a parent, will count towards total unexcused absence accumulation.

Further details and information can be found in our Student/Parent Handbook on our website here: Goodrich Middle School Parent & Student Handbook

Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Events!

Dates and times are subject to change.

Please check our school calendar at

for the most up-to-date information!


1/5: Cottage Used Book Swap - during lunches

1/10: PTO Meeting - Oaktree - 9:15am

1/15: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day/No Students

1/18: Winter Extravaganza - after school until 4:00pm

1/22: Board of Education Meeting - Community Room - GHS - 6:30pm

1/25: Early Release - Records Day - School Releases at 11:00am

1/26: Early Release - Records Day - School Releases at 11:00am


1/29: NO SCHOOL- Records Day/No Students


2/2: Cottage Used Book Swap - during lunches

2/5-2/9: MS Box Top Challenge Week - start collecting those Box Tops now!

2/7: PTO Meeting - Oaktree - 9:15am

2/13: GMS Band Concert - GHS Auditorium - 6:30pm

2/12-2/14: PTO Valentines Sale


2/15: Parent Teacher Conferences (BY INVITE ONLY)- 3:30pm-6:30pm

2/19: NO SCHOOL - Comp Day/No Students

2/21: LATE START - Building opens at 9:00am, classes begin at 9:30am

2/26: Board of Education Meeting - Community Room - GHS - 6:30pm

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Student Council leaders Mrs. Robb and Mrs. Czap with the GMS Student Council team

GMS Attendance Policy

Goodrich Middle School's complete Attendance & Tardy policies can be found in our handbook on the GMS website at under "Student Handbook and Policies."

Rachel's Closet

Rachel’s Closet, located in the office at GMS, is a closet full of clothes, supplies and personal care items that middle school age students may need, but maybe cannot afford. Students are able to visit the closet for items they need confidentially. Please talk to your child about Rachel's Closet and encourage them to see Mrs. Durant, Mrs. Lauinger, Ms. von Keltz, Mr. Salter or Ms. Batterbee if they need anything.

You Can ALWAYS Stay Informed!

For daily updates on GMS events and announcements, please be sure to check! Just click on "News and Announcements" on the left side of the page. You can also check the online calendar to see upcoming events and activities!

PTO Updates and News

The Martian PTO is always looking for people that would like to get involved and volunteer their time. The next meeting is Wednesday, January 10th at 9:15am. All meetings take place at Oaktree. Spirit wear can be purchased at any time through the year at K & C’s Special T’s website -

Please email the Martian PTO at or visit the Martian PTOwebpage and Facebook page for more information.

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