Grafton Middle School

Parents/Guardians Newsletter - June 16, 2022

Upcoming Dates

June 17 - Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony 8:30-9:30am (See important details below)

Principal Talking Point

Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony - In Person - Grafton High School Auditorium

Friday, June 17 8:30am - 9:30am


***Please only two guests per 8th grade student due to limited space. Thank you.


We are very pleased to invite the parents/guardians of our 8th graders to the Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 17th at 8:30am - 9:30am. This event will be held in the GHS Auditorium.


Important Details Regarding This Event:

1. Parking will be very, very, VERY challenging on June 17th. We urge you to please CARPOOL and possibly consider, if it is a nice day, parking in the center of town or around the corner and walking down to GHS for the event.

2. Please, please DO NOT PARK AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING/SENIOR CENTER on the hill. ONLY PARK IN FRONT OF GHS/GMS or, if you are willing to help us out, park in the center of town or around the corner and walk down to the event.

3. Optional masking - We anticipate that the GHS Auditorium will be very crowded, so please consider masking during the event.

4. 8th Graders will be dismissed at the end of the ceremony. Parents/Guardians will take their 8th grader with them at the end of the ceremony. It is a half day of school on June 17th, and due to parking/traffic at dismissal, we ask that all 8th grade families leave the parking lot by 9:45am. This is when high school and 7th grade parents will be arriving for dismissal of all other secondary grades.

5. Students tend to dress nicely for this event. It may be warm, so a nice pair of shorts or a dress or skirt will work. Often students will wear a collared shirt.


This is a very special event for our 8th graders, and we want it to also be uplifting and positive for all of the attending 8th graders' parents/guardians as well. We are trying to avoid a major traffic jam. We experienced this before, when we held this event in person, so we have learned from experience. We are trying to avoid a difficult situation. Thank you for understanding!

Message from GMS Nurse

If your child has medication in the health office, please plan to pick it up by noon time on Wednesday, June 15. All remaining medications will be discarded.


The nursing staff would like to thank all our amazing GMS families for your support, encouragement, and patience this past year. Your kindness made our days easier.

GMS Students transferring out of District

Any student who is leaving the Grafton Public School District needs to inform the front office of the transfer by filling out and returning the Release of Records Form.


Release of Record Form

Summer Reading

Dear Student,


Although GMS will not be requiring summer reading this year, we do encourage you to keep your brain working and reading.


The Grafton Public Library is a wonderful resource and the librarians are happy to help you find books. The library will be doing a huge virtual summer reading program this summer. Complete details will be finalized shortly and be available on graftonlibrary.org/srp.


You might find the YALSA Book Finder helpful when searching for a book. YALSA is the young adult branch of the American Library Association. Their database compiles all of the award winners and suggested reads for teens from award committees, librarians, and teens. It can be searched by genre. We also suggest looking by list, for example, Best Fiction for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Rainbow List/Stonewall Awards for LGBT+, and Teens' Top Ten (a list voted on by teens).


If you have any questions, please contact the Grafton Middle School at 508.839.5420.


Happy Reading!


Nancy Athanas, 7th Grade ELA (athanasn@grafton.k12.ma.us)

Ray Donohoe, 7th Grade ELA (donohoer@grafton.k12.ma.us)

Paige Cooper, 7th and 8th Grade ELA (cooperp@grafton.k12.ma.us)

Paula Conlon, 8th Grade ELA (conlonp@grafton.k12.ma.us)

Darren Seely, 8th Grade ELA (seelyd@grafton.k2.ma.us)

Summer Optional Math Practice for Grades 7 to 8

Please click here for more detailed information.

Grade 8 Washington, DC Trip May 24-27, 2023

Yes! We are already planning next year's Grade 8 Washington, DC Class Trip! Please check out the flyer: Grade 8 Washington, DC Class Trip Registration Flyer.

Important Safety Message Released from Worcester's Department of Public Health Regarding Vape Pens

Please see the attached link from the tobacco team at Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) about date rape drugs found in altered vapes on the Cape. Karyn Clark our Director at the Worcester Division of Public Health has shared this information with the Police Departments already.


Police warn about the possibility of date rape drugs found in altered vape cartridges.

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2638025751508/police-warn-about-the-possibility-of-date-rape-drugs-found-in-altered-vape-cartridges?s=ws_native

Big picture