Goodrich Middle School

November 2017

GMS October Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated by their teachers to be our GMS Students of the Month for October! Students are nominated based on many factors, including but not limited to: work ethic, grades, positive attitude, helpfulness and other PRIDE qualities. Congratulations to Ashley Brown, Zoey Adams and Mariah Carrizales!

What does it Mean to have PRIDE at GMS?

Goodrich Middle School is committed to creating a positive learning environment that inspires all students to achieve excellence. The GMS staff has created a program called PRIDE that supports students’ efforts to manage their behaviors and achieve academic successes. Positive behavior support offers an approach whereby students are recognized for demonstrating PRIDE values. At the same time, positive behavior support is offered for problem behaviors by teaching a student new skills.

Students who follow our school-wide academic and behavioral expectations and criteria throughout the quarter are invited to attend a PRIDE reward party. Students who do not meet behavioral requirements---as outlined on our referral form---and/or are failing two or more classes, will have an opportunity to revisit and relearn our PRIDE expectations. The essential components of a student-centered support plan are rebuilding strategies, the instruction of new skills, and goal-setting. Building on a student’s strengths, goal-setting will include a shared vision for the student with the belief that goals can and will be accomplished. With the development, implementation, and monitoring of a student’s support plan, it is our hope that required changes are made so that students will feel a sense of achievement and be able to attend future PRIDE events. Thank you for supporting our mission of preparing students to be our next successful, productive citizens.

GMS students celebrated the end of the 1st Marking Period with a PRIDE party on Friday, November 3rd. There were lots of fun activities for the students to choose on the day of the party:

  • Karaoke, Cell Phones, iPads and iPods

  • Basketball & Dodge Ball

  • Just Dance 2017 Video Games

  • Board Games, Puzzles, Cards, Cell Phones, Food, & Drinks

  • Science Lab Experiments

  • Card Stacking Competition

  • Computer Games

  • Bingo

Please note that all PRIDE Days at the end of each marking period are regularly scheduled school days and all absences must be excused as per GMS Attendance Policy.

GMS 8th Grade "America and Me" Essay Contest

Now in its 49th year, the annual America & Me Essay Contest encourages Michigan eighth grade students to write about their American heroes, especially the people who have made a big difference in the students’ personal lives. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan students have participated in the contest since its inception in 1968.

Prizes include certificates, plaques, medallions, and ten cash awards of $1,000. The top ten finalists from across the state also earn a trip to the State Capitol to visit with State Government leaders, be honored at Lugnuts Stadium as special guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game, and enjoy a luncheon cruise aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat on the Grand River.

Goodrich Middle School's winners of the America and Me, My Personal Michigan Hero Essay Contest are:

    • Madison Ayotte
    • Savannah Belling
    • Emilynne Braue
    • Lauren Cherry
    • Mylee Haught
    • Dyllon Johnston
    • Max Millard
    • Isabel Roberts
    • Katelyn Spress
    • Maeve Thompson

    The winners were celebrated with a pizza party and their essays will move on to the next level of judging where first, second, and third place winners will be named. The first place essay will move on to the state level of judging. Congratulations to all!

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    GMS Student Council Sponsoring Food Drive Until Nov. 15

    Sponsored by the Lion's Club, GMS Student Council has organized a holiday food drive to benefit those who are less fortunate in our community. Our school has been challenged to collect at least 1,000 items to beat the amount collected by Oaktree Elementary earlier this year. Each grade at the middle school is also in competition to collect the most items. All non-perishable food donations can be made until November 15th. All items collected will be used for holiday baskets for those in need. GMS Student Council and the Lion's Club thanks you in advance for your contributions and generosity. Items should be turned in to each student's 1st hour teacher.

    Halloween Costume Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of our 2017 costume competition during the Halloween dance! Our Group Winners were Ava O’Connor and Lila Buchler, who were Rubik's Cubes. Our 8th grade winner was Cameron Macklem, who was Bob Ross. The 7th grade winner was Claire Byrd, who was French Toast. The 6th grade winner was Delaney Lederman, who was dressed up for Day of the Dead.

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    GMS Hosting Monthly Book Swap

    Goodrich Middle School will host a monthly book swap on or near the first Friday of each month. Our first two monthly books swaps in October and November were a huge hit! The events are sponsored by Cottage Used Books. Our students are allowed to bring in up to five gently used books in exchange for tickets to pick out new books during the swap. Kathy Mulholland from Cottage Used Books in Goodrich (located behind Yellow Dog Marketplace) supplies “new” books for the kids to choose from. It is a win-win for our middle school and for her store. Our kids have the advantage of picking out books from Kathy’s selection and she acquires “new” books for her store. The students seem to enjoy the opportunity to explore new reading options and our English Language Arts department is happy to promote the joy of reading with our students. Our next book swap will be Friday, December 1st.

    Drop Off and Pick-Up- Important Reminders!

    • Please remember that students are permitted to enter the building starting at 7:00am. Do not leave your child unattended outside of the building before that time.
    • The south end parking lot (by the gym) is for bus drop off only. DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILDREN BY THE BUS DROP OFF/GYM ENTRANCE
    • After-School pick-up is at the north end parking lot ONLY.
    • When picking up your student(s), please pull ALL the way forward. Your child(ren) will meet you along the sidewalk.
    • For safety reasons, students not picked up by 2:45pm will be sent back into the building to wait near the main entrance.
    • Student athletes should ride Shuttle Bus #5 which will transport athletes to the High School for practices.

    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!


    11/3: End of 1st Marking Period - PRIDE PARTY

    11/8: PTO Meeting - Oaktree Elementary - 9:15am

    11/15: Late Start - School Starts at 9:30am, doors open at 9:00am

    11/16: 8th Grade DC Chaperone Meeting - Room 103 - 6:30pm

    11/22: Early Dismissal - School Dismissed at 11:00am

    11/23 - 11/24: No School - Thanksgiving Recess

    11/27: Board of Education Meeting - Community Room - GHS - 6:30pm

    11/28: 8th Grade Cookie Dough Orders and Payments Due


    12/1: Cottage Used Book Swap During Lunches

    12/7: Christmas in Downtown Goodrich - 5:00-7:00pm

    12/14: 8th Grade Cookie Dough Order Delivery - Cafetorium - 3:30pm-6:30pm

    12/18: Board of Education Meeting - Community Room - GHS - 6:30pm

    12/25-1/2/18: Winter Break - Happy Holidays! School Resumes on 1/3/18

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    Happy Halloween From the GMS Staff!

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    GMS Attendance Policy

    GMS Attendance Policy

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

    GMS will no longer use a "Future Absence Form" for upcoming absences and/or vacations. Absences will be considered unexcused unless they fall under the "Excused Absences" guidelines listed in the handbook.

    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, November 8th at 9:15. 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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