The Bear Necessities
2 - Chorus Concert 7pm @ GMHS
3 - GMMS DANCE!!
6 - 7th Grade JCC Swim and Tennis Club Field Trip
7 - 8th Grade Celebration 6pm @ Turf Field #2
8 - 8th Grade JCC Swim and Tennis Club Field Trip
9 - Early Release
10 - Early Release
10 - GMMS Field Day!
13 - Early Release
13 - Last Day of School
Middle of August - Schedules released on PowerSchool
22 - New 6th Grade Students Popsicles with Dr. Wrye
29 - Open Campus for all New Students
30 - First Day of School!
The Principal's Desk
Hello GMMS Families,
As we enter the last few days of school, we have a lot happening here at GMMS! Starting with the band and chorus concerts, play productions, field trips, and the 2nd annual Field Day on Friday the 10th! A reminder that the last three days of school are 12:10 dismissals for all GMMS students.
This summer, we are allowing students to keep their Chromebooks at home. If you would like to utilize this offer, please sign up using the link: https://forms.gle/hAiJSntJyLLXkfUa7
This year, we will celebrate the 8th-grade students with a promotion ceremony on Tuesday, June 7th, at 6 pm on Turf Field Number 2. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend as we acknowledge the hard work of the 8th-grade students. We will have a rain date of Friday, June 10th.
As we enter the summer months, I want to remind everyone of the Governor's Reading Challenge and encourage all our students to read at least 20 minutes daily. The link to the Governor’s Reading Challenge is located in the Bear Necessities.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making this a fantastic year, and I wish all of you a wonderful summer.
Dr. Taylor P. Wrye, Principal
Governor's Summer Reading Challenge
It's that time of year again to encourage students to participate in CONNECTICUT READS, the 2022 Governor's Summer Reading Challenge! To support summer reading, the Connecticut State Library's statewide eGo eBook platform is now available through many local public libraries, and provides access to digital resources for all ages.
In service to families, the Connecticut State Library’s statewide eGo, eBook platform, is now available through many local public libraries, and provides access to digital resources for all ages. This service gives families access to a “virtual beach bag” of books to promote summer learning. For a list of local public libraries currently offering eGo, visit https://egoct.org.
Medication in clinic
Medication that has been stored in the clinic will be sent home with your student on the 13th of June.
Controlled medication CANNOT be sent home with your student. Please arrange for a pick up time with the nurse.
Inhalers and Epi-Pens will be sent home with your student, but if you prefer to pick up the medication yourself, then please contact the nurse and arrange a pick up time.
Medications not picked up by the last day of school will be disposed of per State regulations.
IMPORTANT for 6th grade parents:
Has your child had a physical since June 11, 2021? All incoming 7th graders MUST have updated physicals and immunizations done between the last day of 5th grade (6/11/21) and the first day of 7th grade (8/30/22)
Required immunizations for 7th grade include the TDAP and Meningococcal
Please submit this updated physical and immunization form to the nurse if you have not already done so.
This physical is required by the State of Connecticut to be submitted prior to the first day of 7th grade.
Students without this documentation are not permitted to remain in 7th grade by Connecticut State Law and will be excluded.
Please call the clinic with any questions prior to June 13 at 860-844-3038.
Please note, it is best to email completed physical forms over the summer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is checked periodically over the summer and this is the best way to ensure the information is received prior to the first day of school.
Please note that the clinic is closed over the summer. Please do not leave messages on the answering machine, as they will not be answered. As stated above, emails are checked periodically over the summer, please allow a few days for a return response. If you have a question please call the school office at 860-844-3029. Please check the Middle School clinic web site for when the clinic will reopen (in August) with the hours the nurse will be available.
HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY AND HEALTHY SUMMER!
Band & Chorus
One concert down, and one to go!! The GMMS Band put on a hugely successful concert on May 24th!! A huge thanks to everyone that helped to make these performances a success - administration, teachers who chaperoned, the high school AV club that ran sound, lights, and livestream (there are already 500 views on YouTube!), the parents for their support of the program, and the students for their commitment and being part of this fun experience!
Time for the GMMS Chorus Concert! Students should pay close attention to the rehearsal schedule for next week!
At the middle school, the band and chorus ensembles hold separate concerts on two different nights. These concerts are mandatory for students as part of their academic obligations. Attendance will be calculated into their final Quarter 4 grade. Please make all arrangements to avoid conflicts with sporting events (even rescheduled games!) and other extracurricular activities!
Please put these dates in your calendar! The SPRING Concert dates and information are as follows:
GMMS Chorus Concert: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 @ 7:00 pm in the high school auditorium.
Choir students arrive at the High School Community Gym by 6:30 pm to warm-up.
- Concert dress: A solid color top (not white or black), black/dark pants, and black/dark shoes.
GMMS JAZZ BAND - Guest Conductor!
Prior to the concert, the GMMS Jazz Band was given an amazing opportunity to attend a clinic with one of the top jazz educators in the state. Mr. John Mastroianni is the former Hall High School and Canton High School Band Director, won Teacher of the Year for the state of Connecticut in 2014, and is currently a Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut. Thanks to Dr. Grossman for helping to arrange this experience. They learned so much!
SUMMER BAND CAMP!
The dates have been set! This year, Summer Band Camp will run for two weeks in July:
Week 1: July 11th - 15th (9am - 12 pm daily)
Week 2: July 18th - 22nd (9am - 12 pm daily)
We hope to bring back our pizza lunch this year and continue our concert performances on the Friday of each week. This is a great way to bridge the gap between school years by playing instruments over the summer and "keeping their chops up" before the start of the next school year. We play challenging yet fun music and we rehearse at GMMS. Use this link to sign up through Granby Parks and Rec - hope to see lots of middle schoolers sign up!!
What a great month in Tech Ed!!!
I am so pleased with student progress on their projects in these final weeks of the school year.
Clocks for the most part have gone home in 7th and 8th grades,
6th graders did an awesome job designing key fobs working with a new to them design tool called OnShape which they will be using both and 7th and 8th grades.
All students have been working hard in class finishing up their Tech Ed independent projects.
We will be closing out the year with presentations of the independent projects in classes, and also with a couple lessons and work on helping them look into the future.
Enjoy the pictures of all the hard work in class. Hope you have a great ending to the school year and a wonderful summer break.
Family Consumer Science
Although we may be winding down this school year, some things are really cooking up in FCS!
Classes were introduced to some ethnic cooking in May, creating Asian Fried Rice and celebrating Taco Tuesday during Cinco de Mayo week!
Grade 6 students have been enjoying more time in the kitchens practicing safety skills and preparing various healthy snack recipes.
Have a great summer! And if it’s too hot in the kitchen, get outside!!!!
Classes in 6th, 7th and 8th grade are finishing up their final art projects for the year. While the 6th grade is completing their Monochromatic Paintings, 7th and 8th graders are double dipping into their final pieces.
In 7th grade, students are glazing their clay fish as well as completing a drawing series entitled “If you walk a mile in my shoes…”.
In 8th grade, students are glazing their clay towers as well as completing their Personality Profile Drawings. We are hoping Mother Nature cooperates with the final firing of the kiln, keeping it cool for the next couple of weeks!
Schoolwide Enrichment - Mrs. Cowles
This year marks the fourth year of program implementation of our schoolwide Enrichment model at GMMS. Over time we have laid the foundation for our program, educated our school community around enrichment thinking, teaching, and learning, and adapted to changes in teaching and learning due to pandemic parameters. Community partnerships have been established and we are happy to report that we have once again been able to invite practicing professionals in to visit our classrooms and educate our students around various topics of interest (veterinary science, herpetology, criminology). Enrichment classes for exceptional learners have evolved, nurturing the talent and abilities of our students through critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills, as well as the addition of enrichment and inquiry into all of our sixth grade Success classes (photo top right-hands/our best tools). This past year, students have been immersed in creative writing, science explorations, future problem solving, general enrichment, and independent studies. A number of students have received state recognition for their writing and artwork, and all of our students have grown over time. It has been a joy to watch them develop as learners, and begin to understand that perseverance pays off, and education truly is a life-long journey. And finally, an Interest Development Center - From Confucius to Calligraphy: A Study of China - has been created and established in Ms. Zhang’s classroom where students use enrichment activities to further their knowledge around the country and its culture (Thanks to a generous grant from the Granby Education Foundation).
Topics of interest investigated, developed and researched: Water supply, mining, building green, insects, Galimotos’ using SCAMPER (photo-Owen Bouley, Aaron Becker, Gavin Ciriello)), cartooning, creating a card game, planetary study, children’s picture book design, clay designs, personal journals, creative writing, poetry, fantasy (photo-Olivia Atkinson), creative nonfiction, graphic novel design, novel development, herpetology, ornithology, oceanography, plastic pollution, WWII, astronomy, mythology, criminology, the history of sports over time, cinematography (photo-Ryan Kennedy), zoology, photography, musicology, choreography, epidemiology, meteorology, ethnomusicology, and ichthyology!
Happy AAPL month! Summer is coming! Our 6th-grade students had finished a weak unit. Students create a Booklet by themselves and play together in class. Since we have lots of great weather, we move our class outside. For activities we play 是不是 Shi bu shi（yes or no) , red light green light, number 1-100 , and more. We start to learn the book Journey to the West, Journey to the West (Chinese: 西游记; pinyin: Xī Yóu Jì) is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng'en. It is regarded as one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. We also celebrate AAPL month in class!
Happy AAPL month!Summer is coming! Our 7th-grade students are studying a food chapter. We created a Chinese plate. Students pick the food they like and design the plate. 7th Grade Mandarin Chinese students had activities like Tic Tac Toe with Chinese food vocabulary. Since we have lots of great weather, we move our class outside for a few days. We also learn the difference between Shanghai and Connecticut. We also celebrate AAPL month in class!
Happy AAPL month! Summer is coming! Our 8th-grade students had Chinese kite day. Students design the kite and we play the kite. 8th grade students are learning a school supplies unit. We created a backpack. Students pick the school supplies they like to bring to school and design the backpack. We had activities like Tic Tac Toe and what supplies did I say? with Chinese food vocabulary. We celebrate school nurse day. We also learn the difference between Shanghai and Connecticut. We celebrate AAPL month!
6th Grade Spanish students talked and wrote about their actual school schedules and what they have to do to get good grades in different classes. They are preparing their "ideal" schedules to present to their classmates.
7th Grade Spanish students learned to describe rooms and items around the house. We looked at different features of homes (apartments) in a city such as Cuenca, Ecuador. Students also expanded their ability to talk about items belonging to different people in the family with possessive adjectives. Students got the prepositions of location (telling where things are relative to each other) in their muscle memories with a catchy rhyme. Congratulations to la clase de Ecuador (Periodo 6) for winning a homework pass for the best video! (Video linked).
8th Grade Spanish students learned to talk about all the chores and activities involved in getting the house ready for a party. We used the story from the movie Mr. Mom to allow for lots of elaboration on the topic, and to hear vocabulary in context. We also looked at differences in chores around the world. In particular, we read about Maya families in Mexico who start their children with chores very young. And we looked at differences in household tasks between men and women in a variety of different countries. Students also practiced bossing each other around with our last grammar item of informal commands! We will celebrate the end of the year with a mini-field trip, walking to Rancho Viejo restaurant, where students will have the opportunity to order their food in Spanish. ¡Qué rico!
6th Grade students recently created their own school schedules and talked about various elements of their French school day. They presented information about materials they need, other students, courses, and timing of classes. Our lengthy school unit encompassed such a range of vocabulary topics that will allow students to recycle what they learned next year and adapt it to new units of study.
How stylish! Our fashion shows and clothing catalogs look so trendy! Students did a great job presenting their content knowledge of our clothing unit in a visual way.
As we near the end of their middle school experience in French class, we have taken time to reflect and refresh on all of the vocabulary and grammar work that we have done throughout the past three years at GMMS.
Below is a magazine product that a group of students created to incorporate some recycled vocabulary with new concepts in a visually appealing way.
In sixth grade science, students have been studying Survival and Genetics. They have taken an in depth look at how species adapt and change to their environment, and how populations continue over time. Students have been able to complete digital investigations and form hypotheses on how to save a bee colony, and another on how to improve production at a strawberry farm. To end the year, students will be looking at how ecosystems change and affect populations. We will also be completing some STEM activities to focus on the engineering standards and practices. Students will be designing a roller coaster, and making parts of it out of paper and straws.
To finish out the school year, grade six students recently wrapped up their unit on Ancient Greece and have begun to investigate the Roman Empire. To finish up the Greece unit, students took a look at the life of Socrates and the role that he played in Athenian society. Afterwards, we wrapped up Greece by discussing Alexander the Great and the role he played in expanding the empire, and then we moved into Ancient Rome. Students examined how Rome rose to be a great empire, specifically the role that Julius Caesar played. Students are currently creating either a “Wanted” poster or a “Man of the Year” poster based on whether they believe Julius Caesar was a tyrant or a hero for the Roman people. We will wrap up Global Studies for the year by investigating how the Roman Empire eventually falls and then taking a quick look at the Dark Ages that followed.
Grade 6 (Boivin & Glidden)
Sixth grade students are finishing up the year with a unit on negative rational numbers. Students had solid knowledge that the more left you count on a number line, the smaller the numbers get. We have talked a lot about how the number line appears somewhat symmetrical with where numbers are located from zero. Students have learned that absolute value means a number's distance from zero and that distance is always positive! Comparing a number’s absolute value using greater than, less than, or equal to has been a recent focus in this unit. Students will be taking a quiz this week and will conclude the year with writing and graphing inequalities on a number line. Check out this fun song we have enjoyed in class!
Grade 6 Accelerated (Boivin):
Accelerated math is finishing out the school year with a unit centered around seventh grade standards on percent increase and decrease. This unit deepens students’ understanding of proportional relationships and constants of proportionality. Students are currently working on recognizing the relationship between a ratio table, proportional equation, and a real world problem. By finding the constant of proportionality students can make a connection between the three representations of proportional relationships. To conclude the unit, students will use the skills taught to find percentages and percent rates in order to solve problems that involve sales tax, tip, discount, markup, markdown, and commission.
As the 21-22 school year comes to a close, the sixth grade students have embarked on a brand new unit of study. The sixth grade ELA teachers have begun to pilot Lucy Calkins at the middle school. Our new unit is Fantasy.
The students are reading fantasy novels and are applying skills being taught in mini lessons to the independent reading fantasy books. Students will learn about physical and psychological settings, how the reader learns alongside the characters, especially the protagonist, how there is a power struggle in fantasy plots, how magic plays a role in fantasy, the role dialogue plays in developing the plot and the characters, and themes and life lessons in fantasy novels.
If you would like to find out more about what your child is learning and reading, ask about the protagonist in your child’s independent reading book or about the themes that are present in the book. You could also inquire about the setting and how it is affecting the mood of the story.
Students in seventh grade will finish their Disruptions in Ecosystems Unit by evaluating and developing solutions to environmental problems. Students will ponder the environmental consequences that result from the decisions they made. Recently, students reflected on their learning from the year and they were able to recall many details from their Chemistry, Earth Systems and Ecosystems units. Over the summer encourage your student(s) to explore their surroundings and look for changes in matter, evidence of the earth changing and make observations about the relationship between the abiotic and biotic factors of their surrounding ecosystems.
Students used our new point source and non point source pollution model to demonstrate how pollution occurs in water bodies.
Seventh grade students are currently finishing a unit of study on the Middle East. Students recently completed Middle East inquiry projects in which they researched a question of interest and created a simply explained video answering their research question. We are wrapping up the unit and the year by examining bias and perspective. While studying the Middle East, students learned how to recognize bias and perspective in text and then analyzed various articles from both Israli and Palistinian points of view. To end the year, students are learning about etic (outsiders) perspective and writing an etic perspective essay describing a daily ritual from an outsider's point of view. Below are photos of students working collaboratively to create their Middle East Research Video Projects.
Grade 7 (Anderson & Falkenberg):
Students have worked with solving problems involving both the area and the circumference of circles.
They are currently working with equivalent linear expressions, using properties of operations to explain equivalence. They have learned to represent expressions with area diagrams, and use the distributive property to justify factoring or expanding an expression. Students will be working with identifying and combining like terms, to simplify expressions. Students will take their last math quiz around June 3rd.
Grade 7 Accelerated (Anderson)
Accelerated math is wrapping up the year with our unit on Linear equations and systems of equations. Students have learned about rate of change, graphing proportional relationships and linear relationships, vertical intercepts, and have worked on recognizing connections among rates of change, slope, and constants of proportionality. We are finishing up by looking at solutions of equations when working with one linear equation in two variables, understanding a graph of a linear equation as the set of its solutions, and what is meant by a solution of a system of equations. We will take our final quiz on June 3rd, and then spend a couple of days doing some hands-on activities with square roots (and maybe even Pythagorean theorem) in the last week of school.
In seventh grade, students have been exploring author’s craft, tone, and theme through poetry and their independent reading books.
Students have analyzed the figurative language used in poetry by participating in poetry centers. Students will wrap up the year by analyzing their reading and putting learned craft techniques to work in original poems.
Eight grade students will continue to explore physics, focusing on the properties of waves. They will learn how energy and information are transported by waves.
U.S. History I
Eighth Graders in Social Studies will finish the year studying the Civil War. Students learned about the early events of the war and ways slavery caused this conflict. They will conclude their study of this seminal event in U.S. History with creative projects about key events in the war. Students will create a short documentary, a skit, a presentation, or pretend to interview an eyewitness about the event.
Here’s a photo taken from the new touchscreen computers we’re using at GMMS of Mr. Butler’s class working on their projects.
Grade 8 (Cull & Falkenberg):
The Math 8 students are rounding out the year with a mini unit on Pythagorean Theorem. In this unit they are able to understand square roots and how they happen to be able to have the full understanding of figuring out missing side lengths of triangles with the Pythagorean Theorem. This is also for most of them the first time really working with more complex geometry since the start of the pandemic and it is a nice way to end the year for them. They will have this knowledge in the back of their mind when they enter into geometry later in their high school career.
Grade 8 Accelerated (Cull) - Algebra
As we are rounding out the year the students are doing a mini unit on quadratic equations which is the last unit in their books for this class. The quadratic equations are going to expand their knowledge from the past unit that was on quadratic functions. They will be able to have an understanding on how to solve quadratic equations, how to rewrite quadratic expressions, and how to find how many solutions the quadratic equation will have. This whole year the students have been working on all things algebra and will be revisiting these concepts and ideas throughout their math career especially when taking Algebra 2 later in their high school career.
With just weeks left in the school year, our soon to be high-schoolers have completed a shared read of The Giver and are now wrapping up their final performance assessments. Students are responsible for merging the informational and argumentative modes of writing to compose a literary analysis summarizing the protagonist’s passage through the hero’s journey before arguing for their belief about the controversial conclusion By closely examining Lowry’s choices to use metaphor and symbolism, students will defend their standpoint.
In the closing days of the year, eighth graders will get to choose a brand new free book to take home, afforded by an awesome school grant! Students will also spend time reflecting on their middle school experience and having some fun investing in silly competitive team activities.
Angel Horses wrapped up their year on May 26. It was a great year watching students learn about and become more comfortable with the horses. Everyone has a favorite horse that they groom, lead and feed snacks to. We are very grateful to Pam Traun of Angel Horses, Inc, our bus driver Doug, and our volunteers that make it possible for this program to happen.
Not just horse friends, but chicken friends at the barn too!
Shout out to the students who participated in Renaissance Club this year! We have done such good work for the community, the students and the staff. Thank you for all of your efforts!
~Mrs. Mitchell & Mrs. Sales
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