Grafton Middle School
Newsletter - September 23, 2022
Important Upcoming Dates Below:
September 25th - 27th Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Sun, Sept 25th and ends on the evening of Tues, Sept 27th.
September 28 - Early Release Day (Dismissal @ 10:20am)
September 30 - 8th Grade Washington DC trip Registration Deadline
September 30 - School Picture Day
October 4-5 Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Oct 4th and ends on the evening of Oct 5th.
October 10 - Indigenous People's Day - No School
October 26 - Early Release Day (Dismissal @ 10:20am)
October 27 - Internet Safety Presentation by Ellen Miller of DA Joe Early's Office
November 7 - Parent Conference (Evening)
November 8 - Parent Conferences (Daytime)
Principal Talking Point
Introducing Star Assessments
Grafton Public Schools will be using Renaissance STAR assessments in grades 1-10 to assess current skill level in reading and math. Students will be assessed three times a year; the information derived from the assessments will allow teachers to target their instruction to meet the needs of all students.
Q: What are Star Assessments?
A: Star Assessments are short tests that provide teachers with learning data. Star tests are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer that your child provides. This helps teachers get the best data to help your child in the shortest amount of testing time (about one-third of the time other tests take).
Q: What do teachers do with Star Assessments?
A: Teachers analyze the data they get from Star assessments to learn what students already know and what they are ready to learn next, to monitor student growth, and to determine which students may need additional help. Star assessments are heavily researched and scientifically proven to help teachers guide each student on his or her unique path to mastery.
Q: What do Star Assessments do for my child?
A: By pinpointing exactly what your child knows, teachers can personalize your child’s learning to maximize growth. Plus, short test times ensure your child spends more time learning and less time testing.
Q; Can I prepare my child for the STAR Assessments?
A: STAR Assessments measure your child’s progress and adapts it’s questions as your child moves through the assessment. There is no preparation required for the assessment.
Q: When will my child take the STAR Assessments?
A: Students will take the reading and math assessments three times during the year (fall, winter, and spring).
Q: Will I see my child’s results?
A: The STAR Assessment is a new assessment for the District. Reports will not be shared with families after the first administration of the assessment. However, the District does plan to share the results in the future.
GMS After School Clubs and Activities
We are up and running with many of our student clubs and activities. Please take a moment to view the slide presentation that the staff has put together to share information regarding each club and activity. Clubs are free to all students, and they may explore clubs to determine what best suits their interests.
FROM THE TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Grafton Public School Technology Department put together how/where to find information for the following..
- PowerSchool Parent Portal Account
- Access Report Cards and Progress Reports
- Schoology Parent Access Codes
- Student Google Usernames and Passwords
- Annual Student Demographic Update
- Device Insurance
- Accessing Technology Support
- Student/Parent Technology Resources 2022-2023
Click here of more details.
Completing the Annual Student Demographic Update
At the start of every school year, the District asks parents to complete the Annual Student Demographic Update. The digital form, accessed from within the PowerSchool Parent Portal, ensures your child’s school has the current contact information for you and others responsible for caring for your child in the event of an emergency.
If you (or another parent) have not already logged into the PowerSchool Parent Portal to complete the Annual Student Demographic Update for your student(s), we ask that you please do so by Friday, September 30, 2022.
Important. You will get a “Snapcode error” message if the Annual Student Demographic Update form has been started (but not completed) by another parent. You will get a “Next Steps” message if the Annual Student Demographic Update form has already been submitted.
Click here for more information about obtaining a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account.
For questions or technical assistance please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for 8th Grade Washington, DC Trip May 24-27, 2023
We are well underway in planning our 8th Grade Washington DC trip! The deadline for signing up for the trip is September 30th! This means that you need to go online using the attached flyer and register your child, pay the registration fee and set up a payment schedule by September 30th.
We held an online Parent Information Meeting on Sept 20th. Here is the link to the meeting's recording:
View Registration Information:
Next year's Grade 8 Washington, DC Class Trip! Please check out the flyer: Grade 8 Washington, DC Class Trip Registration Flyer.
Attendance and Tardies
If your child is not attending school for the day, call the school office at 508-839-5420 or
email Attendance Clerk email@example.com.
DAILY PRESENCE IN CLASS IS ESSENTIAL TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS!
Please refer to the Grafton School Committee Attendance Policies Below:
Message from GMS Nurse
COVID & SPORTS UPDATE
Moving forward, we will not be requiring medical clearance post a COVID positive diagnosis for return to participation in GPS sports; the GPS nurses and Athletic Trainer do not need to medically assess a student when they return to a sport after a COVID positive diagnosis and a doctor's clearance is not required.
2022-2023 Physical Exam and Immunization Requirements
Requirements for school entry for the 2022-2023 School Year per the MA Dept. of Public Health Immunization Division: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/school-immunizations
Students entering grade 7: A physical exam dated within 1 year of entry into grade 7
Students entering grade 7: 1 dose of MenACWY (formerly MCV4), 1 dose of Tdap (Tetanus booster) and 2 doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox).
Students entering grade 8: 1 dose of MenACWY (formerly MCV4) if the student has not yet gotten it.
There is not an Influenza vaccine requirement for school entry. The Department of Public Health strongly recommends that all children be vaccinated with both influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine according to age eligibility.
If you are unsure if your student has an updated physical exam and the required immunizations on file at school, please email the school nurse Linda Caya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOS “Signs of Suicide” Prevention Program
This year we will continue with the SOS Suicide Prevention Program for our 7th students. The acronym “SOS” stands for Signs of Suicide. Health Teacher Andrea Kelleher, in collaboration with School Psychologist Kellie Sweeney and School Counselor Hayley Arsenault will work together to present this program to students during Health. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Kellie Sweeney at email@example.com .
Instructions to Access the Parent Portal
To access the Parent Portal for SOS and to learn more about the program, please go to
Enter the following username and password:
Username: graftonms-par Password: MiddleSchoolSOS
Grafton Public Library
The Director personally and warmly welcomed middle school students back to the Grafton Public Library Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week, introduced herself to tweens and teens, and gave gentle reminders about walking feet, library voices, and picking up after themselves. While well-behaved, the kids were polite but overwhelming in sheer numbers. We had to close the teen room due to staff illness on Wednesday, and Thursday had to cap room capacity at 45 (the number of seats available). We are reviewing room occupancies with the architect and Building Inspector. We are delighted to see so many students who want to use the Library after school, but must remind parents of our Unattended Child Policy, which applies to Library programs as well.
- youth ages 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
- youth ages 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library;
- youth ages 13+ may be unaccompanied, provided your child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.
Thank you for your compliance, and for going over the Code of Conduct with your tweens/teens. Policies are posted online at https://graftonlibrary.org/home/policies/. Please direct any questions or concerns to the Library Director, Beth Schreiber, at firstname.lastname@example.org