The Bear Necessities
The Principal's Office
Hello GMMS Families,
As the Principal of Granby Memorial Middle School, it is my pleasure to welcome new and returning families to an exciting new school year. This year is the 30th anniversary of the opening of Granby Memorial Middle School! The first day of school is August 30th and doors open at 7:15 AM. On the first day of school students should report to their first period classes listed on their PowerSchool schedules by 7:35 AM.
Student class schedules will be released via PowerSchool on August 12th after 2 PM. Please note that minor schedule changes may occur prior to the first day of school. If you notice any missing or double-booked periods on your schedule, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
This year we have some new faces joining our learning community. Please extend a very Granby Bear welcome to Jenna Stone, our new Math teacher for the 7/8 team, and
Maggie Winnett, our new Special Education teacher for the Grade 7 team.
We recognize that students may feel anxious and nervous at the start of the school year. We will continue to place strong emphasis on Social Emotional Learning, specifically with Restorative Practices and relationship building here at GMMS. We have a couple of upcoming events that will help students with this transition. On August 22, from 10 to 11 AM, I invite all incoming 6th grade students to join me for Popsicles with the Principal. This is an hour-long event that will start promptly at 10 AM. Students will meet and connect with peers through activities facilitated by upper-class GMMS students. In addition, students will be able to traverse the building and ask questions before the school year starts. Also, we are opening our campus to all new students on August 29th from 8:00 to 10:00 AM to walk through their schedules and locate their classrooms prior to the first day of school. The Open Campus event is a self-guided opportunity for incoming 6th grade students and 7th and 8th grade students new to GMMS. Parents and guardians are welcome to join or wait outside while your child explores GMMS. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have any questions about this event. As always, you can also contact the main office and schedule a personal tour of the building before the first day of school.
As the proud Principal of Granby Memorial Middle School I am honored every day to be a part of this fantastic community. Enjoy the next 20 days of summer vacation; I will see you soon!
12 - Schedules released to students on PowerSchool
22 - Popsicles with Dr. Wrye for Incoming 6th-grade students
29 - Open Campus for New Students to GMMS
30 - First Day of School for students! 1/2 Day of School - 12:10 dismissal
31 - 1/2 Day of School - 12:10 dismissal
5 - Labor Day - Schools & Offices Closed
7 - Picture Day
8 - Curriculum Night
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WELCOME TO GMMS!
My name is Jenna Stone and I am excited to join GMMS as one of the mathematics teachers! I will be starting my fourth year in Granby, and proudly taught at Kelly Lane for the past three years.
A little about me…. I have lived in Connecticut since I was 5 years old, earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at UConn, and love spending time with my mom. Over the summer I spend my time just down the road at High Meadow Day Camp. This year I celebrated a decade as a counselor! I love music, dancing, cooking and sports….. Go Golden State Warriors… and Go Granby Bears!
I look forward to making connections with students and families. It's going to be an amazing school year!
My name is Maggie Winnett and I am very excited to be joining Granby Memorial Middle School as a Special Education Teacher. I grew up in the Farmington Valley, and received my Bachelor’s degree at Boston University. After living in the Boston area for ten years, I returned to Connecticut and completed my Master’s degree at the University of Hartford. I love working with middle school aged students and am thrilled to be part of the Granby community!
I currently live in Simsbury with my husband and two young sons. When I am not chasing after my two boys, I enjoy tennis, reading, traveling, and cooking. I look forward to an amazing year ahead!
This year Granby Memorial Middle School has upgraded their water fountains so that all students can refill their water bottles throughout the day.
Drop Off & Pick Up
At this time, to the best of our knowledge, the USDA Universal Free Meals program that has been in place for the past two school years will be discontinued in the fall as school begins. For a student to receive free meals or meals at a reduced price, families must complete a meal application or qualify for SNAP or other programs.
This year students will be required to key in their ID number when checking out. The ID number is the same number they have in PowerSchool.
Bus route lists will be e-mailed to you directly from your child’s school(s). If you do not receive an e-mail by the end of the day on August 19th, do not have access to e-mail, or do not have an e-mail on record, please call Central Services or the school between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Please note that bus stop times are estimated and students should be at their designated bus stops 10 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. To assist us in our efforts to provide excellent service, please be sure your house or mailbox is clearly marked with your street number. Transportation will be provided by CREC Transportation Solutions. Changes will not be made to the bus schedule until mid September; however, if you need to change your student’s transportation requirements due to a move or a change in daycare, please call Central Services @ 860-844-5253.
For all other busing questions or concerns, please call CREC Transportation Solutions @ 860-509-3783.
The 22-23 Required Student Forms are available on the PowerSchool parent portal The forms must be completed before the first day of school.
Log in to the parent portal using the link on the Granby Public Schools website or by using this link: https://granby.powerschool.com/public
If you forgot your username or password, there are reset options on the login screen. Once you log in, you will see your child(ren)’s name in the upper left corner. For each child, please choose the “Forms” option on the left and then complete the forms in the 22-23 Required Student Forms section.
If you have tried the reset options and continue to have problems logging in, please contact the main office or email email@example.com
UNIFIED ARTS TEAM
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. - Confucius
Hello parents and middle school students!
A wonderful warm welcome from the Unified Arts team!. Unified Arts at GMMS is a collection of courses designed to develop critical skills in a variety of areas. UA courses are offered both to provide opportunities to build skill and knowledge in the individual UA disciplines, as well as build connections for students by providing the opportunities for application of knowledge and skills from other subject areas.
GMMS unified arts is made up of the following subject area disciplines. These courses are a mix of half year and full year courses.
Visual Art (meets every other day for half year)
Family and Consumer Sciences (meets every other day for half year)
Digital Media (meets every other day for half year grade 6)
Innovative Technologies and Computing (meets every other day for half year grade 7)
Technology Education (meets every other day for half year)
Music (band, chorus, music appreciation) (meets every other day for full year)
Physical Education (meets every other day full year)
Unified arts at GMMS is taught by a faculty team with a combined teaching experience base of well over 125 years! Each of us absolutely loves what we do at GMMS and we are so excited to work with your children this upcoming school year! See below for a little bit about each one of us. In closing, a sincere thankyou for the ongoing support we continually receive for unified arts programs in Granby. We cannot do all we do, without all you do to support our programs.
Ms. Bryanton -Visual Art
Hi my name is Mrs. Bryanton. I have been teaching at GMMS for 18 of my 28 years of teaching. Prior to teaching in Granby, I taught Art in both Plymouth and Falmouth Massachusetts. I currently live in Granby with my husband and our many pets including Sheldon the Russian Tortoise who sometimes visits school for the day. We have three children, two are grown and out of the house, and our daughter will be starting her second year at Bellarmine University in Louisville Kentucky this fall where she also plays Field Hockey. We are a huge sports family. We love the Bruins, (Boston) Cannons, Revolution, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots; however, the Bellarmine Knights games can often be found streamed on all of our devices! Along with teaching the Visual Art curriculum to grades 6, 7 and 8, I also run an 8th Grade Art Club twice a month. I can’t wait to meet everyone!
Mr. Godin - Physical Education
My name is Mr. Godin. I have taught PE here at GMMS for 18 years! I enjoy teaching students how to play various sports, learning from their mistakes, and helping them find success! Athletics are a great way to connect with other people and having PE every other day allows students the opportunity to move and stay healthy!
Mrs. Marti - Family / Consumer Sciences
I’m Mrs Marti, the Family & Consumer Sciences teacher at GMMS! I am looking forward to meeting and working with you this school year. Teaching kids real life skills from baking and cooking to consumerism and nutrition is something I love to do. When I’m not in the kitchen whipping up some magic, you can find me out hiking, biking, kayaking, relaxing by the shore or grilling over an open fire at my camp in the Berkshires! Can’t wait to cook something up with you this fall!
Ms. Mello - Band Director and Music Appreciation
Hi everyone! My name is Miss Mello and I teach 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Band here at GMMS! I also teach a few classes of Music Appreciation, as well as an auditioned Jazz Band that rehearses after school. In the band program, we perform at two concerts every year (Winter and Spring) and do lots of other fun activities, like playing at assemblies, marching in parades and at football games, and playing holiday carols at Holcomb Farm. My favorite thing about working at GMMS is seeing band students improve on their instruments from 6th through 8th grade! I can’t wait to meet you and create some fantastic music!
Mr. Pickhardt - Technology Education
I’m Mr. Pickhardt, the Technology Education teacher at GMMS. I have worked at GMMS for 27 of my 32 years of teaching and still absolutely love it. My favorite thing about teaching is working with students and helping them learn how to design and build things using computers, machinery, and automated machines like 3d printers. I love to see their faces light up when their projects come to life! I am so looking forward to you coming to my tech ed classes this year. Come in prepared to work hard but have lots of fun!!!
Mrs. Rivera - Choral Director and Music Appreciation
Hi, there. I am Mrs. Rivera, and I’ve been teaching in Granby for 17 years. Before moving to Connecticut I taught music in New York City for 7 years, where I lived with my husband and 4 children. We moved to Windsor where my kids attended school, but now they are all grown and living on their own. We all love the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Milwaukee Brewers since I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I also love Broadway musicals, growing flowers in my garden, sewing special quilts for people, playing with my cats and dogs, and playing the piano while singing. I love to share what I know with my students and learn every day from them as well. My favorite part of teaching is seeing the smiles of my students when they finally understand a difficult concept or achieve a goal. Can’t wait to meet you all soon!
Mrs. Ryan - Library Media Specialist
Hello! I am Mrs. Ryan, the Library Media Specialist here at GMMS. I am married and have 2 teenage daughters. I also have 2 adorable dogs named Bumblebee and Lilo. My favorite activities are reading, drinking coffee, and using technology. While not a great cook, I do make delicious sushi rolls. Along with teaching Digital Media to Grade 6, I also run a Computer/Coding Club. Hope you had a great summer, I can’t wait to see everyone!
Ms. Wabble - Physical Education
My name is Ms. Wabble and this will be my 2nd year teaching at GMMS! My favorite part about teaching is watching students gain confidence in a variety of sports and activities, especially ones that are new to them. I am a huge fan of college basketball and the Wisconsin Badgers are the best team in the league.
Hello! I’m Mrs. Cowles, our school’s Enrichment and Success class teacher. Room M5, upstairs, is filled with magic. Whether it be an Enrichment class, Success, or Academic Enrichment, you will be able to stretch your thinking, have creative conversations, take a risk and try something new. Prepare to be INSPIRED! Here is a collage of a few of my favorite things.
Dear GMMS World Language Students and Families,
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!
¡Hola! Bonjour! Ni Hao!
We are excited to work together to develop your skills in each individual’s path to proficiency in their selected language! Wherever you are in your language journey, our classes will provide lots of opportunities to practice in the four main areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. All you need to bring to class is some pencils, a folder, and earbuds or headphones. We can’t wait to learn more about each of you! Here’s a little bit about us:
(Left to Right) Ms. Zhang - Chinese, Mrs. Sales - French, Mrs. Schaumburger - Spanish, and Mrs. Jaquez - Spanish
GRADE 6 TEAM
Dear Grade 6 Students and Families,
Sip, sip, hooray!
Welcome to GMMS, where learning is not your ‘average cup of Joe’!
We have to ‘espresso’ how happy it ‘mocha’ us to have you as part of our ‘perfect blend’.
We are going to have a ‘grande’ time together this year and so much fun will be ‘frappening’.
Here we will ‘percolate’ your ‘robust’ interest for learning, fill your mind to the ‘brim’ with knowledge, and have a ‘latte’ fun too!
We are going to have a ‘brew-tiful’ time learning together!
Welcome to 6th Grade at Granby Memorial Middle School! We can’t wait to meet you on the first day of school and will help you find your homeroom. Soon, you will also be able to access your class schedule on Power School. No worries, we will help you learn and understand it. All you need to bring is some pencils, a folder, and earbuds or headphones.
Ms. Abel, Global Studies & Success
Mrs. Boivin, Math
Mrs. Glidden, Math & Science
Mr. Piwonski, Resource
Mrs. Stupienski, ELA & Social Studies
Mrs. Waddington, ELA & Science
GRADE 7 TEAM
Dear Grade 7 Students and Families:
Welcome to the Kodiak Team! We are very excited you’ll be joining us in Grade 7. We look forward to a year of learning with you while we work together to build a considerate and engaged community. On your first day of school, you will be greeted by teachers who will help you get to your period 1 class. Soon, you will also be able to access your class schedule on PowerSchool. Please come with a positive attitude and a smile! We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
To be prepared, this is what you will need:
General - pencils, eraser caps, a pencil pouch, headphones, school-issued Chromebook and charger (if you brought it home for the summer)
Science - 100 page composition notebook
ELA - 100 page composition notebook
Social Studies - folder and a package of colored pencils
Math - 4 dry erase markers
Enjoy the remainder of your summer!
Ms. Okenquist, Global Studies
Mrs. Buckley, Science
Mr. McNamara, ELA
Ms. Falkenberg, Math
(Left to Right) Mr. McNamara, Ms. Okenquist, Mrs. Buckley, Mrs. Falkenberg
GRADE 7/8 TEAM
Dear Spirit Bear Students & Families,
Welcome to the Spirit Bear Team at GMMS! We are looking forward to meeting all students during the first week of school. There will be activities to help you navigate your new school building, learn the expectations of students, and help you enroll in your Google Classroom.
Here is some information to help you prepare for a great year:
What should I bring to school?
Label all items (using tape or pre purchased labels for the Chromebook charger)
Fully charged chromebook (if you do not have a Chromebook, you will receive one when you come to school)
Headphones or earbuds
Pleasure reading book
100 page composition book for Science
A folder to hold papers
One half-inch binder with lined paper for ELA
Pencils (a box)
Sweatshirt or jacket if needed.
Please do not bring extra materials, as students will carry backpacks with them, at least for the first few days.
How do I access classes?
Join your Granby Schools Classrooms by accepting the invitations that will be sent to your gmail account. Teachers will help you with this in class if needed. If you are a student who is new to Granby, wait until you come to school, and an account will be set up then. Parents - if your child does not receive Google Classroom invitations in their Granby Public Schools gmail, please reach out to individual teachers via gmail.
Even if you are absent, you can access assignments by going onto Google Classroom and completing the assignments that are posted.
Each school year is unique; we are doing our best to make this year a great experience for all students. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mrs. Alender, Mr. Cullen, or Mrs. Everett via the emails provided below. We are happy to help you. We look forward to meeting our students!
Play a matching game - which teacher:
was a competitive whitewater canoeist?
dropped out of freshman year of college?
Line dances once a week for fun?
The GMMS Spirit Bear Team Teachers
GRADE 8 TEAM
Dear Grade 8 Students and Families,
Welcome to your Eighth Grade Year! We are very excited for a year of learning, fun, and adventure! On your first day of school, we will welcome you back as leaders; You’re now the big kids and we’re counting on you. Soon, you will also be able to access your class schedule on PowerSchool. If you have any questions about your schedule, your teachers will help you understand.
Here are the supplies you will need as an incoming 8th grade student:
Pencils & pouch
Please come with a positive attitude, open to growing and changing together. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Enjoy the remainder of your summer!
Mr. Butler, Social Studies
Mr. Cote, Science
Miss Cull, Math
Mrs. Matthews, ELA
Mrs. McTeague, Special Education Resource
Granby Memorial Middle School: Where You Belong!