Your Guardsmen Update

DECEMBER 2017

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Note to Parents

Dear Parents/Guardians,


November has given us all many reasons to be Thankful! It began with a great celebration of gratitude during Grissom’s Veteran’s Day event. This event consisted of well over 100 veterans along with other family members. We were honored to have congressmen Jackie Walorski as the guest speaker.


Our student led group the “Giving Closet” has done a tremendous job collecting and distributing various needed items to Grissom families. This group generously takes time each week to stay after school to organize and collect food and clothing to serve their fellow classmates and their families.


It was a blessing to have well over 200 students and their families in attendance during the 4.0 Breakfast. We were honored to have Felipe Merino as our guest speaker. He provided the entire audience with the challenge of living up to their potential and working hard everyday to achieve their goals.


The boys basketball team has been working hard to get better every game. While the wrestling team is going strong during their pre-season workouts. We look forward to see great things from both of those groups. Our staff is continuing to challenge themselves to get better through ongoing professional development. As the holidays come and go, we all have at least one reason to be grateful. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as the principal of Grissom Middle School.


Sincerely,


Mr. Milfort

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  • 8th Grade Parent Night at GMS at 6pm on Wednesday, December 6th.


  • Penn Showcase at 6:30pm on Monday, December 11th and 12th.


  • PTO Meeting at 4:30pm in the IMC on Wednesday, December 13th.

(Childcare now available!)


  • Cheerleading Banquet at 6pm on Wednesday, December 13th.


  • Winter Choir Concert at 7pm on Thursday, December 14th.


  • Winter Orchestra Concert at 6:30pm on Monday, December 18th.


Winter Recess begins on Monday, December 25th.

School will resume on Monday, January 8th, 2018.



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Parents of English Language Learners

From January 8 to February 23, English language learners (ELL) in kindergarten through twelfth grade will participate in the administration of the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 language proficiency test.


ACCESS 2.0 provides a standardized measurement of academic language proficiency for ELLs throughout the state of Indiana, and in other states. With this information, we are able to monitor individual ELL progress on an annual basis.


Please visit https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS20.aspx for more details.

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Thank you to everyone who donated time or items to the Veterans Day Program!

It was a wonderful morning and our guests really appreciated the celebration.

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We need parent help in the concession stand. It is a great way to raise money for student activities and get to know other Grissom Families!


Email our concession coordinator at GMSconcessions@gmail.com to find out how!


There are also other opportunities to assist the PTO such as donating soda and water to the concession stands, participating in restaurant "give back" nights, chaperoning school socials, and many more! If you are interested, reach out to grissompto@gmail.com.

The Lego Robotics team is looking for parents to volunteer and assist with team activities beginning in February. If you are interested, please email Coach Carrie Smith at carrie.e.smith@gmail.com.

Stone Boys Education Fund

Recently, the Stone family suffered the loss of Father and husband, Bryan. Both of the Stone children attend PHM schools and Mychelle Stone was very active in Grissom activities while her oldest son attended.


An education fund has been set up for the boys and If anyone would like to donate, the information is below:

Make a Donation

A check can also be sent to: 3524 Harrison Rd Mishawaka, IN 46544

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Important Dates for 8th Grade Students and Parents

Preparation for high school scheduling begins in November. The following dates are on the calendar, and we encourage you to jot them down in preparation for creating a high school schedule which best suits your child:

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You can also check out our website for more resources.


Mary Reynolds (last names A-K): mreynolds2@phm.k12.in.us

Sheri Miller (last names L-Z): smiller@phm.k12.in.us

Melissa Welsch (YSB Counselor): mwelsch@phm.k12.in.us

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Indiana’s 21 Century Scholars Program

Helps Students

Prepare – Plan – Pay

For College

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Parents of students in 7th and 8th grade are encouraged to visit the website of Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program at Scholars.IN.gov for information, eligibility requirements, and instructions to complete the online application for the program.


For income-eligible Hoosier students, the 21st Century Scholars Program offers tuition assistance, college and career readiness through the Scholars Success Program, and other support services. Application deadline is June 30, of the student’s 8th grade year.


Visit Scholars.IN.gov or contact your child’s GMS school counselor for more information.

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Families, don’t forget to purchase your yearbook!

You can pick up an order form in the main office or go to Jostens.com to order online. The cost is 25$. Let’s make these middle school memories last a lifetime!

GRISSOM'S

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Formerly known as “Grissom’s Food and Clothing Pantry,” opened in 2005 after receiving a grant from the PHM Education Foundation. The Giving Closet is currently being revitalized and will now be a student led initiative, while continuing to work in connection with the Northern Indiana Food Bank.


Any student can volunteer their time to help out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. The Giving Closet Group meets in the PAC Office Conference room. Students can also ride the activity bus if needed.


Many Grissom students have been working hard to get the word out about their first initiative: A personal hygiene drive. If your family is able, please feel free to drop off any of the following items in the main office or send them to school with your child.


  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash/bar soap
  • First aid items

  • Face wash/products
  • Lotions
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products

  • Toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Toothbrushes
  • Floss
  • Q-tips


The pantry is open to all GMS students and their families. Open shopping (for food and other items) is from 4:00-5:00pm on the first and third Wednesday* of each month, when school is in session. If these times do not fit your schedule, you may contact Mrs. Reynolds or Ms. Welsch, in the Student Services Office.

*This is a change from the previous days of operation.


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Grissom Media Center News for December

The Grissom Media Center has SMORE too!

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November and December Intramurals

There's a new way to get involved in Grissom's Intramurals.

Check out the video below to learn how!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfx2QEnHqts

Art (Mondays)

Dates: November 6,13, 20, 27 December 4, 11, 18

From: 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Place: Art Room (room 202)

Sponsor: Mrs. Roeda


Jazz Band (Mon/Wed)

Dates: November 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 December 4, 6, 11, 13

Times: 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Place: Room 196

Sponsor: Mrs. Baker


Walking With Confidence (Mon/Wed)

Dates: November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

Times: 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Place: Room 152

Sponsor: Ms. Pryor


Giving Closet Club (Tue/Wed)

Dates: November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Times: 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Place: PAC Conference Room

Sponsor: Mrs. Reynolds

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Gettysburg/DC trip 2018

Fundraising Update:

We had a very successful Butter Braid sale with students from all three grade levels earning money for the trip! Way to go students!!! Dakota Moore, Jacob Farney and Chloe Cruz were the top sellers! The Poinsettia's were delivered on Nov. 27th. The top seller was Madison Renbarger! South Bend Chocolate fundraiser is coming with the new year.


Second Payment due Jan. 10, 2018

Students will get an itemized document regarding profits made from 6th, 7th and 8th grade Butter Braid sales, the school fundraiser, and the Poinsettia sale. We will subtract the profit amount from the 2nd payment with the total you need to submit to Hemisphere. Look for this paper on the week of Dec. 18-22nd.


FYI

Students are expected to watch/listen to announcements-WGMS for updates regarding this trip. It is also expected that the student will keep you, the parent(s) updated with any paperwork or announcements that may be distributed.


Mrs. Rice and Mrs. Kummeth

NEWS FROM MRS. SCOTT

We are getting ready for our upcoming Winter Choir Concert which will be on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM! There will be no charge for admission, but we will be collecting donations at the end of the concert to help support future technological advancements for our Music Department.

Won’t you join us to help get you into the Spirit of the Season?

News about the 2018 SPRING MUSICAL:

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This year, we will be performing The Wizard of Oz on March 22 & 23, 2018!

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, December 20,

immediately after school in the cafeteria.


Audition Packets will be available in the Main Office beginning Monday, December 4. Students need to complete packets, and learn the enclosed song, prior to auditions! Contact Mrs. Scott at lscott2@phm.k12.in.us if you have any questions prior to auditions.

Please note: As always, auditions are “closed,” meaning no parents or siblings are permitted to attend.

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Kummeth Science

We are still in our Ecology unit and will test part of the unit before we leave for break. Make sure you keep checking HAC (Home Access Center). Some students will begin to shut down at this time of year due to the upcoming holidays. This is a bad idea. We have a short amount of time when we return to finish up the grading period. The second marking period ends on Jan.17th.


Continue to look for homework coming out on Monday’s and due on Friday. We will have homework all month long. Please encourage your child to turn in any missing work before we leave on Dec. 22nd.


The invasive species project will be worked on as soon as we return to school in Jan. and will be due Jan.12th or 16th. This will include an oral presentation. Students will be presenting in class on either 1/12 or 1/16.


Merry Christmas and Happy 2018 New Year!

Mrs. Kummeth


6th & 7th Grade Science with Mrs. Gouker

In seventh grade, we have been working on a unit called Rocks and Minerals. The students are usually pretty excited to share their own personal rock collections with us. We are learning what makes rocks and minerals valuable. We have performed tests on our rock and mineral samples in order to identify specific minerals in rocks. The Unit Assessment for Rocks and Minerals will be on Friday, December 8. Soon we will move into the unit called Plate Tectonics.


In sixth grade, we are working on applying our knowledge of the scientific method to the unit Ecology. Students will be working on a research project on an invasive species. Some of the work will be done in class, and some of the work will need to be completed at home. Please remember that your sixth grade child should be receiving a homework packet on Mondays which are then due on Fridays.


Working Lunches -- Please remind your child to make up science activities when they are absent. Sometimes, your child will need to attend a working lunch with a friend that has already completed the lab activity. I offer working lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a great opportunity for your child to get caught up when they have been absent. Sometimes your child can get caught up on a lab activity by checking out what I have posted on Canvas--Science--Announcements. The daily announcement includes the daily agenda and links to pictures, videos, PowerPoint slides, worksheets, vocabulary notes etc.

SCIENCE ACADEMIC SUPER BOWL TEAM INFO

Attention parents of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students:

Get your child involved with school activities! Join the Science Academic Super Bowl Team! Last year our Grissom Science Academic Super Bowl Team was ranked in the top 10 ten in the state for our division!


This academic competition is sponsored by Purdue University. The theme this year is “World War 1.” Practices may include researching information, outside reading, and reviewing sample questions revolving around this topic. Science Academic Super Bowl Team consists of 5-10 students. Students are first introduced to the theme for the year. Then we begin researching the theme in a shared folder on Google Drive. Pairs of students present PowerPoint slides to the group based on the research they completed. Once all research has been presented to the team, then we begin researching answers to practice questions. The answers get shared in the shared folder on Google Drive. This information and research helps prepare the team for the 2 invitationals and 1 competition that we participate in. We are allowed to only play 4-5 students in the final competition. As a result, students earn points for attending practices, presenting research and correctly answering practice questions. The top 4-5 point-earners get to participate in the final competition even though ALL team members are expected to attend the competition. We are a TEAM and we cheer everyone on! The team will meet every Tuesday morning from 8-8:45 in Mrs. Gouker's room 168 starting in January upon our return from Winter Break. All practice dates are posted on the Grissom Calendar.


The science team will meet in Room 168 before school from 8:00-8:45 A.M on Tuesdays after Winter Break.


The practice schedule is as follows:

January: 9, 16, 23, 30

February: 6, 13, 20, 27

March: 6, 13, 20, 27

April: 10, 17, 24

Mathematics Academic Super Bowl Team Info

The Mathematics​ ​Academic​ ​Super​ ​Bowl​ team will begin practicing in January. Any student that is interested in joining this year's team will need to see Mr. Akers in room 171 before​ we leave for Christmas break.


Practices​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​in​ ​room​ ​171​ ​before​ ​school​ ​from​ ​8:00-8:45am​ ​on​ ​the​ ​following​ ​dates:


Monday, January 08, 2017
Tuesday, January 16, 2017
Monday, January 22, 2017
Monday, January 29, 2017
Monday, February 5, 2017

Monday, February 12, 2017
Tuesday, February 20, 2017
Monday, February 26, 2017
Monday, March 05, 2017
Monday, March 12, 2017

Monday, March 26, 2017
Monday, April 9, 2017
Monday, April 16, 2017
Monday, April 23, 2017


The theme this year is World​ ​War​ ​1​. Practices may include researching information, outside reading, and reviewing sample questions around the following topics:


Rational​ ​Expressions, ​ ​Equations​ ​and​ ​Functions​ ​ (28%)

● Least common multiple of rational expressions

● Solving rational equations, including extraneous solutions

● Graphing rational functions (vertical asymptote, point of discontinuity, horizontal asymptote, translations)


Right​ ​Triangle​ ​Trigonometry​ ​ (28%)

● Sine, Cosine and Tangent Ratios

● Solving for a missing side or angle (in degrees) of a right triangle

● Angles of elevation and angles of depression


Complex​ ​Numbers​ ​ (44%)

● Simplification of imaginary numbers (operations on powers of i and radicals with negative radicand)

● Operations on complex numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)

● Evaluating the discriminant of quadratic equations

● Solving quadratic equations with complex number solutions

● Writing quadratic equations given complex number solutions

● Definitions of pure and non-pure imaginary numbers


In addition to practices, we will travel by bus to Schmucker Middle School to compete in an invitational with Schmucker and Discovery students. We will also compete in the regional competition at Wawasee Middle School on April 28th. Parents are welcome to attend both events.


If you have any questions, please contact Coach Akers via e-mail at aakers@phm.k12.in.us​.

Social Studies Academic Super Bowl Team Info

The Academic Super Bowl practice for Social Studies will begin the week students return from Christmas break. Meetings will be held on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. These begin January 10. The topic this year is World War I.


Any student may participate. Interested students should see Mrs. Adamo in room 151 to receive complete information along with the entire practice and competition schedule.

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Amiya Dibble - 8th Grade

The artist of the month for November was 8th Grade student Amiya Dibble

for her clay angel sculpture.

Congratulations Amiya!

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Early Pick Up/Late Drop Off

Remember!


If you need to excuse your child during normal school hours, please send a note stating what time you plan on picking them up. Remind them that this note must be handed into the office first thing in the morning so they can receive their pass excusing them from class at the appropriate time.


If you are dropping your child off after an appointment or later that 9am, you do not have to come in with them. Just remind them to stop in the office first before heading to class so that we know they are here and can write them a pass.


Thank you so much for your help!


Attendance Line: (574) 968-9628, Option 1

School Updates and Information

Two of the most powerful tools to know what's happening here at Grissom are the Parent Calendar (found on the school's website) and the School InfoApp.


Although you can find information in other places too, in the office, we try our best to notify you of cancellations, changes and new information as quickly as possible using these two sources. Please check up on these daily or when you have questions about what's happening here at Grissom. If you see something that doesn't look right, give us a call! We'd love to hear from you and work with you on making things right.

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Thank you for your P.R.I.D.E. Store Donations! We Appreciate YOU!

For Your Safety...


Public Service Announcement

Parents and Guardians please be vigilant of students using devices known as aromatherapy oil diffusers. These devices are slim like a pen and provide direct aromatherapy by means of a vaporizer. If your child uses one of these items please be sure to have them keep it at home. Thank you for your help in this process.


Just as a reminder, during the school day, all doors are locked. Students and staff have been instructed not to open those doors to parents or visitors. Visitors in the elementary and middle schools, including parents, will have to press a buzzer at the front door and announce their name and purpose in order to be admitted into the school. The front office staff will open the doors electronically. All parents and visitors must sign in and out at the office. This allows us to know who is in the building at all times.


Upon entering the building, all parents and visitors must present a valid government issued ID, military ID, or passport which will be scanned in by our security system. This will generate a nametag. Parents and visitors must wear this office-issued nametag while in the building. These nametags must be collected at the time of departure.


Thank you for helping us to keep our school safe by following this simple procedure. Your children are our first priority!

"Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest."