Vision Statement:  Goldendale Middle School strives to inspire, educate, and empower our students.

Mission Statement:  Goldendale Middle School provides a rigorous educational environment that encourages respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness from all.                                                                                       PARENT BULLETIN – February 17, 2017



Monday, February 20th – NO SCHOOL – PRESIDENT’S DAY

Thursday, February 23rd – WATCH D.O.G.S. informational meeting, 7:30

Tuesday, March 7th – Group picture day

Friday, March 10th – MUFFINS WITH MOM, 7:15 – 8:00 GMS CAFETERIA

Monday, March 13th – 8th Grade Honor Roll Off-Campus, 11-12

Tuesday, March 14th – 7th Grade Honor Roll Off-Campus, 11-12

Thursday, March 16th – 6th Grade Honor Roll Off-Campus, 11-12

Friday, March 17th – 5th Grade Honor Roll Off-Campus, 11-12

Friday, March 17th – St. Patty’s Day Bingo

Friday, March 24th – SCHOOL IS IN SESSION

Tuesday, March 28th thru Friday, March 31st - Teacher Parent Conferences – noon dismissal



GMS BASKETBALL                                              Departure time

Tuesday, Feb. 21st

Mabton at Goldendale


Thursday, Feb. 23rd

Goldendale at Highland


Monday, Feb. 27th

Union Gap at Goldendale


Tuesday, Feb. 28th

Kittitas at Goldendale


Thursday, March 2nd

Goldendale at Cle Elum-Roslyn



GMS WRESTLING                                               Departure time

Thursday, Feb. 23rd

Goldendale at Cle Elum/Roslyn HS


Tuesday, Feb. 28th

Goldendale at Highland HS



Dear Parents – Goldendale Middle School exited from Focus School Status

GMS received notification from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction earlier this week stating that based on the 3 years of data compiled from test results in 2014, 2015, and 2016, GMS is being exited from Focus School status beginning in the 2017-18 school year.  This is the result of hard work by staff in using learning targets and success criteria to communicate each day’s instructional purpose, and working to differentiate instruction.  As a result of that work, student growth has grown over the last three years for all students and for our sub group of students with disabilities.  While we are excited to have been exited from focus status, we know there is still work to do.  Our goal is to provide all of our students with the 21st century skills they will need to be successful.  The staff at GMS continues to find ways to help every student be successful.  As parents and family members, please continue to support your student by encouraging to give 100% on every assignment or assessment they do every day.  And, thanks to all of you parents for keeping high expectations! 

Mr. Barta


WATCH D.O.G.S. (DADS OF GREAT STUDENTS)….There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. in the GMS Library.  WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering.  During the day, Watch DOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.  Please contact Lauren Schuster for more information at


2017 Goldendale Little League sign-ups will be from February 13th –March 4th.  March 4th is the registration cutoff date.   Little League will not accept any late entries this year. Registration forms can be picked up at McCredy’s located on Main Street or Cornerstone Coffee on Broadway starting February 13th.   Please return registration and payment to McCredy’s or mail to: Goldendale Little League, PO Box 121, Goldendale WA 98620. For any questions or other information please check Goldendale Little League facebook.

 MUFFINS WITH MOM….Mothers are invited to come to school on Friday, March 10th from 7:15 – 8:00 and have a muffin with their student.   Students must RSVP by Friday, March 3rd


YEARBOOKS….. GMS Yearbooks are now on sale. The price is $13.00 for the first 100 purchased and $16.00 after that. Thank you to GMS PTO for their continued support in subsidizing the cost of the yearbook.


You can order the yearbook two ways:       

1. Online at

2. In the GMS office


Make sure you order ASAP to ensure your student gets this yearbook packed full of memories!


ST. PATTY’S DAY BINGO…..The Goldendale Middle School PTO is sponsoring St. Patty’s Day Bingo night Friday, March 17th.  The doors open at 5:30 pm and the games start at 6:00 pm.  Bingo packets are $5 each (dapper, bingo cards, 1 raffle ticket).  Additional Bingo cards are $3.00. 


ASTRONOMY CLUB…….the Astronomy Club is having a "moon" gazing event on the night of February 28th @ 7 pm here at the middle school. It will be held on the football field. Maximum number of attendees is limited to 15. 


The 6th grade is currently working on Me Books!  These wonderful autobiographies are due April 17 (new due date).  If you would like to see a sample of one, please visit Mrs. Wanderscheid or Mrs. Johnson.  


HUNGRY?  JOIN US FOR A SPAGHETTI FEED AND SILENT AUCTION on Friday, March 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Goldendale Middle School Cafeteria.  Dinner costs $6 per plate at the door or $5 if bought in advance.  Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink.  Silent auction bidding ends at 7pm.  All proceeds benefit Goldendale Middle & High School students who will be visiting Washington D.C. this summer.  For more information, please contact Stephanie Garner at


5TH GRADE NEWS……The 5th grade teachers have been cleaning desks with Clorox wipes.  This is a great way to keep the classroom clean – the teachers will accept donations of Clorox wipes to help with this. If parents would donate a container a Clorox wipes, that would be appreciated. 


PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE CTE SHOWCASE AT THE GHS CAFETERIA ON TUESDAY 2/21/17 FROM 6-7 PM to learn what our wonderful students are doing in their respective CTE programs. Students who have Mrs. Krieg will earn extra credit for every family member who attends with their student.


READ 180 STUDENTS have not started homework packets for this quarter yet. We have been working on setting goals and gearing up for class projects. Please remind your student that their goal is to read three books per quarter and pass their end of the book quiz with a 70% or better. Grades for their software have been updated on Skyward. Please contact me with any questions you may have!

-Mrs. Fahlenkamp


ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017, we would like to welcome parents and community members to have lunch and enjoy TACO TUESDAY at GMS. Lunch cost per guest is $4.25 and will need to pay at the office prior to lunch. This invitation will be extended throughout the 2017 school year, every time tacos are served at lunch. Please RSVP with the school or need specific grade level lunch times.  Call GMS at 773-4323.


HONOR ROLL OFF-CAMPUS....Off-campus honor roll lunch is a privilege extended to students who have attained honor roll status (GPA of 3.0 and above  with no grade lower than a C-) during the preceding quarter.  With parental permission on file, the student may leave campus at lunchtime.  Lunchtime on these days will be extended 30 minutes beyond the usual time.  The school provides no supervision for this activity.  Your permission indicates that you, as parent, take responsibility for your student and that any injury to that student or any injury caused by the student will not be the legal or financial responsibility of the Goldendale School District.  For your convenience the Honor Roll Off-Campus permission has been included in this e-mail.



The Goldendale School District receives supplemental funds through the Title I, Part A grant.  One of the initiatives of this grant is to support parents and families’ ability to stay informed and develop successful partnership with the school.  There are many opportunities to stay involved and informed.  Parents are encouraged to contact their building Principals and Special Programs Coordinator with questions.  Parents are invited to participate in and attend their appropriate school’s Leadership team meetings, attend the bi-annual Parent and Family Engagement meetings and support PTO events.  Parents and guardians are entitled to be informed of their rights and the process for Title I complaints.   If your concern was not addressed by the Special Programs Coordinator or Principal please contact OSPI 360.725.6100 or mail your complaint to Citizen Complaint – Title I, Part A Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504.  If you are interested in more information the OSPI website can be located at



In effort to keep parents and community members informed regarding important issues affecting our schools, this letter is written to explain changes in regards to the new legislation centered on student achievement and accountability.  As the new state assessment (Smarter Balanced Testing) data builds its foundation, and state legislation defines the new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), schools are held accountable for participation rates.  Goldendale School District met participation rates of 95% for all students in all three schools.  Find specific and detailed data regarding Goldendale’s performance, as well as how we compare with state and other schools in our state at:



In accordance with Federal law, the Goldendale School District is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to John Westerman, Title IX, ADA/504 Director, Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Compliance Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Officer of Goldendale School District No. 404, 525 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale WA 98620 or call (509) 773-5846 or email to Goldendale School District is an equal opportunity employer, complies with all Federal Rules and Regulations, and does not discriminate for all district employment opportunities. Goldendale School District is an equal opportunity employer, complies with all Federal Rules and Regulations, and does not discriminate for all district programs and employment opportunities.


De acuerdo con la ley federal, el distrito escolar de Goldendale está prohibido discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, orientación sexual, expresión de género, identidad de género, credo, religión, edad, veterano o situación militar, discapacidad o el uso de un perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio por una persona con una discapacidad, y proporciona acceso a los Boy Scouts of America y otros grupos juveniles designados. Para presentar una queja de discriminación, escriba a John Westerman, Título IX, ADA / 504 Director de, acoso, intimidación y Oficial de Cumplimiento La intimidación y el Oficial de Cumplimiento de los Derechos Civiles del distrito escolar de Goldendale No. 404, 525 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale WA 98620 o llame al (509) 773-5846 o por correo electrónico a El Distrito escolar de Goldendale es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades, cumple con todas las reglas y regulaciones federales, y no discrimina por todas las oportunidades de empleo de distrito. Distrito escolar de Goldendale es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades, cumple con todas las reglas y regulaciones federales, y no discrimina a contra los programas del distrito y las oportunidades de empleo.