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 – May 22, 2017


                                                                                                                              Thursday, May 25th – GMS Spring Band Concert, GMS gym – 7pm

Friday, May 26th – 6th Grade Field Trip to Portland

Monday, May 29th – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Thursday, June 8th - MIDDLE SCHOOL YEAR END BBQ, 11AM - NOON

Tuesday, June 13th - 5th Grade Filed Trip to Pendelton

Thursday, June 15th – 8th Grade Promotion, 6:30pm

Friday, June 23rd - Free Sports Physical - KVH

Friday, July 28th - Free Sports Physical - KVH

Wednesday, August 23rd - WEB Leader Training at GMS, 8:00 a.m - noon

Monday, August 28th - 5th Grade WEB Orientation at GMS gym, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday, September 11th - Individual Picture Day

PARENTS….. We hope the beginning of May finds you well!  For students at GMS, this is the season of state testing!  Beginning on May 3, students at different grade levels will be taking math, English language arts, and/or science tests, depending on what their grade level is.  This is a superb time to be sure they are getting plenty of rest, cutting down on screen time (cell phones, ipads, TV, etc.), and eating nutritious foods.  Our school nurse, Dana Gunkel, sent an article to us recently about the negative relationship between too much sugar and memory loss.  If you’d like to read an interesting article on it, you can find it here:

May has a lot of activities in store!  We look forward to a track meet oin the 16th, and FFA state competition among other things. Thanks for your help in keeping kids focused!



A MESSAGE FROM THE NURSE…..If you would like to view the video and resources presented during the Disease Prevention classes taught by GMS nurse, Dana Gunkel, RN, Please view the following sites: “HIV and AIDS staying safe”- great educational video - information for students and parents - always up to date information


Please remember to schedule your student’s summer health exam with your healthcare provider soon.  Student’s using medication at school need forms completed every year and student’s participating in sports will need a sports physical. 



Band News….. On Thursday, May 25th, all of the GMS bands (5th grade, 6th Grade, Jazz Band, and 7/8 band) will be putting on a free concert in the GMS gymnasium. Students participating in the concert will need to arrive between 6:00 and 6:30pm as the concert will begin at 7:00pm. Participants will need to wear their black and white performance clothes to the concert. Students and their families are highly encouraged to stay for the entirety of the concert to support all of the participating bands. Any questions or concerns should be sent to Mr. Schneider (




6TH GRADE NEWS…The 6th grade will be going to Portland May 26th on a field trip.  See itinerary below:

·  7:30 leave middle school

·  9:30 arrive at OMSI (tour the museum and visit the LEGO exhibit)

·  12:00 Lewis and Clark IMAX movie

·  1:00 sack lunch at OMSI

·  2:00 Ride the Jet boats down the Willamette River

·  4:30 leave Portland

·  7:00-7:30 arrive back at the middle school

Students need to pay $5.

Chaperones need to pay $38 (We're sorry to charge so much, but it would cost us about $500 to pay entry fees for chaperones and we don't have that much money.)


If you're interested in being a chaperone, please contact your child's teacher.  Each classroom will be taking four chaperones.


We will send out permissions slips the first week of May.


Students might be excluded from the trip for the following reasons:

·  suspensions

·  too many Academies

·  not being on the Good Standing List the week of the trip

Parents and students will be notified of any exclusions prior to the trip.

YEARBOOKS…..We have 30 yearbooks left to sell!! The price is still $13.00. 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!




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.


MID-TERM PROGRESS REPORTS….Parents – please access your Skyward Family Access account to view your student’s grades.  If you have any questions regarding Family Access, please call the middle school office at 773-4323. 


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.