Spartan Notes

From the Principals

The GSMS Student Handbook for 2018-19 is attached. Please take the time to review it in its entirety with the adults in your life...

PowerPoint Presentation from Back to School Night 2018


STUDENT WEEK @ A GLANCE - 03/18/2019

A Note from Administration:

Temperatures are warming up and spring is on its way! I absolutely love this time of year. I wanted to give a special shout-out to Student Council, Ms. Hecker, and all the staff that helped pull off another awesome Family Fun Night last week!

Similar to last week, this week will be low-key, but I would like to see you continue to work on getting those grades up. I'm looking forward to tracking your progress!

NEW INFORMATION:

A Personal Challenge: Respect!

Respect. What an intriguing word. It means a little something different to everyone, but can you imagine the world without it? How terrible that would be for all of us if we didn't respect one another. For me, respect is not something that you have to earn, it's something that I must freely give regardless of how others treat me. How come? Well, it's simple. We all have value. Everyone of us. Of course, I didn't always think that way, but it is something I have learned over time.

When I was growing up, and someone treated me wrong, I was quick to strike with my fist or with my tongue. (Yes, words can hurt much more than fists.) When I was 13, I remember I got into a fight with my best friend. He tripped me by accident and before he could even say he was sorry I got up and punched him square in the nose...I told him I hated him. What a terrible reaction! I think it shocked him...and frankly, it shocked me. I couldn't believe I would say something like that to my best friend. I felt terrible!

I later told my parents about the incident, and I remember them saying, "Matt, you have to kill people with kindness." I really had no idea what that meant until later that week when my best friend came by my house...swollen nose and all. He asked if I was allowed to play. Say what?! I couldn't believe it. I asked my parents if I was allowed to play and they gave me permission. Wow! How could my best friend get over our fight so easily? To this day, I have no clue! Not five days earlier, I had punched him and told him that I hated him. Within a week, he treated me like it never happened...what a friend!

While we don't see each other often, I still consider him one of my good friends. Since that point in my life, I have had a different perspective on respect. Respect wasn't being the tough guy who beat on his friends and said terrible things to them. Respect was the kid with the swollen nose, forgiving me for acting a fool. That was the first time in my life I experienced respect and forgiveness.

I have learned that respect starts with me. How I treat those around me is a direct reflection of the respect I have not only for them, but for myself.

OLDER BUT IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Breakfast Line: In order to keep the breakfast line moving, please have your ID badges ready. The line goes much quicker when you swipe your ID badge.

Hallway Movement: A reminder, walk on the right, pass on the left. As you walk to and from the cafeteria, conversations should be at a low level.

Academic Detention: A reminder that if you are assigned an Academic Detention (held on Thursdays) you are expected to stay unless you complete the assignment(s) that are past due prior to the detention date.

Cell Phones: Cell phones are to be powered off and stored in the zipper pocket of your laptop carrying case throughout the day. The only time 8th graders can have them out is during lunch The only other reason that a phone should be out and on is if a teacher has given you specific permission to do so. If you need to use the phone for any reason, ask your teacher for a pass to use the office phone. If an adult sees you with a phone out, they have been instructed to confiscate it and turn it into the office. 1st cell phone violation: warning issued and returned at the end of the day. 2nd offense: parent has to pick up phone from office.

7:20 AM: Is the earliest that any student should be in the hallways unsupervised. If you get dropped off by car out back at the HS you may not enter the middle school until 7:20 AM.

Earbuds: Are not to be worn in the hallways. Eighth grade students may use them in the cafeteria during lunch. Otherwise, they should not be seen.

8th Period: A reminder to go to your lockers and get all of your things (including backpacks and laptops) after Period 7. You have 5-minutes to get to 8th period, so there is no excuse to be late.

After School: If you stay after school and intend to ride the late bus for any reason, you are expected to wait in the lobby area until the late bus arrives. Please do not exit the building prior to the late bus arriving.

SALSA: Remember to make sure that your tables are clear of trash both on top and under the table before heading to SALSA. Please walk to the gym quietly and be careful when crossing the outside parking lot when going to the fields.

Exterior Doors: Never open a locked exterior door during the school day for anyone, including students. This is a serious safety violation and will result in disciplinary action. The Main Entrance to the Middle School is where all should enter.

"See Something, Say Something": If you see something on social media or at school that is threatening or unsafe or you are worried that someone might get hurt, tell an adult right away. Don't be afraid to tell Mr. Sanger, Mr. Cox, or Mr. Zamperini, or send an e-mail if you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others. This can be done after school hours as well.

Matthew_Sanger@elanco.org - Secondary Principal

Elias_Cox@elanco.org - Grades 7 & 8 House Principal

Matthew_Zamperini@elanco.org - Secondary Dean of Students

E-mail: Make sure you are checking your email TWICE a day for important information

Cafeteria: You must remain seated at your lunch table for the entire period. The only reason to get up is to throw away trash, get more food, or ask a monitor to use the restroom.

Middle School Students: Are not permitted in the high school unless you have a designated class or prior authorization from an adult. If you are caught in the high school, there will be consequences.

Blankets: Are not permitted. If you are cold, wear a sweatshirt or sweater. No jackets, please...

Pajamas: Are not permitted.

Schedule

GSMS Schedule
GSMS Schedule

School Announcements

Get Ready! Get Excited!

On April 4th, the Harlem Wizards are coming to GS! Grades 7-12 will be attending to watch the teachers play against the Wizards.

There will be items for sale so bring money for souvenirs! The game will start at 1:30, during school. Look for the posters in the hallway for further information.

Attendance Reminder! Have you been late or absent from school? Remember that you need to return a written note within (3) days of returning to school. Your note does NOT necessarily need to be on the district's yellow excuse card. Any written note that is signed by your parent or guardian will work! You will be called to the guidance office with an announcement if you owe a note that has not been turned in. Questions: See Mrs. Berry in the Guidance Office.

YEARBOOKS are now $19 and will increase to $20 on April 1st.

ORDER NOW by clicking the link Below!

Athletics

Please be sure to check the athletics page for any upcoming athletic early dismissals and other important athletic information.



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