GSMS 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


NEW INFORMATION:

LEAP Innovations Survey: all students will take a survey this coming Friday in Homeroom. It is 90 questions and will take about 45 minutes. Do your very best please! The data that we get from this give us feedback of how we are doing in the realm of personalized learning, and what we need to do to make school better for you :)

OLDER BUT IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

7th Graders: if you are failing a class at the end of Q1, we will be restricting your Internet access to educational sites only. Hopefully, this won't need to happen.

7:22 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 7:22 AM.

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.

Hallway Movement: A reminder, walk on the right, pass on the left.

Clubs: if you have questions about your Club schedule, please e-mail Mrs. Bailey at joann_bailey@elanco.org and she will reach out to you. Please do not come down to the office with questions about your Club schedule. All club changes will need to be approved by Mr. Good before any changes will be made.

Earbuds: are not to be worn in the hallways or cafeteria.

8th Period: a reminder to go to your lockers and get all of your things (including backpacks and laptops) after Period 7. Be speedy about it, this is not a time to linger in the hallways.

Mix it Up Day: occurs on Fridays. You may sit where you choose on your grade-level side of the cafeteria. Please only 4 students to a bench.

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 and be careful when crossing the outside parking lot when going to the fields.

Cafeteria: a reminder that no food or drink (other than water) should leave the cafeteria. Also, it is not necessary to raise your hand to ask to throw trash away. Simply get up and dispose of all trash in the can and put your tray up at the same time.

Exterior Doors: do not ever 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. Starr or Mr. Good 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.

jeffrey_starr@elanco.org

Steve_good@elanco.org

Cell Phones: cell phones are to be powered off and stored in the zipper pocket of your laptop carrying case from 7:30 AM to 2:32 PM. No exceptions! 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.

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.

After School Academic Inspiration will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday 09.11.18. This is a time to work after school in a quiet environment and also receive help if you need it. See your School Counselor if you are interested in attending.

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

Pajamas: are not permitted.

Schedule

GSMS Schedule

School Announcements

Garden Spot Performing Arts

GSPA is hosting an informational meeting for its fall production, and all cast & crew members should attend. The meeting is Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:00-6:30pm in room 307. Crews will meet with their advisers after the meeting & the cast will rehearse. Please be prompt.

Red Ribbon Week is Monday, October 22nd through Friday, October 26th

Middle School Dance - A Night in the City

Good morning/afternoon Garden Spot Middle School students! If you haven’t already noticed the posters both located in the hallways and the bathrooms, student council is hosting our first middle school dance of the year ! Trust me you don’t want to miss out ! The theme is A Night in the City with aspects from different cities around the world. The point of a night in the city is that you can literally wear anything, so wear what you please (just make sure you still follow the MS Dress code!). The date of the dance is November 9th from 7-9 PM. The designated entrance area is the new high school gym entrance. The tickets will be sold at a table shortly before reaching the seventh grade cafeteria near the weight room. The cost of the tickets are $2. Also, you are going to want to bring money so you can eat food if you so choose. So make sure to gather your friends(that go to GSMS of course) and show up to have a great time!

Click the link BELOW to Pre- Order your 2019 Yearbook for ONLY $16.00.... This will be the LOWEST price all YEAR!!!

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.


Picture Retakes: Picture retake day will be Friday, October 26th. If you were absent on the original picture day, you will need to have your photo taken for school records even if you do not wish to purchase a picture package. If you do want to purchase the photos, please stop by the guidance office and get a flyer. If you are unhappy with the photos that you originally bought, and want to have them re-done, you will need to return your original picture package to the photographer at the time of the retake. Questions...see Mrs. Berry in Guidance.


SAP Information

Athletics

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