Band and Choir Concert

The Fall Band and Choir concert was held on November 1st. The turnout was great and the band and choir sang and played even better. The junior high band played "Cataclysm" by Robert Sheldon and "Doppler Effect" by Sean O'Laughlin. The junior high choir sang "Like a Beat of a Drum", "Colors of the Wind", and "Fame". Then the high school band played pep band tunes, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance)", "Handclap", "Smoke on the Water", and "Sweet Caroline". The high school choir sang "Stand By Me" and "Deo Dicamus Gratias". Then before the final song "Dancing Queen", high school choir member Taylor Tremaine made a special announcement thanking the crowd for coming.

Fall Sports Banquet

The fall sports banquet was held on November 4th in the old gym at the secondary school. At the banquet we had all the summer and fall sports teams come together for their recognition of their hard work and effort put into their season! Students, family, and members of the community were in attendance along with our coaches, staff, and administration. We are all proud of our GMG athletes and students!

GMG Blood Drive

The GMG National Honor Society and FFA chapter hosted a fall blood drive on November 10th. Life Serve Blood Center collected 75 units of blood, saving up to 225 lives. Thank you to everyone who donated! FFA advisor Mrs. Murty said, "I think the blood drive went well but we have set high goals for the spring. We would like to have at least 100 donors and would like to have a competition between local fire and EMS departments."

Fall Play: Horror High

This years' Fall Play, "Horror High," was held on November 12th and 13th. Horror High is about teenage monsters and their adventures in high school. "The play went exceedingly well. The kids came together and pulled it together in the end. I enjoyed it and look forward to it next year!" - Ms. Montaño

State Swim Meet

Sophomore, Lesli Waltermire, swam at the Iowa Girls High School State Swimming and Diving Championship on November 13th. She swam the butterfly portion of the 200 yard medley relay. Lesli and her team swam a time of 1:57.34.

Veterans Day

To celebrate Veterans Day, GMG Secondary had veterans come on November 11th for an assembly. Eleven veterans showed up, along with a few people from the community. All of the students sang the national anthem. Junior, Noah Teske, and Senior, Abe Dieleman, played "Taps". Mr. Moews and Mr. Gargas both spoke, along with local veteran, Patrick White.

Community Service

The FFA Chapter raked leaves at the school. They raked and bagged leaves for two hours. The chapter hopes to host more community service activities to help students achieve the 25 hour requirement.

A message from Mrs. Gartin about the elementary band and their upcoming events in December:

It’s hard to believe that we have already finished the 1st quarter at GMG, and it’s time to start thinking about the Christmas concerts in December. Here’s what we’ve been up to in the elementary music room, and information about our upcoming performances.

There are 38 students in the 5th and 6th grade band, and alongside a 30 minute ensemble rehearsal every other day, each student gets an independent 10 minute lesson with me. The students work through their lesson material with the “band karate” method, where they earn different colored “belts” for progressing through the music book. They display their belts proudly as zip ties on their instrument, and duct tape pieces on their cases!

The 5th Graders just started playing in band this year, and they are doing a fabulous job figuring out how to play their instruments together! From deciding what they play to preparing for their upcoming concert-they move fast in learning how to play! I’m so proud of their hard work.

The 6th Graders are in their second year of playing their musical instruments, and are doing a phenomenal job working hard and progressing! About half of the group have moved on to the 2nd year band karate belt system, and are consistently challenging themselves and playing challenging music that they enjoy. Most of the band requested to be nominated for the South Hamilton 6-8 honor band that is coming up next year, and congratulations to the following students for their future participation:

  • Skyler Murty, flute

  • Brooklyn Wood, flute

  • Charlee Gallentine, alto saxophone

  • Bryleigh Bartel, trombone

The K-3 Winter Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, at 6PM, in the Elementary Gymnasium. The 4-6 Winter Concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 9, at 6PM, in the Elementary Gymnasium. Student participants in the concert are encouraged to dress up. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for the 5th and 6th grade solo contest! On Thursday, March 10, from 4-8PM in the elementary music room, band students will be performing solos on their instruments for both their families and a judge. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a blessed time this holiday season, and I hope I get to see you at the concerts!

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