School Announcement

Erie 4 Fire Association’s Italian Supper. 

 

 


 

GMHS Dodgeball Tournament

  • Tuesday January 28(half-day) at 11:30am in the gym.  Middle School, High School and teachers can participate.  Make your team of 10 or sign up to be placed on a team. $5 per player.  Sign up sheets are in Ms. Marchetti’s room and due by Friday. All proceeds benefit DECA.

 


 

 

Semester 2 Schedules:

  • High school semester 2 schedules will be in the small gym on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 am.

 

 


 

Grade 7 News

  • An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention is known as SBIRT, an acronym for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.  The screenings will be taking place on January 23rd, 24th, and 27th, please see letter below.

 

Dear Families,

We will be continuing our implementation of an evidence-based screening at Georgetown Middle-High School during the 2019-20 school year.  The screening, required by MA Law (chapter 52, Acts of 2016), An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention is known as SBIRT, an acronym for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.  It is a public health model aimed at preventing the use of alcohol, marijuana and/or other substances.  Our primary goal is to let students know that their school nurse and counseling staff are available daily to reinforce healthy decision making behaviors and to assist them in obtaining additional support for any substance use or related issue if needed.

The verbal screening process will be part of the annual state mandated screenings that are performed each school year.  The school counselors will be conducting the screening on all 7th grade students during one of their PE and Health classes. The screenings will be taking place on January 23rd, 24th, and 27th.  The screenings will be conducted in a confidential, one-on-one session with each student.  We will be utilizing a substance and behavioral health screening tool called the CRAFFT.  The tool is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and widely used with adolescents in Massachusetts.  It is a short, effective, screening tool meant to assess whether a longer conversation about the context of use, frequency, and other risks and consequences of alcohol and drug use is warranted.

This program focuses on harm prevention and does not generate any disciplinary action.  The results of the screening are not included in the student’s school file or school health record.  As with any school screening, parents have the right to opt their child out of this screening.  We request that you send a written note to the guidance office no later than January 21st to opt out.  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all of the screening questions.

We encourage you to talk with your child about substance use/abuse.  For helpful resources on how to begin these conversations, go to the district Health Services website under SBIRT or visit the SBIRT website at http://www.masbirt.org for more information.  If you have questions, please contact Julia Robinson in the guidance office at 978-352-5790 x3137 or robinsonj@georgetown.k12.ma.us.  We believe that together, schools and families can make a positive impact in the lives of our youth in Georgetown.

Sincerely, Daniel Richards Principal

 

 


Yearbook Parent Messages/Recognition Ads

  • Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families, and friends to commemorate student achievements and graduation. In addition, revenues from recognition ads help our school to create a better yearbook. To purchase your ad online, follow the instructions on the attached form. Jostens is managing your school’s yearbook ad sales so please do not send materials to the school.  All ad orders must be placed online by 02/13/2020. See attached

 

 


Middle School Peer Mediation

  • The second peer mediation training will be on Monday, January 27th at 7:30am-12:00pm in the auditorium.  Students should report to their A block classes and will be dismissed from there.

 

  • The final peer mediation training will be on Friday, February 14th at 7:30am-12:00pm in the auditorium.  Students should report to their A block classes and will be dismissed from there.

 

Musical

This year’s musical is The Wizard of Oz! Featuring over 60 cast and crew members, the show will take place on Thursday, February 6th at 6pm, February 7th at 7pm, and February 8th at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are now on sale at https://gmhs.tix.com

Tickets can also be purchased through the Box Office anytime before the shows by seeing Ms. Marchetti in Room 2257. Cash, check, MC/Visa are accepted!

-Adults $16 plus applicable fees

-Students and Seniors $13 plus applicable fees

 


 

Grade 8 Kieve

  • Kieve forms were sent home (click here for the forms).  The trip is scheduled for May 26th-May 28th.  The first payment of $100 is due by February 28th.  The final payment will be due May 8th.  The cost of the final payment will depend on the number of students attending.  Please make checks payable to Town of Georgetown.  If you have any questions, please email olearyc@georgetown.k12.ma.us.

 

 


 

 

Mid-Term Exam Schedule

 


 

Softball

  • Any Middle or High School Girls that are interested in playing softball this spring, please contact Olivia Mills at mills.olivia21@gmail.com

 

  • Softball Meeting, Wednesday 1/29 at 2:30 in the cafe there will be a meeting for all prospective softball candidates. Meeting is highly recommended!

 

 


 

 

 


Free Wrestling Clinic

  • Anyone interested in learning wrestling from head varsity coach, Melvin Yell, there is a free clinic on Mondays/Thursdays/Fridays from 4:00-4:45pm in the small gym. All are welcome! Any questions please reach out to Head Coach Melvin Yell- coachmyell@msn.com

 


 

High School SnowBall Dance (semi-formal)

  • January 31st 7-10pm tickets $10.   Please use the link below to sign up  for drink and snack donations

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4DA5AD2FA3F49-snowball

 


 

Grade 8 News

 


 

Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Motivation and Learning

SEPAC is so excited to collaborate with PTA and GeorgetownCARES to bring this free event to Georgetown!

STRESSED OUT STUDENTS: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF ANXIETY ON MOTIVATION AND LEARNING

Pediatric Neuropsychologist Dr. Angela Currie, Ph.D will discuss the impact of anxiety on learning and motivation, while also addressing how to identify anxiety in children and what parents and teachers can do to support these challenges.

WHEN: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 6:00-7:00 PM

DINNER AND RECEPTION (CASH BAR) 7:00-8:30 PM PRESENTATION

WHERE: GEORGETOWN FLATBREAD CO.

 


 

Follow the Georgetown Middle/High School Principal’s Blog

  • The Principal’s Blog provides the latest in news, updates on the events at Georgetown Middle/High School along with educational articles and web sites. https://gmhsprincipalsblog.com/

 


 

Food Service Announcement:

  • Please check your child’s meal account balance, all balances must be paid in full. Payments can be made at www.myschoolbucks.com or in the cafeteria with cash or check.  Please feel free to contact the Food Service Office with any questions.  978-352-5777 x105 x106

 

 


 

 

Buy your High School yearbooks online at www.jostensyearbooks.com

 

 


 

 

Community Service Opportunity

  • Students needed to help shovel elderly resident’s walkways/driveways when it snows.  Please see Mrs. Colten in Guidance if you are interested in helping.

 

 


 

 

 

Homework Club

  • Homework Club is from 2:25pm-3:25pm Monday through Thursday in the library.  All are welcome.  Students will need to sign in at the desk on arrival.

 

 


 

Class Dues

  • Freshman Class are $30, If paid after January 1, 2020. Please make the checks payable to the Town of Georgetown, and write “Class of 2023” and your child’s name on the reference line

 

  • Sophomore Class dues are $40, If paid after January 1, 2020. Please make the checks payable to the Town of Georgetown, and write “Class of 2022” and your child’s name on the reference line

 

  • Junior Class Dues are $40, If paid after January 1, 2020. Please make the checks payable to the Town of Georgetown, and write “Class of 2021” and your child’s name on the reference line

 

  • Senior Class Dues are $40, If paid after January 1, 2020. Please make the checks payable to the Town of Georgetown, and write “Class of 2020” and your child’s name on the reference line

 

 


Makerspace

  • Makerspace Supplies needed! The GMHS Makerspace is in need of magnets, velcro, spray bottles, buttons, corrugated plastic, wooden dowels, tin foil, and sewing needles for current and upcoming projects.  If you have any of those supplies laying around and would like to donate them, please drop them off to the main office labeled Makerspace.  We appreciate every donation we have received and have been able to make some incredible things so far with them.  More on that coming soon! Email Ms. Marchetti @ marchettil@georgetown.k12.ma.us with any questions regarding the Makerspace.

 


 

StudentPlus and ParentPlus 

  • ParentPlus and StudentPlus are GMHS’s online student information systems.  Student schedules, report cards, progress reports and teacher assignments are posted to your student’s private account.  Families who do not have internet access should call the Main Office at (978) 352-5790 to make arrangements to pick up student reports.  ParentPlus and StudentPlus Portal can be accessed through the GMHS website at https://www.gssapp.org/GeorgetownPublicSchools/gmhs/  Select the “Schools” menu and then “Georgetown Middle/High School”, on the left hand side of the page under “Quick Links” is the “Student/Parent Portal”. If any student needs assistance with their school email or accessing the portal, he/she should see Mr. Swaim in the library.

 


 

For students bringing their own iPads to school, a list of all the apps that teachers have requested can be found at this link:

 

 


 

Dress Code

  • The following standards of dress will apply to all students at Georgetown Middle School:

1. Students will wear clothing appropriate to a working environment in the classroom. No clothing will be allowed which advertises or promotes drugs, tobacco, alcohol or which contains obscene messages or any message(s) which disrupts the educational process.

2. Shirts with statements that promote or condone substance abuse of ANY kind will not be allowed.

3. Shorts and skirts must be at an appropriate length for a school setting.

4. No half shirts, tank tops, or shirts with that reveal undergarments will be permitted. Students will be asked to change/parent may be called.

5. Outerwear jackets/coats are not to be worn in class unless permission is granted by the classroom teacher.

6. No clothing that hinders mobility or safety will be allowed.

7. The wearing of hats or hoods in the middle school is not allowed anywhere; this rule applies to corridors and classrooms.  Please refer to the Middle School Handbook for further information.

LOST AND FOUND: 

  • Located in the Middle School Office is a Lost & Found bin. If your child has lost anything, please have them take a look to see if it is there.

ITEMS DROPPED OFF:  

  • If your child forgets something at home and it is dropped off at the Main Office, please make sure that the child’s full name is on the item.  Please note that an all-call is made throughout the school at 10:41 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. calling the students to the Main Office to pick up their item.  We do not interrupt classes for individual students.

DISMISSAL PROCEDURE: 

  • If you need to dismiss your child for any reason, please have your student drop a dismissal note stating the time, date and reason for the dismissal at the Main Office first thing in the morning. The dismissal will then be put on the attendance which is emailed to teachers.  At the time of dismissal, the student just needs to come down and sign out at the Main Office.  The parent does not need to come into the school. TELEPHONE DISMISSALS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  If you need to dismiss your student unexpectedly, you must come into the school and show ID.  All dismissals due to illness must go through the school nurse.

TARDY PROCEDURE: 

  • If a student comes in tardy after 7:25a.m., they must have a note or a parent must call in the tardy to the absentee line.  You must have a reason for tardiness.  If no reason is given, even if the parent excuses the student, the student will be marked unexcused until a reason is given.

Upcoming Dates:

September 5  Open House

September 20th  No school Professional Development Day

October 9th      ½ day dismissal at 11:02am-Yom Kippur

October 11th      ½ day dismissal at 11:02am Professional Development Day

October 14th     No School-Columbus Day


 

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
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PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION

  • The GMHS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provides opportunities for parents/guardians to be involved.  Information, including how to join the PTA, can be found at http://www.georgetown-pta.com/.  The PTA has a twice monthly newsletter called The Blink that you can access through https://simplycircle.com (use invitation code 99DBEF).  You can also visit their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Georgetown MAPTA/.