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Welcome to Gotha Middle School!

Gotha Update 4/8/2024

Monica Emery

Hello Gotha Families!

I hope everyone had a great first weekend of April!  

Congratulations to Julio Sandino.  Julio is this week’s Cambridge Learner Attribute Student of the Week.   He was nominated by Ms. Do for being ENGAGED.  Julio has been participating in class discussions and being an active learner.  Congratulations Julio!  

The 2024 Annual Stakeholder Survey window is still open.  I personally use the family survey data to gauge the community’s satisfaction with how we are serving you and your student.  We look for positive responses to see what we are doing well.  We need 20% of our families to respond, and as of Saturday we were at 19%.  We’re so close!  Please take a moment to give us feedback by clicking HERE.

Congratulations to TeShondra Abner, our PTO and SAC president, who was recognized by OCPS on Friday as our Adult Volunteer of the Year! Dr. Abner has done so much for our school over the past three years.  I am thankful for her contributions and dedication to making Gotha such a wonderful place to work, learn and contribute.  

On Monday, April 8, Florida will experience a unique event of another partial solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin around 1:46 pm and end about 4:17 pm. We will dismiss school at our regularly-scheduled time. Out of an abundance of caution, all activities will be held indoors from 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM, unless special lessons have been planned by teachers with approved protective eyewear and proper safety procedures.  Teachers will also be encouraged to use televisions and computers to view the coverage of the eclipse in their classrooms if it aligns with their lessons.  Please help us remind children that it is never safe to look directly at the Sun, especially during a partial eclipse.

This upcoming eclipse is a great example of how to get kids engaged and reading about something with which they can make a real world connection.  To learn more about solar eclipses, click this student friendly site

OCPS Code of Student Conduct 
Gotha School Wide Discipline Plan  
This quarter we will really be focusing on positive behavior support and ensuring kids are being rewarded for positive choices and displaying our Cambridge Learner Attributes.  Students will have the opportunity to use their earned Bear Bucks for a ticket to a Glow Party!  Our PBIS Team and PTO will be sponsoring this final incentive day of the year on May 22nd.  

For those of you new to Gotha, every Friday between Spring Break and the end of the school year is ALOHA Friday as we countdown to Summer Break!  Encourage your student to wear their favorite Hawaiian or vacation gear!

4/8 - 
4/9 - 
4/10 - NJHS Meeting @ 3:15; Track Meet HOME vs. Memorial @ 5:00
4/11 - 
4/12 - ALOHA Friday - just SEVEN Fridays left in this school year!

Please contact the school if you have any questions at all.  If your student is late to school, remember that they must be signed in at the front desk after 9:40.  Please make sure your student is getting to school on time.  Have a great week.  Help your student make choices that are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.  As always, IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A GRIZZLY!

Monica Emery
Gotha Middle School
2023 “Another Gotha Day” Lipdub



You can purchase a Gotha Middle School yearbook online at and our school code is 715596.  

Please follow the instructions HERE to fill out the OCPS forms for the 2023-2024 school year.

Questions about your student’s classes? Reach out to their school counselor:
6th Grade A-K & 7th Grade - [email protected] 
6th Grade L-Z & 8th Grade - [email protected]

Please click on the links below for more information!

YMCA Before and After School Programs

8th Grade Behavior Contract - PARENT FORM


 Office Hours
8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. Mon-Fri

School Hours
9:30a.m. - 4:04p.m. (MTRF)
9:30a.m. - 2:54p.m. (W)


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