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Principal's Message

Welcome to Gotha Middle School!

Gotha Update 1/30/2022

Monica Emery

Hello Gotha Families! 

The end of January seems to be when life gets hectic for families once again.  I hope everyone had time to rest this weekend.

Course selection information for the 2023-24 school year can be found on the guidance page of our website, https://gothams.ocps.net/guidance.  Course selection presentations for our current 6th and 7th graders will begin this week.  

If you have a rising 6th grader or know any rising 6th grade families, our Parent Night for current 5th graders zoned for Gotha is on Tuesday January 31st at 6:30.  We will go over course selection and programs with parents. Teachers, students and staff will also be available to answer any questions parents have.  

The 2023 annual stakeholder survey is now open!  We are asking that you take a moment to give us feedback.  We need 20% of our families to respond. Currently, only 3% of families have given feedback.  Please go to https://surveys.panoramaed.com/ocps/family/surveys.  It will only take 10 minutes.  

Students interested in trying out for the Gotha Track & Field team must have their athletic packet turned in by Friday February 17th @ 4:00 P.M. You can find the packet by going to http://Gothams.ocps.net, then clicking on athletics.  The packet must be printed and completely filled out by a doctor, parents, and students. This has to be turned into the main office and cannot be emailed to be eligible.  Students who have already turned in a packet for a prior sport this school year and the actual date of exam is within one calendar year of the season will be eligible to tryout. Tryouts will be on February 27th and 28th from 4:15-6:00 and March 1st from 3:15-5:00. Students will meet in the corresponding locker rooms entering through the back doors.  If you have any questions please reach out to one of the following: 

Boys Head Coach - Mrs. Hazzard - [email protected] 
Girls Head Coach - Ms. Johnson - [email protected]  
Athletic Director - Mrs. Davis - [email protected] 

Our Gotha Chorus students will be singing the National Anthem at the Orlando Magic game on March 9th.  Discounted game tickets are available to our community starting at $18.  Tickets can be purchased by going to www.fevo.me/gotha.  This discounted price will be available through February 24th.  All students must have a parent or guardian with them.  

LITERACY FOCUS OF THE WEEK
Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair is quickly approaching.  The sign-up window for eWallet began Friday, January 20th.  Please start getting the word out by encouraging friends and family to share the following links!  Proceeds from our book fairs help us purchase our One Book, One School, One Summer program books for EVERY Gotha student.    

Homepage Link: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/gothamiddleschool 

eWallet Link: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/content/fairs/how-ewallet-works.html?fairId=5231342 

CODE OF CONDUCT REMINDER
OCPS Code of Student Conduct 
In my discussions with small grade level groups, we have been talking about my expectations for behavior on campus.  Please help us by discussing these school day expectations as well:

Getting to class on time
Being where you’re supposed to be all day
Eliminating the horseplay
Being respectful to the campus and everyone on campus
Using kind words, even with friends

THIS WEEK AT THE SCHOOL

Monday 1/30 - Basketball* Home vs. Southwest MS 5:30 
Tuesday 1/31 - Parent Night - Rising 6th Grade parents 6:30
Wednesday 2/1 - Black History Month begins - wear black, yellow, red, green; Basketball* Home vs. Chain of Lakes MS 5:30; NO EARLY DISMISSAL
Thursday 2/2
Friday 2/3

*Students will NOT be permitted to bring backpacks to basketball games.  This means students will need to go home before returning for the games if they would like to attend. 

Please contact the school if you have any questions at all.  Have a great week remember to be safe and be kind and as always, IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A GRIZZLY!

Monica Emery
Principal
Gotha Middle School
407-521-2360
2022 GOTHA Resilience LipDub

A FEW REMINDERS 

Our 2022-23 Gotha Yearbooks are already for sale and RIGHT NOW they are the cheapest they will be all year.  Click here to go to our Gotha MS website where you can order books, buy ads for your favorite Gotha student and upload pictures!  If you do not want your student’s photo included in the yearbook, please contact Ms. Miller at [email protected]

Every day we say “It’s a Great Day to be a Grizzly.”  We want to build a common understanding of what that really means - to our staff, our students, and our community.  Please take a minute to let us know what being a grizzly means to your family here.  We will use all of the answers to create one vision for our school!

There are a variety of ways to support the school! Our Gotha community has always been incredibly generous and supportive.  We are currently in need of some items to support our school. 

  • Our ESE Department is in need of some items to support our students and staff.  If you are able to donate, please click here for a list of items.
  • We are currently beginning to give our Media Center a “refresh.”  We are looking to add the items found here to make the space more inviting for our students. 

Please click on the links below for more information!

http://www.ocps.net

  

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

School Hours
9:30a.m. - 3:57p.m. (MTRF)
9:30a.m. - 2:54p.m. (W)

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