Principal's Message

Welcome to Gotha Middle School!

Gotha Update 11/27/2023

Monica Emery

Hello Gotha Families!

I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving Break.  There are just four weeks left in this second quarter and until Winter Break.

I wanted to share some important safety information if you or your student have an iPhone.  In the most recent update, they have set a new feature called NameDrop defaulted to ON.  This feature allows the sharing of your or your student’s contact information to be shared just by bringing the phones close together.  This feature works similarly to AirDrop.  Please consider changing these settings by going to Settings, General, AirDrop, Bringing Devices Together and changing to OFF.  

Our Boys volleyball team will be playing a Tie-Breaker Playoff Game @ Gotha on Monday November 27th @ 6:00 P.M. We will be hosting Carver and Chain of Lakes for a 3 way playoff!  Our Girls Volleyball team are Cluster Champs and are moving on to the playoffs. They will be playing their 1st match at HOME on Monday December 4th @ 6:00 P.M.   Come out and make some noise for our teams!  Tickets are sold on and will be $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. We hope to see you there! 

If your student is interested in trying out for our Grizzly Basketball team in January, all documents and information must be completed and uploaded on Aktivate by December 22nd. Information about Aktivate and tryouts can be found in the email version of this call, on the Student Body Canvas page, on the Gotha Middle website, and on the Athletic Board outside of the Gym. There is also a QR code to access the Digital Upload Portal for the athletic physical. All documents are uploaded online, no paperwork will be accepted in person. Contact Coach Davis for more information at [email protected]

FAST Progress Monitoring 2 will take place December 5th (ELA) and 7th (Math).  Please plan for your student to get a good night’s rest and to be at school on time.  If there is no time for breakfast at home, remember ALL students can get a free breakfast when they arrive.  It is important that all students are present as there is very little time for make-up testing.  If 95% of the students are tested on the 5th and the 7th, they will all receive a free y pop and a Bear Buck at lunch on Friday the 8th.

If your student is a car rider, please note that students should be picked up no later than 4:30pm.  After 4:30 there is limited supervision as the school is closed.  If you are not able to pick your student up by 4:30, please consider registering for the YMCA After School program.  Information can be found here.  

All students are entering into a unit on Informational Text in Language Arts.  Informational text can be found EVERYWHERE.  Encourage your student to read magazines or age-appropriate news articles.  Students can also access the PBS app on LaunchPad and search by interest.  You can help your student by asking them to summarize what they’ve read or tell you the author’s point of view.  Asking them to explain what they’ve read gets them thinking critically about what they’ve read.  

OCPS Code of Student Conduct 
Gotha School Wide Discipline Plan  
Our first Incentive Day is Thursday December 19th.  This day is for students without any discipline referrals in Quarter 2.  Please remind your student to follow school rules, practice kindness and display those Cambridge Learner Attributes daily.   

Monday 11/27 - Boys Volleyball HOME Tie-breaker @ 6:00
Tuesday 11/28 - 
Wednesday 11/29 - 
Thursday 11/30 - 
Friday 12/1 - 

Please contact the school if you have any questions at all.  Have a great week.  Help your student make choices that are confident, responsible, innovative, engaged and reflective.  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

Aktivate Athlete Registration Guide/Tutorial- English 
Aktivate Athlete Registration Guide/Tutorial- Spanish
Deadline Dates for packet submittal on Aktivate: 
Basketball- Athletic Packet Deadline- December 18th- 11:59 P.M.
Track- Athletic Packet Deadline- February 16th- 11:59 P.M.


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

NEW School Hours 2023-2024
9:30a.m. - 4:04p.m. (MTRF)
9:30a.m. - 2:54p.m. (W)


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