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Principal's Message

Monica Emery

 

Gotha Update - Week of 2/22/2021

Hello Gotha Families!  Here is your update for the week of February 22, 2021.

Spring Picture Day is coming!  Picture Day is March 3rd. If you would like for your student to get SPring Pictures, you will need to go to mylifetouch.com ahead of time to purchase your photo package.  The Picture Day ID is EVTJVXXDT.  Please have your student bring a copy of the purchase confirmation with them that day.  [email protected] families, you received a separate email with instructions on how to sign up for an appointment if you are interested.  

We are still chalking our walks!!  We really want to color our community with words and pictures that show kindness.  Decorate those sidewalks, driveways and windows and take pictures!  Send them to Mrs. Emery at [email protected] or Mrs. Miller at [email protected]  and we will feature them on GTV at school and on social media!

Girls Intramural Soccer will be starting March 22nd and Boys Soccer on April 5th. If you are interested please go to Gothams.ocps.net and scroll down to Important Links and download and complete the entire Sports Physical (10 page packet).  This includes parent and student signatures along with doctor physical (the doctors address stamp, signature, and date). This packet MUST be turned in by March 3rd in order for students to be able to participate. We have had several forms turned in that were not fully completed which can not be accepted as eligible. If you have concerns about eligible packets please email Coach Davis at [email protected]

Open enrollment has started for Florida Prepaid. This program allows you to start saving for your student’s college education now.  Now through April 30, 2021, participants may take advantage of 2021 pricing plans and save for as low as $45/month. Now through February 28, 2021, Orange County Public Schools employees and families can enroll in a Florida 529 Prepaid plan and take advantage of a promo code to save $50.00; use promo code ORANGE21. For more information regarding the Florida 529 Prepaid plans and available options please click here

Over the course of the next three weeks, Gotha will be administering the third and final Progress Monitoring Activities (PMAs). These assessments will only be administered in 7th and 8th grade Science, Civics, Algebra, and Geometry classes. The PMAs are instructionally-focused and aligned to standards assessed by the state. The Mathematics and Social Studies activities are designed to measure how students are progressing through their learning of the current year's standards, while the Science activities are designed to also identify gaps in learning from prior years. The test has 50 questions and will be administered over the course of 2 class periods. 

7th Grade Science - 2/25 and 2/26
Civics -3/4 and 3/5
8th Grade Science -3/8 and 3/9
Algebra and Geometry - 3/8 and 3/9


Please make sure your student is in attendance on the day of their test. If you have any questions, please contact our testing coordinator at [email protected] 

Join us Tuesday February 23rd at Chipotle in The Grove in Windermere between 4 and 8 for SPIRIT NIGHT! Chipotle also includes an ONLINE Order option! Families just need to use code PJWT6R3 when ordering.  Chipotle will donate 33% of the proceeds that evening to our Gotha PTO!

If you haven’t already, we need your assistance in completing the 2021 Annual Stakeholder Survey about our school.  Family surveys can be accessed using the following anonymous link: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/ocps/family/surveys.  We need 224 families to complete the survey and we currently only have 52.  We look forward to reading your feedback.

Schedule
We’re having a SPIRIT WEEK!!

Monday 2/22

TWIN DAY!

Tuesday 2/23

SPORTS DAY

Wednesday 2/24

EXTREME GMS PRIDE DAY

Thursday 2/25

DECADE DAY

Friday 2/26

CLASS COLOR WARS - 6th red, 7th purple, 8th blue

If your F2F student is feeling any one symptom of COVID 19, please keep them home.  If you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID 19, please let us know.  

Enjoy your week everyone, and remember - It’s a GREAT day to be a grizzly!  

Monica Emery
Principal

 

REMINDERS:

8th Grade Behavior Contract - 8th Grade parents, students reviewed and signed off on the behavior contract before the break. We need parents to sign off as well. If you haven’t already, please read and complete the PARENT SURVEY. Students will not be able to attend 8th grade activities, including Gradventure, without parent and student acknowledgement of the behavior contract.

Please remember that we have set up daily Learning Labs from 4:30 - 6:00pm through the YMCA After School Zone. The YMCA ASZ is a free program for families. We are inviting our face to face and [email protected] students to participate in this face to face tutoring time on campus. Students would need to wear a mask and be signed up for the YMCA program. YMCA Middle School Programs

Please complete this survey if you are interested:

The 2020-21 Gotha Yearbooks are for sale and are currently $30. Go to our school website and click on the link to purchase a yearbook or ad under the “Important Links” section of the page. Ads are available for any 8th grade student this year, so families and friends can purchase an ad to celebrate their 8th graders’ achievements. If you do not want your student featured in this year’s yearbook, please send an email to Mrs. Miller at [email protected].


— YMCA / PTO INFO —


Looking for before or after school care? See the YMCA section under the school information tab.

Stay informed with our PTO! Click this link to fill out the form.

Keep checking our website throughout the year for important information!

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