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Monica Emery

 

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Mission: To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community.

Gotha Update - Week of September 2, 2019

Hello, Gotha Families.  Here is your update for the week of September 2, 2019.

Families need to complete the free and reduced lunch forms each school year.  If you have not done so already this year, please click HERE to access information about the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and complete the application.  

The 8th grade students received their behavior contracts this week.  These contracts needs to be signed by a parent or guardian in order for them to attend the 8th grade dance or Gradventure.  You can watch an overview of the behavior contract  here.  

As we continue to focus on safety and security, we will be reviewing some very important parts of the OCPS Code of Student Conduct with the students weekly.  This week we will be reminding them about the severity of having an illegal substance on campus. Please review this video and speak with your students.   

For your planning purposes I want to make you aware of a couple of dates.  Picture day is Tuesday September 9th. Our Open House will be on Tuesday September 24th from 5:30 - 7:30.  

This week we will begin our Gotha Kindness Challenge.  You can sign up to search for ways to display kindness each and every day by going to WeTeachKindness.org.  As we continue to teach the students about being nice and kind, we’d love to see examples of them displaying kindness at home!  Post your pics on Facebook and tag us @GothaMiddleSchool. Our theme is Be Different, Be Nice.  

In terms of monitoring Hurricane Dorian, like you, we will follow direction from Orange County Public Schools.  If you don’t already, follow OCPS on social media and monitor www.OCPS.net.   The state of Florida has important preparedness guidelines you can find here.   I have asked the teachers to assign a few extra activities for practice or enrichment to help fill some time and keep the kids engaged in some learning while school is cancelled.  They have all checked out books from our Media Center so please make sure they are taking the time to read. We are off to a great start this year. Kids are more engaged in learning and more focused than I’ve seen in the past and I don’t want to lose momentum.  You can also check out the following websites (when power and internet connection is not an issue).:

The Adventure Academy

Hurricane Watch: Lessons and Activities

Should school resume this week, we will be having SPIRIT WEEK!

W 9/4: Color Day (grade levels wear their assigned color: 6th: White, 7th: Blue, 8th: Red )

Th 9/5: Vacation Day (souvenir t-shirts, sunglasses, hats, etc)

F 9/6: Pajama Day

There are also soccer games this week at Southwest MS on Wednesday and Carver MS on Thursday.

​​​​​​​Please stay connected to the school.  Follow us on Social Media. We update with information almost daily.  

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There is still time to join our PTO!  PTO does so many amazing events/activities for our students and staff. Visit https://gothapto.ptboard.com to become a member.  Our first general meeting of the year is Friday September 6th at 9:30 AM in the cafeteria.  Please join us!

I hope everyone is as prepared as you can be for this storm.  Please stay safe and dry. As always, Be Nice - and remember, it’s a GREAT DAY TO BE A GRIZZLY!

Monica Emery
Principal

www.ocps.net

Reminder

Don't forget to sign up for reminders for your child's grade level.

6th- text @gm2025 to 81010

7th- @gm2024 to 81010

8th- @gm2023 to 81010

PTO- @gothapto to 81010

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

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

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