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Monica Emery

Orange County Public Schools - Leading Students to Success

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

Gotha Update - Week of 9/21/2020



Hello Gotha Families!  Here is your update for the week of September 21, 2020.

In the last two weeks parents were allowed to update schools with their school choice preference for the second nine weeks.  That preference survey has resulted in an additional 135 students planning to be back at the school face to face in October, 38 more 8th graders, 59 more 7th graders and 38 more 6th graders.  That will mean a total of 428 students on campus.  We will be communicating how that impacts physical class sizes and lunches in the coming weeks.  Please note that LaunchEd still remains the safest school choice model.  If you have questions about the LaunchEd model, please contact your guidance counselor.

6th Grade - Lori Ramsey, [email protected]

7th Grade - Jody Bernier, [email protected]

8th Grade - Christina Soper, [email protected] 


  • Just a reminder regarding expectations for kids on campus - masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking in the cafeteria.  Please note that NOT wearing their mask correctly is a discipline infraction per the OCPS code of student conduct and can result in disciplinary action.  Students should follow the one way traffic patterns on campus; students must practice social distancing and this includes in the halls.  Please remind your students about the importance of NOT high fiving or touching. 

  • If your student is staying home for any reason and is going to access their classes via LaunchEd, we must receive a call or email from parents stating that.  Any student whose parent DOES NOT notify the school of the physical absence will be marked absent.  

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  • Teachers use the webcam and microphone to monitor attendance and engagement.   If students are not responding to teachers or participating in classroom opportunities for collaboration they will be marked absent.

The 2020-21 Gotha Yearbooks are for sale and are currently $30. You can purchase one by going to our school website and clicking 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].  If you purchased a yearbook last year and have not yet received it, the last call is Friday September 18th.  Please contact Ms. Miller. 

The Middle School Kindness challenge (now known as “Teach Kindness”) has begun. This month teachers pledge to include their choice of 4 lessons that foster empathy and teach kindness.  To be a part of the challenge at home as a family, consider this activity this week!

September 21: Just Like Me:

This week also marks the beginning of Start with Hello Week.  Start With Hello Week celebrates the amazing work of educators, students, and community members in building socially inclusive learning environments for all students.   We encourage everyone to wear green on Tuesday to recognize the importance of breaking down barriers of social isolation.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend!!  Remember, it’s a great day to be a grizzly!


Monica Emery

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At this time OCPS has decided to resume fall sports for the 20-21 school year. It is very important to get the Athletic Packet provided here on our website FULLY completed by parents, student, and physician. Once completed, SAVE the form and HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Do NOT turn it in to the school at this time. We are in the process of updating form submission via a new digital platform and will announce when this feature becomes available. Please WAIT for this announcement before submitting the completed packet. All OCVS, LaunchEd, and F2F students are eligible to tryout but MUST meet the GPA requirements and have an updated Athletic Packet for the 20-21 school year turned in. The Athletic Packet is different from the 7th grade Immunization form. Please contact Michelle Davis, Athletic Director, at [email protected] if you have any further questions or concerns.