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Welcome to Gotha Middle School!

Gotha Update 11/28/2022

Monica Emery

Hello Gotha Families! 

I hope everyone enjoyed the break and that the kids are ready to get back to work.  There are only 15 school days until the Winter Break, and I want to make sure we are focused on learning and making good choices.  

Tonight I have some information about the Gotha school-wide spelling bee, basketball tryouts, our Quarter 2 Incentive Day, as well as weekly news about literacy and the code of conduct.

The Gotha Middle School Spelling Bee is back!  All students received a spelling bee word list from their Language Arts teacher on November 17th or 18th. All students will be participating in a first “qualifying” round on December 12th as part of their Language Arts class, and the winning students from each class will advance to the whole-school Spelling Bee on January 12th. The school winner of the Bee will have the opportunity to advance to the Orlando District Level Bee, sponsored by Orlando City.

School spelling bees offer students an opportunity to practice public speaking and improve their spelling, both critical skills as they advance in their schooling. Please encourage your student to participate by helping them study the words, or by allowing them to download the WordClub app.

Tryouts for our girls and boys basketball teams will begin on January 4th @ 3:20 P.M.  Athletes MUST have their COMPLETED athletic packet turned into the main office by December 14th @ 3:30 P.M. in order to try out.  The packet can be found by going to, then clicking on the ATHLETICS tab and then 2022-2023 OCPS Athletic Physical Packet.  The packet must be printed out and be fully completed by students, parents and a doctor. The actual physical forms must be completed by a doctor and must have the doctor's address stamp on it.  The completed packet should then be turned in to the main office.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Davis, our Athletic Director, at [email protected].    

Our first incentive day will be December 15th.  To take part in the incentive day, students must not have any referrals in quarter 2 and must have all As, Bs, and Cs as of December 14th.  Encourage your students to stay on track in order to be invited to the Q2 Kona Ice Party!


Reading is a good method to keep a person's brain active over school breaks without having to read anything educational. Books in general, no matter what genre, allow for people to further their vocabulary and keep the brain sharp.  With only three weeks before the Winter Break, start thinking about what your student will be reading.  Just 20 minutes a day is a great use of time!


OCPS Code of Student Conduct 

Students often start to get restless between breaks and at the end of a quarter.  We will continue to talk to students about being respectful and limiting the horseplay and off task behavior in classes.  Please help us by repeating that message at home.   


Each year we celebrate the 12 Days of Gotha Holidays!  It’s a great way to have a little fun as we head towards the winter break.  It’s also a great way to share a little bit about ourselves as each day has a different theme.  We start on Thursday December 1st.

Thursday 12/1 - Winter Wonderland: wear white, hats, scarves, etc.

Friday 12/2 - Candy Cane Lane: dress in red or white or red and white stripes


Consider helping us out by donating to our foundation page.  Your donations go directly back to the kids in the form of incentives and events!  

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]

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
Gotha Middle School
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