Principal's Message

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 9/14-2020

Hello Gotha Families - 

Here is your update for the week of September 14, 2020.

We have some updates specific for our face to face kids, and some specific to our Launch kids, but they are all important for everyone for everyone to understand.


  • Just a reminder regarding expectations for kids on campus - masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking in the cafeteria; students should follow the one way traffic patterns on campus; students must practice social distancing and this includes in the halls.  Overall, kids have been doing a great job.  

  • 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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  • Student microphones should be on and muted for the entire class.  Students need to be available to answer questions and interact with the teacher and other students.  Student webcams must also be functioning as many teachers have students collaborate together.  Teachers also use the webcam to monitor attendance and engagement.  

  • Parents, remember that your LaunchEd student should be working without your assistance during the school day, just as they would if they were on campus.   

The YMCA’s After School Zone is offering both a Virtual Homework Hour and the Face to Face After School Zone program. This virtual HW hour is offered every day from 4:15 – 5:15 and it’s free. Virtual Clubs are available as well. In order to participate all parents need to do is fill out an application online at the link below and complete the 5 waivers attached to that application.

The application and all waivers must be completed in order for the student to attend. If all required documents are not completed, students aren't able to participate/ attend.

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. 

All students enrolled in the ESOL program qualify to use a bilingual dictionary during testing. LaunchED students can access a digital dictionary through LaunchPad called “Glossaries by Language”. If your student is LaunchED and you prefer they have a paper based dictionary we would be happy to supply you with one. Please contact our testing coordinator Devin Boilard at [email protected].   

The Middle School Kindness challenge (now known as “Teach Kindness”) starts on Monday and a number of our teachers are participating. It’s 30 days where 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 14: Sending Your Thanks:

We’re celebrating the fact that school is FUN and scheduling some spirit days!!  This Thursday 9/17 we are celebrating SPORTS!!  Come to school, either F2F or via Launch wearing your favorite sports gear!

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.