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    October 2018 Principal’s Message

    Principal’s Message

     

    Dear parents, guardians, and friends of Griffiths Middle School,

    Griffiths Middle School is off to an incredible year. As you walk through the classrooms, you can’t help but feel energized by all the teaching and learning that is taking place. Thank you for your support at our Back to School Night. We had a great turn-out.

    We recently celebrated Critical Thinking Week. Critical Thinking Through Writing is our Instructional Focus at GMS. During this week, students were exposed to multiple activities relating to Critical Thinking. It is our goal at GMS to increase critical thinking in our students and have them articulate their thinking through writing. We concluded the week with students taking a writing assessment.

    Our school’s vision statement: Griffiths Middle School students will acquire 21st Century skills, be college and career ready, globally competitive, and citizens of strong character, not only focuses on our students’ academic successes, but on our students’ character as well. This month will be highlighting the Six Pillars of Character during our Character Counts! Week, October 22-26. Although we try to embody the pillars throughout the year, we take time during this week to reinforce what each of the six pillars means. The Six Pillars of Character is a framework for teaching good character and is composed of six ethical values (characteristics) everyone can agree upon: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship. Each of the six character traits are used within the CC! program to help instill a positive learning environment for students and a “culture of kindness” making schools a safe environment for students to learn. CC! fosters a positive environment that has been shown to improve overall attendance and test scores while reducing negative incidents such as bullying and discipline referrals. Our PBIS program helps reinforce the pillars in our program. We invite you to our next Parent Academy on October 10th at 8:00 a.m. and October 11th at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about PBIS and the new app we are using called PBIS Rewards. October 10th is also National Walk to School Day. Please walk with your child to school and meet us in the library for our Parent Academy.

    If your student has not had an opportunity to attend one of our STEAM Saturdays, please enroll him/her for the sessions on October 13th.  STEAM Saturdays allow students to take classes in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  Our first September STEAM Saturday was extremely successful in giving students an opportunity for enrichment. In this and the coming months, we will be offering Computer/Gaming 101, Media/Journalism, Mentoring and more!

    Thank you again for all the support you give your child at home to reinforce the skills that our students need to succeed.

    Sincerely,

     

    Rani Bertsch, Ed.D.

    Principal

     

     

    October Important Dates

     

    October 1-5                 Anti-Bullying Week

     

    October 8                    No School

    October 10                  Walk to School Day – Chick-Fil-A will be at GMS

    8:00 a.m. Parent Academy on PBIS Rewards– Library

    October 12                  6:00 p.m. Parent Academy on PBIS Rewards– Library

    7:00 p.m. PTA Meeting – Cafeteria

     

    October 12-26             PTA Fundraiser

    October 13                  8-12 Saturday School

    8-12 STEAM Saturday

    October 15                  PTA Reflections Competition Entries are Due

     

    October 18                  District-Wide Disaster Drill

     

    October 20                  8-12 Saturday School

    8-12 STEAM Saturday

     

    October 22-26             Character Counts! Week

    October 22                  Make-up Picture Day

    6:00 p.m. Coffee with the Superintendent @ Stauffer

    October 24                  2:15 Boys Volleyball/Girls Soccer @ DMS

    October 29                  2:15 Boys Volleyball/Girls Soccer @ GMS

     

    October 31                  Happy Halloween

    NO Costumes

    2:15 Boys Volleyball/Girls Soccer @ GMS

     

 

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