Principal: Gary Tashjian, 413.772-1360, x2242
Associate Principal 4/5: Karin Patenaude, tel. 413.772-1360, x2321
Associate Principal 6/7: George Lanides, tel. 413.772-1360, x2142
Now enrolling for 2015-2016
2014 Massachusetts State Report Cards for Greenfield Middle School
GMS Mission Statement:
The mission of the Greenfield Public Schools, in active partnership with students, their families, individual citizens, and established groups within the community, is to educate students to meet the challenges and responsibilities of a rapidly changing and diverse world.
We recognize that every child is deserving of equal opportunities to maximize his or her potential, and we encourage all students in their pursuit of excellence.
GMS January-February News
PARCC: The second round of PARCC testing is May 11th – 22nd. Please mark your calendars for these tests and help your child have a restful night, a good breakfast at home or at school, and be on time. In addition 5th grade students will need to take the MCAS science test on May 5th and 6th.
SCHOOL COUNCIL: School councils were created several years ago to adopt educational goals for the school, identify the educational needs of students, review the annual school building budget and formulate a school improvement plan. If you’re interested in joining the GMS school council, please contact me at your earliest convenience.
Band - Save the date! The next band concert is Thurs. June 4th at 7PM for all band students in all grades.
Cracking the code: Lines of fun
By KATHLEEN McKIERNAN
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
(Published in print: Wednesday, April 22, 2015)
Alexis Antonellis and Kaitlyn Phillips build a Lego robot in technology class taught by Rachel Cummings at the Greenfield Middle School.
Photograph by Recorder/Paul Franz
Rachel Cummings teaches fifth-grade students at the Greenfield Middle School
Photograph by Recorder/Paul Franz
GREENFIELD — Students rushed home, leaving the hallways and classrooms empty except for a classroom on the third floor of the Greenfield Middle School.
Fifth-grade students sat raptly at their computers, jumped up from their seats to help a friend solve a code and bent over their Lego robots.
Fifth-grade teacher Rachel Cummings watched as her students coded programs as part of the new Computer Programming Club at Greenfield Middle School for fifth-grade students.
In January, Cummings attended a code studio workshop for educators. At the middle school, she offered an hour introduction to coding to the full fifth grade and offered the club as an after school activity on Tuesdays.
The club uses the site: code.org
So far, the students have written 30,000 lines of code. The club has been so successful, Cummings said, that the school is considering expanding it to the sixth grade.
“I think opportunities like these reach all different types of learners and give students who struggle academically different options for success,” said Cummings. “They’re learning to persevere and problem solve and to collaborate, all while having fun.”
On course 3 of her coding program, JK said programming helps her with math skills.
“It helps me think of the angles of a turn, how far you have to move and how many times you have to do it. It’s like multiplication,” K. said.
“It helps when you have to do really hard problems.”
While some students worked on codes at their computers, others started building robots.
KP said the club has helped her know she wants to become a computer programmer.
“This helps us figure out how to do it,” said LA as she worked alongside KP on a Lego robot.
Many of the students enjoy coding and programming, skills that come easy to them.
“I really like computers. It calms me down even if it is a hard day at school,” said DF, an aspiring computer programmer.
“It’s fun and gives you time to enjoy yourself and hang with friends and get to know some people,” K said.
“Computers are fun for me. It’s not like working hard all day. Even if you’re working, it’s fun. You get to program things and do lots of fun things.”
Movie Fundraiser: Avengers: Age of Ultron on Saturday, May 2nd at 9:30 at the Garden Cinemas. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold at the door. Students need to be accompanied by an adult.
Scholastic Book Fair: Tuesday, June 2 – Friday, June 5.
Last PTO meeting for the year May 6th at 4:00
Please continue to collect Box Tops: Monies raised help keep our school store well stocked. Be sure to check the expiration date and help by clipping around the outside of each Box Top and sending them into school.
Meetings: PTO meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 4PM in our school library. Childcare is available! If you’d like to join our email list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Being in school is the single biggest way to help your child succeed. At GMS, this means getting to school before 7:40 and staying until 3:30. Several students are getting dismissed after 2:00. We want to let everyone know that this year there are academic classes at this time. This change in schedule from last year means your child is missing valuable instruction.
Dismissals: If your child needs to be dismissed early for an appointment, they must come to office in the a.m. with a note. They will then be given a dismissal pass which allows them to leave their classroom and come to the office for parent/guardian pickup.
It's flu season again. Consider getting a flu shot for you and your family. In addition to getting vaccinated, encourage your child to take everyday steps that can help prevent the spread of germs. This includes:
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If not are available, cough into the crook of your arm.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Protect yourselves and others by washing hands frequently with soap and water.
Please remember to keep children home from school if they have a fever or diarrhea. Children must be fever free (without the aid of fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hrs. before returning to school.
I’m always happy to speak with you if you have question or concerns! 772-1360 ext. 2237
A Reminder from Mr. Hickey, Physical Education Teacher
All students are required to wear sneakers in P.E. classes!
Help is one free call away!
Project Bread – FoodSource hotline 1-800-645-8333 or go to www.gettingsnap.org for information about:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
- Emergency Food Programs
- School Meals
(The FoodSource Hotline is funded by the Mass Dept. of Transitional Assistance)
Do you have a child under 5?
Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
WIC offers families:
- Personalized nutrition consultations
- Checks for free, healthy food
- Tips for eating well to improve health
- Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family
If you are interested in purchasing student accident medical insurance, please stop by the main office for information.
Stop & Shop
A+ School Rewards
Since 2005, Stop & Shop A+ School rewards program has given away over $10 million dollars to many schools! They are excited to give away another $2.5 million to local schools in our community!
Parents! You can help GMS by registering your Stop & Shop card at any local Stop & Shop store using GMS ID number 05191. If you have done this once, you do not need to re-enroll.
Thank you for your support!
School Start and Dismissal Times
Students are to be at school by 7:40 AM
Dismissal is at 3:30, Monday through Thursday
Dismissal is at 2:10 on Fridays
Varsity and Junior Varsity
TO REPORT AN ABSENCE, PLEASE CALL 413 772-1360 AND PRESS “3”
Upon return to school, please bring a note explaining the absence.