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MAY 2018 Issue 5

For the parents, students and community of Gotha Middle School

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Gotha Middle School 9155 Gotha Road Windermere, FL 34786

Phone: 407-521-2360 Office Hours


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9:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Non-Discrimination Statement The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information or any other reason prohibited by law. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: ADA Coordinator & Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Supervisor: Carianne Reggio; Section 504 Coordinator: Dr. Kimberly Steinke; Title IX Coordinator: Gary Preisser. (407.317.3200)

As this school year comes to a close, I want to take the time to thank all of our stakeholders for the support and encouragement our students get each and every day. It is very true that it takes a village to teach a child. Our students have grown over the short time that I have been privileged to be the Principal of Gotha Middle School. As we go into the summer let’s make sure that students do not hit that summer slide. Make learning fun! When you go on vacation use it as a learning opportunity and have your child learn about where you are going or read a newspaper article about the location. If vacation is not in your plans have students read a fun book over the summer. Let them choose a book that interests them and read it with them. Get two copies and talk about the book together, those that read together grow together! Encourage library visits, time with friends, and time outdoors. When using technology have your child go on destiny to get free web resources like math help, typing tutor, and a chess tutorial. Help your child get ready for our first digital year! As we move into our new school year, I am excited to continue on this journey with your children. Good luck to our 8th graders as they move onto a promising high school career and I cannot wait to be at graduation in 4 years. Remember you are and will always be a Grizzly It’s a Great Day to be a Grizzly! Mrs. Emery

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‘Gotha Growl’ May 2018 Published Five Times Per Year Orange County Public Schools P.O. Box 271 Orlando, FL 32802 Issue# 5

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Registration Corner This is just a reminder that ALL upcoming 7th grade students must be current with the following shots: • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (TDAP) booster vaccine • Hepatitis B vaccine series (3)

SPORTS News from the Athletic Director If your student will be playing soccer in the fall, please complete a sports physical packet prior to the first day of school when tryouts will begin. Packets can be picked up in the main office. All students are required to have a completed packet prior to participating in any sports tryouts.

• MMR shots (2) • Varicella/Chickenpox vaccine (2) or Documented date of disease Many students have received the immunizations, but the school doesn’t have documentation. If you are not sure what your child needs, please contact your family physician or medical clinic. These shots must be recorded on the Florida Certificate of Immunization (HRS 680) form. This form must be turned into the office before your student will receive a schedule, or allowed to attend classes for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have any questions or concerns about immunizations, forms, or exemptions contact Mrs. Payne at 407 521-2360 ext. 5082250 or by email at


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Academics World History

During the 4th quarter, World History will be completing units on Rome and Christianity as well as reviewing for our End of Course exam. Some well-known topics we will be covering are how Rome began, famous wars and their fearless leaders (Julius Caesar, Mark Antony & Cleopatra to name a few), architecture, religion, and the many achievements of these civilizations. These units are founded through standards SS.6.W.3 and SS.6.W.4. EOC exam dates are May 15-18th.

Resource videos to check out… • “Pompeii - The Last Days” • “Horrible Histories - Rotten Romans”

Science Students in Mr. Rose’s Science classes investigated the process of digestion by creating “stomachs” in class. They observed how mechanical and chemical digestion breaks down food in our digestive system. Science can be cool and gross at the same time!


Academics EDGE

Research I and Research II students are working on researching topics for their upcoming debates! They selected topics and will be paired up to give their speeches in May. After our class debates, we will be preparing for our CFE’s by reviewing what we’ve learned this year.

End of the Year Information Extended School Year will be at Robinswood Middle School this year for those Exceptional Student Education students that qualify. More information will be coming home soon to those families.

Exceptional Student Education April is Autism Awareness month! There have been lots of activities to promote awareness around the campus. Thursdays during the month of April are “Light It Up Blue” and all are encouraged to wear blue in support of Autism awareness. The faculty and staff have looked great in their tie dye blue and white tee shirts!

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Media Center news The media center will be very busy updating the collection and adding more digital resources. We have an e-book collection that can be accessed through Destiny at any time from any internet connected device. If you would like to be a media volunteer please register with our ADDitions page and contact with your availability. We have a lot happening and would love your help with book fairs, processing, inventory Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2018-2019 List for Grades 6-8 • Click’d by Tamara Ireland • Stone A Crack in the Sea by H.M Bouwman • Curse of the Boggin by DJ Machale • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya • Eureka Key by Sarah Thomson • Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore • First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez • Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park • Frogkisser! by Garth Nix • Ghost by Jason Reynolds • Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst • How Lunchbox Jones Saved me From Robots, Traitors, and Missy by Jennifer Brown • Restart by Gordon Korman • Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks


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Has Your Family Moved? OCPS requires verification of student’s current address on file at their zoned school. Please bring in verification of your new residence into the front office or send in required documentation with your student. Also documents can be faxed to 407 203-2112 or emailed to . Please provide the following documents: • Current Homestead Exemption Card • Current Homestead Exemption Card • Purchase Contract • Lease and Utility Bill (Both) • Verification of Residence from Student Enrollment (If you reside with someone)

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