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AUGUST 2017 Issue 1

For the parents, students and community of Gotha Middle School

Gotha Activity Line Call:


Press the number 6.

Gotha Middle School 9155 Gotha Road Windermere, FL 34786

Phone: 407-521-2360 Office Hours


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Greetings, Gotha families! GOTHA IS AN “A” SCHOOL! Thank you to the hard work of our students, teachers, parents, and community members. Our combined efforts has helped our school achieve an “A” rating. It is hard to believe that summer has come to an end. But just as things end, we have opportunity for new beginnings. For many, August 14 marks the first day of middle school. For others, a return to familiar surroundings. But for everyone, August 14 marks a fresh start. Let this be the year of new challenges, new friendships, and new opportunities. I look forward to traveling this journey with your student and am confident that together, we will INSPIRE GREATNESS!

School Hours

Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.:

9:30 a.m to 3:50 p.m. Wednesday:

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)

Below are ways for you to stay engaged in your child’s education: • SAC/PTO meetings Monday evenings once a month to learn about school initiatives • Remind: text messaging service to receive reminders about your child’s grade level ○○ 6th Grade parents text @gotha6 to 81010 ○○ 7th Grade parents text @gotha7 to 81010 ○○ 8th Grade parents text @gotha8 to 81010 ○○ PTO text @gothapto to 81010 ○○ If you are a returning family, you will need to set up a new account for the next grade level • Meet Your Teacher: August 10, 2017 • Open House: September 26, 2017 at 6 PM continued on page 2...

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‘Gotha Growl’ August 2017 Published Five Times Per Year Orange County Public Schools P.O. Box 271 Orlando, FL 32802 Issue# 1

Gotha Middle School

Gotha Middle School is a student-oriented school that focuses on the whole child. We promote a partnership between students, educators, parents, and community to achieve our goals of: • Academic excellence • Technological proficiency • Character development • Preparing students for transition to high school

Visit Gotha Middle School’s web site at:

2 Principal’s Message ...continued from cover • Make sure the school has your current phone number and email address. Please let if your contact information has changed. • You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Just click on the links from our website to be connected!

I look forward to a great year at Gotha and thank you for your continued partnership!

Sincerely, Principal Knowles

Orange County School Calendar Monday-Friday August 7-11, 2017

Pre planning for teachers (Aug. 9 is a Professional development day.)


August 14, 2017

First day of school


September 4, 2017

Labor Day holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.)


October 13, 2017

End of 1st marking period


October 16, 2017

Student holiday/teacher workday


October 17, 2017

Begin 2nd marking period


October 27, 2017

Student holiday/teacher professional day/ teacher non-workday

Monday-Friday November 20-24, 2017

Thanksgiving Break


December 21, 2017

End of 2nd marking period


December 22, 2017

Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

Two Weeks

Dec. 25, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018

Winter Break (Schools are closed.)


January 8, 2018

Students return to school/Begin 2nd semester/3rd marking period


January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.)


February 19, 2018

Presidents Day holiday (Schools are closed. District offices are open.)


March 15, 2018

End of 3rd marking period


March 16, 2018

Student holiday/teacher workday

Monday-Friday March 19-23, 2018

Spring Break (Schools are closed. District offices are open.)


March 26, 2018

Begin 4th marking period


May 28, 2018

Memorial Day holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.)


May 30, 2018

End of 4th marking period/last day of school for students

Thursday-Friday May 31 - June 1, 2018

Post planning for teachers


Orange County Public Schools

Prioritized Bad Weather Days 2017-2018 Priority 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Date October 27, 2017 November 20, 2017 November 21, 2017 February 19, 2018 November 22, 2017 March 23, 2018 March 22, 2018 March 21, 2018 March 20, 2018 March 19, 2018

Current Use Professional Day/Student Holiday Thanksgiving Break Thanksgiving Break President’s Day Holiday Thanksgiving Break Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break Spring Break

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Parent Homework • ALL STUDENTS must have their Parent Technology Media and Information Consent Form filled out via the home page on ProgressBook Parent Access. Failure to do so may result in limited access to school resources. Don’t wait! Fill it out TODAY! • If you have a 7th grader, please make sure you have provided the school proper documentation regarding 7th grade immunizations. Students will not be allowed to attend class until documentation has been received. • Please ensure back to school clothing is within the guidelines of our school’s dress code. Details may be found on our schools website> • Please pay any remaining fees/fines due to the media center. Your prompt payment is appreciated! • Last year’s report cards are still available for pick up in the main office. Please pick these important documents up as soon as possible. • Students are not allowed to carry medicine on campus. ALL MEDICINE must be registered through our clinic and must dropped off in its original container. You can do this as early as Meet Your Teacher August 10th. • If you are interested in ways to support our PTO, please contact THANK YOU!


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Testing iReady

We encourage parents to access the FSA Portal at for more resources regarding the FSA ELA Writing, Reading, and Math Assessments, including the online calculator and practice tests. For more information on the Civics or Science Assessments, please visit the FLDOE website or contact your child’s teacher. And for more information on district CFE’s (Common Final Exams), please contact your child’s teacher. If you plan to purchase a calculator, we hope you will consider the TI-30Xa as this is a state approved calculator for state math assessments (except 6th grade). If your child is taking Civics, Algebra, or Geometry through FLVS, please contact our testing coordinator, Christopher Mertz, to let him know if your child will be taking the EOC at Gotha Middle School. You also can always contact Gotha Middle School’s Testing Coordinator, Christopher Mertz at for your testing needs and questions.

This year all students will have access to a supplemental resource called iReady for Math and Reading. For those of you familiar with iReady from elementary schools, it is a standards based, interactive, program that adjusts to the needs of the individual user. All students will use the program to complete diagnostic tests throughout the year, and specific courses will use the program within instruction.

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Gotha Middle School Newsletter  

August 2017

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