Gamble Rogers Middle School
Stingray Chronicle
www-grms.stjohns.k12.fl.us

Greg Bergamasco, Principal                                                   Debra Donlan, Assistant Principal
Phone: 904.547.8700                                                                      Fax: 904.547.8705
Principal's Message:


 I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful break! 

Our focus at this time is testing and making sure that our students understand the importance of doing their best.

~ Get plenty of rest
~ Eat a good breakfast
~ Be on time
 

We are still looking for proctors...if you are available from 8:00am -1:00pm, we could use an extra pair of eyes and ears during testing! Let us know if you can help us! 


GRMS PROCTORS
 
   We have many slots still open at this time!

F
SA Testing Begins April 17. Please click here to access our Proctor Sign-Up Genius.


Our full schedule is on our school website. To view the schedule click here. Please take note of your child's testing dates and plan accordingly for them to be in school to help protect their future instructional time.
  
Do you think you would be able to volunteer as a proctor for the Stingrays?
We are in need of many, many proctors for the upcoming state assessments. We have testing sessions every school day from April 17th through May 1st. Our test sessions are daily at 8:00 and 11:00 with most lasting between 60-90 minutes.

PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING AS A PROCTOR!

IMPORTANT DATES... Calendar

March 30th
7th Grade Parent Meeting

March 31st
Spring Luau Dance

April 14th
Student/Teacher Holiday (No School)

April 17th
FSA Spring Testing Begins

April 24th
  Interims Issued

May 6th
8th Grade Formal @ 6pm

May 9th
5th Grade Parent Night @ 6pm

May 12th
8th Grade Gradventure Trip

May 16th
8th Grade Award Ceremony @ 6pm (Invitation Only!)

May 24th
  Last Day of School


GAMBLE ROGERS FOOD PANTRY
 
GRMS has started stocking a food pantry to service the less fortunate students in our school. Each Friday we send home 22 bags of food to feed 55 students. These bags provide enough food for these students to have breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner throughout the weekend.

Our sincere gratitude is extended to the following organizations that have made food and/or monetary donations: Lutheran Memorial Church, Hugs Across the County, The Furyk Foundation, Ponte Vedra Democratic Club, Christ the Redeemer Church, Natural Life, St. Augustine Lions Club, GRMS Student Government, St. Augustine Christian Coalition, and the Faculty/Staff of Gamble Rogers .

If you would like to help us help GRMS families in need, with food and/or monetary donations please contact Kendell Hardwick, school nurse or Dawn Wynn, executive secretary at (904) 547-8700.

FROM the NURSE--

 

Can you believe school is almost over? It has been quite a busy  year in the clinic and I have thoroughly enjoyed caring for your children. Nurse

 

As we near the end of the school year, I would like to remind you that if your child has medication in the clinic it should be picked up from the clinic by

Wednesday, May 31st by 1:00pm.
It will be important for you to make arrangements to pick up your child's medication since it may not go home with the student. Any medications left in the clinic after May 31st will be discarded according to policy.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Hardwick at 904.547.8710 Have a safe and healthy summer!


 

 

Looking For Something Fun and Exciting To Do This Summer?
 Do you love being outdoors, love the water, seeing old friends and meeting new friends...
 
coral_fish_redsea.jpg Come join the Marine Science Program
 If you are interested, there are still some slots available.

Click here for a pre-application and parent information.
 
  If you have any questions and/or concerns please email Program Coordinator, John Gordon or Summer Coordinator, Kristina Bransford. 

2016-2017 Gifted Parent Advisory Council Meetings 

The Gifted Parent Advisory Council meets four times per year to inform the school district about ways in which we can improve our efforts in serving our gifted students. Parents of K-12 gifted students from throughout the district are encouraged to come to all of the meetings. 

          The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 25 Landrum Middle School 
                                               6:30pm-7:30pm
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Parents/Guardians:

The St. Johns County School District is required to annually notify parents of students with disabilities that they may be found eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities.  For more information, please see McKay Letter 2017-2018.pdf  and/or visit http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/ese/choice/ .

Thank you,

St. Johns County School District
ESE Dept.
WHAT: Dinner and a Show  
WHAT:
  Friday, April 7th @ 7:00pm  
WHERE:
Gamble Rogers
COST: $8
*Children 5 and Under Free*
The whole family is welcome to this special event. 

Friday Opening Night Pre-sale Tickets Only!
(You MUST purchase your admission tickets online for Friday night.)

Click here
 or call 1.866.967.8167 to purchase tickets.


                          Dinner Begins @ 5:00pm
 includes:
Spaghetti w/Homemade Meat Sauce, Fresh Garden Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and a Drink

 
 
4:00pm-6:30pm 
~ Visit the Scholastic Book Fair
~ Come and see the fantastic Pop Up Museum "Science of Shipwrecks"
(Pop-Up Museum available through the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West)
                        PTO Meeting
PTO
2017/2018

PTO Needs Your Help!!! 
Elections are fast approaching, be a part it.
For more information about GRMS PTO, please contact PTO President, Annmarie Darcy or join us for our next meeting on Monday, April 24th @ 2:15pm if you would like to help.

 

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SAC Meeting
Tuesday, April25th @ 3:30pm

Reminder:
Parent Needs Assessment Survey 

 Must complete by March 31st

                                                     
 Please click this link to complete your survey:
 https://surveys.stjohns.k12.fl.us/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n4K3lp44

  News from the Media Center...                   
 
Spring Scholastic Bookfair
Our spring Scholastic Bookfair will run from Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7th. Your students will be given bookfair flyers for you to preview the week before the bookfair opens. Students will attend with their Language Arts teachers during that week and can also come in during lunchtime during that week. There will also be an evening bookfair on Friday, April 7th from 4:00 - 6:30 PM right before the "Sound of Music" performance. Parents, you can also shop online for the bookfair at www.scholastic.com/bf/gamblerogersmiddleschool
 
Mel Fisher "Science of Shipwrecks" Pop Up Museum
Gamble Rogers Middle School was fortunate and excited to have been chosen to host a traveling Pop-Up Museum available through the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West. Our school will host the Pop-Up Museum exhibit "Science of Shipwrecks" from April 3 - April 26. The museum can also be visited during our Open House on Friday, April 7th from 4:00 - 6:30 PM in the overflow cafeteria. For more information you can visit, http://www.keywestmuseums.org/pop-up-museums#!
 
SSYRA Voting
Students who have read at least three Sunshine State Young Reader Award books will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for their favorite book with over 75,000 other Florida students. Our St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Ms. Vicky Oakes and her staff will bring the regular election equipment and have created special SSYRA ballots for our students to cast their vote. If you student has not read at least three books yet, please encourage them to do so.
 
MackinVIA eBooks
Just a reminder that students at GRMS can read ebooks for FREE anytime using the free MackinVIA app which is available for most phones and tablets. Also, students can read using a computer by logging into www.mackinvia.com . To login use their student ID number without the "s" and the password is "stingrays". If your student has any trouble logging into MackinVIA, please have them see Mr. Greco in the library for assistance. We have had over 1,467 checkouts so far this year on MackinVIA. Students can even download books for times when they don't have WIFI connectivity. MackinVIA will be a great way for your student to have access to library books during summer and vacations.
 
Battle of the Books Team
We are very proud of the performance of our Battle of the Books team that competed last Friday, March 24 at Landrum Middle School. The team consisted of Kylie Van Benschoten, Gabby Limeres, Michael Smith, Zaccheus Uzzle and Derrell Newsome. Our two team alternates were Devin Delaney and Lily Bishop.


Counselor's Corner...

Parent Presentations!!!


 March 30th "Making Your 8th Grade Count!"
 
7th Grade Parent Night
 6:00pm
 

May 9th "Everything You Need To Know About 6th Grade"
5th Grade Information Night
 

6:00pm

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Reminder: Upcoming 7th graders will need to provide the school Guidance Department with proof of their child's Tdap vaccine before they can receive their schedule for the 2017/2018 school yaer. The vaccine MUST be documented on a Florida shot  record.

 Cheer Tryouts 

All potential candidates must be registered to tryout!
www.sjmsaa.com
Click registration on left menu list. Follow the 4 step instructions.

CHEER SCHEDULE
April 11th @ 3:30pm - 5:30pm
April 12th @ 2:30pm - 5:30pm
April 13th @ 4:00pm - 5:30pm 


Winterguard Auditions
 August/early September...stay tuned!
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Agriscience Update:  Thank you to all the parents who donated supplies to the Agriscience program to begin the final semester.  A special thank you to Winston Radford of Radcraft Construction who donated all the lumber and hardware for the building of a new greenhouse.  The students of Mike Rosenburg's Building Academy classes at Pedro Menendez are currently building the new greenhouse. 

The potatoes donated by Ms. Wells are about to bloom and should be ready for harvest the first of May. The students have been germinating herbs and vegetables to grow in our hydroponic systems. The herbs and vegetables were transplanted into the hydroponic systems before we started spring break.  herb_garden.jpg

Thank You for Your Support! 
Mr. Gamble