Gamble Rogers Middle School
Stingray Chronicle
Greg Bergamasco, Principal                    Debra Donlan, Assistant Principal
Phone: 904.547.8700                                    Fax: 904.547.8705
Principal's Notes:
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Happy New Year!

We are excited and anxious as we begin the next phase of our school year.

As we begin I would encourage our parents to utilize our school website to keep up to date with end of the year activities, programs and community/student fun-filled events.

Thank You to Everyone who donated to our Food Drive we were able to help 22 families this holiday season.

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GIVING TREE

During the holidays it is amazing to see the support the parents, school community and faculty/staff provides through the Giving Tree. Many GRMS families had a Happy Holiday because of those who gave a little extra. Mrs. Willis, Mrs. Wynn and Nurse Hardwick and all of the other elves in the office work so hard to make this happen!

As Always Thank You for Your Support!!! 

Attention 8th Grade Parents & Students!!! 
Ready or Not, It's Time To Start Thinking About High School!

http://academies.stjohns.k12.fl.us   is our county’s website with information on important dates, how to apply online through the student’s (not parent’s) HAC account, deadlines, list of programs (with videos) offered at various high schools, etc.  This website has everything you’ll need to know about our various Programs of Choice (POC). 

Important Dates Below:

January 12, 2017 - Middle School Blitz for Students (at GRMS) during the school day
 
January 19, 2017 - (3:30pm-7:00 p.m.) SJC High School Showcase at the World Golf Village Convention Center

January 19, 2017 -   Online Application OPENS (Only available from January 19 - February 10, 2017)
 
High School Academy Nights  
January 24, 2017 6:00 pm Pedro Menendez High School 
January 26, 2017 6:00 pm Nease High School
January 30, 2017 6:00 pm St. Augustine High School
January 30, 2017 5:30 pm St. Johns Technical High School
January 31, 2017 6:00 pm Bartram Trail High School
February 2, 2017 6:00 pm Ponte Vedra High School
February 7, 2017 6:00 pm    Creekside High School
   
February 10, 2017 Academy/POC Application DEADLINE  

February 17, 2017 Center of the Arts Auditions at St. Augustine H.S., (except those 8th graders on the Washington trip). They will be given an alternate audition date because of the date conflict.)

February 23, 2017 Notifications of Acceptance/Denials emailed to students/parents by this date
 
July 1, 2017 Last day to appeal

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  YEARBOOK INFORMATION

8th Grade Parents
Yearbook Ad
Deadline: Friday, January 27

...Of The Year Recipients
Teacher of the Year
Robin Rucker

Rookie of the Year
Morgane Van Waeyenberghe

Employee of the Year
Darlene Delaney

Congratulations
News from the Media Center
  GRMS Library...
We had our first Book Bistro on December 15, 2016 for all the students who have read at least five Sunshine State Young Readers books during first semester. We were very pleased that 31 students completed at least 5 books and have read over 1,000 pages each. Three of our students have completed all 15 SSYRA titles. Ms. Michele Weber Hurwitz, author of “The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days” did a Skype session with our students from her home in Chicago.
She gave us excellent information on why she wrote her book and gave us insight to some of the characters she developed in the story. The students were able to ask her many of their questions and it was the first time many of our students have interacted with an author.

Makerspace Lunch Times...
Our 8th grade WEB students have been assisting us during our Makerspace times at lunch. Once students have completed their lunch they can come to the library and work on any number of activities.  Each student receives a Makerspace passport in order for them to take the opportunity to try many different activities. There are technology and non-technology activities to do.  Some of the activities include Snap Circuits, Osmo iPad Vocabulary games, FLOORS video game creating, Makey Makey station, Lego Movie Maker (Stop Motion Video), GarageBand music creating, iMovie video creation, Little Bits station and Ancestry.com for the classroom.
 
    Legos In Literature Competition...
Our first annual Lego competition will happen during Celebrate Literacy Week.  Students are encouraged to create a Lego creation using their own Legos based on the setting, plot, or character from their favorite book.  Student creations should be brought to the library no later than Friday, January 20th. There will be winners for each grade 6th, 7th, and 8th.  All creations will be on display in the library January 23-27. Students can pick up their creations on Monday, January 30th.

Great reading GRMS students!
Our students have read 10,338 print books during first semester and 805 ebooks. Don’t forget, if you received new technology devices during the holidays to load the free MackinVIA ebook app and to login using your student number without the “s” and “stingrays” for the password to read books in the GRMS virtual MackinVIA library.  
IMPORTANT DATES
  January 16th
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(NO SCHOOL)

January 20th
Report Cards Issued

January 24th
SAC @ 3:30PM
PTO @ 4:30PM

January 26th
WinterFest @ 5:00pm-8:00pm

February 8th
Interims Issued

February 12th - 17th
8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip

February  17th 
Teacher Inservice Day (STUDENT HOLIDAY)

February 20th
President's Day (NO SCHOOL)

February 28th
SAC @ 3:330PM
PTO @ 4:30PM

March 10th
Third Quarter Ends

March 13th - 17th
Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

March 20th
Teacher Planning Day (STUDENT HOLIDAY)

March 21st 
Classes Resume for Students

March 28th
SAC @ 3:30PM
PTO @ 4:30

Community News...





WHAT:
WinterFest
WHEN: Thursday, January 26th
WHERE: Gamble Rogers
TIME: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
We hope to see everyone there!
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5th Annual CHARACTER COUNTS! Six Pillars 6K/3K Run Walk is on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 9 a.m. at Palencia Elementary School, 355 Palencia Village Dr. Register online at www.racesmith.com. Register by January 14, 2017, to guarantee a run t-shirt.
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Chocolate & Beyond
A Sweet Way To Support Volunteers!

February 25, 2017

First Coast Technical College
2:00pm - 4:00pm
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2017 Marine Science Program
Pre-applications will be passed out at all schools sometime in February. We'll post exact dates soon on GRMS webpage. 

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ESE Event: Sibshops
A program just for brothers and sisters of children with special needs. For more information click here.
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Basketball
SPORTS CORNER...Go Rays!
Tennis

**New information about tennis tryouts. Tryouts are now in February, see revised flyer.

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Basketball Intramurals
Begins January 23rd...Mondays Only!
2:00pm-3:30pm
If you came to intramurals last semester, you do not need a permission slip, if this is your first time get a permission slip from Coach Hall.

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2017 Basketball Schedule
Check out Basketball Schedule.

January 18th first game GRMS @ Murray.

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Baseball tryouts to be announced, register now online http://www.sjmsaa.com/Baseball

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Golf...you must register online for golf to receive an invitation to tryouts, go to http://www.sjmsaa.com/Golf

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Softball tryouts to be announced. Gamble Rogers needs a Softball Coach, see Coach Hall if interested.

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SJMSAA Baseball Tryouts
January 30th - February 3rd
You must register online first to receive an invitation to tryouts and more information.

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Softball Coach Needed

St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association (www.sjmsaa.com) needs a Softball Coach for Gamble Rogers Middle School team, please contact Coach Hall Terri.Hall@stjohns.k12.fl.us if interested..  

Social Studies Resources Review

St. Johns County School District will hold a parent review of the final social studies resource/textbook selection currently up for adoption on Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm at Fullerwood Center 10 Hildreth Drive.

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Attention Parents...Lost and found is over flowing with jackets and coats. If your student has lost anything, please have them stop by the PASS Room.

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

This year we will be recognizing three outstanding individuals:

Parent Volunteer
Jan Anderson
Senior Volunteer
Dennis Dembek
Youth Volunteer
Rylie Baker

We are so thankful for our parent volunteers and want to welcome and encourage ALL of our parents to become a volunteer and get involved!   
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T
he Gamble Rogers Middle School Robotics Team participated in the First Lego League Competition on Saturday,
December 18th in Jacksonville.  This years theme was Animal Allies.  After the impacts of Hurricane Matthew, the GRMS team chose to focus on saving the honey bee. They worked for months building and programming their robot, visiting local beekeepers for research, completing a project and developing an innovative artificial bee feeder for times when bees lose their natural food source, as well as  writing and performing a skit about saving honey bees.  On Saturday they exhibited excellent teamwork for EIGHT hours.  When all was said and done Gamble Rogers walked away with first place in Robot Performance, scoring the most points with their robot, the first place Champions Award and will now move forward to the regional competition in January at UNF. Gamble Rogers is the first St. Johns County middle school to participate in First Lego League Competitions.
CONGRATULATIONS

Pictured are: Kohl Jones, Michael Weber, Anderson Davis, Mr. Frank Robinson (NASA Representative), Josh Pasquarello, William Berry, and Marley Concha.