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Latest Middle School News & Announcements
Middle School Daily Announcements
Click the link below to view important daily announcements.
- Announcements for April 11, 2014

8th Grade Trip Parent Meeting
Parents are cordially invited to attend our 8th Grade Trip parent meeting. The meeting has been scheduled for April 23 at 7:00 P.M. in the Glen Rock Middle School/High School Auditorium. See the letter below for more info.
-8th Grade Trip Parent Meeting

Spring Fling!
Something awesome is coming to GRMS...The Spring Fling! Friday, April 25, 2014 from 7-9pm there will be refreshments, inflatable games, video games, a photo booth and so much more! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased until April 11th.
- Spring Fling Flyer, Rules & Permission Slip 

You Are Invited to a Faculty-Parent Book Discussion
Please join us for a Faculty-Parent Book Discussion of Danah Boyd’s new book, It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens on Thursday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Media Center.
- "It's Complicated" Book Discussion Flyer

NJASK Testing Schedule
GRMS 7th and 8th graders will soon begin testing for the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK). All Middle School parents should read the following letter from Principal Thompson regarding the testing schedule and the modified school schedule on testing days. Only seventh and eighth grade students are to report to school at the regular time(7:45 AM). On testing days (4/28-5/1),sixth grade students should report to school by 11:00 AM. Students should enter through the Harristown Lobby only and go directly to the auditorium.
- NJASK Testing Schedule and Info

Important changes to GRMS/HS traffic procedures effective Monday, Feb. 3.
Dear parents,
The recent severe drop in temperatures has increased the amount of vehicle traffic at arrival and dismissal times for the MS/HS complex. The resultant bottlenecks along school routes have caused a dangerous increase in near misses for pedestrians. In order to protect our students to the best of our ability, the school district is joining with the Glen Rock Police Department to make the following improvements
effective Monday, Feb. 3:
No Left Turn on Kirkwood Place
The “No Left Turn” ordinance onto Kirkwood Place from Radburn Road will be reinstated during school hours on school days. A barricade will be in place to assist with enforcement.  Vehicles must enter Kirkwood northbound on Radburn.
Student Drop-off/Pick-up Area
The student drop-off/pick-up area remains along the south side of Kirkwood Place, across from the entrance to the high school. Students should be dropped off along the right curb of Kirkwood Place ONLY. The center lane will remain open for through traffic and to allow staff members to enter and exit the Hamilton parking lot.  Once a student has been safely discharged, vehicles are asked to pull away from the curb into the “Through Traffic” lane and proceed with caution to exit at Harristown Road. Drivers are reminded that dropping students off in the “Through Traffic” lane is an extremely hazardous practice; it needs to cease immediately. A crossing guard is posted at the high school entrance to assist students with crossing the driveway.
Staff parking access
District staff will continue to enter the parking lot via the “Through Traffic” lane. Only vehicles displaying staff parking permits or district employee identification will have access to the high school parking lot during arrival and dismissal times. There will be no public access to that lot or the Hamilton Circle during arrival and dismissal times.
Drivers are asked to heed these necessary changes to ensure student safety and a reasonable flow of traffic. As weather permits, drivers are encouraged to continue to utilize nearby side streets for drop-off and pick-up of students. A crossing guard is posted at the intersection of Belmont Road and Harristown Road to assist students who can then easily enter or exit the building through the Auditorium or Hamilton lobbies.

Glen Rock Community School Teen's Courses Now Registering
The GRCS is now registering for the following winter and spring classes. Click here to visit us online and view a copy of our course catalog. Our Tots to Teens section provides complete information regarding dates, locations and pricing. Space is limited and classes begin soon! Sign up today!
Basketball: The Glen Rock Basketball Academy presents its Spring Basketball programs for boys grades 6-8 and girls grades 6-8.
Instrument Lessons: Private music lessons offer comprehensive one-on-one music instruction in beginner to intermediate woodwinds, brass, strings, piano and percussion.  Grades 6-8
Keyboarding: This self-paced course teaches proper finger placement, memorization and navigation around the keyboard.  Good keyboarding habits will benefit students with the new online PARCC assessments. Grades 6-8.
SAT or ACT Prep: The Princeton Review is offering SAT preparation programs for the March or May SAT and ACT preparation programs for the April or June ACT. Students must enroll directly through the Princeton Review at or by calling 800-2-REVIEW. Students should provide promo code AM9Z9% to save 20% off the regular price.
Speed Training: This popular program is for male and female athletes of all sports who want to increase and improve their speed, quickness and agility. Grades 6-8
Voice Lessons: Students work on proper breathing, posture, tone production and techniques in this individualized class. For age 10 and up. (Page 31 of our catalog.)
Young Person’s Drawing Class: This class for ages 13 and up provides a fundamental understanding of scale, proportion, shading, contrast and composition and how to make those compositions excel through movement, balance, rhythm and harmony.
School Dances
Our student council has planned four dances for the 2013-2014 school year. Parents and students should  read the following memo from Principal Thompson for more info on the dates, times, and rules for each dance.
- Dance Letter to Parents

NJDOE Anti-Bullying School District and School Grades
Click here to view NJDOE Anti-Bullying School District and School Grades.

Building Access Update for GRMS
Effective Monday, November 18, the Hamilton Lobby doors to Glen Rock High School will remain locked from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  All visitors to the middle school, high school or community school will need to ring the doorbell at the right of the Hamilton doors to gain access to the building. Thank you for your cooperation.
Co-Curricular Clubs
For information about clubs and advisors, please see the following list.
- Co-Curricular List 2013-2014
Middle Years - Working Together for School Success
Practical ideas and tips for parents of middle aged students are provided in this monthly publication. Click on the following link to view this month's newsletter.

- Middle Years - Working Together for School Success - April 2014
National Junior Honor Society
The Middle School National Junior Honor Society is open to seventh and eighth grade students with an overall grade point average in the core academic classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language) of 3.75 or higher during that academic year. It is important to note that the GPA requirement has increased this year to stay aligned with the High School. Students who meet this requirement will get an application to join in May and must write an essay that shows they have leadership, service, character and citizenship qualities as well as proof of at least 3 hours of community service. A faculty selection committee reviews each candidate's qualifications, and the principal provides final approval.
New visitor protocol for Glen Rock Middle School
     As part of the Glen Rock Public School’s ongoing efforts to improve security in all district buildings, several additional procedures are being put into place for the opening of schools this fall.
     Visitors to Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock Middle School and Glen Rock Community School will enter and exit the buildings using the Hamilton entrance, located at the high school traffic circle. Upon entering the lobby, visitors will need to register with the greeters at the Reception Desk.  All visitors will be asked for proof of identification and will receive a date- and time-stamped badge to be worn while on the premises for each visit. A table has been placed next to the desk to collect any forgotten items being dropped off for either high school or middle school students.
     The reception desk will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  These new procedures will be in effect as of the first day of school, Monday, Sept. 9.

- NJDOE Anti-Bullying School District and School Grades

GRMS Welcome Letter
Please click here for the GRMS Welcome Letter
Notification of the Use of Pesticides at the Glen Rock High School
Summer Enrichment Opportunities
Several enrichment opportunities are being offered for middle school students this summer through the Glen Rock Community School.
Math Enrichment, for students entering grades 6 to 9, is a great way to get a math "tune-up" for September's challenges!  Math 6, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry concepts, NJASK problems and PSAT warm-up are some of the areas covered depending on the specific needs of the students enrolled. For additional information on dates, times and registration instructions, visit the Community School website, located under the "Our Schools" tab above.
"Mighty Memoirs"  - What's Your Story? During this summer forum for self-discovery for students entering grades 6 to 8, participants will discover how to bring focus to their own life experiences while finding their writer's voice. Click here for additional information.
"Playing with Words" - This summer poetry workshop provides a unique opportunity for participants to crack open and play with words while finding their inner poet! Click here for more information.
GRMS students chosen for honor band
Sixth graders among students chosen for honor band 
Five students from the Glen Rock School District were selected for the Second Annual All-North Jersey Elementary Honor Band on May 4. (Front row, from left) Hamilton School fifth graders Maya Doyle (clarinet), Jessica Malo (flute), Robert Kim (trumpet) and Glen Rock Middle School sixth grader Shivani Parulekar (trumpet), along with (back row, center) sixth grader Anand Shetler (trumpet) are congratulated by their band directors John Diomede (left) and Jeffery Kurland (right).  Jenna Sasson, another Hamilton student, served as an alternate clarinetist and sixth grader Charlotte Arehart was selected as an alternate oboist. These students were among 270 musicians selected from a pool of 450 fifth and sixth graders who were nominated by their instructors.
The students were divided into three bands, one fifth grade band (The Red Band) and two sixth grade bands (The Blue and Green Bands).  They received their music three weeks prior to the event and worked with their band directors to prepare the music. Students attended a morning rehearsal on May 4, followed by lunch and another rehearsal before performing for an audience of almost 700 at South Orange Middle School. All nominating directors were present at the festival to assist with rehearsals, lunch and other logistical tasks.

2013-2014 Middle School Athletics Brochure
Please click here to view the 2013-2014 Middle School Athletics Brochure, or visit the Athletics page.
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