On Thursday, November 19th approximately 40 middle school students volunteered their time afterschool to help with the fall cleanup of the JGMS courtyard. Students raked and bagged leaves, picked up sticks and generally tidied up the courtyard. A big thank you goes out to all of the students, faculty members and staff who participated in our annual cleanup, especially to Ms. Anderson and Beinert for organizing this community service event.
On November 7th, a group of JGMS students attended a theater workshop sponsored by the middle school division of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG).
The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild each year offers a day of theatre workshops in the fall geared to enhance the performing and technical skills of middle school students.
Mrs. Budka and 18 students traveled to the Fuller School in Framingham, and were treated to a fun day of exploration in theater arts. Offerings included Stage Design, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Choreography and Make-up Design.
Students participated in several workshops geared towards educating the young theater enthusiast within several disciplines of the stage. Workshop offerings was led by both Middle School Council Members and theater professionals.
Special thanks to our JGMS parent volunteers who car-pooled and chaperoned this event! More information about the METG can be found online here.
Students in Ms. Banks' art classes have been busy creating fish paintings, which are now on display in the hallways of JGMS. Below is a small sample of paintings from our talented young artists.
Starting next week on Monday, November 16th, all middle school students are encouraged to participate in the annual Winter Coat and Supply Drive at JGMS. Students can bring in winter coats, mittens, hats, scarves and other warm clothing to donate to the Coats for Kids program. We will be collecting these items in the JGMS cafeteria.
Once collected, all coats are professionally cleaned by Anton’s then distributed by social service agencies to those in need within the local community, which includes organizations such as Massachusetts Community Action Programs (MASSCAP), Salvation Army, Middlesex Human Service Agency, BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Wish Project, Community Giving Tree, Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Strafford County Community Action, Catholic Charities, to name just a few.
Our 6th grade guidance counselor, Ms. McDermott, who is also the student council faculty advisor said that the idea to participate in the Coats for Kids program was student generated. Ms. McDermott shared, "The John Glenn Middle School Student Council was inspired by the advisory theme of 'harvesting community' and our student leaders really liked the idea of pulling together our resources to help others in need". The JGMS Student Council meets every Wednesday morning at 7:10 am and new students are always welcome.
More information regarding the Coats for Kids program can be found online here.
Mr. Kevin Tracey