By Avery Masdon
& Sarah Wright
30 contestants competed in the school-wide National Geographic Geography Bee at GMS. After some fierce competition, 10 finalists were selected for the final competition. Those 10 not only competed to be the school winner but also were taken out to lunch at El Camino by their social studies teachers, Mrs. Nunnelley, Mrs. Teall and Ms. Hancock.
Several of the contestants shared their thoughts on the competition:
Miller Kutner said, “I think round 7 was the hardest because you had to choose between continents of the world.”
Audrey Kennamer said, “Round 7 was the hardest because they weren’t multiple choice answers and it included all of the countries in the world.”
Christopher Tucker said it was a little easier than he thought it would be and he was glad that he got to participate.
Most students said they prepared by looking on websites and some said they didn’t study at all. Those who did study used the quizzes on that National Geographic website and some of Mrs. Nunnelley’s books to prepare.
The 10 finalists included students from each grade level. They were Jordan Beasley, Harper Chassay, Lucas Colón, Carter O’Neal, Morgan Carter, Zoe Jones, Matthew Brownlee, Andrew Hard, Audrey Kennamer and Miller Kutner.
Harper Chassay finished in 2nd place and Carter O’Neal came in 3rd.
Matthew Brownlee, a 6th grade student, won the school bee and took a qualifying test to see if he will compete in the state bee in April. He should know something from National Geographic in March.
Journalists in training
By Madison Cook & Brooke Sharp
The journalism staff has two very important jobs for GMS. First, we bring you the new from GMS every Saturday to keep you up to date about all the cool things we are doing here. Our second job is to create the school yearbook for students to have as a memory of this school year. We are hard at work right now creating pages and selecting pictures to create that yearbook that will reflect on this amazing year and be something everyone will have to remember this year.
Because we are so busy every day with the yearbook, we have enlisted some help with our first job – bringing you the news from GMS. Mrs. Price has been preparing some 6th grade students to write articles for the newspaper. So, we are going to let them share some of their stories with you over the next few weeks. And, they are really excited about this opportunity.
McKaela Conner said, “In Mrs. Price’s 8th period journalism class, we have been learning about different parts of a news article and how to pull in the readers. Now, we are each picking topics and telling a little about them for the school news.”
Ty Hanner said, “A few weeks ago I worked with another student and we wrote an article about Martin Luther King, Jr. for the newspaper. We covered the W’s of writing like who, what, when, and why. It was great to learn about Dr. King and share that information with others in the newspaper. That is what writing articles is all about.”
We hope you enjoy the special articles that will appear each week by our helpers as we continue to join them in bringing you the news and complete an amazing book of memories to share with our friends.
By Jose Beccera &
Book club is currently reading “The Fifth Wave” at Guntersville Middle School. “The Fifth Wave” was voted book of the month by the Book Club representatives.
“The Fifth Wave” is a book by Rick Yancy about a series of young adults who are trying to fight off the Others, a group of aliens who are invading human minds. The first wave knocked all the power out on Earth. The second wave caused earthquakes and tsunamis around the world. The third wave brought a horrible disease that was then unleashed by the Others to wipe out humans. And, the fourth wave is when the Others can take over your body. In the book, the people begin to resist.
Givenchy Dorival said he loves “The Fifth Wave,” and loves being in book club at GMS.
Madalyn Stott loves the interaction with others and book discussions.
Bellgrade Menard loves that he is reading the same book as someone else and they can discuss it together. He also likes that the book has been made into a movie.
Bailey Smith said that she thinks it is important to read books that have won awards or recognition because they are classics from today that her generation likes to read.
The book club sponsors are Mrs. Coby and Mrs. Calvert. They meet in the Media Center during club time one day each month.
By Madison Cook & Brooke Sharp
If you have any GMS sports snapshots or team pictures you would like to share for the yearbook, please email them to Mrs. Nunnelley (email@example.com).
Feb. 24 – “Beauty and the Beast” matinee at 9:00. Student admission is $1.
Feb. 26/27 – “Beauty and the Beast” at 7:00 p.m. in the GHS auditorium. Admission $5.
Feb. 17 – Nunnelley – Chapter 7 social studies test
March 9 – The 8th grade Space & Rocket Center field trip. The cost to each student will be $8. All money will be taken up between Feb. 8 and March 7. Money should be turned in to your child’s math teacher, Mrs. Stapler or Mrs. Lemons.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00.
Mrs. Samuels - English/Language Arts
Ms. Stapler - Math
*Students must be picked up at 4:00 p.m. at the front of the school.
Feb. 16 - Anchor Club is hosting a blood drive with LifeSouth from 7:00-3:00.
Feb. 19 - Anchor Club is hosting a Special Needs Valentine’s Dance at the Guntersville First United Methodist Church from 6:00-9:00.
There will be a cheer clinic for girls in grades 6-8 interested in trying out for cheer on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 8:00-12:00 in the GMS gym. Forms may be picked up in Mrs. Womac’s room. Tryouts for the upcoming 2016-2017 season will be on March 11.
The school nurse, along with Mrs. Z, will be discussing puberty, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV during the month of February. Your child will receive valuable and life-saving information during these classes. Please notify the school nurse in writing if you choose for your child to not attend these classes.