By Anna Widner

GMS 8th graders have been learning a little about what it was like to be an artist in the Byzantine Empire.

Their teacher, Mrs. Patti Hancock, created a mosaic project to teach students the importance of this form of art to the people of the Byzantine Empire and Russia. It also taught them how difficult the art is to create.

Mosaics are pieces of art created of stone and marble but we made ours out of construction paper. We asked some students their thoughts on creating this form of art.

Mary Beck Weaver said, “The most fun thing about making mosaics is that we get to put our own touch on our school work.”

Laura Claire Kirkland said,” The most interesting part of making mosaics is getting to create a picture and put it together piece by piece.”

Abbie Parmer said, “Using ripped paper and glue to create anything is fun.”

Montana McWhorter said, "It was fun studying about this part of life for the Byzantines and Russians.”

Ms. Hancock said, “Mosaics were introduced as a new art form during the Byzantine Empire. Various marble and stone pieces, as well as semi-precious jewels, were used to create a picture of holy people.”

We have had fun making mosaics and seeing our ideas on paper.

Field Trip

By Jadyn Bonds & Mercedes Tilley

Recently, GMS 8th graders took a trip to the Space and Rocket Center. Everyone loved this opportunity to visit a nearby attraction and spend the day with friends.

The trip to the Space and Rocket Center has become a yearly event for 8th graders in celebration of their time at GMS. Students eagerly look forward to this event every year.

Curt Blanchard said that the trip was fun and his favorite activity was the G-force. He recommends this trip to others because it is a beneficial learning experience.

Miller Kutner agreed that it was a lot of fun. He toured the center, went on rides and ate! His favorite part was also the G-force.

Haidyn O’Neal loved learning a little more about the space program and spending the day with her friends.

Anna Widner and Kylie Niederbrach enjoyed everything about the day.

Brayden Graham said he really enjoyed participating in the egg drop experiment.

“It was fun putting science to action” he said.

4th Nine Weeks Goals

By Scarlett Gomez

This is the last nine weeks of our school year. We are preparing to go to the next grade and many of us are planning on moving on to GHS.

We asked GMS students what their goal was for these last nine weeks for this school year. Kids these nine weeks are really trying hard to better themselves and be more organized.

“For these last nine weeks, I would like to be more organized with my supplies and time," said Ben Biddle. "I want to make sure I give myself enough time to finish work and I want to make sure I don’t lose any work so that’s why I will organize my supplies.” 

Carter Britt said, “My goal is to continue to keep up my grades.”

Cody Chamblee said, “I am improving my study habits.”

GMS students are starting to become more responsible, independent, organized and they’re making sure everything is turning out right. As school is coming to an end, a lot of kids are starting to raise their grades and learn all they can before summer vacation.


By Payton Tinsley

  • 8th Grade Dance shirts are now on sale. Price is $15. See Mrs. Nunnelley to order. The money goes to pay for the DJ and decorations. Order between April 9-23.
  • 8th grade parents, please check with your child about the 8th grade dance supply/refreshment list. Or please contact Mrs. Nunnelley.
  • Yearbook prices will go up soon. Get those orders in ASAP! The price is $35 and can be turned in to Mrs. Nunnelley.

6th Grade

Incoming 7th graders will read "A Wrinkle in Time" instead of "Written in Bone" for summer reading. Mrs. Thomason will be giving an updated book form to all 6th grade students for 7th grade book purchasing options. The new 7th grade book bundle total is $24, with an option to purchase "Written in Bone," but not required.

7th Grade

May 14 - Hinkle, plant collections are due.

8th Grade

May 4 - 8th grade dance, 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., GMS cafeteria.


Student elective sheets for 2018-19 will be going home with 6th and 7th graders on Tuesday, April 10, and need to be returned by Friday, April 12.


May 10 - Sweets and Songs: On Broadway, 7 p.m. GMS GYM parents, please visit for more information.

Media Center

April 27-28 - State Technology Competition

Sports News

April 16 - GHS boys tennis section tournament (Boaz)

April 13-14 - GHS varsity track meet, Alabama A&M

April 14 - GHS varsity girls soccer vs Huntsville, away, 4:00

April 16 - GHS varsity golf, Turtle Point Classic (Killen), Turtle Point County Club

April 20 - GHS JV cheerleading tryouts. Any interested 8th graders, please sign up in the office at GMS.

May 14-17 - GMS basketball tryouts (upcoming 7th and 8th graders). 7th grade: 3 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. 8th grade: 4:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

May 21-25 - GHS basketball tryouts (upcoming 9th graders through rising seniors), 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at GHS. All football players are required to be there Wednesday through Friday. 

All tryout participants must have a current physical.

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