By Haidyn O’Neal
For the last few years, GMS has been participating in the National History Bee. This year, we had 66 students in grades 6-8 qualify to attend the regional competition held at Hoover High School.
At regionals, students take a 50 question test in 20 minutes and compete in a series of buzzer rounds to determine their final scores. The top scorers are invited to participate in the national competition.
The following students qualified for nationals:
6th grade - Noah Morgan, Elliott Storey, Cera Fortner and Carson Floyd.
7th grade - Annelise Bradshaw, Evan Hill, Riley Ingram, Hayden Hammond and Reese Cobb.
8th grade - Andrew Hard, Harrison Kirkland, Thomas Miller, Ursula Rice and Wynn Miholits.
Once the qualifiers are selected, those who scored in the top eight compete for the top three places in the state. Andrew Hard, Ursula Rice and Harrison Kirkland tied for third in the state in the eigth grade division.
Evan Hill and Annelise Bradshaw tied for second in the state in the seventh grade division.
In addition, five students qualified for the National Geography Olympiad, Cale Dollar, Evan Hill, Reese Cobb, Luke Tucker and Annelise Bradshaw.
Out of 100 points, Evan Hill scored a 97. He is the school’s geography bee winner and will compete in the state geography competition for National Geographic in April.
Congratulations to all our winners. We are so proud of our students who participated in the regional competition!
What’s Your Lucky Charm?
By Cera Fortner
Do you believe in luck? Many people have what they call a “lucky charm” and with St. Patrick’s day upon us we wanted to hear what some of the GMS students think brings them luck and good fortune.
Mrs. Morris said she felt lucky to find a four leafed clover recently. “I am Irish so that makes it a really special good luck charm,” she said.
Some people have a lucky bracelet or hairband. Madison Postlewaite said that her cheerleader bow reminds her to stand out and show support for her team.
Ella Grace Quarles said that she likes to wear certain things on test day to make her feel brighter and then she does a little better.
“The one thing that makes me lucky in life is my family,” said Hannah Latham. “They always support me and are there when I need them. That makes me very lucky.”
Mrs. Stanfield said that she feels lucky to have her new grandson in her life.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all and keep those lucky charms close!
By Samantha Carfagno
The “Book Masters” book fair will come to the GMS Media Center April 2-6.
Mrs. Samuels and Mrs. Calvert are using this play on words "Book Masters" based on one of Guntersville’s most well-known events, The Bassmasters Tournament, for their annual Spring Book Fair.
Mrs. Samuels said, “We would like to 'reel' everyone in to come purchase books during the Book Masters Tournament. All the proceeds earned from the Book Fair tournament go directly toward buying new books and supplies needed for the media center.”
Mrs. Samuels added, "The Book Fair begins on Monday, April 2. We will run the tournament through Friday, April 6. Students are welcome to come and purchase books at any time Monday through Friday.
"On Tuesday, April 3, we would like to invite all grandparents, aunts, uncles, any family members to come and shop with your students," she continued. "On Thursday, April 5, we will have after school shopping hours from 3-6 p.m. We welcome all parents to come shop with your students.”
Mrs. Calvert said, “Each day, we will give prizes to a student from each grade that has been to the media center and purchased books. We will give a party to the homeroom class that buys the most books throughout the week. Students that shop on Tuesday for Grandparents (family/friends) Day or Thursday after school shopping will earn double tickets for the daily drawings. We will have a 'Teacher's Wish List' for you to purchase books for a teacher's classroom library as well.”
As you can see, we have lots of plans to make this the best "Book Master" ever. Please come be a part of this dynamic event.
By Bailey Martin & Jolie Hawkins
Teen Living is a very popular elective at GMS.
In Teen Living, we learn how to cook and sew and we learn about planning for our future, health and safety. A big part of what we do is learn how important it is to be safe in the kitchen.
Amanda Cline said that the favorite thing she has made this year was the fruit smoothie because it was easy and something she could do at home.
Alexa Miller said that her favorite thing to make had been sausage balls because they only require a few ingredients and are delicious.
Tay Armmer and Cole Bryan love to cook and take the leftovers to their teachers to share with them what they have learned.
The students have also created anti-bullying posters and work on self-confidence in the class. Alexa said, “We always work in groups, so we all have to really participate to get the job done correctly. It is a great life-skill.”
The students are looking forward to cooking for the spring drama students.
Amanda said, “We are going to cook a meal for them to eat after their performance. It is going to be really exciting!”
By Jadyn Bonds
Yearbook prices will go up soon. Get those orders in ASAP! The price is $35 and can be turned in to Mrs. Nunnelley.
Next week is Spring Break and there will be no school. We will dismiss early this Friday, March 16, at noon. Any early checkouts will be considered unexcused.
Thomason - Our 4th 9 weeks novel is "Hatchet" by Gary Paulson. If you would like to purchase a copy please send $8 to Mrs. Thomason by March 14. Otherwise, please have your own copy in hand by March 26.
Croley - All 7th graders need to purchase a copy of "The Cay" for the 4th nine weeks. We will begin reading after spring break.
- March 30 - Price, 3rd column of the prepositions list
- April 4 - Price, List 4 Vocabulary Test
Price - Students bring $5 to purchase a copy of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (No Fear, Shakespeare).
The GMS Media Center has purchased over 50 new books for our students to enjoy reading. Please come visit the Media Center and check out what's new.
- April 2-6 - Media Center book fair. This year our theme is the "Book Masters."
$9 is due for T-shirts; please bring your money to Ms. Lemons if you have not already done so.
Anchor Club members in all grades are selling wristbands for $3 each with the names of children on them who have been diagnosed with cancer. All proceeds are going to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Ms. Rhea has bracelets available in her classroom. Please support this great cause!
- March 23 - GMS Baseball vs Boaz/Arab (home) 10:00/3:00
- March 24 - GMS Baseball vs Albertville (Arab) 12:30 Combined
- March 16, 17 - GMS softball in Sardis Tournament.
- March 17 - GHS Track Rome Relays Meet 11:45.
- March 17 - GHS Varsity boys golf - Brooks Invitational (RTJ Fighting Joe - Muscle Shoals)