Civitan Essay Contest

By Samantha Carfagno

GMS students recently took part in the annual Civitan Essay contest. They conducted the contest to interested students in their English classes.

The GMS winners were Regan LeFeve, Kenleigh Teague and Sarah Nan Skidmore.

The students were recognized for their achievements at a special dinner held by the Guntersville Civitans. They were awarded prize money and an achievement certificate. These students will also be recognized at the GMS Awards Day later this month.

Regan said the he enjoyed participating because the Civitans do a lot of wonderful work around the community and the essay gave him a chance to reflect on what he can do for his community.

Kenleigh Teague said the essay was important to her because it made her really reflect on her actions and how they impact others. She enjoys writing and practicing skills she has learned in English class.

Sarah Nan Skidmore feels that the essay contest is a great way to get students to want to become more involved with community service while at the same time researching important topics and sharing their thoughts on paper.

Congratulations to the GMS winners!

Pillow Cases

By Bailey Martin & Jolie Hawkins

Students in Teen Living at GMS are learning how to sew as just one of many skills that they will need for the future. At the same time, they are giving a gift to others.

In Teen Living, we are making pillow cases out of fabric. Students in the class are making one for them and one for the Ryan’s Case for Smiles in Huntsville. Students get to pick their own pattern and fabric. Also students had the choice of when to make it.

Most students were able to complete the cases in three to four days. If your fabric was pre-cut, it only took about an hour.

We asked a couple of students about the project.

“I made my pillow case for my grandmother," said Mckaela Connor. "My second one was for the kids at St. Jude’s.” 

Macy Nolan made a “Minnie Mouse, Plain Pink, with Minnie Bows.”

Alexa Miller made one that was a map of the world. She gave it to Mrs. Nunnelley for her travels. Mrs. Nunnelley is taking it with her on her expedition to Southeast Alaska.

Baylee Lamons made an old-fashioned type of pillow case which included polka dots.

Mrs. Griffin said she really liked the project because it taught students how to use sewing to help others, which is a very old tradition around the world. She wants to do more of these projects next year.

This was a great project because we learned how to sew and also how something as simple as a pillow case can make someone happy.


By Samantha Carfagno

May 24 - GMS Awards Day will be held in the gym at 8 a.m.

Yearbook prices will go up soon. Get those orders in ASAP. The price is $35 and can be turned into Mrs. Nunnelley.

May 9 - Hoops for Heart Tournament Day, GMS Gym, 8 a.m. until 11:40 a.m. Students who have raised $30 or more will get to participate in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments and Gotcha contests.

6th Grade

Information for 6th graders going into the 7th 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 it is not required.

May 11 - Thomason - AR deadline

7th Grade

May 14 -  Hinkle - Plant collections due

May 14 - Hinkle - Semester notebook check

May 11 - Hinkle - Animal Unit Test

8th Grade

May 16 - Price – Semester review due


Dates to remember:

May 8 - 5th grade visits GMS

May 16 - 7th grade field trip to Civil Rights Museum


May 10 - Sweets and Songs: ON BROADWAY!  7 p.m. GMS GYM.

Sports News

Sign up sheets for the upcoming 2018 cross country season are on the wall outside the girls and boys locker rooms in the Gym.


May 14 & 15 - State Tournament (Muscle Shoals) RTJ Fighting Joe CC

Boys Basketball

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

May 21-25 - GHS tryouts (upcoming 9th graders through rising seniors) 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. GHS.

Girls Basketball

May 21-24 JV/varsity girls spring training GMS Gym 3 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

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