Red Ribbon Week

By Kinsley O’Neal & Caroline Canady

The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 23–31 each year. Last week we celebrated drug prevention with a series of events at Guntersville Middle School.

On Monday, students were encouraged to wear black in order to "Black Out Drugs." Students created a name tag in first period and wore it all day to make a point about the importance of knowing each other’s name as a way to support each other to not turn to drugs.

On Tuesday, the message was "Don't lose a minute of your life to drugs."  It was Decades Day and students wore attire from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. Students were asked to eat with someone new at lunch, and make sure no one was eating by themselves.

Wednesday was Wildcat Pride Day.  Students decked out in their Wildcat attire. The theme was Donate to a Cause: Kindness is Free but Food is Not. Students were asked to bring in their spare change to give to Blessings in a Backpack.

Thursday was "Gang up a\against Drugs" day.   Students impressed with their best VSCO and Frat boy imitations. Students were asked to complete random acts of kindness all day. A banner was set up in the main hallway where students did shout-outs to someone who completed a random act of kindness for them on this day.

Friday was "Rock and Roll Over Drugs" day.  Students dressed up as their favorite rock stars! Thank your lunch workers, bus drivers, and custodians. They rock! Dr. Enloe, Mr. Holaday and Mr. Roe played guitars and drums and entertained us with their musical stylings during lunch.

Each event was designed to call attention to ways we can support each other and to work together to help others.

Kemper Baugh said he had fun dressing up this week. “It gives us a chance to be creative and a little fun.”

Cole Adkison liked VSCO/Frat Boy day because his 7th grade teachers all dressed like frat boys which he thought was funny.

Skyler Akehurst said, “It was so cool to see our principal, custodian, and SRO officer dressed up like 80’s rock stars. It was hilarious.”

One of the favorite days is always decades dress up day. “I can’t believe how many teachers dressed up with us that day,” said Cera Fortner.

"Send A Message. Stay Drug Free." was the national theme for this year’s activities. The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future. We think GMS sent a powerful message last week!

Wallace State Tour

By Carson Brown

The 7th graders took a tour of Wallace State as part of their College and Career Readiness program. The goal is to allow students to see local colleges and what they have to offer in terms of 2 to 4-year degree programs. This is to broaden students’ minds concerning possible future careers and the ways those relate to the work we are doing in classes.

Students left for Hanceville around 8 a.m. and arrived back for lunch. They toured many different locations where they learned about programs offered at Wallace including nursing, automotive tech, and agricultural programs.

Wallace State Community College offers four pathways for students to choose from as they begin their college career. The pathways include four academic and career areas: Liberal Arts/General Studies, Applied Technology, Health Science and S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Turner Hammond and Gus Smith enjoyed the trip. They said they thought the college tied in well to some of the things they are learning here and offered some fun classes.

Ella Sampson and Katlyn Hood said they did not know a lot about the college before and that they had some interesting programs.

6th grade students will be next to take their tour of Snead State later this month.


Staff of the Month

By Mya Fennell

Each month, a deserving staff member at GMS is recognized for outstanding performance of their duties. This month Ms. Jessica Bodine was honored.

Ms. Bodine is our school’s accounting specialist. She handles all the money that goes in and out of GMS. In addition, she helps out with additional office duties and encourages students to do their best. She is truly a great part of the GMS team.

Ms. Bodine grew up in Guntersville but attended Arab High School and then Snead College. She has always been a bookkeeper including spending time working at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office before moving to GMS.

Ms. Bodine said, “I really enjoy the people I work with at GMS. The year is off to a great start and we are all reaching our goal of being ‘All In’.”

Ms. Bodine said she wanted to be able to spend more time with her children and this job allows her to have time off when they are also out of school. Her family is the most important part of her life. She is married to Guntersville High graduate Brad Bodine. They have two sons, Logan, who is 9 and Will, who is 5, along with their daughter Morgan, who is 4 months old.

She feels that her parents have influenced her the most in her life. “They have always worked so hard to make sure my sister and I had everything. They gave selflessly to others and I strive to be that way.”

When she is not working hard at school or taking care of her family, she enjoys camping, competition BBQ, reading and shopping.


Monday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Holiday/no school

Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Teacher PD/no students

Monday, November 25th - Rescheduled Date for 6th Grade Tour to Snead State

Tuesday, Nov. 26 - PTSO Meeting, noon

Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Friday, Nov. 29 - Thanksgiving Holidays/no school

6th Grade

● Thomason, 6th Grade Science - This week we start our Lunar Phases Unit! Students are bringing home a lunar tracking calendar where they will track the moon each night for 2 weeks. It is due for a grade on Nov. 18.

● Bradshaw, 6th Grade Reading - Read Ch. 11-12 & complete chapter responses; Quiz on The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle chapters 7-12; working on characterization and plot maps; Continue reading class novel chapters 13-18 & complete a response for each chapter with a quiz on these chapters next week

7th Grade

● Croley - Dec, 12- Fictional reading goal presentations due


FCA Meeting Nov. 14 at 7 a.m. in Mrs. Thomason's room. Guest speaker- Lance Joiner



● Nov. 14 vs. Plainview (away) 7B-5:00 p.m., 8G-6:15 p.m., 8B -7:30 p.m.

● Nov. 18 vs. Sardis (home) 7G-4:00 p.m., 7B-5:15 p.m., 8G-6:30 p.m., 8B-7:45 p.m.

● Nov. 21 vs. Arab (home) 7G-4:00 p.m., 7B-5:15 p.m., 8G-6:30 p.m., 8B-7:45 p.m.

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