8th Graders Tour JSU

By Kendall Teall & Allee Belle Kutner

Our school works hard to prepare us to be college and career ready. One thing that we started last year was college tours. Each grade visits a college to learn more about what they offer and possible career paths. Our school counselor, Mrs. Calley Kutner, came up with the idea to give us a better perspective on our future options.

Last week, the entire 8th grade traveled to the campus of Jacksonville State University on their college tour. Later in the year, the 6th and 7th graders will travel to different campuses.

Their first stop was Houston Cole Library, the tallest academic building in the state of Alabama. From the library, the students experienced a driving tour of JSU’s campus including the communication building which houses its own radio station that students can sign up to use and Merrill Hall, which is in the demolition phase of rebuilding due to being destroyed during the 2018 tornado. The students also enjoyed a walking portion of Burgess-Snow football field, Pete Mathews Coliseum, and the Recreation and Fitness Center. All of JSU’s facilities are open to students, so we were able to walk on JSU’s turf field and meet some football coaches who were on hand. The Recreational Center houses a rock climbing wall and Adventure Recreation, where students can join others and sign up to go hiking, white water rafting, camping, etc. The college tour concluded with an informational segment that informed students about offerings and acceptance requirements at JSU.

Everyone had a different reason for enjoying this campus tour. They each were looking for certain features in a college.

Kendall Teall said, “The JSU trip was very fun and interesting. It was interesting to learn about what it’s like to go to school at JSU. We were informed on everything we needed to know about the college. It was a truly great experience.”

Cera Fortner said, “I liked getting to see the brand new recreation center.”

Addie Grace Smith said, “I liked the number of church choices on campus.”

Date Peterson said, “It is a good idea to start thinking about our future now even though we are only in 8th grade. After all, we will be looking at going to college or getting a job in 4 years.”

New Teacher 

By Ches Johnson & George Newman

GMS has several new teachers this year. We are going to introduce them to you in our teacher feature section over the next few weeks. This week we would like for you to meet Mr. Matt Miller, our new Project Lead the Way teacher. He was also teacher of the month for August.

Mr. Miller grew up nearby in Douglas, Alabama. He attended JSU for his bachelor’s degree and West Alabama for his master’s. Mr. Miller wanted to teach because he once had a teacher with some medical issues and he often helped teach the class. That was the turning point for him.

Before coming to Guntersville, Mr. Miller taught math at Douglas High School. While he was in school he worked at McDonald’s and also was a math tutor. Mr. Miller wanted to come to Guntersville because it is close to his house and a good school system.

“I also get to teach stem here,” said Mr. Miller.

He can also teach K-12 PE and math 6-12. He really enjoys the creative thinking and discussion that is involved with PLTW.

Mr. Miller is married to Hannah Miller. He has a younger brother, Mark, who teaches in South Alabama. His hobbies include golf and video games. His dad is an inspiration to him because even though he worked a lot, he still found time to spend with him.

“I like that the teachers get along here and the town has a little bit of everything. The year is going well so far and I am learning so much. One goal I have for PLTW this year is to create a working assembly line,” Mr. Miller said. 

Porter Granados said, “We get to build and make things in his class. He has us draw sketches of what we are thinking of doing and then we discuss it.”

Carlyle Flanagan said that she likes that they get to work in groups because sometimes that can be helpful.”

Jack Lenoir really likes his class. “He is creative with his work and we get to do a lot more hands-on type of activities. Mr. Miller has a cool class.”

The Circus Came to GMS!

By Hadlee Powell, Hartley Hill & Sophie Langford

Come one! Come all! The circus has come to GMS. It’s not Barnum and Bailey's, but The Greatest Showman themed pep rally last week had students dressed up like clowns, mystics, and ring masters. In one case there was even a lion, oh my!

Although it was on a Tuesday, the students still showed great school spirit and pride. Many teachers also showed school spirit by becoming part of the circus! All the 6th grade teachers dressed up for the event. The sixth graders won the spirit stick and it is now hanging in sixth grade hall until the next pep rally!

To top off the awesome day under the big top, Dr. Enloe with the help of SGA officers, made a huge announcement. Our school became a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence! This is something everyone at GMS had worked for over the last year. Our teachers were given a steak lunch under the circus tents thanks to PTSO and Brad Bodine who did the fantastic cooking.

Sawyer Mathews said, “It was fun seeing each other dressed up in unique costumes.”

Kinsley O’Neal said, “It was special to be there when the SGA got to announce that we are a Blue Ribbon Light House school.

Mrs. Bradshaw said, “I loved seeing the kids' smiles when I dressed up. It was fun to show school spirit.”

Mrs. Emily Johnson said, “Dress up days promote school spirit which I think is important. It is something fun and creative we can do as one team.”

Maly Kate Long said, “As a cheerleader, I thought it was an exciting pep rally. The students all showed a lot of spirit and we were just blown away by the excitement and participation of the 6th grade.”

Eli Morrison said, “I was football captain for this game and it really meant a lot to the players for the students to come out and show us so much support.”

All in all it was an amazing day to be a Guntersville Wildcat!


Last week, we said that Mr. Roe was staff of the month for September and we also listed students of the months for September. Those should all have been for August. We will have new one selected to share with you for September in coming issues.


Monday, Oct. 7  through Friday, Oct. 11 - Fall Break (no school)

Thursday, Oct. 17 - Special Olympics at GHS. In the event of rain, it will be October 24.

Thursday, Oct. 17 - Report Cards go home

7th Grade

Croley - DGP classwork set due Monday October 14 and 1st nine weeks Fictional and Nonfictional goals due October 14

8th Grade

Price - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde books will be needed on October 14.

Sports News

GMS Football 

Oct. 7 vs. Buckhorn, home (7th and 8th)

Oct. 15 vs. Arab, away (7th at 5 p.m., 8th at 6 p.m.)

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