SGA Officers Elected
By Hadlee Powell, Sophie Langford & Hartley Hill
Vote for a leader… vote for Kinsley O’Neal!
Just do it and vote for Mya!
Recently, Student Government Association, or SGA, elections were held at Guntersville Middle School, home of the Wildcats. Last week, students rushed to tape up signs and gather votes as the SGA elections took flight.
Candidates even lined up at doors giving out candy to the unsuspecting student voters. Posters were covering the walls of the school. Most of the candidates ran an enthusiastic campaign. The amount of candy that was brought to school was astonishing along with the size, number, and creativity of the posters.
As a result of the election, we have a whole new slate of leaders for GMS:
President - Carson Brown
Vice President - Caroline Smith
Secretary - Ivey Marsh
6th Grade Representatives
Mary Bea Harris
7th Grade Representatives
8th Grade Representatives
Kinsley O’Neal said that she ran to help people. “I really wanted to get it but I also wasn’t afraid. I know that you cannot succeed until you fail. I campaigned hard and I am proud I get to serve my class.”
Jack Lenoir campaigned by passing out candy, making signs, and encouraging everyone to vote for him. His campaign was a success. Jack said he ran for SGA because he would like to welcome new students and show visitors around the school. He also said one of his goals would be for students to be able to use their phones during snack and lunch times.
Carson Brown said, “I am proud to be president of this year’s SGA. I want to do what I can for my classmates and my school. I think this is going to be a great year.”
Caroline Smith said, “This is my 2nd year as vice-president and I am really excited. We are going to do some cool things to help our friends and our school. I am thankful I was elected.”
The SGA sponsors for this year are Brittany Case and Natalie Bradshaw.
Mrs. Case said, “We have two main goals for this year. One is for each grade level to design a shirt for their class. The second is to come up with an activity that will help the entire school. This will be their project for the year. The students will get together to come up with this activity later this semester.
Welcome, Dr. Enloe!
By Ches Johnson & George Newman
GMS has a new principal for the 2019-2020 school year. Dr. Vohn Enloe came to us from Zion Chapel in Coffee County, Alabama, where he served as principal. He hit the ground running and we are off to a great school year.
Dr. Enloe is originally from Newburg, Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from Freed Hardeman University and his master’s degree in secondary school administration from Harding University. Dr. Enloe holds a PhD in educational leadership from Auburn University.
Dr. Enloe is married to Candy Enloe and has four children, two sons, Blake and Brock, and two daughters, Brook and Britton, an 8th grader at GMS.
Dr. Enloe taught science for 17 years. He taught for two years at Goshen High School and 15 at Enterprise. He worked in physical therapy prior to his time as a teacher. Dr. Enloe came to Guntersville because it is a beautiful place with a good school system. He loves the beauty of our town and feels he is working with good teachers, staff, and students.
Dr. Enloe said that his father influenced him the most in his life. He served 34 years in education including time in the classroom. In addition, he was a vice-principal, principal and superintendent.
“My main goals for this year include increasing achievement on the state report card including academic achievement and reducing chronic absenteeism. We want to complete our goal of becoming a Blue Ribbon School as well. So far, it has been a great year and we are 'All In' at GMS!," he siad.
Welcome to In the Middle
By 2019-2020 Journalism Staff
The GMS Journalism Staff would like to welcome everyone back to our column. We are very pleased to bring you the news of Guntersville Middle School each week.
Currently we have 14 staff members: Mya Fennell, Zakiya Richey, Kinsley O’Neal, Caroline Canady, Hadlee Powell, Sophie Langford, Hartley Hill, Maddy Ellis, Christine Calip, Reed Thomason, Grayson Moon, George Newman, Ches Johnson and Caroline Smith. We are expecting to grow. Our sponsor is Mrs. Tama Nunnelley.
We hope that you will enjoy hearing about events that are occurring at our school this year.
Attendance Awareness Month
By Caroline Smith
September is Attendance Awareness Month in Alabama. We are celebrating this all month long and encouraging students to be aware that being at school is important to good grades and a great future.
The initiative is called…Every child, Every Seat, Every Day, On Time! It is a proven fact that absenteeism during the first full month of school can predict poor attendance for the rest of the year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school in total.
At GMS, we are sponsoring Students Attend and Win!
Every Friday, the first period with perfect attendance for the week gets to draw for a donut party. There will be one party per grade level. In addition, if students have perfect attendance until September 28, they will get a homework free night pass. Students who have perfect attendance for the month of September, will have an opportunity to have a karaoke lunch and serenade their friends with their favorite songs. Also, semester exams are partially based on attendance this year.
Dr. Enloe said it is important to stay on top of attendance as well as grades. “We encourage parents and students to make a habit of checking attendance and grades regularly. This is easy to do using the STI Home Portal found on the left-hand side of our school website,” he said.
So, GMS students, let’s get to school every day and earn some cool attendance prizes. More importantly, let’s get to school so we can have a bright future!
Sept. 27 - Beta Club Induction
Sept. 30 - Book Fair Begins
Oct. 3 - Fall Sports / Club Pictures and GMS Literacy Night 5-7 p.m.
Oct. 4 - GMS Field Day (1st Quarterly Fun Event)
Oct. 7-11 - Fall Break (no school)
Oct. 17 - Special Olympics at GHS. In the event of rain, it will be October 24.
- Bradshaw 6th Grade Reading - Students should be reading a new library book. They should be reading non-fiction if their last book was fiction, or if their last book was fiction, they should be reading a nonfiction one this time. Create-a-game book projects assigned will be due Oct. 3. Test next week on fact (objective) and opinion (subjective). By the end of next week, please try to have a copy of our next class novel, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
- Croley – English- October 14- Reading goals and presentations due
- Hinkle – Science - Oct. 4 - Cell Cake Party
Media Center News
- Fall Book Fair - Sept. 30-Oct. 4
- Fall sports and club photos Friday, Oct. 4. All team members should prepare to bring uniforms or team shirt to wear for pictures.
- Yearbooks now on sale for $28. You can have your yearbook personalized for an additional $5. You can go to the Media Center anytime during the school day and place an order with Mrs. Samuels.
- Beta Club -Beta Club Induction will be Friday, September 27.
- Anchor Club - GMS Anchor Club is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, October 1, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 21 - Southern Showcase (Huntsville)
Sept. 28 - Scottsboro Invitational (Scottsboro)
Oct. 5 - Lake Guntersville Invitational (Conners Island, Guntersville)
Sept. 21 - Guntersville Tournament HOME
Sept. 23 - vs. Albertville (4 p.m.) and Hampton Cove (6 p.m.), home
Sept. 24 vs. Douglas, home (combined teams at 5 p.m.)
Oct. 1 vs. Scottsboro, away (7th at 5 p.m., 8th at 6 p.m.)