Canned Food Christmas Tree

The Guntersville Middle Anchors are building a Christmas tree out of canned goods to promote the Can-A-Thon.


The Guntersville Middle School Anchor Club has partnered with United Way of Marshall County for the 2018 Can-a-Thon.

Club sponsor Judy Rhea said, “Although this is a project for our Anchor Club, we have the entire school involved in this canned food drive and have turned it into a worthwhile, competitive event.

“Students are given one ticket for each can of food they bring in and then on every Friday, we have a drawing in which the winners are given various prizes,” she continued.

Prizes include gift cards to fast food restaurants, movie passes, bowling games, trampoline jump time, etc.

In addition, free ice cream will be given to every student for the class that brings in the most cans. Their goal is collect 1,000 cans before the drive ends on December 14.

Teachers Janice Samuels and Kim Calvert, who both work in the GMS Media Center, have also added their time and talents to the cause by building a Christmas tree from the cans and decorating it with lights.

As of press time, a total of 342 cans have been brought in so far. The 6th grade leads the way in the class competition with a total of 193 cans. 7th grade students are in 2nd place with a total of 69 cans followed by the 8th graders who have brought in 43 cans.

GMS staff members have contributed a total of 39 cans so far.

Notes From the Principal


In an effort to improve system practices, Guntersville Middle School is conducting a Title I Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

If you have already done this, please disregard and thank you so much.

Dr. Galante

Tardiness Policy

Starting January 9, 2019, Guntersville Middle School will begin strictly enforcing Section 3.3 of our GMS handbook as it relates to Tardiness. The section reads as follows…

If a student is late to school 4 or more times during a nine week period, he or she will be given early morning detention or in school suspension (ISS). The punishment will be determined by the principal.

When a student is tardy to class, it will be recorded by the teacher. When a student is tardy 2 or more times in a week, he/she will be given early morning detention or in school suspension (ISS) at the discretion of the school administration.


  • Wildcat School Store will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays in the morning and during Advisory! New supplies and inventory are coming in! Don't miss getting your Wildcat Gear!
  • All absences require a note to be excused. These notes must be received within 3 days of the absence. If the absence is due to sickness requiring a doctor, dental or any other medical appointment, please submit your doctor note. These are unlimited for the year. If your child is absent from school due to sickness without a doctor's note, or anything other than sickness, it requires a home note to be excused. Six home notes are allowed per year. They may be sent in writing or via email to
  • Please ask your child if they are in need of school supplies. It’s the time of year when students are missing pencils and pens. Thank you!!

Club & Class News

  • The Guntersville Middle School Jr. Civitan Club volunteered at the Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville on November 30. 
  • Yearbooks are still on sale for $32 through December. Starting in January the price will increase by $5 to $37. Order yours today!
  • The Project Lead the Way class fee is $30. This needs to be turned in to Mrs. Stapler as soon as possible.
  • Fishing Team - Please return tournament waivers if you haven't already. The first tournament is December 8th at Pickwick Lake in Florence.
  • The Guntersville City School nurses would like to make sure all students, parents, and staff are aware of the following important information : Due to the number of students with a significant allergy to nuts, our school system adheres to a Nut Safe Policy. That means that no one is allowed to bring food items containing any types of nuts, nor items packaged in a facility that could cause cross contamination.

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