March 20, 2018
Dear Gorzycki Families,
Family involvement at GMS is important and a huge part of the culture. However, after reflecting on the safety protocols at Gorzycki, there are a few procedures that need to be added to increase campus safety. The following procedures will be made effective starting on Monday, March 26th, 2018.
1. When visiting a student on campus, the visitor must be on the student's registration form. This will be a new procedure for lunch. For lunch, visitors must be on the student's registration form and eat in the commons with only that student. For efficiency, parents may make a reservation by sending a note in the morning with their child stating that they will be on campus for lunch. Students can submit the note before school (like when students leave during the day) and the office will check status.
2. During the school day, visitors are only allowed through the front doors in order to check in at the office before entering areas with students.
3. The visitor’s badge given to you by the office staff when you check-in must be worn on your shirt and must be easily visible for the entirety of your visit. Badges will identify specific locations for visitors. Visitors must remain in the area specified. Visitors without badges or that are in the wrong area will be escorted to office. Please remember to sign out in the office before leaving Gorzycki.
4. When on campus, do not open any outside doors for another person.
5. Visitors need to park in parking lots and not in fire lanes.
I realize that these are new procedures to practices that have been in place at Gorzycki for many years. However, the safety of your children is a priority and these protocols add another layer of protection. Visitors not following these safety procedures will be asked to leave the campus and might be prevented from future visits.
I appreciate your support and help in providing a safe campus for our students.
Cathryn Mitchell, Ph.D
Diane Gorzycki Middle School Principal
March 20, 2018
This Saturday March 24th, Gorzycki students are competing in Academic UIL @ Hill Country Middle School. If you are able, please consider signing up for a volunteer spot using the following link:
March 19, 2018
Dear Austin ISD families,
We hope that you and your family had a restful and relaxing Spring Break, but we understand that tension may be high as our children return to school in the midst of the situation in Austin involving explosives.
We want you to know we are coordinating with the Austin Police Department—along with state and federal partners—to take any and all necessary security precautions.
This is what our campus faculty and staff are doing:
• Being mindful of anything that looks out of the ordinary.
• Contacting the Austin Police Department immediately if they see anything suspicious.
• Conducting perimeter checks for any suspicious items inside or outside of school buildings.
• Carefully examining all mail deliveries.
We remain vigilant with our safety and security measures, and we need your help.
Talk with your students about being cautious. Make sure they understand they should not touch anything unusual or suspicious, and should report it to a trusted adult or the police. Remind other adults, your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. No matter how minor, if you see something, it needs to be reported to the Austin Police Department 9-1-1.
Additional actions you can take to improve safety when visiting your student’s school:
• Enter through the visitors’ entrance and check in at the front office.
• Do not let anyone “piggyback” on your entry into the school. Ask them to wait their turn.
• Wear your visitor sticker in a clearly visible location.
• Report anyone you see walking around campus without an AISD badge or visitor badge to the front office.
• Know that firearms are not permitted in school buildings at any time with the exception of those carried by law enforcement.
• Remember: “If you see something, say something.”
• Follow Austin ISD’s social media accounts that may be used in an emergency. On Twitter, follow @AustinISD and on Facebook, like https://www.facebook.com/austinisd/.
• Follow your school’s social media accounts that may be used in an emergency.
Additionally, you can talk with your child about reporting suspicious rumors or activity. Make sure your children can name two adults at school that they would feel comfortable alerting.
Our campus counselors are trained to support students and staff and are available if needed. For more advice about how to talk to your children about violence, visit the National Association of School Psychologists online resources: http://bit.ly/2khji7j.
The Austin ISD team works closely with the Austin Police Department to keep our students safe. Know that if you receive an alert from AISD, we are coordinating with APD to send those messages.
We are one, large Austin ISD family, and we care for all our children. It takes all of us to make school safe, and we thank you for your assistance in keeping our students safe.
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.
Hey GMS students join the Cheerleaders in our PBL theme week to win prizes. Tickets will be given out in the morning for students best dressed for the theme of the day. The Cheerleaders will draw a winner daily during Excel.
The theme days are as follows:
Monday: Patriotic Day
Tuesday: Tie Dye Day
Wednesday: Decade Day
Thursday: Career Day
Friday: Wear Yellow to Spread Happiness
The Cheerleaders Thank you for Participating!
If you haven’t yet registered your student online for school next year, you may do so at any time. You will need to have or sign up for a Parent Cloud account in order to register online. For instructions on how to set up a Parent Cloud account, please visit www.austinisd.org/technology/parents-guardians/cloud
The Parent Cloud also allows you to access Parent Self-Serve to check your student’s grades, assignments, and attendance.
Please remember to write down your password for future reference.
To access Online Registration, click on the Student Registration icon on the Cloud Desktop. If you have students at other AISD schools, you should see them and can register all of your students at once. If you have any problems with online registration, please call your child’s campus or the Parent Technology Support Help Line at 512-414-9187. For more information, please visit www.austinisd.org/enroll.
If you prefer not to register your student online, you may complete the paper registration forms, which will be sent home with your student during the first week of school (August 20-24).
For incoming Gorzycki parents, please join our GMS Newsgroup to receive important school information. Go to our website, www.gmstigers.org, select GMS Newsgroup, and enter your email address. Please follow us on Facebook too!
Academic UIL Competition
Date: 3/24/2018, 9 AM – 4 PM
Location: Hill Country Middle School (1300 Walsh Tarlton Ln, Austin, TX, United States)
Regents Track & Field
Date: 3/26/2018, 5:30 PM – 3/29/2018, 7 PM
Location: GMS Track
Hello World Computer Science Program
Date: 3/27/2018, 4 PM – 6 PM
Location: GMS ROOM: 519
Theatre Arts Musical Mime Show (set up at 3pm, students should stay after school)
Date: 3/27/2018, 6 PM – 7 PM
Location: GMS Cafeteria
Tiger Team Volunteer Program (during lunches)
Date: 3/28/2018, 10:54 AM – 1:06 PM
Location: Gorzycki Middle School (7412 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX, United States)
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