# CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GOMS 2020 - 2021 OUTSTANDING SCHOOL SUPPORT EMPLOYEE, SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAPROFESSIONAL MS. BETH BOND!! - 2021 OUTSTANDING ...

```CONGRATULATIONS
to the GoMS
2020 - 2021
Outstanding
School Support
Employee, Special
Education
Paraprofessional
Ms. Beth Bond!!

p. 2-7 Core Classes News
p. 8 Algebra I & English I News
p. 9 Dup Troop News
p. 10 Art News
p. 11 Band News
p. 12 Cyber Society/Key News
p. 13 EL Enrichment News
p. 14 PE News
p. 15 STEM News
p. 16 Shout Outs!
p. 17-21 Students of the Week
p.22 Virtual Students of the Week
p. 23 Bulldog Buck Bonanza Winners
p. 24 Big Dogs of the Week
p. 25 Charlet’s Bulldog Briefing```
```6A Bitmoji Bulldogs
ELA: students are completing the rest of our Out of the Dust unit. Students have completed the
novel and learned what life was like for Americans during that time. We have written a literary
analysis analyzing themes of the novel and how they relate to the title. Students have shown
growth with their essays since our last unit! Students have also begun to create individual news
given the opportunity to design a news page for their articles.

Math: Students began learning how to find the area and perimeter of a composite figure.
Students are learning how to decompose a figure into polygons they are familiar with, including
rectangles and triangles. Students are currently using 6th grade area formulas to find the area
of many types of polygons including trapezoids and octagons. They are using their knowledge
of equations to find missing side lengths of polygons by substituting into area formulas.
Students have completed challenging problems requiring they figure out how much paint to
purchase depending on the size of the home and how much fencing would be required to contain a
particular sized garden.

Science:This month in Science, students dove into outer space. Students focused on the 8 major
planets of the solar system, breaking them down into two categories - inner planets and outer
planets. Students learned about the characteristics of the inner planets and outer planets and
used this information to create their own planet.

Social Studies: This month in Social Studies students have finished exploring the three empires
of West Africa and their contributions to the world by completing their West Africa Empire’s
project and by creating a West African Griot (Storyteller) Mask. Next students are traveling
northward to Europe to plunge into the Middle Ages! Also known as the Dark Ages, students are
learning about the time when Europe flourished under kings and knights and the feudal system.
Students will also get to discover how the feudal system declined because of the Black Death
```6B Mad Dogs
ELA: This month in ELA, students have been finishing up their unit on Out of the Dust. They have been
diving deep into analyzing themes in both smaller poem excerpts as well as determining themes throughout
their novel! Students have been able to work on this individually as well as having peer discussions on the
topic. They have also learned to make personal connections to the themes being taught in the novel,
relating to the main character as she works to figure out her problems. 6B has been hard at work writing
argumentative essays to support their analysis with evidence pulled from the text!

Math: Students began learning how to find the area and perimeter of a composite figure. Students are
learning how to decompose a figure into polygons they are familiar with, including rectangles and
triangles. Students are currently using 6th grade area formulas to find the area of many types of
polygons including trapezoids and octagons. They are using their knowledge of equations to find missing
side lengths of polygons by substituting into area formulas. Students have completed challenging
problems requiring they figure out how much paint to purchase depending on the size of the home and how
much fencing would be required to contain a particular sized garden.

Science: This month in Science, students have been investigating space. They have been exploring the
eight major planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), while also
analyzing whey some of those planets are considered inner/terrestrial planets, while others are
considered outer planets/gas giants. They have also learned about the other objects in our solar system,
such as the Sun, stars, moon, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, and meteors. Finally, they were able to
put all of their knowledge of planets together to design their own planets!!

Social Studies: This month in Social Studies, students began studying the Middle Ages. They have
explored the Feudal System and identified the 5 reasons for its decline. They have read and researched
all about the Magna Carta and why it was written and how it has impacted the modern world. Also,
making connections to the Black Death and our ongoing pandemic. Students were really able to understand
the effects on the society as well as the economy. Lastly, they explored the Crusades where they
learned about the series of the holy wars over the Holy Land of Jerusalem.```
```7A Bulldog Beasts
ELA: In March, students wrapped up the 3rd nine weeks with their Literary
Analysis benchmarks and did a great job! We continued with our Behind-the-
Scenes unit and will wrap up the unit just before Spring Break with our culminating

Math: We have been studying statistics in real world problems. We have worked
with samples and populations, and compared populations using different kinds of
graphs. We finished the month with geometry. We used equations to find missing
angle measures. The kids are doing a great job working hard as we start our last
nine weeks of school.

Science: Students explored different odors in class, to understand how can I
smell from a distance? The students were tasked with identifying two unknown
scents based on the molecular arrangement of atoms and the smell.

Social Studies: This month’s lessons have been on the Causes of the Civil War and
all the historical events that led to it. Students have been learning about the
Dred Scott Decision, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry,
and the Missouri Compromise, Bleeding Kansas and the Compromise of 1850. We
are now embarking on the war itself. Students also created and designed their
own booklets on the Causes of the Civil War. Thank you to Ms. Spohn and Mrs.
Blanchard for helping us to create awesome writing skills this month.```
```7B Mighty Golden Dogs
ELA: In ELA we are wrapping up our Behind the Scenes unit. Students are finishing their essays
to show their understanding of Elizabeth Keckley’s claims throughout her memoir. We are getting
reading The Giver so much that we decided to end the year with the second book in the series.
If you want to keep your child reading over the summer, there are two more books in the series
that I’m sure they would be thrilled to read!

Math: In Math we have been studying statistics in real world problems. We have worked with
samples and populations, and compared populations using different kinds of graphs. We finished
the month with geometry. We used equations to find missing angle measures. The kids are
doing a great job working hard as we start our last nine weeks of school.

Science: In science we have started our unit on the weather and what forces drive it to change.
We have been observing experiments that relate to conduction and convection of heat and air.
The students have been working hard on improving their modeling and writing skills. Mrs.
Tanksley has noticed a big increase in their drawing and writing abilities!

Social Studies: In Social Studies, we have learned about all the events that created tension
between the North and South. All these things built up until eventually the Civil War happened.
We discussed issues like Bleeding Kansas, The Dred Scott Decision, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the
Election of 1860. These things and many others led to the South declaring that they would
secede from the Union and create their own government: The Confederate States of America.
We discussed the beginning of the war at Fort Sumter and the advantages and disadvantages of
the North and South at the start of the war.```
```8A The Barks
ELA: We are reading Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian novel where reading books is
illegal. Talk about IRONIC!! To wrap up this MARVELOUS MARCH we had an
awesome Peer Review/Feedback session. By providing feedback to peers, students
often begin to think more flexibly about their own writing. Being able to listen to
others and utilize feedback effectively is important to future academic success.
Math: Olivia Rochester is categorizing triangles as right triangles or not using the
converse of Pythagorean theorem. Students worked in their Eureka book, then
did the hands-on activity so that they could understand that even though triangles
appear to be right, it can only be proven through the converse of Pythagorean
Theorem.

Science: In science, we have been learning about what makes us who we are, our
genetics. We discovered how DNA is turned into the proteins that our body needs
to give us our traits as well as seeing which traits are dominant over others. We
also learned how we can trace traits that are passed down from family members.

Social Studies: We are looking forward to moving on from the end of WW2 and
moving towards the Civil Rights Movement. We will learn about Dr. King and the
fight that African Americans had to make to be treated equally in society. This
fight is still going on in certain parts of society today. Students will have learned
about the Civil Rights Movement, Modern Louisiana history, Louisiana’s Government,
and Louisiana’s Economy We will learn about modern day LA and the role that
government and economics plays in today's LA!```
```8B The Bites
ELA: In ELA we began reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. We have been
learning the difference between a dystopia and a utopia. We've also been learning
about censorship of information and it's effect on society as a whole.

Math: At the start of the 4th nine weeks, students mastered the skill of using
the Pythagorean Theorem. We've also started exploring scatter plots. They were
able to show their knowledge and understand through a project creating their own
scatter plots.

Science: In science, we have been learning about what makes us who we are but
studying genetics. This unit began by extracting DNA from strawberries. After
that, students enjoyed learning how to code for proteins during protein synthesis
by creating monsters with specific traits. Then we learned how to read pedigree
charts. We will continue to learn about genetics and how it affects us then move
on to the theory of evolution.

Social Studies: We are looking forward to moving on from the end of WW2 and
moving towards the Civil Rights Movement. We will learn about Dr. King and the
fight that African Americans had to make to be treated equally in society. This
fight is still going on in certain parts of society today. Students will have learned
about the Civil Rights Movement, Modern Louisiana history, Louisiana’s Government,
and Louisiana’s Economy We will learn about modern day LA and the role that
government and economics plays in today's LA!```
```Mr. Bowman’s Algebra I class completed a
project on solving quadratic equations. Each
student created a poster or powerpoint
presentation including the criteria of
mastery and example problems. Students
learned three ways to solve quadratic
equations - Factoring, Completing the

This month in English I Honors, students are
enjoying the treat of the classic American novel
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as they
review the skills and knowledge needed for their
upcoming state tests. As we read and discuss
topics such as prejudice and censorship, we are
analyzing the text for various literary elements
and devices we’ve studied this year.```
```The Dup Troop News!

The students in Mrs. Carla Babin’s class got into the Easter spirit
this month by making Easter crafts from the Ascension Parish
Library. They made bedazzling glitter Easter eggs using sequins,
rhinestones, and glitter & succulent plants out of crepe paper and
Styrofoam. Pictured below Brihanna Reas, Joshua Sanchez, and
Kaiden Schilling are working on their project.```
```Art News
Mr. Hesser is proud to announce the Gonzales Middle School Art Students of the Month for
March! The in-class student is 6th grader, Ashley Pinnelas Rosario! The virtual student is
8th grader, Makhi McKinney. Ashley is an amazing student! I can count on her to bring her
A game every single day. I am very pleased with her art projects. Her projects are always
exceptional! She puts amazing creativity and the little details to make her art standout. I
love her positive attitude. I am very impressed with Makhi’s improvement this semester!
His writing skills have very much improved. He asks great questions to make sure he
understands the content and projects. He also has a very positive attitude. Thanks for
your hard work! Ashley and Makhi are the Art Students of the Month! Proud of you both!
Keep on Smiling.```
```Band News
March is always a busy time of year for students. They
are faced with extended homework assignments and a full
agenda of school activities. Parental support and
encouragement are crucial at this time of the year.
6TH grade beginning band is sounding really good on their
instruments and are looking forward to their virtual
concert. This is an important time to keep having them
practice and play their instruments no matter what it is.
Have them find their favorite songs on youtube and try to
figure out the notes.
7th and 8th grade are also doing an amazing job at
preparing their music for the end of the year. This year
the two grades will perform separate from each other due
to us not meeting together. It has been a good tine to
focus on the elements of music that got put on hold from
last year at this time while still growing all students.
Future EA band parents (8th grade currently) – Now is the
time to be thinking about high school next year. It will be
a transition for your students and band is a great way to
keep the students engaged in something that is familiar
and fun. I am here to answer any questions and to be the
bridge for you and the EA band directors. Please feel
free to email me anytime and about anything dealing with
the EA band. We have LOTS of former GoMS band
students in the EA band.
All sections of our “digital music” classes have been
learning about the history of hip-hop and applying this to
playing percussion. They are doing really well at this and
the students in 6th and 7th grade have shown interest in
joining the GoMS band next year.
If you have any 5th graders interested in band next year
on instruments again but I am willing to meet with families
1 on 1 to show you the instruments and let you try them
out. 1 on 1 must be done with appropriate social
distancing and that the instrument can be cleaned. This
also can be done for our current 6th and 7th grade
students that want to join band next year.
Your support is a cornerstone in the foundation of our
music program at Gonzales Middle School. Thank you!
In the interest of our students,
Mr. Hall```
```Cyber Society &
Keyboarding News
During Keyboard Applications, students created tables using GoogleDocs. They utilized their
typing ability to develop a clearer understanding to format tables with centering horizontally
and vertically within a cell. Students, also, were able to develop their knowledge of what
documents have various line spacing and margins. Next, we learn how to create desktop
publishing documents.

In Cyber Society, students discovered cyber terrorism and counterterrorism affects the
U.S. government and how our privacy can be hacked on computers and with spam texting and
emails. Next, we dive into developing our media literacy skills.

All students continue to practice typing for speed and accuracy. Competitive keyboarding
drills demonstrated that the following students attained greater than 35 words per minute -
then numbers below designate the words per minute.

Currently, the 7A class has the highest percentage of students (87.5% 20 students) that
have been successful in attaining 35 wpm and 95% or greater accuracy.

Students of the Week recognized were:
```EL Enrichment News!
We are continuing to use programs that reinforce language skills and practice
our writing skills. Students are writing narratives and creating stories from
pictures.

Participating in class with new English language that they have learned is
becoming easier for some of them.

We continued to study about music and where it came from.

8th Graders were able to play a game by using descriptive words to help their
partners guess the picture.```
```PE News!

Boys PE has spent March playing soccer and basketball outside. For soccer, the
students have play small-sided games on portable goals and even a few 11v11
games on the big field! For basketball the students have been utilizing the courts
outside (with their new nets) to work on their game!

Girls PE: Students were paired
in groups of two to discuss
personal hygiene. Students
spent time completing Health
Written Assignments on
Personal Hygiene. Students
gave each other verbal and
written feedback.```
```STEM News!

Cost for their Concession Stand Projects They even made advertainment flyers for
their products!
7th Grade STEM students learned about the aerodynamics capability of airplanes by
building then testing foam gliders in class.
8th Student designed and printed on our 3D printer “Bubble Wands” based on strict
criteria given to them. They work in pairs and redesigned their wands after printing
then testing their prototypes.```
```Shout Outs!
THANK YOU to @NationalParkTrust for awarding
Ms. Aimee Perrodin’s Mighty Bulldog Gifted Class
the opportunity to visit parks virtually!
Mighty Bulldog 7th Grader Shelby Johnson wrote
a grant and now he and his classmates will visit
Ruby Falls and Rock City virtually, as well as
complete a stewardship project with the City of
Gonzales at the end of the year to celebrate Kids
to Parks Day!!

THANK YOU to Mr. Jeremy Lizana of
United Partners Insurance / The Horace
Mann Companies for presenting our
Mighty Bulldog Teacher of the Year,
Ms. Linda Wilson, with a crystal apple!!

THANK YOU to Ms. Yvette Surla's
AWESOME Eagles from Dutchtown
Middle School for sharing their kindness
initiative, "Cup of Thanks,” with our
Mighty Bulldog Staff!!
The “Cups,” which include coffee /
tea and other treats, are prepared by
the Students and delivered to various
possible through a grant by the Joe W.
and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation
and EATEL.```
```Students of the Week!
March 1st ~ 5th

Emiyah                                             Aidan
Scarlett
Francis                                           Johnson
Pineda

Tevin
McKay
Darrian                   Makayla
Sims                     Murabito

Zyra                     Jai’yon                 Andrea
Bourgeois                  Mitchell                Hebert

Samuel
Dylan Ramirez                   Smith
Lyric
Barrios                                             Jones

Rashawn                                          Destiny
Akerion
Munson                                            Rubio
Brown

David                     Kyrie                     Erianna
Quintanar                  Credit                    Williams```
```Students of the Week!
March 8th ~ 12th
Ilayan
Colon-Lopez                                            Amyriah
Avila

Ricardo

Merquis
Alneika                     Allen Bui
Ragas
McGhee

Genesis                                           Jehmere
Felton                       Lily                  Smith
Cambron

Kamea
Stewart
Haileigh                       Kendell
Torres                        Crockett

Jared                        Alondra                  Austin
Romero                         Cruz                   Mumphery

Aubrey                       Lailah                     Khloe
Weeden                      Johnson                    Pittman```
```Students of the Week!
March 16th ~ 20th
Misty                                         Logan
Mykel                Richardson
Veazey                Perkins

Breona                 Katelynn              Amaya
Walker                  Porta                Simon

Vicente                Farid
NaJayla
Martinez              Carrasco
Blanchard
Sanchez

Lailah
Johnson

Quinesha
Isidro               Richard
Morales

Rodney
Earl                 Haileigh               David
Torres                 Lopez

Ismael
Francesco                Aubranee               Lopez
Acevedo                 Weeden```
```Students of the Week!
March 22nd ~ 26th

Stephianna                  Julie
Jones                   Bourriague               Tamia
Boudreaux

Alejandro                                           Jaime
Sofia
Ruiseco                                            Bailon
Garcia

Yasmin
Marcus
Navarro
Dunn
Damian
Soto

Darius                    Lizy Mejia                Jahmere
Vaughn                     Sanchez                   Smith

Christopher
Batista                  Kyrie
Brown                  Gabriel
Denley

Brayden                    Kionshae                  JuJuan
Morgan                     Prestley                   Porte```
```Students of the Week!
March 29th ~ April 2nd
Johnson                Holiday                 Lathan
Dumas

Landon
Jarrius
Britney                                        Irvin
Muse
Ramire

Josiah
Ray’Lynn
Burgin
Brow                                          Kyngston
Alvere

Omar
Kyleigh                   Landon                Palomo
Pinell                    Irvin

•   Erick               Malaina             Jayden
Esco                Daigle               Lang
ba

Jeremiah                 Jaraya                Jayden
Thomas                   Davis                 Lang```
```Virtual Students of the Week!
March 1st ~ 5th     March 8th ~ 12th   March18th & 19th

March 22nd ~ 26th          March 29th ~ April 2nd```
```Bulldog Buck Banaza

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Gonzales Middle School announced the March
Bulldog Buck Bonanza Winners. Students earn Bulldog Bucks throughout the
month for academics and positive behavior. They use the Bulldog Bucks to buy
Golden Tickets weekly for various rewards. At the end of each month,
students' Bulldog Bucks are placed in a drawing to win a Free Dress Friday
Golden Ticket and concessions.```
```Big Dogs of the Week!

Ms. Laken Sciortin   Ms. Marquita Carter

Mr. Zach Bowman      Ms. Juanita Favorite!!```
```Mrs. Charlet’s
Bulldog Briefing
Hi, Everyone!!

It’s so hard to believe that March is over, and we are in the home stretch to
summer!!

As a final reminder, LEAP Testing Dates are as follows:

**Wednesday, April 28, 2021      LEAP Language Arts / Math Session 1
**Thursday, April 29, 2021       LEAP Language Arts / Math Session 2
**Friday, April 30, 2021         LEAP Language Arts / Math Session 3
**Monday, May 1, 2021            LEAP Science / Social Studies Sessions 1
**Tuesday, May 2, 2021           LEAP Science / Social Studies Session 2
**Wednesday, May 3, 2021         LEAP Science / Social Studies Session 3

As testing approaches, please take a few minutes to sit down with your child
to discuss the importance of the following:

**Attending school EVERYDAY during Testing
**Arriving to school ON TIME during Testing (Students must be in their
classrooms by 7:23 a.m. each morning.)
**Going to bed EARLY each night during Testing
**Eating a good breakfast each morning during Testing
**Charging the laptop computer each night so that it is FULLY CHARGED for
Testing
**Taking time during the tests to ensure that he / she answers ALL questions
completely.

Remember that our doors are ALWAYS open to you!!

Lori Charlet
Lori.charlet@apsb,org```