News and Announcements

Early Release and Christmas Break

Giddings Middle School will have a 2 hour Early Release on Wednesday, December 19th. School will be dismissed at 1:25 p.m. and buses will run at 1:25 p.m. as well. Giddings Middle School and Giddings ISD will be on Christmas Break from Thursday, December 20th thru Monday, January 7th. All students will return to school on Tuesday, January 8th.

Everyone have a Safe and Merry Christmas!
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Parental Involvement Meeting

There will be a meeting at GMS to discuss the importance of Parental Involvement in a child's education. The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 13th at 5:30 p.m. It will take place in the GMS Library. All parents are encouraged to attend.
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GMS Benchmark and Six Weeks Test Schedule

GMS will be having Benchmark and 3rd Six Weeks Tests the week of December 10th -14th. The Testing Schedule is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 10 - Review
Tuesday, Dec. 11 - English/Reading/Language Arts (six Weeks Test)
Wednesday, Dec. 12 - Math Benchmark (6th - 8th)
Thursday, Dec. 13 - US History Benchmark (8th) AM
Science Benchmark (8th) PM
Friday, Dec. 14 - Science Six Weeks Test (6th & 7th)
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GMS Cross Country Competes at District

On Wednesday, October 10th, GMS competed at the District Meet. The boys' team took first place and are the District Champions!! The girls' team competed well and earned a 3rd place finish!

Lady Buff, MaKinley Kylberg ran for a First Place Finish with a time of 13:37. Top runners for the girls included: Catherine Rodea in 5th place (14:20), Kallie Wilson in 15th place (15:04), Taryn Kleinert in 17th place (15:54), Journey Wolridge in 27th place (17:08), Kassy Pedroza in 29th place (17:16) and Ana Garcia in 34th place (17:53). Other team members were: Lisbeth Rubalcava, Karla Moreno, Amy Sanchez, Marlene Moreno and Banelly Bernal. Great Job Girls!!

Buffalo, Kayden Bloodworth came in 2nd with a time of 11:59, Andrue Rodriguez in 3th place (12:14), Sebastian Flores in 7th place (12:38), Cyrus Kubena in 8th place (12:40), Kolbie Clemons in 13th place (13:07), Arturo Espinoza in 18th place (13:42), and Brookland Namken in 22nd place (13:58). Other team members were Gabriel Hernandez, Jordan Lucio, Pedro Juarez, Derrick Martiniez, Rex Razz, Billy Roschetzsky, Rafael Salazar, Tieson Sherman, Harley Sullivan, Brian Hicks and Hunter Daniels. Way to Go Buffs!

Congratulations to our athletes and coaches on an AWESOME Season!
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Courtney Umlang - GISD Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Umlang, 8th Grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra teacher at Giddings Middle School was named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Umlang is a graduate of the Giddings Independent School District. She attended Sam Houston State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. She began her teaching career at Brenham High School where she taught Algebra for one year.

Mrs. Umlang began teaching at Giddings Middle School in 2008. During her career at GMS she has touched the lives of many students. Her love of teaching and her ability to connect with her students has opened up the world of Math to many 8th Grade students. She is a dedicated teacher and huge supporter of the students of Giddings Middle School.

In her spare time, Mrs. Umlang enjoys riding horses and taking care of her dogs, cats and baby calves.

Congratulations to Courtney Umlang, 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year!
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How to Access Your Child's STAAR Report Card

Parents of 8th Graders,

Your child will be bringing home a STAAR report card from the first administration of the test. Please look over this with your student. Giddings Middle School encourages you to look at the results online. To access online information please visit, www.texasassessment.com
You'll be asked to enter your child's access code, which can be found in the bottom left hand corner of the report card ##AA#A (example), as well as your child's birthday. If your child has misplaced the report card, please select, find my unique student access code. When asked for the PEIMS code, you will put your child's social security number. A code will be given for you to continue online. Once you are online, you can click on each test to find out more information and how they did, per question. If you have ANY questions, please email Mrs. Ulrich at cari.ulrich@giddings.txed.net
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Family Impact Nights

In Giddings ISD, the theme for the 2017-2018 school year is "Make an Impact," and it will begin with the goal of encouraging families to foster, re-establish, or even strengthen relationships in the household. Therefore, with this mission in mind, the school will set aside one night per month in which all students in every grade level will not be assigned homework.

It is the hope that this small change in Giddings' homework procedures will at least bring families back together during the busy week so parents can feel as though they have more time to positively impact their children. Parents, after all, provide the greatest education to their children in nearly all of the important areas of life. Providing some quality time for parents to do just that, is a top priority of Giddings ISD. Therefore, the 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning in October, will be "Family Impact Nights" for our school district. The district will have suggestions for families posted on the website and district Facebook page.

Roger Dees, Superintendent
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The Voices of the Friday Night Buffalo Broadcast

Giddings Buffalo Football is in full swing! If you cannot make it to the game, don't fret. You can listen to the game as it is being broadcast on the radio. Listen to KGID 96.3 FM to hear the play by play action. The KGID Buffalo Broadcasters are GMS Teachers, Mike Buck and John Conley and GMS Assistant Principal Greg Shelton. Tune in to KGID 96.3 FM on Friday night and support the Giddings Buffaloes!!!
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