GSMS Time Warp
Today, Gulf Shores Middle School is thought of as a
running, functioning school, but have you ever wondered how
and when it began? In 1927, children from Gulf Shores and Or-
ange Beach attended Foley schools (There was a Lagoon School
Monsters Inc. to begin with, but it closed during the 1926-1927 school year
It is said that there are monsters lurking our world because a few students contracted measles).
with many monsters in many places. You never know when Students continued to attend Foley schools until 1981
they are going to pop out and scare you silly. One of them when Gulf Shores School was built. The new school was built on
is the Loch Ness monster which is supposedly it is hiding property donated by the Meyer Foundation. The
under the water of a lake near Inverness, Scotland. This school was built to house up to 250 students in 1-6
mythical creature dates back to 1934 with Dr. Robert Ken- grades. The school’s enrollment tripled over the first
neth Wilson. People not only come to that lake to relax but three years it was in existence.
to look for “Nessie”. Nessie is the name for the Loch Ness In 1985, just 4 years after the grand opening, ten
classrooms were added on to the school allowing grades 7 and 8
monster, they gave it that named in 1934 when Dr. Wilson
to also remain in Gulf Shores. The first principal of GSS was
“found it”. Dr. Wilson was a London physician who went Dolores J. Cooper.
under water and either found a beast with a long neck in In 1993 Gulf Shores Middle School opened, however it
murky water or a very long tree trunk. I personal was not the same GSMS we know today. At the time, Gulf
think that Dr. Wilson was a very smart person Shores Middle School was home to grades 4-8. As population
but was made fun of for thinking that there was continued to rise in our two tourist communities of Gulf Shores
such creature. There have been many other and Orange Beach, so did enrollment.
sightings but a lot are very fake sightings. Stuart Construction of Bay Minette built GSMS. The
Another creature that is now very popu- school cost $2,676,400 to construct.
lar is Big Foot. On Oct. 20, 1967 Roger Patterson and Bob Additional classrooms were gradually added to GSES allowing
Gilim shot a picture at the first every Big Foot. That same grades four and five to return to the elementary school. Grades
6,7, and 8 remained, but grade 6 was eventually moved back
day they were humiliated for believing in Big Foot. Some down to the elementary school for the 2007-2008 school year.
people however believed in it, others thought it was just This year’s 2008-2009 class of eighth graders will, for now, be
some drunken teenager in a monkey suit walking around in the last to spend their 6,7, and 8 grade years at the middle school.
the woods. Roger and Bob took it a little bit father, they Throughout its history, GSMS has excelled in the class-
went to John Chambers for help; he is the town costume room and on the field. A list of academic and athletic accom-
designer. He admits that he didn’t create such gorilla suit. plishments as well as a list of GSMS principals and their years of
The next creature I’m going to talk about is a Grif- service can be found on the school website at
fin. A Griffin is a creature with a head of an eagle and a www.gsmsdolphins.com. This complete timeline of accomplish-
body of a lion. It is a huge creature that tears apart its prey ments on the website is located on the left side of the screen un-
der “News and Events” on the “About the School” tab.
with its beak and is supposed to be living in the Middle
By: Zach Warren; 8th
East. The Griffin is the symbol for the Vauxhall cars in
Great Britain. There are three types of Griffins; the snake Please join your child on Wed. Nov. 19 for a Thanksgiving Dinner!
griffin, the lion griffin, and the hippogryh. The snake grif-
Where: Gulf Shores Middle School Cafeteria
fin has a lion’s body, snake’s head, and bird legs. The lion Time: 11:20am– 7th graders
griffin has a head of a eagle and a body of a lion. The hi- 12:00pm– 8th graders
pogryph looks like unicorn. Cost: $3.00 per person
The magical creature that protected thou fair lady is Menu: Turkey Dressing Supreme or Chicken Tenders
that of the dragon. They live in mostly caves, mountains, Sweet Potato Casserole
rivers, lakes, oceans, and swamps. There are different types Mixed Fruit
of Dragons. There is the fighting dragon, which looks like a Sherbet
fox with a serpent’s head and tail. I personally love drag- Milk/Iced Tea/Coffee
ons, they look so freaking cool. The Japanese dragon is
more like the real thing, fire-breathing, rescue the princess All visitors must check in with the front office to receive a visitor’s pass, so
kind of dragon. please arrive a few minutes early. Please DO NOT send money in ad-
Look at the pictures, see the facts, and actually see
it; it will show you the stories are real. Don’t mock those
that actually believe the impossible. I believe that all of Dolphins of the Week
these creatures exist! 7th– Kelsey Alexander & David Nelson
By: Kristen Shue 7th 8th– Christian Burchfield & Thiago Granja
Menu for September 15-19
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Poptart VETERAN’S Cheese Toast Pancake Pup Biscuit
Yogurt DAY! Grits Cinnamon Apples Sausage
Juice Juice Juice Juice
Milk Milk Milk Milk
Turkey Sub or Tuna VETERAN’S Cheesy Chicken over Lasagna or Grilled Chicken Fajita or Fish
Salad w/Crackers DAY! Rice or Oven Fried Chicken Sandwich Nuggets
Green Beans Chicken w/Rice & Gravy Italian Veggies Salad Corn Elf Grahams
Peach Cup Cheetos Collard Greens Jello-O French Bread Crackers Mandarin Oranges
Cookie Milk Cornbread Fruit Milk Strawberries Milk Chips/Salsa Milk
A Little Fun with Paper Mache! Ugly Baby…Or Pretty Baby?
Here at Gulf Shores Middle School Ms. Peggy Graham, a Last week Mr. Wil Tuggle, a 7th grade science teacher,
seventh and eighth grade regular and advanced art teacher, has been began teaching his science students about heredity. Heredity is
teaching her students about the art of Paper Mache. Ms. Graham has the transmission of genetic characters from parents to offspring.
been teaching art for thirty-five years at many different schools and It is dependent upon the segregation and recombination of genes
has found it productive to teach her students about Paper Mache by during meiosis and fertilization and results in the genesis of a
creating “monsters” and bobble heads. new individual similar to others of its kind.
The seventh grade has been making “monsters” now for the In the lesson, students got to draw what their baby
past couple of weeks. To create this project the students had to take a
might look like. Before they could start drawing them, they had
piece of newspaper and roll it up to create the body of the monster.
to flip coins to determine which trait their baby would get. Some
They then paper mached it by taking strips of paper
towels and dipping it in liquid glue then placing it of the traits were hair color, how far apart or how close your eyes
around the body to form a few layers. They did the can be, whether you are male or female, etc. Mr. Tuggle said, “I
same things to create arms and legs, however they used think it is important to teach them this because it shows them that
bubble wrap instead of news paper. When the entire all your traits come to you by chance.”
body was put together they shaped and painted them to After the students finished their drawings, each class
create whatever they wanted like a clown or a ballerina. had an ugly baby winner, and a pretty baby winner.
Ginny Taylor, a seventh grade art student, said, “I liked The judges were Mr. Tuggle, Mr. Weaver, and Mr.
creating the monsters. It was really different from any of the other art Thompson. They judged by how well each trait was
projects I’ve done. I liked creating the body out of stuff instead of shown in the drawings. The overall winners were,
just painting over something that’s already been created. It was tons Autumn Poe for prettiest baby, and Sydney Ayers for ugliest
of fun!! baby.
The eighth grade created bobble heads for their Paper Ma- Gregor Mendel, often called the “father of genetics” was
che project. Each student took a bottle and paper mached it the same born July 20, 1822. During the middle of his life, he did ground-
way the seventh grade students paper mached their monster’s body breaking work into the theories of heredity. Using simple pea pod
and legs. They then took oval shaped styro-foam balls paper mached plants, Mendel studied seven basic characteristics of the pea pod
them to create a head. They painted everything that needs it like plant. By studying these characteristics, Mendel discovered three
eyes, mouths, hair, and body if needed. They then added material basic laws which governed the passage of a trait from one mem-
such as cloth, feathers, and hair. When they were done with every-
ber of a species to another member of the same species.
thing the students took a piece of wire and created springs so they
The first law states that the sex cells of a plant may con-
could hot glue the head to the spring and the spring to the body!
Ms. Graham likes to create Paper Mache monsters and bob- tain two different traits, but not both of those traits. The second
ble heads and has found that students enjoy doing it too! law states that characteristics are inherited independently from
By: Sydney Taylor; 8th another (the basis for recessive and dominant gene composition).
The third law states that each inherited characteristic is deter-
Hail to Our Veterans mined by two hereditary factors (known more recently as genes),
It’s that time of year again for saluting and honoring those one from each parent, which decides whether a gene is dominant
soldiers past and present who died for our country's freedom. On or recessive. In other words, if a seed gene is recessive, it will not
Friday, Nov. 7, GSMS held a special Veteran's day program on the show up within the plant, however, the dominant trait will. Men-
Dolphin TV channel, a special Power Point was del's work and theories later became the basis for the study of
shown about Veteran's day. At 11 a.m. someone read over the PA modern genetics, and are still recognized and used today.
system about the significance of the 11th hour of the 11th day of All of these laws and theories led up to the system of
the 11th month. genetics we use today. Of the ugly baby/pretty baby contest, Mr.
Most children don't know much about Veteran's Day, just Tuggle says, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
that they get out of school and have a free day. It's so much By: Shelby Simpson; 8th
more; Veteran's day is a day set aside to honor living
and also fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen. Orange Beach Teen Center Need Help!
The formal definition is an American holiday honoring OBTC needs tutors to help in English and Math
veterans. Mr. Richard Troyanek, GSMS substitute Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-6:00
teacher was in the Air Force, therefore he is a vet- Participants will earn service hours for organizations such as NJHS.
eran, he says, "The Air Force is the best branch of mili- For more information call TC: 974-8336 or Ronnie Phillips: 609-4361
tary to be in." He was in the Air Force for 20 years when he re- Yummy Money
tired. GSMS is doing a chocolate candy bar fundraiser. The
You're probably wondering what Veteran's Day really is. Well, chocolate candy bar fundraiser is trying to raise money for vari-
to most people it regonizes people who have served in the U.S. ous classroom materials. They are also selling chocolate bars to
military, but the actual meaning is much more. A veteran is a per- try to get some money for computers and other technologies like
son who has served in a military force. Veterans Day gives Ameri-
cans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all
The school held an assembly on Thurs. Nov. 6th. The
U.S. veterans. However, some people mistake Veteran's Day with
Memorial Day. Veterans Day was originally set as a U.S. holiday
speaker at the assembly was Mr. Tem Blalock who does lots of
to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on fundraisers at other local schools, as well as at
November 11, 1918. November 11 was dedicated to the cause of GSES. The assembly was about the chocolate bar
world peace and to be celebrated and known as Armistice Day. fundraiser and Mr. Blalock told the students about
The difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day the qualifications to get a box of chocolate. They
is Memorial Day honors service members who died or got injured had to sign a “Candy Contract” as Mr. Blalock calls
incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on it. They cannot take it back once it has been
Veterans Day but the day is set beside to also thank and honor opened. Each box of chocolate is worth $50 and
living veterans who served honorably in the military. each box has 50 bars of chocolate. Every bar of chocolate is $1.
United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on Each bar of chocolate has a slip that the buyer can tear of and
Aug. 4, 2001, designated the week of Nov.11 through Nov. 17, bring it to any Pizza Hut you can get a $2 off any large pizza.
2001, as "National Veterans Awareness Week." The resolution The “World’s Finest” chocolate candy bars come in fla-
calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary vors W.F. Crisp, Milk Chocolate, and Caramel. If a student sells
school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of vet- a whole box (50 dollars worth of candy bars) they will get an out
erans of uniform day. However if the student only sell 25 bars they
Jordan Grau, 8th, said, "Veterans Day is a good holiday. It have to pay the school the other 25 dollars. Anyone who sells two
helps support our past soldiers. I like it because my Grandpa is a boxes gets two free movie passes to the Cobb Theaters.
Veteran". Clay Parramore, 7th, added "Veterans Day, to me,
The school will make an estimated $26 a box. If every
means a day to celebrate Veterans and make them feel good for
student sold one box the school would get around $9,000. The
fighting and serving in the war for our freedom".
So we know that Veterans Day is not the same as Memo-
student that sells the most boxes of chocolate bars will receive
rial Day or just a holiday to celebrate past soldiers. It’s a holiday $15 in cash for their personal use. So remember, starting this
where we honor those who served and sacrificed or put their Thurs., start looking for GSMS students to buy as many choco-
lives at risk for our country and us. We give thanks to their hard late bars as possible to help support GSMS!
work and dedication. By: Hayden Morrison & Fox Lewis 7th
By: Harlie Guy 7th, and SarahBeth Loper 7th