8th Grade




Dear Eighth Graders and Families,


On behalf of the staff at Groton Middle School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure that our children achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

 I am extremely excited about this school year and look forward to serving as the 8th grade Assistant Principal.  The start of a new school year offers an opportunity for a new beginning, full of excitement and optimism.

Eighth grade is an academically challenging year.  It is the year when students prepare for the transition to high school.  During your eighth grade year you will have an opportunity to choose from several area high schools.  This choice will be important as you prepare for your future.

Here at GMS we are proud of our curricula and extracurricular activities as they provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are thus considered part of a well-rounded education.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns or would like to share some ideas.  My goal is to provide the best possible support for all students.  I look forward to meeting you during your child’s eighth grade year.



Jeff Kotecki                                                                                                                                          

Assistant Principal



Jeff Kotecki, Assistant Principal


8th Grade School Counselors:

Deb Crofts
Marissa Gallo


8th Grade Teams



Supply Lists





Walker Cook, Social Studies
Chad Fleming, Language Arts
Katherine Lucy, Math
Benjamin Strouse, Science
Ann Marie McLean, Special Education




Andrew Ilvento, Social Studies
Laura Quashnie, Language Arts
Anna Stout, Math
Jacques Beriau, Science
Clare DePeter-Powers, Special Education




Patricia Sneider, Social Studies
Bradley Vernet, Language Arts
Michael Rege, Math
Susan Conway-Fenn, Science
Celeste Duffy, Special Education