Welcome to Gaithersburg Middle School  


GMS 6th Grade Summer Orientation

Please join us for one of Gaithersburg Middle Schools sixth grade student orientation sessions this summer.  Come and tour the building, practice opening a locker, and meet some current GMS students and staff. We want all our incoming sixth grade students to attend one session this summer! We hope you can join us and look forward to meeting you!  June 28 @ 8 - 9:30am, July 12 @ 1:30 - 3pm, July 23 @ 1:30 - 3pm, August 16 @ 8 - 9:30am, or August 21 @ 8 - 9:30am

Parents please meet in the Media Center for a session to learn about the transition to middle school. We will discuss many policies and procedures that are new for parents. Please contact Ms. Lynch if you have any questions.  More information in English and Spanish.


GMS Summer Reading

Students are expected to join the google classroom based on their grade level.  To avoid "Summer Brain Drain" and keep your skills sharp for next year, it's really important that you continue to read independently this summer. 
You have lots of choices with what to read, when to read, and how to show you what you have learned by reading this summer. Please complete the BINGO sheet in English or Spanish and bring it with you to class the first week of school. We will have PRIZES for students who turn in completed sheets - extras can be printed here or picked up from the office all summer. Your BINGO sheet in English or Spanish is your raffle ticket!  Code for Incoming 6th Gr: tm8vx7 Code for Incoming 7th  Gr: fxdiy4 Code for Incoming  8th Gr: ju5lgq 


GMS Summer Math

This summer, Gaithersburg Middle School students are to complete a minimum of of 5 of the tasks on the MATH-O Board.  We encourage you to challenge yourself by completing a straight row or diagonal, but if you need to jump around you may.  When the tasks are complete, we ask a parent or guardian to sign off in the box to confirm completion.  Please bring your signed MATH-O Board and completed evidence (writing, reflects, etc...) within the first week of school.  We will have PRIZES for students who turn in completed sheets. We challenge families to promote a Growth Mindset in Mathematics at home.
MATH-O Board for incoming Math 6 and incoming IM students
MATH-O Board for incoming Algebra students 
MATH-O Board for incoming Honors Geometry students


GMS French Immersion Summer Reading

If you are a French Immersion grade 6-8 student. Please see this document for the Summer 2018 Reading Assignment.


GMS Supply List 

 SUPPLIES LIST

Students are encouraged to purchase a graphing calculator (TI 83+) for Algebra I and higher.  If you choose not to purchase one, students will have the opportunity to borrow one from GMS. Students who lose or damage a borrowed graphing calculator must be assigned a financial obligation for the cost of the calculator.  Parents are requested NOT to purchase book bags with wheels as these items will not fit into lockers. 

Students may be expected to bring:

·         Three-ring binder (2” or 2.5”) with notebook paper

·         #2 pencils

·         Package of colored pencils

·         Notebook pencil pouch

·         Highlighters (2)

·         Black & white composition books (2)

·         Ball point pens - blue or black (3)

·         Notebook dividers

·         Set of fine line markers

·         Red checking pens

·         Spiral notebooks (3)

·         Pocket folders (5)

·         Other supplies as designated by teachers

LISTA DE UTILES ESCOLARES   

Se le pide a los alumnos cursantes de Algebra I o de clases más avanzadas comprar una calculadora gráfica (TI 83+). Sí usted decide no comparla, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de solicitar una prestada en GMS. Los estudiantes que pierdan o dañen la calculadora gráfica se le asignarán una obligación financiera por el costo de la calculadora.  A los padres le pedimos no comprar mochilas con ruedas debido a que no caben en los armarios. 

Se espera que los estudiantes traigan:

·         Carpeta de tres anillos (2” or 2.5”) con papel de cuaderno

·         Lápices #2 Paquetes de lápices de colores

·         Bolsa de carpeta para los lápices y colores

·         Resaltadores (2)

·         Cuadernos de composición (blanco y negro) (2)

·         Bolígrafo – rojo (1)

·          Bolígrafo azul o negro (3)

·         Divisores de carpetas

·         Juego de marcadores de puntas finas

·         Cuadenos de espiral (3)

·         Carpetas con bolsillos (5)

·         Otros útiles señalados por los maestros


GMS Summer Programs

Transportation will be provided for all students. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all students.  
Arrival and Departure Bus Routes
 El transporte será proporcionado para todos los estudiantes. 
Desayunos y almuerzos serán proporcionados para todos los estudiantes. 

Rising 6th graders 

Strengthen skills for upcoming Math 6 Class

Support for Reading Class

 July 9 through July 27, 2018 from 8:00 – 3:00

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Math Instruction 

12:00 to 3:00 PM Fun and hands-on indoor and outdoor activities.

(Students will earn SSL hours)

Registration by June 8

Information

los futuros estudiantes de 6tos grados 
Fortalecimiento de las destrezas matemáticas para los futuros estudiantes de Matemáticas de 6tos grados
 

Ayuda en Clases de Lectura

De Julio 9 a Julio 27, 2018 de 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM   -    Instrucción de Matemáticas

12:00 to 3:00 PM   -   Diversión y actividades prácticas dentro y al aire libre.

(Los estudiantes obtendrán horas de SSL)

INSCRIPCIONES Viernes, Junio 8, 2018 

Informacion

Rising 7th and 8th graders
Strengthen skills for upcoming Math (Investigation to Mathematics) Class
Strengthen skills for upcoming Math (Algebra) Class
July 9
through July 27, 2018 from 8:00 – 3:00

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Math Instruction

12:00 to 3:00 PM Fun and hands-on indoor and outdoor activities.

(Students will earn SSL hours)

 Registration by June 8

Information 

los futuros estudiantes de 7mos grados 8vos grados 

Fortalecimiento de las destrezas matemáticas para los futuros estudiantes de la materia Investigaciones de Matemáticas

Fortalecimiento de las destrezas matemáticas para los futuros estudiantes de la materia Algebra

De Julio 9 hasta Julio 27, 2018 de 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

De 8:00 AM a 12:00 PM   -   Enseñanza de Matemáticas 

De 12:00 a 3:00 PM   -   Diversión y actividades prácticas dentro y al aire libre.

(Los estudiantes obtendrán horas de SSL) 

 INSCRIPCIONES Viernes, Junio 8, 2018

Informacion

 Support for ESOL and METS
Advanced ESOL 
July 9 through July 27, 2018 from 8:00 – 3:00
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM ESOL Instruction 
12:00 to 3:00 PM Fun outdoor activities    
Registration by June 8
Information 

 

 Apoyo para los de ESOL y METS
ESOL Avanzado

 De Julio 9 hasta Julio 27, 2018 de 8:00 – 3:00

De 8:00 AM a 12:00 PM Enseñanza de ESOL

De 12:00 a 3:00 PM Actividades divertidas

 INSCRIPCIONES Viernes, Junio 8, 2018

Informacion


Team of Stars Summer Camp at GMS

Come join the Team of Stars Summer Camp June 25 - July 26. More details at https://www.projectchange-md.org/team-of-stars  Complete the registration form


Career Readiness Summer Camps for 5th, 6th & 7th graders

This summer MCPS is offering Career Readiness Summer Camps for 5th, 6th & 7th graders.  Students will explore skilled and professional careers and match their career goals interests with career academies and high school programs. Registration closes May 4. More information available in English and Spanish and at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/career-readiness/


Check out the STEAM Clinics at the Youth Centers!

 2018 summer clinics youth centers


Join the GMS PTA

The GMS PTA Needs You!  GMS PTA 2018-19 Membership/Donation Form in English or Spanish


GMS Report Card is now available

The Maryland State Department of Education has posted the results of the 2017 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the High School Assessments on the Maryland Report Card website. The Gaithersburg Middle School report is now available. Please click on the link:

http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/Entity.aspx?k=150554


GMS Renaissance Faire

Highlights of the GMS Renaissance Faire from this June are here.


Good Samaritan Law

The Maryland Good Samaritan Law​ effective October 1, 2015, provides protection from arrest as well as prosecution for certain specific crimes and expands the charges from which people assisting in an emergency overdose situation are immune. If someone calls 911 in an effort to help during an overdose crisis, or they are experiencing an overdose, their parole and probation status will not affected, and they will now not be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for ​possession of a controlled dangerous substance, ​​possession or use of drug paraphernalia, and providing alcohol to minors.  More details here.


Required 7th Grade Immunizations

All Grade 7 students must have a Tdap and MCV vaccine for the 2018-19 school year. More information and free vaccines at specific clinics are available in English and Spanish.  


5th Grade Parent Night Information

Rising 6th grade parents, here is the presentation from our articulation night. We are excited to have your students coming to our school! Give us a call @ 301-840-4567 if you have any questions!   


MCPS 2018-19 Middle School Course Bulletin

The new MCPS Middle School Course Bulletin is available here.


Results of Radon Testing at GMS

Radon Testing was recently done at GMS and MCPS and here is  information on the testing.  Fact information in English and Spanish.  Gaithersburg MS Radon Mitigation Letter in English and Spanish.


Want to Support GMS with Every Purchase?  

A+ School Rewards is a unique and easy way Giant Food offers its customers opportunities to be rewarded by earning money for their designated schools.
A+ School Rewards Program 2017-2018
Program Dates: 
October 6, 2017- March 15th, 2018
How It Works: Customers register their Giant Card online and select up to 2 schools to support with every purchase (excludes items prohibited by state law).
Get Started 
1. Register your Giant Food online or sign in to your account at this link
2. During the registration window, select up to 2 schools to support. 
3. Selected school(s) earn money from your qualified purchases during the program year.

If you don’t remember your Giant Reward card number please call 1-877-366-2668 #1 
Giant rewards letter in English or in Spanish 


myMCPS Parent Portal

The new MCPS Parent Portal is an online tool for communicating with students and parents. The myMCPS Parent Portal automatically uploads grades, attendance and school messages for viewing by students and parents. There is a mobile application and a desktop application. For information on how to set up an account and other questions you may have on the myMCPS Parent Portal, go to  http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/mymcps-classroom/ 

New features for the Parent Portal are now available as of April 2018 -  details are available in English and Spanish
***Document Library: Now including current and past MAP reports, a parent resource that breaks down the MAP report, and the Student Grades and Graduation Credit Report (high school only) 
***Grade History: This section now includes Student Service Learning hours, displaying hours earned and hours remaining


Free Office 365 for MCPS Students 

All MCPS students are eligible to download and install the latest version of the Microsoft Office software suite, Office 365 ProPlus, for free.  Step-by-step directions for downloading and installing the software can be found on the Parents and Students web page and are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Vietnamese, Korean, and Amharic.  

Family Life Unit Now Opt-Out instead of Opt-In

A parent permission form is no longer required to take family life or disease prevention and control unit in 7th and 8th grade.  If you wish to opt your son or daughter out of this portion of the health curriculum, parents must return a signed form to the health teacher.   If the form is not returned it is assumed that the student will participate in both the family life and disease prevention and control unit. 

If you have any question about what is taught during these units, please refer to the link below and/or contact Katie Becker – Team Leader at Gaithersburg Middle School.

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/health/middle/