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The PARCC The testing window begins May 10-27, 2016. The PARCC assessment is administered when about 90 percent of the school year is complete. The assessment focuses on reading comprehension for English language arts/literacy and innovative problem solving in mathematics. Please be sure that your child is present on the testing days and encourage him/her to get the proper rest the night before testing and to do their best. Please note that on testing dates there’s no Viking Time. IF you have any questions regarding the testing schedule feel free to contact the school for additional details.
Hydroponics Grant in Action
Gaithersburg Middle School received a Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant for $2000 to build several hydroponic units. The units are housed in 1 of the 3 school greenhouses which were not being utilized. These units will serve two purposes. The first will be to provide several of our student’s families in need with fresh, free produce. The second will be to provide our 7th grade students with an opportunity to work with functioning larger scale hydroponics systems in coordination with their first quarter science unit.
Poolesville High School senior Ava Chrisler conducted much of the research and construction of the units for her senior project. Three different types of systems were built. Nutrient Film Technique systems will be used to grow lettuces, strawberries, and herbs and can house 112 plants. The Ebb and Flow systems will be used to grow cucumbers and peppers while the raft systems, which can grow 60 plants, will be used to grow lettuces and herbs. Our first crop from only 11 plants, provided 5 families with fresh lettuce with more ready to harvest before the end of April. Next year the systems will be maintained by a volunteer group of students. A grant for next year will be pursued in order to expand the project to a second greenhouse. Visit the Hydroponics page to see more and much larger images of the project.
NJHS Stuffed Animal Drive
The success of the stuffed animal drive is a reflection of the passion and leadership skills of our National Junior Honor Society Members. Students were able to find a cause they cared about, organize, and implement a drive that brought in over 800 stuffed animals. We are extremely proud of their hard work.
GMS at Model UN in Madrid
Ms. Champagne and the GMS Model United Nations students participated in a competition in Madrid Spain from March 15-March 17, 2016. The students researched a country, made a speech, responded to questions, and worked with other countries on their committee to create resolutions to solve the issue presented. Please visit this blog to see pictures from the trip: gmsmun.blogspot.com/ or read this short item on the MCPS News Center.
Radon Test Results and Next Steps
MCPS has completed the first round of radon testing at GMS. Please read this letter (in English or Spanish) from Principal Dolan for information about future tests and about mitigating radon exposure risk in school.
Important Reminder for 6th Grade Parents
All students entering the 7th grade in the 2016/2017 school year must have a Tdap as well as a meningococcal meningitis vaccine. These vaccinations are crucial for your child to attend school. Failure to get the vaccinations will result in your child not being allowed to attend school in August. If your child has already received these vaccinations, please provide an updated immunization record to the Health room as soon as possible. If your child has not been vaccinated, you are encouraged to contact your health provider as soon as possible to receive the vaccinations and provide an updated immunization record to the Health room as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Claudia Leas, School Nurse or Ms. Kelly Jonas Health Room Aide. They can be reached at 301-840-4565.
GMS Articulation and Registration 2016-2017
February 11, 2016-GMS Articulation night 7:00 PM at Gaithersburg Middle School- Hear about life at GMS from students and learn about our academic programs by listening to presentations from our content specialists. Registration cards must be returned to the elementary schools by February 19, 2016.
In July of 2015, The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, which assists local health and human service and arts non-profit organizations in Montgomery County, awarded Gaithersburg Middle School $150,000 to implement GMStrong! The 3 non-profits that are working with us are NAMI of Montgomery County, RIM and Project Change. This grant focuses on the social and emotional needs of middle school students. For more information, visit the GMStrong! page.
French Immersion Program Slide Show
Interested in continuing French Immersion in 6th grade? Review the presentation made on 10.7.15 to incoming students and parents.
2015-2016 Yearbooks Can Be Ordered Today!
Attention all students AND staff! Hold onto your middle school memories by reserving your 2015-2016 yearbook! The yearbook is a collection of photos and memories of Gaithersburg Middle School MADE BY GMS students. For the past two years we have run out of yearbooks at the end of the year. We don’t want that to happen again so make sure you reserve yours for only $38 by ordering today! Please ask your first period teachers for yearbook forms. Additional forms can be found outside Mr. Kang’s classroom (rm 804). But the best way to reserve your yearbook is by ordering online. Get yours today!
Community Outreach Event, May 1 at Olde Towne Youth Center
Families in the North Summit Corridor communities, including Summit Crest, Streamside and Spring Ridge, are especially encouraged to come, but anyone in the area is welcome to join in the fun. Activity stations include face painting, a moonbounce, basketb
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Division of Transit Services, continues its Kids Ride Free program in 2015. The Kids Ride Free program provides free rides on county Ride On buses and certain Metrobus routes within Montgomery County on weekdays
The City of Gaithersburg is hosting and sponsoring a variety of activities to celebrate CHARACTER COUNTS! month in October. Some are open to the public, others are open to select audiences. All of them embrace the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.