REMINDER: 12:30 dismissal on Friday, 9/30.

Welcome to Gaithersburg Middle School


GMStrong Survey Opt Out and Video

On Thursday, September 29th during Viking time students will complete a GMStrong! survey. The survey touches on potentially sensitive material. Studies have shown that talking about topics such as suicide, depression, and family alienation WILL NOT introduce the idea to a child. Instead, talking about these issues will bring a level of awareness to the forefront that will help prevent crises and focus on the positive strengths in students’ lives. GMStrong! is here to help provide healthy life choices for all students at Gaithersburg Middle School.

If you DO NOT sign the release form, your child will be given a GMStrong! survey. Additionally he/she could be interviewed for the GMStrong! video. Please sign the opt out form, if you DO NOT want your child to participate in the survey or video, please return the form to the main office by Thursday, September 29th.

Please e-mail Peggy Khoury, GMStrong site coordinator at Margaret_Mannhaupt-Khoury@mcpsmd.org with any questions you may have.


French Immersion Transition to Middle School Parent Information Session

Join Gaithersburg Middle School Principal Ann Dolan and World Languages Content Specialist Caroline Olán on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Media Center to receive information about the middle school years of the Immersion program, learn about our 6th grade academic program and receive information regarding registration & transportation. This information session is for current 5th grade students who are currently in Immersion or are native speakers of French and are interested in testing into French Immersion. For more information, email Caroline_M_Olan@mcpsmd.org or read this flyer.


French Exchange Host Parent Meeting

Are you interested in hosting one of our students that will be visiting from France in the spring? We will hold an information meeting for French Immersion parents September, 28 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Media Center.


Yearbooks Available for the Best Price Now

Pre-orders for the 2016-17 yearbook are being taken now. Order your book of memories today at Jostens Yearbook. If you have questions or want to help create this year's book, speak to or email Ms. Lynch.


Dads Take Your Child To School on September 30th

Dads Take Your Child To School Day (DTYCTS) is an annual event and part of a larger national movement called the Million Father March organized by the Black Star Project in Chicago, Illinois. DTYCTS was organized to celebrate the special relationship that fathers and significant male caregivers have on the lives of children. Montgomery County Public Schools, in collaboration with our parent organizations, will participate in the event by asking fathers and significant male caregivers to accompany their child(ren) to school and encouraging them to make a commitment to participate and stay engaged in their child(ren)'s education. For more information, read the flyer in English and Spanish, or contact Mr. Giles or Ms. Schwartz.


Letter to Parents Regarding Sad News

Today a letter was sent home with students to let families know about the death of Mr. Abraham Ansah, who until his sudden death yesterday, had been a paraeducator at Gaithersburg Middle School. Included with Principal Dolan's letter (in English or Spanish) are some materials parents may find helpful for helping children deal with loss, death, and grief from the National Association of School Psychologists. While we mourn for Mr. Ansah, we await details of his funeral arrangements, which we will also share with you.


Hispanic Heritage Month

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Each morning a question will be read. If you know the answer to the question or if you want to make a guess, go to the media center to submit your answer.  The answer to the question will be announced the next day. The student who answers the question correctly will win a gift certificate to be used in the cafeteria.  

Tuesday’s question is: After soccer, what is the most popular sport in the Spanish-speaking world?  Submit your answer to the media center. 

The answer to the question: What country is famous for the dance the mambo? Cuba  


Fall Fundraiser – September 9 – 23, 2016

Students received a fundraiser packet on September 9th. Extra packets are available in the main office. Our one and only fundraiser will continue until September 23rd. Please help us reach our goal. Proceeds go to student activities, field trips, and celebrations. Use this flyer for online sales.


2016 Sept 30 Picture Day Banner

 


ALERT! 7th Grade Parents…

Mandatory immunization requirements change when your child enters 7th grade. The requirements to enter 7th grade are: Meningococcal (MCV) and Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough).
VISIT your child’s health care provider for required immunizations
PROVIDE proof of immunizations to your school’s health room as soon as possible
CALL your child’s middle school if you have any questions

Atención! Padres que tienen hijos/a en 7to.Grado

Obligatorio. Cambio en los requisitos de vacunación cuando su hijo/a vaya al 7mo grado. Los requisitos para entrar al 7mo grado son: Meningitis (MCV) y Tdap (Tétanos, difteria y tosferina)
VISITE a su médico para obtener las vacunas requeridas
ENTREGUE prueba de las vacunas administradas a la Enfermería de la escuela lo más pronto possible
LLAME a la enfermera de la escuela de enseñanza intermedia de su hiho/a si tiene alguna pregunta