Welcome to Gaithersburg Middle School

We're Having a COOKOUT!

GMS PTA and GMStrong
invite you to come!  

Friday, September 29

5:00pm -7:00pm

Rain or Shine! 

Free Meal!

Choose from Hamburger/Hotdog 

plus chips, fruit & water

Bring your family and join the fun!

GMS PTA y GMStrong
¡Los invitamos a que nos acompañen este
Viernes 29 de Septiembre
5:00pm -7:00pm
Soleado o lloviendo!
¡Platillo Gratis!
A elegir hamburguesa o hotdog
Papitas, fruta y agua
¡Asistan con la familia y acompañenos a divertirnos!


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/ 


GMS Fundraiser

The GMS annual Fundraiser is going on right now until 9/30.  Help support student activities, swim class lifeguard fees, student awards, and other projects that benefit our students.  You may order online at https://www.gaschoolstore.com and enter our online id: 1067073.  Special incentives for the students are found on this flyer.


French Immersion Trip to France

Keep up with what is happening on the French Immersion Trip through posts & pictures at the 2017 GMS French Immersion Trip blog


Project Change Club is starting on 9/28

Project Change is a club through our GMStrong grant that lets the students select, design and implement a community service project.  Students will earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for their participation.  Meetings are held on Thursdays after school until 4:20pm on September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 16, 30.  If interested, fill out this flyer and have your child bring it with him/her to any Project Change Club meeting.    Project Change 2017 

Anaphylaxis & Opioid Awareness Letter to Parents

Please read this letter to parents and guardians about Anaphylaxis & Opioid Awareness from the principal in both English and Spanish.


Back To School Packet

We would like every student and parent to be ready for the start of school so we have compiled this collection of documents. You can open them separately or as one 49 page file. Most materials are in English and Spanish.

  1. Greeting and Informational Letter from Principal Dolan
  2. General Information Fact sheet, including:
    • School Calendar
    • Summer Assignments
    • Immunization Guidelines
    • Outdoor Education Notice for 6th Grade Parents
    • Recording Attendance
    • GMS Fees
    • Physical Education
    • Health Education
    • Supplies List
     
  3. Vaccine Requirements for Children and Schedule of Free July and August Immunization Clinics
  4. Parent/Child Reunification (PCR) Authorization for Release of Student
  5. Letter from the Bus Depot Manager
  6. Bus Arrivals
  7. Bus Departures
  8. Cafeteria News & Meals Information
  9. PTA Information and Membership Form
  10. Gym Clothes and Gear Order Form
  11. Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Incident School Investigation Form
  12. Availability of Asbestos Management Plan
  13. Annual Notification of Your Rights Under FERPA
  14. Integrated Pest Management Notice and Pesticide Notification List Enrollment Form
  15. Annual Notice for Directory Information and Student Privacy
  16. Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment


2017-18 Suggested School Supplies

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 (not a box or case)
highlighters (2)
black & white composition books (2)
ballpoint 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 the teachers

Los estudiantes pueden comprar una calculadora gráfica (TI-83) para Álgebra I y clases avanzadas de matemáticas.  Si no desea comprar una, los estudiantes tendran la oportunidad de pedir prestado uno de GMS.  Los estudiantes que pierdan o danen una calculadora gráfica prestada seran responsables por el costo de la calculadora.  Favor de no comprar mochilas con ruedas ya que no caben en los armarios.

Se espera que los estudiantes traigan:

carpeta de tres anillos (2" o 2.5") con papel
lápices de #2
lápices de colores
cartuchera de lápiz para cuademo
marcadores para subraya texto
libros de composiciín (los de negro Y blanco) (2)
bolígrafos - azules o negros (3)
separadores de papel
conjunto de marcadores de línea fina
bolígrafos rojos
cuadernos con espirales (3)
carpetas para guardar papeles (5)


Summer Assignments

English

Students, your job is to read one book or graphic novel of your choice over the summer and complete a “Fakebook” profile for one character in your story. For all the details and "fakebook" profile forms in English and Spanish, download this document.

Mathematics

Please complete the work that corresponds to the class you are taking when school begins in the fall. For your convenience, answer keys are provided.

Summer Assignment     Answer Key
Math 6 Math 6 Answers
IM IM Answers
Algebra   Algebra Answers
Geometry Geometry Answers

French Immersion

Students are required to read a MINIMUM of TWO books preferably originally written in French. You can find such books at local libraries, or may order them at various book stores online with a search of “jeunesse 9-12 ans”. For complete information and worksheets, please download and print this letter.


2017 Mental Health Matters Assembly at Gaithersburg Middle School

Here is a video of the presentation.


Vaccination Requirements and Clinics

Maryland State law requires that the following student groups provide proof of one tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) and one meningococcal (MCV4) vaccination in order to start school on September 5, 2017:

  • Students entering Grade 7
  • Students newly enrolling in a Maryland school in Grades 8, 9, and 10
  • Students who are repeating Grade 10
You must provide proof of vaccination to your student’s school by September 5, 2017.

 

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is offering free vaccination clinics throughout July and August.

Germantown Health Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd Floor
Germantown, MD 20874
240-777-3380
Wednesdays, Thursdays 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Silver Spring Health Center
8630 Fenton Street, 10th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
240-777-3160
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
240-777-1050
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

School Health Services Center
4910 Macon Road
Rockville, MD 20852
301-468-4529
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Acceptable proofs of vaccination:

 

Thank you so much for your attention and we wish you a relaxing summer 2017!


Breaking My Heart

This video called “Breaking My Heart” was made by GMS students in the Project Change You Have the Power Club. It was designed to create awareness around using words to cause students pain. All GMS students watched the video on 2/13/17 in additional to listening to a town hall that reviewed behavior expectations.


PTA Meeting Presentation

Current 6th and 7th grade registration and articulation pathways in English or Spanish.  For more information, see Course Bulletin or contact your counselor.


Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting - 1/25/17

Here is a copy of the presentation, and the Course Bulletin for next year. For more information, please call 301-840-4554.


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/