Welcome to Gaithersburg Middle School
Volunteer Recognition Breakfast –Wed., 6/1, 9-10 AM
Volunteers- YOU ARE THE BEST! The Gaithersburg Middle School staff and administration would like to say THANK YOU to all of you for everything you have done for the school this past year. All volunteers (including, but not limited to, Front Office, Outdoor Ed, Media Center Assistants, Field Trip Chaperones, Book Fair Crew, PTA Officers and Board, Staff Appreciation Committee, Junior Achievement Financial Coaches, Drama Production Crew, and classroom helpers) are invited to stop by Gaithersburg Middle School on Wednesday morning, June 1, 2016 between 9:00 am and 10:00 am for a wonderful breakfast to honor YOUR service to Gaithersburg Middle School. So that we may plan accordingly, please use the link to RSVP or call Ms. Levy 301-840-4554.
Volunteer Recognition Evite
Incoming 6th grade summer orientation dates
For more information, please read the flyer (in English or Spanish).
Extended Year Program
The Extended Year Program (EYP) for GMS students will be offering courses in reading and math this summer for incoming 7th and incoming 8th grade students. EYP will be held at Gaithersburg High School, July 5, 2016- July 29, 2016 from 7:45 am-11:30 am. If your child received a registration packet, please complete and return by June 3, 2016 to Ms. Palumbo in room 111. For more information, please contact EYP Coordinator, Ms. Palumbo, Elizabeth_Palumbo@mcpsmd.org. You may download a replacement EYP Registration Form.
Students from GMS STEM
Club Take Two Top Spots in National Science Competition
On April 7th, two STEM Club teams from
Gaithersburg Middle School competed in a national competition designed to have
students come up with innovative solutions for sustainable
transportation. The Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation
Competition has been sponsored by (The Mineta Transportation Institute) MTI
since 2001. The students from GMS were sponsored by APTA. There
were 8 teams involved in the competition. The 8th grade team
scored 2nd place and the 7th grade team, 3rd.
Both teams will receive a plaque and a $500 award for the STEM Club. This is
the first year that two teams from the same school walked away with two of the
3 top spots. Students were featured in “Passenger Transport”, a transportation
industry newspaper with over 16,000 readers. Congratulations!
To read the article click here: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/aptapt/issues/2016-04-29/19.html.
Give BACKpacks Charity Program 2016
54,443 MCPS students receive free & reduced-price meals and many families struggle to afford basic necessities like school supplies. For just $10, you can provide a student in need with a backpack filled with school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year. Read the flyer for more information.
May 5 Radon Update
Gaithersburg Middle School has been undergoing radon testing and re-testing this year. Principal Dolan has written to the GMS community about radon in our school in this May 5th letter (in English and Spanish), which has attached some informative documents about the risks of radon gas and the history of radon testing in MCPS buildings. You may also be interested in seeing the current and previous radon test results from GMS and other schools in the county.
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.
Our Lost & Found is Overflowing
The 4th quarter is now more than half over and as usual our cafeteria's Lost & Found is piled to overflowing with hats, jackets, hoodies, lunch boxes and more. The same is true of the locker room Lost & Found bins. If you don't claim your lost item, it will be donated to a charity.
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!
Gaithersburg High School Cheerleading tryouts are
Friday, May 29th 2015 3:30-5:30 Monday, June 1, 2015 3:30-5:30 (Gym) Tuesday June 2, 2015 3:30-5:30 (Gym) Wednesday June 3 Tryouts 3:30-5:30 Please pick up a packet or print one out for the tryouts. A physical is needed to try out. You can print out t
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.