Welcome to Gaithersburg Middle School
Summer Assignments for Fall 2016 GMS Students
Students are required to read one book (fiction or non-fiction) and must complete one graphic organizer. Students will submit the completed graphic organizer to their English/ESOL teacher during the first week of school. This assignment is mandatory!
Instructions & Graphic Organizer
Summer French Immersion
French Immersion Parent Letter & Worksheets
Incoming 6th grade summer orientation dates
For more information, please read the flyer (in English or Spanish).
Guy Camp for Summer 2016
Family Services Inc. in Conjunction with Gaithersburg Middle School would like to extend an invitation for your son to participate in “Guy Camp”. Guy Camp is an exciting action-packed 4 hours of fun and social skills building. Guy Camp is completely free to your son and lunch will be provided. It is open to Gaithersburg Middle School 6th graders transitioning to 7th, 7th graders transitioning to 8th, and 8th graders transitioning to high school. We will go on weekly field trips, have video games available, sports activities, as well as social skills workshops, leadership seminars, guest speakers, Drug and Alcohol awareness courses, and most importantly have a really good time! It is offered from the 11th of July- 11th of Aug. Registration is on a first come first served basis and the spaces are limited. You can book for future dates during the summer if spaces are available. Students do not have to do consecutive weeks but can do multiple weeks.
Attention: All Guy Camp members must already be enrolled in Summer School at Gaithersburg High School except for the outgoing 8th graders. During the weeks summer school is in session only Summer School attendees can enroll in Guy Camp. Outgoing 8th graders can attend if spaces are available. For more information, please download and read this flier.
Sign-up For English Skills Workshops at the High School
This summer, Gaithersburg HS will offer three week-long workshops for incoming 9th graders and 10th graders needing help with their reading and writing skills. The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on June 27-July 1, July 5-8, and July 11-15.
Their content will include:
• vocabulary enrichment;
• sentence correction;
• writing paragraphs;
• summarizing, paraphrasing, and citing;
• whole class reading of short passages; and
• brainstorming in response to a prompt.
Only $30. Register by June 6th by calling the high school at 301-284-4500.
Project Change Summer Opportunities
The Team of Stars Camp is FREE for children of families residing on HOC properties, enrolled in the affordable housing program, and/or receive FARMS. The camp fee for all others is $200. The Camp begins July 5 and ends August 4, Monday through Thursday. For more information, read the flier and the registration form.
The Student Leadership Institute is a one week (M-F) evening program (5:30-8:30pm). The cost is $150/participant. For more information, read the flier and the registration form.
Advanced Placement Summer Preparatory Camp at Gaithersburg High School
That this is a 2 week summer commitment at Gaithersburg High School from July 18– July 28, 2016. The program will meet from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. It will introduce students to the demands and rigor of an Advanced Placement course. For more information, download and read the flier and the 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.
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.
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
Package of colored pencils
Notebook pencil pouch
Black & white composition books (2)
Ball point pens - blue or black (3)
Set of fine line markers
Red checking pens
Spiral notebooks (3)
Pocket folders (5)
Other supplies as designated by teachers
Los estudiantes pueden comprar una calculadora gráfica (TI 83+) para Álgebra I y las clases avanzadas de matemáticas. Si no desea comprar una, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de pedir prestado uno de GMS. Los estudiantes que pierdan o dañen una calculadora gráfica prestada serán 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 el cuaderno
- marcadores para subrayar texto
- libros de composición ( 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)
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