This is Ann Dolan, Principal at Gaithersburg Middle School.

Follow Principal Dolan for daily highpoints: on Twitter: @Gaithersburg_MS

Please refer to our website with more details about our upcoming events this week: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/gaithersburgms/

Shout outs:

·         Thanks to building services for keeping our school clean inside and outside.

·         Thanks to Ms. Hurdle for practicing with our cheerleaders in order to perform at the upcoming GMS basketball games.

Drama Club Rehearsal/Tech/Performance Upcoming dates from 3:00-6:00 pm:

·         Monday 1/8/18 through Friday 1/12/18

·         Tuesday 1/16/18

·         Parents will need to be responsible for picking up the students each day. The GMS play performance will be Wednesday Jan. 17th at 7 pm. Students will need to stay after school on show day and we will provide pizza for the cast.

6th Grade Outdoor Education:

6th grade Outdoor Education is coming up at the end of February. The permission slips were distributed to students and should be return to Ms. Schwartz, Katherine_A_Schwartz@mcpsmd.org in the morning in the café. The cost for the trip is $80.00. However, MCPS provides funding for families who cannot afford to pay for the trip. We want all students to attend. More information is on the GMS webpage: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/gaithersburgms/departments/oed.aspx

NAMI Basic Class for Parents:

NAMI Montgomery County is offering a free, 6-session workshop for parents with children experiencing mental health issues. The NAMI Basics class will be held at Gaithersburg Middle School on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 9:00 PM starting Tuesday, January 30th, 2018. This is an extremely helpful course for parents to learn tools to help best support their child, including: communication skills, working with the school and other mental health systems, community resources, and the importance of self-care. This course covers all mental health disorders, with the exception of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Interested participants MUST register through this link: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50966/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=10376

Please contact Julianne Grothe, Youth Program Coordinator at NAMI MC for more information at julianne@namimc.org or 301-949-5852.

Giant A+ Rewards-Gaithersburg Middle School ID# 00795

Our school is participating in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program, a great school fundraising program that runs from October 6, 2017 through March 15, 2018. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time my family members and friends shop at any Giant Food Store.  Please help our school and register your Giant Card to our SCHOOL ID# 00795.

·         Visit https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/ Follow the prompts to create your online account.  You’ll need your 12-digit Giant Card number and the School ID #.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR GIANT CARD NUMBER CALL 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1

REMEMBER…if you supported our school last year, you DO NOT need to register your card again!

To earn points:

·       Use your Giant Card each time you shop at Giant, and you will earn CASH for my school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting October 6, 2017 through March 15, 2018.

·       At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account. 

·       My school will receive one CASH awards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for any of its educational needs.

Our school needs your support!  Please take a moment to register your Giant Card today! And don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.  It could mean the world to our school. Thank you!

Queer Society Club:

The Queer Society is a new student-run club which utilizes the collective power of the LGBT+ student body, and has already gotten a major gay news website unblocked on MCPS servers. The Society's primary goals are to create an open-minded, bold new dialogue among queer students at GMS, as well as support individual victims of discrimination and/or harassment (whether by staff or students). Their first half hour discussion meeting will be after school on Thursday, January 4th, in Room 701. Founding members Ezra Kronfeld and Sophia Sutton are happy to answer any questions, and all information shared in confidence will not be disclosed publicly. 

MAP Testing:

All MCPS students take the MAP-R (Reading) and MAP-M (Math) tests three times a year. For the winter administration we are using a different schedule to help facilitate the testing. The students will test during a two-hour block in the morning to avoid multiple days of testing. The MCPS targets are below. Your student will bring home their score sheet for math and reading next week.

Grade Level

MAP-R (Reading Winter Target)

MAP-M (Math Winter Target)

6

214

222

7

217

226

8

219

229

Monday

January 8

10:44-11:14am VT-Students will report to Homeroom/Testing Groups

Tuesday

January 9

8:15-10:15- MAP-R Reading Testing through Homeroom/Testing Groups

4:15 pm Activity Bus

7:00 pm Gaithersburg Cluster Choral Concert-Gaithersburg High School

Wednesday

January 10

8:15-10:15- MAP-M Math Testing through Homeroom/Testing Groups

3:20-5:00 pm Math Team Competition

4:15pm Activity Bus

7:00 pm Gaithersburg Cluster String Concert-Gaithersburg High School

Thursday

January 11

 

MAP-M Makeup Testing

10:44-11:14am VT 6

4:15pm Activity Bus

7:00 pm Gaithersburg Cluster Band Concert-Gaithersburg High School

Friday

January 12

 

MAP-M Makeup Testing

10:44-11:14am VT 7

 

Upcoming Events:

1.15

HOLIDAY-Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Birthday

1.16

3:20 pm Boys’ Basketball  AWAY  GMS @ Shady Grove MS

1.16

3:20 pm Girls' Basketball  HOME Shady Grove MS @ GMS

1.17

7:00 pm GMS Play in the Gym at GMS

1.18

3:20 pm Boys’ Basketball AWAY  GMS @ Montgomery Village MS

1.18

3:20 pm Girls' Basketball HOME  Montgomery Village MS @ GMS

1.24

3:20 pm Boys’ Basketball HOME   Forest Oak MS @ GMS

1.24

3:20 pm Girls' Basketball AWAY  GMS @ Forest Oak MS

1.25

Half Day-2nd Marking Period Ends

1.26

No School for Students-Professional day for teachers    

1.29

3rd Marking Period Begins

1.31

3:20 pm Boys’ Basketball  AWAY  GMS @ Argyle MS

1.31

3:20 pm Girls' Basketball HOME  Argyle MS @ GMS