Welcome to Gaithersburg Middle School   

5th Grade Parent Night Information

Rising 6th grade parents, here is the presentation from our articulation night. We are excited to have your students coming to our school! Give us a call @ 301-840-4567 if you have any questions!   

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, 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. Payments can be made through this MCPS portal or checks can be brought into GMS and given to Ms. Schwartz.  Forms are due this week.  More information is on the GMS Outdoor Education webpage and the MCPS Parent Information Page for Outdoor Education

Workshops for Parents with Children E
xperiencing Mental Health Issues

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. 

GirlOnFire Personal Safety & Empowerment Training

Come join GMStrong and Retouch International Ministries on Thursday, February 22nd @ 6-7:00 pm at GMS for the GirlOnFire Personal Safety & Empowerment Training.  Learn how making Personal Safety a priority can empower you to always Be In Control and make Smart Decisions to keep you safe.  Check out the website GirlOnFire.life and the flyer.

Want to Support GMS with Every Purchase?  

A+ School Rewards is a unique and easy way Giant Food offers its customers opportunities to be rewarded by earning money for their designated schools.
A+ School Rewards Program 2017-2018
Program Dates: 
October 6, 2017- March 15th, 2018
How It Works: Customers register their Giant Card online and select up to 2 schools to support with every purchase (excludes items prohibited by state law).
Get Started 
1. Register your Giant Food online or sign in to your account at this link
2. During the registration window, select up to 2 schools to support. 
3. Selected school(s) earn money from your qualified purchases during the program year.

If you don’t remember your Giant Reward card number please call 1-877-366-2668 #1 
Giant rewards letter in English or in Spanish 

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/ 

Free Office 365 for MCPS Students 

All MCPS students are eligible to download and install the latest version of the Microsoft Office software suite, Office 365 ProPlus, for free.  Step-by-step directions for downloading and installing the software can be found on the Parents and Students web page and are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Vietnamese, Korean, and Amharic.  

MCPS Strategic Plan

The FY 2018 Strategic Plan represents our continued commitment to the five core values that define what it means to be an exceptional school system: Learning, Relationships, Respect, Excellence and Equity. The plan's website features our focus areas, strategic objectives, and four new dynamic, data dashboards that represent how we are measuring this work.

MCPS Strategic Plan Website

MCPS Guides to Measures Supporting the Evidence of Learning Framework for Parents

These guides are provided as a resource to help parents/guardians understand the Evidence of Learning Framework and how readiness and successful transition are used as indicators of each student’s performance as he or she advances through the instructional levels.

Link to English Document

Link to Spanish Document

French Immersion Trip to France

See what an exciting time GMS students had on the French Immersion Trip this fall through the posts & pictures at the 2017 GMS French Immersion Trip blog

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.

2017 Mental Health Matters Assembly at Gaithersburg Middle School

Here is a video of the presentation.

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.

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.