12/15/19

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:

  • Congratulations to Ms. Schade and our Choral students for an excellent winter concert.
  • Compliments to Ms. Ehrenspeck and our Band and Orchestra students for an amazing winter concert.

GMS Principal Transition:

  • Beginning December 16, Ms. Shawaan Robinson will be serving as the Principal Intern at Gaithersburg Middle School through February 14.
  • Principal Dolan will be the visiting Principal at Ashburton Elementary and return on February 18. Ms. Sherry Moses will be the visiting Principal from McNair Elementary during this time.
  • Ms. Moses will be supporting 6th grade students.

Student Service Learning (SSL) Form Deadline:

  • All SSL forms for service completed during the 1st semester is due to Ms. Mesina by January 3, 2020. 

Maryland State Report Card:

  • The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has released the 2019 accountability report card for every school in the state of Maryland. The state website has been experiencing technical difficulties, as a result the 2019 Maryland Report Card for GMS is attached for your review.
  • The Maryland Report Card is designed to evaluate school success in several ways, measuring state test results in English Language Arts and math; postsecondary readiness; progress of English learners in achieving English language proficiency; graduation rate; and students with access to and earning credit for a well-rounded curriculum.
  • Last year GMS earned three out of five stars. This year the school improved in many areas but the stars rating remained a three out of five stars.
  • The state made some adjustments to school scores. An updated letter with our revised score is attached to this message.

December GMS Focus: Spirituality

 

GMS Cooking Class Bake Sale:

  • The GMS cooking classes have been busy baking holiday cookies for the First Annual Holiday Cookie Sale. 
  • All this week a variety of cookies including gingerbread, sugar, chocolate chip, pumpkin and gluten free will be sold for 50 cents each. 
  • Proceeds benefit the cooking classes and Model UN Scholarships.  Cash only will be accepted.

GMS Greenhouse Market

  • The GMS Greenhouse Market is holding its annual winter plant sale. It takes place Tuesday, 12/17 through Friday, 12/20.
  • You may visit the Greenhouse (room 203) to select your plants Period 2 and 6.  For other time, please contact Donna Lanham or Sharon Alpert.  Herbs are selling for $1 and house plants for $3.  Plants are a wonderful gift for anyone!

GMStrong Peer Leader Meeting Changes:

  • Viking Time Period 7-6th grade
  • Viking Time Period 3-7th grade
  • Viking Time Period 4-8th grade

GMS After School Clubs

STEM Club:

  • STEM Club has returned again this year to take part in the Invent the Future Challenge. All students are encouraged to participate. Please see Ms. Wolf in 703A with any questions.

Cultural Cooking club:

  • The Cultural Cooking Club has started!  The club meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to share our diversity through cooking.  Mrs. Donna Lanham will meet students in the Café @ 3:15 and bring them to the classroom.

Yearbook:

  • You can now buy your yearbook in school from Marie Dolan (math teacher in room 300) during Lunch C and after school.  The price is $40.00. 
  • Please bring that exact amount in cash or a check for that amount to reserve your copy of this year's yearbook!!  Don't wait too long!! The price goes up again on January 31st!

Help the Minority Scholars Feed the Homeless:

  • The GMS Minority Scholars is working on a community outreach activity: they would like to make PB & J Sandwich to feed the homeless.  They will be having a sandwich-making party on Thursday, Dec. 19th. Student leaders will make these sandwiches and then will deliver them to Martha’s Table.
  • Minority scholars are asking for help with donations of sandwich bread (doesn’t matter what kind or brand), Peanut Butter and Jelly (squeezable) and sandwich bags to make this a reality.  Please bring your donations to the front office where there will be a box set up for these donations.  Any and all help is very appreciated!
  • If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Hunsberger or Ernie Padilla.

PTA News:

  • The GMS daily announcements are posted on the PTA website.

https://gmspta.wixsite.com/gms-pta

Sign up for GMS PTA remind

6th grade sign up: Text the message @8k38g4 to the number 81010.

7th grade sign up: Text the message @769236a to the number 81010.

8th grade sign up: Text the message @c8hd96 to the number 81010.

 

Monday, December 16, 2019

  • 9:00 AM-12:30 PM KID Museum Fieldtrip-Ms. Wolf
  • 10:40-11:10 AM VT 2

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

  • 10:40-11:10 AM VT 3-Circle
  • 11:14 AM-1:20 PM Book Wars Meeting-Media Center
  • 4:20 PM Activity Bus
  • 7:00 PM GMS Play -Happily Ever After Showcase-Gym

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

  • Interim Grades Posted
  • 10:40-11:10 AM VT 4
  • 4:20 PM Activity Bus

Thursday, December 19, 2019

  • 10:40-11:10 AM VT 5
  • 4:20 PM Activity Bus

Friday, December 20, 2019

  • Spirit Day-Pajama Day
  • 10:40-11:10 AM VT 6

Upcoming Events:

  • 12/23-1/1 No School-Winter Break
  • 1/2 Students Return to School
  • 1/3 DEADLINE Student Service Learning Paperwork


Attachments:
12.12.19Updated_Gaithersburg_MS_Report_Card_Letter.pdf (234.9 KB)

  


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1920GMSGES_Morning_Programming_Reg.docx (233.0 KB)