1/13/19

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:

  • Thanks to Ms. Ehrenspeck and our band and orchestra students for their great performances at the Cluster concerts.
  • Thanks to Ms. Firebaugh and our chorus students for their outstanding show at the Cluster concert.
  • Congratulations to our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams on winning their first game of the season against Redland MS.

 GMS Minority Scholars:

  • Minority Scholars is an organization to help increase the academic achievement of minority students at Gaithersburg Middle School as well as provide  leadership opportunities and SSL hours.
  • An informational meeting will be held on Friday, January 18th during Viking Time 5. This meeting will take place in Mr. Padilla’s room 800. Come learn about this exciting opportunity.

You Have the Power Club (YHTP) sponsored by Project Change:

  • Help reduce intolerance, disrespect and bullying
  • THE YHTP Club meets after school Room 311 Wednesdays January 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13
  • Club is free but registration is required (Registration form is attached)

Winter Coats:

  • Students-If you need a winter coat, please stop by the main office or the counseling office. We have many coats to give students.

Weight Lifting and Conditioning:

  • After school, Weight lifting and conditioning will start on Tuesday, 1/15/19 and Wednesday, 1/16/19.
  • This is open for all grade levels. Please see Mr. Frawley for a permission slip and more details. 

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing:

  • Last week your child took the MAP test for reading and math. This assessment is administered county-wide to all middle school students in the fall, winter and spring.
  • Students should have shared their scores with you on a letter they were given to take home.

 

  • Reading Target Scores:
    • 6th-217
    • 7th-220
    • 8th-225
  • Math Target Scores:
    • 6th-225
    • 7th-229

WIDA Testing for ESOL Students

  • WIDA testing will begin next Wednesday, January 16th – January 29th for all ESOL Level 1-5 students.
  • This test determines a student’s ESOL Level and determines if a student is ready to exit the ESOL Program.
  • It is very important that all students arrive to school on time. Students can earn prizes for arriving on time and ready for testing.
  • Students who are not in an ESOL class but are required to be assessed will be taking WIDA test January 31st through February 8

Monday, January 14, 2019

  • Grade 7 Field Trip to Finance Park-Edison Center for Junior Achievement Experience
    • Graham’s, Mr. Suggs, Ms. Smith, Ms. Terra’s, Mr. Schultze World Studies Classes will attend the field trip. (If there is a delayed opening or no school the trip will be rescheduled for another date)
    • If your child did not request a bag lunch from the GMS café, please provide your child a bag lunch.
    • The students will leave GMS at 8:20 AM (Please be sure your child is on time to school.) Students will return to GMS at 2:30 PM.
  • 10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 1
  • 6:00 pm Identity Workshop Media Center, Rooms 500 and 502

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

  • Grade 7 Field Trip to Finance Park-Edison Center for Junior Achievement Experience
    • Stouffer’s World Studies Classes will attend the field trip.
    • If your child did not request a bag lunch from the GMS café, please provide your child a bag lunch.
    • The students will leave GMS at 8:20 AM (Please be sure your child is on time to school.) Students will return to GMS at 2:30 PM.
  • 10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 2
  • 4:20 pm Activity Bus
  • 6:30 pm Rising 9th Grade Parent Night Meeting for current 8th grade Parents-Gaithersburg HIGHSchool Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  • Picture Re-take Day for Selected Students and Staff-Gym Stage
  • 10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 3
  • 3:30 pm Boys’ Basketball HOME Shady Grove MS @ GMS
  • 3:30 pm Girls’ Basketball AWAY GMS @ Shady Grove MS
  • 4:20 pm Activity Bus

Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • 10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 4
  • 11:15-1:30 pm Book Wars Meeting All Lunches  Media Center
  • 4:20 pm Activity Bus
  • 7:00 pm 6th grade Outdoor Education Parent Information Night-Cafeteria

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • Model UN Conference-Ms. Sanders Room 701
  • 10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 5
  • 11:15-1:30 pm Library Lunch Activities Day All Lunches-Media Center

Upcoming Events:

January 21, 2019         HOLIDAY-Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day

January 22, 2019         10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 6

3:30 pm Boys’ Basketball HOME Montgomery Village MS @ GMS

                                    3:30 pm Girls’ Basketball AWAY GMS @ Montgomery Village MS

                                    4:20 pm Activity Bus

January 23, 2019         10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 7

                                    4:20 pm Activity Bus

                                    6:30 pm French Exchange Parent Meeting-Media Center

January 24, 2019         10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 1

11:15-1:30 pm Book Wars Meeting-All Lunches -Media Center

Model UN Fundraiser California Pizza Kitchen   Rio Center

3:30 pm Boys’ Basketball AWAY GMS @ Forest Oak MS

                                    3:30 pm Girls’ Basketball HOME Forest Oak MS @ GMS

                                    4:20 pm Activity Bus

January 25, 2019         No Viking Time

First Semester Ends

                                    Second Marking Period Ends

                                    12:30 pm Early Release