Welcome to Gaithersburg Middle School   


8th Grade Fundraiser @ Chipotle on 2/25

The 8th grade team will be sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle on Monday, February 25th from 4 to 8. Please bring one of these flyers to the Chipotle at 564 N. Frederick Ave. and tell them you’re there to support the 8th graders at Gaithersburg MIddle School. Your contribution will go towards helping GMS 8th graders enjoy and participate in end of year activities.  If you have any questions please ask Mr. Padilla or Mrs. Larcamp. Thank you for your help.  Flyer in English and Spanish.


Outdoor Education for 6th graders

Outdoor Education for our 6th graders is quickly approaching. Students received their permission slip on 1/15 and Outdoor Education packet through their Science classes. All paperwork and money/checks $80.00 should be returned to their Science teacher. If financial assistance is needed, please indicate this on the GMS paperwork.

  Payments and paperwork can be given to their Science teachers. 
  • Session 1: Wed. March 13 - Fri. March 15                                                                   (Ms. Paciotti pds 2, 3, & 4 and Ms.Schultze pds 3 & 4)
  • Session 2: Mon. March 18 - Wed. March 20                                                                 (Ms. Edwards pds 2, 3, 4, & 5)  
  • Session 3: Wed. March 20 - Fri. March 22                                                                   (Ms. Edwards pd 7 and Ms. Paciotti pds 5 & 7 and Ms. Brown pd 5)) 
 Checkout the GMS Outdoor Education Information Page

  MCPS Parent Information Page for Outdoor Education


Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information for 2019-2020

Here is the Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information from the February 5 meeting.  It includes the instructional program, course offerings, registration process, and articulation timelines for the incoming 6th grade students.  GMS 2019-2020 Course Bulletin


2019 sweet memories valentines dayYearbooks on sale

Enjoy the memories.  Purchase the GMS Yearbook online.


Quarter 3 February/March Swimming Unit

In conjunction with the City of Gaithersburg, GMS offers students the opportunity to participate in a swimming unit, in physical education (PE), for three weeks at the Gaithersburg Aquatic Center, which is connected to Gaithersburg Middle School.  Return the permission form to PE teacher as soon as possible. Quarter 3 February/March Intermediate and Advanced Level Permission Form in English and Spanish  


Every Student Succeeds Act State Report Card

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has released a new accountability report card for every school in the state of Maryland. The Maryland Report Card for Gaithersburg Middle School can be found here.  Principal letter to parents in English and Spanish. Learn more by viewing this short video:  ESSA State Report Card  


Choose Respect Montgomery is sponsoring a PSA Video Contest 


Parent Information 2018-19

Here is the Parent Information in English and Spanish for our GMS families for the new school year! 


Required 7th Grade Immunizations and 2018-2019 Immunization Clinic Schedule

All Grade 7 students must have a Tdap and MCV vaccine for the 2018-19 school year.  More information and free vaccines at specific clinics are available at Montgomery Count Department of Health and Human Services 2018-19 Immunization Clinic Schedule in English and Spanish    


Join the GMS PTA

The GMS PTA Needs You!  GMS PTA 2018-19 Membership/Donation Form in English or Spanish 


Saturday SchoolSaturday School

Saturday School provides affordable academic support and tutoring for students grades K-12 in Montgomery County. Saturday School programming includes SAT Prep, STEM Curiosity Academy and a new CODING Program for elementary and middle school students. Saturday School starts opening ceremonies are on Saturday, September 15. More information is available in Saturday School CalendarEnglish flyer, English registration and Spanish flyer, Spanish registration and at www.saturdayschool.org  
 


MCPS Evidence of Learning and Accountability Model

Evidence of Learning website https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/evidence-of-learning-framework/ 
Evidence of Learning overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YSJCVSotKc 
MCPS Equity Accountability Model  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcRrZ4w6Ukk


GMS Report Card is now available

The Maryland State Department of Education has posted the results of the 2017 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the High School Assessments on the Maryland Report Card website. The Gaithersburg Middle School report is now available. Please click on the link:

http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/Entity.aspx?k=150554


Good Samaritan Law

The Maryland Good Samaritan Law​ effective October 1, 2015, provides protection from arrest as well as prosecution for certain specific crimes and expands the charges from which people assisting in an emergency overdose situation are immune. If someone calls 911 in an effort to help during an overdose crisis, or they are experiencing an overdose, their parole and probation status will not affected, and they will now not be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for ​possession of a controlled dangerous substance, ​​possession or use of drug paraphernalia, and providing alcohol to minors.  More details here.


MCPS 2018-19 Middle School Course Bulletin

The new MCPS Middle School Course Bulletin is available here.


Results of Radon Testing at GMS

Radon Testing was recently done at GMS and MCPS and here is  information on the testing.  Fact information in English and Spanish.  Gaithersburg MS Radon Mitigation Letter in English and Spanish.


Want to Support GMS with Every Purchase?  

Our school is participating in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program, a great school fundraising program that runs from September 7, 2018–March 16, 2019. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time you, your 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!
  Giant Rewards Letters in English and Spanish


Shop on Amazon and support GMS

Our school is participating in the Amazon Smile Program.  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. 
Shop on AmazonSmile and designate Gaithersburg Middle School  PTA  as your charity to help support the PTA with every purchase -  https://smile.amazon.com/


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  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/mymcps-classroom/ 

New features for the Parent Portal are now available as of April 2018 -  details are available in English and Spanish
***Document Library: Now including current and past MAP reports, a parent resource that breaks down the MAP report, and the Student Grades and Graduation Credit Report (high school only) 
***Grade History: This section now includes Student Service Learning hours, displaying hours earned and hours remaining


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.  

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.

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/health/middle/