November 18, 2020
GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:
The days are flying by! See below for information regarding Parent-Teacher Conferences and other events happening at GMS.
Upcoming dates to be aware of:
November 20, 2020- Quarter 1 Report cards will be available in Plusportals
November 23 & 34- Parent/Teacher conferences
November 23, 24 & 25- Half-days with a 10:30 a.m. dismissal
GMS Schedule for November 23rd-25th
November 26 & 27- Thanksgiving break- No school
GMS Student Council is sponsoring a Pajama Day!
Cohorts B/C: Friday, November 20th
Cohorts A/C: Tuesday, November 24th
If you are Full Remote Everyday can be PJ day!
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held virtually this year. Conferences will be held on the following dates and times:
Monday, November 23, 2020 from 5-8 pm
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 11:15 am-2:15 pm
Please use the links below to schedule conferences at times that work for you.
When you receive your confirmation email from Sign-Up Genius it will list your conference time in CST(Central Standard Time). Please use the time that is provided, but assume that it is EST(Eastern Standard Time)
5th Grade- Connell/Norstrom
5th Grade- Halterman/McClay
5th Grade- Mannion/Kerr
5th Grade- Renzi/Brunelle
5th Grade - English Language Learners Mrs. Belitsky)
6th Grade- Arsenault/DellaValle (Science and Math)
6th Grade- Murphy/Nieman (ELA and Social Studies)
6th Grade- Ringler/Menard (Science and Math)
6th Grade- Sweet/Doughty (ELA and Social Studies)
6th Grade -- Mrs. Belitsky (English Language Learners)
7th Grade- Friend/Seidlich (Science and Math)
7th Grade- Leger/Labelle (ELA and Social Studies)
7th Grade- Lussier/Constantine (Science and Math)
7th Grade- Pescosolido/Francoeur (ELA and Social Studies)
7th Grade - Mrs. Belitsky (English Language Learners)
Unified Arts- Charters (Physical Education)
Unified Arts- Craft (Physical Education)
Unified Arts- Heffner (Music)
Unified Arts- Higgins (Art)
Unified Arts- Johnson (Robotics)
Unified Arts- Kotowski (Health)
Unified Arts- Perkins (STEM)
Unified Arts- Zuaro (Music)
School Adjustment Counselor- Kane-Howse
School Psychologist- Doherty
Speech/Language Pathologist- Capone
This year, Gardner Public Schools is utilizing a universal screening tool known as the Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS) in all classrooms in grades K-10 in the district. Please review the information linked below. If you have questions, or are opting out of this screener for your GMS student, you should contact Allison Doherty, GMS School Psychologist at (978)632-1603, ext. 2002.
BESS Parent Notification
Universal Screening FA
BESS Parent Notification (Spanish)
Universal Screening FAQ (Spanish)
Please see below for more information regarding the new partnership between GMS and Sora a free reading resource which provides access to digital copies of books.
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Gardner Middle School is committed to bringing unique learning opportunities to our students and we are pleased to introduce a new, free reading service providing digital books through Sora, the student reading app.
Sora is an extension of our local physical library, only it’s in an app with 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks. It’s convenient for students to check out titles at home, on the weekends, or during school breaks without worrying about misplacing a book or running up late fees – these digital titles automatically return at the end of the lending period!
Sora can help students of all ages read more and improve comprehension. Struggling or reluctant readers, learning-challenged, second language learners, and gifted readers can all benefit from this service.
Enrich vocabulary and improve comprehension and pronunciation
Introduce students to books above their reading level
Teach critical listening
Help busy kids find time to read
Incentivize reading with fun avatars and achievements
Allow easy access to the CWMars library network’s collection, too!
How does it work?
Download the free Sora app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or visit soraapp.com, borrow with your school email and password, and enjoy anytime, anywhere on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Whether a student’s interest lies in classics for required reading, or the latest popular juvenile or young adult fiction, they can find it all in Sora!
As with a physical library, students will have access to books that some parents may object to. Please be sure to talk to your children about what they are reading.
Gardner Middle School
THE DIVISION OF ACCESS & TRANSITION, TRIO TALENT SEARCH AND TRIO UPWARD BOUND MATH & SCIENCE INVITE YOU TO
WEDNESDAY PARENT NIGHTS! VIA ZOOM!!!
November 18 December 2, 9, & 16
Information for NEW parents or those wishing to JOIN TRIO Please register
Food Services Under Hybrid Model - Begins Monday Oct. 26th
Virtual Learner’s Meal Service
Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!
Arthur Murphy, Principal
Gardner Middle School