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Posted on: November 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] GMS Parent Newsletter - November 19, 2020

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

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)

Grade 5-

5th Grade- Connell/Norstrom

5th Grade- Halterman/McClay 

5th Grade- Mannion/Kerr

5th Grade- Renzi/Brunelle

5th Grade - English Language Learners Mrs. Belitsky)

Grade 6

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)

Grade 7

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

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)

Support Staff

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.

Why Sora?

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, 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



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


    • Breakfast “Kiosk” Pick up - 7:30 - 8:00 in the GMS Lobby

      • Students will eat in their classrooms

    • Lunch “Kiosk” Pick Up - 11:50 - 12:10 on each grade level 

      • Students will eat in their classrooms

Virtual Learner’s Meal Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Drive Through

    • at GHS

    • Monday (Meals for Monday & Tuesday), Wednesday (Meals for Wednesday & Thursday), Friday (Meals for Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

    • 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!

Arthur Murphy, Principal

Gardner Middle School

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