February 3, 2021
GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:
GMS Activity block, formerly known as Clubs, are back by popular demand! Our students have asked for the return of our clubs where students are able to participate in something they enjoy doing or try something new with their peers. The creation of clubs at GMS allowed for students to spend time with their peers outside of the academic classroom and to connect with our staff outside of the typical academic setting which helped to foster a positive school culture. Due to many COVID related issues we have not had a schoolwide Club block this year, however, after some discussion we have come up with a way for students to once again participate in something similar. Students will be receiving further information about the clubs being offered and how to join, later this week.
Report cards will be available in Plusportals on Friday, February 5th. Please be sure that you are reviewing Plusportals grades with your child in order to see the progress that is being made towards grade level standards. If you need access to Plusportals please call Mrs. Cooper in the GMS Office and if you have questions or concerns about the progress your student is making, please reach out to our teaching staff.
Linked below is the grade scale being used at GMS this year. The grade you see on the report card is a mean of the Summative assessment data collected by the teacher. Please use the gradebook in Plusportals to access more detailed information about the progress your student is making towards reaching grade level standards. In Plusportals select the class you wish to view and then select “Performance.” This will allow you to see the scores given to individual assessments.
GMS Grading Scale
On another note, students should be actively engaged in learning everyday until 2:45 pm. Once a student’s live classes are finished for the day. It is expected that students will continue to work on academics. This continuation of learning may include: finishing assigned class work, further independent learning on previously taught skills and concepts and extension activities. Each student should have approximately one hour of work to complete each afternoon. Academic Assistance is also available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This is time for students to receive extra help from staff, attend groups and other meetings. Any student who is not meeting expectations in a particular class should be attending these sessions.
Upcoming dates to be aware of:
Monday, February 15th-Friday, February 19th- No School
GMS Apparel Store
Order Deadline: February 12th, 2021
(All orders must be in by this date!)
Pick up orders at GMS: March 1st- March 5th, 2021
NOTE: Items will NOT be shipped to your house. All items ordered must be picked up at GMS between March 1st - March 5th.
Questions: Email Kristy Nieman at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Brian LaRoche at email@example.com
Healthy Minds is a youth conference scheduled for April 14, 20221 from 10AM-2PM. This is a virtual event sponsored by local agencies. Please see the flier linked below for further information.
Healthy Minds Youth Conference
Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!
Arthur Murphy, Principal
Gardner Middle School