GMS Highlights January 10 - 16

GMS Community,

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:

  • Over half of our students completed the MCPS Module Culture of Respect and will earn 2 Student Service Learning hours.
  • It was great to see all our students back at classes this week.

Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Period 1: 9:00-10:00
  • Period 2: 10:15-11:15
  • Period 3: 12:30-1:30
  • Period 4: 1:40-2:40

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Period 5: 9:00-10:00
  • Period 6: 10:15-11:15
  • Period 7: 12:30-1:30
  • Homeroom: 1:40-2:40 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Optional Check-In  (It is strongly encouraged that students attend to get help with assignments.)
  • Pd 1: 10:05 - 10:25 
  • Pd 2: 10:30 - 10:50
  • Pd 3: 10:55 - 11:15 
  • Pd 4: 12:30 - 12:50 
  • Pd 5: 12:55 - 1:15 
  • Pd 6: 1:20 - 1:40
  • Pd 7: 1:45 - 2:05

Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Period 1: 9:00-10:00
  • Period 2: 10:15-11:15
  • Period 3: 12:30-1:30
  • Period 4: 1:40-2:40
  • 7:00 PM-GMS Articulation Night for Incoming 6th grade Parents
    • Parents will hear from our 6th grade team leaders regarding the highlights of 6th grade and an overview of middle school, meet the 6th grade counselors and administrators, and hear information related to course offerings in 6th grade for each of our content areas.  
    • You will also have an opportunity to join separate sessions to ask content-specific questions at the end of the presentation, if needed.  
    • Here is the meeting information: 
    • Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night - English
    • Meeting ID: meet.google.com/uqf-scyr-jai
    • Phone Number: 320-818-0768 PIN: ‪424 252 298# 

 

Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Period 5: 9:00-10:00
  • Period 6: 10:15-11:15
  • Period 7: 12:30-1:30
  • Homeroom: 1:40-2:40 (Fun Friday Activities)
    • Our current 6th and 7th grade students will have the opportunity to view videos regarding elective offerings for next school year and rank their 1st through 4th choice in homeroom on Friday, January 15th.  
    • Students must fill out their elective options by Friday, January 29th.  
    • Google Slides containing the elective offerings for each grade level and the Gaithersburg Middle School Course Bulletin will be posted on the GMS website early next week. 

 

Death of GMS Staff Member

  • It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the death of Ms. Dani Boyd, a paraeducator at Gaithersburg Middle School, who died last night of a heart attack. 
  • Ms. Boyd was a beloved staff member. We know that many students and staff will be deeply affected by her death.  We have attached some suggestions that may prove helpful to you as you talk about Ms. Boyd’s death with your child.  Please contact the school if you have any issues you would like to discuss. 
  • A support team of psychologists, counselors, and pupil personnel workers from Montgomery County Public Schools will be available virtually on Monday, 1/11/21 to provide counseling and support to students.

MCPS Signs of Suicide Program

  • MCPS is committed to sharing information and resources about mental health topics that impact our students.  
  • Gaithersburg Middle School counselors will be presenting lessons to proactively address the issue of mental health and suicide prevention.  Counselors and mental health staff will visit PE and Health classes starting January 19 through the month of February.  
  • They will use the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. 
  • A letter is attached for additional information, so please feel free to contact your child's school counselor if you have any questions.   

Team Of Stars

  • Team of Stars (TOS) is an afterschool enrichment program that uses the medium of theatre to build youth development skills including communications and literacy.  
  • Project Change has merged with So What Else, sowhatelse.org, so that they may continue to bring this free program to middle school students.  
  • During the pandemic, we are using a live virtual platform to host after school sessions.
  • Students from MCPS middle schools may register to participate in TOS on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.  
  • See attached flyer.

Chromebook Troubleshooting Guide

  • Below is a link to an MCPS chromebook troubleshooting guide for students.
  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQ_PI7HdAo8p-RF8kyQntqpe7aK72irG4LZoe7KSbR25b5ewHAydeMzqd7XzwQHWnGXl-xD7x4bBUyr/pub

Book Wars

  • Book Wars will be starting up again this year.  We will be meeting every Tuesday and Friday during lunch 11:30 - 12:15 to discuss books and participate in team building activities. We will also prepare for this year’s Book Wars competition.  
  • All GMS students are invited to come see what Book Wars is all about and what books we are reading this year. Sponsored and hosted by Ms. Cartwright on Zoom.  Come one or both days during the week.  If you have any questions you can email Ms. Cartwright at ruth_a_cartwright@mcpsmd.org 
  • Book Wars Meeting information:
    • Topic: Book Wars Meeting
    • When: Tuesdays and Fridays 11:30 - 12:15
    • Meeting ID: 969 6848 6547
    • Passcode: bookwars

Don’t Forget to Activate Your ParentVUE Account 

ParentVUE is the brand new, powerful, single location for all information about how your child is doing in school. ParentVUE is also a new tool we use to stay connected with you.

When you are logged into ParentVUE you can:

  •       See your child’s schedule;
  •       Check your child’s grades (and report card);
  •       Check your child’s assignments;
  •       Send a message to your child’s teacher; and
  •       Update your contact information.

Soon, you will be able to see a report on Student Service Learning hours (SSL). If you haven’t yet activated your account, you should have received an e-mail message and/or notification via U.S. mail. Once you’ve received your activation letter, simply visit www.MCPSParentVUE.org to activate your account.

 

MCPS Culture of Respect Student Lesson

    • Montgomery County Public Schools is committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the information needed to be able to recognize signs of bullying/cyber bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment), hate-bias incidents, hazing, intimidation, and student gender norms.  An online student training lesson, entitled “Culture of Respect,” has been developed for students in grades 6 through 12.  
    • This online training lesson provides critical information that will help students better recognize the signs of inappropriate behaviors, including the various ways to report alleged/concerning incidents.  The training includes a student survey that will provide school leaders with valuable data to assess the current culture and climate of respect at their schools and determine potential next steps to plan for improvements.  
    • Students will earn two SSL hours to complete the training.  
    • GMS students will complete the Culture of Respect Module on December 15, 2020 and December 22, 2020 during homeroom.
  • Many students have not yet completed the Culture of Respect Module and will be given more time during homeroom in January 2021.

Attachments:
 messages/attachments/c37f2d46bab7cf2568c2b5853986062d/NASP_-_Addressing_Grief_-_Brief_Facts.pdf (131.9 KB)
 messages/attachments/4ce9a3a4ca982bc9162407f941b9fcf5/NASP_-_Addressing_Grief_-_Tips_for_Teachers_and_Administrators.pdf (141.4 KB)
 messages/attachments/14e30be162699342bf46759dc04c53b0/TOS_After_School_Flyer_2021_winter.pdf_%281%29.pdf (277.6 KB)
 messages/attachments/e0cfaaa396e7edd2a9faf0e8d8610927/1.8.21_GMS_SignsofSuicideLetters.pdf (127.8 KB)