GMS Highlights May 23 - 28

Good evening GMS community, 

This is Ann Dolan, Principal, with your GMS highlights: 

Shout outs:

  • Thanks to the international night committee: Mr. Johnson, Ms. Dyson, Ms. Jilson, Ms. Gizaw, Ms. Schwiegerath and all our students and families for participating in a celebration of diversity.
  • Thanks to Ms. Schwiegerath and SGA student leaders for hosting our first SGA dance this school year!

 Countdown to Summer

  • We are in spirit mode for our final countdown to summer. 
  • Only 19 school days until summer break. Students and staff who participate will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

 Monday, May 23, 2022

  • Countdown to summer spirit day: Hat day!
  • Viking SEAS: GMS Student Voice Survey

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

  • Countdown to summer spirit day: Inside out day!
  • 8:15-11:10 AM-MCAP Social Studies Assessment for 8th grade only
  • Viking SEAS: Leader in Me Survey
  • No afterschool activities
  • 7:00 PM-Chorus Concert-GMS Gym

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

  • Countdown to summer spirit day: Jeans day!
  • 8:15-11:10 AM-MCAP Social Studies Assessment for 8th grade only
  • Viking SEAS: GMStrong focus on mental health
  • We will continue weekly COVID testing. This week will be for 8th graders only.  
  • Parents must give their permission for in-school testing.  You can do so by completing this form. For more details, please visit our MCPS "Say Yes to the Test" website.
  • No afterschool activities

Thursday, May 26, 2022

  • Countdown to summer spirit day: King day. Dress like royalty.
  • Viking SEAS: Book Study
  • 7:00 PM-GMS Band and Orchestra Concert

Friday, May 27, 2022

  • Countdown to summer spirit day: Loungewear day.
  • Last day to register for GMS Summer School via ParentVue
  • Viking SEAS: Reteaching and reassessment

GMS Summer School Registration-Last day to register is May 27, 2022

  • Registration: In ParentVUE, April 4–May 27.
  • Summer School Dates: July 6-July 29, 2022 from 8:00-12:30.
  • Transportation: MCPS will provide transportation depending on distance from GMS
  • If you have any questions please contact Ms. Wolf at
  • Student Selection: Summer school is for students who are struggling with the major work of the grade level and/or are currently below-grade level in reading or math. Curriculum is designed to review the major work that was learned in the previous grade.
  • Parents will be contacted if your child is invited to register.

2022 Team of Stars Summer Camp

8th grade End of the Year Activities-Changes

June 10, 2022-Cookout and Student Recognition

  • On Friday, June 10, 2022, our eighth graders and their families are invited to a community cook-out at Gaithersburg Middle School. 
  • The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be held outside on the Gaithersburg Elementary School side.
  • Families will be able to enjoy music, games, free food, and community engagement.
  • Student names will be announced for them to pick up certificates and awards.
  • The rain date for this event will be Tuesday, June 14, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

June 14, 2022-Student Recognition

  • A special in-school celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, for students who were not present at the cookout on June 10. Students will receive their certificates and awards for their academic achievements! 
  • This will occur during the school day. 

Revised-8th grade end of the year trip

  • The eighth graders will be going to BAR-T Ranch on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 9:00 to 2:30. Students will take MCPS buses to BAR-T in Laytonsville. 
  • The BAR-T Ranch location has the following activities for students: basketball, street hockey, soccer, football, gaga pit, playground, music for dancing on the stage.The fee for this trip is $15 per student. This includes transportation, entrance fee,  pizza and drinks. 
  • Students who need financial assistance should speak with Ms. Diggs, Ms. Bean, Ms. Swailes or Ms. Merrill Oben.  
  • Permission slips and money are due by Monday, June 6th to Mrs. Diggs. 
  • Eighth grade students must consistently demonstrate they are able to follow staff directions and behave safely to attend the trip. There is no rain date.

Student Service Learning (SSL Hours)

  • All Student Service Learning forms documenting service completed this school year must be submitted to Ms. Libert by June 3, 2022
  • Please note that after the 2021-2022 school year, SSL forms will no longer be accepted from previous school years.
  • Complete MCPS form 560-51 for SSL hours:

New-Elective Option - Finance and Greenhouse

GMS has a new elective offering for 22-23 based on our current enrollment and course selections. Our current 6th and 7th graders should complete the form below if they are interested in this course next year.

If you are interested in taking the Finance and Greenhouse Elective Pairing, please fill out the following Google Form or call Gaithersburg Middle School at 240-740-4950 and ask to speak with an available counselor:

Finance Course Description

The finance course will help students build core personal finance skills and learn real-world strategies to effectively manage their personal finances.  By the end of this course, students will have a basic understanding of personal finance topics and a foundation in the skills necessary to successfully navigate the financial responsibilities that exist in life.

Topics include:

  • Money in Our Lives
  • Consumer Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Credit
  • Saving
  • Investing
  • Protecting Yourself
  • Prepare for Success
  • Life After High School

Greenhouse Course Description

This course provides students with basic knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in the horticultural industry.  Students are introduced to the concepts of plant growth and development, plant nomenclature, use of plants in landscape settings, invasive plant species, and principles and components of Integrated Pest Management in controlling insects, diseases, and weeds.  In addition, students become aware of career opportunities within the green industry and the economic value of horticultural crops, products, and related services.

Incoming 6th grade students-GMS Summer Orientation

  • GMS will offer summer orientation for our incoming 6th grade students and parents.
  • See the attached flyer for possible dates to attend.

GMS Parent Teacher Association

  • Support Your Children, Your Educators,
  • Your Community!
  • ​Support the 2021-2022 GiveGMS
  • Donation & Membership Drive
  • Join or donate today here:

​Your GiveGMS donation supports events & activities NOT funded by MCPS:

  • International Night
  • Social Events for Students 
  • Staff Appreciation / Recognition
  • Student Directory (for all PTA members) 
  • Motivational Speaker at Outdoor Education 
  • School Clubs / Activities / Student Government 
  • Student Academic Programs / Rewards 
  • Field Trips 
  • JETS/STEM Night
  • Parent / Teacher Conferences
  • ESOL Achievement Awards 
  • Open House 
  • End of Year Class Celebrations / Field day 
  • Email Communications for Parents  and more!

Do you own a business or know a local business owner?  The GiveGMS Business Partner Program is the perfect opportunity to support the GMS community while gaining visibility and recognition for your business.

Attention GMS Staff - We Want You!  The PTA is not just for parents! We want and need your support too! Please learn more and join today - it's easy: simply download a form and return it to the PTA mailbox in the main office or join online. 

GMS Virtual Counseling Office

  • GMS counselors are here to support students and parents. 
  • If this is a mental health emergency, please call 911. You may also access the following resources: 
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 
    • Montgomery County Hotline: 301-738-2255 
    • Online Chat: Crisis texting services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: 
    • 301-738-2255 
    • 24/7 Counseling Support: (Text Hello): to 741741 
    • Montgomery County Crisis Center: 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville MD 240-777-4000 
    • *The Crisis Center provides crisis services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year*

Free, On-Demand Online Tutoring Available for K-12 Students

  • All students have access to free tutoring and 24/7 homework help to support success in their current courses/grade level, through two new approved tutoring providers, FEV Tutor and Tutor Me Education.
  •  As part of comprehensive strategies to mitigate learning disruption, all students will have access to these virtual tutoring services through their MCPS Google account, using Clever.
  • More information about how to access tutoring services is available here.

 Thank you for your continued support, and partnership in your child’s middle school experience. We are GMStrong! Where Character Counts!

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