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Posted on: September 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] GMS Parent Newsletter - September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:

Due to the COVID restrictions in place to help keep everyone healthy and safe, students do not have access to the traditional water fountains at school. We do have bottle fill stations which students are allowed to use as needed. It would be greatly appreciated if you could send your student to school with a refillable water bottle they can use throughout the day. 

                               Dates to be aware of:

                               September 29- Half-day Professional development 

                               (10:30 am dismissal)

                               October 7- GMS PTO meeting 6-7 pm

                               October 8- Quarter 1 Progress reports available

                                October 11- No School for Columbus day

                             October 12- New UA classes begin 

Having trouble finding time to check Plus portals?   

Sign-up using the directions below and a weekly email will be sent to your inbox with graded assignments and current averages for each class.

After you log in to the Plus Portals page, click on your name at the top right corner.  A drop down menu will appear:

Click On - EMail Notifications and follow the instructions.

Be sure to check off “YES” to receive automatic notifications, how often you would like them, and the information you'd like to receive. 

 You can provide one or two email addresses to have the notifications sent to. 

 Be sure to click on SAVE at the bottom of the page.

Progress reports for Quarter 1 will be available in the portal on October 8, 2021. That day you will receive an email letting you know that they are available as well as directions for accessing them.

GMS Fall Sports schedules           

The game schedules for our GMS teams can be found below. Let’s go wildcats!

MS Football  

MS Boys Soccer -

MS Girls Soccer -



GMS Unified Arts classes

The GMS Unified Arts classes include Gym, Fitness, Art, Music, STEM, Robotics and Health. Each student has participated in 2 of these classes for the last few weeks. As we move into the second half of Quarter 1, students will be switching up these classes. In addition, we are excited to once again offer Band and Chorus during the UA blocks. In order to allow for Band and Chorus to take place, some of the student groupings for UAs will be changing. While the majority of students will be with the same peers in the UA blocks as they are in their academic classes, those in Band and Chorus will be in a mixed cohort for these classes, as will a few other students in the other Unified Arts blocks.

New classes will begin on Tuesday, October 12th. Our staff will spend some time next week ensuring that students know which UA classes they will be starting on this date.

Looking to get involved in our school? Consider joining the GMS Equity Committee

GMS is forming an Equity Committee and is looking for a few parents to become involved in advising our school on how to best move this work forward. This committee will look at curriculum and materials to ensure that all groups are equally represented. If you are interested in being a part of this new initiative, please contact Matt Lehtonen at

42nd Greater Gardner Turkey Trot             

It's that time of the year, the early registration for 42nd Greater Gardner Turkey Trot is open. 

Thanksgiving November 25, 2021

  Walkers 8am and Runners 8:30am 

   5 miles Route 68 Gardner to Baldwinville. 

The Turkey trot Benefits Both Narragansett & Gardner High/ Middle Schools Track & Field & Cross Country programs. 

More info about the race & past results can be found at

The Covid-19 plan: if needed, would be similar to last year with distance waves starting 8am and the last wave off by 8:45am the latest, masks at the start line until distanced and masks around the finish line. Limited people allowed in the halls at any one time with masks on. This is only if Massachusetts is like it was last year with restrictions, otherwise it will all be traditional starting with walkers leaving at 8am  and runners at 8:30AM with optional masks.

Thanksgiving Tradition flier

Registration form

Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!

Arthur Murphy, Principal

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