December 16, 2020
GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:
Superintendent Pellegrino, in conjunction with the School Committee, has decided to transition students to a full remote model beginning Monday, December 21, 2020. Students will continue to learn remotely Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, with Wednesday being a half-day. Students will then be on a holiday break from Thursday, December 24th through Sunday, January 3rd. Class will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021. From January 4th through January 13th all students will be learning remotely. The hybrid model and in-person learning will resume on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
We wish you well during this holiday season and hope that you find some time to relax and enjoy the company of those around you.
Upcoming dates to be aware of:
Friday, December 18th- Quarter 2 Progress reports will be available in Plusportals
Monday, December 21st-Wednesday, January 11- Full remote model
Wednesday, December 23rd is a half-day with a 10:30 am dismissal
Thursday, December 24th- Sunday, January 3rd- Holiday
Monday, January 4th- Classes resume remotely for all learners
Thursday, January 14th- Hybrid learning resumes
PBIS Drive Thru Attendance Reward Pick-up
On Friday, December 18th our PBIS(Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Team will be out in front of the school from 2:30-3:30 pm to hand out attendance prizes to students from Team 6A (Della Valle, Arsenault, Doughty & Sweet) who are in Cohort D.
Student Council is sponsoring 2 Ugly Sweater Days this month: Friday, December 18th: Cohorts B/C/D
Tuesday, December 22nd: Cohorts A/C/D
Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest sweater! Both remote and in person students, as well as staff, are strongly encouraged to participate.
Please take a few minutes to browse through the GMS store that has been created by the GMS Student Council
GMS Student Council has partnered with Sharp Image in Gardner to provide GMS clothing and other options to those who are interested.
GMS Students of the Month
In years past, GMS would host a monthly Student of the Month breakfast. Families of those students being recognized would come to the school on a Friday morning. Students selected for “Student of the Month” would then be called down and surprised. Certificates and prizes were handed out and those in attendance were treated to some baked goods prepared by the students in the GMS RISE program. As with many things this year, our Student of the Month recognition needed a creative solution. Last Wednesday, Mr. Murphy made arrangements to visit the homes of each of our Student of the Month recipients. Each student was presented with a GMS cinch sack, a GMS t-shirt and a personally written card recognizing this accomplishment. Students also posed for a socially distanced picture with Mr. Murphy. This acknowledgement of the students’ hard work was well received.
Food Services Under Hybrid Model - Begins Monday Oct. 26th
Virtual Learner’s Meal Service
Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!
Arthur Murphy, Principal
Gardner Middle School