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[ARCHIVED] GMS Parent Newsletter - March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021

GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:

Women’s History Month Spotlight-         

During the month of March women who have made a difference in history are highlighted. The link below from the National Women’s History Museum highlights some of these women and their contributions.

National Women's History Museum        

     MCAS testing-

GMS will be administering MCAS tests in grades 5-7 during the months of April and May. Students in grades 5, 6 & 7 will take these tests in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in grade 5 will also be taking the Science subject area test. This year, there will only be  one test session for each subject area, not two as there has been in years past. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with you.

COVID Pooled testing-

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and Project Beacon to implement a free COVID-19 pooled testing program for students and staff at our schools. Participation in pooled testing is highly encouraged, but not mandatory for staff or students. School nurse leader Becky McCaffrey has prepared a video to explain more about the process. You can view the video here.  

Please access more information regarding this testing Gardner Middle School Pooled testing Information

Dates to be aware of:

March 5, 2021- Quarter 3 Progress reports will be issued

Tuesdays & Thursdays- GMS Clubs offered from 2:00-2:30pm        

Wednesday, March 3rd marks the 100th school day this year!

To recognize this important milestone, the student council is sponsoring the "100 Acts of Kindness Challenge" during this week. Beginning Monday, students and staff have been encouraged to fill out the form linked here every time they complete an act of kindness outside of their normal daily routine. Our goal is to have at least 100 acts of kindness per grade by Friday. In the following weeks, the student council will create a collage recognizing the acts of kindness completed. 

GMS Clubs-

Our Unified Arts teachers have started offering Clubs to GMS students. These Clubs run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-2:30 pm. All of the clubs are virtual and are open to all GMS students. Zoom links to joining the clubs have been shared with all students and can also be found here.  

Current offerings include:                    

Robotics with Mrs. Johnson

Escape Rooms with Mr. Perkins

Harry Potter Club with Ms. Higgins

Gym Club with Coach Charters            

Game Potpourri with Coach Craft        

Fishing Club with Coach Kotowski

Karaoke Club with Mr. Zuaro

Dance Club with Ms. Heffner                                

Healthy Minds is a youth conference scheduled for April 14, 2021 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

Food Services

Curbside to Go Breakfast and Lunch (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,


   *  Rear of GHS 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Wildcat Wagon Neighborhood Delivery for All Virtual Learners (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday):

* 1:10 - 1:20 pm Corner of Cross St. & Pine St.                 * 1:50 - 2 pm Manca Dr. Cul-de-Sac   

* 1:25 - 1:35 pm Monument Park                                        * 2:05 - 2:15 pm South Gardner

Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!

Arthur Murphy, Principal

Gardner Middle School

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