The Bobcat Bulletin

August 30, 2021

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School Starts Tomorrow!

We are so excited to see our students tomorrow! Later today we will open PowerSchool and students and families will be able to see student schedules. Fifth grade students and students new to GBS will receive a letter in the mail letting you know how to activate your PowerSchool account.


We will have hard copies available for ALL students in the morning and staff will help direct students to their first block class.


Breakfast will be available for all students, free of charge, on carts as a grab-and-go.


First block class begins at 7:25 and we request that all students are finished eating breakfast by this time. Students will have a designated time for snack each day. Students may drink water throughout the day and milk at lunch. Students who bring in other beverages (such as sodas, energy drinks, etc.) will be asked to put them away. Please send your child in with a refillable water bottle as our water fountains remain closed.

Busing

Please click here for the bus routes. If you have any questions, please contact STA Travel at 921-9211.

Arrival

  • Student drop-off begins at 7:10am
  • Students who arrive after 7:25am will be marked as tardy
  • Please do not use the traffic circle for student drop-off
  • Please form two lines of traffic in the middle of the GBS parking lot.
  • Buses will use the far outside lane.
  • Students should enter through the designated grade level entrance
  • Students should report directly to their first block class
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Departure

  • Dismissal begins at 2:20
  • Students riding on buses will be dismissed first followed by walkers and then parent pick-ups
  • Parents should arrive no earlier than 2:15 to avoid traffic congestion on Summer Street

Pick Up Patrol

We are using Pick Up Patrol as our primary means of communicating absences and changes to transportation after school. The deadline for changes is 1:20 pm. You will be getting the Welcome Letter sent out today in your email.

The Green Phase

The Green instructional model will closely resemble what students would experience in the Blue Phase, with additional mitigation strategies in place, including the required use of masks indoors. Staff will deliver instruction from the building. Students will attend all classes in person. Masks will be worn indoors, and 3 foot physical distancing will be maintained.
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Important Dates

August 31 - First Day of School

September 6 - No School (Labor Day)

September 23 - Picture Day

October 6 - Open House (time TBD)

October 11 - No School (Professional Development Day)

November 2 - Parent Teacher Conferences

November 4 - End of Quarter 1

Instrumental and Choral Programs

We are excited to announce that beginning in September, both Instrumental and Choral programs will be offered as classes at GBS! All GBS students (grades 5 - 8) will have the option to choose Instrumental and/or Choral, or General Music. All levels are encouraged to sign up for Band and/or Chorus. GBS is committed to ensuring that all students who would like to play an instrument have the opportunity, regardless of their ability to pay for instrument rentals.


Please let us know your child's preference by completing this survey.

Spanish at GBS

At GBS we are committed providing students with a variety of academic experiences during their four years. One of these opportunities is Spanish. Our goal is that all 5th and 6th grade students experience at least one quarter of Spanish in their first two years at GBS. We strive to provide more instruction to those students who are especially interested. For students in 7th & 8th grade, we provide the option for students to continue their studies in Spanish if they are interested. Our Spanish teacher, Senora Pacheco will be at GBS for Quarters 1 & 2 this year. We would like to know if your child is interested in taking Spanish this year or not.


Please let us know your child's preference by completing this survey.

Daily Schedule

Below is the daily bell schedule for both middle schools. Students will arrive and report directly to their first block class. Staff will help direct students to their first class on the first day of school. Attendance and lunch count will take place with the first block teacher. Each quarter the blocks will rotate which will allow teachers and students to have some variety as to how they begin and end their day:


  • Quarter 1 will begin with Block 1
  • Quarter 2 will begin with Block 6
  • Quarter 3 will begin with Block 5
  • Quarter 4 will begin with Block 4


Bus schedules will be out soon and will be posted on the website and printed in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

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Sports and Co-curricular Activities

As of now, we are planning on having fall sports and co-curriculars up and running in the fall.


Tryouts for our fall sports teams will begin on September 1. Please reach out to Scott Baldwin, GBS's Athletic Director, with any questions (sbaldwin@conval.edu).


The following sports are available this fall:


  • Cross Country (grades 5 - 8)
  • Boys Soccer (grades 6 - 8)
  • Girls Soccer (grades 6 - 8)
  • Field Hockey (grades 6 - 8)
  • Girls Volleyball (grades 6 - 8) @ SMS


Please note: If your daughter is interested in playing volleyball, please email Scott Baldwin (sbaldwin@conval.edu) as the team practices at SMS and transportation is the responsibility of the families. Mr. Baldwin will help connect interested families for carpooling.


Late Bus Information

There is a late bus for students living in the towns of Hancock, Francestown, and Bennington. The bus drops all students at the town center and there is not a late bus available for Antrim.


Information regarding our co-curricular activities will come out once the school year gets running.


We also have a new policy regarding eligibility for sports an co-curriculars. This will also be published in our handbook.


Eligibility Requirements

Participation in athletic and co-curricular activities is considered a privilege granted to students. A student's academic performance and/or behavioral performance, while in school or on school grounds, may affect their privilege to participate in such activities.


In order to participate in interscholastic teams or in other co-curricular activities, it is required that the student athlete maintains 65% or greater in all classes. The previous quarter will determine eligibility for the beginning of the current athletic season. If at any point after the season begins, the grade drops below 65% during a reporting period, the student will be ineligible for game participation until the next reporting period. The student will continue to be a member of the team, participating in practices and team events.


Any student that is absent from school (must arrive before 11:00am) will be ineligible for practice or game participation. Any student that receives disciplinary action on the day of a game or practice, will be ineligible to play that day. If a student receives disciplinary action prior to a vacation or a weekend and the disciplinary action is not completed until after the vacation or weekend, then the student is ineligible to participate in practices and games. Coaches, teachers, and administration can determine eligibility for participation in games or practices that exceed the standards of this policy.

Community Information

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