Mustang Minutes

Gemini Middle School - November 2022

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Dear Gemini Families,

We are grateful for your partnership this year! We encourage you and your family to take some time this month to reflect on the past year and find ways to be grateful. Gratitude is the monthly theme for advisory this month and our students will participate in several activities around the practice of showing gratitude. We encourage you to continue this discussion in your homes as well.

We look forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences,

Lewis Roberts, Principal

Wendy Brutt, 6th-grade Assistant Principal

Erica Perelgut, 7th-grade Assistant Principal

Brian Gariti, 8th-grade Assistant Principal

Tim Mackin, Dean of Students

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is November 2nd. Students who did not already take a picture and those wanting to retake their school picture may participate on this day. Students who already received their portrait packet must return it to the photographer.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Sign up for your child's conference(s) at any school using our conference portal: Meet the Teacher by November 17. The portal will be turned off on November 9 - and reactivated the next day. If you would like to meet in-person, when booking appointments use Manual Booking Mode and enter "in-person" in the "Add Message for Teacher?" comment box. Need help? Review the Parents' Guide for Booking Appointments

Support from Student Services

Grade Level Social Workers

6th Grade: Natalie Maas

7th Grade: Barrett Winston

8th Grade: Laura Mell

Winter Coats and Accessories

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. This means coats are coming out of storage for the season. If you need help getting a winter coat for your child, please call or email the social work team. We also have accessories like mittens, hats, etc. You can also reach out to us if you need help with access to food or other community resources. Our website has more information.

Community Partners

Niles Family Services offers many community resources, including a weekly snack backpack program. Students can receive a backpack full of food on Friday, to be returned Monday for a refill for the next week. Niles also offers counseling, a food pantry, financial wellness, and crisis support. You can contact them at (847) 588-8460 or talk to a Gemini Social Worker for more info.

MaineStay Youth and Family Services offers counseling and community services for youth and their families in Maine Township. They have many exciting programs including Improv Theatre Workshop, Cooking Classes, and much more. Visit their website at for more info, or contact Evan White by email or phone at 224-257-4868.

StuCo Food Drive

Our Student Council will be hosting a food drive from Thursday, November 3- Thursday, November 17 to benefit the Maine Township Food Pantry. We will have food collection boxes placed in each hub and at the front office. Please encourage your students to be non-perishable food items. Did you know the Maine Township Food Pantry delivers bags of food each week to our D63 schools to support families who are in need?


Home Sporting Events

Click here for a calendar of home basketball games this month.

Coed Wrestling - All Grades

Information Meeting on November 7th on the Learning Stairs from 3:25 PM - 4:00 PM. The first practice is on November 14th. All students are welcome to come and participate.

Student Spectators

Students staying for after-school sporting events must report to the cafeteria after school. Any student that leaves the grounds and returns must be with an adult that is staying at the event.

Girls Volleyball

For those interested in joining a club volleyball program, here is information about Mindset.

Sports Physicals

If your child is interested in playing sports, we encourage you to visit the Gemini Sports page to learn more about our program and participation requirements. As a reminder, all students must have a valid physical on file with the nurses prior to tryouts. Contact one of our nurses if you are unsure if your child has a current physical.

Fall Performing Arts Events

We are thrilled to be starting another year of Performing Arts events at Gemini Middle School. Check this section of the Mustang Minutes each month to find out what is on the horizon. Students and families are encouraged to attend these events. Thank you for supporting our performers.

6th-8th Grade Orchestra Fall Concert

  • Admission is free
  • Thursday, November 3 - 6 PM in the Gemini Auditorium

6th-8th Grade Band Fall Concert

  • Admission is free
  • Thursday, November 10 - 6 PM in the Gemini Auditorium

6th-8th Grade Choir Fall Concert

  • Admission is free
  • Tuesday, November 15 - 6 PM in the Gemini Auditorium

7th-8th Grade Dance Concert

  • Admission is free
  • Thursday, December 15 - 6 PM in the Gemini Auditorium

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The next PTO meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at 6:30 PM. Join us on Zoom to hear more about how you can support the students and staff at Gemini!

Notes from the Gemini Library

Gemini Book Fair Coming Soon!

We are so excited to be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair this month! Students will be able to purchase books and school supplies at the fair during the week of November 14-17. We will also be open during parent/teacher conferences on the evening of November 17 and the day of November 18. Feel free to stop by the library then to do some shopping! You can also browse or shop the fair online beginning on November 11 by clicking here.

Scholastic Book Order

If you would like to order books for your student or as a gift, check out our Scholastic class page, or search through Scholastic’s digital flyers. The code to order is Z3GW2. All orders submitted earn bonus points, which are used to purchase new books for the Gemini library and ELA classrooms.

Famished for Fiction

Regularly, we host a program called Famished for Fiction. Students come to the library during their lunch/Advisory period and receive book recommendations from the Gemini librarians and the school liaison librarians from Niles-Maine and Morton Grove libraries. Our topic for this past month was chillers and thrillers. Our next Famished, Shape Your Imagination, will be on Tuesday, December 20.

Local Libraries

Niles-Maine District Library

Morton Grove Public Library

Des Plaines Public Library

Glenview Public Library

Park Ridge Public Library

Maine East High School

Maine East Class of 2027 Welcome Night
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • More information will be emailed in November from MEHS

Maine East Pre-Registration and Enrollment

In mid-November, Maine East and District 207 will ask all families with an incoming 9th-grade student to complete our Pre-Registration/Enrollment forms online. Directions on how to do this will be emailed in November. Please keep an eye out for future communication from Maine East High School and District 207.

Maine East Student Council and Performing Arts Variety Show: Tik Tok Famous

  • Thursday, November 3rd @ 4 PM
  • Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th @ 7 PM

D63 Family Resource Center

The FRC has many family-friendly events and classes this fall. Click on this link to learn more!

Join us at the FRC Open House on November 2nd from 6 - 7:30 PM. For more information, click the following links.

Niles Teen Center

The Niles Teen Center is a department of the Village of Niles that provides a welcoming, structured, and safe environment for local teens in 6th through 12th grade. We seek to develop, connect, and invest in area teens through a variety of programming, special events, and service opportunities.

Calendar Highlights


2: Picture Retake Day

2: MEHS English Department Presentation

3: Orchestra Fall Concert

8: No School - Election Day

9: Parent-Teacher Conferences 5-8 PM

10: Band Fall Concert

11: Early Dismissal at 11:25 AM

15: Choir Fall Concert

17: Parent-Teacher Conferences 5-8 PM

18: No School - Parent -Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM & 12-3 PM

21-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break


9: Early Dismissal at 11:25 AM

23-January 9: No School - Winter Break

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