Gaiser Middle School Newsletter



Give a big Gaiser Grizzly welcome to all our new staff:

  • Elaine Tanaka-Menasian - Art
  • Kristin Ross - Art Rotation/AcPrep
  • Kimberly Karaman - Math
  • Shelley Moody - ELA
  • Maribel Ramirez - Dual Language
  • Elizabeth Magargal - Choir
  • Cameron Froerer - Instructional Coach
  • Angella Tembo - Therapist
  • Jason Stillinger- Spanish


Gaiser Counselor Website

Eric Carstensen x3417 (A-E)

Julieta Davis x3439 (F-L)

Matt Newman x3449 (M-R)

Nicole Roll x3418 (S-Z)


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6/7/8th grade Science Department supply list!

100 sheets/200 pgs Composition Book (just like this year's style-pages sewn in- no tear-out pages)

Highlighters- blue, green, yellow, pink, orange or purple (3 sets will last the year)

Pencils-- LOTS of pencils

Hand-held pencil sharpener- 3 will last the year

Color Pencils- 12 pk (3 boxes will last the year)


Scotch tape-- several rolls

Bell Schedule

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Bus Routes


When it comes to learning, every single school day counts. Research shows that attendance plays an important role in academic success, which affects success in life. Simply put, students must attend school in order to benefit from it.

Just two missed days of school every month, for any reason, can cause a child to suffer academically and decrease the chances that he or she will graduate. Absences add up—and subtract from learning.

If you need to report an absence or tardy


You've been invited to join Gaiser Middle PTSA! Click the link below to accept.

Our first meeting is Monday, September 11th at 4:30 PM at Gaiser Middle School in the Media Center. Sign up prior to the meeting so you will be included in the distribution of materials to review prior to the meeting. Being a member also gives you voting privileges and allows you to participate in events that happen year round! Our amazing students and staff need you!
The PTSA wouldn't be the same without you and your support & we can't wait to have you on our team!

Thank you,

Lily Kozlov
GMS PTSA President

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A Note From the Nurse

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A Message from Mrs. Steinman

Welcome back, Gaiser Families and Students! This year we are so fortunate to have two mental health therapists and a drug and alcohol counselor supporting our students on campus! If you feel that this is something that would benefit your student, please feel free to reach out to your student's counselor or myself and we can give you more information. We are so excited to see you all soon!

Nicole Steinman (she/her)

Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator

Gaiser Middle School


Sports Information

We want you to join our Gaiser Athletics Program! For each sports season, your athlete must be fully cleared in FinalForms which is now open for registration.

Fall Sports - first practice is Wednesday, August 23rd

Practice times on 8/23 and 8/24 are as follows due to teacher work days:

XC, Volleyball and Flag Football 3:30-5:00. Tackle Football 3:30-5:15. All other days will follow the regular season practice schedule listed below.

Regular season practice times are listed below beginning on 8/25

Girls and Boys Cross Country (1.5 mile running): Grades 6-8. Practice time: 7:30 am - 8:45 am

Girls and Boys Flag Football: Grades 6-8. Practice time: 3:50 pm -5:20 pm

Girls Volleyball: Grades 7 and 8. Practice time: 7:30 am - 8:45 am

Girls and Boys Tackle Football: Grade 8 only. Practice time: 3:50 pm -5:35 pm

Early Winter (October 23rd-December 13th)

Girls and Boys Wrestling: Grades 6-8.

Girls Basketball: Grades 7 and 8.

Late Winter (January 8-March 3)

Boys Basketball: Grades 7 and 8.

Girls Bowling (February 5th-March 26th) Grades 7 and 8.

Special Olympics Unified Basketball and Soccer

Basketball season (February 19th-March 27th)

Soccer season: April 22nd-May 22nd)

Spring (April 9th-May 23rd)

Girls and Boys Track: Grades 6-8

Sports Physical

In order for your athlete to be fully registered and cleared they will need a sports physical completed by a doctor. This paperwork can be found on the Gaiser website. Under activities, select athletics. Here is where you will find the information and paperwork to print for the physical forms. Once you have the completed physical you can then upload it into FinalForms or you can bring it to Gaiser’s main office.

PE Uniforms

PE uniforms are REQUIRED for all students.

  • Complete set: $15
  • Shirt only: $7.50
  • Shorts only: $7.50

Gold, Purple and Silver Orchestra with Ann Medellin

Happy August to everyone in STRING land! I can’t wait to see my students, but most importantly my NEW students and families! I want to introduce myself briefly, my name is​ Ann Medellin and I teach at both Jason Lee MS and Gaiser MS. I am a National Board Certified Teacher, a professional violinist, and BIG activist in regard to community outreach and engagement. I love connecting with families and setting up my students for success. Do not be surprised by my two schools doing things together- it’s better together sometimes!

The students new to string class will be discussing choices of instruments the first days of​ school. The choices are violin, viola, cello, and string bass. We want to have well-balanced​ classes, and therefore I will strongly encourage students to choose a first choice instrument and a second choice instrument. I’d like students to explore the choices before making a decision

  • All NEW students and families will be invited to a STRING ORIENTATION AND INFORMATION MEETING on Thursday, September 7 at Gaiser Middle School’s Instrumental Room (right off the front parking lot). I will have a local business there to help support the evening. It’s always a good night to meet each other and explore. Please plan on attending. The location will be at Gaiser Middle School is located at 3000 99 th Street, Vancouver WA 98665. The event is from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.

      For students in the Intermediate and Advance Classes, our focus will be on getting All-State

      Music learned in hopes that some of you will be ready to audition at the end of September.


      Due to the passage of the Let's Move Washington bill in 2022, all Washington children under the age of 18 were able to ride public transit for free as of October 1 of last year. As of this week, C-Tran has decided it will stop requiring fares (YOPs) for all children under the age of 18.

      For students who could look 18 or older they may be asked to show their ID but their school ID will suffice. Children 9 and under must ride with a guardian or other adult.