GMS Newsletter

April, 2022

PSAT and M-STEP Testing

All 8th grade students will take the state-required PSAT 8 (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Wednesday, April 13th. There will be a reading, a writing and two math portions on this test. Please make every effort to have your 8th grade student here and on time that day. The M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) will begin the week of April 18th. 8th graders will test in Science and Social Studies. 7th graders will test in Math and ELA. Student attendance for these tests is incredibly important. Students are able to concentrate better on a full stomach, after a good night’s sleep. Please encourage your child to get enough sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast.

Quarter 3 report cards will be sent home with students, Friday, April 8th.

Pedaling for Wellness Grant Awarded to GIS and GMS

GIS and GMS received an Otsego Community Foundation Grant to help fund the "Pedaling for Wellness" program for students at both schools. The goal of this program is to teach our youth how to safely enjoy cycling by addressing the need to keep students physically active, increase their appreciation for the recreational opportunities in our community and supports their social/emotional health.

We appreciate the generosity of the following contributors:

· Otsego Community Foundation

· The Drzewiecki Agency

· Rotary Club of Gaylord

· Hees Family

· Youth Fund

· Deerfield Computer Associates

· Otsego County United Way

· Munson Healthcare OMH


Parent Portal

Parent Portal is a great way to keep up-to-date on your student's grades and attendance. Please contact the office for your sign-in credentials. Please note that PowerSchool is no longer updating the Parent Portal phone app. The best way to access Parent Portal is through the Gaylord Schools website. Staff email addresses are attached to this newsletter.

Important Dates

April 14th - Half Day School for Students; Dismissal 12:02 p.m. (Half Day PD for Teachers)

April 15th - No School Students (PD Day for Teachers)

May 30th - No School Staff & Students (Memorial Day)

June 7th (Tentative) - Last Day for students - Half Day

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Gaylord Middle School

Joe Somerville, Principal

Dave Smith, Assistant Principal