Gemini Middle School - May 2023
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We are in the home stretch of the 2022-2023 school year. We want to take an opportunity to thank you for partnering with us this year. This week all students will be taking the Spring NWEA MAP assessment. Help your child perform his or her best by going to sleep early, eating a healthy breakfast, and bringing a CHARGED Chromebook each day. We also want to thank the Gemini PTO for all they have done for our students and staff this year. We look forward to finishing the year out strong!
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
May 8th to May 12th is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. Please take a few minutes out of your week to email our teachers a thank you or a note of gratitude for their hard work and dedication. Our teachers truly care about the health, well-being, and education of your children each and every day.
The PTO is currently seeking donations to help provide our teachers and staff an incredible lunch on Friday, May 12, 2023. If you would like to assist please take a moment and fill out Gemini PTO Lunch Donations Form.
End-of-Year 8th Grade Events
On Thursday, June 1st, all 8th graders will travel by bus to Maine West High School for graduation practice. Buses will depart at 8:45 AM, so it is extremely important that your child is at school on time. Students will return to Gemini at approximately 11:45 AM. Lunch will be at Gemini during your child's regularly scheduled lunch period. Be sure to fill out this permission slip by May 28th.
We are happy to announce that all students will receive FOUR TICKETS for graduation. The tickets are for family members/friends to attend the ceremony; the graduate does not need a ticket. Please note any human being entering the ceremony needs a ticket, it does not matter the age. We will also be live-streaming the graduation on our website so family and friends can watch it from home.
If you would like to request extra tickets please fill out this form. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT EXTRA TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE.
Transportation to Maine West High School
We are currently collecting information from families to see if transportation is needed from Gemini to Maine West High School for Graduation. If your family would be in need of transportation to attend graduation, please fill out this form. We will follow up with more information soon.
Students that signed to attend Great America on June 2, 2023, should arrive at Gemini at 8:15 AM in order to depart on time. The bus will not wait for late students. Students will return to Gemini between 5:00-5:30 PM.
Performing Arts Events
In April, the Gemini Orchestras performed with the Maine East High School Orchestras at their annual Gala Concert. We also had a successful run of Seussical, Jr. Congratulations to the Orchestras and the Musical cast and crew on their outstanding performances. We have two final concerts this month. Students and families are encouraged to attend these events. Thank you for supporting our performers.
Gemini MS and Maine East HS Combined Choir Concert
- Wednesday, May 3 at 7 PM
- Maine East High School Auditorium - Door 2
- Admission is free
Band Concert (5th - 8th Grades)
- Thursday, May 11 at 6 PM
Gemini Auditorium - Door 12
- Admission is free
2023 Essay Contest Winners
The following 8th grade students in Mrs. Phillips' ELA classes won the 2023 Essay Contest sponsored by Mental Health America of the Northshore.
Students submitted a 250-500 word essay on the topic "What does stress mean to you, and how do you maintain a healthy mind?”
- First Place: Savanna Brown won $200 for "Stress Within the Mind."
- Third Place: Rumessa Qazi won $50 for "Loosen up & Deal."
- Honorable Mentions: Each student won $25:
- Tommy Nguyen for "Stress Roots."
- Adrian Urbano for “Covid Stress.”
- Amanda Estuita for “Drained.”
The students are being recognized on Sunday, May 7th from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Robert Crown Community Center located at 1801 Main Street, Evanston, Illinois. The event is free and open to the public and there is no limit on the number of guests or tickets required.
Please congratulate these Mustangs for their reflective writing!!!!
District 63's 43rd Annual Charity Basketball Game is back!
We are excited to host the event to raise money for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. Come cheer on D63's teachers, as the elementary teachers take on Gemini staff!
The big game will take place on Friday, May 19th. Doors open at 4:45 PM, with tip-off at 5:45! Tickets can be purchased by Gemini students using this link.There are also tickets available for purchase in the main office. Payment will be collected and tickets will be distributed during lunch periods in early April. Last year tickets to this event sold out! Purchasing tickets in advance guarantees your spot at the big game! Limited tickets may be available at the door depending on availability.
This year, our goal is to raise at least $7,000 dollars to donate. All ticket sales are donated, but if you would like to further support us in reaching this goal, please consider making a donation through PushCoin. If you need assistance with this process, we are happy to help.
The PTO is looking for volunteers to help set up, run, and clean up the concessions stand at the D63 Annual Charity Game on Friday, May 19, 2023. We always have a huge turnout every year and help is always welcomed. If you are interested please fill out the D63 Charity Basketball Game Concession Stand Volunteers survey.
Contact Rhianna Arreguin for more information on how to donate or with any questions!
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.
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.
Notes from the Gemini Library
General Gemini Library Information
As the year comes to an end, we will be collecting all library materials back. Students will need to return all library books later this month so that we can complete our yearly inventory and assess fines for missing books. Please contact Kris Buican or Jillian Wahlers if you have any questions.
Scholastic Book Fair
Thank you for supporting our book fair last month! We were able to use the proceeds to purchase many new titles for our shelves.
Check out the teen pages of our local libraries:
Announcing 2024 and 2025’s Washington, D.C. and New York City Trips
The Gemini Travel Club will be holding an enrollment meeting for our 2024 and 2025 spring break trips to Washington, D.C. and New York City. Enrollment is open to all current 6th and 7th grade students, but space is limited! Enroll now and travel during your 7th or 8th grade year.
Open to all current 6th and 7th grade families
When - Tuesday, May 16th, 7PM
Where - Gemini Middle School, Learning Stairs - Enter through Door 13, signs will be posted
Highlights of the DC/NYC trip include:
Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Tour the Smithsonian campus
Catch a Broadway show
and so much more!
Click here to reserve your seats for the meeting and come learn about this amazing student travel opportunity!
For more information contact Mr. Thayer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Niles Teen Center
3-4: NWEA MAP Testing
3: Gemini & MEHS Combined Choir Concert at 7 PM
4: D63 Board of Education Meeting at 7 PM
8 - 12: Teacher Appreciation Week
9: PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM
11: 5th thru 8th Grade Band Concert at 6 PM
12: Early Dismissal at 11:25 AM
19: Charity Basketball Game
29: No School - Memorial Day
1: 8th Grade Graduation at 6 PM
2: Last Day of Student Attendance
2: 8th Grade Six Flags Great America Field Trip