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Message From the Principal

Hello Tiger Families,

As this unique and interesting year is coming to a close, I would like to take a few minutes to thank all of you for your support and trust during this year. We started out not knowing what the school year would look like, how things would work, whether or not we would be in person or remote, but we were determined to be successful.

Looking back in hindsight, it occurs to me that this year actually may have been one of the best years ever. We tried new things, we embraced technology in ways never needed or attempted before, we came together as a community with the goal of helping one another succeed and stay healthy.

I would simply like to say thank you for working with us and helping us try to keep your children's lives as normal a possible this year. We hope to come back in the fall to a much more normal environment, but one that embraces many of the things we put into place during the pandemic school year of 2020-21.

As always, our door is open if you have any concerns, ideas, or suggestions that will help make GMS the best middle school in Ohio. Please feel free to drop in, call us, or send us an email as your feedback helps drive us into the future.

Paul Wheeler, Principal

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Staff Of The Year Award Winner

The recipient of the 2021 Staff of the Year award is Mrs. Sue Stark! Mrs. Stark has been with the district for thirty years. Currently, she teaches 7th grade Science and her favorite projects with students this year were escape room activities and the scavenger hunt in the woods.

Mrs. Stark's colleagues nominated her because she is "dedicated to her students and their learning. She goes above and beyond the contracted hours to make sure her students are successful. She plans fun and engaging lessons and keeps high expectations for all. Not only is she a great teacher, she is also a fantastic colleague who genuinely cares about the people she works with."

Congratulations Mrs. Stark! We are lucky to have you on our team.

Last Trimester Activities at GMS!

Third Trimester Incentive: Trip to Altitude!

The week of May 17th, GMS students who were in good standing behaviorally and academically were eligible to go on a trip to the Altitude Trampoline Park in Mansfield. More than 150 students qualified to participate in the third trimester incentive, and during this trip our Tigers enjoyed in fun activities such as high energy trampolines, a foam pit, two battle-beams, and rock climbing wall.

7th Grade Field Day with the US Army Recruits

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This year, the seventh grade team of teachers wanted to put a different twist on the “average” Field Day experience for their students. Thanks to a strong relationship with the United States Army Recruiting Office in Mansfield, the team was able to put a program together that focused on team building and communications skills.

“We had 4 of the US Army recruiters from Mansfield come in with team building and communication activities,” seventh grade Social Studies teacher Troy Yunker said. “We also invited five former GMS/GHS alumni who are currently serving in the Guard/Reserves to be part of the event.”

Galion alumni Colten Skaags, Mitch Dyer, Kade Dyer, Kelli (Mann) Sorgenfrei, and Ethan Pigg spoke to current Middle School students about military careers, post high school education opportunities, and their life experiences. The Army recruiters handed out awards and lunch passes to the students who displayed the best teamwork and hard work during the activities.

Click HERE to read the full story.

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GMS 2021 Talent Show

Ms. Gangwer and Mr. Wilson put a different spin on the yearly talent show traditions for the 2021 GMS Talent Show. As our district was taking safety precautions due to the pandemic, and we were not able to bring guests to the middle school, Ms. Gangwer and Mr. Wilson decided that the show still must go on! The invitation was extended to students and staff to submit virtual entries for this year's talent show.

The final performance included Mrs. Sue Stark's class routine to Lion Sleeps Tonight. In addition, Kloe Parker did her signature robot dance routine to "Birthday Suit" song, while Clair Barnett, Makenzie and Makayla Halbisen, and Destiny Harney did a dance routine to Swagger Jagger. Vocal performances were done by Jayden Gibbs and Layla Frazier. Musical performance was done by Elliott Gangwer who played her flute while Claire Wiggins and Miranda Hinton played trumpets.

Alexandria Montgomery did a baton routine to the song "Eye of the Tiger," while Logan Estep and Alyssa Woodmansee dazzled us with a performance from the High School Musical Jr. Finally, the 6th grade teachers did an homage to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air song with their own version titled 'Fresh Teacher." This version gives the audience a behind the scenes look of what is it like to teach during the pandemic!

Ms. Gangwer and Mr. Wilson would like to thank all the participants for their talent show entries.

To view the 2021 GMS Talent Show, please go to:

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Summer ROAR Program

The Galion City Schools is excited to announce that it will be offering the 2021 Summer ROAR (Resources, Opportunities, Achievement, Readiness) Program June 1-23.

The theme for this year’s program, “Taking Flight”, is designed to enhance children’s learning with many hands-on activities to support Reading/Language Arts, Math, and Science. The program will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 11 a.m. at Galion Middle School, Intermediate School, and Primary School for four weeks.

“The theme, ‘Taking Flight’, will be reflected in each day’s lessons using kites, drones, and rocketry,” ROAR Program Coordinator Sandy Powell said. “We are excited to have the ability to offer this opportunity for our Galion students to continue to learn in new ways.”

Breakfast will be offered each day of the program for the participating children. Parents will be responsible for prompt drop-off and pick-up.

Families are encouraged to contact GMS office if they have any questions or need additional information.

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