GMS Newsletter

April 2023

PSAT and M-STEP Testing

All 8th grade students will take the state-required PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Wednesday, April 12th. There will be a reading, a writing and two math portions on this test. The M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) will begin in April as well. 8th graders will test in Social Studies on April 18th and 19th and Science on April 25th – 27th. 7th graders will test in ELA on April 18th – 21st and Math on April 25th – 28th. Student attendance on these days is incredibly important. Please make every effort to have your student at school on time on testing days. Students are able to concentrate best when they’ve had sufficient sleep and eaten breakfast.

Q3 report cards will be sent home with students, on Friday, April 14th.

8th Grade Exploration Day

Eighth graders were asked to choose their top three choices (Kirkland will try to put students in their top two) from the following list to explore. Students will be bringing home permission slips this week. We will be taking all of our 8th grade students to Kirkland, in Grayling, on April 21st.
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GMS will be having a dance on Friday, April 21st, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and concessions will be available for purchase. The gym will be open, the cafeteria will have music and in addition we will have a karaoke contest.


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.


If you have an incoming 7th grader, please review the following attached Immunization form for information.

Important Dates

April 18th thru May 18th - The Gaylord Art Show @ GCS Board Office

May 18th - Band Concert

May 25th - Choir Concert

May 29th - NO SCHOOL for students & staff - Memorial Day

June 7th (tentative) - Last day (half day)

Gaylord Middle School

Joe Somerville, Principal

Dave Smith, Assistant Principal