The Frontier

October 10, 2017

Upcoming Events

Mon 10/9 - No School - Columbus Day

Tues 10/10 - VB(7) v Scullen

Tues 10/10 - XC @ Scullen

Wed 10/11 - FB v. Lincoln

Wed 10/11 - VB(8) v Lincoln

Thurs 10/12 - Soc v Granger

Thurs 10/12 - Picture Retakes

Fri 10/13 - Movie Night - Girls Rising (6:00)


*all sporting events start at approx. 4:00pm

General News

GMS Movie Night

Join us on Friday, October 13 from 6pm - 9pm at GMS to watch the film Girl Rising.


GIRL RISING is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award® nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. GIRL RISING showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Featuring Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, and Kerry Washington.


Watch the Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/BJsvklXhYaE


GMS students are encouraged to bring an adult with them to the movie. Girl Rising is rated PG-13 and is not recommended for young children. Food and concessions will be available to purchase before and during the presentation. Bring your own lawn chair/beach chair for comfortable seating. Folding chairs will also be available upon entry. A charitable donation of $2 per person will be accepted at the door with all proceeds going to the Girl Rising Impact Fund. More details about the evening and the film coming soon!


RSVP Here: https://goo.gl/forms/LZcw7RHO1MKQzmfC2


Special thanks to Sara Marston and the Marston family for hosting this special presentation. Please contact School Counselor Michelle Leibfried at michelle_leibfried@ipsd.org with any questions.


If you are interested in purchasing the book HERE is the order form.

Monster Bash Donations

We will be hosting a Monster Bash on Nov 4th for all students (more information to come). We will be accepting candy donations to help make the Bash extra sweet. All donations can be dropped off in the Main Office.

Power of Choice "Use Your Power"

Realistic Goals Setting—Finding a Healthy Balance

Our children have so many amazing opportunities available to them. We don’t want to limit the possibilities, but when there are too many things to do, our children become overwhelmed. That puts them at risk for making unhealthy choices. What can parents do to help their children navigate this busy world of amazing opportunities? Check out this month’s newsletter for tips!


PowerTalk- Conversations that Count

Well-set goals serve as a compass, keeping adolescents on course toward a healthy future. Adolescents who set and reach personal goals have a stronger sense of self and are more likely to make healthy decisions. Use this month’s PowerTalk to identify a Family Goal that involves your whole family!

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be held on Thursday, October 12, in Conference Room 2. You can stop by the Main Office before school, after school or during your lunch period to schedule an appointment. Remember to bring your original portrait package with you at the time of your scheduled appointment.

Yearbook Orders

Online ordering for your Gregory Middle School 2017-2018 Yearbook is now open!! Yearbooks can ONLY be ordered through this online site. Once you purchase the yearbook, a confirmation email will be sent back to you, so please keep the email for your records.

The yearbook order center site is: yearbookordercenter.com and our school code is 8986. At any time you may also check to see if you have ordered already by going to the order site and searching for an existing order with your email. Please contact andrea_arnold@ipsd.org or sue_lichter@ipsd.org with questions.

Progress Reports Available

Progress reports are now available. Please log in to your Home Access account to take a look at your child’s progress report grades.

aimswebPlus Benchmark Assessment Scores Available Soon

aimswebPlus scores will be available in Home Access Center on Friday, October 13, 2017. HERE is a letter explaining a little more about aimsweb and how to access the scores.

Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

The veterans of Post 3873 would like to invite students to participate in this year’s contest. The theme for this year is “America's Gift to My Generation.” HERE is the 2017-2018 Patriot’s Pen Brochure which must accompany all entries. Also HERE is a document providing essay parameters and submission tips. The deadline for submissions is October 27th, 2017. The VFW Post will select first through fifth place and award monetary prizes for each. Last year, the Naperville winner was awarded $500 for his first place essay. Nearly $1000 total was handed out in monetary prizes. They also handed out “Distinguished Writer” certificates to students at almost every school that participated. Most importantly, it means a lot to the local veterans. Last year they had over 500 essays submitted and every essay was read in its entirety. Many of them were read several times, by several members.


Any entries can be turned into Ms. Wikoff in the main office.

Box Tops

Start clipping and collecting your valuable box tops! Each one earns .10 and adds up to valuable items for our students and school! No volunteering required! Collection starts now until Friday, Oct 13, 2017. Students can deposit the box tops in the marked boxes in the office, lunch room and the front desk. They can also be given to the core teachers. Help us hit our goal of $1,000 this year!!

SAVE THE DATE for Coffee & Conversation with Mr. Severson

The PTA is hosting a Coffee & Conversation with Mr. Severson on Tuesday, October 17 from 6:45-7:45 am at Gregory Middle School. Parents, bring your questions and enjoy a relaxed morning with bagels, coffee, and juice from Panera chatting with Mr. Severson. (The next Coffee & Conversation will be held in the spring.)

Sport and Club News

Yearbook Club

The 2017-18 Yearbook Club is ready to begin another great year! Our first informational meeting will be held on October 12 in Room 16 from 3:05 to 4:15, and will meet twice each month through mid-March. Permission slips are in the main office and must be turned in at the 1st meeting on the 12th. Hope to see you there!!

PACK THE HOUSE event

Wednesday, October 11, will be our first PACK THE HOUSE event hosted by Student Council. We want to see how many Pioneers we can get to attend the volleyball and football games! To kick off this event, Student Council has planned a SPIRIT WEEK starting next Tuesday, October 10. Here’s the lineup: Tuesday is PJ Day; Wednesday is Gregory Gear in honor of PACK THE HOUSE; Thursday is Crazy Sock Day; Friday is Superhero Day in honor of Girl Rising movie night. Get in the spirit GMS! Attend our PACK THE HOUSE on October 11 and come dressed to impress all next week. GO PIONEERS!!

7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryout Information

Thursday, October 26th from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 27th from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Monday, October 30th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.


7th Grade Tryout forms are available in the Boys P.E. Office or Health Classes

Please turn in all paperwork to Coach Wes or Coach Crowe, NOT the Main Office. In order to attend tryouts you MUST:


Turn in a completed Parent Permission Slip

Have a valid & current physical on file with the nurse

A signed Concussion Awareness Form

DO NOT TURN IN ANY ACTIVITY FEES PRIOR TO TRYOUTS


7th graders must have all paperwork turned in by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25th in order to tryout on the 26th.

8th Grade boys interested in trying out for basketball

Information for the 8th grade boys’ basketball team can be found on the Gregory basketball website. You can access the link from the Athletics tab on the Gregory home page.


8th Grade Boys’ Basketball Website The registration form for 8th graders is done on-line through the basketball website. All 8th graders trying out must have a current physical on file with the school nurse. A parent/guardian must fill out the on-line form entirely. This on-line form must be completed by 11:59 PM on October 24, 2017 to participate in the first practice/tryout. Tryouts are Thursday, October 25th, and Friday, October 26th, from 3:00-5:00 PM


Questions? Please contact Coach Reagan kevin_reagan@ipsd.org or Coach Johnson ethan_johnson@ipsd.org.