GMS Newsletter

March 2023


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.

Education Development Plans (EDP)

Gaylord Middle School students will soon begin their Educational Development Plans (EDPs). The purpose of an EDP is to provide a personal, ongoing record of career planning and future goals. Students begin this process in middle school and refine and add to their EDP as they move through high school. Middle school is a good time for students to begin to explore available careers and any education or training needed to attain those careers.

Students use a website called Career Cruising to create their EDP’s. Each student has their own Career Cruising account where they can explore all types of career and future education options in addition to financial aid information, resume writing capabilities and many other resources. We ask students to take an inventory called Career Matchmaker that uses a student’s likes and dislikes to suggest careers that might appeal to them. Then each student saves at least three careers they find interesting. We also look at post-secondary education options. Mostly, we want students to be thinking about their future. If you have any questions concerning this you may contact Mrs. Baril at


Track & Field practice will begin April 3rd, weather depending. Students must have a physical on file in the GMS office. Coaches are Mr. Berkshire, Mrs. Baril, and Mrs. Fitzgerald. If your student has not been active this winter, we suggest having them do a bit of running between now and when we start.

Students Arriving Late/Leaving Early

Students arriving to school late must sign in at the office before reporting to class. Parents or guardians can excuse their child's tardiness by phone or by note. Students not excused will receive an unexcused tardy.

Students leaving before the end of the school day will only be released to a parent or guardian. The office must be notified by a parent or guardian, in writing or by phone, whenever a student is to be released to someone other than themselves.

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.

March 27th - March 31st - NO SCHOOL for students & staff - Spring Break

April 7th - NO SCHOOL for students & staff - Good Friday

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