News and Notes

September 22, 2023

September/October Reminders

  • 9/25 - Schools Closed - Yom Kippur
  • 9/27 - 7th Grade Open House 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 10/4 - Universal Mental Health Screener - see below
  • 10/9 - School Closed - Indigenous Peoples' Day
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Social Media Reminder for Parents

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As our school year gets underway, it is a good time to revisit our suggestions for how families monitor and supervise their children in regards to social media apps and password/login security.

I really can’t stress enough how important it is for families to continually monitor their children’s phone/screen time and social media usage at this age level. It is not uncommon for us to be presented with situations where unmonitored group/chain chats have taken a wrong turn and then resulted in hurt feelings. You may want to consider these unmonitored chats, that can involve dozens of students, similar to an unmonitored social gathering.

Additionally, please remind your children to NOT share their account information with anyone.

Here are some valuable resources that can assist you in navigating this discussion.

Common Sense Social Media

Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between | Common Sense Media

From the American Psychological Association

This New York Times article is very informative as well.

Parents’ guide to SnapChat:

Information regarding the GMS Universal Mental Health Screener on October 4th

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Changes in Specials/Health rotation this year

This year at Gibbons Middle School, we will begin offering Health in grade 7 rather than grade 8. This move is being made as a result of our Adolescent Health Data so that we can best serve our students. Many typical behaviors are appearing at younger ages, and we believe that our 7th graders will be well served by receiving this information at this age and grade level. During this one year transition, our rising 8th grade students will receive a modified health curriculum through a combination of the wellness staff and our Global Issues teachers. The most critical components of health will be covered well in this transition for our rising 8th graders.

Should you have any questions about the curriculum or its changes, please feel free to contact Roger Anderson, Director of Wellness K-12 for the Westborough Public Schools.

Health Education Letter

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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Free/Reduced applications are available in the main office for pickup/completion or you may send a note in with your child requesting an application packet and we will send it home with them. It's important that families complete this application if they are looking for financial assistance to help pay Athletics, activities, clubs or Fine Arts fees.

Clubs and Activities

The after school clubs and activities are starting up here at GMS. Most of our clubs take place after school on Tues-Weds-Thurs so that students can access the district 'late buses'. We will post the sign up information here in our Newsletter and the informational signup notifications are read over the 'morning announcements'

Please be aware that some of the after school clubs / sports will require an activity fee that is processed through the FamilyID site. Here is a link to our website detailing the activity fee structure.

Activity Fee structure

Family ID site

Spreadsheet for 23-24 GMS Clubs and Activities

Science Fair

If you are interested in completing a science fair project and participating in the Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair, the work sessions will begin on October 3rd. The work sessions will be held on either a Tuesday or a Wednesday.

A calendar of work sessions will be given at the informational meeting which will be held on October 3rd in Room 5 at 2:40.

Listen for an announcement when the date gets closer.

See Mrs. Greenwald in Room 5 if you have any questions.

Art Club

ART Club will begin on Tuesday, September 26 after school in Room 44.

See Mrs. Burgoyne with any questions.

Blue Shift Robotics Club

Blue Shift Robotics Club will be meeting Wednesday, September 27th at 2:40 in Room 8 with Mrs. Cote for an informational meeting.

GSA Club

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance is a club for LGBTQ+ and allied students here at Gibbons.

We invite any student interested in joining the GSA to attend our meeting today (9/19/23) after school in Room 19. If you interested in joining but can't attend today please contact Mrs. Giglotto.

Cross Country

The GMS Cross Country informational meeting will be held Tuesday, September 12th after school in the Library to accommodate the large number of students expected. Late buses will be available after the meeting.

Please see your coaches, Mr. Richard in Room 28 or Mr. Paulhus in Room 18 if you have any questions. See you there!!!!

Math Team

There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, 9/12 in Room 10 after school

Jazz Band

Jazz Band audition packets are available from Mr. Robbins in the Band Room. If you play Piano, Bass, or Guitar we welcome you to audition as well. Please visit the band room or email Mr. Robbins.

Auditions have been scheduled for Tuesday thru Thursday next week, please contact Mr. Robbins if an audition slot is still needed.

Video Game Club

If you interested in joining the video game club, an informational meeting will be held after school on Wednesday, September 20th in the library. Before the meeting, please be sure to join the club on Google Classroom. The code is posted outside of the library!

This club will meet Wednesday's after school in the library beginning 9/27/23.

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Attention all wizards, warlocks and Dungeon masters! Are you into tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons? If so, you might want to consider joining the Dungeons and Dragons Club. We will have an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 19th after school in the library. Before the meeting, please be sure to join the club on Google Classroom. The code is posted outside of the library!

This club will meet on Tuesdays after school in the Library beginning 9/26/23

Chess/Checkers Club

If you would like to play chess and/or checkers, then come join the fun with Ms. Thomas in Room 7 on Wednesday, September 20th for details. This club will meet on Wednesdays throughout the year.

Student Council

We will be meeting next Wednesday, September 27 before school from 7:30-8:05. StuCo is open to all 7th and 8th grade students, and our meetings are held weekly. If you would like to plan school wide events, get involved in fundraising, and help out the community then this is the place for you!!!

Please see Mr. Paulhus in Room 18 for details.

Stock Club

Attention to all future millionaires:

The FALL session of the GMS Stock Club will begin next Thursday September 28 in Room 18 at 7:30 AM. This is open to all GMS students!

Each student will get to manage their very own stock portfolio and it is a fun and exciting way to learn about the stock market, corporations, supply chains, inflation, and other COOL components of capitalism.

Please see Mr. Paulhus in Room 18 if you are interested!!!

The Let's Talk Politics Club

We will be meeting next Friday September 29 in the library before school from 7:30-8:05.

This club is open to all students!!! Come and enjoy open, honest, and healthy debate of today's most important issues and current events.

Please see Mr. Paulhus in Room 18 if you have any questions!

Speech and Debate

The Speech and Debate Club will begin meeting in October of 2023. The first session will be held on Thursday, October 19 after school in Room 30.

See you then!

Late Bus routes

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From Our School Nurse

Opt-in OTC Medication for your Child

Did you know your child can take OTC medications, like Tylenol, Advil, Tums, and cough drops, at the nurse’s office with your written permission in PowerSchool? If you haven’t given the school your consent yet, please log into your child’s PowerSchool account and do it today. Your consent is required at the start of every school year.


Log into your PowerSchool account through PowerSchool Portal.

Click “Health Information” on the left hand menu, your child’s health information will appear to the right, please update if there are any changes.

Scroll down to the lower half of the page where you will find the parental consent for OTC.

Please click the boxes next to the medication you would like your child to receive from the nurse’s office.

Do not forget to click submit.

If you experience any technical issues, please contact the school at 508-836-7740

for assistance.

Community Events

Arts in the Common Festival

The Cultural Council is excited to be hosting the 13th annual Arts in Common arts festival on Saturday, September 30 at Bay State Commons from 11-5. The 13th annual AIC will feature juried artisans, live bands and performers, community art activities, gourmet food trucks and a craft beer garden.

Arts in Common brings together people to experience and celebrate creativity in all forms of artistic medium and expression such as visual arts, culinary arts, music and more. This free community event has become a popular town event that highlights local talented artists and performers, and features food trucks and craft beer, in addition to community art activities. Funds raised will enable the Westborough Cultural Council to bring more arts-based programming to Westborough.

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