August, 2022

Message from the Principal...

I hope everyone had a great summer and is ready to get the 2022-2023 school year rolling. I am excited to see our 8th grade students as well as welcome and get to know our incoming 7th grade students. All students will be receiving their first hour teacher information in the Welcome Back packet arriving in the mail. I am sure our 7th grade students are quite nervous to enter a new building, however 7th graders simply need to report to the gym when they enter our building on the first day. 8th grade students will be reporting to their first hour class.

Our open house, parent night, will not be until September 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Parents will be receiving more information on this important, fun and informational evening.

We have a great staff at Gaylord Middle School who are committed to getting to know each and every student and preparing them for the next level. I truly look forward to getting to know your children as well. Please feel free to email anytime with questions or concerns at

Joe Somerville


Welcome Back Packet

A packet of information was mailed this week for each GMS student. Included in this packet were the following documents:

  1. Welcome Back letter from Mr. Somerville – includes the students first hour teacher and general information about GMS
  2. Student Information Record - please review, make necessary changes, sign and return with your student on the first day
  3. Network/Internet Access Agreement - please review and complete; return with your student on the first day
  4. Directory Opt Out form - this form is optional; if you choose to complete this form, please return with your student
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First Day of School

School is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 6th with the first hour bell ringing at 7:45 am. Seventh grade students will report to the gym immediately upon arrival at school. Eighth grade students will report to their first hour class at the bell.

Student's complete schedule will be given by their first hour teacher; they will also be assigned a locker and combination. The first day is a full day of instruction.

Hot lunch will be served. Menus can be found on our website, Please visit to review lunch menus.

VIP Night for Parents

Parents are invited (parents only) to experience a day in the life of their student on Thursday, September 22nd from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m. Please try to arrive at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy dinner on us. Mr. Smith and Mr. Somerville will be grilling hot dogs. The evening will begin with a brief welcome in the gym. Parents will then move through an abbreviated class schedule allowing them to meet their child’s teachers and learn about the class curriculum. Parents that attend will receive a “free admittance” ticket for their student to use at the first GMS dance of the year. Please join us for an evening of information and fun as we celebrate the importance of parent involvement in education. If you have any questions, please call the office at (989) 731-0848.

Clear Reusable Water Bottles & Water Filling Stations

Students are highly encouraged to bring CLEAR reusable water bottles to school. The students are allowed to use them throughout the day with the ability to refill the bottles. GMS now has a total of 3 water filling stations that are available to the students to refill their bottle between classes or during lunch as needed.

Parent Portal

Parent Portal is a great way to keep up-to-date on your student's grades and attendance. To access parent portal use: Login credentials will be sent home with students on the first day of school.

Athletics - Fall Sports Information

All students must have a physical on file in the GMS office in order to participate. It is okay to join a sport until the end of the first week of school.

Cross Country: Practice will begin on August 24th at 5:30 p.m. at GMS.

Volleyball: Volleyball will have open gyms before tryouts. these are highly recommended but not mandatory.

7th grade open gyms will be August 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 and September 1 from 3:45-5pm at GIS.

8th grade open gyms will be August 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and September 1 from 4:00-5:15pm at GIS.

More information about GMS Volleyball:

Football: Practice will begin on August 22nd at 5:00pm at the field behind GMS. The following links will have more information about GMS Football:

7th -

8th -

Contact GMS Asst. Principal & Athletic Director, Dave Smith at if you have any questions.

Pesticide Form

The attached pesticide form is optional - it only needs to be filled out and returned if you are requesting notification.

Important Dates:

September 22nd - VIP Night for parents

October 14th - Picture Day

October 28th - NO SCHOOL for students; PD for teachers

November 15th - NO SCHOOL for students; PD for teachers

November 24th & 25th - NO SCHOOL for students & staff - Thanksgiving Break

December 23rd thru January 2nd - NO SCHOOL for students & staff - Holiday Break

January 16th - NO SCHOOL for students; PD for teachers

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

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