GSMS Newsletter

November 18, 2022

Reminders & Upcoming Events

Monday, November 21st

  • GSMS will follow Tuesday’s Bell Schedule (Advisory Day). During this time, students will complete the following:

  1. 8th graders- Students will complete the Junior Achievement’s Career Interest Survey and Session 1 activity.

  2. 6th & 7th Graders - Students will complete any missing Naviance activities/tasks.

  • Speed Stacks Championship - Monday, November 21, during period 5.

  • 30-minute Mandatory Meeting- Faculty/staff will meet in the auditorium from 2:50-3:20 PM.

Tuesday, November 22nd

  • Grateful & Thankful Celebration - Tuesday, November 22 at 5 PM-7:00 PM

  • Teachers, please join our families and students for this celebration. If you are planning to participate, please use this doc to RSVP.

Wednesday, November 30th

  • Providence Ice Skating Rink- This is an incentive trip for perfect attendance and Q1 grades.

Thursday, December 1st

  • Trinity Rep- A Christmas Carol- This is an incentive trip for perfect attendance and Q1 grades.

Thursday, December 8th

  • 6th Annual Polar Express Event- Thursday, December 8th at 5 PM.

Thursday, December 15th

  • Elf Junior

ARC Humanities

Thank you to everyone that has been actively participating in coaching cycles with Ms. Wagner. She is very impressed with many of our teachers and is looking forward to meeting and working with more people here at GSMS.

Unit 2 and Quarter 2 have officially been started!

  • 6th grade is working on Informational Research and Latin America.
  • 7th Grade is working on Informational Research and the American Revolution
  • 8th Grade is working on Informational Research and United States Government

Currently our school is seeing 0.17 for overall average growth.

Special shoutouts to Mr. Capron, Ms. Snead, Ms. Lucier, Ms. Lopez, and Ms. Morales for leading our school in average growth. Keep up the great work!

Here is the LINK for our slides presentation from that last CPT


Here is the information for the Math department.


Sixth grade NGSA results have arrived. Teachers will be receiving their students' results next week, and will begin conferencing. A Science walkthrough tool is being created to align with daily expectations that is more aligned with the Amplify curriculum.


SPED- if any teacher is missing an IEP at a glance for any special education student, please email and I will send those to you.

504- The 504 team is meeting every Wednesday afternoon to review 504 plans with parents and find eligibility of students referred to the 504 team.

MTSS- The team is meeting every Wednesday morning to review referrals and meet with parents. We are working hard to provide students with services and interventions to be successful in school.

It is very important for general education teachers to complete progress reports sent by any of these teams on specific students. This information is reported to the parents and helps determine the type of services and interventions that the student requires!

Ms. Santos


SCI make-up sessions for the month of November

Monday, November 28 - 3:45-5:45 pm

Session 9: Effective Reading Comprehension Strategies for MLLs

Session 10: Literacy Strategies to Help ELs' Access Grade-Level Texts

Tuesday, November 29 - 3:45-4:45 pm

Session 11: English Language Structures in Oral Language

Wednesday, November 30 - 3:45-5:45 pm

Session 12: Developing Academic Language through Speaking

Session 13: Developing Academic Language through Listening

Unified Arts

PE - Students are learning how to Speed Stack with former GSMS educator Linda Grossi. Students will be competing to be the best Speed Stacker this coming week.

SPANISH - Students recreated a traditional altar as they learned about Dia De Los Muertos.

CAREER EXPLORATIONS - Students are preparing sample applications to PCTA as they learn more about the programs offered.

MUSIC - Students are writing songs inspired by the social issue of their choice.

PERFORMING ARTS - Students are utilizing Literature Circles as they finish reading their first 1 Act Play.

School Counselor

8th Grade Advisories will be participating in JA Inspire Career Fair this year in December. 8th Grade Advisors will be receiving a copy of the Teacher Guide to complete the curriculum activities with students during Advisory. All 8th graders must complete the Pre-Survey and the “Career Interest Survey” which can be found online. If a student doesn’t complete the “Career Interest Survey” they won’t be able to participate in the Career Fair in December.

Thursday, December 1, 2022 will be a Make-Up Day for those 8th graders that need to complete the Career Interest Survey. Information collected from this survey will be used to assign students to Career Clusters they can visit during the Career Fair December 15th.

Advisories - ALL Advisors continue to encourage students to complete their September and October mandatory tasks in Naviance to help increase our completion rates.

Thank you,

Ms. Madera

Culture Office

Social and Emotional Screening Updates! Today marks the opening of the BIMAS test window until the 21st of November. Teachers, please fill out the BIMAS only for students who you have seen during 2nd period in the last week! The BIMAS is a teacher survey and remember to pay attention to question 24 which is about self harm. If a student in any way, shape, or form, discloses that they have thought about harming themselves please be sure to inform the Admin team.

The SECA is a ten minute survey that students will take on November 22 during the first 10 minutes of advisory. The SECA is completed by the individual student and is based on self reflection and self evaluation of the students beliefs about their own social and emotional capacity. The link for students to complete the SECA is here:

The YES survey is a survey that looks at the environmental factors that surround our middle school aged youth. It seeks to find all of the pro-social elements within our students lives(protective factors) and any that may be harmful (detrimental factors). The YES survey will be administered in Social Studies courses on Monday November 21st throughout the day.

Please click the link here to access theYES survey:

Please reach out ot your department leaders if you have any questions.


Admin Team