GMS Principal's Corner

March 6, 2022

Dear Galvin Families,

The Galvin had a terrific first week back after February break. The week was filled with great energy as we charge ahead with strong and positive momentum into March!

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate our students for an outstanding performance of Mary Poppins Friday and Saturday evening. What a spectacular show of talent and enjoyment. We continue to be proud of our very talented GMS students. Special thanks to Amy Delaney, and Corine Coates for their efforts with the performance. A very special thank you to our music director, John Russell, as this was his last musical here at the Galvin.


Thank you,

GMS Administration

PAWS STARS OF THE MONTH

Every month, one of the many ways we recognize our outstanding students is through our PAWS awards. Each team of teachers nominates four students each month who exemplify our Core Values: Positive Attitude, Academic Excellence, Work Ethic, and Supportive of Others. Pictures of these students and the categories are displayed in our main lobby when you enter the Galvin. We are proud of our students and are always seeking ways to recognize their accomplishments.
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Early Release - Friday, March 11th

On Friday, March 11th, the Galvin Middle School has an early release. This is a make up day from earlier in the school year. This will be a Day 1 in our schedule rotation. Students will be dismissed at 11:05 am.

MCAS Dates

Below is the GMS MCAS schedule. Please help make sure students bring their Chromebook (fully charged) and their charger to school each each day.
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7th Grade Field Trip

This past week, each 7th grade team took a field trip to The Hall at Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Students engaged in STEM activities using the Engineering Design Process while exploring football helmet technology and how to further prevent concussions. Students also got to explore the Patriots Hall of Fame Museum during the trip and had lunch at The CBS Scene Sporting Club.

Unified Sports

Coach Jackson and Coach Morrison began practice this week with the GMS Bulldogs! The primary focus of the Unified Basketball program is developing new skills, meeting personal goals and participating as a team. It was a great first week. Save the date for Fans in the Stands! Our first home game is Thursday, March 17, at 3:15.

Mask Policy Update

At the February 17, 2022 School Committee meeting, the committee voted to follow the most recent guidance around masking from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As of February 28, 2022, students and staff are no longer required to wear masks while in school. Anyone that wants to continue to wear a mask will be supported and is most definitely able to do so. This is a shift from where we have been in the past two years, and we recognize that this step is exciting for many and also may cause some discomfort for others. Please make the decision that is best for your child and family, and know that we are committed to maintaining an inclusive school community where each circumstance and individual decision will be respected and supported.

Please note, as part of the policy there are two situations where face coverings are still required, which are outlined below:

● By state public health order, masks will be required in all school health offices.

● By DESE and DPH protocol, students and staff returning from 5-day quarantine following a positive COVID test must follow strict mask use, other than when eating, drinking, or outside, and conduct active monitoring for symptoms, through day 10 of exposure.

The updated Face Covering Policy can be viewed on our website at www.cantonma.org

Massachusetts Mandated Screenings

Hello from the Health Office,

We are preparing to begin our MA mandated screenings. Please let us know if you would prefer your child to opt-out of one or all of the screenings. We will provide dates for the spinal screenings.


All health screenings conducted in school are required by Massachusetts Law. Screenings are ongoing throughout the school year. Parents and legal guardians shall be provided with an opportunity to request, in writing, that their child not participate in the program. This request must be written each year and be specific to which screening you do not wish your child to participate.

Spinal Screening

Postural screening is conducted for all grades 5 – 9. Parents are notified of concerns and referred to their physician for follow-up.

Vision Screening

Vision screening is conducted for all grades 1 – 5, 7 and 10. Parents are notified if the student does not pass for referral to their physician for follow-up.

Hearing Screening

Hearing screening is conducted for all grades K - 3, 7 and 10. Parents are notified if the student does not pass for referral to their physician for follow-up.

Growth Development Screening

Growth screening is conducted for students in grades 1, 4, 7 & 10. Heights and weights are measured and calculated into BMI or Body Mass Index.



Thank you,

Kerry Darcy, M.Ed, BSN, RN

781-821-5070, Ext. 3186

darcyk@cantonma.org

Lauren Fallon, BSN, RN

781-821-5070, Ext. 3110

fallonl@cantonma.org

civic learning week

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GMS Program of Studies

The Galvin Middle School Program of Studies has been updated. Please use this link to access the GMS Program of Studies which includes academic and course information.

Chromebooks: Important Reminder

It is our students' responsibility to bring their charged Chromebook to school with them each day. We have a very limited number of loaners available and are using those to first support students who's Chromebooks aren't working. The Chromebook is an essential, daily, school supply. Please help your child come up with a process that allows them to have their device ready for school each day. Thank you.

GMS Talent Show

Get your popcorn ready because the Galvin is having a talent show on Friday March 25th at 6:30 pm! If you would like to sign up, use google classroom code aizqwpg on your school Gmail account. The show will be virtual and a link to view the show will be available the week of March 21st.
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CAASA Half-day program

March 11th, 11:05-1:00pm: After the Galvin Middle School early release, students can remain at school and join CAASA for a pizza lunch. They will compete in health-themed games for prizes and make personal health plans. Sign up required using this form. This program will be held at GMS, Classroom #103. Student pick up required at 1:00pm.

About / Around Town

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Lunch Aide

GMS is looking for a lunch aide to help supervise lunches each school day from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. If you are interested in joining the Galvin team, please email Mr. Spillane, spillanej@cantonma.org.

Lost & Found

There are many items in our lost and found including hats, sweatshirts, and water bottles. Please ask your child to check the lost & found table for anything that may be missing.

At Home Rapid Testing Frequently Asked Questions

COVID Consent Form

Please click here for COVID Consent Form. Thank you.

Substitute Teachers and Bus Drivers Needed

Please see this link for information to apply to become a bus driver.

Please see this link for information to apply to become a substitute teacher.

Mark Your Calendars!

March 7th - School Council and GMS CAPT

March 7th - 11th - GMS World Language Week & Civic Learning Week

March 11th - Early Release

March 25th - GMS Talent Show

GMS CAPT Corner

The Galvin CAPT (Canton Association of Parents and Teachers) is an organization which promotes well-being and enrichment for the students at the Galvin Middle School and encourages a close relationship between home and school.


Available CAPT Positions

The following positions could use support, potentially shadowing this year to take over in future years:

  • GMS CAPT Treasurer (Shadow 21/22 for School year 22/23)


GALVIN CAPT Meetings

Galvin CAPT meetings are held the first Monday of every month at 6:30 PM. Please send us an email at galvincapt@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more. The next meeting is March 7, 2022.


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Galvin Middle School Parents

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