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Gemini Middle School - August 2022

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Dear Gemini Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! For those of you who are returning to Gemini, welcome back. For those families that are new to Gemini Middle School, we wish you a warm welcome! We are so excited to begin another new school year together.

Within this message, you will find important dates, reminders, and links to many valuable resources to help prepare you for the upcoming school year. Please be sure to review this updated 2022-2023 school year calendar, as well as some information about East Maine School District 63 communications.

If you have questions about the upcoming school year or need assistance with registration, please contact us by phone at 847-827-1181 or email at Our main office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Please check your email frequently for updates from our school and District 63.

We look forward to seeing you soon and to sharing a great school year together!

Lewis Roberts, Principal

Wendy Brutt, 6th-grade Assistant Principal

Erica Perelgut, 7th-grade Assistant Principal

Brian Gariti, 8th-grade Assistant Principal

Tim Mackin, Dean of Students

First Day of School

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 16th.

Gemini school hours are:

8:00-8:20 a.m: Arrival Window

8:25 a.m: Start of the school day

3:25 p.m. End of the school day

Please note, that for safety reasons, parents are not allowed to enter the building during drop-off. We also ask that parents DO NOT exit their cars during arrival and dismissal.

Click here to access the entire District 63 2022-2023 school year calendar.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Car Riders: Click here to watch the arrival and dismissal procedures for our car rider families.

Bus Riders: Please log into the Parent Portal to check your bus number, bus stop, and the morning and afternoon pick-up and drop-off times. Learn more about bus transportation

Student Schedules

Please login to the Parent Portal before Tuesday, August 16th, to view your child's schedule for the year. Please make sure your child knows their advisory teacher's name and room number as that is where they will go when they arrive at school on Tuesday. If they forget, no worries, we will have adults ready to help them.

Please Note: Students that registered this week might not have a schedule as we might be waiting on information from their prior school.

If you have forgotten your username and password, please contact our main office via email or phone for support.

School Supplies & Chromebooks

Please click here to view a list of the supplies families will need to purchase for each student. All other materials will be provided by District 63. Please DO NOT send students with all of their supplies on the first day of school. We will assign lockers throughout the day, and we don't want your child to carry their supplies from class to class all day.

Students with a District-issued Gemini Chromebook at home should bring it in on the first day of school.

Any students who are new to D63 and 6th-grade students who were not able to attend orientation will receive their Chromebooks the first week of school.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

  • Students may choose to bring a lunch to school or purchase a lunch. Click here for more information on D63's food service program, paying for meals, and to see the food menu.
    • Breakfast: Available from 8-8:20 a.m. each morning in our school cafeteria. Bus riders will enter Door 6 once they arrive. Car Riders and Walkers will enter at Door 2.
    • Lunch: We will no longer accept student lunches from food delivery services such as UberEats, Grubhub, etc. A parent or family member is the only person from whom we will accept a lunch delivery for a student.

Note from the Nurses

COVID-19 Update

This school year, all students and employees will have the option to test for COVID-19. Additional information will be shared by the District in a later email.

Open House

Gemini's Open House will take place on Tuesday, August 30th, from 6:00-7:30 PM. This event will be meet-and-greet-style, meaning you can attend anytime within the hour and a half.

At Open House, families will be able to:

  • visit your child's classrooms
  • meet their teachers
  • tour the school
  • meet other Gemini families

We hope to see you there!


If your child is interested in playing sports, we encourage you to visit the Gemini Sports page to learn more about our program and participation requirements.

Gemini Social Media

  • We encourage you to follow us on our website and social media, this is a great way to stay informed.

Fall Picture Day

Fall Pictures will take place on Friday, September 2.

D63 Family Resource Center

Be sure to check out the Expanded Learning and Family Resource website for the most up-to-date programming for the D63 community!

Calendar Highlights


16: First Day of School

30 Open House from 6-7:30 p.m.

31: NWEA MAP Testing


1: NWEA MAP Testing

2: Picture Day

8: District 63 Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. at D63 Education Service Center

Upcoming Sporting Events


18: 6-8th grade Girls Volleyball Information Meeting 3:30 p.m.

19: 7/8th grade Boys/Girls Soccer Information Meeting 3:30 p.m.

22/23/24: 7/8th Volleyball Tryouts 3:30-5 p.m.

23: Cross Country Information Meeting 3:30 p.m.

25/26: 6th-grade Girls Volleyball Tryouts 3:30- 5 p.m.

25/26: 7/8th grade Girls/Boys Soccer Tryouts 3:30- 5 p.m.