GMS Parent Portal

August 2019


Welcome to a new school year and the first edition of the GMS Parent Portal! In each issue, you will find announcements about upcoming events, tips for helping your child succeed in school, highlights of life at GMS, and other important information.

If there are topics you would like to see addressed in the Parent Portal, please send them to the email address provided at the bottom of this page.

Lisa Herschberger

GMS Assistant Principal

Staff Spotlight

Miss Liz Martin is stepping into the role of GIMS Assistant Principal this year. Miss Martin has worked at GMS for 10 years. She first started as a 7th grade computer teacher and more recently worked as an instructional coach for GIMS. You’ll catch Miss Martin chatting with teachers and students and showing pictures of her nieces and nephews and her dog to anyone that will listen. Her goal this year is to help every student, every day, feel valued and learn at GIMS. Feel free to reach out to her by phone or set up an appointment to meet with her if you have any questions or concerns for your child.

Attendance Matters

Attendance is a critical part of your child's success in school. Even if missed work is completed at home, a student who is absent misses out on important discussions, feedback, and learning experiences. Please make every effort to ensure your child is at school daily unless s/he is ill.

Studies show that students who are involved in extra-curricular activities like clubs, sports, or music have better attendance and higher grades. These activities help students make friends, connect with staff members, and enjoy school! Refer to the GMS handbook on our website or have your child watch the announcements for opportunities to join extra-curricular groups.

Check out the chart below to see how absences can add up to a lot of missed learning opportunities.

Big picture

6th Grade Open House

Monday, Aug. 5th, 6-7:30pm


All incoming 6th graders and their families are invited to kick off the school year with an open house. Visit the classrooms, find your locker, and practice opening that lock. Your teachers will be eagerly waiting to meet you and answer any questions you might have!

Other Important Dates

  • August 7 - First Day of School (Regular Start Time of 8:30)
  • August 12 - New Tech 7th & 8th Open House 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • August 13 - GIMS 7th & 8th Grade Open House 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • August 13 - School Picture Day
  • August 16 - Fundraiser sales begin
  • August 30 - Fundraiser sales end
Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

Vaping or juuling has become a dangerous trend among middle school-aged students. Click here to read the facts about vaping and how you can help protect your child.

GCS Drug Testing Policy

Goshen Community Schools has a random drug testing program for all students involved in extra-curricular activities. Click here to see the presentation that all students and parents must watch prior to participating.