GMS Parent Portal

August 21, 2019

Great Start!

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start. Students and teachers have spent the first couple of weeks getting to know one another, practicing routines, and doing a lot of learning. Some teachers celebrated a successful first day of school with a visit to The Chief!
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Fundraiser is Here - We Need Your Help!

Fundraiser sales are underway! Please encourage your child to sell items to support our school. They don't even have to leave home to sell! Information about how to register for online sales is included in the packet that was sent home with all students. Here are just a few of the ways that ALL GMS students benefit from fundraiser sales:


Field Trips - Five-Star Program - Student Awards - Project Expenses

PE Shirts - Cedar Point Trip - Celebrations - Academic Contests

8th Grade Dance - Science Olympiad - Spelling Bee- Student Clubs


Students can win a variety of awards by doing their part in selling items. Awards include cash prizes, a limousine ride to have lunch at Cici's Pizza, a bowling party, and much more! Details are in the packet that students brought home. If you have questions or need another packet, call the school and we'll be glad to help.

GMS Cell Phone Policy

Students have done a great job of following the GMS Cell Phone policy. Thank you, parents, for your support and help in reinforcing the expectations! Cell phones should be locked in lockers during class time. Students may use their cell phones before and after school and during lunch time. Fewer distractions in the classroom leads to increased learning time!

Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Arredondo

You may have noticed a new face in the GMS Welcome Center. Mrs. Arredondo has enjoyed talking with and getting to know students and their families. Mrs. Arredondo's goal is to build relationships with students and parents as the year progresses. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and cooking amazing dinners for them. We are happy to have her join the GMS team!

GIMS Learner Profile Attribute: Principled

GIMS students have been learning about what it means to be principled. Principled learners act with integrity and honesty, a sense of fairness, and respect. They take responsibility for their own actions. Some ways students have been "caught" being principled this month include: cleaning up a mess in the cafeteria, turning in found money instead of keeping it, and helping a new student find the way to class. Ask your child how s/he has demonstrated principled behavior this month.

What's New in GIMS 7th Grade Science?

Greetings from your 7th grade science teachers! After several days of getting to know our students and discussing procedures/expectations, our students embarked on a discovery of the lab safety procedures through videos and interactive websites. Using the knowledge they gained, we had them create some mini lab safety posters, and 12 of these will be placed on display at our labs as reference material throughout the year. Our next topics include:

  • The Metric System
  • Density
  • Engineering Process

Stay tuned for more information.

Miss Anderson

Mrs. Miller

Miss Farmer

Notes from the Nurse

1. Please feed your students prior to school or have them eat breakfast in our school cafeteria. It is very important for our students to have a healthy breakfast in order to learn.


2. How should I decide whether to keep my child home for illness?


  • temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • severe cold symptoms
  • questionable rash


3. Help your child stay healthy by getting 9-10 hours of sleep per night, eating a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and washing hands often!

High Ability Parent Meeting

Monday, Sep. 16th, 6:30-7:30pm

GMS Auditorium

This informational meeting is for the parents/guardians of our formally identified High Ability students. Eliza Stoltzfus, the GMS High Ability Coach, will present the “nuts and bolts” of High Ability Programming at GMS. Please plan to attend – especially if you are new to GMS and/or the High Ability program.

Other Important Dates

Thursday, Aug. 22 - Screenagers Film, 6:30

Monday, Aug. 26 - Screenagers Discussion, 6:30

Friday, Aug. 30 - Fundraiser Sales End

Monday, Sept. 2 - Labor Day - No School

Wednesday, Sept. 18 - eLearning Day

Thursday, Sept. 19 - Picture Retake Day

Monday, Sept. 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 - 7th & 8th Grade Fundraiser Pick-Up, 3:30-6:00

Thursday, Sept. 26 - 6th Grade Fundraiser Pick-Up, 3:30-6:00

Monday, Sept. 30 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8 p.m.

GCS Transportation Handbook

The GCS Transportation Rules are listed beginning on page 38 of the GMS Handbook. Read here for important information for bus riders.