GMS PTA News & Daily Announcements - Monday February 4, 2019


February Black History Month

Question for the week. (Please put the answer on a piece of paper with your first & last name in the counseling office)

Who is the person responsible for launching the Birmingham bus boycott, one of the pivotal events of the civil-rights movement?


Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Both Condoleeza Rice and Martin Luther King, Jr. started college when they were just 15 years old. She studied political science at the University of Denver; and he majored in sociology at Morehouse College in Atlanta which is one of many historical black colleges.


GMS Articulation for the 2019-2020 school year

Completed registration cards are due to be returned to their Science teachers on Monday, February 4th.


Student Government Association (SGA)

The SGA is looking for interested students to attend the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Nominating Convention. At this convention, you will be a part of the GMS delegation attending and have an important voice in the final two SMOB candidates that are selected. If you are looking to apply to be a part of the GMS delegation, please see Ms. Mesina in Room 101 by Monday, February 4th for application materials and more information.


5th grade Parent Articulation Night Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Attention Grade 5 Parents – Gaithersburg Middle School will host a 5th Grade Parent Information Night on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm.

This event is an opportunity to meet GMS staff, hear about the instructional program, and learn about course offerings, registration process, and articulation timelines for students.


Media Center

Students, please return any overdue books to the Media Center as soon as possible.


Student Attendance

  • Daily attendance is necessary for a student to be successful at school. In addition, patterns of regular attendance and on-time arrival established now will help students throughout their education and their employment years.

  • If a student’s absence or tardy is excused, they should bring a note from a parent or guardian excusing them. Failure to bring a note within three days will automatically be considered unexcused.

  • Student’s attendance and tardies are monitored by the school. Beginning Marking Period 3 on January 29, 2019, students will be receiving consequences after three tardies to school.


ESOL 10’s WIDA ACCESS Testing

All ESOL 10 students will take the WIDA ACCESS test today.


xMinds Evening with Walter and Cornelia Suskind

Join xMinds for a special evening with Walter and Cornelia Suskind, whose family was featured in the book and documentary Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism. Cornelia will share the life lessons she has learned through parenting a child with ASD and one without. Walter will also share his story of growing up with a brother on the autism spectrum including how his relationship with his brother Owen has evolved into adulthood. Finally, Walter will present an overview of the SibStrong sibling support group program he is piloting in Prince William County, Virginia.

Copies of Life Animated will be available for purchase and signing by the Suskind's!

When: Wednesday, February 6; 7 - 9 p.m.

Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, Fenton Room, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Free parking in the Town Square Garage on Ellsworth

Cost: Free for xMinds members; $15 for non-members

Register: https://xminds.org/event-3196846


Weekly Calendar

February 4-8 National School Counseling Week


Monday, February 4, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 4-8th grade peer leader meting


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 5-You Have the Power Survey

3:30 pm Boys’ Basketball AWAY GMS @ Farquhar MS

3:30 pm Girls’ Basketball HOME Farquhar MS @ GMS

4:20 pm Activity Bus

6:30 pm Rising 5th Grade Parent Articulation Information Night-Learn about courses for 6th grade, transitioning to middle school etc.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

8th grade students will register for high school courses during Science class.

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 6-You Have the Power Lesson on name calling/7th grade peer leader meeting

1:00-3:00 pm Invent the Future Challenge KID Museum-Ms. Pantella

2:50 pm Report Card Distribution-Homeroom

3:30 pm Math Team Competition-Clemente MS

4:20 pm Activity Bus


Thursday, February 7, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 7

11:14 am-1:20 pm Book Wars Meeting-All Lunch Periods Media Center

4:20 pm Activity Bus


Friday, February 8, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 1

11:14 am-1:20 pm Book Library Lunch Activity-All Lunch Periods Media Center


Upcoming Events

February 11, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 2


February 12, 2019

9:30 am-12:30 pm Model UN Trip to Algerian Embassy-Ms. Sanders

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 3

10:40-11 am Grade 6 Straight A and Honor Roll Celebration-Cafeteria

4:20 pm Activity Bus


February 13, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 4

10:40-11:10 am Grade 7 Straight A and Honor Roll Celebration-Cafeteria

4:20 pm Activity Bus


February 14, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 5

10:40-11:10 am Grade 8 Straight A and Honor Roll Celebration-Cafeteria

11:14 am-1:20 pm Book Wars Meeting-All Lunch Periods Media Center

4:20 pm Activity Bus


February 15, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 6

10:40-11:10 am Straight A and Honor Roll Group Pictures-Gym

ALL LUNCHES-Straight A Pizza Luncheon Room 703

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