GMS PTA News & Daily Announcements - Tuesday January 22, 2019


Student Government Association (SGA) Events

  • The SGA will be selling snacks and water at Tuesday, January 22nd basketball game outside the gym.

  • The SGA will be staying after school on Wednesday, January 23rd from 3:20-4:20 for a meeting.

  • This week is Martin Luther King's Week of Service. In celebration of this event, the SGA will be painting kindness rocks to be on display for GMS. SGA students and other interested students will be staying after school on Thursday, January 24th from 3:20-4:20 to complete this activity. The SGA will also be announcing motivational quotes to inspire your day on the morning announcements.


Here is your quote from the SGA in celebration of MLK Week of Service –

"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there's footprints on the moon."


Marking Period 2 Ends 1/25/19

  • We have a week until the second marking period ends on 1/25/19.

  • Students if you need to complete work, please see your teachers during Viking Time or get a pass to get help during lunch.

Model United Nations (MUN) Fundraiser

  • Come show your support for Model UN this Thursday, January 24 by having dinner at California Pizza at Rio. Be sure to mention GMS Model UN when you dine.

  • GMS Model UN gets a portion of the sales to support scholarships to conferences. A flyer is going home to bring with you. Thank you for your support.

WIDA Testing for ESOL Students

  • WIDA testing will continue until January 29th for all ESOL Level 1-5 students.

  • This test determines a student’s ESOL Level and determines if a student is ready to exit the ESOL Program.

  • It is very important that all students arrive to school on time. Students can earn prizes for arriving on time and ready for testing.

  • Students who are not in an ESOL class but are required to be assessed will be taking WIDA test January 31st through February 8

6th grade Outdoor Education Information

  • Outdoor Education for our 6th graders is quickly approaching.

  • The MCPS 6thGrade Outdoor Education program is an exciting three-day, two-night outdoor learning experience at the Smith Center. Students received their permission slips on 1/15/19 and Outdoor Education packet through their Science classes.

  • All paperwork and money/checks $80.00 should be returned to their Science teacher. If financial assistance is needed, please indicate this on the GMS paperwork. Checks should be made out to Gaithersburg Middle School.

  • There will be a parent information session regarding GMS Outdoor Education on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria.

  • GMS Staff will share: the dates, courses students will participate in, cabin organization, meals, evening activities.

  • In addition, parents who are interested in chaperoning at Outdoor Education during the day or overnightwill need to get fingerprinted. The fingerprinting service will be offered FREE to parents on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 PM. Please bring a valid ID.

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.


Monday, January 21, 2019

HOLIDAY-Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day-No School


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 6

3:30 pm Boys’ Basketball HOME Montgomery Village MS @ GMS

3:30 pm Girls’ Basketball AWAY GMS @ Montgomery Village MS

The Arts and Activism club will not be meeting.

4:20 pm Activity Bus


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 7

3:20 pm SGA Meeting

4:20 pm Activity Bus


Thursday, January 24, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 1

11:15-1:30 pm Book Wars Meeting-All Lunches -Media Center

Model UN Fundraiser California Pizza Kitchen Rio Center

3:30 pm Boys’ Basketball AWAY GMS @ Forest Oak MS

3:30 pm Girls’ Basketball HOME Forest Oak MS @ GMS

3:20 pm The SGA will be painting kindness rocks to be on display for GMS. SGA students and other interested students will be staying after school to complete this activity.

4:20 pm Activity Bus

7:00 pm 6th Grade Parent Outdoor Education Meeting


Friday, January 25, 2019

No Viking Time

First Semester and Second Marking Period Ends

12:30 pm Early Release


Upcoming Events

January 28, 2019

Professional day for teachers-No school for students

Second Semester/Third Marking Period Begins

Grades Due


January 29, 30, 31

10:40-11:10 am VT2 Elective Presentation grades 6/7

10:40-11:10 am Peer Leaders Meeting-Cafeteria

4:20 pm Activity Bus


January 30, 2019

10:40-11:10 am GMStrong!-Mentors

3:30 pm Boys’ Basketball HOME Argyle MS @ GMS

3:30 pm Girls’ Basketball AWAY GMS @ Argyle MS

4:20 pm Activity Bus

6:30 pm Elementary Feeder School Parent Information Night


January 31, 2019

10:40-11:10 am GMStrong!-Mentors

11:15-1:30 pm Book Wars Meeting Media Center

4:20 pm Activity Bus


February 1-28

African American History Month


February 1, 2019

8:15 am-9:00 am Grade 8 Assembly by GHS

10:40-11:10 am VT 3-8th graders view time management video

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