PTA News & Daily Announcements - Wednesday March 13, 2019


Minority Scholars Meeting

Minority Scholars will be staying after school on TODAY, Wednesday, March 13th for a Student Service Learning (SSL) activity. Meet in the cafeteria. Any questions, please contact Mr. Padilla, Ms. Hunsberger or Ms. Mesina.


GMS International Night Is Back!

International Night at Gaithersburg Middle School is back! With your help, it will be better than ever!  Friday April 5!  Please support this amazing evening by sharing your Country of origin or ancestry with others.  Families and individuals are ask to show and share something with others...culture,dress, food, maps, flags. Tables will be set up for each county. Want to share a table with someone?  No worries,  grab a friend and be paired at the same table (please indicate on sign up you want to share and with who if possible). Go to the Sign Up Genius and start planning!


Grade 6 Outdoor Education-Smith Center-Session 1

  • Students arrive to GMS at 8:45 AM

  • Session 1: Ms. Paciotti periods 2, 3, &4, Ms. Schultze periods 3 & 4

  • Other 6th graders will follow a special schedule based on your instructional group. There is a bulletin board in the 100 hallways to show students where to go. 6th graders will not follow your regular schedule beginning on Wednesday.

  • 6th grades who have a World Languages class can see their World Languages teacher during VT any day to receive help or clarification with the independent assignments they will be working on in Google Classroom

Intramural Sports

  • Students in all grade levels are invited to participate in one of our 3 intramural sports programs being offered this spring.

  • The activities being offered this spring are softball, Trick Shots, and Backyard games. All three intramurals will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from March 26th through May 9th.

  • The only thing you need to bring in order to participate is a signed permission form. Permission forms are available in the boys and girls locker rooms and the main office. Please see Ms. Evans, Ms. Barnes, or Mr. Zimmerman for additional information.

Student Service Learning (SSL) Hours

Need SSL hours? There are several SSL opportunities coming up in March to help the members of Asbury Methodist Village with their book fair. March 21st to March 31st are the dates available to help with the book fair. It is a close walk from GMS! For specific directions and times, please see Ms.Mesina in room 101.


SSL hours for the Superintendent's SSL Award

The deadline to submit SSL hours to qualify for the Superintendent's SSL award is April 5th. All hours must be submitted by this time in order to qualify. Students completing the 75-hour requirement for graduation by this time will receive the Superintendent's SSL Award.


No Academic Academy until March 27th.


Bake for Good

6th graders should drop off loaves in the main office for donation


Project Change

The You Have the Power Club will not meet on 3/13/19.


Shoe Drive

Project Change is sponsoring a shoe collection at GMS from March 4 to May 4.

The donated shoes can be worn or new.

The shoes will go to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations.

The collection box is in the main office.


Boys Soccer

Attention all boys interested in trying out for soccer: tryouts continue this week Wednesday and Thursday after school. If you have not submitted all your paperwork, you can do so up until Wednesday.


8th Grade Hershey Park Trip

Attention all 8th-grade students: remember to bring in Hershey park permission slips and money by April 15th. Return both to Ms. Larcamp ASAP!


The Respite Resource Fair of the Arc de Montgomery County

Come to the fair on March 23 from 10 am to 2 pm at The Activity Center at Bohrer Park Summit Hill Farm 506 S. Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg. Learn how unpaid primary caregivers, residents, can obtain short-term and occasional relief from their obligations and other supports. Get to know potential care providers and learn more about how respite care works. More information at www.thearcmontgomerycounty.org


Demystifying DORS (Division of Rehabilitation Services) - Workshop

Featuring Marcia Rohrer, Program Manager I, Maryland State Department of Education,

Division of Rehabilitation Services

This meeting is open to all who want to learn about DORS. Families, teachers, or others who work with Middle School age students and older students/youth and adults may benefit from all the information Marcia will share. Please register for this meeting, so we can be prepared to welcome you.

  • Unlock the mystery of the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

  • Understand the difference between Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

  • Explore the partnership between DORS and DDA

  • Learn how to connect with DORS Supported Employment

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:30-9 pm - NEW DATE

The Arc Montgomery County

11600 Nebel Street, Rockville, MD 20852

Registration is required; online registration opens one month prior to each meeting at www.TheArcMontgomeryCounty.org/connect/agency-calendar

Thank you for sharing this information with others!


Registration for Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum is OPEN!

Curious about what supports are available in MCPS for students on the autism spectrum? Join us at out 11th annual xMinds in MCPS Forum on Tuesday, April 2. Our annual Forum informs parents about public school placements and services for students across the autism spectrum in Montgomery County. This Forum is an important service that helps parents participate meaningfully as members of their child’s Individual Education Program (IEP) team.

This year’s breakout session topics include:

  • Elementary Home School Model

  • Diploma Track Elementary School Services

  • Organizational Strategies for Everyone

  • Intro to the Zones of Regulation

  • Differences between Diplomas and Certificates

  • Montgomery County Police Department’s Strategies for Keeping Kids on the Spectrum Safe

  • Introduction to PEERS Social Skills Curriculum

  • Reading Comprehension Strategies

  • Intro to Unstuck and On Target

  • FBAs and BIPs

  • Transition 101 Curriculum

Complete session descriptions are available at https://xminds.org/event-3282626

When: Tuesday, April 2; 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Rd., Rockville

Cost: FREE

Registration: Registration is recommended. Registration is required for childcare or for interpretation services. Register here: https://xminds.org/event-3282626


Interpretación en Español en todas las sesiones estará disponible. Se requiere registro para los servicios de interpretación. Interpretación a otros idiomas estará disponible para aquellos que notifique a xMinds antes del Martes, 19 de Marzo.


Volunteers Needed

31st Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup April 13, 2019 9:00 am to noon. This is a service learning opportunity to help improve our environment. Once a year, there is a big effort to clean up the Potomac River and its huge watershed area which encompasses some of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.


Some of the many cleanup sites in our region are in your backyard. The C&O Canal Association is sponsoring a number of sites along the Potomac River. Those open include Carderock, Anglers, Great Falls Tavern, Swains Lock, Pennyfield Lock and Violettes Lock and Rileys Lock. Volunteers under the age of 18 require parental supervision). If interested, please contact Jim Heins, coordinator of these sites at vip@candocanal.org. If interested in other sites, you may contact the Alice Ferguson Foundation at potomaccleanup.org or call 301-292-5665.


Weekly Calendar

Monday, March 11, 2019

8:30-10:30 pm 6th Grade Only (Bake for Good Assembly (see letter) and Outdoor Education Info)

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 4


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 5

4:30 pm Activity Bus

7pm GMS PTA Meeting - Media Center


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Grade 6 Outdoor Education-Smith Center-Session 1 students arrive to GMS at 8:45 AM

Session 1: Ms. Paciotti periods 2, 3, &4, Ms. Schultze periods 3 & 4

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 6

4:20 pm Activity Bus


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Grade 6 Outdoor Education-Smith Center

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 7

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

4:30 pm Activity Bus


Friday, March 15, 2019

Grade 6 Outdoor Education Session 1 students arrive to GMS at 12:45 PM for pickup

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 1

Upcoming Events

March 18, 2019

Grade 6 Outdoor Education-Smith Center-Session 2 students arrive to GMS at 8:45 AM

Session 2: Ms. Edwards periods 2, 3, 4, & 5 and Students who do not take Science

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 2


March 19, 2019

Grade 6 Outdoor Education-Smith Center-Session 2 continues

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 3

4:20 pm Activity Bus


March 20, 2019

Grade 6 Outdoor Education-Smith Center-Session 3 students arrive to GMS at 8:45 AM

Music Festival-Gaithersburg High School

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 4

Grade 6 Outdoor Education Session 2 students arrive to GMS at 12:45 PM for pickup

4:20 pm Activity Bus


March 21, 2019

MISA Testing-8th grade testing only

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 5

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

4:20 pm Activity Bus


March 22, 2019

MISA Testing-8th graded testing only

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 6

Grade 6 Outdoor Education Session 3 students arrive to GMS at 12:45 PM for pickup

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