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[ARCHIVED] GMS Parent Newsletter - January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:

As a reminder, Remote learning has been extended through January 27th, 2021 due to the high rate of positivity for COVID cases in Gardner.  The hybrid model and in-person learning will resume on Thursday, January 28, 2021. 

 Wednesday, January 27th is a half-day for all Gardner Public School students.  For GMS this means that students will be dismissed from their classes at 10:30 am. GMS students will be following the schedule linked below on this day.

Schedule for Wednesday, January 27th

Quarter 2 grades will close on Friday, January 29th and Report cards will be available in Plusportals on Friday, February 5th. Please be sure that you are reviewing Plusportals grades with your child in order to see the progress that is being made towards grade level standards.  If you need access to Plusportals please call Mrs. Cooper in the GMS Office and if you have questions or concerns about the progress your student is making, please reach out to our teaching staff.  

Linked below is the grade scale being used at GMS this year. The grade you see on the report card is a mean of the Summative assessment data collected by the teacher.  Please use the gradebook in Plusportals to access more detailed information about the progress your student is making towards reaching grade level standards.  In Plusportals select the class you wish to view and then select “Performance.” This will allow you to see the scores given to individual assessments.

GMS Grading Scale

Upcoming dates to be aware of:    

Wednesday, January 27th- Half day, 10:30 am dismissal

Thursday, January 28th- Hybrid learning resumes

Friday, January 29th- Term 2 ends

Please note that there have been some new security measures added to Zoom this week.  All students will now be asked to login to access their Zoom  accounts.  This allows the teacher to ensure that only GMS students are being allowed into the virtual classroom as the students’ email address will be used to access the platform.  Directions for logging in have been shared with all students and are linked HERE                

Missing a sweatshirt, sneakers, books or other belongings?

Last year’s unexpected closure left us to clean out student lockers and return belongings to students. After scheduling times for families to retrieve belongings those that have yet to be claimed have been placed in individual bags in the school’s cafeteria. If you did not have a chance to pick up the belongings in your student’s locker, and wish to, please call the GMS Main Office to make arrangements to do so. At the end of this month, the bags remaining in the cafeteria will be disposed of.

Food Services 

Curbside to Go Breakfast and Lunch (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,


   *  Rear of GHS 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Wildcat Wagon Neighborhood Delivery for All Virtual Learners (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday):

* 1:10 - 1:20 pm Corner of Cross St. & Pine St.                 * 1:50 - 2 pm Manca Dr. Cul-de-Sac   

* 1:25 - 1:35 pm Monument Park                                        * 2:05 - 2:15 pm South Gardner

Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!

Arthur Murphy, Principal

Gardner Middle School

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