February 10, 2021
GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:
Black History Month Spotlight-
Amanda Gorman has been on two of the biggest stages this year, the Inauguration and the Super Bowl. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015. Check out this article about her and her spot from the Super Bowl.
Article on Amanda Gorman
Super Bowl Video
February vacation is scheduled for next week. We hope you are able to get some time away from the computer screen, spend time together and do something you enjoy. Gardner Public Schools has a travel policy in place to ensure the safety of all of our staff and students. If you are planning to travel out of state next week, please review the policy linked below and contact our school nurse Ms. Downey for guidance around when your student will be allowed to return to in-person learning. If your student does travel out of state, he or she will still be able to attend classes remotely upon return and will not lose out on any instruction time.
GPS COVID-19-TRAVEL PROTOCOL
Upon return from vacation, students will be starting a new rotation of Unified Arts classes. Students should check their emails and look for a welcome note from the teacher of their newly assigned class which will contain the information needed to join the class.
During the winter months our busses may be delayed in picking up or dropping off students due to the road conditions or mechanical issues. Please use the “Here Comes the Bus” app posted below so you can receive the most up-to-date information available regarding the pick-up and drop-off times for your student. Using this app will also allow you to decrease the amount of time your student needs to wait outside, in the cold, for the bus. In order to use this app you must register with the SASID number assigned to your student. The directions for finding this number are also linked below:
Here Comes the Bus app
How to retrieve SASID
Upcoming dates to be aware of:
Monday, February 15th-Friday, February 19th- No School
December’s GMS Students of the Month
The students listed below were recognized as the GMS Students of the Month for December. Each GMS Team selects 2 students each month who represents our CARES values:
C- A positive member of our school community
A- Appreciates the voices and opinions of others
R- Shows responsibility in the classroom and hallways
E- Is a model of excellence in our school
These students received packages in the mail containing some GMS Swag and a personal note of congratulations from Mr. Murphy. We recognize and congratulate these students for their continued efforts during this unusual school year.
GMS Apparel Store
Order Deadline: February 12th, 2021
(All orders must be in by this date!)
Pick up orders at GMS: March 1st- March 5th, 2021
NOTE: Items will NOT be shipped to your house. All items ordered must be picked up at GMS between March 1st - March 5th.
Questions: Email Kristy Nieman at email@example.com or
Brian LaRoche at firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Minds is a youth conference scheduled for April 14, 20221 from 10AM-2PM. This is a virtual event sponsored by local agencies. Please see the flier linked below for further information.
Healthy Minds Youth Conference
Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!
Arthur Murphy, Principal
Gardner Middle School