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Posted on: January 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] GMS Parent Newsletter - May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021

GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:

As the end of the year quickly approaches we are in the process of planning  for MCAS testing, fun events to end the year and planning to transition students to the next grade level. Information about all of these will be coming out shortly. Please be reminded that Wednesday, May 12th is a half-day for all Gardner Public School students. Our GMS students will be dismissed at 10:30 am on that day and will be following the schedule linked HERE.

MCAS testing-

Grade 5

Tuesday, May 18th- ELA testing 

Wednesday, May 19th- Math testing 

Thursday, May 20th- Science testing 

Grade 6

Monday, May 24th- ELA testing 

Tuesday, May 25th- Math testing 

Grade 7

Wednesday, May 26th- ELA testing 

Thursday, May 27th- Math testing 

Students who are in Cohort D (fully remote) will be taking the tests from home. 

  • Students testing remotely will be able to use either their school issued devices or their own personal computers, as long as these devices have working cameras.

  • Students testing from home will also be Zooming in with the proctor assigned to test them

  • Those taking the test remotely will be receiving directions, usernames and passwords via their school email accounts. Please be on the lookout for this information as the testing dates get closer.

Dates to be aware of

Friday, May 7th- Q4 Progress reports will be issued

Wednesday, May 12 is a half-day with a 10:30 am dismissal

This week is Teacher Appreciation week! Please take a few minutes to share some words of kindness with your student’s teachers and help us to show them how much they are appreciated. On Monday, staff were surprised with some treats by the GMS Admin team and we have a few more surprises planned for later this week.


May is Mental Health Month and is being honored and recognized throughout the country by reaching out to millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.

This bulletin board was created to help shed light on this month and start conversations among the GMS community. With the help from two randomly selected 5th graders, Khiana Richardson-Burroughs and Andres Serrano, this board and it's important messages can be seen in our main lobby.

If you'd like more information on Mental Health Awareness Month, you can visit And, if you'd like to talk with someone about your child's mental health, please reach out to your child's school counselor.

Art Club will be held this Wednesday from 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm.

There are 12 spots available for any student who is interested. 

Anyone who would like to join should email Ms. Higgins ASAP.

Meetings will be held every other Wednesday from 1:45-3:00 in the Art room

Follow up dates are: 5/26 and 6/9.



Please use the link below to learn more about this exciting program Mr. Zuaro is offering to our students.

Gardner Middle School Chorus

Trio Talent Search

Click the link below to learn more about the services offered through this program

Trio Talent Search

Food Services 

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

This service will continue for our remote learners

* 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

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