Gray-New Gloucester Middle School

Message from Principal Rick Benoit and Kristin Dacko

Hello GNGMS Families!

Thank you all for your support for our school and students.  We appreciate your patience as we work out some of the kinks.

Dismissal: We are trying to streamline parent pickup as we go, here are a few things that you can do to help us out:

  1. Pickup students are dismissed at 2:15.  Please hold off until that time to wait in the pickup area for your students.
  1. Please pull forward as far as you can in the pickup area before stopping to have your child get into your vehicle.
  1. Please call with any dismissal changes before 1:00.  We have had to hold all dismissal in order to get notices to students!
  1. Students who are being dismissed early must be picked up by 1:30 or you will need to wait for the group 3 parent pick up for dismissal.  

This should help the traffic backup at the end of the day for student pickups and disruptions in the classrooms.  Please be patient.  With us and with each other.  We all have places to go and tight schedules, but if we give each other a little grace it will be easier for all of us.

Students Out of School for Illness or Quarantine

Unless an entire team has gone remote, we do not have the capacity to provide Zoom lessons this year when students are absent. All teachers are currently using Google Classroom to post and turn in assignments. This will help students keep up with their work from home. Please email your child’s teacher directly for questions.

Masks: Are required inside MSAD15 buildings and on all buses and vans regardless of your vaccination status.  Masks are not required outside.  We have been able to provide masks up to this time but we are asking that all students come to school with a mask covering both nose and mouth.

Powerschool Student Registration: A reminder to families to please update your Powerschool information under the Forms tab. You may access Powerschool form the MSAD15 website or click here: msad15.powerschool.com. Please call the office if you need assistance.

Band

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Do you want to make music in a group of your peers? Band for grades 6, 7 & 8 is open to all students this year. Please contact Mrs. Ogden at dogden@sad15.org for more information on how to join!

To parents of 5th graders: if your child missed the demo last Friday for beginner band here is a link which also includes some tips for beginners: youtube.com/playlist -Instrument demonstration. Please email mpatterson@sad15.org.  Grade 5 band sign up sheet has been added as an attachment.

Drama

GNG Middle School Drama Club started September 14, from 2:15pm to 3:45pm in the cafeteria. Drop in’s are welcome. Drama Club is offered as an after-school club to students in grades 5-8. There are two sessions for Drama Club. Sign-up for the Fall Session will begin today and will be on the bulletin board across from the office. 

FOCUS: The Fall Session will focus on a Drama Work-shop format. Participants will be learning about improvisation, stage make-up, singing and dancing on stage and how to be effective on the big stage. All students will need to have a ride home at 3:45pm. Attendance is not mandatory for the fall session. Students interested in just stage crew should wait until the Winter Session to sign-up or are welcome to participate in the Drama Workshops. 

For more information please see Miss Guerard in Room 231 or email mguerard@sad15.org. More news for the Winter Session Musical will be released in November 2021. 

School Picture Day

Students school pictures will be held on Thursday, Sept 23, 2021.

 

Click link for the price sheet: myportraitsonline.net/PEFXMaine/PEFXMaine-Fall2021-PortraitsFlyer.pdf

  1. Click the following link to order pictures: http://maine.portraitefx.com
  2. Click on the “Order” tab 
  3. Select the “Preorder” dropdown
  4. Start typing the name of your school and select your school 
  5. Enter the information requested-student name, select packages you wish to purchase

Finished portraits will be delivered to the school within three weeks of Portrait Day. Your satisfaction with the finished portraits is guaranteed. 

Questions? Please call PortraitEFX of Maine at 207-657-6372 or email photographer Nathan Tsukroff maine@portraitefx.com

PortraitEFX appreciates the opportunity to photograph your student!

Updated September 17, 2021