Gray-New Gloucester Middle School

Message from Principal Rick Benoit

Hello GNGMS Families!

Please remind your students the importance of hand washing and maintaining six feet of physical distance from others here at school.  The rise in COVID-19 cases in our state has us a little nervous, but if we do our part we can stay here in school!

Please make sure you are all set up on PowerSchool.  Report cards will come out the week of November 16, and they will only be available on PowerSchool.  If you need help with your account, please call the office at 657-4994.

Note from the Health Office

-Medication: If your student requires medication at school, please contact the health office to make arrangements. An annual medication form is required from the doctor and must be signed by a parent. Some students carry an inhaler or epipen with parent, physician and school nurse approval. A doctor’s order is needed for these as well.

-Travel: If your student will be traveling out of state or will be receiving a Coronavirus test for any reason, please contact Shelley Blake, Health Assistant at SBlake@sad15.org or call 657-9430.

Any students who travels to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont will be required to either:

  1. quarantine for 14 days upon return to Maine, or
  2. quarantine until a receiving a negative test result. The test must be taken either:
  • in state you are visiting and no more than 72 hours prior to your return to Maine,
  • or once you return to Maine.

Spirit Day

Team GNGMS! Calling all In School and Remote students!

Wear your red, white, and blue or Patriots Spirit wear.

Red cohorts: Monday November 23Blue cohorts: Tuesday November 24

Let’s see which cohort has the most spirit!

Yearbooks on Sale

A reminder yearbooks are on sale now. The current price is $15. Cost will increase to $18 on November 25.

Due to current restrictions, the yearbook club isn’t able to take photos around the school like we have before. We need your help!

  • We have a community photo upload at yearbookforever.com.
  • Locate our school by typing Gray-
  • Click on the community upload button. 

Please share with our yearbook club, photos from school events (ie: sporting events, class activities, intramural activities, advisory activities, etc.).

Any questions please reach out to Ms. Babbin at ebabbin@sad15.org.

Holiday Wreath Sales Deadline

Project Graduation will be selling wreaths for the holiday season. There are 2 ways to order, pre-pay and pay at pick-up, however, we are recommending pre-pay to stay within all CDC and District guidelines for social distancing. Deadline to place order is November 23. Please see attached flyer for information and links to order and pay.

Thank you for your time, consideration and support of Project Graduation!

School Picture Retake

Picture retakes will be held December 3rd & 4th.  This will only be for students who attend school.  Remote students would need to call the studio to set up an appt.

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

Drama Update

Our online production of VIRTUALLY EVER AFTER is in the process of filming and preparing for our big premiere on Friday, December 4th at 7:00pm.

This hilarious spoof on classic fairy tales will have you all giggling and laughing out loud all from the comfort of your home. A link will be released on the MSAD 15 website for 7:00pm and the public will be able to click on the link to watch this production.

We are so looking forward to this new adventure and encourage all our viewers to make it an event. Maybe your household could serve a special snack or desert while they enjoy the show? We will also have a comment board where viewers can leave comments or share their festivities.

Set the date aside, Friday, December 4th at 7:00pm!

Sports

Intramural Programs Early Winter/Winter 2020

Walking Club: Mondays and Tuesdays 11/23 – 12/22 

Students will be walking with Mr. Welch on the Libby Hill Trails after school. Participants will have the chance to be social and get some exercise. There may be additional social activities that take place when students are done walking.  Please sign up here: Walking Club sign up form

Winter sports should begin in the next few weeks.

  • Cross-country skiing is open to students in grades 5-8
  • Cheering is open to students in grades 6-8
  • Basketball is open to students in grades 7 & 8

If you are interested in any of these sports, please sign up soon on Family ID on our school district website or contact Mr. Welch by email for more information.

More programming may become available in January and February, depending on our ability to put on such programs.

Family ID Registration for Sports

I am pleased to inform you that GNG WILL have a Winter Athletic Season! We are still awaiting sports specific guidelines from the Maine Principals Association. A joint press release by the MPA and all government agencies was sent to the membership which you can reference here. We have opened registration on Family ID and encourage you to register your child as soon as possible so we can sort out the many intricate details of planning the season during a pandemic. We are not requiring payment of the $25.00, once the season begins a reminder will be sent to pay at that time.

I will host an informational Zoom session prior to the start of the High School and Middle season, once we receive more detailed guidance. The experience for MS and HS will be different then they were in the Fall which is why it will be essential for families to attend. I cannot stress enough how important it is that we adhere to the requirements set forth by our government agencies and the Maine Principals Association. Please note that the latest recommendations do require that all student-athletes must be masked while playing which is a recent change in protocol. I was very pleased with how respectful our students and families were this Fall. I fully expect that support and cooperation will continue this Winter.

Contact me at srobbins@sad15.org with any questions you may have.

  • Athletic Director Susan Robbins

Updated November 20, 2020