Gray-New Gloucester Middle School

Message from Principal Rick Riley-Benoit and Kristin Dacko

Thank you so much for all of your support of our students and school through these continually challenging times.  Please be sure to remind your student(s) of the importance of proper mask wearing in our school. Johns Hopkins Medicine has a pretty good graphic on how to and not to wear a mask.  Such practices keep us all safe and working in person as much as possible.

When students do need to be absent, it is important that they are making up any work they miss.  Learning and instruction continue when students are absent, so it is important that students are at least attempting the work assigned before returning to school.

If your student is struggling academically, socially or emotionally, please contact their teachers or guidance counselors.  Often student behaviors at home are different from school, so we may not be aware of issues going on with them.  You are your child’s biggest advocate, so be sure to let us know what you see as their needs! Please reach out, we are all in this together!

From what we have seen so far this year, the best thing we can do is to keep our students consistently in school.  We at the Middle School, along with Superintendent King, are making every effort to do just that.  We feel fortunate that our collective hard work has kept us in school all but five days so far this school year.  Our continued collective work will keep us in-person as much as possible through the rest of the year.


There have been some questions about what constitutes an excused absence.  This is what our handbook says.

To be considered an “excused absence” and not truancy from school under both Board policy and Maine Law, a verbal or written excuse must report one of the following:

  • personal illness
  • an appointment with a health professional that could only be scheduled during the regular school day
  • observance of a recognized religious holiday, when observance can only be done during the school day
  • a family emergency
  • planned (notify main office in advance) absence for a personal or educational purposes that has been approved

Main Office – 657-4994


Julie Stevens

Brenda Emerson

Amanda Gardner

Yearbook Club

Yearbooks are on sale now! The cost of a yearbook is $18. Yearbooks are only on sale until April 15 and are delivered to students in June.

  To order a yearbook, please go to 

Early Dismissal

If you are picking up a student for early dismissal please do not park in front of the school building after 1:15. Our vans and busses begin arriving at this time and the area should be clear of all other vehicles. Parking is in the side parking lot for morning and afternoon drop off and pick up. 

Please let the office know by 12:45 if you need to pick your child up early. If you are dismissing a student early please do so before 1:30. After 1:30 we are beginning our dismissal process. 

We are asking that you come into the office to sign your student out. Each early dismissal requires us to interrupt a class during instructional time. This impacts the whole class not just one student.    

We are asking all households to update their SchoolMessenger accounts.  We will be using SchoolMessenger for ongoing COVID updates, as well as, inclement weather delays and dismissals.

School Messenger Updating Directions:

  1. Log into PowerSchool:
  2. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Navigation bar on the left and click on SchoolMessenger.
  3. Click on the three bars in the top left corner of the school messenger.

Updated  January 21, 2022