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News and Notes for the week of June 6th, 2019

Message from the Nurses Office:
It has been my pleasure to care for your child’s health and wellness needs this year.  If your child has medications kept at school for their use (including prescription or over the counter medications, epipens, and inhalers), please plan to pick up these medications in my office by the end of the school year, or please call to make alternative arrangements.  Any medication not picked up or brought home will be properly disposed of at the conclusion of the school year. This is in keeping with School Committee policy and ensures the safety and well-being of all children.
If your child will be taking medication at school again next year, please be sure to contact your health care provider over the summer for updated medication orders and health care plans prior to the start of the new school year.  All medication orders and medical care plans must be renewed each school year.  These documents provide guidelines to help us give the best and most up to date care possible for your child’s health condition.  In addition to the physician’s signature, please be sure to include your signature on all documents. Your signature serves as “parent authorization” for medications and treatments to be administered at school.
These documents may be returned to school anytime during the summer.  Medications for next school year can be brought to the school during the school hours beginning 8/26/2019. Wishing you and your family have a safe, happy, and healthy summer!    
Don’t Forget:
Please be sure to submit your child’s physical exam record each year. Updated physical exam forms are required for ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS prior to transitioning to high school. Physical exam forms can be submitted by email or by fax, or hand delivered to me by your child. Please contact me with any concerns or questions.

Kristin Brigham BSN, RN, NSNC brighamk@westboroughk12.org

phone: 508-836-7740 x2814 fax: 508-836-7744

Message from Gibbons Middle School:
We had a great 8th Grade Trip to Camp Takodah! If your student attended the trip we would like your feedback on their experience. Please fill out the brief survey below 

Please click HERE for the Survey.

8th Grade Dance
Friday, June 14th, 7:00-9:00pm
$5 admission, free ice cream and snacks
Hawaiian theme
Note: The Hood ice cream is nut-free, egg-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. Dairy-free options will also be available
7th and 8th grade families: help is needed for the 8th grade dance on Fri. 6/14.
7th grade parents are needed to serve as chaperones. We need 8th grade families to contribute snacks and help set up and clean up. Please sign up HERE

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you! NEW

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.


WHS Football Camp:
June 17th-19th
Please see Mr. Hanson in room 26 for more information about the camp and to sign up! 

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of May 31st, 2019

Message from the Nurses Office:
It has been my pleasure to care for your child’s health and wellness needs this year.  If your child has medications kept at school for their use (including prescription or over the counter medications, epipens, and inhalers), please plan to pick up these medications in my office by the end of the school year, or please call to make alternative arrangements.  Any medication not picked up or brought home will be properly disposed of at the conclusion of the school year. This is in keeping with School Committee policy and ensures the safety and well-being of all children.
If your child will be taking medication at school again next year, please be sure to contact your health care provider over the summer for updated medication orders and health care plans prior to the start of the new school year.  All medication orders and medical care plans must be renewed each school year.  These documents provide guidelines to help us give the best and most up to date care possible for your child’s health condition.  In addition to the physician’s signature, please be sure to include your signature on all documents. Your signature serves as “parent authorization” for medications and treatments to be administered at school.
These documents may be returned to school anytime during the summer.  Medications for next school year can be brought to the school during the school hours beginning 8/26/2019. Wishing you and your family have a safe, happy, and healthy summer!    
Don’t Forget:
Please be sure to submit your child’s physical exam record each year. Updated physical exam forms are required for ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS prior to transitioning to high school. Physical exam forms can be submitted by email or by fax, or hand delivered to me by your child. Please contact me with any concerns or questions.

Kristin Brigham BSN, RN, NSNC brighamk@westboroughk12.org

phone: 508-836-7740 x2814 fax: 508-836-7744

GMS/WHS Pilot Program: Bus tracking phone app:

Dear GMS parents, 
We are pleased to share that Gibbons Middle School and Westborough High School will soon be piloting a bus tracking app. If this pilot program is successful we may implement the app for the district next fall. Please see below for details
"Working in partnership with our transportation provider, First Student, the Westborough School district is piloting FirstView®, a bus tracking and parent communication app for your smartphone or desktop. We will gather several weeks of feedback on the usefulness of the app to families. We are hoping you will select to participate. The app has limitations, but it may provide some useful communication to families so we are very interested in your impressions."
This link will direct you to the district's official pilot program announcement and the detailed information about this exciting new smart phone based feature to track our school buses.

Click HERE for the First View Application Letter
Click HERE for the Official Website of the First View Application

Message from Gibbons Middle School:
GMS students who are observing the fast for Ramadan are welcome to utilize our library, If they choose to, instead of the cafeteria during their typically scheduled lunch time.

Yellow and Green Team students from Gibbons Middle School participated in Letters about Literature, a nation-wide writing competition, where students compose letters to authors whose work has inspired them. 
Congratulations to Rachel Martin from the Green Team who was awarded Honors in this competition.  Rachel has been invited to the Massachusetts State House on May 23rd for a celebration with other top winners. Massachusetts Honors awardees are usually the top 1 to 2% of writers. They receive commendations and often meet their elected representatives.
We are so proud of all the students who participated in this competition. Many letters were beautiful reflections and exemplary pieces of writing. Great job to all!

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you! NEW

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.

Track:
STATE TRACK MEET INFO
On 5/28 there is an optional practice at the high school for students participating in the state track meet. Coach Fillmore and Lessard cannot go, but the high school coaches said you can join their practice
On 5/29 there is an optional practice at the high school for people participating in the state track meet. Coach FIllmore will be there.
On 6/1 participants will meet at Gibbons at 2:15 to depart (on a bus) for the state track meet. Participants need to bring plenty of water, food, and layers of clothing - don't forget sunscreen! Check the state track meet website for more details. We will return on the bus to Gibbons when everyone is done competing - if I had to guesstimate a return time, I'm guessing somewhere around 9 pm. If you need to leave the meet early with your parents, you must fill out a transportation release form and give it to me on 6/1. See Coach Fillmore with additional questions.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of May 24th, 2019

Message from the Nurses Office:
It has been my pleasure to care for your child’s health and wellness needs this year.  If your child has medications kept at school for their use (including prescription or over the counter medications, epipens, and inhalers), please plan to pick up these medications in my office by the end of the school year, or please call to make alternative arrangements.  Any medication not picked up or brought home will be properly disposed of at the conclusion of the school year. This is in keeping with School Committee policy and ensures the safety and well-being of all children.
If your child will be taking medication at school again next year, please be sure to contact your health care provider over the summer for updated medication orders and health care plans prior to the start of the new school year.  All medication orders and medical care plans must be renewed each school year.  These documents provide guidelines to help us give the best and most up to date care possible for your child’s health condition.  In addition to the physician’s signature, please be sure to include your signature on all documents. Your signature serves as “parent authorization” for medications and treatments to be administered at school.
These documents may be returned to school anytime during the summer.  Medications for next school year can be brought to the school during the school hours beginning 8/26/2019. Wishing you and your family have a safe, happy, and healthy summer!    
Don’t Forget:
Please be sure to submit your child’s physical exam record each year. Updated physical exam forms are required for ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS prior to transitioning to high school. Physical exam forms can be submitted by email or by fax, or hand delivered to me by your child. Please contact me with any concerns or questions.

Kristin Brigham BSN, RN, NSNC brighamk@westboroughk12.org

phone: 508-836-7740 x2814 fax: 508-836-7744

GMS/WHS Pilot Program: Bus tracking phone app:

Dear GMS parents, 
We are pleased to share that Gibbons Middle School and Westborough High School will soon be piloting a bus tracking app. If this pilot program is successful we may implement the app for the district next fall. Please see below for details
"Working in partnership with our transportation provider, First Student, the Westborough School district is piloting FirstView®, a bus tracking and parent communication app for your smartphone or desktop. We will gather several weeks of feedback on the usefulness of the app to families. We are hoping you will select to participate. The app has limitations, but it may provide some useful communication to families so we are very interested in your impressions."
This link will direct you to the district's official pilot program announcement and the detailed information about this exciting new smart phone based feature to track our school buses.

Click HERE for the First View Application Letter
Click HERE for the Official Website of the First View Application

Message from Gibbons Middle School:
GMS students who are observing the fast for Ramadan are welcome to utilize our library, If they choose to, instead of the cafeteria during their typically scheduled lunch time.

Yellow and Green Team students from Gibbons Middle School participated in Letters about Literature, a nation-wide writing competition, where students compose letters to authors whose work has inspired them. 
Congratulations to Rachel Martin from the Green Team who was awarded Honors in this competition.  Rachel has been invited to the Massachusetts State House on May 23rd for a celebration with other top winners. Massachusetts Honors awardees are usually the top 1 to 2% of writers. They receive commendations and often meet their elected representatives.
We are so proud of all the students who participated in this competition. Many letters were beautiful reflections and exemplary pieces of writing. Great job to all!

Message from the Superintendent:
Dear Families,

As we move into the final months of the school year, we are once again seeking your feedback as part of our planning process for the rest of this year, and to help guide our work in setting goals for next year. We welcome your feedback on where we are doing well, as well as areas in which we might look to focus more of our efforts. I request that you please share your feedback with kindness and respect, so that I, and everyone who works in our district, can hear about how to best serve your family. It should take you about 10 minutes per school survey for each school where you have a child attending. Please also complete the district visioning survey, which is seeking your input on the next strategic plan. In early May, you will be receiving a specific survey about School Start Time and Calendar Changes, so please direct your feedback to this survey when it arrives.
Thank you for your time,
Amber Bock, Superintendent of Schools

Click HERE for the GMS Survey
Click HERE for the District Survey

Message from Mr. Nash
UPDATE-
What Students NEED to bring
-Closed-Toe Shoes
-Swim Clothing/Towel
-Bug Spray
-Suntan lotion
-Raincoat
-Warmer Clothing
***Students will be provided with a place to change in and out of their swim gear. Student bags will be locked away in a secure location. Lunch and Dinner will be provided. The staff is prepared to meet the needs of all students with any food allergies/dietary restrictions for lunch and dinner. Please contact Mr. Nash for assistance at 508-836-7740.


Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you! NEW

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.

Track:
STATE TRACK MEET INFO
On 5/28 there is an optional practice at the high school for students participating in the state track meet. Coach Fillmore and Lessard cannot go, but the high school coaches said you can join their practice
On 5/29 there is an optional practice at the high school for people participating in the state track meet. Coach FIllmore will be there.
On 6/1 participants will meet at Gibbons at 2:15 to depart (on a bus) for the state track meet. Participants need to bring plenty of water, food, and layers of clothing - don't forget sunscreen! Check the state track meet website for more details. We will return on the bus to Gibbons when everyone is done competing - if I had to guesstimate a return time, I'm guessing somewhere around 9 pm. If you need to leave the meet early with your parents, you must fill out a transportation release form and give it to me on 6/1. See Coach Fillmore with additional questions.

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention writers!  The next meeting of Creative Writing Workshop will be Wednesday, May 22nd  at 2:45 in Mrs. Carr’s room, which is room 30 in the 8th grade hall. All are welcome!  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing and ideas. This workshop runs from 2:45 - 3:30  Hope to see you there!

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.


Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of May 16th, 2019

 

Message from the Nurses Office:
It has been my pleasure to care for your child’s health and wellness needs this year.  If your child has medications kept at school for their use (including prescription or over the counter medications, epipens, and inhalers), please plan to pick up these medications in my office by the end of the school year, or please call to make alternative arrangements.  Any medication not picked up or brought home will be properly disposed of at the conclusion of the school year. This is in keeping with School Committee policy and ensures the safety and well-being of all children.
If your child will be taking medication at school again next year, please be sure to contact your health care provider over the summer for updated medication orders and health care plans prior to the start of the new school year.  All medication orders and medical care plans must be renewed each school year.  These documents provide guidelines to help us give the best and most up to date care possible for your child’s health condition.  In addition to the physician’s signature, please be sure to include your signature on all documents. Your signature serves as “parent authorization” for medications and treatments to be administered at school.
These documents may be returned to school anytime during the summer.  Medications for next school year can be brought to the school during the school hours beginning 8/26/2019. Wishing you and your family have a safe, happy, and healthy summer!    
Don’t Forget:
Please be sure to submit your child’s physical exam record each year. Updated physical exam forms are required for ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS prior to transitioning to high school. Physical exam forms can be submitted by email or by fax, or hand delivered to me by your child. Please contact me with any concerns or questions.

Kristin Brigham BSN, RN, NSNC brighamk@westboroughk12.org

phone: 508-836-7740 x2814 fax: 508-836-7744

GMS/WHS Pilot Program: Bus tracking phone app:

Dear GMS parents, 
We are pleased to share that Gibbons Middle School and Westborough High School will soon be piloting a bus tracking app. If this pilot program is successful we may implement the app for the district next fall. Please see below for details
"Working in partnership with our transportation provider, First Student, the Westborough School district is piloting FirstView®, a bus tracking and parent communication app for your smartphone or desktop. We will gather several weeks of feedback on the usefulness of the app to families. We are hoping you will select to participate. The app has limitations, but it may provide some useful communication to families so we are very interested in your impressions."
This link will direct you to the district's official pilot program announcement and the detailed information about this exciting new smart phone based feature to track our school buses.

Click HERE for the First View Application Letter
Click HERE for the Official Website of the First View Application

Message from the GMS Library:
Below are the links to the  Required Summer Reading book choices for 7th and 8th grade.

Click HERE for 7th Grade
Click HERE for 8th Grade

Message from Gibbons Middle School:
GMS students who are observing the fast for Ramadan are welcome to utilize our library, if they choose to, instead of the cafeteria during their typically scheduled lunch time.

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Massachusetts Middle School Science and Engineering Fair this past Saturday:Caroline Biddle, Brooke Rosenshine, Anshika Shekhar, Ayush Gopal, and Tarun Iyer. Students competed against 290 projects with about 350 students attending the fair. Students who attend this fair won at the Worcester Regional Fair plus I could send one extra. Ayush Gopal won a first place award and Tarun Iyer won an honorable mention at the State Fair. Congratulations to all who attended.

Message from the Superintendent:
Dear Families,

As we move into the final months of the school year, we are once again seeking your feedback as part of our planning process for the rest of this year, and to help guide our work in setting goals for next year. We welcome your feedback on where we are doing well, as well as areas in which we might look to focus more of our efforts. I request that you please share your feedback with kindness and respect, so that I, and everyone who works in our district, can hear about how to best serve your family. It should take you about 10 minutes per school survey for each school where you have a child attending. Please also complete the district visioning survey, which is seeking your input on the next strategic plan. In early May, you will be receiving a specific survey about School Start Time and Calendar Changes, so please direct your feedback to this survey when it arrives.
Thank you for your time,
Amber Bock, Superintendent of Schools

Click HERE for the GMS Survey
Click HERE for the District Survey

Message from Mr. Nash
UPDATE-
What Students NEED to bring
-Closed-Toe Shoes
-Swim Clothing/Towel
-Bug Spray
-Suntan lotion
-Raincoat
-Warmer Clothing
***Students will be provided with a place to change in and out of their swim gear. Student bags will be locked away in a secure location. Lunch and Dinner will be provided. The staff is prepared to meet the needs of all students with any food allergies/dietary restrictions for lunch and dinner. Please contact Mr. Nash for assistance at 508-836-7740.


Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you! NEW

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention writers!  The next meeting of Creative Writing Workshop will be Wednesday, May 22nd  at 2:45 in Mrs. Carr’s room, which is room 30 in the 8th grade hall. All are welcome!  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing and ideas. This workshop runs from 2:45 - 3:30  Hope to see you there!


WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.


Upcoming Events


News and Notes for the week of May 10th, 2019

Message from Gibbons Middle School:
Please click HERE to review last evening’s 6th grade Transition evening slide presentation.

GMS students who are observing the fast for Ramadan are welcome to utilize our library, if they choose to, instead of the cafeteria during their typically scheduled lunch time.

Congratulations go out to our 2019 science fair participants; these students competed with 26 other schools,138 projects and about 185 students. Congratulations to Ayush Gopal, Tarun Iyer, Ava Menezes,  Brooke Rosenshine, Caroline Biddle and Anshika Shekhar who participated in the Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Monday.  All the students did a great job and should be very proud of their hard work. Congratulations to all! The following students placed at the Worcester Regional Fair and will move onto the Massachusetts Science Fair on Saturday, May 11: First Place and Broadcom Masters Award: Brooke Rosenshine, Caroline Biddle and Anshika Shekhar: The Effect Of Household Materialist On The Wifi Signal Second Place and Broadcom Masters Award: Ayush Gopal: Which materials can best shield objects from electromagnetic radiation?

Message from the Superintendent:
Dear Families,

As we move into the final months of the school year, we are once again seeking your feedback as part of our planning process for the rest of this year, and to help guide our work in setting goals for next year. We welcome your feedback on where we are doing well, as well as areas in which we might look to focus more of our efforts. I request that you please share your feedback with kindness and respect, so that I, and everyone who works in our district, can hear about how to best serve your family. It should take you about 10 minutes per school survey for each school where you have a child attending. Please also complete the district visioning survey, which is seeking your input on the next strategic plan. In early May, you will be receiving a specific survey about School Start Time and Calendar Changes, so please direct your feedback to this survey when it arrives.
Thank you for your time,
Amber Bock, Superintendent of Schools

Click HERE for the GMS Survey
Click HERE for the District Survey

Message from Mr. Nash
Dear Parents,
 We are very excited about the end of the year 8th Grade field trip to Camp Takodah in Richmond, New Hampshire!  The 8th Grade class and 8th Grade Field Trip Committee have worked hard to plan and organize this culminating event to celebrate our 8th Grade students’ time here at Gibbons. Students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple activities/events including ropes course, giant swing, zipline, swimming, kayaking, large field games, sports, gaga, arts & crafts, board games and more! Students will be able to select multiple activities to participate in throughout the day. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Following dinner a group campfire with marshmallows and smores will take place. Activities will be supervised by trained staff and school chaperones. Transportation to and from Camp Takodah will be in coach buses. We are scheduled to return to Gibbons at 9:30 p.m.** Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Total Cost: $90  Payment Due Date: 
 ***By Friday May 3, 2019 – $90.00 due (checks only please)
 All checks should be made out to Gibbons Middle School and returned to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please write your child’s name in the Memo field on the check.  Financial assistance is available for students who request scholarships.  Please contact Mr. Nash for assistance at 508-836-7740.

Please click HERE to get to the permission form.
Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you! NEW

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention writers!  The next meeting of Creative Writing Workshop will be Wednesday, May 22nd  at 2:45 in Mrs. Carr’s room, which is room 30 in the 8th grade hall. All are welcome!  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing and ideas. This workshop runs from 2:45 - 3:30  Hope to see you there!

Spring Track:

Attention all parents and guardians of Outdoor Track and Field! We have a website in addition to a Google Classroom page (for the students) where you can find important information and updates to the schedule. Click HERE for the website.  If there are cancellations, changes or updates, they will be on this website and Google Classroom so you don't need to call the office!  Please reach out to Coach Lessard or Coach Filmore if you have any questions!

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.


Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of May 2nd, 2019

Message from the Gibbons Parent Group:
Please click HERE to review the sign-up genius from Gibbons Parent Group requesting for assistance with the upcoming Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Thank you!

Message from Gibbons Middle School:
Please click HERE to review last evening’s 6th grade Transition evening slide presentation.

GMS students who are observing the fast for Ramadan are welcome to utilize our library, if they choose to, instead of the cafeteria during their typically scheduled lunch time.

Message from the Superintendent:
Dear Families,

As we move into the final months of the school year, we are once again seeking your feedback as part of our planning process for the rest of this year, and to help guide our work in setting goals for next year. We welcome your feedback on where we are doing well, as well as areas in which we might look to focus more of our efforts. I request that you please share your feedback with kindness and respect, so that I, and everyone who works in our district, can hear about how to best serve your family. It should take you about 10 minutes per school survey for each school where you have a child attending. Please also complete the district visioning survey, which is seeking your input on the next strategic plan. In early May, you will be receiving a specific survey about School Start Time and Calendar Changes, so please direct your feedback to this survey when it arrives.
Thank you for your time,
Amber Bock, Superintendent of Schools

Click HERE for the GMS Survey
Click HERE for the District Survey

Message from Mr. Nash
Dear Parents,
 We are very excited about the end of the year 8th Grade field trip to Camp Takodah in Richmond, New Hampshire!  The 8th Grade class and 8th Grade Field Trip Committee have worked hard to plan and organize this culminating event to celebrate our 8th Grade students’ time here at Gibbons. Students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple activities/events including ropes course, giant swing, zipline, swimming, kayaking, large field games, sports, gaga, arts & crafts, board games and more! Students will be able to select multiple activities to participate in throughout the day. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Following dinner a group campfire with marshmallows and smores will take place. Activities will be supervised by trained staff and school chaperones. Transportation to and from Camp Takodah will be in coach buses. We are scheduled to return to Gibbons at 9:30 p.m.** Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Total Cost: $90  Payment Due Date: 
 ***By Friday May 3, 2019 – $90.00 due (checks only please)
 All checks should be made out to Gibbons Middle School and returned to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please write your child’s name in the Memo field on the check.  Financial assistance is available for students who request scholarships.  Please contact Mr. Nash for assistance at 508-836-7740.

Please click HERE to get to the permission form.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you! NEW

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention writers!  The next meeting of Creative Writing Workshop will be Wednesday, May 1st  at 2:45 in Mrs. Carr’s room, which is room 30 in the 8th grade hall. All are welcome!  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing and ideas. This workshop runs from 2:45 - 3:30  Hope to see you there!

Spring Track:

Attention all parents and guardians of Outdoor Track and Field! We have a website in addition to a Google Classroom page (for the students) where you can find important information and updates to the schedule. Click HERE for the website.  If there are cancellations, changes or updates, they will be on this website and Google Classroom so you don't need to call the office!  Please reach out to Coach Lessard or Coach Filmore if you have any questions!

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.


Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of April 25th, 2019

Message from the Gibbons Parent Group:
Please click HERE to review the sign-up genius from Gibbons Parent Group requesting for assistance with the upcoming Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Thank you!

Message from Gibbons Middle School:
Please click HERE to review last evening’s 6th grade Transition evening slide presentation.

Message from the Superintendent:
Dear Families,

As we move into the final months of the school year, we are once again seeking your feedback as part of our planning process for the rest of this year, and to help guide our work in setting goals for next year. We welcome your feedback on where we are doing well, as well as areas in which we might look to focus more of our efforts. I request that you please share your feedback with kindness and respect, so that I, and everyone who works in our district, can hear about how to best serve your family. It should take you about 10 minutes per school survey for each school where you have a child attending. Please also complete the district visioning survey, which is seeking your input on the next strategic plan. In early May, you will be receiving a specific survey about School Start Time and Calendar Changes, so please direct your feedback to this survey when it arrives.
Thank you for your time,
Amber Bock, Superintendent of Schools

Click HERE for the GMS Survey
Click HERE for the District Survey

Message from Mr. Nash
Dear Parents,
 We are very excited about the end of the year 8th Grade field trip to Camp Takodah in Richmond, New Hampshire!  The 8th Grade class and 8th Grade Field Trip Committee have worked hard to plan and organize this culminating event to celebrate our 8th Grade students’ time here at Gibbons. Students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple activities/events including ropes course, giant swing, zipline, swimming, kayaking, large field games, sports, gaga, arts & crafts, board games and more! Students will be able to select multiple activities to participate in throughout the day. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Following dinner a group campfire with marshmallows and smores will take place. Activities will be supervised by trained staff and school chaperones. Transportation to and from Camp Takodah will be in coach buses. We are scheduled to return to Gibbons at 9:30 p.m.** Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Total Cost: $90  Payment Due Date: 
 ***By Friday May 3, 2019 – $90.00 due (checks only please)
 All checks should be made out to Gibbons Middle School and returned to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please write your child’s name in the Memo field on the check.  Financial assistance is available for students who request scholarships.  Please contact Mr. Nash for assistance at 508-836-7740.

Please click HERE to get to the permission form.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention writers!  The next meeting of Creative Writing Workshop will be Wednesday, May 1st  at 2:45 in Mrs. Carr’s room, which is room 30 in the 8th grade hall. All are welcome!  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing and ideas. This workshop runs from 2:45 - 3:30  Hope to see you there!

Spring Track:

Attention all parents and guardians of Outdoor Track and Field! We have a website in addition to a Google Classroom page (for the students) where you can find important information and updates to the schedule. Click HERE for the website.  If there are cancellations, changes or updates, they will be on this website and Google Classroom so you don't need to call the office!  Please reach out to Coach Lessard or Coach Filmore if you have any questions!

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of April 11th, 2019

Message from the Superintendent: 
Dear Families,
As we move into the final months of the school year, we are once again seeking your feedback as part of our planning process for the rest of this year, and to help guide our work in setting goals for next year. We welcome your feedback on where we are doing well, as well as areas in which we might look to focus more of our efforts. I request that you please share your feedback with kindness and respect, so that I, and everyone who works in our district, can hear about how to best serve your family. It should take you about 10 minutes per school survey for each school where you have a child attending. Please also complete the district visioning survey, which is seeking your input on the next strategic plan. In early May, you will be receiving a specific survey about School Start Time and Calendar Changes, so please direct your feedback to this survey when it arrives.
Thank you for your time,
Amber Bock, Superintendent of Schools

Click HERE for the GMS Survey
Click HERE for the District Survey

Message from Mr. Nash
Dear Parents,
 We are very excited about the end of the year 8th Grade field trip to Camp Takodah in Richmond, New Hampshire!  The 8th Grade class and 8th Grade Field Trip Committee have worked hard to plan and organize this culminating event to celebrate our 8th Grade students’ time here at Gibbons. Students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple activities/events including ropes course, giant swing, zipline, swimming, kayaking, large field games, sports, gaga, arts & crafts, board games and more! Students will be able to select multiple activities to participate in throughout the day. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Following dinner a group campfire with marshmallows and smores will take place. Activities will be supervised by trained staff and school chaperones. Transportation to and from Camp Takodah will be in coach buses. We are scheduled to return to Gibbons at 9:30 p.m.** Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Total Cost: $90  Payment Due Date: 
 ***By Friday May 3, 2019 – $90.00 due (checks only please)
 All checks should be made out to Gibbons Middle School and returned to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please write your child’s name in the Memo field on the check.  Financial assistance is available for students who request scholarships.  Please contact Mr. Nash for assistance at 508-836-7740.

Please click HERE to get to the permission form.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention writers!  The next meeting of Creative Writing Workshop will be Wednesday, May 1st  at 2:45 in Mrs. Carr’s room, which is room 30 in the 8th grade hall. All are welcome!  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing and ideas. This workshop runs from 2:45 - 3:30  Hope to see you there!

Spring Track:

Attention all parents and guardians of Outdoor Track and Field! We have a website in addition to a Google Classroom page (for the students) where you can find important information and updates to the schedule. Click HERE for the website.  If there are cancellations, changes or updates, they will be on this website and Google Classroom so you don't need to call the office!  Please reach out to Coach Lessard or Coach Filmore if you have any questions!

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of April 4th, 2019

Message from the school nurse:
Please be sure to submit your child’s physical exam record each year. Updated physical exam forms are required for all student athletes. In addition, ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS must have a current physical exam record on file prior to transitioning to high school. Physical exams expire 13 months from the date of the exam.  They can be submitted by email or by fax, or hand delivered to me by your child. Please contact me with any concerns or questions.

Kristin Brigham RN BSN NSNC brighamk@westboroughk12.org
phone: 508-836-7740 x2814    fax: 508-836-7744

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Attention Coding Enthusiasts or those New to Coding. Click HERE  to check out these Summer Coding Camps within 250 miles of Westborough.

Spring Track:

Attention all parents and guardians of Outdoor Track and Field! We have a website in addition to a Google Classroom page (for the students) where you can find important information and updates to the schedule. Click HERE for the website.  If there are cancellations, changes or updates, they will be on this website and Google Classroom so you don't need to call the office!  Please reach out to Coach Lessard or Coach Filmore if you have any questions!

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of March 20th, 2019

Message from the School Nurse:
Please be sure to submit your child’s physical exam record each year. Updated physical exam forms are required for all student athletes. In addition, ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS must have a current physical exam record on file prior to transitioning to high school. Physical exams expire 13 months from the date of the exam.  They can be submitted by email or by fax, or hand delivered to me by your child. Please contact me with any concerns or questions.

Dear​ ​Families,
We are writing to inform you about a  program at Gibbons Middle School that will support your child with making healthy choices. Your 7th grade child will participate in a  screening program related to the use of alcohol, nicotine (smoking and vaping), marijuana, opiates and other substances. Our goal is to let students know that we are available to talk about healthy decisions and to assist them in obtaining help if needed for substance use related problems. They will be screened again in the 9th grade at Westborough High School.

Metro-West Adolescent Health Survey data consistently demonstrates that a small number of our middle school students try nicotine, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, and by the end of high school, many more students report substance use. Research shows that our brains are not fully developed during adolescence, and early onset of substance use substantially alters brain functioning for a lifetime.  
The​ ​Screening,​ ​Brief​ ​Intervention,​ ​and​ ​Referral​ ​to​ ​Treatment​ ​(SBIRT)​ ​program​ ​has​ ​been​ ​​​incorporated​ ​into​ ​our annual​ ​state​ ​mandated​ ​screenings​ ​which​ ​are​ ​required​ ​by​ ​law.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​verbal​ ​screening​ ​only.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​utilize​ ​the CRAFFT​ ​screening​ ​tool,​ ​the​ ​most​ ​commonly​ ​used​ ​substance​ ​use​ ​screening​ ​tool​ ​for​ ​adolescents​ ​in​ ​Massachusetts. Student​ ​screenings​ ​will​ ​be​ ​brief​ ​(5-10​ ​minutes)​ ​and​ ​conducted​ ​confidentially​ ​in​ ​private,​ ​one-on-one​ ​sessions​ ​by​ ​the school​ ​nurse,​ ​health​ ​educators​ ​or​ ​counselors.​ ​​ ​We​ ​anticipate​ ​that​ ​the​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​our​ ​students​ ​are​ ​making​ ​healthy decisions​ ​and​ ​will​ ​receive​ ​positive​ ​reinforcement​ ​for​ ​their​ ​choices.​ ​For​ ​those​ ​students​ ​indicating​ ​unhealthy​ ​choices, an​ ​assessment​ ​of​ ​readiness​ ​to​ ​change​ ​their​ ​behavior​ ​will​ ​occur​ ​and​ ​assistance​ ​with​ ​a​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​success​ ​will​ ​be offered.​ ​Results​ ​of​ ​the​ ​conversation​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​included​ ​in​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​school​ ​record​ ​and​ ​no​ ​disciplinary​ ​action​ ​is involved.
As​ ​with​ ​any​ ​school​ ​screening,​ ​you​ ​have​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​opt​ ​your​ ​child​ ​out​ ​of​ ​this​ ​screening.​ ​​
Please​ ​contact​ ​Kristin Brigham,​ ​the​ ​Gibbons​ ​Middle​ ​School​ ​​ ​school​ ​nurse​ ​in​ ​writing​ ​if​ ​you​ ​DO​ ​NOT​ ​want​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​this screening.​ ​​ ​​​ ​Additionally,​ ​​ ​students​ ​may​ ​choose​ ​not​ ​to​ ​answer​ ​any​ ​or​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​screening​ ​questions​.​ ​Screenings​ ​will be​ ​conducted​ March 25​th​ ​ ​through​ March ​27th,​ ​​ ​2019.  
We​ ​encourage​ ​you​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​with​ ​your​ ​child​ ​about​ ​your​ ​family’s​ ​thoughts​ ​and​ ​expectations​ ​regarding​ ​substance​ ​use. For​ ​ideas​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​these​ ​conversations,​ ​please​ ​visit​ ​the​ ​links​ ​below.​ ​​ ​Together​ ​schools​ ​and​ ​parents​ ​CAN make​ ​a​ ​difference​ ​for​ ​our​ ​youth.

Sincerely,
Nurse
Kristin​ ​Brigham,​ ​RN,​ ​BSN
phone: 508-836-7740 x2814    fax: 508-836-7744

Principal
John​ ​Foley

Helpful Links
7​ ​Ways​ ​to​ ​Protect​ ​Your​ ​Teen​ ​from​ ​Alcohol​ ​and​ ​Other​ ​Drugs​
Family​ ​Checkup​ ​Positive​ ​Parenting​ ​Prevents​ ​Drug​ ​Abuse
Preventing​ ​Substance​ ​Abuse​ ​Starts​ ​at​ ​Home
Tips​ ​for​ ​Protecting​ ​Your​ ​Kids​ ​from​ ​Addiction
Mass DPH link regarding Nicotine and Vaping

Youth Art Month:
March is Youth Art Month! Youth Art Month is a national celebration endorsed by Council for Art Education, the National Art Education Association, and the Massachusetts Art Education Association.  This annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in public and private schools. Congratulations to the following GMS students who have artwork on display in 2 local celebrations!

Arianna Li, Jaya Buradagunta, and Julie Nadler, have work on display at the State Transportation Building as part of the Statewide Youth Art Month Exhibit.  The show is open to the public weekdays, 9AM - 5PM, from February 11 through March 27, 2019.  Admission is FREE!

Bradan Duggan, Lily Villaflor, Riley Wright, and Colin Bellaud have work on display as part of the Central MA Regional Youth Art Month Exhibit in the Higgins Education Wing of the Worcester Art Museum from March 1st - March 31st 2019.  The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm, and the 3rd Thursday of every month: 10am-8pm. Admission to the Youth Art Month exhibit hall is always FREE!

Congratulations to  Amy Chen whose drawing for the Massachusetts School Library  Association bookmark contest was chosen as the Gibbons School finalist. Amy’s entry will now be entered in the the state contest with the winner to be announced in May. Click HERE to see the Masterpiece

Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Award:
Dear Students & Parents:
Each year, the Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Award is given to deserving seventh graders who show potential.  Charlotte Spinney was a dedicated and beloved educator in the Westborough school system for many years. This scholarship was established to honor the commitment and influence she had on her students. What sets the Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Award apart from other scholarships is the incorporation of mentoring for the remainder of the student’s Westborough school career as well as financial aid.
The students who are awarded the Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship exemplify qualities of honesty, perseverance, and integrity. 
It is necessary for students and parents to complete an application.  The chosen applicants will receive monetary assistance for postgraduate education.  During the five years prior to graduation, two mentors (one school and one community) will assist the student in identifying and fulfilling his/her goals.  
As in any scholarship, financial need is a primary factor.
Applications are available starting Friday, March 15, 2019 through a team teacher representative, in the guidance office, Gibbons News and Notes and on the Gibbons Website. Applications must be returned by Friday, March 22, 2019 to the guidance office.

Sincerely
John Foley
Principal, Gibbons Middle School

Background:  The Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Award has been designed as an incentive scholarship to be awarded to Gibbons Middle School seventh grade students annually. This scholarship consists of three parts:

A cash award for each year the student attends college.

A school based mentor who will meet with the student on a regular basis to discuss academic progress. This teacher will act as an advocate/coach for the student.

A community based mentor will act in a supportive capacity as an advisor and confidant helping the student grow and make life and career decisions.

Qualifications:  
All students of any ability can apply.

Students must plan to continue their education at Westborough High School.

Students must complete an application form and required essay.
Students who qualify for low income/hardship eligibility are encouraged to apply.

Application  Process:  A committee composed of school staff and community representatives will review the initial applications and select a smaller number of applicants to complete a second phase of the process. This second phase will include further family information, a second essay and letters of recommendation from a teacher and community member.  The committee will then select top candidates for final approval.

Final Selection:  A Scholarship representative will meet with the Spinney Vision Scholars and their family representatives to discuss the requirements and expectations of the program.  At this time students and family should understand their responsibilities as recipients.

Student Requirements:    

As a Spinney Scholar, students will be expected to fulfill the following:

They must complete one community service project each year.

They must meet on a regular basis with their selected mentors. 

They must maintain a minimum 75 average in each subject. If a student’s average falls below the minimum, he/she will be required to seek academic assistance.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:

Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Spring Track:
Attention all parents and guardians of Outdoor Track and Field! We have a website in addition to a Google Classroom page (for the students) where you can find important information and updates to the schedule. Click HERE for the website.  If there are cancellations, changes or updates, they will be on this website and Google Classroom so you don't need to call the office!  Please reach out to Coach Lessard or Coach Filmore if you have any questions!

Winter Intramurals:
Due to a lack of interest, Intramural Mat Ball is being cancelled. The students who registered will not be billed. 
Our final intramural season will now be a second season of Intramural Volleyball! The season will begin on February 26th and run until approximately March 21st. Like all our intramural programs, games will be played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and conclude each day in time for students to take the late bus. 
Spring Volleyball Teams
Spring Volleyball Schedule

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of March 13th, 2019

Message from the School Nurse:
Dear​ ​Families,
We are writing to inform you about a  program at Gibbons Middle School that will support your child with making healthy choices. Your 7th grade child will participate in a  screening program related to the use of alcohol, nicotine (smoking and vaping), marijuana, opiates and other substances. Our goal is to let students know that we are available to talk about healthy decisions and to assist them in obtaining help if needed for substance use related problems. They will be screened again in the 9th grade at Westborough High School.

Metro-West Adolescent Health Survey data consistently demonstrates that a small number of our middle school students try nicotine, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, and by the end of high school, many more students report substance use. Research shows that our brains are not fully developed during adolescence, and early onset of substance use substantially alters brain functioning for a lifetime.  
The​ ​Screening,​ ​Brief​ ​Intervention,​ ​and​ ​Referral​ ​to​ ​Treatment​ ​(SBIRT)​ ​program​ ​has​ ​been​ ​​​incorporated​ ​into​ ​our annual​ ​state​ ​mandated​ ​screenings​ ​which​ ​are​ ​required​ ​by​ ​law.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​verbal​ ​screening​ ​only.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​utilize​ ​the CRAFFT​ ​screening​ ​tool,​ ​the​ ​most​ ​commonly​ ​used​ ​substance​ ​use​ ​screening​ ​tool​ ​for​ ​adolescents​ ​in​ ​Massachusetts. Student​ ​screenings​ ​will​ ​be​ ​brief​ ​(5-10​ ​minutes)​ ​and​ ​conducted​ ​confidentially​ ​in​ ​private,​ ​one-on-one​ ​sessions​ ​by​ ​the school​ ​nurse,​ ​health​ ​educators​ ​or​ ​counselors.​ ​​ ​We​ ​anticipate​ ​that​ ​the​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​our​ ​students​ ​are​ ​making​ ​healthy decisions​ ​and​ ​will​ ​receive​ ​positive​ ​reinforcement​ ​for​ ​their​ ​choices.​ ​For​ ​those​ ​students​ ​indicating​ ​unhealthy​ ​choices, an​ ​assessment​ ​of​ ​readiness​ ​to​ ​change​ ​their​ ​behavior​ ​will​ ​occur​ ​and​ ​assistance​ ​with​ ​a​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​success​ ​will​ ​be offered.​ ​Results​ ​of​ ​the​ ​conversation​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​included​ ​in​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​school​ ​record​ ​and​ ​no​ ​disciplinary​ ​action​ ​is involved.
As​ ​with​ ​any​ ​school​ ​screening,​ ​you​ ​have​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​opt​ ​your​ ​child​ ​out​ ​of​ ​this​ ​screening.​ ​​
Please​ ​contact​ ​Kristin Brigham,​ ​the​ ​Gibbons​ ​Middle​ ​School​ ​​ ​school​ ​nurse​ ​in​ ​writing​ ​if​ ​you​ ​DO​ ​NOT​ ​want​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​this screening.​ ​​ ​​​ ​Additionally,​ ​​ ​students​ ​may​ ​choose​ ​not​ ​to​ ​answer​ ​any​ ​or​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​screening​ ​questions​.​ ​Screenings​ ​will be​ ​conducted​ March 25​th​ ​ ​through​ March ​27th,​ ​​ ​2019.  
We​ ​encourage​ ​you​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​with​ ​your​ ​child​ ​about​ ​your​ ​family’s​ ​thoughts​ ​and​ ​expectations​ ​regarding​ ​substance​ ​use. For​ ​ideas​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​these​ ​conversations,​ ​please​ ​visit​ ​the​ ​links​ ​below.​ ​​ ​Together​ ​schools​ ​and​ ​parents​ ​CAN make​ ​a​ ​difference​ ​for​ ​our​ ​youth.

Sincerely,
Nurse
Kristin​ ​Brigham,​ ​RN,​ ​BSN
Principal
John​ ​Foley

Helpful Links
7​ ​Ways​ ​to​ ​Protect​ ​Your​ ​Teen​ ​from​ ​Alcohol​ ​and​ ​Other​ ​Drugs​
Family​ ​Checkup​ ​Positive​ ​Parenting​ ​Prevents​ ​Drug​ ​Abuse
Preventing​ ​Substance​ ​Abuse​ ​Starts​ ​at​ ​Home
Tips​ ​for​ ​Protecting​ ​Your​ ​Kids​ ​from​ ​Addiction
Mass DPH link regarding Nicotine and Vaping

Youth Art Month:
March is Youth Art Month! Youth Art Month is a national celebration endorsed by Council for Art Education, the National Art Education Association, and the Massachusetts Art Education Association.  This annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in public and private schools. Congratulations to the following GMS students who have artwork on display in 2 local celebrations!

Arianna Li, Jaya Buradagunta, and Julie Nadler, have work on display at the State Transportation Building as part of the Statewide Youth Art Month Exhibit.  The show is open to the public weekdays, 9AM - 5PM, from February 11 through March 27, 2019.  Admission is FREE!

Bradan Duggan, Lily Villaflor, Riley Wright, and Colin Bellaud have work on display as part of the Central MA Regional Youth Art Month Exhibit in the Higgins Education Wing of the Worcester Art Museum from March 1st - March 31st 2019.  The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm, and the 3rd Thursday of every month: 10am-8pm. Admission to the Youth Art Month exhibit hall is always FREE!

Congratulations to  Amy Chen whose drawing for the Massachusetts School Library  Association bookmark contest was chosen as the Gibbons School finalist. Amy’s entry will now be entered in the the state contest with the winner to be announced in May. Click HERE to see the Masterpiece

Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Award:
Dear Students & Parents:
Each year, the Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Award is given to deserving seventh graders who show potential.  Charlotte Spinney was a dedicated and beloved educator in the Westborough school system for many years. This scholarship was established to honor the commitment and influence she had on her students. What sets the Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Award apart from other scholarships is the incorporation of mentoring for the remainder of the student’s Westborough school career as well as financial aid.
The students who are awarded the Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship exemplify qualities of honesty, perseverance, and integrity. 
It is necessary for students and parents to complete an application.  The chosen applicants will receive monetary assistance for postgraduate education.  During the five years prior to graduation, two mentors (one school and one community) will assist the student in identifying and fulfilling his/her goals.  
As in any scholarship, financial need is a primary factor.
Applications are available starting Friday, March 15, 2019 through a team teacher representative, in the guidance office, Gibbons News and Notes and on the Gibbons Website. Applications must be returned by Friday, March 22, 2019 to the guidance office.

Sincerely
John Foley
Principal, Gibbons Middle School

Background:  The Charlotte Spinney Vision Scholarship Award has been designed as an incentive scholarship to be awarded to Gibbons Middle School seventh grade students annually. This scholarship consists of three parts:

A cash award for each year the student attends college.

A school based mentor who will meet with the student on a regular basis to discuss academic progress. This teacher will act as an advocate/coach for the student.

A community based mentor will act in a supportive capacity as an advisor and confidant helping the student grow and make life and career decisions.

Qualifications:  
All students of any ability can apply.

Students must plan to continue their education at Westborough High School.

Students must complete an application form and required essay.
Students who qualify for low income/hardship eligibility are encouraged to apply.

Application  Process:  A committee composed of school staff and community representatives will review the initial applications and select a smaller number of applicants to complete a second phase of the process. This second phase will include further family information, a second essay and letters of recommendation from a teacher and community member.  The committee will then select top candidates for final approval.

Final Selection:  A Scholarship representative will meet with the Spinney Vision Scholars and their family representatives to discuss the requirements and expectations of the program.  At this time students and family should understand their responsibilities as recipients.

Student Requirements:    

As a Spinney Scholar, students will be expected to fulfill the following:

They must complete one community service project each year.

They must meet on a regular basis with their selected mentors. 

They must maintain a minimum 75 average in each subject. If a student’s average falls below the minimum, he/she will be required to seek academic assistance.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:

Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Spring Track sign-ups:
Do you like to run? Do you maybe throw things to get out some anger or frustration?  Are you able to jump farther than any of your friends? Well then join Mrs. Fillmore and Mrs. Lessard and the Gibbons Outdoor Track Team! Anyone can join and there are no cuts. However, space is limited - we can only take 75 students (due to supervision and safety concerns). So whether you’re a newbie to track or have been running since you were 2, come to our quick, 15 minute informational meeting next Wednesday the 13th at 2:45 in the cafeteria. See Mrs. Fillmore or Mrs. Lessard if you have any questions!

Winter Intramurals:
Due to a lack of interest, Intramural Mat Ball is being cancelled. The students who registered will not be billed. 
Our final intramural season will now be a second season of Intramural Volleyball! The season will begin on February 26th and run until approximately March 21st. Like all our intramural programs, games will be played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and conclude each day in time for students to take the late bus. 
Spring Volleyball Teams
Spring Volleyball Schedule

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of March 7th, 2019

Gibbons Hawk Release:
Click HERE to learn more about this magical experience Gibbons got to be part of this week.

Youth Art Month:
March is Youth Art Month! Youth Art Month is a national celebration endorsed by Council for Art Education, the National Art Education Association, and the Massachusetts Art Education Association.  This annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in public and private schools. Congratulations to the following GMS students who have artwork on display in 2 local celebrations!

Arianna Li, Jaya Buradagunta, and Julie Nadler, have work on display at the State Transportation Building as part of the Statewide Youth Art Month Exhibit.  The show is open to the public weekdays, 9AM - 5PM, from February 11 through March 27, 2019.  Admission is FREE!

Bradan Duggan, Lily Villaflor, Riley Wright, and Colin Bellaud have work on display as part of the Central MA Regional Youth Art Month Exhibit in the Higgins Education Wing of the Worcester Art Museum from March 1st - March 31st 2019.  The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm, and the 3rd Thursday of every month: 10am-8pm. Admission to the Youth Art Month exhibit hall is always FREE!

Congratulations to  Amy Chen whose drawing for the Massachusetts School Library  Association bookmark contest was chosen as the Gibbons School finalist. Amy’s entry will now be entered in the the state contest with the winner to be announced in May. Click HERE to see the Masterpiece

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Spring Track sign-ups:
Do you like to run? Do you maybe throw things to get out some anger or frustration?  Are you able to jump farther than any of your friends? Well then join Mrs. Fillmore and Mrs. Lessard and the Gibbons Outdoor Track Team! Anyone can join and there are no cuts. However, space is limited - we can only take 75 students (due to supervision and safety concerns). So whether you’re a newbie to track or have been running since you were 2, come to our quick, 15 minute informational meeting next Wednesday the 13th at 2:45 in the cafeteria. See Mrs. Fillmore or Mrs. Lessard if you have any questions!

Free Softball clinic:
This event will be taking place at the Westborough High School. Click HERE to get more information and Sign up as well.

Winter Intramurals:
Due to a lack of interest, Intramural Mat Ball is being cancelled. The students who registered will not be billed. 
Our final intramural season will now be a second season of Intramural Volleyball! The season will begin on February 26th and run until approximately March 21st. Like all our intramural programs, games will be played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and conclude each day in time for students to take the late bus. 
Spring Volleyball Teams
Spring Volleyball Schedule

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of Febuary 28th, 2019

Gibbons Hawk Release:
Click HERE to learn more about this magical experience Gibbons got to be part of this week.

Youth Art Month:
March is Youth Art Month! 

Youth Art Month is a national celebration endorsed by Council for Art Education, the National Art Education Association, and the Massachusetts Art Education Association.  This annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in public and private schools. Congratulations to the following GMS students who have artwork on display in 2 local celebrations!

Arianna Li, Jaya Buradagunta, and Julie Nadler, have work on display at the State Transportation Building as part of the Statewide Youth Art Month Exhibit.  The show is open to the public weekdays, 9AM - 5PM, from February 11 through March 27, 2019.  Admission is FREE!

Bradan Duggan, Lily Villaflor, Riley Wright, and Colin Bellaud have work on display as part of the Central MA Regional Youth Art Month Exhibit in the Higgins Education Wing of the Worcester Art Museum from March 1st - March 31st 2019.  The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm, and the 3rd Thursday of every month: 10am-8pm. Admission to the Youth Art Month exhibit hall is always FREE!

Congratulations to  Amy Chen whose drawing for the Massachusetts School Library  Association bookmark contest was chosen as the Gibbons School finalist. Amy’s entry will now be entered in the the state contest with the winner to be announced in May. Click HERE to see the Masterpiece

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Free Softball clinic:
This event will be taking place at the Westborough High School. Click HERE to get more information and Sign up as well.

Winter Intramurals:
Due to a lack of interest, Intramural Mat Ball is being cancelled. The students who registered will not be billed. 
Our final intramural season will now be a second season of Intramural Volleyball! The season will begin on February 26th and run until approximately March 21st. Like all our intramural programs, games will be played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and conclude each day in time for students to take the late bus. 
Spring Volleyball Teams
Spring Volleyball Schedule

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of Febuary 14th, 2019

Valentines GIF

Gibbons Hawk Release:
Click HERE to learn more about this magical experience Gibbons got to be part of this week.

Message from Westborough High School Performing Arts:
Please click HERE to see the flyer in support of the WHS Performing arts.

Message from GMS:
We have recently been informed that we neglected to share out the information regarding our new advisory program this year, please forgive the oversight. Our ‘Crew’ initiative is a direct result of our teachers research in best practices in social emotional programming. Crew is a whole school program in which small groups of students meet with one of our teachers on a biweekly basis and emphasizes students making connections with each other and a trusted adult crew leader. Each trimester has a different and progressive theme including: building relationships, communication and problem solving. Click HERE to see slides that will provide more specific information about this exciting new program.

Message from the Nurse Office:
Cold and Flu season is here!  Please remember to keep your child at home if they have a fever of 100 F or higher. They must remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.You can help prevent the spread of illness by reminding your children to cover their cough and sneeze and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
Information about the flu can be found using the links below(Select a language):
English 
Spanish
Portugese

GMS wishes you and your family a happy and healthy new year! 

8th Grade Trip:
At last  night’s School Committee meeting Mr. Nash presented the recommendation of our 8th Grade Trip Committee for the School Committee’s consideration. The 8th Grade Trip Committee was formed earlier this fall as a result of feedback that we received through the Gibbons Parent Group. The Trip Committee was comprised of parents, teachers and school administration. After considering several different options, the group recommended Camp Takodah in Richmond, New Hampshire as the destination for the culminating activity for our 8th grade class. Camp Takodah has both the resources, experience and training to provide our students with a safe and fun filled day to celebrate and commemorate their class before moving on to high school. Please see the links below for more information.
Camp Takodah School Committee presentation
Camp Takodah

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Free Softball clinic:
This event will be taking place at the Westborough High School. Click HERE to get more information and Sign up as well.

Winter Intramural Sign-ups:
Due to a lack of interest, Intramural Mat Ball is being cancelled. The students who registered will not be billed. 
Our final intramural season will now be a second season of Intramural Volleyball! Students can begin registering now using this link and clicking on "Register Now"
The season will begin on February 26th and run until approximately March 21st. The deadline to register is Friday February 22nd. Like all our intramural programs, games will be played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and conclude each day in time for students to take the late bus. 
*Students who registered for Mat Ball will need to re-register if they wish to participate in Volleyball.

Please sign up 
HERE.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of Febuary 7th, 2019

Message from GMS:
We have recently been informed that we neglected to share out the information regarding our new advisory program this year, please forgive the oversight. Our ‘Crew’ initiative is a direct result of our teachers research in best practices in social emotional programming. Crew is a whole school program in which small groups of students meet with one of our teachers on a biweekly basis and emphasizes students making connections with each other and a trusted adult crew leader. Each trimester has a different and progressive theme including: building relationships, communication and problem solving. Click HERE to see slides that will provide more specific information about this exciting new program.

Message from the Nurse Office:
Cold and Flu season is here!  Please remember to keep your child at home if they have a fever of 100 F or higher. They must remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.You can help prevent the spread of illness by reminding your children to cover their cough and sneeze and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
Information about the flu can be found using the links below(Select a language):
English 
Spanish
Portugese

GMS wishes you and your family a happy and healthy new year! 

8th Grade Trip:
At last  night’s School Committee meeting Mr. Nash presented the recommendation of our 8th Grade Trip Committee for the School Committee’s consideration. The 8th Grade Trip Committee was formed earlier this fall as a result of feedback that we received through the Gibbons Parent Group. The Trip Committee was comprised of parents, teachers and school administration. After considering several different options, the group recommended Camp Takodah in Richmond, New Hampshire as the destination for the culminating activity for our 8th grade class. Camp Takodah has both the resources, experience and training to provide our students with a safe and fun filled day to celebrate and commemorate their class before moving on to high school. Please see the links below for more information.
Camp Takodah School Committee presentation
Camp Takodah

GMS Winter Dance:
When: Fri. Feb. 8th, 7pm-9pm  
Where: GMS gym
Extra Details: Dress is casual with a Winter Wonderland theme and Admission is $5, Snacks and Water available for $1 each.
Parents please consider helping out by providing an item or volunteering to sell snacks. To sign up using Sign Up Genius please click HERE.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Winter Intramural Sign-ups:
Due to a lack of interest, Intramural Mat Ball is being cancelled. The students who registered will not be billed. 
Our final intramural season will now be a second season of Intramural Volleyball! Students can begin registering now using this link and clicking on "Register Now"
The season will begin on February 26th and run until approximately March 21st. The deadline to register is Friday February 22nd. Like all our intramural programs, games will be played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and conclude each day in time for students to take the late bus. 
*Students who registered for Mat Ball will need to re-register if they wish to participate in Volleyball.

Please sign up 
HERE.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events


News and Notes for the week of January 31st, 2019

Message from the Nurse Office:
Cold and Flu season is here!  Please remember to keep your child at home if they have a fever of 100 F or higher. They must remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.You can help prevent the spread of illness by reminding your children to cover their cough and sneeze and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
Information about the flu can be found using the links below(Select a language):
English 
Spanish
Portugese

GMS wishes you and your family a happy and healthy new year! 

GMS Winter Dance:
When: Fri. Feb. 8th, 7pm-9pm  
Where: GMS gym
Extra Details: Dress is casual with a Winter Wonderland theme and Admission is $5, Snacks and Water available for $1 each.
Parents please consider helping out by providing an item or volunteering to sell snacks. To sign up using Sign Up Genius please click HERE.

Gibbons Gazette Writing Contest:
Please click HERE for details.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Winter Intramural Sign-ups: Mat Ball:
Introducing Intramural Mat Ball! Thank you to everyone who voted. Tonight, Thursday Jan 17 at 5pm, the registration window will be open for anyone who would like to register to play. The program will run from approximately February 12-March 27, on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:50. Teams will typically play 2 games each week. Please sign up HERE.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of January 24th, 2019

Message from the WHS Performing Arts Dept.:

Please consider supporting the WHS Performing Arts Department’s fundraiser at Mooyah, please see flyer below. All proceeds will benefit the WHS Performing Arts trip to Walt Disney World in April 2020. Please click HERE for the flyer to see more information.

Message from the Nurse Office:
Cold and Flu season is here!  Please remember to keep your child at home if they have a fever of 100 F or higher. They must remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.You can help prevent the spread of illness by reminding your children to cover their cough and sneeze and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
Information about the flu can be found using the links below(Select a language):
English 
Spanish
Portugese

GMS wishes you and your family a happy and healthy new year! 

GMS Winter Dance:
When: Fri. Feb. 8th, 7pm-9pm  
Where: GMS gym
Extra Details: Dress is casual with a Winter Wonderland theme and Admission is $5, Snacks and Water available for $1 each.
Parents please consider helping out by providing an item or volunteering to sell snacks. To sign up using Sign Up Genius please click HERE.

Gibbons Gazette Writing Contest:
Please click HERE for details.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Winter Intramural Sign-ups: Mat Ball:
Introducing Intramural Mat Ball! Thank you to everyone who voted. Tonight, Thursday Jan 17 at 5pm, the registration window will be open for anyone who would like to register to play. The program will run from approximately February 12-March 27, on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:50. Teams will typically play 2 games each week. Please sign up HERE.

Gibbons Stock Market Club:
There will be a mandatory meeting of the Gibbons Stock Club Wednesday January 30th for all club members. If you can not attend please see Mrs. Kimball or Mr. Paulhus.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of January 17th, 2019

Message from the WHS Performing Arts Dept.:
Please consider supporting the WHS Performing Arts Department’s fundraiser at Mooyah, please see flyer below. All proceeds will benefit the WHS Performing Arts trip to Walt Disney World in April 2020. Please click HERE for the flyer to see more information.

Message from the Nurse Office:
Cold and Flu season is here!  Please remember to keep your child at home if they have a fever of 100 F or higher. They must remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.You can help prevent the spread of illness by reminding your children to cover their cough and sneeze and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
Information about the flu can be found using the links below(Select a language):
English 
Spanish
Portugese

GMS wishes you and your family a happy and healthy new year! 

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration:
Central MA Connections in Faith (CMACIF), in partnership with Westborough Interfaith Association, Westborough Connects and Westborough Public Schools, is pleased to announce the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in Westborough, MA. This event is free and open to all ages with family-friendly, hands-on activities. It will be held from 9:30am-12:30pm on January 21st at Westborough High School. The Celebration is grant-funded by the Lilly Endowment and by Islamic Relief. Celebration attendees are asked to bring a toiletry donation to benefit the Westborough Food Pantry. Donations of chapstick, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, liquid hand soap, shaving cream or deodorant are greatly appreciated and will be collected during the Community Art Project. For the Flyer please click HERE.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Winter Intramural Sign-ups: Mat Ball:
Introducing Intramural Mat Ball! Thank you to everyone who voted. Tonight, Thursday Jan 17 at 5pm, the registration window will be open for anyone who would like to register to play. The program will run from approximately February 12-March 27, on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:50. Teams will typically play 2 games each week. Please sign up HERE.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of January 10th, 2019

Message from the Nurse Office:
Cold and Flu season is here!  Please remember to keep your child at home if they have a fever of 100 F or higher. They must remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.You can help prevent the spread of illness by reminding your children to cover their cough and sneeze and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
Information about the flu can be found using the links below(Select a language):

English 
Spanish
Portugese

GMS wishes you and your family a happy and healthy new year! 

Alternative Learning Day Reminder:
As you are aware, the School Committee voted to implement “Alternative Learning Days” instead of a school cancellation when weather keeps us from physically opening schools.
When school is closed due to weather, you will receive a phone call and an email alerting you to a school closure.  The messages will also indicate if we will be implementing an “Alternative Learning Day” (ALD). When there is an ALD you and your children will need to find and complete the ALD learning assignments posted on our website.  Please note, that the district will not be allowed to use this approach in the future if less than  80% of our students do not participate. Please help us make this a success by ensuring your children do their assignments.
Please help us test our system by clicking here and seeing if you can find your children’s assignment page (there will not necessarily be an actual assignment at this time).  Please note that most Gibbons Middle School teachers will be directing their students to consult their ‘Google Classroom’ page for Alternative Learning Day assignments.
If you have questions about the ALD system please click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration:
Central MA Connections in Faith (CMACIF), in partnership with Westborough Interfaith Association, Westborough Connects and Westborough Public Schools, is pleased to announce the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in Westborough, MA. This event is free and open to all ages with family-friendly, hands-on activities. It will be held from 9:30am-12:30pm on January 21st at Westborough High School. The Celebration is grant-funded by the Lilly Endowment and by Islamic Relief. Celebration attendees are asked to bring a toiletry donation to benefit the Westborough Food Pantry. Donations of chapstick, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, liquid hand soap, shaving cream or deodorant are greatly appreciated and will be collected during the Community Art Project. For the Flyer please click HERE.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of January 3rd, 2019

Alternative Learning Day Reminder:
As you are aware, the School Committee voted to implement “Alternative Learning Days” instead of a school cancellation when weather keeps us from physically opening schools.
When school is closed due to weather, you will receive a phone call and an email alerting you to a school closure.  The messages will also indicate if we will be implementing an “Alternative Learning Day” (ALD). When there is an ALD you and your children will need to find and complete the ALD learning assignments posted on our website.  Please note, that the district will not be allowed to use this approach in the future if less than  80% of our students do not participate. Please help us make this a success by ensuring your children do their assignments.
Please help us test our system by clicking here and seeing if you can find your children’s assignment page (there will not necessarily be an actual assignment at this time).  Please note that most Gibbons Middle School teachers will be directing their students to consult their ‘Google Classroom’ page for Alternative Learning Day assignments.
If you have questions about the ALD system please click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Gibbons Travel Club:
7th graders Exciting news for anyone who likes adventure and wants to travel! The Gibbons Travel Club is thrilled to announce their 2020 trip to Athens, Rome and Pompei. Stop by Room 17 and pick up a flyer from Mrs. Ryan.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of December 20th, 2018

Message from GMS Community Service Club:
During the week of December 17th, the Community Service Club will be selling homemade cat toys and dog treats to raise money for Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton. Items will be sold during lunches. All proceeds will be donated to help stray animals in our area. Prices range from $1 to $3

Message from the Nurse Office:
All 7th grade students are required to have immunization updates on file. A current physical exam must be on file for all 8th grade students and all students who participate in sports activities. 
Please submit updated immunization records and physical exam records as you receive them for your child. Thank you!  

Kristin Brigham, RN BSN 
ph: 508-836-7740  fax: 508-836-7740
brighamk@westboroughk12.org


Westborough Education Foundation’s CARE Program:
Celebrate and Appreciate Remarkable Educators. As the holidays approach, are you looking for a way to show your appreciation for your child’s teachers, principal, and school staff members? Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Westborough Education Foundation in honor of a teacher, coach, mentor, or other special educator in your child’s life! Your child’s teacher will receive a CARE Award certificate acknowledging your gift, which will help the foundation continue its work providing innovative and creative programs for students in and out of the classroom. The Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) raises funds to provide innovative programs for Westborough students that are outside the realm of the normal school budget.  In 2017-18, WEF awarded over $21,000 in grants to Westborough teachers for innovative programs and has given over $400,000 to Westborough schools since its inception. Please click HERE for more information.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Gibbons Travel Club:
7th graders Exciting news for anyone who likes adventure and wants to travel! The Gibbons Travel Club is thrilled to announce their 2020 trip to Athens, Rome and Pompei. Stop by Room 17 and pick up a flyer from Mrs. Ryan.

WHS Homework Helpers:
WHS Homework Helpers are back! Free tutoring is available from Westborough High School honors students. Homework Helpers are available after school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in our cafeteria until the late bus arrives.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of December 13th, 2018

Message from GMS Community Service Club:
During the week of December 17th, the Community Service Club will be selling homemade cat toys and dog treats to raise money for Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton. Items will be sold during lunches. All proceeds will be donated to help stray animals in our area. Prices range from $1 to $3

Message from GMS:
Gibbons Middle School will be hosting a free screening of the National Geographic Movie: SCIENCE FAIR for students and parents in grades 6-12 on December 13, 2018  from 6:30pm-8:00pm. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. 

Message from the Nurse Office:
All 7th grade students are required to have immunization updates on file. A current physical exam must be on file for all 8th grade students and all students who participate in sports activities. 
Please submit updated immunization records and physical exam records as you receive them for your child. Thank you!  

Kristin Brigham, RN BSN 
ph: 508-836-7740  fax: 508-836-7740
brighamk@westboroughk12.org


Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention Writers! The GMS Creative Writing Workshop will meet on Wednesday, November 28th in Mrs. Carr’s, Room 30 after school. All are welcome.  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing with others. First meeting is on Wednesday after vacation in Mrs. Carr’s room, #30. Hope to see you there!

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD:
Meets Tuesday’s in Room 28.  This is a high school run activity with Mrs. Sullivan as an advisor.  Two teams are registered for the competition on February 10th at Harvard University.  Please note:This activity is closed for new members. Parents please mark your calendars- Invitational Competition is  Feb 11, 2019 at Harvard University. We will need parent chaperones and volunteers to drive SciOly kids to the competition.  More information to follow... 

Gibbons Travel Club:
7th graders Exciting news for anyone who likes adventure and wants to travel! The Gibbons Travel Club is thrilled to announce their 2020 trip to Athens, Rome and Pompei. Stop by Room 17 and pick up a flyer from Mrs. Ryan.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of December 7th, 2018

Message from GMS:
Gibbons Middle School will be hosting a free screening of the National Geographic Movie: SCIENCE FAIR for students and parents in grades 6-12 on December 13, 2018  from 6:30pm-8:00pm. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. 

Message from the Nurse Office:
All 7th grade students are required to have immunization updates on file. A current physical exam must be on file for all 8th grade students and all students who participate in sports activities. 
Please submit updated immunization records and physical exam records as you receive them for your child. Thank you!  

Kristin Brigham, RN BSN 
ph: 508-836-7740  fax: 508-836-7740
brighamk@westboroughk12.org


GMS Yearbook Announcement:
Work on the yearbook begins on Thursday, November 1st in Room 12.  Students interested in photography or layout design should come to the informational meeting after school.  Contact Mr. Kennedy with any questions.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention Writers! The GMS Creative Writing Workshop will meet on Wednesday, November 28th in Mrs. Carr’s, Room 30 after school. All are welcome.  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing with others. First meeting is on Wednesday after vacation in Mrs. Carr’s room, #30. Hope to see you there!

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD:
Meets Tuesday’s in Room 28.  This is a high school run activity with Mrs. Sullivan as an advisor.  Two teams are registered for the competition on February 10th at Harvard University.  Please note:This activity is closed for new members. Parents please mark your calendars- Invitational Competition is  Feb 11, 2019 at Harvard University. We will need parent chaperones and volunteers to drive SciOly kids to the competition.  More information to follow... 

Gibbons Gazette Art Contest:
Do you like to draw? Do you want to showcase your creations? Well, you’re in luck! Submit your art to the Gibbons Gazette Art Contest! The first round requires a realistic drawing, and the second round requires a cartoon or anime drawing and the final level requires a drawing of a mythical creature. First level submissions are due on November 20, the second on November 27 and the last on December 4. Drop off  your realistic drawing at Mrs. Nottingham’s room, Rm 11, on Tuesday, November 20 to enter. Good Luck!

Gibbons Travel Club:
7th graders Exciting news for anyone who likes adventure and wants to travel! The Gibbons Travel Club is thrilled to announce their 2020 trip to Athens, Rome and Pompei. Stop by Room 17 and pick up a flyer from Mrs. Ryan.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of November 30th, 2018

Message from the Nurse Office:
All 7th grade students are required to have immunization updates on file. A current physical exam must be on file for all 8th grade students and all students who participate in sports activities. 
Please submit updated immunization records and physical exam records as you receive them for your child. Thank you!  

Kristin Brigham, RN BSN 
ph: 508-836-7740  fax: 508-836-7740
brighamk@westboroughk12.org


Announcement from SEPAC:
The Westborough SEPAC would like to invite you to our free/open presentation. Please click HERE to see the flyer.

Creative Writing Workshop:
Attention Writers! The GMS Creative Writing Workshop will meet on Wednesday, November 28th in Mrs. Carr’s, Room 30 after school. All are welcome.  The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to share your writing with others. First meeting is on Wednesday after vacation in Mrs. Carr’s room, #30. Hope to see you there!

GMS Yearbook Announcement:
Work on the yearbook begins on Thursday, November 1st in Room 12.  Students interested in photography or layout design should come to the informational meeting after school.  Contact Mr. Kennedy with any questions.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD:
Meets Tuesday’s in Room 28.  This is a high school run activity with Mrs. Sullivan as an advisor.  Two teams are registered for the competition on February 10th at Harvard University.  Please note:This activity is closed for new members. Parents please mark your calendars- Invitational Competition is  Feb 11, 2019 at Harvard University. We will need parent chaperones and volunteers to drive SciOly kids to the competition.  More information to follow... 

Gibbons Community Service Club:
Gibbons Community Service Club is proud to announce that over $1000 was collected by the Gibbons Community through Halloween Costumes and during the annual “Trick or Treat” for UNICEF.  This money will go a long way to help children in need. Thank you to everyone who participated or helped out! If you would like to learn more about UNICEF please click HERE.

Gibbons Gazette Art Contest:
Do you like to draw? Do you want to showcase your creations? Well, you’re in luck! Submit your art to the Gibbons Gazette Art Contest! The first round requires a realistic drawing, and the second round requires a cartoon or anime drawing and the final level requires a drawing of a mythical creature. First level submissions are due on November 20, the second on November 27 and the last on December 4. Drop off  your realistic drawing at Mrs. Nottingham’s room, Rm 11, on Tuesday, November 20 to enter. Good Luck!

Gibbons Travel Club:
7th graders Exciting news for anyone who likes adventure and wants to travel! The Gibbons Travel Club is thrilled to announce their 2020 trip to Athens, Rome and Pompei. Stop by Room 17 and pick up a flyer from Mrs. Ryan.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of November 20th, 2018

Message from the Nurse Office:
All 7th grade students are required to have immunization updates on file. A current physical exam must be on file for all 8th grade students and all students who participate in sports activities. 
Please submit updated immunization records and physical exam records as you receive them for your child. Thank you! 

Kristin Brigham, RN BSN 
ph: 508-836-7740  fax: 508-836-7740
brighamk@westboroughk12.org

Message from the Guidance Office:
If you are considering applying to private schools, please deliver the request for transcripts/counselor recommendations to Pam Pellegrino at least 15 school days prior to the due date.  This will allow time to gather the information that the schools are requesting.  Please submit the following to the GMS School Counseling office at the middle school: 
Request for transcripts form - filled out and signed.
A stamped envelope addressed to the school - if using a paper application
Counselor Recommendation form - paper or electronic
An activity resume or bulleted list of your son or daughter's activities - paper or electronic
Teacher recommendation forms should be given, or sent - directly to the teacher with an addressed and stamped envelope.  Recommendations are sent directly from the teachers to the schools - they are not returned to the student.

 Electronic applications: If you are applying using the online Gateway to Prep or via other online application service - please fill out the online material and submit a request for recommendations to teachers and a request for transcripts and counselor recommendations to the counselor. 

 Again - please do so at least 15 days prior to the application deadline. 

Application /Recommendation Meeting:  
Please have your student set up a meeting with his/her school counselor, Mrs. Pellegrino, prior to the due date.  This can be during homeroom, period 7 or after school.

GMS Yearbook Announcement:
Work on the yearbook begins on Thursday, November 1st in Room 12.  Students interested in photography or layout design should come to the informational meeting after school.  Contact Mr. Kennedy with any questions.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Middle School Basketball:
Students who are interested in trying out for our Middle School boys and girls basketball teams need to complete the registration form in FamilyID. The link is now open and registration is due Nov. 20th. Please click HERE for registration.

Gibbons Community Service Club:
Gibbons Community Service Club is proud to announce that over $1000 was collected by the Gibbons Community through Halloween Costumes and during the annual “Trick or Treat” for UNICEF.  This money will go a long way to help children in need. Thank you to everyone who participated or helped out! If you would like to learn more about UNICEF please click HERE.

Gibbons Gazette Art Contest:
Do you like to draw? Do you want to showcase your creations? Well, you’re in luck! Submit your art to the Gibbons Gazette Art Contest! The first round requires a realistic drawing, and the second round requires a cartoon or anime drawing and the final level requires a drawing of a mythical creature. First level submissions are due on November 20, the second on November 27 and the last on December 4. Drop off  your realistic drawing at Mrs. Nottingham’s room, Rm 11, on Tuesday, November 20 to enter. Good Luck!

Gibbons Travel Club:
7th graders Exciting news for anyone who likes adventure and wants to travel! The Gibbons Travel Club is thrilled to announce their 2020 trip to Athens, Rome and Pompei. Stop by Room 17 and pick up a flyer from Mrs. Ryan.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of November 16th, 2018

Message from the Guidance Office:
If you are considering applying to private schools, please deliver the request for transcripts/counselor recommendations to Pam Pellegrino at least 15 school days prior to the due date.  This will allow time to gather the information that the schools are requesting.  Please submit the following to the GMS School Counseling office at the middle school: 
Request for transcripts form - filled out and signed.
A stamped envelope addressed to the school - if using a paper application
Counselor Recommendation form - paper or electronic
An activity resume or bulleted list of your son or daughter's activities - paper or electronic
Teacher recommendation forms should be given, or sent - directly to the teacher with an addressed and stamped envelope.  Recommendations are sent directly from the teachers to the schools - they are not returned to the student.

 Electronic applications: If you are applying using the online Gateway to Prep or via other online application service - please fill out the online material and submit a request for recommendations to teachers and a request for transcripts and counselor recommendations to the counselor. 

 Again - please do so at least 15 days prior to the application deadline. 

Application /Recommendation Meeting:  
Please have your student set up a meeting with his/her school counselor, Mrs. Pellegrino, prior to the due date.  This can be during homeroom, period 7 or after school.

Westborough Turkey Trot:
Westborough's 5th annual Turkey Trot is this Saturday the 17th of November. Please click HERE for the flyer.

GMS Yearbook Announcement:
Work on the yearbook begins on Thursday, November 1st in Room 12.  Students interested in photography or layout design should come to the informational meeting after school.  Contact Mr. Kennedy with any questions.

Gibbons SOAP:
Gibbons is running a drive to donate soap and hygiene products to field workers and their families in honor of take action week. It ends this week. Please click HERE for the flyer.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Middle School Basketball:
Students who are interested in trying out for our Middle School boys and girls basketball teams need to complete the registration form in FamilyID. The link is now open and registration is due Nov. 20th. Please click HERE for registration.

Intramural Volleyball Signups:
Volleyball will begin in mid-October and run until Thanksgiving. There will be approximately 8 days of volleyball before playoffs begin. Each of the 8 days will contain 2 games (16 games total), so you will be playing from 2:45 until 3:45 each time you have a game. See Ms. Robichaud or Mr. Jyringi if you have questions. Click HERE for the schedule. Click HERE for the teams.

Gibbons Gazette Art Contest:
Do you like to draw? Do you want to showcase your creations? Well, you’re in luck! Submit your art to the Gibbons Gazette Art Contest! The first round requires a realistic drawing, and the second round requires a cartoon or anime drawing and the final level requires a drawing of a mythical creature. First level submissions are due on November 20, the second on November 27 and the last on December 4. Drop off  your realistic drawing at Mrs. Nottingham’s room, Rm 11, on Tuesday, November 20 to enter. Good Luck!

Gibbons Travel Club:
7th graders Exciting news for anyone who likes adventure and wants to travel! The Gibbons Travel Club is thrilled to announce their 2020 trip to Athens, Rome and Pompei. Stop by Room 17 and pick up a flyer from Mrs. Ryan.

STEM Club:
Have you ever craved some science? Or some super duper fun experiments? Then STEM Club is the perfect place for you! STEM Club is a high school student-led club and a place to explore the intriguing depths of science realm and discover fascinating new facts. Learn like you never did before! From hands-on approaches to guided learning. STEM Club has got is all! Please see Mrs. Greenwald in room 5 for more details.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

GMS Community Service Club:
If you are interested in community service, the environment, or working on other creative projects please come by to check out the Community service club on Thursdays after school in Room 25. This club does not require an activity fee. Please see either Ms. Gerstenzang or Mrs. Pellegrino with any questions. Remember, how else can you save the world before the late bus?

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of November 8th, 2018

Message from the Guidance Office:
If you are considering applying to private schools, please deliver the request for transcripts/counselor recommendations to Pam Pellegrino at least 15 school days prior to the due date.  This will allow time to gather the information that the schools are requesting.  Please submit the following to the GMS School Counseling office at the middle school: 
Request for transcripts form - filled out and signed.
A stamped envelope addressed to the school - if using a paper application
Counselor Recommendation form - paper or electronic
An activity resume or bulleted list of your son or daughter's activities - paper or electronic
Teacher recommendation forms should be given, or sent - directly to the teacher with an addressed and stamped envelope.  Recommendations are sent directly from the teachers to the schools - they are not returned to the student.

 Electronic applications: If you are applying using the online Gateway to Prep or via other online application service - please fill out the online material and submit a request for recommendations to teachers and a request for transcripts and counselor recommendations to the counselor. 

 Again - please do so at least 15 days prior to the application deadline. 

Application /Recommendation Meeting:  
Please have your student set up a meeting with his/her school counselor, Mrs. Pellegrino, prior to the due date.  This can be during homeroom, period 7 or after school.

Westborough Turkey Trot:
Westborough's 5th annual Turkey Trot is next Saturday the 17th of November. Please click HERE for the flyer.

GMS Yearbook Announcement:
Work on the yearbook begins on Thursday, November 1st in Room 12.  Students interested in photography or layout design should come to the informational meeting after school.  Contact Mr. Kennedy with any questions.

Gibbons SOAP:
Gibbons is running a drive to donate soap and hygiene products to field workers and their families in honor of take action week. Please click HERE for the flyer.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Middle School Basketball:
There will be an informational meeting on Thursday November 15th for any boys or girls interested in playing GMS basketball. Meet in Mr. Hanson’s room, room 26, immediately after school. Also Students who are interested in trying out for our Middle School boys and girls basketball teams need to complete the registration form in FamilyID. The link is now open and registration is due Nov. 20th. Please click HERE for registration.

Best Buddies:
Are you interested in  making new friends and having fun after school? Do you want to be a part of the world’s largest organization that creates opportunities for friendships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? If so, Best Buddies is the club for you! Our first meeting will be Thursday, November 8th from 2:40 - 3:20 in Mrs. Glowaki’s  room 39. If you can’t attend the meeting but are interested in joining best buddies please see either Mrs. Glowaki or Ms. Grilli.

Intramural Volleyball Signups:
Volleyball will begin in mid-October and run until Thanksgiving. There will be approximately 8 days of volleyball before playoffs begin. Each of the 8 days will contain 2 games (16 games total), so you will be playing from 2:45 until 3:45 each time you have a game. See Ms. Robichaud or Mr. Jyringi if you have questions. Click HERE for the schedule. Click HERE for the teams.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

GMS Community Service Club:
If you are interested in community service, the environment, or working on other creative projects please come by to check out the Community service club on Thursdays after school in Room 25. This club does not require an activity fee. Please see either Ms. Gerstenzang or Mrs. Pellegrino with any questions. Remember, how else can you save the world before the late bus?

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of November 1st, 2018

Message from the Guidance Office:
If you are considering applying to private schools, please deliver the request for transcripts/counselor recommendations to Pam Pellegrino at least 15 school days prior to the due date.  This will allow time to gather the information that the schools are requesting.  Please submit the following to the GMS School Counseling office at the middle school: 
Request for transcripts form - filled out and signed.
A stamped envelope addressed to the school - if using a paper application
Counselor Recommendation form - paper or electronic
An activity resume or bulleted list of your son or daughter's activities - paper or electronic
Teacher recommendation forms should be given, or sent - directly to the teacher with an addressed and stamped envelope.  Recommendations are sent directly from the teachers to the schools - they are not returned to the student.

 Electronic applications: If you are applying using the online Gateway to Prep or via other online application service - please fill out the online material and submit a request for recommendations to teachers and a request for transcripts and counselor recommendations to the counselor. 

 Again - please do so at least 15 days prior to the application deadline. 

Application /Recommendation Meeting:  
Please have your student set up a meeting with his/her school counselor, Mrs. Pellegrino, prior to the due date.  This can be during homeroom, period 7 or after school.

Message from the Nurses Office:
It’s great to have the students back and settling in to the new school year. Thank you for contacting me and for submitting updated health information. Please do not hesitate to be in touch at any time, and do keep in mind the following:
Please submit a copy of your child’s most recent physical exam as they occur. This will keep the student health records up to date so that your child may participate in athletic programs here at Gibbons and as they move on to high school. Regardless of athletic participation, a current physical exam is required for all 8th graders as they enter high school. It’s not too early to start sending them in! Health forms may be submitted via fax, email, mail, or hand delivery. Making this a regular practice will eliminate having to track down forms as well as any delays in eligibility for play/entry.

If your child takes medication at school, all medication orders must be renewed each school year. Please contact me if you need assistance with this process.

If your child has asthma and has been prescribed an inhaler, please be sure to send an inhaler, along with doctor’s orders to the health office. Inhalers will be kept in the health office and accessible for your child’s use as needed, unless permission is given for the student to carry their inhaler and self-administer.

If your child has life threatening allergies and has been prescribed an Epipen, it is necessary to send an Epipen, along with doctor’s orders to the health office. Epipens are kept in the health office where they are readily available for use in emergencies. Information related to life threatening allergies is shared with appropriate school personnel to ensure your child’s safety while at school.

Please notify the health office of any new food allergies or special dietary needs to be certain this information is shared with our kitchen manager.

Finally, Please notify the health office if your child sustains an injury or is experiencing illness which prevents him/her from attending school for more than a day or two. It is important for me to be informed so that I can assist you and your child on the path of recovery, getting back to school, and back to wellness as soon and as safely as possible.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this being a great year for all!
Kristin Brigham, RN BSN
School Nurse
Gibbons Middle School
Westborough Public School District
email: brighamk@westboroughk12.org
phone: 508-836-7740 x2814 
fax:  508-836-7744

Westborough Turkey Trot:
Westborough's 5th annual Turkey Trot is coming up. Please click HERE for the flyer.

GMS Yearbook Announcement:
Work on the yearbook begins on Thursday, November 1st in Room 12.  Students interested in photography or layout design should come to the informational meeting after school.  Contact Mr. Kennedy with any questions.

Gibbons SOAP:
Gibbons is running a drive to donate soap and hygiene products to field workers and their families in honor of take action week. Please click HERE for the flyer.

Westborough Girls Lacrosse:
Open House and Registration for the Girls Spring 2019 Lacrosse Season will be on Sunday, November 4th.  All girls in grades 1-8 are welcome to attend. For more information, please click HERE.

Westborough Community Chorus Inc Music Scholarship Award Application:
Eligibility: Applicant must be a Westborough resident or child of a chorus member in grades 7-12, but need not attend Westborough schools. Instructions:
Applicant: Complete Sections 1 and 2 and forward to current music teacher. In addition, A SOLO PERFORMANCE OF FIVE MINUTES PROVIDED ON A CD, THUMB DRIVE OR EMAILED MP3 OR 4 MUST ACCOMPANY THIS APPLICATION – APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A RECORDING WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. CHECK YOUR DISC’S OR MUSIC FILES TO MAKE SURE THEY WORK!
Music Teacher: Complete Section 3 and mail/email form to:

Westborough Community Chorus, Inc.
Attention: Carla Mason
PO Box 702
Westborough, MA 01581
Or Email carlapm@townisp.com

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 8, 2018
SECTION 1
TO BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANT: (Print Clearly)
Full Name:                                                        
Home address:                                                    
Phone #:
Email address:
School:
Grade:                    
School Music Teacher:                                                
Private Music Teacher Name and Address:
Music Focus (voice or instrument of choice):  
Parent/Guardian:                                                    

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS WILL BE ASKED TO PERFORM AT ONE OF THE WESTBOROUGH COMMUNITY CHORUS PERFORMANCES ON MAY 3, 4, AND 5 2019!

SECTION 2
Comment on why you should receive this scholarship
Describe your musical background and future plans.
Signature of Applicant:                                             

SECTION 3 TO BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANTS MUSIC TEACHER
Please comment briefly on applicant and applicant’s musical ability.
Applicant:
Grade:
Signature:
Date:            

Forward completed application to Westborough Community Chorus Inc. Attn. Carla Mason, PO Box 702, Westborough, MA 01581 or email complete packet to carlapm@townisp.com NO LATER THAN November 8, 2018.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Best Buddies:
Are you interested in  making new friends and having fun after school? Do you want to be a part of the world’s largest organization that creates opportunities for friendships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? If so, Best Buddies is the club for you! Our first meeting will be Thursday, November 8th from 2:40 - 3:20 in Mrs. Glowaki’s  room 39. If you can’t attend the meeting but are interested in joining best buddies please see either Mrs. Glowaki or Ms. Grilli.

Intramural Volleyball:
Volleyball will begin in mid-October and run until Thanksgiving. There will be approximately 8 days of volleyball before playoffs begin. Each of the 8 days will contain 2 games (16 games total), so you will be playing from 2:45 until 3:45 each time you have a game. See Ms. Robichaud or Mr. Jyringi if you have questions. Click HERE for the schedule. Click HERE for the teams.

WHS Homework Helpers:
Do you need extra help with your homework? Do you find that you could  use some help? No need to fear that homework helpers are here! Homework helpers are made up of a group of WHS students who come to Gibbons to assist middle school students after school. Homework Helpers will be starting next Wednesday, October 3 and will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Homework helpers will be available after school until the late bus arrives at 4:00.

GMS Community Service Club:
If you are interested in community service, the environment, or working on other creative projects please come by to check out the Community service club on Thursdays after school in Room 25. This club does not require an activity fee. Please see either Ms. Gerstenzang or Mrs. Pellegrino with any questions. Remember, how else can you save the world before the late bus?

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of October 25th, 2018

Message from the Main Office:
Please be advised that the October 25th Parent Conference Evening schedule for Gibbons will be rescheduled to a date later in the year and the format will more than likely be updated. Stay tuned for more information. If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher(s) or team please contact our teachers or guidance department to set up a conference.

Message from the Guidance Office:
If you are considering applying to private schools, please deliver the request for transcripts/counselor recommendations to Pam Pellegrino at least 15 school days prior to the due date.  This will allow time to gather the information that the schools are requesting.  Please submit the following to the GMS School Counseling office at the middle school: 
Request for transcripts form - filled out and signed.
A stamped envelope addressed to the school - if using a paper application
Counselor Recommendation form - paper or electronic
An activity resume or bulleted list of your son or daughter's activities - paper or electronic
Teacher recommendation forms should be given, or sent - directly to the teacher with an addressed and stamped envelope.  Recommendations are sent directly from the teachers to the schools - they are not returned to the student.

 Electronic applications: If you are applying using the online Gateway to Prep or via other online application service - please fill out the online material and submit a request for recommendations to teachers and a request for transcripts and counselor recommendations to the counselor. 

 Again - please do so at least 15 days prior to the application deadline. 

Application /Recommendation Meeting:  
Please have your student set up a meeting with his/her school counselor, Mrs. Pellegrino, prior to the due date.  This can be during homeroom, period 7 or after school.

Message from the Nurses Office:
Please submit updated physical exams and 7th grade immunization records to the school nurse as soon as possible. If your child requires medications at school, including Epipens and inhalers, please be sure to send in the medications along with updated MD orders for the new school year. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

It’s great to have the students back and settling in to the new school year. Thank you for contacting me and for submitting updated health information. Please do not hesitate to be in touch at any time, and do keep in mind the following:
Please submit a copy of your child’s most recent physical exam as they occur. This will keep the student health records up to date so that your child may participate in athletic programs here at Gibbons and as they move on to high school. Regardless of athletic participation, a current physical exam is required for all 8th graders as they enter high school. It’s not too early to start sending them in! Health forms may be submitted via fax, email, mail, or hand delivery. Making this a regular practice will eliminate having to track down forms as well as any delays in eligibility for play/entry.

If your child takes medication at school, all medication orders must be renewed each school year. Please contact me if you need assistance with this process.

If your child has asthma and has been prescribed an inhaler, please be sure to send an inhaler, along with doctor’s orders to the health office. Inhalers will be kept in the health office and accessible for your child’s use as needed, unless permission is given for the student to carry their inhaler and self-administer.

If your child has life threatening allergies and has been prescribed an Epipen, it is necessary to send an Epipen, along with doctor’s orders to the health office. Epipens are kept in the health office where they are readily available for use in emergencies. Information related to life threatening allergies is shared with appropriate school personnel to ensure your child’s safety while at school.

Please notify the health office of any new food allergies or special dietary needs to be certain this information is shared with our kitchen manager.

Finally, Please notify the health office if your child sustains an injury or is experiencing illness which prevents him/her from attending school for more than a day or two. It is important for me to be informed so that I can assist you and your child on the path of recovery, getting back to school, and back to wellness as soon and as safely as possible.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this being a great year for all!
Kristin Brigham, RN BSN
School Nurse
Gibbons Middle School
Westborough Public School District
email: brighamk@westboroughk12.org
phone: 508-836-7740 x2814 
fax:  508-836-7744

Trivia Bee:
11th Annual Trivia Bee will be held Monday October 29th, 2018 @ 6:30pm in the DoubleTree Hotel.  For more information please see the flyer below.
Trivia Bee Flyer

Fall Play:
Please come by and see The BFG this Saturday evening at 6:00pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm.
BFG Play Flyer

AMC 8:
Want to put your mathematical problem solving skills to the test? Interested in a little friendly low-pressure competition? Register for the  upcoming AMC 8! The AMC 8 is a 25 question 40 minute multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem solving skills. This year’s AMC 8 exam administration date is Tuesday, November 13th. It will take place immediately after school and will conclude in time for you to take the late bus.
In order to participate, you must first complete and submit a registration form no later than Monday October 22. A link to the form will be provided to  you by your current math teacher. Additionally, your registration will not be complete until you have submitted the $3 registration fee to Ms. Innis in room 35 no later than Friday October 26th

Assabet Regional Technical High School:

Lauren Gonzalez, Admissions Coordinator for Assabet Regional Technical High School will be here at Gibbons on Monday, October 29 to speak to our 8th grade class about the exciting opportunities that Assabet Technical High School has to offer. This presentation will be followed up with an on site field trip to Assabet the following week for students who are interested in learning more about benefits of attending a technical high school. HERE is a link to the Assabet Admissions web page.

Poster Contest:
The Westborough Lions Club is taking part in the annual International Peace poster contest, open to students aged 11, 12 and 13. This year’s theme is “Kindness Matters”. Please see Mrs. Burgoyne in the art room for an information packet and supplies. You MUST register with Mrs. Burgoyne by this Friday, October 12. Artwork is due by November 2.

Choral Collage Concert and Sing:
Thursday, October 25th
5:30pm and 7:00pm
WHS Auditorium

Science Olympiad:
We are gauging interest in students to form a Science Olympiad team here at Gibbons Middle School. Please take this survey If you are interested in in participating in the Science Olympiad.

Westborough Girls Lacrosse:
Open House and Registration for the Girls Spring 2019 Lacrosse Season will be on Sunday, November 4th.  All girls in grades 1-8 are welcome to attend. For more information, please click HERE.

Westborough Community Chorus Inc Music Scholarship Award Application:
Eligibility: Applicant must be a Westborough resident or child of a chorus member in grades 7-12, but need not attend Westborough schools. Instructions:
Applicant: Complete Sections 1 and 2 and forward to current music teacher. In addition, A SOLO PERFORMANCE OF FIVE MINUTES PROVIDED ON A CD, THUMB DRIVE OR EMAILED MP3 OR 4 MUST ACCOMPANY THIS APPLICATION – APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A RECORDING WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. CHECK YOUR DISC’S OR MUSIC FILES TO MAKE SURE THEY WORK!
Music Teacher: Complete Section 3 and mail/email form to:

Westborough Community Chorus, Inc.
Attention: Carla Mason
PO Box 702
Westborough, MA 01581
Or Email carlapm@townisp.com

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 8, 2018
SECTION 1
TO BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANT: (Print Clearly)
Full Name:                                                        
Home address:                                                    
Phone #:
Email address:
School:
Grade:                    
School Music Teacher:                                                
Private Music Teacher Name and Address:
Music Focus (voice or instrument of choice):  
Parent/Guardian:                                                    

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS WILL BE ASKED TO PERFORM AT ONE OF THE WESTBOROUGH COMMUNITY CHORUS PERFORMANCES ON MAY 3, 4, AND 5 2019!

SECTION 2
Comment on why you should receive this scholarship
Describe your musical background and future plans.
Signature of Applicant:                                             

SECTION 3 TO BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANTS MUSIC TEACHER
Please comment briefly on applicant and applicant’s musical ability.
Applicant:
Grade:
Signature:
Date:            

Forward completed application to Westborough Community Chorus Inc. Attn. Carla Mason, PO Box 702, Westborough, MA 01581 or email complete packet to carlapm@townisp.com NO LATER THAN November 8, 2018.

Digital Citizenship Toolbox:
Parents please click HERE to view this months DigCit Toolbox made just for you!

Best Buddies:
Are you interested in  making new friends and having fun after school? Do you want to be a part of the world’s largest organization that creates opportunities for friendships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? If so, Best Buddies is the club for you! Our first meeting will be Thursday, November 8th from 2:40 - 3:20 in Mrs. Glowaki’s  room 39. If you can’t attend the meeting but are interested in joining best buddies please see either Mrs. Glowaki or Ms. Grilli.

Dungeons and Dragons Club:
Ages ago, giants and dragons waged war across the Savage Frontier. Now the land shudders once more with the thunder of giant footsteps. This challenge cannot be faced alone! Introducing: Dungeons and Dragons Club! We meet on Thursdays after school in Room 29, with Mr. Powers. There is no experience required come by and try it out. We hope to see you there.

Magic the Gathering Club:
Do you want to play the card game, Magic the Gathering with your friends after school? Well, come to the Magic club and join a group of others who are also passionate about the game. Magic club meets every Tuesday in Room 29 with Mr. Powers.