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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 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.

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?



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.

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. Informational night on Wednesday, October 17th here at GMS in the Library.

Politics Club:
Come and discuss the Headlines of the day every Friday morning before school in the Library, usually starts about 7:30 to 8:10

Gibbons Gazette:

Our school newspaper is starting production on Wednesdays after school. Do you like to write stories, jokes, poetry or news? Do you like computer graphics? Do you like to take pictures or draw? Then the Gibbons Gazette has a job for you! Come to room 11 after school on Wednesday October 10th for our first meeting.

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.

GMS Tech Squad:
Do you have good communication and organization skills? Do you like to share what you know and like to help others? Then you should become part of the GMS Tech Squad, where you will learn about technology and share what you know to support students and staff in their technology use. There will be an informational meeting, Thursday, October 4, at 2:45 in the school library. Hope to see you there. Advisor is Mrs. Leach.

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?

GMS Speech and Debate Club:
Are your passionate about public speaking? If yes, don't hesitate to join the Debate Club. An informational meeting will take place after school on Wednesday, October 3 in Room 13. 

Pottery Club:

Pottery Club will begin September 18.  We will meet on Tuesdays in the art room from 2:45-3:45.  All are welcome, from beginner to expert. See Mrs. Burgoyne in the art room with any questions.

GMS Interscholastic Cross Country Team:
Do you like to run? Do you really hate running but you want to get fit or make new friends? Come and join the Gibbons Cross Country Team! Anyone can join, and all are welcome, whether
 you run fast or slow or don’t even know. See Mrs. Sullivan in room 31 or Mrs. Lessard in room 3 if you have any questions.

Slime Club:
Do you like to make slime? If you do, then come to the GMS Slime Club and make all types of slime. Slime Club will meet beginning on Tuesday, September 25 in room 14. Due to funding for materials there is only room for 15 students. Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.

Nintendo Club:
Would you like to play video games with old and new friends? Then come to Nintendo Club, beginning on September 18 in Room 14, Ms. Collins’ room. You  may bring your Nintendo Switches or other handheld devices. We can also discuss bringing in gaming systems to play as a group. See Ms. Collins with any questions.

GMS Stock Club:
We will meet every Wednesday after school  in the Library starting on Wednesday October 10, 2018. This is a school year program ending on April 12,2018. The Stock Market Game is open to all with no fees to join. Student will be given accounts  and login information at the first meeting. Students will compete with other Middle schools from Massachusetts based on their portfolio profits. Students will be able to access the Stock Market Game Program by visiting the Stock Market Game website at www.stockmarketgame.org. This program is Sponsored by the Boston Globe. If you have any questions or concerns please see: Mrs. Kimball -- kimballl@westboroughk12.org Or Brian Paulhus – paulhusb@westboroughk12.org

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News and Notes for the week of October 18th, 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:
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 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!

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.

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. Informational night on Wednesday, October 17th here at GMS in the Library.

Politics Club:
Come and discuss the Headlines of the day every Friday morning before school in the Library, usually starts about 7:30 to 8:10

Gibbons Gazette:

Our school newspaper is starting production on Wednesdays after school. Do you like to write stories, jokes, poetry or news? Do you like computer graphics? Do you like to take pictures or draw? Then the Gibbons Gazette has a job for you! Come to room 11 after school on Wednesday October 10th for our first meeting.

Intramural Volleyball Signups:

7th and 8th grade boys and girls can now register for intramural volleyball. This 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. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCT 18th

GMS Tech Squad:
Do you have good communication and organization skills? Do you like to share what you know and like to help others? Then you should become part of the GMS Tech Squad, where you will learn about technology and share what you know to support students and staff in their technology use. There will be an informational meeting, Thursday, October 4, at 2:45 in the school library. Hope to see you there. Advisor is Mrs. Leach.

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?

GMS Speech and Debate Club:
Are your passionate about public speaking? If yes, don't hesitate to join the Debate Club. An informational meeting will take place after school on Wednesday, October 3 in Room 13. 

Pottery Club:

Pottery Club will begin September 18.  We will meet on Tuesdays in the art room from 2:45-3:45.  All are welcome, from beginner to expert. See Mrs. Burgoyne in the art room with any questions.

GMS Interscholastic Cross Country Team:
Do you like to run? Do you really hate running but you want to get fit or make new friends? Come and join the Gibbons Cross Country Team! Anyone can join, and all are welcome, whether
 you run fast or slow or don’t even know. See Mrs. Sullivan in room 31 or Mrs. Lessard in room 3 if you have any questions.

Slime Club:
Do you like to make slime? If you do, then come to the GMS Slime Club and make all types of slime. Slime Club will meet beginning on Tuesday, September 25 in room 14. Due to funding for materials there is only room for 15 students. Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.

Nintendo Club:
Would you like to play video games with old and new friends? Then come to Nintendo Club, beginning on September 18 in Room 14, Ms. Collins’ room. You  may bring your Nintendo Switches or other handheld devices. We can also discuss bringing in gaming systems to play as a group. See Ms. Collins with any questions.

GMS Stock Club:
We will meet every Wednesday after school  in the Library starting on Wednesday October 10, 2018. This is a school year program ending on April 12,2018. The Stock Market Game is open to all with no fees to join. Student will be given accounts  and login information at the first meeting. Students will compete with other Middle schools from Massachusetts based on their portfolio profits. Students will be able to access the Stock Market Game Program by visiting the Stock Market Game website at www.stockmarketgame.org. This program is Sponsored by the Boston Globe. If you have any questions or concerns please see: Mrs. Kimball -- kimballl@westboroughk12.org Or Brian Paulhus – paulhusb@westboroughk12.org

Upcoming Events


News and Notes for the week of October 11th, 2018

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

Fall Fundraiser Kick Off:
Special Thank You goes out to Lisa Martin, Noelle Monaghan and all of our Gibbons Parent Group Volunteers for making this year’s Magazine Drive a success! This year’s drive brought in approximately $13,500. The Magazine Drive is our school’s only fundraiser and directly supports enrichment programming here at GMS. An example is this week’s 7th grade field trips to TeamWorks in which the GPS is funding the buses for each teams trips.  If you have not already done so we encourage all of our parents to join the Gibbons Parent Group, HERE is a link to the GPG sign up page

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.

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. Informational night on Wednesday, October 17th here at GMS in the Library.

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 MIDDLE SCHOOL HOCKEY:
Students Interested in playing middle school ice hockey please email westboroughrangershockey@gmail.com with the following information by Wednesday, October 17th.

Player Name:
Email Address:
Grade:
Current Team:
Position:

Once we know how many students are interested we will email with details of the team(s), league, and fees.
Thank You,
Westborough Rangers Middle School Hockey

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.

Politics Club:
Come and discuss the Headlines of the day every Friday morning before school in the Library, usually starts about 7:30 to 8:10

Gibbons Gazette:

Our school newspaper is starting production on Wednesdays after school. Do you like to write stories, jokes, poetry or news? Do you like computer graphics? Do you like to take pictures or draw? Then the Gibbons Gazette has a job for you! Come to room 11 after school on Wednesday October 10th for our first meeting.

Intramural Volleyball Signups:

7th and 8th grade boys and girls can now register for intramural volleyball. This 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. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCT 18th

GMS Tech Squad:
Do you have good communication and organization skills? Do you like to share what you know and like to help others? Then you should become part of the GMS Tech Squad, where you will learn about technology and share what you know to support students and staff in their technology use. There will be an informational meeting, Thursday, October 4, at 2:45 in the school library. Hope to see you there. Advisor is Mrs. Leach.

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?

GMS Speech and Debate Club:
Are your passionate about public speaking? If yes, don't hesitate to join the Debate Club. An informational meeting will take place after school on Wednesday, October 3 in Room 13. 

Pottery Club:

Pottery Club will begin September 18.  We will meet on Tuesdays in the art room from 2:45-3:45.  All are welcome, from beginner to expert. See Mrs. Burgoyne in the art room with any questions.

GMS Interscholastic Cross Country Team:
Do you like to run? Do you really hate running but you want to get fit or make new friends? Come and join the Gibbons Cross Country Team! Anyone can join, and all are welcome, whether
 you run fast or slow or don’t even know. See Mrs. Sullivan in room 31 or Mrs. Lessard in room 3 if you have any questions.

Slime Club:
Do you like to make slime? If you do, then come to the GMS Slime Club and make all types of slime. Slime Club will meet beginning on Tuesday, September 25 in room 14. Due to funding for materials there is only room for 15 students. Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.

Nintendo Club:
Would you like to play video games with old and new friends? Then come to Nintendo Club, beginning on September 18 in Room 14, Ms. Collins’ room. You  may bring your Nintendo Switches or other handheld devices. We can also discuss bringing in gaming systems to play as a group. See Ms. Collins with any questions.

GMS Stock Club:
We will meet every Wednesday after school  in the Library starting on Wednesday October 10, 2018. This is a school year program ending on April 12,2018. The Stock Market Game is open to all with no fees to join. Student will be given accounts  and login information at the first meeting. Students will compete with other Middle schools from Massachusetts based on their portfolio profits. Students will be able to access the Stock Market Game Program by visiting the Stock Market Game website at www.stockmarketgame.org. This program is Sponsored by the Boston Globe. If you have any questions or concerns please see: Mrs. Kimball -- kimballl@westboroughk12.org Or Brian Paulhus – paulhusb@westboroughk12.org

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of October 4th, 2018

Message from Westborough Youth Basketball Association:
Tryouts for the upcoming season: Sunday, September 30th and Saturday October 6th at Westborough High School. All Westborough girls and boys entering 4-8 are eligible. It is strongly recommended that players attend both tryouts. For more information please click HERE.

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

Fall Fundraiser Kick Off:
Reminder that the Gibbons Middle School Magazine Drive has kicked off and is underway. This is the only fundraiser that our school participates in over the course of the year and it proceeds helps to support nearly all of our events. Online orders can be placed at https://www.gaschoolstore.com. Click "I'm ready to shop" and enter Gibbons ID number 2584688.  Enter the name of the Gibbons student you would like to receive credit your order.  Thank you for your support!
Please click HERE for the flyer and for more information.

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.

Politics Club:
Come and discuss the Headlines of the day every Friday morning before school in the Library, usually starts about 7:30 to 8:10

Gibbons Gazette:

Our school newspaper is starting production on Wednesdays after school. Do you like to write stories, jokes, poetry or news? Do you like computer graphics? Do you like to take pictures or draw? Then the Gibbons Gazette has a job for you! Come to room 11 after school on Wednesday October 10th for our first meeting.

Intramural Volleyball Signups:

7th and 8th grade boys and girls can now register for intramural volleyball. This 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. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCT 18th

GMS Tech Squad:
Do you have good communication and organization skills? Do you like to share what you know and like to help others? Then you should become part of the GMS Tech Squad, where you will learn about technology and share what you know to support students and staff in their technology use. There will be an informational meeting, Thursday, October 4, at 2:45 in the school library. Hope to see you there. Advisor is Mrs. Leach.

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?

GMS Speech and Debate Club:
Are your passionate about public speaking? If yes, don't hesitate to join the Debate Club. An informational meeting will take place after school on Wednesday, October 3 in Room 13. 

Pottery Club:

Pottery Club will begin September 18.  We will meet on Tuesdays in the art room from 2:45-3:45.  All are welcome, from beginner to expert. See Mrs. Burgoyne in the art room with any questions.

GMS Interscholastic Cross Country Team:
Do you like to run? Do you really hate running but you want to get fit or make new friends? Come and join the Gibbons Cross Country Team! Anyone can join, and all are welcome, whether
 you run fast or slow or don’t even know. See Mrs. Sullivan in room 31 or Mrs. Lessard in room 3 if you have any questions.

Slime Club:
Do you like to make slime? If you do, then come to the GMS Slime Club and make all types of slime. Slime Club will meet beginning on Tuesday, September 25 in room 14. Due to funding for materials there is only room for 15 students. Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.

Nintendo Club:
Would you like to play video games with old and new friends? Then come to Nintendo Club, beginning on September 18 in Room 14, Ms. Collins’ room. You  may bring your Nintendo Switches or other handheld devices. We can also discuss bringing in gaming systems to play as a group. See Ms. Collins with any questions.

GMS Stock Club:
We will meet every Wednesday after school  in the Library starting on Wednesday October 10, 2018. This is a school year program ending on April 12,2018. The Stock Market Game is open to all with no fees to join. Student will be given accounts  and login information at the first meeting. Students will compete with other Middle schools from Massachusetts based on their portfolio profits. Students will be able to access the Stock Market Game Program by visiting the Stock Market Game website at www.stockmarketgame.org. This program is Sponsored by the Boston Globe. If you have any questions or concerns please see: Mrs. Kimball -- kimballl@westboroughk12.org Or Brian Paulhus – paulhusb@westboroughk12.org

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of September 27th, 2018

Message from Westborough Youth Basketball Association:
Tryouts for the upcoming season: Sunday, September 30th and Saturday October 6th at Westborough High School. All Westborough girls and boys entering 4-8 are eligible. It is strongly recommended that players attend both tryouts. For more information please click HERE.

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.

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

Fall Fundraiser Kick Off:
Reminder that the Gibbons Middle School Magazine Drive has kicked off and is underway. This is the only fundraiser that our school participates in over the course of the year and it proceeds helps to support nearly all of our events. Online orders can be placed at https://www.gaschoolstore.com. Click "I'm ready to shop" and enter Gibbons ID number 2584688.  Enter the name of the Gibbons student you would like to receive credit your order.  Thank you for your support!
Please click HERE for the flyer and for more information.

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.

GMS Tech Squad:
Do you have good communication and organization skills? Do you like to share what you know and like to help others? Then you should become part of the GMS Tech Squad, where you will learn about technology and share what you know to support students and staff in their technology use. There will be an informational meeting, Thursday, October 4, at 2:45 in the school library. Hope to see you there. Advisor is Mrs. Leach.

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?

GMS Speech and Debate Club:
Are your passionate about public speaking? If yes, don't hesitate to join the Debate Club. An informational meeting will take place after school on Wednesday, October 3 in Room 13. 

Pottery Club:

Pottery Club will begin September 18.  We will meet on Tuesdays in the art room from 2:45-3:45.  All are welcome, from beginner to expert. See Mrs. Burgoyne in the art room with any questions.

GMS Interscholastic Cross Country Team:
Do you like to run? Do you really hate running but you want to get fit or make new friends? Come and join the Gibbons Cross Country Team! Anyone can join, and all are welcome, whether
 you run fast or slow or don’t even know. See Mrs. Sullivan in room 31 or Mrs. Lessard in room 3 if you have any questions.

Slime Club:
Do you like to make slime? If you do, then come to the GMS Slime Club and make all types of slime. Slime Club will meet beginning on Tuesday, September 25 in room 14. Due to funding for materials there is only room for 15 students. Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.

Nintendo Club:
Would you like to play video games with old and new friends? Then come to Nintendo Club, beginning on September 18 in Room 14, Ms. Collins’ room. You  may bring your Nintendo Switches or other handheld devices. We can also discuss bringing in gaming systems to play as a group. See Ms. Collins with any questions.

GMS Stock Club:
We will meet every Wednesday after school  in the Library starting on Wednesday October 10, 2018. This is a school year program ending on April 12,2018. The Stock Market Game is open to all with no fees to join. Student will be given accounts  and login information at the first meeting. Students will compete with other Middle schools from Massachusetts based on their portfolio profits. Students will be able to access the Stock Market Game Program by visiting the Stock Market Game website at www.stockmarketgame.org. This program is Sponsored by the Boston Globe. If you have any questions or concerns please see: Mrs. Kimball -- kimballl@westboroughk12.org Or Brian Paulhus – paulhusb@westboroughk12.org

Upcoming Events

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

Message from Westborough Youth Basketball Association:
Tryouts for the upcoming season: Sunday, September 30th and Saturday October 6th at Westborough High School. All Westborough girls and boys entering 4-8 are eligible. It is strongly recommended that players attend both tryouts. For more information please click HERE.

Message from GMS:
We are having our annual Welcome Back Dance tomorrow September 21, 2018. We will host it in the Gibbons Middle School Gym from 7PM to 9PM. Admissions are 5 dollars and there will be snacks available for purchase. Our  theme is Autumn.

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.

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

Fall Fundraiser Kick Off:
Our annual magazine drive which is Gibbons’ only school wide fundraiser will Kick Off on September 18th. Please click HERE for the flyer and for more information.

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.

Summer Reading Book Talk:
Gibbons Middle School will conduct its annual Summer Reading Book Talk day tomorrow Friday, September 21.

Pottery Club:
Pottery Club will begin September 18.  We will meet on Tuesdays in the art room from 2:45-3:45.  All are welcome, from beginner to expert. See Mrs. Burgoyne in the art room with any questions.

GMS Interscholastic Cross Country Team:
Do you like to run? Do you really hate running but you want to get fit or make new friends? Come and join the Gibbons Cross Country Team! Anyone can join, and all are welcome, whether
 you run fast or slow or don’t even know. See Mrs. Sullivan in room 31 or Mrs. Lessard in room 3 if you have any questions.

Slime Club:
Do you like to make slime? If you do, then come to the GMS Slime Club and make all types of slime. Slime Club will meet beginning on Tuesday, September 25 in room 14. Due to funding for materials there is only room for 15 students. Please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.

Nintendo Club:
Would you like to play video games with old and new friends? Then come to Nintendo Club, beginning on September 18 in Room 14, Ms. Collins’ room. You  may bring your Nintendo Switches or other handheld devices. We can also discuss bringing in gaming systems to play as a group. See Ms. Collins with any questions.

GMS Stock Club:
We will meet every Wednesday after school  in the Library starting on Wednesday October 10, 2018. This is a school year program ending on April 12,2018. The Stock Market Game is open to all with no fees to join. Student will be given accounts  and login information at the first meeting. Students will compete with other Middle schools from Massachusetts based on their portfolio profits. Students will be able to access the Stock Market Game Program by visiting the Stock Market Game website at www.stockmarketgame.org. This program is Sponsored by the Boston Globe. If you have any questions or concerns please see: Mrs. Kimball -- kimballl@westboroughk12.org Or Brian Paulhus – paulhusb@westboroughk12.org

Upcoming Events


News and Notes for the week of September 11th, 2018

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.

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 

Message from the Main Office:
GMS 7th grade Open House is Wednesday, September 12 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm
GMS 8th grade Open House is Thursday, September 13  from 6:00pm - 8:30pm


Both evenings will begin in our auditorium and parents will follow an abbreviated version of their children’s schedule afterwards. Tomorrow, students will be bringing home a color coded, by team, handwritten schedule for parents to follow. Open House provides parents with an opportunity to meet their child’s teachers, learn about classroom and team policies including homework, grading etc and have a general overview of the curriculum in each course. Unfortunately, we do not have the time during this event for individual 1:1 parent teacher conferences. Parents who wish to schedule a 1:1 teacher or team meeting should contact our guidance department.

Picture Day:
GMS picture day is September 18th, more information to follow through students  homeroom.

Fall Fundraiser Kick Off:
Our annual magazine drive which is Gibbons’ only school wide fundraiser will Kick Off on September 18th. More information to follow from our Gibbons Parent Group and homeroom teachers.

Summer Reading Book Talk:
Gibbons Middle School will conduct its annual Summer Reading Book Talk day next Friday, September 21.

Pottery Club:
Pottery Club will begin next week, September 18.  We will meet on Tuesdays in the art room from 2:45-3:45.  All are welcome, from beginner to expert. See Mrs. Burgoyne in the art room with any questions.

Gibbons Jazz Band:
Do you play the guitar, bass guitar or piano? Why not audition for the Gibbons Jazz Band! Audition packets and permission slips are available from Mrs. Forrest in the band room.

GMS Interscholastic Cross Country Team:
Do you like to run? Do you really hate running but you want to get fit or make new friends? Come and join the Gibbons Cross Country Team! Anyone can join, and all are welcome. Whether you run fast or slow or don’t even know, come to our informational meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday September 12, at 2:45 in the Library. See Mrs. Sullivan in room 31 or Mrs. Lessard in room 3 if you have any questions.

Intramural Floor Hockey:
Any 7th or 8th grade student interested in playing intramural floor hockey can register online through the ‘athletics’ tab on the Gibbons website.The deadline to register is FRIDAY Sept 14. Games will begin on Sept 18th for most teams. Please follow this link to sign up for Floor Hockey. Click HERE to sign up.

Upcoming Events

News and Notes for the week of August 6, 2018

Parent Letter 2018-2019 from Mrs. Bock

News and Notes for the week of June 21, 2018


Message from GMS Main Office:
Beginning shortly after the 4th of July holiday the front driveway of GMS will be closed for the summer as construction crews begin work on replacing the front bus canopy. The bus canopy, sidewalks and new paving are expected to be completed by the first day of school. During construction, Franklin St. will be turned into a two way street and the access lane behind the school will also be open. Also, during the construction period this summer the main entrance to our school will be inaccessible. Summer visitors will be asked to enter GMS  via the cafeteria/gymnasium walkway behind the school. Signage will be posted.

Message from the Superintendent’s Office:
Dear Westborough Community,
The Westborough Public Schools plans to open The Sugar Shack candy and gift store learning lab for our adult student population ages 18-22 with special abilities in the Fall of 2018.  This venture will provide a hands-on vocational experience for students as an extension of The BORO (Bridging Over To Right Opportunities) Program located in the heart of Westborough's downtown community. The Sugar Shack is intended to be a unique, intergenerational gathering place for families and community members to purchase candy, Westborough gift items, and share their favorite candy story, or sweet treat. The staff and students of The BORO Program of the Westborough Public Schools thank you in advance for taking the time to respond to this survey to better inform the planning process for this exciting experiential learning opportunity. Please click here to take the survey. Thank you

Message from the Health Office:
An updated Physical Exam is required for ALL 8th grade students transitioning to high school and ALL student athletes.
Please be sure to submit a Physical Exam report as soon as possible if you have not already done so this school year. Physical Exams are considered current within 13 months of the exam date. It is best to submit them to the school nurse at the time of the exam to keep your child's school health record  up to date and accurate. All health records will transition with your child to the high school. 

Many thanks, 
Kristin Brigham RN BSN 
School Nurse, Gibbons Middle School

Message from WHS:
8th Grade Students,
There is an open gym for basketball being planned this summer at the high school.  The theme of the open gym is girls basketball, but anyone who will be attending Westborough High School in the fall can attend.   Below are the current details.
Where:   Westborough High School
When:   July 12 through August 23
Day/Time:  Thursdays,  6:30 - 8:00 PM
Open Gym Focus:   Agility/Strength, BB Skills, Scrimmaging (5x5 & 4x4)
Who Can Attend:   Anyone attending WHS in the fall, grades 9-12
How to Attend:   First, request to be added to the communication-invite list (see below).  Then on a weekly basis you will be invited to attend the upcoming open gym session, and can simply indicate you plan to attend if you want to participate that week.
If you have an interest in attending any of these open gym sessions and want to be included on the communication-invite list please forward your name, email address and phone number to Steve Wilichowski at a4m@yahoo.com to be included.  Once you are added to the communication-invite list you will receive the ongoing information about the open gym. This is a great opportunity to begin acclimating yourself to high school, stay active during the summer, and enjoy the game of basketball.

Westborough Education Foundation Spring CARE Program
Please click HERE to see more information on the WEF CARE Program that shows your appreciation for your child’s teachers,

Annual School Surveys:
Seeking your feedback is an essential part of our remaining work for this year, and in beginning to set goals for next year. Hearing from our families about what we are doing well, and where we can focus more effort, is the information we need to best meet your needs as a family in our school community.
We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share information with us.  It should take you about 10 minutes per school survey for each school where you have a child attending. Please also complete the district overview survey, which should take about 5 minutes. For the Gibbons Survey please click Here. For the District Survey please click Here.

June Upcoming Dates





Project Graduation Westborough 2017 is hosting two upcoming fundraisers for the event on June 3rd.  The link to our website is:
Project Graduation Westborough 2017 is hosting two upcoming fundraisers for the event on June 3rd.  The link to our website is: