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

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

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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.

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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: