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GBMS Update – November



We had our FIRST Pep Rally this past Friday.  I want to thank our Peer Leaders for all their work in planning our FIRST Spirit Event.  In planning for this year, our Peer Leaders wanted to focus on SCHOOL SPIRIT and PRIDE in GBMS.  Several MAJOR Pep Rallies and Spirit Days are planned for the rest of the year.

With an adjusted building schedule, our Pep Rally began at 1:15 in the gym with a trivia contest between the grades.  To celebrate the end of the FALL season, GBMS faculty played soccer against students as the student body cheered.  Our Peer Leaders collected donations for Hurricane Relief.  Grades competed against each other wearing their Grade Level Colors and through the Penny Wars for Hurricane Relief.  But best of all – Mr. Ellis and Mr. Esposito received PIES in the Face!



Parent Academy this WEDNESDAY!


8th Grade Parents

Graduation Cap and Gown orders WERE DUE by October 30th.  We have a new vendor this year.  New cap and gowns will not match previous cap and gowns.  Both Cap and Gown MUST be purchased in order.  Please read for more information – Cap and Gown Parent Letter 2017-2018

8th Grade Yearbook Baby Booster picture/message submission is due by November 22.  Please read for more information – Baby Booster Form 2017-2018

Parent Teacher Conferences

PURPOSE of Conferences – A Parent-Teacher conference is an opportunity for parents and the teacher to discuss how best to support the student who are struggling to perform in class.  Because issues or concerns do not appear on a set schedule, a conference can be arranged anytime during the school year and not just during the scheduled date.

NOTE for 8th grade parents: 8th grade teachers will not have any information about high school placement.  

To assist parents in determining whether a conference is needed, parents should log into OnCourse to monitor their child’s progress.  In addition, since conferences are 10 minutes long, filling out a PRE-CONFERENCE form will assist in determining if a conference is needed at this time. It will also assist both the parent and teacher in preparing and organizing the conference.

PRE-CONFERENCE form – Complete if you are requesting a conference.  Please complete by this Friday, 11/3.


Conferences are scheduled for Monday – Wednesday, November 6th – 8th. There are four sessions available for conferences. 

  • Monday afternoon – 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday afternoon and evening – 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
  • Wednesday afternoon – 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Grade 5 – Teachers will hold conferences in their individual classrooms.  Grade 5 teachers have scheduled these individually.

Grades 6 – 8 – As in the past, conferences are conducted in an open, round robin style.  Conferences are at most 10 minutes long and parents sign in and wait for specific teachers.

Parents will sign in at the table and wait to be called by the teacher.  When the teacher is ready for a parent, the teacher will come over to the sign-in table and call out the name from the list.  After the conference, parents should go back to the waiting area until they are called for the next conference.

Grade 8 – Library
Grade 7 – Cafeteria
Grade 6 – Bengal’s Den
Grade 5 – Teacher classrooms

Related Arts
PE Teachers – GYM
ART – Mrs. Panico – Room 301
Performing Arts – Mrs. MacNamara-Ferrara – Room 302
Music – Mr. Alzaher – Room 309
Music – Mr. Sorensen – Room 307 (Band Room)
Humanities/Latin – Mr. Ellis – Room 205
Spanish – Mrs. Cifelli – Room 207
Spanish – Mrs. Villar – Room 209
Technology – Mrs. Vicendese – Room 206
STEM – Mr. Esposito – Cafeteria
Performing Arts – Mr. Fornale – Cafeteria

Because the following teachers teach multiple grades, they will be stationed in the following areas:
Math – Ms. Schaefer – Bengal’s Den
GATE ELA – Mr. Fornale – Cafeteria
Math – Ms. Truchan – Cafeteria
Math – Ms. Wetzel – Library
Math – Mr. Esposito – Cafeteria
ELA – Mrs. Lam – Room 325
Science – Mrs. O’Regan – Room 204
Social Studies – Ms. Lehlbach – Room 110
ELA /Math – Mrs. Santhouse – Room 107
Math – Mrs. Tufaro – Room 210
LEAD – Ms. Shangle – Room 113
LLD – Mrs. Yip – Room 102
Reading Support – Mrs. Flora – Room 111
ESL – Ms. Whalen – Room 111