Families, I wanted to share this reminder of the State's All Sports Guidance. GCMS will creating a plan to engage with kids for sports and activities starting on January 25th. Please know that we will have to continue to evolve as new information / determinations are handed down from our governing bodies. We are excited to work to provide these positive outlets to our kids! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JZCmIgTaUxynpBSojnTgNjg5EiIFDPvJ/view?usp=sharing Sincerely, Jeremy Darnell
Attention parents of all 2nd semester Drivers Ed students. Here is a recording of last night's parent meeting in case you were unable to attend it live: https://youtu.be/Dd3VKpg37TI
GCMS is looking for a full time 2nd shift (2:30pm-11:00pm) custodian. Wages start at $15.00/hr. Apply in person at the Unit Office or online using this link: https://www.applitrack.com/roe9/onlineapp/JobPostings/view.asp?FromAdmin=true&AppliTrackJobId=16680
Please click the link below for the updated Middle School Remote Learning Schedule. This schedule will be used for Friday, January 15 through Friday, January 22. There is no student engagement on Monday, January 18 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VuHyH7-4ayYk7xOcBIk4OopwiJ2SzziNxl-vMJHbDkk/edit?usp=sharing
Families, I am sorry to inform you that GCMS will be moving our Middle School and High School to full remote learning starting Friday, January 15 through Friday, January 22 and returning to in person learning on Monday, January 25th. GCMS Elementary School will continue in person learning. Students are being informed this afternoon in order to be prepared at home for remote instructional days on January 15, 19, 21, 22. You will receive reminders of the remote learning schedules from your child's respective schools. These closures are happening due a combination of circumstance including shortages of staff and significant numbers of quarantined students. By closing these two buildings for this duration of time we are creating 10 days of separation while only losing 4 days of in person instruction for our oldest students, while still serving our youngest students in a safe manner. It is imperative that students engage during their remote learning opportunities to ensure a continuation of learning. It is equally as imperative that we use this time to limit health risks so that we can return on January 25th. We will continue to make decisions based on current circumstance and inform you as quickly as we can knowing that these decisions challenge everyone involved. Thank you for your continued patience and attention. Sincerely, Jeremy Darnell Superintendent
We need to switch the lunch menus at the ES for Mon and Tues. Mon will be: Rib Sandwich, Mixed Vegetables, Apples. Tues will be: Pizza Boat, Mixed Greens w/Dressing, and Fruit Cocktail
The IESA gave some clarification on mitigation measures for sports moving forward. Please view the link to see what they have stated. https://www.iesa.org/news/2020-2021/COVID_1-7-21.asp
Tomorrow (Jan. 5) was supposed to be the day we were to begin basketball tryouts/practice but all of that is going to be put on hold for now. IESA has announced that we have to remain in the same situation we were in before break, with no practices or activities. So, for the time being, we won't be able to get started. Therefore, there will not be any basketball activities after school tomorrow or until we get permission to start. We are looking for ways to offer workouts on a voluntary basis, but those would need to be approved by public health. Even with that approval, the best we can hope for in the near future is perhaps something to begin after Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 18). I know this is disappointing news, but as we've always tried to do, we need to stay positive and keep our hopes up that we'll be able to have a competitive season. I'm confident that at some point we'll be able to do something, we just don't know what that will be. We're kind of in limbo until IESA gives the OK to proceed. In the meantime, start checking our classroom for drills and ideas to keep you in basketball shape, physically and mentally. Please let me know if you have any questions and keep your heads up- we'll get through this. Mr. Bielfledt Mr. Berry
Ford County Implements 2-1-1 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QSrYrtCoNEjAZMiO0I0PhPUIBK4ESa2h/view?usp=sharing
We have a slight change in the Middle School lunch for Jan 5. 2nd choice will now be Grilled Chicken Sandwich. 1st choice is still Ham & Cheese Pasta.
IDPH will be providing a drive-through testing site in Gibson City on Jan 17th https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QOCH2a4w1XBu4mnV6jWjRp8Ja8KZwJMM/view?usp=sharing
Greeting GCMS, December 30th, and I am confident that we are all looking forward to the calendar turning to 2021. This is a reminder that GCMS Schools will be returning to in person learning on Tuesday, January 5th. We will be following the same schedule as first semester to start 2021. Please remember that buildings open at 8:00 am and classes start at 8:20. Please remember to self certify each day, and error on the side of caution if you or your children have had any exposure to Covid. The most challenging thing we faced in first semester was managing quarantines, and we can all do our parts to minimize that risk. Finally, please stay actively engaged when absences occur, it is essential for students do complete assigned curriculum and seek out help when challenges occur. We will be hosting a Facebook live update on January 4th with information and opportunity to ask questions. Stay safe and healthy! Sincerely, Mr. Darnell
Winter break would be a great time to checkout a new book from our digital library! Directions can be found in the Resources section of our website in "Digital Library Instructions". https://www.gcmsk12.org/
We very proudly present the conclusion to #gcmsvariety2020 as the GCMS Concert Choir sings Found/Tonight. Thank you to everyone in our community for your constant support of our students, especially during this very unique year. #falconproud! https://youtu.be/6xO46-KlSEY
Alex Killian, Ethan Garard, Haley Brown, and Ashlynn Allemond team up for #gcmsvariety2020 to bring you Hey There Delilah! https://youtu.be/OILOf5NQxTw
Liam Killian brings his rendition of Ain't No Sunshine to #gcmsvariety2020 https://youtu.be/8TjMK4_OqFo
WFAL is proud to present their Winter Broadcast for 2020! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELj_JMOaj9Y&feature=youtu.be
Sierra Ward continues #gcmsvariety2020 with her rendition of Still Hurting from the play The Last Five Years. https://youtu.be/Fsag14GoImM
Alex Killian and Haley Brown team up for a duet performance of I See the Light for #gcmsvariety2020 https://youtu.be/5cy0wYf-y4o
Our #gcmsvariety2020 continues with the GCMS Chamber Choir singing Stand by Me! https://youtu.be/zqrrFDUWsOU
Please take a moment to read the latest updates from our Ford County Public Health Department: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1046482/12-15-20_Quarantine_Guidance_PR.pdf
Congratulations to Bella Amburgey on her selection as December Student of the Month. Bella is a member of Student Council, the Mental Health club and the Red Army. She has been a cheerleader all 4 years of high school, is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the student representative on the board for the Gibson Area Food Pantry. Bella recently was named a Silver Award winner in storytelling by W3 and the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for her blog, Thriving Thursdays. She will attend UNLV next fall, majoring in journalism and media studies. Bella is the daughter of Robin Rose and the late Rick Amburgey; she was nominated by Mr. Ertel.
2020 has been a unique year, but GCMS teachers still find a way to celebrate! GCMS Elementary proudly presents their 12 days of Christmas! https://youtu.be/A_sif9kKvKs
Senior Haley Brown shows off her dancing ability for #gcmsvariety2020 as she performs a modern dance to Hostage by Billie Eilish. https://youtu.be/-RsMi__lpvA
Hailey Wahl and Aiden Phillips join up for a #gcmsvariety2020 duet as they sing All of Me! https://youtu.be/xAYs6ldCy9I
Time to get up and get moving with the GCMS Dance Team as they present their #gcmsvariety2020 dance to Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus. Special thanks to Choose 2 Change Fitness in Gibson City for letting us use their facility! https://youtu.be/iCPiO8SrDcU
It appears google is having issues this morning making self certification, email, and our text/call network inaccessible. Please check back and spread the word! We will continue with school today and take attendance the old fashioned way! Thank you for your understanding.
It's that time of year, for some holiday baking! Check out what Mrs. Young's Intro to FCS class has been working on. Vote for your favorite Christmas Cookie here: https://bit.ly/3gEifrP
Our next #gcmsvariety2020 entry features Alex Killian singing a Frank Sinatra classic! https://youtu.be/8GzWdnHpSn4 See the full playlist at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnsSeC3bBFW0YNtD23MEVmKjBpOWzO1rQ
Next up in our #gcmsvariety2020 Kalynn Little is joined by family and friends for a rendition of the 2018 Senior Medley! https://youtu.be/ricH7IidVkI See the full playlist of acts at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnsSeC3bBFW0YNtD23MEVmKjBpOWzO1rQ
Our GCMS Concert Choir is proud to open our Virtual Variety Show with Happy Together! Check out our channel for more Variety Show videos or follow the hashtag #gcmsvariety2020! https://youtu.be/SQWd5-Nqyuk
The latest edition of the GCMS PTA newsletter is now online! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1038732/Eyas_Quarter_2_2020.pdf
Families, I wanted to share with you our most recent COVID-19 data, a change to reporting, and a change to our quarantine requirements. Please take a couple of minutes to read this letter so you are aware and informed. GCMS has had 5 positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week, of those cases only one case was present at school or required close contact tracing. The one case that required close contact tracing occurred at the elementary school and all affected parties have been notified. As a practice moving forward I will give updates and notifications on Wednesdays to minimize the communications but still allow for consistent and transparent communication of our school COVID-19 impacts. Please note that anyone affected by positive case contact will be notified individually as soon as possible. The CDC and IDPH have recently changed the quarantine requirement from 14 days for close contact down to 10 days, assuming no symptoms. GCMS will adjust to that practice immediately. Our nursing and office staff have been communicating return dates when quarantines are required and will continue to do so, but the duration will be shorter. Those who are currently on quarantine will receive new return dates if you haven't already. Also, if an individual is contacted by public health and given either longer or shorter timelines we will default to their expectations should families present written confirmation. Thank you for your continued support and vigilance as we navigate this challenging school year! Sincerely, Mr. Darnell
The IDPH has launched a new web link where people can register prior to going to the community based testing sites to help with the lines and makes the process more streamlined. https://bit.ly/2K0f2ql
Quick reminder that there is a Facebook Live PTA meeting tonight at 6:30! https://www.facebook.com/GCMS-PTA-1334293216602785/
The latest BUG video is now online! A group of students set out to capture Mr. Willis, but things don't go as planned... https://youtu.be/Cud8AWlkBb4
If you have a child in school and qualify for free or reduced lunch, Mediacom has a “Connect to Compete” program that offers its internet service for $9.95/mo. If you’re interested, check it out: https://mediacomc2c.com
The minutes of the Oct 19 PTA meeting are now available on our website. The next meeting will be this Monday, Dec 7th at 7pm on Facebook Live. More details coming soon! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1026977/10.19.2020_PTA_meeting_minutes.pdf
If you have a child in school and qualify for free or reduced lunch, Mediacom has a “Connect to Compete” program that offers its internet service for $9.95/mo. If you’re interested, check it out: https://mediacomc2c.com
Gift card orders are due tomorrow! Funds will help pay for buses for future All School Trips. Please contact Cathy Steidinger 784-4278 for more information. Download the flyer at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1009883/2020_SCRIP.pdf
High school students may pick up breakfast and lunch Tuesday and Thursday from 11-11:30 at the west Commons door. Please email Mr. Allen or call the high school office by 9am tomorrow morning to insure a sufficient supply. Allen.Mike@gcmsk12.org
It has become a yearly tradition for Ms. Frankie's 4th grade class to celebrate the Night Before Thanksgiving! 2020 may be a bit different but the tradition continues! https://youtu.be/uRfgM8zfH9g
You can view the most up to date news and data concerning the state of COVID-19 at GCMS on the COVID-19 Dashboard on our website - https://www.gcmsk12.org/o/gcms/page/covid-19-dashboard--28
The high school recently held a coin war to benefit the Gibson Area Food Pantry and raised approximately $250 with the seniors winning the 'war.' Mrs. Curry, our social worker who coordinated the event, presented a check to Bella Amburgey, student representative on the Food Pantry board and Mr. Ertel, president of the board. Particularly in times as this, the food pantry is doing a vital service for our community and beyond.
The November issue of the Falcon Flash Middle School Newspaper is now online! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OWZIVds2r5tPusVkE3Rw58kxS0CTFj4g/view?usp=sharing
Thank you to everyone that has donated to our coin drive! Tune in to our YouTube channel this afternoon at 2:15pm to see one or more of our ES admins get a pie in the face! https://youtu.be/HPf52mNe1Sk
IDPH has released new statewide resurgence mitigations that will take effect on Friday, Nov 20th. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k2fQ59h1U7kqGcu6GHFvg-i8Pa465J5u/view?usp=sharing
Please take a moment to read the latest guidance from our Ford County Public Health Department https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WVETESddrdfilt-xtQfnxgGV4y_C4Bue/view?usp=sharing
GCMS will be utilizing "Remote Planning Days" on Nov 23-24. There will be no student attendance on these days. Please see the attached letter from Mr. Darnell for more details. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WwlI9c4Ga6rJlqEcGjzKPoxp7FcQdrl1/view?usp=sharing
Families, All three buildings are in the middle of a "coin drive" to raise money for Gibson Area Food Pantry. In a time that has presented so many challenges this is an amazing opportunity to teach our children the true meaning of giving, encourage a little friendly competition, and support the Gibson Area Food pantry that just last week served nearly 200 household and 500 people in our community! The GCMS community always steps up to provide for those in need and this is an amazing opportunity to ensure that this community resource is well stocked to serve during the upcoming winter months! The food pantry has developed great supply chains and resources that stretch the dollars you donate to maximize the impact they have. A dime or a dollar will help. Checks written to Gibson Area Food Pantry are wonderful as well. Many people have reached out to me in recent months asking what can they do to help and here is your chance! Make that donation, talk to your children about the spirit of giving, community, and the pride in supporting your neighbors in a time of need! Thank you in advance and I have no doubt GCMS will amaze us as always. Sincerely, Jeremy Darnell
GCMS PACT is selling SCRIP gift cards. Funds will help pay for buses for future All School Trips. Please contact Cathy Steidinger 784-4278 for more information. Download the flyer at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1009883/2020_SCRIP.pdf
Tuesday's National Honor Society induction ceremony at GCMS High School will be streamed live on YouTube this year! You can catch the stream beginning at 8:15am at https://youtu.be/Pn7VVFLL64U
The State of IL is sponsoring a community Drive-through test site in Paxton on Nov. 20 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K7phtqszD7DQkfTyBS6LXIm8i7UecQ5R/view?usp=sharing
We now have a team shop open for Middle School Girls Basketball. Get your gear at this link: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/GCMSdqNeZU
GCMS Families - Please remember that tomorrow, Friday Nov. 13 is an 11:30 dismissal. Enjoy your weekend!
While we cannot have an in-person Veterans Day ceremony this year, we are proud to share videos from past ceremonies. We are proud to be part of a community that highly values our service men and women! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnsSeC3bBFW2NS1T7mlMi0vb7vMiWkQVh
GCMS is proud to be the home of many brave Americans that have chosen to serve their country. We honor them on this Veterans Day! https://bit.ly/gcmsvets
GCMS Alumni attending Parkland this spring can check out their scholarship page for opportunities for free money to pay for classes. Deadline is Nov 16. There is also CARES Act money to help students in need. Contact Parkland financial aid for more info. https://bit.ly/38tzKZL
We are proud to present our 3rd BUG video of the year - Citizenship! A dispute among a group of students threatens to tear them apart. Is there any way they can come back together? https://youtu.be/PyJzlUWTveM
Families, I wanted to take a few minutes and offer some insight into the challenging decision we are currently facing as it pertains to winter sports and specifically basketball. The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a change to its guidance, specifically for the sport of basketball making it high risk. When IDPH made this decision the Governor announced that no games can be played ,and also made adjustments to other sports including wrestling (moved to summer). In response to this decision IHSA took the position to defy the Governors order and allow individual school districts to decide if they would maintain the winter season and play basketball (important to note no other sports were reconsidered or designated by IHSA). The next day the Illinois State Board of Education issued a statement supporting IDPH and the Governor's announcement and stating that districts in defiance run the risk of liability and penalty. These actions prompted our first communication that we would be making a final determination for basketball, specifically,this week. GCMS also took the stance to continue with our scheduled open gyms, practices, intramural, and activities to address the known need of normalcy for our students and community (where allowable). Dating back to July the coaches, athletic directors, and administration have actively been creating stages of participation that we will provide opportunity depending on the mandates / controls that we are faced with. The best case is competition, the next is full practice, and the most restrictive is virtual supports. We do not take these decisions lightly, nor do we seek a path of least resistance, but rather have to consider the health, legal, and reciprocal effects that these decisions have. Recently, a letter has surfaced that was sent to the Governor on behalf of nearly 200 of the 859 school districts in the State. GCMS is NOT signed on that letter but let me be clear that does NOT mean we do not support the ideas and promotions for due diligence by all entities when making decisions that affect our kids, schools, and communities. I have been in contact and consultation with the HOIC conference schools, our legal representation, and our liability insurance providers ensuring that whatever decision is made will protect the heath and interests of all of GCMS students, families, and tax payers. The State of Illinois has taken strong positions on measures as they pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic, often times dictating, or greatly limiting, our actions as public entities. A final decision will be made in coming days, and regardless of what that decision is we will continue to try and find ways to maximize the education and experiences for our students. As always I can be reached at 217-784-8296 if you have any questions, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely, Mr. Darnell
Good morning, We have decided that we are going to do a trial run through of our full remote schedule this coming Wednesday. All students will be required to log in to their 1st, 3rd, 7th, and 9th period classes on Wednesday, November 11. THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE GOING FULL REMOTE!!! The times are provided in the Google Document (link provided) for each class period. All students will be provided links to the Google Meets for each class, including their study halls if they have one. We feel this is necessary to make sure that students understand how to log in and access all of the Google Meet and Classroom options provided by the teachers from home. Teachers will be discussing the process and expectations on Monday and Tuesday to ensure that all students understand and have the opportunity to ask questions for clarification. Thank you, Mr. Bielfeldt https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fO47t-OYoSA6ULMv3v5ODuCg1bxY5lTA2Ch0G0adu84/edit?usp=sharing
Please take a moment to read the following letter from Mr. Darnell concerning current COVID cases in our district https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K0W8PtE42Ifj5vXcuD5KEzmdwtJSFg5wZ3M3HqoEfSg/edit?usp=sharing
The GCMS school district is developing a holiday resource list for our local families. Sign up at one of the contacts below or fill out our form at https://bit.ly/gcmshr2020
We have a last minute menu change at the Middle School for today, Monday 11/2: First choice is still Fish Sandwich, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, Mandarin Oranges. Second choice has been changed to Spicy Chicken Sandwich
The October edition of our Middle School Falcon Flash is now available! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ux67QA2avYUqyVv5NkoZRN2IMGzmV1rE/view?usp=sharing
6th Grader Cooper Brake did an investigation into what Halloween will look like this year. Here is what he found. We encourage everyone to be safe as you enjoy this weekend! https://youtu.be/GzW92mJsGO0
Families, Our kids need joy so please find positive and safe ways to share that this holiday weekend. We want all kids in school and our actions matter!!! -Mr. Darnell
A reminder that students can wear Halloween costumes to school tomorrow. No scary masks or weapons are allowed (but facemasks are still required). I am looking forward to seeing all of the fun costumes! Mr. Kean
GCMS HS will offer food to HS students on 10/27, 10/29, 11/2 and 11/5 from 11am-1pm. Use the west Commons doors for pick-up. Each student will receive 2 days worth of breakfast and lunch at each pickup. Questions or sign up, email email@example.com or call the HS, 784-4292.
Teachers at GCMS High School are spending the day hard at work turning all of their instructional plans into lessons which can be delivered remotely! For example, if I am a Geometry teacher I left school last week prepared to teach the next lesson in my curricular sequence on Monday on the topic of Rotations as part of a Transformation unit. My lesson plan included manipulatives and measurement tools necessary for calculating rotation. At 5:00 last night, I found out that lesson would never be taught because instead I would be delivering instruction digitally. Today, I am using this prep time to find a virtual tool and resources which can be used to teach the same math standard, within the same scope/sequence of my curriculum. If I am the teacher of an Industrial Tech class that was supposed to start repairing lawn mowers Monday then today I am looking for ways in which to teach small engine repairs remotely that will still allow students to apply the skills on their own. The building is currently full of examples of teachers working hard to ensure our two-week transition to remote is as curricularly seamless as possible. Thank you GCMS High School teachers for making it happen!
GCMS Families, if you missed the all call from Mr. Darnell this evening, the script of his call is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ywulwqoZp4uSaoxgDwqo9SlwFY9bV8Mtgc04YQsrtjI/edit?usp=sharing
GCMS HIGH SCHOOL MOVES TO REMOTE LEARNING - OCTOBER 26, 2020 – NOVEMBER 6, 2020 https://www.gcmsk12.org/article/333480?org=gcms
Just a reminder that today is a 2:20 dismissal due to Parent/Teacher conferences and that we do not have school in Friday. Have a great day!!! Mr. Kean
Parents We will be calling you tonight and tomorrow through Remind and Google Voice. This means that the number that comes on your phone may either say "No Caller ID", "Unknown", "Possible Spam", or a number that you do not recognize. If you receive a call around the time of your scheduled P/T Conference, please answer as it is most likely one of our staff members attempting to reach you. Thank you and we look forward to speaking with you over the next two nights. Mr. Bielfeldt
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL INTRAMURALS NEW SCHEDULE STARTING OCT. 26 6TH GRADE DATES TUE. 10/27 5:15-6:45PM THU. 10/29 3:30-5:00PM MON. 11/2 3:30-5:00PM THU. 11/5 3:30-5:00PM MON. 11/9 3:30-5:00PM TUE. 11/10 3:30-5:00PM MON. 11/16 3:30-5:00PM TUE. 11/17 3:30-5:00PM
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL INTRAMURALS NEW SCHEDULE STARTING OCT. 26 7TH GRADE DATES MON. 10/26 5:15-6:45PM TUE. 10/27 5:15-6:45PM FRI. 10/30 3:30-5:00PM MON. 11/2 3:30-5:00PM FRI. 11/6 3:30-5:00PM MON. 11/9 3:30-5:00PM THU. 11/12 3:30-5:00PM MON. 11/16 3:30-5:00PM
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL INTRAMURALS NEW SCHEDULE STARTING OCT. 26 8TH GRADE DATES MON. 10/26 5:15-6:45PM THU. 10/29 3:30-5:00PM FRI. 10/30 3:30-5:00PM THU. 11/5 3:30-5:00PM FRI. 11/6 3:30-5:00PM TUE. 11/10 3:30-5:00PM THU. 11/12 3:30-5:00PM TUE. 11/17 3:30-5:00PM
Get online and order some books! All proceeds go to support our Middle School Library. Any questions contact Ms. Ferguson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder About Remote Wednesdays Wednesday is a school day and there are curricular expectations that students need to complete prior to returning to school on Thursday. If a student has a question or needs clarification on an assignment, the student needs to email his/her teacher(s). To the best of your circumstance, students should have a workspace that is free of distractions, such as cellphones, to complete assignments. We appreciate all of our parents’ support of their students during Remote Wednesdays. This is a partnership between the school and our parents that is helping all of our students achieve academic success. Mr. Bielfeldt
Reminder that middle school report cards are going out today. Students will be bringing them home after school. We also sent home our FastBridge scores as well so be on the look out for those as well. Mr. Bielfeldt
You can sign up to be a member of the GCMS PTA for the 2020-2021 school year at https://gcmspta.new.memberhub.store/store. It only takes 5 minutes and is only $5!
This year's Middle School Book Fair is open now! Check it out at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/gcmsmiddleschool
PTA meets this Monday night at 6:30 at Moyer Library. Its not too late to join if you are interested! https://gcmspta.new.memberhub.store/store
Friday, October 16, the end of first quarter for GCMS Schools! Take a moment this morning and thank your kids, thank your kids teachers, be proud of yourself, and be proud of the work we all have put in to provide quality in person instruction for our children and community! This past 9 weeks has been hard, but very worth it! Thank you GCMS! Falcon Proud! - Mr. Darnell
Did you know that the census greatly impacts the funding GCMS schools receive? Please complete the census if you have not already---Today is your last chance! https://my2020census.gov/login
The 2019-2020 Falconer, the GCMS High School yearbooks, have been delivered! 2020 grads who ordered one may pick theirs up in the office during school hours. We have a small number of additional books; email Riley.Susan@gcmsk12.org if you’d like to purchase one.
Did you know that research shows that most tweens would like to talk more to their parents about schoolwork. Ask your middle school student to share what they are learning in their classes, but be specific. "What did you work on in science class today?" or "What book are you discussing in English?" Start the conversation and have it daily!
Congratulations to Haven Hathaway for being named October Student of the Month. Haven is an active presence for us, serving as her class president for the 3rd year in a row. She's also President of our Interact Club and volunteers extensively for her church and community. She's been the Dance Team captain and has been its MVP for both football and basketball season. She is a member of NHS, Project Ignition, ACT, FBLA, Impact and the yearbook. Haven also participates in Chamber Choir and our musicals. She is still looking at universities but has her sights set on majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Journalism. Haven is the daughter of Parker and Sandy Hathaway. She was nominated by Mr. Stone.
GCMS is looking for a First Shift Custodial/Maintenance worker. Starting pay will be $20/hr or more depending on experience. Apply at the Unit Office or contact Rich Doman or Jeremy Darnell for more information. https://www.gcmsk12.org/o/gcms/page/job-opportunities--118
Our GCMS Middle School Book Fair is going online this year! From October 16th thru October 29th, discover new books with your kids. Bonus: Every purchase supports our school. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/gcmsmiddleschool
With cooler temperatures arriving, we ask that all middle school students bring sweatshirts, sweatpants, jackets, stocking caps, etc. for PE. We will continue to get our students outside as much as possible so they can continue to take off masks and social distance safely.
Happy FAFSA day, seniors! The FAFSA is officially open. Make sure you have your FSA ID and Apply online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa The state has made FAFSA completion a graduation requirement for this year. Contact Mr. Carter with any questions.
Common Sense Media is hosting a family movie night virtual discussion on the movie The Social Dilemma, a documentary examining social media use and technology addiction. Visit the event website to learn more: https://bit.ly/30CQl8X
The September issue of the GCMS Middle School's Falcon Flash newspaper is now online! https://drive.google.com/file/d/173Rn9Oie1q7kOuJFRnRrkphtiOnrvbms/view?usp=sharing
https://mix945.com/showdown/ We can't play them on the field but we sure can beat them in the School Spirit Showdown. Follow the link to scroll through the match ups and vote for GCMS as we take on Fisher! Vote until Thursday 11:59pm. Help us advance to the next round!
Today GCMS donned orange in support of Ryder Luparell as he battles cancer. Thank you for all the support from our community we are #RyderStrong! https://youtu.be/EbNkkC14BKw
Please click the link below for information about Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences. Conferences are 10/21, 10/22. We hope to hear from all of our parents! Mr. Bielfeldt https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sebS725C-SzPXKRv9qJxAzwBxYxJC-3rn61mIg7oMs0/edit?usp=sharing
GCMS Families, we have had a student at GCMS High School test positive for COVID-19. Please read this letter from Mr. Darnell for more details. https://www.gcmsk12.org/article/316005?org=gcms&fbclid=IwAR3XIQmJxJFP2FRgx71LLKKXOL5NtJ-KzBVwqv1fBu9uf0sYNUELH7WIDlQ
Throughout the day tomorrow, GCMS Students and Staff will be collecting coins around the schools and in town to support our friend Ryder who was diagnosed with Leukemia in April. Ryder is currently receiving treatment through the St Jude's affiliate in Peoria. Everything collected from our coin drive will go to Ryder's family. Please keep an eye out for cheerleaders and staff in their orange shirts around town!
Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up soon! This year conferences will be conducted digitally, teachers will be reaching out to families to set up appointments. You can find contacts for all of our staff members on our app and at https://www.gcmsk12.org/o/gcms/staff
Just a reminder to students and parents, please have your student charge their Chromebook every night. An overnight charge will get your student through the day!
We want all of our students to be at their best and a big part of that is hydration. Just a quick reminder that your student can carry a water bottle with them to class. Stay smart, stay hydrated!
BUG Videos are back! A group of students finds someone unexpected in the Computer Lab. Can they learn to respect him as much as their old teacher? https://youtu.be/jj_baCYG828
Picture retakes are on Tuesday at the Elementary School. Here is the link to pictures from Sept. 3rd and they are supposed to be sent home on Monday. Please let your child's teacher or the office know if you would like retakes. Thanks! https://gallery.vsi.co/gcmselementaryportraits/
There is a limited number of last year’s 2019-2020 yearbooks leftover for sale. These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in purchasing one please bring $15 to the middle school office. Once they are gone, they are gone.
If you missed last night's Driver Ed Parent Meeting with Mr. Leake you can watch the recording on our YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/ep6tcmVfS4A
Seniors and parents, if you were unable to attend the live virtual Financial Aid workshop, utilize the following video from Parkland and ISAC. Contact Mr. Carter with any questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djSdhlk1Wrc&feature=youtu.be
GCMS families please take a moment to read this letter from Mr. Darnell concerning a student that has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Elementary School https://drive.google.com/file/d/1osQy8OY_ipcm47zPsZKXQtPxLWaKojQZ/view?usp=sharing
Mr. Carter introduces his new video series on the 5 pillars that make a GCMS graduate. https://youtu.be/PhOztrsdJfg
One of our 3rd Grade classes is joining in on making sure that they make a regular practice to Wipe it Down! https://youtu.be/cwKsUCKdjrs
Middle school students that eat breakfast or lunch provided by the school are asked to bring their student ID badges with them to school. We will use the student ID badge to scan into our Lumen system for payment from their lunch accounts.
We love being in school and that means keeping things sterilized. GCMS WFAL reminds you to wipe it down before you leave! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AdkXT0Lxy4
Congratulations to the baseball team on their 4-1 victory over PBL last night. The win gave the team their 2nd straight Twin County Conference Championship. Way to go Falcons!
Please remember to self-certify: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSep63JynTY8OwTNXLX7z6RyTWx59Y6gOUnkJTD2KNpdxwqreQ/viewform?embedded=true
Congratulations to Nathan Kallal for being named September Student of the Month for GCMS High School. Nathan is a three sport athlete and was recently named a captain of our football team. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact, FBLA, Spanish Club, Student Council, FCA and has served as a freshmen mentor and football reader. Over the summer, Nathan was also a steady presence at the food pantry, unloading the food bank truck. Although he is still searching for a college, he intends to study engineering. Nathan is the son of Bruce and Stephanie Kallal and was nominated by Miss Riley. Also pictured is Tracy Epps of the Bank of Gibson City who presented the award.
Middle School Parents: please see below for the updated link concerning remote learning plans: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xo7_ijfDLjX0C1gj1amU3gg-fcXUD39jUctkE4rgOSg/edit?usp=sharing
Please click the link below for the Parent Letter regarding the Middle School's full remote plan and expectations. A schedule for the stduetns will also be made available. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rGf-uAszdvz5b3skUHaTw16h9pK87iab/view?usp=sharing
Families, please take a moment to read a letter from Mr. Darnell concerning positive COVID-19 cases within our district: https://www.gcmsk12.org/article/303383?org=gcms
Families, Thanks again for the great cooperation. Please keep up with the self certification. Stay tuned early next week for the full Remote Learning schedule to be released should we need to use it! Please be aware that our community does have active cases of Covid-19 and we must continue to be vigilant in our safety practices. IDPH requires 14 days of quarantine for close contact, which could occur with our students or staff. Please use good judgement over the holiday weekend to ensure your safety and the longevity of in person learning for GCMS! -Mr. Darnell
Mr B was our first guest for GCMS Middle School Celebrities, who will be making appearances in the life skills class to share talents, and special interests with the students to help them explore potential interests of their own in the future https://youtu.be/vLOTYmwJcow
One last reminder that today is PICTURE DAY at the elementary school. Thanks!
Just a reminder that today (and all Wednesdays) is a remote learning day. Also, we have school pictures at the elementary school on Thursday and for some Pre K students on Friday. Please send picture forms or go online to www.vsi.co/schools to order. Thanks!
The MS baseball game for today is postponed and will be made up Thursday at 4:15 at the MS field. No practice today or tomorrow. The players are reminded to have all of their necessary gear for Thursday's game ready to go when they return to school Thursday.
MS Softball practice is cancelled for today- next practice is tomorrow at 3:30.
Todays middle school baseball game has been cancelled. It will be made up on Thursday @ 4:15. There is no baseball practice today or tomorrow. Softball practice for tonight is also cancelled. There will be softball practice tomorrow at 3:30.
Please click here to read our September Falcon Flyer which includes historical facts about past school closures, student pictures, and links to important COVID documents: https://www.smore.com/uy0fx
Friday's Middle School Lunch menu has changed from hot ham & cheese to hamburgers. Stay current with the latest menu changes on the Dining section of our App and Website https://www.apptegy.net/s/dining-gcms/menu_date/2020-09-04.
The recording of tonight's Return to Learn Webinar is now available on Youtube. Mr. Darnell and Ms. Nuss give the latest updates for GCMS and field questions from our community. https://youtu.be/SZNByayxXHs
Join us on Monday, August 31 at 7:00pm for another Return to Learn Update Webinar. Mr. Darnell and Ms. Nuss will give the latest updates and answer questions as we proceed with the 2020-2021 school year. https://www.facebook.com/gcmsunit5/live/
And just like that the rules changed. Face coverings DO NOT have to be worn by fans if social distancing is practiced. Sorry, the rules we have to follow are constantly evolving. This is a good change. Stay safe and enjoy your kids contests. -Mr. Darnell
Families, According to both IESA and IHSA fan expectations, as supported by IDPH, ALL fans must maintain social distancing and wear a face covering, unless eating or drinking. In addition GCMS administration has asked that only immediate family (guardians and siblings) attend contests to ensure we are in compliance. Failure to comply with these expectations could lead to elimination of fans or cancellation of games. Our students athletes are answering the call so that they can compete, practice, and improve. Please respect those efforts and lead by example. We realize the frustration these expectations create, but we need to adhere to them to maintain opportunities for our kids. Your cooperation and support are appreciated. -Mr. Darnell
Good Morning GCMS! One more quick reminder that in order to use one of our GCMS Chromebooks at home you need to be signed in to our CIPA filter. You can find it in the gcmsk12.org bookmarks or at https://portal.gcmsk12.net/
A reminder that today (Wed., Aug. 26th) and all Wednesdays are remote learning days and students are not physically in attendance at school. Assignments have been given in class or will be digitally and staff are available to answer questions online or over the phone. Mr. Kean
Mr. Willis does a quick walk through of what your students will see when they use Google Classroom for our first Remote Learning Wednesday. https://youtu.be/JVYWjdogBoQ
Shout out to GCMS 8th Grader Brayden Elliott on his perfect game last night vs. Prairie Central. 6 innings and 12 Ks. Not to mention 2-3 from the plate including a HR, 2B, and 3 RBIs. Great job Brayden and the Falcon baseball team!
Attention GCMS Families! When using your Chromebooks at home, make sure you are signed in to our CIPA filter. You can access it at https://portal.gcmsk12.net/ and in the gcmsk12.org bookmarks. You must complete this step in order to connect to the Internet.
Happy Monday Falcon Family! Please self certify and remember to keep your kiddos home if you have to answer yes to either question! Everyday is important, and every persons partnership in this school year helps! Have a great week! -Mr. Darnell
GCMS Families, What a great three days! Keep self certifying, keep working to keep your family healthy and safe, and get a great couple of days of rest to get back to work on Monday. Don’t forget next Wednesday is our first Remote Learning Day. We all learned a lot this week and will be better next week. Falcon Proud! -Mr. Darnell
Reminder - when you self-certify your middle school student(s), please select their 1st Hour Teacher. Also, self-certification needs to be done every day students are in attendance. Thank you for your help and support! Mr. Bielfeldt
We need to make a change to today's Middle School Lunch menu. The alternate choice has been switched from corn dogs to bosco sticks. The first choice is still chicken sandwich. https://www.gcmsk12.org/o/gcms/dining
GCMS Families, if your student brought home a Chromebook and is having trouble connecting to the Internet, have them visit this website and use the red Sign in with Google button at the bottom of the screen. https://portal.gcmsk12.net/
GCMS Community, Today was an amazing success. I could not be more proud of the families for preparing your children, the staff for giving every ounce of energy to make today great, and most importantly the kids for doing all we asked and more. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! -Mr. Darnell
Tomorrow PE lockers will be distributed so all students are asked to bring their the locks to school and bring to PE. For anyone needing a lock, one can be purchased during your PE class for $6 please bring exact cash or check made to GCMS MS.
Just wanted you to know that your kids are doing GREAT!!! I know there was some extra anxiety because you could not walk them in this morning, but all is well! We are so happy to have them back! Mr. Kean
1) Self certify 2) Wear a mask 3) Doors open at 8 (students only) 4) Water bottle 5) Personal sanitizer 6) 2:20 dismissal (walkers out at 2:10) 7) Positive attitude See you soon!
Welcome to the 1st day! Please remember to self certify each of your students on our app. Elementary families, here are the teachers for each section: K1- Mrs. Laughery K2- Mrs. Giroux K3- Mrs. Kallal K4- Mrs. Nickols 1A- Mrs. Rutledge 1B- Mrs. Davis 1C- Mrs. McNary 1D- Mrs. Keigher 2A- Mrs. Paris 2B- Mrs. Willis 2C- Mrs. Denault 2D- Mrs. Rehberg 3A- Mrs. Dewey 3B- Mrs. Fredrickson 3C- Ms. Augsburger 3D- Ms. Moen 4A- Ms. Frankie 4B- Ms. Slagel 4C- Mr. Louret 4D- Mrs. Rousseau 5A- Mrs. Kirby 5B- Mrs. Ryan 5C- Mr. White 5D- Mrs. Seneca
It is time!!!! We are all very excited to welcome kids back to the GCMS campuses!! Don’t forget to self-certify!
Ms. Kari from the bus garage has some important information for all bus riders! https://youtu.be/IfEc1CIPPOI
Mr. Kean delivers some important announcements for the start of school. https://youtu.be/vSiuKIVYMg4
Reminder that we are respectfully asking that only immediate family attend GCMS athletic events to minimize groups and adhere to State Mandates. Immediate family =parents and siblings.
Attention Families - We are updating all Student Google passwords for the upcoming school year. Students will receive their updated information on the first day of school. Direct any questions to Mr. Willis on Remind or email@example.com
We are #FalconProud to welcome Ms. Rachel Pacey to the GCMS School District! Ms. Pacey will be serving as a social worker in both the Elementary and Middle Schools this year. In her free time she enjoys learning new things, gardening, traveling, and reading--some of her favorite books include: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst, the Harry Potter Series, “Oh, the Places You'll Go!” by Dr. Seuss, and “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” by Rachel Ignotofsky. Ms. Pacey’s favorite thing to teach is Problem Solving and this summer she has enjoyed spending a lot of time outside. Welcome to the #FalconFamily, Ms. Pacey! #IChoseGCMS
Ms. Chase brings a special guest ti figure out what kind of masks you can wear at school! https://youtu.be/b75wbJBbaVw
We have a new COVID-19 Self Certification Form available on our App and Website that we would like all families to fill out every morning before sending students to school. Mr. Willis and his special guest helper show you how it's done! https://youtu.be/fmrbDPP2q-Y
Three fun facts about our new Social Worker, Mrs. Shelly Curry: 1.) She enjoys playing board games2.) Her favorite book is "The Glass Castle" 3.) She loves to shop! But, perhaps, the most interesting thing about Mrs. Curry is that she actually grew up in Gibson City and attended school here until her family moved to Minnesota in her freshman year of high school. Her favorite thing about her job is "connecting with students and families while assisting them to be successful". Please help us welcome Mrs. Curry back to the Falcon Family!
We #FalconProud to share that GCMS alum and former teacher Michelle Schultz has been chosen for the St Louis Bombshells, the professional dance troupe associated with the St Louis Ambush, an indoor professional soccer team. Ms Schultz was a member of the dance team while in high school; we’re always excited to see “our kids” continue to pursue their passion! Congratulations Michelle!
Please help us welcome Dr. Amber Hays to the Falcon Family! Dr. Hays will be serving as the school psychologist for the whole GCMS school district. This year will be her 11th year as a school psychologist; it's a job that she always wanted to do--she even shadowed a school psychologist in high school! Some of her hobbies include musical theater, cooking, taking care of her cats, and reading. Her all-time favorite childhood book is “Where the Red Fern Grows” but she also loves the Harry Potter series and has even been sorted into Slytherin house! Dr. Hays’ favorite thing to teach is using puppets to teach preschool children about emotions and friendships. When asked what she is looking forward to about GCMS, Dr. Hays reported “I am so very excited to work with students with disabilities from preschool all the way through high school! I can’t wait to start getting to know students and their families!!!” Sounds like you will fit right in here at GCMS, Dr. Hays! Welcome to the Falcon Family team! #IChoseGCMS
We are #FalconProud to welcome back another hometown graduate to our teaching staff this fall! Mr. Jeremiah Benison was born and raised in Gibson City and graduated in the class of 2001. His wife, Melissa, is also a graduate of GCMS and they have one son, Brady. This fall, Mr. Benison will be teaching the Computers “special” at GCMS Elementary School. His favorite video games are Fortnite and Magic Arena. Right now he is reading “Dwarves” by Markus Heitz--some of his other favorite epic fantasy novels include the “Sword of Truth” Series by Terry Goodkind, “Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkein, and the “Inheritance” cycle by Christopher Paolini. When asked about what other details he thinks families would be interested in Mr. Benison stated “I am the local Cubmaster in Rantoul in addition to being a self described geek, I love to be outside camping and hiking. I love all sports but especially football. My favorite team is the New England Patriots. We have two guinea pigs named Kylo and Chewy just like the star wars characters which me and my son are big fans of!” We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Benison back into the Falcon community! #IChoseGCMS
Just a reminder that we have a school supply drop off for 1-5 grades from 4-6 pm tonight at the elem. school. You will drive up into the circle drive and we will take the supplies (do not get out of your car) . If you ordered a supply box it is already in your child's class.
Updated schedules for Middle School Baseball and Softball are now available in the Athletics section of our app and website! You can also find printable schedules in our Documents section. https://www.gcmsk12.org/o/gcms/athletics?filter=96243
School Starts Next Week: August 19th - Kindergarten - 12th Grade 8:20-2:20 August 20th - PreK - 12th Grade 8:20 - 2:20 August 21st - Prek - 12th Grade 8:20 -2:20 Please remember to drop off after 8:00 am and be patient when driving near schools!
Can you guess which new teacher these trivia facts belong to? A long-time 4-H member where she showed cows and rabbits. A horseback rider and barrel racer. A volleyball and softball player . . . If you guessed, Ms. Kelli Slagel, you were right! Ms. Slagel will be teaching 4th grade at GCMS Elementary this fall. This will be her first year teaching and she is very excited “to get involved in a great community where I know I can grow and flourish”! Her favorite children’s book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Ms. Slagel’s is the oldest of three children and is originally from Fairbury where her dad is a farmer and road commissioner and her mom owns a house cleaning business. Outdoors is where you will find Ms. Slagel whenever she has free time! Welcome the the Falcon Family, Ms. Slagel! #IChoseGCMS
Attention ES Families - Your students classes are now viewable on Lumen which can be found on our App and the Menu of our website. Click on course info then roll down to see your Homeroom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your login information
Special Education teachers look forward to seeing everyone at the Middle School. Don't forget your masks! https://youtu.be/OYaUjoIDre4
Kindergarten Families Info about our transition night should have already arrived. Each family has been assigned a 30 min time slot during the evening of Thurs., August 13th between 5:00-7:00. If you are a K parent and did not receive it, please call 217-784-4278. Thanks!
Pre K families Information about our transition night should be arriving by mail (hopefully today). Each family will have a 15 min time slot scheduled on Tuesday, August 11th between 5:00-7:00 to come meet staff and see the classroom.
Our very kind librarian encourages you to be kind to others as we return to school! https://youtu.be/VkUICQpv7S0
Guess what these names all have in common: Diezel, Piper, Roxy, Nora, Sofia, and The Rock? Answer: Those are the names of the kiddos and pets who live with our newest Falcon Family faculty member! Mrs. Manda Paris will be joining the 2nd grade team of teachers this August. In her free time she loves to sing, dance, and spend time with her family. This summer they even went zip-lining together! Mrs. Paris owns a DIY business where some of her very first customers were a group from Gibson City. She knows it is a supportive community and looks forward to working with such wonderful staff members. Welcome the Falcon Family Diezel, Piper, Roxy, Nora, Sofia, The Rock, AND Mrs. Paris!
Please note that parents are not going to come in the building during 6th grade transition night. Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the designated times.
If you registered online and have not received a response letting you know that we got it, please call and check to make sure that it went through. Thanks! Mr. Kean
Please make sure that you register your child for school (either online or in person). We will be here until 4:00 today and are still waiting for many to let us know that they are coming, have decided to homeschool, or have moved out of district. Thanks! Mr. Kean
Check out this guided tour of our new app! Then if you haven't done so already go to the App Store or Google Play and download it! https://youtu.be/AG1xL_Qkbe0
GCMS High School is proud to present its new Wall of Honor. This board contains the names of GCMS HS grads (94-00) who have honorably served our country. Special thanks to Hood’s Ace Hardware for engraving the dog tags and to Mr Mackinson and Mr Garard for their tireless work on the project. We think it’s a terrific addition to our halls!
Just another reminder to come and turn in registration paperwork and/or pay registration fees. Also, please call us and let us know if you plan on homeschooling your children. We will be open until 7:00 pm today (8/5/20). Thanks! Mr. Kean
This year's school pictures will be handles through VSI. Their order form and a link to prepay are available at https://vsi.co/schools/
ES Families - If you ordered a supply box through us last spring you do not need to attend the drop-off night on August 12. Those boxes will be delivered directly to student classrooms.
4th Grade teacher Ms. Frankie shares some good tips for wearing a mask at school! https://youtu.be/KWHBhByKpoM
Hometown proud! Help us welcome back one of our own to the Falcon Family. Mrs. Rachel Dewey joins our teaching force as a third grade teacher this fall. This will be her 8th year teaching. Her absolutely favorite book to read with students is "Tiger Rising" by Kate DiCamillo. In her free time, Mrs. Dewey loves spending time with her kiddos (Violet 3 and Calvin 1) swimming, taking walks, and swinging! She is SO excited to teach where she went to school and we are #FalconProud to have her teaching for her hometown! #IChoseGCMS
A recording of tonight's webinar is now available on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/Az19qor68LU
When asked about what she is looking forward to at GCMS, our new second grade teacher, Mrs. Anna Denault exclaimed: "I loved student teaching at GCMS & I’m excited to plant my roots in a school that feels like home to me already!"We are so excited to welcome you to your new home, Mrs. Denault! In her free time, Mrs. Denault enjoys decorating her house, reading books, and spending time outside. Her favorite book to read to students is "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" but she personally loves to read any good thriller that is a page-turner. Mrs. Denault LOVES teaching students about history and teaching children to be good, kind people. With those priorities, Mrs. Denault is obviously going to fit right in to our Falcon Family!
The registration forms have been updated to fix the errors with some of the fields, thank you for your patience! https://www.gcmsk12.org/article/276709?org=gcms
We have just learned there is an error with some of the checkboxes on our digital registration forms. We are updating the errors now and will have corrected forms online soon, stay tuned!
We are thrilled to welcome back Ms. Brittany Hari to the Falcon Family! Ms. Hari student taught at GCMS High School and will be returning to teach English this year. Three fun facts about Ms. Hari which you might find surprising: 1.) She loves listening to true crime podcasts. 2.) Her favorite text to teach is "Romeo and Juliet". 3) She has 4 cats and 1 dog! All that AND she's a Cubs fan---how lucky are we!?! Welcome to the Falcon Family, Ms. Hari! #IChoseGCMS
More of our Falcon family is getting in on the fun! Ms. Rousseau shows why it is important to wear your mask at school! https://youtu.be/mM4N_Jj2ffM
REMINDER- Middle School Softball practice begins tomorrow morning, Mon. July 27. Practice will be from 8-10AM at the High School Softball field.
Families, It is with sadness that I share the announcement from the IESA director that the 2020-2021 Middle School / Junior High baseball and softball competition seasons and State series have been cancelled. You can read the full announcement at iesa.org. GCMS will be providing opportunities for practice and skill refinement at the local level following appropriate health guidelines. Please stay tuned for further announcements from the Middle School and coaches. There has been no decisions on IHSA high school athletics at his point. -Sincerely Jeremy Darnell Superintendent
A recording of tonight's Return to Learn update webinar is now available on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/BJDJf1VVffI
Our 2nd Return to Learn Update Webinar is tonight at 6:00pm. Join us on Facebook Live to submit your questions https://www.facebook.com/gcmsunit5/live/
Ms. Riley and her friend Mr. Moose would like to remind everyone to wear your masks at school this year! https://youtu.be/W_V9U-06rPI
Please help us welcome our new 8th grade science teacher, Ms. Carly Jurik, to the Falcon Family! Ms. Jurik is from Heyworth and this will be her first year teaching. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, crafting, and traveling (she has a personal goal of visiting all 50 states!). When asked about why she chose GCMS, Ms. Jurik said: "Growing up in the HOIC, I saw that GCMS was always a team that had a bunch of community support. I can’t wait to be apart of that. I’m also looking forward to coaching volleyball as well and, of course, meeting my students." #IChoseGCMS
We are so excited to introduce you to Ms. Chelsea Augsburger! Ms. Augsburger will be teaching 3rd grade at GCMS Elementary this year. She is from El Paso, IL and is the youngest of three. "Those Shoes" is her favorite children's book of all time but she enjoys reading mysteries in her free time. This summer she has spent her time golfing, taking walks, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. Ms. Augsbuger is just as excited to be teaching in our small-town community as we are to have her! Please give her a Falcon-proud welcome!
We ask all parents of students eligible for transportation to complete this survey if you have not already done so (even if your student will NOT take the bus). https://forms.gle/TTsUZFbHU4gp2bNy5
A recording of tonight's Return to Learn update webinar is now available on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/RjrIyS7u79I
Wednesday, July 15: High school football and girls’ basketball workouts are cancelled for tonight.
Join us for a Facebook Live event Thursday night at 6:00 to hear about progress on the GCMS Return-to-Learn Plan! https://www.facebook.com/gcmsunit5/live/
Class of 2020 today is the day to pick up your graduation photos and video of the ceremony. The office is open until noon today!
In a time when good news can be hard to find, you'll find a smile in this one. Congrats, Aidan! https://www.wcia.com/sports/gcms-football-standout-aidan-laughery-lands-illinois-offer/?fbclid=IwAR2lLLZIQHmU5eJ3fovS-fZONbFnG1nXflNGxzrUwOOwvJ4rSblWCm9WjEE
GCMS Parents--please complete our Return-to-School Parent Survey! https://forms.gle/2SksRVZ9wfT8uVy58
FYI our website is updating to a new format with some new features coming soon! For the next few days you may see some error messages when loading the site while all the changes take place. Thank you in advance for your patience!
Are you an incoming freshman and interested in the Tennis Team this fall? If so email coach Davis at email@example.com for more information. Go Falcons!
Elementary School Supply lists for the 2020-2021 school year are now available! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1EmykpxSNUtmFxDhErbeqIIWaNOKrEzWg?usp=sharing
Just a reminder that the school supply box orders are only available until the end of the week. Please know that this is not a requirement, but is an option for those who don't want to search out all of the supplies over the summer. You can order online at www.shopttkits.com. Our school account # that you will have to use to order online is 12346. Please make sure that you are ordering for the grade that your child will be in NEXT year. These kits will be available to purchase until May 29th and will be available for pick up at registration. Thanks!
Every year, the 8th graders participate in the 8th grade Olympics. The kids dress up in team colors, have team chants, and battle for the coveted 8th grade olympics trophy. Because of remote learning, this year's 8th grade class were going to miss out on this anticipated event. So, the 8th grade teachers came up with a way for the 8th graders to do 8th grade olympics- quarantine style! Take a look at what the students came up with in this year's Quarantine Olympics! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnsSeC3bBFW2p75Kk56qNcXUFTMsKpuDC
Congratulations to our Middle School Students of the Month for May 2020! https://www.gcmsk12.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5IPPPY&dasi=33PI
You can now see all of our Senior scholarship winners in one place at this link! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSp1uHZ0GTPlxdMp0PKTEKHQRQ2Vy3bKdCArr0steKeYtMqRlPIAr6_8WoAL5s-swnSzQJSjiiD0sLn/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000
We are proud to present a look back at the class of 2020! Thank you to Karson Davis for editing this together. https://youtu.be/u1RvmWVjP3A
Please take a moment to read the attached letter from Mr. Darnell providing information on our graduation celebrations. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z0sloMBVo3KQp_i05LfAWGQkVWQHfysb/view?usp=sharing
Locker pick-up and drop off of supplies GCMS HS Families –All school lockers will be cleaned out and prepared for pick up by families according to the schedule below. During your scheduled pick up time, we ask that you please return ALL HS textbooks, library/classroom books, sport uniforms, school calculators, etc. Staff members will deliver items to your car so you do not have to exit your vehicle. Please follow the schedule below in order to make this process run smoothly. May 18 - Freshmen and Sophomores 2:00-5:00 May 19 - Juniors and Seniors 2:00-5:00 Chris Garard – GCMS HS Principal
GCMS Graduation/Senior Scholarship Announcement GCMS High School’s Graduation ceremony scheduled for May 16 has been postponed to June 27 at 7:00 in the HS Gymnasium. We are also planning on combining our Senior Scholarship Assembly with our Graduation Ceremony in order to further recognize and celebrate our seniors. We are optimistic that the social distancing guidelines will be lifted by this time. Please stay tuned for additional information regarding Graduation for the Class of 2020. Chris Garard – GCMS HS Principal
GCMS Prom Announcement GCMS High School’s Prom was scheduled to take place on April 25 at ISU. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is with great regret that we announce that Prom will not be rescheduled. We understand this is not a popular decision and we are deeply sorry. I would encourage everyone to dress up and post pictures to their social media accounts for all to see. Chris Garard – GCMS HS Principal
We have a bonus read along today for Easter weekend! Ms. Laughery reads The Easter Bunny's Assistant with permission from Scholastic. https://www.facebook.com/gcmsunit5/videos/157758455544536/
We've added a few more staff members to our parade! We still miss you all and we are #inthistogether and #falconproud https://www.facebook.com/gcmsunit5/videos/3015416378522413/