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Gypsum Creek Middle School

Welcome to the home of the award winning Gypsum Creek Middle School Wolves! We have received the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for four years in a row, which recognizes schools in the state with the highest rate of student growth on state-wide assessments, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. The  Colorado Association for Middle Level Education identified Gypsum Creek as "School to Watch" in 2011 for our impressive student academic growth, electives programs, academic supports, and culture of high expectations.

7th Grade Parent Volunteers NEEDED!!!

We are seeking volunteers for two upcoming 7th grade field trips.
GCMS Roundup River RanchOn October 14 and 15 the 7th grade will be going to Roundup River Ranch to participate in a community service project. It is a great opportunity for students to engage with individuals with chronic disabilities and develop new skills.

GCMS Walking MountainsNovember 2 and 3 the 7th grade will be going to the McCoy Fossil Beds with Walking Mountain Science Center to bring their current science unit to life.

Please email Mr. Plachta or call the school (970) 328-8980 if you are interested in volunteering for either of these great education opportunities for your students.

You will need to be registered as a volunteer with Eagle County Schools.
If you are not registered yet click here for the volunteer application.  The process does take time, so please complete ASAP.  Thank you for your participation and support!

Sports and Activities

GCMS Football 2015

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Wednesday 9/2/15 Steamboat @ GCMS 4PM

Saturday 9/5/15 East Grand @ GCMS 9:00AM
(7th, 8th, and 6th Game)

Week 1 League
Thursday 9/10/15 GCMS @ BCMS (HPS Field) 5:00PM

Week 2 League
Thursday 9/17/15 GCMS @ HPS 5:00PM

Week 3 League
Tuesday 9/22/15 SMS @ GCMS 4:00PM

Week 3 League
Thursday 9/24/15 EVMS @ GCMS 4:30PM

Week 4 League
Thursday 10/01/15 GCMS @ St.C 4:45PM

HPS Field ( Hosted by BCMS)

Tuesday 10/06/15 #5 VS. #6 ROSE BOWL 5:00PM
Wednesday 10/07/15 #3 VS. #4 GAME CREEK BOWL 5:00PM
Thursday 10/08/15 #1 VS. #2 PEAKS BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP 5:00PM


GCMS Volleyball 2015 (7th & 8th Grade)

PEAKS League Volleyball
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2015 Schedule
All dates include the 7th grade match followed by the 8th grade. A match is best 2 out of 3. Rally score will be used to 25 points. Practice can begin on Tuesday August 18th.
The format of the games are as follows:
1) 7 grade B to 25 points
2) 8 grade B to 25 points
3) 7grade A (best 2 of 3) to 25. Game 3 to 15 points.
4) 8 grade A (best 2 of 3) to 25. Game 3 to 15 points.

Wednesday 09/09/15
GC @ SMS 4:15
Early Release 2:30PM

Saturday 09/12/15
Summit Tournament 8:00AM
Bus Leaves @ 6:30AM

Monday 09/14/15
HPS @ GC 4:45

Monday 09/21/15
GC @ EV 2:30 (assembly game)
Early Release 2:00PM

Wednesday 09/23/15
GC @ VMS 5:00

Saturday 09/26/15
Eagle Tournament 8:00AM
No Bus

Monday 09/28/15
ST.C @ GC 4:15

Monday 10/05/15
BC @ GC 4:45

Wednesday 10/07/15
ECCA @ GC 4:15

Saturday PEAKS League Championships (NO BUS)
10/10/15@ HPS
Game A 8:00 am 3 v 6
Game B 9:00 am 4 v 5
Game C 10:00 am 1 v LS
Game D 11:00 2 v HS
Game E 12:00 Championship

GCMS Volleyball 2015 (6th Grade)

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Most 6th grade matches will be played at Eagle Valley Middle School. There will not be bus transportation for games at EVMS. Please coordinate carpools among yourselves to make sure we are on time for games. There will be two A team games and one B team game.

Friday 09/04/15 4:30
GCMS @ EVMS (3 Games)

Wednesday 09/09/15 4:15
Early Release 2:30PM
Bus Provided

Friday 09/11/15 4:30
GCMS @ EVMS (3 Games)

Friday 09/18/15 4:30
GCMS @ EVMS (3 games)

Friday 09/25/15 4:30
GCMS @ EVMS (3 games)

Friday 10/02/15 4:30
GCMS @ EVMS (3 games)

Girl PowHER

Sign-up in the iQuad by Wednesday, September 16th.
Every Wednesday from 4:00-5:20
Begins September 23rd.
Contact: Hope Moses


Chess Club

Any and all skill levels welcome!
Come learn to play Chess.
Free, no cost to student

Monday's 4:00-5:30 in the 7th Grade pod
Tuesday's 4:00-5:30 in the 7th Grade pod
Wednesday mornings 8:00-9:25 (Before School in Cafeteria)
Friday's 4:00-5:00 in the Cafeteria or iQuad

Sponsor: Frank Frost,

Girls on the Run

logo_girlsontherunWe believe that every girl
can embrace who she is,
can define who she wants to be,
can rise to any challenge,
can change the world.

We’re running Mondays & Wednesdays from 4-5:30, meet in the cafeteria.
We’ll have a 5K in Frisco on November 14th.

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Contact: Lisa Hildred,

Girls on the Run

General Information

Bus Routes

Please Note That Bus Routes Are Subject To Change As Students Continue To Enroll In Our Schools. These Pages Will Be Updated Accordingly. Times May Vary 5 Minutes, So Please Plan Accordingly.

33 AM     Colo River Rd-Sweetwater / Trl Gulch / Eagle River Estates 

7:12 AM     Sweetwater Rd & Co River Rd

7:18 AM     5445 Colorado River Rd

7:27 AM     Stephens Dr & Colorado River Rd

7:59 AM     Scotch Crk Rd & Trl Gulch Rd

8:03 AM     960 York View Dr

8:05 AM     Eagle River Estates Park

8:15 AM     Gypsum Creek Middle School

Late Start   33 AM     Trl Gulch / York View / Eagle River Estates 

9:02 AM     Scotch Crk Rd & Trl Gulch Rd

9:07 AM     960 York View Dr

9:09 AM     Eagle River Estates Park

9:20 AM   Gypsum Creek Middle School

33 PM     Trl Gulch / Eagle River Estates / Us 6 / Colo River Rd-Sweetwater

3:55 PM     Gypsum Creek Middle School

4:04 PM     Scotch Creek Road & Trail Gulch Road

4:07 PM     Eagle River Estates Park On Porhyry Rd

4:14 PM     960 York View Dr

4:24 PM    Stephens Dr & Colorado River Road

4:33 PM     5445 Colorado River Road

4:37 PM     Sweetwater Road & Colorado River Road


37 AM     Gypsum Estates Park     **LS Wed--- See Rt 39 AM LS**

8:00 AM     Gypsum Estate Park

8:13 AM     Gypsum Creek Middle School


39 AM     Cooley Mesa Rd / Buckhorn

7:54 AM     3288 Cooley Mesa Rd

7:56 AM     Commerce Park & Cooley Mesa Rd

7:57 AM     145 Spring Creek Rd

8:00 AM     Spring Buck Rd -- Gravel Parking Area

8:03 AM     Indian Heights Way & Navajo Rd / Park

8:09 AM     2492 Cooley Mesa Rd

8:15 AM     Gypsum Creek Middle School


Late Start 39 AM     Cooley Mesa Rd / Buckhorn / Gypsum Estates Park

8:53 AM     3288 Cooley Mesa Rd

8:55 AM     Commerce Park & Cooley Mesa Rd

8:56 AM     145 Spring Creek Rd

8:59 AM     Spring Buck Rd -- Gravel Parking Area

9:02 AM     Indian Heights Way & Navajo Rd / Park

9:06 AM     2492 Cooley Mesa Rd

9:09 AM     Gypsum Estates Park

9:20 AM     Gypsum Creek Middle School

39 PM     Gypsum Estates Park/ Buckhorn

3:55 PM     Gypsum Creek Middle School

4:03 PM     Gypsum Estate Park

4:09 PM     3288 Cooley Mesa Rd

4:10 PM     2492 Cooley Mesa Rd

4:11 PM     Commerce Park & Cooley Mesa Rd

4:12 PM     145 Spring Creek Rd

4:15 PM     Spring Buck Rd-- Gravel Parking Area

4:18 PM     Indian Heights Way & Navajo Road-Park


40 AM     Two Rivers / Dotsero

7:56 AM     Two Rivers -- Gravel Parking Area

8:01 AM     4675 Us Hwy 6 - Malpias Trailer Park

8:03 AM     4151 U. S. 6-Dotsero Small Trailer Park

8:13 AM     Eagle Valley HS *Students From Old Town Gypsum**

8:20 AM     Gypsum Creek Middle School

Late Start 40 AM     Two Rivers/ Dotsero/2nd Street Town Park

8:49 AM   2 Rivers-Gravel Parking Area

8:55 AM   4675 U.S. 6-Dotsero Mobile Home Park Entrance

8:57 AM    4151 U.S. 6-Dotsero Small Trailer Park

9:09 AM     2nd Street-Gypsum Town Park

9:13 AM     Eagle Valley High School

9:20 AM   Gypsum Creek Middle School

40 PM      2nd St - Town Park / Dotsero / 2 Rivers

4:03 PM     Leave Gypsum Creek Middle School

4:09 PM     2nd Street-Gypsum Town Park

4:15 PM     Eagle Valley High School

4:26 PM     4675 Us Hwy 6-Malpias Trailer Pk

4:28 PM     4151 U.S. -Dotsero Small Trailer Pk

4:30 PM     Two Rivers Entrance Before Round About

Please Note That Bus Routes Are Subject To Change As Students Continue To Enroll In Our Schools. These Pages Will Be Updated Accordingly.

Last Updated: August 11th, 2015

Parent Guides to the Common Core Standards

The Council of the Great City Schools created guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics) that provide an overview of what your child will learn by the end of each grade in mathematics and English language arts/literacy as defined by the Common Core Standards. Click on the grade to download a pdf.

English Language Arts (ELA)
Sixth Grade English - Español
Seventh Grade English - Español
Eighth Grade English - Español

Sixth Grade English - Español
Seventh Grade English - Español
Eighth Grade English - Español
High School Mathematics English - Español
High School Guide I

New Math Resource!

Our school community now uses Upraised Math, a resource designed specifically to help parents and families support student success in math. With Upraised, parents can see what their child is learning at school, understand today’s teaching methods, access resources to support learning at home, and receive text/email updates throughout the year to stay informed! (Click on the balloon below). UpRaised logo


Gypsum Creek Middle School
401 Grundel Way
PO Box 5129
Gypsum, CO 81637
Telephone: 970-328-8980
Fax: 970-328-8985

Principal: David Russell
School Mascot: Wolves
School Colors: Maroon and Silver
Vision, Mission, Values

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Number of Students: 368 (6th, 7th & 8th grade)
Number of Classrooms: 4-5 classrooms each in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Full specials are offered as well.
Staff: 22.5 Certified Staff Members (Teachers, Counselors, Administrators) and 11 Classified Staff Members
Population Demographics: 33% White, 63% Hispanic, 4% Other

2014 TCAP Results
(left to right: white students, CO white state average, Hispanic students, CO Hispanic state average)

Eagle County has among the highest percentages of English Language Learners in the state at 34.6% compared to the state average of 14.5%.

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Gypsum Creek PTO

The GCMS PTO Meets on first "school" Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the iQuad at school.  Click here to visit their page!

Special Programs

  • The Gypsum Creek Middle School (GCMS) has an award winning "EAGLE" program for Gifted and Talented and high performing students.
  • "Specials" offered at GCMS include STEM(Science Technology Engineering Math), Communication and Information Technology, Fine Art, Band, Physical Education, Newspaper and Health.
  • We offer special support intervention classes for students who need reinforcement in core content areas or study skills.  Other interventions for students to get help include Summer School and Saturday School.
  • Our teachers are actively involved in district curriculum committees and literacy integration projects.
  • This year we began implementation of our Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and have used the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports  (PBIS) program for the last three years.

After School and Extra Curricular Programs

  • GCMS offers high quality football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, and track programs with most coaches being certified teachers in the school.
  • Annual School Musical.  This year, "Annie, Jr" was a great success and an outstanding experience for all of the students involved.
  • "Power Hours" after school homework help and with other activities such as soccer, martial arts,"Girl Power" rock climbing.  This is offered through our partnership with The Youth Foundation.
  • Our 8th grade Dance Club program is offered with help from EVHS Dance Team members and former students.
  • We are competitive in district Spelling Bee, Geography Bee and 6th grad Battle of the Books events . 
  • We have partnered with Walking Mountains Science Center to offer our STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Leadership Academy.
  • "Girls on the Run"


Student Council (STUCO): Mrs.Cremeans
BIONIC Club (Believe It Or Not I Care): Mrs. Allard
Yearbook: Ms. Hildred
Student Ambassador: Mrs. Allard
Academic Soccer and PowerHours: Mr. Kaddatz
S.O.S.- Snowboard Outreach Society: Mr. Steiner
Book Club: Mrs. Doan
Chess Club: Mr. Frost

Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ sheet is for parents and students new to Gypsum Creek Middle School. The following questions have been the most frequently asked questions as students begin thinking about moving from 5th grade to GCMS. The answers will give you some information and, hopefully, ease your anxiety and help you get excited about GCMS. For all of our school policies and procedures, please read the Parent/Student Handbook which is included in the student planner your child will receive the first day of school.

What are the school colors, mascot, and vision?

We are the Gypsum Creek Wolves. Our colors are maroon and silver. Our vision is to create a friendly, welcoming, caring, and rigorous academic environment in which students develop meaningful and productive lives as members of our society. To achieve our vision, our mission is to be Goal oriented, Child Focused, Multi-faceted, and Safe and secure. Our long-term, student achievement goal is 100% proficiency or advanced in Reading, Writing, and Math.

How well does Gypsum Creek perform?

According to the Colorado Dept. of Education, GCMS earned a "High Performance" rating for academic performance for the 11th year in a row. In 2010, GCMS was recognized by CDE as one of the top 9% of all schools in the state for academic growth and was nationally honored as a School To Watch (one of 5 schools in Colorado). GCMS was awarded the highest "5 Star School" status from the Edison Corporation. This year, CDE recognized GCMS, for the 3rd year in a row, with the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for Outstanding Academic Performance. The GCMS parent survey rated 33 statements with an average of 3.29 out of 4.0 (highest rating), and the student survey rated 53 statements with an average of 3.22 out of 4.0. Our student achievement on TCAP remains at a high level with student academic growth being one of the best in the state.

What is the school schedule?

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Buses arrive around 8:20. Classes start at 8:30. Wednesday is a late start day. Classes start at 9:30. Students have 5 core classes of 54 minutes each and 2 specials classes of 48 minutes each. Passing time is 3 minutes. Students have a 35-minute lunch period. School is dismissed at 3:50. Buses leave at 3:55.

When will my child eat lunch?

We have three 35-minute lunch periods, one for each grade level. For lunch, students come to the cafeteria and sit at the tables of their choice. After the first week, seats do not change. Tables are dismissed to line up to get their food by a lunchroom supervisor. After they eat, students clean their space and go outside for lunch recess.

How many students attend GCMS and what are the demographics?

We currently have 366 students at GCMS in the fall of 2014 (123 in 6th, 119 in 7th, and 124 in 8th). We are 62% Hispanic 33% Caucasian, 1% Native American, 2% African American, and 2% Asian. We have 51% boys and 49% girls. We have 14% in our Gifted Program, 12% in Special Education, and 46% in English Language Acquisition. 50% of our students receive Free or Reduced Lunch.

Do all students pass in the hall at the same time?

Before school, 7th/8th graders and 6th graders gather in areas separate from each other. During the day, for most core classes, each grade level is in its own section of the building called pods. Most students remain in their own pods except when passing to some Specials classes. For most of the day, grades have passing times at different times. Except for supervised times before and after school, there will be little opportunity for grade levels to mix.

Who are the staff members?

2014-15 School Year

6th grade teachers:
Math- Matt Koch
Reading/Language Arts- Kendall VanValkenburg and Brook Fitzsimmons
Science- Stacie LaDuke
Social Studies- Timothy Conley

7th grade teachers:
Math- John Goodney
Reading/Language Arts- Amanda Jones
Science- Mark Plachta
Social Studies- Lisa Hildred

8th grade teachers:
Math- Ben Cosgrove
Reading/Language Arts- Hope Moses
Science- Paul Steiner
Social Studies- Michelle Vasquez

Specials teachers:
6th Eagle- Matt Koch
7th Eagle- Lisa Hildred
8th Eagle- Michelle Vasquez
Art- Amanda Hawkins
Band & Chorus- Hannah Grayson
Computer Applications- Amanda Hawkins
P.E.- Deb Jordan
S.T.E.M- Kevin Kottenstette

Special Education teachers:
English Language Acquisition- Deb Lehr & Deb Jordan
Moderate Needs- Mike Morrissey
Cognitive Needs- Amber Peet
Teaching Assistants- Emily Chavez, Maida Diaz, Frank Frost & Sandra Macias

Principal- Dave Russell
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director- Torrey Kaddatz
Master Teacher- Brook Fitzsimmons
Mentor Teachers- Stacie LaDuke & Mark Plachta

Office Staff:
Office Manager- Paula Middlesworth
Registrar- Sonja Beasley

School Counselor- Cindy Allard
School Psychologist- Nicole Lloyd
Speech/Language- Alayna Wade
Hearing Specialist- Janice Conway
Nurse- Jenny Gallegos, RN
Health Assistant- Mindy DeLia
iQuad Manager- Kelly Doan
Cafeteria- Deb Eichler & Linda McCoy
Lead Custodian- Scott Rounds
Night Custodian- Neil Spinks

What is the grading policy?

Grades are assigned as A, B, C, D, F and are figured on a percentage basis. Grades are given for in-class and homework assignments, tests/quizzes, & projects. A = 90%-100%, B = 80%-89%, C = 70%-79%, D = 60%-69%, F = 59% or less.

Who is the counselor?

The counselor is Cindy Allard. The counseling program offers group sessions to teach conflict resolution, bully and victim management, social skills, anger management, human development, Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAPs), and organizational skills. Ms Allard also meets with students individually as needs arise, and she works closely with parents regarding community resources and ideas for helping at home.

Tell me about the lockers

On the first day of school, each student is assigned a locker and a combination lock. The lockers are for books, binders, supplies, and personal items. Most students hang their coats and backpacks on nearby hooks or in empty lockers. Lockers should be organized at all times in order for everything to fit, so important papers do not get lost, and so expensive books and binders do not get damaged. Many students organize their lockers with shelves. Parents are invited to come in and help their child with the organization of the locker throughout the year. Some come in weekly. Only school locks are permitted. If a lock is lost, another lock can be borrowed from the office for $5. Combinations should not be shared. Students should not trade or switch lockers.

What is the discipline process? Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Our goal is to channel the actions of students in positive ways so that the best learning environment exists for all of us. We have 3 school rules: 1) Use class time productively; 2) Respect others‚ feelings and needs, and; 3) Contribute to a safe environment. We have implemented a new system for helping students understand good choices in behavior, how to make them, and why it is important. Staff members routinely awards ‚"Way to Howl" tickets when students are witnessed doing a good job at school. This can be for improved behavior in or out of the classroom, improved academic focus, or acts of kindness toward others. There are expectations which all of the staff communicate very thoroughly and when students have trouble meeting those expectations, we have them fill out a Think Sheet is for minor offenses. A Behavior Referral report is for more significant offenses or for persistent minor offenses. When Think Sheets are assigned or Behavior Referrals are given to a student, the teacher, dean of students, or principal talks with the student and assigns the consequences, and communicates with a parent/guardian. A student who receives 3 Behavior Referrals for being disruptive may be expelled in accordance with state law. Consequences from Think Sheets may result in Detention. Too many missing assignments result in Saturday School.

What is the dress code?

This dress code also applies to before & after school, weekend activities, athletic events, Continuation, clubs, performances, and other special occasions. If a student violates the dress code too often, they may be required to wear a uniform daily. n1. Footwear must be worn at all times. 2. Clothes must be clean and neat and must meet reasonable standards of health and hygiene. 3. Extremes are not permitted (swimwear, bare chests or stomachs, halter tops, spaghetti straps, pajamas, vulgar or offensive printing, excessively low pants or shirts, excessively short shorts/dresses/skirts, excessively loose arm holes). 4. Nothing that could damage school property may be worn. 5. No hats or scarves (including caps, ski hats, visors, bandanas, or other head coverings) are to be worn inside the building. 6. No clothing advocating controlled substances (e.g., marijuana or alcohol) or promiscuity (e.g. sexy or foxy) or gang affiliation (e.g. SUR 13, South Side, bandanas) is allowed. Any clothing, signs, talk, or writing suggesting gang affiliation will result in a Behavior Referral and suspension out of school. 7. Coats and jackets are not to be worn in classes. 8. Backpacks are not permitted in the classroom. 9. Listening devices (cell phone, iPod, CD player, etc.) and electronic games are not to be seen at school without specific permission of the teacher.n

What is the retention policy?

Students who earn failing grades in 2 or more subjects at the end of the year and who would benefit from repeating their grade will be retained. Students who are excessively absent may be retained. The teacher team, principal, counselor and parents help make the decision. The principal makes the final decision.

How will I be informed of assignments and progress?

  • Students are expected to write their daily assignments correctly and legibly in their planner.
  • Many teachers post class grades in the classroom weekly (by student number, not by name).
  • All core teachers send home your child's grade sheets listing the grade and assignments on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, or verify that you have checked grades on Power School.
  • Semester report cards are mailed home.
  • We hold parent-teacher-student conferences in October and again in March.
  • We send home ineligibility notices weekly to every student who is failing 2 or more subjects.
  • Parents may call or email the teachers or schedule a time to meet with the teacher team.
  • Teachers call home when concerns arise.
  • Teachers and the principal congratulate students with Wolf Awards for remarkable work and kindnesses.
  • We recognize Honor Roll students after each semester.
  • Teachers honor students who are recognized for excellence at an Honors Day ceremony in April.
  • We honor students who achieve a 3.8 grade point average at an Academic Tea ceremony in May.
  • Many teachers have an eBoard, web site, edublog site, Facebook profile/page, or Twitter account on the internet for assignments, resources, handouts, announcements, or enrichment activities.
  • The best way to keep current about your child's grades and assignments is with the internet using a system called Power School at this address: You will receive a letter with your user name and password. If you do not receive this letter in the fall or if you lose your access information, please call the school office at 328-8980.

What sports are available?

GCMS is a member of the RML (Rocky Mountain League) which includes Eagle Valley, Berry Creek, Homestake Peak, St. Clare, Vail Mtn. School, The Vail Academy, and Summit. We also sometimes compete with other non-league schools like Glenwood, Newcastle (Riverside), Basalt, or Carbondale. Athletics are offered for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the sports of volleyball and football (beginning the first day of school), boys basketball (beginning in October), girls basketball (beginning in January), wrestling (beginning in February), and track and soccer (beginning late March). 6th graders may play Football only if there are open slots on the 7th grade team and only if they have previous experience playing organized tackle football. All athletes must have a physical to participate; forms are available in the hall or office. We host a Physicals Night in May where the Eagle Valley Medical Clinic offers physicals for $10. Other athletic activities for middle school students are offered by the Recreation District (WECMRD) at 777-8888.

What extra-curricular activities are offered?

All students are invited to participate in our non-sport before and after school programs. These programs have included Disc Golf, Golf Club, Yearbook, Newspaper, Student Council, The School Musical, Girls Flag Football, Jazz Band, Study Friends, Talent Show, Fitness Club, Nordic Ski Club, Writers Club, Crochet Club, Dance Club, Power Hours, and Kick Boxing.

If my child struggles with assignments, what help is offered?

  • Homework is important for students to practice skills they learned in class. Students are expected to write down their homework in their planner, do their homework with good effort, and turn in their homework on time.
  • Teachers offer before school, lunchtime, or after school help when requested.
  • Study Friends, Power Hours, and Math Tutoring are after school tutorials.
  • Pro-Math and Pro-Reading classes are scheduled for students not proficient in math or reading.
  • A class called Study Skills is scheduled for students who struggle with assignments. Saturday School from 7:00 to 10:00 AM is assigned to students who are missing too many assignments.
  • Parents may request to bring their child to school early (7:30 AM) for extra study time in a quiet school environment.
  • Parents are welcome to visit the school to help their child with organization of lockers, backpacks, binders, checking grades, and checking homework posted in the classroom.
  • Teachers welcome communication via phone (328-8980) and email using
  • The best way to keep current about your child's grades and assignments to help them at home is with the internet using a system called Power School at this address: You will receive a letter with your user name and password. If you do not receive this letter in the fall or if you lose your access information, please call the school office at 328-8980.

What Summer School does GCMS offer?

GCMS Summer School is 4 weeks long, Mondays through Fridays, 3 hours each day, with a focus on Reading, Writing, and Math. Although all students are invited to attend, students who are not proficient (on CSAP or NWEA) and who earn 2 Ds or worse during the school year are required to attend Summer School. Another type, Step Up To Middle School, is for recommended incoming 6th graders and is held in August for 8 days before school starts, 2 hours a day with a focus on basics and becoming familiar with the school, lockers, planners, and binders.

How do I check my child out of school when needed?

We urge you to not check your child out of school. We try to focus on student achievement, and we need your child in school to achieve our goals. If you need to check your child out of school, come to the office, sign the checkout sheet, and while you wait in the office, the office staff will call your child to the office. Please do not go to your child’s classroom directly. Excused absences are caused by illness, injury, death in the family, acts of nature, and medical appointments. Please note that for parent-directed absences of a full day or more, you must notify the office at least 5 school days in advance or the absence will be unexcused and the student will receive zeros for assignments completed during the days missed. Students who are not proficient will not be excused for extended parent-directed absences.

Where can I get information about the bus?

The Transportation Department posts the bus schedules in the newspaper and on the district website at In the fall, we will have copies in the office here and posted on the front door. If you have any questions about the bus schedule, please call the Transportation Department at 328-2742.

When does the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) meet?

Our Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM in the iQuad. The School Advisory and Accountability Committee (SAAC) meets the same days at 5:30 PM. All parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend these meetings. Please contact Sam Gale ( for more information.

How can I stay informed about what is going on at GCMS?

Each month, we send home a newsletter, with the students, packed with great information and a calendar of events. We post all the newsletters and other great information on the school web site (, if you use Facebook, make sure to 'like' our page at, and be sure to follow us on Twitter : @GCMSwolves. You can also just give us a call at (970)328-8980.

How will my 5th grader become familiar with GCMS?

In April, the band teacher and some band students meet with all 5th graders at GES and RHE to demonstrate instruments and discuss band. In May, the principal visits each 5th grade class to answer questions and describe what’s in store. In May, the 5th grades from GES and RHE visit GCMS to sit in the 6th grade classrooms, meet the teachers, discuss 6th grade, and tour the school. In May, the principal and counselor host an evening Orientation to GCMS for parents of 5th graders. Then, just before school starts in August, we have an Open House for all students and parents. If you wish to visit the school at any time, please call the office and let us know.