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Catch the Wildcat Wave

megaphone with paw print on itAttention rising 6 – 8 grade students. GBMS is offering an exciting new program this summer to connect you with friends and get you academically ready for the new school year. Come join us for games, outdoor events, hands-on activities, snacks, and working with friends.

Dates and Times:

  • August 9-12 (9:00am-12:00pm)
  • August 16-19 (9:00am-12:00pm)

To receive future communication about the details of this program click the link below.

Catch the Wildcat Wave Sign-Up

If you have questions please email or

Yearbooks Are Here!

Gold Background: YEARBOOKYearbooks have arrived! If your child is Option 1, or coming in person four days a week, they will receive their yearbooks during homeroom starting June 8th or June 9th. If your child is Option 2, you can come to the main office during office hours of 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to pick up your yearbook order.

If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, starting Wednesday, June 9, there will be a table in the security/lobby area where Option 1 students can buy during homeroom or lunch. Also, starting June 9th, Option 2 students, or parents, can come to the main office during office hours of 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, to purchase one. They are $45 CASH ONLY. We are not accepting checks or card payments at this time. Yearbooks will be sold on a first come, first serve basis and will be sold until they have sold out!

Due to heavy traffic during our beginning and end of the school day, we suggest that you avoid those times if you are purchasing a yearbook for an Option 2 student.

Textbook Collection Dates and Information

Any student issued textbook needs to be returned on the dates below. The books for option 1 students will be collected during bell 1 for 8th grade students and during core plus for 6th and 7th grade students. Option 2 students will bring their textbooks in when they come to school for the math SOL test. Any option 2 student who opted out of testing can drop off their books the week of June 14th – 18th.

OPTION 1 Textbook Collection:

English Books (Literature & Writing)

  • Wednesday, June 2nd – W/F students
  • Thursday, June 3rd – T/Th students

Science & Math Books

  • Tuesday, June 8th – T/Th students
  • Wednesday, June 9th – W/F students

OPTION 2 Textbook Collection:

  • Monday, June 7th (when option 2 students come in for their math SOL test*)

*If your child opted out of SOL testing, those books can be dropped along with the Chromebooks during the week of June 14th – 18th (further details on Chromebook collection will be forthcoming).

Spring Art Show

Our school year looked different this year, but in true artist form, our students found creative and innovative ways to create art under the guidance of their amazing art teacher. Please enjoy masterpieces from both Option 1 and 2 students in our 2021 Virtual Spring Art Show!

We also invite you to view the citywide 2021 Spring Art Exhibition!

Fall 2021 – Virtual Virginia Now Available for Middle School Students

Dr. Cotton presented the instructional plan for the 2021-22 school year at the April 19, 2021 School Board Meeting. While the primary mode of instruction for ALL grade levels will be full-time in-person learning, Chesapeake will continue to offer virtual learning opportunities by application only. Families at the elementary and middle school levels who would like to apply for virtual learning will be required to make a full-year commitment to Virtual Virginia. Applications are now available on our website.

Completed applications should be submitted via email to Craig Mills at or returned to the school in person. Hard copies of the application are available by request in our main office.


Report an Absence Button in ParentVue

Purple Backgound with different color cirlcesThere is a new feature in ParentVue web access and mobile device app for parents and guardians to have the opportunity to report their student(s) as absent or tardy electronically.  The Report Absence feature allows parents and guardians to report absences up to seven days in advance and can accommodate single-day and multi-day absences. For each absence reported, parents and guardians must provide a short note to explain the reason. This note will help school attendance secretaries select the correct attendance code for the absence/tardy. If a doctor’s note or other documentation is available, there is an option to upload that resource when parents report the absence or tardy.  This is the new preferred method for parents to report absences and tardies. This electronic notification would serve as the written notice required for student absences and tardies.

For further information and directions, click the link below.

CPS New ParentVue Absence Button Information and Directions.


School Messenger: Text Alerts

School Messenger with a logo of different colors making a circleChesapeake Public Schools provides a service for parents that enhances communication by delivering important information, such as delayed school openings or emergency closings due to weather, via SMS text messaging. This service is intended to enhance our existing means of communication and will not replace any existing form of communication.

To participate in the service you must register your mobile phone number. Registration is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.

  • To Register: Text the word subscribe, optin, or yes to 67587
  • To Unregister: Text STOP to 67587
  • For Help: Text HELP to 67587