• Stay connected with GBMS Subscribe or follow us on our website, peachjar, twitter, instagram, youtube, The Wildcat Chat PAWdcast with a picture of a wildcat. Green background, white background, yellow, black green writing. Logos of each way to subscribe.

 

William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Enrichment Programs

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education’s enrichment programs are thrilled to announce the 2021 Virtual Summer Enrichment Programs are now published and ready for registration for high ability students in grades 2 – 12. They will offer 2 weeks of opportunities with courses available in the morning and afternoon each week. They will have virtual courses available in the areas of robotics, civics, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more. Please see their Summer 2021 brochure for more information.

Electronic Flier

  • William & Mary’s SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. Click for More Information.
  • Summer 2021 SEP registration is now open for high ability students in grades 2-12. William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to offer 2 weeks of virtual opportunities with courses available in the morning and afternoon each week. We have virtual courses available in the areas of robotics, civics, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more. Please see our Summer 2021 brochure for more information.

 

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.

 

Fall Picture Proofs and Orders

Black, Gold, Yellow, and White DotsFall picture proofs have arrived from Lifetouch and will be going home this week with your child. Please consider supporting this important school fundraiser. All sales will be online at lifetouch.com. Please do not send any payments to the school.

At this time, we do not have a make-up picture date available, but if a date becomes available after the holidays, we will notify families promptly.

Parents of Option 2 students may pick up their proof during regular school hours, 8:15-4:00 starting Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the security desk.

 

The Wildcat Chat PAWdcast is now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts

MicrophoneWildcats, did you know that The Wildcat Chat PAWdcast is now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify? A podcast is a form of digital audio, much like a radio show, that can be downloaded or streamed anytime and anywhere.

The Wildcat Chat PAWdcast is about life at GBMS!  It is created and co-hosted by GBMS students and topics are selected by the students which are meaningful to their middle school experience.  Join in the fun as we discuss a day in the life of a GBMS Wildcat. You will hear from students, teachers, and GBMS community members too.

How do you listen?  You can subscribe today by searching for the Wildcat Chat PAWdcast on the Apple Podcasts App or Spotify.

The first episode dives into the student perspective of their “new” learning environment, GBMS news and events, and holiday traditions.

We hope you subscribe and enjoy The Wildcat Chat PAWdcast!  Feel free to click the links below as well.

Instructional Update – Options 1 and 2!

All families (Options 1 & 2), should review all of the information outlined in the slide deck below. This information includes important instructional updates, checklists families should complete now, and other important health and safety protocols families should incorporate into their daily school routine.

Haga clic aquí para ver una versión en español.


UPDATED BELL SCHEDULE:

Beginning October 12, 2020, the daily middle school bell schedule will change to accommodate the on-campus continuum shift.

Great Bridge Middle School Blended Learning Schedule
Beginning Week of October 12
Tuesday – Friday
Option 1 & Option 2

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Bell 1 8:55-9:45 (50 min)
Bell 2 9:50-10:35 (45 min)
Bell 3 10:40 -11:25 (45 min)
  6th Grade lunch
11:30 – 12:05
   
Bell 4 12:15-1:00 (45 min) 11:30-12:15 (45 min) 11:30-12:15 (45 min)
    8th Grade lunch
12:20 – 12:55
Bell 5 1:05-1:50 (45 min) 12:20-1:05 (45 min) 1:05-1:50 (45 min)
7th Grade lunch
1:10-1:45
Bell 6 1:55-2:40 (45 min)
Bell 7 2:45 -3:30 (45 min)

 

UPDATE: OneLogin for Students and Parent/Student Schoology Info

Update: 9.3.2020

OneLogin for Students Updated

Chesapeake Public Schools is using OneLogin, which provides a single login for CPS users across CPS systems and Google.  For your child to set-up OneLogin, please click here for the updated directions.

Parent/Guardian Schoology Access

 

2020-2021 Recommended Supply Lists and Online Learning Tips

All Grades (6, 7, and 8)

  • #2 pencils
  • Black/blue/red ink pens
  • Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
  • Loose-leaf paper (wide-rules)
  • Glue sticks
  • Ruler (English & metric measurements)
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards (3 x 5)
  • Scissors (blunt edge)
  • Three-ring binder
  • Dividers with tabs
  • Spiral notebooks (non-perforated)
  • Zippered pencil bag with notebook holes
  • Report folder with fastener and pocket
  • Box of tissues
  • Marble black composition notebooks
  • Combination lock
  • Protractor (for home)
  • Compass (for home)

Virtual and/or Online Learning Supplies

Supplies listed below are optional, but are recommended for student success:

  • Headphones
  • External mouse and extra batteries
  • USB storage device
  • Blue light blocker glasses to help reduce eye strain
  • Power strip for a charging station
  • Printer and supplies (ink, paper)
  • A phone or tablet scanner app to create PDF documents using the device camera
  • Daily planner or calendar
  • Alarm clock/timer to alert students when it is time to login for a scheduled teacher-led video conference

Online and/or Virtual Tips:

Having a dedicated space that is comfortable, free from distractions, organized, and equipped with the appropriate furniture (chair and desk) creates an environment conducive to learning.

Online/virtual learning will have a schedule similar to being in a traditional oncampus school day, it is essential for students to develop routines and have access to tools that will allow them to complete work efficiently.

 

GBMS is a Purple Star School!

Purple Star with Virginia Distinguished Purple Star School For Supporting Military Connected Students in a blue circle around the star.Great Bridge Middle is proud to be recognized as a “Purple Star” School by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact for Military Children. The Purple Star designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families. Congratulations GBMS!

 

 

Student Enrollment

"Welcome" above a green and gold school houseWelcome to Chesapeake Public Schools!  We look forward to enrolling your child/children into our division.  Click here to register your child/children online!

Once your registration information has been reviewed, Great Bridge Middle School will email you a link to schedule a final enrollment/scheduling appointment at GBMS.

 

 

School Safety and Security: How You Can Help

A gold shield, with a green paw print, stating "School Safety" on the shieldChesapeake Public Schools (CPS) has been humbled by the outpouring of support received since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018. Many parents and community members have contacted us to ask how they can help support our safety and security measures through monetary donations. In response, CPS has developed two ways you can help.

Please click the links below for more information:

 

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