In the Middle of Things - Middle School News

Dear Middle School Parents,

Fall Play Auditions
Auditions for Harvey will be Monday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 19 from 4:15 - 5:45 PM in Gilman's Auditorium. Boys need only audition during one of the two days. Audition packets outlining student commitment and expectations are now available. Interested students should pick up an audition packet from Ms. Schumann in Room 222, which contains a list of required rehearsals, important information, and a family agreement form. If you have any questions about the auditions, please email Ms. Sabrina Schumann at Students riding Kangaroo Coach may be able to take the late bus home, depending upon the route home. Please read through the packet with your son, sign it, and then have your son return it when he auditions for cast or crew. We hope to see you all at Harvey!

Photo Day in the Middle School
Tuesday, September 19, is Photo Day in the Middle School. Photo Order forms were distributed in Homeroom this morning. All Middle Schoolers will get their photo taken for the yearbook and their student ID badge. The dress code for Photo Day is a dress shirt, tie, and blue blazer. Boys may come to school in regular dress code but will need to change for their picture. Please make sure to write your son's name in his blue blazer. You may also use the attached photo order form and return it to school with your payment on Photo Day.

Spring Break Trip Opportunity for Eighth Graders
Gilman is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for our eighth grade students. We invite eighth graders to join us for a trip to Cuba over spring break this March! It is our belief that educational travel brings classroom lessons to life, broadens student horizons, and inspires curiosity for learning. The purpose of this trip is to introduce students to the culture, history, natural resources, art, music, food, and language of Cuba, and enjoy an unforgettable experience with Gilman teacher chaperones and your classmates.

We will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:00 PM in the Middle School for any interested families. Please contact Ms. Jill Anthony with any questions. She may be reached at If you are planning to attend the interest meeting, please RSVP to Ms. Anthony via email or the following GoogleForms link:

School Closing for September
On Thursday, September 21, school will be closed for Rosh Hashanah.

Sixth Grade Field Trips and Sleepover
The next month will be a very busy time for our sixth graders. On Friday, October 6 the sixth graders will travel to the National Aquarium in Baltimore after lunch and return at 3:30 PM for their Sixth Grade Sleepover in the Middle School. During the Sleepover sixth graders will participate in many group activities immediately after school until late Friday evening, spend the night in the Middle School with Middle School Faculty, and be ready for pick-up by 8:00 AM on Saturday morning, October 7.

On Friday, October 13, the Sixth Grade Class will participate in the annual multi-school Roller Skating Social at Putty Hill Skateland. Students will leave school at 12:30 PM and return to the Middle School by 3:45 PM in time for regular dismissal.

Attached is one permission slip for all three activities. Please complete it and have your son return it to his advisor or a Sixth Grade Chair by Wednesday, September 27. For questions about any of these activities, please contact Mr. Mark Wachtmeister at 410-323-3800 ext. 624 / or Mr. Isaiah Buchanan at 410-323-3800 ext. 607 /

Sixth Grade Parent - Child Dialogue Night
On Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00 PM, is our Sixth Grade Parent - Child Dialogue Night. This is a mandatory program for all sixth graders and at least one parent/guardian. Mr. Armond Lawson is still looking for parent volunteers to help facilitate the small discussion groups on this evening. The topic for the evening is Dealing with Technology. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Lawson by phone or email at 410-323-3800 ext. 301 or

Library Volunteers Needed
We currently have several volunteer opportunities in our Library. Please click on the links below to volunteer for one or both of the events. A schedule of the Books and Bagels meetings is attached if you would like to sign up during your son's meeting time. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Books and Bagels Volunteer Sign Up

Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up

Expedition Eight Information and Packing List
This year the eighth grade class will be participating in Expedition Eight Trip during the week of October 3-6, 2017. Expedition Eight is an outdoor experiential program on Spruce Knob in the Monongahela National Forest, near Franklin, West Virginia. Experience Learning, a not-for-profit outdoor education center, will run the program for our boys.

Attached is an introduction letter and packing list for the trip. We are excited to be taking the boys on this trip and know that this will be an experience for which they will build on throughout the school year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Mike Wallace, at, or 410-323-3800 ext. 646.

Maryvale Mixer for Grades Six through Eight
When: Friday, September 22
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Rector Gymnasium at Maryvale
Cost: $5.00 admission at the door. Since Gilman school ID's will not be ready in time for the Mixer, Gilman class lists were sent to the school for identification.
Theme: Beach Bum, a night of music, food, and fun.

Genevieve's Fall Fundraiser
Be sure to check out 150+ items including gift wrap, beauty products, assorted gifts, gourmet candy, and much more! The Gilman Parents Association receives a generous percentage of profit on each item sold. You can also shop online at, using Gilman's account number: 14235.

Service Saturday
On Saturday, September 23, bring the whole family and help bring in the harvest at First Fruit Farms on September 23 from 9 a.m. - noon. We'll help harvest fresh produce for delivery to area food banks. Learn more and register here.

Gilman Challenge Water Polo Tournament
On Saturday, September 23, watch the Greyhounds "light it up" when they take to the pool for the Gilman Challenge water polo tournament. The Gilman JV and Middle School teams are scheduled to play starting at 8:00 AM; the last game is scheduled for 5:00 PM. Concessions (pizza, drinks, baked goods, and snacks) and tournament t-shirts will be available for sale. All proceeds benefit the water polo program.

Heavy Backpacks
School President Piper Bond '18, Jalen Rucker '19 and Upper School Head Rob Heubeck are interviewed in this Baltimore Sun article about the dangers of carrying a backpack that is too heavy. The article includes tips for lightening the load.

In an Emergency
Choose how you receive emergency or weather-closing info for Gilman: voicemail, email, text message, or any combination of the three. Visit this site for easy signup or to update your preferences.

Dr. Peter O. Kwiterovich, III '87
Head of Middle School

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