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October/November Early Dismissal Days and School Closings
Thursday, October 31: 12:30 PM early dismissal for an All-School Faculty Professional Development Afternoon, EDSP is not available.

Thursday, November 7: 12:00 PM early dismissal for Middle School students
for prescheduled Parent-Teacher ConferencesEDSP will not be available.

Friday, November 8: NO SCHOOL DAY for Middle School students
for prescheduled Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Monday, November 11: NO SCHOOL DAY for Middle School students for All School Faculty Professional Development Day.

Dress Down Day – Monday, October 21
Mr. Marner’s Leadership class will host a Dress Down Day on Monday, October 21. Students who wish to dress down will donate $1.00 to support the Red Cross. The following students will be in the lobby Monday morning at 7:30 AM to collect donations: Emmit Sherlock, Christopher Choo, Idoko Obeya or Jonny Li.

Important Dates
Middle School Parent-Teacher Conference Days
Thursday, November 7, from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM | Middle School
Friday, November 8, from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-4:00 PM| Middle School

Parent-Teacher Conference Days in the Middle School provide an excellent opportunity for facilitating communication between parents and teachers. Our Parent-Teacher Conference Days may be different from what you have experienced before. Unlike in elementary school where you may have had an assigned time to meet with the homeroom teacher, parents are invited to meet with their son’s teachers. If your son seems to be having difficulty, if you wish to share insights or perceptions, or if you would like to just meet and speak with the teacher, then Parent-Teacher Conference Days provide that opportunity. Available teachers will be listed in a pull down menu. If you would like to meet with your son’s Advisor, please contact Ms. Pollard to make an appointment for you on a non-conference day.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled through the Parent Portal. Scheduling will open for conferences on Saturday, October 19 at 9:00 AM. The site will close on Friday, November 1, at midnight, so teachers have time to prepare for scheduled conferences.

Please note that the site will close before grades from the first quarter are available.
Directions for scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences are attached.

Eighth Grade Parent - Child Dialogue Night
Due to extenuating circumstances, the Eighth Grade Parent-Child Dialogue night originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 16 has been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 23. We look forward to our conversations. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Amy Summers at

Friday, October 25: First Quarter Ends
The first quarter ends on Friday, October 25. The second quarter will begin on Monday, October 28. Monday will be a Day 10. Sixth and seventh graders will go to a new quarter class. Your son’s First Quarter Report Card and teacher comments will be available Tuesday, November 5, by 5:00 PM. An email notification will be sent to you indicating that his report card is available on the Parent Portal.

Photo Make-up Day for Students
Tuesday, October 29, 10:00 AM
If your son was absent on Photo Day, he will be scheduled to have his picture taken on Tuesday, October 29. The dress code for Photo Make-up Day is a dress shirt, tie, and blue blazer.

Thursday, October 31: Middle School Costume Day
8:00 AM-12:00 PM | Middle School
Boys are welcome to come to school dressed in costume. They should use their best judgment when selecting their costume. Weapons of any kind, even those that are fake, are not permitted. Please make sure that your son’s costume is sensitive to the diversity in our community and demonstrates good taste. If boys choose not to dress in costume, they should wear normal dress code. If your son is unsure of the appropriateness of his costume, please have him speak with Mr. Eric Marner, Middle School Dean.

All-School Book Fair
November 4 - 8 | Centennial Hall
We are excited to host the first annual Gilman All-School Book Fair. This year’s Arctic-themed fair will be held at Gilman School in Centennial Hall from Monday, November 4 to Thursday, November 7 from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM and Friday November 8 from 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Families, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.

The Book Fair will feature a special Family Event with refreshments on Wednesday, November 6 from 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM. We hope you can join us!

Volunteers are needed to help make the fair a success. Parent/Guardian volunteers can sign-up to help students with book selection and purchasing. Please sign up using the sign-up genius link:

Middle School Supplementary Reading Program
In each of the Middle School years, students are required to read at least eight books in addition to their academic reading. Students have considerable freedom in choosing outside reading, and are encouraged to select books that are challenging, varied by author, subject matter, and genre of literature. To help in selecting new books for their requirement, boys are encouraged to visit the Library for personal book recommendations based on their interests. In Books and Bagels homeroom meetings students also learn about new and noteworthy titles, books featured at the Book Fair, Black-Eyed Susan nominees for the year, and share reviews of books they have read and learn about books others recommend. There are eight supplementary reading periods throughout the year. Once students have completed their reading for the current supplementary reading period, they document and pledge that they have read the book in its entirety using the Supplemental Reading Program form. This program is monitored through the homeroom advisory groups, under the general supervision of Ms. Ward, the Middle School Librarian. If you have any questions about the Supplementary Reading Program please contact Ms. Faith Ward at

Used Equipment Drive to Benefit Leveling the Playing Field
From October 21 until November 1, the Gilman Middle School will be hosting a collection drive to collect used sports equipment. All collected donations will be delivered to Leveling the Playing Field, an organization that donates used sports equipment to schools and teams that cannot afford to buy their own equipment. Students can place the equipment in bins that will be located around the Middle School. All athletic items are accepted except for mouth guards and undergarments. We appreciate your support of this important organization. Please email Jonah Milstone ( or Mr. Donell Thompson ( if you have any questions.

Introduction to College Recruiting for Athletes:
A Tri-School Athletic Event
November 4, 6:30 PM– 8:00 PM
Centennial Hall

Learn more about the college athletic recruiting process from D1 and D3 coaches, as well as, recent tri-school alumni. Please see the attached flyer. Also, use the following link, for more information:

Link to School-wide Activities
Stay current on School-Wide Events and Activities. The following link is available as a resource for many school-wide activities that are held throughout the year:

Enjoy your weekend,

Shonique L. Alexander
Interim Head of Middle School

 Steps for Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling via the Parent Portal.docx

 TriSchool_CollegeRecruiting_Nov4 (1).pdf