Grand County Middle School: What you need to know before the 2019-2020 school year

Grand County Middle School

Grand County Middle School Principal Cari Caylor recently provided The Times-Independent with a rundown of some of the important things for middle school parents to know before the school year starts, including supply lists, important dates and information about the ongoing construction project behind the school.

New hires

Grand County Middle School has had a few departures and new arrivals over the summer. The following are the new teachers and their roles:

  • 7th and 8th Grade Science: Hannah Baggs.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Math Special Education: Cheree Geiser.
  • Special Education Teacher Assistant: Raquel Schultz.
  • Library Teacher Assistant: Tracy Renn.
  • Band Director: Joshua Jensen.
  • Instructional Coach: Marianne Bunn.

Important dates

Orientation sessions will be held Aug. 12 at the start of each hour, from 2 p.m. until and including 6 p.m. Parents only need to attend one session.

GCMS will host a back-to-school night sometime in September, according to Principal Caylor.

Sports and activities

GCMS supports football and volleyball in the fall and girls and boys basketball in the winter.  Cheer runs for both the fall and winter. Contact Ron Dolphin for details.

Drop-off information

Some of the drop-off and pick-up procedures at the middle school will be impacted by not just the middle school construction project, but also because the construction of the Radcliffe Hotel is set to begin near GearHeads. See related story, below.

“Grand County Middle School is in a time of exciting and wonderful transition,” Principal Caylor said. “Work has begun on the new school and this has necessitated some changes–all of which will be addressed at orientation.”

At the beginning of the day, parents may drop their children off on 100 East; the bus drop-off and loading zone remains where they were last year.

Students may enter the building at 7:25 a.m., and the first bell rings at 7:40 a.m. Students must be in their seats, ready to begin classes at 7:45 a.m., after which time, students will be considered tardy.

Meal times

Breakfast will be served daily in the East Wing of Grand County Middle School beginning at 7:25 a.m.

Lunch will be served daily for 7th and 8th grades combined at Grand County High School. Students will be escorted up to the high school and back from the high school for lunch by duty teachers. According to Caylor, “specific behavioral expectations will be discussed and enforced by duty teachers.”

If parents must pick students up during the lunch hour, Caylor advises them to plan ahead and pick their students up before or after lunch. If parents must sign their students out during the lunch hour, they must do so at the middle school.

End-of-day procedures

School ends at 2:35 p.m. daily.  GCMS requires students who remain on campus after 2:35 p.m. to check into and abide by the rules of the BEACON after school program, or they will be asked to leave campus. Students may not be on campus unsupervised after school hours.

Supply lists

7th grade

  • 4 composition books (for Science, English, Math and PE/Health)
  • 5-subject notebook (for History)
  • Lined paper (not spiral bound, 150 pack to start, more as needed)
  • Graph paper (30 sheets)
  • Red pen and or pencil
  • Pen and box of #2 pencils
  • 2 three-ring binders
  • Binder dividers (for 5 sections)
  • Colored pencils (8 pack)
  • Expo fine tip markers (1 box)
  • Folder with pockets
  • Ear buds
  • Donations of:
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Clorox wipes
    • Tissues
    • Scotch tape

8th grade

  • 2 composition books (for English and Math)
  • 1 spiral notebook (for Science)
  • Lined paper (150 pack to start, more as needed)
  • Graph paper (2 packs of 30 each)
  • Red pen and or pencil
  • Pen and box of #2 pencils
  • 2 three-ring binders
  • Binder dividers (for 5 sections)
  • Colored pencils (8 pack)
  • Markers (8 pack)
  • Eraser
  • Glue stick
  • Dry erase marker (4 different colors)
  • Highlighter set (yellow, green, pink)
  • Folder with pockets
  • Ear buds
  • Donations of:
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Clorox wipes
    • Tissues
    • Scotch tape