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GEMS 5th-8th Grade Community MeetingGEMS middle school students had their first Community Meeting of the year on Friday, February 12th. Students in grades 5-8 gathered via Zoom to play games, listen to announcements, hear who had the highest Hero points in the school, and listened to Mr. Alen's presentation on being a champion. It was a great turnout (with over 100 participants) and so much fun!
GEMS middle school students had their first Community Meeting of the year on Friday, February 12th. Students in grades 5-8 gathered via Zoom to play games, listen to announcements, hear who had the highest Hero points in the school, and listened to Mr. Alen's presentation on being a champion. It was a great turnout (with over 100 participants) and so much fun!
First Graders Make Binoculars, Bird Houses and FeedersFirst graders learned more about birds and made homemade binoculars, bird houses, and feeders.
First graders made birdhouses, binoculars and feeders
GEMS 7th Graders work with Boyce Lancaster of WOSUGEMS 7th graders read their podcast scripts to Boyce Lancaster of WOSU to work on their radio voices. Then they recorded their podcasts.
GEMS 7th graders read their podcast scripts to Boyce Lancaster of WOSU to work on their radio voices. Then they recorded their podcasts.
GEMS Kindergarten Students Build New ToysGEMS Kindergarten students learned about toys and play during modules. They practiced reading, writing, sharing and built new toys! ?
GEMS kindergarten student
8th Graders Vote with your Fork!8th graders working on the expedition, Vote with your Fork. They read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. They learned about food choices, systems, and where our food comes from.
8th graders vote with your fork
GEMS 5th Graders In Full BloomGEMS 5th graders have been learning about Place Value. They practiced matching numbers with their corresponding place values by coloring each petal. All together, students made a beautiful garden!
GEMS 5th graders made a garden
Meet the GEMS staff!At GEMS, experienced teachers and staff fosters each child's unique potential and curiosity within a safe, nurturing environment.
GEMS staff
GEMS 2nd GradersGEMS 2nd Graders participated with a visit from the Columbus Zoo.
GEMS 2nd Graders
GEMS 7th Grade MathIn 7th grade math, students explored adding and subtracting integers by creating number lines with chalk while enjoying the beautiful day. 
GEMS 7th grade math class.

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GEMS Reopening Information

Hello GEMS Families, 
Below, please find more specific information about our reopening plans, including daily schedules for students. 
  • Click here for the K-8 virtual and hybrid schedules
  • Click here for the letter sent out last week regarding our reopening plans
  • Click here to view the GEMS Policies for Hybrid Reopening
March 4 & 5 - Regular virtual school days. These dates were previously professional learning days for staff, however, they are now regular virtual school days.
March 10, 11, & 12 - No school for students for staff professional learning and classroom preparation for hybrid, in-person learning.
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GEMS Family Crew

Save the Date: 2021 Family Crew

March 25, 2021; 6pm – 6:45pm    Via Zoom    March Focus: Restorative Practices (RP)

All GEMS families are invited and encouraged to attend!
Click here to join the meeting!

Crew is a GEMS core practice that brings our community together to promote shared understandings and encourage all community members to become Crew, not passengers.  Crew is a vehicle for developing and supporting students socially, emotionally and academically.  It is also an engine for equity and inclusion, a place where all students feel they belong and can succeed.

We have expanded this work to include Family Crews to engage and connect our families with our Crew culture. This year we are hosting 5 evening Family Crew sessions and offering an accompanying Family Crew workbook. Join us on February 25!

All 2021 Family Crew Dates: January 28; February 25; March 25; April 22; May 13

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GEMS Update 1.7.21

Dear GEMS Families, 


We hope that you and your family had a healthy and enjoyable end to 2020! As we previously stated, we will be making decisions regarding our mode of learning at the beginning of each month. Due to the current trends in COVID-19 cases, we will continue distance learning for the entire month of February. We are, however, hopeful that in the future it will be safe enough to begin some in person learning. There are two main factors that will contribute to our ability to do this: access to the vaccine for school staff and the level of risk for transmission in schools for Franklin County. We will use the CDC core indicators for risk of transmission of COVID-19 in schools, shown in the table below, to determine the safety and feasibility of a return to in-person schooling. The entire table can be found here. Based on data as of January 7 from the CDC, Franklin County currently falls into the higher risk and highest risk of transmission in schools categories for the first two core indicators.

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