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.

Upcoming Events


GEMS Family Crew

Thu Jan 28 2021

PD Days - No School

Thu Feb 4 2021
to Fri Feb 5 2021


Presidents' Day - No School

Mon Feb 15 2021


GEMS MAP Testing

NWEA MAP Growth testing for reading and math will take place virtually for grades 3-8 at the end of January during one of your students’ regularly scheduled classes (see schedules below). The MAP Growth Test helps determine what a student knows, how much they grow over the course of the year, and is used by teachers and students to reflect and set goals for learning. Students will take the MAP Growth test in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Your students’ performance on this test will not affect their grade, however, it is very important that they try their best, without help, so that teachers get a clear picture of their strengths and areas for growth. 
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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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GEMS Family Crew

Save the Date: 2021 Family Crew

January 28, 2021; 6pm – 6:45pm    Via Zoom    January Focus: Mindfulness 

All GEMS families are invited and encouraged to attend!

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 January 28!

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

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Student working

Interested in attending GEMS this year or next year? Enrolling K-2nd to start in January! Space is Limited!

Do you know someone who might be interested in attending GEMS this school year (accepting students in grades K, 1st and 2nd to start in January) or next school year? Here is an opportunity to learn more about the school!

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