GBMS Families & Community,
“A little progress each day adds up to big results” - Anonymous 

My team and I have been able to walk through 100% of classrooms and we have been able to see our scholars engaging in some wonderful activities. Finding the volume of a box, narrative writing, science labs, units on the importance of water and descriptive writing to name a few. Our students are learning! 

As we transition back from an unprecedented year and a half, we are all grappling with the reintroduction of structure, rituals and routines and the use of technology. During remote learning your student may have had more autonomy to mute the computer, log on to netflix, or pull out their cell phone. Your student may have had more autonomy to turn off their camera and put their head down, sneak in a quick video game, not have to wear a mask, or even just go to the bathroom whenever they needed. Also, many students have not had to interact with peers on a regular basis and so the reintroduction of social skills has also been a focus. 

We need your help reinforcing school wide expectations so we can get back to a cohesive community within our school. GBMS staff is also dedicated to reinforcing school wide expectations during community meetings, in the hallway and in the classroom. We are here to learn and want to ensure the safety of every student. As we individualize our instruction, we too will individualize our discipline practices and policy. GBMS adheres to the DPS Discipline policy using both restorative practices and punitive consequences. Our main goal is to repair any harm done. I am certain that if we work together as a team we will ensure our overall goal: A happy place where your student is being served both academically and socially and emotionally.

In solidarity,
Mrs. Jennifer Anderson
Grant Beacon Middle School
Ask your Student...

Wearing their mask in school! Increasing conversations around the importance of wearing a mask will ensure everyone's safety. 

We are also happy to receive donations for masks. We want to continue to provide students with masks when they forget to bring them. Amazon suggestion:

Thank you to all the parents who came to our 2nd Coffee with the principal on Wednesday. What a great turn out. It was great seeing our parents in the building.
Get to know your DPS Board Candidates

This week our parent council hosted two events to inform our school community about the candidates running for the DPS Board of Education in the upcoming election. In the October 5 In the Zone Education Series we learned about voter registration and all of the open candidate seats for each District. On October 7 we were honored to meet with two DPS board candidates that are running for the Southwest District 2 open seat that is being vacated by Angela Cobian. Their information is posted here.

Did you miss it? Both of these events were recorded and are posted on our Facebook page!
Karolina Villagrana

Xochitl Gaytan
Upcoming Events
School Advisory Board
Monday, October 11
10 - 11:00 am
Student-Led Conferences 
Wednesday, October 13
Thursday, October 14 
5:15 - 7:30 pm
No School
Fri. October 15
Mon. October 18
Student Led Conferences

Student led conferences will be on October 13th and 14th from 5:15 - 7:30. It’s important for you to attend so you can see how your child is doing in school. Families will need to sign up for one of the time slots below and we are asking for no more than 3 family members, which includes the student to attend. Time slots: 5:15 - 6:00; 6:00-6:45; 6:45 - 7:30

Education for Families

We are going to be offering English classes one-hour (9-10 am) virtually on Mondays and Wednesdays for parents who want to learn English. Classes will be starting on Monday, Oct. 18th.

Parenting Classes will be offered in Spanish- 1 day a week at KBMS. It will be held in the auditorium. The classes will be on Thursdays, starting on October 21 from 9am-11am.
If you are interested, please contact our parent liaison, Boni Sanchez Flores

The Quarter 2 Enrichment Catalog is ready for viewing! Students will sign up for their enrichments on Monday in Period 9. You can learn more about the community providers by clicking on their logos, and let know if you have any questions!
Thanks to our hard-working librarian and our reading teachers, our libraries are up and running. Please ask your child what they are reading. All students get to select their independent reading books. 

Library Hours: 
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:15-3:45
Friday, 9:00-1:00

It’s important for our students to take care of their computers. Please remind them that they are responsible for all damages and if they need assistance they need to complete Technology Help Desk Form.
Health and Wellness Corner
Please submit medication forms, and any medications that your child would need in school. If your child is self carrying any medication including inhalers, please submit the Asthma Care Plan and Medication Order form to the nurse. I have included all medication forms below. Thank you.


No medications can be given to students without a completed Student Medication/Treatment Request Release Agreement form.

This includes, but is not limited to, medications such as Tylenol® (acetaminophen) and Advil® (ibuprofen).

Student Medication and Treatments at School

Please use the Student Medication/Treatment Request Release Agreement form for general medication and medical treatment orders. This form is not recommended for students needing albuterol for asthma or an EpiPen® for anaphylaxis or emergency medications for seizures. For students requiring rescue medication for asthma, anaphylaxis, or seizures, please use the approved medication order action plans that are provided below.

Student Medication and Treatment Forms 


The Anaphylaxis Medication Order and Plan is the preferred document for students with severe allergies who may need an EpiPen® at school. If the student requires other medications to treat allergies, such as Benadryl® (Diphenhydramine), please use the general medication form.


The asthma medication order and plan is the preferred document for students with asthma.


The Seizure Emergency Care Plan and Medication Orders for School and Childcare Settings is the preferred document for students who have seizures who may need emergency medications at school. If the student requires other medications, please use the general medication form.

Beacon Family Group

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for our Beacon Family Group. We have been working behind the scenes to set up opportunities for you to get involved by volunteering at their school, attending educational programs, advocating for district and state-wide policies to support families and assisting with our fund-raising efforts. If you wish to be on the forefront of these efforts and have not already done so please take a minute to complete this Beacon Family Group form and/or contact or for more information. 
Health & Safety Protocols

All DPS schools are creating safe and welcoming environments for our students and staff. We are following the guidelines outlined by the health professionals and everyone that enters the buildings follows the DPS 5. We ask that if your child is showing signs and not feeling well, please keep them at home and notify the school. If we send students home, or if your child is exposed, the school nurse or COVID-19 coordinator will contact you. You can access more information on the DPS Website: and our website:
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