Principal: Mrs. Holmstrom

Dear Parents and Students, 

On behalf of the Gloucester City Middle School staffulty, welcome Lions to the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited about all of the positive things this year will hold for you! Whether you are new to the building or GMS was your home last year, you are guaranteed to have a great and memorable experience. You will meet new teachers, make new friends, and learn many new things.  

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Ms. Jennifer Holmstrom and I am excited to begin this 2019-2020 school year as your principal. It will mark my 21st year in education. I have served as an elementary teacher in Atlantic City, a school counselor in Ventnor Middle School, a 10-month Assistant Principal in Egg Harbor Township High School, and a 12-month Assistant Principal in Middle Township High School. I am looking forward to a great year with you.

Our theme and vision for the year is #LionsStrivewithP.R.I.D.E. 

P - Perseverance Never give up and keep trying.

R - Respect   Treat others with care and consider the learning of others.

I - Integrity   Be honest, take responsibility for your actions, and apologize.

D - Determination     Do the right thing even when it’s hard and make good choices.

E - Excellence   Be ready to learn every day and always try your best.

School Information

First day of school: Tuesday, September 3rd 

School day begins: 7:53 a.m. – School day ends: 2:43 p.m.  (Note the change)

Transportation Information

Information for busing will be going out by August 30th. If you have any questions related to busing, please call (856) 456-7000 ext. 4054. ** Walkers will be dismissed and will exit out of the front of the building for this school year.

What’s happening at GMS this year?

1. Mrs. Foley is the 6th - 8th-grade Assistant Principal you may reach her at ext. 4054, and Mrs. Gurcsik is the 4th - 6th-grade Assistant Principal you may reach her at ext. 4045. 

2. Welcome to our new Staff: Mr. Grant, Ms. Steedle, Ms. Burch, Mr. Francis, Ms. Barnow, Ms. Damato, Ms. Fultano, Ms. Athey, Ms. Motolese, Mr. Sidoti, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Brandt, Ms. McAllister, Mr. Whitecar, and Ms. Bennett. 

3. Renaissance Student and Staff Recognition Program will begin at GMS. We will share how this will look as we start the year. 

4. We are going Solar in our parking area! Take a look at the changes we have made. 

A few things to consider

Just a reminder that a high student attendance rate has a direct correlation to increased levels of learning and contributes to a positive school climate. Please reinforce with your children that school attendance should be a top priority with the reasonable exceptions of illness and family emergencies. I ask that you keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations and appointments for your child so that students can attend the maximum days possible and stay in school the entire day. 

Being on time is important. When students are chronically late to class, they’ll experience a wide range of problems. First and foremost, students will miss information that’s shared at the beginning of class. Students are unable to complete assignments in a timely manner and struggle to keep up through the rest of the class. Please make sure our students arrive on time.

Communication is everything. Please visit http://mec.gcsd.k12.nj.us/ and use the drop-down parent menu to access Powerschool’s Parent Portal. Here you can see your child’s grades, attendance, and other important information.  If you are unsure how to log in or need help navigating, please never hesitate to call. In addition, we actively post on our Facebook page, please look here for the most up to date information about the school and follow us.  

 If you have any questions, I have an open-door policy please stop in or contact our office at (856) 456-7000, ext. 4008. Best wishes for a safe and successful school year. I can’t wait to meet you at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18th at our Back to School Night!

As always, Go Lions! 

Jennifer Holmstrom 

Principal GMS

#LionsStrivewithP.R.I.D.E.

Ms. Holmstrom