• October

    Eighth Grader Wins City Championship

    Amy Weybrecht ’24 won the CYO Cross Country City Championship at Edgewater Park on Sunday, October 13. She runs for her home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon. Congratulations, Amy! 
  • Self-Assessment

    Monday, October 28 or Monday, November 4
    The self-assessments are designed to help students prepare to holistically assess all aspects of their experience and growth at Gilmour. They provide the opportunity for students to reflect upon their personal goals and habits, academic successes and challenges, and spiritual development - supported with physical and anecdotal evidence - in an open and welcoming format. Parents, please schedule your student's self-assessment online today!
  • Winter Sports Meeting

    Tuesday, October 22, 4:45 p.m., Our Lady Chapel
    This is a reminder that all students in Grades 6-12 playing a winter sport (boys basketball, girls basketball, boys swimming, girls swimming and figure skating) and their parent(s) are required to attend the Winter Sports meeting. For more information regarding athletic participation requirements, please refer to the Athletic Requirements web page.
  • Living Hospitality and Inclusion

    On Friday, October 11, the Gilmour Middle School hosted Bring-A-Friend Day. While GA students and their friends skated, played family feud, learned about leadership and toured the campus, they also experienced our spiraling schedule and many of the courses our students take. It was so great to see so many new faces, but even better to see how our own Middle School students took ownership over their school and welcomed our visitors unconditionally with hospitality and kindness. We were so grateful to be able to share our family with others outside the Gilmour community.
  • KAN-JAM Champions Crowned

    This week, the Middle School Fall Kan-Jam League came to a conclusion. After the regular season finished, all nine teams advanced to a playoff bracket. The championship game was played on Thursday, October 10. The team of Dr. T and Davis Levengood '25 took on the Callie Davenport '25/Caroline Thomas '24 team. When all was said and done, Callie Davenport and Caroline Thomas were victorious in a hard-fought battle and won the Fall Kan-Jam League Champion Title. Congratulations to Callie and Caroline! We will see if new champions can be crowned when the Spring Kan-Jam League takes place. Until then, the Fall 3-on-3 Basketball League will begin next week for our Middle School students.
  • No School Monday

    Please be reminded that Gilmour Academy will be closed on Monday, October 14. Students do not have school and Administrative Office will be closed. We will resume school on Tuesday, October 15.
  • Blazers Begin Next Week

    Starting Tuesday, October 15, blazers ARE REQUIRED each school day. Students are to wear their blazers to Convocation each morning and have their ID badges visible. Students can choose to remove their blazers after Convocation if they wish.
  • PSAT - Wednesday, October 16

    The PSAT is scheduled on Wednesday, October 16 for students in Grades 7-11. Please have your children arrive no later than 7:45 a.m on the morning of testing and bring two #2 pencils and a calculator.
  • Self-Assessments - Monday, October 28 or Monday, November 4

    The self-assessments are designed to help students prepare to holistically assess all aspects of their experience and growth at Gilmour. They provide the opportunity for students to reflect upon their personal goals and habits, academic successes and challenges, and spiritual development—supported with physical and anecdotal evidence—in an open and welcoming format. Parents, please schedule your student's self-assessment online today! You can learn more about Self-Assessments on our Counseling page.
  • Bring-A-Friend Day!

    Gilmour Academy Middle School Bring-A-Friend Day will be held on Friday, October 11, which is NEOEA Day. All public schools will be closed that day for a teacher in-service. Please talk to your child and think about a friend/family member/neighbor who attends a public school and might enjoy spending a day at Gilmour without having to miss any school. Your child would host his/her friend for the day. We will have regular class time as well as some fun additional activities including a campus tour and an open skate at the ice arena. We had a phenomenal turnout last year, and we hope for the same this time around. 
    Once you have confirmed who your child’s guest will be, you can register online. Thanks for your help in spreading the word about our Middle School. Your endorsement is more impactful than any marketing campaign we run.
  • State Vision and Hearing Test

    The state of Ohio requires that all seventh-grade students receive a vision and scoliosis screening and eighth-grade students receive a vision and hearing screening. This will take place in the Nurse’s office in the Middle School on Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8 during Mod 1 of Community Block. Please click here to view which day your son or daughter will be tested.
  • September

    Middle School in Full Swing

    While the MLB regular season is winding down, the school year is just getting going. Hard to believe that September is nearly gone and October is just around the corner. October brings about the first round of Self-Assessments along with the annual Middle School favorite, Bring-A-Friend Day. Some information regarding Self-Assessments can be found below and Dr. Tagliaferro will be sending more information regarding Middle School Bring-A-Friend Day next week.
  • MS Baseline Concussion Testing

    Baseline testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function (including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solves problems), as well as to detect the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from baseline tests (or pre-injury tests) can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted by a health care professional during the season if an athlete has a suspected concussion. This testing will occur on Monday and Tuesday during Community Block Mods 1 and 2. Click here to see which day your child should report to MS105 with their laptop.
  • Seventh-Grade Retreat

    Seventh graders enjoyed an awesome retreat day last Friday. Themed “Companions on a Journey,” students participated in various team-building and reflective activities to further explore our schoolwide theme of Inclusivity, or to explore how we really do belong to one another.
  • A Note from Founders' Week to Middle School Families

    This week as a Gilmour Academy community, we celebrated Founders’ Week. Founders’ Week not only calls attention to Br. Theophane Schmitt, C.S.C., founder of Gilmour Academy, but also to the many other holy men and women significant to the Congregation of Holy Cross. We celebrate our founding as one, singular family. While different and unique, we are still one family. Earlier this week, the Middle and Upper School students heard from Zhangyang "Charlie" Xie ‘20, who spoke on the charism of inclusion. Charlie’s words explained that inclusion means to be accepting, kind, loving, caring and praising of the uniqueness that each individual brings to our school community. 

    Specifically speaking for our Middle School students, I want to express my appreciation for how the Middle School family is living out the charism of inclusion. This year, the Middle School welcomed 15 new families to our community and I believe our students have seamlessly accepted each and every one of them into our Gilmour family. As we continue to learn and grow during this school year, let us always be reminded of the Gilmour charism of inclusion. When we accept the differences in one another, when we love unconditionally, and when we embrace our own uniqueness, we strengthen our family and act as a model for all to see. 
  • Early Dismissal on Friday, September 27

    Students and parents, please be reminded that the Middle and Upper Schools will have an early dismissal at 2:20 p.m. on Friday, September 27. This will be done to accommodate the nearly 800 runners, plus their coaches and parents, who will be arriving on campus to compete in the Primeau Invitational that afternoon. Please note that after 3 p.m., parking attendants will begin charging admission for the race to all cars entering campus.
  • Attention Eighth-Grade Parents

    Gilmour has two specific merit-based scholarships - the Excel Award and the Inspire Award - for which all students entering ninth grade may be considered. This includes current Gilmour students. To qualify for either of these merit awards, current Gilmour students need not fill out the Gilmour application, but must take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) by January 17, 2020. The ISEE will be administered on Gilmour’s campus on September 21, October 12, November 9 and December 21. Register for the ISEE online. When registering, choose to have your child’s scores sent to Gilmour. Our school code is 362270.
  • Having Fun and Setting Goals

    We are four weeks into this school year and time is flying. Maybe it is because so many things have been happening in the first few weeks, but I’d be willing to bet it's also because, inside the classroom and out, the Middle School is having fun. Many of our students are really taking advantage of Community Block by getting involved in clubs like Sunshine Club, Lego Robotics and Power of the Pen. This week in Advisory, Middle School students were asked to work with their advisors to create three goals for the current semester: one academic goal, one personal/social goal and one Community Block goal (picking a club or activity in which to get involved). Be sure to ask your child what goals they have set for their semester!
  • Gilmour Gives Dress Down Day - September 16!

    Embracing our charism of option for the poor, each month the MS and US sponsor a Gilmour Gives Dress Down Day.  Students raise awareness and money for a cause they find meaningful.  

    On Monday, September 16, the Students for Students Club will be spearheading the event to raise money and school supplies for local underprivileged students.  In order to dress down, students must make a monetary donation of at least $1 OR contribute the following NEW school supplies:
    - glue sticks
    - paint brushes
    - paint (regular and watercolor)
    - pocket folders 
    Dress Down Guidelines:
    Top: Appropriate Gilmour Spirit Wear 
    Bottom: Jeans or khakis (no shorts or yoga pants)
  • Middle School Fantasy Football

    On Wednesday of this past week, more than 20 Students and four Middle School faculty members took part in a Fantasy Football draft set up by band instructor Mr. Kilkenney. Though many of the eighth-grade girls banded together to form one team, two-person teams made up the other 11 teams in the league.  
  • Grade 7 Retreat

    Friday, September 20
    The seventh-grade class will journey to Squire Valleevue Farm next Friday to participate in a retreat themed "Companions on the Journey: The Road to Emmaus." The students will enjoy team-building activities and small-group challenges with sophomore student leaders, as well as more quiet reflections and Mass with Father John. This is a beautiful day and a wonderful opportunity to bond as a class and experience the character and spirit of the larger Gilmour community.
  • Update from the Middle School

    This week during Community Block, the Middle School students took part in a presentation focusing on what it means to be a leader and how leaders should treat others with respect. Be sure to ask your children what the lesson of the Iceberg and the Golden Buddha teaches us about being inclusive leaders.  

    This weekend kicks off of our fall athletic season for our GA Middle School athletes. The events begin with our Middle School cross country team competing at a meet at Walsh Jesuit on Saturday and continue into next week with the Middle School volleyball and soccer teams both competing on Tuesday and Thursday. Remember that for our student-athletes, we do not measure success in wins and losses. Rather, we are successful when our students are coachable, respectful, resilient, try their best and are good teammates. We wish all our student-athletes competing on Gilmour, local and CYO teams the best of luck this season. 

    Finally, we are excited to announce that Jack Guo ‘25 and Charlotte Sanders ‘24 joined our Middle School family this past week. Welcome, Jack and Charlotte!
  • August

    Update from the Middle School

    The Middle School students finished the first week of the school year getting acclimated to their class schedules and the opportunities that come with Community Block. Advisory kicked off in the Middle School as we explored the medieval roots of the GA mascot - the Lancer. Expected to strive toward excellence and act with chivalry, each student took time to use the symbols, colors and objects often found on a medieval family crest to describe themselves to the group. Advisory will continue to work toward building community in the Middle School and will begin to introduce leadership skills and the social-emotional curriculum to the Middle School students in the upcoming weeks. 
  • Meet the Teachers Night

    Thursday, September 5, Registration from 6:15-6:40 p.m., Athletic Center. Program begins at 6:45 p.m., Our Lady Chapel 
    We hope that each of you will join us for Meet the Teachers Night. The evening will begin with registration in the Athletic Center before the program begins at 6:45 p.m. in Our Lady Chapel. You will then have the opportunity to see each of your child’s classrooms and meet their teachers. 

    Please be reminded that Meet the Teachers Night is not a time for personal teacher meetings and conferences. If you need to schedule an individual meeting for another time, please contact your student’s teacher via email. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday!
  • Off to a Great Start!

    We may only be one week in, but the Middle School is certainly off to a great start! It may take a try or two, but the Middle School students are really getting the hang of their locker combinations and navigating the new schedule like seasoned pros. The addition of Community Block has allowed our students to join new clubs and activities, but some students are still reluctant to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. In the upcoming weeks during Advisory, we will be working on goal-setting for the year and coaching our students to explore the opportunities offered through Community Block as a way to educate their hearts. The Middle School team looks forward to all of the great things our Middle School family can accomplish together this year.  
  • Picture Day - Wednesday, August 28

    Just a reminder that students must be in full uniform for pictures, which means blazers for all and a shirt and tie for boys. To order photos online, click here and enter the access code: gavip19. You can review pricing on this Venditti flyer. All students received this flyer yesterday. There are additional copies available in the office. 
  • The Gilmour Academy Middle School Bridge Builders Program

    Returning to the GA Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year, the Bridge Builders program is designed as a way for our students and faculty to consistently and publicly recognize the positive contributions made to the GA Middle School family. Connected to the mission of Gilmour Academy and rooted in our Holy Cross charisms, the Bridge Builders program allows us to celebrate acts of kindness, hospitality and inclusiveness that take place on a regular basis, but might otherwise go unnoticed.

    Whether it is inviting someone new to sit with you at lunch, forgiving someone who has strained a relationship, or welcoming a visitor or guest, making an effort to treat others with dignity and respect is deserving of recognition.

    Students and faculty can nominate a good deed performed by a student, teacher or staff member and nominate them via the link on the Middle School portal, or by scanning the QR code posted around the Middle School. Once nominated, a "brick" with the Bridge Builder’s name and good deed will be added to the bridge in the Middle School Rotunda. For every brick a student receives on the bridge, a red ticket with their name will be placed into a bowl. Each Wednesday, we will draw one name, and the winner will have their picture posted on the Bridge for the week. Additionally, they will receive a prize and their name will appear in this weekly newsletter. As a Middle School family, if we can extend the bridge across the Rotunda wall, the entire Middle School will receive a pizza party!
  • May

    Summer Reading

    Read this letter from Ms. Kominek detailing the summer reading assignment.
  • Eighth Grade Service Trip

    The eighth-grade class journeyed to Light of Hearts Villa, a faith-based senior care center in Bedford, to visit and participate in an activity with their residents. This intergenerational experience was joyful and deeply meaningful and we will not forget it! See photos from their visit.
  • Rite of Passage

    Tuesday, May 28, 8:30 a.m., Chapel
    The Grade 8 Rite of Passage will be followed by a reception. Reminder: There are are no classes for Grade 7.
  • Cedar Point Trip

    Wednesday, May 29, 8 a.m.
    Just a reminder that the bus will pick up students at the Middle School arches at 8 a.m.  They will be back at Gilmour at 9 p.m.
  • Seventh Grader Helps Lead Her CYO Track Team to City Title

    Amy Weybrecht ’24 and her CYO track team (Saint Paschal Baylon) won the CYO Track City Championship Tuesday evening. Amy won two gold medals and one silver medal. She won the mile in 5:23 and the 1/2 mile in 2:30. She anchored the 4x200 relay to a 2nd-place finish. Congratulations Amy!
  • Mulan Jr.

    Thank you for your support of the arts and Mulan Jr. It was a wonderful evening. Take a look at the pictures here.
  • Celebration of the Arts Presenting “Mulan, Jr.”

    Monday, May 20, 7 p.m., Lower School Dominican Dining Room
    Please join us for the Middle School’s production of the beloved Chinese folktale, “Mulan.” This is a collaborative effort featuring band, choir and art students. Every Middle School student is featured in this unique and exciting creative endeavor. We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate achievement in the arts with the school community.
  • Grade 7 and 8 Greeting Lower School Students

    The seventh grade greeted the students at the Lower School last Monday morning. The eighth grade will go this coming Monday. Eighth-grade students will meet at the Middle School arches at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20 and a bus will take them across campus. After greeting the students, the bus will return them to the Middle School by 8:30. All participants can enjoy breakfast in the Commons.
  • Cedar Point

    Wednesday, May 29

    The Middle School is planning our annual trip to Cedar Point. Please read this email from Mr. Ryzner with all the details including the permission slip that must be signed and returned the Middle School office with a check made payable to Gilmour Academy for $45 by Monday, May 13. This price includes admission to Cedar Point and Gilmour bus transportation. There are no classes on May 29, so if your child is not attending the Cedar Point field trip, they are to stay home.
  • Celebration of Arts Presenting “Mulan, Jr.”

    Monday, May 20, 7 p.m., Lower School Dominican Dining Room
    “Tradition is much like a mountainside…move one rock, and you might create an avalanche.”  -Confucious

    Please join us for the Middle School’s production of the beloved Chinese folktale, “Mulan.” This is a collaborative effort featuring band, choir and art students. Every Middle School student is featured in this unique and exciting creative endeavor. We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate achievement in the arts with the school community.
  • Nashville Trip

    The Middle Schoolers had an educational and enjoyable experience in Nashville last week. With a keen focus on the performing arts, the students took in a live concert at the Ryman Theater, recorded at Studio B, line danced at the Wildhorse Saloon and toured the Grand Ole Opry. Learning more about the history and culture of Nashville made this trip all the more memorable. 
  • Used Uniform Sale

    Friday, May 10, 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Athletic Center Wellness Room
    The Gilmour Measles and Global Health Initiative is hosting a Used Uniform Sale this afternoon and tomorrow. Gently used uniform shirts, skirts, pants, sweaters and blazers are available. All proceeds benefit the Measles and Global Health Initiative. 
  • Eighth Grader Places First in Robotics Competition

    This past weekend Dean Stephens ’23 placed first in the Northeast Ohio Robotics competition at Lakeland Community College. He and his friend, Walker Glime, worked on this project since September and beat some tough competition. Congratulations!
  • Grade 7 Scheduling

    Seventh-grade students met with Mrs. Fowler last week to choose classes for their eighth-grade year. Course sheets will be going home for parent signatures. Please take a look at your student’s choices and feel free to discuss and make adjustments. Please sign and return sheets to Mrs. Fowler by Monday, May 6.
  • April

    Boat Float

    Monday, April 29, 8 a.m., Pool
    Come enjoy one of the most exciting events of the year! Watch as the eighth graders take their cardboard boats across the pool in their quest to be the fastest boat. Hope to see you there!
  • Grade Seven Scheduling

    Seventh-grade students met with Mrs. Fowler this week to choose classes for their eighth-grade year. Course sheets will be going home for parent signatures. Please take a look at your student’s choices and feel free to discuss and make adjustments. Please sign and return sheets to Mrs. Fowler by Monday, May 6.
  • Middle School Enjoys College Day

    On Thursday, seventh- and eighth-grade students met with Assistant Director of College Counseling Mr. Dan DeCrane for personalized activities designed to get them to start thinking about the college process. The event featured a variety of activities.

    They started by brainstorming about what they already know about the college process and then looked at what a high school transcript looks like, what a GA transcript means to colleges and analyzed student performance over the course of a high school career by comparing sample transcripts.

    The students reflected on their current interests and discussed how they can continue to develop them throughout high school and into college. They looked at the factors that colleges value when determining whether to admit a student.

    Seventh graders completed a questionnaire detailing their college preferences with regard to location, size, housing options, public/private, fields of study and more.

    Eighth graders enjoyed a Q&A session with former GA MS students and soon-to-be graduates Sophia DiPierro ‘19 and Abby Bartlett ‘19, who shared their college selection process and provided helpful tips for the eighth graders as they head to high school. Finally,
    the group completed a search on the College Board's Big Future College Search Database. Students selected the criteria they would prefer in a college. From there, a list of colleges was created. Students then selected a college to do an in-depth search on by answering pre-selected questions provided by the college counseling department. Students were tasked with finding a list of majors, graduation and retention rates, percent of female-male students, number of in/out of state students, athletic teams, intramural and club sport options, lists of a college's clubs and organizations, overlap schools, and important requirements in that college or university's admission requirements.

    Many thanks to Mr. DeCrane for providing such valuable information for our Middle Schoolers!
  • Boat Float

    Monday, April 29, 8 a.m., Pool
    Engineering and building is in full swing for Boat Float! The eighth graders are using their knowledge and understanding of buoyancy, density and engineering design to construct a vessel made entirely of cardboard and duct tape in their quest for the fastest boat. Hope to see you there!
  • Grade 7 Service Project

    In connection with the seventh-grade service project "ministry to children," the class journeyed to St. Adalbert School to join their community for Mass and to engage in a Palm Sunday-inspired lesson and craft with their third graders. The day was one of fellowship, crossing borders and coming together as family. We won't forget our new friends and look forward to seeing them next school year.
  • Nashville Service Waiver

    This week, students were given a Youth Volunteer Waiver. for our service activity at Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville. Please make sure that those are signed and returned to Mrs. Massey by next Wednesday, April 17.
  • Grade 7 Brainstorming Art Designs

    The seventh graders have been brainstorming ideas for designs for the Middle School hallways and rotunda area. After working through several design ideas and gathering images, they presented three designs to Mr. Ryzner as possible options. After discussing their process and explaining which design they thought best represented Gilmour, a final design was chosen. Seventh graders will now create the design using Photoshop and Illustrator before eventually printing it on large vinyl wall clings.
  • Math Contest

    The Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) contest is on Saturday, April 13 at Hawken School. It consists of four events - Six Places to Start, Mental Math Hurdles, Hurdles and The Pile. The seventh-grade participants are Cedric Li '24, Zoe Wolfe '24 and Rachael Stasick '24. There are two eighth-grade teams. One team includes Andrew Lewis '23, Justin Wen '23, Chiara Bilant '23 and the other features Deaglan Bryant '23, Nicky Lasecki '23 and Marcus Berrios '23. Good luck to all!
  • National History Day

    Gilmour Middle School students once again participated in NHD. The 45th annual National History Day Region 3 competition was held on Saturday, March 16. Students chose historical topics related to the year’s theme, Triumph and Tragedy, and conducted extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. Close to 600 students presented more than 300 research projects as either exhibits, performances, websites, papers or documentaries.  Abbie Edmondson '23 and Lauren Kish '23 constructed an exhibit called Crash: Federal Triumphs over Market Tragedy. Nicky Lasecki’s '23 exhibit, Bomb: Human Tragedy or Technological Triumph, was about the bomb, its construction and its effects.  

    These students were inspired by class units to delve deeper into learning about the specific moments in history they chose. Students utilized rich and varied resources such as the National Archives and the Hoover and FDR Presidential Libraries to research their topics. Three additional students - Marcus Berrios '23, Logan DeWeese '23 and Troy Domen '24 did not compete, but did extensive research on their topics and will present their projects at the Middle School Symposium.  
  • Spring Orientation

    Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m., Our Lady Chapel
    Eighth-grade students and their families are invited to Upper School Spring Orientation next Wednesday. This is a chance to meet your new classmates as well as hear from current Upper School students and faculty members. Afterward there will be an ice cream social and LancerWear will be available for purchase.
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