Parent Update - December 18, 2014

Dec 18 2014

December 18, 2014


Dear Gardiner Families,


I would like to wish all the Gardiner families a safe and happy holiday season and winter break. One of the greatest gifts I am given as a middle school principal is seeing adolescent development before my eyes. It happens on a daily, if not hourly basis. There are the academic achievements, of course. Almost more impressive this time of year is the generous spirit and individual talents of these amazing young people. Last week we heard the beautiful sounds of our seventh and eighth grade bands as well as our choirs. We had more than sixty students audition for our musical production, “Alice in Wonderland”. I am so impressed with the performing arts skills of our students and the staff who take time to nurture them.


Today we had a U-haul van pull up to gather the large bags of toys collected for “Toys for Tots” organized by Mr. Upkes advisory class.  The first 100% student generated newspaper was published this week. You can find it attached.  Student council has also been extremely busy. They made individualized name boards for all of teachers to use during emergency drills, They collected, arranged to be signed, and delivered more than 300 cards to elderly in Oregon City care centers. They organized a canned food drive that brought in more than 8 barrels of food for local food banks.  These students also helped raise funds and shopped for several Gardiner families who are in need of extra support this holiday season.

Beyond these great students, we also had many parent volunteers help us serve more than 200 hot chocolates to students who had redeemed their  “Gotchas”, tokens they earn for exhibiting great behaviors. Some very patient parent volunteers helped with a major, google document back up effort.   Additionally, several generous donors contributed close to $2,000.00 recently to pay off lunch accounts of many students, help fund special projects for our Life Skills classroom, and help support our “Go Kit” fund drive. Thank you.


I am so proud of the kind-heartedness, compassion and dedication to serving others that these young people show us daily. They are gifts to us, and our community! I hope you are able to enjoy them, relax and unwind over this winter break. I wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.



Kelly Schmidt

Gardiner Hearld December edition (PDF)

Winter Break - December 19th - January 5th

Dec 18 2014

Gardiner staff would like to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday.

We would also like to remind you that winter break begins Friday, December 19th and continues until Monday, January 5th.  All students will return to school on Tuesday, January 6th.

Announcements for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dec 18 2014

Good Morning Gardiner! 

Today is Thursday, December 18th.

6th graders, today is a B day.

These are your morning announcements:

"Are you interested in joining the wrestling team at Gardiner? If so, there are information packets in the front office. Make sure you have your sports physical on file in the counseling office prior in order to practice! If you are unsure if your sport physical is on file, check in with the counseling office before winter break."


Dance team members: the dance shoes are $32 and need to be paid to the front office as soon as possible.


Congratulations Gardiner! We collected and made 618 cards. Yesterday we delivered a lot of joy to our area nursing homes. Thank you!



If you tried out to be in the musical, the cast list is posted outside the Choir room. If you are a lead, please pick up your script and CD from Mr. Hancock if you didn’t pick it up already yesterday. Everyone did a great job! See you at rehearsals starting January 6th!


Give your parents an early holiday gift and bring home your “misplaced” jacket or lunchbox that is sitting on the Lost and Found Table in the hallway outside the cafeteria. Everything will be donated over the Winter Break!


From the cafeteria…

Today’s Main Event: Holiday Celebration- Turkey Gravy over mashed potatoes with a roll.

We hope you have a great day and a wonderful holiday break! See you in 2015!

Gardiner Spirit Shirts

Dec 17 2014

GO Kits for Gardiner Classrooms!

Dec 10 2014



Looking for a Holiday Gift for your teachers……….consider making a donation to the classroom’s “Go Kit”


Gardiner Middle School is required to have a “Go Kit” in each classroom.  This kit is an Emergency Kit that contains specific materials that our teachers may need should our students be required to remain in their classroom for an extended period of time.


Please consider donating any one of the following items to help put together these “Go Kits”.


  Roll of Grey Duct Tape

 Boxed individually wrapped Wet Ones Hand Wipes

 9 Quart Bucket

 Brinkman Flashlight (Uses C batteries

 8 Pack C Batteries

 32 Count Bottled Water

 4 boxes Granola Bars (10 count)

  112 Piece First Aid Kit

 Leather Gloves (1 Pair)

 Single Wrapped TP


Please have all donations to the school no later than December 18. 

Thank you for your consideration and support.

If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Rich ( or

Jami Frisius (