Guilmette Middle Events

A student's artistic and written reflection of her time at Quarrybrook.

"I loved how green the whole place was and I could just walk and enjoy nature."

This picture and statement came from a 6th grader's experience at Quarrybrook this past Tuesday. Quarrybrook is a private  non-profit organization dedicated to providing hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences in nature located in Windham, New Hampshire. Another student's reflection read: "Today I learned about kinetic energy and potential energy and how animals move or stay in place or don't want to move. Also I learned about little plants that fall off trees."

The Quarrybrook staff members provide students with the opportunity to participate in standards-based field classes that are driven by exploration, investigation, and a sense of fun and adventure. Students can also explore the Education Center, where they see examples of green technology and are able to study how those systems work.

GMS is fortunate to send several groups of students to Quarrybrook throughout the year, and it is clear that this most recent cohort of students had an enriching, educational experience.

students during enrichment

Enrichment programs returned to the Guilmette Middle School last Wednesday, September 13th! This year, we are fortunate to have our specials teachers joining the team of enrichment partners to teach the variety of programs that we offer. We are happy to have many diverse options for students - from Fitness to Advanced Art; Shark Tank to Musical Theatre; Coding to PREP. Students were given the privilege of indicating preferences and will be placed in their top choice at some point during the school year. Teachers are able to connect directly with the school through our specialists and administrators. We are looking forward to a year filled with learning, collaboration, and growth through our enrichment programs!

2 Students examining what they find in the buckets attached to trees

A couple of weeks ago, Guilmette 5th graders paid another visit to our friends at Quarrybrook. During this field trip, students were focusing on how organisms change from season to season. They discussed hibernation cycles and how temperature and weather affects how plants and animals react to their surroundings.

They put this knowledge into practice when they worked together to extract sap from maple trees. They got to taste the raw, watery sap, and then they observed how it was boiled down to create organic maple syrup! We hope that our students can take this knowledge back with them to inform how they live their lives every day, and we are so grateful to Quarrybrook for helping us learn more about the world around us!

Elf surrounded by new york characters

Guilmette Middle School students entertained their audience with highlights from Elf, the Musical, a performance by the Step Team and selections from the Orchestra.

NJHS Students during ceremony

53 students from the Guilmette Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society as family and friends look on during the 4th Annual NJHS Induction to be held at the school. Keep up the good work Guilmette students.