This parent page includes important links and resources for the school year.
- Arrival, Dismissal and Traffic Safety
- Advanced Classes
- Afterschool Childcare Program
- Bell Schedule
- Breakfast and Lunch Menus
- Bus Transportation
- Chalkable Home Portal (Grades)
- Child Nutrition Program
- Cell Phone Procedures
- Code of Conduct
- Dress Code
- eSchool Payments
- Health Services
- Office Hours
- School Supplies
- Special Services
- Statement of Non-Discrimination
- Student Support Services
- Traffic Flow Procedures
- Students may not be dropped off before 7:15 AM.
- Student report to the gym upon arrival.
- Students may report to the cafeteria for breakfast.
- No cell phone usage while in car line.
- Follow staff direction for afternoon carline.
- Be prepared to drop off/pick up quickly upon arrival to assist with smooth traffic flow.
- Do NOT park in the school parking lot or across the street to pick up students.
- Students are NOT allowed to enter a vehicle anywhere except the carline.
Students are identified for Advanced classes based on the most current/available ACT Aspire scores, current year first semester grades, Benchmark, and/or other screening tools. The Advanced middle school courses are intended to be a preparation for higher-level high school classes (i.e., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) and to give students the opportunity to experience a more challenging curriculum before the transition to high school. Teachers teaching advanced classes are trained in Laying the Foundation or Springboard.
Parent letters for Advanced classes are given to identified students to be taken home, signed by parents, and returned late in the second semester. When you receive these, please return by the end of the school year. No student will be placed in an Advanced class without a signed parent letter.
Students taking Advanced classes, particularly more than one at a time, should understand that the rigor and pace will be a challenge; therefore, the decision to take Advanced classes must be given careful consideration by both the student and the parent.
Parents need to be aware that GSMS teachers and counselors do not make recommendations about which Advanced classes a rising 6th, 7th or rising 8th grader should take. We are only identifying students who met the criteria set by the central office. The criteria for Advanced classes includes first semester grades only. Third quarter and current grades are not considered, so students and parents need to keep this in mind.
6th, 7th and 8th grade students may be identified as meeting the criteria for Advanced classes, but this does not necessarily mean that they have the motivation and discipline to be successful. Also, parents should be aware that some students may not be suited for taking multiple Advanced classes due to the work load.
We value good attendance at GSMS. Good attendance is necessary for student success both in and out of the classroom. Statistics show chronic absences by the sixth grade are a leading indicator of a student dropping out of high school. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. We do our best to promote attendance through student involvement, classroom engagement, and positive rewards. We also encourage parents to do their best in scheduling appointments after school hours. Please help us help our children be successful!
Please click on the following link for the Attendance Legal Warning.
At Gulf Shores Middle School, a student is permitted to have a cell phone at school; however, the cell phone must be turned off at all times. If a student has to use his or her cell phone (before or after school), it must be in the presence of an adult with permission from that adult.
If a student is witnessed using a cell phone during school without permission, the following will occur:
1st OFFENSE: Teachers or staff member will take cell phone, fill out a referral, attach it to the phone, and take the phone to the office. The phone will be placed in the Cell Phone Basket and the student’s name will be written in the Cell Phone Log. The office will call the parents to pick up cell phone. CELL PHONES WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO STUDENTS.
Only Parents or Guardians may pick up the cell phone that day. Students will receive a warning discipline referral for the 1stOffense.
2nd OFFENSE: Teachers will take up cell phone, following the same procedures as 1st Offense. The cell phone will be kept in the office for 5 Days before the parent or guardian may pick it up. Students will receive ONE DAY of OCS.
3rd OFFENSE: Teachers will take up cell phone, following the same procedures as above. Parents will be able to pick up the cell phone anytime. However, the STUDENT’S CELL PHONE PRIVILEGE WILL BE REVOKED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. Students will receive TWO DAYS of OCS.
4th OFFENSE: If a student is caught with a cell phone a 4th time, teacher will take up the cell phone, and send the student to the office. STUDENT WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL FOR 3 DAYS. Parents may pick up cell phone.
GSCS Expected Dress for All Students
Gulf Shores City Schools in collaboration with the Gulf Shores parents, students, and employees have created the following dress code for Gulf Shores Elementary, Gulf Shores Middle, and Gulf Shores High Schools. The process was thoughtful, intentional, and focused on ensuring an updated dress code.
Gulf Shores City Schools recognize the importance of student appearance, including the need to partner with parents/guardians in maintaining a positive learning environment that is free of distraction due to clothing and/or accessories. Students are expected to dress with respect toward self, family, school, and community using reasonable standards of cleanliness and decency throughout various situations. All students must follow the dress code while attending school, riding buses to and from school, and participating in school functions, unless otherwise indicated by the principal. Final dress code interpretation is at the discretion of the administration.
GSCS requires that students follow the following clothing and/or accessories guidelines:
● No pictures, emblems or writings on clothing that are lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene. Attire or accessories that directly, by innuendo, or look-alike promote alcohol, drugs, sex, profanity, violence, gangs, may not be worn.
● Spaghetti straps and strapless tops are not permitted. No garments that are see-through or show midriff, lower back or cleavage. Fabric should cover your front, back, sides, and under the arms.
● No oversized or overly tight tops.
● Tank tops or undershirts are not permitted to be worn as tops.
● Tops and bottoms must overlap at all times, including when arms are raised. Pants:
● No sagging or baggy fit and must be worn at the waist.
● No see-through pants/leggings may be worn.
● Leggings may be worn only under shirts or dresses that come to the top of the thigh.
● No oversized or tight pants.
● No holes in jeans in inappropriate areas.
● Sweat pants and warm-up suits are permitted.
● Pajama pants are not permitted.
● Must be visible under shirts.
● Spandex, biker, or see-through shorts are prohibited.
● Shorts must have a minimum of a four inch inseam - including athletic shorts (i.e. - Nike shorts).
Dresses & Skirts:
● Spaghetti straps and strapless dresses are not permitted.
● Bottom of skirt and/or slit cannot go above mid-thigh.
● Elementary Students: Shorts/Leggings must be worn under all dress/skirts. Shoes:
● Must be worn at all times and fastened properly.
● No bedroom slippers.
● Classes may require certain shoes. Example: P.E., Chemistry.
● Elementary Students: Tennis shoes or totally enclosed shoes are required for the school day.
● Hats, caps, sweatbands or other head covering will not be worn in the school building (religious and themed dress-up day are exceptions). Headbands are allowed but not as head covering. Students may have specific attire required for certain field trips, classes or labs.
Students are expected to adhere to these requirements as directed by the teacher.
Progressive Disciplinary Action for Dress Code Violations:
1st Offense. Warning and student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. If neither of these options is available, student spends the day in OCS. Parents must be notified that dress code policy has been violated.
2nd - 3rd Offenses. Break detention and student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. If neither of these options are available, student spends the day in OCS. Parent must be notified of break detention placement.
4th Offense. Meeting with a counselor to discuss violations, appropriate clothing, and needs. Student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. Parent must be notified of meeting with counselor and invited to attend the meeting.
5th Offense. 1 Day OCS and student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. Parent must be notified of OCS placement.
6th Offense. 2 Days OCS and student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. Parent must be notified of OCS placement.
7th+ Offenses. 1 Day suspension. Parent must be notified of suspension.
DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF ITEMS BEING DROPPED OFF IN THE OFFICE, WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT ITEMS FOR STUDENTS. THIS WILL PREVENT DISRUPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME, WHILE ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO BE RESPONSIBLE. Any item brought to the school, will be given to the student following afternoon announcements.
Monday - Friday
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Gulf Shores City Schools (GSCS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the Office for Civil Rights website for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
On behalf of the Gulf Shores Middle School PTSO, we want you to feel informed so that you can be involved in your child’s life at school. We need your help to continue to make GSMS the best it can be! We will be communicating throughout the school year about opportunities for parents to help. Please keep an eye out for announcements via our GSMS PTSO Facebook page. If you need to contact us, please email us at GSMSPTSO@gulfshorescityschools.org.
Karen Harmon, PTSO PRESIDENT
Amber Lawson, Vice President
Kimberly Ray, Treasurer
Jennifer Nelson, Secretary
Janel Robertson, Community Resource Coordinator