News & Media
GMS Author Event: Rebecca Kim Wells '03 and Shatter the Sky | September 2019
GMS alumna Rebecca Kim Wells '03 visited The Girls’ Middle School on September 16, 2019. Rebecca introduced her recently published debut fantasy novel, Shatter the Sky, to students. She also participated in an evening event for alums and alum families.
Rebecca started off the assembly by declaring that, “GMS was my favorite school that I ever attended.” She went on to discuss her creative process, inspirations, the publishing industry, and GMS experience. When talking about favorite authors, Rebecca told the girls: “It’s not about writing something as good or better than someone’s else’s book. It’s about writing the book that only you can write.”
Rebecca Kim Wells is GMS’s first alumna published novelist.
Shatter the Sky is about a determined young woman who sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor. Shatter the Sky has garnered critical praise including shortlisted for the New England Book Award (NEIBA), a Summer 2019 Indies Next Pick (IndieBound), and a Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Title (American Booksellers Association). Read More.
Safe, Handy, Hardy: Empowering Girls Through Industrial Arts | June 2019
The GMS Arts and Media Team presented at the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) 2019 Conference in Los Angeles: Dream, Dare, Do: Girls as Makers, Inventors, Engineers, and Entreprenurs. The conference theme inspired our artist educators to describe how the GMS Art Program promotes risk-taking and growth mindset, builds resilience, and empowers our students well beyond the studio.
The art program at GMS creates a safe space for students to take physical and emotional risks. The program challenges students to be vulnerable and express their ideas to classmates and the community. By inviting students to be open to unexpected results and experiences, art builds comfort with discomfort and growth often comes from a place of discomfort. Read More.
Girls Helping Girls: Girls Learn International (GLI) at GMS | May 2019
At GMS, a group of students are volunteering to help communities of girls across the globe. The GMS Girls Learn International (GLI) club has partnered with the Bumpe School in West Africa to share ideas, build international community, and provide economic support.
With the help of schools like GMS across the United States, GLI has made impressive achievements in Sierra Leone, West Africa. They expanded a fruit orchard and acquired 20 rechargeable solar computers to enhance a program taught by volunteer teachers. Read More.
Originally published in Alianza News | May 17, 2019 by Verónica Meza.
Core Values: The Bennett Scholars Program Video | March 2019
At GMS we value the importance of making a progressive all-girls GMS education accessible to every girl. In March of this year, we celebrated this core value by debuting a video about the Bennett Scholars Program that highlights a few of our alums and alum families and shines a spotlight on the joyful and inclusive GMS community. Coming soon.
GMS 20th Anniversary Celebration | April 2018
In April 2018, the GMS community came together to celebrate and reaffirm our founding principles and values that are still so relevant today: creating a learning environment that upholds the progressive values of inclusivity, experiential learning, social justice, intrinsic motivation, community, and attending to the whole child.
At the celebration, our founder Kathleen Bennett reflected on how her own life experiences informed the GMS philosophy. "I was a very good girl. A compliant girl. My K-12 schooling seemed, frankly, like a lot of wasted time...I didn't feel like I knew who I was or what mattered to me...These experiendces helped me formulate some of the basic tenets of The Girls' Middle School. Education needs to be active, hands-on, fun, interesting, and personally relevant."