GKMS Families,

It is hard to believe, but we are almost midway through the last quarter of the year.  Next week, the 4th Quarter Progress Reports will be available Wednesday, April 20th, at 3pm.  Please contact your student’s teacher directly with any questions in regards to progress report grades.  This long weekend is also a great opportunity to complete any missing assignments before the progress report grades are published.  Don’t forget to check out all of the grade level and team newsletters at the bottom of this message; there are a lot of great things happening at GKMS.  

Radio Show Spot–4/22 @9am

Next Friday, April 22nd, Mr. McCune and a few of our students will be on the WLBK Radio Show at 9am to discuss a couple of exciting programs at the middle school; PLTW Courses as part of his STEM class and our new Middle School Esports League that is a part of our Technology Club.  Tune in to WLBK 1360 AM at 9am next Friday, April 22nd to hear the students and Mr. McCune discuss these programs live on the radio.    

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that develops, trains and distributes Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) curricula and resources for schools throughout the U.S. 

PLTW Courses at GKMS:

Design and Modeling - students follow a design process that leads to modeling on CAD.

Automation and Robotics - students follow a design process to plan, build and program robotic systems.


Middle School Esports League connects middle school esports teams around the country in an organized competition in various games:

Rocket League - Soccer with cars

Minecraft Battle Royale - free-for-all fighting game

Knockout City - Dodgeball

10-minute Chess

As always, please contact me at 815-784-5222 or email me at with any questions.  Have a Cogtastic Weekend!


Craig Butcher

Principal GKMS

6th Grade Newsletter

7th Grade Newsletter

GKMS 8th Newsletter 

Encore Newsletter

Upcoming Events

4/15–Day of Non-Attendance

4/18–Day of Non-Attendance

5/5–6th Grade Field Trip to Walcamp

5/5–MS Band Concert @7pm at GKHS

5/20–8th Grade Dance

5/23–8th Grade Promotion

5/23–7th Grade Field Trip to Sycamore Family Fun Center

5/24–6th Grade Battle of Ancient Empires