Good Evening Panther Families, We hope everyone is getting into the Fall season and had a great weekend with family & friends. 

Upcoming events: Tomorrow, 10/9/23, is an A day for exploratory classes & MTSS period 5 classes

No School for Students on Friday, 10/13/23, Professional Development Day for staff.

Fall Sports Games begin this week: Home sports on Monday (Tally MS) & Wednesday away  (George Read MS). Field Hockey Schedule of Games Soccer Schedule of Games

District Calendar: The school district calendar for the 23-24 school year is linked here:

New Updates:

Picture day is coming up on October 24th. The order form is linked here: Picture Day form.pdf

GB Chorus: Chorus will begin as an  after school club 10/18.  Ms. Bailey from Wilbur will be leading the club after school and our winter concert is in December. We will share a sign-up link on Schoology for students this week.

Updates from Grade Level: Please see updates from our grade level administrators and staff here:

6th Grade: 7th Grade: 8th Grade:

Fall Sports & After School Activities: Wrestling & cheerleading are starting soon.  For questions about sports, please contact our athletic director, Mr. Brelick via email, here:

Community Events:

SE5 Initiation Day: We are delighted to announce that SE5 Initiation Day. This event promises to be an enriching experience for our students and families. Field Trip Permission Form (1).pdf Send completed permission slips to Ms. Austin ( by email  or hand in at the door of the event.

YLI Leadership Recruitment Flyer (12).pdf Youth Leadership Institute, a program for middle school students in New Castle County, Delaware. Please see attached flier and application link. 

Girls Can Do Anything! | One Village Alliance ( This conference is not only free, but is also a fantastic opportunity as it “unites phenomenal females to redefine womanhood and what it means to be a girl”!  The conference is October 21, 2023, 8:30 am – 4 pm at Freedom Center- West 31 Street, Wilmington DE!. 

Family Connections: Our first Family Connections meeting (like our PTA/PTO) met last week and we had about 15 families attend with 3 staff members. We discussed a few of the following items: fundraising support (like for field trips and events), volunteer support (like for the library, classroom, office support), updates to school website & planning for November conferences. If you are interested in any of those areas, please email Mr. Johnston ( Future committee meetings on those topics will occur in the near future. We have an upcoming fundraiser at Applebees in November, more details to come. 

Rolling Updates

Emergency cards: Emergency Card 2023-2024.pdf If you have not submitted an Emergency Card, please do so ASAP. If you need one, it is linked above. Any new information from medical, to emergency contacts, to new phone numbers can all be updated on the emergency card. 

YMCA Partnership: The Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA is excited to offer a fall program for middle school students. The WOW program provides students with experiences focusing on health active living through fitness, sports, team building and volunteer opportunities. Please see the link here for more details and how to sign-up!

End of Marking Period Dates: Marking Period 1: 11/1/23: Marking Period 2: 1/24/23: Marking Period 3: 3/21/23: Marking Period 4: 6/6/23

Health Office Information: Our school nurse is Ms. Taylor & her email is: Please view the Welcome Letter from Nurse Taylor here with important health office information.

Theatre Arts: Ms. Burruss (7th grade teacher)  will be leading our play this year! Updates and info will be shared shortly. We are excited to continue the tradition of performing arts at Gunning Bedford Middle School.

2023-2024 Yearbook Order Form: Linked here if interested in pre-ordering. Thank you Mr. Blocker for having Yearbook club at sporting events already snapping pictures. Looking forward to a great edition of the yearbook! 2024 Yearbook QR Code Order Link.pdf

Link for Code of Conduct & Colonial Expectations for Dress: Please see link for a reminder for our district expectations for dress and this year’s code of conduct. Please remind students about our cellphone expectations of devices being away while at school. Students are able to use YONDR pouches and/or have phones remain in their bags. A brief presentation about our cellphone expectations  is linked here: Also, student horseplay is not appropriate at school. Students are to keep hands/feet to themselves. 

Car Rider Drop-off and Pickup Details: If your student is being driven to school, please review the images linked before on where drop-off and pick-up is located. am and pm. AM is in the front of the building, PM is on the side of the building. Staff will be present to support in building the routine with students and families. Please be patient with students, staff and our fellow families as we learn together. Our doors open at 7:55AM each day. Please be mindful of dropping off students before than as staff are not outside. In the afternoon, car rider dismissal begins at 2:37PM on the side of the building. Families will pull into the parking lot on the side of the building and form a line that goes up and around the lot. Please follow the directions of staff supporting the dismissal to ensure a safe dismissal for all. 

Breakfast & Lunch for students: All students at Gunning Bedford get free breakfast & lunch each day. Students can pack their breakfast or lunch as well. Students are not able to have any outside delivery food for lunch time; For example no Door-Dash or UberEats delivery. The lunch times for students is: 


8 lunch


6 lunch


7 lunch

The district Nutrition website is linked here: 

Support Links for Families: –Please use this link for more information & FAQ about Home Access CenterTo update the contact information you have on file please fill out the form linked here:  

Grade level Administrators & Counselors: The names and contact emails for our grade level assistant principals, student advisor and school counselors are listed below. They are your go-to contacts for supporting your student. Dr. Stoffa will be the 7th grade administrator and Ms. Payne-Miller will be the administrator for the ILC for the rest of the school year.

 Administration School Counselors

6th Grade AP:  Dr. Thomas-Brown                   

6th Grade:  Ms. Sheppard             

7th Grade Student Advisor:  Dr. Stoffa                         

7th Grade: Mr. Arent     

8th Grade AP:  Mrs. Nowell

8th Grade: Ms. Pine        

ILC Administrator: Mrs. Melissa Eger               

Principal: Mr. Johnston

Upcoming events around the district: 

William Penn Showcase: Please view flier here for the upcoming event on 10/25 on the amazing offerings at William Penn High School.

Where’s the Bus Application: CSD is now offering the “Where’s the Bus” app to provide parents and students with timely information about the location of your child’s bus. Using GPS technology, this app will show you and your child how many more miles your bus is from the bus stop.

Change of Address/information Documents: Link in Spanish:                 Link in English:

If you have updated your address or contact information, please use the link below, to complete the form so that the office is aware of the change, and we can update your student’s file as soon as possible. 

Have a great rest of the day and remember, you can’t hide that Panther Pride!


Mr. Johnston


Gunning Bedford Middle School