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Principal Update 7/25

Good evening Githens families!  On behalf of the staff at Githens Middle School, welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!  For those of you who may not recognize my voice, my name is Dr. Sheldon Lanier, and I am the proud, servant leader of Githens!  A special welcome to all of our new sixth grade Raiders and families!  This is the first of many phone messages to come so, please stay tuned, listen to the phone messages in their entirety, take notes, read the emails that accompany these messages, and take the appropriate action steps to ensure you have the most up to date information for your scholar!  The following staff members are part of the Githens Leadership Team:


  • James Carter, 6th Grade Assistant Principal

  • Crystal Cahill, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

  • Vivianease Major, 8th Grade Assistant Principal

  • Signe Coffey, Principal Intern

  • Justine Daniel, Teaching and Learning Coach

  • Vicki Overton, Math Instructional Coach

  • Elizabeth O'Donnell, Advanced Academics Coordinator

  • Jessica Bowers, 6th Grade Counselor

  • Kate Murphy, 7th Grade Counselor

  • Lessa Swift, 8th Grade Counselor

  • Lisa Outlaw, Social Worker

Over the next two weeks, we will be working on updating our website to include important information and key dates to ensure a smooth transition into the new school year.  Once our site is updated, I will alert you via phone message.  To assist us in this effort, please ensure all of your contact information, i.e phone number and email, is up to date in PowerSchool Parent Portal.  PowerSchool Parent Portal is the official source of student grade information and a convenient way for you to update your most current contact information.  DPS has created step by step instructions, as well as video instructions, on how to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Use the link ( provided in the email to navigate the set up process.  We are encouraging all parents to sign up as this tool will assist you in knowing what assignments your scholars need to complete as you navigate the school year, as well as, view Progress Reports and Report Cards.    

Mark your calendars!  6th Grade Pride Camp/Meet the Teacher is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, from 8:30 to 1:00.  7th and 8th Grade Open House is on Thursday, August 25, from 3:00 to 6:00.  During this time, parents and scholars will have the opportunity to tour the building, pick up schedules, and meet core and elective teachers.  A link to the supply list is included in the email that accompanies this phone message.  6th grade families will receive a phone message tomorrow evening outlining Pride Camp including registration, parent information sessions, and lunch that will be provided to all 6th grade scholars and parents that day at no cost! 

Ms. Shlisa Stackhouse, Athletic Director, will host an Athletic Parent Information Session via Zoom on Thursday, July 28, and Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00pm.  Parents will only need to attend one of the sessions.  During the Zoom session, parents will learn about athletic requirements, “ticket-to-play” dates, and tryout dates.  The link to the Zoom is included in the email that accompanies this phone message.

There will be more phone messages this week so, please stay tuned!  We are looking forward to the best school year ever!  Everyone have a great evening!  

GMS Supply List:

Athletic Information Session Zoom Meeting Link: