March 19th

Just testing for those who follow!

Terry LaMontagne has heard from Dawn’s husband to tell us all that Dawn’s surgery went well and she is in recovery. I know you all join me in sending along to Dawn our wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery.

March 19, 2012

  • Mar 20 – 8th grade Parent Night at the High School. Chris Record and many of his teaching staff and guidance staff will meet with parents beginning at 6:30 pm in the GPAC. Parents will be informed of the registration process for classes for the incoming Freshmen and they will be able to ask questions about what to expect next year.
  • Mar 22 & 24 – Our annual presentation of the School Musical, this year our students are presenting Into the Woods, a funny and musical look at some of our favorite fairy tales. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm each evening in the GMS Auditorium, please save the date.
  • Mar 26 – High School Principal, Chris Record, and a selected few of his teachers and counselors will met with the 8th grade students at 8:05 in the Auditorium. We will not adjust the schedule for this one period, so MDI students will miss their Allied Arts period on this day. Sorry to the AA teachers for this inconvenience.
  • Mar 26 -The District-wide Team Leaders meeting originally scheduled for this date has been postponed. No date has been set for a new meeting. I will let you know when we find out.
  • Mar 29 – Originally, this day was going to be our Public Safety Day for the students, but Tracy Wheeler and Terri Dawson are working on an alternative activity. We will have more details available for the faculty meeting on Wednesday, but from what I have been told, this will be a day that the students and staff will remember!
  • Mar 29 & 30 – Early release day and teacher workshop day, respectively. These days are Parent/Teacher Conference Days for the entire district.Conferences will be from 2:00pm to 8:00 on Thursday evening and on Friday from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. We have confirmed this information with all schools in the district!
  • Mar 30 – 3rd Quarter ends, please have your grades into your grade book by Tuesday so that we can have report cards ready to go home on Friday April 6.
  • Apr 5 – There will be meetings for the Social Studies Curriculum Committee members at 8:00 am in the Superintendent’s Conference Room beginning at 8:00 am. We will arrange to have half-day subs for you on this day. Also, The Math Curriculum Committee will meet in the same place beginning at 12:30. again, we will have arranged the subs for you.
  • Apr 10 – ELA Curriculum Committee will meet at 8:00 am in the GMS Library. We will arrange for your subs. In the afternoon, the VPA Curriculum Committee is scheduled to meet at the Central Office. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm.

Other Stuff

I Forgot How to Follow This Blog

Hopefully, everyone has “Followed” this blog so that your email will automatically update when a new post is added. If you have forgotten, that’s fine, we’ll walk you through it again (it really is very simple!). In the lower right hand corner of the page you should see an “Follow” tab. It looks like this:

When you click on that, this should come up. Input you email address and click on “sign me up” and you are following.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We are all getting ready to schedule our Parent Conferences for the second half of the year. It is expected that these conferences have the same importance as the conferences do in the Fall. As we get ready to transition our kids to the next grade level, it is really important that parents get the same feeling of urgency about these as well. Speaking just for myself, I have some 8th grade students who are doing fantastically well (in spite of me!), but I feel it will be important to meet with all of them to cover topics such transition to HS, finishing the year strong, spring fever and the all important dress code. So, meeting with all of the parents, regardless of how well the student is doing, should be our goal.

GMS Night at the Sea Dogs

Remember, April 27th is our Night at the Sea Dogs, we have tickets available for purchase in the office. This is also the night the the Sea Dogs and NextGen College Investing will honor several of our teachers for their contributions to our school. (Oh, and yeah, there will be other great teachers from other school being honored as well.) Our Chorus will be singing the National Anthem before the game and we will have one of our lucky teachers warming up in the bullpen to throw out the first pitch. So, circle the date on your calendars and get out the “old cowhide” and toss a couple of warm up pitches and get  ready for a fun-filled night.

The Conversations of Titanpad

I have been very impressed and heartened (is that a word?) by the many contributions that you all have made on the Titan Pad. The conversations about Grading and how we use it is quite interesting. Thank you to all who have made contributions. We will continue to keep the open for a few more days so that as many people who wish can make a comment. Here is the link to the Pad: GMS Titanpad

Team Leaders District-Wide Meeting

All of the Team Leaders should have received an email from Susie with information about the re-scheduled District-Wide meeting. Unlike last Fall, we will meet here at GMS in the Cafeteria. The meeting will begin at 3:15 and end at 4:45. There will be more information sent out as the date approaches, but please mark this on your calendar.

Formative Assessment

Speaking of the comments made on our Titan Pad conversations, I came across the February edition of the ASCD Education Update that had as its cover story Improving Student Writing through Formative Assessment. In the article the author, Laura Varlas, quotes the definition of formative assessment coming from theCouncil of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), as a “process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement on intended instructional outcomes.” If you are a member of ASCD, you can get a copy of the article online through their archives. If you are not a member and want to read the article, let me know and I will download a copy for you.

Discovery Education Network

I am not sure how many of you have “Discovered” the Discovery Education Network, but it is filled with a plethora of ideas for teaching all subject. DEN is one of the many folks I follow on Twitter and I receive tweets several times a day that are chalk full of new and interesting things for our kids. They have some wonderful videos that you can show in your classroom, some excellent ideas for classroom activities, that do not entail great amounts of preparation or equipment that we don’t have. I urge you all to stop on by their web site at Discovery Education Network.

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