April 2, 2012

  • Apr 4 – Leadership Team meeting in Melanie’s room beginning at 2:30 pm. We will continue our discussions on our Learning Teams, preparations for the early release day and teacher workshop day. We will also update all on the Code Blue teams.
  • 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 at the Middle School, in Diane Knott’s room, beginning at 12:30. again, we will have arranged the subs for you.
  • Apr 6 – School Dance in the Gym from 6:00 pm until 8:00. Since I am writing this from home, I am not sure who is sponsoring the dance this month. Hopefully, if it is your dance you have begun preparations for chaperones, etc.
  • 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.
  • Apr 11 – Faculty meeting beginning at 2:30 until 4:00 pm. We’ll get the agenda out later this week or early next week.
  • Apr 12 – Early Release Day activities for the students will be Health and Wellness. We have a group of students from the Dover, New Hampshire schools to help us discuss substance abuse with our students. Additionally, Denis Albert, Kathy Pizzo and others will have some physical activities for the students as well.
  • Apr 12 – Teacher portion of our day will focus on Learning and the Brain, the impact of what we currently know about the teenage brain and what does it mean for their learning and our teaching.
  • Apr 13 – The entirety of this day will focus on the affective realm of our student. Advisory programs, EICAL offerings, etc. will be among items up for consideration. A more defined agenda of the day will be forthcoming.
  • Apr 14 – 22 – School Vacation!
  • Apr 24 – 5th Grade Parent Night in the GMS Auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm. All are invited to attend.
  • Apr 25 – Faculty Meeting in the GMS Library beginning at 2:30 pm. Agenda to follow during the vacation week.

Other Stuff

Congratulations to All

When I last checked Youtube and our Lipdub, we had over 1700 views! That’s almost viral!

The response from near and far has been a unanimous “Two thumbs up”, you all have much to be proud and our students were exemplary all day long. I realize that there were lots of opportunities for the students to act out, and yet they didn’t! I believe that that is a credit to all of the work you all have done over the course of the year to help our students understand proper ways to act. Making our Code of Conduct come alive is a very important lesson we all strive to teach, it is very encouraging to actually see it work in a real life situation.

So, I say again, congratulations to all of you for a job very well done!

Steel Band Concert and Workshop

While I am passing out Kudos, I really want to thank Tracy Wheeler for her work on putting together that terrific concert and workshop for our students. They were amazing and they were informative! What a wonderful combination of entertainment and education!

I do have a confession however. I was more than a little nervous when the students, with the prompting of a couple of ‘devilish” teachers went out of the stands and on to the gym floor to dance. I had visions of all kinds of bad things happening as they started to dance to the music. I don’t know why I was surprised, but I was when the music ended and the students went right back to their seats without anyone, including me, having to go and “yell” at them.

Another shining example of how our consistent teaching and living our Code of Conduct really works!

GMS Night at the Sea Dogs

We are now taking ticket orders for our Night at the Sea Dogs on Friday, April 27th. We have lots of things planned for that night. The Sea Dogs will honor some of our teachers for their work in our community and school, our Chorus will sing the National Anthem and one lucky teacher will get to throw out the first pitch to start the game. It should be a fun night for all, General Admission tickets cost $5.00 and we have plenty of them. Check in with Kristen to place your order.

Sea Dog Player to Visit GMS

In conjunction with our GMS Night at the Portland Sea Dogs, we will have a Sea Dog’s player visit our school on Monday April 30th. He will be here for about an hour. If you would like your team, or class to meet this future Boston Red Sox player, send me an email and we’ll arrange the meetings.

April is Autism Awareness Month

The month of April has been designated by the World Health Organization as Autism Awareness Month. There are activities scheduled around the world to help raise the awareness of this devastating disorder.

A couple of statistics that absolutely boggle the mind and raise questions that make finding out more about this disorder an imperative for all of us:

New research estimates that autism’s costs to the nation have reached $126 billion per year. The figure expands on previous estimates by including indirect costs such as lost family income and productivity in addition to the direct costs of autism-associated care. For perspective, this national expense surpasses the individual gross domestic product (GDP) of 139 countries.

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls). By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.*

We need to increase our understanding of this disorder in order to be able to reach all of our students. If you are interested in learning more about this checkout Autismspeaks.org

For an uplifting way to start your day, check out this link: Light it up Blue

Code Blue Teams

Thank you to those who have volunteered to be on our school Code Blue Teams, we could still use a couple more folks to help make these teams really work, so if you were just delaying sending us an email to volunteer, we will still welcome your joining us.

We will develop a training protocol and roles for each member in the coming weeks. When we get this part done, we will bring it to the faculty for your input and ideas before finally implementing.

Curriculum Committee Meetings

There are a couple of Curriculum Committee meeting coming up during the first week of April. We kick of the “season” with Social Studies Curriculum Committee meeting at 8:00 am in the Central Office. That meeting should run until 10:30, or so. We have secured subs for those folks on the committee for that half day you’re gone. In the afternoon, beginning at 12:30, the Math folks will gather in Diane Knott’s room. ELA will meet on April 10th. The 6-12 people will meet at GMS in the Library beginning at 8:00. We have lots to do in the 2 and one half hours we have. I will send out a final agenda next week.


One thought on “April 2, 2012

  1. I am in agreement about the assembly with the steel drum band. The kids were experiencing sheer joy and they behaved very well. It was a great thing to see.

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