June 4, 2012

June 4 – Little River Team Family night in the 7th grade wing from 5:30 to 6:30

June 5 – is the first 8th grade Step Up experience. All 8th grade students and all teachers will be going to GHS for the morning. The buses will arrive at 9:00 am. to transport everyone. Students and our teachers report to MPAC (auditorium) to be welcomed and to review the events within the visit. They will be dismissed to their GHS advisory, and then they will “walk through” a compressed schedule in order to find and meet all their teachers. Everyone will return to MPAC at 11:05. The buses will return and pick them up at 11:15 and we plan to have them back here for the 3rd lunch on that day.

** The 6th grade teams and AA teachers please be aware of this change as well.

June 6 – Full faculty meeting. We will convene off-campus to celebrate all of the great things that were accomplished this year. Details to follow.

June 7 – The GMS Chorus and Steel Bands will be performing in the GMS Auditorium beginning at 6:00 pm. Now, it should be noted that this is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill concert, this is also a cookie bake-off! Students’ families will be bringing in for your tasting pleasure, their favorite home-baked cookies for you to sample and judge. Each participant will have an opportunity to vote for their most favorite cookie. The winning cookie entry will receive the coveted “cookie cup”, or something! In any event, it is an evening of great music and good tastes.

Also, since the Chorus and Steel Band will be rehearsing during the day, Tracy has offered to put on a couple of performances for the school. If you would like your team to enjoy the wonderful and joyful sounds of music and island music, please let Tracy know what time you would like to attend a performance.

June 8 – All advisories will be responsible for checking the student laptops in. Each advisory will receive a check-in sheet from Mike Nash that will have the laptop serial number; the charger number and a check-off box for the laptop carrying case. Please make sure that the serial numbers for the student and the laptop match as well as the charger number. If there is a discrepancy in the numbers, please record the number on the device the student is returning on the sheet. Do the same if there is a discrepancy in the charger number. We will complete the matching up after the students leave.

If a student doesn’t have a laptop, please send them to the office. If they don’t have a charger, record that information on the sheet.

June 8 – 2nd Annual GMS Film Festival in the GMS Auditorium. The “stars” begin to take to the red carpet at 5:30 with the screenings beginning at 6:00 pm. Stop by and fight the paparazzi to view the stars of the future.

Also, Patty Joyce has put out a call for judges to judge the films. If you are interested in helping to judge these films, let Patty know.

June 12 – District-wide step up day. Here is how the day will look:
Placement lists will be sent to the elementary principals on June 11. Our teachers will receive their advisory lists the morning of June 12.
From 8:00-9:00 each team is free to create their own schedule. There will not be any AA, Lab or special education classes on this day.

Phase 1:
Buses will arrive and load children at the (3) K-5 elementary schools at 9:00 am. The buses will arrive at our school from the sending schools by about 9:10 – 9:15. (nothing happens until all the 5th graders arrive)

When the elementary buses have arrived and unloaded the 5th graders (to the auditorium), the office will call the 8th grade to load the buses and take off for GHS. All ed. techs (minus those needed for FLS) will travel with our 8th graders along with Melanie and Kristen for “walking practice”.

Phase 2:
Hopefully at 9:15 the office will ask 6th grade teachers and advisors to bring their current students into the cafeteria. The kids are to gather near the name placard of their new advisor that will be on the wall somewhere around the room. The 6th grade teachers will then proceed to the auditorium to pick up their new advisees and head back to their team areas.

At 9:20, the office will ask 7th grade teachers and advisors to walk their students into the 8th grade wing and help them find their new advisor quickly. The 8th grade will have an easel and chart in the common area to help point students in the right direction. Then 7th grade teachers need to head down to the cafeteria and pick up their new group of advisees and head back into their team areas.

** be prepared to have your new students during Step Up Day from 9:15 – 11:00.
** remember ed. techs are at the GHS so there are not others to help with these transitions.

Phase 3:
At 11:00 5th graders will be returned to the auditorium and will board buses to head back to their schools at 11:15.
At 11:01 8th grade advisors will walk their new students (7th graders) to the lunch room.
(7th grade teachers will have their lunch at 11:01)
At 11:05 7th grade students will be brought back to their 6th grade teaching teams, and 6th graders will go to 3rd lunch at 11:27.
(6th grade teachers will have lunch at 11:27)

For 6th and 7th grade:
The rest of the day 11:30- 2:00 is Team/Cluster time. Set your own schedule.

8th grade only:
The 8th graders will load buses at GHS at 11:45. They will head out to the 8th grade barb-e-que which will be outside (start praying now!!) from 12:00-1:00 pm. All 8th grade teachers need to be present to help organize kids, serve food and help with the clean up. At 1:00 the 8th graders will go into the auditorium to see the 8th grade slide show and to hear last minute thoughts for their celebration. They should be totally packed up and ready to be dismissed from the auditorium. We expect that all 8th grade teachers are present with their students in the auditorium throughout the afternoon.

Other Stuff

Odyssey of the Mind World Competition

We had several students travel to Ames, Iowa and the Iowa State University Campus to compete in the World Championship Competition of the Odyssey of the Mind. I have received the information in little pieces, so I don’t have all of the facts, but this much I do know. Our students placed 23rd out of 49 teams and did a great job. However they finished first in the world in one section of the competition that required them to be very creative in a very short time period.

I will get much more information and report this excellent news later today.

National History Day

We have several more students heading to Landover, Maryland later this week to compete in the National History Day competition against teams from the rest of the country. Good Luck to Mr. Carpenter and his band of historians. We’ll let you know how they do later next week.

Learning Team Survey

Please take a moment to complete the survey regarding your interests in a particular group. It is expected that everyone will be on a team and this survey is your opportunity to pick a team. Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z85JJ8Z

2nd Annual GMS Film Festival

Save the night of Friday, June 8th to attend our GMS Film Festival. Patty Joyce reports that we have almost 60 student participants who have worked on producing these wonderfully creative and funny short films. If this year is anything like last year, this will be a great night.

End of the Year Checkout

We will distribute a checkout list to all teachers that we want you to complete before you leave for the day on June 13th. This will help us insure that we have accounted for all text books, laptops, summer letter for next year’s students indicating supplies and needs for the beginning of the year. Please make sure that you get this completed form to Kristen before you leave for the day.

For the Love of Learning

I came across this very interesting blog by a teacher from Alberta, Canada. For me, this really hit home and< for those of you who are interested in exploring Assessment Literacy or Motivating the Unmotivated, this could be a great jumping off point. Enjoy! For the Love of Learning


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