Enjoy this Last Week End of Summer!

August 27 & 28 Update ( This should be “fairly” final)

August 27, 2012

We will meet at GMS and not GHS

7:15 – 7:55          Breakfast in the GMS cafeteria

7:55 – 9:50            Opening remarks by Superintendent Sharp, SC Vice-Chair, Roger Marchand, Introduction of new staff.

9:50 – 10:00            Finish socializing with colleagues from all schools

10:00 – 11:30            Full Faculty meeting in the GMS Auditorium.

Introduction of new staff (Riley & Hanley)

Federal Mandates (FERPA, Harassment Policy, etc.) (Hawes & Hamblen)

Blood Born Pathogen, Medical Alerts, Asthma Survey, Diabetes and Code Blue Teams. (Merrill)

GMS Behavior Support Program (Megan Holden)

11:30 – 12:30            Lunch on your own

12:30 – 2:30            “Nut & Bolts” issues (duty schedules, review of changes to Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook) (Riley & Hanley)

Year 3 of Advisory Program, review expectations, modifications and results of student survey (Rubin, Hanley & Riley)

Year 2 of EICAL Program, review expectations, modification and results of student survey. (Riley & Hanley)

Review plans for Learning Teams for the coming year. (Riley & Hanley)

Review plan and expectations for day one with 6th graders and plan for last day of school 2013.

Other Items

August 28, 2012

8:00 to 11:00              Special Educators will be meeting with Katie and Kathy at the Central Office.

All teachers of math will be meeting as a group with Diane Knott to review new resources and training with Textbook Representatives.

All ELA Teachers will meet to continue work on Common Core Work

Social Studies teachers (those not involved in math or ELA) will meet to continue work on Common Unit development.

Science Teachers will be reviewing the resources that they have used for the past two years and make recommendations to the Science Curriculum Committee as to the consistency with Science Frameworks.

All Allied arts teachers have responsibilities to their respective Curriculum Committees that will need review.

11:00 – 12:00            Lunch ( check your email about doing a potluck lunch)

12:00 – 2:30            Classroom work time for all teachers

This is still a rough outline of these days and it is subject to change.

6th Grade Laptops and Other Tech Issues

We knew that this was coming, but we had hoped we would make through this year with the old G4 devices at the 6th grade level. Unfortunately, we are not going to make it!

As of last week, we had enough G4 devices to put into the hands of every 6th grader, However, we do not have any spares, none, and these devices are rapidly dying with internal works failing. It would be a foolish exercise to try to repair these devices at this time.

We are looking to formulate a plan that will meet the needs of all teachers who depend upon technology for their classes while attempting to make the devices we have that still work last through the entire school year. We have decided on one item already, the laptops at the 6th grade level only will not leave the building this year.

So far, I have heard form some Allied Arts teachers, math teachers, Special Education teachers and ELA teachers about some ideas for a plan. We do have a little time to get  more input from others and, perhaps, some ideas from the Tech folks (like maybe some additional devices) before we deploy the devices to the students.

State Department of Education Summer Work

All of us received the email from Amanda Cooper about the work she was doing with the Department of Education over the summer to help write the rationale for the state’s waiver from the strict requirements of No Child Left Behind. The timeline is really short on the state gathering input form the field as the finalize this document. I urge you to re-read Amanda’s email and, if you are of the mind to, offer to the framers of this document your insight.

Learning Teams

We have organized all of the Learning Teams for this coming year. On the first day of school you will all receive the team assignment and I believe that most folks got their first choice of team, however, a few got their second choice. There were some people who did not complete the survey with their choices, so they were placed on teams.

We do have a schedule of meetings and most times have been carved out of our normal meeting times. We will discuss the teams and how they will work on Monday.

GMS Open House

Our Open House will be Tuesday, September 4th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. It is for the entire school, all grades. The Office plans to have several information tables in the Main Foyer with information on Clubs and Activities, Dance Schedules, Homework Club, Learning Labs and Response to Intervention and Information form our Support Services Team.

If you can think of anything else we should include for information for parents, Let us know.

Annual GMS Magazine Drive

Last week I reported that we will be holding our Magazine Drive early this year. WRONG!!!!!

I was working off notes we had from a meeting that we held last year with our representative and we TALKED about doing it early, but decided to keep the date in October.

The drive will  happen at about the same time as we have done it in past years and we will get lots if information about the :whens” and “wheres” and “hows” later in the  month.

Sorry for the Confusion!

Grade Level Assemblies

On Thursday, September 6th we will hold Grade Level Assemblies for all grades during the EICAL Periods. This is a time for Administration to welcome back our 7th and 8th graders and remind them about things like dress code, Code of Conduct and goals for the coming year. We will keep the assemblies to just that period and, yes, we know that the 8th grade will be split by lunch.

Congratulations to Angela Gospodarek

Angela has been awarded a Grant from ING (yup, that’s a company, not a word ending) for Hometown Ecology. The initial amount of the grant is $2,000, but she could be awarded as much as $25,000 as her grant application continues to be reviewed.

I am sure that she would share any information about the grant application process with any interested party.

Speaking of Grants, many of our colleagues in the Elementary Schools have received Drive for Education Grants from Berlin City Auto. These grants are quite substantial, so if you are interested in funding an activity in your classroom give them a try. The application deadline is in November, for an application click here.

Seashore Trolley Museum Offerings

I receive many emails form lots of different organizations touting their services for field trips, so I really didn’t pay too much attention to this until I read it a second time. They are offering free, yup, that right, free online resources that integrate science, ELA and social studies for all teachers. They also offer field trips at $4.00 per person at the Kennebunkport location. Check out their web site for the free resources.Seashore Trolley Museum

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