Welcome Back

Welcome Back to all of our Veterans and Welcome to our New Staff

It was really great to see everyone back in the building on Monday, we missed you all. I know that ending what has been a summer vacation for the record books is not easy, but to paraphrase the Great Louie Armstrong “its great to have everyone back where they belong”.

Important Dates

August 31 - No School for the Labor Day Weekend
 September 3 - Labor Day No School
 September 4 - GMS Open House from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
 September 5 - Whole Group Faculty Meeting in the Library 2:30 - 4:00
 September 6 - Grade Level Assemblies for 7th & 8th grade during EICAL Period
 September 10 & 11 - MLTI Parent Nights for all parents of 7th and 8th Graders
 September 12 - Leadership Team Meeting in Melanie's room 2:30 - 4:00 pm
September 13 - School Picture Day
 September 13 - Social Studies and Math Curriculum Committee meet at the Central Office
 September 13 - School Committee Public Hearing on All Day Kindergarten 7:00 pm in the Municipal Center
 September 14 - School Dance sponsored by the Student Council GMS Gym 6:00 - 8:00
 September 18 - ELA Curriculum Committee Meeting at the Central Office

Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament

We will again be sponsoring a 5 person team, male and female, to participate in the Annual Guns and Hoses Golf Tourney sponsored by the Gorham Police and Fire Departments. The Tournament date is Thursday September 6th. If you are interested in participating in this very worthwhile event that provides scholarship for our High School students could you let me know by Friday noon time.

School Dances

I have heard from a couple of folks about their interest in sponsoring a school dance. We will be assigning these dances first to grade levels, than individual teams (plural as we expect teams to share the revenues, than to activities and clubs). We will assign the dances (except for the Sept 14th dance which is the Student Council’s) on Thursday afternoon.

To sponsor a dance you need only provide sufficient chaperone coverage to keep the evening safe for our students (usually 10 to 12 adults), some folks to decorate the Gym beginning after 5:00 pm,  and someone to sell tickets at lunches on the day of the dance. It is really very simple, we have a DJ (Adam Parvanta) and decorations all set.

Please indicate you interest no later than 10:00 am on Thursday, August 31st.

Schedule B Non-Athletic Position Available

We are in need of an “historic” individual who would be interesting in directing our National History Day team. There is a stipend for the position  and it requires after school time to help and guide students in the research and creation of projects for the state National History Day competition. If you are interested in this position, please see me before the end of the day on Thursday. This position is a contracted position and it will have to be posted, but I would like to get an understanding of interest before we post.

National Geography Bee

We are also looking for someone to organize our National Geographic Society Geography Bee. The dates fro the school competition are November12 through January 15, when a school champion will be crowned. The state competition is on Friday April 5th, not sure of location yet, (it has been at UMaine Farmington, UMaine Orono and at USM) and the National Competition is in Washington, D.C. in May.

If you are interested please let me know by Friday, September 8. Unfortunately, there is no stipend for this position.

Code Blue Teams

We had our first organizational meeting for the GMS Code Blue Teams. This team will be the first school response to emergency incidents involving students, staff or visitors to our school. We will be presenting our plan to the staff at the October 3rd Faculty Meeting (we hope!). If you would are interested in participating in this and were unable to attend the meeting, please let me know.

Teachers who are interested in using Google+

This is another one of those things that I came across form the “Twittersphere” that I thought those of you who are interested in using Google+ would appreciate. Steven Anderson is the Directory of Instructional Technology for the Winston-Salem Schools in North Carolina and a former middle school math and science teacher. He offers some terrific tips for getting into technology for your classroom and this site offers “An Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know about Google+ Tutorial”. If you have wondered what Google+ was and how I could use in my practice, check this out here. Google+ Tutorial

You can also follow Steven on Twitter at @web20classroom and on his web site at web20classroom.org.

Science Teachers, If This Isn’t Cool…

The Mars Curiosity Rover has a twitter account and it tweets regularly back to Earth all kinds of information about “life” on the surface of Mars. Now that is something I never thought I would say in my lifetime! The Rover also sends back pictures and videos via Vimeo (you need to be a member). Take a look at this array of photos and try to pan around and investigate the Mars surface. Curiosity Rover Photos

Also, if you want to follow the Mars Curiosity Rover on Twitter it can be found at @MarsCuriosity.

Enjoy the Long Weekend!

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