I Think We are Getting into a Routine

Important Upcoming Dates

  • September 17 – US Constitution Day celebrated
  • September 18 – ELA Curriculum Committee (not to be confused with ELA Common Core Committee) will meet at the Central Office from 12:30 – 3:00. We have secured half day subs for those members.
  • September 19 – Faculty Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 pm. Food provided by Support Services
  • September 20 – ELA Common Core Committee meeting at the Central Office at 2:30.
  • September 26 – Maine Harvest Lunch in our cafeteria during all lunch times.
  • September 26 – Leadership Team Meeting in Melanie’s Room 2:30 – 4:00.
  • September 28 – We will hold Grade Level Assemblies during EICAL periods to introduce our incentive plan for the students during the NECAP season.
  • October 1 – NECAP testing will begin. All have received a schedule of the assessments.
  • October 3 – Faculty Meeting in the Library from 2:30 – 4:00.
  • October 5 – Progress Reports for the first quarter go home with students.
  • October 5 – Early Release Day for students, our theme will be Local Charities with many presenters form our local charity providers,
  • October 5 – Teacher Workshop activities will be Curriculum Based work. Please check with each of your Curriculum Committee Representatives for the work to be done.
  • October 8 – Columbus Day – No School for students and teachers.
  • October 11 – The Middle School begins a Conversation about Bullying Behaviors at 6:30 pm in the GMS Auditorium. There will be more information to come about this series of conversations.

Teacher Laptop Re-imaging

By now all teachers should have had the MLTI laptop devices re-imaged by Mike Nash. If you are one of the few remaining who are hoping to not have to go through the process of saving your files, please upload all files to your Dropbox account and get your device re-imaged. It becomes very difficult to work with students when they have one image on their device and you are working with an image from last year… or, beyond.

I promise you, it is painless, and the addition of Dropbox makes backing up and saving your cherished files easy.

Southern Maine Writers Project (SMWP)

The Gorham Schools and the Southern Maine Writing Project have forged a partnership to offer to our teaching staff (k-12)an opportunity to explore your own writing and writing pedagogy within your classroom. As a participating teacher you can expect to:

  • share and learn about effective writ8ing practices that work across content areas;
  • explore your own writing to better understand your students and their writing process;
  • read and discuss relevant research and articles about literacy;
  • earn CEUs toward re-certification; (12 2-hour after school sessions)
  • create a community of teachers within the Gorham Schools;
  • benefit from access to SMWP resources;gather on site( Central Office)
  • There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, September 20 2:30 at the Central Office and 3:30 at Narragansett School.

The USM Pioneer 2012/2013 Project

We are currently working with the University of Southern Maine and their Science Department to be part of their Pioneer Sophomore Project. The goal of the project are to expose these Pioneers to the teaching world and also to expose middle school and high teachers to STEM and provide assistance to teachers in this area.

There is a proposed schedule for 7 weeks each semester (working around the USM Student’s schedule). The students who are in this program at the University are among the “best and the brightest” and they are deeply engaged and passionate about science and engineering. The University would also make available, through these students, some of the resources they have available to be used in your classrooms and labs.

As we work with the University to hammer out the details, I will forward them along to you. If the little I have told you here piques your interest, even a little, please send me an email or stop into my office.

USM Open House for Prospective Graduate Students

The University is extending an invitation to anyone interested in pursuing graduate studies to an open house at the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus of the University on Monday, September 24th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

There will be faculty advisors and admission counselors on hand to talk to you about all of the different graduate studies programs available. If you would like more information about the open house check out http://www.usm.maine.edu/graduateadmissions/graduate-studies-open-house-5

GMS Has a Presence in the “Twittersphere”

OK, I am not sure that “Twittersphere” is an actual word, but wherever that place is (the place where Twitter happens), we are there! The Gorham Middle School has an account where we can communicate with parents and the general public about what is happening here at school. The Monhegan Team, the Eagle House Team and The Harraseekeet Team all have an account where they can communicate home information about team happenings like on-going projects, upcoming events like field trips and evening activities and they can communicate with parents and students what the homework is tonight!

You can checkout each of this (yes, even though you do not have a Twitter account) at:

https://twitter.com/gorhammiddlesch

https://twitter.com/MonheganTeam

https://twitter.com/Harraseeket

https://twitter.com/EaglelakeTeam

GMS Conversation about Bullying Behaviors

On October 11, we will be holding a Conversation about Bullying Behaviors at Gorham Middle School. The Conversation will begin at 6:30 in the GMS Auditorium and will last for as long as people wish to talk.

I wish I could say that GMS is immune to such behaviors, but, sadly, we all know that we are not. What we do know is that when our young students feel threatened by the words or actions of a fellow student, they have a very difficult time focusing on the important matters of learning. I think we all know of students that, during our careers in education, have struggled with coming to school for fear of becoming the target of bullying behavior.

Our local and national press is filled with stories about the behaviors of young people that create stress, anxiety and depression in their classmates. Again, sadly, we have students here at GMS who have struggled with this.

We will have more about this evening as the date nears, but I am planting the seed this week in the hopes that some will circle this date on their calendars and join us in this conversation.

An Interesting Post from Grant Wiggins

One of the blogs that I follow is authored by Grant Wiggins of Understanding by Design fame, among his many other accomplishments. He raises a question about thoughtlessness that I must admit never really crossed my mind (how thoughtless of me!). Any way, I found it interesting and thought (now I’m getting it!) you might enjoy the short read. It does raise some interesting thoughts (enough already!).

Check out his blog here: http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/thoughtlessness-part-2/

First Dance of the Year

I just returned from the evening of songs, dance, fog machines (with my fingers crossed that the fog did not set off the fire alarms!), beach balls and one incredible light show. The place was really rockin’ and all of the kids had a great time.

As the kids were leaving to head out to meet their parents, the comments about how much fun this dance was, was on everybody’s lips. I have one very lousy picture of very poor quality, what can I say, I am one lousy photographer, but here it is anyway!

Correction from a Post two Weeks Ago

Two weeks ago I mentioned a contest sponsored by S. W. Cole called Dig Into Science. Unfortunately, I picked up an incorrect link to get more information about the contest. Here is the correct link: S.W.Cole

If you choose to participate, could you please include me on any of the communication as I am very interested in your progress.

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