Upcoming Important Dates
March 19 – Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know, GMS Auditorium 6:00 – 8:00 pm
March 20 – PIE Meeting 6:00 pm in the GMS Library
March 21 – School Dance 6:00 – 8:00 in the GMS Gym
March 25 – Leadership Team Meeting 2:30 in Melanie’s room
March 26 – Faculty Meeting 2:30 in the Library
March 28 – Teacher Workshop Day, No school for students.
April 2 – Early Release Day – Students dismissed at 11:10 am
April 4 – 3rd Quarter Ends, Grades will need to be on Infinite Campus by the end of the day April 11
It appears that for the last two post that I have taken the time to write have not been posted by me. I think winter has frozen my brain! So I want to apologize for not keeping you all informed about the goings on at school. Hopefully I have thawed my synapses and cleared the neural pathways in my brain and this get posted.
I also want to thank you all for “going with the flow” as I was thinking you all had been notified about events, when you weren’t.
Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know
Claudine Emerson, GHS/GMS Substance Abuse Counselor will be presenting a session Wednesday evening at GMS to parents and all others who are interested on the topic of substances and your children. She will have a mock bedroom set up with all of the many places that students can hide in plain site their drugs and paraphernalia. She will discuss the types of drugs and other substances that are prevalent here in Gorham and are the chosen substances of the students she meets during her day.
This is a reprise of a presentation she did last year that was very well received by our parents. If you are interested in learning more about the problems that really do exist with some of our student at GMS, please join us at 6:00 pm for a walk through of the mock bedroom and the presentation that follows.
I know that we all felt as though we had some “found time” on Friday when the alarm went off and we had to evacuate the building, but I really want to so thank you for the incredibly professional manner in which you all worked with your parents to help them evacuate the building and how you all led them away from areas where the First Responders would be bringing in their equipment. Then, when you were allowed to re-enter the gymnasium, how you all just continued to meet with the parents who were there and who continued to arrive for their scheduled meetings.
This is the very reason we practice these drills, so that it becomes second nature to us in the event of an emergency.
I am including the text of a letter that we sent out to our community in response to the emergency and as an explanation of what actually happened.
March 14, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This morning (Friday) as we were all settling in for a day filled with Parent Teacher Conferences, our fire alarm sounded alerting us to an issue within the building. All of the teachers and parents who were present and attending conferences at the time, evacuated the building very in a very orderly fashion and in good time. Our very capable fire department responded quickly and began doing what they do best, finding the source of the problem and correcting it.
It appears that one of the heat pumps, used to heat and cool our building had seized, over heated and caught fire.
We have the mechanics here today (Friday) and they will be replacing the unit as quickly as possible and get us back up and operational. There may be a delay of a day or two in getting the new heat pump delivered, but there are enough redundancies within our system that we should not experience any discomfort from the cold.
I want to thank our Gorham Firefighters who responded so quickly and so professionally. It always strikes me that as folks are moving away from the danger, they are moving toward it! I would also like to thank the parents and the students who were in the building at the time for the calm manner in which they all evacuated the building. Finally, I would like to extend a huge thank you and a “tip of the cap” to our faculty for the way in which they conducted themselves. After it was determined that we could enter the gymnasium safely, our faculty quickly began conferencing with the parents who continued to show up for their scheduled conferences. Now that’s a group of professionals!
We did employ our district-wide Black Board messaging system to inform those parents and guardians about the problem and the postponement of conferences. I apologize to those who didn’t get the message and still came to the school for your conference. If you did not receive a phone call from us, please check with us to make sure that we have correct contact information for you.
As always, should you have any questions about this incident and our response, please feel free to give us a call.
March 28 Teacher Workshop Day
The March 28th Workshop Day will focus on how we are approaching the new legislation around Proficiency Based Learning. I know that we have already done a great deal of work already trying to learn more about what the expectations will be for us going forward and what all of this will mean to our instructional practices and for parental and community expectations. I also know that I am quite pleased and proud of the progress we have made in this area.
We are currently working to put together a beneficial day of Proficiency Based Work that will continue to have us progressing toward what our expectations are for our school. More details on the actual activities of the day will be forthcoming.
Assessment Data Work
The faculty meeting of March 28 will focus our attention on the NECAP results that we have distributed to our teams. Please make sure that you are able access your results for your current students for this work. If you are having difficulty, please let me know so that I can help get you access. Also, if you don’t have all of your students, or you have information on students who are not yours, please let me know so that I can get them assigned properly.
Thanks to the Huffington Post for this kind of funny Youtube video on Tweets about teachers: