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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, January 5 – Welcome back!
Wednesday, January 7 – Faculty Meeting Food provided by the females of the staff.
Thursday, January 8 – School Finals Geography Bee – 6:30 GMS Auditorium
Friday, January 9 – School Dance GMS Gym 6:00 – 8:00pm
Tuesday, January 13 – Leadership Team Meeting 2:30 Melanie’s room
Wednesday, January 14 – Early Release Day
Thursday, January 15 – PIE Meeting GMS Library 6:00 pm all are invited to attend
Monday, January 19 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Holiday, No School

Faculty Meeting

I know that it is an awful way to begin the New Year, but we have a Faculty Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 7 beginning at 2:30 in the Library. Food will be provided by the females on the staff, so bring your appetites.

I have posted an article to read on our Faculty PD Google Classroom as well as a protocol that we’ll follow in our discussions. We will provide some time at the beginning of the meeting for folks to review the article (or look at it for the first time!).

We will have time for socializing as well as time to celebrate our accomplishments and maybe hear a little bit about what we all did while we were away for two weeks. Seems like the vacation just started, where did the time go?

Advance Notice

Please mark your calendars for the date of Thursday, February 5th fro a special schedule. We are very fortunate to have Linda Dutil, nationally acclaimed image002speaker and a real-life emergency room nurse from Waterville, who will speak to our community about the dangers of substances and how we all have a responsibility to help our kids get past this in their lives.

I will be getting out a schedule of when grade levels will be called to the auditorium in the coming weeks.

National Geographic Society Geography Bee

GEOTo begin, I want to thank Jeff Carpenter for his organization skills and persistence in getting the early rounds of the Geography Bee accomplished prior to the Christmas Break.

We will hold the School Finals of the Geography Bee on Thursday evening, January 8th at 6:30 in the GMS auditorium. By the end of this evening, we will have one winner and one runner up for our school bee.The winner will be administered one final written test that will determine whether our champ will compete at the State finals later in March.

If you have never taken in the finals of our Geography Bee, you should! Jeff does a great job of putting on a show that would make Alex Trebeck proud!

More from Dr.Tony Wagner

A while back, I shared an article with the Leadership team from Fr Tony Wagner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While I can’t find where I shared the article with all of you, I am pretty sure that we spent some time during a faculty meeting discussing it, but, I know, I’m getting old!

In any event, I have a video that I would love to share with you. At some point in this school year, we’ll spend some time talking about what he says and what it means for public education in America. When you think about the idea that knowledge really is free, it opens the mind to all kinds of possibilities.

For the time being, however, I am just sharing this with you now for your enjoyment!

A Great Professional Development Opportunity

EdCampWMEIt is not often that I can report to you about a great PD opportunity that is free, but in the coming months there will be as many as three great chances to meet up with your peers and create learning that works for you. EdCampWME will be on Saturday, february 7th on the Farmington Campus of Mt. Blue High School. I know that it is a bit of a ride to get there, but it we truly be worth every mile.

You may remember the few times we ran an EdCamp style day. Those were the days where we offered learnings that we thought were important to us. The most recent one we did allowed many of to get a better handle of our Google Platform and it was learnings offered by our peers. The larger EdCamp format brings educators from all over New England, and beyond, to share and learn from each other.

 

 

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