Someone Said Spring is Here!


Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, March 25 – Leadership Team meeting, Melanie’s room 2:30 pm
Wednesday, March 25 – School Committee Workshop meeting, Public forum on FY16 School Budget
Friday, March 27 – Teacher Workshop Day – No School for students, Agenda below
Wednesday, April 1 – Early Release Day, students dismissed at 11:10 (Agenda below)
Tuesday, April 7 – Gorham All-District Band Concert 6:30, GHS Auditorium
Tuesday, April 7 – 6th Grade Sebago Team Ancient World Museum 6:00 pm GMS 6th grade wing
Wednesday, April 8 – Faculty Meeting GMS Library 2:30 pm (Agenda to follow)
Friday, April 10 – GMS School Dance sponsored by the 6th grade. 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, April 14 – All Gorham Chorus Night, GHS Auditorium 6:00 pm

Leadership Team Meeting Agenda

  • Leaders Reports
  • Upcoming Teacher Workshop Day
  • SBAC and EICAL
  • Other

Teacher Workshop Day Agenda

We will begin our day at 8:00 am in the Library. Coffee, juice and pastries (of some kind) will be available at 7:30, however we will begin our work as a group at 8:00, sharp!

  • 8:00 – Whole Group, directions for the day, focus of our work, expected results
  • 8:15 – 10:30 – Breakout by groups (See below)
  • 10:30 – 10:45 – Break – More coffee and water available in the Library
  • 10:45 – 12:00 – Continue Group Work
  • 12:00 – 12:45 – Lunch on your own
  • 12:45 – 1:00 – Whole group (update progress any additional information)
  • 1:00 – 2:30 – Return to Group work.

Again, our focus will be on Proficiency Based Education. Many of the content areas have had sessions to develop and identify what proficiency looks like, developing scoring criteria and rubrics for each of the graduation standards and performance indicators. This day will focus on Math and ELA, however Social Studies Teachers and Science Teachers will engage in this work, as they have in the past with their peers in ELA and Math.

By the end of the day, we should have a preponderance of the performance indicator proficiency levels determined in Math and ELA, and our Science and Social Studies Teachers should have a framework for how they will do their work in this area.

April 1st Early Release Day Agenda

Just so we are very clear about this, we will follow a Wednesday schedule using our Early Release day times for our students. Please don’t make changes to the schedule on a unilateral basis. The schedule was built keeping all aspects of our school day in mind (e.g. Learning Labs, Allied Arts, Special Education, Band and Chorus).

Our afternoon work will focus on the SBAC testing and making sure that our kids have completed the “Training Tests” as well as the practice tests that are available on the T.I.D.E. website.

We will also use this time to answer questions and concerns that you all have about the upcoming administration. I can tell you that we will ave some local experience to be able to relate to you, as the the elementary schools will be starting their administration in the next week. I am expecting that when this happens, and happens successfully because we have an excellent Tech Department who will ensure that this is a good administration, we will have some empirical, local evidence that we will be able to share with you, and we will.

I also expect that the state will have some very real information that they can share with us that will help ease some of our angst and anxiety about the test.

Lots of Great Music Coming to Gorham

I know that we all enjoyed seeing the GHS Chorus, Chamber Singers and Choir come to GMS to perform for us last Thursday. On Tuesday evening, April 7 at 6:30 in the GHS Auditorium, all of the students who participate in band within the district, will be performing. As much fun as it was to see all of our former students perform with their voices, it will be equally as much fun to see pour former students perform their talents with their respective school bands. So, we can see our current students demonstrate their talents, as well as many of our former students perform and also get a glimpse of our future students.

I urge everyone to try to set aside an evening to join all of us in this very wonderful evening of our very talented kids.

Sebago Team’s Ancient World Night

AS an old Social Studies Teacher, one of my favorite nights of the year is when our kids get to “Show What They Know” about their studies in the Ancient World. This event is on the same evening as the Gorham All-District Band Night, so you could schedule to stop by the Middle School at 6:00 pm, view the Ancient World projects of our 6th graders, and then head over to the High School and listen to so many of our students and former students perform. What a great way to spend an evening.

Some Thoughts on Proficiency Based Education and SBAC Testing

It is Saturday morning, about 11:00am and I am sitting in a room at the Municipal Center attending a Budget Hearing with my fellow Administrators and our School Board Members. So, setting that stage, I can tell you that my mind is wandering a bit, and I seem to have locked on to our work on Proficiency Based Education and THE TESTS!

I came across a couple of images that made me really think about our work in regards to what it means for our students, first and then for the adults in our buildings.The first is from Rick Wormeli and I expect that several of you have seen this in the past, but it hits at the heart of our work and the message we send to our kids, even when we don’t think we are sending messages:

Rick Wormeli

As he always does, he piques the mind to some different thoughts.

This next one is something I hear very often at GMS and in schools everywhere, and every time I hear it, I wonder what the person making the statement is really thinking:

Red Ink

I know and understand the pressure we all feel to get our kids to proficiency, but this really drives home the point about the “Real World”. For some of our kids, their real world is unlike anything any of us have experienced. It is one of the things we need to keep in mind.

Finally, this one applies to any room I walk into!


Just some thought provoking images to think about as we continue to traverse the landscape of Proficiency Based Education.

Enjoy the week.


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