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Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, June 2 – Public Hearing on School Budget, Municipal Center 7:00 pm
Wednesday, June 3 – Faculty meeting 2:30 in the Library
Wednesday, June 3 – Incoming 5th Grade Special Education Students visit 10:30
Friday, June 5 – Step Up Dance 6:00 -8:00 pm GMS Gym
June 9 – Referendum on the School Budget, GMS Gym, all day
Tuesday, June 9 – 8th Grade Step-up day 9:00 – 10:40 am
Thursday, June 11 – Library closed for inventory, all day

Upcoming Field Trips

June 4 – Education Day at the Portland Sea Dogs, Alternative Education
June 4 – Steel Band to Sagamore Village 3pm – 7 pm
June 5 – Monhegan Team to Portland Museum of Art
June 5 – Stroudwater Team to Portland Freedom Trail
June 8 – Monhegan Team to Portland Museum of Art
June 9 – Little River Team to Boston Freedom Trail
June 11 – Student Council to Funtown/Splashtown
June 12 – Harraseeket Team to Range Pond
June 15 – 8th Grade to Range Pond
June 17 – 6th Grade to Kiwanis Beach

8th Grade Step Up Day

Hard to believe but, it is just around the corner! Our 8th graders are ready to “fly the nest” and “spread their wings” up at the “Big School”.

The students and 8th grade teachers will board buses here at GMS at 9:00 am and head over to the GHS Auditorium, where the fledgling high schoolers will meet their new Advisor (for the next four years!). Mr. Record and his staff have a very busy morning planned for the students that is sure to have their heads spinning with lots of new knowledge.

The students will return to GMS at approximately 10:40 and will head up to SSR and Tutorial. This day will be quite stressful on some of our kids, so please understand their emotions will be soaring. As happens every year, the kid will have questions about the schedule they have been given. There may have been changes of which they were unaware and that could cause some anxiety levels to rise. Please reassure all who question, that they will have plenty of time to speak with their advisor and Guidance Counselor to make any adjustment necessary.

Step-up Dance

Our annual Step-up Dance and block party will be this Friday evening in the GMS Gym beginning at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The proceeds of this dance help pay for the cost associated with the 8th Grade Celebration activities planned for June 18. We are always in need of chaperones for this very busy night. We will have a bounce house going in the foyer, outside of the Library, Dipin’ Dots on sale in the Cafeteria, some sort of wonderful (non commercial) video in the Auditorium and, of course, the magical sounds of DJ Mr. P!

It is a very busy night and there are lots of parents, many of them parents of 5th graders, who are “worried” about their little babies growing up. Did I mention we could always use chaperones!

School Budget Update

The 2015-2016 School Budget continues to wend its way through the approval process on the Municipal Level. The next step in the process will be a public meeting of the Town Council to place its final approval on the amount that will be allocated to the schools. The Public meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, June 2 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Center..

Certainly, if you are a Gorham resident, you are able to attend and speak to any port of the budget you wish. If you are not a Gorham Resident, you can at least attend the public hearing. I urge all of our staff who are Gorham residents to take a sincere interest in the process and, on June 9th, go to the poll and let your voice be heard.

June 3 Faculty Meeting

We will have a “fractured” faculty meeting on Wednesday as we have a group from the Maine Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing coming in to speak with all of the 6th grade teachers, 6th grade special educators and any Allied Arts Teachers who would be having one of the four students who are joining our community who are deaf or hard of hearing. This training will happen in the Library.

I haven’t been told this specifically, but I believe it would be a good idea for the 6th grade teachers in the training to have their computers.

The rest of the grade levels will adjourn to the auditorium to have a discussion with Dennis Crowe about the distribution of laptops to 7th and 8th grade students next year. I have heard from some of you asking about how we can get the laptops out to the students sooner than the 3rd week of school, which is what happened this year. This would be a great time to let us all know about how the devices will be used during those first weeks of school.

By the way, this week the food will be provided by the males of the staff.

Congratulations to 8th Grade Science Teachers

The weather could not have cooperated any better last Thursday when the entire 8th grade science team brought the students out to race their solar cars in the Junior Solar Car Challenge sponsored by the Maine Energy Education Program. The students were all very engaged in their cars and worked long and hard to perfect their designs and prototypes. Congrats to all of the science teachers who helped organize this and to all of the teachers who brought their kids out side on this beautiful day.

 Another Interesting Article

I know that each week in this space I include a video that I call “interesting” or an article that I call “interesting”, so this week will be no different!

This article comes from Peter DeWitt, a regular contributor to the weekly publication of Education Week. Peter just recently moved out of the Principal’s office to work with the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA). As you can discern from the attached article, Peter travels quite a bit working with educators all over the world. Most of his pieces resonate with me as he has sat in each of our chairs, being a classroom teacher, working with young kids of varying backgrounds, and a building administrator during the difficult times of change in the past few years.

This article is interesting because, while it is about failure and success, it reports on findings that indicate that we are less inclined to share our successes. Anyway, I’ll let you read it for yourself and come to your own conclusions. Perhaps, if I am lucky, I can Peter to stop by sometime when he’s in Maine!

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2015/04/whats_worsefailure_or_success.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3&_cldee=aGFnZW1hbkBuYWlzLm9yZw==

You can also follow Peter on Twitter, if you are so inclined at @PeterMDeWitt.

 

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