One Last Good Night’s Sleep Before It Starts!

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Upcoming Important Dates

August 27 – Teacher Workshop Day
August 28 – Teacher Workshop Day
August 31 – 1st Day of School (6th Grade only)
September 1 – GMS Parent Open House 6:00 – 7:00 pm
September 1 – All Students come to school
September 2 – School Pictures
September 4 – No School
September 7 – No School – Labor Day
September 8 – And the long Stretch Begins!
September 9 – Faculty Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 (Agenda to follow)
September 14 & 15 – MLTI Parent Orientation Night 6:00 pm GMS Auditorium
September 18 – School Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm GMS Gymnasium

Opening Day Activities

We have a schedule created for the first days of school for teachers, although I would expect that there may be some changes as we move forward and get closer the the actual dates. You all know how somethings start out relatively unimportant and then become more critical as the days approach. So, here is a “preliminary” schedule for Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28:

Thursday, August 27
7:00 – 7:55 – Light Breakfast in GMS Cafeteria
8:00 – 9:00 – Welcome address by Heather Perry and Dennis Libby
9:00 – 10:30 – Suicide Training in the GMS Auditorium
11:00 – 11:30 – Bloodborne Pathogen training
11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch provided in the Cafeteria
12:30 – 2:30 – Classroom time

 Friday, August 28
8:00 – 10:00 – Gather in the Auditorium for Mandated Trainings (AESOP (8:45), FERPA, Harassment, Bullying, etc.)
10:00 – 12:00 – Update  Proficiency Based Learning, Educator Effectiveness, EICAL, Advisory, Early Release Days.
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on your own
1:00 – 3:00 – Advisory Clusters, Team meeting, Grade level meeting

The first meetings of the afternoon should be Advisory Clusters. We would like each Cluster to provide information on the Day One Schedule for your grade levels.

Day One Schedules

As we have in the past, we will extend the advisory period on the first day so that the Advisors can disseminate all of the necessary paperwork to students, distribute locks and locker assignments as well as conduct some kind of opening of school activity as an ice-breaker for the students.

The rest of the day for all grades will follow a “One Hour Delay” schedule.

At the 6th grade level “day one”, we will use the extended Advisory Time so that you can have some time to greet your kids, work on lockers and lock combinations, tours and ice breakers. Lunch will be at 11:00 until 12:20, extended so we can make sure that all of the kids get a chance to eat, understand how the lunch line works and a few of the rules we like to follow in the cafeteria.

At 12:20, we’ll send the kids back to their wing. Somewhere during the day, all of the kids will meet their AA teachers and get used to traveling through the school to their respective AA classrooms.

At 1:00, please bring all of your kids to the Auditorium for a closing assembly with Susie and me. We will cover things like our Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, expectations for behaviors and conduct within our community.

On Tuesday, we will again follow a one hour delay schedule to accommodate our extended Advisory period. After that, we’ll follow the Tuesday Schedule rotation with the 7th and 8th grade assemblies happening during the EICAL periods for each grade level. Please bring your kids down so we can get started quickly, we have lots of information to share with them.

For those who have forgotten the one-hour delay schedule:

1 Hour Delay2 Hour Delay schedule

Do Your Job

By now, most of you have probably had your fill of “Deflate-gate” and the science of PSI and Newton’s Laws and probably every other *&^%$ thing to do with the New England Patriots, the NFL, Roger Goodell, The Wells Report, but please forgive me for putting this video in this memo. However, I do think that it speaks volumes about the work we do, the risks we take and the rewards we receive.

To set the scene, remember that the New England Patriots won the Superbowl last year, it was in all the papers, so I’m sure you saw something about it! The game was a nail-biter right up until the end, when the Patriots quite literally, grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat. There was much more that went into those final moments of that game, and this video, trailer for the NFL Network actually, tries to capture some of the tension and thought process that went into those final, fateful moments and the critical decisions made by the different participants, most notably Belechik and Carroll.

Sit back, and for those of you who can’t ever get enough of the Patriotsand this Superbowl victory, enjoy. For those who are really sick to their stomach that the football season is right around the corner (again!), appreciate the process of decision making, the understanding of the possible outcomes and the decisiveness of all who were involved in these last few, fateful, historic moments!

Here’s looking forward to a great year for each and everyone of us!!

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