Week of September 8


Upcoming Important Dates

September 8 – And the long Stretch Begins!
September 9 – Faculty Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 (Agenda to follow)
September 11 – Annual Day of Remembrance
September 14 – Laptop Deployment begins
September 14 – GMS Professional Development Committee Meeting 2:30 at GMS
September 14 & 15 – MLTI Parent Orientation Night 6:00 pm GMS Auditorium
September 16 – GMS Leadership Team Meeting 2:30 in Melanie’s room
September 17 – US Constitution Day
September 18 – School Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm GMS Gymnasium
September 23 – Safety Care Training all day, Central Office
September 23 – Early Release Day (After school agenda to follow)

Faculty Meeting Agenda

Food Provided by the Office

  • Celebrations and Accolades
  • Blood Born Pathogens – Nurse Cathy
  • GMS Professional Development Team
    • Develop Ideas for 9/23 ER Day
    • Breakout into Content Areas

Early Release Day Activities

The Early Release Day on September 23rd will be focusing on math. In the morning, a teacher from each grade level will be released from their class duties to work with their counterparts from the high school on redefining the Performance Indicators that had been developed during the school year, last year. The afternoon will focus all teachers of math on these Performance Indicators and get feedback from all teachers as to how these will be executed at each grade level and to assure that there is a smooth journey for all students through the grade levels.

Teachers of other content areas will work in like groups on points identified at theSeptember 9 faculty meeting.

Lunch will be on your own and we will begin our work, as we always do, in the Library at 12:00 sharp.

September 11, Day of Remembrance

As we have in the past, we will take a moment to reflect on the event of September 11, 2001 at 8:46 am on Friday, September 11. At that time, I will make an announcement to the entire school community about the importance of the day and some relevant facts and information about the events of the day. I will then ask us all to pause in our busy day to remember those many lost souls, and the bravery that was exhibited by the all of the first responders who ran into the doomed buildings.

Please prepare your students for this moment of reflection.

US Constitution Day

September 17 has been designated by Congress as US Constitution day all across America. It is required of all educational entities that there be a coordinated  celebration of the the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787.

There are several great links available that provide some great lesson plans and activities that can be completed in any classroom. I am including one from the Constitution Day web site. http://www.constitutionday.com, but there are a several more resources available on line.

Laptop Deployment

As you all remember, our laptops had a bit of an accident over the summer. As such, our initial deployment schedule had to be scrapped. Mike Nash says we will be able to deploy the devices early next week. We will get a schedule of deployment out to you later this week.

When the devices are deployed, we will have the orientation sessions done during a science class, as we have done in that past years. Mike is working on a presentation that you can follow, as well as a series of Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ) that may come up during the orientation.

Let’s hope we can these devices out sooner!

Laptop Parent Orientation Meetings

As we have each and every year of the MLTI program, we will hold our Parent Information and Orientation Night on Monday and Tuesday, September 14 & 15. The meetings will begin at 6:00 pm and should last about an hour. Please remind your students that in order to be able to bring their devices home after school, their parents will need to attend one of the evenings.

We will highlight what is on each device that the students can utilize for educational purposes. We will also provide the parents with some very good information about digital citizenship and how to effectively oversee their child’s use of the devices at home.

Again, this year, we plan to have the devices shut down at 10:00 pm on Sunday through Thursday nights and re-start at 6:00 am the next morning. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the device will shut down at 11:00 pm and re-start at 6:00 am.

GHS/GMS Grading & Reporting Committee

We are convening a committee of High School and Middle School faculty members to examine, research and discuss strategies for how we will communicate to all stakeholders the progress of students toward proficiency in all 8 of the Content Areas of the Maine Learning Results.

As you can imagine, this is quite a task to undertake, with many areas of concern. If you are interested in being a member of this committee, please let Susie or me know of your interest.

At this time, I do not have a full idea of the time commitment, but I will get that information to those who express interest.

Interesting Video about Google Classroom

I came across this video about the new things that have been added to Google Classroom in 2015. I have only viewed this video once, and I think it is something that you need to view several times before you can actually get everything the individual is talking about. Let me know what you think.


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