Week of January 25


Upcoming Important Dates

Jan 25 – New Allied Arts rotation
Jan 25 – GMS Professional Development team meeting 2:30 Nurse’s Conference Room
Jan 27 – Faculty Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 in the Library Food Provided by the Office.
Jan 28 – Support Services Meeting 9:30
Jan 28 – 6-12 Meeting Superintendent’s Conference room 2:30 – 4:00
Jan 30 – ConnecteEdCoast EdCamp at South Portland High School 8:00am (sign up below)
Feb 1 – New EICAL Rotation begins.
Feb 1 – SMP Leadership Webinar 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Feb 3 – Early Release Day, students released at 11:10 (more to follow)
Feb 5 – School Dance Sponsored by the Student Council and Civil Rights Team
Feb 11 – Grade Level Assemblies during Tutorial (more info to come)

Agenda for Faculty Meeting

  • Celebrations and Accolades
  • Opportunity Alliance presentation of Substance Abuse
  • Review of Re-Visioning Surveys
  • Other

Early Release Day Activities – Students

8th Grade students will be attending several presentations, arranged by Ryan Watts, regarding Careers. Ryan has arranged to have several people from a variety of different industries and business to come in speak with our 8th grades. Each student will attend as many as 3 presentations based upon their stated interests. More details and sign ups will be forth coming this week.

The 6th & 7th Grade students will be following a Wednesday Early Release Day Schedule. Please remember to follow the normal rotation for Wednesday.

School Dance

This month’s school dance is sponsored by the Student Council and the Civil Rights Team. The dance begins at 6:00 and ends at 8:00. I am sure that both organizations would love to have some help in chaperoning this dance, so, if you have nothing better to do on a Friday evening, volunteer to help out two great organizations that help our entire school be a better place for all of us.


There will be another FREE (my favorite word) and beneficial Professional Development opportunity on Saturday, January 30 at South Portland High School. These EdCamp opportunities are a great way to connect with your fellow educators learning about what others do in their classrooms that you may want to try in your classroom. These are PD ops for educators by educators. I am including a link to the sign up:


I cannot express how beneficial these gatherings are… and, they are really a fun way to share what you know and what you want to learn more about. I hope to see a bunch us there on Saturday!

Early Release Day – Teachers

The focus of this day will be Social Studies. Kate and Kathy will be developing an agenda for those folks and distributing to you in the coming days. The GMS PD committee will be reviewing our work to date in the other content areas and developing an agenda for the rest of us. We will get that info out to all after our GMS PD meeting today.

Southern Maine Partnership PD Offering

SMP is excited to announce a 3-part Assessment Literacy series with leading national classroom assessment expert, Jan Chappuis, author of Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning and lead author of Classroom Assessment of Student Learning. Jeff and Anita will facilitate the sessions with Jan whom will be joining us via screen share from the west coast. This is a series you will not want to miss! Each session will focus on one of three essential questions: Where am I going? Where am I now? How do I close the gap?
The first session (Where am I going?) is Monday, February 1st from 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
The second session (Where am I now?) is Monday, March 7th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The third session (How do I close the gap?) is Monday, April 4th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
While educators may register for individual sessions, we encourage educators to attend all 3 of the sessions in the series if at all possible. Educators from SMP-member districts may register for free; the fee for educators from non-SMP member districts is $20 per session per educator.
So, it appears that my good idea for having the sessions here at the Library, complete with GHOP, can’t be accomplished. The Webinar is going to be done at USM’s Portland Campus and it will be facilitated by USM Professor Jeff Beaudry and Anita Stewart-McCafferty. It was a good idea, but the webinar will be worth it regardless of where it’s held. If you are interested, please register, but, also let me know.
However, since Gorham Schools are a member of the SMP, there is no registration fee for these webinars. I was thinking about ordering out from GHOP on that day, setting up the Library for all who are interested to participate and making a fun learning experience. Are there any takers?? Please let me know is you are going to register and we’ll make sure to have enough food. To register for the webinar series check out this link:

 An Interesting Piece from Fast Company

First a word about Fast Company from their website and how they describe who and what they are:

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and FastCompany.com inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.

Now knowing what this organization is, I found this read very interesting. It has been said that if Horace Mann came back to life in our current century, the only thing he would recognize would be the American Public School. This may be a bit of hyperbole, but, with a few exceptions, the school that I attended (and I’m not telling how old I am) is not a whole lot different than schools today.

The folks at Fast Company asked several of the most influential leaders of innovative educational companies their predictions for the next 5 years in education. What they highlighted is very telling and surprising, especially the idea that kids will be driven to school by driverless cars! Here is a link to tho full article:


In Keeping with the Article from Fast Company…A Video

You all knew that Couldn’t resist a good video! This one, from TEDxBeaconStreet by a teenager, Eddy Zhong, is thought provoking, to say the least. Enjoy!


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