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Upcoming Important Dates

Feb 24 – Faculty Meeting 2:30 GMS Library
Feb 25 – PIE Meeting with GSD School Committee 6:00 pm GMS Library
Feb 26 – Civil Rights Team Bingo Night 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria
Feb 26 & 27 – Honors Chorus Festival at Westbrook Middle School
Mar 1 – 8th Grade Parent Night at GHS Auditorium 6:00 pm
Mar 1 – Principal Visitation and Observation session (info below)
Mar 2 – Read Across America Day
Mar 2 – Leadership Team meeting 2:30 in Melanie’s room
Mar 3 – Presentation of School Musical for students during the school day (schedule to follow)
Mar 4 – 6th Music Honors Festival
Mar 4 & 5 – Public presentation of School Musical GMS Auditorium 7:00 pm
Mar 5 – EdCampME at Waynflete School, Portland 8:00 am
Mar 7 – Southern Maine partnership Assessment Webinar 4:00 pm
Mar 7 – Public Forum to discuss the Gorham School District Re-Visioning GMS Library 6:30 pm
Mar 11 – Teacher Workshop day

Faculty Meeting Agenda

  • Celebrations and accolades
  • Tech Minute
  • Bright bytes Survey (Please bring your laptops to the meeting)
  • Principal Visitation Information
  • MEA Information
  • Other

PIE Meeting

We will be holding our annual PIE Meeting with representatives from the School Committee on Thursday evening in the GMS Library at 6:00 pm. Kyle Bailey and Size Phillips from the School Committee with joining us to hear from parents or teachers about concerns for the schools. Please make time in your schedule to join us.

Civil Rights Team Bingo Night

Feeling lucky? Bring family and friends to the CivilV Rights Team Bingo Night at GMS. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria on Friday, February 26. The funds will be used to our CRt continue to do the good work they do in making our school safe and secure for all students and adults who enter. Please support their work.

School Musical

Tana Krohn, Meghan Rounds and a cast of thousands (OK, maybe not thousands) of our students have been busy rehearsing for our annual presentation. The public performances will be on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5 beginning at 7:00 pm.

We will hold the annual performances for the entire school on Thursday, March 3 during the school day. We will get a schedule out to the school with the times for your students to watch their peers perform.

8th Grade Teachers, Take Note

Please let your advisees and all of the students of the 8th grade that the High School will be conducting an 8th Grade Parent Night on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 pm in the GHS Auditorium. We will be sending out a Blackboard reminder during the week to remind the parents, but it would be very helpful if the students also bring the message home.

Principal Visitation

We will have the honor of having all of the Principals from across the district visiting GMS on Tuesday March 1st. The purpose of these visits, we are the 3rd school to host a visit, is to help create a culture of collaboration among our team. Far too often, Principals can get caught up in the day-to-day work within their own building and lose focus of the larger picture of educating our young people. The intent of these visitations is to open our doors to the building leaders across the district and share our strengths and our challenges.

As we get closer to the day of the list, I will send out more details about what to expect.

EdCamp Professional Development Opportunities

On March 5th, there will be a FREE (have I told you love that word!) wonderful professional development opportunity in Portland, at the Waynflete School. I know that this is a Saturday, and we all have lots to do on these weekend days, but this is truly a special day of learning for teachers, by teachers. I have attended this the past couple of years and I always come away with something new that I had learned and could bring to my practice.

I would encourage anyone interested to register at they link: http://edcampmaine.org. The site also has lots of details about how the day works. I hope to see many of our staff there!

Read Across America Day

March 2nd is Read Across America day. Now we all know that everyday should be Read Across America, but, in honor of Theodore Geisel’s birthday, we celebrate a day of intentional reading for and with our students. I will be going to the Narragansett School in the morning to read to 5th graders, but Susie and I would love the opportunity to join you classrooms to read a chapter or a poem or even a Dr. Seuss book to your class. Please just let either one of us know when to be there and if you’d like us to select and bring our book or if you have something you’d like us to.

MEA Testing

We are awaiting information from the state regarding the actual specifics of how the MEAs will be administered. What information we do have has the testing window opening on March 21 through the end of April. We plan to begin right on the March 21st start date with the 8th grade. We will then follow each week with the 7th grade and then the 6th grade. We plan to have more information for our faculty meeting on Wednesday, we will share what details we have then. In the meantime, let’s not get too worked up about these assessments, we’ll get a schedule out in the next few weeks and, if there are any special considerations for the students, we’ll get it out as soon as we get it.

Finish with and Old Favorite

As we enter this stretch, between vacations, I thought it might be good to hear from an old friend who has provided us with some laughs and insightful thoughts. I know we’ve mentioned some of this in the past, but he is a very funny speaker and always has a good message.



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