Week of April 11


Upcoming Important Dates

Apr 11 – EICAL Rotations begin again
Apr 11 – 8th Grade Celebration Organizing Meeting 6:00 pm GMS Library
Apr 12 – All Gorham Chorus Night 6:00 pm GHS
Apr 13 – School Committee meeting 7:00 pm Municipal Center
Apr 15 – Spring Break Special Afternoon
Apr15 – Spring Break begins at dismissal
Apr 27 – Faculty Meeting GMS Library 2:30 – 4:00 pm  (Food Provided by Allied Arts)

Special Friday 

Susie sent out an email about the activities on Friday afternoon. We did discuss this as a Leadership Team and thought that this would be a great way too send the kids off on Spring Break. I believe that everyone received Susie’s email requesting some “equipment” for the afternoon. We will get get the details out about the actual competitions that will happen a bit later in the week. Please plan for the early release day schedule, lunches at the same times as normal. We will extend the afternoon advisory time during the lunches and  then call, by grade level to the gym. Please use the gym seating diagram that I will put in your mail box.

All Gorham Chorus Night

We have yet another opportunity to be able to see the fruits of our labors when all chorus singers throughout the district gather at GHS in the Performing Arts Center beginning at 6:00 pm. I say see the fruits of our labors because it is so very interesting to be able to actually see how our former GMSer’s have truly grown up and the wonderful things that they are doing at the high school. This is always a wonderful night, I hope many of you can make it.

Sending You Off with a Reading Assignment

The World Economic Forum launched a report on the 16 skills they believe that today’s students will need to be successful in the 21st Century. Of course, we’re 15 years into the 21st Century, but better late than never, as they say! At their annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland a few months ago, they issued this report, along with a couple of other that I think are not damning to public education, but more of a road map for what we need to think about going forward. Here is the link for the article: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students

I would like to use this as a discussion article at our faculty meeting of April 27. Please take a few moments to read this in preparation of that meeting.

Field Trip Season

Just a reminder that all field trips must be approved using the online forms. These forms need to be sent to Rhonda Warren, Lynn Ericksson (Food service), Judy Philbrick (buses), Cathy Loiselle 9Nurse), Kristen Fitz, Susie and me.

I know that transportation is at a premium, so the earlier you can get your requests the better the chance you have of securing buses.

Individual Meetings 

We have had several meetings to date,and we have lots more schedule for the rest of this week. If you have not scheduled your meeting with Susie and me, please do so at your earliest convenience. We hop to have everyone wrapped up by the end of the first week we come back from break.

In order to schedule, please look at the GMS Leadership Calendar, we have set aside several times for these meetings, and pick a time that has not been filled. These meetings will not last more than 20 minutes, so we can try to get a few teachers in during any planning time. When you see a date and time that works for you, send Susie and me an email and reserve your time. We’ll get back to confirming the appointment.

We are really looking forward to these meetings, and, so far they have gone very well.

EICAL Rotations

We are back one schedule with EICAL rotations, thanks to all who understood d that we needed to put them aside during the testing. It was too much of scheduling nightmare to keep them going.

We have one more rotation after this current one that started today. I know, that is really too hard to believe!

Thank you all for working so hard to offer some really great activities and learning experiences for our students. I know that some wild rather just sit in class and play video games or listen to Spotify, but I do know that many of the students really like seeing their teachers in a different subject. On a very selfish note, I know that Susie and e really enjoy working with our groups!

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