Upcoming Important Dates
Apr 27 – Faculty Meeting GMS Library 2:30 – 4:00 pm (Food Provided by Allied Arts)
Apr 28 – 5th Grade Parent Night 6:00 pm in the Auditorium
Apr 29 – MEA Science Assessment for 8th grade students
Apr 29 – Special Olympics Competition at Bonny Eagle
Apr 29 – Google Expeditions Pioneer Program
May 1 – New England Pan Festival in North Conway, NH
May 2 – NWEA for grade 8 begins
May 6 School Dance sponsored by the 6th grade 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Faculty Meeting Agenda
- Accolades and Celebrations
- Technology Minute
- Jumprope Pilot ideas for next year
- Article Conversation Link to the article https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students
Google Expedition Pioneer Program
Through the hard work of Terri Dawson and Susie Hanley, we are delighted to have the good folks of Google come to our school to offer a Google Expedition to many of our students. Terri has distributed a sign-up sheet for teacher to use to reserve their time. The space is limited, and, as of this morning, we had one spot left.
What is a Google Expedition?
A couple of weeks ago, I asked Terri about a term I had seen, Google Cardboard, during one of the many Twitter Chats I engage in regularly, As it happened, Terri had just purchased a Google Cardboard and it had arrived that very day. She was able to show me exactly what it was.
Now, I am not the easiest person to impress with things like technology. but when I took a ride on a rocket being launched from Cape Canaveral and saw (and felt) the experience, I was hooked on this idea of Google Cardboard, Now we have the opportunity to experience several of the adventures.
I know that many have signed up for a time slot, but I also noticed that some teams have signed up for the same experience. I think it would be a far better experience for us as a whole school to have our studnets try the many different experiences they have to offer. If this goes as I think it will, we will be doing this many more times in the future, and teams will be able to have a unified experience later. For now, I would like us to try as many different experiences as possible on this Friday.
5th Grade Parent Night
We will be offering our annual evening for parents of 5th graders to learn about what to expect for their kids when they arrive at GMS next August. We usually have administration and a teacher, or two join us along with someone from the Guidance Office to explain the “ins handouts” of that vital first year of Middle School.
The evening will begin at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium.
GMS Spring Sports Season Begins
The spring sports season begin on Tuesday with Baseball and softball games at Bonn Eagle. Our home season begins on Wednesday with our 8th grade boys baseball and girls softball taking on Windham.
All games begin at 4:00 pm. I know that your students love to see their teachers at the games, even if it is only for a couple of minutes.
I am asking that each of you take a few minutes to complete a Leadership Survey on both Susie and Me. The goal of this survey is to help us get better at our jobs. The survey is through survey monkey and it will be returned to Superintendent Perry. Please take the few moments required to help us do our jobs better!
Early Release Day May 4
Our Early Release Day for the students will be a regular day with shortened classes. We had thought about trying to put together a Wellness Day with activities, but time sort of crept up on us. We will try to find another day when we can provide for our community to join in a day of physical activity and learning some good life long skills toward the end of the school year.
More Rand Surveys
Earlier this month a couple of observers from the Rand Corporation visited several classrooms to observe some baseline behaviors. We have not received any information from them observers as to what they discovered, if anything, but the research continues, and will continue for a couple of more years. That is what we signed on to do a couple of years ago.
The next step in the process is to complete a pencil and paper survey with our students. They will be providing us with the surveys that we’ll get out to all advisors fro their kids. The good people at Rand are again offering a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate for our participation. The survey should be able to be completed during an advisory period, so int shouldn’t take too long.
Jumprope Pilot Volunteers
As you are all aware, we have begun a pilot of the Jumprope reporting system at the 7th grade level with our science teachers. We are gathering all sorts of information about how to make this system work for our school, our students, our teachers and our families. It is our intention that this pilot will give us some insight on how this will make for a better experience for all of us.
For now, however, we are looking forward to next year and what are the next steps for us. I am asking for some ideas about how we can extend and expand this pilot into the 8th grade. Since we are currently using Jumprope only in science classes, does it make sense to keep it going in science and then add? Truthfully, I don’t know! Please bring your ideas to the meeting on Wednesday.
An Intersting Video on Raising Digit Natives
I came across this video through one of my “friend” on Twitter as we were having a discussion about social media and how it has impacted our kids loves. While this doesn’t directly pertain to our classroom, it does give some interesting insight into the kids who are coming into pour classrooms now!