Week of May 9

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Upcoming Important Dates

May 9 – Ross Greene Presents, GMS Auditorium 6:00 pm
May 9 – NWEA Testing for 7th Graders begins
May 9 – Last EICAL Rotation of the year begins
May 11- Faculty meeting GMS Library 2:30 Food provided by Special Education
May 16 – NWEA Testing for 6th Grade begins
May 16, 17, 18 – GHS Student Ambassadors
May 18 – LeadershipTeam Meeting 2:30

Upcoming Field Trips

May 9 – Alternative Education to Ferry Beach Ecology School
May 11 – Eagle Team to Cinemagic
May 12 – Alternative Education to Vineland Farms
May 20 – Physics Day at Funtown
May 23 – Civil Rights Team to Augusta

Faculty Meeting Agenda

  • Accolades and Celebrations
  • Newton Dubs – Open Enrollment Items
  • Technology Minutes – Backing up your MacBook Air
  • Other
  • 7th Grade teachers will need to meet with Judy Wuorio for about 30 minutes
  • 8th grade teachers will need to meet with Ryan Watts
  • Don’t forget the Exit Slip!

Ross Greene Presents 

On Monday night, May 9 at 6:00 pm in the Gorham Middle School Auditorium, please join Ross Greene, Founder and Director of Lives in the Balance. We all know parenting is hard, but it doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it! Raising Human Beings: Parenting to Foster the Better Side of Human Nature, is the title of his presentation for the evening. He will help us learn how parents can influence their child’s direction and decisions and resolve disagreements without conflict. Please join us for this very informative evening. Admission is Free.

Field Trips

Over the past couple of years, we have done a great job of reducing our paper usage by requesting our field trips using electronic means rather than printing off several pages and making several copies to distribute throughout the district, and we really haven’t had many problems at all. So, first I want to thank everyone for doing such a great job, I know change can be difficult. I do have a couple of suggestions that, I think,can help everyone and reduce the angst of these trips in  hours before we leave for all of the fun that these trips have in store.

Some folks are incredibly prepared and well organized. Believe it or not, we have had some field trips coming up in June that were requested back in October! I know, that is almost unfathomable to me! If you have received approval for your trips, I can guarantee that the buses have been reserved and that Judy Philbrick has them warming up for your trip, so you may not have to call her. But, if it eases your mind to give her a call, by all means, please do so.

Lynn Erickson Cafeteria Manager, would have received the information for your trip, so she knows how to plan for the students remaining back at GMS. Where she can really use some help is for those students who may receive Free and Reduced Lunch, she must make up bag lunches for them. If you could tell her how many of your students will be needing a bag lunch a day or two ahead, that would be a great help. It is very difficult for her to put all of the lunches together with only an hours notice. So, please, call her a day, or better yet, two days before your schedule trip and let her know how many lunches you’ll need for your trip.

Additionally, please make sure that Kristen and the Office knows when and where your trip is going. If you need to have a check for the trip, please ask Kristen at least 2 days before the trip. This is critically important as it takes quite a bit of time to process each check, and with all that goes on in the office each day, I can’t guarantee that Kristen can get it done.

Finally, we try to keep all of the Field Trips on the Calendar in the office. If you get a chance, please stop down and take a look to make sure we have your trip on our schedule.

MLTI and our Laptops

Earlier this week, I sent out an email to everyone in our school announcing the good news that all of our teachers and every 7th & 8th grade student would be receiving a brand new MacBook Air at the beginning of the school year in August. I also shared the bad news that our 6th grade students would not be inheriting these “old” MacBook Airs as we have done in the past. For some reason, I am sure that it is a good financial reason, Apple feels that these devices are far more valuable in the secondary market at this time than they would be in a couple of years. I understand! I don’t like it, but I understand.

So what this means i s that all teachers will be getting their new devices sometime in the future, I don’t have the exact date. It also means that teachers will need to make sure that everything they have saved to their device is also saved to Dropbox, the Cloud, Google Drive or some other virtual storage area. We will take a few minutes at the Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, to talk about some of the options that are available to us and how to access them easily.

I aslo want everyone to know that the devices will need to be prepared before they can be returned to Apple. Each device needs to be evaluated for breakage, dents and other issues. Since these devices are covered under AppleCare, we want to make sure all warranty work is completed before we let Apple take them. This means that we’ll need to collect all of the student devices on June 3rd. June 3rd will be the last student day with the devices. Please pan accordingly with your classes and students.

Student Ambassadors

Ryan Watts has identified several Gorham High School students to join him in addressing the 8th grade to talk about what they found difficult and how they over came the issues of transitioning to the High School. They will be at GMS over 3 or 4 days next week joining selected classes. Ryan will be in touch with those teachers who’s classes will be impacted to give you dates and times (if he hasn’t already!)

Final Thoughts

I recognize that the last article seemed to come across as a negative toward our profession, It was not intended to be that way, I intended it to stir some thinking about how we all do our job. So, recognizing that I may be treading back into the water again (and I promise I will always tread back into the water!), I offer an article for your consideration that will be the subject of an exit slip at our faculty meeting on Wednesday afternoon. You’ll all get the exit slip in your email on Wednesday afternoon.

This article is written by John Warner, a blogger for InsideHigherEd, he has written a couple of books and he is a teacher in South Carolina. He struck a positive chord with me and he made me say “No, not my experience!” more than once, but he did make me think! I hope you enjoy it!

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/shut-down-parent-portals-dangers-real-time-data#.VyYdwPpY37M.twitter

And, the Trifecta…

In keeping with the Kentucky Derby (I needed to find a way to include that reference!), I have included the normal information, and article and now a short video for your perusal. It really is very short, but packs an interesting message. Harold Jache is one of those folks who travels to schools and talks about what they should do, and then leaves. Ok, that’s a bit too critical, his idea here is pretty “spot on!” enjoy.

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