Upcoming Important Dates
Aug 25 & 26 – Teacher Workshop days 7:30 am GMS Cafeteria and Gymnasium
Aug 26 – Special Ed Meeting 11:00 am Central Office
Aug 29 – 6th Graders first day of school
Aug 29 – 6th Grade Assembly (time to be determined)
Aug 30 – 7th & 8th Graders first day of school
Aug 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Assemblies (time to be determined)
Aug 30 – GMS Open House 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Sep 2 – No School, Long Labor Day Weekend
Sep 5 – Labor Day No School
Sep 7 – Grade Level and Team Meetings 2:30
Sep 8 – Picture Day
Sep 8 – Vision & Hearing Screening
Sep 12 & 13 – MLTI Parent Orientation Night 6:00 pm
OK, I know that we all would wish that Summer could last a few more weeks, but reality must be, and so we are counting off the days when our students return to our buildings and the daily routine of our lives returns to what we know best.
As you can imagine, and, if you are following your peers on Facebook, many of you have had a very interesting summer of travel, family friends and re-charging of the batteries! Good for all of you!
There has been a lot of work done here at the school over the summer. Beth Orlando continues to make changes to the space we used to call the Library, it truly is becoming a Learning Commons for all who enter. Sharlene ant the whole staff have been busy putting a shine on the whole building. It is hard to believe that our “New” school will be 13 years old this year. Smack dab in the middle of adolescence, if buildings suffer through that condition!
For those of you who are interested, the rooms are ready for your to visit and start the process of setting up. I know that many of you are anxious to get to your classrooms and begin the annual process of bulletin boards and desk arranging. Feel free to come in anytime and begin your “pre-season rituals”.
We will begin our school year right here at Gorham Middle School when we welcome the rest of the district staff to a light breakfast and coffee in our cafeteria beginning at 7:30 am. Superintendent Perry and School Committee Chairman Wright will welcome us all back to another school year in the GMS Auditorium beginning at 8:30 am. Superintendent Perry says we should be out of the Auditorium around 9:30 to begin our school based activities. We will begin those activities at 10:00 in the GMS Learning Commons.
The idea has been put forth for GMS Staff to have a Pot Luck Luncheon instead of Subway sandwiches. I think this would be a great way to start off the year, sharing our food and, maybe a few recipes! I will be sending out a Google Form for all to list your item. We will plan to have lunch at 11:30 on Thursday, in the cafeteria.
On Friday. we will meet again in the Learning Commons, our agenda for this day will be sent out to all, and it will include time for advisory clusters, content areas and teams to meet in the afternoon.
This is primarily for the 7th and 8th grade Science Teachers and World Language Teachers, but also for teachers who are interested in learning more about the whole Jumprope platform. There is a final training on the morning of August 22, beginning at 8:30 am. This is a must for those teachers who will be piloting, but an option for any teacher who is interested. Please make plans to attend if you haven’t attended the earlier sessions in June.
The sessions will be in the Tech Room at the Central Office.
Team Leaders Meeting
There will be a day long meeting of Team Leaders on Wednesday, August 24 beginning at 9:00 am. we will meet in the Learning Commons. Please plan to stay until 2;30 and we will be providing lunch.
We are still working on all of the items for the agenda, but you may remember at the end of last year, we discussed some structural changes to the Leadership Team and how we would conduct business for the coming year. Susie and I have been working with District Leadership Team to examine exactly how we will execute all of the responsibilities of the many district committees and communicate the necessary and vital information back to the entire faculty.
The committee structure will be vastly different than in past years and each committee will be structured so that offer teachers a real voice in the decision making of the district while ensuring that we have a K-12 perspective on problem solving, research and best practice. It is the explicit goal of this new structure to make sure that the “left hand knows what the right hand is doing”. I believe that this coordinated effort will truly enhance the work we do as well as making the decision making process very transparent to all.
I have sent our a short for you all to complete by August 22. Please take the short time needed to complete this, short of getting this information, we’ll have to resort to our “touchy-feely” activities!
- Coffee, Tea, water and chats
- Opening Exercise
- District Vision & GMS Vision and Comprehensive Plan
- Review the Vision
- How does GMS make this work for our students
- Nuts and Bolts
- Schedules for the first days (Aug 29 & 30)
- Laptop Distribution
- GMS Open House
- Meeting schedules (Faculty and Leadership)
- Leadership Calendar
- District Committees and the role of Team Leaders
- PBL Action Plan
- Oasis (formerly TeachScape)
6th Grade First Day
The 6th graders return to school on Monday August 29. As we have done in the past, they will be the only students here to help them ease their way into middle school. So, we’ll start the day with an extended Advisory Time, from 8:00 tie 10:00. At 10:00 we will ask that you bring your students to the Auditorium where Susie and I will spend about an hour and one half in an assembly. We should be able to sufficiently bore them in that amount of time. At 11:30, we’ll bring the students to the Cafeteria for the cookout. We will be taking the students out for recess after they have all eaten, so expect to have your students return to you at 12:30 for the rest of the day.
This means that there will be no Allied Arts classes on Monday!
GMS Open House
We have scheduled our Open House for Tuesday, August 30 form 6:00 to 7:00 pm. As we do each year, this is a time for parents to come to school to see where their child will be spending their days, meeting the teachers their child will have and gathering information about what they can expect in the coming school year. This is not an evening for Parent/Teacher Conferences.