Week of September 12


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Upcoming Important Dates

Sep 11 – 15th Anniversary of The Attacks on 9/11
Sept 12, 13 & 14 – Team RtI Meetings (various times) Please check the Leadership Calendar
Sep 12 & 13 – MLTI Parent Orientation Night 6:00 pm
Sep 12 thru Sep 23 – Star 360 Testing Window
Sep 14 – Grade Level Meetings
Sep 16 – School Dance 6:00 pm GMS Gymnasium
Sep 17 – U.S. Constitution Day
Sep 21 – Early Release Day Students dismissed at 11:10

Star 360 Testing

We will need each team and grade level to follow the schedule for testing below as we want to avoid any possible conflicts with connecting to the system. The tests should not take very long (one of the positives of these new tests!), but because we are new to this, we may not have the bodies to cover for trouble shooting in individual classrooms. I don’t expect that we’ll have to be as careful during the Spring administration.

Bringing Our Community into Our Building

It is my goal to bring as many families into our building for as many events as possible this year. I believe that we all really need to make a concerted effort to reach out to our families and have to spend time in our classrooms.

I plan to hold monthly meetings for parents to come to school and ask questions about Proficiency Based Learning,

Asking for Advice

On September 16, I would like to substitute the reading of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution in the place of the Pledge of Allegiance. Would any of you be offended if we don’t recite the Pledge on this day? This would be for one day and in Celebration of the US Constitution. 

School District Lipdub Challenge

Kelly Winslow has placed information about our current Lipdub challenge. She has also included some of the videos from our past events to remind us how much fun it look like. We are asking advisories to come up with their small part of the filming. Please check the Google Classroom for Advisory 2016-2017.

RtI Meetings

We begin the first of the monthly meetings with each team to review the RtI services provided for your students. Please come to the meetings prepared with information about students you wish to discuss during these meetings. Remember, we only have a limited amount of time to discuss students, so we need to make sure maximize the time by prioritizing our students and their needs. It would also be helpful if we know what kind of interventions have been used and how successful, or not they were,

We also will not be discussing students who have identified areas of weakness that are addressed in the Special Education Plans. This does not mean that we can’t discuss these students in areas not covered by their plans. If one of you students falls into this category, we need to limit our discussions.

James Madison Prize for Written Excellence

The Madison Prize for Written Excellence celebrates our nation’s history by encouraging thought and reflection on the topics presented and offering students the opportunity to express themselves through the submission of original essays. All submissions will be reviewed, with exemplary submissions competing for one of three cash prizes. The essays must be between 300 and 400 words, students must complete an entry form and all entries must be submitted by November 4, 2016. This open to all GMS students. All essays will be judges on the following criteria:

Knowledge demonstrated (30 points): Show through knowledge of the theme of you essay. Demonstrate that you have considered and researched the issue, using examples to support your position.

Clarity of Ideas (35 points): Write with good logical flow and in a way that is easy to comprehend, leaving your reader with a clear understanding of your answer and reasoning.

Persuasiveness/Presentation (35 points): Convince the reader of the correctness of your answer. Use appropriate language and grammar to make your essay memorable.

We have had an increase in the number of submissions each year, and it would be great to see the number submitted last year, 67 increase to over 100. It has also been mostly 7th graders who have submitted essays in the past. I would like to see some 6th and 8th graders submit this year.

Substance Abuse and Its Effects on Behavior

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, there will be a learning opportunity for all teachers on Substance Abuse and its Effects on Behavior at the Talbot Lecture Hall Luther Bonney on the Portland Campus of USM. The Registration cost is $40. This workshop will provide teachers, school administrators, counselors, parents and school board members with a knowledge of substance abuse and its effects on adolescent behavior and learning and, community based resources available to assist students parents and school personnel.

If you are interested in attending, please let me know.

Maine Student Mock Election

The Secretary of State’s office will again sponsor the Maine national Student/Parent Mock Election a few weeks prior to the General Election this Fall. More than 40,000 students from 188 schools in Maine participated in the last presidential year Mock Election (2012). There is a Rally and Tally event, scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at the Augusta Armory from 10:00 – 1:00. We do not need to attend the Rally and Tally event to participate in the is event. We do need to hold the balloting prior to the Rally event, however.For more information on this event and to view earlier results visit: www.maine.gov/sos/kids/mockelection

Poverty and Education Course Offered by UMF

The University of Maine at Farmington is offering at the Saco College campus a 500 level course on Poverty and Education. This coiursewill provide teachers a better understanding of the characteristics of rural poverty, how poverty effects children’s well-being, How poverty impacts education through a systems approach, positive youth development and how to directly apply material learned in this course to work with children in your classroom. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at The University of Maine at Farmington, www2.umf.maine.edu/gradstudies

More Professional Development

There will be an EdCamp called STEMMEdCamp (catchy, isn’t it?) on October 1 at St. Dominic’s Academy in Auburn. The Camp begins at 8 and runs until 2:00. It is free to all. These events are really great learning opportunities for all… and they are really fun… and they usually have great food… and they have door prizes… and, if you want, many folks continue the discussions at an establishment that serves the kind of beverages that Anton likes! (OK, Maybe I should have left out that last one!)

For more information, or to register (did I mention it was free!?) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stemmedcamp-tickets-27361673502

EICAL Planning

On Wednesday, September 14, we have Grade Level meetings planned for 2:30 to 3:30. As we have done in the past, we will have EICAL be a grade level enterprise, meaning that at each grade level, teachers will offer sessions for students of the entire grade level. I would also like a short write-up of the activity that each will be offering.

By the end of the Grade Level meetings, i plan to information to be able to present, publicly and school-wide. I am also looking for a teacher at each grade level to offer a support class in math, to begin the sessions.

Please come to the grade level meetings with your ideas!



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