Week of November 14

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Upcoming Important Dates

Nov 14 – 16 – RtI Team meetings during planning times
Nov 14 – Grading & Reporting Committee Meeting Central Office 3:00 pm
Nov 15 – Principal’s Visitation to GMS
Nov 16 – Leadership Team meeting 2:30 Melanie’s room
Nov 17 – Staff ID Pictures Nurse’s Conference Room
Nov 18 – School Dance, Holiday Food Drive 6:00 – 8:00pm
Nov 19 – GEF Trivia Night at Spire 29 doors open at 5:30 pm
Nov 21 – I-Team In-school Field Trip
Nov 23 – 25 – Thanksgiving Break
Nov 29 – Digital Citizenship Assemblies
Nov 30 – Content Area meeting 2:30 (agenda to follow)
Dec 7 – Early Release Day Student dismissed at 11:10

Principal’s Visitation

On Tuesday, November 15, we will host the Principals from all of the other school in Gorham. Our plan is to use the experience and expertise of the administrators of our district to help us on our journey of continuous improvement.

Our plan will be for the Principals to observe several classes for about 20 minutes. They will take notes and be watching for items that we (at our faculty meeting) have decided are points of emphasis for our work. We will take a few minutes during our faculty meeting to discuss exactly how this will all work.

As you can tell by our reading for the meeting on Wednesday, our emphasis will center on the question of “How student centered are our classrooms?” Principals will be observing these classes to pick up on indications of a student centered classroom.

I believe that this will be immensely helpful for all of us in our work.

School Dance for Holiday Food Drive

Our next school dance on Friday, November 18 will raise funds for the Holiday Food Drive at GMS. We started this last year, at the suggestion of several of our staff. It was quite successful and we were able to feed several families and provide a few gifts to be put under trees to make the holiday a bit more festive.

Since this is not a dance that provides funds for any team or group, I must ask for the kindness of our staff to help out chaperoning this dance. So, if you don’t have anything too important planned for that night, and you’d like to spend a little extra time with students in a totally different setting, please let me know you can chaperone. I would truly appreciate the help!

GEF Trivia Night

Gorham Middle School will be sponsoring a team in the GEF Trivia Night Competition. This is a fun event that is a major fundraiser for the Foundation. The Foundation uses the proceeds of this event to fund the many grants they issue during the course of the year. If you are interested in being a member of this team, please see me or Susie.

Staff ID Pictures

It is that time of year again and we all need to report to the Nurse’s Conference room during the day on November 17th to have our Staff ID Picture taken for our badges. I know that most of you have had your school pictures taken, these are different and for a different purpose. Please make time during your day to have this done.

Follow Up from the MLTS Film Showing

I really appreciated those of you who could make the showing last week. I know how busy our lives are and to those who were able… Thanks!

I did receive the promised emails from the parents in attendance, and their responses were quite amazing. Many of the parents experienced a very traditional education of content and tests and grades and report cards. They were quite enthralled with the possibilities of education going forward. They ere also quite concerned about how we should be educating their children for their future.

We will continue to examine this in the months to come, but I thought I’d include a clip from the movie for your consideration.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/178969881″>1. Essential Skills</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/mostlikelytosucceed”>Most Likely to Succeed</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

So, as I have read their book, Most Likely to Succeed, and I have watched the film, as well as the several clips included with the showing, I have some questions for myself:

  1. What skills and character traits are essential for our students as they approach entering the work place, becoming citizens and their life?
  2. Are we educating them for the 20th Century or the 21st Century?

Digital Citizen Assemblies

We will be using the Tutorial time on Tuesday, November 29 for a serious of grade level Digital Citizenship Assemblies. We will be changing the lunch schedule for this day so that the 8th grade will eat lunch last and the 6th grade will eat second lunch.

Terri has been “cooking up” something interesting for the students that, we believe, will be far more interactive for the students as well as the teachers. Stay tuned for more details about this event.

December 7 Early Release Day

This next early release day is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I have contacted several veterans agencies to see about having a group of veterans to come to ur school to speak with our kids. We are still working on the details, and we’ll fill you in in the next week or so.

I do know that this will cause us to scrap our shortened day schedule. We plan to have an all school assembly in the Gym to begin the day with our Band and Chorus performing for our guests. After the ceremony, the veterans will be located in classrooms for small group presentations and discussions.

All the details will be sent out later next week.

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