Week of January 9


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Upcoming Important Dates

Jan 9 – Redesigning Time Team to visit GHS
Jan 9 – RtI Team meetings begin this week
Jan 9 – NESSC Planning Team meeting 2:30 in Meg Rounds room
Jan 11 – Leadership Team Meetings (Agenda to follow)
Jan 13 – Dance sponsored by the 6th grade
Jan 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No School
Jan 17 – 6-12 Grading & Reporting Committee meeting 3:00
Jan 18 – Content Area Teams meet
Jan 21 – School Committee visits to all district schools – all day
Jan 25 – Early Release Day, students dismissed at 11:10 am

Leadership Team Meeting

Team Leaders will meet at 2:30 in Melanie’s room beginning at 2:30. We will review the work completed by Kate Gardoqui on the “Crosswalk of Guiding Principles” that Kate described back in November. Team Leaders, please check you email for the link to the document.

RtI Meetings All Week

Please check your schedules to make sure that you are prepared for the RtI meeting for your team. I would ask that all teachers be prepared to discuss students who are not receiving any services from Special Education or the Learning Labs. Also, please be prepared with data for these students about standardized assessments, as well as classroom based assessments.

Geography Bee Update

I am still waiting for a few classrooms to report their results, I hope to have them in the next day or so, before I set the date and time for the school finals.

Remember, that unlike past years, we are only allowed to have ten (10) school finalists and from those, we must choose one School Champion. The School Champion will then be administered an online assessment to determine if they qualify for the state final later in March.

I will let you all know who the school finalists are and when the school finals will be. Thanks for your patience.

Early Release Day Activities for Students

At the urging of Superintendent Perry and Gorham Police Chief Dan Jones, we have collaborated with Cindy Hazleton and the Gorham Parks & recreation department to arrange for some special activities for our students on the upcoming early release days of January 25 and February 15. We will be posting flyers around the building and promoting these events via our daily notices to parents and the community. It is our hope that we can reduce the number of students roaming about downtown on these day and also reduce the risk of possible injury to one of our students.

Please, let your kids know about these events and encourage them to participate, if they are able.

Grading & Reporting Committee

The District 6-12 Grading and Reporting Committee will meet Tuesday, January 17 at 3:00 pm. This committee continues to work on the transition toward a fully implemented Proficiency Based Learning plan for the grade levels of 6-12.

Upcoming Events

On January 25, we will again welcome several Public Safety agencies to GMS to help our students understand how math, science, social studies and ELA are used in the everyday function of these different agencies and their work.

Currently, we have several local agencies, Gorham Fire and Police, Cumberland County Sheriff Department, State Agencies from the State Police, Bureau of Highway Safety, State Fire Marshal’s Office. federal Agencies from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal Service.

On February 6, we have the biennial administration of the Maine Youth Integrated Health Survey. We will run an extended morning Advisory and then a one-hour delay schedule for a Monday.

We also have the administration of the (another one!) biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) February 10. This assessment is conducted by the US Department of Education and it is used to report to the nation on the progress of America’s public schools. The USDOE is responsible for administering this assessment to our students. We will be testing about 125 8th graders and they will be using tablets that are being provided to us by the Department. One of the curses of being a bigger school is that they do not have enough devices to assess all of our students at once, so we’ll need to do them in two sessions. More details regarding schedules for the 8th grade on that day will be forth coming.

School Committee Visitation

It has been a while since we have done this, but it is certainly a good time to have the entire school committee come to all of our schools and get a chance to review our current school situation. It is especially good to do it on a Saturday since there will be a whole lot more opportunity to thoroughly examine all of the buildings of the district.

We will be conducting this tour in the morning of the 21st, so, for those of you who routinely come to school to get caught up, please don;t be surprised by the “wandering horde” of folks walking about the building.

An Oldie, but a Goodie (if something 4 years old can be an “Oldie”)


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