Week of March 20

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Upcoming Important Dates

Mar 20 -24 – MEA Testing for 8th grade
Mar 22 – Content Area Meetings 2:30
Mar 23 – Project Graduation Bob Marley Concert 7:00pm
Mar 27-Apr 4 – MEA Testing 7th Grade
Mar 28 – PIE Meeting 6:00 pm
Mar 29 – Team Leaders Meeting 2:30 pm
Mar 29 – Maine band Directors Festival
Mar 29 – Town Hall with Governor LePage Spire 29 6:00 pm
Mar 30 – 3rd Quarter Ends
Apr 1 – Gorham Marketplace at USM
Apr 4 – UNUM Tech Day
Apr 5 – Early Release Day, Students dismissed at 11:10 am
Apr 6 – Book Talk with Beth, GMS Library 11:00 am
Apr 7 – School Dance Sponsored by the 7th grade 6:00- 8:00 pm

Content Area Meetings

WednesdayThis is out Content Area Meeting week. All content areas will be meeting to discuss progress toward our work in PBL.

Social Studies folks will meet with Kate G. to review progress toward PBL Grading. I would like all teachers of social studies to attend this meeting with Kate, at least initially, so as to gain some greater perspective going forward.

Leadership Survey

A couple of weeks ago, I included a link to the Leadership Survey for both Susie and me. This is important information for both of us to use as we look to continue to improve in our work. Please take a few moments to complete the survey by the end of this week.

Bob’s Survey
Susie’s Survey

Project Graduation Fundraiser

If you are looking for a good night out, catch a few laughs and do some good in the process, the Gorham High School Project Graduation are presenting Maine’s own comedian, Bob Marley, in Concert on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 pm in the Gorham High School Performing Arts Center.

All precedes will help to defray the cost of a safe and fun evening for the seniors after graduation day.

Quarter 3 Ends

Hard to believe but it is true, the 3rd quarter ends on March 30! Where has the time gone?

With the exception of Allied Arts, grades will be expected to be in Infinite Campus by Thursday, April 6. Please make sure that you are able to accomplish this.

Allied Arts teachers will be keeping their students fro an extra week during this rotation to make up for snow days.

As always, students with an incomplete will have two weeks to finish up work. Please use your common sense for some students who may be our with truly significant health or family concerns.

PIE Meeting to Discuss Jumprope

On Tuesday, March 28, we will have a PIE meeting to hear from parents about concerns, ideas and feedback on how Jumprope is working for them in getting good information about how their child is performing in the classroom.

I have heard from a few parents asking questions about how to use the system so that they know what their child is learning and how well their child is getting the necessary learning. Many also express their concern about, if their child is demonstrating struggles, how they know what to do to help.

As always, teachers are welcome to join the meeting to hear concerns and ideas from the parents to help them better help their kids. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm in the GMS Library.

Governor LePage Town Hall

Governor LePage will be holding a town hall format meeting in Gorham, at Spire 29 on Wednesday, March 22 beginning at 6:00 pm. The doors will open at 5:30 and seating will be first come, first served. No one will be allowed to bring in food, drink or packages.

The topic of this meeting will be the Governor’s proposed biennial budget that is currently under consideration in the Legislature. This is great opportunity to have your voice heard directly by the Governor.

Gorham Market Place

The annual Gorham Market Place will be held on Saturday, April 1 at the Costello Field House on the Campus of the University of Southern Maine.

The Market Place is a great way to show off our students’ talents and creativity. If you have anything that you would like to display for our community, please let me know by Friday, March 24. What you display could be anything, but I would love to be able to show off some of the ways in which we use technology to advance our learning.

Early Release Day

Wednesday, April 5 is our next Early Release Day, students will be dismissed at 11:10.

The 8th Grade teachers have planned a Career Day for their students to coincide with the transition to the High School in the Fall. They have folks coming in to speak with their students during the morning. All other grades will be following a normal Early Release Day schedule.

The afternoon will be the continued work of Proficiency Based Learning. Selected Social Studies teachers will be working at the Central Office in the morning with Kate Gardoqui, continuing their work on grading and reporting.

The afternoon session will be devoted to Formative Assessment. We will begin with a meeting in the Library at 12:15 before breaking out into smaller groups.

Finish with a Video

I know you’d all be disappointed if I didn’t include some sort of video to this weekly memo, so I won’t disappoint!

This video is from our good friends at Common Sense Education, enjoy!

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