Week of January 22, 2018



GSD LogoUpcoming Important Dates

Jan 17 – Open Parent Meeting with School Committee Members 6:00 pm GMS Library
Jan 23 – GMS Talent Show, GMS Auditorium 6:00 pm
Jan 24 – Early Release Day, Students will be scheduled to see the Talent Show
Jan 30 – Open Parent Meeting with School Committee Members 7:00 pm GMS Library
Jan 31 – Team Leaders Meeting 2:30 Melanie’s Room (Agenda will be forthcoming)
Jan 31 – Support Services Meeting 8:15am Guidance Conference Room
Feb 1 – National Read Aloud Day – See information below
Feb 7 – Faculty Meeting 2:30, GMS Library (agenda forthcoming)

Wednesday Early Release Day Schedule

We will follow the schedule below to ensure that most, if not all of us, can view at least part of the Talent Show on Wednesday.

8:01 – 8:31 – Period 3
8:32 – 9:02 – Period 5
9:03 – 9:33 – Period 7
9:34 -10:04 – Period 6
10:05 – 10:35 – Period 1
10:36 – 11:06  – Period 2

The times are right but the rotation is unique to this day. This will allow us to maintain reasonable capacity in the auditorium and every student to receive their Allied Arts for the day. This also means that every teacher still receives a planning period. Also, I would like to have all teachers present with their students during the show.

Performance one will begin at 8:05 and the following teams will attend:
Little River
Alternative Education

Performance two should begin at 9:35, please wait for you to be called to the Auditorium before coming down. The following Teams will attend performance two:

Of course, this is all contingent upon the weather cooperating!

Parent Meeting with School Committee

We have had to postpone the Parent Meeting on Wednesday, January 17 until Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 pm in the GMS Library. All teachers are invited to attend this meeting. We will have 2 committee members present to hear your concerns and questions. I hope that we have a great turnout as this School Committee appears to be very committed to keeping our school on a path to improvement.

Early Release Day Activities

We will have Brandon Baldwin from the Office of the Attorney General of the state of Maine leading us through our professional development on Wednesday.

Brandon sent the following note he’d like me to share with you in preparation for Wednesday meeting:

Hey there!  My name is Brandon Baldwin, and I’ll be joining you from the Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday, January 24 from 12:00-3:00 for an in-service training, Challenging Bias and Harassment in Our Schools.  For three hours we’ll be thinking and talking about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation.

It’s going to be great.

Perhaps you are skeptical.  That’s OK.  I used to be a classroom teacher myself, and I felt that way… a lot.  I’ve kept that in mind in designing this in-service training, asking myself “How would I have felt about this when I was teaching?” 

As a result of this, I can promise you:

  • You won’t have to “sit through” a long and boring training.
  • You won’t be insulted with unreasonable expectations.
  • You won’t be left wondering what any of this has to do with you. 
  • You will have opportunities to participate, think, connect, share, and even laugh.
  • You will get practical strategies and resources that you can use immediately.
  • You will feel empowered to take small but significant steps to make a positive difference in your school community.

All you need to do is show up on time, bring a pen or pencil (no distracting technologies required!), and be ready to go.  Let’s make school a safe, welcoming, and respectful place for all our students.

I look forward to working with you.

World Read Aloud Day

I would truly like to see our school participate in this activity. It is a Thursday, so we could use our SSR time to participate in some of the activities that I had included last week, and are here for you to check out.

Also, on Thursday night at 6:00 pm the Baxter Library is holding a Hogwarts House Party. There will be crafts, trivia, refreshments and, even a photo op with Dumbledore!

Please tell your students about this event! I understand that we amy think that our kids have “passed” the Harry Potter stage, but I know of several 8th graders who still love reading and re-reading Harry Potter books.

Please help pass on the love of reading for fun to our kids!

Video of the Week

I am not sure how many of you have seen, or even heard of Blue Man Group. I have never seen them live, but I have seen them on TV or in movies. I am vaguely familiar, but not deeply familiar. I also did not know that they have established the BlueSchool!

This video offers far too much for a single view, there is an awful lot here. Enjoy!

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