The week of January 23rd

You will notice that I have changed my method for communicating with you to this very nifty Blog. I hope that it will meet with your approval… and I hope that I can be more resourceful than I have in the past and find some interesting items to include here.

I am very proud to announce to you that Gorham Middle School is being highlighted on WCSH Channel 6 “Schools that Shine” promotion. For the month of January GMS will be highlighted on the 30-second spots that run several times during the day. We are also very pleased that along with the wonderful free public relations, we will receive a $1000 grant from the Dunkin Donuts Franchises in the state of Maine. In these times of very tight budgets, this money is a heaven send and we will put it to good use for our students.

The first semester came to an end on Friday, January 20th. It is hard to believe that the year is half done! Of course, we still have lots of learning to do and lots of great experiences for our student in the coming months. One of the upcoming dates is our 4th annual Career Day at GMS on Friday, March 2nd. Many of you have been so very kind to donate a morning to tell our students about your job. If you haven’t been contacted yet, and you wish to contribute to our day, you can give me a call and I can get you some information on the date and time.

There will be an early release day on Thursday, January 26th with students being dismissed at 11:10 for the day. On Friday, the 27th, students will have no school as teachers will be in a teacher workshop all day.

Our next dance will be on Friday, February 3rd from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. I would like to ask for your help in making sure that our students follow the school rules regarding our dress code and the use of cell phones. We have noticed that several students have decided that it is OK to wear their hats to the dance. We do remind them to take them off, but it would help us greatly to have the students reminded at home. We also would like to remind our young ladies that spaghetti strap tops must meet the two-inch rule and we would like to make sure that all under-garments are covered, completely. Thanks for your help with this.

It has come to my attention in the past couple of days that there is a Facebook page lamenting the loss of the GMS Musical. There is no truth to this at all, in fact our students are very busy rehearsing for the annual event as I write this. Ms. Wheeler is the faculty adviser for this and she is being assisted by our very own 8th grade student (and budding director) Becca Cupps. The show will be presented on two evenings, March 22nd and March 24th in our Auditorium. Certainly, all should put this on your calendars as this will be a great show.

The Winter Basketball season has come to an end and now we begin the late winter season. We will have an indoor track team this year and the students will be able to sign up at the end of January with practice beginning in early February. Please watch our daily announcements for more exact information.

Speaking of sports, the spring season is just around the corner and the Lacrosse people have scheduled sign-ups for students on the following days:

Thurs., Feb. 2          6:00-8:00PM  @ GMS Cafeteria
Thurs., Feb. 16th     6:00-7:30PM  @ GMS Cafeteria

Youth:  Grades  3 & 4 Girls & Boys Teams
Youth:  Grades 5 & 6  Girls & Boys Teams
Program Fee $65.00**Plus uniform cost of $35.00 (if needed)**

Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Boys and Girls Teams
Program Fee $160.00


And, Speaking of performances, our annual GMS Talent Show will be on Thursday, January 26th. The students, and staff, have been rehearsing for the past couple of weeks to hone their acts for this very entertaining presentation. Each year I am amazed at the talent in our building, and their willingness to show it off!

 On February 13th, Gorham High School Substance Abuse Counselor will be presenting an evening for parents called Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know. The evening promises to educate parents about signs, symptoms and current trends of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, marijuana and other drugs adolescents may use. A highlight of this program is a mock teenager’s bedroom set up for parent’s to observe and attempt to identify the obvious and not-so-obvious drug related paraphernalia. Throughout the presentation, more than 50 drug and alcohol indicators will be unveiled to show how some adolescents hide drug and alcohol use from their parents.From 6:00 to 6:30 parents will be able to preview the mock bedroom and the presentation will begin at 6:30. This would be a great night for all parents and staff.

Our next PIE Meeting will be February 16th at 6:30 pm in the GMS Library.

Until next time… let’s hope we do not have anymore snow days!

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