Upcoming Important Dates
- March 1 – Music in Our Culture Day at GMS 8:00 – 11:00 am
- March 1 – Early Release day for students, students will be dismissed at 11:15 am
March 1 & 2 – Southern Maine Honors Chorus and Band at Westbrook Middle School
- March 6 – Spread the Word to End the Word Day
- March 6 – Leadership Team Meeting in Melanie’s room at 2:30 pm.
- March 7 – Organizational meeting for 8th grade parents and the Celebration of Middle School in June.
- March 8 – School Dance sponsored by the Odyssey of the Mind, Pan Group, Garden Club
- March 28 & 30 – The GMS presentation of the school musical Peter Panic
- March 28 & 29 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Spread the Word to End the Word
For the past several years Gorham Middle School students and staff have made the pledge to “Spread the Word to End the Word”, the use of the R-Word as a derogatory comment towards another. On March 6, we will celebrate the day and request that our students again pledge to not use that word again.
I could talk about this cause forever, but I think that Eric can say this far better than I, and in a much shorter time, with far more clarity.
If you would like to take the pledge to End the Word, you can do so at: http://www.r-word.org/Default.aspx
Friday, March 1 Music in Our Culture Day
Thanks to the very hard work of Tracy Williamson, our Music and Chorus Teacher, we will be presenting to our students a day filled with all kinds of different music and dance. Music affects our lives in so many ways and in such subtle ways, that we sometimes don’t know it until it’s gone. Artists like Irving Berlin, who made much of America remember our soldiers who were fighting on all fronts in the World Wars and kept their memories close to the homefires. Bob Dylan became the conscience of a whole generation in the 60’s with his music. Bluegrass music tells the story of a large portion of American history. Music is present throughout our nation’s history and woven into our fabric. I am hopeful that our students will gain a greater appreciation of the cultural aspects of their music traditions.
Little Caesar’s Pizza Fund Raiser
The Middle School is looking for an alternative fund raising idea to replace our annual Magazine Drive. We have been in contact with several fund raising folks to find a decent alternative that will reap positive rewards.
It is not that we are displeased with the Magazine Drive, it is just that it appears to have “run its course” with us. This year’s drive was very disappointing in the number of sales and in the involvement of the students. This Pizza Drive is something that we have done in past years on a much smaller scale. We have given some thought to examining how this will work on a larger scale.
As always, we are open to different ideas on fund raising for field trips and speakers and other events that will benefit our students and expose them to new and different experiences. If you have any ideas, please drop us a line or give us a call.
Celebration of Middle School Planning Meeting
On Thursday, March 7 we will hold the first meeting to organize the festivities for the 8th grade as they prepare to leave GMS and become High School students at GHS. We haven’t yet finalized the date of the last day of school, but we plan to hold this event on the night before. We have a celebration in the GMS Gymnasium for the parents and then the students have a dance in our cafeteria with food and drinks and wonderful decorations.
This first meeting will be to discuss committee formation for the different parts of this night as well as discuss ideas for a theme for the evening.
I hope that many of you can join us to help plan this fun night for our students.
Southern Maine Honors Band and Chorus
We have more students attending this year’s Southern Maine Honors Band and Chorus event than we have ever had, almost 40 band and chorus students will be attending. The students will join students from several other schools in the area, they will hold a day of rehearsals, learning new songs and then the will perform on Saturday afternoon at the Westbrook Middle School in their beautiful new auditorium.
Congratulations to Mrs. Mathieu and Mrs. Williamson for their great work and a huge congratulations to all of our students for this great accomplishment and for attending this “once-in-a-lifetime” event.
GMS School Musical
Please set aside the dates of March 28 and/or March 30 to come to the GMS Auditorium to see the presentation of the school musical Peter Panic. A whole bunch of students (that’s the term I use when I don’t know the exact number!) have been working very hard after school learning lines and songs for this wonderful presentation of a school musical being presented and all of the problems that accompany such a presentation (huh?).
In any event, I am sure that our students, under the great direction of Sra. Krohn, will be in fine voice and will indeed entertain you. Circle the date and the time of 7:00 pm for an evening filled with fun song and hijinx.
Bullying Behavior On CNN
As I mentioned last week, bullying is again on the front burner and there are lots of folks delving into this problem within our society. Tonight, on CNN, Anderson Cooper takes a look at the problem with the help of Lee Hirsch, producer of “Bully” the groundbreaking movie released to theaters last spring. AC 360’s “The Bully Effect” airs tonight at 10:00 pm on CNN. I know I can’t stay up that late, but I am going to DVR it.