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Upcoming Dates

  • April 1 – Open House for Prospective Graduate Students at University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
  • April 2 – Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know presentation 6:00 pm in the GMS Auditorium.
  • April 3 – GHS Choral Concert at GMS 12:00 -1:00
  • April 3 – Leadership Team Meeting in Melanie’s room beginning at 2:30
  • April 4 – Social Studies and Math Curriculum Committees meet.
  • April 4 – CPR Training at GMS, please see Teresa for details.
  • April 5 – 3rd Quarter Ends
  • April 5 – School Dance sponsored by Little River and Peaks
  • April 9 – ELA Curriculum Committee meeting.
  • April 11 – Report Cards go him with students at dismissal
  • April 11 – Early Release Day for students
  • April 11 – Teacher Workshop
  • April 12 – Teacher Workshop day, no school for students.
  • April 15 – 19 – School Vacation (Maybe we’ll get in some golf!)
  • April 24 – Tooth Fairies return

Peter Panic

For those who had the opportunity to see to full production of the school musical Peter Panic were not disappointed with the second act. The student and Sra Krohn put on a splendid production that was filled with great laughs, wonderful songs and performances that would have made David Merrick proud (does anyone remember David Merrick?).

Please let your students know how much you appreciated their work, dedication and sacrifice doing this production. They have certainly earned it.

GHS Chorus Concert at GMS

As part of the Music in our Month series, the GHS Chorus, under the direction of Matt Murray will perform two concerts for GMS students on Wednesday, April 3rd.

The schedule for the concerts is as follows:
8th Grade, Eagle Team and Moosehead Team will hear the concert at 11:53 and return for period 1 class at 12:25 – 1:14 and period 2 at 1:15 – 2:04.

7th grade and Sebago schedule will be a little more disjointed in that period 1 will interrupted. Period 1 11:53 – 12:25; Concert 12:30 12:55; back to period 1 at 12:55 – 1:14; Period 2 1:14 – 2:04.

What all of this means is that we will forgo a formal Advisory period on Wednesday for the concert. I apologize for the inconvenience of this, but we feel that the arts are an important element in our overall education of our students. This also allows for our students to see, first-hand, some of the possible offerings that await them at the High School. Thank you for understanding.

3rd Quarter Ends

The 3rd Quarter ends this coming Friday, April 5th. Unlike other Quarter ends, teachers will have until the end of the day on Monday to have all grades updated on Infinite Campus. Report cards will go home with students at the end of the day on Thursday, April 11, which is an early released day for students.

Notes from Our Nurse

All students are reminded that they must have an up-to-date physical on file with the Nurse in order to participate in athletics. If you are not sure if you have an up-to-date physical on file, please check in with Mrs. Merrill.

It is also important to note that physicals expire after two years and each student is responsible for submitting your most recent physical forms to the Nurse.

Mrs. Merrill reminds us that as spring approaches, teachers often bring in food for the students to consume during Advisory celebrations. She asks us to be mindful of students who may have certain allergies and would have to be excluded from these celebrations and, perhaps made to feel left out of the class.

We have many of our students who take advantage of the services provided by the Tooth Fairies, a dedicated group of dental professionals who offer their service, free of charge, to students who’s families might not otherwise be able to afford preventative dental care. The Tooth Fairies will be coming back to GMS on April 24th. Please check wit Teresa for details.

Encourage the Young Writer Day

We continue to receive a wonderful response from the community of writers and publishers to help us celebrate Encourage the Young Writer Day on April 11th.However, we can always use additional folks to present to our kids.

The purpose of this day is to demonstrate to our students that we, all of us, write for more than just a grade from our English teacher. We have been encouraged by all of the many people who have no connection with Gorham Middle School who are willing to give up their time on April 11 to share their knowledge and passion for writing. We will have poets and authors of Young Adult novels, newspaper reporters and bloggers just to mention a few.

I am really looking forward to this day with great anticipation and more than just a little bit of trepidation that expect with any new program.

If you are a writer, of any kind, and would like to make an impression upon the future of some very wonderful young folks, please call me at my office 207-222-1228 and we can talk. Remember, you don’t actually have to be in Gorham to make a presentation to our kids, we can “Skype” you in!

Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know

6:00-6:30    Mock bedroom preview
6:30-8:00    Presentation by Claudine Emerson, LCSW, LADC

Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know educates 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.

Join us at the Gorham Middle School Auditorium for this very informative presentation on Tuesday, April 2nd.

 For more information or questions, please contact Claudine Emerson

Yearbooks for Sale

This is the last couple of weeks for placing orders for this year’s edition of the “Official” Gorham Middle School yearbook. The cost of the yearbook remains at last year’s price of $20.00, thank you, Mr. Mitchell for working to keep this price down for us. The final date for ordering will be Friday, April 12.

You may send in your order with your child or you may order online through the ordering portal at: YBPay.lifetouch.com, the school code for ordering is: 3788213. You will need to enter this code when ordering online.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We held the spring session of teacher conferences for parents on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29. If, for some reason, you were unable to meet with your child’s Advisor during this time, you still have the opportunity to meet by emailing or calling the Advisor and setting up the date.

If you really wanted to meet with your child’s English teacher yet felt that you could only meet with the Advisor, I want to remind you all the teachers have time set in their day to meet with students and their parents. Just email or call to set a mutually agreed upon day and time.

Student Information Forms from Parents

A few weeks ago, we sent home with students an information request for placement in next year’s teams. We ask three rather simple questions and allow you to answer the questions in “a million words or less”, giving us what you think are your child’s strengths are, what challenges your child faced this year and how do you think you child learns best.

I promise you we read all of these submissions and take into consideration all of the information that parents give us on their child. What we cannot do is take specific requests for team or for particular teachers. We examine all of the information we gather from parents and from their teachers and then try to build academic teams that closely resemble the population of the school as whole.

You, and your child, will learn of their placement for next year at our annual Step-up Day, scheduled for the last part of the school year (we’ll send out the exact date when we’re sure there are no more snowstorms!).

For some of you, your child will come home from school on that day upset and, maybe even crying. They will tell you that they have no friends on their new team, or something similar. This may be the case, but I can assure you that more than likely, there will be a few friends, just not the right ones, now.

You may want to call us on that day and request that we change your child’s placement. I would ask that you don’t call us immediately, but wait for a while (maybe a couple of weeks), to see how feelings calm down over time. But, if after a few weeks of letting the feelings calm, and you want to call to ask for a change, we have four possible factors that will let us make a change of placement;

1. Prior (first hand) negative experience with the teacher;2. Prior negative experience with a sibling;
3. Peer conflicts (e.g. Restraining Order for the court, etc.), combinations of students to avoid;
4. Some significant connection out of school that mitigates them not being together ( a teacher who is an uncle, neighbor).

We know how stressful any change is for everyone and we don’t want to increase that strain, but we also know that part of what we teach as a middle school is the ability to adapt to new situations and people in a work setting. This is a skill set that will be necessary as our students mature and face new challenges.

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