The Infamous Week Before Vacation!!


Important Upcoming Dates

  • April 9 – ELA Curriculum Committee meeting. Postponed to a later date!
  • April 10 – Faculty Meeting in the Library (food provided by Allied Arts)
  • 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 22 – All School Assembly in the Gym
  • April 24 – Tooth Fairies return
  • April 24 – Faculty Meeting in the Library 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • April 25 – 5th Grade Parent Night

 All School Assembly

April 22nd, exact time to be determined, we will gather as a whole school in the Gymnasium for a very special assembly. We don’t pull our school community together often, unfortunately, but this assembly will bring great pride to our school and our community. More details will be forth coming.

Congratulations to Sheila McAtee and the Stroudwater Team

For the past several years Sheila McAtee has been trying to visually represent what a million actually looks like by having here students collect the pull tabs from soda cans and 20130405_tabs1bringing them to school to be collected and stored. The project came to a close earlier this year when members of the Stroudwater Team brought in the 1 millionth pull tab.

Last week, the students brought the pull tabs, all 1 million of them, to the Ronald McDonald House in Portland and donated them. The pull tabs will be recycled by Maine Metal Recycling of Auburn and will return $430 to the Ronald McDonald House.

Now, I’ m no mathematician, that goes without saying when I try to explain what 1 million pull tabs represents. I think it represents 1 million cans of 12 oz. soda, which would be (I think) 187,500 gallons of that super sugary stuff.

In any event, congratulations to Sheila McAtee and all of the students over the past seven years who collected the pull tabs.

Encourage the Young Writer Day

quillThursday, April 11, we will old what we hope will be the first of many Encourage the Young Writer Day at GMS. We have more than 20 published authors, illustrators, publishers and writers of all kinds volunteering their time to share with our students who and what encouraged them to work with the printed word.

All of these very generous people will be coming to GMS from many different “places” within the world of words. Have you ever thought about the movie you just saw and how that idea was turned into words and then into the images you see on the big screen? How about learning how a sports reporter asks Bill Belechick question? How does the idea for a complete book come into your head?

These folks can answer those questions and a whole lot more because they have actually done them.

On Monday morning, Terri will have sent out to all teachers the link t the Google Docs sign up page. Please have your students submit there choices by noontime on Tuesday. For each grade level there will be an auditorium session, and Terri has noted that on the Google Doc. Also, it would be very helpful if you would inform your students that they may not get their original choice, but that we will do our best to accommodate them.

Pizza Fundraiser Delivery

This afternoon, Monday, April 8, the pizzas that were sold as part of our fundraising LittleCaesars-logoefforts in March will be ready for pick up. Please make sure that you stop by the school this afternoon to retrieve and deliver the pizza orders you sold.

ELA Curriculum Committee Meeting Postponed

This is going to be a very busy week for all of us, I know, and with trying to organize the Encourage the Young Writers Day, preparing for the Spring Break and a real lack of substitutes available for Tuesday, I have decided to postpone the meeting until after the Spring Break. I will get back to you on the new date.

NWEA Testing

nwea_logo_twittersquare_biggerWhen we return from our Spring Break, all rested and relaxed and ready for the home stretch to summer, we will begin the annual testing of all students of the NWEA’s. In the next few days, we will finalize the schedule.

7th and 8th grade students will be taking the assessments on their own laptops. The 6th grade will take the assessment in either the Library and/or the Ping Pong room.

We will have to take the remaining laptop carts from the 6th grade during the week, or so, of testing so that we can hard-wire the devices to the internet as well as provide each device with external power (the batteries on the old devices are very weak). This will mean that 6th grade will be without some of the devices for a short period of time.

Yearbook Sales

YearbookclipartUnlike years past, when we have had extra yearbooks for purchase on the last days of school, we will only order yearbooks that have been pre purchased. This means there will be no yearbooks for sale at the end of the year.

The last day for ordering yearbooks, either the traditional method or online, will be Friday, April 12. If you want to order online you may do so by going to:, the school code for ordering is: 3788213.

Thank You to Mr. Murray and the GHS Chorus and Chamber Singers

We would like to thank Mr. Matt Murray and all of the members of the GHS Chorus and notesChamber Singers for providing all of the middle school students and staff with a rousing concert. It is really great to see all of our “old” (read, former) students come back so grown up and so engaged in a wonderful activity.

Of course seeing these young folks come back to us so grown up also makes some of us (read, me!) feel real old (read, really, really old!)

5th Grade Parent Night

x23693028It always seems too early to be talking about this, but the days do creep up on us very quickly. On Thursday evening, April 25th at 6:30, we will hold our annual evening for the parents of next year’s 6th grade. Attendees will be able to meet the Administration and many of the members of the Support Services Team who will work to make the transition of students easier. There will be some teachers available to offer ideas and, hopefully, parents with lots of questions.

For those of you who are new parents of middle school age students, I can assure you that you do live through these years. For those who have had the experience of a child making it through middle school years, I ask that you encourage those who are making this journey for the first time.

Couldn’t Go Two Weeks without Video

A couple of years ago, at a faculty meeting, I showed a video called Now You Know, if you remember, it was a video that opened our minds to certain ideas about our world and, at least for me, challenged some of my assumptions.

This video is similar, but certainly updated and with a more contemporary theme. I hope you enjoy.

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