Upcoming Important Dates
- May 6 thru 10 – Teacher Appreciation Week
- May 7 – 8th Grade Assembly in the auditorium 11:30 AM
- May 8 – Faculty Meeting in the Library 2:30 – 4:00 (food provided by all Males)
- May 10 – MEA Science Assessment for all 8th graders
- May 10 – School Dance sponsored by 8th grade Physics day
- May 15 – Leadership Team Meeting Melanie’s room 2:30
Summer Reading Assembly
We will have an assembly immediately after lunch on Tuesday, May 7 with Sue Sedenka and Chris Record to discuss the Summer Reading Program expected of all incoming Freshmen Students. Mrs. Sedenka will give a brief review of each of the books offered and then students will have an opportunity to select a book that is of interest to them, from those offered. All incoming 9th graders will be expected to actively participate on the first day of school in August in a vibrant discussion of their chose book.
Update on Last Week’s Events
School administration and Gorham Police Department are continuing the investigation as to who wrote the threats on the bathroom walls. We are committed to finding the individual, or individuals, involved in these acts. We would like to ask all for any information that you may have regarding this and please let us know.
8th Grade Physics Day at Funtown
On May 17th, all of our 8th grade students will travel to Funtown/Splashtown in Saco to participate in their annual celebration of Physics Day. OK, I know what you’re all thinking, this is a pretty good boondoggle to get in a field trip to an amusement park for the kids.
I can assure you there is quite a bit of work that the student do to prepare for this excursion to the park and then, once they arrive, they have to complete several real physics problems before they can actually play.
We are very fortunate to be allowed the attend this day, as it is usually reserved for High School students. We have been able to demonstrate a level of work and behavior, that we get invited back each year. There is nothing that can make a student understand the science and math involved in sitting in a chair that had been raised over 185 feet above the ground and then allowed to let gravity work its magic. Students can actually feel affects of physics while they try to figure out the solutions.
GMS Special Olympians
Last Thursday, several of our Special Olympians competed in the regional Special Olympics at Windham High School. Gorham was well represented by all of the schools with plenty of participants in every event.
GMS Special Olympians performed very well with Evan Morrell taking a first place in the 50 meter dash.
Lauren Hawkes Memorial Garden Get a Face Lift
I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to Mrs. Tassey for her dedication to our school and for her work at reviving the Lauren Hawkes memorial Garden from a very difficult winter season. It was such a wonderful sight to behold upon returning from the April vacation to see all of the beautiful new flowers and the ugliness of the sand from the winter removed. Thank you again, Mrs. Tassey
Faculty Meeting Agenda
The very first reminder for this meeting is that the males are responsible for the food this week. This could be a real deterrence for attendance, I realize!
We will meet in the Library beginning at 2:30. The agenda is as follows:
- Open Discussion
We are seeking any items from the faculty to be included
- Content Area meetings to discuss the implications of Common Core for next August and beyond.
Scholastic Book Fair
All this week we will be holding a Scholastic Books Book Fair in the GMS Library. Students wishing to purchase any books may do so during the school day. Also, speaking of Scholastic Books, they are holding their regular, end-of-year warehouse sale at the warehouse in Saco, May 9 -18. This is a great opportunity to get some great books at prices reduced 25 to 80% off the regular price. Check out Scholastic Books web site for times and other information.
Rita Pierson at TED Education
Rita Pierson has been teaching school for more than 40 years. Both of her parents were teachers, so she has been going to school almost all of her life. In this video, she shares a story about a colleague who stated “they don’t pay me to like the kids”, to which Rita responded, “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like!”
I hope you enjoy Rita’s humor as well as her message.