Important Upcoming Dates
- May 16 – MLTI Student Conference in Orono
- May 17 – Funtown Physics Day – 8th Grade
- May 22 – Faculty Meeting in the Library 2:30 (Food provided by all females)
- May 27 – Memorial Day – No School
- May 28 – GMS Chorus performs at St Joseph Pavilion
- May 30 – End of Year Band Concert in the Auditorium 6:30 pm
- June 7 – Step Up Block Party in the Gym at 6:00 pm
TED on Education
Lat week, on PBS, the good folks at TED joined with PBS to produce an hour long show featuring some of the great promoters of American Public Education. The show was hosted by singer/songwriter/performer John Legend and he magnificently maneuvered all of the participants to a memorable and informative (I might even say, thought-provoking!) evening.
One individual with whom our faculty is very well acquainted is Sir Kenneth Robinson. Sir Ken delivered another gem of a talk that gets to the heart of our educational woes with his very dry wit and insightful comments of what we all know are the realities of our chosen profession. It is difficult to listen to Sir Ken and not understand that we can always do better and we always need to do better for our kids and our collective future. I hope you enjoy this, in fact I am sure you will:
Common Core PD Opportunity
The Maine Department of Education is inviting K-12 educators and higher educational professionals with experience in working with several different student populations to join the Maine State Network of Educators (SNE). The SNE will contribute to the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, an online, interactive clearing house for educators, students and families. The Digital Library will provide resources, tools and professional learning opportunities that can be tailored to the instructional need of students.
The selected educators will collaborate with the State Leadership Team (SLT) and they will participate in five (5) trainings between September 2013 and September 2014, submit and review resources for the Smarter Balanced Library and provide valuable feedback on the usability of the Digital Library application.
For this service, the selected educators will get early access to the digital Library resources and innovative collaborative tools and a stipend of $1500. The minimum criteria for the payment is:
Attend and complete each of the 5 trainings;
Submit resources into the Digital Library after each of the 5 trainings;
Submit at least one resource after training one;
Submit at least one resource that is approved for the Digital Library after trainings,2,3,4,5;
Review at Least 3 resources in the Digital Library after each of the 5 trainings.
The application period runs from May 1 through June 3. If you would like to be considered, please submit your application no later than June 3, 2013. For more information go to: http://www.maine.gov/doe/smarter/index.html#digital
Invitation to Join the Conversation on Maine’s Grading System
The Maine Department of Education is extending an invitation to all teachers to join a conversation about the controversial Maine System for Grading Schools. This online forum will be held on Thursday, May 16 beginning at 3:00 pm until 4:40 pm. To register for this webinar go to: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/631576520.
Interns in Gorham
We are indeed very fortunate to have an abundance of pre-service candidates who wish to complete their internships with our many fine teachers. We have gained an excellent reputation in the “Land of Teacher Preparation” as a great place for new teachers to gain a great deal of experience.
All of that being said, we feel the need to centralize and normalize the process that we select our pre-service interns, whether they are undergraduate students looking for a few hours to those in the graduate program of ETEP. Therefore, when, and if, you should be approached by a pre-service candidate to be placed in your classroom, please ask the prospective candidate to contact the Office of the Superintendent to request an application packet that will outline the requirements and criteria necessary for consideration.
The Office of the Superintendent will be the point of contact for all who are interested in placing interns in the Gorham Public Schools.
News from around the School
We have twenty 7th grade and one 8th grade student participating in the Maine Model United Nations Conference being held on the campus of the University of Southern Maine this week. The students, members of the Little River Team, have spent the past 4 months researching and preparing to act as committee members and delegates from various countries from around the world.
The students will be tackling various “real-world” issues that are facing emerging nations as well as established nations in the area of population and world hunger, education rights of women across the globe and the necessity of clean water in order for nations and peoples to prosper.
These are very “heady” issues for our youngsters to take on, and they are truly prepared to argue for their cause. The students will be dealing with over 500 students from high schools and middle school from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to come to viable solutions.
The Garden Project
Last week, I mentioned the work that Heather Whitaker and the students in our Alternative Education have been doing in our GMS Garden, building new frames for the raised bed gardens, weeding, mulching and preparing the soil for seeds. I even put a couple of pictures of the ongoing work progress.
The next project is to add a Deer Fence to protect the harvest from the onslaught of the wild deer (and antelope) that roam our campus. Dan tells me that some mornings, when he arrives to open the school a 5:00 am, there will be several of “wild things” just enjoying a leisurely breakfast on the succulent shoots and fruits of our students labor.
In the past, as in before the deer found our natural salad bar, the garden would bear over 1000 pounds of vegetables that would be donated to the local food pantry. This last year we were able to only reap about 400 pounds because of the ravaging of the deer. The deer fence should bring this free lunch to a halt.
We are actively seeking out several grants from other sources to help pay for the fence. If you feel moved to help out our garden, you can do so by giving us a call at the school 207-222-1220.