Hurtling Toward the Finish Line

topperMiddleImportant Upcoming Dates

  • 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 4 – Solo Instrument Concert in the Auditorium 5:30 pm
  • June 5 Leadership Team Meeting in Melanie’s room 2:30 pm
  • June 7 – Step Up Block Party in the Gym at 6:00 pm
  • June 8 – 3rd Annual GMS Film Festival 6:00 pm
  • June 12 – Faculty Meeting location TBD
  • June 14 – Step Up Day for grades K-8
  • June 17 – Last day of school

Congratulations, We Are On A Roll!

We certainly have had quite a Spring this year! Over the past few weeks we have been notified that we are the recipients of several grants from several different foundations as well as some very significant donations to further our work with our students.

We are all very aware that the kids of the Little River Team received a $2,000 grant as the first place winner in the Zero Waste Challenge. They also received, totally unsolicited, an additional gift of $200 from the Manager of LKQ, a local affiliate of a large national company that specializes in recycling old and demolished automobiles.

Heather Whitaker and the students of the Alternative Education Program were notified this week that they are the recipients of a $2000 grant as part of the WalMart Foundations Local Community Contributions Program. These funds will be used to further the goals of the Garden Project that contributes over 1000 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Gorham. The garden will also be the recipient of a direct donation to the Garden Project of $1000 from the wonderful people at the Gorham Savings Bank, to help fund the much needed Deer Fence that we will now be able install because of these very generous folks.

If you have been the recipient of such good fortune and I have not mentioned it here, please let me know. We would love to let our whole community know of our good work.

This Just In! OM Team Heading for Worlds

wf2013_logoEight GMS Students will travel to the Campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan to compete in the World Finals for Odyssey of the Mind on May 22nd through the 26th. They will join teams from throughout the United States and more than 20 countries in this creative, problem solving competition. We would like to wish our OM Team members of Avery Arena, Lizzie Lemieux, Maddie Joyal-Myers, Andrew Sharp, Trevor Gaia, Thomas Nelson, Kyren Bettencourt and Izzie Kolb in their quest for the gold!

Faculty Meeting Agenda – May 22

  • Accolades
  • Open Discussion
  • Presentation by Apple of Options Available
  • Other

Grant Lichtman

So, I am really not sure how I have not heard of this man before today. I guess this is the place where my ignorance (meant in a nice way!) or just my sheltered upbringing really shows through. I came across this video as the result of one of the people I follow on Twitter, and I was thoroughly impressed with his message.

Grant Lichtman is a graduate of Stanford University and  former partner in an international geology and geophysical consulting firm. For the past 15 years, or so, he has been involved in education as a parent, teacher, administrator and volunteer. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia working in geology. I guess one could say he has lived an interesting life, and, judging from this video, he has learned much!

End of School Activities

As we do every year, there will be some of our “rituals” that we must follow through with. The last day for the laptops will be June 7th for most students, meaning that if you have a specific request to allow certain, limited number of students to keep their devices for a short period after the 7th, you may make that request to Bob or Susie.

Please make sure that you complete you inventory of your textbooks. Any textbooks that are missing or so badly damaged by your student will need to be replaced and that cost passed on to the student’s family. It will be very important to know this information before the students leave for the summer.

Please collect all student locks, complete with the correct combination attached to the lock. Any student who has lost their lock must pay $5.00 for the replacement. All teachers will keep their locks in their room, but you should report any missing lock, along with the student responsible for the lock to the office. Also, any $5.00 that you collect must be turned in to Kristen in the office.

Maine Model United Nations Conference

This past week, we have 21 students from Gorham Middle School attend the 15th Annual

MEMUNC2Maine Model United Nations Conference held on the campus of the University of Southern Maine. It was quite a proud moment for this Principal to see our students interacting with students, most of whom were high school students as they made the case for their representative country.

All of the delegates to this year’s Model UN were treated to a Keynote address by a former member of the United Nations who, together with her husband, were connected with the United Nations since the very first meetings held in San Francisco, Ca after the end of the Second World War. The speech inspired and energized all of the delegates and she sent them off to begin their duties in a rousing fashion.

Physics Day at Funtown/Splashtown

Funtown 2A day that would appear to the uninformed to be just another fun day at the amusement park was truly an adventure in experiential learning. No, really, it was!

Students actually had several problems to solve while they were riding on the different rides. It was great to see all of our students actually getting involved in real discussions about what weightlessness felt like at the moment the Dragon’s Descent began to fall. They also had to calculate the speed of the drop as well as the effects that acceleration would have on the body.

Besides being fun, it definitely was educational.

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