By Golly, I Think Spring is Finally Here!


Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 27 – Memorial Day – No School
  • May 28 – GMS Chorus performs at St Joseph Pavilion
  • May 28 – 8th Grade Celebration meeting in the Library 6:00 pm
  • May 30 – 8th grade Job Shadow Day
  • 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 – 8th Grade Step Up Day
  • June 7 – Step Up Block Party in the Gym at 6:00 pm
  • June 8 – 3rd Annual GMS Film Festival 6:00 pm
  • June 11 – Municipal Referendum on School Budget
  • June 12 – Faculty Meeting location TBD
  • June 14 – Step Up Day for grades K-8
  • June 17 – Last day of school

8th Grade Job Shadow Day

We are putting the final touches (OK, not really final touches because we have a lot more to do!) on what this day will look like for our students and teachers. Many students have decided to go to work with their parents and this makes it a bit easier as we don’t need to find placements for these kids.

We have identified and gotten commitments from several local business to have our students spend a couple of hours observing and participating in the tasks assigned. The students will then have to complete a reflection, within their advisory, that will be collected by Ryan. Ryan will then collate the reflections so that we can work to improve this for next year.

We appreciate your patience while we work this out.

8th Grade Step Up Day

Transportation at this time of the year can be a real bug-a-boo for Principals, and this Spring is no different. Mr. Record and I have been trying to figure out how to get the 8th graders over to the High School on June 7th so that the students can get their schedules, meet their advisers and run through a shortened day’s schedule in a way that doesn’t interfere with the daily schedule for the rest of the high school. We think we have arrived at a good solution.

On Friday, June 7, rather than have the 8th graders come to the middle school, as they normally would, we are going to ask that the students go directly to the high school. The buses will drop 8th graders at the high school on their normal run of morning pick up and we are asking parents who drive their children to also drop the students at the entrance to the Auditorium on that day as well. Students who normally walk to the middle school will walk to the high school on this morning as well.

There will be representative of the high school to meet the students at the entrances and direct them to the Auditorium to wait for their adviser to pick them up and bring them to their classroom.

8th grade teachers will meet their students at the high school auditorium as well.

8th Grade Celebration Meeting

It has been a while since we last met, and I know that a lot of work has been done to gradclip6prepare for this evening of celebration for our 8th grade students. We do have some of the logistics to work out and a couple of items that we need to discuss further.

We will meet in the Library beginning at 6:00 pm.

Gorham Savings Bank Helps the Garden Project

Over the past couple of editions of this rambling I have mentioned the work of our Garden gsb_logoProject and the contributions that it makes to our community food pantry. As much as I would love to believe that it was the “power” of my writing, I think that the article in the Gorham Times and the wonderful support of Diane O’Neill really made this happen.

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Chris Emmons, President of Gorham Savings Bank, presenting a check for $1,000 to Heather Whitaker for the purchase of our new Deer Fence.

Gorham Savings Bank President, Chris Emmons and Regional Vice President Becky Winslow, toured the garden with Heather Whitaker and 3 of her students. The students did an excellent job talking about their work in the garden and what they have accomplished this year in their work. The students, Katie Lord, Anna Collins and Noah Rollins were terrific tour guides!

While in the Garden, Chris presented to Heather a check in the amount of $1,000 to further the goals of the garden and to recognize the contributions that the garden has

Noah Rollins, Anna Collins, Katie Lord, Chris Emmons, Rebecca Winslow and Heather Whitaker

Noah Rollins, Anna Collins, Katie Lord, Chris Emmons, Rebecca Winslow and Heather Whitaker

made over the years.

We would like to thank Chris, Becky and the entire Gorham Savings Bank family for their very generous contribution to our program.

If you would like more information about our Garden Project, please contact Heather Whitaker.

K-8 Step Up Day

A district wide K – 8 Step Up Day will be held on Friday, June 14. It will begin with the 5th grade students being picked up at their respective schools at 9:00 am. We expect to have all 5th graders at the Middle School by 9:20 am. The 5th graders will be brought to the Auditorium to wait for their advisers to pick them up.

We will then make an announcement for the 6th grade teachers to bring their students to the Gym and the 7th grade teachers to bring their students to the 8th grade wing. 6th grade teachers will wait with their students until the 7th grade teachers come to pick up their new students.

When we are ready to return our students, please wait until an announcement is made with instructions. We will try to make this all happen as smoothly as we can, but patience following the instructions will be necessary from all of us.

GMS Students Compete at OM Worlds

wf2013_logoWe had several students travel to East Lansing, Michigan to the campus of Michigan State University to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Competition. Middle School students, Avery Arena, Elizabeth Lemieux and Maddie Joyal-Myers teamed with High School student Molly VanLuling in the High School Division and placed (unofficially) 27th out of more than 60 teams from around the world.

Congratulations to all of our competitors and thank you for representing Gorham so well!

Municipal Referendum June 11

We would like to remind all of the citizens of Gorham that on June 11 the town will hold the municipal referendum on the 2013-14 Gorham School Budget. One of the great things about this country, of the many great things, is the opportunity of all citizens to raise collective voice in the form of a completed ballot. I urge all of our citizens, regardless of your affiliation, to exercise this most precious right and go to the polls to allow your voice to be heard.

Poll locations are Gorham Middle School and the Gorham Municipal Center. For information about how and where you should vote check out the town of Gorham Web Page.

Lights, Camera… and… Action!

CinemaSave the date of Saturday, June 8 as Hollywood comes to Gorham Middle School.

For the past 4 months, our building, after school, has resemble several sound stages for our budding Otto Premingers as they all work to “put in the can” the next great epic film. The screening for these wonderful creations of our producers and directors will be on Saturday, June 8 beginng at 5:30 as the Limo pulls up to the “Red Carpet” at the Main Entrance to GMS. There are sure to be flash bulbs popping and “autograph Hounds” a plenty as these rising stars enter the theater for this gala presentation.

The evening will culminate with the presentation of the coveted Ramsies awards to the deserving directors. Circle the date.

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