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Important Upcoming Dates

December 10 – Holiday Band Concert 7:00 pm GMS Auditorium
December 11 – Early Release Day Students dismissed at 11:10 am
December 11 – Diversity Day
December 12 – Activities, Clubs and Sports Team Picture Day
December 12 – Chorus and Steel Band Concert 6:00 GMS Auditorium
December 13 – Mid point of the second quarter, Please check your child’s grade on Infinite Campus
December 13 – School Dance GMS Gymnasium 6:00 – 8:00 pm
December 19 – PIE Meeting 6:00 pm in the GMS Library
December 20 – Christmas Break Begins at 2:30 pm
January 2 – Students return from Christmas Break

December 11 5th Annual GMS Diversity Day

NewYork Times Columnist, Thomas Friedman coined the phrase “The World is Flat”, and then followed that with a sequel book “The World is Hot, Flat and Crowded”. More and more, we seem to be preparing our students for a world that will be far smaller than the world we live in and with far more a diverse population than ever before. Our Diversity day intentionally attempts to include as many differing views of our community as we reasonably can for our students. That is why we have included such wide and diverse set of offerings for our day.

We have taken every precaution to make sure that the unfortunate event that occurred last year will not happen again. We have spoken with each presenter and reiterated to them the importance of this day for our school community and that we are a school of adolescents who deserve to be treated with respect. They have all assured us they will be very mindful of this fact.

Below, you will find a short write up about each of the presentations and the presenters. I have also included a tentative schedule of the classes that will be attending each presentation. You will find that we have tried to tailor each presentation for a particular grade level to make sure that the subject matter is appropriate for the grade level.

GMS Diversity Day 2013-2014

8th Grade

Session & Location

Session 1

8:05-8:50

Session 2

8:55-9:40

Session 3

9:45-10:30

GLESN

(Mr. Albert’s Room)

Palmer, Tassey

King, Doran

Kilborn, Courtney, Ouellet,

New Beginnings: Discussing Teen Poverty and Homelessness

(Mrs. Doran’s Room)

Chidsey, Parvanta

Palmer, Tassey

King, Whitaker, Doran

Windham High School RSVP (Reducing Sexism and Violence Program)

(Mrs. LaViolet’s Room)

J. Littlefield, Gulovsen, Cooper

Whitaker

Palmer, Tassey

Gorham High School Gay/Straight Alliance

(Mrs. Moses’ Room)

Riley, LaViolet

J. Littlefield, Gulovsen, Cooper

Chidsey, Parvanta

Elsa Alexandrin and Kara Ellsworth

Gender Expression in Music

(Mrs. Scontras’ Room)

K. Littlefield, Matthieu

Riley, LaViolet, Parvanta

J. Littlefield, Gulovsen, Cooper

GHS Civil Rights Team: Beauty Across Cultures

(Room)

Kilborn, Courtney, Ouellet,

K. Littlefield, Matthieu, Chidsey

Riley, LaViolet

Rachael Grady and GHS CRTP: Bullying and the Law

King, Whitaker, Doran Kilborn, Courtney, Ouellet,

K. Littlefield, Matthieu

7th Grade

Session & Location

Session 1

8:05-8:50

Session 2

8:55-9:40

Session 3

9:45-10:30

Noah Kiel

GHS Civil Rights Team

(Mrs. Littlefield’s Room)

Cousins, McAtee

Holden, Mains, Ridge

Noble, Albert

Body Image (GHS Students)

(Mrs. Krohn’s Room)

Rubin, LeSiege

Cousins, McAtee

Holden, Mains, Ridge

Religion (GMS Students)

(Ms. Rubin’s Room)

McCarthy, Gospodarek

Rubin, LeSiege

Cousins, McAtee

Encouraging Dialogue about Diversity (Seeds of Peace Campers) (Mrs. Tims’ Room)

Rand, Coyne

McCarthy, Gospodarek

Rubin, LeSiege

Laurie Davis – Socioeconomic differences

(Mrs. Bove’s Room)

Townsend, Lambert, Winslow

Rand, Coyne

McCarthy, Gospodarek

Religious Tolerance (Pious Ali) (Mr. Mitchell’s Room)

Noble, Albert

Townsend, Lambert, Winslow

Rand, Coyne

Center for Grieving Children:

Understanding Grief & Loss

(Room)

Holden, Mains, Ridge Noble, Albert

Townsend, Lambert, Winslow

6th Grade

Session & Location

Session 1

8:05-8:50

Session 2

8:55-9:40

Session 3

9:45-10:30

Spread the Word to End the Word (Lisa Bird from Special Olympics)

(Library)

Joyce, Hanley, Moses Tims, Pastore, Marquis Fotter, Weber, Ross

Courtney Smith-GMS- I am Poems

(Mrs. Joyce’s Room)

Williamson, Bove Joyce, Hanley, Moses Tims, Pastore, Marquis

Adult English Language Learners Gorham Adult Ed Students

(Mrs. Pastore’s Room)

Scontras, Mitchell Williamson, Bove Joyce, Hanley, Moses

Chinese Culture The Confucius Institute

(Mrs. Cooper’s Room)

Toy, Morrell Scontras, Mitchell Williamson, Bove

Disabilities in School: How it Feels to Have a Disability and be a Student (GHS Students)

(Mrs. Ross’ Room)

Morton, Cyr Toy, Morrell Scontras, Mitchell

Maine Association for New Americans (MANA): Stefanie Gill

Fotter, Weber, Ross Morton, Cyr Toy, Morrell

Teresa Merrill: Being a Student with a Disability or Illness

Tims, Pastore, Marquis Fotter, Weber, Ross Morton, Cyr

 

  • Diversity Day Presentations
  • December 11, 2013
  • 1.    Maine Association for New Americans (MANA) – Stefanie Gill
  • This session will have the presenters discuss what their experiences have been coming to the United States as an immigrant.
  • 2.  Gender Representation in Media – Elsa Alexandrin and Kara Ellsmore  (GHS Students)
  • This session will discuss how males and females are presented in media, and how this representation affects how students expect men and women to act. (This a modification of the presentation these two students presented last March at a National Youth Conference.)
  • 3.  Chinese Culture – The Confucius Institute
  • This session will focus on a brief introduction to China, Chinese food and culture, festivals and customs, and some social norms for kids, such as the way to address the family member and relatives and the way of kids to deal with the family.
  • 4. Religions in America- GMS Students and Brian Farley (USM)
  • Students will play a Jeopardy type game about major religions in the United States and explain what religious diversity means in our schools.
  • 5. Adult English Language Learning students sharing stories – (Gorham Adult Ed Students)
  • This session will have parents and community members sharing their experiences of moving to the United States with their families.
  • 6. Defying Stereotypes and Bias – Seeds of Peace
  • Kids from several local high schools including students who are on their local school boards will share their stories and share how a place called Seeds of Peace helps tear down the walls of hate, prejudice, and bias.
  • 7. Religious Understanding – Pious Ali
  • Pious Ali is a newly elected member of the Portland School Board and is the first Muslim to be elected to a local school board. He works with students from a variety of different faith traditions to build tolerance and awareness. He will be discussing some of the different religions that exist in our school and why it’s so important that we learn to understand those who may have different beliefs from our own.
  • 8. Special Olympics – Lisa Bird
  • In this session kids will learn about what Special Olympics Maine is, who it is for and how they can get involved. Special Olympics Maine is a year round sports training and competition program for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. In Maine we serve close to 4,000 athletes. Special Olympics Maine is looking for way to bring students with intellectual disabilities together with students without, in a variety of fun and exciting ways through an initiative called Project Unify.
  • 9. New Beginnings – Marian Carney
  • Through case studies, students will talk about teenage youth who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless. In addition, it will be discussed how to support these youth.
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  • 10. HS CRTP – Beauty Across Cultures – (GHS student Kacey Hamlin)
  • Kacey will present a well rehearsed presentation called: “Global Female Beauty and Body Image,” composed of a keynote, some video clips and an activity called “mirror, mirror,” which involves drawing.
  • 11. GLSEN – Betsy Parsons
  • This session will discuss what the terms are that go with GLBTQ and they mean. In addition, there will be a discussion of why the term, “That’s so Gay” is so hurtful to many, and should not be used out of respect for others. Betsy is a professional educator and will bring local high school students to help explain the importance of supporting every student.
  • 12. Windham High School’s RSVP Group (x2):
  • RSVP is an intensive bystander intervention program that trains high school students as leaders in preventing sexual violence, dating abuse and harassment. The 28-hour program begins with a two-day retreat for 40 student leaders, followed by two days of train-the-trainer work at school. RSVP-trained students then form teams that conduct ongoing awareness activities and education in their schools.
  • 13. I am Poems – (Courtney Smith, GMS)
  • Have you ever thought deeply about the people, places, stories, and traditions that are important to you? Have you ever thought about how have these experiences helped to shape who you as a member of the global community? During this workshop, students will express these thoughts through poetry inspired by George Ella Lyons poem, Where I’m From. Presented in a “Mad-Lib” format, students will leave the workshop with an artfully arranged poem that captures who they are and where they’re from.
  • 14. Disabilities in School –  (GHS/GMS reps. Jenessa, Ashley, Leanne)
  • Gorham High and Middle School Civil Rights team members will use several simulations to teach students what it is like to be a student with a learning disability or a physical impairment.
  • 15. Body Image – (GHS students Lizzie Kane and Gabri Libby)
  • Gorham High School students will discuss how media plays a role in how we develop a positive or negative body image, sometimes at a very young age.
  • 16. Understanding Grief & Loss – (Center for Grieving Children – Sandy Lovell)
  • Whether you’re young or old, a parent or a child, a teacher or a friend, everyone experiences grief and loss. It’s universal, and every one of us has our own way of coping.  How can we support a friend?  How can we take care of ourselves or ask for what we need? Students will understand the grief journey, appreciate our differences, and provide tools for creating a more supportive and empathic school community.
  • 17. Socioeconomic Differences – (Laurie Davis, USM)
  • This session will look at how different levels of socioeconomic status can affect youth in schools settings. In addition, students will engage in discussion about how to work against SES bias.
  • 18. LBGTQ/Rainbow Club – (Amanda Vickerson and Jessie Day)
  • Presenters explain what they do at the high school to support LBGTQ youth and why it is important to create a safe school environment for all students.

Gorham Athletics Booster Apparel Sale

The Gorham Athletic Boosters would like to invite you to participate in our Web based Apparel sale.  Simply follow the link below and you can place (and pay for) your order right on line, with all products being delivered in plenty of time for the Holidays.  Profits from all clothing sales go to benefit the Gorham Athletic Boosters and their support of all the Athletes at Gorham High School.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This web store will close on Monday morning December 8th at 8:00 am, no orders will be accepted after this point. You can choose to have the items shipped directly to you (additional charge) OR the Boosters will be distributing the items on the morning of Saturday, December 21st in the Gym Lobby area at the High School from 9:00-11:00.

http://www.winterpeoplesales.com/gorhamboosters/default.aspx

We THANK YOU for your support and wish all a Great Holiday Season!

‘Tis the Concert Season

We have two wonderful concerts coming up next week that I encourage everyone to attend.

On Tuesday, December 12 beginning at 6:30, the GMS Band students will be performing several songs that they have been working on since the beginning of the school year. They also, usually, include a holiday song or two for our enjoyment.

On Thursday, December 14 at 6:00 pm our Steel Band and Chorus will perform for us. Each grade level Steel Band will have one or two songs for our enjoyment and then the Chorus will entertain us.

All Concerts are in the Auditorium at GMS.

Until next time…

 

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