Bullying Behaviors and School Dances

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GSD LogoUpcoming Important Dates

Sep 21 & 22 – Maine Boys to Men and Hardy Girls Healthy Women
Sep 24 – 28 – Moving Naturally Week (see info below)
Sep 26 – Civil Rights Team Training – Portland
Sep 26 – Parent Summit on Bullying 6:00 pm GMS Auditorium
Sep 29 – End of STAR 360 testing
Sep 28 & 29 – Maine Boys to Men and Hardy Girls Healthy Women
Sep 29 – Announced Lockdown Drill 12:30 pm
Oct 5 – Maine Boys to Men and Hardy Girls, Healthy Women
Oct 6 – Teacher Workshop Day – No School for Students
Oct 10 – Columbus Day Holiday, No School
Oct 13 – School Dance sponsored by the 7th Grade

Addressing Bullying Behaviors

We are taking several steps to address the behaviors of our students toward each other that has created issues within the school culture for the past few years.

We are engaged several organizations to help us address the manner in which our students deal effectively and positively with each other:

  • Rand Corporation –We are involved in a multi-school, multi year long study on the role of Restorative Practices in reducing the incidences of bullying behaviors. Our students have taken surveys, our faculty has been and will continue to be trained in the Restorative Practices.
  • Maine Boys to Men – Boys to Men is a non-profit organization in Maine. They have been operating for almost 20 years with middle and high schools across the state. The goal of the program is to help boys understand the stereotypical nature our culture can apply to the genders and help the students better understand their role.
  • Hardy Girls, Healthy Women – Another Maine non-profit that works with young women in middle and high schools to help them understand and come to grips with the cultural expectations of being a women today.
  • Opportunity Alliance – A Community Action Agency for Cumberland County serving more than 20,000 people. The have access to services and resources to aid in our goals to reduce the negative behaviors of our students.
  • Gorham Action Team for Youth (GATY) – GATY is a group organized within Gorham to work to provide positive alternative activities for our youth of Gorham.
  • Civil Rights Team – Team of GMS Students who are passionate about making GMS a safe and welcoming environment for all students at GMS.

To begin, we have Maine Boys to Men and Hardy Girls, Healthy Women meeting with our students for 4 sessions over the next four weeks. This will help give us a common language to use with our students. These meetings begin this week and run until the first week in October.

We have schedule a Parent Evening on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00 pm in the GMS Auditorium. You will meet several of the people we will be working with over the course of the coming year. At this meeting, we will also begin to map out a community plan for addressing these behaviors as a community.

We will be holding several of the evening events throughout the school year to address these behaviors among our students. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Moving Naturally Week

Happy Heathy Gorham (HHG) is a group formed last year with the aim of making Gorham the “happiest and healthiest town in Maine. Over the course of the school year, HHG will be sponsoring four weeks of activities aimed to provide healthy and happy citizens of Gorham. The four themed weeks will be Moving Naturally Week in September, Kindling Kindness in November, Growing Gratitude in February, Eating Well in April.

The week of September 24 will be Moving Naturally week and Gorham Middle School will be joining in the activities. All week long students will count their steps for the day and we will record our progress each day. We are looking to track our progress toward one million steps for the week on our web page, so that the community can watch our progress.

We are also planning a “Walking School Bus” for Wednesday where students will get off the bus at the high school and we will have several teacher and parent volunteers along the path through the neighborhood as the students walk to the middle school.

Finally, during our advisory periods each day students will engage in activities organized by our Health and Physical Education Teachers to provide for movement during the day.

If you would like to volunteer with the walking school bus, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Heidi McGouldrick at GMS.

Lock Down Drill

We will conduct an announced Lock Down Drill on Friday, September 29. We announce this first drill so that we can make sure that all of our school community is ready to execute all of the protocols we have set up for the safety of the school. We will hold at least one more drill during the school year, which will be unannounced. We will send out a blackboard message at the beginning and at the end of the drill to let all families know of the drill.

School Dances

Each month, we hold school dances for the students of Gorham Middle School. Many of our students look forward to these dances as a great way to enjoy the company of their fellow students. Adam Parvanta, our resident (well now at GHS!) DJ keeps the music upbeat (and G Rated) and works the dance with precision and with engaging activities for all of the students.

These dances have also allowed the middle school to forgo many of the extra fundraising activities that we have done in the past. It is very rare when your child will come home from the middle school asking you to buy wrapping paper or magazine subscriptions. All of the money raised at the dances goes to each of the grade level teams to help pay for field trips and other activities.

One thing that I have noticed in the most recent dances, the end of last year and the beginning of the year, is the idea that the dance is somehow a place to dress up and to have a “date” for the dance. While I can’t tell anyone who they can come to the dance with, I do want to encourage all parents that “going with someone” or “dating” at the middle school level is strongly discouraged. This sort of behavior is not developmentally appropriate for students at middle school and, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia could lead to higher dropout rates.

Beside the longer term negative effects of “dating” in middle school, the shorter term impact is that our students are not ready for the responsibilities of “dating” and  it creates all sorts of drama in school, which creates conflict between and among student. I know that most parents may not even be aware that their child is “dating” in middle school, but I would ask that all parents have a conversation with their child about this. I would also suggest that reading this article first may help.

Circle These Dates

In an attempt to give you a “heads up” on important dates a little further out in the future:

October 25 & 26 – Parent Teacher Conferences
November 6 – Parent Night on “How to Read My Child’s Report Card 6:00 PM

I’ll Finish with a Short Video

This video is just a part of a longer TED talk by Sugata Mitra given in 2013 at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California. It truly will pique your interest and if you’d like to see the entire talk (23 minutes long) you can see it at TED.com

Here is just the first 5 minutes of the video from Youtube:

75 Degrees ??? Can This Be Spring?

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Important Upcoming Dates

April 15 – Gorham All Chorus Concert GHS Auditorium, 6:00 pm
April 17 – School wide Pizza Fundraiser sales due in the office
April 21-25 – Spring Break
May 9 – GMS Night at the Portland Sea Dogs 6:00 pm

GMS Night at The Sea Dogs

Friday, May 9th will be our annual GMS Night at The Portland Sea Dogs, the Double A affiliate of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. OK, I know that you all know that the ‘Dogs are the affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, but it really feels good to write that part about being the “World Series Champions”. Even though they just dropped 3 of 4 games in the Bronx!

Anyway, each year we have our evening at the ‘Dogs where our Chorus sings the National Anthem, we have some lucky GMSer throw out the first pitch and we all have a great night at the ballpark.

We have General Admission tickets on sale at the Main Office of GMS for a discounted rate of $4.00. We only have a limited amount, so I would advise you reserve early. Just call Kristen of Laurie to reserve your seats.

MLTI Laptops Remain at School during Vacation

As we do at each of these breaks during the school year, we try to use this time to complete upgrades and complete an inventory of the devices. The upgrades are necessary to improve our security of the devices and the inventory helsp us keep track of the machines as well as uncover any damages that may have happened since our last inventory.

Hopefully, the weather will be so great during this vacation that all of our kids will be outside playing in the fresh air that they won’t miss their computers. In any event, we do hope that everyone has a great break and is ready to come back ready for the “Final Stretch”!

Its Spring and that means Dress Code Review

Lord knows we have waited long enough for the nice spring weather to arrive, and, we know what that means, as well. With this nice weather comes the need for us to be more than just a bit note mindful about what our students wear each day to school.

Below, I have copied what we have in our Student Handbook about our dress code:

Students are to dress in a manner that will not distract, disrupt or be hazardous to their safety and well-being. Parents should be involved in setting standards of dress and grooming for their children. However, if the student, by dress or grooming is interfering with the educational process or is not dressed conducive to the activity, appropriate action, involving the parents will be taken.

The following will not be permitted in school:

  • Shirts, tops, and dresses should cover the entire back and midriff and should be buttoned appropriately; students wearing spaghetti straps should have no exposed undergarments, as exposed undergarments are considered inappropriate for school.
  • Suitable footwear should be worn at all times. Socks, bare feet, or slippers are not considered safe or suitable footwear.
  • If students wear shorts they should be worn at the natural waistline, be of a length no higher than mid thigh, and should not expose underwear.
  • All pants should be worn at the natural waistline and belted if necessary to keep them at natural waistline.
  • All skirts and dresses should be of a length no higher than mid thigh.
  • Hats, caps, chains, headbands, and bandannas cannot be worn in the building.
  • Students may not wear clothing or jewelry that depicts obscene, vulgar, or sexual, promoting illegal activity (tobacco, drugs, or alcohol), libel, fighting words or other expressions that could cause a disruption.

Note: Administrators will make the final decision regarding clothing/accessories of a questionable nature.

 

And for those who would like to see our dress code in action, here is our world famous Dress Code Police video from our student Film Festival of 2 years ago:

Proficiency Based Education

I have written in this space several times about the coming shift, starting with our current 8th grade students, to a new way that schools will operate in the future. You may remember a video I placed in this space about standards and why we need them. It is a short one, so here it is as a reminder:

Now the state has decided that students need to demonstrate more than the ability to put in “time in a seat” in order to be granted a diploma. Students will need to create a “body of evidence” of their learning over their school careers in order to be granted a diploma. We are still working on how all of this is going to work and what it will mean for us and for our students.

One thing that we will be doing in the month of May will be holding parent meetings to explain and discuss what all of this will mean, going forward. We are looking for the best time of day and the best day of the week to hold these events to insure that we get to as many people as possible. In that vein, I am including a couple of poll questions for you to indicate the best time of day and the best day of the week for such a meeting.

Electronic Cigarettes Update

Electronic cigarettes are sold in convenience stores and smoke shops. Each cigarette contains up to 24 mg of nicotine. Refills, sold at the same locations, typically come as cartridges (0-24mg of nicotine) or 10 ml bottles (up to 240 mg per bottle). The products are sold in a variety of flavors including cherry, chocolate, vanilla and cotton candy. An even wider variety of flavors and concentration are available.

Why am I letting you know about this? Because this concentration of nicotine can be very dangerous to young people, like our kids. The fact that the cigarette makers are making this is these different flavors is also evidence tat these people are aiming at our kids with their marketing.

There are some who claim that these devices are not harmful, or at least as harmful as traditional tobacco products. I will disagree with all of those folks based upon the toxic nature of nicotine and what it does to the adolescent brain. It is harmful! Please keep an eye out for these products in your children’s possession.

From our Good Friends at Opportunity Alliance

I received information about an event that will be presented by our friends at Opportunity Alliance called Parenting in the Age of Legalization: A Conversation on Preventing Teen Substance Use. This event will take place at the South Portland High School Lecture Hall on Wednesday, April 30 beginning at 7:00 pm. On the panel for this event will be Greg Marley from NAMI Maine, Pender Makin from the REAL School, LeeAnne Dodge from University of Southern Miane and Liz Blackwell-Moore from Opportunity Alliance.

This event is designed to help parents figure out how to speak to your child during this time of changing norms and policies. I hope that you can make what I believe will be a very informative evening.

Will Winter Ever Loosen Its Grip on Us?????

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Upcoming Important Dates

March 5 – Spread the Word to End the Word Day at GMS
March 6 – GHS Chorus Spring Concert Tour of the District.
March 7 – Progress reports available on Infinite Campus at the end of the school day.
March 12 – Early Release Day for students, students will be dismissed at 11:10 am.
March 13 – Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00 – 8:00 pm
March 14 – Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. No School for students.
March 14 & 15 – GMS School Musical presentation 7:00 pm in the GMS Auditorium.
March 18 – GHS Principal and Department Heads present to 8th Graders
March 18 – 8th Grade Parent Night for all students attending GHS next fall, 6:30 pm in the GHS Auditorium.
March 18 – Southern Maine Middle School Math Meet at GMS beginning at 3:00 pm
March 19 – Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know, GMS Auditorium 6:00 – 8:00 pm
March 20 – PIE Meeting 6:00 pm in the GMS Library
March 28 – Teacher Workshop Day, No school for students.

Spread the Word to End the Word

100h-Alternate-Logo-DarkWednesday, March 5 marks the fifth annual Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.  Spread the Word is a campaign that was created in 2009 at a Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit.  The motivation behind this campaign was to promote the positive contributions of people with intellectual disabilities by making a pledge to stop using the R-word. Most people don’t think of this word as the language of hate, but that’s exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends. I believe that most of us are fundamentally good and that we’re just not aware that the word is offensive and that it hurts.  Everyone deserves respect and removing the R-word from our everyday speech is one step we can take toward showing them that respect.

In 2009, Jordan Shiers (GHS ’10) attended the Global Youth Summit.  She has been an amazing voice for her brother Cole (GHS ’13).  With admiration and love she produced a video to help Spread the Word.  Her video can be viewed below:

For more info on the Spread the Word campaign, check out their website: www.r-word.org

Something for all Parents to be Aware

At our dance last Friday night, there seemed to some unusual commotion on the dance floor. Apparently, someone had dropped a “pen” on the floor and several of our students made rather dramatic attempts to retrieve said “pen”. Now, this may not sound unusual except that I am really struggling to understand why one of our students would have a “pen” out during the dance and on the dance floor.

This got me to thinking, (which is no small fete) about this, and then it struck me. Is it possible that our students could have been engaged in “Vaping” during our dance. I certainly hope not, but when we asked around at school, not many people knew what we were talking about. So I thought I would do some research and let the parents know about this relatively new behavior with young folks (as my dad liked to say!).

Students are able to partake of banned substances in a very surreptitious manner by using a vapor pen. It looks exactly like a pen and it does not produce any odor or smoke. So a student in the back of the room, pondering a question on a test by seeming to be chewing on the end of their pen, could actually be partaking of an illegal substance.

There are several reports from TV Stations from around the country about this phenomenon but I was only able to download a clip from Fox’s Hannity Show that talks about issue. I encourage all of you to have conversations with you children about this and other substance use as often as possible.

Music in our Schools Month

March is Music in our Schools month and we are so very fortunate, in Gorham, to have very dedicated music educators and very talented music students who make beautiful music Printthroughout our schools every day. In the month of March we celebrate all of this good work and we are very lucky to have Gorham High School students who are willing to perform for the students in the k-8 grades.

The GHS Chorus will perform two concerts at the Middle School on Thursday, March 6, at the end of the school day. We will be the last stop on their very busy day. They will also perform a number with our GMS Chorus during this visit.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

meeting-451-95-115-80-cOur annual Spring Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday afternoon and evening (3:00- 8:00 pm) and on Friday (8:00 am – 2:00 pm). In the next few days you will be receiving information from your child’s advisor with the times that you can schedule these conferences.

I urge all parents to make contact with your child’s advisor to arrange for this very important meeting time. At each grade level, there will be important information that will be transmitted regarding placement for next and for our 8th grade parents whose children will be moving on to the high school.

As always, you do not need to wait for these days to occur to meet with your children’s teacher. Appointments can be made on any day just be calling or emailing the teacher and expressing your concern.

I look forward to see all of the parents during these two days.

Early Release Days and Teacher Workshop Days

During the month of March, we have a couple of days where the students will be released early or will not come to school at all. These aren’t days where we send to teachers off to a spa to relax (I know you all know that!), these are days when we can dedicate time to explore topics such at Proficiency Based Education, Common Core State Standards and other topics of note, as well as provide time for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Saying this, I know that this can be an inconvenience to some parents and we do try to limit the days we take for these reasons and we make every attempt to make these days productive for our staff.

As noted above, we have an Early Release Day on Wednesday, March 12. Students on this day will be released from school at 11:10 am. On Friday, March 14, there will be no school for students all day to provide time for our Parent/Teacher Conferences. Finally, on Friday, March 28, students will not have school to allow teachers in the district to undertake activities to further our work at complying with recently passed legislation to requires all school in Maine to award diplomas based upon students reaching proficiency in all content areas.

We will continue our discussions about Proficiency Based Education in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about our work in the area, lease give me a call at school.

Annual GMS Musical Presentation

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Each year, I am amazed and thrilled at how well Señora Krohn and all of our students manage to bring a little bit of Broadway to Gorham. The music and dancing, the acting abilities of our students and all of the work that goes on behind the scenes that make the presentation possible. It really is a heartwarming and delightful time of the year. Our students extend way beyond their comfort zones to give to our community!

The Transition to High School Begins

I know i Say this every year, but it truly does astonish me that the youngsters, who arrived here 2 and one half years ago wide-eyed and full of apprehension are getting ready to move on to the high school. Time passes so quickly sometimes!

On Tuesday, March 18th, Chris Record, Principal of GHS will bring the Department Heads at GHS to the Middle School to meet with our 8th graders. They will discuss the requirements for reaching graduation and give a brief description of what courses will be available to them as Freshmen. Each Department Head will explain the courses that they will offer during each year of their GHS career and what the requirements will be for entry to they more advanced classes.

Later that evening, Chris and his Department Heads will welcome the parents and students to an evening affair where he will inform the parents of the process of registration and how the students will be welcomed to the High School. The event will happen on the evening of March 18, beginning at 6:30 pm in the GHS Auditorium.

Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know

Substance Abuse Counselor Claudine Emerson will reprise the very popular and highly informative session for PARENTS ONLY on Wednesday evening, March 19th in the GMS Picture 16Auditorium. The evening plans to educates parents about signs, symptoms and current trends of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, marijuana and other drugs adolescents may use. A highlight of this program is a mock teenager’s bedroom set up for parent’s to observe and attempt to identify the obvious and not-so-obvious drug related paraphernalia. Throughout the presentation, more than 50 drug and alcohol indicators will be unveiled to show how some adolescents hide drug and alcohol use from their parents.

The Bedroom viewing will begin at 6:00 pm and the presentation will begin at 6:30 pm. I hope that you can make it.

For more information or questions, please contact Claudine Emerson  claudinee@gorhamschools.org or 222-1193.

March PIE Meeting

Above, we talked about our 8th graders making the transition to the High School, so that is our cue to begin the planning process for the 8th Grade Celebration of Middle School. This is an evening where we celebrate our 8th graders and give them a real great send off from the Middle School into the summer vacation and then off to the High School.gradclip6

We have, in the past, offered the students a cookout when the return from Step-Up Day at the High School, a viewing of a video of all of the highlights of their time at GMS and then have a huge celebration in our Gum for the parents to enjoy and, finally a dance in the Cafeteria complete with food and drink.

All of this takes planning, so we usually use the March PIE meeting as the kick off to our planning. We will meet in the GMS Library beginning at 6:00 pm. I hope that you can all join us and share your ideas for making this a great event.

More on Proficiency Based Education

For the past few weeks I have included a little a bit about how education in Maine will be changing in the next few years especially for our Middle School students. I have mentioned the  advent of the Common Core State Standards, the new Maine legislation regarding students achieving “Proficiency” before they will receive a diploma and the methods by which we will assess all of this.

I came across a video, about 15 minutes in length, that talks about all of these issues from the prospective of someone who has real questions about whether this is good for our students, or not. I will express that I am still working all of this through. I have reservations about our current course, I will admit. However, I think it is important to get all of the information out.  So, here is a video by Chris Tienken, and Assistant Professor of Education at Seton Hall University. He raises some real questions and offers some solutions to think about.

Parent Teacher Conferences This Week

Important Upcoming Dates

  • October 24 – Leadership Team Meeting in Melanie’s room beginning at 2:30.
  • October 25 – Early Release Day for students, dismissal will be 11:10 am.
  • October 25 & 26 – Parent/Teacher Conferences. You will be receiving notices from your child’s adviser about scheduling times and dates for your conference.
  • October 25 & 26 – Gorham School Department will sponsor a Flu shot Clinic at both the High School and the Middle School. For more information click here.
  • October 30 – Picture retakes will be done.
  • October 31 – Faculty Meeting in the Library beginning at 2:30. Food will be provided by the 7th grade.
  • November 1 – The second meeting for a Conversation about Bullying Behaviors, 6:30 in the GMS Library.
  • November 2 – 1st Quarter grades close.
  • November 6 – Members of the ELA Curriculum and Assessment Committee (CAC) will meet at the Central Office from 8:00 am until 10:30. We will arrange for half day subs for you.
  • November 7 – Leadership Team meeting in Melanie’s room at 2:30 pm.
  • November 8 – PIE Meeting at 6:30 in the Library. We will be joined by our newly elected School Committee for questions and answers. Refreshments will be provided.
  • November 9 – Report Cards will go home with students.
  • November 12 – No School in celebration of Veterans Day.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

By now, most parents should have received information from your child’s adviser about scheduling a time to meet on Thursday (Oct 25) or Friday (Oct 26) to discuss progress. The first quarter is coming to a close and this is a great time to stop and reflect on how well the year is going and what kinds of adjustments need to be made to help the child gain success.

What we don’t want parents to think, however, is that this is the only time that parents and teachers can “conference” about a child’s progress. Communication about a child’s progress is the most important thing we can do for our students. It really helps all of our causes when parents and teachers work closely to make sure our kids have success in school.

Flu Clinics

Again this year we will be holding our Flu Clinics at both the High School and the Middle School. We try to hold these during times that would be beneficial for our community of parents and staff, so we have planned to complete these during the Parent/Teacher Conference times. For more information about the clinics and what time the will be held, please consult our Middle School Web page here.

A Second Conversation on Bullying Behaviors

Coming off a very successful meeting on October 11 covering the topis of Bullying Behaviors, we are planning on a second “Conversation” on Thursday evening, November 1 at 6:30 in the GMS Library.

During the first meeting we had some great suggestions about how we can address these behaviors as a community. I think we decided that it truly does take a Village to educate our kids and we all recognized that this is a concern everywhere, and Gorham is no exception.

I have collected some resources that I will share here, that we can use to help frame our discussions. If you have any other information that you think could help our conversation, please send it to me and I will get it distributed to the community.

Looking forward seeing as many of you as we can on Thursday, November 1st.

Learning Team Work

I must really say that I am very impressed with the comments that many of the learning teams have about “The Fork Debate”. I think that everyone is beginning to see the point of the rather pointless reading. Dealing with the important items in each of these learning teams will be significant, but we can easily go astray if we dwell on the not-so-important items.

For those teams who still haven’t uploaded the notes, please do so soon. Also, for our work on Thursday, each team should choose a reading or video that they will discuss. We will have a protocol that we would like all teams to follow. The protocol will be uploaded to the wiki by Wednesday.

The Homework Dilemma

This has been an age old problem. I mean really, really age old problem. So old, in fact, that I remember my parents struggling with this dilemma (mostly because I refused to to my homework!) and whether it really provided me with additional learning, or was this work just “make-work” work that had very little to do with my overall learning in school.

There are several “camps” about this topic, ranging from those who believe that homework is essential to increased student achievement to those who believe that it has no impact on student achievement and is given just to retain power over students, and families.

On the web site Edutopia.org, Lisa Morehouse offers an interesting view of homework. Lisa is a former Middle School and High School teacher who is currently a journalist for Public Radio. She speaks to her homework protocols that she used during her teaching career at an urban school with issues around socioeconomic equity and a lack of resources for students.

The article is thought provoking and it does examine both sides of the issue with thoughtfulness and insight. You can check out the article here.

Chinese Language and Culture Opportunities

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Southern Maine is offering several opportunities for adults and children to learn more about the language and culture of China. The University is hosting two faculty members from Jiang-Xi University of Science and Technology Chinese Language Center and they will offer Chinese for Beginners, a workshop for beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese Language. This workshop will focus on Chinese phonetics, tones, basic words, grammar and sentence structure.

This workshop will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from October 22nd (tonight) through December 19. The workshops begin at 5:30 until 7:00 pm on the Portland campus of the University.

The Second workshop is creative handcrafts including paper cutting, Chinese knotting, card making. Participants will create a variety of fun craft items while developing their imagination and creativity.

This workshop runs on Tuesdays beginning November 20 and running through December 11, beginning at 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on the Portland campus, as well.

For more information, please give me a call.

Opportunity Alliance Tip of the Month

A Gentle Reminder from School Kids

I came across this video that reminds us all to do our civic duty and vote on November6th. This Youtube video has gone somewhat viral, so forgive me if you’ve seen this.