Weekly Update, October 3, 2017

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GSD LogoUpcoming Important Dates

You can find all important dates for GMS activities at the link below. This is updated daily, so you can check it often!

GMS Daily Announcements

Teacher In-Service Day, October 6 & Holiday on Monday October 9

There will be no school for students on Friday, October 6 as teachers will be involved with a professional development day for the entire district. This will provide all families with an extra long four-day weekend. Students and teachers return to school on Tuesday, October 10.

Movie Screening and Parent Meet-up

We will be screening the film The Mask You Live In on Thursday evening, October 19 beginning at 6:00 pm. All parents are invited to attend the screening , which is free of charge and open to the public. Following the screening, Maine Boys to Men will facilitate a short discussion about the film.

This is part of our on-going effort to address our concerns as to the negative student interactions that have seemed to increase in the past few months.

This screening is for adults only, and will help us all better understand the world our children inhabit, complete with all of the pressures of social media, media representations of how life should be and where real life actually intersects with these stereotypical models presented to our children.

I hope that you can all join us for will be a thought-provoking evening.

School Dances

We have another school dance approaching, and we are hoping to straighten out a couple of misconceptions that have arisen lately.

These dances are invitation only. This means that we invite our students to join us for the dance. The invites can be reminded at anytime by administration. Some of the ways students lose their invite to a dance is as follows:

Throughout the year, dances may be held for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. They are always chaperoned by several teachers, willing parent volunteers and the school administrators. They are held on Fridays, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the gymnasium and drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Dress is expected to be appropriate for the activity and “dating” is strongly discouraged.

Parents must pick up their son or daughter promptly after the event, usually 8:00 pm. Students may not be allowed to attend a dance because of poor school behavior. The following rules will be followed while at the dances:

  • Only students from Gorham Middle School are invited to attend the dance. Students from any other school cannot attend. This would include visiting family members, students who attend private or parochial schools or charter schools.
  • The student is absent on the day of the dance. Only students who are present at school can attend the dance.
  • Similar to our guidelines for athletics, students must arrive at school prior to 9:00 am and must stay through the remainder of the day. Students who are dismissed by a parent for a doctor appointment, or such, may come to the dance. Students who are dismissed because of illness, may not attend the dance.
  • Students who have received 3 detentions in the period between the date of the last dance and the next dance, may not attend the dance.
  • Students who have been suspended from school, either in-house or out of school, may not attend the dance.
  • We realize that cell phones are an important communication tool with parents, and we expect students to have them so students can arrange pick up after the dance. However, we do not want students to be using them at the dance. We have had too many occurrences of students testing each other, using the camera or video function on their phones to create situations of conflict. Students who use their phone during the dance, will have the phone confiscated until the end of the dance.
  • Students are expected to dress in a fashion similar to the school day. We discourage students from dressing in formal attire, and the school dress code still applies.

These dances have been wonderful experiences for many of our students, students enjoy the school in a totally different setting than our traditional school day. They also enjoy seeing teachers and other adults in very different settings that usual, and that has been positive. Most, but unfortunately not all, enjoy the dances and rate these evenings as one of the more positive experiences of middle school. It is those few who seem to need to create the “drama” of conflict, that create problems for the whole. We are trying to reduce those episodes.

I plan to hold grade level assemblies with all students to review these rules for our dance. It would be very helpful to all of us if you would take a few minutes before the dance to make sure that your child understands the rules for the dance.

I would encourage all parents to volunteer to chaperone at least one dance during your child’s middle school life. It truly is an experience and one that will allow you to better understand what makes adolescents tick!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please circle the dates of October 27 & 27 (Thursday and Friday) to meet with your child’s advisor. As we have done in the past, parents will meet with the child’s advisor to discuss student progress. Parents may request a time to meet with particular Content Area teachers if you fell the need.

Advisors will be meeting with teachers from within the Advisory Cluster to exchange information about student progress, so all advisors will be current with student progress. Also, students will be leading these conferences, helping parents make sense of the new formats of the JumpRope and Infinite Campus Report Cards.

You should be hearing from your child’s advisor shortly about scheduling your meeting time.

District Committee Opening

We are looking for a Middle School Parent to serve on a District-Wide K-12 Grading and Reporting Committee. The purpose of this committee is to collect data to monitor the success and challenges of implementation of our new grading practices across the K-12 system.  This data can be collected through student, staff, and parent pre and post surveys as well as through monitoring of student failure rates at the 6-12 level.  Other data collection methodologies can be determined by the group.  Once data is collected, this group will then make recommendations regarding any “tweaks” to our system and or plans for moving forward that need to be made in order to meet the needs of our students.  

The time commitment for this committee is one meeting per month for ten (10) months. The meeting duration is about 90 minutes and usually begin at 4:00 pm.

If you are interested in joining this committee please send me an email or call my office at 222-1228.

A Word from a Former MS Teacher on Grading

Rick Wormeli is an author of many books on teaching and learning as well as a noted national speaker on all things education. Rick is articulate, funny and concise. He makes his point with humor, but his perspective comes straight from the classroom and his actual experiences with adolescent learners. When he speaks, he speaks from experience… and he is fun to listen to!

Parent Teacher Conferences and so much more…!

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Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday thru Friday, October 15 – 17 – Tooth Fairies
Friday, October 17 – GMS Dance Gymnasium 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 22 – Early Release Day, Students dismissed at 11:10 am
Wednesday October 22 – Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00 to 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 23 – GMS Flu Shot Clinic
Friday, October 24 – GMS Flu Shot Clinic
Friday October 24 – Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, November 4 – Election Day in Maine

PIE Meetings

Our monthly PIE meetings will begin in November. We had originally planned to hold a PIE Meeting on Thirsday evening, October 9th, but we have postponed that so that we can attend a ceremony in Augusta where our very own Technology Integrator, Terri Dawson will receive a much deserved award from the Maine Chapter of Technology Educators, ACTEM.

I promise we will be back on schedule on November 20th, where we will have some discussions about Proficiency Based Education and what it will mean for my child.

Speaking of Proficiency Based Education

I have heard from a few of our parents about their concerns of the state switching to a Proficiency Based Diploma and their concerns focus on their child’s chances of being accepted to a good college.

I think these are real concerns. We have long lived with the notion that there is some magic formula for students being accepted into college, That somehow, the admissions departments at all of these colleges and universities have some sort of ritualistic method for deciding who gets accepted and who gets rejected. This is real stuff to many of our families and we shouldn’t enter this blithely or cavalierly.

I have been telling parents that while this is going to be different, much of the process will look the same. Teachers will still be giving test and students will still be writing papers. Parents will still receive reports about their child’s progress. Some students will still excel and some students will still struggle. That is the age old process of school and this will still happen.

What won’t happen is that students who excel will not have to languish in classes that are moving too slow. Once they have sufficiently demonstrated proficiency in a particular topic, they will move on. They will continue to be challenged to greater heights, because the leaning will never stop! Students who struggle will receive time to get it. (notice, I didn’t say “get it right or correct”!) That is what I meant. Students will work until they master the learning challenge.

Parents will receive reports that explain what your child is learning and where your child still has more learning to complete and master. Time will not be a factor in determining a student’s progress through school, learning will be the determinant. This is a dramatic shift in how schools have been operating for the past 100 years, at least.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

GMS will be holding our Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 22nd from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Friday, October 24 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. You should be receivingparents information from your child’s advisor about scheduling a time that works best for you. If, for some reason Wednesday or Friday can’t work for you, please give your child’s advisor a call or an email to arrange a date and time that does work.

We have conferences set up with the students’ advisors to allow more time for parents to meet and discuss the progress, both academically and socially. If you would like to meet with one, some or all of your child’s content area teachers, you need only make an appointment. This can be done at anytime of the school year.

I say this every year, so this year will be no different, you do not need to wait for these schedule conference dates to meet with your child’s teachers. You can schedule meetings any tie during the year that you need to meet. A simple phone call or email to arrange the meeting is all you need.

Student Apple IDs

Apple LogoSince the MLTI meetings back in September, we have been working to de-bug the issues with our good friends at Apple Computer to allow students under the age of 13 to create an Apple ID. This is to be able to allow these students to download selected applications and content created by our staff on to their devices.

We think we are ready to for the rollout!

We are putting a link to a presentation on our GMS Website that will help answer some quest you may have and also help you in the process of creating the Apple ID for your child under the age of 13.

If you have questions, please call Terri Dawson, Technology Integrator at GMS 222-1007.

 Flu Clinic

Flu shotAs we have done for the past few years, we will be offering a Flu Shot Clinic in conjunction with the Parent/Teacher Conference days. Here is the information for the dates, times and locations of the clinics:

The Gorham School Department will be offering Influenza (Flu) vaccine clinics on the following dates:
OCTOBER 22 at GHS back of MPAC for GHS students only 8:00AM to 11:00AM
OCTOBER 23 at GMS GYM for K-8 students (Parents must be present with their child or an adult designated by the parent) and GHS students who could not attend at GHS in the morning from 3:30PM to 6:00PM
OCTOBER 23 at GMS GYM K-8 students (Parents must be present with their child or an adult designated by the parent) 8:00AM-12:00PM

For more information, please call Teresa Merrill, School Nurse at GMS 222-1220.

An Oldie but Goodie!

As we examine how we are making the shift to a Proficiency Based Education system and a diploma awarded to high school students based upon the attainment of proficiency, I am offering, for the Oldiessecond time, a video we showed to our faculty in September 2012 to help lay a foundation for our work. Diana Laufenberg is still a classroom teacher working with students, just like ours and still challenging her students to reach beyond their classrooms, themselves and their teachers to discover great learning. She still embraces failure as a learning opportunity, but she is no longer working in a school with the great technology she had in Philadelphia. In fact, she has very little technology in her current school, and yet she still has her students reaching beyond to great learning.

I hope you enjoy this video and, more importantly, I hope this stirs up some questions that we can discuss.

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Important Upcoming Dates

October 17 – PIE Meeting in the GMS Library 6:00 pm
October 18 – School Dance in the Gym 6:00 – 8:00 pm
October 23 – Early Release day for 
students. Students will be dismissed at 11:10 am
October 24 – Parent Teacher Conferences begin at 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm
October 25 – Parent Teacher Conferences begin at 8:00 am until 2:00 pm
November 8 – Final 1st Quarter Grades available in Infinite Campus after 3:00 pm
November 11 – Veteran’s Day – No school
November 15 – Teacher Workshop Day – No school for students

A Great Opportunity for Students

Beginning November 4, we will be offering to selected students an opportunity to learn Chinese Culture and Language through the Confucius Institute at the University of Southern Maine. The students will be chosen using a criteria of current grades in classes, student behavior and disposition to learning and the students expressing their desire to be included in this class.

The class will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays during the school year at the EICAL time. This will mean that students who are members of Band and/or Chorus that meet on these days will not be eligible for inclusion. Students who receive direct specialized instruction at this time will also not be able to take advantage of this class, if they are already booked into a class.

By the ned of the year students will be expected to understand grammar, structure and word order of Mandarin as well as a rich understanding of the culture of China.

We will ask that parents complete a request for admission to the class and that the student also complete a request for admission to this class to aid in making the determination. Students will be selected based upon their requests and their grades in their classes.

If you have questions, please give me a call.

PIE Meeting

On October 17 we will have our regularly scheduled PIE meeting in the GMS Library beginning at 6:00 pm. One item that came out of our grade level meetings were some ideas about fundraising for the middle school. I would like to discuss those ideas more and then come up with a plan for at least one socially themed fundraiser for the entire school.

I would love to have voices from each grade level present at the meeting, and would really love to have lots of voices present. I hope to see many of you there.

Gorham Education Foundation Adult Trivia Bee

Many of you already know about the great work that the Gorham Education Foundation does for all of our schools. But for those who don’t, The Gorham Education Foundation(GEF) is a private, non-profit corporation, founded in 2006, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education in the Gorham, Maine public schools through programs that encourage a thirst for knowledge, respect for the community, and responsible citizenship.

Each year, the GEF sponsors a major fundraising event that is fun and educational, however more emphasis on fun! This year the GEF is sponsoring an Adult Trivia Bee. Teams of 3-5 people will test their knowledge of mostly useless facts in a quest to win a really big and impressive trophy.

The bee will be held on Saturday evening, November 16 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Gorham with doors opening at 6:00 pm and the competition beginning at 7:00 pm. The event will be hosted by locla comic Brian Brinegar, there will be a cash bas and appetizers, a silent auction and a raffle.

Team registration is $150 and general admission for audience members is $10. For registration information or to purchase tickets in advance contact gorhamef@gmail.com.

Flu Shots Offered By Gorham School District

As we have for the past several years, we will once again offer to our community the most recent version of the Flu Shots. Middle School students brought home in their backpacks information about how, where and when we would be offering flus shots. We will be trying to “piggyback” on the time parents will be around schools for Parent Teacher Conferences.

The following dates and locations have been set up;

October 23, 2013 at GHS back of MPAC for GHS students only 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

October 24, 2013 at GMS GYM for K-8 students (Parents must be present with their child or an adult designated by the parent) and GHS students who could not attend at GHS in the morning from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

October 25, 2013 at GMS GYM  K-8 students (Parents must be present with their child or an adult designated by the parent) 8:00AM-12:00PM

For more information on the flus shots, check out the district web page: http://www.gorhamschools.org/health/flu_info/home%20page

Picture Retakes

We will be having picture retakes on Thursday, November 7th. If, for any reason, you were not satisfied with your child’s picture, this would be a great time to get them redone.

I am also aware that there have been some problems with getting back the pictures to some families in a timely manner. I have been in conversation with Lifetouch, our school photographer, about trying to correct these missteps. Also,in these conversations, we talked about the packages that were listed on the envelopes used to order. If you do’t want to purchase a complete package, you don’t have to! Some parents were only interested in buying an 8X10 photo, but didn’t see how to do that among the packages highlighted. All you need to do is call the number on the envelope and speak with one of their customer service people to place your order. That would also be true if you wanted to receive your pictures on a CD or in another digital format.

I am curious about the quality of the pictures, however. If you wouldn’t mind completing the poll here, it would be very helpful in directing us for the future.

Wow… October Already!

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Upcoming Important Dates

September 29 – Local & Legendary: Gorham-Windham in the Civil War  Great Falls School 1:00 pm
September 29 – Huskies Youth Hockey Tryouts USM Arena 3:00 – 4:00 pm
October 1 thru 11 – NECAP Administration
October 1 – 8th Grade Parents Night GMS Auditorium 6:00 pm
October 2 – Early Release Day students dismissed at 11:10 am
October 4 – Marks the mid-point of the 1st Quarter
October 14 – Columbus Day – No School
October 18 – School Dance GMS Gym 6:00 – 8:00 pm
November 1 – 1st Quarter Ends

Annual NECAP Administration

Picture 9One of the true harbingers of Fall are the packages that we receive from a company called Measured Progress. Within these packages are the “highly” secure, 2013-14 school year version of what we affectionately call the NCLB Superbowl.

OK, we really aren’t affectionate about these packages at all, but they are the only measure that has been used by the Maine Department of Education for the past 10 years to determine whether or not schools are measuring up to the standards of the education law No Child Left Behind.

So, we ask our teachers to hold off on things like homework and tests during the days of administration and we also ask parents that they help us by making sure that kids get a goodnight of sleep and, if possible, a good, wholesome breakfast. For our part, we will provide our kids lots of support and time to perform their best. We have adjusted our schedules to accommodate the testing and provide students with ample time to do well.

Last year, because of these results, our school received a “B” on our “Report Card” from the state. We were very proud to accomplish this, and when we saw how close we were to an “A”, we determined to make that level this year… that is, as long as the state doesn’t change the way they grade!

It would also be very helpful if, as your child is leaving for school on these days, if you could have a marching band or fireworks, just to psych them up! (Only kidding… kind of!)

An Exciting Opportunity for 7th & 8th Grade Students

Over the past couple of weeks I have been speaking with people form the Confusius Institute at the University of Southern Maine about offering Chinese Language and Culture COnfusius Instcourse here at GMS. I am very happy to report that we are vert close to an agreement that will make that happen.

Our plan is to offer the opportunities to selected students, chosen based upon certain criteria of student interest, classroom success levels and recommendations from teachers and parents. The class will be offered three days-a-week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday during our EICAL Period. Students will study with experienced Chinese faculty form Dongbei University visiting the University of Southern Maine, They will learn basic grammar, pronunciation, and word order/sentence structure. They will also examine the rich history and culture of China.

We will get a more formal announcement and the procedure for student inclusion in this class in the next week, or so. As always, if you have any questions, please call me at the Main Office 222-1220.

GMS Students in the News

We have had a couple of our current GMS students make the headlines, for all the right reasons, in the past couple of weeks.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 9.42.40 AMThe Gorham Times reports that GMS 8th grader, Megan Caruso and Gem, her ayrshire cow, were crowned as the 4H Junior Champion during the Eastern States Exposition (the Big E) in Springfield, Mass. the Big E is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the sixth largest fair in the nation. Competitors in the event come from all six New England states. Caruso and Gem also were also crowned as the Junior Champion at the Skowhegan Fair in August. She is the sixth generation from the Martin family, of Martin place Farm in Gorham, to show winning cattle at the State and New England levels.

We received word from the group Prevent Blindness in America that 7th grader, Isabelle Kolb was selected by the organization for having “The Most Beautiful Eyes in Maine”, a contest the organization runs each year.

All state winners will receive a free pair of Real Kids Shades (RKS) sunglasses and a copy of the new book, Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 9.50.18 AM“Jacob’s Eye Patch” by Beth Kobliner Shaw and Jacob Shaw. And, all state winners advance to the final round of judging for a chance to win a $10,000 educational scholarship from Marchon Eyewear. Additional contest sponsors include Eagle Eyes® Optics and Walters Golf.

The national winner will be determined by a celebrity panel of judges that includes ORA-TV’s Larry King, “Fox NFL Sunday” Host Curt Menefee, actress Barbara Eden, and author and financial journalist Beth Kobliner Shaw. The national winner and two family members will enjoy a weekend in Chicago to attend the Prevent Blindness America Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, where the scholarship will be officially awarded.

Homework Club and After School Library

In years past we have offered a couple of afternoons per week of additional help in homework and keeping our Library open for students who need a place to do extra work on research projects by using our Library. Unfortunately, we are struggling to find teachers and staff who can stay after school to do these duties.

That, and truthfully, we are not really sure how effective it is keeping students after school to continue working on homework.

We are planning to keep the Library open in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until 4:00 pm so that students can use the resources there for their work. AS for a guided homework help session, we are still working on a solution for that. We will keep you informed.

8th Grade Parents Meeting

As we have with the 6th and 7th grade parents, we will be meeting with parents of 8th grade students on Tuesday, October 1 in the GMS Auditorium beginning at 6:00 pm. Our agenda will be very similar to those of the earlier meetings with parents from 6th and 7th grade parents.CLIPART_OF_15182_SM_2

Technology – Now that the students have received their laptops, I expect there could be some questions. We have also met with the students and had a great presentation from Terri Dawson, GMS Technology Integrator, about using the machines responsibly. If you have questions about technology, this would be a great forum to ask them.

Home/School Communication – We are trying to make sure that parents and guardians know what is going on here at GMS. The more we keep each other informed about what may impact the performance of our students (and your kids) the better job we can all do.

Fundraising – How do we raise the necessary funds for student activities such as field trips to museums, performances and other educationally responsible events without inundating the families at home. We would love to have a discussion about how we can do this in a more socially responsible fashion. This discussion could include the work that we normally do at the end of the year to raise funds for the 8th Grade Celebration of Middle School.

Other – Anything else you would like to take about.

Flu Shot Information

Flu shotOn Friday, students were given a packet of information regarding the district program to provide Flu shots. There is quite a bit of information and the dates and times of the actual shots. We would like you to read the packet carefully and, if you wish to participate, please return to school by October 15th.

We will have more information and reminders about the program in the coming weeks.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

If you have looked at the district schedule really closely you would have noticed that there is only one day (October 25) dedicated to time for Parent/Teacher Conferences. You meeting-451-95-115-80-cwill also notice that the Wednesday before (October 23) the conference day is an early release day, and for those of you with great memories you will remember that, historically this early release day had been Thursday.

So, have I totally confused you?

We would like to be true to our past and offer conferences on the evening of October 24th beginning at 3:00 until 8:00 pm and, then again on Friday, October 25 from 8:00 to 2:00 pm.

You will be receiving information about your child’s teachers’ schedule and how to sign up for a time to meet. This is also the place where I remind everyone that you do not need to wait until Conferences dates to meet with your child’s teachers. You can do that at anytime, all you need to do is call, email or send a note in with your child requesting a meeting and we’ll get back to you with possible times.

Monday Memo (A Day Late!)

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • March 13 – Faculty meeting in the Library beginning at 2:30 pm. Food Provided by the 8th Grade.
  • March 14 – PIE Meeting in the GMS Library at 6:00 pm.
  • March 19 – 8th Grade Parent Night in the Gorham High School auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm.
  • March 20 & 21 Tooth Fairies Return
  • March 21 – Organizational meeting for the Celebration of Middle School 6:30 GMS Library
  • March 28 – Presentation for school of Peter Panic. Schedule forth coming.
  • March 29 & 30 – The GMS presentation of the school musical Peter Panic
  • March 28 & 29 – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • April 4 – CPR Training at GMS, please see Teresa for details.

Encouraging the Young Writer

Each of us is a writer of some sort (some better than others as evidenced by this exhibit!), but we are all writers, none the less. It is a skill that we all must master to some degree in quillour life and we know from the evidence that writing evolves over the years. One need only receive a text from a friend or loved one to know that this is not your father’s writing.

April 10th is Encourage the Young Writer Day in America and we are putting together a program for our students that will expose them to several methods of writing and people who use writing in their lives every day. So, I am looking for all the help I can gather as we plan our next early release day. This topic of Encourage the Young Writer is far different tha any other day we have planned, and more difficult. So far, we have commitments from the Maine Writers Alliance, a couple of reporters from local newspapers and a couple of published authors. We really need quite a few more folks to present to small groups of students for about 45 minutes on how writing impacts what you do for a living.

The date of the early release day is April 11 and it runs from 8:00 until 11:00. The format of the day is 45 minute workshops presented to 3 or 4 groups of 20 or so students. If you know someone, or you are interested in participating in the day, please give me a call at 207-222-1228 or email me at robertr@gorhamschools.org.

Notes from our Nurse

NurseThe Tooth Fairies will be returning to GMS on March 20 and 21 to perform 6 month check ups on those students they saw in the fall. Please check with Teresa Merrill for the time of your child’s appointment.

Also, Teresa will be conducting another class in CPR for those interested or need to have their CPR certification renewed. You can check the School News section on First Class to sign up. The training will take place on April 4th.

Restorative Schools

ssfaHeaderLogoSchoolOn February 1st, the entire school enjoyed a presentation from Chuck Saufler from Safe School for All. In his presentation, Chuck enlightened us on how the adolescent brain works (or not!) when kids are placed into certain situations. I know from the comments of our faculty that this talk was insightful and thoroughly thought provoking for us. In fact, many of our staff had the same reaction to Chuck’s information as I did, “Oh, so that’s why they do that????”

Providing a safe school environment for all of our students is not something that automatically happens because we want it to, it requires all of us to be thoughtful and purposeful in our dealings with our peers, our students and our community as a whole. We must work to acculturate the idea of safety within our community constantly an consistently with all stakeholders.

Our Code of Conduct, as we all know, is far more than just words on our walls, these are the words that represent the very fiber of all that we do with our kids. We use the Code each and every time we address our students’ behavior, and we all use these words to guide our interactions with each other and with our students. Our question now is to determine how we make our new learning about adolescent behaviors more prominent in our own behaviors.

Over the next several months, we plan to re-visit the information we gained from Chuck and talk about how we can better incorporate his ideas into our everyday life at GMS. I plan to add this topic to some faculty meetings for whole group discussion. In the meantime, if you have some suggestions, please feel free to stop by the office or drop us an email with your ideas.

T’aint Season

You know, t’aint winter and it t’aint spring! Some people mistakenly refer to this time of the year as mud season, but I kind of like t’aint because some years we never really get to the mud stage. However, this season we will probably get very deep into the mud season (pun definitely intended) since we have about 2 inches of rain predicted for the mid week.

It is also the season that our students decide that it’s too warm for winter jackets and boots. However, we all know that this is also the time that kids need to protect themselves from the dramatic swings in the weather. Many of our students ride the bus to and from school and they think that they can “tough out” the time before the bus arrives to pick them up with just a spring weight jacket, or, for that matter, no jacket at all, just a T-shirt. The weather that we had in the morning may in no way resemble the weather we have in the afternoon. We just want to protect our kids from the colds and flu that come from going to those internal temperature extremes.

8th Grade Celebration

We held our first organizational meeting with a tremendous turnout of parents to help us graduation-clip-art-2put this very special evening together. We have set up some committees to handle all of the tasks for the different events of the night. We discussed several possible themes for the night and had some really great ideas that would make this year different from previous years.

There is still much to do for this evening and we will have several other meetings before the big event. One item we did not spend a great deal of time was the idea of fund raising. We did talk about the costs involved with this night, and we do have a dance scheduled to raise some funds.

Our next meeting will be Thursday night, March 21st in the GMS Library beginning at 6:30 pm. I hope to see everyone there.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Teachers/Advisors will be sending home information about Parent/Teacher conferences to meeting-451-95-115-80-cbe held at the end of the month. Our “official” time frame for the conferences will be from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 28th and on Friday, March 29 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. However, you may meet with your child’s Teacher/Advisor at a time that is mutually agreeable. Also, it is important for you to remember that you can arrange to meet with all of your child’s teachers at anytime you deem necessary.

Finally, as we have in the past, conferences are set up for parents to meet with the Advisor of your child. If you feel the need to meet with any of your child’s other content area teachers, you may also arrange to do this at this time, or at anytime.