posted Jan 16, 2018, 4:18 AM by Suzanne Bowen   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 4:21 AM ]

Good evening.  And a very warm one at that!  I want to start by thanking the PTA and our Volunteer Steering Committee for sponsoring and doing the leg work, respectively, our 5th and 6th grade movie night tonight.  I think we have about 30 or so students in the cafeteria right now enjoying popcorn, pizza, and “Despicable Me 3” for free!

Three more classes that I visited recently, the first two reminded me of my own days as a Gilford Middle/High School student back in the late 70’s/early 80’s.  The first was Mrs. Damato’s 6th grade computer class where students were learning a skill that I learned on a typewriter by senior year with Mr. Shannon; keyboarding.  A skill that that has been used over and over and over again in my adult life.  But because of the technological tools available to Mrs. Damato, it is much more interesting for our students to hone these skills other than listening to your teacher saying, “A space, A,S, space, F, J, space” etc.  Mr. Walsh was also in there competing with the students with his typing skills.  He lost.  I then moved on to Mrs. Hanf’s 8th grade Family and Consumer Science class; in my day it was Home Economics.  Mrs. Hanf was teaching them the part of the sewing machine and what impressed me was how fascinated some of the students were as to how the machine worked.  It also reminded me of the fact that the worst grade I earned in middle school was in this class; I sewed my pockets on backwards on my apron.  Mrs. Martin had high standards.  Lastly, I caught part of Mr. Bohn’s 7th grade Health class where he was leading the students in a discussion on why people start to do drugs.  One reason that he was discussing was that people wanted to get rid of “unwanted conditions” such as stress, depression, boredom, pain, etc.  Students themselves came up with some very insightful reasons why someone might take drugs; having poor role models, wanting to “be cool” or fit in, genetics, peer pressure, to relax, etc.  Hopefully, these discussions will lead to students making the right choice when they are presented the opportunity to try drugs or alcohol.

The following students have made it to the GMS National Geographic Bee finals.  Georgia Eckhardt, Gabreaelle Perron, Josiah Valentine, Rosabella Lesniak, Abigail Seal, Lydia Stefan, Lily Cassiano, Jalen Reese, John Blandford, Anthony Aguiar, Zoe Lehneman, and Tim Jagusch.  The final school competition will be on Tuesday.

Congratulations to the Nordic Ski team where both the boys and girls team finished in first at their last meet up at Gunstock.  Winning the boys relay were Mitchell Townsend and Patrick Gandini and for the girls it was Catherine Stow and Vanessa Genakos who won the event.  The other pairs also finished strongly; Aiden Bondaz/Henry Stow, Karson Genakos/Alden Townsend, Carter Forest/Scott Kulscar, Clark Blackwelder/Ian Lofblad, Ashley Kulscar/Madeline Burlock, and Rylee Stefan/Sydney Eastman.  And did you know that their coach, Nina, is a 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and a 6-time World Champion?!  No wonder our team does so well!

On the next two Thursdays, the GMHS Chess Club will hold an Invitational in our cafeteria.  The chess club would like to invite parents, staff (K12, SAU, custodial, etc), home schoolers, alumni, and community members to play or just watch.  The hope is to increase competition and camaraderie within our community.  If you are interested, please let me know so Mr. Maslow (GMHS Chess Club Advisor) can bring the appropriate amount of snacks.  The events will take place from 2:30-3:30 each day.

Make-up Sports photos will take place on Wednesday; Nordic Skiing (2:30), Girls Hoops (2:40); Boys Hoops (2:50), and Alpine Skiing (3:15) here at the middle school.

Congratulations to our Math team who finished in second place in their last meet.  They are now currently tied for first with Laconia.  Their next meet is at Interlakes on Wednesday.

Two upcoming athletic opportunities that your child may be interested in:  One, the registration for the Lakes Region Girls Softball has begun.  You can register at their LRGS website or register at one of their two upcoming winter warm-up clinics held at Belmont Elementary School on January 27 and February 3 (1:00-2:15 4-8 year-olds and 2:15-3:30 8-12 year-olds).  Second, the registration for Lakes Region Lacrosse is open by going to their LRL website.  Their season opens on April 8.  If you need more information or are looking to help the organization in any way, please contact Jodie Gallant.

Lastly in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a quote from Dr. King:  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”

Thank you and good night.