posted Mar 19, 2018, 4:18 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  And I hope that the luck of the Irish is with you all today.

Congratulations to our 6th Grade Math Team who handily won the regional championship on Thursday afternoon!  They are a dedicated group led by our 6th grade math teacher, Mrs. Fox. Our champion mathletes are Sam Dahl, Elizabeth Albert, Abby Seal, Isaiah Reese, Haukur Karlsson, Caleb Giovanditto, Ben Suranyi, Michael Guerin, Aiden Bondaz, Ryan Turmel, and Andrew McDonough.

The Chess Club will be meeting the next two Thursdays in our cafeteria from 2:30-3:25.  All are welcome to attend!

Students interested in playing a spring sport here at GMS MUST undergo IMPACT Concussion testing.  This involves taking a “test” on a computer (takes about an hour) that gives us a baseline in case we need to determine, in the future, whether or not they have experienced a concussion.  We will do this the first hour (or so) this week with each sport taking the test each day: Monday (Track), Tuesday (Baseball), Wednesday (Softball), Thursday (Tennis), and Friday (Unified Soccer).  Our school nurse, Beth Haddock, and high school nurse, Meg Jenkins, will administer the tests in our computer labs.  If you have any questions, you may contact them or our athletic director, Rick Acquilano.

Three important dates this week:  Monday at 6:00 in our cafeteria will be the Spring Sports Parent Informational Night; Wednesday, is our Early Release (12:20); and, Thursday is the beginning of the 3rd trimester.

This week’s tip from the “Middle Years”*  Tinker with Engineering: STEM activities are popular with tweens these days.  Encourage your child to explore the “E” in STEM with these engineering ideas. Take Apart - Have them disassemble and the reassemble simple mechanical objects like a pen or flashlight.  In the process, he can figure out what each part is used for and how it works. Design - Let your middle grader draw an invention to solve an engineering problem. He might sketch a more efficient system for delivering clean water to areas that lack it, for instance.  Build - Suggest that your tween use household materials to engineer projects related to what they’re studying in class. If they’re learning about thermal energy, they could make a pizza-box solar oven!

Let’s hope that the luck of the Irish sticks around for a while and that upcoming mid-week storm continues out to the Atlantic.  Thank you and have a nice rest of your weekend.