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06/14/2019

posted Jun 14, 2019, 4:38 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  The end of the school year is in sight.  Hopefully, for our students the weather this summer will improve greatly from the spring they have endured so they can truly enjoy their well-deserved time off.  This will be one of the more lengthy emails as it will be the last of the school year!


Yesterday, we celebrated our last Silver Hawk Award winners in our morning ceremony.  The recipients (2 from each grade, each trimester) are chosen by their teachers as students who epitomize what is means to be a respectful, resourceful, responsible, and confident learner. Our winners for this third trimester were Luke Crawford, Jade Nicolas, Mallory Daley, Kyle Gandini, Noah Bolduc, Addy Wernig, Lily Tierno, and Anthony Haddocks.


The Silver Hawk Ceremony was followed later in the afternoon by our annual Talent Show.  The talent was extremely talented, the audience was awesome, and everyone in the auditorium seemed to have a lot of fun.  And that is a very good thing.


If you have reached out to Ms. Moynihan about ordering a yearbook and have not yet submitted payment, you need to do so ASAP to ensure that your child gets his/her yearbook, please.


Also, you have until next Wednesday to pay any balances on your child’s food service account here at school.  This can be done either online or by sending in a check with your child.


Congrats to both Patrick Gandini and Maria Uicker who recently presented their projects down in Washington, D.C. for the annual National History Day National Contest.  Patrick wrote a paper on the U.S. Marines and Iwo Jima and Maria did a performance on Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution.


Our 6th graders showed a more than $270 profit during the Economy Project Unit and will donate all of the money to “The Cure Starts Now.”  This, of course, is a foundation fighting to eliminate ALL cancers.


Please remind your students that any books they have from our library is way past due and should return them immediately.  They should also make sure they have their Chromebooks and chargers ready to be returned beginning tomorrow and continuing until Tuesday morning.


Mr. Meyers “treated” the students to a sampling of U.S. Armed Forces “A-Ration/B-Ration/C-Ration” meals that soldiers ate during the war as part of their studies of World War II.  Today they had a taste of chipped beef on toast, baked beans and peaches. Most students seemed to enjoy it! As Napolean put it best, “an army marches on its stomach.” So do middle school students….


Two important changes for next year:  One, in order to offer students a more personalized and focused instruction we are going back to using Mrs. Barbour (our reading specialist) the way we used by having her give individualized and small group instruction.  All students will take their Language Arts teachers with their grade level teachers and those who need access to Mrs. Barbour (as stated in their IEPs) will have a schedule created for them as to when this will happen during the school day.


And, two, we are tightening the cell phone policy here at GMS.  No longer will students be able to use their phones at recess, in the cafeteria or in-between classes.  Students will be able to bring them to school but they must be kept in either their lockers, backpacks, or pockets.  They should not be seen nor used unless the classroom teacher gives them permission.


Any incoming 4th-8th grade student may take part in our Summer Math Academy (for free!).  For information about the program or how to register, please follow this link.


Reminder that next Wednesday, our last day of school, is an early dismissal.  Students will be dismissed at 11:20.


Please join me in wishing our 4 retirees as they begin the next chapter of their lives.  They will sorely be missed and we greatly appreciate their service to the school district.  Happy Trails to Jeff Josten, Kim Watterson, Donna O’Neil, and Beth DeVivo!


Finally, I’d like to thank our staff, our students, and you parents for helping make this a successful school year here at GMS.  I truly appreciate your support. I hope you all have a wonderful summer vacation with your family.


Take care,


Peter


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