posted Oct 5, 2017, 10:55 AM by Suzanne Bowen   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 11:09 AM ]

Good afternoon.  I hope that this email finds you and your families well.

As I did a couple of weeks ago, I’d like to share some more of the wonderful learning opportunities our teachers are providing for our students so far this year.  It is also important to note that our Special Education Case Managers and Paraprofessionals are working side-by-side with teachers in helping ALL students in the classroom.  It is definitely a team effort here at GMS!

  • Grade 5

    • In Ms. Goyette’s Language Arts classes, students have been writing “personal narrative.”  Some of the narratives that students shared with me included broken collar bones, paintballing, and a visit to Santa’s Village (this student loved the “Chimney Drop” ride while I told him petting the reindeer was more my speed).  He laughed politely...

  • Grade 6

    • While teaching students how to multiply decimals via Eureka Math, Mrs. Fox taught them the life-long skill on how to multiply decimals via estimating in their heads and then telling them to ask themselves, “Does that answer make sense?  Should 9 candy bars cost $36?”  I actually interrupted the class to tell them how important that skill will be to them when they start paying for their own meals at a restaurant and have to tip the server.

  • Grade 7

    • Our new science teacher, Mr. Schiff, was giving a lesson on the importance of reading and following the directions; especially when it comes to conducting science labs.  He gave them a “quiz” where the first instruction was, “Read all of the questions before you answer any of them.”  The following questions had students doing all kinds of menial tasks.  The last question/instruction asked them NOT to answer any of the questions but simply to write and circle their names at the top.  Needless to say, there were not many “clean” sheets.  A good lesson.

  • Grade 8

    • In French class with Mr. McNeil, students were planning a trip to a French-speaking country of their choice (airfare, hotel, car rental, sights, etc.).  Students were amazed to learn the price difference in flights depending on where you are traveling and when.  One student found a $438 round-trip flight to Luxembourg for early November.  I was impressed that she knew that was a very good deal.

  • Unified Arts

    • In Mr. Warnick’s Rock Band class, our own Mr. Walsh became their session drummer and accompanied students on a couple of songs.  If you have seen the movie, “School of Rock,” then you’ll know what exactly goes on in this class.  It is very impressive how Mr. Warnick (aka Jack Black) teaches the kids how to play either the guitar, drums, keyboard, vocals, etc and they kids come together and hammer out classics from Bon Jovi, White Stripes, and even 80’s one-hit wonder, Madness.

Possible Paving Delay:  Tomorrow morning the DPW will be doing work on Alvah Wilson Road.  You will still be able to get to the middle school by going on Alvah Wilson (via Rt 11A) but you would be best served by leaving the school by going up to Belknap Mtn Road and getting back on 11A from there, according to the Gilford DPW.  Afternoon pick-up should not be an issue.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday = Columbus Day (No School)

  • Tuesday = Volunteer Orientation at the Gilford Public Library (every ½ hour from 9:15-1:45); PTA Meeting at GES (6:30)

  • Thursday = Volunteer Fingerprinting Clinic at the SAU (8:00-10:00).

  • Saturday, Oct 14 = Super Georgie’s Silent Auction & Bake Sale at the Gilford Youth Center (9:00-Noon) in honor of the Gard Family and to help support Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.  There will also be raffles, candy, face painting and mask making!

Take care,