12/8/2017

posted Dec 8, 2017, 11:47 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that this email finds you and your families well.  I’d like to start off this week’s email with some additional glimpses into the day of the life of a Gilford Middle School Student:

  • In Mrs. McLane’s 7th Grade Health class, students were learning about the dangers of “vaping.”  Not surprisingly, many students were well aware of the increased use of vaporizers and e-cigarettes.  Mrs. McLane did a great job in laying out how dangerous this seemingly harmless (at least to teenagers) this habit really is to their bodies.

  • In Mr. Bowler’s 8th Grade Math class, students were using our Eureka math program to learn how to write equations using symbols.  Their task was to translate word problems into mathematical equations that they could solve.  The students understood the process much better than I did.

  • Speaking of lack of understanding, I was in Mrs. Masters’ 8th Grade Spanish class not understanding a thing.  My French and German are decent but not Spanish.  I was impressed nevertheless as it always amazes me how little English is being spoken by Mrs. Masters and her students.  Immersion is the best way to learn a foreign language and our students are certainly experiencing that in her class.

  • In Mr. Witham’s 7th Grade Art class, students were creating “action” figures out of wire and tinfoil.  Besides using their creativity in the lesson, students are taught how to use proportions in an art project.  Yes, they learned, math and art do work in concert together.


Next week’s events:

  • Wednesday = Boys B/A Basketball at Belmont (3:30/4:30); Girls B/A Basketball (3:30/4:30)

  • Budget Committee Meeting on School Board Budget at the Town Hall (6:30)

  • Friday = Girls A/B Basketball at Winnisquam (3:30/4:30); Boys A/B Basketball (3:30/4:30)


This week’s tip from the “Middle Years”  On Top of Grades*  If your child’s school offers an online grade book, check it every week or so.  That way, you will stay in the loop and can spot problems early.  Try not to overreact to one low score; it could be one small blip or just a tiny fraction of your tween’s grade.  Instead, look for patterns, and contact the teacher if you have concerns.  


Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Peter


*Resources for Educators, December 2017


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