04/30/2020

Good afternoon.

If you have not done so already, please sign up for a time slot so your child can clean out their locker(s). Also, please remind them (and I will do the same) to check the lobby for materials left by their teachers and check the lost and found items which will be in the grand stairwell. Remember, we are only allowing 10 students at a time in the building.

Please sign up for GMS Locker Clean Out!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/367003279061522025

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Later in June, we will do the same type of sign up for students to return their Chromebooks, library books, musical instruments, etc.


Last Friday, we held our 2nd Trimester Silver Hawk Award Ceremony remotely. Mr. Walsh and I hosted the event in the auditorium live to nearly 200 students who tuned in to watch. Our 8 winners were Sydney Boudreau & Ben Valles (Grade 5), Kylie Kelly & Jack Hazelton (Grade 6), Lauren Nazer & Ben Wolpin (Grade 7), Addy Wernig & Isiah Reese (Grade 8). Staff from each grade level sent in something about each student and Mr. Walsh “presented” them their certificates; both were mailed home to parents.


During the ceremony we also announced the winners of the Elks Lodge Patriotism Essay Contest. This year’s theme was, “What does Freedom of Speech mean to me?” The Lodge chose 3 winners out of 20 essays that were submitted by 8th graders: Aiden Bondaz, Noah Bolduc, and Derek Kelly. The Lodge did schedule a dinner event for all of those who participated (along with their parents) but was cancelled/postponed because of the outbreak of the pandemic.


We also gave an update on our “Million Words Readers.” Currently there are 23 students who have read at least a million words this year. Three of them are over 2 million, one is over 4 million and one is over 5 million words; 7 million is the school record. As a school, we have read nearly 4,000 books; more than 250 during this remote distance learning experience.


Again, I ask you for your patience in regards to information regarding your child’s academic progress. It seems that we are having technical difficulties regarding Visions and missing work. If you have any questions regarding missing work and/or how they are doing on them, please visit the Google Classrooms with your child. If you do happen to see letter grades in either Visions or Google Classroom, please ignore them. On May 15 teachers will share a Competency Based “Grade” Progress Report with students regarding their academic progress.


This is the 5th week of Remote Learning. It has been a long haul. But I am very pleased with the overall engagement by students, by the support you have given us, and by the extraordinary work my staff has done in making this work; despite the couple of curveballs I have thrown them. My apologies for the baseball reference but I do miss watching the Sox!


We’re getting there. Take care.


Peter


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