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Update: March 2, 2020

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Greely Middle School's National Spelling Bee


In English classes, in grades 5-8, students have been participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  This national competition is the nation’s longest running and largest education program with a stated purpose “...to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.” These classroom champions  competed in the Greely Middle School Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, for the opportunity to represent our community at the Cumberland County Spelling Bee.   
Classroom Champions: Sydney Klimaytis, Claire Larson, Michelle Amoussou-Guenou, Ally Needham, Claire Klimavicz, Logan Emerson, Audrey Seddon, Jack Cyr, Lily Pierce, Brady Moon, Kaia Perkins, Kyra Vanni, Jazmine Werner, Reid Hartford, Caroline Hester, Novena Tan, Dom Malette, Cora Mohr, Cam Stanley, Brody Gifford, Wesley Crossman, Rosie Saylor, Evan Pariseau, Jack Munz, Anabel…

Update: February 3, 2020

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7th Grade Katahdin's Literature Buffet
A huge round of applause for those Katahdin students who researched, read, wrote, and dressed up as the subject of their autobiography or biography.  Several important historical figures were present including Leonardo da Vinci, Elvis Presley, Will Smith, Maya Angelou, Malala, Albert Einstein, Eminem, and Gary Paulsen to name but a few.  Students dressed as their subject and then brought in a food or drink item that symbolizes their person. Thanks to all the families who helped make this literature buffet such a success.





Students Teach Fair Ms. Bell's & Mrs. Duncan's students held a "Students Teach Fair" this week. The students set-up stations around the room teaching their peers different activities, games & information
Non-Categorical Supports at MIW
Southern ME Partnership of USM, identified MIW as having an exemplary model for academic & behavioral interventions, bringing a team of 25 educators from across the …

Update: January 21, 2020

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10th Annual Poetry Out Loud
Eleven "classroom winning" students took to the stage of the GCA to recite their poems. They were competing for the opportunity to represent Greely at the 2020 Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition in February.

Greely students were evaluated on the following rubric categories: Physical Presence, Voice and Articulation, Dramatic Appropriateness, Level of Difficulty, Evidence of Understanding, Overall Performance, and Accuracy.

The school competition consisted of two rounds. Each student recited a poem in each round. The following students competed and were exceptional: Fritz Kendall, Sara Carlson, Aric Lyden, Kaiyla Delisle, Vivian Oakes, Sebastian Alfreds, Quincy Segal, Kaitlyn Guay, Eyezaya McFeteridge, Ryker Philbrick, and Olivia Giandrea.


Congratulations to Eyezaya McFetridge who won the GHS Competition. Eyezaya recited the following: "What I Learned From the Incredible Hulk" by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and "Ode to the Midwest" …

Update: December 16, 2019

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Board Votes
Board of Directors voted 8-0 Monday to move ahead with the elementary steering committee's recommendation of a new primary school in North Yarmouth.


Holiday Concerts

Tis' the season for holiday concerts. Congratulations to all of our students who participated in band or chorus concerts so far this season. They have all been so wonderful to watch and listen to. The GCA has certainly been busy over the last several weeks!


ADL Training
Several of our 7th & 8th graders participated in peer leadership training through our partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). This is a long-standing relationship in which the ADL provides intensive training to prepare students to provide peer-to-peer anti-bias instruction in 6th grade health classes. The approach capitalizes on the importance of peer relationships to middle level learners and has become an essential part of the GMS community identity. We are proud of the students who serve as peer leaders and appreciate thei…

Update: November 18, 2019

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NEW!  Podcasts
Check out my new podcasts on Equity and School Safety.  I will be posting podcasts from time to time on topics of current interest and relevance.  You can access these podcasts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the district website.  To access my podcasts on a mobile device, simply download Podbean in the app store (it's free) and click this link to go right to my podcasts.

Outdoor Classroom Week 8th grade math classes participated in outdoor classroom week by going outside and getting active while also collecting data for analysis.  Each student in our classes took 2 goal shots. When we returned to class, we analyzed the results in two-way tables, making conclusions about the relative soccer skills of our classes using relative frequency and percentage data. 




Challenge Day
Our 4th annual Challenge Day(s) took place at GHS on November 4&5 in which the entire sophomore class participated!

Challenge Days are powerful, high-energy programs in which youth participants…

Update: October 21, 2019

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Flash Mob at GMS 6-8

GMS 6-8 Students gathered together in the gym for their annual club & activities assembly. The highlight of the assembly came at the very end, when most of the GMS 6-8 teachers and staff sang and danced to “This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman, flashmob style. This had been a big secret since before school started, with clandestine after hours rehearsals, prop preparation, and creative costuming. I think it is fair to say that the students were taken by surprise, and hopefully they got to see the fun and playful side of their teachers. Here is a picture of all of the people who made it happen.




Welcoming Library

Had a great time reading "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales to students in Mr. Goldsmith & Mrs. Thomas' classes this week as part of the GMS 4-5 Welcoming Library & had a chance to discuss what it would be like to be an immigrant in a foreign country. Also had a great visit with Mr. Lloyd & Mrs. MacInnes' classes reading a similar…

Update: October 7, 2019

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Equity Workshop

Earlier this school year we sent out a quick form to gain interest from our staff, parents, students and community members who were interested in attending a day-long workshop on Equity and Racism. We had over 100 interested stakeholders. We worked diligently to ensure, to the best of our abilities, that we had broad reach into each of these groups, spanning all grade levels within the district. 40 stakeholders were chosen to participate in this day-long workshop facilitated by Community Change, Inc. (CCI).

We are now in the process of forming a steering committee who is dedicated to pushing the work forward in the district. This committee of 15 people will represent all stakeholders within the district. It will then be the committees charge to help plan trainings and outreach to others both within the district and the greater Cumberland/North Yarmouth communities.

We will keep you abreast of what plans are happening.

Volcano Building

Mrs. Grund's 4th grade class has g…