News From Across GMRSD

I would like to thank the parents of students of color who have made recent efforts to insist that our schools do more now to address the occurrence of race based civil rights harassments at our middle and high school.  It should not have been necessary for them to motivate us to closely examine our practices and set in motion plans to do better.  Creating safe, comfortable, and inclusive learning environments is our most fundamental obligation and when conditions exist that interfere with any student’s ability to feel comfortable and at home in their own school we need to do better...
Hillcrest Elementary School Newsletter December 2018 Important Dates Dec. 24 – Jan. 1 - Winter holiday break        Wed., Jan. 2 – School resumes Wed., Jan. 9 – In-Service, Noon dismissal (11:30 a.m. PK) Mon., Jan 21 – No school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Friday, Jan.25 – No school for students. Turn Around Day   From the Principal  Dear Hillcrest Families, It was such a treat to gather together for our December All School Meeting this morning! These gatherings are always special occasions and...
Our student council members have reviewed all of the class rules in our building and have created five new school rules for Sheffield: Be safe and in control Active listening to all Take care of all school materials and keep a clean school environment Be kind, helpful, and have fun Believe in yourself and believe in each other Our student council have been working on a presentation of what each rule looks like and sounds like.  They will be presenting each of them at future All School Meetings, starting tomorrow afternoon...
Dear District Parents and Guardians, I am writing to invite you to attend a forum to share your experience, perspective, concerns, and hopes, regarding how our schools respond to incidents of civil rights harassment and the education of students about diversity and equity issues. This meeting is open to all district parents and guardians and will be facilitated by Safire DeJong and Keisha Green of the Collaborative for Educational Services. These trainers have worked in many schools in our area and am pleased that they will be working with us. You can learn more about their work at https...
Our annual food drive involves all five of the district's schools in a friendly 3-week competition that stocks up the food pantry run by the Basic Needs program at Montague Catholic Social Ministries in downtown Turners Falls. This effort is led by parent volunteer (and former school committee member) Lesley Cogswell, with help from students, staff, families, community members, and the Gill-Montague Community School Partnership. Items were collected, counted, and delivered to MCSM on three Friday afternoons. Here's the report from Week #3: 942 items...
Our annual food drive involves all five of the district's schools in a friendly 3-week competition that stocks up the food pantry run by the Basic Needs program at Montague Catholic Social Ministries in downtown Turners Falls. This effort is led by parent volunteer (and former school committee member) Lesley Cogswell, with help from students, staff, families, community members, and the Gill-Montague Community School Partnership. Items were collected, counted, and delivered to MCSM on three Friday afternoons. Here's the report from Week #3: 942 items...

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