News From Across GMRSD

  Dear Hillcrest Families, We’re all together now!  It’s been wonderful to have all of our students here at Hillcrest this week. From our youngest preschoolers to our oldest first graders, each student brings his or her own special something to our community. Each student has been learning new routines this week, meeting new classmates and building connections with their new teachers. Next week, we’ll hold our first Hillcrest Spirit Day on Friday, September 14th. On that day, our theme will be Sports and all Hillcrest students and staff members are invited to wear their...
Dear Sheffield Families, I send a newsletter home with students once a week, on Thursdays, along with other notices from the school. We'll post the newsletters on the school's website, too, so you can always find them there, too. Here's this week's news: Dismissal at the end of the day was changed mid-year last year and I neglected to include the change in my August newsletter. At the 3:15 dismissal all fourth and fifth grade students exit out the front doors of the school. All second and third grade students exit the side door toward the parking lot and Montague Street. This change...
Show your Sheffield Pride!  Sheffield School's first Spirit Day of the year will be Wednesday morning 9/12  (it's a 1/2 day).   We will do a combined "CLASH DAY &/OR TIE DAY" …it gives folks a couple of ways to participate!  "Clash" means in a fashion sense: really bright colors, mismatched socks, stripes with spots, plaids with stripes, etc.  Ties can be made of paper/cardboard, neck ties, bow ties, hair ties, etc.  A great day for tie-dyed shirts!  All clothing must be appropriate per handbook guidelines.  No hair dyes or face paints at...
Great Falls Challenge is an annual tradition held on the afternoon of the second day of school. After spending most of the first two days of school in their CPR (Circle of Power and Respect, or Advisory) groups learning about and practicing schoolwide and grade-level routines, on Friday afternoon middle school students head out to the football field with a bottle of water to show what they know.  They form into mixed grade-level tams of three and travel from teacher to teacher answering questions and making connections. This photograph was taken at the end of a successful afternoon under...
We are excited to announce that Sheffield Elementary School’s popular afterschool program recently received a competitive federal grant award of $119,000 through the Collaborative for Educational Services to fund the program for an additional three years.  The grant is called a Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers Exemplary Programs Grant.  The grant supports afterschool programs with a record of providing creative and engaging academic enrichment opportunities and serving as model programs for the state.   Last year Sheffield’s program served...
Wondering what's for lunch tomorrow? Here are the menus for all five of our schools: Hillcrest Elementary School - Aug/Sept 2018 Sheffield Elementary School - Aug/Sept 2018 Gill Elementary School - Aug/Sept 2018 GFMS/TFHS - Aug/Sept 2018 Please visit the Food Services page for more information!

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