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Welcome 2017-18

posted Aug 29, 2017, 7:30 PM by Mark McDonough   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 7:12 AM ]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians:

I am excited to welcome both new and familiar faces to GCS tomorrow morning! I thoroughly enjoyed my first year as Principal of GCS, and am looking forward to another year with you, and your children.

Believe it or not, summer is a busy time in schools, and at GCS it was no different! Thanks to our custodians and maintenance staff, the interior of the school now sparkles, surfaces are freshly painted, and repairs have been made. One of the most noticeable improvements is the painting of the foundation, exterior columns, and rails to match. Also, the damaged siding was replaced, along with a number of windows. Additionally, a good deal of hiring was completed this summer. We welcome the following staff to our already awesome team:

  • Abbey McLaughlin: Grade 1 Teacher

  • Allyson Blais: Title I Educational Technician III

  • Krista Brown: Intervention Educational Technician III

  • Anatalie MacLagan: Special Education Educational Technician II

We are in the process of hiring and additional Special Education Technician, and a Lead Teacher for the INSPIRE Program (formally known as Day Treatment). We hope to have these positions filled soon. Laura Howe, who teaches Art to GCS students three days per week, will be on medical leave for approximately three months. We wish her the very best in her recovery, and look forward to her return. While Ms. Howe is out, Ms. Amy Oliver will be filling her position. She is a capable, experienced, and trusted substitute teacher in our district.

Another part of the preparation we do over the summer is continue our learning by taking classes, attending workshops, and by reading educational texts. This year, as a staff, we will be learning more about Responsive Classroom, Morning Meetings, and about the kind of language that helps students to learn, and allows them to feel a part of the GCS community. During our in-service days, we talked a great deal about the importance the connections between students, and staff, and learned how these connections can have lasting effects on students’ perceptions of school, and their ability to learn.

Please take a moment to review our revised student handbook. It will also be posted on the GCS web page. If you require a paper copy, we will make them available in the main office. As always, please feel free to reach out the administrative team if you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s education.


Mark McDonough