Who knows, maybe some Greely Pride will rub off on his 2 year old recipient. In any case, we’re sure this delivery will make his day!
The Greely PTO sponsored their annual Staff Appreciation Week to give thanks to all the hard-working, dedicated staff members that enrich the lives of our children at school. It was a week filled with kind and thoughtful gestures by students as well as parents:
Monday, May 4th… Flower Day
Students picked, bought or made their teacher flowers to kick off the week. The students delivered SPRING to the classrooms and showered their teachers with flowers!
Tuesday, May 5th…Word of the Day
Students chose a word that described their teacher, wrote it on a slip of paper with their name, and placed it in the Compliment Cup in the classroom. The teachers got to read the contents of the jar at the end of the day and took a moment to realize just how amazing they are!
Wednesday, May 6th… Wednesdays are SWEET!
All MSAD #51 staff members received a delicious cupcake from the Greely PTO...see photo!
Thursday, May 7th… High Five for FIVE
Students gave a high five (or a compliment, note or treat) to 5 people other than their teacher...such as their bus driver, administrators, librarians, food service workers, custodians and nurses. This kind gesture also showed the students just how many people really make a difference in their daily school lives!
Friday, May 8th…Fan Mail
Students complimented their teachers with a homemade card.
2 Legs... 4 Legs... No Legs... or maybe Wings... Greely Middle School's newest club finds a way to help everyone involved.
Through creative fundraising, the students proudly donated to local shelters and rescues. Some of the club projects this year included making and selling homemade dog treats, designing art for pet sympathy cards, volunteering at shelters and rescues, “Pennies for Pets,’” and “Operation Warm Paws” blanket drive.
Meetings are held at GMS every other Tuesday at 2:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! We already have lots of exciting projects and guests lined up for next fall, so bring your passion for animals and join in the fun!
The purpose of the Greely Animal Awareness Club is to raise awareness about the most important issues affecting animals today. The students are encouraged to share their experiences and bring their knowledge and questions to club meetings for discussion and exploration. The Animal Awareness Club takes an active role learning, researching and raising awareness in the school community about the intrinsic value of animals in our lives. For more information or if you would like to get involved in any way, please contact April Kearney at firstname.lastname@example.org
GHS Senior Alex Jennings and his Teammate take home 2nd place in the prestigious Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge!
AJ and his teammate, who both attend P.A.T.H.S. in Portland, were challenged with repairing a “broken” 2015 Ford Fiesta SE. They were given a diagnostic report and had to race against the clock to find and repair the flaws, then return the car to “Showroom Floor” quality standards. A combination of an online written exam and the hands-on competition scores determine the winning team that will compete in the national finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. June 7-9, 2015. Any minor workmanship flaw or online omission creates demerits which take away from the overall speed (score) of the team.
Ultimately, AJ and his teammate had the fastest hood closing time, but 1 panel was not popped completely in place. The winning team actually left a tool in their car, but ended up with a slightly better score on their online portion, allowing them to win with a difference of only 1.40 seconds. It was a heartbreaker, but in the bigger picture, AJ and his teammate did an amazing accomplishment that they can be very proud of. There are approximately 10,000 students across the country who start this competition and only one team from Maine/New Hampshire & Vermont can make it to Dearborn.
On top of his 2nd place trophy, AJ earned a long list of scholarships including $7,500 to Ohio Tech, $6,000 to Northwest Ohio State & $1,500 Ford Assist. He is currently planning on attending CMTC in the fall. Keep an eye on AJ, we all want to know where the best of the best is working when we need him!
On April 30, the MSAD #51 All-district band dazzled a packed auditorium with a rousing performance of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams under the leadership of GHS band director, Kevin Rollins. This performance was a fitting finale to a superb concert that showcased the progression of musical development in our students, beginning in 5th grade, and entertained community members of all ages. Congratulations to all the performers, and to Mr. Rollins, and fellow band directors Mr. Scott Thurston and Ms. Sarah Cummings, for a job well done. More Spotlights...
This winter, with record breaking snow accumulation, was challenging for many Mainers -- including the residents of the Rockwood Condo Association in Cumberland Foreside, many of whom are unable to shovel their own property. Carol Grover, the president of the condo association and a former teacher, offered the creative suggestion of approaching high school students to help with the snow removal. Samantha Kennedy, president of the Greely High School Community Service Club responded to the call for help, and recruited a helpful team of fellow students, armed with shovels, who spent many hours of strenuous work to aid the Rockwood residents. According to Grover, “To the rescue came Samantha and several members of the organization. The compliments issued by the residents that they helped, were numerous. The girls were so pleasant and a delight to have. Samantha was very professional in handling email requests and phone calls. It was a pleasure to see young people share with the older generation who really enjoyed having them around.” For Kennedy and the other club members, it was a rewarding experience to be able to help others in such a tangible way, she states, "In the end, I think that we got a lot more out of shoveling than the residents did. It was a rewarding experience, and I'm glad that we could help." More Spotlights...
Community Service Club members pictured above
Top Row (left to right): Audrey Mann, Alex Tebbs, Sam Kennedy, Emily Buchanan, and Erin Molloy.
Bottom Row (left to right): Alex Kemna, Zöe Fluet, and Erin Campbell
Sarah Higgins, a senior at Greely High School, recently brought to light how learning and growing can be achieved beyond the classroom at GHS.
In an eloquent presentation to the School Board, Sarah spoke about her experience as being a member of Greely’s first MPA sanctioned Varsity Unified Basketball Team. She stated that she had never been on a sports team at Greely and she couldn’t have imagined a better experience. She found that being a part of the Unified Team changed her life: she is happier, her grades are better, and she feels more successful. All key factors in having a positive high school experience and preparing for life long learning.
Sarah also competed in the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club Speak Out competition at the end of March. She took home 3rd place!
Looking to the future, Sarah hopes to come back to Greely next year and help coach the 2015-2016 Unified Basketball Team! More Spotlights...
This year, Greely Middle School students Ashton Maze and Madison (Maddie) Albert entered exhibit boards and won first and second place! As winners in the exhibit category, they will be going to the national competition at the University of Maryland in June!
Ashton's first place exhibit was: "Leadership and Legacy Behind the Guns: Rosie the Riveters on the American Homefront". Ashton interviewed a *real* "Rosie the Riveter" up in Aroostook county, who he located while doing his research.
Maddie's second place exhibit was: "Race, Education, Equality, and Resistance: The Leadership and Legacy of Prudence Crandall and the "School for Little Misses of Color". Maddie traveled to several archives in Connecticut to look at primary sources (original letters and newspapers) from the 1830s, and interviewed the author of the major biography of Prudence Crandall.
In addition to their research and exhibit boards, each student had to write a 500 word paper describing how they conducted their research and developed their project This paper also included an annotated bibliography in MLA style, divided into primary and secondary sources. More Spotlights...
The group consists of:
6th graders: Ben Hall, Rylan Harrison, Maria Paquin, Turner Gamache, and Leif Harvey.
7th graders: Aaron Howell, Chris Theodores, TIm Ostergaard, Toby Kany, Isabella Caron, Dylan Hall, Olivia Giandrea
8th graders: Pablo Bernstiel, TIm Lester, Isaac Moore, Edmund Paquin, Lars Boddie, Cole Moore, Cam Bubblo, Mathew Smith-Erb, Jill Cass, Anna Briley, Nicolas Giandrea, Cam Sarchi, Maddie Perfetti, Ben Follett
Our 6th grade concert band received a Silver award and our 7th/8th grade concert band received a Gold Award at the Maine Band Directors' Association Festival in Scarborough on the 26th of March. Children from area schools perform graded literature in front of a live audience and judges from all over New England. Both groups received the maximum points allowed for the sight reading portion of the clinic. More Spotlights...
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