Attitude is what makes or breaks a day. Positivity reverberates through the halls at GMS!
Three Examples of Positivity Today:
1. Two students who were once struggling readers reached Grade Level Reading Today! HUGE CELEBRATION!!
2. A Grade 3 student who thought he hated math, came to share his love for math and his success with numbers!
3. A Grade 4 student, who at one time would have been upset about another Indoor Recess, shared that it isn't so bad when he is inside because he 'gets' to write funny stories with his friends!
Positivity is Contagious...go out and spread this with the world my little leaders!
STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION...No Excuses!
“Knock On The Door For Literacy” brought many families to GMS to celebrate and enjoy reading, writing and word games.
The number of families that joined us on Monday is a testament to our communities commitment to learning excellence!! This year has been memorable and yesterday added to the glowing moments at GMS.
“Studies show beyond dispute that children's achievements in school improve with increased parent involvement in education.” (Henderson, 1998)
Thank you for being the most integral partner in your child’s learning journey!
GMS...Where the BEST keep getting BETTER...NO EXCUSES!!
Every new year brings about reflection, personal improvement and goal setting! We encourage our entire community to take time to set goals that involve your personal best!
We rise to the top when we set and act upon our goals...leave excuses for the weak at heart!
LIVE BIGGER AND BRIGHTER than any limitation that you perceive has been set. Ulitmately we hope that our community will "BE THE CHANGE"! You have an entire school team behind you cheering each of you on. We are here to serve you; help us, help you to reach your goals!
2014 is going to be amazing...we ARE going to achieve the goals we have set as a school (Feel free to review these under the Learning Improvement Plan link). YES, this means I will be kissing a toad at the end of the year. ICK!!
2014, LET'S DO THIS! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Please visit us through Twitter at GMSRPS.
You will find updates, pictures and fun facts about school on a weekly basis!
We are so excited to be joining the Twitter Nation!
Below are some learning celebrations that you can read more about on Twitter. Daily 5 in K and our Elder visits have been huge highlights this week!
Check out this video of Grades 6 to 8 Practical and Applied Arts at GMS!
The GMS team is excited to share the following footage. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has created a series of videos called Shining a Spotlight on Success. We were fortunate to be one of the schools they chose to highlight. We are humbled and honoured to be selected amongst the many outstanding elementary schools in our province.
Please watch as the GMS Team tells their story, highlighting the success stories of our students.
Our students are crazy about reading. I had a Gr 8 student pop by today for a visit to celebrate her growth in reading levels. She told me for the first time in her 8 years of school she actually loves reading and wants to be better!
At GMS this is no longer a surprise. The culture of learning excellence is key to our success.
All hands on deck we will continue to ignite the love for learning and develop will future leaders!
HOWEVER, WE NEED YOU TO HELP!!
The best way to practice this at home with your child is to talk about the connections they are making to text. When readers make connections to the text their comprehension increases.
This is also called making connections. The 3 types of connections are:
1. TEXT TO SELF
2. TEXT TO SOMEONE
3. TEXT TO WORLD
Any time you spend talking to your child about books will be time well spent!
For more practice, visit this site with your child reading.ecb.org
WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING, YOU GO FOR IT...NO EXCUSES!! Thanks to Future Shop we have learned that to be true!
The Cheque Ceremony Assembly was a moment that I will hold with me for a life time! The look on the faces of our students was absolutely priceless!! We are now looking forward to 'get our spend on' and 'make our learning come to life with new technology.'
AT GMS, our NO EXCUSES Motto has pushed our students and staff to become creative and innovative thinkers in order to conquer challenges. The following video started with a young future leader challenging me when I told him that we did not have funds to purchase iPads. He called me on this and said…”Mrs. Daelick, No Excuses. If you want it bad enough you will find a way!” He was correct. We had to find a way.
We explored options and decided to “Dream Big”. Future Shop had the answer to our call, they were advertising a Tech Grant where you could apply for up to $20,000 to enhance the technology in your school. Our team went to work creating a proposal to demonstrate the ways in which we would use technology to impact student achievement.
Speaking to our students and staff was a great process, but to only write their thoughts seemed less than adequate to encapsulate the passion that our students & staff demonstrate for learning and for life! We decided to create a video that introduced our FUTURE LEADERS to Future Shop and to the world.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH OUR GMS FUTURE LEADERS VIDEO…
Your dedicated GMS staff can barely wait for you to arrive! We are busy preparing for what we consider will be the most memorable and awesome year in your school career so far. We will continue to do things a little different ensuring optimal learning and fun are had by all!
Gladys McDonald School IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO BE!
The building is looking great with our reno's coming to an end. New paint everywhere including the library and Math Zone, new furniture in many rooms and quotes filling our halls that represent us as learner and citizens!
If you haven't done so already, please watch the video our dedicated staff made for you before the break. It is certainly worth a great laugh!
Also if you are new to our community, WELCOME! You can find registration papers and supply lists under the Document Library in the left bar. Also I encourage you to watch the Daily FIve videos created by our staff and students (link on the right side of the webpage). This will help you and your child/ren understand the literacy structure we use called the Daily Five!
School Resumes on September 3rd at 8:53. You can register in person on August 27th - 29th.
IT IS TRULY AN HONOUR TO LEAD IN THIS 'NO EXCUSE' COMMUNITY!
Signed your excited Principal and Partner in Education, Mrs. Daelick
We came so close to meeting our literacy goals that our staff felt like we needed to do something special for our students in recognition of their hard work.
At the end of our our final assembly, we revealed a graph to our school and community that demonstrated our Literacy and Numeracy growth from the beginning to the end of the year.
When Mrs. Daelick announced that she believed the growth was DYNAMITE...the song came blaring over the system. The staff, from all directions, gathered at the front of the room wearing their fabulous florescent attireand began a dance flash mob. When the song was over, the entire gym rose and danced together.
It was a celebration of achievement that I will remember for a lifetime!
Thank-you for an outstanding year of learning and leadership...No Excuses! Our students are worth every ounce of our energy, right down to the last moment of the year...
More surprises to come...Stay tuned for a GMS Video sure to leaving you smiling...and reading!!