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Great Falls News
Our News page will keep you updated on all the latest going on with the Great Falls Hawks. We will post student and staff kudos, important parent reminders, and articles to help parents and students succeed. Check back often for all the latest.
Make sure you are checking out our latest updates on the left side of our News page. Each month’s issue gives updates on each grade’s progress. We are excited to share our daily learning with you!
Invitation to Participate in a Meeting with DESE
We would like to invite a few parents from each school to attend a meeting with state education officials. A team of reviewers from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is visiting the district to provide us with feedback about how we are doing on a range of topics. The meeting will be on Tuesday, January 23 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the middle/high school library. Please take a moment to read through this invitation to participate to learn more about volunteering.
As part of ongoing units on earth science, the main activity in 6th grade science last month was our cut-away earth project, where students worked together in small groups to create models of the earth’s interior. The project featured design, revision, construction, and presentation, with special focus on team work, creativity, and accuracy of information. We put all of our learning into inner core, outer core, mantle, crust, scale, tectonics, and continental drift, designing and making 3D models. Every group produced great results. Several groups created cakes in the form of our planet (science should always be so yummy), and one student made her own cut-away earth dress. Everyone had a blast!
Special Spring Concert
GFMS is very proud to have its chorus selected to work with composer Judd Greenstein, who lives in Gill. Read more in this article, and stay tuned for the date of a special spring concert to celebrate this collaboration!
Coats of Arms
Check out the thoughtful and artistic coats of arms created by G7 ELA students in response to characters from the novel Ender's Game. Students read the novel, analyzed the characters, and studied the construction of medieval coats of arms. They then created a coat of arms for a character from the novel; each one contains traditional heraldic symbols as well as modern ones chosen by the student artists.
Check out the pictures coming soon!
Eighth Grade ELA
Our 8th grade ELA students were recently reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and we asked them to complete a character map. The teachers tasked the students with describing the character’s appearance, identifying things the character said/the manner with which they spoke to others, describing some of the character’s actions, and considering the way other characters felt about them. Working with a group, the students took all of that information and produced a poster to share with the class. Collaborative activities that combine analytical thinking, citing textual evidence, and making visual representations help students develop and practice the higher order thinking skills they need to approach challenging content.