To The Daily Sun,
Lots of good news to share from Gilford Middle School.
Recently, we were part of the first ever Unified Basketball alumni game. Our middle schoolers joined forces with high school unified alumni to play the high school unified team. It was a great event with the high school squeaking out a victory over the middle school/alumni team. It was great to see GHS grads coming back and playing in this special event. Many thanks to Laurie Belanger, Chris Parker, Dave Pinkham, Terry Wilson, Donna O'Neill, Beth Haddock, Beth Devivo, Tom Carr, Kevin Shaw, Cheryl Bryan, Whitney Belanger, Rick Acquilano, Janet Bonnell, Lisa Hart, Monica Sawyer, Lori Jewett and many other parents and staff that helped make this event great. The game was followed by a pot luck supper where the kids had a chance to get together and talk about the game and the "good ole days."
Congratulations to Jacob Guay for qualifying to compete in the state level of the National Geographic Bee. Jacob was one of about 100 students who were both their respective school champion and scored high enough on the online component to qualify for the state level. He was only one of five students in the Lakes Region to make it this far. The state completion is at Keene State College on March 31st.
Congratulations also go to Harry LaFlamme for earning honorable mention at the state level of the PTA Reflections program. Harry earned this honor for the photography category.
Also deserving kudos is our 7th and 8th grade Math Team for advancing to the state level of the Math Counts competition at Plymouth State University on March 11th. The team finished third in the regional division; members are Shushu Sawyer, Mae Kenny, Matthew Farah, and Avery Marshall. Sawyer finished second overall in the individual competition thus earning her a spot in that portion of the state competition, as well.
Our 6th graders recently completed their winter testing in Language Usage of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) assessment. In comparison to their fall testing results, 88 percent of the 6th grade class improved their scores. In the 8th grade, 73 percent of the students improved their score in Science (compared to their spring testing). Other grades are currently taking their NWEAs, as well.
Peter Sawyer, Principal
Gilford Middle School
Unified basketball alumni game pitted middle school against high school. (Courtesy photo)