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Welcome Letter to Parents




August 14, 2018


Dear Parents/Guardians,


It is with great anticipation and enthusiasm that I welcome you back for another incredible school year here within the Gorham Schools! The first day of school for students in grades K, 6, and 9 will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018. The first day of school for all other students will be on Thursday, August 30, 2018.


Bus routes have recently been published in the Gorham Times. You may also view them by going to the Gorham Schools website (www.gorhamschools.org) then clicking on “District Departments” and then on “Transportation”. Once there, click on bus routes for either Elementary or GMS/GHS. At this point you should have completed our parent survey for pick up and drop off points. As you know, this year we are implementing a change in policy that limits the total number of pick up points for each student to 2 and the total number of drop off points for each student to 2 and these two points need to be set up before school begins for the year and cannot change once set without a specific request made to the Transportation Department. If you have not yet completed this survey, we urge you to do so in order to help us avoid confusion. ALL K-12 PARENTS/GUARDIANS SHOULD COMPLETE THIS SURVEY. You can participate in the survey by going to the following link (if the link is not live, just type it into your browser): https://goo.gl/forms/yRf6x2CwXivefj393. If you have any questions, I encourage folks to please contact your school’s office immediately. You can find school contact information on the district’s webpage. If you have specific questions about bus routes, please contact Judy at the Transportation Office (893-2547)


As in all previous years, I would kindly request PATIENCE and UNDERSTANDING for the first few weeks of school as we iron out the details of our bus routes for another school year. It is not atypical to have buses run 20-30 minutes late in the a.m. and p.m. routes as we get things rolling, so please plan accordingly for the first few weeks of school and as always, if you are concerned or have questions, please call the Transportation office at the number listed above.


Our schools are excited to welcome you and your children to another tremendous year here in Gorham! There are lots of outstanding things happening at our schools so be sure to check out our school websites, keep an eye on your mail and email, and watch for flyers and other materials that will be sent home with your students the first few days of school to let you know about many of these exciting planned events! You can also check out my blog (linked on our district webpage), or you can check us out on Facebook and Twitter – all of which are linked from our webpages.


Our schools are eager to welcome you as parent Partners In Education (PIE). Each of our schools has a PIE group, and we encourage all parents to get involved because we know that as parent involvement increases, student achievement also increases! You can find out more about how to get involved by contacting your school’s office!


I also want to remind all parents/guardians of our incredible volunteer program! The Gorham Schools are well known for our robust volunteer programs where parents and community members are encouraged to actively participate in the educational processes of our schools in various ways. Last year we had well over 2,100 hours donated to our schools by our awesome volunteers! THANK YOU! In order to continue to keep this program vibrant and strong, WE NEED YOU! To volunteer in the Gorham Schools, you need to first register. This registration process is required for both short and longer-term commitments. All of our forms can be found on the district website. Just go to www.gorhamschools.org, click on the “Human Resources” tab and click on the “Volunteer Program” and you are there! You may also inquire at your school’s Principal’s office for more information.


As we get ready for a new school year, I want to once again draw your attention to the importance of school attendance. Did you know that absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year? Did you know poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade? Did you know that by 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school? Finally, did you know that research shows missing 10% of the school year (or about 18 days here in Gorham) negatively affects a student’s academic performance? That’s just two days per month!


Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success – both in school and in life. WE NEED YOUR HELP! When you help us make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, and have a better chance of graduating from high school ready to successfully meet all the challenges life may have in store for them! Please help us, help your child to make daily school attendance a priority! Thank you! J


In closing, the Gorham School’s staff continue to work tirelessly to make our schools a place where your child wants to come each and every day to challenge themselves, to socialize, and to achieve all that they can achieve as learners! We all care deeply about the success of our children! We are lucky to have such a dedicated and caring staff whose focus and priorities are all in the right places – building positive relationships with each and every student! Our students and staff strive to live our Code of Conduct by demonstrating respect, honesty, courage, compassion, and responsibility and our parents and the entire community model these same values for our students. I am so proud to be your Superintendent of Schools and will also work tirelessly to make sure this strong spirit continues to thrive in Gorham! We are all so very proud to be GORHAM RAMS!


I look forward to another great year! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments, or concerns. My email is heather.perry@gorhamschools.org and my office phone number is 222-2012. See you all soon! GO RAMS! J




Heather J. Perry,

Superintendent of Schools