GMRSD Student Services Spotlight

Challenging and Supporting Every Student

September 2018

Welcome to the Student Services Newsletter

This publication is designed to provide a forum to communicate information, resources, helpful tips, and links in support of student services within the Gill Montague Regional School District. Student services, otherwise known as pupil services includes guidance, special education, school nursing and health education, English language learning, education for homeless students, home education/ home school students and more!


Our district tag line, challenging and supporting every student, sends a clear message that student services includes every student! We hope you enjoy this newsletter.

Translation Services

Google offers a free service that translates word, phrases and entire Web pages between English and more than 100 other languages. This service works with the Chrome browser.

Visit https://translate.google.com/

  • Copy, then paste selected text from a GPS Webpage, or enter a Webpage address
  • Choose a language from the Translate drop down list
  • Click the blue Translate button

English Language Education Resources

Colorín Colorado is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English learners (ELs). Colorín Colorado is an educational service of WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, and receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association. © Copyright 2017 WETA Public Broadcasting.


Gill Montague welcomes educators, families, and community members to explore these resources and links as we work together in support of inclusive practices throughout our schools and larger community. In future newsletters we will introduce members of our English Language Education team here in GPS.


http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/five-things-teachers-can-do-improve-learning-ells-new-year


http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/culturally-responsive-instruction-holiday-and-religious-celebrations


http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/language-objectives-key-effective-content-area-instruction-english-learners


http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/essential-actions-15-research-based-practices-increase-ell-student-achievement


http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/supporting-ells-mainstream-classroom-language-tips

Home Education/ Home Schooling

Home Education Programs are overseen by the Student Services Department in accordance with the school district policies. GPS policies, presently under review by the school committee policy subcommittee, that pertain to home education programs are linked below. It is important for families to adhere to state laws regarding school attendance. Home education plans need to be submitted and approved prior to a child being removed from a formal public or private educational program. If you have questions about the home/ education notice of intent and approval process please contact the student services office at 413-772-1320.

School Committee policies:

http://www.gpsk12.org/sites/default/files/policymanual/I/IHBG.pdf

http://www.gpsk12.org/sites/default/files/policymanual/I/IHBGE.pdf

http://www.gpsk12.org/sites/default/files/policymanual/I/IHBGR.pdf


Home School Application & Notice of Intent:

http://www.gpsk12.org/gps-district/student-services/homeschool


Informational Resources and Curriculum Links for Home School Families

http://www.mhla.org/information/resourcesarticles/guidetohomeschoolinginma.pdf

https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/local-support/

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/abc_homeschooling/homeschooling_a/

http://www.pearsonhomeschool.com/


District Special Education Child Find Responsibilities in Relation to Home School and Private Placed

https://www.shorecollaborative.org/profdev/Home-Schooling%20and%20Special%20Education.pdf

http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-subj/about/specialed.html

Mark your Calendars...Upcoming Community Events for Families

Community Partners

Our network of Community Partners is always growing! We are pleased to partner with the following community organizations, and thank them for their support of our schools.


As always, don't forget to bookmark the Gill Montague Regional School District Website so you can check back frequently on activities and events around the schools.

http://www.gmrsd.org

GMRSD Student Services Office

  • Special education
  • Guidance
  • English language learners
  • Nursing
  • Homeless education and more


Dianne M. Ellis, Director of Pupil Services