If we were looking to apply a litmus test to measure JGMS teachers' dedication and love for children, dropping them in the woods during a 3-day monsoon with one hundred and fifty, 11 and 12 years old was probably as good of a test as any. I am so thankful and proud of the staff that chaperoned this year's trip, as well as those who organized activities for those students who stayed behind. Nothing I could write would do the experience(s) justice, so I will just say, "a job incredibly well done". In particular, Ms. Coletta, deserves as many accolades that could be bestowed in her direction for taking the lead in organizing the trip with Ms. Breaux in close support. In the end, it takes an entire team effort to pull off such a positive experience in such a seamless manner. Great job and thank you to Mr. Johnson, Mr. LoPresti, Mr. Norling, Mr. Sheehan, Mr. Rogal, Mr. Glynn, Mr. Barlas, Mr. Donaher, Ms. Siegenthaler, Ms. Bakarian, Ms. Breakall, Ms. Mallott, Ms. Sudiuko, Ms. Noferi, Ms. Grant, Ms. McGraw, Mr. McGrath, Ms. Pespisa, Mr. Waite, Mr. Harrington, Ms. Eaton and the staff that covered classes and helped keep the school running smoothly while a third of the building was gone.
There are too many small moments that warmed my heart from this trip that it would be impossible for me to try and capture them all in a blog post. And, thanks to Ms. Coletta, Ms. Breaux, Ms. Mallott, Mr. Donaher and Mr. Johnson and their phenomenal job documenting the entire trip on Facebook, I do not have to try. The link to request access to the Facebook page is:
If you have any questions about the Facebook page or are unable to access it, please contact Joe Stanley at Joe_Stanley@bedford.k12.ma.us.