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Gill-Montague schools still looking for Thunder logos

  • Turners Falls High School in Montague file photo



Staff Writer
Friday, September 14, 2018

MONTAGUE — The Gill-Montague School Committee is still accepting logo submissions for the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School mascot, the Thunder, until Oct. 5.

The school committee announced on Tuesday it is actively accepting designs from professionals, students, community members or other interested parties for a logo representing the new mascot.

The submissions can be sent to the high school main office or via e-mail to School Committee Heather Katsoulis vice chairwoman at heather.katsoulis@gmrsd.org by Oct. 5.

The logo must meet the same criteria required when the mascot was determined, as set by the school committee. The criteria are the logo must be easily identifiable, non-gender specific, use the schools colors of blue and white and “reflect or symbolize one or more of the qualities of integrity, persistence, dignity, strength, honor or pride.”

Katsoulis said the committee has received several submissions already, and suggested coming up with a due date.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Sullivan said the group may also want to consider paying a professional graphic designer to make the logo.

“I’m not sure it would go over well if just the school committee decided, so to me I’m leaning towards some sort of task force, but that can take so long, so I’m concerned about time,” Katsoulis said.

She said while she is pleased with the submissions she’s seen already, she is open to more submissions.

Member Jennifer Lively suggested reminding people the committee is accepting submissions while forming a task force, since she didn’t think many people knew they were still accepting them. She added that she thinks there should be a professional well-versed in graphic design on the task force.

Sullivan said there is a new art teacher at the high school who might be interested.

“I think if you had a handful of people that could include a teacher or two in that area of expertise, a couple of kids, maybe a school committee member or two,” Sullivan said. “I’d be interested in letting the students decide between two or three and take a vote. Then maybe not have the vote be binding, but have the information for whoever takes it on to make the final say in the vote.”

Committee member Mike Landknecht said he thinks it should be easier to establish a group for helping to decide on the logo.

“Much like we did the name, set out the ground rules and now collecting the stuff will be a lot simpler than it was for the name initially,” Landknecht said. “What you just described — a representative from the administration, our staff and students, we’re going to be talking with students. I don’t know if our community would want to wait for us to set that up. It might be a good first issue to bring to the students.”

He said he’s sensitive to the feeling of wanting the logo picked already, but he doesn’t want to set up the process to take six months either. He said this is a “nuts and bolts issue” which isn’t as difficult as the previous process.

Committee Chairman Jane Oakes she understands the sense of urgency in the matter.

“I think we have heard that from community members that they would like a logo soon and I understand that,” Oakes said.

Sullivan said he would work the Principal Annie Leonard to establish a group including interested students, administrators, art faculty and the school committee representatives, tentatively tasked with narrowing the logo submissions to two or three options.