The Gateway Gazette
Winter 2016, Vol. III, Issue 2
Mrs. Stubley's Letter to Parents
What an exciting year we have had so far! Our staff and students have been hard at work and I would like to share a few celebrations with you all. Beginning in October, all students in kindergarten through fifth grades have participated in our differentiated group instruction rotations. To decide upon the groupings, the grade level teachers develop a pre-test with the most difficult standards for the coming month included as questions. The grade level team looks at each student’s score, and from there, they develop a lesson plan for the differentiated group that the student will participate in. These groups take place three times each week and provide extra practice at the student’s ability level. Often times, we have the added benefit of a different teacher from that grade level teaching the differentiated group, which allows the students access to a different delivery method as well. Although these lessons are short, at approximately thirty minutes in each session, they are very beneficial for our children. We track the data of each group’s progress and discuss the results monthly with our leadership team. So far, the results have been very positive!
Additionally, our students have begun to prepare for our state testing this spring. Our new assessment will be the SC Ready in ELA and Math and PASS in Science and Social Studies. All 3rd through 5th grade students will be tested in ELA and Math, and students in grades 4 and 5 will also be tested in Science and Social Studies. We have shared information for this new assessment with all teachers at all grade levels, as it is important for everyone to possess an understanding of what our children will be expected to know for our state assessment each year. At home, the best extra preparation that our parents can do at every grade level is to assure that at least 20 minutes of nightly reading takes place. For our kindergarten students this can be a combination of reading and being read to depending on the child. I cannot tell you how valuable this one bit of advice is to your child’s academic success.
Thank you all for your volunteer time and support of our Gators! We feel so fortunate to have such a positive and caring community in Travelers Rest. Please do not hesitate to call or email if we can be of assistance or answer any questions that you may have.
All the best,
The fourth graders participated in a wonderful field trip that came to Gateway! We experienced what life was like during Colonial times while participating in many activities that brought this time to life! It was such a GREAT day!
Student Registration for 5th Graders
How can it be that our current 5th graders are almost ready for middle school? It is right around the corner so parents of 5th grade students please check the Gateway website for important middle school course catalogs and information about your students options for electives. Each middle school offers different classes and options so check them out. Ms. Howard, our school counselor, will be working with all 5th graders in the computer lab the week of Feb.29th-March 4th to complete their online course recommendations. Fifth grade teachers will follow district guidelines to place students in their core academic courses before the 29th of February. If you have questions, feel free to call me Ms. Howard at 355-5204.