Gator Gazette

December Community News


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Gooch Vision and Mission

Mission: To Create a community that develops scholars with the knowledge, values and vision to become college and career bound.

Vision: To provide high quality instruction, increase student academic achievement, and develop our students holistically.

Great Happenings at Gooch in November

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Common Sense Fundraiser

Our Common Cents Fundraising Round Table did an amazing job. They designed a fundraising campaign for Foster Kids Charity, and succeeded in raising over $900 dollars for this great cause. Thanks to all the Gooch Scholars who donated money, and to our fantastic student leaders. Pictured: Nicholas Flores with donations.

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One of our neighbors, Ms. Carmen Salazar, turned 100 on the 18th of November. Most of the scholars and faculty at Gooch were able to come out and sing her Happy Birthday. Our wonderful art teacher Ms. Leafblad organized the scholars to draw 100 flowers as a birthday card book for Ms. Salazar. She was moved to tears by the homemade book showcasing the 100 flowers drawn by our scholars, and the hundreds of scholars and staff who came out to sing "Happy Birthday." We were so happy to be able to make her 100th birthday extra special!

Congratulations to the Gooch Robotics Team!

The first scrimmage for our robotics team was great. We came 5th out of 65 teams, even beating middle school teams. Mr. Perera's Green Machine team with the robot Drago did very well at the tasks. Congratulations to the members of the robotics team: Veronia Flores, Kamilah Cervantes, Lino Castillo, Daniel Ventura, Josue Garcia, Hector Lira, Mr. Perera and Mr. McKamie.

Holiday Science

The Winter Holidays are coming, so try spending some time at home this break doing simple, fun and cheap science with your children.

Make A Static Powered Dancing Snowflake

Balloons create static electricity when you rub them against certain things, like hair.

You will need

  • A piece of tissue paper
  • A balloon
  • Tools: Scissors; A head of hair
  • Holiday Music (optional)

What to do

1. First cut out a snowflake shape in the tissue as shown about 1.5 inches (4 cm) long and add some eyes with a marker. If you are using 2-ply tissues, peel apart the 2 layers to get the tissue as thin as possible. Cut out a few snowflakes for more fun and place them on a flat surface. You might want to make some out of regular paper to compare. (Some people find slightly heavier snowflakes easier to control.)

2. Blow up the balloon and tie it. Then rub it really fast through your hair for about 10 seconds. This will add a static charge.

3. Slowly bring the balloon near the snowflake, and the snowflake will begin to rise toward the balloon. If the balloon is charged enough, the snowflake will rise and float right up to the balloon, even when it is several inches away. With a little practice, you can get the snowflake to rise, float, and even dance around.

TIP: The easiest way to make the snowflake rise without it sticking to the balloon is to tape the very tip of the bottom of the snowflake to a table. The snowflake will rise and move along with the balloon. With a good charge, the balloon can control the snowflake from several inches away.

The Science Behind It

When you rub the balloon through your hair, invisible electrons (with a negative charge) build up on the surface of the balloon. The electrons have the power to pull very light objects (with a positive charge) toward them – in this case, the tissue snowflake!

Try experimenting with rubbing the balloon on different surfaces, and using different types of paper for your snowflake.


You will need

  • Dawn Dish Soap

  • Whole Milk

  • Cotton Swabs {Q-tips}

  • Food Coloring

  • Tools: Shallow Bowl or Ramekins {dollar store plastic ones are great for lots of experiments}; Christmas Cookie Cutter {optional}

To set up for your Christmas magic milk science activity, I used a small salad plate and a cookie cutter. You can use a shallow dish or bowl of any kind.

What to do

  1. Fill whatever you are going to use with whole milk.

  2. Use your liquid food coloring to place drops of color all around the surface of the milk. Since we have a Christmas theme going, I opted for red and green colors. Use them all if you want!

  3. Dip a cotton swab in dish soap. Touch the tip of the swab to the milk and watch! It’s like a little explosion. Or you could say it’s Magic Christmas Milk!

The Science Behind It

The soap breaks the surface tension of the milk, causing the color molecules to search out the fat molecules in the milk.

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Penguin Patch is Coming!

The Penguin Patch this year is bought to you by the Gooch PTSA. It is a pop up store that will be in the Conference Room at Gooch (opposite the Nurses room in the front hallway), and available for the scholars to buy gifts during lunch time for the week of the 11th-15th of December. The gifts range in price from 25 cents to 12 dollars, and there will be voluteers to help the scholars budget their money. This is a great opportunity for our scholars to practice independence and budgeting.

PTSA Corner

On Wednesday December 6th there is a Musical Double Feature performed by 3rd and 4th grade: The Turkeys Go On Strike & The Winter Holiday Show. 6pm in the Auditorium. Come at 5.45pm for the PTSA General Meeting.

On Friday the 15th of December get ready for Holidays around the world on the 15th of December. Explore different holiday traditions, enjoy Gooch Scholars singing holiday songs, and holiday snacks. The Penguin Patch store will be open so you can visit with your children.

The Gooch T-Shirts are in! PTSA will be selling them at all events, and other times announced on Bloomz.

Upcoming Events...

Dec. 1st 8:30-9:00am Coffee with Principal

Dec. 1st 9:00-10:00am College and Career Readiness Parent Workshop

Dec. 2nd 9:00am-12pm Saturday School Mentor Program

Dec. 6th 5:45pm PTSA Meeting

Dec. 6th 6:00-7:00pm 3rd & 4th grade Performance

Dec. 9th, 11:00am, Oncor Mayor’s Race, Reunion Lawn

Dec. 9th 9:00-1:00 Discover Dallas ISD

Dec. 11th-15th, Penguin Patch store will be open for scholars to do holiday shopping during lunch time, sponsored by PTSA

Dec. 1st-17th, Take Your Teacher to Dinner for the Holidays: PTSA collects funds to pay for staff holiday party.

Dec. 15th, 4:00-6:00pm Holidays Around the World – music, cookies and holiday spirit

Dec. 18-20, Assessment of Course Performance Week – make sure your scholars get lots of rest!

Dec 21, In Class Holiday Parties - please coordinate with your child's teacher.

Dec. 21, Thursday, last day of School before Winter Break – Happy Holidays and have a great vacation!

Dec. 22, Friday, Winter Break begins!

Jan 9, Tuesday, first day of School for 2018

WT White Feeder Pattern Mission

We will cultivate a premier learning community to foster globally responsive citizens, personalizing instruction for every student.

Therefore, we are committed to:

  • Providing access to an equitable and high quality education

  • Promoting citizens who contribute to the common good

  • Supporting our students academically, socially, and emotionally