The Gateway Gazette
Fall 2015, Vol. 3, Issue 1
From the Principal's Desk
This school year is off to a great start! This year, we opened our doors and welcomed over 740 Gators to our Gateway family! That number represents an all-time high for us in regard to enrollment numbers. It is so exciting to add new families to our wonderful community, and we are so appreciative of the support and friendship that our students have shown to their new friends.
In addition to new faces, we have been thrilled to continue to enhance our instructional setting. This year, we were able to utilize available space and put in a fully stocked Chromebook Lab for our students. This gives us two computer labs and they have already been put to great use by our teachers and students! Additionally, your support for our PTA fundraisers provided the funding to replace all of the old Promethean Board projectors. It is certainly a huge success when the students themselves are talking about their new classroom projectors!
Fun improvements took place over the summer in our science lab in the form of a facelift and a great gift of technology from the district. Gateway was selected to receive a large screen interactive TV that is now a huge part of our science lab experience. This allows our students to participate in virtual field trips practically anywhere in the United States! We are so excited about this opportunity for our students.
Our good news also included something for all of our families this year! As some of you may know, Gateway was selected to receive the Universal Breakfast Program. This means that all of our children, regardless of family income, receive breakfast free of charge each day! Please feel free to take advantage of this opportunity if you haven’t done so already. We begin serving breakfast at 7:15 each day and end at 7:45 to allow the boys and girls to be in class and ready to learn by 8:00 each morning. Mrs. Jan and our “Lunch Bunch” have really done a fantastic job in preparing pancakes, biscuits favorite cereals and more each day for our Gators. As an added bonus, it has also greatly reduced the number of tardies each day, which has a positive effect on prime instructional time and student achievement.
I want to thank everyone for your help in making our arrival and dismissal process so much safer and faster this year. We have greatly increased the number of car riders at Gateway, however the line, moves much faster and more efficiently. We appreciate all of the help from our TRPD in getting the routine established early on. As a reminder, in the afternoon, please continue to form two lines as you enter our main drive. This has helped speed things along tremendously. Chief Crowe would also like for us to continue to form the car lines on Walnut Lane--by Bi-Lo--to prevent our line from reaching the highway.
Please do not hesitate to call or stop by if I can help you all in any way. We are overwhelmed by the amount of parent support this year, and eager to help you all with any questions or concerns that you may have as well.
All the best,
Little Blue and Little Yellow
We have been learning about being friends in 4K. We read the book Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. This is a story about two best friends – Little Blue and Little Yellow and their adventures. We made green with a little bit of blue and a little bit of yellow paint in a plastic bag. Then we used our paint to paint where they could go on new adventures. It was lots of fun!
Mrs. Southern & Mrs. Spooner’s
K4 Kindergarten Class
Fall Stories from Ms. Sandlin's Second Grade Class
In the fall, I like to go to the apple orchard and pick delicious apples. I like to carve large orange pumpkins. I like to rake leaves, collect leaves and jump in the piles. We play on our trampoline.--Morgan
In the fall, I play with my friends and jump on Lena’s trampoline. We like to play Hide and Seek and then Tag. I love to play with my friends because I have someone to play with. They are the best!--Austin
In the fall, I jump in a pile of leaves. I like to eat delicious pumpkin pie. I play outside with my sister. I go to the apple orchard and pick sweet apples.--Kelly
Fall is the perfect season for a trampoline day. I like to feel the leaves fall on my head and get my hair tangled up with leaves. I like to swing high in the fall breeze. Then I like to go inside and get warm and watch t.v.--Hanna
Cell Phone Policy Change
Cell phones and other electronic devices used inappropriately by students such as texting during class will no longer be automatically confiscated by school administrators. The revised policy was approved by the School Board on Tuesday night, August 25 and is effective immediately.
Students will be disciplined for their conduct rather than solely for the use of a device. Infractions will be dealt with like other offenses per the Student Behavior Code policy. For example, if a student refuses to put away a cell phone when asked then that student would be disciplined for failing to follow the teacher’s directive.
The former process required confiscation and subsequent return of devices with an increasing length of time for retention for repeat offenses. The policy revision was based on recommendations from a committee of principals and administrators. The group also concluded that cell phones and other electronic devices can be important educational tools for classroom instruction if the devices are used appropriately.