The Gateway Gazette

Fall 2015, Vol. 3, Issue 1

From the Principal's Desk

October, 2015


Hello Parents!


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,


Susan Stubley

Principal

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

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Pumpkins!

In the photo below, Mrs. Leopard's first graders from last year pose with the pumpkins they planted and tended in our school garden. These BIG and beautiful pumpkins were harvested and sold, and the proceeds were used to purchase new books for our library. We wish to thank all of the students and family members who helped out, as well as our friends at TR Feed and Seed.
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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

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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.

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Thank You, Senator Corbin!

Senator Tom Corbin visited Gateway in September to meet with our safety patrols. On his visit, he shared that he was a safety patrol when he was in school. He also brought new American and South Carolina Flags to be flown at Gateway. These flags are a special gift to our school, because they have flown previously above the South Carolina Statehouse. Thank you very much, Senator!
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Many Thanks

Mrs. Jackson and the students of Gateway would like to extend a big thank-you to the family and friends of former Gateway teacher Colleen Stewart, who donated the funds to purchase a large number of new books for our library in Mrs. Stewart's memory. The addition to our collection includes over 50 high-quality books, many of which were favorites of Mrs. Stewart.
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Fire Safety

During the month of October, Gateway students participated in activities to learn about fire safety and prevention. They attended presentations given by our local fire department, learned about how firefighters do their job, saw a real fire truck, and practiced getting out of a smoke-filled house. We want to thank our brave local firefighters for their help with all of these activities.