The Gateway Gazette
Winter 2017-2018, Volume 5, Issue 2
Dear Parents and Gator Supporters,
The word to best describe our year thus far is EXPERIENCES!! We are knee deep in creating not just lessons and activities for our children, but true experiences to assure that every student is involved, challenged and fully engaged in every step of the process. We have been diving right into STEAM experiments, our International Day Celebration of Culture, and hands on learning labs just to name a few.
It’s been very rewarding to collaborate as educators as we plan experiences specifically designed to incite curiosity in our young Gators. We encourage them to take risks, ask questions, experiment, hypothesize and truly collaborate with their peers. As a result, in this issue of the Gazette, I bring you our creative problem solvers, scientific “investiGATORS”, engineers, and world explorers in pictures!
Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Morning Safety Concerns from Mrs. Calvage, Assistant Principal
- Please help us protect your child’s instructional time by being sure they are in their classroom before 8:00 a.m. each morning. Our morning car line is not busy between 7:15 and 7:40 each morning. The back-up begins after that.
- Several parents are using our parking lot to drop off their children. This is not fair to the parents who are following our safety rules, and it causes the line to back up further to allow the students to cross safely. The bus loop is also not a student drop off location. Some parents are parking in the loop and having their children run into the building when the 8:00 a.m. bell has sounded. Please help us by following our established safety plan and utilize the single line in the mornings.
- Please arrive before 7:45 a.m. so that your child has time to walk to their classroom, get organized for the day and join their classmates and teacher as they prepare for the day. On very rainy or very cold days the safety patrol helpers are either under the awning to help unload, or they are not outside. On these days, please be sure your child is ready to exit your vehicle so the line is not delayed while they gather their belongings.
Mrs. Conner's K4 Class
Mrs. Powell's K4 Class
Our 4K students continue to learn about the letters of the alphabet through group activities and center based manipulatives. They are learning sounds through a program entitled SOUNDS IN MOTION. They truly are learning a motion for each letter sound. We also just began an investigation of communities and community helpers. Currently the students are enjoying our Gateway Grocery Store in the classroom!
Ms. Daley's K5 Class
Mrs. Montaruli's Kindergarten Class: Gingerbread Boat Project
This winter Mrs. Monty’s class wrapped up their gingerbread unit by designing a boat that would carry the gingerbread man safely across the river. Students were able to practice being engineers by first making a plan and talking it out with their fellow engineers and exploring materials. Students tested their boats to see if they would successfully float and afterwards they reflected on what they would do differently if they were to make another boat.
Mrs. Watson's K5 Class
Ms. Wooten's K5 Class
Mrs. Moody's Class
Mrs. Moody’s class celebrated the rich culture of Mexico on International Day!
Mrs. Bumgarner's First Grade Class
Mrs. Campbell's First Grade Class
Mrs. Jackman's First Grade Class
Mrs. Leopard's First Grade Class
Mrs. Rainey's First Grade Class
Mrs. Wallen's First Grade Class Celebrates the 100th Day of School
Mrs. Yacavone's First Grade Class
Mrs. Epps', Ms. Freeman's, Ms. Hardin's, Mrs. Huff's, and Ms. Mitchell's Second Grade Classes
Second Grade Market Day
On December 18th, 2nd grade had Market Day! Students chose a good or service to sell to their “customers”. Students had the freedom to roam around each 2nd grade classroom to participate. Students’ businesses included muffins, lemonade, massage parlor, nail salon, face painting, paper airplanes, bracelets, stress balls and more! We had a blast!
Second Grade in the Gateway Book Parade
Second Grade Book Character Day
Mrs. Huff's Second Grade Scientists
Mrs. Bennett's Class Explores Music
Mrs. Bennett's Class Works on a STEM Project
Mrs. Cox's Third Grade Class
Mrs. Godbey's Third Grade Class
Ms. Joye's Third Grade Class
Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Godbey, and Ms. Joye's Mathematicians
Mrs. Sammons' and Ms. Clay's Third Grade Classes: South Carolina Early Explorers
Mrs. Sammons' 3rd graders created Chatterpix presentations to teach the class about one of SC's early explorers.