The Gateway Gazette

Winter 2017-2018, Volume 5, Issue 2

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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!

Susan Stubley

Principal

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Morning Safety Concerns from Mrs. Calvage, Assistant Principal

I am sure you join me in welcoming the warmer temperatures after our exciting December and January with very cold weather. We have celebrated our 100th day of school and now is a good time to think about routines and procedures which will help our mornings run more smoothly.

  • 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.
We join you in the quest to raise responsible young adults, and being on time is a valuable “real world” trait that will carry over to our students being quality employees in their future endeavors.

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Mrs. Conner's K4 Class

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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!

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Ms. Daley's K5 Class

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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.

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Mrs. Watson's K5 Class

https://youtu.be/GV7LTxj1p5o
Mrs. Watson's students loved celebrating the 100th Day! Our kindergarten students rotated to other classrooms to engage in 100th day activities and crafts.
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Ms. Wooten's K5 Class

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Mrs. Moody's Class

Mrs. Moody’s class celebrated the rich culture of Mexico on International Day!

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Mrs. Bumgarner's First Grade Class

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Mrs. Campbell's First Grade Class

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Mrs. Jackman's First Grade Class

Our class had so much fun dressing up for the book parade! We decided on Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems because we love all the fun pictures and how the book teaches us to include everyone.
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Mrs. Leopard's First Grade Class

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Mrs. Rainey's First Grade Class

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Mrs. Wallen's First Grade Class Celebrates the 100th Day of School

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Mrs. Yacavone's First Grade Class

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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!

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Second Grade in the Gateway Book Parade

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Second Grade Book Character Day

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Mrs. Huff's Second Grade Scientists

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Mrs. Bennett's Class Explores Music

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Mrs. Bennett's Class Works on a STEM Project

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Mrs. Cox's Third Grade Class

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Mrs. Godbey's Third Grade Class

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Ms. Joye's Third Grade Class

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Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Godbey, and Ms. Joye's Mathematicians

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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.

https://youtu.be/YI8SVJ0t7zE
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Mrs. Fleming's Fourth Grade Class

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Mrs. Guy's Fourth Grade Class Explores the Universe at RMSC

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Mrs. Bochino's and Mrs. Zadoorian's Fourth Grade Social Studies Classes

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Miss Bachour's and Mrs. Gosnell's Fifth Grade Classes

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Mrs. Carmenates' and Mrs. Crane's Fifth Grade Classes

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Mrs. Smith's Third Grade Challenge Class Meets with Prentiss Standridge of Warehouse Theatre to Enhance Their Study of Shakespeare

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Mrs. Smith's Fourth Grade Challenge Class Builds Bridges

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Mrs. Smith's Fifth Grade Challenge Students Present Their Own Takes on American Gothic

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Mrs. Imes' ESOL Students enjoyed winter activities with ESOL students from Travelers Rest High School!

Exploring Engineering with Mrs. Dell'Oso

All Gateway Gators visited our Instructional Coach, Mrs. Dell’Oso, in the Science Lab to learn more about the different types of engineers and how to use the engineer design process. Students listened to a rap song that described several types of engineers including civil, mechanical, chemical, audio, biomedical, and software. The students then had to work together in teams to design the tallest freestanding tower as possible in 8 minutes using 10 spaghetti noodles, 3 large marshmallows, and 6 small marshmallows. After completing their model, students had to reflect with their team to come up with a redesign since an engineer’s job is never done! Ask your child what type of engineer they would want to be most!
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Mrs. Jackson: Learning in the Library

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Mrs. Simpson's Art Students

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Mrs. Creely's Music Classes Get Creative

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