GATES News

Seven Hills Elementary * Mrs. Hall * September * 2015-2016 *

Beginning of the Year Notes

Welcome back to another wonderful year of GATES!! I am so glad to be back at school with all of your kiddos. I have missed them terribly!

I have two main goals for our GATES classes this year:

· Teach each student to hold themselves accountable to high expectations in all aspects of their lives.

· Continue to deepen every child’s intellectual abilities through critical and creative thinking activities while building life-long skills, such as the ability to communicate with others, work collaboratively and present ideas.

I hope to guide these students in stretching their thinking, extending their learning, and finding avenues to success. Identified students will participate in GATES during the school day on their corresponding day as follows:


1st grade: Mondays & Thursdays 60 minutes a week

2nd grade: Mondays & Tuesdays 90 minutes a week

3rd grade: Wednesdays & Thursdays 120 minutes a week

4th grade: Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays 150 minutes a week

5th grade: Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays 150 minutes a week


Students will be exploring such learning and thinking skills as questioning, researching, and problem solving. We will also practice creative thinking and presenting ideas and products.


Thank you for allowing me to work with your child. Please feel free to contact me at any time ~ I am here to serve your child and your family. I have the best job in the entire world!! I look forward to all that we will experience and learn this year.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We use so much "stuff" in Gates to create projects, we are constantly turning trash to treasure. Please look in your recycling bins for any odds and ends that you think might spark the imagination of our kiddos. We also need boxes, paper towel or toilet paper tubes, plastic jugs, etc. Please wash the items before sending them to school.


WANTED: Classroom Supples

Our GATES classroom needs some supplies! We do a lot of STEM activities in GATES that require odds and ends. If you are able to donate nay of the following items, we would greatly appreciate it!
  • markers
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • fine tip black sharpies
  • 3 plastic bins (to store recyclables)
  • duct tape (can be cute, colored, or silver)
  • pipe cleaners
  • straws
  • foil
  • paper plates
  • craft supplies

Basically anything and everything that we could build and create things with!

Going from Callicott to Hall

Some of you may be aware but I got married this summer! It was perfect! My new name is now Mrs. Hall. So if your child calls me Ms. Callicott at times and Mrs. Hall at times, now you will know who they are talking about.