Grizzly Gazette

Parent Newsletter

Week of February 18, 2019

No School - February 18

School will not be in session on Monday, February 18, 2019 in observance of President's Day.

7th Grade Information Follow Up

Thanks to all you were able to attend Antioch's and New Mark's 7th Grade Information nights. Presentations are posted on the middle school websites. We know that some were not able to attend, therefore we have information available at Gateway. In order to be prepared for enrollment on February 27, there are three key pieces of information provided in the handouts.


  • Gateway homeroom teachers will collect the following any time between now and February 27.


Enrollment Forms for both Antioch and New Mark

Summer Spartans Forms (Antioch)

Summer Stars Forms (New Mark)

Main Event Spirit Night

Join us for a fun evening on March 14 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Main Event.


Flyer

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Gateway Restaurant NIght

Mod Pizza - Antioch location -- February 25, 2019

Freddy's - Liberty -- March 25, 2019

Chipotle - Englewood location -- April 22, 2019

54th Street - Liberty -- May 15, 2019

Summer School 2018-2019

Current 6th graders may attend Summer School 2018-2019 at Gateway from June 3rd - June 27th, Monday-Thursday. Start and end time - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Students interested in attending need to indicate their interest by completing the enrollment form and health form. To secure a spot, please return completed forms to Gateway office prior to April 20th.


Enrollment Form

Health Form

Heart and Soul - Girls Running Club

Heart and Soul is a 10-week program focused on the unique needs of middle school girls. The curriculum focusses on the whole girl - body, brain, heart, spirit, and social connection - and builds girls through lessons that teach girls how to identify areas of themselves they's like to nurture and ways they can contribute to positive change around them. For more information, please click on the flyer link below.


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Team: Gateway 6th Grade Center
Practice Days/Times: Monday & Wednesday/ 3:30-5:00



Register Now at www.nkcschools.org/lifelonglearning

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Week of February 11, 2019

Social Media Concern

Social media, such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook ask that users are 13 years or older when using their app. When working with students at school, we find that many times unwanted remarks are made via these apps, which lead to hurt feelings and lost class time. With careful monitoring, often times, unnecessary peer-to-peer drama can be avoided. Using the acronym, THINK (see below) is a great place to begin conversations with our kids about posting things online.


With social media being ever present in our children's lives, we want to make you aware of a new app that has recently surfaced. Tik Tok is video sharing app for users 16 years and older. Formally known as Musical.ly, Tik Tok allows users to share short video clips with special effects and stickers. Users can be sent friend requests from complete strangers seeking personal information allowing them to engage in chats and online challenges. The app only allows 2 privacy settings: completely private so the user sees only his or her videos and completely public which allows anyone in the world to view your child's videos. We encourage you to talk to your children about the safety concerns of Tik Tok and all social media and discuss ways to protect themselves and their online presence.


News article about the app, Tik Tok

13 Tips for Monitoring Kid's Social Media

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5th Grade Information Nights

We are so excited to welcome our newest Grizzlies to Gateway for the 2019-2020 school year! We will have two parent information nights for you to attend to make the transition to Gateway 6th Grade Center a very smooth process. Please see the schedule below for which night we ask that you attend. We have purposefully divided the alphabet to ensure we can meet the needs of the 900 students that will be attending next year. If you cannot attend the night we ask that you attend, please choose which best fits your schedule. We hope to see all of you at one of these two nights.



Last Name A - L: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 6:00-7:00pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 12 is Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Same time frame.)



Last Name M - Z: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 6:00-7:00pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 13 is Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Same time frame.)



We will begin our information night with a general session in the large gym. Following that, you are free to tour the building and visit the encore exhibits.



Please mark your calendars accordingly to attend our incoming 6th Grade Night! We look forward to meeting you all soon!

7th Grade Family Information Night

Both Antioch and New Mark will be hosting parent information nights for our Gateway families.



Last Name A - L: Monday, February 11, 2019, from 6-7:30pm



Last Name M - Z: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 6-7:30pm



Click Link for Antioch Information Letter

Click Link for New Mark Information Letter

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting- Date Change

Due to a conflict, the February Booster Club meeting will be moved to February 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Gateway's Library Media Center.

Summer School 2018-2019

Summer School 2018-2019 will be held at Gateway from June 3rd - June 27th, Monday-Thursday. Start and end time - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Students interested in attending need to indicate their interest by complete the enrollment form and health form. To secure a spot, please return completed forms to Gateway office prior to April 20th.


Enrollment Form

Health Form

Future Grizzly Booster Club Restaurant Nights

Mod Pizza - Antioch location -- February 25, 2019

Freddy's - Liberty -- March 25, 2019

Chipotle - Englewood location -- April 22, 2019

54th Street - Liberty -- May 15, 2019

Week of February 4, 2019

Summer School 2018-2019

Summer School 2018-2019 will be held at Gateway from June 3rd - June 27th, Monday-Thursday. Start and end time - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Students interested in attending need to indicate their interest by complete the enrollment form and health form. To secure a spot, please return completed forms to Gateway office prior to April 20th.


Enrollment Form

Health Form

Gateway Business Partners

3-D Printing

Students are designing objects to represent their learning and bringing them to reality with use of the 3-D printer.

Science

Our upcoming science unit over Matter, Energy, and Waves and will last from February 4-March 15. Students will be studying synthetic and natural materials, thermal energy, particle motion, various types of waves, how vibrations carry energy, as well as a few other related concepts. In order for students to better understand these topics, we will be doing several hands on labs in class. Teachers will be going over the Gateway Science Safety Contract with students, in order to ensure that they understand the safety expectations that must take place during labs. Students will sign the contract in class, stating that:“I have read and understand each of the above safety rules. I understand that I must follow these rules when participating in a lab in order to ensure my safety as well as the safety of others. I also agree to follow general rules of appropriate behavior for a classroom at all times to avoid accidents and to provide a safe learning environment for everyone. If these expectations are not met, my teacher may ask me to sit out for the lab and I will receive a 0.”


Please review these expectations with your student at home. We are so excited for our sixth graders to learn about Matter, Energy, and Waves through hands on experiences throughout this science unit! Click here to review the Science Safety Contract.

5th Grade Information Night

We are so excited to welcome our newest Grizzlies to Gateway for the 2019-2020 school year! We will have two parent information nights for you to attend to make the transition to Gateway 6th Grade Center a very smooth process. Please see the schedule below for which night we ask that you attend. We have purposefully divided the alphabet to ensure we can meet the needs of the 900 students that will be attending next year. If you cannot attend the night we ask that you attend, please choose which best fits your schedule. We hope to see all of you at one of these two nights.


Last Name A - L: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 6:00-7:00pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 12 is Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Same time frame.)


Last Name M - Z: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 6:00-7:00pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 13 is Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Same time frame.)


We will begin our information night with a general session in the large gym. Following that, you are free to tour the building and visit the encore exhibits.


Please mark your calendars accordingly to attend our incoming 6th Grade Night! We look forward to meeting you all soon!

A.C.E. Dates Canceled

Due to events scheduled on February 12 and 13, A.C.E. will be canceled. In the event we have snow days either date, A.C.E. will be canceled on the corresponding snow date. Please see below.


February 12 (snow date February 19)

February 13 (snow date February 20)

Grizzly Night Out

Friday, March 29th, 6-8pm

9201 North Indiana Avenue

Kansas City, MO

We will host our first Grizzly Night Out on March 29, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. STUCO will sell tickets the week of March 25 during lunch for $5.00. Students will need to have a ticket to enter.


There will be a DJ, concessions, face painting, dodgeball , Bingo...just to name a few.


To be eligible to attend, students must meet the following criteria:


  • No Ds/Fs in 3rd quarter core classes (math, science, reading, writing, social studies)
  • No Out of School Suspension or In School Suspension on or after January 29, 2019

Reminder: 7th Grade Family Information Nights

7th Grade Enrollment Information

Both Antioch and New Mark will be hosting parent information nights for our Gateway families.



Last Name A - L: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 6-7:30pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 5 is Monday, February 11, 2019. Same time frame.)



Last Name M - Z: Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 6-7:30pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 7 is Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Same time frame.)



Click Link for Antioch Information Letter

Click Link for New Mark Information Letter

Week of January 28, 2019

AVID Interviews

Students who completed and turned in AVID applications, will interview with their respective middle schools on the following dates:


New Mark - January 30

Antioch - January 31

Grizzly Night at Panera

Please join us for dinner on Monday, January 28th from 4:00-8:00 at Panera in Liberty. Help support your Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club by showing this flyer when you order. A portion of the proceeds will come back to the booster club and be used to fund more fun events at Gateway.


Flyer

Flannels and Flapjacks

Thank you!

THANKS to our Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club for a fun night with our Grizzly families.

1st Annual NKC Schools PTA/Booster Club Summit

Join our NKC Schools PTA Council, partnering with NKC Schools Communications Director Tammy Henderson on February 7th, 630pm at North Kansas City High School for our 1st annual NKC Schools PTA/Booster Club Summit! A gathering of schools & district community with strategic planning for the betterment of our students! Great door prizes to give away as well!

No School

February 15, 2019 - No School - Professional Development Day


Teachers will engage in professional development, continuing their learning and deepening their understanding of Equity and Inclusion. Our afternoon will focus on growing in our knowledge of the adolescent brain.


February 18, 2019 - No School - President's Day

Week of January 21, 2019

No School - January 21, 2019

North Kansas City Schools will be closed, Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

Lost and Found

The lost and found closet is very full, and we are running out of room. All lost and found items will be cleaned out over the upcoming weekend. Be sure to stop by and look through the items sometime this week to see if any of it looks familiar. The items will also be available during Flannels and Flapjacks to see if anything belongs to your child. All unclaimed items will be donated and will no longer be at school on January 28, 2019.
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7th Grade Information Nights

Both Antioch and New Mark will be hosting parent information nights for our Gateway families.



Last Name A - L: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 6-7:30pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 5 is Monday, February 11, 2019. Same time frame.)



Last Name M - Z: Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 6-7:30pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 7 is Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Same time frame.)



Click Link for Antioch Information Letter

Click Link for New Mark Information Letter

Gateway Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to the Gateway Spelling Bee winner Niveditha Sudheer and our alternate is Mariska Gifford.

The winning word was Riviera, but students advanced for a full hour to 28 rounds.

Words spelled correctly were:

Chivalrous

Frippery

Diffidence

Flambeau

Aphorism

Auf Wiedersehen

And then we had to advance to the Additional word list.


Please wish Niveditha good luck as she will advance to the next level of Spelling at the Woodneath Library on February 16.

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Character Trait Award Winners

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Gateway Night at MOD Pizza

MOD Pizza of Liberty will be hosting a Gateway fundraising night on January 23. For each sale where a flyer is presented or Gateway is mentioned, we will earn 20% back to be used during end-of-the-year celebration events with our students.


MOD Pizza offers pizzas and salads made just like you like them. This is a great meal to grab on a busy week night and a fun way to meet up with other Gateway families. We hope you can join us.


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Future Restaurant Nights with Grizzly Booster Club

Panera - Liberty -- January 28, 2019

Mod Pizza - Antioch location -- February 25, 2019

Freddy's - Liberty -- March 25, 2019

Chipotle - Englewood location -- April 22, 2019

54th Street - Liberty -- May 15, 2019

Booster Club Meeting - Date Change

Due to a conflict, the February Booster Club meeting will be moved to February 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Gateway's Library Media Center.

Week of January 14, 2019

MTSS - Session 2

MTSS - Multi Tiered Systems of Support - is 25 minute portion of our school day where our students are provided math and ELA instruction based on their individual needs. Tier 1 support is provided to all students throughout the day as it encompasses research-based instructional practice. During MTSS, if a student is not in need of additional support in Math or ELA, he/she will have the opportunity to focus on learning additional ELA and/or Math skills that will benefit their content understanding. Four weeks will be focused on learning about analogies and the relationship of words when paired. The second four weeks will focus on critical thinking and problem solving strategies.


There are also students who have been identified who are needing additional support in math or ELA. These students will meet with their reading or math teacher to receive targeted instruction to shore up gaps in missing skills. This is identified as Tier 2 interventions.


Finally, some students are in need of Tier 3 interventions in math or reading. If a student has been identified for Tier 3 support the parents/guardians have been contacted.

Flannels and Flapjacks

The Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club will be hosting a fun evening of Flannels and Flapjacks on Friday, January 25th from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Gateway. We have Chris Cakes coming to make us unlimited pancakes for $5.00 per person and then move on over to the large gym for Gateway's first dance party with music by DJ Mr. D. Admission for the dance party is $5.00 per student (parents are free). Fun games and activities will also be in the gym. Throw on your flannels and join us on the 25th. Watch social media for more information and a sign-up genius for volunteers.

AVID - Summer PE

Attention: Students Who Completed AVID Applications

If you are currently a 6th grade band or orchestra student and you want to continue with band or orchestra in 7th grade, please read over the following information.


Students who want to enroll as 7th graders in band or orchestra and are accepted into and enroll in AVID will need to complete PE during summer school. Information and forms for summer PE will be given out in late March/early April with more information. This will allow students to take AVID/band or AVID/orchestra during the two encore hours.

If you have further questions please email Shauna.pope@nkcschools.org

AVID Interviews

Students who completed and turned in AVID applications, will interview with their respective middle schools on the following dates:


New Mark - January 30

Antioch - January 31

February Booster Club Meeting

Due to a conflict, the February Booster Club meeting will be moved to February 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Gateway's Library Media Center.

Week of January 7, 2019

Welcome Back!

We are excited to begin our 2nd semester at Gateway. Many students switched classes today on their encore wheel. If students were in PLTW prior to break, they remained in that class and will do so through February 18.


Our teachers took time to reconnect with students and review expectations and procedures. As I shared with the students today, they are closer to being a 7th grader at the end of today, than they are being a 5th grader! We experienced true passing time with bells today. Teachers are using these first few days to point out what would be considered tardy and and help students troubleshoot how they can get to class on time.

3rd Quarter A.C.E Sign Ups

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

January 14th - March 6th

**No ACE on January 21 and February 18 -- No School

Questions? Contact the After Class Events Coordinator, Melissa Maultsby

Melissa.maultsby@nkcschools.org 816-321-5653



Sign Up Link - Click Here


3rd Quarter Brochure

7th Grade Information Nights

Both Antioch and New Mark will be hosting parent information nights for our Gateway families.


Last Name A - L: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 6-7:30pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 5 is Monday, February 11, 2019. Same time frame.)

Last Name M - Z: Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 6-7:30pm (inclement weather date if school isn’t in session on February 7 is Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Same time frame.)

Stay tuned for additional information next week.

Update Edition

Student Illness

During this cold and flu season, please know that if your student comes down with a fever or is not feeling well enough to stay at school, the nurse will place a call to the parent/guardian. We have had many students texting and/or calling from the classroom that they are sick and want to be picked up, having never visited with the nurse. We want to ensure that students are taken care of, and if they need to go home, we will definitely give the parents/guardians a call. Please, if a student texts or calls that they need to go home, please call the office or ask them to go to the nurse. We appreciate your help with this matter.

Chiefs Live Stream Event-Character Playbook

Today, our Gateway students had the opportunity to participate in a very exciting event with other schools in the KC Metro area called Character Playbook Live.


Character Playbook Live allows the Chiefs to broaden their engagement within our community by having a Chiefs Player, Chris Conley, digitally enter the classroom through Zoom. Several students throughout the metro are given a chance to ask Chris a question, there is a true/false component, and a school call out session. Chris describes his middle school years, how to come out ahead, and challenges the students to bully-proof their school!


EVERFI, an education technology company that provides web-based resources to teachers focused on critical skills, partnered with the NFL and United Way to bring Character Playbook, a character education web-based resource, to schools across the nation during the 2018-2019 School year. The local program is sponsored by the KC Chiefs and the United Way of Greater Kansas City and was used by over 4,000 students within the Greater KC area.


Gateway will continue to promote kindness, making good choices, and displaying good character through many of our activities. These include, but are not limited to:


  • #choosekindess campaign
  • Character Trait Recognition
  • Daily Kindness Challenge

Week of December 17, 2018

Early Dismissal - Friday, December 21, 2018

School will dismiss for Winter Break at 11:30AM.

Lunch will be served.


We wish each our families a happy and safe holiday season.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

There will be no early release, this Thursday, December 20, 2018.

5th Grade MAP Results

We received each student's spring MAP results from the elementary schools last week. We will distribute these to students on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Spirit Week-NOTE CHANGES

Spirit Week (December 17-21):

Monday – Comfy Day

Tuesday – Twin Day

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday

Thursday – Black Out Day

Friday – Merry & Bright Day (festive clothes or brightly colored clothes)

PAWS

We are looking for volunteers to help with the PAWS stations on December 21st form 8:25-10:05. Additional volunteers are needed for set up and clean up. Set up would begin at 7:30AM.

Use the link below to volunteer.


Sign Up Link

Spring Musical Auditions

Attention all students! The Spring musical will have auditions after school on December 17th and 18th from 3:30 to 5:10. You will need to provide your own ride home.


You only need to bring yourself for those two days. We will teach you a song, choreography, and you’ll read from the script.



The musical is by audition only and the cast will be posted on December 19th. Rehearsals will be during the next ACE rotation.

2nd Quarter Bookmark Winner

We have our 2nd Quarter Bookmark Winner. Congratulations to Isabella Parrett from Mrs. Crisafulli’s homeroom! Each member of your class will receive a color copy of your bookmark and black and white copies will be available to all students in the library.

Staff Holiday Breakfast Donations

We are wanting to provide our Gateway staff a Happy Holidays breakfast on Wednesday, December 19th and are looking for donations. If you would like to donate please use the Sign-up Genius link below.

Thank you for your support!


Erin Tolin

Booster Club President


https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/60b044fabad22a6f49-holiday

AVID Information

The AVID teachers from Antioch and New Mark recently visited with our 6th graders. The following link provides more information regarding the AVID program.


AVID Program Information

7th Grade Parent Information Night

Antioch and New Mark will host a parent information night for all Gateway 6th grade parents on February 5th at 6:30PM. In the event you can make that date, a make-up session is scheduled for February 7th, at 6:30PM.

Week of December 10, 2018

Early Dismissal - December 21st

School will dismiss for Winter Break at 11:30AM.

Lunch will be served.

Link to Parent Focus Group Questions

We recently gathered for the 6th Grade Center Parent Focus Group. In the event you were not able to attend and wish to provide feedback, please use the following link to access the focus group questions used that evening.


Focus Group Questions

PAWS - December 21

We are looking for volunteers to help with the PAWS stations on December 21st form 8:25-10:05. Additional volunteers are needed for set up and clean up. Set up would begin at 7:30AM.

Use the link below to volunteer.


Sign Up Link

AVID Applications Due December 14th

Please turn in AVID applications to your homeroom teacher by Friday, December 14th. Applications will not be accepted late.
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Spring Musical Auditions

Attention all students! The Spring musical will have auditions after school on December 17th and 18th from 3:30 to 5:10. You only need to bring yourself for those two days. We will teach you a song, choreography, and you’ll read from the script. The musical is by audition only and the cast will be posted on December 19th. Rehearsals will be during the next ACE rotation.

Band Concerts

Tuesday, December 11 -- Future Falcons @ Staley

Concert begins at 6:20 pm


Tuesday, December 18 -- Future Oakies @ OPHS

Concert begins at 6:30 pm

ENCORE – PE


A word from Coach Faubion, Coach Maultsby, Coach Sherman...


Happy December. We finished up our first round of fitness testing for this year. We also enjoyed a hockey unit. We continued our Workout Wednesdays this month and the students are enjoying fitness stations as well as a few fun stations sprinkled in here and there! The gym is going to get a new coat of paint and will display some new Grizzly spirit. There will also be four more basketball goals installed! We will be starting the new year with a basketball unit. Stay warm and keep moving!

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Student Council Sponsored Spirit Week

Spirit Week (December 17-21):

Monday – Black out day (wear black)

Tuesday – Twin Day

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday

Thursday – Comfy Day (PJs and comfy clothes)

Friday – Merry & Bright Day (festive clothes or brightly colored clothes)

Week of December 3, 2018

6th Grade Center Parent Focus Groups

6th Grade Center Focus Groups


We would like to gather stakeholder feedback regarding our two 6th Grade Centers. These focus groups will help us to determine strengths and areas for growth of the 6th Grade Centers so that we can engage in a cycle of continuous improvement. Hosting focus groups is important to gain insight to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of our 6th grade centers.



What you can expect at the focus group sessions:

· Open-ended questions that prompt the exploration of comments

· A place to respectfully express opinions, concerns and interests

· Two-way communication that fosters sharing and discussing



All focus group sessions will be held at the Northland Innovation Center (NIC) in the Multipurpose Space on the 3rd floor. The NIC is located at 6889 North Oak Trafficway.


Following are details pertaining to audience, dates, and timeframes.



6th Grade Parent/Guardian Focus Group

o Monday, December 3rd, 5:00-6:00PM

o Please RSVP using this link.

#ChooseKindness

At Gateway, we value treating others with kindness. It is something we talk about on a daily basis. Students are encouraged to recognize each other for random acts of kindness. They are also given a challenge each day. Below is December's Random Acts of Kindness calendar. Help Gateway by discussing with your child that often the hard thing to do is to be kind. When given the chance to be right or kind, always choose kind.
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December's Character Trait of the Month - Responsibility

A person who is responsible meets the demand of duty, is accountable for the consequences of his or her choices, pursues excellence and exercises self-control. Being responsible includes showing perseverance, initiative, effort, and goal setting. Demonstrating responsibility in all areas of life is an important part of being successful and becoming a person of character.

PAWS - December 21

We are looking for volunteers to help with the PAWS stations on December 21st form 8:25-10:05. Additional volunteers are needed for set up and clean up. Set up would begin at 7:30AM.

Use the link below to volunteer.


Sign Up Link

Tardy Bells

We will begin using bells to signal when students should be in the classroom ready to learn. The bells will also be similar to those they experience in middle school. We will use the next two weeks to help students learn the system before marking tardies. Students who receive 4 tardies will receive a phone call home and a classroom consequence. Subsequent tardies will result in progressive consequences.

Blanket Drive

Our student MTSS groups will continue to collect blankets to donate to a local shelter Monday December 3rd and 4th. If you could donate a new or gently used blanket, it would be greatly appreciated. The student group will be collecting them in the front lobby each morning before school begins.

Gateway's 1st Annual Food Drive

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Orchestra Concerts

Monday, December 3 -- Future Falcons @ New Mark

Concert begins at 6:00 pm


Tuesday, December 4 -- Future Oakies @ OPHS

Concert begins at 6:00 pm

Band Concerts

Tuesday, December 11 -- Future Falcons @ Staley

Concert begins at 6:20 pm


Tuesday, December 18 -- Future Oakies @ OPHS

Concert begins at 6:30 pm

Special Announcement

6th Grade Center Focus Groups

Beginning in December, we would like to gather stakeholder feedback regarding our two new 6th Grade Centers. These focus groups will help us to determine strengths and areas for growth of the 6th Grade Centers so that we can engage in a cycle of continuous improvement. Hosting focus groups is important to gain insight to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of our 6thgrade centers.

What you can expect at the focus group sessions:

· Open-ended questions that prompt the exploration of comments

· A place to respectfully express opinions, concerns and interests

· Two-way communication that fosters sharing and discussing

All focus group sessions will be held at the Northland Innovation Center (NIC) in the Multipurpose Space on the 3rd floor. The NIC is located at 6889 North Oak Trafficway. Following are details pertaining to audience, dates, and timeframes.

· 6th Grade Parent/Guardian Focus Group

o Monday, December 3rd, 5:00-6:00PM

o Please RSVP using this link.

Week of November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Break

Our staff is ver thankful this holiday for our Grizzly families and students. Enjoy your time with family and friends as school will close for Thanksgiving Break from November 21-23.

Blanket Drive

One of our student MTSS groups is collecting blankets to donate to a local shelter. If you could donate a new or gently used blanket during the week of November 26-30, it would be greatly appreciated. The student group will be collecting them in the front lobby each morning before school begins.
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7 Ways to Avoid Conflict in Group Texting

When texting, it is difficult to interpret tone, intent, or emotion. Using the 7 hints below, we can help our children learn to avoid conflict when involved in a text conversation.


  1. Change the topic. If a group text becomes argumentative or uncomfortable, learn to simply change the topic. Ask who’s going to the hockey game or about where you can purchase a certain pair of boots or shirt. It’s an old trick but it works!
  2. Encourage your child to clarify a troubling statement immediately with phrases such as “when you said xx . . . I heard xx . . . is that what you meant?” or “I’m not sure if you are serious or joking right now.”
  3. Create a code word. Establish ground rules with friends before the next group text. Agree on a code word or acronym such as #TMD (Too Much Drama). Use that acronym to mutually keep a group text steered in a positive direction.
  4. Group Text with Caution. Remember the screenshot. Remind your child that a group text (and anything shared online) can be captured and shared outside of that group. Be aware that a digital conversation is never “secret” or “private.”
  5. Be real. Be kind. Never say anything online that you would feel uncomfortable saying to that person or the group face-to-face. Because of its remote nature, texting (especially with an audience looking on) can spark overconfidence or arrogance and lead to overly brash exchanges. If something hurtful is said, teach your child to take a break and step away before responding.
  6. Use emoticons to express tone. Those little graphic faces may very well be the best mediator your child has. Emoticons can express instant laughter, joking and help bridge at least a few of the physical deficits of online communication.
  7. Use a snag as a springboard. This last point will require an extra dose of maturity for a tween or teen. Teach your child to use a group text conflict to improve the overall friendship and model good communication. Ask the friend/s to talk face-to-face and clarify the problem. Usually, all will agree, the blowup was made worse because intent was misinterpreted. Teach your child to use “I” statements such as “I feel hurt by some of the stuff you said. I want to talk about it face-to-face in a way we can both feel heard and understood.”

Finally, this may sound like a cop out but if conflict via group texting becomes a pattern in your child’s life—and even spills over into bullying—advise your child to use her parent card and tell friends: “my parents won’t allow me to group text anymore.”

Communication is tough in person for adults. Imagine the trouble tweens and teens must have with peers when a majority of their communication is a 24/7 digital stream. And while our tweens and teens do not need us to barge in and rescue them from every online conflict, don’t hesitate, parent, to offer wisdom and guidance as they navigate some very choppy digital waters.

For the full article click here.

Toni Birdsong is a Family Safety Evangelist to McAfee. You can find her on Twitter @McAfee_Family.

Week of November 12, 2018

Historical Fiction

Students will begin hearing about their upcoming reading unit, a Historical Fiction book club. Students will be given an option of 7 different titles. The titles include:


  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor
  • The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Day of Tears by Julius Lester
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis



All books take place in a historical time period. Refugee, Number the Stars, and The Boy in Striped Pajamas take place in WWII. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Bud, Not Buddy take place during the Great Depression. Day of Tears takes place during slavery. Watsons Go to Birmingham occurs during the Civil Rights Movement. All books contain vocabulary and terminology associated with that time period. With that being said, please be aware that part of book clubs will be to discuss author's craft and word choice. We will talk about how words can be a force for good or can be abused - depending on how the speaker chooses to wield that power. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email your child's reading teacher.

Thanksgiving Break

School will close for Thanksgiving Break from November 21-23.

Blanket Drive

One of our student MTSS groups is collecting blankets to donate to a local shelter. If you could donate a new or gently used blanket during the week of November 26-30, it would be greatly appreciated. The student group will be collecting them in the front lobby each morning before school begins.

Conversations About School

Have you ever asked your child, "What did you do at school today?" only to receive the response, "Nothing." I surely have, knowing good and well they did nothing for an entire school day. Below are some helpful conversation starters that will hopefully elicit more than a "nothing."


Describe a book you enjoyed today.

Students are reading on an average of 35-40 minutes per day. In asking this question, it gives you an idea of your child's interests. Asking this question each day also begins to develop a daily reading habit.


Tell me what you learned that you'd like to know more about.

During Inquiry, students learn about the social sciences, as well as physical sciences. Use your child's interests as a jumping-off point for activities to share.


Show me what you have for homework.

Rather than asking, "Do you have any homework?" ask your child to show you their work. If time is used wisely in class, there should be little to no "assigned" work. However, we ask that each student read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night.


A few other quick after-school questions:

  • What's the coolest thing that happened? What wasn't so cool?
  • Pretend you were the teacher...How would you describe the day?
  • What made you laugh?
  • What was the most creative thing you did?
  • How were you helpful or kind today? Was anyone helpful or kind to you?

IGED Jr. Day

Cathleen Hall, one of Gateway's PLTW teachers, recently accompanied a few of our Grizzlies to IGED JR. Day -- Introduce a Girl to Engineering. If you see any of our potential engineers, be sure to ask her about Mentor Bingo, Short presentations from some engineers working in the KC area and their projects, the Catapult Activity, and the Keynote Speaker.

Week of November 5, 2018

Character Trait of the Month: Respect

Respect is “treating others with honor and dignity.” People of good character are respectful of others. You show respect by recognizing and honoring everyone's right to be themselves, to make decisions, and to have privacy and dignity. Accept individual differences and don't insist that everyone be like you. Being respectful is being considerate and honoring the feelings, opinions, and property of others.

Reading

Our goal for 6th grade readers to inc engage in increasingly complex texts over the course of the school year. This is in preparation for high school, college, and careers. Reading a variety of texts and genres, there is an increased emphasis on non-fiction text. This will help prepare them with skills required for reading, writing, and researching across all courses. "As students read more complex texts, analyzing and understanding them in deeper ways, they strengthen their knowledge of all subjects, including science and history."

In order to build reading skills, your 6th grader:

  • Uses evidence from the text in order to summarize the plot, make inferences about and analyze the text, and determine the central theme or themes in a text.
  • Understands and explains the point of view in a text; understands the significance of certain words and passages in a text.
  • Understands and relays the main thesis or claims of a non-fiction text and its supporting evidence.
  • Reads and compares different texts and genres that address the same topics.
  • Uses a variety of media and formats, including video and audio, to further enhance understanding of a topic or text.
  • Participates in class-wide and group discussions expressing the ideas and skills learned.
  • Practices a variety of vocabulary skills, including using the context in which a word is found to determine the meaning of words, recognizing roots of words, and using digital and physical reference materials (dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries).
  • Gains an understanding of and the ability to explain figurative language in a text.

---adapted from Scholastic.com

Spelling Bee

Students can pick up permission forms to participate in the spelling bee this week in Room 22 or the band room. Round 1 will be held at Gateway, during the school day, on November 26. This year, the first round is individual and done on the computer.

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting

Monday, Nov. 5th 2018 at 6:30pm

Gateway Library

All those in attendance, will have their names entered into a drawing for their child to win ice cream, once a week, for a month.

Upcoming Dates

November 21-23 -- Thanksgiving Break

November 26 -- Spelling Bee Round 1 @ Gateway

December 3 -- Future Falcons Orchestra Concert @ New Mark Middle School

December 4 -- Future Oakies Orchestra Concert @ Oak Park High School

December 11 -- Future Falcons Band Concert @ Staley High School

December 18 -- Future Oakies Band Concert @ Oak Park High School

December 21 -- 1/2 Day - Early Dismissal

December 24-January 4 -- Winter Break

January 7 -- Classes Resume

Week of October 29, 2018

Wacky Wednesday in the Cafe

We will enjoy another Wacky Wednesday in the cafe sponsored by our Grizzly Booster Club. There will be music and prizes! While this is Halloween, we are asking all students to not wear costumes or distracting makeup, masks, or hair to school that day. We will conduct classes and maintain the high level of learning expectations on October 31st just as we do any other day.

Attendance

Safety is our number one concern, so accounting for all students is paramount. If you know that your child will not be at school on a particular day, please call our attendance line by 9:00 am.

Attendance Line: (816) 321-5362

2nd Quarter A.C.E. Begins Monday

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

October 29th-December 12th

**No ACE on October 31, Halloween, and the week of Thanksgiving, November 19th-20th

Questions? Contact the After Class Events Coordinator, Melissa Maultsby

Melissa.maultsby@nkcschools.org 816-321-5653

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting

Monday, Nov. 5th 2018 at 6:30pm

9201 North Indiana Avenue

Kansas City, MO

Maker Space Items Needed

Our MakerSpace is in need of the following supplies. If you can donate any of the items listed, we would appreciate the support. Feel free to send them to school and/or drop off in the office.


  • Zip ties
  • Metal Brads
  • Twisty Ties
  • Duct Tape (regular & colored)
  • Single Hole Punches

Week of October 22, 2018

Quarter 2

With the end of 1st quarter, please check PowerSchool for grades. As a secondary school, official grade cards will be available, electronically, at the end of the semesters (January/May).


Quarter 2 began on October 18. The start of a new quarter, offers everyone a fresh beginning. All students received a new agenda (yellow) which includes a new Success Tracker. Students are encouraged to reflect on first quarter and list what went well and what they would like to improve. By setting goals for school work and behavior, students have something to work toward.

Goals could include:


  • Making new friends
  • Trying out a new genre of book
  • Limit the number of marks received on the Success Tracker
  • Turning in all classwork



I encourage you to chat with your 6th grader and to create 2 goals. One that is focused on academics and one that is addresses behavior/social goals. Let' make this an awesome 2nd quarter and wrap up to 2018!

Transportation Home

All 6th graders are asked to be aware of the way they are going home each afternoon. As a 6th grade center, we are not using name cards in the car rider line and we do not monitor the mode of transportation a student uses to get home. Of course, we know there are emergencies, unforeseen circumstances, that require a last minute change in the way a child is to go home. When this happens, please make every attempt to notify the office by 2:00pm. After 2:00 pm, we will do our very best to get these changes to your child, but due to the demands at the end of the day, we can not guarantee the message will be received.

Lock and Teach

There are times when a “Lock and Teach” will be called at Gateway. We do this for many reasons. One being student safety, but another to protect student privacy. While student safety is always our top priority, maintaining a student’s privacy is also very important to us and we will always err on the side of precaution. In the future, if a lock and teach is called, and it concerns student safety, a phone call will be made to parents sharing pertinent information. However, if the lock and teach is simply to maintain privacy and all students were safe, a School Messenger phone call will not be made.

Bus Safety Week

Next week is National School Bus Safety Week and each year the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires that all 6th grade and younger students participate in a rear-door bus evacuation before the end of October. Our evacuation drill will be the morning of October 24th upon arrival at Gateway.

MakerSpace Supplies Needed

Our MakerSpace is in need of the following supplies. If you can donate any of the items listed, we would appreciate the support. Feel free to send them to school and/or drop off in the office.


  • Zip ties
  • Metal Brads
  • Twisty Ties
  • Duct Tape (regular & colored)
  • Single Hole Punches
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Attendance

School Attendance


School attendance for school-age children is compulsory by Missouri Law, therefore regular attendance is expected of each student enrolled in the North Kansas City School District. As a public school in Missouri, we adhere to the guidelines set forth by MSIP 5 (Missouri School Improvement Plan). State guidelines deem attendance rates of 95% or better as necessary for optimal learning and rates below 90% as unsatisfactory. When a student's attendance falls below 90%, the school will notify the parent/guardian.



Students should strive to maintain a good attendance record. There is a direct relationship between school attendance, academic achievement and success in school. Frequent absence of a student from the classroom disrupts the continuity of the learning process, and places undo stress on the child and family. Missouri utilizes a school’s attendance rate as part of the accreditation process for schools and districts. We know it is of great importance to the parents and patrons of the North Kansas City School District that our school and district remain highly accredited. Optimal attendance is an integral part of that endeavor.



Partial-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs count against a child’s attendance. We ask that parents avoid scheduling appointments, out of town events, vacations, etc. during school. If your child has an important appointment that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours, please try to have your child at school before and after the appointment as much as possible. Please avoid checking them out early after you have visited for lunch or an event during the school day.



Attendance is closely monitored with monthly reports and parents will be notified and asked to address attendance concerns. By board policy and law, on-going concerns may meet criteria to be reported to legal authorities.



Please inform the school by 8:45 a.m. on the day of your child’s absence if your child will not be in attendance. If your child will miss several days, you only need to call the first day and state the days of absence. If no contact is made by 8:45 a.m., every attempt will be made to reach a parent or emergency contact to verify the reason for the absence to ensure the child’s safety and parent awareness of their child’s whereabouts.



School attendance is an important part of a student's success. Each day throughout the year is important and valued. It is impossible to truly make-up the entire learning experience. Teamwork, question and answer sessions, individual and small group discussions with the teacher, and encore classes are just a few of the valuable experiences that cannot be “sent home.” In working together as a team, we can help to make sure your child has a successful year. As Grizzlies, we strive to make each and every day count!

Week of October 15, 2018

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Grizzly Drama Club who gave two stellar performances last week of "Goldielocks on Trial." A big shout out to Mr. Bill Warren and Ms. Sydney Holland for working countless hours to provide our aspiring actors and actresses a platform to share their talents.

A.C.E. Sign Up

2nd Quarter A.C.E. sign up is open now. Please use the following link to sign up for fun in an after class event.


Sign Up Here

A.C.E. Brochure


Sign-Ups due Wednesday, October 24th

Payment Due Friday October 26th.

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

October 29th-December 12th

**No ACE on Halloween and the week of Thanksgiving November 19th-20th

Questions? Contact the After Class Events Coordinator, Melissa Maultsby

Melissa.maultsby@nkcschools.org 816-321-5653

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1st Quarter Ends October 17th

As 1st quarter comes to an end, it is always a great time to reflect with your Grizzly student. How did he/she feel first quarter went? What goals do you have for 2nd quarter?

Some ideas for second quarter goals may include:


  • Attendance
  • Work completion
  • Reading 20 minutes a night
  • Completing random acts of kindness
  • Follow the PATH to success

IDEA: Check with your child if they need their school supplies replenished! We've been working hard and pencils or loose leaf notebook paper may be running low.


We believe that each quarter is a fresh start and encourage students to plan for the future, rather than dwell on the past. In Grizzly Country, we believe that being leaders of our own PATH to success will help us as we make the journey toward high school graduation.

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PAWS Fun!

A huge thanks to our Grizzly Booster Club in helping our teachers make our first PAWS event a success. This event celebrates students' hard work and good citizenship.
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Spirit Assembly

Week of October 8, 2018

No School - Monday, October 8, 2018

Teachers engage in learning and collaborative conversations Monday morning during an EdCamp environment to discuss a variety of topics. During the afternoon, Gateway staff will work with district facilitators to grow in and discuss equity and inclusion.

Thank You!

A big thank you to Grizzly Booster Club for organizing the delicious dinners during conferences. Additionally, we would like to give a huge shout out to all of the families who provided food for these dinners! Our staff truly enjoyed them!

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club


Volunteers needed! Gateway is in need of parent volunteers for our first PAWS (positive activities with students) event on Wednesday, October 10, from 9:30-10:40. Time slots from 8:30-11:00 am include set up and clean up. Please use the following link to sign up.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48a4ac22a4ff2-paws

Picture Retakes

Fall picture retakes are scheduled for October 24.

PAWS-Positive Activities With Students

Our first PAWS event will be this week, Wednesday, October 10th. This activity is to celebrate citizenship. Students will not be able to participate if they received ISS or OSS during 1st quarter.


We start fresh each quarter. Therefore, if a student was not able to participate in this PAWS, providing he/she demonstrates good citizenship 2nd quarter as defined by our building Positive Behavior Support matrix and the BOE policies, he/she could join in the activities in December.

Honor Choir

Gateway is very excited to be participating in the Liberty Invitational 5th/6th Grade Honor Choir on December 1st! Due to the large number of schools participating, we are only allowed to bring a small ensemble of eight students. These students will be chosen through an audition process. Students can sign up outside of room 46 for one audition time before school on October 10, 11, 12, or 15. Students who are selected will be required to attend weekly Wednesday morning rehearsals from 7:15-8:00 am, each week until the performance.


Look for flyers with information and required permission slips coming home this week!

Fall Play-Goldilocks on Trial

Gateway's Drama Team will be presenting our fall play on October 10th and 11th!

“Goldilocks on Trial” will be performed at Antioch Middle School. Curtain time is 7:00 pm.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 1, 2018

Fall Academic Conferences

Educating children takes a team! We strive to partner with families to ensure that we are working to achieve the common goal of preparing children for not only the next step in their educational journey, but also in life. Teachers and parents want the same thing for our children: academic, social, and emotional growth. We are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with you each on October 3 or 4 during parent/teacher conferences to celebrate your child’s successes and to make plans to continue building knowledge and understanding during the rest of the year.


If you haven't already scheduled your fall conference, please reach out to your child's home room teacher to find a time to meet.


October 3 - 3:30-8:30 PM

October 4 - 3:30-8:30 PM

PAWS Volunteers Needed

Booster Club needs your help! We will be hosting quarterly events for our Gateway students called PAWS. These events will last for an hour each quarter and is a way for us to celebrate our student’s school accomplishments for that quarter.


We will have around 20 activity stations set-up throughout the building and for each activity station we will need 2-4 parent volunteers. Our first event will be held on October 10th from 9:30-10:40. We would like to have a few volunteers to help with Set-up beginning at 8:30 and then all other volunteers in place by 9:20. If this is something you would be interested in or if you have any questions, please email Erin Tolin at Erin.tolin@gmail.com

Trash Bag Order Pick Up

Booster Club members will be on hand to help with trash bag order pick up in the small gym on Monday, October 1, from 5:45-6:30 pm.

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting

Monday, Oct. 1st 2018 at 6:30pm

Gateway 6th Grade Center - Library

Winner of the Gateway sweatshirt drawing from October's meeting: Amber Chapell.

Please contact the office to order your sweatshirt. Congratulations!


This month's drawing: Enter your name for your child to win free ice cream from the Grizzly Cafe every Friday for one month.

A Note From Our PE Coaches...

Physical Education Grades


As we are wrapping up our first quarter at Gateway we wanted to reach out to our Grizzlies to explain our grading system in Physical Education. Students will be assessed based on three standards: sportsmanship, fitness principles, and cooperative activities and games.

We will be assessing students based on the scale of M-Mastery, P-Progressing, and N-Needs Improvement.


We expect that at this point most of our Grizzlies will be receiving successful grades. We have started our year by reviewing 5th grade fitness principles, and playing games that most students are familiar with. As we continue through the year, PE will be progressing and students will participate in fitness testing, and the start of sports units and lead up games.


We have loved being a part of Gateway and are excited to see our students grow in their fitness and knowledge of lifelong activities. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your student’s PE teacher.

Thank you!
Coach Faubion

Coach Maultsby

Coach Sherman

Week of September 24, 2018

Learning Surrounds Us at Gateway

Gateway is a great place for exploring our talents and learning new information! From printing fabric, learning how to play a musical instrument, to writing and solving math problems, students are engaged daily in creative and expressive learning. They work with partners, problem solve and explore as they learn and grow. We appreciate your support and love partnering with you to ensure the environment is such that supports a culture of learning.

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Picnic

Our Grizzly Booster Club is hosting an all school picnic on Thursday, September 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please come and enjoy time to make new friends and connect with old.


  • Extra parking will be available at Northview Elementary and shuttle service will be provided.
  • Individual Tickets -- $5
  • Family Tickets (4-5 people) -- $15 (6-8 people) -- $25
  • Booster Club Members receive $1 off their meal
  • Meal Includes: hot dog, chips, water, and a Hostess Snack treat

Trash Bag Pick Up - Day 1

Thursday, Sep. 27th 2018 at 4-6pm

Gateway 6th Grade Center

Trash bag orders of 3 or more will need to be picked up in the small gym on September 27 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Trash Bag Pick Up - Day 2

Friday, Sep. 28th 2018 at 3:30-6:30pm

9201 North Indiana Avenue

Kansas City, MO

Trash bag orders of 3 or more will need to be picked up in the small gym on September 28 from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Needs YOU!

We are offering several events over the next few months. In order for them to be successful, the GG Booster Club needs volunteers to help run them. If you are available to help with any portion for the event, please email the contact listed.


Book Fair Set Up -- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4CA4AC23AAFD0-gateway

Book Fair Help -- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4CA4AC23AAFD0-fall

Staley Homecoming Pep Rally and Parade

The Staley Falcon Club has secured 2 food trucks plus Kona Ice to provide food & drinks during the parade and pep rally on Wednesday, September 26 at Staley High School!


The trucks take cash and cards and the average cost is $8 for a meal.

Staley Homecoming Football Game

The Staley High School Homecoming Game is on September 28, at 7:00 pm. We hope you can join us to cheer on our Falcons to a victory.

Canvas - Parent Observer Account

Parents are able to create observer accounts that will allow you can see work and communication from the teacher about your child's class. Use the following video to guide you through the process of setting an account up as a parent observers.

Video Link

To Receive Text Messages From Gateway

If you wish to receive text messages for future announcements please complete the following steps.

Text – YES to 67587

Video Announcements

Watch Twitter and Facebook for future editions of Gateway's Video Announcements.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFK6eMlK2uk

Week of September 17, 2018

Character Trait of the Month-Positive Attitude

Each month we will highlight one of eight character traits. This month's trait is Positive Attitude.


A positive attitude can affect your life favorably in all areas, improving your mental and physical health. People with a positive outlook, view life, challenges, and the situations they go through, with confidence and are sure they can deal with them. People with a positive attitude will not let failure or obstacles stand in their way, and will always try to find ways to overcome them. Such a person would rather learn from past mistakes and move on. A person with a positive state of mind does not dwell on the problems and difficulties of the past, and does not let them dictate his or her life. People who maintain a positive approach to life situations and challenges are able to move forward more constructively than those who become stuck in a negative attitude. People who possess this attitude are easier to get along with, are happy, and they spread joy around them.


Students and staff who demonstrate the trait throughout the month will be awarded a certificate. Each team will choose 3 students who exemplify the trait through their words and actions to be celebrated during a brief gathering at the end of the month.

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Society of Women Engineers: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Jr. Event


The Kansas City section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-KC) would like to extend an invitation to an event which aims at better equipping young women for the future: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Jr. (IGED Jr.).


IGED Jr. is a day established to help acquaint young women with the opportunities available in the field of engineering. SWE-KC is holding Kansas City’s third annual IGED Jr. on Friday, November 9, 2018 at UMKC’s Atterbury Success Center. IGED Jr. targets middle school females who show interest and aptitude in the areas of STEM. This year, SWE-KC aims to have 150 students accompanied by 75 female professional mentors. Gateway 6th grade center will be able to take 10 young ladies to this event. The registration fee will be paid by NKCSD PLTW Department.


If your 6th grade female student would be interested in attending this field trip, please contact Cathleen Hall Cathleen.hall@nkcschools.org for more information. The deadline to turn in forms September 20, so don’t hesitate. If more than 10 families are interested, we will put all names in a hat and pull out 10 student names to attend.


SWE Next Flyer

Tentative Schedule

#ChooseKindness

Students and staff are encouraged to recognize each other for Acts of Kindness. This week we are focusing our class meeting discussions on creating a culture of kindness. The following videos will be shared and discussed to see how we can spread kindness at Gateway.


Color Your World With Kindness

One Day

School Deliveries

Please do not have gifts delivered to school such as balloons and flowers. Since instruction will not be interrupted for mid-day delivery and these items are not allowed on the bus, please reserve family gifts for after school. Should an item be delivered to school, we will call the parent/guardian and let you know that it has been delivered and will need to be picked up after school.

Fall Progress Conferences

Conferences will be held on October 3 and 4, from 3:30-8:30.

Please contact your child's home room teacher to schedule.

No School

School will not be in session on October 5 and October 8.

iPad Passcodes

Students are asked to only use the lunch number as their passcode on the school-issued iPad. When a different passcode is entered many problems can arise. In the event an iPad needs to be serviced, and the passcode is not identical to the student's lunch number, then the tech department must find the student to figure out the passcode or wipe it and start over, possibly losing information. Additionally, once the student is reached to enter the unknown passcode, that student may or may not remember the passcode, presenting another problem if they don't.

Please encourage your child to leave the passcode set as their lunch number. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Future Oakie Night

This Friday, Oak Park Football invites all of our Future Oakies to join them at the District Activities Complex, located at Staley High School, to cheer the Northman on as they take on Fort Osage! Kick off is at 7:00 PM. Future Oakies will receive free admission and popcorn.

District PTA Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 25th 2018 at 6:30pm

7301 Northeast 108th Street

Kansas City, MO

North Kansas City District PTA Council

Everyone is invited to the NKC District PTA Council meeting at Rising Hill on October 25th at 6:30 p.m. Superintendent, Dr. Dan Clemens will share the State Of The District address, guests can tour Rising Hill, and everyone can enter the raffle for great sports memorabilia.

Week of September 10, 2018

School Attendance


School attendance for school-age children is compulsory by Missouri Law, therefore regular attendance is expected of each student enrolled in the North Kansas City School District. As a public school in Missouri, we adhere to the guidelines set forth by MSIP 5 (Missouri School Improvement Plan). State guidelines deem attendance rates of 95% or better as necessary for optimal learning and rates below 90% as unsatisfactory. When a student's attendance falls below 90%, the school will notify the parent/guardian.


Students should strive to maintain a good attendance record. There is a direct relationship between school attendance, academic achievement and success in school. Frequent absence of a student from the classroom disrupts the continuity of the learning process, and places undo stress on the child and family. Missouri utilizes a school’s attendance rate as part of the accreditation process for schools and districts. We know it is of great importance to the parents and patrons of the North Kansas City School District that our school and district remain highly accredited. Optimal attendance is an integral part of that endeavor.


Partial-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs count against a child’s attendance. We ask that parents avoid scheduling appointments, out of town events, vacations, etc. during school. If your child has an important appointment that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours, please try to have your child at school before and after the appointment as much as possible. Please avoid checking them out early after you have visited for lunch or an event during the school day.


Attendance is closely monitored with monthly reports and parents will be notified and asked to address attendance concerns. By board policy and law, on-going concerns may meet criteria to be reported to legal authorities.


Please inform the school by 8:45 a.m. on the day of your child’s absence if your child will not be in attendance. If your child will miss several days, you only need to call the first day and state the days of absence. If no contact is made by 8:45 a.m., every attempt will be made to reach a parent or emergency contact to verify the reason for the absence to ensure the child’s safety and parent awareness of their child’s whereabouts.


School attendance is an important part of a student's success. Each day throughout the year is important and valued. It is impossible to truly make-up the entire learning experience. Teamwork, question and answer sessions, individual and small group discussions with the teacher, and encore classes are just a few of the valuable experiences that cannot be “sent home.” In working together as a team, we can help to make sure your child has a successful year. As Grizzlies, we strive to make each and every day count!

Car Rider Line Pick Up

During afternoon dismissal, you may have noticed that Gateway has a few busses. In order to get them into the parking lot, we have to get the cars into the circle drive and off of 92nd Street. In working with the sheriff, we have landed on a double line of cars as our best option. As we direct cars to pull into the circle drive, we will form two lines the entire length of the circle drive. Students will be directed to walk to the adults at the front of the line where they will load cars. In the interest of safety, which is our number 1 priority, we will not have students loading into cars partially down the line. We truly appreciate your patience with us as we've tried out different ideas. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Yearbook SALE and Personalization Options

Yearbooks were sold at registration, however if you did not buy one at that time or if you wish to personalize one you've already purchased, have no fear. They are on sale beginning Monday, September 10, 20l8. The flyer is pictured to the right and can be dowloaded.


If you are purchasing a yearbook, you need to complete side one. You also have the option to personalize the cover. If you wish to do that, please complete side two.


Have you already purchased your yearbook at registration? Great! You may choose from several designs and personalize the cover. You will only need to complete the 2nd page.


Please make checks out to Gateway Middle School. Money can be turned into your child's home room teacher or to the office.


Personalization Orders Due: February 6, 2018 ----- Personalize Your Yearbook Click Here

Yearbook Orders Due: March 1, 2018 ----- Yearbook ONLY Order Form Click Here

School Safety Survey

Each year, schools in our district give an annual SSS (School Safety Survey) to teachers, students, and families. This survey is to assess what stakeholders feel about their school community. The survey will not take more than 5 minutes and will provide valuable information for Gateway, especially in our launching year.

We appreciate you taking the time as caretakers of our students to fill out the survey via the link by Friday, September 14th: https://www.pbisassessment.org/Anon/TW7F00X0300

Students and teachers will take this survey during class meeting times on Monday. Thank you!

Tryouts for Annie - Staley's Fall Musical Production

The Staley High School Theater Department fall musical production is Annie. Performances are November 15, 16, 17, 2018. This production is the first-ever Staley “feeder school” musical. The department is hoping to include students from the Staley feeder schools in this show that will be anchored by the high school students.


Click here for more information and the audition form.

If you have further questions, please contact Danielle Trebus at Danielle.trebus@nkcschools.org

School Picnic

Thursday, Sep. 27th 2018 at 6pm

9201 North Indiana Avenue

Kansas City, MO

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club is hosting an all school picnic on September 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Gateway 6th Grade Center.


  • Extra parking will be available at Northview Elementary and shuttle service will be provided.
  • Tickets may be purchased beforehand by sending in money with the flyer. (Flyer is scheduled to go home sometime this week and will also be available in next week's parent newsletter.)
  • Individual Tickets -- $5
  • Family Tickets (4-5 people) -- $15 (6-8 people) -- $25
  • Booster Club Members receive $1 off their meal
  • Meal Includes: hot dog, chips, water, and a Hostess Snack treat

Trash Bag Order Pick Up - Day 1

Thursday, Sep. 27th 2018 at 4-8pm

9201 North Indiana Avenue

Kansas City, MO

Trash bag orders of 3 or more will need to be picked up in the small gym on September 27 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Trash Bag Order Pick Up - Day 2

Friday, Sep. 28th 2018 at 3:30-6:30pm

9201 North Indiana Avenue

Kansas City, MO

Trash bag orders of 3 or more will need to be picked up in the small gym on September 28 from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Week of September 3, 2018

We have had a great start to our year. All students and staff members have been so flexible and approached each curve ball we've been thrown with a positive attitude. We appreciate the support the families and community have provided us.


While our building is nearly complete, we are working through the final details with the architect and contractor. In the coming weeks students and staff will see the graphics appear in the new hall, new graphics on the marques sign, lettering on the front of the building, and when weather permits, a finished parking lot.


I look forward to seeing our first year at Gateway unfold and sharing many celebrations of success with our families.


Becky

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Fundraiser

Trash Bags for Sale!

Our Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club fundraiser is currently underway. All funds raised will stay at the school and be used to provide items and experiences for the students.


Students are selling trash bags for $11 a roll, regardless the size.


There are a variety of sizes:

White tall kitchen bags (65 per roll)

Yellow 39-gallon trash bags (25 per roll)

Blue 55-gallon trash bags (16 per roll)


Orders are due September 14. Please collect the cash or check at the time of the order. Checks should be made out to Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club.


Trash bags will be available for pick up at Gateway on September 27 and 28.

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting

Monday, Sep. 10th 2018 at 6:30pm

Gateway Library

Join us for our monthly Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club meeting. Those in attendance will be able to enter their child's name into a drawing for a Gateway sweatshirt.

Gateway Student Expectations

Students visited with the principals during the last week to review the expectations of our PBS-SW (Positive Behavior Supports-Schoolwide). As students follow the PATH - positive behavior, aspire to achieve, through respect for all, with high expectations - we will practice safe, respectful, and responsible behavior.


In addition to common area expectations, a review of Board Policy JG-R1, highlighting threats, as Defined by the North Kansas City School District, was shared with students with the help of our counselors, Ms. Lisa Hayden and Ms. Shauna Pope.


Threats or Verbal Assault – Verbal, written, pictorial or symbolic language or gestures that create a reasonable fear of physical injury or property damage.

Consequences-Parent contact, student/staff conference, detention, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion. Notification to law enforcement.

A.C.E. - After Class Events

After Class Events (ACE) occur on Mondays and Wednesdays for 6 weeks during the quarter. Students are given the opportunity to sign up for the different offerings. Some offerings have limited enrollment.


First Quarter ACE Offerings are:


  • iMovie/Garage Band
  • Dodgeball
  • Study Lab
  • Math Lab
  • American Sign Language
  • Book Club
  • Choir
  • Fall Play
  • Walking Club



Sessions begin as soon as the busses have been dismissed. Session 1 ends at 4:10pm, and students may be picked up by car at that time. Session 2 will begin at 4:20 and will end at approximately 5:05. Busses will load as they arrive from New Mark and Antioch.

Team T-Shirt Order Form

Students will have many opportunities to wear their team shirts during spirit days and assemblies. If you haven't got your shirt yet, be sure to order one for the next spirit day!


T-shirt Order Form

Future Falcons - #StaleyStrong

FALL DATES

Thursday, September 6 - Boys Soccer vs. NKC at 6:30pm, SHS

Friday, September 28 - Football Homecoming, 7:00pm, SHS

Tuesday, October 16 - Volleyball vs. Liberty, 7:00pm, SHS


WINTER DATES

Friday, January 11 - Boys Basketball vs. St. Joe Central, 7:00pm, SHS

Tuesday, January 22 - Wrestling vs. Fort Osage/Liberty North, 5:00pm, SHS

Friday, February 8 - Girls Basketball vs. Park Hill South, 5:30pm, SHS


SPRING DATES

Tuesday, April 9 - Girls Soccer vs. Truman, 6:30pm, SHS

Future Oakies - #forthefamily

FALL DATES

Monday, September 17 - Softball vs. Raytown, 4:00pm, OPHS

Monday, September 24 - Soccer vs. Truman, 6:30pm, OPHS

Friday, October 12 - Football vs. NKCHS, 7:00pm, OPHS

Friday, October 19 - Football Homecoming, 7:00pm, OPHS


WINTER DATES

Friday, December 14 - Boys and Girls Basketball vs. NKCHS, 5:30pm and 7:00pm, OPHS

Tuesday, January 8 - Wrestling vs. William Chrisman and Ruskin, 6:00pm, OPHS


SPRING DATES

Tuesday, April 30 - Girls Soccer vs. Belton, 6:30pm, OPHS

A.C.E. Dates Canceled

Due to events scheduled on February 12 and 13, A.C.E. will be canceled. In the event we have snow days either date, A.C.E. will be canceled on the corresponding snow date. Please see below.


February 12 (snow date February 19)

February 13 (snow date February 20)

Reminder: No School

February 15, 2019 - No School - Professional Development Day


Teachers will engage in professional development, continuing their learning and deepening their understanding of Equity and Inclusion. Our afternoon will focus on growing in our knowledge of the adolescent brain.


February 18, 2019 - No School - President's Day