Grizzly Gazette

Parent Newsletter

Week of May 27, 2019

End-of-Year Information

  • Students will bring their items home May 29.
  • Genius Hour Showcase - Please check with your child's teacher for his/her specific time.
  • Students will not be allowed to bring backpacks on May 30 and 31. If they bring a backpack
    to school, we will have them check the backpack in at the office.
  • Eligible students will participate in PAWS on May 30.

  • Please make sure all obligations have been paid. This includes lunch accounts, technology (iPads, cords, and charging cubes), library books, and classroom library books. Feel free to contact the front office if you need more information.

    Yearbook Signing

    Eligible students will participate in yearbook signing on May 31.


    Yearbooks are still available for purchase

    in Gateway's front office - $15.


    During the signing, students will be expected to follow our Gateway expectations of being safe, responsible, and respectful.


    Students will not be allowed to sign articles of clothing.


    Students will not be allowed to write on their bodies or bodies of other students.

    Summer Learning Opportunity

    Sixth grade students have the opportunity to participate in summer learning at Gateway during the month of June. Our own Gateway teachers will be holding classes that include, but are not limited to: book groups, math games, science experiments, and more. Please use the links below to access the enrollment forms. Once completed, please return to the Gateway front office. If you have questions, please feel free to call the office at 321-5360.


    Enrollment Form

    Health Form

    Mark Twain and Truman Nominee Book Reader Winners

    Congratulations to Marcello M. and Augustus K. for winning a Barnes and Noble gift card from the Gateway library. Each of these boys read 12 of the Mark Twain and Truman nominees this year. Enjoy your shopping trip, boys!

    We’d like to give a shout out to Booster Club for helping us make this possible.

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    Boys' Basketball Camp - Oak Park

    Past Issues of the Grizzly Gazette Parent Newsletter

    Week of May 20, 2019

    PAWS Volunteers Needed

    Please consider signing up to volunteer at PAWS.


    LINK



    On Thursday, May 30th we will be rewarding our Gateway 6th Graders for their hard work this final quarter with our P.A.W.S. (Positive Activity with Students) event. We need around 40 volunteers to help run 20+ activity stations, think school carnival meets Field Day. Our event will run from 12:30-2:30 but we will need volunteers to help with set-up beginning at 11:30. If you would like to help out please sign-up below.

    New Mark Football Camp

    Please complete the permission form (link below) if your child is planning to attend the New Mark Football Camp.


    Permission Form

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    End-of-Year Information


    • Students will bring their items home May 29.
    • Genius Hour Showcase - Please check with your child's teacher for his/her specific time.
    • Students will not be allowed to bring backpacks on May 30 and 31. If they bring a backpack to school, we will have them check the backpack in at the office.
    • Eligible students will participate in PAWS on May 30.
    • Eligible students will participate in yearbook signing on May 31.

    Award Ceremonies

    We will celebrate the students' hard work with an Awards Ceremony for each team! We hope that you are able to join us at Gateway to celebrate our students accomplishments. Parking will be limited, carpooling would be appreciated.


    If you wish to take your child with you following the ceremony, please tell his/her homeroom teacher and check out through the office.



    May 20 - 9:00AM - Ambassadors

    May 20 - 1:30PM - Pirates


    May 21 - 9:00AM - Marvels

    May 21 - 1:30PM - Explorers


    May 22 - 9:00AM - Champions

    May 22 - 1:30PM - Lobos

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    New Mark Cheerleading Camp

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    Battle of the Books Winners

    Team Fruiy Snacks: Sydney Curran, Aly Wood and Keira Nguyen

    They answered the most questions out of 100 the fastest and correctly! Their team read 10 books in order to compete and win!


    Thank you to the 13 teams totaling 75 students who competed!

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    MAP Prize Winners

    Please consider donating...

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    Gateway Orchestras were selected to win $100 in instrument repairs from Palen Music in honor of the Grand Opening of their Liberty store. Congratulations!

    Week of May 13, 2019

    Library Books Due

    All Gateway Library books are due back! We would appreciate it if you could help your child look for and return any borrowed library books.
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    End-of-Year Details

    • Students will check in their iPads to classroom teachers on May 15. iPads will do no longer be allowed to come home.
    • Students will bring their items home May 29.
    • Students will not be allowed to bring backpacks on May 30 and 31. If they bring a backpack to school, we will have them check the backpack in at the office.
    • Eligible students will participate in PAWS on May 30.
    • Eligible students will participate in yearbook signing on May 31.

    iPad Return

    Please help your student remember to bring their cord and charging cube to school by May 15 for turn in.

    Staley Feeder Pattern - Sports Physicals

    Sports Physicals - Thursday, May 23

    Staley High School will be partnering with Saint Luke’s Hospital to provide $10 physicals to Staley students and Staley Feeder students on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM. Check in table will be located in the Great Hall at the high school.

    From Gateway's Health Room...

    Parents – All medication stored in the health room will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian by 12:00 on May 31st. Medication will NOT be sent home with students. Please make arrangements with your school nurse if you need an alternative pick up date/time.

    All District Middle School Colorguard Camp

    Northgate Middle School is hosting an All District Middle School Colorguard Camp for all incoming 7th and 8th graders. Color guard is new to many students in the 6th grade centers and middle schools, so we hope this camp will give them the opportunity to try this fun sport!

    Date: Friday June 21st.

    Time: 8am-2pm

    Where: NGMS

    Cost: $20 They can also add on a lunch made by a local food chain for $6.

    The sign up deadline is Wednesday, May 29th.

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    Spring Portrait Proofs

    Spring Portrait Proofs went home on May 7th.

    The packets are due back to the office by May 15th.

    We will return packets of portraits as soon as they have arrived.

    Thank You!

    Gateway Staff would like to extend our thanks for a wonderful Teacher's Appreciation week. We were spoiled and felt truly appreciated!
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    Awards Ceremonies

    We will celebrate the students' hard work with an Awards Ceremony for each team! We hope that you are able to join us at Gateway to celebrate our students accomplishments. Parking will be limited, carpooling would be appreciated.



    May 20 - 9:00AM - Ambassadors

    May 20 - 1:30PM - Pirates


    May 21 - 9:00AM - Marvels

    May 21 - 1:30PM - Explorers


    May 22 - 9:00AM - Champions

    May 22 - 1:30PM - Lobos

    Week of May 6, 2019

    We continue MAP testing this week. Our procedures will continue to ensure that our school is conducive to a testing environment. This next week we will practice and provide reminders of the new expectations. During the Week of May 6, students will be held accountable for the expectation of walking silently through the hall. We would appreciate your support as we transition to this new practice for the next 3 weeks.


    We are trying to minimize the disruption to our daily schedule. Therefore, teams will be testing throughout the day. Students will be expected to pass from class to class with silence. The rationale behind this is to allow for students on one team to be uninterrupted during testing, while a different team moves to encore classes.



    Gateway will begin the 2nd week of MAP Testing the Week of May 6th.

    May 7 - Lobos and Pirates

    May 8 - Marvels and Explorers

    May 9 - Champions and Ambassadors


    Students will need earbuds and a charged iPad at school for testing.


    We appreciate your help in preparing your child for school each day and to make every attempt for her/him to be at school.


    A few helpful tips include:


    • Get a good night's sleep before test days
    • Eat a well balanced breakfast that morning
    • Prepare for the morning the night before to avoid rushing around
    • Give your brain a break by doing something fun
    • Get out and exercise during the days leading up to the test
    • Set your alarm to avoid being late



    Students will earn scores for effort, hallway behavior, respect of the testing environment, iPad preparedness, and attendance (on time to school). For each 4 a student receives, he/she will earn a raffle ticket that may be placed in a bucket for a drawing. Each team will have 1 winner. The following items are in each prize package.

    Fridays - Team Spirit

    Each Friday for the rest of the school year, we will celebrate our team spirit by showing our pride with our team color or wearing our team shirt. Help your team out by wearing your team's color or team shirt.


    Ambassadors - Green

    Champions - Royal Blue

    Explorers - Golden Yellow

    Lobos - Purple

    Marvels - Black

    Pirates - Red

    End of the Year Award Ceremonies

    We will celebrate the students' hard work with an Awards Ceremony for each team! We hope that you are able to join us at Gateway to celebrate our students accomplishments.


    May 20 - 9:00AM - Ambassadors

    May 20 - 1:30PM - Pirates


    May 21 - 9:00AM - Marvels

    May 21 - 1:30PM - Explorers


    May 22 - 9:00AM - Champions

    May 22 - 1:30PM - Lobos

    Library Poster Contest Winner

    Congrats to Cadence Heitman. Her beautiful poster was voted by the Gateway staff as the poster that best represented your Gateway library.

    All posters will be displayed for a few more weeks and then returned to homeroom teacher mailboxes. Cadence's poster will be framed and hung forever in the Gateway library. Thank you to all who entered. The posters were all so incredible!

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    A note from the Grizzly Booster Club...

    We are seeking volunteers to donate items during teacher appreciation week, May 6-10. Please use the SignUp Genius link below to donate! We very much appreciate your contribution!


    Signup Genius Link

    UPDATE - Teacher Appreciation Week

    A Note From Grizzly Booster Club...

    We are seeking volunteers to donate items during teacher appreciation week, May 6-10. Please use the SignUp Genius link below to donate! We very much appreciate your contribution!


    Signup Genius Link

    Week of April 29, 2019

    MAP Testing

    As we begin to prepare for MAP Testing. We will have a few changes in procedures to ensure that our school is conducive to a testing environment. This next week we will practice and provide reminders of the new expectations. During the Week of April 29 and May 6, students will be held accountable for the expectation of walking silently through the hall. We would appreciate your support as we transition to this new practice for the next 3 weeks.


    We are trying to minimize the disruption to our daily schedule. Therefore, teams will be testing throughout the day. Students will be expected to pass from class to class with silence. The rationale behind this is to allow for students on one team to be uninterrupted during testing, while a different team moves to encore classes.



    Gateway will begin MAP Testing the Week of April 29 and continue through May 10th.

    April 30 - Marvels and Explorers

    May 1 - Lobos and Pirates

    May 2 - Champions Ambassadors

    May 7 - Lobos and Pirates

    May 8 - Marvels and Explorers

    May 9 - Champions and Ambassadors


    Students will need earbuds and a charged iPad at school for testing.


    We appreciate your help in preparing your child for school each day and to make every attempt for her/him to be at school.


    A few helpful tips include:


    • Get a good night's sleep before test days
    • Eat a well balanced breakfast that morning
    • Prepare for the morning the night before to avoid rushing around
    • Give your brain a break by doing something fun
    • Get out and exercise during the days leading up to the test
    • Set your alarm to avoid being late



    Students will earn scores for effort, hallway behavior, respect of the testing environment, iPad preparedness, and attendance (on time to school). For each 4 a student receives, he/she will earn a raffle ticket that may be placed in a bucket for a drawing. Each team will have 1 winner. The following items are in each prize package.

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    #choosekindness 30 Day Challenge

    We have celebrated several character traits this year! So we are ending the year with culminating all of our traits in a #choosekindness 30 Day Challenge. Students can pick up the calendar in the front lobby or at lunch or print it from the newsletter or website. As each square is completed, not necessarily in any specific order, write what you did and have a parent/guardian initial the box. Turn it in by May 31st for a treat!
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    End of Year Awards Ceremonies

    We will celebrate the students' hard work with an Awards Ceremony for each team! We hope that you are able to join us at Gateway to celebrate our students accomplishments.


    May 20 - 9:00AM - Ambassadors

    May 20 - 1:30PM - Pirates


    May 21 - 9:00AM - Marvels

    May 21 - 1:30PM - Explorers


    May 22 - 9:00AM - Champions

    May 22 - 1:30PM - Lobos

    Antioch Middle School Football

    We will be having a Spring Football Meeting for Parents on Thursday, May 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Media Center @ Antioch.

    This information will be about the program, summer information, and introduction of the Coaches.

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    Week of April 22, 2019

    MAP Testing

    As we begin to prepare for MAP Testing. We will have a few changes in procedures to ensure that our school is conducive to a testing environment. This next week we will practice and provide reminders of the new expectations. During the Week of April 29 and May 6, students will be held accountable for the expectation of walking silently through the hall. We would appreciate your support as we transition to this new practice for the next 3 weeks.


    We are trying to minimize the disruption to our daily schedule. Therefore, teams will be testing throughout the day. Students will be expected to pass from class to class with silence. The rationale behind this is to allow for students on one team to be uninterrupted during testing, while a different team moves to encore classes.



    Gateway will begin MAP Testing the Week of April 29 and continue through May 10th.

    April 30 - Marvels and Explorers

    May 1 - Lobos and Pirates

    May 2 - Champions Ambassadors

    May 7 - Lobos and Pirates

    May 8 - Marvels and Explorers

    May 9 - Champions and Ambassadors


    Students will need earbuds and a charged iPad at school for testing.


    We appreciate your help in preparing your child for school each day and to make every attempt for her/him to be at school.


    A few helpful tips include:


    • Get a good night's sleep before test days
    • Eat a well balanced breakfast that morning
    • Prepare for the morning the night before to avoid rushing around
    • Give your brain a break by doing something fun
    • Get out and exercise during the days leading up to the test
    • Set your alarm to avoid being late



    Students will earn scores for effort, hallway behavior, respect of the testing environment, iPad preparedness, and attendance (on time to school). For each 4 a student receives, he/she will earn a raffle ticket that may be placed in a bucket for a drawing. Each team will have 1 winner. The following items are in each prize package.

    Residency Verification for School Year 2019-2020

    As we approach the end of the current school year, we now are preparing for the start of the next school year. To ensure we have timely and accurate information in your student’s record, we are asking all families to provide verification of residency. This can be done in advance to save time at registration and to streamline the process for those who have children in more than one school. For parents with students in multiple buildings, please forward the requested documentation to one building. The office staff will forward the information onto the other buildings for further processing.


    Parent Letter - Letter went home Friday, April 19, with students


    How to Access Residency Verification Information

    Take Your Child to Work Day

    Take Your Child to Work Day is on Thursday, April 25, 2019. So that all parents and guardians are able to make informed decisions, we want to make sure you have accurate information regarding attendance for that day. Gateway 6th Grade Center will conduct the day as a normal school day. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education language regarding attendance states, "Students must be in attendance in an instructional capacity under the direct supervision of a certificated employee of the district to be counted for attendance purposes." Therefore, if student is absent, for part or all of the day, on Take Your Child to Work Day (April 25, 2019), he/she would be counted as absent for the time they are not in school.


    We encourage you to make the decision that best meets the needs of your child for Take Your Child To Work Day and inform your child’s team and/or the Gateway office if your student will be absent on Take Your Child To Work Day (April 25, 2019).

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    Not to Late to Donate -- Fun Run - Please Consider Donating

    Parents, thank you all so much for supporting this year’s Gateway Funrun. We haven't quite yet reached our goal, so at this point, Dr. Kroenke is safe from being slimed!


    If you haven’t registered your student yet, you can do so this weekend on funrun.com by searching for our school or using our school’s registration code:563-773. This weekend we have a special challenge where students can receive an additional reward when they get new pledges. You can learn more on funrun.com.


    All money donated/pledged will be spend on students this year.


    Thank you again for supporting our school!

    Strength and Conditioning Opportunity - Antioch Middle School

    Permission Form

    Please complete the permission form and return to the Gateway office.

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    Future Falcon Football Camp

    Enrollment Form

    Please complete and return to Staley High School on May 7th.

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    Congratulations!

    Mr. Faust, band teacher, was a lucky recipient of a Kahler Grant from the NKC Education Foundation.
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    Past Newsletters

    Week of April 15, 2019

    Grizzly Booster Club Restaurant Night

    Chipotle - Englewood location -- April 22, 2019

    54th Street - Liberty -- May 15, 2019

    Bell Prairie Hoedown - Volunteers Needed

    If students would like to volunteer, please sign up for the 5:30-8:30 time slots in the games and attractions section.


    Sign Up Here

    Facilities Long Range Planning Events

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    New Mark PTA - Help Wanted

    For More Information Click Here
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    4th Quarter Bookmark Winner

    Congrats to Claire Collett in Mrs. Dillon's class for being voted the best bookmark of Quarter 4 entries. Thank you to everyone who participated this year! The entries were all so AMAZING!!!
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    Week of April 8, 2019

    Fun Run Kick Off

    Students enjoyed an assembly today to kick off our Fun Run which will be held on April 16 during their PE encore block. All students will participate in their PE class that day, regardless of the A/B day schedule. Should Gateway make their goal of $10,000, then Dr. Kroenke will get slimed! Students brought home their pledge packet information today. Please consider pledging a flat fee or per lap.


    Our #Boosterthon fundraiser is just 1 WEEK AWAY! We’re raising funds for quarterly events and special projects, and we need your help! Log in to https://funrun.com and start collecting pledges!


    Fun Run Flyer


    This year, we’re raising funds to help our school and we need your help! This video explains how our #Boosterthon fundraiser works.


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    Parent/Guardian Action Steps Flyer


    We are needing Parent Volunteers to help pass out water during the Fun Run to our runners. If you are available to help during the event or have any questions please email Erin Tolin at erin.tolin@gmail.com. Please watch our Facebook Pages, Gateway 6th Grade Center and Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club, for a sign-up genius.

    Fun Run Information

    Click on the Flyer to Help Support or Fun Run

    We are working to help support end-of-school activities by hosting a fun run! Any support would be appreciated. We have online pledging available, therefore people/relatives from all over the world can support our Grizzly students. Please access the flyer below for specifics on how to pledge your support!


    Fun Run Flyer

    MAP Testing

    Gateway will begin MAP Testing the Week of April 29 and continue through May 10th.

    April 30 - Marvels and Explorers

    May 1 - Lobos and Pirates

    May 2 - Champions Ambassadors

    May 7 - Lobos and Pirates

    May 8 - Marvels and Explorers

    May 9 - Champions and Ambassadors


    Students will need earbuds and a charged iPad at school for testing.


    We appreciate your help in preparing your child for school each day and to make every attempt for her/him to be at school.


    A few helpful tips include:


    • Get a good night's sleep before test days
    • Eat a well balanced breakfast that morning
    • Prepare for the morning the night before to avoid rushing around
    • Give your brain a break by doing something fun
    • Get out and exercise during the days leading up to the test
    • Set your alarm to avoid being late

    Spring Musical

    Gateway's spring musical will be The Addams Family. We will present on the New Mark Stage on April 16 and 17. Curtain time is 7:00pm.


    Admission: $3.00 - students

    $6.00 - adults

    Apple Watches/Cell Phones and MAP Testing

    During the testing session, students are NOT allowed to have phones or Apple watches on their person. Should a student be wearing an Apple watch on the scheduled day, he or she will be asked to remove it for the duration of the testing session.

    Week of April 1, 2019

    Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting

    Please plan to join us at 6:30pm on April 1, 2019 for our Booster Club meeting in the Gateway Library.

    Fall Sports Information Session

    Students will have the opportunity to hear information about Fall Sports for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday and Tuesday. This information session is for anyone interested in participating in a fall sport (XC, football, cheer, color guard, and volleyball).

    Monday, April 1-Falls Sports for Antioch

    Tuesday, April 2-Fall Sports for New Mark.

    Fun Run - April 16 - Parent Volunteers Needed

    Our #Boosterthon fundraiser is just 1 WEEK AWAY! We’ll start with a Pep Rally and end with a big Fun Run! We’re raising funds for quarterly events and special projects, and we need your help!


    Log in to https://funrun.com and start collecting pledges!


    This year, we’re raising funds to help our school and we need your help! This video explains how our #Boosterthon fundraiser works.


    Video


    Parent/Guardian Action Steps Flyer


    We are needing Parent Volunteers to help pass out water during the Fun Run to our runners. If you are available to help during the event or have any questions please email Erin Tolin at erin.tolin@gmail.com. Please watch our Facebook Pages, Gateway 6th Grade Center and Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club, for a sign-up genius.

    Spring Pictures

    Students will be taking spring pictures on April 8, 2019. Please send no money on portrait day. Once the proofs arrive (approximately 2 weeks later), they will go home for your viewing, along with an order form. Should you wish to purchase pictures, return the order form and money to school. If you decide not to keep the pictures, please return the proofs to school.

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    Grizzly Night Out - Big Success

    Thank you so much to all of our parent volunteers and our Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club for a successful first ever Grizzly Night Out. The students had a great time and enjoyed dancing, Bingo, face painting, and concessions.

    Parent Newsletter - UPDATE

    Grizzly Night Out

    Grizzly Night Out is tomorrow beginning at 6:00pm. Please do not plan to drop your child off before 5:50pm. Following the specified route for drop off and pick up will help to ensure safety and fun for all. Please plan to be present no later than 8:00pm to pick your child up.


    Please do not ask your student to "meet" you somewhere other than the front drive. This will only risk injury and slow down the line. Thanks in advance for your help and cooperation.


    To accommodate the large number of students that will be attending we are asking parents to drop off and pick up students by traveling West on 92nd Street. Please avoid entering 92nd street from Indiana and use Brighton instead, allowing for right turns into the parking lot.


    Staff will direct you to turn right into our East parking lot where cars will begin to que for student pick-up. You will follow the que out of the East parking lot and enter our parent pick-up loop. This is where a staff member will assist you with your student. Again, this process will help us ensure the safety of all Gateway Grizzly students!

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    Spring Musical - Save the Date

    Gateway's spring musical will be The Addams Family. We will present on the New Mark Stage on April 16 and 17. Curtain time is 7:00pm.


    Admission: $3.00 - students

    $6.00 - adults

    Fun Run

    The Gateway Grizzly Fun Run is kicking off in just 2 WEEKS! This year, we’re raising funds to help our school and we need your help! This video explains how our #Boosterthon fundraiser works.

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    Parent/Guardian Action Steps Flyer

    WEEK of March 25, 2019

    Grizzly Night Out

    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

    Grizzly Night Out Pick Up

    Hello Gateway Families! We are looking forward to seeing all of our Gateway Grizzlies at our first Grizzly Night Out on March 29th from 6-8 PM. If your student is eligible to attend and plans to do so, please pay close attention to the drop off and pick up route explained below and diagramed in the following picture. It is imperative that we work together to follow the plan to ensure that all students and staff are safe. Please do not ask your student to "meet" you somewhere other than the front drive. This will only risk injury and slow down the line. Thanks in advance for your help and cooperation.


    To accommodate the large number of students that will be attending we are asking parents to drop off and pick up students by traveling East on 92nd Street. Please avoid entering 92nd street from Indiana and use Brighton instead, allowing for right turns into the parking lot.


    Staff will direct you to turn right into our East parking lot where cars will begin to que for student pick-up. You will follow the que out of the East parking lot and enter our parent pick-up loop. This is where a staff member will assist you with your student. Again, this process will help us ensure the safety of all Gateway Grizzly students!

    Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Night at Freddy's

    Need a quick plan for dinner on this first day back to school! Please plan to join us at Freddy's in Liberty tonight from 5-9 pm.


    Upcoming Events Include:


    Chipotle - Englewood location -- April 22, 2019

    54th Street - Liberty -- May 15, 2019

    A.C.E - 4th Quarter Sign Up

    Mondays and Wednesdays

    April 1st - May 15th


    Questions? Contact the After Class Events Coordinator, Melissa Maultsby

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



    Sign Up Link - Click Here

    (This is the first day the sign up link is available...not March 17 as the brochure states.)


    4th Quarter Brochure

    MAP Testing

    Gateway will begin MAP Testing the Week of April 29 and continue through May 10th. More information regarding specific days to follow. We appreciate your help in preparing your child for school each day and to make every attempt for her/him to be at school.

    A few helpful tips include:


    • Get a good night's sleep before test days
    • Eat a well balanced breakfast that morning
    • Prepare for the morning the night before to avoid rushing around
    • Give your brain a break by doing something fun
    • Get out and exercise during the days leading up to the test
    • Set your alarm to avoid being late

    Battle of the Books

    Several students have been preparing for Gateway's first Battle of the Books! Our first Battle will begin promptly at 7:30 AM on May 14th.
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    Week of March 11, 2019

    Spring Break

    Spring Break will be March 18-22. School will resume the morning of March 25.

    Join in a night of Family fun!

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    Can you help out at Grizzly Night Out? Sign up below!

    Use the link to sign up to volunteer for a part of the first ever Grizzly Night Out.


    Signup Link

    Grizzly Night Out

    Friday, March 29th, 6-8pm

    Gateway

    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

    Service - March Character Trait of the Month

    Service is the action of helping or doing work for someone. Service to others means being unselfish. One who does something for someone else without expecting any reward or gain. Service to others also means helping people out when they cannot complete a task by themselves. A person demonstrating the character trait of service gives of him- or herself without expecting anything in return.


    STUCO - Can Food Drive for Harvesters

    Grizzly Student Council will be sponsoring a food drive for Harvesters the week of April 8-12. We will be taking non-perishable items in the morning. Students can drop them off in the front lobby as they enter and go to home room.

    Learn the Facts About the KCMO Pre-K Tax Proposal

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    Major Saver District Fundraiser Campaign

    To support the Education Foundation, we will participate in the Major Saver card campaign. Students will join in the fun on March 6 during an assembly where they will hear information on selling the cards.

    Diverse Characters/Realistic Fiction Book Club

    Students will begin hearing about their upcoming reading book club unit--Realistic Fiction focusing on diverse characters. Students will be given an option of 5 different titles. Students will participate in a book club to discuss author's craft and main idea/theme. Students will engage in conversations around what the characters are experiencing and feeling. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email your child's reading teacher.


    The titles include:


    Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Bowling

    Aven has a malformation of the limbs and is born without arms. The other main character has Tourette’s Syndrome. Wildly hilarious narrator – it’s a fun read!


    Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

    Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani-American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.


    George by Alex Gino

    When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George


    The First Rule of Punk by Perez

    There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.


    Ghost by Jason Reynolds

    Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani-American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

    Week of March 4, 2019

    Volunteers for 3rd Quarter PAWS - Needed

    Last call for volunteers for our 3rd quarter PAWS event on March 6. If you can help out, please use the link below to sign up. We need help with setting up beginning at 7:30 and then the actual event begins at 8:25 and goes until 10:05. We will also need some help with clean-up until 10:30. If you are available to help with one or all of these times will you please use the sign-up genius link below? If you have any questions please feel free to email Erin Tolin - erin.tolin@gmail.com


    Signup Genius Link

    Cell Phone Reminder

    As we finish up 3rd quarter and begin 4th quarter, I want to remind parents and students that 6th graders are not to have cell phones out during the day. We want to protect the classroom environment as much as possible and help students focus on learning.


    I recently read about this quick experiment a teacher did with her students. She asked her students to turn their cell phones on loud, and every time they received a notification they went up and put a tally mark under the correct category. The picture below represents one class period. Every one of these tally marks is an interruption in a students' education.


    Should a student have a cell phone out in the classroom it will be taken and locked in the office for safe keeping. On the first occasion, the student can pick it up after school, before going home. Should the student have the phone out a second, or subsequent times, administrators will create a plan to have the student check the phone in at the office for the day and/or ask the parent to pick up the phone after school.


    As we partner to give the best education possible, please encourage your child to keep his/her cell phone stored in their backpacks in the off position. Please take this into consideration when your student texts or you text. If you have the need to get a message to your student, please call the office, and we will deliver it.

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    Starlight STARS of Tomorrow

    Starlight STARS of Tomorrow Flyer


    Starlight Theatre has two unique performing arts opportunities for Kansas City-area youth coming up, and we would love your help spreading the word to your students, teachers and parents. Both auditioned performance troupes, Starlight STARS of Tomorrow (tailored to middle school students) and Starlight STARS (tailored to high school students), provide students exclusive access to work with industry professionals and touring Broadway actors.

    If you could share this information in your upcoming newsletters, with your teachers and/or via social media, we would be so grateful! You can find more information in the press release attached, and I’ve written some sample copy for social media below:

    This month, @KCStarlight is holding auditions for TWO youth performance summer programs – Starlight STARS & Starlight STARS of Tomorrow. If cast, students work with industry professionals and perform at Starlight and throughout KC. Learn more at kcstarlight.com/education.


    There’s still time for middle school students to apply for the 2019 Vincent Legacy Scholarship, which provides opportunities for ethnically diverse youth to pursue professional training in the performing arts. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29.


    Please let me know if there’s any additional information that I can provide for our educational opportunities, and thank you for your continued support of Starlight Theatre!

    All the best,


    Rachel Bliss | Communications Manager

    Starlight Theatre | 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132

    rachel.bliss@kcstarlight.com - 816.997.1151

    Art Exhibit

    Hannah Potter will have her artwork displayed in the upcoming All-District student art exhibit on March 7th. The exhibit will be on view through May 7th. If you have questions, please contact Lorrie.Boydston@nkcschools.org

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    2019-2020 Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Board

    Gateway’s Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club is looking for family members of current fifth graders that might like to be a part of the booster club executive board for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a great opportunity to make an impact at Gateway. Being a part of the board gives you the opportunity to plan fun activities for the students, support the staff and raise funds for the school. Board members serve a term of one year. The board positions are as follows: President, Vice President of Fundraising, Vice President of Committees, Treasurer, and Secretary. If this is something you would be interested in or have more questions please feel free to reach out to Erin Tolin at erin.tolin@gmail.com. We would like to have all nominations by March 15th. Our current board will vote on April 1st.

    Free Space Camp Opportunity


    The KU School of Engineering is hosting a FREE SPACE CAMP for 6th-8th grade students on campus for middle school students. This will be a day of activities and learning focused entirely on exposing students to the exciting world of space exploration and the career opportunities within it.

    The details for the day can be found below along with the link for registration. Please reach out to either me or Chandler Sloan (sloanchandler@ku.edu) with any additional questions or concerns.

    WHEN: Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    WHERE: KU School of Engineering

    WHO: 6th-8th grade students led by current School of Engineering Faculty and Students

    WHY: To learn about space exploration and ways to be involved in high school and beyond.


    Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/pmhi1UEuUC9CacGF3


    Note: Students will need to be dropped off and picked up from KU School of Engineering on the day of. Students will be fed lunch, so listing any dietary restrictions is very important.


    **If this no longer applies to you, but you know groups of students who might be interested, please forward this to interested parties.


    Sincerely,

    Annie Gardner

    NASA Pathways Intern AFRC

    Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate

    University of Kansas

    a_gardner@ku.edu

    Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to our Star Speller at Gateway! Niveditha Sudheer represented our school so well in the 2nd Round of the Clay-Jackson County Spelling Bee! Those words will be with her throughout her life and she has a bright future ahead of her!

    Yearbook Order

    Attention Gateway students and parents almost half of our student population has not ordered a yearbook. Now is your time! Yearbook order forms can be found on our website, at the link below, or on the yearbook bulletin board. Complete the form and return it to Mrs. Jackson in the office along with a check for $15. If you are unsure whether or not you have purchased one, please check the lists under the big clock on Grizzly Avenue.


    Yearbook Order Form

    Week of February 25, 2019

    Mod Pizza Night for Gateway

    MOD Pizza on Antioch will be hosting a Gateway fundraising night on February 25. 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.

    Attention Gateway students and parents almost half of our student population has not ordered a yearbook. Now is your time! Yearbook order forms can be found on our website, at the link below, or on the yearbook bulletin board. Complete the form and return it to Mrs. Jackson in the office along with a check for $15. If you are unsure whether or not you have purchased one, please check the lists under the big clock on Grizzly Avenue.


    Yearbook Order Form

    Gateway STUCO Gives Back

    Saturday morning, 30 StuCo students, parents, and siblings volunteered at Harvesters. We had a great time giving back to the community!

    New Mark AVID - A Note from the AVID Coordinator

    NEW MARK AVID acceptance and regret letters will be handed to students at the end of school on Monday, February 25. Students are asked to wait to open them at home. If a student was not accepted, they will be placed on a waiting list to get in the program based on vacancies or student drops.

    New Mark AVID students will sign their AVID contracts at AVID Night, April 23rd from 6:30-8:30 at New Mark. Please save this date!


    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Have a nice week!

    Ms. Hendry

    V. Brooke Hendry

    New Mark Middle School

    AVID Coordinator/Teacher

    brooke.hendry@nkcschools.org

    Antioch AVID

    Letters will be sent a later date...yet to be determined.

    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.


    Flyer

    Video


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



    Register Now at www.nkcschools.org/lifelonglearning

    3rd Quarter Bookmark Contest Winner - Aden Berry

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    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.


    Summer School Information

    Part A: Enrollment Forms for both Antioch and New Mark

    Part B: Enrollment Forms for both Antioch and New Mark

    Health Form for both Antioch and New Mark


    Transition Days

    Summer Spartans Forms (Antioch)

    Summer Stars Forms (New Mark)

    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.

    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

    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


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    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.

    EXPIRED

    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