The Gateway Gazette

Volume 9, Issue 3, Spring 2022

Mrs. Stubley, Principal

Dear Parents,


WOW! Our Gators have had a great school year and we have lots of fun plans for our grand finale month! I’m sure you‘ll agree when I say that this school year has flown by. It’s amazing to see how Gateway has jumped right back into our old routines. It truly feels like we are one big happy family again. Speaking of family, I want to take a moment to express our extreme gratitude to our parents and community members for your lunch visits, overwhelming volunteer support and donated treats and supplies! It is so nice to have the amount of parent and community support that we enjoy each year at Gateway!


In typical Gator fashion, as soon as the restrictions were lifted we quickly made up for lost time! Our Gators began seeing lots of parents in the building as parents and special friends joined us for lunch, began volunteering in the building and joining us on field trips! We held fun gatherings in the atrium such as our annual International Day Food Court, our mock Battle of The Books competition, Decades Week decor, author’s visits, All Arts Night, and community plays! Of course the outside celebrations continued as we enjoyed school-wide house celebrations and special parties and fun runs for the winning house each quarter.


“Thank You” does not seem to be quite enough to say in regard to showing our appreciation to our PTA and SIC members this year. You all have made a difference in the lives of our Gators and we are so excited about the plans that we have for next school year. We are excited to announce that in addition to the shade sails and basketball goals that were placed outside on the playground areas, we are also adding additional picnic tables for our Gators. This will be great for future picnic lunch spots when our parents visit!


We are definitely in full celebration mode at Gateway Elementary School, and we still have a number of exciting events in store this year. Our annual school-wide cook-out will be held on Friday, May 6th. If you are able to join in on the fun, please call our cafeteria so that Mrs. Fecht can add your reservation to the cafeteria numbers. A little bird told me that there may be a fun surprise for our Gators on cook-out day, so you don't want to miss it! Speaking of FUN, Mr. Guth has been super busy planning our school-wide field day activities! Field Day will be held on Friday, May 20th and we would love additional volunteers. We are also planning a special “Fiesta” lunch for field day, so if you are able to join us and can stay for lunch, please call our cafeteria or fill out the Google form that Mrs. Bingham sent via email. The last few weeks of school are super fun as well! During the week of May 23-27, Gateway will celebrate our Unified Special Olympics week that is capped off on Friday, May 27th with Gateway’s Special Olympics competition! This is a fun filled week of inclusive games, camaraderie and friendship! On Tuesday, May 31st at 1:30, we will celebrate our 5th graders and our Gator high school senior graduates with our traditional clap out! And last but certainly not least, please check our school calendar as we have a week full of awards day celebrations!


Once again I want to thank you for making our school community the absolute best for our students, and for our staff! We are beyond thankful for your continued support!


All the best!,

Susan Stubley


Principal

Mrs. Bingham, Assistant Principal

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WOW! What a fabulous year this has been. The joy of seeing the students’ smile and parents coming in to the building again is great! We are so blessed to have met new teachers, students, and parents this school year. Our students have done a wonderful job persevering with their academics, and in a way, learning to socialize again. Our sweet students learned new standards, while increasing academic rigor through accountable talk. Their conversations and interactions in the classrooms have been positive and their daily growth is evident. We are so humbled to have such an amazing Gator family and we look forward to seeing you all in the celebrations and festivities to come.

Ms. Howard, School Counselor

This year students enjoyed lessons from ReThink Ed, a social and emotional learning initiative, to build problem solving skills, manage emotions and teach students how to express their thoughts and emotions in appropriate ways. Students and teachers discuss short videos and complete activities to encourage sharing and building relationships within the school and classroom. Ms. Howard conducts small group activities on specific topics relating to goals and outcomes in the SEL(social emotional learning)program. We are happy to be learning about ourselves and others and building relationship skills that will help us in the future.

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Mrs. Baker and Ms. Ward's Pre-Kindergarten Class

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Mrs. Conner and Mrs. Lord's Pre-Kindergarten Class

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Mrs. Link and Mrs. Upham's Kindergarten Class

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Mrs. Montaruli and Mrs. Hart's Kindergarten Class

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Mrs. Owens and Mrs. Rosselli's Kindergarten Class

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Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Pitmon's Kindergarten Class

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Mrs. Konopacke's, Mrs. Leopard, Mrs. Rainey, Mrs. Riddle, Ms. Sanders, and Mrs. Wallen, First Grade Teachers

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Mrs. Leopard's First Grade Class

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Mrs. Bumgarner and Miss Ranney's Second Grade Class

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Ms. Clay's Second Grade Class

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Miss Hill's Second Grade Class

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Ms. Huff's Second Grade Class

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Mrs. Vance's Second Grade Class

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Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Stenersen, and Ms. Bowles' Class

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Mrs. Cox's Third Grade Class

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Ms. Godbey's Third Grade Class

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Miss. Joye's Third Grade Class

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Mrs. Sammons' Third Grade Class

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Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Guy, Mrs. Watts, and Mrs. Zadoorian, Fourth Grade Teachers

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Mrs. Carmenates' Fifth Grade Class

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Mrs. Garrison's Fifth Grade Class

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Mrs. Landreth's Fifth Grade Class

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Mrs. Reyes' Fifth Grade Class

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Gateway Extended Day Program

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Mrs. Creely, Music Teacher

Songmaker Project

In January, Mrs. Creely demonstrated a tool called SongMaker and challenged third, fourth, and fifth grade students to create original songs and covers during the second half of the school year. They shared these via e-mail, and had their links added to our master slide, so other students could see their classmates' work and learn from it. This is the second year for this amazing collaborative project, and the results did not disappoint! Click below to listen and enjoy--then click the face to try it for yourself!

Mr. Guth, Physical Education Teacher

PE Update for Gateway Spring Gazette 2022

Mrs. Jackson, Media Specialist

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Mrs. Simpson, Art Teacher

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Mrs. Smith, Challenge Teacher

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