Gator Gazette

December 2018 - January 2019 Community News



To Create a community that develops scholars with the knowledge, values and vision to become college and career bound.

Vision: To provide high quality instruction, increase student academic achievement, and develop our students holistically.

Ms. Ashmore Returns

We are so pleased to welcome back Principal Ashmore from her extended medical leave. She is back in her office running Gooch, and, as always, working for the best for Gooch.
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A Departing Word From Our Interim Principal, Dr. Ortega

Dear Gooch Parents;

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your students and the Gooch staff. Today will be my last day as Interim Principal here at Gooch. I have enjoyed my time here. I wish you and your students continued success and well being.


Janie Ortega, Ph.D
Office of School Leadership

Gooch Spelling Bee winners

We are really proud of all of the Gooch students who participated in the Scripps Spelling Bee at Gooch on the 19th of December, 2018. Kirsten Land (5th grade), was our first place winner, and Raquel Ventura (4th grade), was our second place winner. The Spelling Bee was very well attended with over 30 students participating. All of the participants did a great job, and showed courage in spelling on stage in front of their colleagues.
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What's Been Happening at Gooch

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Making the Grinch's Heart Grow

Our parent workshop on Holiday Science was fun for all.
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Holidays Around the World

4th Grade Performance with Gooch Cheer Squad

First Robotics Competition

Avance Doll Making Competition

We love our great partners at Avance who do many fantastic activities with the parents in their program. Last month Avance held it's rag doll making competition, where the parent's produced some truly amazing and educational dolls. The winners of the competition were: 1st place: Maria Salinas; 2nd place Luiz Amaya; and 3rd place Yarelis Sanchez. Congratulations to you all!
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PTSA Corner

Many thanks to all the generous parents who donated money to the Teacher Holiday party fund. We were able to hold a holiday party with karaoke, and a wonderful time was had by all. There was some extra money which went to purchase a collective holiday gift for the staff of a Keurig coffee machine and plenty of supplies for the Teacher's Lounge. I think we can all agree that caffeinated teachers are better teachers!

We have some great fun and educational events coming up - come and support your student.

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2nd Grade Performance (5.30pm) and General Meeting (5.00pm)

Friday, February 8th, Valentine's Day Dance (5.00pm)

Friday, February 8th, Coffee with the Principal (8.30am), and Parent Workshop You CAN Make Your Child Better at Math (9.00am)

Thursday, February 14th, Talent Show (1pm), followed by class parties.

Click here for the PTSA store to purchase T-Shirts or join the PTSA.

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Upcoming Events

14 Feb, 1pm, Talent Show

14 Feb, Valentine's Day Class Parties

15 Feb, Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development

18 Feb, President's Day - no school

27 Feb, 5.30 pm 1st Grade Performance and PTSA General Meeting

11-15 Mar, Spring Break No School

22 Mar, 8.30am, Coffee with the Principal

22 Mar, 9am, Parent Workshop Supporting Your Child's Reading At Home, with Dallas Public Library