Gator Gazette

August 2018 Community News


Gooch Vision and Mission

Mission: 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.

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Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!

We are excited to be starting a new year here at Gooch. Last year was great, with Gooch earning distinctions in English Language Arts, Reading, and Post-secondary readiness. Under the new TEA ranking system Gooch would earn a ‘B’ grade, which is very good. This year we are looking forward to building on our strengths and making the coming year even better. We are so pleased that you have chosen to be a part of the Gooch family and experience the Gooch difference on your child’s educational journey. Welcome to the New Year everyone!

The Gooch Team

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First Day Parent Workshop

Monday, Aug. 20th, 8-10am

Library, Tom C. Gooch Elementary

Summer is finally over and the kids will be at school! Come and celebrate the end of summer. You are invited to eat a light breakfast and get to know Gooch and the exciting things that will be happening at Gooch this year. There will be school tours, a presentation of the new brag tags system, meet our Principal Kim Ashmore, and our new Assistant Principal Liliana Montana. You will learn about major events on the school calendar, upcoming after school clubs, and volunteer opportunities. Also an introduction to our fantastic PTSA, who is providing breakfast. You will be able to join the PTSA and purchase the 2018-19 Gooch Spirit shirts.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Making Carpool Work

Carpool makes picking up and dropping off your students as easy as it can be. Please remember to follow the rules. The carpool lane starts on the south side of the school travelling West on Boca Bay Drive. It then turns North onto Rosser Road, and finally travels East on Calculus Drive on the same side of the road as the front entrance to Gooch. Teachers will be waiting to open the door for your child and make sure they get into the school safely. They will direct you where to stop your vehicle to let your child out. Remember that the safety of our children is everyone’s first priority. If for some reason you must walk your child to the front door of the school, make sure that you park on Haydale Drive on the East side of the school. Do not park on the opposite side of Calculus Drive and cross the road with your child. This is not safe. Remember:

DO: Make our children’s safety your first priority

DO: Drive slowly and courteously

DO: Follow the directions of the teachers on where to stop your car to let your child in or out of your vehicle

DO: Display your carpool tag on the dashboard of your vehicle for pick up

DO: Use the carpool lane rather than parking and walking your child to the door. The teachers are there to make the process as fast and safe as possible

DO NOT: Park anywhere on Calculus Drive and walk your child into the school

DO NOT: Park and leave your car in the carpool lane during drop off or pick up

DO NOT: Allow any trash to fall out of your vehicle in the carpool lane

NEVER: Stop your car in the middle of the street and let your child out

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Thank You CSL Dallas!

The Center for Spiritual Living Dallas is an amazing faith partner for Gooch Elementary, and, as in previous years, they have incredibly generously supported the Gooch Uniform Fund through the Gooch Gators PTSA. This year they donated a record amount for the uniform fund, allowing us to support 130 scholars with uniform expenses. The uniform fund is one of those many elements that makes Gooch such a special place to be. Thank you CSL Dallas!
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The Gooch Teachers and staff are working hard to make the coming year one of our best yet!

With just a little fun on the way...

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PTSA Corner

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! We are so excited to be starting a new year at Gooch, and have great things planned. We look forward to working with you this year! Our goal is to fill the year with fun, educational & memorable events.

This year PTSA is raising money to support parent workshops, coffee with the principal, teacher appreciation events, and supporting our new Gooch Brag Tags program.

Last year, we successfully raised money for two storage sheds, and colorful math facts for the hallways and are looking forward to making more great changes for the school this year. Join the PTSA and help us make a difference!

We now have an online store! Follow the link to join the PTSA ($8 per membership) and spirit shirts:

You can contact the PTSA any time using:

Meet your PTSA board for 2018-19:

President: Vanessa Heath

Vice President: Claudia Flores

Fundraising: Florencio Perez

Events: Lorely Villeda

Membership: Esther Perez

Secretary: Meredith Moore

Treasurer: Ivey Kapp

Gooch Gators PTSA is an organization dedicated to making Gooch an amazing school for all. Our aim is to put on engaging parent and student programs, and to raise money for school improvements.

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Upcoming Events...

Monday, August 20th, First Day of School

Monday, August 20th, 8am-10am First Day Parent Workshop

Wednesday, August 29th, 5.30pm, Movie Night sponsored by PTSA

WT White Feeder Pattern Mission

We will cultivate a premier learning community to foster globally responsive citizens, personalizing instruction for every student.

Therefore, we are committed to:

  • Providing access to an equitable and high quality education

  • Promoting citizens who contribute to the common good

  • Supporting our students academically, socially, and emotionally