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11/4/2022

Is it really November if it feels like June? And does time really change this weekend? Is Ohio State really tied for second place with Tennessee? And did I really start putting up Christmas decorations? The answers to all of these questions....YES!!

 

As we look to next week, this is what we can expect:

Monday: Recess buddies at Ryan Intermediate

Tuesday: Community service at Beacon Pointe; Sherman Lake YMCA

Wednesday: Small group counseling; Financial Literacy class with Dennis

Thursday: Recess buddies at Ryan Intermediate

Friday: Speaker, Barry Gray (Farm Bureau Insurance).  Attending this presentation counts as part  of the Financial Literacy course that we are offering.

 

Upcoming:

November 18: Friendsgiving (Students' families and community members are invited for a baked potato bar and desserts from 11:00-1200.) Please RSVP by 11/11/22 to lwalker@gulllakecs.org

November 21 & 22 are half days: Students dismissed at 10:45. 

"What I Like About You" cards will be handed out as students leave at the end of the day. 

November 23, 24, 25: No school

 

Grace Spring Church will be providing food baskets for Thanksgiving.  If you would like to be included in this event, please let me know and I will pass your information along to them. Please let me know how many people are in your household. 

They will reach out to you with details. 

The deadline for this is November 16th (but earlier is better :)

 

We have a freezer and pantry that are filled with food (not breakfast food,lol). All Gateway families are welcome to take what they need.  

 

 

Lynnette Walker, M.A. Ed.

10/27/2022

 

Remember that students are to work from home tomorrow (staff will be attending a conference)! The following is an email that all students received earlier this week:

 

"This is the spreadsheet we will be using this Friday when you will be working from home.  The teacher with the most student participation (checking in and meeting daily goals) will win a $25 gift card to The Local.

All students who check in and meet daily goals will qualify for Movie Friday on November 4th AND the winning team will receive passes for 30 minutes of extra free time to use from 11:45-12:15 on one afternoon of their choice.

Even though this Friday you will not be coming to school, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you do your work from home so that it counts as a school day.  If you do not have internet, please see your teacher to receive alternative assignments. 

Please check in and work between the hours of 7:40-2:00. Any responses or work done after 2:00 will not count as part of the school day. 

If you have any questions, please ask!"

Lynnette     Gretchen     Lori    
  Contacted Worked   Contacted Worked   Contacted Worked
Payton B     Leilani B     Kamren C    
Jack E     Emily E     Alex F    
Cai F     Kasey G     Rylee H    
Ava H     Nya H     Ashley J    
Bradyn J     Connor M     Ashton M    
Roby M     Monique N     Jack P    
Amya P     Marshall R     Alivia R    
Audrey V     Kyle W     Hannah W    
Lucas W     Jacob W     Colin W    

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Pumpkin carving contest awards; Recess buddies at the Ryan

Tuesday:  RACC; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Financial Literacy classs (there will be 8-10 sessions of this elective class). A portion of this class will be taught on Friday November 11th by Barry Gray.

Two local authors (Elizabeth Kerlikowske and Jennifer Clark) visit the school for a short interactive workshop. Early release with students dismissed at 12:45.

Thursday: Small group counseling; Recess buddies

Friday: Movie afternoon for those who qualified the previous week

 

Upcoming events:

November 11: Speaker, Barry Gray, Farm Bureau Insurance.

November 18: Friendsgiving (Students' families and community members are invited for a baked potato bar and desserts from 11:00-1200.) Please RSVP by 11/11/22 to lwalker@gulllakecs.org

November 21 & 22 are half days: Students dismissed at 10:45. 
"What I Like About You" cards will be handed out as students leave at the end of the day. 

November 23, 24, 25: No school

 

Grace Spring Church will be providing food baskets for Thanksgiving.  If you would like to be included in this event, please let me know and I will pass your information along to them. Please let me know how many people are in your household. 

They will reach out to you with details. 

The Deadline for this is November 16th (but earlier is better :)

 

 

 

Lynnette Walker, M.A. Ed.

10/21/2022

It will be so weird not having students at school tomorrow! Tomorrow, students do not have to work from home (but it would be great if they did) but next week on Friday, students are expected to check in with their assigned staff member and work from home: both pieces must be done in order to be marked present. We will go over the process with students starting Monday so that expectations are clear with everyone. 

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Recess buddies at the Ryan Intermediate

Tuesday: Community service at Beacon Pointe; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Financial Literacy class begins on Wednesday afternoons (there will be 8-10 sessions of this elective class). A portion of this class will be taught on Friday November 11th by Barry Gray.

Two local authors (Elizabeth Kerlikowske and Jennifer Clark) visit the school for a short interactive workshop.

Thursday:Small group counseling; Recess buddies at the Ryan Intermediate

Friday: Students work virtually as staff will be at a conference all day.  Students are expected to check in with their assigned staff member and work from home.

 

Upcoming events:

October 31: Pumpkin carving contest. No costumes.

November 2: Early release day with students dismissed at 12:45.

November 11: Speaker, Barry Gray, Farm Bureau Insurance.

November 18: Friendsgiving (Students' families and community members are invited for a baked potato bar and desserts from 11:00-1200.) Please RSVP by 11/11/22 to lwalker@gulllakecs.org

November 21 & 22 are half days: Students dismissed at 10:45. 
"What I Like About You" cards will be handed out as students leave at the end of the day. 

November 23, 24, 25: No school

 

Progress reports will be sent home with students today. 

If you you like a conference tomorrow (or even within the next week or two) it's not too late! I prefer in person, but can do phone, facetime, or zoom :)

Student conferences Conference Sign up

 

We have freezers and a pantry with food items that are available for all students and families.  Students can take home food or family members can stop by anytime and pick up what they need. (We have meat, frozen/canned veggies, pasta and many other items as well as personal care products.) Our community donates many of these items specifically for those who participate in our program. Please use as much as you need as often as you need :) In addition, we have Thanksgiving meals available.  Please contact a staff member for further information. 

 

10/14/2022

Happy Friday!

We had our first two graduates this week!  Congratulations to Ciara and Melissa. We are extremely proud of both of them and can't wait to see what life has in store for them.  Just a reminder that students finish the program as soon as they complete their last class.  They then return for our graduation ceremony to receive their diplomas on May 31 (more details as we get closer). 

Is it really true that next month is Thanksgiving and Christmas is in 72 days? Say it ain't so, lol!

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday-Friday: Student conferences Conference Sign up

Monday: Recess buddies at the Ryan Intermediate

Tuesday: Community service at the RACC; Sherman Lake YMCA

Wednesday: West Michigan Adult & Teen Challenge

Thursday: Small group counseling; Recess buddies at the Ryan Intermediate

Friday: No school for students due to Conferences

 

Upcoming Events:

October 26: Financial Literacy class begins on Wednesday afternoons (there will be 8-10 sessions of this elective class). A portion of this class will be taught on Friday November 11th by Barry Gray.

Two local authors (Elizabeth Kerlikowske and Jennifer Clark) visit the school for a short interactive workshop.

October 28: Students work virtually as staff will be at a conference all day.  Students are expected to check in with their assigned staff member and work from home.

October 31: Pumpkin carving contest.  No dressing up in costume.

 

November 2: Early release day with students dismissed at 12:45.

November 11: Speaker, Barry Gray, Farm Bureau Insurance.

November 18: Friendsgiving (Students' families and community members are invited for a baked potato bar and desserts from 11:00-1200.) Please RSVP by 11/11/22.

November 21 & 22 are half days: Students dismissed at 10:45

November 23, 24, 25: No school

 

 

We have freezers and a pantry full of food that are available for all students and families.  Students can take home food or family members can stop by anytime and pick up what they need. (We have meat, frozen/canned veggies, pasta and many other items as well as personal care products.) Our community donates many of these items specifically for those who participate in our program. Please use as much as you need as often as you need :) In addition, we have Thanksgiving meals available.  Please contact a staff member for further information. 

 

 

Progress reports will be handed out today. Many students finished photography class and that is reflected on their reports. 

 

Have a great weekend!

10/6/2022

Happy Friday!

 

Another great week with many students passing classes and a few students almost completely done with graduation requirements.  It's really close between Ciara and Melissa to see who will be the first graduate!

 

We have freezers and a pantry full of food that is available for all students and families.  Students can take home food or family members can stop by anytime and pick up what they need. (We have meat, frozen/canned veggies, pasta and many other items as well as personal care products.) Our community donates many of these items specifically for those who participate in our program. Please use as much as you need :)

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Community service Ryan Intermediate

Tuesday: Community service at Beacon Pointe; Sherman Lake YMCA

Wednesday: Last photography class

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Work at the library

 

Upcoming events:

October 17-21: Student conferences Conference Sign up

October 19: West Michigan Adult & Teen Challenge

October 21: No school for students due to Conferences

October 26: Two local authors (Elizabeth Kerlikowske and Jennifer Clark) visit the school for a short interactive workshop.

October 28: Students work virtually as staff will be at a conference all day.  Students are expected to check in with their assigned staff member and work from home.

October 31: Pumpkin carving contest.  No dressing up in costume.

 

November 2: Early release day with students dismissed at 12:45.

November 18: Friendsgiving (Students' families and community members are invited for a baked potato bar and desserts from 11-1230. Students may leave with family.

 

See the attachment with information about free services.

 

Progress reports were handed out today.

 

School pictures are ready to view and purchase options are online. We do not have a retake day due to the smallness of our program.  If your student misplaced their card with picture ordering information, you can contact the Geskus customer service department. They’ll be able to give you the individualized code necessary to place an order. Use this link:  

https://www.geskusphoto.com/contact-us

Students who were not here will have school id's made on another day when they are present. 

 

My condolences to Michigan State football fans, lol. The last time I checked, Ohio State was favored by 25 points.

 

Have a great weekend

 

9/23/2022

Well, the week is over and it's been a rough one on a few levels (and I think we all know what I'm referring to).

The upcoming events planned may or may not happen depending upon student behavior. Each day we will decide what is appropriate. 

 

 

Just a reminder that we have cameras, vape detectors,  and a hand held metal detector:  we can/will search when appropriate. We also appreciate the students that are giving us information about their classmates in hopes to keep the school a place of opportunities. 

We do have students who are going through withdrawal and when they smell certain scents, it makes their lives more difficult and harder to concentrate on their classes. 

Adults, we know that what your students do at home is up to you but please help support us at school by encouraging them to follow our rules. Remember that Gateway isn't the only program around.  We are glad to make recommendations to another school that is a better fit if this one isn't working out. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW STUDENTS TO SMELL LIKE FRUITY OR SWEET THINGS.  They are using body spray, perfumes, or air fresheners to mask the smell of vapes. We would rather smell them au natural, lol. 

 

 

For now, these are the upcoming events (subject to change):

Monday:  Picture Day (SEE ATTACHMENT); Community service at Ryan Intermediate

Tuesday:  Community service at Beacon Pointe; Sherman Lake YMCA

Wednesday: Art class

Thursday: Small group counseling; Community Service: Roadside Pickup with the Rotary Club; Community service at Ryan Intermediate

Friday: Staff Sgt Bulifant, MI Army National Guard; Liz's Student of the Month is Awarded

 

Upcoming events:

October 3: Rotary spaghetti dinner at the HS (we have free tickets to families, please let me know if you would like some)

 

Parent teacher conferences are coming in October. Conference Sign up

 

Progress reports will be handed out to students today. Please ask your student about theirs. Remember that we do not assign homework but do encourage students to do extra work at home if they do not meet their daily goals or if they wish to get ahead in classes. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Schwab: gschwab@gulllakecs.org or 269.548.3426

 

We have many community service opportunities planned.  Students need to plan accordingly (proper dress code, outside attire when warranted, shoes/boots). If any student needs help with clothes, coats, or anything, they just need to contact a staff member.  We have funds to make sure everyone has what is needed. 

Working toward a diploma is always our highest priority.  If community service activities interfere with that goal, students may have to forgo events to focus on their studies. 

 

9/16/2022

Happy Friday! We survived our first full week but all decided we'd rather go back to a four day week if we had the choice. RVSP TODAY FOR PARENT MEETING NEXT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (SEE ATTACHMENT).

 

 

Next week looks like this:

Next week is Spirit Week and looks like this:

 

Monday: Community service at Ryan (Recess Buddies); Theme of the Day: Camo 

 

Tuesday: Community service at RACC (Richland Area Community Center); Sherman Lake; Theme of the Day: Dress like a friend 

 

Wednesday: Photography class; Early Release at 12:45; visitor permission slip due for Homecoming Dance; forms are due for Fall Warmup and Bright Holidays.  I have hard copies at school and can send home with your student, SEE ATTACHMENT; Theme of the Day: Pajama

 

Thursday: Small group counseling; Community service at Ryan (Recess Buddies); PARENT MEETING (SEE ATTACHMENT); Theme of the Day: Tie Dye

 

Friday: Representative from KVCC; T-shirt order due (SEE ATTACHMENT); Money due for Homecoming Tickets; Theme of the Day: Favorite high school/college/sports team spirit wear

 

Saturday: Homecoming

 

Upcoming events:

September 26:  Picture Day (SEE ATTACHMENT); Community service at Ryan Intermediate

September 27:  Community service at Beacon Pointe; Sherman Lake YMCA

September 28: Art class

September 29: Small group counseling; Community Service: Roadside Pickup with the Rotary Club; Ryan Intermediate

September 30: Speaker from Farm Bureau Insurance, Barry Gray; Liz's Student of the Month is Awarded

October 3: Rotary spaghetti dinner at the HS (we have free tickets to families, please let me know if you would like some)

 

 

SEE  TWO ATTACHMENTS REGARDING FRIDAY FILLER INFORMATION.  If you are interested in signing up, we have forms printed at school and would be glad to send home with your student.

 

Parent teacher conferences are coming in October.  I will send a link with assorted days/times to sign up as we get closer. 

 

Progress reports will be handed out to students today. Please ask your student about theirs. Remember that we do not assign homework but do encourage students to do extra work at home if they do not meet their daily goals or if they wish to get ahead in classes. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Schwab: gschwab@gulllakecs.org or 269.548.3426

 

 

 

We have a lot of community service opportunities coming up.  Students need to plan accordingly (proper dress code, outside attire when warranted, shoes/boots). If any student needs help with clothes, coats, or anything, they just need to contact a staff member.  We have funds to make sure everyone has what they need. 

Working toward a diploma is always our highest priority.  If community service activities interfere with that goal, students may have to forgo events to focus on their studies. 

 

I hope you have a great weekend!

 

9/8/2022

Happy Friday!

 

I think we all like four day work weeks.  I'm not sure what we're going to do next week when we have to be here for five whole days!!

We are finally getting into the swing of things, with students understanding the rules and expectations.  We've had several students finish a class or two and many more on their way: 14 students met their weekly goals!!

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Community service at Ryan (Recess Buddies)

Tuesday: Community service at Beacon Pointe; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Photography class

Thursday: Small group counseling; Community service at Ryan (Recess Buddies)

Friday: Work day at the library

 

Upcoming events:

September 19: Community service at Ryan Intermediate

September 20: Community service at RACC (Richland Area Community Center); Sherman Lake YMCA

September 21: Art Class; Early release, 12:45

September 22: Small group counseling; Community Service at Ryan Intermediate; PARENT MEETING (SEE ATTACHMENT)

September 23: Representative from KVCC; visitor permission slip due for Homecoming Dance; Tshirt order due (SEE ATTACHMENT)

September 24: Homecoming Dance

September 26:  Picture Day (SEE ATTACHMENT); Community service at Ryan Intermediate

September 27:  Community service at Beacon Pointe; Sherman Lake YMCA

September 28: Art class

September 29: Small group counseling; Community Service: Roadside Pickup with the Rotary Club; Ryan Intermediate

September 30: Speaker from Farm Bureau Insurance, Barry Gray; Liz's Student of the Month is Awarded

 

SEE ATTACHMENTS REGARDING FRIDAY FILLER INFORMATION.  If you are interested in signing up, we have forms printed at school and would be glad to send home with your student.

 

Parent teacher conferences are coming in October.  I will send a link with assorted days/times to sign up as we get closer. 

 

Progress reports will be handed out to students today. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Schwab: gschwab@gulllakecs.org or 269.548.3426

 

We have a lot of community service opportunities coming up.  Students need to plan accordingly (proper dress code, outside attire when warranted, shoes/boots). If any student needs help with clothes, coats, or anything, they just need to contact a staff member.  We have funds to make sure everyone has what they need. 

Working toward a diploma is always our highest priority.  If community service activities interfere with that goal, students may have to forgo events to focus on their studies. 

 

I hope you have a great weekend!

9/1/2022

The first week is behind us and although it was only four days, it was a pretty full week getting to know everyone, going over the rules (like staying out of the road when we go for a walk, don't even ask me about this one, lol), figuring out how to order breakfast and lunch, and of course asking parents to fill out odds and ends of endless amounts of paperwork :)

 

Students are permitted to work from home in addition to working from school.  Working from home is not in place of working at school.  All students were given chargers so their chrome books can be plugged in and shouldn't die.

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Labor Day, no school

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Photography Class for those who need Visual/Fine Art credit and want to be enrolled in a hands-on class.  Class will run for six weeks, two hours each session.  Due to the shortness of the class, no absences (even those that are excused absences) are permitted in order to earn credit. 

Thursday: Small group counseling; Technology training session for those interested in community service at the Richland Area Community Center

Friday: work day

 

Upcoming events:

September 21, early release, students dismissed at 12:45

September 22, Parent meeting (see attachment).  We will be getting a head count as we get closer

September 23, Tshirt orders are due (see attachment),  KVCC Representative to speak to students

September 26, Picture Day

 

We will also have community service opportunities events starting within the next few weeks.  All students must earn 20 hours (during school time) each school year. Community service opportunities are shared via google classroom and students sign up for the events that interest them. 

 

Math classes started this week.  Please pray for Ms. Schwab (our math teacher).  I looked at some of the quizzes...they weren't pretty. It might be a very looong year.  I heard that Ms. Schwab likes dark chocolate with nuts....no wait, that's me 😂😂

Have a good weekend.

5/27/2022

Happy Friday,

Please keep sending your children to school! I know it gets harder as we near the end of the school year but we still expect kids to be at school (unless they're sick, of course).  If you haven't signed up for an end of the year conference, there is still time: Conferences

Progress reports were handed out today.

 

The rest of the school year looks like this:

Next week:

Monday: Memorial Day, no school

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Work day; Graduation

Thursday: Small group counseling; Presbyterian Church rummage sale (students may go and choose needed items for free)

Friday: Work day

 

Upcoming

June 6: Work day

June 7: Sherman Lake

June 8: Half day, students dismissed 10:45

June 9: Half Day, students dismissed 10:45 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

Graduation information:

Parents, if your child does not receive my emails, please share the below information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

 

Caps, gowns, tassels and banners are ready for pickup. 

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside.

Canopy can be decorated. Bring your own tape. Canopies can be set up from 3:30-6:00 (all canopies need to be ready by 6:00).  We will be sharing space with the Farmers' Market and can use the grass between Living Hope Church to park if there is not enough space for parking.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. No tickets needed.

 We will have refreshments after the ceremony (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available for those who pre ordered.) This is free for everyone. 

FAMILIES CANNOT DRIVE ONTO THE FIELD. YOU MUST CARRY YOUR ITEMS TO YOUR SPOT. SPOTS ARE MARKED BUT ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

 

GRADUATES NEED TO MEET AT THE GAZEBO AT THE RACC AT BY 6PM FOR PICTURES 

IF FAMILIES WOULD LIKE TO HAVE TWO SPOTS WITH TWO CANOPIES PLEASE LET ME KNOW AHEAD OF TIME AS EACH GRADUATE WILL HAVE THEIR OWN AREA IN THE FIELD.

 

5/20/2022

Happy Friday!

Not a whole lot to say this week except to remind everyone that we have graduation and end of the year conferences coming up.

End of the year conferences

 

Next week looks  like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Work day

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Work day

 

Graduation information:

Parents, if your child does not receive my emails, please share the below information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55  

Caps, gowns, tassels and banners are ready for pickup. 

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside. PLEASE CONTACT MRS. MCQUEEN IF YOU NEED ONE.  548-3427

Canopy can be decorated. Bring your own tape. Canopies can be set up from 3:30-6:00 (all canopies need to be ready by 6:00).  We will be sharing space with the Farmers' Market and can use the grass between Living Hope Church to park if there is not enough space for parking.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. No tickets needed.

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family by Thursday, May 26th. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) This is free for everyone. 

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

GRADUATES NEED TO BE AT THE RACC AT BY 6PM FOR PICTURES 

IF FAMILIES WOULD LIKE TO HAVE TWO SPOTS WITH TWO CANOPIES PLEASE LET ME KNOW AHEAD OF TIME AS EACH GRADUATE WILL HAVE THEIR OWN AREA IN THE FIELD.

I have attached a short video to help you get an idea of what the field looks like as it's getting set up. 

 

Progress reports were handed out today

5/13/2022

It's Friday the 13th...that explains everything, lol.

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we are encouraging the students to finish their classes as anything not completed will need to be restarted in the fall. Students who would like to return MUST sign up for an end of the year conference

Conference sign up

 

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: RACC technology training, Sherman Lake

Wednesday: LAST music class

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: White Cane fundraiser with the Lions Club, held outside of Hardings in Richland

 

See the link about a Free Planet Fitness Account:

Planet Fitness

 

Graduation information:

Parents, if your child does not receive my emails, please share the below information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55  

Caps, gowns, tassels and banners are ready for pickup. 

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside. PLEASE CONTACT MRS. MCQUEEN IF YOU NEED ONE.  548-3427

Canopy can be decorated. Bring your own tape. Setup time to be determined but will be in the afternoon.  We will be sharing space with the Farmers' Market and will work around their schedule.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. No tickets needed.

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) This is free for everyone. 

THE CEREMONY WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

GRADUATES NEED TO BE AT THE RACC AT BY 6PM FOR PICTURES 

WE HAVE ORDERED ONE BANNER PER GRADUATE.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN ADDITIONAL BANNER FOR $40, PLEASE CONTACT ME BY MAY 15 .  IF FAMILIES WOULD LIKE TO HAVE TWO SPOTS WITH TWO CANOPIES PLEASE LET ME KNOW AHEAD OF TIME AS EACH GRADUATE WILL HAVE THEIR OWN AREA IN THE FIELD.

I have attached a short video to help you get an idea of what the field looks like as it's getting set up. 

 

Progress reports were handed out today

 

5/13/2022

It's Friday the 13th...that explains everything, lol.

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we are encouraging the students to finish their classes as anything not completed will need to be restarted in the fall. Students who would like to return MUST sign up for an end of the year conference

Conference sign up

 

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: RACC technology training, Sherman Lake

Wednesday: LAST music class

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: White Cane fundraiser with the Lions Club, held outside of Hardings in Richland

 

See the link about a Free Planet Fitness Account:

Planet Fitness

 

Graduation information:

Parents, if your child does not receive my emails, please share the below information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55  

Caps, gowns, tassels and banners are ready for pickup. 

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside. PLEASE CONTACT MRS. MCQUEEN IF YOU NEED ONE.  548-3427

Canopy can be decorated. Bring your own tape. Setup time to be determined but will be in the afternoon.  We will be sharing space with the Farmers' Market and will work around their schedule.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. No tickets needed.

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) This is free for everyone. 

THE CEREMONY WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

GRADUATES NEED TO BE AT THE RACC AT BY 6PM FOR PICTURES 

WE HAVE ORDERED ONE BANNER PER GRADUATE.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN ADDITIONAL BANNER FOR $40, PLEASE CONTACT ME BY MAY 15 .  IF FAMILIES WOULD LIKE TO HAVE TWO SPOTS WITH TWO CANOPIES PLEASE LET ME KNOW AHEAD OF TIME AS EACH GRADUATE WILL HAVE THEIR OWN AREA IN THE FIELD.

I have attached a short video to help you get an idea of what the field looks like as it's getting set up. 

 

Progress reports were handed out today

5/2/2022

So I hear that it's actually going to get warm and sunny...not sure if I believe it or not.  We will see, I guess :)

If you keep up with our school Twitter account (see link below ) you've seen the students who have met graduation requirements.  We had another one today, which brought our number to 15! I'm still hoping for 24, we will see, I guess :)

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Tree planting at Gull Prairie Reserve; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: NO MUSIC CLASS...MOVED TO THURSDAY

Thursday: Small group counseling;  MUSIC CLASS

Friday: Work day

 

End of the year conferences will be starting June 2.  Each student who would like to return MUST schedule a conference.  Reenrollment is not guaranteed. Please contact me if you difficulties signing up:

Conference sign up

 

 

Graduation information:

Parents, if your child does not receive my emails, please share the below information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55  

Caps, gowns and tassels are ready for pickup. 

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside. PLEASE CONTACT MRS. MCQUEEN IF YOU NEED ONE.  548-3427

Canopy can be decorated. Bring your own tape. Setup time to be determined but will be in the afternoon.  We will be sharing space with the Farmers' Market and will work around their schedule.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. No tickets needed.

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) This is free for everyone. 

THE CEREMONY WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

GRADUATES NEED TO BE AT THE RACC AT BY 5PM FOR PICTURES 

WE HAVE ORDERED ONE BANNER PER GRADUATE.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN ADDITIONAL BANNER FOR $40, PLEASE CONTACT ME BY MAY 15 .  IF FAMILIES WOULD LIKE TO HAVE TWO SPOTS WITH TWO CANOPIES PLEASE LET ME KNOW AHEAD OF TIME AS EACH GRADUATE WILL HAVE THEIR OWN AREA IN THE FIELD.

I have attached a short video to help you get an idea of what the field looks like as it's getting set up. 

 

Progress reports were handed out today

4/29/2022

I AM SENDING THE FRIDAY REPORT TODAY INSTEAD OF MY NORMAL FRIDAY BECAUSE ALL STAFF WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK.  WE WILL BE AVAILABLE BY PHONE, TEXT OR EMAIL.

 

Today is the last day of in person school for the week: students are expected to work remotely while staff attend a conference. Students should text, email or call a staff member each day AND log into and work on classes to meet their percentage goals (at least 5% daily).

When we come back it will be May!! Holy Cow Batman, that means graduation is coming and the end of the school year is approaching.

We will be holding end of the year conferences in June for those who wish to return next year.       Reenrollment is required and acceptance is not guaranteed. Students are assessed by:

Attendance

Attitude

Academic performance 

A conference signup will be sent as we get closer.

 

Next week look like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: RACC; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Music class; Guest passes due to HS for Prom

Thursday: Small group counseling; Financial wealth class

Friday: Work day; White Cane fundraiser with the Lions Club (outside of Hardings)

Saturday: Prom at Gull Lake Country Club

 

Graduation information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55 DUE MAY 1.

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Scholarship applications are due by May 1st

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep.

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside.

Canopy can be decorated.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. 

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) 

THE CEREMONY WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

 

Don't forget to check out the Art projects at the Richland Community Library (see attached).  

 

Music class with Pharlon Randall began Monday.  This is the schedule:

April 18 

April  22

April 27

May 4

May 11

May 18

May 25

You may miss one class and still earn credit. 

 

AN EXCITING UPDATE: WE HAVE 13 STUDENTS WHO HAVE MET GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AS OF TODAY.  

 

4/22/2022

Happy Friday,

I'm so confused...so do I wear my winter coat, boots, or shorts and sandals? Tomorrow it's supposed to be 80.  I feel like someone is messing with me, big time!

We made it through another week with a field trip.  Honestly, at times I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle with preparing kids for their futures. Many of them just don't seem to care about life after high school.

Our jobs as educators are to expose students to options and have them see that life is full of choices for their futures. It is disheartening when on days we have trips planned when students don't come to school or they do come and are disruptive during the trip. It makes me wonder why we keep giving so much effort when the students do not reciprocate. 

Of course, we will keep pushing and encouraging :)  Parents, guardians, important people in our students' lives PLEASE make your kids come to school when we plan trips.  You never know what seeds we can plant if we are given the opportunity. 

 

TODAY IS THE DEADLINE to let Mrs. Walker know if you want to take ACT/M-STEP so she can have a proctor at school

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Roadside cleanup with Rotary; Sherman Lake

Wednesday:  SAT retake, Music class

Thursday:  ACT Workkeys retake

Friday: M-STEP retake

ALSO THURSDAY AND FRIDAY:  Staff gone to conference, students will work remotely

 

Upcoming:

May 6, White Cane community service at Hardings

May 7, Prom, Gull Lake Country Club, 8-11

Tickets are on sale for $30 and must be purchased through me as we will have a student list with all Gateway names on it.

Held at the Gull Lake Country Club, May 7, 8-11

For Juniors/Seniors 

Guest passes are due by May 4 and are on my desk

Students needing help with finding appropriate attire or affording the cost of a ticket should talk with a staff member. 

 

Graduation information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55 DUE MAY 1.

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Scholarship applications are due by May 1st

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep.

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside.

Canopy can be decorated.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. 

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) 

THE CEREMONY WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

 

Progress reports were handed out today

Don't forget to check our the Art projects at the Richland Community Library (see attached)

 

Music class with Pharlon Randall began Monday.  This is the schedule:

April 18 

April  22

April 27

May 4

May 11

May 18

May 25

You may miss one class and still earn credit. 

4/15/2022

Thank you to all of the students who faithfully came to school and gave it their best shot! Any student that was scheduled to take the SAT and missed it on April 13th and is at school on April 27 will be taking it on that day.  Due to staff professional development on April 28 & 29, students will be working remotely and not coming to school.  Any student that missed the ACT Workkeys or M-STEP this week and would like to take it MUST let me know by April 22 so that I can have a proctor at school on the retake days of April 28 & 29. Questions? Please contact me. 

 

Next week:

Monday: Music class

Tuesday: RACC; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Early release (12:45)

Thursday: Career Fair (see attached)

Friday: Music class

 

Upcoming:

Upcoming events:

April 22, deadline to let Mrs. Walker know if you want to take ACT/M-STEP so she can have a proctor at school

April 27, SAT retake

April 28, ACT Workkeys retake

April 29, M-STEP retake

April 28, 29 Staff gone to conference, students will work remotely

May 6, White Cane community service at Hardings

May 7, Prom, Gull Lake Country Club, 8-11

 

Graduation information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55 DUE MAY 1.

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Scholarship applications are due by May 1st

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep.

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside.

Canopy can be decorated.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. 

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) 

THE CEREMONY WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

 

Progress reports were handed out today

Don't forget to check our the Art projects at the Richland Community Library (see attached)

 

Music class with Pharlon Randall begins Monday.  This is the schedule:

April 18 

April  22

April 27

May 4

May 11

May 18

May 25

You may miss one class and still earn credit. 

 

4/9/2022

Today we are leaving at  9am to go to Lake Michigan College.  Send us good vibes :)

 

Next week (the week from testing hell) will require all students to be here, regardless of their grade status.  We have sent the list to the students and they know when they are testing as we pre-id'd them this week.

We will not be on an adjusted schedule. Everyone comes all day, everyday (that's just the way we roll, lol).

Monday: Normal work day

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday-Friday: testing for grades 10-12 and everyone else works on classes.

 

Upcoming events:

April 20, Early release day, students dismissed at 12:45

April 21, Career Fair Visit in Wayland...see attached

April 28, 29 Staff gone to conference, students will work remotely

May 6, White Cane community service at Hardings

May 7, Prom, Gull Lake Country Club, 8-11

 

Graduation information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55 DUE MAY 1.

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Scholarship applications are due by May 1st

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep.

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside.

Canopy can be decorated.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. 

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) 

THE CEREMONY WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

 

Progress reports were handed out today

Don't forget to check our the Art projects at the Richland Community Library (see attached)

CHECK OUT THIS WEEK'S GOOD THINGS

 GLCS Good Things - April 4 -8.pdf

3/24/2022

Happy Spring Break!

If you need anything during our time off, please call our staff:

 

Ms. Schwab can be reached at:  269.254.1517    If you need her in the middle of the night, her phone is on Do Not Disturb, but if you call twice it will ring.

Mrs. McQueen will be available on a limited basis at 269.290.2408

Dennis can be reached at 269.370.2899

I will not be available after this Friday until we return to school Monday. Please reach out to our staff for any needs that you or your family have.  We understand that prices of everything have skyrocketed and sometimes there's not enough $$ to go around.  

Our pantry and freezer items will be available if you contact a staff member.

 

After we return from Spring Break, this is what we are looking at:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Technology training at th RACC, Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Music Class

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Visit to Lake Michigan College

 

Upcoming:

April 13-15,  Spring Testing  (See attached letter)

April 21, Career Fair Visit in Wayland...see attached

April 28, 29 Staff gone to conference, students will work remotely

May 7, Prom, Gull Lake Country Club, 8-11

 

Graduation information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55 DUE MAY 1.

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Scholarship applications are due by May 1st

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep.

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside.

Canopy can be decorated.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. 

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) 

We have invitations you can purchase for .50 each (10 for $5) just let me know how many you need.

Progress reports were handed out today

 

Lynnette Walker, M.A. Ed.

Gull Lake Gateway Academy

10100 East D Ave. 

Richland, MI 49083

269-548-3425

 

Follow Gateway Academy on Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/academy_gateway

Friday 3/18/2022

Happy Friday!

I don't know about you, but ever since time changed last week, I've felt a little off.  I'm hoping to get back on my game this weekend.

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Technology training at the RACC Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Work  day; KIA trip for those in art class and those who signed up to participate

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: No school....Spring Break begins

We will have staff on call during break.  More details will follow next week. 

 

 

See this week's Good Things...Gateway students are on a page

Good Things

Upcoming events:

April 8, Visit to Lake Michigan College

April 13-15,  Spring Testing  (See attached letter)

April 21, Career Fair Visit in Wayland...see attached

 

Graduation information:

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm.

Cost $55 DUE MAY 1.

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Scholarship applications are due by May 1st

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep.

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside.

Canopy can be decorated.

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. 

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family. (Catering by GMC: there will be a vegetarian option available.) 

 

Progress reports were handed out today.

Enjoy your weekend

 

Friday 3/11/2022

I made a prediction last week about more snow.....

"The sun is shining and it makes me so happy to think that maybe winter is over? Can I maybe put away my winter coats and boots? I know that as soon as I do, BAM, more snow will follow."

Yes, I did put my winter coats and boots away so it snowed...maybe I should play the lottery, lol.

 

Next week looks like this:

Mondy: Work day

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Early release

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Work day

 

Upcoming events:

March 25- April 3, Spring Break

April 8, Visit to Lake Michigan College

April 12-14, Standardized testing

April 21, Career Fair Visit in Wayland...see attached

 

Check out our Gateway students in this week's Good Things:

The following link is to this week's Good Things! 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J6q4eO-C5zp6HBgJJG2OhHflONYhLQ6e/view?usp=sharing 

 

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm

Cost $55 

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Scholarship applications are due by May 1st

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside

Canopy can be decorated

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. 

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family.

 

Please see the attached Flyer for information on overdose prevention training on Wednesday March 16th 6pm-8pm at GLHS. Each attendee over age 18 will receive a free Naloxone kit.

Deputy Kelm will be present with a table set up to discuss vaping trends and devices with parents during and after the overdose prevention presentation.

 

RSVP is not required but is helpful to determine how many Naloxone kits that will be needed. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/srJdZvauF6QWvtZA8 

Form is confidential and does not take names or email addresses

 

Opioid overdose is the leading cause of accidental death of all people aged 21-65 in Michigan. Each year opioids/heroin use kills more people than car accidents. Due to the shame and stigma associated with drug use we often don’t hear about these deaths. There is a simple and effective medication that can be used to prevent overdose deaths. Nancy King gives a powerful presentation and draws on her experience losing her own daughter to heroin overdose. After the presentation anyone over age 18 who would want a Naloxone kit would be given one free of charge. Nancy King from Cope Network https://www.copenetwork.org/

 

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday 3/4/2022

Is it really March!!

The sun is shining and it makes me so happy to think that maybe winter is over? Can I maybe put away my winter coats and boots? I know that as soon as I do, BAM, more snow will follow.

 

We've had a few really good weeks of students meeting their goals.  It's amazing to see them work so hard. Progress reports were handed out today.

One of our students was featured in our districts Good Things publication:

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U8a8EMS0-eq2YSZBKAea4USiPG7WnO1A/view?usp=sharing

 

Next week:

Monday: Work really hard day !! Money due for Wednesday lunch at Ten Ten

Tuesday: RACC and Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Miller Auditorium  Dance performance    and Ten Ten, cost for lunch is $10 (students that need financial assistance just need to let me know and the cost will be taken care of)

Thursday: Small group counseling: Half day (students dismissed at 10:45)  lunch and bowling until 1:00.  Cost is $5.00 (students that need financial assistance just need to let me know and the cost will be taken care of). Students are responsible for their own transportation home. 

Friday: Work day, Half day, students dismissed at 10:45

 

Upcoming events:

March 16, Early Release, students released at 12:45

March 25- April 3, Spring Break

April 8, Visit to Lake Michigan College

April 12-14, Standardized testing

April 21, Career Fair Visit in Wayland...see attached

 

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm

Cost $55 

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Scholarship applications are due by May 1st

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside

Canopy can be decorated

There is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. 

You will need to bring your own chairs.  

We will have refreshments after the ceremony and will be asking for a head count for each family.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday 2/18/2022+

Happy Friday Everyone!

Not a whole lot to say today but here goes!

Next week:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: RACC, Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Art class

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Work day

 

Progress reports were handed out today.

We had 73% of students meet their weekly goals.

 

Upcoming events:

March 9, Miller Auditorium  Dance performance    and Ten Ten, cost for lunch is $10 (students that need financial assistance just need to let me know and the cost will be taken care of)

March 10th, Half day, lunch and bowling until 1:00.  Cost is $5.00 (students that need financial assistance just need to let me know and the cost will be taken care of)

March 25- April 3, Spring Break

April 8, Visit to Lake Michigan College

April 12-14, Standardized testing

 

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm

Cost $55 

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside

Canopy can be decorated

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday 2/21/22

Who would have thought that we'd have a snow day today? Definitely not me! It wasn't even on my radar today.  Just one more day to get ready for the Super Bowl (Go Cincinnati!).

 

Progress reports will be sent home on Monday.  We had 80% of students meet their weekly goals! I don't think this has ever happened before.  What an amazing week of students getting it done!

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Chili Cook Off, Work day 

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Art Class, Early Release (12:45)

Thursday: Small Group Counseling

Friday: Work Day

 

Upcoming Events:

March 4th, Half day, lunch and bowling until 1:00.  Cost is $5.00 (students that need financial assistance just need to let me know and the cost will be taken care of). No transportation home provided. 

 

March 9, Miller Auditorium  Dance performance    and Ten Ten, cost for lunch is $10 (students that need financial assistance just need to let me know and the cost will be taken care of)

 

March 25- April 3, Spring Break

 

April 8, Visit to Lake Michigan College

 

April 12-14, State testing

 

April 21, Career Fair (See Attachment)

 

April 28-29, Remote Learning Days as staff will be attending a conference

 

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm

Cost $55 

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside

Canopy can be decorated

 

Have a great weekend

 

 

Friday 1/28

Can you believe it's the last Friday in January?

Next week starts our Student conferences.  I will be offering phone/zoom options for those who will be unable to come in person. Please let me know your preference.

Conferences

 

Next week:

Monday: Work Day

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Art Class

Thursday: Small Group Counseling, Financial literacy with Dennis

Friday: No school due to conferences

 

Upcoming Events:

February 7, Representative from Michigan Rehabilitation Services, 1:00 Parents welcome

"We are a statewide network of vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals developing creative, customized solutions that meet the needs of individuals and business.

We deliver individualized services that assist potential employees with differing abilities to prepare for, pursue and retain careers. We partner with businesses in employee development, business consulting and corporate relations. We are committed to building the workforce of tomorrow . . . today. "

Mission: Develop customized workforce solutions for businesses and individuals with disabilities.

Vision: A diverse and inclusive workforce that unites businesses and individuals with disabilities toward a common good.

February 14, Chili Cookoff

February 16, Early release at 12:45

March 4th, Half day, lunch and bowling until 1:00.  Cost is $5.00 (students that need financial assistance just need to let me know and the cost will be taken care of)

March 9, Miller Auditorium  Dance performance    and Ten Ten, cost for lunch is $10 (students that need financial assistance just need to let me know and the cost will be taken care of)

March 25- April 3, Spring Break

April 8, Visit to Lake Michigan College

April 12-14, State testing

June 1, Graduation at Richland Area Community Center, 7:00 pm

Cost $55 

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Cap, gown, and tassels are for students to keep

Each student will need to bring a canopy and chairs for their family as the ceremony will be outside

Canopy can be decorated

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday 1/21/22

As a reminder that due to staffing shortages, Gateway students will switch to remote learning tomorrow and are expected to check in with Mrs. Walker (email, text, or call) and log into classes to count as present for attendance.  There will not be math classes with Ms Schwab and no progress reports will be sent this week. 

 

Due to the HS and MS switching to remote learning, there will not be bussing next Monday and Tuesday (January 24 and 25). 

If your child cannot get to school, due to no transportation, please contact me by Friday noon so we can work out possible options. 

 

Please know that your Gateway staff is doing everything within our power to keep kids in school, so send your kids!!! 

I know that we all are tired and Covid doesn't make anything easier, so we really appreciate your continued support as we all work together for the success of our students. 

 

Don"t forget that conferences are starting January 31.

Conference sign up

Friday 1/14

I will be out of the office tomorrow so please contact Ms. Schwab with any absences or other concerns: gschwab@gulllakecs.org or 269.548.3426

 

Progress reports will be handed out tomorrow. 

 

Due to our semester ending at the end of the month, we will be holding conferences January 31-February 4th.

Please sign up: Conferences

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Art class

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Work day

 

Graduates: 

Graduation is June 1, 7pm.  Location to be determined. 

Cost is $55

Financial aid is available to those who need assistance.  Please see Mrs. McQueen by April 1 to apply.

Senior and baby pictures are due to Mrs. Walker by May 1. Senior picture does not have to be professionally taken, just a nice picture to be used in our slide show. 

More graduation details will follow as we get closer.

WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS: SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

 

Have a good evening

 

Friday 1/7/2022

Is it really 2022?

Is graduation really June 1,2022? YES IT IS!!!

Are we panicking yet....maybe just a little when we see the amount of classes (especially math) that the students need to take before they can earn their diplomas.  Ms. Schwab is incredible and is here every day, teaching her heart out.  She is a miracle worker but she CANNOT  teach kids who are not here or not logging in or not turning in assignments or not asking for help. STUDENTS WHO FAIL MATH CLASSES AND DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO REDO THEM WILL HAVE TO RETURN IN THE FALL TO RETAKE THEM.

Students have until June 1, (noon) to complete classes to be eligible to walk and receive their diplomas this year: 12:01 is too late. 

 

Progress reports were handed out but were based on work done during break and this past week of school....so the percentages are a little different than normal.

 

Next week:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Technology training at the RACC, Sherman Lake (women self defense and regular activities)

Wednesday: Art class, Early release at 12:45

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Work day

 

Upcoming: parent teacher conferences start January 31 and run through Feb 4. Online signup sheet will be sent in a week or so. 

 

Stay healthy and safe :)

Friday 12/10

Happy Friday!

 

Just a few things to share today....

We've had quite few students reach their goals the past few weeks and I've been impressed with how hard many have been working. Progress reports have been handed out today.  Please ask your child to explain theirs to you. 

 

Next week will find us trying to finish classes and make sure everyone has what they need to be successful over Christmas break.

 

Students are not mandated to work during our time off but each activity they complete will get them closer to graduating. I will be available to help students (in their classes) during their time off: texting is the best way to reach me.  

The holidays are not always a time for fun and can be stressful. Suicide rates are the highest during this time of the year.  Please know that you are not alone. Our staff will be available for those who need someone to talk to.  Please don't hesitate to reach out.  Remember that there is always someone available at the National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 or Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

Have a good weekend

 

(Side Note from Mrs. Schwab: Please note that she did not mention the outcome of the Ohio State game, or that Michigan finished 2nd in the nation.)

Also, please note that Mrs. Walker has absolutely no control over the content of the website.

Friday 12/3

Happy Dreary Friday...and don't even talk to me about the football game tomorrow night (that Ohio State will not be playing in!).

 

It has been a pretty quiet week with not a lot going on. 

 

We do know that covid numbers have increased and we need to be ready in case we have a student/staff become infected.  Students should always take their chrome books home, along with chargers and notes so they can work from home (unless they are vaccinated, then they can come every day).  When students are not in school, they need to remember to check in with their assigned staff member AND work otherwise they will be marked absent. 

 

Students that come in close contact (which is everyone present on the day the infected student is at school) do have the option to test on days 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 from exposure before returning to school for the day. As long as they continue to test negative they may go to school. The 7th day from exposure would be the last day of testing. 

Please refer to our website for all Covid Quarantine Options

 

We have two weeks left until Christmas break and it is very important that students come to school every day (especially those in math class).  We hope to have everyone finish classes before break so they are not in the middle of something before we leave.  Of course, it would be nice if  students log in and work during our time off but are realistic in our expectations :)

 

The holidays are not always a time for fun and can be stressful. Suicide rates are the highest during this time of the year.  Please know that you are not alone. Our staff will be available for those who need someone to talk to.  Please don't hesitate to reach out.  Remember that there is always someone available at the National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 or Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

Friday 11/19

Just a quick hello on this Friendsgiving Friday.

We are stirring the queso and baking the potatoes in anticipation of seeing family and friends at 11:00. We understand that not everyone can come due to work schedules but we know that you are with us in spirit.

 

Progress reports were handed out today.

 

Next week the students have half days on Monday and Tuesday and are dismissed at 10:45. No school Wednesday-Friday. 

 

Have a great weekend. 

Ohio State plays Michigan State tomorrow...I will be wearing all red!!! I feel sorry for the rest of you as I watch your team get their behinds whooped, lol. 

Friday 11/11

 

What a weird week it has been!

On one hand, we've all caught up on paperwork and have been able to do some of the things we've put off.  On the other hand, not having a full school is really sad and we miss the students (miss the students but not some of their attitudes :)

 

Please let us know how many from your family will be here for Friendsgiving next Friday by today. Our menu will be: baked potato bar, dessert, and beverages.  Lunch will be from 11-12. 

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Sherman Lake.  Students must be marked present in attendance on Monday to qualify (this means they need to check in, log in and work on Monday in order to be able to participate).

Wednesday: Music class 

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Friendsgiving

 

November 22 & 23 are half day releases at 10:45

No school November 24,25,26.  Return November 29th. 

 

Not that anyone cares...but did you see that Ohio State is ranked #4? Michigan is 6 and Michigan State is 7 :)

 Have a great weekend

 

Friday 11/5

Why do I feel like the year is flying by?  I just need to hold on tight or I'm going to lose track of everything, lol...and I just realized that time is going to change!!! OH MY!!!

Next week:

Monday: Picture day

Tuesday: Technology training at the RACC; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Panel discussion for those who signed up

 

November 19, Friendsgiving 11:00-12:00

**Friendsgiving: Gateway students prepare a luncheon for our families and/or important people in our lives. We ask that participants RSVP by NOVEMBER 12 so we can get a head count.

Menu: baked potato bar, desserts, and beverages.  

 

November 22 & 23 are half day releases at 10:45

No school November 24,25,26.  Return November 29th. 

 

Progress reports were handed out today.

 

 

We have donors who would like to make sure that all Gateway families have Thanksgiving dinners.  If you are in need of a turkey or other dinner items, please let me know by TODAY.

 

Did anyone else see the football rankings yesterday? I'm sure there was a mistake.  How in the world did MSU get ranked higher than OSU? Seriously!! Ohio State would do some serious damage if the two played :)

Have a great weekend. 

Friday 10/29

Good Morning,

Just wanted to send this before we leave for our college visit to KVCC. We've had many students apply and be accepted: I am very excited that they will be able to see the campus for themselves.

 

I can't believe that when we come back next week it will be November! 

Next week looks like this:

Monday:  Leaf raking

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday:  Leak raking, Early release at 12:45

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Work day

 

Upcoming events

November 8, Picture Day

November 9, Technology training at the RACC

 

November 19, Friendsgiving 11:00-12:00

**Friendsgiving: Gateway students prepare a luncheon for our families and/or important people in our lives. We ask that participants RSVP by November 12 so we can get a head count.

Menu: baked potato bar, desserts, and beverages.  

 

November 22 & 23 are half day releases at 10:45

No school November 24,25,26.  Return November 29th. 

 

Progress reports will not be handed out this week (Ms Schwab has been out sick).

See the attachment about the upcoming FAFSA workshop (this is something that needs to be done as part of the college application process).

 

We have donors who would like to make sure that all Gateway families have Thanksgiving dinners.  If you are in need of a turkey or other dinner items, please let me know.

 

Friday 10/21

emember that students do not come to school tomorrow due to conferences.  Please contact me if you would like to schedule one.

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: ASVAB test (The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  It is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.) 

At Gateway, we use it to track growth as we feel it's a better indicator of advancement than other standardized tests. 

Leaf Raking for senior citizens who have contacted us needing help with fall leaf pick up...probably will have to reschedule, due to weather concerns. 

Tuesday: RACC; Sherman Lake

Wednesday:  Music Class, Leaf Raking

Thursday: Small Group Counseling (groups have been mixed up...expect an email next week to see new placements)

Friday: All school KVCC visit; pumpkin carving contest

 

November 1, Leaf raking

November 3, Leak raking, Early release at 12:45

November 8, Picture Day

November 9, Technology training at the RACC

 

November 19, Friendsgiving 11:00-12:00

**Friendsgiving: Gateway students prepare a luncheon for our families and community friends. We ask that participants RSVP so we can get a head count.

Menu: baked potato bar, desserts, and beverages.  

 

November 22 & 23, Half day release at 10:45

No school November 24,25,26.  Return November 29th. 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS WERE BE HANDED OUT TODAY

Friday 10/15/2021

Good Friday Morning,

We made it through another week... and half way through the month...I can't believe October will be done before we know it. 

 

Next week conferences continue: Sign up for conferences

Monday is college night at KVCC from 6:00-7:30

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Music Class

Thursday: Small Group Counseling

Friday: No school for students

 

October 25, ASVAB test (The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  It is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.) At Gateway, we use it to track growth as we feel it's a better indicator of advancement than other standardized tests. 

Leaf Raking

October 26, Sherman Lake

October 27, Music Class, Leaf Raking

October 28, Small Group Counseling

October 29, KVCC visit

 

November 1, Leaf raking

November 3, Leak raking, Early release at 12:45

November 8, Picture Day

November 9, Technology training at the RACC

 

November 19, Friendsgiving 11:00-12:00

**Friendsgiving: Gateway students prepare a luncheon for our families and community friends. We ask that participants RSVP so we can get a head count.

Menu: baked potato bar, desserts, and beverages.  

 

November 29 & 30, Half day release at 10:45

 

PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE HANDED OUT TODAY

Friday 10/8/2021

Just a reminder that conferences start tomorrow.  If there isn't a spot available that fits into your schedule, please contact me and we can plan accordingly. 

Conference signup located on the right side of the page

 

Progress reports will be handed out today and at conferences.

 

When a student is absent, please excuse him/her ON THE DAY they are absent otherwise they are marked unexcused.  If we do not hear from anyone, their online account may be disabled and no work from home will be permitted. 

Gateway is a seated program (meaning students are expected to be in school every day). Working from home is in addition to being in school, not in place of attending. 

Today we had 16 students missing from school, so we did not get to count today as a school day. Due to our smaller school size, we cannot afford to have more than eight students absent in a day.  I realize that things happen: illness, family emergencies, ect..., but there are times when students can be here and they just choose not to come.  (Don't panic yet, it doesn't mean we have to add  school days to the end of our calendar.) I'm letting you know this so we can all encourage students to be at school everyday.

 

Next week:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Technology training at the Richland Area Community Center 

Gateway tutoring at the RACC ; Sherman Lake; GLCS Board visit to our school

Wednesday: Music class

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Dept of Health and Human Services. See attached letter. 

 

Upcoming:

October 18, 6-7:30, Visit to KVCC College Night if there is enough interest. Over 90 colleges will be present. Details to be determined based on the number of students signed up. 

 

October 22, No students due to conferences BUT any student that would like extra time at school is welcome to attend from 9-1. 

 

October 26, Technology training at the RACC

 

October 29, KVCC Campus visit.  Return to Gateway around noon.  

 

November 3, Early release at 12:45

 

November 8, Picture Day

 

November 9, Technology training at the RACC

 

November 19, Friendsgiving 11:00-12:00

**Friendsgiving: Gateway students prepare a luncheon for our families and community friends. We ask that participants RSVP so we can get a head count.

Menu: baked potato bar, desserts, and beverages.  

 

November 29 & 30, Half day release at 10:45

 

Friday 10/1/2021

 

It's October, which means it's basically Christmas, right, lol. Just call me Mrs. Hobby Lobby ( I will wait until just after Halloween to put up my Christmas stuff though).

 

It was a busy week with all of our activities but I think my favorite part was the cooking, Sherman Lake, Rotary roadside cleanup, music class, the Powder Puff football game, varsity soccer games....looks like I couldn't choose just one thing as everything was just so great!

 

Upcoming events:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Music class;  Flu Clinic

Thursday: Small group counseling

Friday: Work day

 

October 18, KVCC is having a college fair at their Texas Township Campus on October 18 from 6:00-7:30. We have a signup for students who are interested. 

 

Conferences are coming! Many days to choose from.

Please sign up for our in person conferences. 

Conferences

(If you are unable to sign up, just email me your choice and I will enter.)

If the days/times do not work for your schedule, please contact me and we will figure out other options. 

Picture day has been rescheduled for November 8th.

 

October 29 all students will be visiting KVCC and having lunch on campus.

 

Progress reports were handed out today.  Some of the students need to do better in meeting their weekly goals. I saw a progress report that actually said that a student would be here 546 years!!! Yep. I'm not thinking that is an option.

 

Students are expected to progress and meet their weekly goals.  If students are continually behind, we need to figure out how we can work together to help them improve. We are here to help but we know that online learning is not always the best fit for students and sometimes we need to look at other options. 

 

I hope that all parents/guardians/important people in each of our students' lives sign up for a conference so we can discuss goals and progress.

 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance!

On a side note...I was looking forward to watching Ohio State play this weekend but then saw that they are playing Rutgers....I can't wait until they play Michigan (and whoop them :)

Friday Report 9/24/2021

I feel like I turned around and summer was over instantly. It was like...BAM,  the cold and rainy weather arrived: bring out the coats and rain boots.

We had a pretty busy week with a lot of activities.  Check out our website: Website

 

Next week:

Monday: work day

Tuesday: Sherman Lake 

Wednesday: Music Class; Homecoming guest permission application and $$ for tickets due

Thursday: Roadside cleanup: Small group counseling

Friday: work day

 

October 18, KVCC is having a college fair at their Texas Township Campus on October 18 from 6:00-7:30. We have a signup for students who are interested. 

 

Conferences are coming! Many days to choose from.

Please sign up for our in person conferences. 

Conferences

(If you are unable to sign up, just email me your choice and I will enter.)

If the days/times do not work for your schedule, please contact me and we will figure out other options. 

 

Picture day has been rescheduled for November 8th. 

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday Report 9/17/2021

Happy Friday!

 

Finally a five day week....well kind of :) 

As I look outside the classroom window, I am so happy to see the TRANE van, which indicates that someone is working on our air conditioning!! 

Due to the change in the forecast of the high being 79 degrees on Monday we will not permit students to leave and work from home. We will be in school all day.

 

Next week looks like this:

 

Monday: Speaker 1:00, Krystal Scott.  GLCS Board Member 

 

Tuesday: Sherman Lake message: "Good News! September 21st, we will have the pool open for the Gateway students for swim time from 12pm to 1pm.  A lifeguard will be present during this time. Please let them know to bring swim suits and a towel if they would like to swim." 

 

Wednesday: Music class and Early Release at 12:45 for Staff Professional Development

 

Thursday: Small group counseling; Mr. Bordner/Deputy Kelm speak at 1:00

 

Friday: 1:00 Speaker, Barry Gray, Farm Bureau Insurance 

 

Upcoming items:

September 30, Roadside cleanup with the Rotary.  Permission slip needed. 

 

October 2, Homecoming Dance, 7-10, (Rain date, October 9th) HS Football Field.  No heels or food on field.  $20 per person.  Guests must have permission from Mrs. Walker and Mr. Simms to attend.  See Mrs. Walker for guest form: Form due Sept 29. 

 

Students, please remember that you may  prepare food during break and lunch times ONLY :)

Pepper spray is not permitted on your body or bag in school.  Please see me for questions. 

 

Have a great weekend!!

Friday Report 9/10/2021

 

What a weird Friday it has been! We are not used to having so few students in school.  I can't wait for Monday when everyone should be returning. If there are any changes in our schedule, you will be contacted by email/text/phone call.  Please make sure if you have any changes in your information that you let me know so I can update our system. 

 

Next week looks like this:

 

Monday: Work day

 

Tuesday: Sherman Lake (students need to be at school Monday to be eligible to attend and work on classes during the morning). 

 

Wednesday: Music class begins and will continue for 6-8 weeks. Students who need Visual/Fine Arts credits will have the first opportunity to sign up for this limited seated class. Due to the shortness of this class, only one absence will be allowed: more than one absence will forfeit credit.

 

Thursday: Counseling; Speakers: Deputy Kelm & Mr Bordner

 

Friday: Picture day; order forms and $$ due for tshirts/sweatshirts

 

Progress reports, picture order forms and shirt forms were handed out today.  Those not at school can get them on Monday. Parking permits were sent home last week, please make sure we get those back asap. 

 

We will be conducting safety drills throughout the year.  If you have questions about our procedures, please let me know. 

 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday Report 9/3/2021

Happy Friday!

 

Although there were no students in the building, I just couldn't stay away and I found myself here today.  Not sure what that says about me, lol.  Maybe I don't have much of a life outside of school or maybe I just couldn't stay away from the job I absolutely love.

 

As I reflect on the first week (actually just four days) I only have positive words and thoughts.  The students worked hard, were respectful of each other, and were accepting of the new climate that change brings.  I really couldn't ask for anything else. 

 

Each week will hopefully have some consistency with adding new activities as we can. We hope to go to Sherman Lake YMCA on Tuesdays and have counseling on Thursdays. In the upcoming weeks, we will add speakers and trips to colleges and workplaces. 

 

Our focus will always be working toward graduation requirements and helping students become successful.  Success doesn't always look the same for each student and we know that each student has various barriers that keep them from becoming successful: we will give each student what they need, realizing they need different things and it might not always look fair. Please trust us and ask if you have questions if something you see or hear doesn't feel right: try not to assume the worst in us and hear both sides before jumping to a conclusion and we will do the same to you. 

 

Thank you for trusting us with your most precious possession . We value each and every student in our care and look forward to an absolutely amazing year.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions or concerns: 269.501.1422

Check out our website as we will update it weekly beginning next week.

 

June 4, 2021

I can't believe this is the final Friday report for the 20-21 school year. I feel like we just started in January and we should be about half way through our year instead of ending it. I know the staff and I are really bummed that the year is over as we are finding our groove!

 

Remember, all students who would like to return MUST sign up for a conference. Current Gateway students in good standing, will have the first opportunity to save their spots before I meet with new students from the HS. 

If the days/times do not work for your schedule, please let me know and we can set up another time. I would like to have all Gateway conferences done by next Thursday. 

End of year conferences

 

Please see attachment about FREE food pickup during the summer. It's FREE for all kids 18 and under and there's seven days worth of meals...AND DID I MENTION THAT IT IS FREE??

 

Our graduation was on Wednesday, check out the commencement and great photos.  We had a wonderful photographer who donated his services. I highly recommend him if you're looking for senior, baby, family, or any other kind of professional pictures.  Please reach out to him: Joby Purucker, jwpurucker@gmail.com

Check out everything graduation related here:

Graduation

 

We all know that it has been a year full of challenges but we all persevered and came out stronger. Students worked from home, had to wear masks, weren't able to have a "normal" year of activities and had to continually adjust....yet we had 18 graduates!!

 

Gateway has been around for 10 years and we are looking forward to returning in the fall, ready for whatever life throws at us. 

 

We still still have mental health services available during the summer. Please contact me and I will connect you with either Dennis or Hillary. 

 

Our staff is still available during the summer as well. We are in and out of the office and many times available by email and text. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything.

 

Until we meet again.....

May 28, 2021

I can't believe it's the last Friday in May. Don't forget that there's no school on Monday.

As we end the year, a few things to keep in mind:

Graduation is next week.  Check out the website for up to date information, including the link for live streaming the event: Graduation update

 

This is what the schedule looks like for the rest of the year:

June 1-4, regular schedule

June 5, conferences

June 7, regular day, conferences 7am-7pm  Conference

June 8, regular day, conferences 8am-7pm  Conference

June 9-10 half day, students dismissed 10:45 

 

Progress reports were handed out today.

Have a great weekend.

 

May 20, 2021

Happy Friday!

 

All returning students need an end of the year conference.  Please sign up:

Conference

 

Please see our Senior video, celebrating our graduates:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdmMdF1ejN4

 

Graduation is June 2 at the Richland Area Community Center, 7:00pm

Please join us!

 

May 14, 2021

Happy Friday!

 

This time next month, we won't be at school, can you believe it? I will have a link to sign up for end of year conferences next Friday.  YOU MUST SIGN UP (AND SHOW UP) FOR A CONFERENCE IN ORDER  FOR STUDENTS TO RETURN. Summer school options will be discussed at this time.  

 

See link for information about $50 off of internet services: https://www.mlive.com/news/2021/05/federal-program-offers-50-a-month-off-internet-bill-how-to-see-if-youre-eligible.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mlivedotcom_sf&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3uJashxVcb7lkw7tcyEZ8JE29NqSy3ctxPM4beEryRTnqiPyVook3DcyA

 

Graduates and families should check out our graduation page for information: https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/graduation-2019

 

We will be live streaming our graduation.  Here is the link: https://youtu.be/JaTh8RSGXyI

 

Our senior slide show will be coming soon!! It's pretty awesome (full disclosure, my daughter, Brooklyn, created it).

 

I will close this by saying how much the staff and I enjoy being here to help the students learn how to navigate life and become successful adults (we are still learning, too).

 

May 7, 2021

Happy Friday!

 

A few things to share:

 

I have attached a letter about student vaccination for children over 16.  Prior registration is required and it's held at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. 

 

Progress reports will be handed out today

 

Next Tuesday, April 27,  we will be going to Kellogg Community College for a visit.  Students will have an opportunity to see the campus and trades center. It is so nice to be able to finally leave our building and give the students this opportunity.  

 

Next Thursday, April 29, is a half day with students being dismissed at 10:45.  The HS will be holding conferences but we will be having ours at the end of May or early June.  As we determine who returns, we look at the following criteria:

1.  Attendance

2. Academic progress

3.  Attitude

 

Students who do not meet our returning requirements will be referred to other programs (such as: JobCorps, YOU, GED, or Adult Education Programs). We realize that Gateway is not always a good fit for some students but we still want each student to find a place to find success.  We will make every effort to help navigate the transition process to the next program as stress free as possible.

 

Starting next week, the MS and HS will not be attending school in person on Wednesdays for the rest of the year. This DOES NOT affect us. We will keep our regular schedule and attend five days. 

Our transportation department will be picking up Gateway students on an adjusted schedule so times might be changed FOR WEDNESDAYS ONLY

It is very important that we know who will need transportation so that the bus drivers don't make unnecessary trips. 

I appreciate that we are able to stay open even though other buildings are closed. We know that our students do better when they are in school.  The structure and support that is provided is necessary for their long term success. 

 

For Seniors:

Graduation will be held at the Richland Area Community Center (RACC) on June 2, 7pm.

Currently, we do not have a limit on the number of guests each graduate may invite.  We will be asking for a head count as we get closer so we can plan for food and setup. 

 

Each graduate is responsible for providing their own seating and canopy.  Baby and senior PICTURES are due NEXT FRIDAY and should be sent through email or text.  

 

We will be able to start setting up at the RACC on June 2, in the afternoon, from 3:30-5. We will have everyone spread out and divide the area so there is enough room for us to socially distance.  There will be a picnic dinner provided by Galesburg Meat Company, consisting of pulled pork/chicken sandwiches, baked beans, chips, dessert and beverage.  When Mrs. McQueen contacts the graduates for a head count, she will be asking if there are any food limitations we should be aware of:  we will do our best to ensure each graduate is able to participate in the picnic.

 

I have ordered the invitations and they are here.  They are $5 for 10 and come with an envelop. 

The fee for graduation is $55 and it covers the cost of cap/gown/tassel and the picnic. If you are not able to afford the cost, we do have grants available but we need to ask for them.  Please contact Mrs. McQueen for more information.  (The cap/gown/tassel are yours to keep.)

 

Please keep in mind that everything is subject to change depending on social distancing guidelines

 

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

April 30, 2021

Is it really going to be May over the weekend?

 

We are entering into our last few months of school and it's easy to forget that we still are encouraging students to be vigilant in their academics and complete classes. Attendance still matters.

 

I do want to take a minute to remind everyone that we do have a dress code that emphasizes modesty for our students. Bare stomachs and lots of extra skin showing should be avoided.  Students who are exposing too much of themselves will be asked to put on a tshirt or longer shorts if warranted.  We don't want to make an issue of what students wear but at the same time are trying to instill good work habits and getting them ready for life after graduation. 

 

Speaking of graduation....

 

For Seniors:

Graduation will be held at the Richland Area Community Center (RACC) on June 2, 7pm.

Currently, we do not have a limit on the number of guests each graduate may invite.  We will be asking for a head count as we get closer so we can plan for food and setup. We will also be sending more directions as we get closer. 

 

Each graduate is responsible for providing their own seating and canopy.  Baby and senior PICTURES are due NEXT FRIDAY and should be sent through email or text.  

 

We will be able to start setting up at the RACC on June 2, in the afternoon, from 3:30-5. We will have everyone spread out and divide the area so there is enough room for us to socially distance.  There will be a picnic dinner provided by Galesburg Meat Company, consisting of pulled pork/chicken sandwiches, baked beans, chips, dessert and beverage.  When Mrs. McQueen contacts the graduates for a head count, she will be asking if there are any food limitations we should be aware of:  we will do our best to ensure each graduate is able to participate in the picnic.

 

I have ordered the invitations and they are here.  They are $5 for 10 and come with an envelop. 

The fee for graduation is $55 and it covers the cost of cap/gown/tassel and the picnic. If you are not able to afford the cost, we do have grants available but we need to ask for them.  Please contact Mrs. McQueen for more information.  (The cap/gown/tassel are yours to keep.)

 

Please keep in mind that everything is subject to change depending on social distancing guidelines

April 23, 2021

Happy Friday!

 

A few things to share:

 

I have attached a letter about student vaccination for children over 16.  Prior registration is required and it's held at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. 

 

Progress reports will be handed out today

 

Next Tuesday, April 27,  we will be going to Kellogg Community College for a visit.  Students will have an opportunity to see the campus and trades center. It is so nice to be able to finally leave our building and give the students this opportunity.  

 

Next Thursday, April 29, is a half day with students being dismissed at 10:45.  The HS will be holding conferences but we will be having ours at the end of May or early June.  As we determine who returns, we look at the following criteria:

1.  Attendance

2. Academic progress

3.  Attitude

 

Students who do not meet our returning requirements will be referred to other programs (such as: JobCorps, YOU, GED, or Adult Education Programs). We realize that Gateway is not always a good fit for some students but we still want each student to find a place to find success.  We will make every effort to help navigate the transition process to the next program as stress free as possible.

 

Starting next week, the MS and HS will not be attending school in person on Wednesdays for the rest of the year. This DOES NOT affect us. We will keep our regular schedule and attend five days. 

Our transportation department will be picking up Gateway students on an adjusted schedule so times might be changed FOR WEDNESDAYS ONLY

It is very important that we know who will need transportation so that the bus drivers don't make unnecessary trips. 

I appreciate that we are able to stay open even though other buildings are closed. We know that our students do better when they are in school.  The structure and support that is provided is necessary for their long term success. 

 

For Seniors:

Graduation will be held at the Richland Area Community Center (RACC) on June 2, 7pm.

Currently, we do not have a limit on the number of guests each graduate may invite.  We will be asking for a head count as we get closer so we can plan for food and setup. 

 

Each graduate is responsible for providing their own seating and canopy.  Baby and senior PICTURES are due NEXT FRIDAY and should be sent through email or text.  

 

We will be able to start setting up at the RACC on June 2, in the afternoon, from 3:30-5. We will have everyone spread out and divide the area so there is enough room for us to socially distance.  There will be a picnic dinner provided by Galesburg Meat Company, consisting of pulled pork/chicken sandwiches, baked beans, chips, dessert and beverage.  When Mrs. McQueen contacts the graduates for a head count, she will be asking if there are any food limitations we should be aware of:  we will do our best to ensure each graduate is able to participate in the picnic.

 

I have ordered the invitations and they are here.  They are $5 for 10 and come with an envelop. 

The fee for graduation is $55 and it covers the cost of cap/gown/tassel and the picnic. If you are not able to afford the cost, we do have grants available but we need to ask for them.  Please contact Mrs. McQueen for more information.  (The cap/gown/tassel are yours to keep.)

 

Please keep in mind that everything is subject to change depending on social distancing guidelines

 

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

April 16, 2021

Happy "testing week is over" Friday

 

Not too much to share this week but want to remind everyone that school is back to normal next week (except that Wednesday is an early release day and students are dismissed at 12:45).

 

Progress reports were not given today as many students were testing and did not complete work.  We will hand them out next week.

 

We will be holding our end of the year conferences at the end of May or early June.  As we determine who returns, we look at the following criteria:

1.  Attendance

2. Academic progress

3.  Attitude

 

Students who do not meet our returning requirements will be referred to other programs (such as: JobCorps, YOU, GED, or Adult Education Programs). We realize that Gateway is not always a good fit for some students but we still want each student to find a place to find success.  We will make every effort to help navigate the transition process to the next program as stress free as possible.

 

 

For Seniors:

Graduation will be held at the Richland Area Community Center (RACC) on June 2, 7pm.

Currently, we do not have a limit on the number of guests each graduate may invite.  We will be asking for a head count as we get closer so we can plan for food and setup. 

 

Each graduate is responsible for providing their own seating and canopy. Ms Schwab will be ordering a banner for each canopy so we need a senior picture BY APRIL 30.   Pictures should be sent through email or text.  We would also like baby pictures by April 30 so we can make a slideshow. 

 

We will be able to start setting up at the RACC on June 2, in the afternoon, from 3-5. We will have everyone spread out and divide the area so there is enough room for us to socially distance.  There will be a picnic dinner provided by Galesburg Meat Company, consisting of pulled pork/chicken sandwiches, baked beans, chips, dessert and beverage.  When Mrs. McQueen contacts the graduates for a head count, she will be asking if there are any food limitations we should be aware of:  we will do our best to ensure each graduate is able to participate in the picnic.

 

I have ordered the invitations and they are here.  They are $5 for 10 and come with an envelop. 

The fee for graduation is $55 and it covers the cost of cap/gown/tassel and the picnic. If you are not able to afford the cost, we do have grants available but we need to ask for them.  Please contact Mrs. McQueen for more information.  (The cap/gown/tassel are yours to keep.)

 

Please keep in mind that everything is subject to change depending on social distancing guidelines

April 9, 2021

It's been an unusually hard  week for some unexplained reason.  I'm not sure if it's because it's the first week back from spring break or if it's because  everyone's sleep schedule is messed up (again) or  because we're all getting used to wearing masks nonstop ....but for whatever reason, it's been challenging for many of us.

AAANNNDDDD we have standardized testing to look forward to next week (it just keeps getting better). We are all super excited (insert eyeroll) but realize that we all will do our best and give effort :)

Schedules for next week were handed out today.  Students that are absent should see Mrs. McQueen on Monday to get theirs (everyone should be here on Monday and Friday).  The schedule is also on our website:

Testing schedule

 

Progress reports will be handed out on Monday

 

For Seniors:

Today is the deadline to apply for scholarships

Scholarship information:

Scholarship information

 

Graduation will be held at the Richland Area Community Center on June 2, 7pm.

Currently, we do not have a limit on the number of guests each graduate may invite.  We will be asking for a head count as we get closer so we can plan for food and setup. 

 

Each graduate is responsible for providing their own seating and canopy. Ms Schwab will be ordering a banner for each canopy so we need a senior picture BY APRIL 30.  (See the Attachment for an example of what was done last year). Pictures should be sent through email or text.  We would also like baby pictures by April 30 so we can make a slideshow. 

 

We will be able to start setting up on June 2, in the afternoon, from 3-5. We will have everyone spread out and divide the area so there is enough room for us to socially distance.  There will be a picnic dinner provided by Galesburg Meat Company, consisting of pulled pork/chicken sandwiches, baked beans, chips, dessert and beverage.  When Mrs. McQueen contacts the graduates for a head count, she will be asking if there are any food limitations we should be aware of:  we will do our best to ensure each graduate is able to participate in the picnic.

 

I have ordered the invitations and am hoping they will be here within the next few weeks.  They are $5 for 10 and come with an envelop. 

The fee for graduation is $55 and it covers the cost of cap/gown/tassel and the picnic. If you are not able to afford the cost, we do have grants available but we need to ask for them.  Please contact Mrs. McQueen for more information.  (The cap/gown/tassel are yours to keep.)

 

Please keep in mind that everything is subject to change depending on social distancing guidelines

March 25, 2021

Today is the last day of school before Spring Break.  

 

Students that wish to work during Spring Break  have been given classes to work on and are expected to not cheat and to keep up with their notes. I will be available on a limited basis to help students who have used their time at school wisely and need assistance.  Students who need me should email or text as my phone service will be limited.  We return on April 5th.

 

The HS will be on an adjusted schedule after Spring Break, that does not affect us.  If we have Covid positive students after the break is over and we need to adjust our days, I will send an email plus contact students. I am hoping that everyone stays Covid free and we can continue as normal.

 

State mandated testing begins on April 13.  I have attached a letter concerning our schedule for the week.  Please refer to it to see when your student is expected to be at school. 

 

For Seniors:

Graduation is coming!! Students are getting excited and we are pleased to announce we have a venue: The Richland Area Community Center 9400 E CD Ave Richland ( http://www.richlandareacc.org/)

There is a soccer field behind/next to the building where we will be able to set up canopies and chairs.  More details will come in the future, as always, keep in mind that things may change if the Governor limits gatherings. 

I may ask students to give me a rough number of anticipated family/friends they wish to invite just so I have an estimate of how many people to expect.  It is my hope that we do not have to limit our guest numbers.

I will be ordering invitations and you can purchase them from me.  The cost is 10 for $5.  They come with an envelope.

 

We also would like 1-2 baby pictures and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services to those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  I NEED SENIOR PICTURES ASAP AS I NEED TO ORDER SOMETHING TO BE USED FOR GRADUATION.

 

We have scholarships available!!!

Scholarships

Scholarship applications are due by April 16th.

 

March 19, 2021

Happy Friday,

We will not have progress reports this week due to Ms Schwab being out of town.  We expect her back next week and hope to have them on Thursday.

 

Please remember that our focus is to help students graduate and ready them for life after graduation.  This means that we encourage them to finish classes and make a plan for their lives. We try to find meaning in each day and make school a place that students want to attend.  Some days are more fun than others as we can't have a party every day, right?

 

One more thing...it looks like standardized testing will be here April 13,14,15.  Many students will be testing depending on what their grade is in our attendance program.  The grade in the attendance program is not always the same as their actual grade (this can be due to many variables, such as: the amount of credits earned, how many years in high school, if they were retained at any point in high school, ect.). 

 

I will let each student know what their testing schedule is or if they are exempt from testing within the next week. I will also have a letter that will be on our website with information and daily schedules.

 

I can promise you it will be crazy as we navigate who does what and determine who goes where! We will get through it.

 

The following information is for seniors:

For seniors:

Our graduation will be June 2, 2021 at 7pm (subject to change). It's too early to speculate where and how many guests will be permitted, just know that there will be something :)  My best guess is that it will be outside.  If we follow the same format as last year, we would have each graduate providing a canopy they were able to decorate and their family members were assigned an area around their canopy. 

 

My recommendation is to be thinking about: 1. Finding a canopy for your family to use 2.  Bringing chairs or something to sit on (like blankets)

 

Mrs. McQueen will be reaching out to seniors for information so we can order caps/gowns/diplomas. 

 

Even last year, with all the restrictions, we had a great time celebrating our graduates. The cost is $55 which covers the purchase of cap/gown/tassel and refreshments. Students with a financial need can ask for assistance in having the cost covered. Checks should be made out to GLCS and are due by May 1st.   

 

We also would like 1-2 baby pictures and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services to those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  Pictures are due by May 1st. 

 

We have scholarships available!!!

Scholarships

 

Have a great weekend

March 12, 2021

 

It's so nice to see the sun today and know that the daylight will last a little longer each day.  Don't forget that time changes this weekend.  I'm sure that our sleep schedules will be messed up for a few days and we will see sleepy kids at school.  We will do our best to keep them awake but know that students who cannot stay awake will be sent home. 

 

Next week on Wednesday, students are dismissed at 12:45 for an early release day.  Please do not let students miss thinking that because we are dismissing early that it is not important for them to attend.  Each day has meaning and when students miss they lose opportunities offered to them.

 

Spring break starts on March 26 and students return on April 5.  Students can work from home during this time.  Although I will be out of town, I will be available by text/email to assist students who need help with classes.  My phone service will not be good but I will be able to respond to text/email email during the day.

 

For seniors:

For seniors:

Our graduation will be June 2, 2021 at 7pm (subject to change). It's too early to speculate where and how many guests will be permitted, just know that there will be something :)  My best guess is that it will be outside.  If we follow the same format as last year, we would have each graduate providing a canopy they were able to decorate and their family members were assigned an area around their canopy. 

 

My recommendation is to be thinking about: 1. Finding a canopy for your family to use 2.  Bringing chairs or something to sit on (like blankets)

 

Mrs. McQueen will be reaching out to seniors for information so we can order caps/gowns/diplomas. 

 

Even last year, with all the restrictions, we had a great time celebrating our graduates. The cost is $55 which covers the purchase of cap/gown/tassel and refreshments. Students with a financial need can ask for assistance in having the cost covered. Checks should be made out to GLCS and are due by May 1st.   

 

We also would like 1-2 baby pictures and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services to those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  Pictures are due by May 1st. 

 

We have scholarships available!!!

Scholarships

 

One more thing...it looks like standardized testing will be here April 13,14,15.  Many students will be testing depending on what their grade is in our attendance program.  The grade in the attendance program is not always the same as their actual grade (this can be due to many variables, such as: the amount of credits earned, how many years in high school, if they were retained at any point in high school, ect.). 

 

I will let each student know what their testing schedule is or if they are exempt from testing within the next week. I will also have a letter that will be on our website with information and daily schedules.

 

I can promise you it will be crazy as we navigate who does what and determine who goes where! We will get through it.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

March 5, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

This week has been full of new experiences for our students! 

 

First, a turkey was cooked...yes, you heard correctly.  A frozen, whole turkey was thawed, the insides removed (those of you that have taken the bag out know what I'm talking about) and was then prepared to be cooked. 

 

Once the turkey was cooked and cooled, the students proceeded to carve it. The meat was used to make enchiladas and soup. The building smelled like Thanksgiving all week. 

 

Another activity that was started this week was the reopening of the greenhouse. Fortunately, we have Laura Kujacznsky to thank for that!  She has been working with the students: spearheading the planting of our veggies, teaching about organic growing, sustainable practices, and sharing her love of gardening. We are extremely fortunate to add her to our Gateway team.

 

Next Wednesday is tax day at Gateway.  Students that need help with their filing of taxes should bring all appropriate documentation to school.  Ms Schwab and Dennis will be helping students file basic taxes during the day.  

 

We have half days on Thursday and Friday with students dismissed at 10:45. On Thursday, students that would like to stay after, have lunch and go bowling are welcome to do so with the staff.  Transportation home will not be provided.  We should be done around 1:00. Cost is $5.00 but students that need financial assistance should let a staff member know and the cost will be covered by our activity fund. 

 

Progress reports were handed out today

 

Spring Break begins on March 26! Students return on April 5. 

 

For seniors:

As of today, our graduation will be June 2, 2021 at 7pm (subject to change). It's too early to speculate where and how many guests will be permitted, just know that there will be something :)  My best guess is that it will be outside.  If we follow the same format as last year, we would have each graduate providing a canopy they were able to decorate and their family members were assigned an area around their canopy. 

My recommendation is to be thinking about: 1. Finding a canopy for your family to use 2.  Bringing chairs or something to sit on (like blankets)

 

Even last year, with all the restrictions, we had a great time celebrating our graduates. The cost is $55 which covers the purchase of cap/gown/tassel and refreshments. Students with a financial need can ask for assistance in having the cost covered. Checks should be made out to GLCS and are due by May 1st.   

We also would like 1-2 baby pictures and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services to those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  Pictures are due by May 1st. 

 

We have scholarships available!!!

Scholarships

 

Have a great weekend.

 

One more thing...it looks like standardized testing will be here in April. I will be updating you in the next few weeks what the schedule looks like. 

 

 

Friday 19, 2021

Just a few things....

Next week, we only have school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to staff receiving our second immunization shots. 

 

Please remember to call if your child will not be at school.  You can call 548-3425 or my cell 269.501.1422

 

That's all for today...

Oh, one more thing....I believe we are going to have four students complete their graduation requirements next week! I'm crossing my fingers.

 

Have a great weekend.

February 12, 2021

Sorry this is so late today...it's been one of those weeks that doesn't seem to end :)

I'm sitting at home, wrapped in a blanket and eating leftover chili from our competition...of course my chili is over my hot dogs and french fries, drenched in loads of cheese :)

I'd like to congratulate Alex and Ivy as they now have bragging rights for the next year due to destroying the competition with their killer chili.

Next week on Wednesday is early release at 12:45 and the following week is a shortened in person week with students attending Monday-Wednesday (Feb. 22-24) and working virtually Thursday and Friday. Staff will be receiving their 2nd vaccination and helping students from home. 

 

For Seniors:

There are numerous scholarships available...

 https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships

Check them out!!

 

Ask me questions...there's lots of $$$$

The application process is pretty easy for most of them.  We've given out thousands of $$$ each year that can be used to help graduates on their educational journey. 

 

As of today, our graduation will be June 2, 2021 at 7pm (subject to change). It's too early to speculate where and how many guests will be permitted, just know that there will be something :) 

Even last year, with all the restrictions, we had a great time celebrating our graduates. The cost is $55 which covers the purchase of cap/gown/tassel and refreshments. Students with a financial need can ask for assistance in having the cost covered. Checks should be made out to GLCS and are due by May 1st.   

We also would like a baby picture and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services for those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  Pictures are due by May 1st. 

 

Remember to let our school nurse know if anyone in your household has covid or been exposed: masper@gulllakecs.org

 

 

 

January 27, 2021

Due to today being the last in person day of school (see yesterday's email) until Tuesday, I am sending all conference materials home with students today.  I will also be emailing paperwork so that you have it for conferences.

In the packet, you fill find the following (in assorted order)

1. Progress report from last week

2. Planned program (this is the sheet with boxes.  Boxes that are crossed off represent classes students have taken: empty ones are those to be completed.)

3. Class report from Plato which indicates classes completed and grades

4. Transcript

5. ASVAB scores for those who took the assessment

 

There is still time to sign up for conferences! If the days/times do not work for you, please contact me and we can work something out.

All conferences will be on zoom.  I will send a link the day before to your email. 

Conference sign up: Conference

 

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO CHECK IN WITH THEIR TEACHER AND WORK FROM HOME EACH DAY

LYNNETTE WALKER: 269.501.1422

GRETCHEN SCHWAB: 269. 254. 1517

LORI MCQUEEN: 269. 290.2408

 

January 22, 2021

Conferences start January 30 and go through February 1. Please sign up here Conferences

Conferences will be virtual.  An email will be sent with a zoom link the day before scheduled conferences.  

Due to conferences, students WILL NOT ATTEND SCHOOL FEBRUARY 1 but are expected to work from home on that day. 

 

Next week on Friday, is the last day of our semester.  Students should have completed (at least) five classes to stay on track. Fortunately, it is within power of each student to get caught up if they put in a little extra effort. Progress reports were handed out today...ask your child to explain what it means. 

 

February 12 is our annual Chili Cook Off.  Students and staff compete for bragging rights (and prizes) for the best Gateway chili. Participants may make chili at school or home. If students need help with purchasing ingredients, they need to give their lists to Ms. McQueen by February 5th.  

 

For Seniors:

There are numerous scholarships available...

Some are for Gateway students only https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships

Some are for any graduating seniors http://www.glcsf.org/2020-2021-scholarship-summary.html

 

Check them out!!

 

Ask me questions...there's lots of $$$$

The application process is pretty easy for most of them.  We've given out thousands of $$$ each year that can be used to help graduates on their educational journey. 

 

As of today, our graduation will be June 2, 2021 at 7pm (subject to change). It's too early to speculate where and how many guests will be permitted, just know that there will be something :) 

Even last year, with all the restrictions, we had a great time celebrating our graduates. The cost is $55 which covers the purchase of cap/gown/tassel and refreshments. Students with a financial need can ask for assistance in having the cost covered. Checks should be made out to GLCS and are due by May 1st.   

We also would like a baby picture and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services for those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  Pictures are due by May 1st. 

 

Remember to let our school nurse know if anyone in your household has covid or been exposed: masper@gulllakecs.org

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday~

 

Today we had a great breakfast, due to our fantastic lunch ladies at the cafeteria making cheese omlettes, bacon and hashbrowns plus Mrs. McQueen and Ms. Schwab coming in early and preparing french toast with sausage. Can you tell that we like starting our morning off with a hearty meal?

 

Seriously though, we have come to realize that students do better when they eat breakfast, which is why we try to have a substantial morning meal. This does take effort and without Mrs. McQueen and Ms Schwab coming in early, this wouldn't happen.  I know I really appreciate them doing this as it's not part of their job descriptions!

 

Next week, students who are not graduating will be taking the ASVAB assessment on Tuesday morning.  This assessment helps us in pointing students in career pathways they might not consider.  The military uses this assessment, but that is not our purpose and no one's information will be given to be recruited.  This is just a free career planning tool we use and one that we use to see student growth (we find it a better indicator of student learning than other standardized tests...it's a lot friendlier). If you have questions, please reach out to me. 

 

Progress reports were handed out today.  We had 10 students who either achieved or went over their weekly goal. 

 

Conferences will be held virtually.  Please sign up Conference

Conferences will be conducted through zoom: a link will be sent the day before your scheduled conference. If the days/times do not work for you, please let me know and we can schedule appropriately. 

 

 

For Seniors:

There are numerous scholarships available...

Some are for Gateway students only https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships

Some are for any graduating seniors https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships

 

Check them out!!

Ask me questions...there's lots of $$$$

The application process is pretty easy for most of them.  We've given out thousands of $$$ each year that can be used to help graduates on their educational journey. 

 

As of today, our graduation will be June 2, 2021 at 7pm (subject to change). It's too early to speculate where and how many guests will be permitted, just know that there will be something :) 

Even last year, with all the restrictions, we had a great time celebrating our graduates. The cost is $55 which covers the purchase of cap/gown/tassel and refreshments. Students with a financial need can ask for assistance in having the cost covered. Checks should be made out to GLCS and are due by May 1st.   

We also would like a baby picture and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services to those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  Pictures are due by May 1st. 

 

Remember to let our school nurse know if anyone in your household has covid or been exposed: masper@gulllakecs.org

 

January 8, 2021

Happy Friday!

 

We've seen a lot of sleepy students this week. We are cautiously optimistic that next week will be better as everyone settles into their school routine.  We do understand that life still isn't stress free and many families are still feeling the residual effects of being unemployed or having hours lessened.

Fortunately, we have a great support system that we have access to that will help students and their families when we reach out to them....so please, don't hesitate to let one of us know if you need assistance. 

 

Next week we have early release on Wednesday with students dismissed at 12:40. Thursday is counseling and art class will resume.

 

Progress reports were handed out to students today. Please ask your child to explain what their report means.  If you need clarification, please contact Ms. Schwab at gschwab@gulllakecs.org

 

Conferences are coming soon.  Winter Conferences

Conferences will be conducted through zoom: a link will be sent the day before your scheduled conference. If the days/times do not work for you, please let me know and we can schedule appropriately. 

 

As of today, our graduation will be June 2, 2021 at 7pm (subject to change). It's too early to speculate where and how many guests will be permitted, just know that there will be something :) 

Even last year, with all the restrictions, we had a great time celebrating our graduates. The cost is $55 which covers the purchase of cap/gown/tassel and refreshments. Students with a financial need can ask for assistance in having the cost covered. Checks should be made out to GLCS and are due by May 1st.   

We also would like a baby picture and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services to those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  Pictures are due by May 1st. 

 

Remember to let our school nurse know if anyone in your household has covid or been exposed: masper@gulllakecs.org

January 1, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

The staff and I are looking forward to seeing all the students back at school on MONDAY.  Yes, you heard me correctly, MONDAY.  

We will be back to five days a week and anticipate a fantastic return.

 

A few things to remember:

 

1. Masks must be worn (sigh).  Until we are told otherwise, everyone will still be required to wear one.  We are not going to argue with students over this.  It is what it is.  Any student who has to be constantly reminded to wear their mask will be sent upstairs until someone can come and pick them up.  

We would like to focus on helping students with their classes and getting them ready to graduate and don't want to spend unnecessary energy on mask usage. 

We will be doing our best to contact trace if anyone has Covid-19 so we do not have to close the entire school. Students will be assigned seats and kept in small groups (to the best of our ability). 

Remember to let Nurse Megan know if anyone in your home has Covid-19 masper@gulllakecs.org

 

2. School is still a drug, vape, alcohol, and fighting free zone.  Consequences are harsh. 

 

3. School still starts at 7:40 with doors locking at 8:00.  Students are expected to be on time.  Students that drive or are dropped off  that are late due to bad road conditions are permitted to arrive after 8:00 ONLY on days that warrant it.  We do not wish for anyone to be unsafe trying to make it before 8:00 on a day when roads are bad. 

 

4. Students that would like to go for walks must have proper attire (coat, boots).  

Students that need items should let a staff member know as we have access to them. 

 

5. Students should bring all notes to school so they can continue to work on classes.  We do not want to have to reprint class notes as we have to pay by the page. Remember that notes are mandatory and classes are not completed until they are turned in. 

 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Happy New Year!

 

December 18, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will be the last report of this calendar year...so crazy to think that 2020 will be over.  I'm not too sad to say goodbye, though.

 

It hasn't all been bad, right? We've learned that we can adapt and schools are more than just about teaching kids how to read and write. 

 

I know that I took for granted the students and the wonderful craziness that each day brought. I have come to realize (even more than I already knew) how much I need and value the people I work with and that this school needs all of us (staff, students and parents) to be successful.

 

So thank you to Gretchen, Lori, Dennis, students, and families for cementing what I already knew: Gateway isn't a building.  It's a culmination of people with an idea that second (third, fourth, fifth?) chances are necessary, and kids need a safe place to regroup and recover with those who understand that learning can only come after needs are met. 

 

Gateway is a concept that people matter more than education and you can love people without liking what they do. Our students are like our kids and we've missed them. We are looking forward to seeing them on January 4th (of course, by January 5 we may be wondering when spring break is :)  If anything changes, we will let you know

 

Have a great holiday. 

 

See information about Meal Distribution during the break

 

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December 11, 2020

 

Next week the students' Christmas gifts will be ready starting on Monday.  Students need to let their teacher know if he/she will be coming in or it needs it to be dropped off. 

We have assorted hours between the three of us so someone should be able to be here for those that want to stop by. 

 

Progress reports were sent to give you an idea of how students are doing not as a way to get anyone in trouble  as we know life is complicated.  We have been aware of students telling parents they were working when if fact, they weren't. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher.

 

We are still hoping to be back in school January 4, five days a week.  I will keep you posted. 

 

December 4, 2020

Happy Friday!

I'm so glad that our quarantine is finally over.  I'm glad to be able to leave my home today and stop at school for a little while and catch up on some paperwork. 

Remember that students are expected to work on classes and check in with their teacher every day.  You'd think that the students would have this down by now, but there are still several students not doing both parts. The staff doesn't like nagging and constantly reminding the kids...it would be so much easier if they would just do their work and check in daily :)  Job security, right? lol

 

Next week, there are two school days: Monday and Tuesday.  The rest of the week there is no school BUT I will be around if anyone needs a test unlocked or anything else.  Just call/text and I'll be glad to help. As of now, we are anticipating students back to Gateway on December 10th but as I mentioned earlier, students are to be logging in and working toward their daily goal. 

 

 

The following is from Nurse Megan:

Parents should still be letting us know if:

Their student(s) or anyone else in their household tests positive for COVID-19

Their student(s) has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (considered a close contact within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more)

My contact info: 269-548-3529 masper@gulllakecs.org or contact Lynnette Walker 269-501-1422

 

There will not be a Friday report next week due to the holiday.

November 20, 2020

Happy Friday!

I'm so glad that our quarantine is finally over.  I'm glad to be able to leave my home today and stop at school for a little while and catch up on some paperwork. 

Remember that students are expected to work on classes and check in with their teacher every day.  You'd think that the students would have this down by now, but there are still several students not doing both parts. The staff doesn't like nagging and constantly reminding the kids...it would be so much easier if they would just do their work and check in daily :)  Job security, right? lol

 

Next week, there are two school days: Monday and Tuesday.  The rest of the week there is no school BUT I will be around if anyone needs a test unlocked or anything else.  Just call/text and I'll be glad to help. As of now, we are anticipating students back to Gateway on December 10th but as I mentioned earlier, students are to be logging in and working toward their daily goal. 

 

 

The following is from Nurse Megan:

Parents should still be letting us know if:

Their student(s) or anyone else in their household tests positive for COVID-19

Their student(s) has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (considered a close contact within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more)

My contact info: 269-548-3529 masper@gulllakecs.org or contact Lynnette Walker 269-501-1422

 

There will not be a Friday report next week due to the holiday.

 

November 13, 2020

 

Yep...Friday the 13th strikes again!  I don't know about you, can't take any more craziness in my life!

 

This week finds us working from home, under quarantine.  Please encourage your child to continue to stay home until next Thursday.  Remember that we will return to school on November 30 (NOT the 20th as we originally believed). Students are expected to work DAILY AND check in with their teacher.  Would you believe me if I told you that some of the students have "forgotten" that they are supposed to work from home? (I am shaking my head in amazement and wonder.)  Believe me, we do understand that working from home is not what any of us signed up for and most of us do not function well in segregation. (Talk to Mrs. McQueen who is at home with her three high schoolers and has one home from college...she can use your prayers!)

 

The staff and I continue to contact students daily and assist with classes.  We are also available to help families that need assistance.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

Lori McQueen: 269.290.2408

Gretchen Schwab: 269.254.1517

Dennis LeClear: 269.270.2899

Lynnette Walker: 269.501.1422

 

I am reminded that "this too shall pass"...most likely painfully, like a kidney stone, but we will get through this, HOPEFULLY BY wearing our masks, social distancing, washing our hands, and having patience with one another. The alternative....well, let's not go there :)

Signing off from my quarantined home,

 

November 6, 2020

 

Today was picture day.  Pictures can still be ordered online.  I have attached a form with information.

 

If your child wishes to meet with our therapist on an individual basis, please fill out the attached form granting permission.

  

Please remember that we are a seated program...meaning that students are expected to be at school everyday. If students are sick, then that does NOT count against their attendance. Students that have multiple absences for illness should have a written dr. note to excuse them.

The adult/guardian/parent in charge of each student is expected to excuse the student EACH DAY when he/she is not at school.  When we do not hear from anyone, the student is marked unexcused and that goes against their attendance record. 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. We have had a few students stop coming to school (and we don't know why) and we will be filling their spots with those who are on our waitlist.  Communication is extremely important. If there is something going on that keeps a student from attending school, we need to know about it!

 

Art class started this week and will continue each Monday for five weeks. 

 

Bowling at Richland Lanes will be Thursday after school.  Cost is $5.00 (we will cover the cost for those who are unable to pay). Students should be picked up at Gateway at 4:00. If a student needs a ride home, they should contact a staff member by TUESDAY.

 

Progress reports will be handed out today.  They were not impressive.  Remember, Wednesday is a work day.  Students who do NOT check in AND work are marked absent....and yes, this goes against their attendance. 

 

We want our school to stay open!! We are doing everything we can to make Gateway  safe and as germ free as possible. We encourage hand washing and mask wearing....but the mask wearing is getting a little challenging at times.  We don't want to make an issue of it but we will send home students who won't wear their masks. 

 

Students are expected to turn in guided notes at the end of each class. Notes are handed out when the class is assigned.  Notes are "fill in the blank" and can be used for quizzes, tests, and the final.  Also, notes that are done well can earn up to 10 extra points on the final exam. In addition, notes are a way for staff to monitor that students are watching the videos and are indeed doing the work in their classes (and hopefully not cheating).  Notes MUST be turned in for classes to be completed and credit to be earned.  

 

November 23 & 24 are half days: we are dismissed at 10:45.  There is no school on the 25, 26, 27. 

 

I hope you enjoy your weekend.  Who would have thought it would be 70 outside?

October 30, 2020

Don't forget that time changes this weekend!

Testing is over (we are all so glad!) and we can get back to normal.

 

A few things:

Please let me know if you would like a Thanksgiving Basket which would be provided by Grace Spring Church (they would contact you directly after I give them your contact information) and/or a turkey for Thanksgiving.  

 

Picture day is November 6.  See the attachment (Gateway Academy Fall Flyer) if you would like to order pictures: there is no obligation to purchase. School ID's will be made using pictures taken on that day. 

 

We are going bowling after school on November 12.  Cost is $5 but we will cover the cost for those who cannot afford it.  Students should be picked up at Gateway at 4:00. Students that need a ride home will need a permission slip signed.

 

Progress reports were given to students today. 

 

Remember that Gateway is a drug/vape/alcohol/fighting free school. We work with the Kalamazoo County Police Dept and will conduct searches (at times) with their assistance as part of our Safety Plan. We also have lock down, fire and tornado drills as throughout the year. 

 

Have a great weekend and stay safe. 

 

 

October 23, 2020

Remember, due to conferences tomorrow, there is no in person school Friday.  Students are still expected to log in, check in, and work on classes. We are marking students absent who are not meeting attendance requirements.

 

There is still time to sign up for conferences. I can also meet next week if you weren't able to attend this week. Just let me know a day/time that works for you. 

 

Picture day is November 6.  See the attachment (Gateway Academy Fall Flyer) if you would like to order pictures: there is no obligation to purchase. School ID's will be made using pictures taken on that day. 

 

Remember that testing is next Tuesday and Thursday.  Yes, there are more attachments (SAT Fall Testing). Next week, students should come on Monday, their test day, and Friday. The other days they are expected to log in, check in, and work on classes. 

 

Dennis LeClear has asked me to include a permission slip for individual counseling.  Students that request private sessions need to have the form returned. Please note that there is never a charge for counseling sessions, although he would like to bill insurance companies for those that have that benefit. AGAIN THERE IS NEVER ANY OUT OF POCKET CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE WE PROVIDE. 

See attachment (Dennis LeClear Counseling).

 

As the holidays approach, we know that anxiety levels can rise and money levels can lower.  If you need a holiday meal or help with providing gifts for your family, please contact me or any of our staff.  Our school has friends in the community that are here to support us in amazing and creative ways.  

 

We will be planning a bowling outing in the next few weeks...sometime in November. The cost will be $5, but we have extra $$ to cover those who need help paying.  Transportation home is not provided but if a student needs a ride, staff will be glad to help out (with a previously signed permission slip). More details to come as we get closer. 

 

Have a great day!

 

 

October 16, 2020


The next few weeks are only going to be a little crazy (I know, what's new, right?) as our schedule is changed due to conferences and mandated state testing.Good Friday!

Conferences begin next week, with the option of in person (outside) or zoom.  When you sign up, please indicate your preference.  If no option is indicated, I will assume zoom and will send a link to your email address and/or phone number.

Conference signup

 

Oct 19: School

Oct 20: School

Oct 21: Work from home

Oct 22: School (counseling)

Oct 23 : Work from home (due to conferences)

 

The following week:

Oct 26: School

Oct 27: SEE ATTACHMENT ABOUT MANDATED TESTING

Oct 28: Work from home

Oct 29: SEE ATTACHMENT ABOUT MANDATED TESTING

Oct 30: School

 

The following week:

Nov 2: School

Nov 3: School

Nov 4: Work from home

Nov 5: School (counseling)

Nov 6: School pictures.  You may purchase pictures but are not obligated to.  School ID's will be issued using the picture taken that day.

 

We will be sending home a form to allow for individual counseling sessions with Dennis LeClear.  Many times the students will ask Dennis for a private session with him and the form allows him to counsel and charge your private insurance (if you have it).  You will never have to pay for any out of pocket costs.  If you do not have insurance, he will still meet with those who request his time.  If you have questions, please contact either Dennis or me. 

 

 

 

 

 

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For some reason not everyone received this Friday, so I am resending it:

Happy first week of school!!

It was absolutely wonderful to see everyone's half face this week (you know, wearing masks, we can only see half of their faces).

 

Can you believe we are getting ready for conferences? Unfortunately, they will be virtual as we are trying to keep extra bodies out of the building. Please sign up by typing your name in the box.  We will send you a link for a zoom meeting. 

conference schedule

If you need a time/date that isn't listed, please let me know and we can schedule more day/times

 

Next week looks like this:

Oct 12: School

Oct 13: School

Oct 14: Work from home

Oct 15: School (counseling)

Oct 16: School

 

The following week:

Oct 19: School

Oct 20: School

Oct 21: Work from home

Oct 22: School (counseling)

Oct 23 : Work from home (due to conferences)

 

The following week:

Oct 26: School

Oct 27: SEE ATTACHMENT ABOUT MANDATED TESTING

Oct 28: Work from home

Oct 29: SEE ATTACHMENT ABOUT MANDATED TESTING

Oct 30: School

 

I have been asked if students can work remotely and still be enrolled at Gateway.  That is a little tricky as we want to be appropriate for all students.  

The answer is: it depends on circumstances.

Our program is what we call "seated", meaning that students are expected to be in school, in person, each day we are open. Our students perform better when they are in school and many times they depend on us for more than their education. 

If a parent would like for their child to work virtually, I recommend that they look into transferring to the the Gull Lake Virtual Program at the next semester. 

 

Students that have a medical issue, that is documented by a doctor, asking for a revised schedule can have an accommodated schedule that is appropriate for him/her.  

We are not a "one size fits all" program and we cannot please everyone.  However, we will always do our best to be appropriate for all of our students...but at the end of the day, we have standards and rules that we believe reflect our mission statement and the culture of the program.

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

 

Please keep in mind that good attendance is a requirement of the program.  We have a wait list of students who would like to be here and are waiting for a spot to open.

 

Have a great weekend!!

 

 

 

September 28, 2020

Can you believe that by this time next week, all of the kids will be with us!! The staff and I are extremely excited to welcome back returning students and look forward to connecting with new ones.

 

Each one of the parents will be receiving a phone call or text from a staff member within the next day or two.  Our goal is to talk to everyone by Wednesday. If you don’t wish to receive a call, then respond to this email asap and let me know. Otherwise,  if you haven't heard from one of us by Thursday, please reach out to me.  Make a list of your questions so you don't forget :)

 

The following are a few questions I have received so far (please note that our handbook is referenced for more detail, but I have summarized when possible):

 

School start/stop time/tardiness policy:

See handbook

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1575472681/gulllakecsorg/ygn0oc8wvn8curjehfuw/HandbookGLGA2019-20.pdf

Doors open at 715 but the lobby is open at 700.

School starts at 740.  Students are marked absent after 740.  Students may come after 740 if there is an emergency up until 800 or if they have documentation for an appointment.

At 801 doors lock and students are not permitted in.

Students need to be excused by their adult or they are considered skipping school. Students that skip school are suspended for the following day:   their online account is disabled and they cannot work from home. 

 

Our cleaning procedures and plan when students are sick:

See District Health and Safety Document

https://www.gulllakecs.org/return-to-learn-2020/health-and-safety-information

Staff will sanitize rooms at 1130.  Students will wash hands on a rotating basis every two hours, starting at 930.

If a student is not feeling well, he/she will be isolated and a parent will be called and someone will need to pick up the student. 


 

Our dress code for clothes and masks:

See handbook

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Nothing worn should distract from education.


 

What happens if a student brings an illegal item/substance to school:

See handbook

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1575472681/gulllakecsorg/ygn0oc8wvn8curjehfuw/HandbookGLGA2019-20.pdf

If a student wants to bring a vape or other illegal items to school, Gateway is not the right place to be and we will be glad to help him/her to find another school.

 

What happens if a student fights:

See Handbook

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1575472681/gulllakecsorg/ygn0oc8wvn8curjehfuw/HandbookGLGA2019-20.pdf

We are too small of a school to have fighting and I’m not big enough to break up one. If there are issues that could lead to a fight, we have ways of helping students resolve them before it goes too far. 

 

Phone policy:

See handbook

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1575472681/gulllakecsorg/ygn0oc8wvn8curjehfuw/HandbookGLGA2019-20.pdf

Use during breaks or lunch.  If phone is needed during class time, ask first before using or it will be taken away.


 

Blankets/masks:

Gateway will not be providing blankets this year (although if a student would like a blanket and doesn't have one, he/she should let a teacher know and we will be glad to see what we can do).  It is the responsibility of each student to make sure blankets are clearly labeled and easily identified. 

We will provide two masks to be left at school to students that want them.   Students will need to provide masks for their rides to and from school. Masks will be washed daily. 

 

What does a “typical” day look like?

Students sanitize upon entering the building and are given masks.

We begin with breakfast until 800.

From 800-930, students will work on classes. 

Break begins with **handwashing at 930 and lasts until 945.  

From 945-1100 students work on classes.

Lunch is 1100-1130.

Masks will be rotated after lunch.

Staff will clean work surfaces at 1130, clean up the kitchen and students will **wash hands.

The afternoon will consist of exercise and work based learning opportunities.

Laundry will start at 100 (blankets and masks).

**Handwashing at 130.

Dismissal at 200.

School in person Monday/Tuesday, ^^remote Wednesday, in person Thursday/Friday

**students may wash hands more than at just designated times and sanitizer is available around the building

^^remote learning details: students work toward meeting daily goal,  or work on projects, must check in with teacher
 

Food services:

Food is free for all students, regardless of income. Students that wish to bring food from home are encouraged to have pre packaged items when possible. Staff will be serving students from the kitchen and limiting extra time in our kitchen area. 

 

How will I know if school closes?

You will receive a call from the district, I will post on Facebook, you will receive an email, and many times, Channel 3 will also have an announcement. Gateway usually follows the schedule of the District although there have been times when, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had a different schedule. We try to give as much notice as possible when this happens.  Please make sure our staff has current contact information on file. 

 

Will there be standardized testing this year?

If it were up to me, the answer would be no, but it’s not up to me.  I will be sending a separate email on Friday with information about testing on October 27 or 29 for all students.

 

Do I need to fill out any more forms this year?

Yes.  All families need to fill out the following Covid-19 Health Screening Health Agreement (one per family)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCYsEo4AbK-PgKF-yYMpgz1r72th_gIUDCWtJ_6KiIBmKhBg/viewform


 

Have a great Monday and we will talk with you soon.

 

Lynnette Walker, M.A. Ed.

Friday Report

 

Parents/Guardians/Students:

 

Happy Friday Before We Start School In Person!!!

 

As you hopefully by now remember, Gateway students will start in person Monday morning at 7:40am.  Our staff is counting the hours until we see all our students and the students feel the same way, I am sure :)

 

Please remember that students will need to wear masks during the day.  We will give "mask breaks" and allow students to go outside, so they may want to bring something warm to warm on the colder days. We will also let them work outside when weather permits. 

 

Keep in mind that this is our first pandemic.  Some things will work better than others.  We will evaluate what works...and what doesn't and keep trying until we get it right. 

 

Students, an invitation was sent for you to join our Google classroom.  Please respond so that you will be able to order lunch and do other activities we will be sending your way.  

 

We know that many  are anxious about coming Monday and we want to do everything we can to make the day less strenuous. Please contact me this weekend if you have ideas that can help with the transition. 

 

I have attached a few letters to this email.  One set is about a food program that will begin in a few weeks.  The form will be sent home Monday and need to be returned asap.  

The other attachment is about fall testing. 

Please contact me with questions. 

 

Due to the pandemic, all students will have access to free meals (we're thinking until the end of December or possibly longer) but we are requesting that all families fill out a form for us to submit.  If you have already filled out a form, you do not need to fill it out again. We are sending them home Monday and would like them back asap. 

 

Our schedule looks like this:

740 school starts

800 classes begin (remember, doors lock at 801)

945 hand washing/break

1100 lunch

1130 building cleaning (by teachers) afternoon work based projects or working on classes on chromebooks or outdoor activities

130 hand washing

200 school dismissed

 

Students will not be permitted to use their phones during class and will be going through withdrawal, I am sure.  They are used to using them 24/7 and it's going to be a shock when they have to be without them. We will be patient (just a little) but do not want to be taken advantage of.  

 

I wish you the best and hope you all know how much we care. 

Enjoy your weekend

 

June 5, 2020

As I see the world around me, my heart hurts for those who are in pain. We all have our own views, opinions, and life experiences that influence us, making us the unique individuals we are. Many times we may have to agree to disagree. What I can tell you all, is that at Gateway, all students, ALL STUDENTS, are valued, cherished, loved and protected.  Period.    

 

 

It's hard to believe that this is the last Friday report for the year. As soon as we are cleared to get together, we will plan some activities. 

     

 

Students that are not taking summer school classes should return their chrome books and chargers plus pay any fines that are owed. I will be there  today and Tuesday, June 9, from 5-6. Mrs. McQueen will be at school from Monday-Thursday, 9-2  June 22-25.

All classes must be finished by June 10, 5pm or will need to be restarted in the fall.  Student plato accounts will be disabled on JuneA 10 sometime after 5pm: email will remain open.

 

Any student that would like to return in the fall must contact me by email or phone to re enroll.  Enrollment is not guaranteed as spaces are limited.  Interviews will take place during the summer.

 

Senior news:

Graduation is July 1, 2020

The governor is allowing  gatherings of up to 100 (as of today) with social distancing. I do not know if this will change by July 1.  

 

All seniors need to be done with classes by June 10, 5pm.  I will know by then how many students will qualify to graduate. Once I have that number, I will determine how many guests each graduate may invite, if we are still limited to 100 at our ceremony. Graduation will be a ticketed event if nothing changes.

Please know that none of our staff want this to happen. We have never had to limit the number of guests at graduation but this decision is not  up to me. 

We will keep our website updated with information as it does change quickly.

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/information/gateway-news  

I found this article to be beneficial:

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/when-can-michigan-enter-phase-5-and-what-it-will-include  

 

When I am given the ok to have students in the building, we will plan times for seniors to work on their ceiling tiles. I have to admit, I love the ceiling tiles!! I enjoy looking at them and remembering the students represented by the pictures on the ceiling. I don't want to be robbed of them when there are so many things that have been taken away from us this year. I NEED THEM (end of rant).

 

On behalf of our staff, we would like to congratulate Aaron Bohn for receiving $3000 and Hali Newcomb $1000 in scholarships.  Well done both of you!! Look for their pictures in the Communicator in the GLCS Foundation  and Gateway Academy sections, as well as on our website.  We are so proud of them and all of our graduates!!

 

All Gateway graduates will receive a certificate at graduation worth $500 to continue their educational aspirations. The certificate is good for two years (directions for use are on the certificate). 
 

This gift is due to a very special family that sees the potential in all of our students and their desire to help them with the next steps in their lives.  This husband and wife team are referred to as our Godparents.  They are anonymous and wish to remain that way.  They are the ones who make many of the extras that we do for students and their families possible.  

 

Notes on Food Distribution:

 

Tuesday, June 9 will be the last day of food distribution, but we have many resources available for you if you still need assistance.

 

Gull Lake Food Service will still be handing out lunch and breakfast bags at Kellogg Elementary on Tuesday and Friday from 11-12. They will be at Haven Reformed Church from 12-1

 

Additional food supplies are available at the following locations:

 

Great Grounds Coffee in Richland, Tuesday, 11-12

 

Haven Reformed Church, Sprinkle Road, first and third Saturday, 8:30-9:30

 

Sherman Lake YMCA, Augusta, Friday, 3-5

 

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Neigh Pantry Assoc/Urbandale3515 W. Michigan Ave.Battle Creek, MI 49037 

M-W, 10-11:45 

 

Additional food pantry locations can be found at : https://smfoodbank.org/pantry-locator/

 

Of course, if you don't get the help you need from one of these organizations, please let us know and we are happy to help. We are around all summer and have resources available (no questions asked).

 

As I end this email, my heart is heavy as I long to say a proper, in person goodbye...so, I just won't say goodbye...just know you are in my heart all of the time.

We will plan something in the summer as soon as it won't get me in trouble :)

Love to you all

 

 

Graduation Information

Due to the extension of the Stay at Home Order, we will have graduation on July 1. 

I was hoping that we would be able to figure something out and be able to have our ceremony on June 10, but we can't and follow the guidelines that are currently in place.  

Many of us are from around here, so it would be easy to just change the date at a moment's notice but we do have people from out of state that wish to be present.  To be fair to them, we need to give them enough time to plan ahead. 

I hope you understand that we cannot please everyone and we have made decisions trying to be mindful that we are creating this as we go along.

All classes must be completed by June 10, 5pm. 

Caps and gowns can be picked up at the following days from 5pm-6pm:

5/26

5/29

6/2

6/5

6/9

Additional days/times:

6/22-6/25 from 9am-2pm

 

Fee of $55 is due at pickup time or checks can be mailed to :

 GLGA 

 10100 East D Ave 

Richland, MI 49083

If you are unable to afford the fee, please let me know.

ALSO DON'T FORGET TO TURN IN CHROME BOOKS AND PAY ANY FEES THAT ARE DUE TO THE HIGH SCHOOL

 

Details about graduation:

 

Who: Graduates and their families will each have up to two vehicles in a procession that begins at Grace Springs Church at 6:30 and ends at Living Hope Church. We will be accompanied by the Richland Police and Fire Department. Grads can decorate their cars and wear their caps and gowns as we make our way through Richland. Those not in the procession can meet us at the church

What: Graduation Ceremony at Sunset

Where: Start at Grace Springs Church and ends at Living Hope Church

When: July 1, 6:30 meet time and starting upon arrival

Why: Duh?

 

Additional details:

Ceremony will be held outside (assuming that social distancing measures will still be in place) at the back of the church. There is a large grassy field. Each family will be assigned a space, which will be marked with chalk.

We would like for each family to provide a portable canopy for their area, lawn chairs, blankets and decorate their section. You can come up earlier in the day to do this. Details to be decided, following social distancing rules.

If you are unable to provide a canopy, please let Mts. Walker know.

Gateway will provide a banner to hang from the canopy with grads picture on it, a party basket per family (we will need a headcount), beverages, bug spray, glowie sticks and a porta potty :)

 

We understand that it will be hotter than any of us would like. It might rain. There will be bugs. There will be plenty of things to complain about (wait until you see my hair in the humidity!!). We could focus on all of the negative instead of remembering what is important...the 18 graduates who worked their butts off to have a memorable night...and by gosh...we will do our darndest to give them that.

 

Whatever night we celebrate...it's going to be awesome!

I will try to provide more clarification as we get closer but I am finally able to share these details with you.

We have never had to limit the number of guests but I will have to follow the rules set by the governor....so keep your fingers crossed that we will be able to "party like it's 1999"....yeah, that was kinda lame but you know what I mean.

 

 

 

Friday Report 5/14

Happy Friday!!

 

As I try to navigate my life right now, I have to admit that I long for the days of getting up at 5:30am, driving 45 minutes to school, writing empty reports, and butting heads with students. 

 

Those were the kind of days that gave me purpose and I didn't even know it.  I wish I would have done better at savoring the sameness of my days. Why do we have to lose what we love to appreciate it better?

 

This doesn't only apply only to my job but to the relationships in my workplace. The people I work with are incredible but rarely do I give them the credit they deserve.   Shame on me!!! Mrs. McQueen, Dennis LeClear, and Ms. Schwab are the ones who work with your children on a daily basis, who hold their hands, hearts, and minds, enabling them to become successful.  Ms. Sherri is their personal cheerleader, going crazy and giving them snacks when they pass classes.  Going to see her is the best part of earning credit.

 

Because of the support of the administrators upstairs, (Mr. Bordner, Mrs. Anderson, and Mr. Rittenhouse) I am able to do my job to the best of my ability. They are always ready  and willing to support the students and our Gateway staff. We are truly grateful that they understand our program is non-traditional and that we do things differently downstairs. 

 

I realize that Teacher Appreciation Week was last week, but I wanted to give a shout out to those in my immediate world and say thank you for making Gateway a place where students can become successful. 

 

Parents and Students,

Thank you for giving us a chance to know you. Our staff appreciates your trust and willingness to support us. None of us expected our school year to start off with the EEE virus, experience the flu bug, and now live in the days of Covid....it certainly has been a year no one could have predicted.  

 

In my email tomorrow, I will be talking about summer school and graduation. Of course, everything is subject to change but I can at least give you an idea of what the next month looks like.

 

Today, embrace what you have...who you have.... and take a moment to be grateful. 

Friday Report 5/3

In my defense, everyday is Monday!!

Nothing much to say except that food pickup is still going strong and we can still add families to our list.  Just let me know if you would like to be included.  It's each Tuesday and Friday from 5:15-6:15.

 

Graduation is still being planned. Everytime I have something, the governor changes things on me (and the rest of the state ) and I have to readjust.  Right now, we are looking into June.  As soon as she gives the go ahead to plan...we will be ready and I will share details with you all. Please continue to be patient.

 

We would like for graduating seniors to plan on painting their ceiling tiles SOON.  They can pick up tiles and take them home to work on OR wait until some of the restrictions are lifted and we can have an afternoon at school to work on them.  

 

We know that mental wellnes can be challenging during this time of confinement.  I was encouraged to read about the following resources on mlive.com

 

"Michigan residents can now text a hotline to receive mental health support as part of an initiative during the coronavirus pandemic, the state announced Saturday.Texting “RESTORE” to 741741 will launch a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ “Stay Home, Stay Well” initiative, according to a May 2 news release.

Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help residents coping with any mental health crisis, including anxiety, financial stress, suicidal thoughts and domestic violence."     https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/05/michigan-launches-mental-health-crisis-text-line-for-support-during-coronavirus.html

 

Our staff is here for you.  Don't hesitate to reach out.

 

 

Friday Report 4/24

For this Friday, here's a video of some of our favorite memories from the school year :)

 

https://youtu.be/JtdDvueoD-I

 

 

Remember, food pickup is each Tuesday and Friday from 5:15-6:15.  If you would like to receive meals (and are not currently on our list),please let me know.

 

Stay safe. 

Friday Report 4/17

I'd like to say, "Happy Friday" but is it really Friday? I swear yesterday was Friday, or maybe it is tomorrow? My days feel like episodes of Twilight Zone or Groundhog Day...feel me? 

 

As our staff reaches out to students, we are glad to hear that many of them are doing well.  Of course we know that we don't always hear the whole story and hope that you will reach out if you need anything.

 

We are handing out meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:15-6:15.  If you are not on our list and would like to start receiving food, just let us know.  When school let out in March, many of us never dreamed that the economy would be where it is today.  Don't feel bad if your household needs a little extra sustenance...I swear, teens can eat their weight on a daily basis!!

 

We have generous friends in our community that have made it possible for us to have funds to make sure all our students are taken care of. As things may get worse before they get better, don't despair and think you are alone.  We can  help.  

 

Please encourage your children to finish their classes before the end of the school year.  All classes not completed will have to be restarted again in the fall....and no one wants to do that!!!

 

We have received notification that some of our students have fees on their accounts that need to be paid.  The fees occurred when the student was at the high school.  Mrs. McQueen will be contacting families within the next week or two with the totals.  If items were missing and are found, they can be dropped off at Gateway on Tuesdays or Fridays from 5:15-6:15 and then the charge will be removed. Remember...We did not charge your child for damages or lost items...the fees followed them when they transferred.  If you have questions about the charge, you can contact the teacher at the HS and ask for clarification.

 

Please know that we are going to plan something to honor our graduates this summer....as soon as the restrictions are lifted. So far, Aaden and DaShon have finished their classes since we stopped meeting daily.  We'd like to congratulate them on being our newest graduates!!! YIPPEE

 

Be safe and have a great weekend....unless today is Saturday :) I still don't remember what today is. I did at least make my bed :)

Friday Report 4/3

Does anyone else feel like they are living in the Twilight Zone? My days and nights are all mixed up...don't even ask me when was the last time I wore jeans!! I hope they still fit :)

 

In case you were wondering, Gateway kids are expected to continue working on their classes (no surprise there, right?). If your child is having difficulty, please let your contact person know so that we can provide additional support.  Additional support may look like:  guided notes, facetime learning, or adjusted classes.  

 

Mrs. McQueen will be contacting graduates and their families with updated information next week.  We don't know too much at this point, but she will be touching base just to keep you informed.  If you do not hear from her by next Friday (April 10), please reach out to her as she may not have your contact information.  lmcqueen@gulllakecs.org

 

Don't forget that we are handing out food each Tuesday and Friday, 4-6pm at Gateway.  If you have not contacted me previously and would like to be on our distribution list, just let me know how many children you have and we can include you on the next delivery day. 

 

It's hard to believe that today was supposed to be the first day of spring break!! I feel like we've been on break for long enough and I'm ready to get back to school. I know many of our students are missing the normalcy of their school routine and their friends...we miss it too.  

 

Dennis will have another letter on Monday with some tips and ideas on how we can navigate the anxious feelings many of us have right now.  Feel free to reach out to him or any of us if we can be of assistance.

 

Although our building is closed, our hearts are not. 

Stay safe.

Friday Report 3/28

Happy Saturday!

 

So what is your new normal? Mine is staying up until 9:00 (an hour later than I used to) and sleeping in until 7:00 (an hour and a half later than I used to).  I  found  a pan in my cupboard that is supposed to be used for baking cheesecake (did you know that the side comes off and if it's not closed completely, the filling seeps out all over the oven....yeah, don't ask me how I know this!!).

 

Hopefully your household has found a routine that is working for you. Please encourage your child to find a routine with schoolwork. Some of our students haven't worked as much as they need to...I am especially concerned about some of our seniors who need to complete classes so they can graduate this year.

 

Until we are told differently, we are expecting to see students back to school April 14 (which is a Tuesday).  The governor is expected to address education this week so stay tuned as to what this means to us.  Because our classes are delivered virtually we may have different requirements than traditional schools. So don't jump to conclusions....just have your child continue working on classes. 

 

Our first food pickup was yesterday.  It was great to see so many of you!! Don't forget that pickup is each Tuesday and Friday from 4-6.  If you haven't contacted me previously and would like to receive food bags, please let me know and I can still add you to our list. Those that have contacted me, expect to receive the same amount each week.  If you are not going to be able to get your food, please let me know so that we can give it to someone else.  The food is perishable so we are unable to save it. 

 

We also have extra food as well as personal care items available   If you have a specific need, please let your staff person know so that we can do our best to have it for you at the next pickup date.  

 

As always, we are here for you and your family. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need anything.

 

Friday Report #2 3/20

You can find all Friday reports on our website: https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/friday-reports

 

Starting Monday, our Food Services staffers will be handing out meals in a drive through fashion.  

What I know so far is that you have to be present to receive food (you cannot pick up food for other people). 

I will have more information later today as to location and time.

 

See below each student and their contact person.  Students and their families have been assigned to a Gateway staff member for the next three weeks.  If you need assistance with food, classes, or mental health services, start with your assigned staffer and we will connect you with the correct agency (or person). In addition, if students are ready for their final in a class, they should contact their staff member in order to schedule it at a non-school location. 

 

Student contact list

 

LYNNETTE WALKER 269.501.1422

Clayton Barber

Ivy Clark

Alex Fain

Taylor Jones

Tyler Ogilvie

Kennedy Rupert

Kassidy Taggart

Preston Wine

 

 

DENNIS LECLEAR 269.370.2899

Jae Bianchetti

Aaron Bohn

Ethan Howe

Chase Johnson  

Patrick Farrell

Brandyn Vandegriff

Matthew White

 

LORI MCQUEEN 269.290.2408

Aaden Blair

Jada Elliott

Isabella Hibbard

Lucas Moras

Karli Myers

Sydney Place

Caleesia Robinson

 

GRETCHEN SCHWAB 269. 254.1517

Noah Goudzward

Joevani Macias

Maria Macias

Christopher Mclain

Colin Miller

Dashon Miller

Logan Miller

Hali Newcomb

Travis Williamson

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

FRIDAY MARCH 20

MATH TUTORING 11:00

BOWLING 12:00

RICHLAND LANES

Friday Report 3/20

What a crazy week!! I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of working from home.  I've written reports, submitted grants, contacted students, made more phone calls and texts that I can count.  I've sent emails upon emails and done nothing physically but have been exhausted every night.  Does that even make sense?

 

I miss the staff and students...and the normalcy of my life. I know "we are all in this together" but when we are separated isolation can be so powerful and overwhelming. As you and your family are coming to terms with your "new normal" and the stress it brings, know that adjustment is a process.  Give yourself some slack. Dennis is available by phone, text, email to help (no insurance is needed).  Please contact him....he's here to help. 

 

As our staff has reached out to students and families, these are the questions/concerns that we are hearing:

1. Will there be graduation?

     We are anticipating returning to school April 13 and having all scheduled activities as planned.  Of course, this could change before then, but this is the information I have at this time.

2. Do students have to work on classes?

     We recommend students work on classes as they are able to.  Because Gateway classes are virtually based, we are not under the same constraints as brick and mortar schools (such as the high school).  Students have classes available and do not need to be in our building to work on them.  

     Seniors that are graduating need to have ALL classes completed by May 27, 12:00 in order to walk at the graduation ceremony. Students that do not finish, may apply to return in the fall or if too old to return, will need to transfer to an adult program.

3.  My child needs help in his/her class.  What can I do?

     Contact your staff person first (see list below).  We may be able to offer guided notes or other supports.  We also can set up times for facetime or video conferencing or give individual attention to those who need it.

4.  I am embarrassed to say that we need food but we really do.

     Contact your staff person.  We have food items at school that are available to those in need. If you are unable to come and pick it up we can arrange for delivery.

5.  My child is getting on my nerves

     Welcome to the club!! We all feel your pain :)  Remember, we have been with your child seven hours a day, five days a week all school year 😂 

Here is a list of 100 things to do:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2020/03/16/coronavirus-quarantine-100-things-do-while-trapped-inside/5054632002/ 

 

If you need free internet:

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more 

 

 LYNNETTE WALKER 269.501.1422

Clayton Barber

Ivy Clark

Alex Fain

Taylor Jones

Dashon Miller

Tyler Ogilvie

Kennedy Rupert

Kassidy Taggart

Preston Wine

 

 

DENNIS LECLEAR 269.370.2899

Jae Bianchetti

Aaron Bohn

Ethan Howe

Chase Johnson  

Patrick Farrell

Brandyn Vandegriff

Matthew White

 

LORI MCQUEEN 269.290.2408

Aaden Blair

Jada Elliott

Isabella Hibbard

Lucas Moras

Karli Myers

Sydney Place

Caleesia Robinson

 

GRETCHEN SCHWAB 269. 254.1517

Noah Goudzward

Joevani Macias

Maria Macias

Christopher Mclain

Colin Miller

Logan Miller

Hali Newcomb

Travis Williamson

 

Please know that I will send information as I receive it.  

Be safe 

 

3/13/2020

 

3/13/2020

8am

I will be sending multiple emails today as I receive information.  This is the first.

 

See the governors announcement concerning school closure:

https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/03/all-michigan-schools-to-close-as-coronavirus-spreads-gov-gretchen-whitmer-announces.html 

 

Staff is working on making sure all students have extra classes assigned, devices, and basic needs met.  

Unit Post Tests will be unlocked although finals will need to be taken at school.

 

Students will have a staff member who will make contact (by text, phone call or email) on a regular basis.  

We will have days/times that we will offer math tutoring and extra curricular activities for those who would like to connect during this time.

 

If students need their chromebook, charger or a hotspot I NEED TO KNOW ASAP so that I can act accordingly.

 

This is it for now....more later

3/4/2020

We will not be having school for the rest of the week so that we can deep clean the building and limit the sharing of germs.   Students are encouraged to work from home and contact any of the staff if they need assistance. 

I can be reached at: 269.501.1422 and by email.

 

I really thought we would have an entire week of school this week!!!

Next week we have half days on Thursday and Friday with students dismissed at 10:45.  On Thursday, we will be bowling and offering lunch until 2:00:  cost is $5. Money is due by Tuesday.

 

 

Please look at the calendar for upcoming events:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/information/gateway-calendar 

 

Scholarship information can be found here:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships 

 

Graduation rehearsal is May 26th at the middle school, 2:30.

Graduation is May 27, 7:00.

Cost is $55 (we have money available for those who need financial assistance...just met me know).

No tickets are needed and they isn't a limit to the amount of people that can be invited. 

Graduation announcements are .50 each

We need a baby picture and a senior picture for our slide show.  If you need someone to take senior pictures, we have someone who will do it for free.  Pictures are due May 1st. 

 

Due to the short week, we will not have progress reports.

 

2/28/2020

Dare I say something about the four day school weeks we've been having?  Eventually we will have a five day week and I'm not sure we will be up to it :) 

Next week, we are extremely fortunate to have Tom Voss speak to the students, here in our building. He will also be speaking at the GLHS on Tuesday, 6:30-8:30.  Child care will be provided.   

Check out information about Tom by clicking the links below:

https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/952563/districts/10714  

https://www.themeditatingvet.com/  

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2019/12/10/tom-voss-found-healing-iraq-war-through-yoga-and-meditation/2590626001/ 

 

The schedule for upcoming events can be found here:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/information/gateway-calendar?cal_date=2020-03-27 

 

Progress reports were handed out today. 

 

See an employment possibility below.  Students who are interested in attending (with the school) need to see Dennis. 

 

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2/21/2020

Happy sunny Friday!!

It's been another four day week...I say we keep the trend going :) Who else wants a four day school week?

We have a great time yesterday at Miller Auditorium watching the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Boy, to say they can dance is truly an understatement! I'm always glad when we can expose the students to new experiences that they might not receive elsewhere. 

 

As we look ahead to next week, please take a look at the calendar:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/information/gateway-calendar?cal_date=2020-02-01 

 

Graduating seniors, don't forget that some scholarships have a deadline of February 28th!!

 http://www.glcsf.org/scholarships.html

 

Other scholarship information can be found here:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships 

 

Graduation rehearsal is May 26th at the middle school, 2:30.

Graduation is May 27, 7:00.

Cost is $55 (we have money available for those who need financial assistance...just met me know).

No tickets are needed and they isn't a limit to the amount of people that can be invited. 

Graduation announcements are .50 each

We need a baby picture and a senior picture for our slide show.  If you need someone to take senior pictures, we have someone who will do it for free.  Pictures are due May 1st. 

 

Remember, if you need to contact your child, do not contact during their work time: breaks are 9:00-9:10, 11:00-11:30, and 1:00-1:10. 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

2/14/2020

Not going to lie...I like having Thursday's off and then coming back for Friday.  It's pretty sweet to have a day off at the end of the week. 

 

Check out the calendar for upcoming events:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/information/gateway-calendar 

 

Graduating seniors, don't forget that some scholarships have a deadline of February 28th!!

 http://www.glcsf.org/scholarships.html

 

Other scholarship information can be found here:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships 

 

Graduation rehearsal is May 26th at the middle school, 2:30.

Graduation is May 27, 7:00.

Cost is $55 (we have money available for those who need financial assistance...just met me know).

No tickets are needed and they isn't a limit to the amount of people that can be invited. 

Graduation announcements are .50 each

We need a baby picture and a baby picture for our slide show.  If you need someone to take senior pictures, we have someone who will do it for free.  Pictures are due May 1st. 

 

Those that are attending the Dance Theatre of Harlem performance and going to Ten Ten afterwards need to have their $10 turned in by Tuesday. Remember, students that need $$ just need to let one of the staff know.  

 

Next Wednesday is an early release day: students are dismissed at 12:45.

 

Progress reports were handed out today.

 

2/7/2020

Although conference week is officially over, if you weren't able to come in, I would be glad to see you next week.  

Because I met with many of you this week, I'm just going to point you to our website to be informed.  

Here's the link to the calendar:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/information/gateway-calendar  

 

Have a great weekend!

 

1/24/20

Can you believe the school year is halfway over? Our first semester has ended. Students who began in September should have completed (at least) five classes to stay on track.  Take a look at your child's progress report  to see if he/she is where they should be. 

 

Conferences are coming up.  All students' names  need to be on the sign up sheet: please indicate your preference. 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sh3EDDgpk-vAIV27KvXdH6ZcXUAzgErFhNTZQtx_bXU/edit#gid=7 

 

Upcoming events can be found  here on our calendar:

 https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/information/gateway-calendar

 

More details about February 20th event: Thursday, February 20: Dance Theatre of Harlem  https://www.efa-rep.org/dth

This is an optional event.  After the performance, we will be stopping at Ten Ten for lunch.  Cost is $10 (this will cover lunch, beverage, and tip).  Students who are not able to afford the cost should see Dennis (we have funds available to cover the cost for those who need it). 

 

I sent an email Wednesday about cheating and phone usage.  We have followed up with small group and individual conversations with students.  I am hoping that addressing the problem and spelling out the next steps will eliminate the issue.  If it doesn't, then we will do what is spelled out in the email. 

 

Remember that school starts at 7:40.  We give students until 8:00 (8:01 is too late) to get here when there is an emergency but otherwise they are expected to be here on time by 7:40. When the roads are bad and a student will be late, just give me a heads up and we will let them in after 8:00.  That is the ONLY exception to this policy. If you need clarification, please let me know. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

1/17/2020

I realize that we haven't had much of a winter, so to speak, but I am ready for some sun and warm air! We've had a few students come down with various illnesses and miss school.  THANK YOU for not sending your sick child to school.  We appreciate you limiting our exposure to "sick germs" to a bare minimum.  

 

We have been trying to keep up with the calendar on our website so that you will have a better idea of what is happening at school.  In addition, we are adding pictures of community service events as well.  Please become familiar with our site and let us know if you have difficulties finding items you are searching for.

 

Here's a link to the website:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway  

Here is a link to the calendar:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/information/gateway-calendar  

 

Conferences are the first week of February. Although we provide many days/time options, we realize that your schedule may be crazy and the options listed might not work for you.  If that is the case, please let me know. We are flexible and provide other ways to have a conference: Facetime, Skype, weekend, and phone conferences are available. 

Here is a link for conferences:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sh3EDDgpk-vAIV27KvXdH6ZcXUAzgErFhNTZQtx_bXU/edit#gid=7 

 

 We have noticed that there is some cheating (gasp) going on.  As a staff, we have decided that students' Unit Tests will be locked and not be available to be taken from home. When students are ready to take their Unit Tests and Finals, they MUST be away from their phones before starting. If this adjustment doesn't impede the amount of cheating happening, then we may have to adjust further. I will keep you informed. 

 

Although these items are on the calendar, I do want to point them out:

Monday, January 20: after school bowling and dinner from 2-5.  Cost is $5.00.  Students who do not have money should see Dennis (we have funds available to cover the cost for those who need it). Students need to have their own way home after the activity. 

 

Thursday. February 8: conferences. We will provide dinner.  Please indicate how many people from your family will be eating with us. Chili and dessert will be served. 

 

Thursday, February 20: Dance Theatre of Harlem  https://www.efa-rep.org/dth

This is an optional event.  After the performance (which is in the morning), we will be stopping at Ten Ten for lunch.  Cost is $10 (this will cover lunch, benerage, and tip).  Students who are not able to afford the cost should see Dennis (we have funds available to cover the cost for those who need it). 

 

Progress reports will be handed out today.

 

Friday Report 1/10/2020

Happy New Year!!

It was a pretty quiet first week back but there seems to be a lot of sickness going around.  We want the kids in school but only if they're not sick :) If your child needs to stay home (for illness or any other reason, please contact us and give us a heads up).

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: RACC for technology tutoring

Tuesday: VA Hospital; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Art class; Ms Deb will be here for cooking, EARLY RELEASE: STUDENTS DISMISSED AT 12:45

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: Work day

 

Upcoming activities:

January 20: New Fine Arts Class: Improvisation with Mr Brian

Bowling at Richland Lanes then early dinner at Gateway 2-5.  Cost $5

January 24: West Michigan Teen Challenge

January 27: RACC

January 31: Book buddies

 

Conferences:

February 6/7 Link will be available within the next few weeks.

February 20- Dance Theatre of Harlem performance at Miller Auditorium with lunch at Ten Ten.  Cost $10.  Students that need financial help just need to let me know. 

 

Have a great weekend!!

 

Friday Report, 12/19/2019

Tomorrow is our chili cookoff...not sure who's going to walk away with the grand prize, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be me 😂

 

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, the Haven Reformed Church, 5350 N. Sprinkle Rd, Kalamazoo, 8:30am-9:30am, distributes food to anyone who shows up: those who show up do not need to prove need.

 

Progress reports will be sent home tomorrow.

In addition, Christmas bags will be given out tomorrow....students must be present to receive their bag.

The gifts inside the bag are from the staff, the Women's Group of the Richland Presbyterian Church, private families in the community, The Community Volunteers, and the Lions Club. Not all bags have the same items or the same amount of items. Some bags have items of clothing...we tried to match sizes but there is a (strong) possibility we guessed wrong. There are tags on the clothes, so feel free to exchange whenever possible or to regift to someone else.  We will not be able to return any items.

 

When school resumes January 6th, the calendar looks like this:

6th, Work day

7th, VA Hospital, Sherman Lake

8th, Art Class

9th, Counseling

10, Work day

 

Check out DaShon as he demo's how to cook chili:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4fsrZD5GF8&t=37s  

 

The holiday's are not always a time of joy and peace for families: suicide rates actually increase.  

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you love needs to talk to someone.

 

The staff of Gateway wishes you a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Friday Report 12/13

It's been a good week at Gateway.  We've had many kids pass classes and two students have met graduation requirements! 

 

Gateway students are not permitted to hang out in the HS building before/after school without a pass. This is a normal procedure but some of the kids have forgotten this, so this a friendly reminder.

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday-Wednesday are work days.

Thursday is counseling.

 

Friday is our chili cook-off and potluck luncheon.

Students may enter the chili cookoff by submitting a pot of chili into the competition. Recipe must be included with entry. Students can prepare chili at school but must provide their own ingredients (except for basic spices).  Students who wish to prepare chili at school need to let me know by Dec 18 so that we can schedule kitchen time for all those who need it.

First place prize $25 Walmart gift card

Second place prize $15 Walmart gift card

Judges will include invited guests, GLCS Administrators and employees

 

At the end of the school day, students will receive a Christmas bag with gifts inside from staff, community organizations, and community members. These gifts represent the great love we all have for Gateway students. Not all bags have the same amount of items, or the same things (because some items were donated and we were not given the same quantity).  

We live in a wonderful and generous community that makes it possible for all of our students to have something special for Christmas; this is reflected by the bag each student will be receiving. 

Student not at school on Friday will not be able to receive their bags, so please make sure your child is at school.

 

Winter Break is December 23-January 3.  Students return to school on January 6th. 

 

Ms Schwab has been out of town this week and will be returning on Monday.  We will have progress reports next Friday. 

 

 

Friday Report 12/6

One week down, two to go before Winter Break!!

Progress reports will be sent home today. 

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday:  work day

Tuesday: VA Hospital

Wednesday: work day 

Thursday: counseling

Friday:  book buddies

 

The following week:

Monday: Sherman Lake overnight activity was canceled due to the low amount of permission slips returned . We will have a work day instead.

Tuesday: work day

Wednesday: work day 

Thursday: counseling

Friday: chili cook-off and potluck lunch

Students may enter the chili cookoff by submitting a pot of chili into the competition. Recipe must be included with entry. Students can prepare chili at school but must provide their own ingredients (except for basic spices).  Students who wish to prepare chili at school need to let me know by Dec 18 so that we can schedule kitchen time for all those who need it.

First place prize $25 Walmart gift card

Second place prize $15 Walmart gift card

Judges will include invited guests, GLCS Administrators and employees

 

Winter Break is December 23-January 3.  Students return to school on January 6th. 

 

Friday Report 11/22

Hope to see you at our Friendsgiving luncheon today at 10:45!

 

Next week we have two half days on Monday and Tuesday:  no school for the rest of the week. Bowling is cancelled for Monday.

 

 

December looks like this:

Dec 2, RACC

Dec 3, VA Hospital

Dec 10 VA Hospital

Dec 13 Book Buddies

Dec. 16/17 Sherman Lake during both school days with overnight camping Monday.  Students will be given the opportunity to spend the day/night with classmates enjoying the facilities of Sherman Lake. This activity will be supervised by Sherman Lake staff with a Gateway teacher available on site for emergencies. The entire visit is free.  Students will need bedding (bedding can be provided) and personal items.  We will send a complete list of what to bring. Students will be taken to Sherman Lake on Monday morning and be returned to school by the end of the day Tuesday.  Students that drive can meet us there and drive home after they are dismissed. Parents may also drop off/pick up from there. .We will be sending home permission slips for this event.  

Students who do not go to Sherman Lake will be expected to attend school at Gateway for the day as normal:  there will be a teacher there for the day. 

 

Dec. 20 Potluck.  We will have a signup for students to bring food for lunch. Christmas gifts will be handed out at the end of the day.

Friday Report 11/15

Happy Friday!

 

Next week looks like this:

 

Monday: Possible leaf raking.  Richland Area Community Center: teaching technology classes

 

Tuesday:  VA Hospital (community service). Sherman Lake (not community service)

 

Wednesday: ASVAB.  The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  It is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

 

Thursday: JobCorps presentation.  Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment. Job Corps has trained and educated over two million individuals since 1964.

At Job Corps, students have access to room and board while they learn skills in specific training areas for up to three years. In addition to helping students complete their education, obtain career technical skills and gain employment, Job Corps also provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing, child care, and transportation. Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.

PARENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. PRESENTATION STARTS AT 10:00

Friday: Friendsgiving.  The Students of Gateway invite you to our annual Friendsgiving.  Please join us on  Friday, November 22 from 10:45-11:45 for a baked potato and dessert bar.  The students are looking forward to saying "Thank you" for all you do and have done to support them as they work toward their goals at Gateway.  This is a chance to visit students and enjoy a relaxed open house style meal before the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Nov. 25: Half day.  Students dismissed at 10:45. Students that would like to stay after school and bowl at Richland Lane are welcome to hang out until 1:00.  Cost is $5.  Lunch is provided for free. 

Nov. 26: Half day: Students dismissed at 10:45.

Nov. 27-29: No school

 

Dec. 16/17 Sherman Lake during both school days with overnight camping Monday.  Students will be given the opportunity to spend the day/night with classmates enjoying the facilities of Sherman Lake. This activity will be supervised by Sherman Lake staff with a Gateway teacher available on site for emergencies. The entire visit is free.  Students will need bedding (bedding can be provided) and personal items.  We will send a complete list of what to bring. Students will be taken to Sherman Lake on Monday morning and be returned to school by the end of the day Tuesday.  Students that drive can meet us there and drive home after they are dismissed. Parents may also drop off/pick up from there. .We will be sending home permission slips for this event.  

Students who do not go to Sherman Lake will be expected to attend school at Gateway for the day as normal:  there will be a teacher there for the day. 

 

We adjust the locked door policy when the roads are slippery/bad.  

When the ROADS ARE BAD, we will give students additional time after 8:00 to get to school. We know that many of you live on back roads and the trip to school can be dangerous when drivers go too fast. We never want a student to become injured trying to get here before the doors lock. Remember, this ONLY applies on days when the roads are bad. 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

Friday Report 11/8

Happy snowy Friday!

 

Next week activities:

Monday:  Leaf raking.  Flag retirement ceremony, downtown Richland

Tuesday: VA Hospital.  Sherman Lake YMCA.  Fish eggs arrive

Wednesday: Art class

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: Leaf raking

 

Upcoming activities:

Nov. 18: RACC

Nov. 19: VA Hospital, Sherman Lake

Nov. 20: ASVAB (rescheduled) The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  It is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

Nov. 21: Counseling

Nov. 22: Friendsgiving (see previously sent email)

Nov. 25: Half day.  Students dismissed at 10:45. Students that would like to stay after school and bowl at Richland Lane are welcome to hang out until 1:00.  Cost is $5.  Lunch is provided for free. 

Nov. 26: Half day: Students dismissed at 10:45.

Nov. 27-29: No school

 

Dec. 16/17 Sherman Lake during both school days with overnight camping Monday.  Students will be given the opportunity to spend the day/night with classmates enjoying the facilities of Sherman Lake. This activity will be supervised by Sherman Lake staff with a Gateway teacher available on site for emergencies. The entire visit is free.  Students will need bedding (bedding can be provided) and personal items.  We will send a complete list of what to bring. Students will be taken to Sherman Lake on Monday morning and be returned to school by the end of the day Tuesday.  Students that drive can meet us there and drive home after they are dismissed. Parents may also drop off/pick up from there. .We will be sending home permission slips for this event.  

Students who do not go to Sherman Lake will be expected to attend school at Gateway for the day as normal:  there will be a teacher there for the day. 

 

We adjust the locked door policy when the roads are slippery/bad.  

When the ROADS ARE BAD, we will give students additional time after 8:00 to get to school. We know that many of you live on back roads and the trip to school can be dangerous when drivers go too fast. We never want a student to become injured trying to get here before the doors lock. Remember, this ONLY applies on days when the roads are bad. 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

Friday Report 10/25

 

It was great seeing so many of you this week for conferences! If you
weren’t able to make it, please contact me about coming in soon. We
can always FaceTime or do a phone conference.
Progress reports will not be sent home until next Friday due to
conferences and the adjusted schedule this week.

Next week looks like this:
Oct 28, RACC and Kalamazoo Dept of Health and Human Services Visit.
Every year, nurses from the Health and Community Services Department
of Kalamazoo County come to our school and present to the students
information about STD's and other health related issues.  I have
attached a letter with more information, plus an option for you to opt
your child out of the presentation.

Oct 30, Richland Cemetery Cleanup

Oct 31 Speaker: Megan Pauken from KVCC
Halloween.  No costumes permitted but we will have a small party.

Nov. 1, NO SCHOOL, GATEWAY STUDENTS ONLY. STAFF ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT

Upcoming events:
Nov. 4, Chenery Auditorium, Nobuntu.  This is an optional activity for
students that wish to attend.
http://www.efa-rep.org/nobuntu

Nov. 6, Early release, 12:45

Nov. 8, Speaker, Kinju Dudhia, speaker who will address good ergonomic
and good postures with activities at school and daily living. Parents
invited.

Nov. 15. Sally Kidman, nurse from Bronson to educate staff and
students on diabetes

Nov. 22, Friendsgiving. Students provide lunch for our families and
friends from 11-12

Nov. 25, 26, half days/ Students dismissed at 10:45 (due to finals at
the high school)

Nov. 27-29  No school

Friday Report 10/17

Due to the college visit tomorrow and the fact that I will not be at school (I will be attending my grandmothers funeral in WV), I am sending the Friday report today. 

 

Progress reports will be held until conferences next week.  There is still time to sign up.  If you are having difficulty signing up, please let me know and I will be glad to help.  Just let me know when you want to come in and I will handle the rest. Dennis LeClear will be here on Wednesday (23) and Friday (25) to meet with parents.  In addition, on Wednesday, October 23, dinner will be provided for your entire family.  Please indicate on the form how many will be attending.  

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sh3EDDgpk-vAIV27KvXdH6ZcXUAzgErFhNTZQtx_bXU/edit?usp=sharing

 

Good new!!

We have a reschedule date for our Sherman Lake overnight trip: December 16-17.  Students will come to school (like normal) and we will drop them off at 8:00 and pick them up the next day at 1:30 and bring them back to school.  Students that drive may drive themselves and go home from there but may not leave at any time during the event. Parents that wish to drop off and pick up can do so. We will have more information as we get closer.  We will be sending home new permission slips in November. 

 

 

Next week:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: VA Hospital (community service).  Sherman Lake (not community service)

Wednesday: ASVAB test

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  It is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

 

Thursday: Half day.  Students dismissed at 10:45

 

Friday:  No students.  Conferences all day. Please sign up!!

 

Upcoming activities:

 

Oct 28, RACC and Kalamazoo Dept of Health and Human Services Visit.  Every year, nurses from the Health and Community Services Department of Kalamazoo County come to our school and present to the students information about STD's and other health related issues.  I have attached a letter with more information, plus an option for you to opt your child out of the presentation. 

 

Oct 30, Richland Cemetery Cleanup

 

Oct 31 Speaker: Megan Pauken from KVCC

Halloween.  No costumes permitted but we will have a small party.

 

Nov. 1, NO SCHOOL, GATEWAY STUDENTS ONLY. STAFF ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Nov. 4, Chenery Auditorium, Nobuntu.  This is an optional activity for students that wish to attend. 

http://www.efa-rep.org/nobuntu

 

Nov. 6, Early release, 12:45

 

Nov. 8, Speaker, Kinju Dudhia, speaker who will address good ergonomic and good postures with activities at school and daily living. Parents invited.

 

Nov. 15. Sally Kidman, nurse from Bronson to educate staff and students on diabetes 

 

Nov. 22, Friendsgiving. Students provide lunch for our families and friends from 11-12

 

Nov. 25, 26, half days/ Students dismissed at 10:45 (due to finals at the high school)

 

Nov. 27-29  No school

 

Dec. 16-17  Sherman Lake overnight trip

 

Please call Ms Schwab for absences tomorrow.  She can be reached at 548-3426.  Thank you.

 

 

Friday Report 10/11

 

In honor of homecoming next Friday, we will have spirit week starting Monday.  The themes are as follows (please keep in mind that all clothing must be school appropriate:

Monday: Crazy hat/socks

Tuesday: Camo, Military, Patriotic

Wednesday: Halloween costume

Thursday: Pajama

Friday: Spirit (Gull Lake Day)

 

In addition to spirit week, these are the activities for next week:

Monday: Technology tutoring at the RACC

Tuesday: VA Hospital (community service); Sherman Lake (not community service)

Wednesday: Art class

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: All school college visit to KVCC (Anna Whitten Hall and Center for New Media).  Lunch will be provided. 

I will be out of town.  Please contact Ms Schwab for absences at 548-3426.

 

Progress reports will be sent home today.

 

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE!!!!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sh3EDDgpk-vAIV27KvXdH6ZcXUAzgErFhNTZQtx_bXU/edit#gid=7 

All students need to be accounted for on the spread sheet.  Dennis LeClear will be contacting parents of students who haven't signed up :)

 

Every year, nurses from the Health and Community Services Department of Kalamazoo County come to our school and present to the students information about STD's and other health related issues.  I have attached a letter with more information, plus an option for you to opt your child out of the presentation. 

 

Upcoming activities:

Oct 21-25 Conferences

If the days/times do not work for your schedule, please indicate on the form (see link below) and I will contact you about other options.

 

Oct 23  The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  It is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

 

Oct 24 Half day.  Students dismissed at 10:45

 

Oct 25 No students.  Conferences all day. Please sign up!!

 

Dennis LeClear will be here on Wednesday (23) and Friday (25) to meet with parents.  In addition, on Wednesday, October 23, dinner will be provided for your entire family.  Please indicate on the form how many will be attending.  

 

If you have difficulty signing up, please let me know. 

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sh3EDDgpk-vAIV27KvXdH6ZcXUAzgErFhNTZQtx_bXU/edit#gid=7 

 

Oct 28, Kalamazoo Dept of Health and Human Services Visit

 

Oct 30, Richland Cemetery Cleanup

 

Oct 31 Speaker: Megan Pauken from KVCC

Halloween, no costumes permitted but we will have a small party.

 

Nov. 1, NO SCHOOL, GATEWAY STUDENTS ONLY. STAFF ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Nov. 4, Chenery Auditorium, Nobuntu 

http://www.efa-rep.org/nobuntu

 

Nov. 6, Early release, 12:45

 

Nov. 8, Speaker, Kinju Dudhia, speaker who will address good ergonomic and good postures with activities at school and daily living. Parents invited.

 

Nov. 15. Sally Kidman, nurse from Bronson to educate staff and students on diabetes 

 

Nov. 22, Friendsgiving. Students provide lunch for our families and friends from 11-12

 

Nov. 25, 26, half days/ Students dismissed at 10:45 (due to finals at the high school)

 

Nov. 27-29  No school

Friday, October 4

This was scheduled to be sent Friday....Sorry it's late!!

 

Happy Friday...the first month of school is over.  It went pretty fast and before we know it, we will be talking about the holidays, spring break, and graduation.  I'm already sad the year is almost over :)

 

Progress reports will be sent home today.

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Work day

Tuesday: VA Hospital (community service), Sherman Lake (not community service)

Wednesday: Art class

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: Group from Western Michigan Teen Challenge 11:00-2:00. This is an optional activity for students to participate in.

 

Upcoming activities:

Oct 18, All students visit to KVCC.  Lunch is provided.

 

Oct 23  The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  It is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

 

Oct 24 Special speaker, Megan Pauken, Enrollment Specialist from KVCC

 

Oct 21-25 Conferences

If the days/times do not work for your schedule, please indicate on the form (see link below) and I will contact you about other options.

 

Dennis LeClear will be here on Wednesday (23) and Friday (25) to meet with parents.  In addition, on Wednesday, October 23, dinner will be provided for your entire family.  Please indicate on the form how many will be attending.  

 

If you have difficulty signing up, please let me know. 

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sh3EDDgpk-vAIV27KvXdH6ZcXUAzgErFhNTZQtx_bXU/edit#gid=7 

 

Oct 28, Kalamazoo Dept of Health and Human Services Visit

 

Oct 30, Richland Cemetery Cleanup

 

Oct 31 Halloween, no costumes permitted but we will have a small party.

 

Nov. 1, NO SCHOOL, GATEWAY STUDENTS ONLY. STAFF ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Nov. 4, Chenery Auditorium, Nobuntu 

http://www.efa-rep.org/nobuntu

 

Nov. 6, Early release, 12:45

 

Nov. 8, Speaker, Kinju Dudhia, speaker who will address good ergonomic and good postures with activities at school and daily living. Parents invited.

 

Nov. 15. Sally Kidman, nurse from Bronson to educate staff and students on diabetes 

 

Nov. 22, Friendsgiving. Students provide lunch for our families and friends from 11-12

 

Nov. 25, 26, half days/ Students dismissed at 10:45 (due to finals at the high school)

 

Nov. 27-29  No school

Friday 9/27/2019

Progress reports were handed out today.

 

Please return the free/reduced lunch forms that were sent home if you wish for your child to receive discounted meals. At the end of the month, those that qualify but have not returned their forms will start being charged....so get them back to us asap. 

 

Next week:

Monday: Richland Area Community Center (community service); Special speaker, Barry Gray (rescheduled from Sept. 16th).

 

Tuesday: VA Hospital (community service). Sherman Lake (not community service).

 

Wednesday: Art class 12-2

 

Thursday: Counseling

 

Friday:  Cookout.  Staff will provide meat.  Students sign up for sides.

Sherman Lake overnight activity will be rescheduled, see email sent yesterday. 

 

Oct 11 , Speakers from WMI Teen Challenge

 

Oct 18, All students visit to KVCC

 

Oct 23  The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  It is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

 

Oct 24 Special speaker, Megan Pauken, Enrollment Specialist from KVCC

 

Oct 24/25 Conferences. More info to follow

 

Oct 28, Kalamazoo Dept of Health and Human Services Visit

 

Oct 30, Richland Cemetery Cleanup

 

Nov. 1, NO SCHOOL, GATEWAY STUDENTS ONLY. STAFF ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Nov. 4, Chenery Auditorium, Nobuntu 

http://www.efa-rep.org/nobuntu

 

Nov. 6, Early release, 12:45

 

Nov. 8, Speaker, Kinju Dudhia, speaker who will address good ergonomic and good postures with activities at school and daily living. Parents invited.

 

Nov. 15. Sally Kidman, nurse from Bronson to educate staff and students on diabetes 

 

Nov. 22, Friendsgiving. Students provide lunch for our families and friends from 11-12

 

Nov. 25, 26, half days/ Students dismissed at 10:45 (due to finals at the high school)

 

Nov. 27-29  No school

 

Have a great weekend!!!

 

Friday 9/20/2019

Please return the free/reduced lunch forms that were sent home if you wish for your child to receive discounted meals. At the end of the month, those that qualify but have not returned their forms will start being charged....so get them back to us asap.

 

Progress reports were given to students today. 

Please see attached form for Fall Warm Up and Bright Holidays (the form was due on Sept 12 but we will take them until Monday.  If you are unable to print, just let me know the information and I will forward it.)

 

In case you were wondering about half day passes:

Half day passes out of school can be earned two ways:

Passing a class

Having 15 consecutive days of perfect attendance (no tardies, no absences, no leaving early)

Students may combine half day passes

Half day passes can be used with prior approval from me. This means students cannot ask me in the morning if their passes can be used on that day.

Half day passes can be forfeit when students miss school. (Think about it, if a students misses multiple days, then it's not a good idea to miss more days with half day passes.)

Parents must ok their child's use of the pass by contacting me at least a day before.

 

Phone policy:

Students are allowed to listen to music on a playlist

Phone must be visible, on the desk, on the paper specifically dedicated for phones: not hidden where teachers can't see them.

Students need permission to touch phones before using them during class. Teachers can/will confiscate them if necessary. 

Phones will be returned at the end of the day.

Students who disregard the phone policy and do not give the teacher their phone when asked will be suspended. The length of suspension is determined by students attitude, time of day, and how many occasions this has happened before. 

This policy can be revised as necessary. 

 

Next week:

Monday: work day

Tuesday: VA Hospital (community service). Sherman Lake YMCA (not community service)

Wednesday: No art class due to early release 12:45

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: Half day, students dismissed at 10:45

 

Dates to be aware of:

 

September 30, Richland Area Community Center (community service); Special speaker, Barry Gray (rescheduled from Sept. 16th).

 

Oct 4, 5 Sherman Lake during the school day and overnight camping.  Students will be given the opportunity to spend the day/night with classmates enjoying the facilities of Sherman Lake. This activity will be supervised by Sherman Lake staff with a Gateway teacher available on site for emergencies. The entire visit is free.  Students will need bedding (bedding can be provided) and personal items.  We will send a complete list of what to bring. Students will be taken to Sherman Lake on Friday morning but need to provide their own transportation home at noon Saturday. 

Students who do not go to Sherman Lake will be expected to attend school at Gateway for the day as normal:  there will be a teacher there for the day. 

 

Oct 11 , Speakers from WMI Teen Challenge

 

Oct 18, All students visit to KVCC

 

Oct 24/25 Conferences. More info to follow

 

Oct 28, Kalamazoo Dept of Health and Human Services Visit

 

Nov. 1, NO SCHOOL, GATEWAY STUDENTS ONLY. STAFF ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Nov. 4, Chenery Auditorium, Nobuntu 

http://www.efa-rep.org/nobuntu

 

Nov. 6, Early release, 12:45

 

Nov. 8, Speaker, Kinju Dudhia, speaker who will address good ergonomic and good postures with activities at school and daily livingParents invited.

 

Nov. 15. Sally Kidman, nurse from Bronson to educate staff and students on diabetes 

 

Nov. 22, Friendsgiving. Students provide lunch for our families and friends from 11-12

 

Nov. 25, 26, half days/ Students dismissed at 10:45 (due to finals at the high school)

 

Nov. 27-29  No school

 

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, September 13

Our first full week is over...is it June yet :)

 

Students were given progress reports today; hopefully the reports make it home. All students went over their reports with Ms. Schwab so they should be able to explain what they mean to you.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Schwab at 548-3426 and she will be glad to go over what the graphs and percentages mean.

 

Activities next week:

 

Monday: Technology training at the Richland Area Community Center (RACC).  Students go to the RACC and teach technology to community members who need help understanding various aspects of their personal technology. This is a community service activity.

Special speaker, Barry Gray with Farm Bureau Insurance from 1-2.  Parents are welcome.

 

Tuesday: VA Hospital.  Students go to the VA Hospital and spend time with Veterans as a community service activity. 

Sherman Lake YMCA. Students participate in team sports as well as individual activities.  The time spent at Sherman Lake can count as PE credit for those who need it, or it can be a time of fun and exercise where students can hang out with friends. 

 

Wednesday: Special speaker from Sherman Lake YMCA. Tromondae Beck will be here to talk about the upcoming overnight trip on November 4-5. 

Art class from 12-2.

I will be out of the office, attending a meeting for the afternoon.  I expect all student to behave as if I was in the building. 

 

Thursday: Small group counseling.

 

Friday: Picture Day

Special speaker from MSU/Lake Michigan College from 12-2.  She will be helping us begin our worm composting (yes, I said worm composting) and helping us explore careers in agriculture and the outdoors.

 

Dates to be aware of:

Sept. 25, early release at 12:45

Sept 27, half day, students dismissed at 10:45

Sept 30, RACC

Oct 4, 5 Sherman Lake during the school day and overnight camping.  Students will be given the opportunity to spend the day/night with classmates enjoying the facilities of Sherman Lake. This activity will be supervised by Sherman Lake staff with a Gateway teacher available on site for emergencies. The entire visit is free.  Students will need bedding (bedding can be provided) and personal items.  We will send a complete list of what to bring. Students will be taken to Sherman Lake on Friday morning but need to provide their own transportation home at noon Saturday. 

Students who do not go to Sherman Lake will be expected to attend school at Gateway for the day as normal:  there will be a teacher there for the day. 

Oct 11 , Speakers from WMI Teen Challenge

Oct 18, All students visit to KVCC

Oct 24/25 Conferences. More info to follow

Oct 28, Kalamazoo Dept of Health and Human Services Visit

Nov. 1, NO SCHOOL, GATEWAY STUDENTS ONLY. STAFF ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Nov. 4, Chenery Auditorium, Nobuntu 

http://www.efa-rep.org/nobuntu

Nov. 6, Early release, 12:45

Nov. 22, Friendsgiving. Students provide lunch for our families and friends from 11-12.

Nov. 25, 26, half days/ Students dismissed at 10:45 (due to finals at the high school)

Nov. 27-29  No school

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 6

Happy Friday!

 

Our first week is over (technically, it was only four days but it did feel a lot longer )!

 

This week we went over procedures, got used to classes, and tried to get settled into a routine.

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: work day

 

Tuesday: Sherman Lake YMCA. Students who would like to participate at SLYMCA must have permission slips returned.  Activities include: swimming, volleyball, pickleball, weight lifting, and cardio. We have assorted sized swimsuits and towels for students to check out.  Tennis shoes are recommended.  

Students who drive may only drive themselves and not other students (unless they ride together on a regular basis AND we have signed permission slips from both students' parents). We have limited space in our van, so students with good attendance and who have done work in their classes will have preference over those with poor attendance with little accomplished.) Unfortunately, not everyone who signs up may participate:  it is at the discretion of the staff.

 

Wednesday: Art class from 12-2. Interested students will work on a mural.  In  order to earn credit, students must be here for all classes although one excused absence will be permitted.  

 

Thursday: Small group counseling. 

Special speakers: Deputy Kelm and Drew Bordner

 

Friday:  work day

 

Some dates to keep in mind:

Sept 16, Speaker: Insurance Agent Barry Gray

Sept 20, Picture Day

Sept 25, Early Release.  Students dismissed at 12:45

Sept 27, Half Day.  Students dismissed at 10:45

Oct 4, Students to Sherman Lake YMCA for the day and overnight camping activity. More info to follow.

Oct 11 , Speakers from WMI Teen Challenge

Oct 18, All students visit to KVCC

Oct 24/25 Conferences. More info to follow

Oct 28, Kalamazoo Dept of Health and Human Services Visit

Nov. 1, NO SCHOOL, GATEWAY STUDENTS ONLY. STAFF ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Thank you for your support as we continue to meet the needs of students. Don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.

 

May 17, 2019

Not sure if you saw the news, but the last day of school is....June 12.  Yes, that's the day that was originally scheduled.  Fortunately, all the snow days were forgiven and we can end without having extra days added to the school calendar.

 

As we look to ending the year, those students who would like to return need to re-enroll.  The days we are scheduling for re-enrollment are June 4-6. Please sign up:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sh3EDDgpk-vAIV27KvXdH6ZcXUAzgErFhNTZQtx_bXU/edit#gid=7 

If the days/times will not work for you, please let me know and we will make accommodations.

Summer school options will be discussed during re-enrollment.

 

Next week (May 20-24) looks like this:

Monday (20): work day

Tuesday (21): VA Hospital. Sherman Lake

Wednesday (22): Work day

Thursday (23): Counseling

Friday (24): Book buddies. Leaf Raking

 

The following week (May 27-31):

Monday (27): NO SCHOOL

 

Tuesday (28): VA Hospital. Sherman Lake    GRADUATION REHEARSAL 2:30 GLMS

 

Wednesday (29): Work day   GRADUATION DAY STUDENTS. GRADUATES BE AT GLMS 6:00.  CEREMONY BEGINS AT 7:00.

 

Thursday (30): Counseling

 

Friday (31): Beach day.  Leaving Gateway at 7:40. Returning at 2:00.  Lunch will be provided.  Students may bring extra money for concessions. STUDENTS THAT DO NOT WISH TO GO TO THE BEACH ARE EXPECTED TO COME TO SCHOOL.  THERE WILL BE A SUBSTITUTE HERE FOR THE DAY. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO SIGN UP TO GO TO BEACH OR STAY AT SCHOOL...WE WILL PLAN ACCORDINGLY, BASED UPON THE SIGNUP. STUDENTS CANNOT CHANGE THEIR MINDS AFTER MAY 29TH. 

 

Progress reports will be sent home today.  Have a great weekend.

 

May 10, 2019

We said goodbye to our fish today.  Hopefully, they are enjoying their new lives out of captivity and their freedom.

 

Next week looks like this:

Monday: Work day.  I will not be here but all students are expected to follow rules and be respectful of staff the the substitute teacher (Ms Deb).  Any student who chooses to not be supportive will be sent home. 

Tuesday: VA Hospital. Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Work day. Cooking 

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: Teaching technology at the Richland Area Community Center

 

Thank you to those who brought food for our cookout today.

Progress reports will be sent home.

 

GRADUATION:

1. Invitations are here for purchase: .50 each

2. Caps and gowns will be handed out at rehearsal on May 28, at the GLMS, 2:30. Rehearsal should last about an hour if everyone shows up on time.

3. Graduates should be at the GLMS at 6:00 on May 29 for pictures.

4. The graduation ceremony begins at 7:00 with a light reception to follow.  All family and friends are invited to join us.  Tickets are not needed.

5. Caps and gowns are the graduates to keep although anyone that does not wish to keep theirs can give back to the school so we can reuse them next year (this is the first year that we've tried this). We will need the patch back that is on the front as we will reuse it again.

6.  To graduate, all classes must be completed by noon on May 29.  Any classes not finished will need to be retaken in the fall.  Summer school is not an option. 

7. PER DISTRICT POLICY: Students are not permitted to write on caps or gowns

 

Upcoming activity:

May 31, All school trip to Silver Beach in St. Joseph.  Parents that would like to chaperone may ride the bus if they have a volunteer form on file (attached).  FORM IS DUE TO ME BY MAY 17. Parents and other family members that would like to meet us there do not need a volunteer form. Leaving the school at 7:40am (NOTE THAT THIS IS A NEW TIME) and returning by 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided. Students may bring extra money for concessions. 

 

And of the year conferences will be held in June to determine placement for Fall 2019. The following criteria will be used:

1. Is the student on track to graduate in a reasonable time?

2. Has the student passed a reasonable amount of classes?

3. Has the student had good attendance? Good attendance is missing less than 10 days for the school year.

4. Is the student giving good effort in his/her classes, making good choices, and have a good attitude?

Each student will be accessed according to his/her own progress and teacher evaluations. Students who do not qualify to return will be helped to find other educational options that may/may not include Gull Lake Community Schools (such as GED, adult programs in other districts, or the GL Virtual Program). Students who do not wish to return need to let me know by June 1, 2019. 

I will send a link to schedule conferences near the end of May. 

 

May 3, 2019

So, is it really May? Does that mean graduation is THIS MONTH? And that school is out NEXT MONTH? WOW!! That's really hard to believe.

 

As we look ahead to next week, this is what we can look forward to:

Monday: work day

Tuesday: VA Hospital. Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Work day

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: Book buddies. Cookout/potluck: staff will provide the meat, students sign up for sides

 

Today was a really great day as eight students participated in the Lions Club White Cane Day, donation drive. We stood outside of Hardings this morning (in the cold) from 8-11. The kids were friendly and collected a good amount of money.  I have posted some of the pictures on my facebook, if you want to check them out.

 

Also today, our friends from the West Michigan Teen Challenge came for lunch and stayed for the afternoon to share their personal stories of addiction and how they are learning to overcome them,  It was pretty powerful.

 

GRADUATION:

1. Invitations are here for purchase: .50 each

2. Caps and gowns will be handed out at rehearsal on May 28, at the GLMS, 2:30. Rehearsal should last about an hour if everyone shows up on time.

3. Graduates should be at the GLMS at 6:00 on May 29 for pictures.

4. The graduation ceremony begins at 7:00 with a light reception to follow.  All family and friends are invited to join us.  Tickets are not needed.

5. Caps and gowns are the graduates to keep although anyone that does not wish to keep theirs can give back to the school so we can reuse them next year (this is the first year that we've tried this). We will need the patch back that is on the front as we will reuse it again.

6.  To graduate, all classes must be completed by noon on May 29.  Any classes not finished will need to be retaken in the fall.  Summer school is not an option. 

7.  Any student that does not have all community service hours completed but has passed classes may walk in the ceremony but will not receive his/her diploma until hours are earned. 

 

Upcoming activity:

May 31, All school trip to Silver Beach in St. Joseph.  Parents that would like to chaperone may ride the bus if they have a volunteer form on file (attached).  FORM IS DUE TO ME BY MAY 17. Parents and other family members that would like to meet us there do not need a volunteer form. Leaving the school at 8:00am and returning by 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided. Students may bring extra money for concessions. 

 

And of the year conferences will be held in June to determine placement for Fall 2019. The following criteria will be used:

1. Is the student on track to graduate in a reasonable time?

2. Has the student passed a reasonable amount of classes?

3. Has the student had good attendance? Good attendance is missing less than 10 days for the school year.

4. Is the student giving good effort in his/her classes, making good choices, and have a good attitude?

Each student will be accessed according to his/her own progress and teacher evaluations. Students who do not qualify to return will be helped to find other educational options that may/may not include Gull Lake Community Schools (such as GED, adult programs in other districts, or the GL Virtual Program). Students who do not wish to return need to let me know by June 1, 2019. 

I will send a link to schedule conferences near the end of May. 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE SENT HOME TODAY

 

 

April 26, 2019

I heard the S*** word today and I was totally unprepared for it. SNOW? REALLY? My parents are flying here today from Florida...they may not even get off the plane :)

 

As I look into next week, it looks like we are really busy!

Monday: work day

Tuesday: VA Hospital,  Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Art class. Richland Cemetery cleanup

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: Community service with the Lions Club at Harding Market in Richland. West Michigan Teen Challenge Academy will be here at 11:00

Saturday: Prom

 

PROM:

Guest passes (at my desk) and money ($25 per ticket) and due to me by this Wednesday. All Gateway students MUST go through me for tickets. Any Gateway student that shows up at prom and has not purchased a ticket through me will not be permitted to enter. 

 

GRADUATION:

1. Invitations are here for purchase: .50 each

2. Caps and gowns will be handed out at rehearsal on May 28, at the GLMS, 2:30. Rehearsal should last about an hour if everyone shows up on time.

3. Graduates should be at the GLMS at 6:00 on May 29 for pictures.

4. The graduation ceremony begins at 7:00 with a light reception to follow.  All family and friends are invited to join us.  Tickets are not needed.

5. Caps and gowns are the graduates to keep although anyone that does not wish to keep theirs can give back to the school so we can reuse them next year (this is the first year that we've tried this). We will need the patch back that is on the front as we will reuse it again.

6.  To graduate, all classes must be completed by noon on May 29.  Any classes not finished will need to be retaken in the fall.  Summer school is not an option. 

7.  Any student that does not have all community service hours completed but has passed classes may walk in the ceremony but will not receive his/her diploma until hours are earned. 

 

Upcoming activity:

May 31, All school trip to Silver Beach in St. Joseph.  Parents that would like to chaperone may ride the bus if they have a volunteer form on file (attached).  FORM IS DUE TO ME BY MAY 17. Parents and other family members that would like to meet us there do not need a volunteer form. Leaving the school at 8:00am and returning by 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided. Students may bring extra money for concessions. 

 

And of the year conferences will be held in June to determine placement for Fall 2019. The following criteria will be used:

1. Is the student on track to graduate in a reasonable time?

2. Has the student passed a reasonable amount of classes?

3. Has the student had good attendance? Good attendance is missing less than 10 days for the school year.

4. Is the student giving good effort in his/her classes, making good choices, and have a good attitude?

Each student will be accessed according to his/her own progress and teacher evaluations. Students who do not qualify to return will be helped to find other educational options that may/may not include Gull Lake Community Schools (such as GED, adult programs in other districts, or the GL Virtual Program). Students who do not wish to return need to let me know by June 1, 2019. 

I will send a link to schedule conferences near the end of May. 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE SENT HOME TODAY

 

April 19, 2019

Happy Friday!!!

We are counting down the days to graduation (28) and to the end of the school (I'm still planning on June 12 until I'm told differently but it might be extended due to all the missed days because of inclement weather, I'll let you know when I know).

 

Next week:

Monday: work day

Tuesday: VA Hospital, Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Art class, cooking with Ms Deb, special speaker: Chef Jet Tila https://chefjet.com/

Thursday: Counseling, half day: students dismissed at 10:45

Friday: Teaching technology at the Richland Area Community Center, leaf raking at the Ross Township Cemetery 

 

Progress reports will be sent home Monday since Ms. Schwab was at a conference today. 

 

Graduation information:

1. Invitations are here for purchase: .50 each

2. Caps and gowns will be handed out at rehearsal on May 28, at the GLMS, 2:30. Rehearsal should last about an hour if everyone shows up on time.

3. Graduates should be at the GLMS at 6:00 on May 29 for pictures.

4. The graduation ceremony begins at 7:00 with a light reception to follow.  All family and friends are invited to join us.  Tickets are not needed.

5. Caps and gowns are the graduates to keep although anyone that does not wish to keep theirs can give back to the school so we can reuse them next year (this is the first year that we've tried this). We will need the patch back that is on the front as we will reuse it again.

6.  To graduate, all classes must be completed by noon on May 29.  Any classes not finished will need to be retaken in the fall.  Summer school is not an option. 

7.  Any student that does not have all community service hours completed but has passed classes may walk in the ceremony but will not receive his/her diploma until hours are earned. 

 

May 3, West Michigan Teen Challenge will visit.

May 4, Prom at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

May 31, All school trip to Silver Beach in St. Joseph.  Parents that would like to chaperone may ride the bus if they have a volunteer form on file (attached). Parents and other family members that would like to meet us there do not need a volunteer form. Leaving the school at 8:00am and returning by 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided. Students may bring extra money for concessions. 

 

And of the year conferences will be held in June to determine placement for Fall 2019. The following criteria will be used:

1. Is the student on track to graduate in a reasonable time?

2. Has the student passed a reasonable amount of classes?

3. Has the student had good attendance? Good attendance is missing less than 10 days for the school year.

4. Is the student giving good effort in his/her classes, making good choices, and have a good attitude?

Each student will be accessed according to his/her own progress and teacher evaluations. Students who do not qualify to return will be helped to find other educational options that may/may not include Gull Lake Community Schools (such as GED, adult programs in other districts, or the GL Virtual Program). Students who do not wish to return need to let me know by June 1, 2019. 

I will send a link to schedule conferences near the end of May. 

 

April 12, 2019

Happy "testing week is over" Friday!!

Ms Schwab (formerly known as Mrs. Wilga) has been absent Thursday & Friday, so we will not have progress reports today. She will work on something for seniors Monday so that they know where they stand and understand how much they need to do in order to graduate.

 

Speaking of graduation.....

1. Invitations are here for purchase: .50 each

2. Caps and gowns will be handed out at rehearsal on May 28, at the GLMS, 2:30. Rehearsal should last about an hour if everyone shows up on time.

3. Graduates should be at the GLMS at 6:00 on May 29 for pictures.

4. The graduation ceremony begins at 7:00 with a light reception to follow.  All family and friends are invited to join us.  Tickets are not needed.

5. Caps and gowns are the graduates to keep although anyone that does not wish to keep theirs can give back to the school so we can reuse them next year (this is the first year that we've tried this). We will need the patch back that is on the front as we will reuse it again.

6.  To graduate, all classes must be completed by noon on May 29.  Any classes not finished will need to be retaken in the fall.  Summer school is not an option. 

7.  Any student that does not have all community service hours completed but has passed classes may walk in the ceremony but will not receive his/her diploma until hours are earned. 

 

Upcoming activities:

Today by 2:00 all scholarship applications are due.

April 15, 8:30am Student ID will be taken in the commons area.  Any student who needs an ID should go to the commons at 8:30. 1:00 Speaker from KBS

April 16, Community Service to VA Hospital; Sherman Lake

April 17, Art class (digital photography).  Cooking with Ms Deb. Early release at 12:45

April 18, Counseling

April 19, Book buddies, Ross Cemetery clean up

 

May 3, West Michigan Teen Challenge will visit.

May 4, Prom at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

May 31, All school trip to Silver Beach in St. Joseph.  Parents that would like to chaperone may ride the bus if they have a volunteer form on file (attached). Parents and other family members that would like to meet us there do not need a volunteer form. Leaving the school at 8:00am and returning by 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided. Students may bring extra money for concessions. 

 

And of the year conferences will be held in June to determine placement for Fall 2019. The following criteria will be used:

1. Is the student on track to graduate in a reasonable time?

2. Has the student passed a reasonable amount of classes?

3. Has the student had good attendance? Good attendance is missing less than 10 days for the school year.

4. Is the student giving good effort in his/her classes, making good choices, and have a good attitude?

Each student will be accessed according to his/her own progress and teacher evaluations. Students who do not qualify to return will be helped to find other educational options that may/may not include Gull Lake Community Schools (such as GED, adult programs in other districts, or the GL Virtual Program). Students who do not wish to return need to let me know by June 1, 2019. 

I will send a link to schedule conferences near the end of May. 

March 27, 2019

When spring break is over, we will jump right into school with state testing!! At the end of the email, I will give more information. 

 

Graduating Seniors:

Fees of $55 are due today.

Scholarship information is on our website: https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships

Graduation invitations are here and cost .50 each (they come with envelopes).

Rehearsal is May 28, 2:30 and should last about an hour.

Graduation is May 29, 7:00 with a reception following for all graduates and their family/friends. Graduates should be there by 6:00.

District policy does not permit decorating of cap or gown.

 

Progress reports will be given to students today. 

Students can work from home during break.  I will be available by text to those who need assistance.

 

Here is testing information:

Gull Lake Gateway Academy students will participate in mandatory State testing for grades 9, 10, and 11 from April 9-11.

 It is vital that students arrive on time to school with all of their required testing materials (calculator, identification, pencils). Encourage students to get a good night sleep and eat a solid breakfast the morning of their exam.

 

Grade 11 students will take a series of general assessments known as the Michigan Merit Examination (MME). The MME includes:

o    SAT w/ Essay (college entrance exam in Language Arts and Mathematics)

o    ACT WorkKeys (real-world career skills)

o    M-STEP (Science and Social Studies)

Students in grades 9 and 10 will take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT), which helps students prepare for the SAT in their junior year.

Thank you in advance for encouraging our students to achieve their best. We truly appreciate your time and effort.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

  • 11th grade students will participate in the SAT
  • 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will report to school at  the normal time

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

  • 9th grade students will participate in the PSAT 9
  • 10th grade students will participate in the PSAT 10
  • 11th grade students will participate in the ACT WorkKeys
  • 12th grade students will NOT report to school at normal time

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

  • 11th grade students will participate in the M-STEP 11
  •  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will report to school at normal time

 

 The following students are considered 11th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

BLAIR                                    CIONE                                  

CLARK                                   COLLINS                              

GIFFORD                              KREUTZ                               

MILLER                                 PENNOCK

SMITH  

The following students are considered 10th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

GOUDZWARD                    NEWCOMB

PERKINS                               ROBINSON

RUPE                                     ZAWORSKI 

The following students are considered  9th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

 

BOHN                                    BRAUER

JOHNSON                            WILLIAMSON

BODUS

 

HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK

Thursday, March 21

Since we will be gone tomorrow, I'm sending the Friday report a day early.  Progress report will also be sent home today.

 

Don;t forget that we are leaving at 7:45 tomorrow for a college visit to Lake Michigan College.  We will be gone all day and returning at 1:45. Any student not at school tomorrow needs to excused like normal (you can text me 501.1422 or call the school 548.3425). Any student not excused is considered skipping and will be suspended Monday.

 

Next week activities:

Monday: Speaker at 1:00 

Tuesday: Community service at the VA Hospital; Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Student ID pictures will be taken at 8:30 for those who need them; Cooking

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: No school.  Spring Break.

 

Monday, April 8, School Resumes

It is extremely important that all students are here for their testing day(s) as we need to have 95% participation.  With a school as small as ours, having more than one student gone really hurts us.  So PLEASE make sure that your child comes on his/her scheduled day(s).

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

  • 11th grade students will participate in the SAT
  • 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will report to school at  the normal time

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

 

  • 9th grade students will participate in the PSAT 9
  • 10th grade students will participate in the PSAT 10
  • 11th grade students will participate in the ACT WorkKeys
  • 12th grade students will NOT report to school at normal time

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

  • 11th grade students will participate in the M-STEP 11
  •  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will report to school at normal time

 

 

The following students are considered 11th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

BLAIR                                    CIONE                                  

CLARK                                   COLLINS                              

GIFFORD                              KREUTZ                               

MILLER                                 PENNOCK

SMITH

             

The following students are considered 10th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

GOUDZWARD                    NEWCOMB

PERKINS                               ROBINSON

RUPE                                     ZAWORSKI

 

The following students are considered  9th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

 

BOHN                                    BRAUER

JOHNSON                            WILLIAMSON

Friday, March 8

Finally, a full week of school!

Many of the kids have worked hard this week and their progress report reflect this...while others who haven't done much...well, let's just say that it's not possible to be at school for 797 years :)

Students are able to work from home as long as they are attending school. Working from home is not in place of coming to school.

Next week looks like this:

Tuesday: Community service at the VA hospital, Sherman Lake

Wednesday: Last art class

Thursday: Half day, 10:45 dismissal. Lunch provided for those that want to go bowling until 1:00

Friday: Half day, 10:45 dismissal

 

I have attached a letter about testing in April...THERE ARE TWO SIDES  

 

The following is a repeat of an email I sent earlier for those graduating:

 

Graduation fees of $55 are due by March 28.  If you cannot afford the fees, please let Mrs. McQueen know (548-3427 or lmcqueen@gulllakecs.org) as there are scholarships available...but they are limited to a first come first served basis. 

 

We need one baby picture and two senior pictures asap.  These will be used in our yearbook and slide show at graduation. We are fortunate enough to have one of our parents (who is a professional photographer) volunteer her services for those who need their senior pictures taken.  She can be reached at patismith1969@yahoo.com

Please contact her asap as her schedule is very busy. 

 

Rehearsal is May 28, 2:30 at the Gull Lake Middle School. Rehearsal should last about an hour.  Caps and gowns will be handed out at that time.  Students are not permitted to decorate any items (per district policy).

 

All classes must be completed by noon on May 29 for students to participate in the graduation ceremony.  Any classes not completed will be restarted and the student will graduate the following year. 

 

Graduation is May 29th, 7:00pm at the Gull Lake Middle School: graduates need to be there by 6:00pm for pictures. No tickets are needed to attend and there is not a limit to the number of guests per graduate. After the ceremony, there is a reception for everyone. We may need family members to help with the cleanup.  Please let Mrs. McQueen know if you will be available. 

 

All fees (lunch balances, chrome book charges...from the high school and/or Gateway) must be paid before diploma is handed out. If you are unsure of your charges, contact Mrs. Simmons at 269.548.3410.

Friday, March 1

What a great week...well, it was actually only four days but it still felt like a full week!! Maybe next week we will actually come all five days :)

 

Next week:

 

Monday: Art

Speaker: Barry Gray (Returning to follow up and talk to us about insurance). 

 

Tuesday: Community service to the VA Hospital.  We will be visiting with Veterans who live in the nursing home.

Sherman Lake

 

Wednesday: ASVAB test (rescheduled). The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success.  The military uses this test to determine compatibility while our purpose is to give students exposure to standardized tests and to help them see where their strengths are.  All students participate in this test, except for graduating seniors who can opt out. 

Cooking with Ms Deb

 

Thursday: Counseling

Gull Lake Community Volunteers will be joining us for lunch and a tour of our building

 

Friday: Community Service at the RACC, technology tutoring

 

 

The following week, there will be two half days (March 14 & 15). On March 14th, students will be able to bowl at the Richlands Lanes until 1:00.  Cost is $10 for shoes and two games.  Lunch will be provided at no cost. Students will need to find their own rides home. 

 

On March 22, college tour to Lake Michigan College.  All students are expected to attend.

March 29 Spring Break begins!!

 

Progress reports will be sent home today

Friday, January 18

Another week is done and it looks like our sicknesses are winding down (finally). Remember to call and excuse your child when he/she isn't at school.  You can call/text me or leave a message at school: 5498-3425

 

Next week activities:

Monday: Art class.  This is a 4-5 week class, so missing any Monday is not an option if students wish to earn credit.

 

Tuesday: Sherman Lake

 

Wednesday: CPR training.  Nurse Megan will be offering CPR training to those who sign up for this opportunity. 

 

Thursday: Counseling

 

Friday: Technology tutoring at the RACC.

Work will be done on the fire alarm system and we are expecting it to be noisy:  students will be dismissed at 11:30.  Early transportation home will not be provided since this will only affect us at Gateway...all other schools will have a normal day. Students who are unable to find a ride home will be taken to the high school to work in the media center until the end of the day.  They will be able to get on the bus from there.   

 

Parent teacher conferences are coming! Please sign up:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sh3EDDgpk-vAIV27KvXdH6ZcXUAzgErFhNTZQtx_bXU/edit#gid=7

 

Saturday, January 12

 

Hopefully, we will see everyone back healthy on Monday.  Please don't send your child back to school if he/she is showing signs of sickness. We will keep encouraging everyone to wash their hands and use sanitizer. 

 

Here is what is coming within the next two weeks:

 

14th, art class.  This will be a four week session.  In order to receive credit, no sessions can be missed for any reason...even if the absence is excused credit cannot be earned since the in class time is so short.  

14th, Nurses from Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services will be presenting on sexually transmitted diseases and offering voluntary STD testing.  I have attached an opt out letter if you do not wish for you child to be present during this event. This needs to be printed and sent back to school...or just write a note saying that you don't wish for your child to participate. 

14th,  A speaker from the YWCA will be talking to our students about domestic violence and dating.  I have attached the outline for the presentation and a letter of introduction from the speaker.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  It is always our goal to be relevant to the students we are here to serve and sometimes the topics can get "real" . We give our students facts from the experts in their fields and are here to support families when life gets out of control.

 

15th, Laurels and Sherman Lake.  This week, in addition to swimming, we will be adding rock wall climbing.  We need releases signed for students to participate in this activity. 

 

16th, Early release.  Students will be dismissed at 12:45.

 

17th, Counseling

 

18th, Speakers from West MI Teen Challenge will be here to talk to students about their life choices and encourage students to seek help for addictions. Parents are invited to join us for this event which starts at 11:00.  

18th, Marks the end of our semester.  Students should have at least five classes completed by now (our goal is five classes per semester).  Students who have not completed five classes need to begin working more from home and will be limited to what activities they will be permitted to participate in. Even though community service hours are required, graduation always is our top priority.  Sherman Lake is a great activity, but if students are behind in the studies, they won't be able to go until their progress improves. 

 

25th, There will be work done on the fire alarms and we are expecting it to be noisy. Students will be dismissed at 11:30.  Early transportation home will not be provided since this will only affect us at Gateway...all other schools will have a normal day. Students who are unable to find a ride home will be taken to the high school to work in the media center until the end of the day.  They will be able to get on the bus from there. 

 

Have a good Saturday and contact me with questions. 

Friday, December 21

 

Thank you for providing all the goodies for our potluck today! It looks like we have enough food to feed a small army.

Just a reminder that students are able to work on classes during the break. The teachers have offered to open the building during our time off if any of the students would like to come in...they just need to text one of us, Also, progress reports were handed out today. 

 

Upcoming events in January:

14th, Nurses from Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services will be presenting on sexually transmitted diseases and offering voluntary STD testing.  I have attached an opt out letter if you do no wish for you child to be present during this event.

14th,  A speaker from the YWCA will be talking to our students about domestic violence and dating.  I have attached the outline for the presentation and a letter of introduction from the speaker.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  It is always our goal to be relevant to the students we are here to serve and sometimes the topics can get "real" . We give our students facts from the experts in their fields and are here to support families when life gets out of control.

 

25th, There will be some work done on the fire alarms and we are expecting it to be noisy. Early transportation home will not be provided since this will only affect us at Gateway...all other schools will have a normal day. Students who are unable to find a ride home will be taken to the high school to work in the media center until the end of the day.  They will be able to get on the bus from there. 

 

Of course there are more events happening in January and I will send a more complete list when we return.  Please know that we are available during the next two weeks as many times the unexpected happens when kids aren't at school. The students have our cell numbers and in case you don't have mine: 269.501.1422, don't hesitate to contact me if you need assistance.

 

Have a great holiday!

Friday, December 15

One more week until winter break!!!

 

A few things will be happening next week:

Monday: A speaker from Borgess presenting on Opioid Abuse Prevention and Education.  This is at 1:00 and parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Tuesday: Community service at the Laurels. Students go to Sherman Lake,

Wednesday: work day

Thursday: Counseling

Friday: Community service at the RACC and potluck at 11:00 (family members are invited). 

 

We need the following items for the potluck:

Sides

Desserts

Beverages

There is a sign up in one of the classrooms.

The school is providing sloppy joes and buns

 

One event that is not on the Gull Lake calendar is an early dismissal on January 25 at 11:30.  There will be some work done on the fire alarms and we are expecting it to be noisy. Early transportation home will not be provided since this will only affect us at Gateway...all other schools will have a normal day. Students who are unable to find a ride home will be taken to the high school to work in the media center until the end of the day.  They will be able to get on the bus from there. 

 

Progress reports were handed to students today. 

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday, December 21

What a busy week!

 

Monday, Karen Mc Connell opened the Richland Library for us (it is normally closed on Monday's) so that we could explore and hang out.  She was kind enough to order pizza and let the kids get comfortable with the setting.  Many of the kids were able to get library cards and check out books. We learned about all the free programs the library offers and see that it is a great place to be. 

 

Tuesday, a group of students went to the Cheff Center to volunteer and another group went to Sherman Lake.

 

Wednesday, Ms. Deb came and worked with kids in the kitchen.

 

Thursday, Dennis held small group counseling sessions. 

 

Friday, we had a going away party for one of our students who will be leaving for Honduras next week.  We also had a K-9 officer stop by for a random search:  nothing was found :)

 

As we look ahead to next week, there are a few things to keep in mind:

 

Tuesday, Cierra Patrick from MIchigan Rehabilitation Services will be stopping by to talk about free tuition, room and board at MCTI in Plainwell. MCTI has 13 training programs - each with an active advisory committee made up of people who work in that business industry and help ensure that the curriculum and equipment meet business standards and needs.

MCTI also offers the following services:

  • Medical and counseling services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Interpreters for deaf students
  • Classroom and job accommodations
  • Job placement services

 

Wednesday is an early release day with students dismissed at 12:55.  

 

Homecoming is next Saturday (October 29) from 8-11 at the high school.  Tickets are $10 and MUST be purchased from me: Gateway students attending will be on a list that is given to Mr. Eastman,  Any Gateway student who shows up and not on the list will not be permitted entry.  Guest passes are due by Wednesday (I have those also). Gateway students in good standing may attend the dance.  

 

Progress reports were sent home today.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Wilga (gwilga@gulllakecs.org).

 

Have a great weekend!

 

March 27, 2019

When spring break is over, we will jump right into school with state testing!! At the end of the email, I will give more information. 

 

Graduating Seniors:

Fees of $55 are due today.

Scholarship information is on our website: https://www.gulllakecs.org/gateway/student-life/scholarships

Graduation invitations are here and cost .50 each (they come with envelopes).

Rehearsal is May 28, 2:30 and should last about an hour.

Graduation is May 29, 7:00 with a reception following for all graduates and their family/friends. Graduates should be there by 6:00.

District policy does not permit decorating of cap or gown.

 

Progress reports will be given to students today. 

Students can work from home during break.  I will be available by text to those who need assistance.

 

Here is testing information:

Gull Lake Gateway Academy students will participate in mandatory State testing for grades 9, 10, and 11 from April 9-11.

 It is vital that students arrive on time to school with all of their required testing materials (calculator, identification, pencils). Encourage students to get a good night sleep and eat a solid breakfast the morning of their exam.

 

Grade 11 students will take a series of general assessments known as the Michigan Merit Examination (MME). The MME includes:

o    SAT w/ Essay (college entrance exam in Language Arts and Mathematics)

o    ACT WorkKeys (real-world career skills)

o    M-STEP (Science and Social Studies)

Students in grades 9 and 10 will take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT), which helps students prepare for the SAT in their junior year.

Thank you in advance for encouraging our students to achieve their best. We truly appreciate your time and effort.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

  • 11th grade students will participate in the SAT
  • 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will report to school at  the normal time

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

  • 9th grade students will participate in the PSAT 9
  • 10th grade students will participate in the PSAT 10
  • 11th grade students will participate in the ACT WorkKeys
  • 12th grade students will NOT report to school at normal time

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

  • 11th grade students will participate in the M-STEP 11
  •  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will report to school at normal time

 

 The following students are considered 11th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

BLAIR                                    CIONE                                  

CLARK                                   COLLINS                              

GIFFORD                              KREUTZ                               

MILLER                                 PENNOCK

SMITH  

The following students are considered 10th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

GOUDZWARD                    NEWCOMB

PERKINS                               ROBINSON

RUPE                                     ZAWORSKI 

The following students are considered  9th graders (in reality, some may be in different grades by Gateway standards):

 

BOHN                                    BRAUER

JOHNSON                            WILLIAMSON

BODUS

 

HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK

 

 

 

Friday, December 7

 

As many of you know this has been an unprecedented year of illegal items being found at school...with the majority relating to dependency issues. 

 

We have brought in numerous addiction speakers, have provided counseling services, conducted searches, confiscated items, plus suspended and dropped students from the program. None of that has stopped the flow of what is being brought into school. 

 

Students found with illegal items have been and will continue to be dealt with severely... with consequences ranging from the possibility of: *suspension, being dropped from the program and/or expulsion. Students know to not bring illegal items to school yet many of them do anyway. It's my understanding that they are hiding items in the building as well as having them on their possession or in their personal belongings.  Our response has been to have limited access to certain areas. We have implemented a pass/signout system to use the restrooms.  As a staff we have become more vigilant in our supervision and limiting of activities. We have taken away privileges and will continue to do so until we feel that the students have earned them back:  it has not been a fun school year for any of us.  Until the climate improves and students stop bringing items into school, we will not be participating in many of the activities that we all enjoy.

 

One of the challenges we face in our building is that we have 14 year olds in the same space as 19 year olds. When the older kids expose the younger ones to items like vapes, marijuana, or alcohol, the younger ones maybe more inclined to try them.  We are doing our best to make sure everyone is safe and not exposed to illegal substances.

 

Parents, if your child uses a vape at home please make sure it stays there. It does not belong at school and is considered an illegal item. The consequences for bringing a vape into the school are severe (*see above consequences). 

 

Not only can nicotine be consumed in a vape but THC can as well. Our staff has no way of determining what is inside of each vape. Take a look at the following articles about the use of marijuana and vaping:

https://www.dosomething.org/us/escape-the-vape-guide

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/increasing-popularity-vaping-marijuana-draws-health-concerns-n910346

https://drugfree.org/parent-blog/know-kid-vaping-marijuana/

As outlined by our handbook, searches can be conducted. We will continue to utilize the services of the K-9 Officer (drug dog) and school Resource Officer,  Deputy Kelm. Staff will also search as necessary. Remember that our goal is to ensure the school is a safe place so learning can happen. We are not trying to trick anyone or be vague about our expectations or what is acceptable...or the consequences for bringing illegal items into school.

 

On a positive note:

We've had three student meet graduation requirements so far this year with many more very close. 

Students have passed twice as many classes as this time last year.

Next Wednesday all students will be visiting the Texas Township and the Groves campuses at KVCC.  We will be leaving around 8:30 and returning in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided. 

December 17, we are having a speaker from Borgess presenting on Opioid Abuse Prevention and Education.  This is at 1:00 and parents/guardians are welcome to attend. 

December 21 is our holiday potluck. All students are encouraged to bring a side (chips, beverage, dessert).  Family members are welcome to attend. This will happen at 11:00. 

 

Progress reports were be sent home.  Many of the kids ROCKED their classes this week!!