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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!!