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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!!