Good Friday Afternoon!
Yesterday, I met with a scholarship committee about a scholarship that will be offered to a graduating senior who will continuing his/her education (this is not limited to college, trade, certificate, or cosmetology but can be used toward any furtherance of education). I am very excited about this great opportunity.
The application is due May 1st. Guidelines:
Interested students will submit a 3-4 minute video consisting of: a brief history of his/her early life, how long he/she attended Gateway, how Gateway has helped them, what his/her plans are after graduation and how the scholarship would be used (tuition, books, tools...).
There is also another scholarship available to Gateway grads. This scholarship is a written essay plus a possible interview. The essay for this scholarship is due April 10th. The essay should address the same topics as the one previously mentioned.
Scholarships range from $500-$2000.
Graduation is May 31, 7pm at the Gull Lake Middle School. Cost is $55, which covers cap and gown, diploma, and reception. Checks can be made out to: GLCS. Invitations will be sold at 2/$1.00. Rehearsal will be May 30, starting at 2:30. Cap and gowns will be handed out at that time. There is no limit to the number of guests graduates can bring.
Today, we're having a birthday party for AnnMarie, who will be turning 1 over the weekend. It has been wonderful to watch her spend portions of her first year here. I am especially proud of Tess (who will be graduating) for being such a fantastic mom. All of us at Gateway have been able to see how challenging it can be to be a single parent and we are in awe of how well Tess has done! When you see Tess graduate, don't be surprised if AnnMarie walks across the stage with her.
Progress reports were given to students today. Some were really great while others have room for improvement.
Monday is the Administration open house. Any student that would like to stay after school until 6:00 is welcome to. They will be making pizzas for an afternoon snack and be able to watch movies, play games, or work on classes. Of course, parents are welcome to go through the building and we'd love to be able to show visitors how great our building is.
Many of you know that we try to use real world situations and learn from them. This past week, the students have really stepped up! They have thought through problems and come up with solutions: they have hung letters (you really need to see the letters...they are huge), they have painted, baked and even cleaned their messes. I was really impressed with the way they worked in small groups and listened to the ideas of others. It was a pretty good week from my perspective.
Thank you for your continued support!!
We have some upcoming trips that I am really excited to be able to offer for our students:
MCTI (Michigan Career & Technical Institute) Plainwell, MI
The fields offered are Automotive Technology, Cabinetmaking/millwork, Certified Nurse Assistant, Culinary Arts, Custodial, Customer Service, Electronics, Graphics Communication, Grounds Maintenance and landscaping, Machine Technology, Office Automation, Pharmacy Technician, Retail Marketing, and Weatherization. The Culinary Arts program operates the school's restaurant, Pine Cove, while the Retail Marketing program operates the school store, the Eagle Shack.
There is on-campus housing available, first come, first served basis.
We will be visiting February 15, leaving around 8:45 and returning in the afternoon. Lunch will be $5.00 per person but if you can't afford the cost, I will cover it. Parents are welcome to attend.
We will be touring on March 3.
KVCC, Downtown Kalamazoo Culinary Arts
We will be touring on March 27. Parents are welcome
All students are expected to go on these trips. There will be no teachers in the building on these dates.
On February 20 students are encouraged to stay after school until 6:00. The administration is hosting an open house during the evening and I would like for our students to show visitors our building. Dinner will be provided (the students will prepare homemade pizzas). Students can work on classes, play video games, watch movies or just hang out with their friends. If a student would like to stay but doesn't have a ride home, staff will be glad to help out.
Graduation is fast approaching. May 31st will be here before we know it! We ordered diplomas this week and will be ordering caps and gowns soon. Cost of graduation is $55. Checks can be made out to Gull Lake Public Schools.
Progress reports were sent home.
I hope you all have a good weekend.
I will be seeing many of you at conferences, so this will be brief.
Feb 7, students will taking the ASFAB test. The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students. Students do not need to be interested in the military to participate.
Feb. 15th, students and staff will be visiting MCTI in Plainwell. Parents are invited to attend. We are leaving Gateway at 9:00 and returning at the end of the day. This is from their brochure:
MCTI is located on Pine Lake in southwestern Barry County. Our campus has 72 acres of land and access to 700 feet of Pine Lake. Our classrooms, dorm rooms, cafeteria, library and other services are located in one building. If you do not want to live on campus, a 2-3 bedroom apartment is available off campus. These apartments are located across from campus. Note: For eligible students, tuition and room and board may be free. MCTI offers Career Assessment Services that help students explore job options. MCTI also offers the following services: • Medical and counseling services • Occupational therapy • Interpreters for deaf students • Classroom and job accommodations • Job placement services MCTI has 13 training programs. Each program has an active advisory committee made up of people who work in the same business. Our committees help make sure our curriculum and equipment meet business standards.
March 1st, students will be visiting Stryker and touring the facility in addition to meeting with staff. Parents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by 2/6 if you would like to go on the visit. We will be leaving Gateway at 8:30 and returning at 11:30.
As always, thank you for trusting us with your child. We take our responsibilities seriously and do our best to meet the needs of each student. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.