Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Holidays!

The staff at GGS want to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday season!  We decided to show our holiday spirit during our first annual ugly sweater day.  

Food Drive Results

The generosity of the GGS community this past week has been simply overwhelming.  The school's holiday food drive brought in over 700 non-perishable items!  The first grade won the school-wide competition with 155 items and the third grade took second with 141 items!  I also want to thank Ms. Davis, Mrs. Curry, and the fourth graders for the hard work they put into making the food drive a success!  The items were delivered to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and will greatly help those in need.  Way to go Gators, I'm so very proud of you!

Christmas Concert

Thank you Mr. Mohr and all of our Gators for the hard work they put into last night's Christmas Concert!  I was simply amazed by the performances and think you all did an amazing job!  In fact, Mr. Mohr had a special visitor after the concert to wish him congratulations on another successful concert!

Blessing Bag Donations!

Thank you to the GGS community for helping the first and third graders make and donate blessing bags to the Gallatin Valley Warming Center!  They worked so hard and were able to put together more than 40 bags.  Way to go Gators!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

High School Expansion Meeting

Just wanted to remind you that tomorrow there will be a meeting to discuss options for expansion of the high school on Wednesday, December 16 from 6 - 8 in the BHS South Cafeteria.  Additional information on the meeting can be found in today's Bozeman Daily Chronicle.  Please be sure to stop by and get the most recent information on the project.  Your voice is important in this process as the decisions being made directly impact Gallatin Gateway School students.  I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

Friday, December 11, 2015

School Store is Open!

The school store will be open Monday after school and will be open every Monday from 3:10-3:30 (with the exception of January 4).  Thanks Mrs. Matthews and the 6th grade class for their efforts in getting the store open.  Come support our store and have a great weekend!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Food Drive Continues!

Happy Holidays from Gallatin Gateway School!  In order to help others in the Gallatin Valley, our staff and students have organized a food drive.  Please feel free to send any of the suggested food items.  Thanks for your help and have a wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Federal Rewrite of No Child Left Behind?

I know that many of you have already heard news that the federal government is getting close to revising the No Child Left Behind (otherwise known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or ESEA) legislation passed in 2002.  Recently, The Huffington Post published an article discussing this legislation and what some of the proposed changes may look like.  Revising the ESEA is an important decision and I hope that our elected officials on both sides of the aisle take a moment to consider how these changes impact schools at the local level.  I will keep you up to date on any changes made to federal legislation as it relates to education at Gallatin Gateway School.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


The Gallatin Gateway School staff would like to wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.  This is a time of year for giving thanks, and our staff are all very thankful that our community trusts us to with the important task of educating your children.  Thank you for this belief in us and have a wonderful weekend.  

Safe travels to those of you who are leaving town, see you on Monday!
Gallatin Gateway School celebrated the first quarter of the school year with a celebratory assembly last Friday.  I must say that it is amazing to celebrate these accomplishments with our students.  I would like to thank the middle school team for the work they put into setting up the assembly.  Way to go Gators and I'm looking forward to a successful 2nd quarter!

Perfect Attendance Award Winners!

Caught You Being Good Award Winners! 

Big Brains Math Award Winners!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rob Watson to present at Monday's Board Meeting!

 Come to the Gallatin Gateway School Board Meeting on Monday, November 23rd at 6:00 pm to hear Bozeman School District Superintendent, Rob Watson discuss early plans for a second high school in Bozeman.  Dr. Watson will also be discussing ways parents can be involved in the process, so stay tuned for more information.

For more information on future high school needs, please see Bozeman Public School's website.  Thanks for your interest and be on the look out for future opportunities to participate in the process.

On Wednesday, December 16, from 6-8 pm in the BHS cafeteria there will be a Community Listening Session to provide information on this process.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Stop, Drop, and Read!

Thank you to everyone who accepted the challenge from Hot Springs County School District #1 to Stop, Drop, and Read today at 9:00.  I am so appreciative of some of our area schools for joining us in the challenge.  Here are the other area schools (and total readers) who participated.

Gallatin Gateway School - 166 readers
Longfellow Elementary School - 163 readers
Dillon Elementary School - 252 readers
Harrison Public Schools - 52

A total of 633 area readers in our schools!

I would also like to thank the Gallatin/Madison Special Education Cooperative and Southwest Montana School Services for participating in the event.

11/16/2015 Update - Thanks to the Montana State University Department of Education for adding to our totals.  They had 29 pre-service teachers and 4 faculty participate!  Go Cats!

This picture is of the staff and students in Harrison!

 The following pictures are of our Gators!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Happy Secret to Better Work!

I just love this TED talk from Shawn Achor!  He provides some amazing insight linking happiness and success in a humorous way.  Please take a moment to watch this clip (12 min) and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day Celebration at GGS

Today the staff and students at GGS did a wonderful job of honoring our country's veterans with a school-wide assembly.  I am so very proud of the respectful way in which our students honored the veterans in attendance.  I also want to thank our veterans for their selfless service to our country.  Your contributions mean so much and it was great to have several of our area's veterans in attendance.  It was a special day and thank you Gators for a great assembly!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Gateway's Got Talent!

Come check out the Gallatin Gateway community play on November 14 at 7:00.  The evening will also feature live and silent auctions to raise money for the Willing Workers Ladies Aid, Inc.  This is a great organization within our community that does a lot to support our school.  Come on out and spend Saturday night at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center...see you there!

Suicide Prevention

I know this post doesn't share the same type of upbeat information contained in my other posts; however, it is so important to share this information with you.  As many of you know, the holidays aren't the happiest time for all of our students and their families.  Therefore, the information contained in this presentation couldn't be more timely.

Karl Rosston, Montana Suicide Prevention Coordinator will be addressing the very important topics of depression and suicide among our youth.  His presentation will occur on November 17 and is open to all parents, grandparents, care providers, and friends within our area.  Please see the attached image for information on the presentations or contact Mary Ann Benz at (406) 522-6022 with questions.  I appreciate the effort that went into bringing this presentation to our community and thank you for everything you do to keep our children safe.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thank You!

Thank you to all of our parents for attending parent/teacher conferences this week!  It is always a joy to visit about your amazing children and it was a pleasure to have you as our guest.  Remember that this is just the start of the conversation between your and your student's teacher, so feel free to contact us at any time with questions and/or concerns.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stop, Drop, and Read

We all know that reading to our children is important for so many reasons.  It helps build vocabulary, exposes children to a world of information, and builds lasting relationships.  With all of this in mind, I would like to challenge each of you to join us the morning of November 13 at 9:00 in our efforts to Stop, Drop, and Read.  Gallatin Gateway School is teaming up with Hot Springs County School District in Thermopolis, Wyoming to see how many people we can get reading at the same time.  All you have to do is commit to read for ten minutes on November 13 at 9:00 and email me ( with the total number of people who read with you.  I will compile the results and update everyone with the final tally.  Thanks in advance for helping us out and I look forward to hearing back from you next week.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Sculpting with Ott Jones!

Last week, the fifth graders had a special opportunity this week: to work with master sculptor Ott Jones! Fifth grade is starting their research on a native Montana animal for their Bronze Museum reports. Students choose an animal to research and sculpt. In Ms. Davis' class, fifth grade will be writing research reports about their chosen animal. Mr. Jones spent three days in the classroom, teaching students about animal anatomy, artistic composition, and basic principles of sculpting with clay. The students were enthusiastic about the fact that they had a world-class artist teaching them. Mr. Jones has sculptures all over Montana, as well as in the White House and even in the Queen of England's collection. Check out our pictures with Ott Jones and our beautiful sculptures! You can see them in real life at the Bronze Museum presentations on December 10.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Why Red Ribbon Week?

We had a lot of fun this week and it was great to see everyone dressing up for the daily theme.  More importantly, I feel we all need to understand why we conduct a week dedicated to drug awareness.  According to a 2010 report from the White House, Montana ranks as a top ten state in several categories for drug use among people 12 and older.  I know this may come as a shocking revelation that people as young as 12 may be using drugs, which it why I want to reinforce the importance of being drug free.  We did a great job of getting the word out, but we need your help.  Please take a moment to have an age-appropriate conversation with your students about the dangers of drugs and encourage them to live drug free.  The Red Ribbon Project webpage has some good information to help guide your conversation.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Three Sisters Garden

Today our first graders were busy harvesting seeds from this past years "Three Sisters Garden".  According to Iroquois Legend, corn, beans, and squash represent three sisters who thrive together.  Planting and harvesting this garden is done in support of our Indian Education for All (IEFA) curriculum.  The first graders did a great job of harvesting these seeds so the Kindergartners can plant next year's garden in the spring!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Go Pro

Today's Red Ribbon Week theme was jersey day because "You won't go pro if you don't say no to drugs".  Way to go Gators!

Miss Montana Visits Gateway!

Today, we were fortunate to have Danielle Wineman, better known as Miss Montana 2015, as our guest.  She did an excellent job of visiting with our students about the effects of bullying and the importance of being a supportive friend.  I especially appreciated the way in which she was able to discuss the importance of being the "Star of your Story".  Her message was very positive and did an excellent job of addressing the topic.  As you can see from the pictures, everyone was very excited to meet Miss Montana.  However, her kindness left a sizable impression with two people in our school.  Thank you Danielle and it was an absolute pleasure to have you as our guest!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Conferences are Coming!

Gallatin Gateway School will be conducting parent/teacher conferences November 4-6.  Information on scheduling was sent home on October 23 and is due back on October 27.  I found a great article with some easy strategies on getting the most out of this time with your child's teacher.  I'm looking forward to seeing you next week!  As always, please contact the office if you have any questions and/or comments.

Montana Crunch Time

Today at 2:00, Gallatin Gateway School was one of many schools across the state who participated in the annual Montana Crunch Time celebration.  This collective crunch encourages healthy eating and supports farm to school and buy local initiatives.  The apples for this event came from Swanson Orchards in Corvallis.  Last year, over 20,000 people across the state participated in the event.  I hope that there are even more this year.  Way to crunch Gators!

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon and Spirit Week is off to an amazing start.  Today is Mustache Monday, so we "mustache you not to do drugs".


Looking great Gators!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Great Montana ShakeOut

On October 21, Gallatin Gateway School participated in the Great Montana ShakeOut.  Earthquake safety is an important aspect to practice here in Montana because of our seismic history.  KBZK did a great job of covering our drill, as well as discussing earthquakes in our state.  I hope your students came home and discussed practicing the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" method of being safe during an earthquake.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Golden Gavel Award comes to Gallatin Gateway!

At the 2015 Montana Conference of Educational Leadership (MCEL), the Gallatin Gateway District School Board received the "Golden Gavel Award".  This award is given to school boards when every member of the board completes training conducted by the Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA).  Receiving this award requires every member of the board to exhibit a dedication to excellence in education.  Our district is fortunate that our trustees are so committed to doing a great job.  Thank you for your efforts!

Welcome and Color Run

Welcome to the Gallatin Gateway School Superintendent's blog!  The intent of blog is to share information with the vested stakeholders about the great things happening at our school.  I promise to keep this blog updated regularly and have a personal goal of submitting a new entry every week.  Thank you so much for trusting us to educate your children!  Your trust is a privilege and honor to every one of us within the district.  Enjoy the blog and I hope that you find it beneficial.  As always, feel free to contact me at (406) 763-4415 or at with any questions and/or comments.

My first blog post is going to talk about the amazing teachers at Gallatin Gateway.  Recently, several members of the staff ran in the first ever "Color Me Fun Run" in Bozeman.  The run was conducted to raise money for local schools, so some of the proceeds from the event are coming right back to Gallatin Gateway!  As you can see from the before and after pictures, we got our exercise and were very dirty at the end.  Most importantly, we all had a lot of fun.  It is a pleasure to work with so many dedicated educators!