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!