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 (anderson@gallatingatewayschool.com) 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.