Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays!

From the Gallatin Gateway School family to yours, have a safe and joyous winter break!  Stay warm and we will see you in 2017!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Friday is Ugly Sweater Day!

All of the Gallatin Gateway School staff and students are welcome to wear their favorite ugly sweater this Friday!  Lets all be like Jordy and Randall and show our holiday spirit!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Blessing Bags

The first grade class has been busy collecting items for blessing bags to send to our veterans.  Today, with the help of Nick and KJ, the class was able to put together 76 blessing bags!  Way to go Gators!

Student Council Food Drive

The student council did an excellent job of collecting food during their recent food drive.  On December 8, they delivered 470 pounds of food to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank!  Great job Gators in helping others this holiday season!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Holidays!

The Grinch is one of my all-time favorite books and I am so glad that I was able to get my picture taken with him today.  Certainly one of those things that can help get you into the holiday spirit!  Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 28, 2016

High School Expansion Information

During our November School Board Meeting, Bozeman School District #7 Superintendent Dr. Rob Watson, BSD7 Trustee Sandra Wilson, and BSD7 Trustee Douglas Fischer discuss the process for the new high school.  Don't worry if you weren't able to make it, there is plenty of information on the future school on the Bozeman Public School website.  There will also be a public meeting in the Bozeman High School South Cafeteria on December 8 at 6 and 7 pm.  This is a very exciting project and I appreciate the time Dr. Watson, Ms. Wilson, and Mr. Fisher spent with us to keep us informed.

Science Olympiad

On November 22, several of our middle school students participated in the annual Science Olympiad.  The event was held on the MSU campus and it was great to watch our students showcase their scientific ability.  Our Gators worked very hard on their projects and it was so great to hear their feedback!  The final results were:
Ecology - 31
Invasive Species - 35
Reach for the Stars - 21
Meteorology - 28
Optics - 33
Wind Power - 21
Crime Busters - 7
Food Science - 15
Scrambler - 44
Towers - 44
Experimental Design - 22
Write It Do It - 30

Holiday Activities

This weekend is shaping up to be filled with wonderful holiday activities.  For those of you who like to lace up your running shoes, check out the 2016 Santa 5K Run for Education.  This event is being put on by the Bozeman Schools Foundation, but your entry can benefit the Gallatin Gateway School Foundation!  Saturday is also the 7th Annual Cowboy Christmas Breakfast at the Gallatin Gateway Inn!  This event is your opportunity to visit the historic Gallatin Gateway Inn to visit more than 10 holiday vendors, go for a sleigh ride, get your picture taken with Santa, and have a wonderful breakfast!  Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County

I had a visit today from Megan Cummings of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County.  She is looking for caring adults from around the valley to help mentor kids.  They are looking for someone who is willing to commit 18 months to the program, is 18 or older, and pass a background check.  They are looking for "all kinds of bigs for all kinds of kids", so don't hesitate to sign up!  We have information at the office or you can contact Megan Cummins at (406) 587-1216 if you are interested!  Please feel free to pass this information onto anyone you know who may be interested or may be a great big!  Have a great day!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Donna Shockley Receives the Marvin Heintz Award!

Congratulations to our School Board Chair, Donna Shockley for receiving the Marvin Heintz Award.  This award is given to individual trustees for "attaining the highest level in the MTSBA School Board Academy's Certified Trustee Award Program for extraordinary commitment to continuing education, strengthening boardsmanship, and providing leadership in the community".  We are all very proud of you and your commitment to excellence at Gallatin Gateway School!  Way to go Donna!

The Golden Gavel Comes Back to Gallatin Gateway School!

Congratulations to the Gallatin Gateway School Board of Trustees for earning their second consecutive Golden Gavel Award!  This award is given annually to school boards "for completion of Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) Academy Training for every trustee.  Receiving this award requires a considerable time commitment and I would like to applaud their effort!  Way to go!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Blessing Bags

The first grade class will be accepting donations to create Blessing Bags for our homeless Veterans. Last year was our first year of doing this community service project and we were able to send out over fifty bags! This year we would love to double that!

Besides accepting monetary donations, students will be collecting personal hygiene items, feminine personal hygiene items, socks, gloves/mittens, winter hats, quarters, gallon or lager zip-up plastic bags, hand/foot/body warmers, toothbrushes, etc.

Donations can be sent to school with your child or feel free to stop by the school office with your items. Thank you, in advance, for your donation. Please see the list below for some great ideas for donation items! Blessing Bag donations will be accepted through December 2.
Please contact Mrs. Krogstad with any questions by email,

Super 3

On October 28, the Kindergarten  completed a project learning about the Super 3.
The students learned about the three steps: Plan, Do, and Review.  They first learned about the Super 3 by learning a song to the tune of BINGO.

Step 1: Plan
The students planned what they needed to make a snowman and what it should look like. 
Step 2: Do
The students used all the supplies from the planning step to make the snowman.  We made some minor adjustments due to the lack of snow since it had all melted. 

Step 3: Review
Finally, they reviewed the whole process checking to make sure they completed the project, made the snowman according to their planning, and was it their best work

The students had a blast with the project!  Thank you to Mrs. Krob and Ms. Rubio for teaching the Kindergarten about the Super 3!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veteran's Day Assembly

I would like to thank our staff and students for conducting such a wonderful Veteran's Day assembly this morning.  We had several veterans in attendance and they were all moved by the quality of the assembly.  Thank you so much!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Spirit Week - October 24-28

Don't forget to show your Gator Pride next week by participating in our Spirit Week activities.

Monday - "Make the right call, stay away from alcohol" - Wear any sort of striped clothing

Tuesday - "You won't go pro, if you don't say NO" - Wear a sports jersey or your team colors

Wednesday - "Respect yourself, respect your health" - Wear athletic clothes or workout wear

Thursday - "Drugs are more deadly than ammo" Wear your camo or bright orange

Friday - "Tobacco is wacky, wear something tacky" - Wear your best miss-matched outfit

I'm looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful outfits as Gallatin Gateway School celebrates healthy lifestyles choices and affirms our pledge to say no to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dictionary Time!

Yesterday, the Bozeman Rotary Club visited our third grade classroom to make sure that every student has their own dictionary.  They have been conducting these visits every year and I greatly appreciate their support!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the October 10 parent information meeting.  It was a great conversation and everyone made great contributions to furthering discussions geared toward improving learning opportunities at Gallatin Gateway School.  I have been busy sharing your feedback with several staff members and look forward to future input.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Parent Meeting October 10

Parents - I will be conducting the year's first parent information meeting at 6:00 in the Gallatin Gateway School Board Room.  We will be discussing the beginning of the year and last year's Smarter Balanced Test results.  I look forward to seeing all of you there!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Lewis and Clark Caverns

On Wednesday, the 4th Grade Class visited the Lewis and Clark Caverns.  They all had a wonderful time exploring the caverns, learning about its unique ecosystem, and observing real life stalagmites and stalactites.  Thanks to everyone who helped on this fun and educational trip!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Yellowstone Aerial Adventures

A big thank you to Eric and the folks at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures for the great experience with our middle schoolers!  We had a great time working on team building and working together.  It was a great activity to begin the school year.  I also want to thank PIE for their donation which made the trip possible!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Suicide Awareness Training

I know this is short notice but Montana State Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Karl Rosston is in Bozman on September 9th and has graciously agreed to do a free presentation for parents, grandparents, care-providers, teachers, counselors etc.  His informational meeting on the signs of suicide will be conducted the morning of September 9th. in the Willson Building (404 West Main Street) from 9:30-10:30.  Thanks for all you do for our students to keep them safe!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Thank You!

I just want to thank our amazing students, staff, and parents for a wonderful first week!  Ms. Clark leading the students in "Let it Rain" at today's assembly was a fitting end to a great week!  Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Our New 5th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Bedwell

Welcome to Gallatin Gateway School Mrs. Sara Bree Bedwell!  She will be our new 5th grade teacher.  She is an avid runner and has run several half marathons!  Welcome to GGS Mrs. Bedwell...Go Gators!

Our New Middle School Teacher, Mrs. Johnson

Meet our new middle school teacher, Mrs. Tanya Johnson.  She recently moved to the Gallatin Valley from Helena and enjoys hiking, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her husband.  I'm so excited to have Mrs. Johnson on staff, so be sure to give her a big Gator Welcome!  Go Gators!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Our New Assistant Kitchen Worker, Ms. Brooke Savage

Ms. Brooke Savage is the new kitchen worker.  When she isn't busy preparing healthy meals, she enjoys sking and gardening.  She has also been a part of the Gallatin County Search and Rescue Team and was an avid runner.  We are so fortunate to have her as a part of the GGS family...Go Gators!

Our New Bus Driver, Ms. Brenner

Ms. Cheryl Brenner is our new bus driver.  She recently moved back to Gallatin Gateway from Iowa to be closer to family.  She enjoys riding horses with her granddaughter, hiking, and attending rodeos.  We are so glad to have Ms. Brenner as a part of the GGS family...Go Gators!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Our New Kindergarten Teacher, Miss Rubio

This year, Miss Veronica Rubio will be teaching kindergarten at Gallatin Gateway School.  She grew up in the Bay Area of California and is a recent graduate of Carroll College.  She enjoys hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors.  Welcome to GGS Miss Rubio...Go Gators!

Our New Counselor, Ms. Ruth Sann

Ms. Ruth Sann is the new counselor at Gallatin Gateway School.  She is an enthusiastic skier and horseback rider.  Welcome to GGS Ms. Sann...Go Gators!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year!  This year is going to be an amazing year at Gallatin Gateway School and we have some exciting new faces!  Be sure to come to our Open House Thursday, September 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 to meet all of the new staff!  I will be doing updates on all of the new staff this week.

This year we are moving forward with improving our Response to Intervention (RTI) program.  It is our goal to eventually use this approach to insure that all of our students are having their academic needs met.

This is going to be a very exciting year at GGS and I am so glad to be a part of this school!  Please feel free to contact me at (406) 763-4415 or email with any questions.  Have a great year!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Art Auction Success!

A great big GGS thank you goes out to everyone who helped make Friday's Chili/Cornbread Cook-Off and Art Auction such a success!  Donna Shockley was awarded the Korn Kween for her "Opinionated Corn Pones" and Christie Francis received the Ladle of Glory for her "White Wave" chili.  The cook-off brought in $400 and the auction netted $2,600 for a grand total of $3,000!  Thanks again for supporting our art program!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Art Auction and Cook-Off Tonight!

It's so exciting to see that the day of the Art Auction and and Cook-Off has finally arrived!  We will begin the cook-off at 5:30 and the Art Auction will begin at 6:30.  PIE will also be selling snow-cones this evening as part of the event.  Bring your checkbook and get ready to have fun!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5th Grade Chair!

This chair is so cool!  It would look perfect on your balcony!  Come on down to the GGS Art Auction Friday night and bid on this awesome chair.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Buddy Bench

There is a recent addition to the GGS playground.  We have added a Buddy Bench to make sure everyone has someone to play with.  If a student doesn't have someone to play with, they simply have a seat on the Buddy Bench. That is the signal to other students that someone needs someone to play with.  They will then include that student in their activity.  I'm so excited that all students now have a way to be included at GGS!

2nd Grade Presidential Speeches

Today, the 2nd Grade did an excellent job on their presidential speeches!  They all did an amazing job and I was so impressed with their ability to deliver a public speech.  Way to go Gators!

Art Auction Coming April 29!

Get ready for this year's Gallatin Gateway School Art Auction!  The event will occur on Friday, April 29 and will run in partnership with the Chili and Cornbread Cook-off.  Both events will occur at the school and will begin at 5:30!  Here are a some of the chairs that are going to be auctioned off next Friday!  Get your checkbooks ready!

This chair was made by the 4th Grade!  It would be a perfect addition to any patio!

This chair was made by the Kindergarten!  It should be illegal to cram that much cuteness into one chair!  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Chili and Cornbread Contest!

Hey GGS Parents!  We will be conducting a Chili and Cornbread Cook-off on April 29 from 5:30-7:30!  The event will happen at the school and will occur in conjunction with the GGS Art Auction!  We are currently looking for those of you who will rise to the occasion and contribute.  Get your favorite chili and/or cornbread recipe ready and enter the cook-off!  Please fill out the attached registration form and return it to the school.  All proceeds will go to support the GGS art program!

Do your recipe have what it takes to win the "Ladle of Glory" or the "A'maize'ing Spatula"!  All you have to do is fill out the attached entry form and return it to the school.  Good luck and thanks for supporting our students!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Morton and Knarr Scholarship Update

The money from the hat day and blue jean Friday's have been added up...

The students, staff members, and parents raised a whopping $734.80 for the Morton and Knarr Scholarship Funds.  We will be making a donation of $367.40 into each fund!  Way to go Gators and thank you to an amazing community!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Free Adult Education Class on April 19!

Greetings Gallatin Gateway Patrons:

In order to provide the best possible information to our community, Gallatin Gateway School will be providing a free course to provide an overview of school funding.  The course will occur on Tuesday, April 19 in the Gallatin Gateway School Board Room.  We will examine and discuss the Gallatin Gateway School general fund budget to include potential implications on the local tax base regarding the general fund operational mill levy presented to voters in the May 3, 2016 election.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their 2015 property tax bill with them to the class.  The intent of this course it to provide accurate information to our tax payers so that they have the best information possible in order to cast their vote.

If you are interested in this free class, please contact Mr. Mike Coon at  Thanks for your interest in our school and feel free to contact me at 763-4415 or if you have any additional questions.

Understanding School Finance – A look at the Gallatin Gateway School District
Date/Time: April 19, 2016- 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Travis Anderson, Ed.D. Superintendent
Registration fee: FREE
Location: Gallatin Gateway School Board Room

Basic General Fund Levy Information:

The Gallatin Gateway School District Trustees authorized a proposal to increase the over-base local taxes to support the General Fund in the amount of Twenty-Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Nine Dollars ($25,389); thus, representing approximately 5.12 mills.  The purpose of this proposal is to maintain programs and operations within the district.

Passage of this proposal will increase the annual taxes on a home with an assessed market value of $100,000 by approximately $6.91 and on a home with an assessed market value of $200,000 by approximately $13.82.  The durational limit of the levy is intended to be permanent.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Hat Day!

Gallatin Gateway School truly has the best students in Montana!  The support they showed the Knarr and Morton families has been amazing.  They all wore a hat and donated $1 to their scholarship funds.  I even got to spend the day with my "Mini-Me"!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bozeman Parent University

The Bozeman Parent University is presenting "Thriving 9th Graders" on April 13 from 5:30-7:00 (Willson Building: Room 122).  This is a great opportunity to meet other 8th Grade Parents, learn ways to support your child through this transition, get tips on parenting your adolescent, and have opportunities for questions and answers.  Please refer to the organization's website for information on this opportunity as well as other classes that are in the near future.  As always, I will gladly share any and all suggestions you may have.

BHS Parent Liaison

Just had a great visit with Ms. Katie Travis and received a lot of information on her role as the Bozeman High School Parent Liaison.  I just want share her contact information as another resource for answering your questions concerning the transition to BHS.

Katie Travis
Parent Liaison
Bozeman High School
(406) 522-4868 (BHS)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

GGS Giving

I know that recent tragedies have hit Gallatin Gateway pretty hard and than many of you have heavy hearts.  Our staff members have had several conversations with various stakeholders about what can be done to give in light of these tragedies.  

With the passing of two former GGS parents, staff members have the opportunity to contribute to scholarship funds set up for their children. On Friday we will collect the donations from "Blue Jean Friday" for Cooper Knarr and Kendree and Peyton Morton on behalf of the GGS Staff. Both families have a scholarship fund set up in the children's names.  

There are also opportunities for greater Gallatin Gateway community members to contribute to these scholarship funds.  Please feel free to contact the school if you have any additional questions.  Thanks so much, it is so special to be a part of such an amazing community!

UPDATE 3/31 - On Friday, April 1, GGS will be allowing students to wear hats (baseball and stocking) with a $1 donation.

To pay by check, please make it out to: 

               Cooper Knarr Scholarship Fund (account is at Big Sky Western Bank)
               Kendree and Peyton Scholarship Fund (account is at First Interstate Bank)

Expedition Yellowstone!

The 6th grade class will be at Yellowstone National Park this week and will be participating in Expedition Yellowstone.  They will be busy hiking and learning about Yellowstone all week.  Be on the lookout for more updates as the week progresses.  Finally, I would like to thank all of the chaperones for the time they devote to making this trip a success.  Thank you!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Gallatin Gateway Youth Group Information

Please refer to the following letter from the Gateway Youth Group.  I will be sure to post more information as soon as I can.

March 10, 2016

Gallatin Gateway Community Members:

In February, GYG was notified by the Turner Foundation that our 2016 grant request funding was put on hold as their Board was going through a leadership change.   Turner Foundation Program Officer expressed that they expect to revisit our grant request in mid-May following reorganization.   GYG operates primarily on funding received from the Turner Foundation.  As a result, this delay has temporarily impacted our ability to host upcoming GYG programs.  Lack of funding has forced GYG Board to temporarily suspend activities.  In May we hope to resume our normal programs.

Effective immediately, Once-A-Month Club will be cancelled for the remainder of the school year.  Our scholarship program and Summit on the Environment, usually occurring in late April, are also cancelled for this year.   We know how special the GYG summer camp is to the community.  We hope to host the summer camp as usual, and will keep everyone informed as the time draws near.  

We truly feel this situation is temporary.   The Turner Foundation has generously supported GYG for 18 years.  Although there has never been a guarantee of continuous funding, we as a community have enjoyed the benefits of uninterrupted support from the Foundation.  We feel compelled to wait until May and allow their new Foundation Board time to revisit our grant request.  At that time we will make decisions on our next steps for the future of GYG programs.

We enjoy serving the community and look forward to resuming our programs as soon as possible.   Thank-you for your continued support and understanding as we move forward.


GYG Officers                                                                 Administration/Staff
Dick Shockley – President                                    Martha Joh Reeder – Executive Director
Carrie Shockley – Treasurer                                  Nancy Mawhinney – Program Director
Tev Sanders – Secretary                                        Chloe Nostrant – Junior Program Coordinator

Board Members
Gary Jones                              
Tanner Sanders
Misti Richardson

Heidi Maus

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

GGS Book Fair!

Be sure to catch the last couple of days of our book fair.  Remember that Easter is right around the corner and books make a great basket filler!  See you there!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Community Outreach Committee

Gallatin Gateway School is looking for volunteers to help out with our Community Outreach Committee.  The purpose of this committee is to develop lines of communication between the school and the community on any and all topics related to the school.  We are looking for parents and community members to lend their voice and expertise in communicating school related issues with the larger community.  Please contact me at the school if you are interested (736-4415).  Have a great day and thanks for your help!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Community Supper

Be sure to come to the Gallatin Gateway Community Center tonight from 5:00-6:30 for the community supper.  The teachers are sponsoring a taco bar, so be sure to bring the whole family!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Elks Essay Contest Winners and Participants

The Bozeman Elks Lodge #463 has announced the local winners of the Montana State Elks Association Americanism Essay Contest and GGS was well represented!  This year's theme was "What Can I Do To Promote Americanism And Love Of Country" and the middle schoolers were up to the challenge of addressing the topic.  Our Gators swept first, second, and third in both the 6th grade and 7th grade divisions!  Thanks to Ron Layton and the Bozeman Elks Lodge #463 for sponsoring this contest.  Congratulations to all of our Gators who participated and did an excellent job of representing our school!

6th Graders with their participation certificates  

6th Grade Division Winners - 
1st Place - Yujun Durham (Not Pictured)
2nd Place - Felix Peterson
3rd Place Kieran Morton

7th Graders with their participation and winning certificates

7th Grade Division Winners -
1st Place - Ray Wilson
2nd Place - Lane Harrison
3rd Place - Ruth Blodgett

8th Graders with their participation certificates