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School News: May 20, 2015
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Students at Gateway Preparatory Academy prepare for their end-of-year festival. | Photo courtesy of Gateway Academy
Students at Gateway Preparatory Academy prepare for their end-of-year festival. | Photo courtesy of Gateway Academy
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Gateway gets ready for end-of-school-year festival

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher … is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” –Maria Montessori

Gateway students have been busy getting ready for the end of the school year. Our end-of-year festival will be at the Heritage Center on May 22 at 5:30 p.m. Included in this festival is The Ceiling of Change art installment sponsored by The Business of Art, DSU, and Zions Bank, and we thank all the sponsors of our art department.

That night at 7 p.m. will be the GPA Music Department POPS concert with local band Spilbeedog. The community is invited to attend. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, and $20 for a family pass. Come support this wonderful event.

Mrs. Dodds’ class is glad to have her back from maternity leave, and to celebrate, students performed a Mauri stick dance and sang her a song about “Grandma’s feather bed.”

In conjunction with Groovefest, the Gateway 5K will be on June 27. Sign up at www.gpacharter.org.

Enoch has pizza graduation party

With the end of the school year upon us, the Enoch Elementary special education speech program capped off its successful year with a pizza graduation party.

Twenty-eight students met their goals for graduating or moving on to the middle school with a party sponsored by Little Caesars, 5-Buck Pizza, Pizza Hut, and The Hub. We thank these local businesses that so generously donated to our students.

Everyone at our school appreciates those who have come to the end-of-year programs and activities. Our PTA recently helped put on our annual Fun Run, and funds were raised for future PTA projects.

This week, we will be having various awards assemblies and we would like to remind parents that seating is limited. On the last day of school we will excuse the students at 2:30 p.m. We hope your summer is enjoyable and relaxing. Please encourage your student to read each day.

South has successful Battle of the Books

We’d like to extend a hearty “congratulations and thank you!” to Diane Smith, who announced her retirement effective at the end of the school year. Diane has dedicated herself to our district for 23 years, and will be sorely missed!

We now welcome Michelle Griffiths, who will have the unimaginable job of filling her shoes.

Another “Thank you!” goes to the volunteers who’ve been helping with our annual Battle of the Books. These last two weeks have been punctuated with great literary competition between grade level teams of students who’ve been reading all year in preparation for the Grand Book Battle.

Congratulations so far to the fifth grade teams, The Raging Readers and Masac from Mrs. Darci Little’s class, as well as the third grade teams, The Golden Space Students from Mrs. Marie Holmes’ class, and The Reading Dominoes from Mrs. Kimberly Segler’s.

Speaking of great readers, Mrs. Michelle Komarek’s class’ favorite books are “The Candy Shop Wars,” “The BFG,” and “Hatchet.”

North Elementary thanks PTA board

North Elementary STEAM/Partnership School would like to thank our amazing PTA board for a job well done! With their hard work, and building on a strong foundation established in the past, our PTA is stronger and better than ever! Our sincere thanks goes out to Amanda Messer (co-president), Janice Cox (co-president), Jamie Shurtz (secretary) and Crystal Meek (treasurer), as well as dozens of others who helped throughout the year. Thanks, North Elementary PTA! You’re the best!

Three Peaks kids to go swimming

The Three Peaks Elementary students in grades three through five have been working hard to do well on their end-of-year assessments, and the teachers and staff are very proud of the conscientious effort each student has made to do his/her best. First through third grade students will be swimming at the Aquatic Center as part of their end-of-year celebrations.

Field day will be on May 21 and the last day of school is May 22, when students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

We would like to thank all teachers, staff, volunteers, parents, PTA, and everyone else who has helped make this year a great success. Please provide opportunities for your children to read, write, think, and experience new things during the summer break so that they will continue to learn and be ready when school begins.

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