Project 351 and Allen Hale’s Local Service Project

Grade 8 student Allen Hale completed his local service projected connected to Project 351.  Allen spearheaded a children’s clothing drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons.  He organized and sorted over 350 donated items in just one week.  We appreciate Allen’s work as a citizen leader here at Gates, and thank all members of the Gates community who supported Allen in his efforts. 

National Junior Honor Society and Gates Core Values Awards Night:

On May 25th at 7:00 PM, Gates will hold its induction ceremony into National Junior Honor Society for eligible grade 8 students.  Amy Mahoney and Nancy Driscoll have been busy organizing this ceremony.  Please reach out to them with any questions about NJHS and the process.  As part of the same recognition ceremony, we will also be celebrating seventh and eighth grade students on each team who exemplify the Gates Intermediate School Core Values: Generate Academic Excellence; Appreciate Each Unique Spirit; Think, Create, Collaborate; Empower Each Other, and Stand Up for a Safe Positive Learning Environment.  Students are nominated for Core Values Awards by Gates staff.  All students who will be recognized on this evening will receive invitations before May 5th.

Gates GSA and Day of Silence Awareness

One of the student Interest-Based Clubs here at Gates is the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance).  Students in the GSA and their three staff advisors are raising awareness of the Day of Silence on Friday, April 28th, 2017.  The Day of Silence is a nation-wide, student-led action aimed at creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  It also brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools.  At Gates, students in the GSA will share the multiple ways that more students at can be involved if they volunteer to, including: wearing a sticker, being silent for the day, or students simply showing they are open and accepting of all.  During Advisory block on April 26th, teachers will review the purpose of the Day of Silence and ways for students to be involved if students choose to.  As a school community, we value all efforts that help our school to be the safest, most accepting place it can be.

Grade 8 Promotion Save the Date

With snow days behind us (hopefully!), we now can confirm that the Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30 PM in the new Scituate Performing Arts Center.  Students will participate in the promotion ceremony, and then have a pizza, ice cream and music celebration immediately following the ceremony.  As part of promotion, we will award the Dolly Devereaux Awards, which are presented to students in their 8th-grade year who have shown tremendous growth in character, academics, attendance, or perseverance during their two years at the Gates Intermediate School.  Other end of the year awards (outlined in the Gates Handbook) are presented at team gatherings during the last week of school.  Students who have earned the Lester J. Gates Award, earning all A’s during their six trimesters at Gates, will be recognized in The Scituate Mariner and with personal letters.  Because students complete academic work through the end of school and grades close on Wednesday, June 21st, Lester J. Gates Award winners will be recognized after the Promotion Ceremony has occurred.