Gator Bites

December 5, 2017

Community Conversation About Race and Equity

Parents, I invite you to join us in an important community conversation about race and equity taking place over 5 nights at Gamble second semester. We will look at Gamble's student survey and discipline results, as well as at local and national trends, in a forum designed to empower our students to lead us through finding and solving problems related to disproportionate discipline rates. Racial and economic differences can sometimes hinder our ability to function as a true community. We intend to address these differences and take steps toward creating a more inclusive and nurturing experience for all students at Gamble. Contact Mr. Jose to join, or read the "Student Leadership on Race and Equity" flyer  for more information. 

We Need Your Perspective through the Parent Survey 

Thank you to those who have already filled out the parent survey on Montessori practices at Gamble. As many of you know, Gamble Montessori has embarked on an ambitious plan to earn accreditation from the American Montessori Society in partnership with our sister school Clark. Our goal is to become only the second public high school in America to earn that prestigious and challenging accreditation from AMS. For the past year and a half we have dedicated our staff meetings and professional development days to affirming and strengthening our Montessori practices. We need your perspective on our work by filling out a survey on your experience with Gamble Montessori. This survey has a few multiple choice questions, and lots of chances to give your perspective and offer suggestions, so it is as long or as short as you want it to be. I hope you will set aside 15 minutes and give us your thoughts and impressions on our school. Please follow this link: 

Free After-School ACT Tutoring

Free after-school ACT tutoring will be held this week on Tuesday, December 5th and Thursday, December 7thfrom 4:00 – 5:30pm in Mr. Ogilby’s room. All ACT subjects will be covered. Please bring a pencil, notebook, and calculator. If there are any questions or requests for extra help, see your Ohio College Guide, Miss Rockett in room 1035.

Gamble Art Show and Sale

Gamble's first ever Art Show and Sale will be open to the public. Please come from 5-7 on Tuesday, Dec. 5th before the Winter Concert. Students are selling their work to fund raise, all proceeds will go toward the school activity of the artist's choice. We are excited to see you, and thank you for your support!

Winter Concert

And of course the Winter Concert is Tuesday, December 5th. Students in Choir, Band, and Steel Band are performing. This is a grade. Students in choir need to arrive by 6:15PM, and students in Steel Band need to arrive by 6:45PM. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Frank. 

Pigeon Key Meeting

8th grade families – Please attend the Pigeon Key meeting on Wednesday night at 6:00. This meeting will be held in community classrooms, and will include reviewing the packing list and the many paperwork components. As always, we are happy to answer any question you have. The third PK payment of $400 is due at this time.

Gators Give Back

Gators Give Back community service program updates: 10th graders should have completed their community service reflection in Schoology (the 9th grade assignment) by January 2. 11th graders should have completed their advocacy letter to a congress person about a specific community issue (the 10th grade assignment) by January 2nd. Time will be given in the December 12th advisory to complete these assignments. Students who have not completed the work by the indicated date will be given the gift of additional time after school on Friday January 5th.

Ohio Attendance Law

Please find attached a CPS parent notice letter regarding the new attendance law in Ohio. A noteworthy change in the law is that attendance is now measured in hours rather than days of absence, so students who are frequently tardy may face consequences from the school and from the courts. Your efforts to get your child here on time every day are appreciated. The Board of Education has asked that this information be shared with all CPS families. 

Cincinnati Sister City Program

This June Sam Dwyer will join a delegation of Cincinnati students who attend New Taipei City as part of the Cincinnati Sister City Program. Thanks to everyone at Gamble who has hosted students, attended meetings, and made space in their lives for the students who visit us from New Taipei City each year. 

High School Semester Exams

High school semester exams begin next week. Please help your child design a study schedule to review for these tests as they comprise a significant portion of students’ semester grades.
As always, there are lots of ways to get involved at Gamble Montessori, where we make a commitment to learning every day, and we will see you there.