Gator Bites

March 12, 2018

4th Quarter

Monday marks the start of 4th quarter for middle school, where the cycle theme is Identity. Ask your child about activities they’ve participated in related to this theme.

High school spring intersession begins this week.  Please check with your child regarding locations and transportation needs.

School Safety
As part of the district's plan to address school safety, Gamble Montessori has been directed to utilize metal detectors at the main entrance to reduce opportunities for individuals to bring weapons into the school. We at Gamble know that it is students' relationships with teachers and with each other, and not metal detectors or searches, that make a school safe. We are working to follow the district guidelines while meeting the needs of our students to feel trusted and trusting of adults at school. This Wednesday, March 14th, we will be conducting a one-day trial of the use of metal detectors. We chose that day because we know it is a day of high school intersession, so we will have far fewer students at school. We have invited district security staff, as well as volunteers from our teachers and paraprofessionals, to assist with this procedure in order to minimize the disruption to classes.

Please talk to your child before Wednesday morning about taking steps to prepare to pass through the metal detector, and to have their bag searched. Small preparations like removing unnecessary items from bookbags, and having their phone and keys in their pockets to place in a basket will help the whole process move smoothly.

National School Walkout

The National School Walkout in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students’ call to Congress to support stricter gun control legislation is taking place this Wednesday at 10 am.  The event is designed to be a 17 minute silent walkout in memory of the 17 people who were killed in that school shooting.  Students at Gamble will be able to participate in the walkout following the expectation of peaceful demonstration.  A number of teachers are providing structured opportunities to be a part of this; however no student will be required to participate.  Please speak with your child about his/her feelings regarding this national event, and share your thoughts and feelings with him or her as well. A letter from Superintendent Mitchell is can be found here, explaining the district's position on this and other protests.

Pigeon Key Meeting
7th grade families, please plan to attend a meeting about your child’s 8th grade trip to Pigeon Key on Wednesday night (3/14) at 6:00 pm in Room 1063. We will be sharing lots of information about the trip and about fundraising and scholarship opportunities as well as answering any questions you may have regarding this amazing experience.  We look forward to seeing you there and sharing our enthusiasm about this trip.

The LSDMC meets at 5:30 on Monday, and the PTO meets at 6:00 on Tuesday.  Both meetings take place in the community space.  All are welcome.

Help Beautify Our School
The PTO invites you to help beautify our school. Come out on Saturday April 7 from 9:00-11:00 am to pitch in with light cleaning inside and trash pickup outside. Our site visit for accreditation by the American Montessori Society is on April 9, and we want to look our best. We’ll provide bottled water, pizza, and snacks; you provide the elbow grease. Click here to sign up, or email Laura Providenti at<>.

Available Summer Programs
Our counseling office reminds you that this is a great time to begin exploring summer programs for your children:

UC Explorers is a program offered by the University of Cincinnati that is open to all CPS students ages 14-20. The program will cover everything from law enforcement related topics to Criminal Justice career pathways, as well as exploring University of Cincinnati.
Students will meet on campus at the University of Cincinnati Police Department each day at 4:00 pm and will go until 5:30pm. The program will run for 6-8 weeks, beginning the last week of March. Contact information about this program is attached.

The Cincinnati Fire Department also offers a Fire Summer Cadet program. The goal is to introduce students to Fire Fighting . The program is for ages 14-18 and students who are selected earn $10.10 per hour. The deadline for this program is March 26th. The application is attached.

If you have questions about either of these programs, please contact our School Counselor, Jodi Patterson, for more information.


Senior Parents 
Senior Parents Please notify the Counseling Office of college acceptances by providing copies of their college acceptance letters. We are also tracking scholarship information and will need some documentation of scholarship and other financial awards, even if the student is not planning to attend that college. Please encourage your son or daughter to bring their letters and financial awards to Mrs. Patterson in the Counseling Office as soon as possible.

This is also the time when seniors should be completing scholarship applications.  Many of the deadlines are in March. Seniors have been getting a Senior Newsletter with numerous summer programs, local and community scholarships as well as lists of scholarship websites. Please check with your son or daughter to see if they have completed applicable scholarship applications. If they need assistance, they should reach out to either, Ms. Rockett, our Ohio College Guide, or Mrs. Patterson, our school Counselor. The March Newsletter is attached.

Juniors and seniors who are missing an art credit or have failed an Intersession, have received information about the Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios or (CATS) course credit recovery program. The program is housed at Longworth Hall, downtown, and students can earn up to 2 credits. Enrollment is ongoing and students can begin at any time. Bus transportation to and from the program will be provided if we have enough students enrolled. If your son or daughter has failed an Intersession or art credit, they should have received an email with the enrollment packet attached.

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program at the University of Cincinnati application enrollment period is now open. Applications will be accepted from students in 8th – 11th grades. Students must meet income guideline, be a potential first-generation college student, or in need of academic intervention. The program assists high school graduates bridge the gap between their high school graduation and freshman year of college by allowing them to take one or two college courses, live in the dorms, receive books, academic guidance, recreation, cultural exposure, and travel free of charge.  Applications can be found on the website,

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.