to Miss Powell's GATE Class!
HAPPY SUMMER (posted 5/21/16)
Our last day of school is June 1. This is a half day for students. For the 5th graders who are off to middle school next year, I wish you continued success in your next academic challenges. For the 3rd and 4th graders, I look forward to working with you again in the fall. If you only remember one thing from our time together this year I hope it's that "you only learn when you change your thinking." Have a great summer, and I will see you again soon... ~ Miss Powell
GATE Testing (posted 2/14/16)
- April & May (posted 03/31/16)
Wow! This year is flying by! We've been so busy that I haven't been posting announcements to our website as often as I usually do. I'm sorry about that. We are down to the last two months of school. Remember to stay focused and finish strong on the SBAC testing. Our GATE schedule might get a little goofy because of the SBAC, but hang in there. You got this!
The start of the second semester is also the start of GATE testing for second grade students. In January, all second grade students participated in a GATE screening in the computer lab. Score reports are now available and will be sent home this week. Students who scored in the 80th percentile or above will be considered for GATE testing. Permission to test paperwork for those students will be sent home soon.
New Students (posted 12/01/15)
- HaPpY NeW YeAr (posted 01/03/16)
Tomorrow is our first day back to school after Winter Break. I hope you had a great time with family and friends. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!
Have you met our new students? Over the next few weeks, more students will be joining the GATE and TAGS program at Twin Lakes! I'm excited to get to know our new friends! What a nice way to end 2015, and start 2016! Welcome to GATE!!!!
Your Five Day Weekend (posted 10/29/15)
- November's Wacky Schedule (posted 11/1/15)
You've heard me refer to this month as "No School November" and here's why...
* November 2 & 3 Staff Development Days
* November 11 Veterans' Day
* November 26 & 27 Thanksgiving
I'm sure you don't need a reminder, but here it is anyway... There's no school on Friday, October 30, in honor of Nevada Day. Monday, November 2, and Tuesday, November 3, are staff development days for teachers. That means you get a five day weekend. Welcome to the beginning of "no school November".
Let's Get This Game Started (posted 9/1/15)
- Happy Fall Y'All (posted 9/30/15)
With the official start of fall this week, cooler weather must be coming soon. Yeah! Are you ready to get out of this triple-digit heat? I am! Happy fall, y'all!
Welcome back! Now that we are in our second week of school, it's time to think about GATE and TAGS. The schedules are posted on the information
page of our website. I hope you are as excited as I am to see your GATE & TAGS friends from last year. I can't wait to meet my new students at Twin Lakes! I have a feeling this is going to be a great year. On that note, let the games begin...
Vacation (posted 6/4/15)
- Welcome Back (posted 8/06/15)
Grab your backpacks and fancy new pencils because the first day of school is Monday, August 24. I can't wait to see what's in store for this year! All of our fun begins when GATE and TAGS classes start in the third week of school.
The 2014-2015 school year is in the books! Enjoy your summer vacation. I'll see you in August.
Springtime in Vegas (posted 3/20/15)
- Project Presentations (posted 5/20/15)
Do you know when your project is due? Here's a hint ... you only have three more GATE classes this year. Disneyland Learning Challenge projects are due BEFORE the last day of class. Stop by and pick up any last minute supplies your team needs to finish on time. I am so excited to learn about the incredible new lands you created!
Spring is officially here, and that means summer
is just around the corner (or just around
the river bend for Pocahontas). I hope you
enjoy the weather and have a great weekend!
We have one more week of school before Spring
Break (March 30 - April 3).
HaPpy NeW yEaR (posted 1/4/15)
- Disneyland Learning Challenge (posted 2/16/15)
We are off and running with the Disneyland Learning Challenge. There's a link to the project on the "class information" pop-up menu at the top of every page. The web address is http://myfunteacher.weebly.com/disneyland-challenge.html. Don't forget to mark it as a "favorite" and add it to your bookmarks.
Wow! That was a fast two week vacation! I hope you are ready for 2015. Have you thought about your goals for this year? When we come back on Monday, January 5, we have two weeks until the semester is over, and that means report cards are right around the corner. You might want to make completing and turning in all assignments one of your new year's resolutions.
December Activities (posted 12/1/14)
- Merry Christmas! (posted 12/21/14)
Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas. I hope Santa brings you health and happiness for the new year - and a game or two to play with! Merry Christmas!!!!
"No School November" has come and gone. I hope you enjoyed all of the short weeks we had. Here are some schedule changes you should know about.......
December 10 - Parent Conferences (no school)
December 20 - Sunday, January 4 - Winter Break
January 5 - Back to School
Mark Your Calendar (posted 10/30/14)
- Learning How to Write Computer Code (posted 11/19/14)
If your class is one of the groups that is learning how to write computer code on Code.Org, remember to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser, not Internet Explorer. Have fun coding!
The next couple of weeks are filled with lots of short weeks! Yeah for November!!! There's no school on these days...
* Friday, Oct. 31 - Nevada Day
* Monday, Nov. 3 - Staff Development Day
* Tuesday, Nov. 4 - Staff Development Day
* Monday, Nov. 10 - Veterans' Day
* Tuesday, Nov. 11 - Veterans' Day
* Thursday, Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving
* Friday, Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving
Happy Fall, Y'All (posted 10/3/14)
- MyFunTeacher.Weebly.com (posted 10/13/14)
I have added a new section to our website, Learning
Challenges. These activities are designed to keep you thinking and working on the days you don't have GATE. There is also a link to the Learning Challenges on the "Class Information" tab above. I hope you like it! More projects are on the way!
Yeah, we made it to October!!!! Goodbye hot days,
hello cool days!
GATE & TAGS Start This Week (posted
- Week #4 (posted 09/16/14)
We are four weeks into the school year. I hope
you have adjusted to your new class and grade
level expectations. Words of wisdom.... Good,
better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your
good is your better and your better is your
GATE and TAGS classes start this week. If you
don't know your schedule, you can click
here to get to the information page of our
website. I've got some exciting things planned
for this year. I can't wait to get started!
Three More Weeks (posted 08/04/14)
- Year #20 - Day #1 (posted 08/25/14)
Today is the beginning of my 20th year as a
teacher. It is also the beginning of my new
adventure at Thiriot and Tanaka Elementary
Schools. If you are one of my new GATE students
this year, hello, and thanks for visiting
our class website. If you are a GATE student
from Beatty, hello to you too, and thanks
for checking up on me. I hope this is a great
year for everyone!
Where did the summer go? I have to agree that "time
flies when you are having fun!" See you soon!
Fourth of July (posted 07/04/14)
- Packed and Ready to Go (posted 07/07/14)
I'm off on my next summer adventure! This time,
it's not a trip to Disneyland. Three hints...
pine trees, crystal blue water, one side
Nevada- one side California... Did you figure
it out? I'm going to Lake Tahoe! Three weeks
of family fun: camping, fishing, and exploring.
I'll give you the highlights when I get back
in August. In the meantime, keep enjoying
HaPpY FoUrTh Of JuLy!!! May your day be filled
with fun in the sun and your evening with fireworks
under the stars! Be safe!
Congratulations Class of 2014 (posted
- Staying Cool? (posted 06/30/14)
Four weeks of summer vacation... how are you
doing? I just got back from Disneyland and
am getting ready for a trip to Lake Tahoe
for some coooooool summertime camping. Send
me an email and let me know what you're up
to. I hope you're having fun and staying
Today was Promotion Day for our fifth grade students!
I know they're ready for middle school, but is
middle school ready for them?
Great things lie ahead for the Class of 2014!
CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS... Denise, Diego, Dylan, Ethan
C, Ethan D, Guada, Isabel, Isaiah, Kabir, Karina,
Morgan, Nevada, Nicolas, Nirayah, Scott, Tristan,
Tyler G, Tyler M, and Zack! We had three incredible
years together. I'm so proud of you. Don't forget
to stay in touch. I have a link to my email at
the bottom of every page of MyFunTeacher.com.
I can't wait to hear about your adventures and
accomplishments in the years to come!
The Centennial Bulldogs Are Going to
Reno! (posted 05/18/14)
- Player of the Year (posted 05/29/14)
I've got to brag a little bit more about my
nephew, Cooper. The Centennial baseball team
took second place in the state finals! Have
you heard the saying, "hard work pays off"?
How about "hard work never goes unnoticed"?
Well, both of those statements seem to be
out this article in USA Today. Gatorade
selected Cooper as the 2014 Baseball Player
of the Year for Nevada! What an
honor!!! I am so proud of him. Cooper is
awesome, on and off the field! I can't wait
to see him play at University of Nevada,
Reno next year.
I want to give a shout out to my nephew, Cooper
Powell, and the Centennial High
School baseball team for winning their division
and making it to the State Championship Tournament!
Cooper pitched the entire game, and gave up no
earned runs, as Centennial defeated Bishop Gorman
for the third time this season! Bishop Gorman
has gone to the State Championship Tournament
for the last eight years, but not this year!
The Bulldogs were incredible and worked well
as a team. Double plays, heads up base running,
awesome hits, and incredible pitching combined
perfectly for Centennial's 3-1 victory. Here's
a link to an article about the game that was
published in the Las
Vegas Review Journal on May 18.
Good luck in Reno, Bulldogs! We'll be cheering
CRT Starts Today (posted 04/22/14)
Good luck! Math CRT exams start today. You've
go this! Remember to take your time and read
the questions carefully. I'm sure you will
The Granny Awards (posted 03/29/14)
- Happy Spring Break! (posted 04/14/14)
It's been a long time coming but it's finally
here! I hope you enjoy your week off of school.
I'll see you after Spring Break.
Mark your calendar for the Spring Evening of
the Arts... Thursday, April 10th. Fourth and
fifth grade students are performing "The Granny
Awards", a musical show honoring Granny and
her work with fairy tale characters over the
years. The show starts at 6:00 pm. The multipurpose
room will open at 5:30 for seating. Students
should be at school no later than 5:30. 3rd
grade GATE students will be selling popcorn
and passing out programs for the performance.
You won't want to miss this show!
How Much Longer? (posted 02/01/14)
- Mark Your Calendar (posted 02/09/14)
This Friday, teachers have a staff development
day. You know what that means - no school
for you on February 14. Enjoy your Valentine's
Day off! Our 4th/5th grade field trip is
Saturday, February 15. We're leaving from
the parking lot at 4:00 am and will be back
about 24 hours later. Luckily, there's no
school on Monday (Presidents' Day) so the
chaperones can catch up on some much needed
sleep. A four-day weekend and a trip to Disneyland
with your teachers and friends. Does it get
Two weeks from today we will be at Disneyland!
Are you ready? The chaperones have started
resting up. Details about the trip will be
sent home on Monday with the students who are
attending. It's going to be a long, fun, exciting,
crazy, memorable day!
Winter Concert (posted 12/01/13)
- Happy New Year! (posted 01/11/14)
I hope you enjoyed your Christmas vacation.
Our next holiday is Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day on Monday, January 20.
The third grade GATE students will be acting
in "Christmas at the OK Corral" on Tuesday,
December 10, and Thursday, December 12. We
hope to see you at the show!
SCHEDULE CHANGE AS OF 11/12/13 (posted
- ThAnK yOu! (posted 11/12/13)
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You made my
birthday extra special this year. I love
all of the cards and pictures you made. You
On Tuesday, November 12, the GATE schedule will
change. Please make note of your new days and
All 5th Grade:
Monday & Wednesday
9:15 – 10:05
Tuesday 12:20 – 1:10
Monturio & Anderson
Monday & Thursday
12:20 – 1:10
Monday & Thursday
12:20 – 1:10
All 3rd Grade:
Tuesday & Thursday
9:15 – 10:05
Popcorn Update (posted 10/20/13)
- Popcorn Fundraiser Extended (posted
The popcorn fundraiser was supposed to end
in October, but due to customer requests,
the sale is being extended through November,
or until we sell out. I can't believe how
much popcorn we are selling. So far, we have
sold over 1,000 bags!
All flavors are in stock right now, but when
they're gone, they're gone. Don't miss out
on getting your favorites.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! Your
support of the GATE program is incredible,
just like the kids I work with every day.
Wow! Popcorn sales are doing great - about 1,000
bags so far! Thanks for participating in this
GATE fundraiser. The popcorn sale will continue
through the month of October.
No Checks (posted 10/1/13)
- No School (posted 10/20/13)
Mark your calendar and enjoy these days off
October 22 - Parent Conferences
October 24 - Staff Development
October 25 - Nevada Day
November 4 - Staff Development
November 11 - Veterans' Day
* Thursday & Friday,
November 28 & 29 - Thanksgiving
A new policy has been instituted regarding payment
for school fundraisers, events, and items.
Beatty Elementary can no longer accept checks
as payment. All payments must be made with
cash or money orders. Sorry for any inconvenience
this may cause.
Fall (posted 9/22/13)
- Popcorn Sale (posted 9/29/13)
During October, GATE students will team up
with Deanan Popcorn for a fundraiser. All
of the profit we make will go directly to
GATE activities. 4th and 5th grade students
who are going on the Disneyland field trip
can apply $1 from each bag of popcorn they
sell to the cost of their trip.
Popcorn comes in 8 flavors and is priced at
one bag for $3 or two bags for $5. Click
here for more information about the GATE Popcorn
HaPpY FaLL, Y'aLL!!! It's time to bring on the
GATE Starts Tomorrow (posted 9/2/13)
- Our Class Website (posted 9/18/13)
Have you checked out the changes to our website?
MyFunTeacher.com has lots of information
and links to interesting sites. If you have
suggestions or comments about this website,
send me an email.
Finally. It's time. GATE classes start tomorrow.
Are you excited? Ready to learn? I am! I'll
see you in room 86. If you aren't sure which
days you come to GATE, you can always look
on the Information page of
All Good Things Must Come to an End
- When Does GATE Start? (posted 8/25/13)
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your summer
vacation. Some of you stopped by at Open
House to see our new home-away-from-home,
aka Room 86. The most common question...
when does GATE start? Answer: The second
week of school. I will stop by your classroom
this week to say hello and give you your
GATE schedule. I'm excited to work with you.
It's going to be a fun year!
It was inevitable. It had to happen. Yes, the
last week of summer vacation is here (sighhhhhh).
Teachers will go back to school in a week, August
21, and students will be there on August 26.
If you want to stop by and say hello before the
official first day, come to the Open House/Meet & Greet
on Friday, August 23 (3 - 5 pm). This is the
perfect opportunity for you to check out our
new location: room 86.
New Look (posted 6/30/13)
- Vacation Time! (posted 7/22/13)
Summer = hot weather = no school = family vacation
... Bye for now....
MyFunTeacher.com has a new look. Actually, the
new look will continue to change. I've set
up MyFunTeacher.com so I can change the graphics
on all of the pages in just a few clicks. Don't
be surprised if you visit us one day and you
see a pirate-themed site, and the next day
it's a Wizard of Oz theme.
I have also been updating information on our
site so it is more useable for gifted and talented
students. Some of the old resources and pages
have been taken down and new ones have been added.
You can visit the site map to see what's here,
or use the search box. If you can't find something
that was on the old site let me know. I have
copies of everything and am happy to share. Enjoy
our new site!
- Website Updates (posted 6/26/13)
Over the next few weeks there will be some
changes happening on MyFunTeacher.com. I
hope you like what you see!