Welcome to Bend Gate Elementary School, home of the GATORS! I am looking forward to an outstanding 2017-2018 school year. My name is Mrs. Deborah Harman and I am entering my fourth year as principal of Bend Gate Elementary School. My love for my Gators guides everything I do at Bend Gate. Your Gator staff is strong and committed to success of every child. We want our students to excel academically, physically and emotionally. I want my Gators to know that our school is a place where they will receive engaging instruction with love, support and guidance.
Family members of Bend Gate Gators—you are joining a strong team. By enrolling your child at Bend Gate Elementary School, you become an essential part of our school team. During summer, I gave a great deal of thought to choosing one word that would exemplify my hope that I have for our school. I settled on the word “COMMUNITY.” We are a blended community of families, friends, faculty, staff, and local partners. As a school community, we can accomplish great things for our children. As a community, we are committed to helping our Gators become the best students and the best citizens that they can be. Bend Gate Elementary School’s vision for our students is that the will become great leaders by loving to Learn, by becoming Empowered, by Achieving and by being Determined!
As always, we will be striving to push our students toward academic excellence in every area. We will be focusing strongly on reading at Bend Gate Elementary this year. We know that reading is the foundation of learning; we have pledged to have every student on grade level before he or she enters third grade. In order to accomplish this we need to be a community of educators—this includes every person reading this message. I ask each of you to immerse yourselves into this school community in every way possible. Let’s have this school community surround our Gators with the nurturing, stability and outreach that they deserve. They are our future leaders and we want them to be prepared to take on the world! Read to your children, volunteer, set high goals and expectations for every Gator. Teach manners and respect—set the example for all of our Gators.
So… Gator community, here’s to a great year at Bend Gate Elementary School!