GATE, etc.

    This page will be the one-stop shopping site for the various programs and activities that I coordinate, including GATE at Liberty and the Middle School and Morning Math at Central.

    This page will also offer information on trips and after-school competitions, such as Battle of the Books and Battle of the Minds.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at bnutt@gmrsd.com.


    This page will be updated about every two weeks.


    Morning Math at Central (Grades 1 & 2)

    These small groups meet once a week (1st graders on Monday, 2nd graders on Tuesday) to learn about number properties and alternate ways to compute, besides giving a head start on number skills that they will apply in their regular math class.


    Year Game (Grades 3 through 8)

    All students that I work with (GATE students as well as math enrichment students) are charged with trying to complete the year game.  In this national activity, students - using only the digits of the new year (2, 0, 1, and 8) - are writing mathematical expressions for every whole number from 1 through 100.  This challenging project is introducing students to a variety of new concepts and functions, including factorials, exponents, square roots, and decimals.


    4th Grade GATE

    The students are about to begin our roller-coaster activity, in which the students create roller coasters out of foam pipe insulation, paper towel tubes, and tape.  The winner of our in-class competition will represent our school at the county-wide Phabulous Physics competition at Mansfield School in the spring.


    5th Grade GATE

    The students have begun looking up information about the history of flight, as preparation for a STEM unit on paper airplanes.


    6th Grade GATE

    The students are hard at work on their original mock trial!  The outlines of the case have been decided, and students are collaborating on a narrative and on witness statements, as well as on legal precedents for this case.


    7th Grade GATE

    The squid dissection is scheduled for December 14, and the students are looking forward to this hands-on activity.  They will also be working on independent science-related projects for presentation on GATE Night.


    8th Grade GATE

    From now through February, the students are working on Finance Park, a financial literacy program sponsored by Junior Achievement of NJ.  The students will be learning about budgeting, careers, taxes, and financial planning; they will also learn such skills as how to write a check and how to create a personal budget.  In early March, they will go to Junior Achievement headquarters in Edison for a hands-on project applying what they have learned about budgeting.



    Through the Warren County Consortium for Student Enrichment, students in Great Meadows schools are part of several competitions and group activities.


    Battle of the Books

    A team competition in which students read and answer questions about 10 books from a prepared list.  Interested students should begin reading the books now.  Grade-level teams will be selected in January.


    Book list - Grade 7/8 Battle of the Books

    Book list - Grade 5/6 Battle of the Books

    Book list - Grade 3/4 Battle of the Books



    February 26, 2018 - Math-a-Magicians (grade 3 math enrichment activities), Harmony Township Volunteer Fire Co., 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


    March 8, 2018 - Finance Park culminating activity for 8th grade GATE, Junior Achievement HQ, Edison, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


    April 11, 2018 - Grade 7/8 Battle of the Books, Warren Hills Middle School, 4 to 8 p.m.


    April 12, 2018 - Grade 5/6 Battle of the Books, Great Meadows Middle School, 4 to 8 p.m.


    April 26, 2018 - Invention Expo (non-competitive 4th grade invention display), Hatchery Hill School, Hackettstown, 7 p.m.


    May 2, 2018 - 8th grade GATE trip to NYC (Aladdin)


    May 16, 2018 - Grade 3/4 Battle of the Books, Oxford Street School, Belvidere, 4 to 8 p.m.


    May 21, 2018 - Strategic Thinking Day (grade 5 problem-solving activities), Memorial School, Washington Borough, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



    (This page last updated: December 13, 2017)