August 19, 2013

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students of West Gate K-8 School, As we begin our eighth year Mrs. Elliston, Mrs.Guzman and I look forward to it being dynamic and exciting. While we will continue to build on our strong academic history, we also want to move forward. Nationally developed Common Core Standards will continue towards full implementation while the Florida Next Generation State Standards (NGSS) are phased out. The FCAT standards were raised last year and the curriculum and teaching strategies will be developed to insure our student’s success at this new level of rigor. At the same time West Gate will continue its tradition of nurturing students by emphasizing the positive contributions of each student and highlighting his/her areas of success.

West Gate has had, and wishes to continue, our strong positive relationships with our parents and community members. We ask that you become involved as much as possible. Our PTO is a very involved group that supports the school in a variety of ways. It is open to all parents and if you are interested, just contact Mrs. Gina Goyette at A second organization, our School Advisory Council, is also open to all parents, community members and business partners. This organization meets once a month to monitor the implementation of our School Improvement Plan. If you are interested in more information, please contact me. In addition, parents and family members, over 21, are welcome to chaperone fieldtrips and school activities throughout the year. West Gate also has a band, drum line, chorus, and intramural sports for our middle school students who are looking for extracurricular activities.

So, let’s get excited as we launch our 2013-14 school year. It will be a great adventure where students are highly successful, parents will feel pride and the world’s finest teachers will bring their students to the new levels needed this year. Also remember, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s teacher, a guidance counselor or one of the administrators to get the clarification you need.
Mr. Robert Cranmer
Cassie Elliston, Assistant Principal,


Cynthia Dennis – Administrative Secretary

Jaime Drysdale – Dean of Students

Narvelene Lucas – Dean of Students