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The 5Essentials® is a research-based school improvement system that defines, measures, and utilizes the most important organizational conditions, including aspects of a school’s culture and climate, to improve student outcomes.  

Specifically, the 5Essentials is an improvement framework and diagnostic survey with research-tested scoring and interactive reporting that provides insights into schools’ organizational strengths and areas of opportunity across the five essential factors for school improvement: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction. The system also includes professional learning designed to help educators leverage 5Essentials data to inform improvement planning and drive improved school and student outcomes.

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Gower PTO's Fun Fair
  • VOLUNTEER SIGNUP We need to fill over 70 positions for the day of the event. To see what positions are available and sign up, CLICK HERE.

  • RAFFLE DONATIONS - Last year we had over 80 prizes! For a list of ideas and to donate, CLICK HERE.

  • To enter the Big Raffle, complete and submit the Raffle Tickets flier. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the event.

  • GOODIE GRAB DONATIONS - Approximately 50 treats are given out during our most popular game! CLICK HERE to to register your donation or complete and submit the Goodie Grab flier.



Proceeds from the Fun Fair are used to cover the cost of Teacher Wish List request!

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Science Showcase & STEM Night -Huge Success!
Gower West was full of the next generations scientists, doctors, engineers, mathematicians, programers, statisticians and architects last night for our annual Science Showcase & STEM Challenge! The event was attended by 250 parents and students who enjoyed a variety of STEM challenges developed by Gower Staff, area agencies and businesses whose primary focus is in the area of STEM, and our very own Science Showcase participants, 33 total, some of whom will move on to the Brookfield Zoo Science Fair and Regional Science Fair in the coming weeks! Thanks to Mrs. Laratta, Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Tokash for their efforts in coordinating the event and several Gower Staff members who led the challenges for students. Thank you to families for joining us and supporting STEM opportunities! We hope you enjoyed all the evening had to offer!
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