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Archive for 2015

Celebrating the Holidays

LS_partiesThe Lower School recently celebrated the December holidays with class parties. Parents joined their children in classrooms and the library for holiday-themed activities and festive snacks.

The Middle School held a holiday party on December 16—thank you to the Parents Association for the pizza and cupcakes!

From all of us at The Gateway School, have a restful holiday recess from December 21 through January 1—we’ll see you in the new year.

Middle School Arts Showings

MS_arts_showingOn December 4, students in the 5th and 6th grades presented their Arts electives work to an audience of parents. This lively event showcased the children’s progress this semester in visual art, musical theatre, street dance, hip hop, martial arts, and poi.

On December 10, parents of 7th and 8th grade students will have the opportunity to see their children’s work in hip hop, fencing, percussion, theatre, dance, visual art, photography, and printmaking.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

gpsf_day_2015Last week, Gateway welcomed our students’ grandparents and special friends (GPSF) into the school! The Lower School GPSF Day featured a musical performance in Grandstand, classroom visits, art projects, and a physical activity in the Movement Room. The Middle School version included a reception in Grandstand, visits to the Science labs, and meetings with the students’ Writing groups.

On both days, GPSFs accompanied their students to the annual Book Fair, the proceeds of which benefited the Parents Association. Visitors browsed a variety of age-appropriate books—including science, history, biography, reference, and more—which they purchased as early holiday presents or donated to their student’s classroom.

Central Atrium Named after Former Teacher

McKenzie_Atrium_webLast week, Gateway commemorated one of its former teachers, Evelyn McKenzie, by officially naming the central atrium of the school “The Evelyn McKenzie Atrium.” This airy, light-filled space spans the 5th and 6th floors and serves as a focal point for school activities and social gatherings.

After several years at Gateway working closely with former head of school Dr. Davida Sherwood, Ms. McKenzie established a private practice that reflected our school’s desire to truly understand each student as a learner, as well as our confidence in a student’s ability to overcome his or her challenges. In 2002, Gateway recognized Ms. McKenzie by naming our (now former) schoolhouse at 236 Second Avenue in her honor and endowing The Evelyn McKenzie Scholarship Fund. These efforts, as well as the naming of the atrium, were made possible by a generous gift from the Devlin Family Foundation. Ms. McKenzie passed away in 2014.

7th Grade Meets Cast of “Hamilton”

On October 28, the entire 7th grade took a field trip to see Hamilton: The Musical on Broadway! The show has earned rave reviews and tells the story of the American colonies with a contemporary twist, including rap, hip-hop, and R&B music. In preparation for the trip, students learned about the history of our founding fathers in school and studied song lyrics from the show.

After the performance, students were treated to a private “talkback” with cast members, in which they asked questions and learned first-hand what is involved in staging a Broadway show. This amazing experience brought their Gateway studies to life in a truly unforgettable way.

Yearbook Orders

We are now accepting orders for the 2015-16 Gateway Yearbook! Click here to download the order form. All orders must be received by December 14, 2015 and paid for by check (payable to “The Gateway Middle School”). Yearbooks will be distributed in June.

As a Gateway tradition, all 8th grade graduates will receive one complimentary yearbook. 8th grade parents should place an order only if they want more than one yearbook.

Please contact Stephanie Choriatis at with any questions.

Positive Parenting Talk Recap

The first Positive Parenting Talk of the school year took place on October 16, 2015 and was well-attended. In collaboration with the Gateway psychology team, we welcomed back two speakers from the Child Mind Institute:

  • The Lower School presentation, led by Dr. Mandi Silverman, focused on creating and maintaining structure at home, including limit- and boundary-setting, the importance of consistency, and providing children with clear expectations. Dr. Silverman also addressed how to create effective behavioral principles and how to maintain them when siblings are involved.
  • The Middle School presentation, led by Dr. Kristen Carothers, addressed the impact of social media and gaming on young adolescents, as well as ways to set limits and keep kids safe.

The next Positive Parenting Talk is scheduled for March 18, 2016—mark your calendars!

Child Mind Institute Art Exhibit

child_mind_reception_2015-10On October 4, 2015, the Child Mind Institute held an opening reception for an exhibit showcasing artwork by Gateway students. Called Beginning with the Self, the exhibit features self-portraits in watercolor, colored pencils, marker, and acrylic. Students immersed themselves in the imagery of traditional mandalas and incorporated those designs into vibrant drawings that poignantly capture each student’s complex inner world. These self-portraits also illustrate the students’ abilities to reflect on who they are, and who they are becoming.

The Child Mind Institute, located at 445 Park Avenue in Manhattan, is a non-profit organization and clinical practice that is dedicated to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.

To arrange a time to visit Beginning with the Self, please email