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Archive for 2016

Happy Holidays

winter_sing-alongOn the last day of school before the holiday recess, Gateway staff and members of the Middle School chorus teamed up for a Winter Sing-Along. The group welcomed students as they arrived in the morning with an assortment of fun and festive tunes: “Frosty the Snowman,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and more.

From all of us at The Gateway School, have a restful and enjoyable holiday recess. We will see you again when school resumes on January 3, 2017.

Varsity Basketball Opens Season with Win

basketball2The Middle School varsity boys’ basketball team opened their 2016-17 season with a victory over Ideal School on December 12. After trailing 7-11 at the end of the first quarter, the team stormed back for a final score of 44-30. The boys will aim to build on this strong start when the season continues in January. Go Lions!

Click here to see the full season schedule.

Lower School Class Parties

ls_class_parties_2016In anticipation of the holidays, the Lower School invited parents and caregivers on December 9 to enjoy crafts, snacks, and games with the students. Gingerbread people, snow in jars, and jingle bells were all part of the festivities.

A big thank you to the Class Parent Representatives and the Lower School teachers for organizing this annual event. The Middle School will have its turn with a holiday party on December 16.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

gpsf_2016Gateway invited grandparents and special friends to the school on Nov. 17 (Lower School) and Nov. 18 (Middle School). Guests enjoyed a reception and choir performance in Grandstand, followed by visits to the their student’s classrooms where they engaged in art, science, writing, and more. The event also included a visit to the School Store, the proceeds of which benefit the Parents Association.

Thank you to all parents who volunteered as greeters and as School Store managers. The school enjoyed hosting these special someones in our students’ lives. The prize for farthest distance traveled goes to the grandparents who flew all the way from India!

Click here to see a Facebook photo gallery.

Presidential Debate and Mock Election

debate_2016On November 7, the 8th grade held a presidential debate in front of the entire Middle School and two Lower School classes. This longstanding Gateway tradition showcased the hard work of the students in researching and writing about the U.S. presidential candidates and practicing their public speaking skills.

The debate moderator began the proceedings by introducing both sides: half of the students represented the positions and policies of Hillary Clinton, while the other half represented those of Donald Trump. Students first described the duties of the president in general, then took turns speaking on the background of the candidates and their vice presidential running mates. They presented summaries of each candidate’s views on the economy, foreign policy, and immigration. The moderator closed the debate with the words, “Remember to choose wisely.”

On November 8, the 8th grade ran a polling station in which the entire student body, ages 5 to 14, had the chance to vote for a candidate. In addition to important lessons in civics, humanities, reading, and writing, this unit brought together the school community to learn about one of the most important aspects of American life.

Visit our Facebook gallery to see additional photos.

Happy Halloween

halloween_2016On October 28, the entire school got into the Halloween spirit with festive activities. Lower School students wore fanciful hats, enjoyed arts and crafts, and trick-or-treated in the hallways. Middle School students, joined by the oldest two classes in the Lower School, celebrated during the annual Halloween party in Grandstand. Students were encouraged to wear costumes related to the curriculum.

Thanks to the Parents Association and parent volunteers who provided food and beverages at the party. It was a great way to wrap up the second month of school.

NYSAIS Conference

On October 11, Gateway faculty and administrators attended, presented, and led discussions at the NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools) Special Education Conference, hosted by Grace Church School. This year, the conference’s focus was on cognitive rigor, deepening learning, and strength-based approaches to working with students with special needs. The keynote speakers were Dr. Ned Hallowell and Dr. Karin Hess.

Participating in this conference and its many opportunities to network, learn, and share best practices are all part of Gateway’s ongoing professional development program for our faculty and specialists.

Middle School Teamwork Adventure

climbing_wallOn a beautiful day in September, the entire Middle School embarked on an annual Gateway tradition—a Teamwork Adventure in the outdoors to build camaraderie and community at the outset of the school year. This year’s excursion took place in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut.

The day’s activities included climbing walls, zip lines, large group games, treetop obstacle courses, icebreakers, and more. To see photos from the Middle School Teamwork Adventure, visit our Facebook gallery.

Lower School Welcome Back Picnic

ls_picnicOn the second day of school, the Parents Association hosted the first-ever Lower School Welcome Back Picnic. Students, siblings, parents, and caregivers gathered at the West End Towers Playground to make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and ring in the new year with food and outdoor fun. Thanks to the event co-chairs, Daria and Amy, for organizing the picnic.

After two half-days of school to ease back into the routine, the first full day of school will be Thursday, September 8. Gateway teachers and students are “ready to roar”!

Congratulations, Graduates!

graduation_caps_2016On June 17, the Class of 2016 joined friends, family, faculty, and classmates at the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony, held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Bruno Walter Auditorium. Each graduate gave an inspiring speech about the transformative impact of a Gateway education on themselves as learners and as young men and women. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Gateway. See photos from the event.

In the fall, our graduates will be attending the following high schools: Bay Ridge Preparatory, Brooklyn Friends School (2), The Churchill School, The Dwight School, Eagle Hill School, The Kent School, Oldfields School, SAR High School, Solomon Schechter School, The Summit School, Talent Unlimited High School, Winston Preparatory (3), and York Preparatory (2). Learn more about our Placement process.

Congratulations to our 17 graduates—we’ll miss you!

Spirit Day

blast_header_35An annual Gateway tradition, Spirit Day brings together the entire school for outdoor activities and fun games. This year’s event took place on June 16 at Riverside Park South, with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. Students were organized into teams (navy, cyan, green, and yellow) and rotated among different stations, including a hula hoop toss, relay race, potato sacks, tag, and more. Thanks to the parent volunteers who helped distribute fresh watermelon and snacks to the students!

See more photos in our Facebook gallery.

Lower School Moving Up Ceremony

LS_Moving_Up_2016On June 15, parents, teachers, and classmates celebrated 11 Lower School students who are moving on to Middle School. Director of Lower School Karina Moltz praised each student’s growth over the years, and each one had the opportunity to read aloud a short essay about their memories of the Lower School. The ceremony ended with Certificates of Achievement, followed by class parties with parents. We’ll miss all of you, but are confident that you’ll apply your learning skills and strategies toward even greater success in Middle School, whether at Gateway or elsewhere!

Middle School Arts & Center Festival

MS_Arts_FestivalOn May 31, parents and students gathered at the Tina Kim Gallery in Manhattan to enjoy the Middle School Arts & Center Festival. The event showcased our talented students in the 5th through 8th grades and their work this year in visual art, printmaking, photography, percussion, theater, hip hop, fencing, filmmaking, coding, graphic design, and more.

View this Facebook gallery to see photos from the event.

Vote for the Center Inventors Team

rube_goldbergCongratulations to the Center Inventors Team for placing 2nd in the regional Rube Goldberg contest! The complex machine they built uses 11 steps to open an umbrella. Watch videos of the machine and learn more on the Rube Goldberg website.

Now through May 9, you can vote for the Gateway team in the People’s Choice contest—just visit the link above and click on the Facebook “Like” button to vote.

A Successful 50th Anniversary Celebration

Gala_blogThe 50th Anniversary Celebration on April 5 was an extraordinary success! Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the school in this milestone year. The funds raised at this event represent a marvelous and inspiring commitment to Gateway. They help put the school in a strong position to embark on the years and decades ahead, ensuring that Gateway’s unique educational program will be available for future generations of bright children with learning differences.

The event’s honorees—the Flom Family, Suzanne and Matt Donohoe, and Warren and Judith Feder—all represent the true and timeless spirit of Gateway. Guests heard their moving personal stories about the meaning of Gateway, enjoyed an entertaining dance performance from students, participated in silent and reverse auctions, and made many new memories with friends, family, and colleagues throughout the evening.

See photos from the event and watch a short film that played during the program.