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Archive for 2016

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!