On September 5, Lower School families came together to celebrate being back to school with the annual picnic at West End Towers Playground. It was wonderful seeing families enjoying each other’s company and starting off the year with energy and excitement! We look forward to continuing to build our Gateway community this year. Thank you to those who participated and a special thanks to our PA organizers and hosts: Helen Brown, Heidi Bonilla, Jennifer Serrano, and Monika Wyszomirska.
On June 15, the Class of 2018 joined friends, family, faculty, and classmates at the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony, held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Following a Gateway tradition, each graduate delivered a speech about the transformative impact of a Gateway education on themselves
as learners and as young men and women.
It has been a joy to witness these students’ evolution over the years into skilled, strategic learners and confident self-advocates, and we are proud to share the list of high schools to which they were accepted: Bay Ridge Prep, Beacon, Berkeley Carroll, Birch, Brooklyn Friends, Browning, Churchill, Dwight, Eagle Hill, Forman, Grier, Mary McDowell, McCallie, Oldfields, Poly Prep, Purnell, Winston Prep, and York Prep. Congratulations, graduates!
On June 13, more than two dozen Lower School students celebrated their impending “moving up” to the Middle School next year. Each student composed a paragraph about their memories and future goals, and they read their speeches aloud in front of an audience of families and friends. Favorite memories included field trips to the natural history museum and Statue of Liberty, arts festivals, and interactions with teachers and classmates. We look forward to welcoming these students into the 5th grade next year as their Middle School journey begins!
On May 14, Middle School students engaged in a Q&A session with four alumni: Parker, who attends Morehouse College; Alex, who is currently at Brooklyn Friends High School and will attend Vassar College next year; Calvin, who attends Yale University; and Blaine, who is currently at the Professional Performing Arts High School and will attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts next year.
The alumni touched upon many topics during the Grandstand, including self-advocacy, reframing how one thinks about LD vs. mainstream schools, and what to expect during the transition to high school and then college. Calvin advised students to “take advantage of the help and great teachers you have at Gateway,” and Parker summarized what happens in high school: “It doesn’t get easier, but you get better.”
Featuring a cast and crew of 17 talented students, the Middle School production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat had its first showing on April 18 and will repeat on April 19. The students have worked very hard since September to master their lines, songs, and choreography, and it was a joy to see the results. The parents, siblings, friends, and relatives in attendance were thoroughly entertained and very proud of our young thespians. The musical is a large undertaking and a marvelous Gateway tradition that continues its strong track record.
Tickets are now available for the 2018 Gateway Gala! Our signature fundraising and community event of the year will take place on Thursday, April 26 at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. The program will include a silent and live auction, live band, video (you won’t want to miss!), and a photo booth. Food and drink will be plentiful and will feature a wide variety of delicious foods, signature drinks, and desserts. Festive attire is suggested. There will be something for everyone! If you would like to:
On Feb. 9, families of the four oldest classes in the Lower School (classes 605, 609, 611, and 615) enjoyed an Arts Festival featuring student performances. Two classes presented video art pieces that combined aspects of music, dance, and movement into a cinematographic performance. The morning also included a rendition of the “Three Piggy Opera,” a lights-out choreography piece highlighting colorful glow-in-the-dark wands, a “Zen Garden” movement presentation, and numerous displays of visual art including giraffe sculptures and savanna murals, map collages, compass paintings, dioramas, puppets, and more. Click here to see a Facebook gallery.
The five younger classes in the Lower School will have their turn on May 4, and the Middle School Arts Festival is slated for June 7.
On Feb. 1, students enjoyed an evening of dancing, games, food, and fun at the first Middle School Winter Formal, spearheaded by the Student Advisory Council and sponsored by the Parents Association. Thanks to the parent volunteers, faculty, and staff for helping to run a terrific event.
Three students from each Middle School grade are nominated to serve on the Student Advisory Council, which works with the entire school to represent the student body on topics that matter to them. Responsibilities include participating in monthly student-led meetings, acting as a resource for peers, organizing school-wide events, and advising program leadership.
An annual Gateway tradition, the PA All School Bowling Party took place on Sunday, Jan. 28 and was once again a big success. Approximately 140 people (parents, students, siblings, and caregivers) gathered at Frames Bowling Lounge in mid-town Manhattan for a fun morning of bowling and bonding. Thanks very much to the Parents Association for organizing the event.
From all of us at Gateway, happy holidays! The last week of school in 2017 has been full of festive fun, including Lower School class parties, a winter sing-along, and a Middle School party hosted by the Parents Association. We look forward to a new year full of joy and learning.
On Nov. 28, Gateway participated in #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving. We met our $50,000 matching gift incentive and raised over $160,000 total for our Annual Fund in one day! This is an extraordinary accomplishment for our community, and we extend our deepest thanks to all our #GivingTuesday donors.
The annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day was a great success, with Middle School visitors in the building on Nov. 20 and Lower School visitors on Nov. 21. Guests accompanied their students in the classrooms, labs, gym, and Grandstand for a taste of the typical school day. The event also included a visit to the School Store, where brand new lion T-shirts in navy and gold and other items were available for purchase. A big thank you goes out to all the parent volunteers who helped run the School Store and greeted visitors during the event.
Continuing the tradition of immersive outdoor experiences for our Middle School students, the 6th grade embarked on their first-ever overnight trip from November 2-3, at the Ashokan Center in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Ashokan is the oldest organization specializing in outdoor environmental education in the state. The students hiked through the woods, explored ponds and streams, and examined the native flora and fauna, applying the content and skills they learned in Science class, specifically the unit on watersheds. Taking advantage of their gorgeous surroundings and the break from city life, students also enjoyed group games, a ropes course, and s’mores around a campfire. See a photo gallery here.
On October 31, Gateway got into the Halloween spirit with festivities throughout the school. Younger students in the Lower School donned festive hats, enjoyed arts and crafts, and trick-or-treated their way through the hallways. Older students in the Lower School dressed up, partied, and played games in the Gym. The entire Middle School came together in Grandstand for their annual Halloween party, in which students were encouraged to wear costumes related to the curriculum. One group of students dressed as suffragettes to connect to their Humanities unit on women’s rights. The Parents Association generously provided food and drinks, and we are grateful for their perennial support. For more photos, visit this Facebook album.
The 8th grade is spearheading a community drive to collect much-needed items for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. From October 3-5, students are encouraged to bring in disposable diapers, batteries, Band-Aids/bandages, and/or gauze to donate. All items must be new, unopened, and not contain any liquids.
Update: We’ve tallied the donations—altogether, we collected 2,947 individual diapers, 8,668 Band-Aids, 647 batteries, and 87 packs of gauze. Thanks to everyone for helping with this community service effort!