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.