Congratulations to our graduates, Gateway’s Class of 2020! On Friday, June 12, our twenty-one eighth grade students participated in a remote Graduation Ceremony. The Gateway community – families, friends, faculty, and staff – had the opportunity to hear the students’ impressive speeches. While the ceremony had to be held virtually, our graduates demonstrated their resilience in action. It has been a joy to see these students grow, persevere, and succeed. They are ready for their next steps in their ongoing education!
Congratulations to all of Gateway’s Lower School students who will be returning in the fall as…Middle Schoolers! The Gateway community had the opportunity to celebrate students at their Moving Up Ceremony on Thursday, June 11. In front of classmates, family, friends, and teachers, the students read aloud speeches they had written reflecting on their time in Lower School and speaking to the things they were most looking forward to in Middle School. For more photos from the ceremonies, be sure to check out Gateway’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
Under the guidance of Ms. Lincoln and Ms. Smith, Gateway’s student journalists have released their latest issue of The Gateway Gazette, distance learning edition! Leading the front page is a step-by-step how-to guide for creating your own bear plush, complete with links for printable patterns. Be sure to keep reading for more student-written stories with advice on quarantine activities, reviews on favorite restaurants and movies, recipes, teacher interviews, and more! Click the link here to access your copy of The Gateway Gazette.
The Gateway School’s Professional Newsletter is now available! In this edition of The Gateway Newsletter, we honor the accomplishments of our school’s leaders past and present. They are five key visionaries: Ms. Salzman, Gateway’s current Head of School, along with Gateway’s founders, Mrs. Flom and Mrs. Freidus, a former Head of School, Dr. Sherwood, and our former Educational Director, Ms. Pulanco. We have commemorated their leadership by naming our new hallways for each of them. To read the newsletter in its entirety, please click here.
As the new professional ‘theater curtain’ pulled back, Gateway’s Middle School musical cast of Xanadu launched into the inaugural performance in the new auditorium space. Between expert stage lighting and great sound, the cast acted, sang, and made seamless ‘stage right’ entrances and exits. The lighting was first rate, but it was really the students who lit up the stage as they transformed into their characters. In keeping with theater tradition, each student received a white rose at the end of the performance from Ms. Damaszek, and they were individually recognized and applauded. Xanadu was a success! The cast’s months of commitment and hard work were well worth the effort. For more photos from the performance, please be sure to visit Gateway’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
Have you read The Gateway School’s Special Report? We have some exciting news: it has been re-released and is bigger and better than ever with fresh photos and an updated design! You can read The Gateway School Special Report: Volume II on our website or at Issuu by clicking on the following link. This collection of articles defines the primary challenges of students with language-based learning disabilities and attention deficits. The intent is to explore a few of the issues that commonly arise with children, paint a picture of what these might look like at various ages and stages, and offer guidance on what can be done to define and remediate them. Examples and insight are drawn from Gateway’s research-based, multisensory and integrated program, with interviews and guidance offered by experts in the field. We hope you find this report useful and instructive.
The entire Lower and Middle School came together this past weekend for Gateway’s annual Parents Association All School Bowling Party. It was a huge success and our biggest bowling party ever with 222 people (parents, students, siblings) bowling together and having a great time! Thank you so much to Ms. Kandel, Ms. Serrano, and especially our PA President Ms. Brown who went above and beyond organizing this event for our families. We appreciate all of your hard work in helping to bring our community together for a day of fun.
The Gateway community generously came together for the PA sponsored annual Toy Drive, collecting toys for the children of Iris House, a community service organization based in Harlem. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s drive successful. We collected 267 toys this year! We appreciate the Gateway students’ enthusiasm and participation in donating items to such a wonderful cause.
The first issue of the year of The Gateway School’s student-run newspaper, The Gateway Gazette, is out! Under the supervision of Ms. Lincoln and Ms. Smith, The Gateway Gazette student team recently published their fall issue. Leading the front page is an interview with Ms. Salzman on the renovations of Gateway’s facilities. Be sure to keep reading for more student-written stories about all things Gateway, including an interview with Ms. Klein, a student survey on the new lunch program, an update from our sports teams, and pictures from the Lower School’s Community Leadership Day. Amazing job, Gateway Gazette team!
Gateway’s Director of Middle School, Elian Seidel, along with Becky Reback (Program Specialist) and Laura Burkhardt (Head Teacher and Curriculum Specialist), joined in on the fun at our Middle School’s photo booth. During their start-of-school orientation, students reviewed important Middle School routines and got to tour Gateway’s newly renovated spaces. We are excited for our students’ first full week back at school. The year is off to a great start!
On Friday, June 14, the Class of 2019 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 adults ready to enter high school. It has been such a joy to witness these students’ evolution over their time at Gateway, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. Congratulations, graduates!
Thank you so much to New York City’s Public Advocate Jumaane Williams for speaking to our Lower and Middle School students yesterday! Our own Middle School Student Advisory Council wrote a letter to Mr. Williams asking him to speak at Gateway, believing he could be a wonderful role model to our students as an important elected official who has been open about living with ADHD and Tourette Syndrome. PA Williams spoke to Gateway students about his work in government, embracing his disabilities, the teachers that inspired him, and, of course, who everyone’s favorite Marvel superhero is!
Middle School students had a blast at the Middle School Social sponsored by the Parents Association. Almost 60 students enjoyed food, a photo booth, and games to celebrate the end of the year. And the dance floor wasn’t empty for a moment – from the “cha cha slide” to “the Macarena,” students had such a good time with their friends. Thank you so much to our PA for this wonderful annual event.
After becoming a Hominid Museum for the 5th graders last week, Grandstand was once again transformed today – this time into a meet and greet with the Greek gods and goddesses! The sixth graders got into character by dressing up as the Greek god or goddess they had researched. Some projects included original paintings, hand-made sculptures, and animated short movies. The Middle School students’ hard work was evident in their extensive knowledge and entertaining presentations.
Gateway’s faculty and staff enjoyed a beautiful lunch last week sponsored by the Parents Association. Every year, Gateway staff enjoy this special event—a thank you for all of their hard work during the year—one filled with delicious food, lovely décor, and a thoughtful gift from the PA. Our wonderful organizers (pictured above) led by our amazing PA President, Helen Brown, made sure it was a flawless event. The end-of-year Staff Appreciation Lunch always serves as a reminder that our school would not be the same without our community of parents, staff, and students.