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.
Today Gateway held its 11th Annual Field Day at Riverside Park! The weather was beautiful, and students enjoyed a variety of competitions, games, and challenges with their peers, all while proudly showing their school spirit in new Gateway Lion t-shirts.
To celebrate the outstanding seasons of both the junior varsity and varsity boys’ basketball teams, we had an exciting Awards Ceremony in the gym that was attended by families, Middle School students, faculty and staff. Each player received an individual trophy, and we also unveiled our brand new banners. The banners commemorate the accolades of our fantastic teams: the varsity team reaching the finals in both the St. Francis DeSales Tournament and the Middle School Athletic League and the JV team’s undefeated season with a perfect 10-0 record. Congratulations to the players, and a huge thank you to Coach Joel Perez and Assistant Coach Genaro Cruz whose dedication made these remarkable seasons possible.
On May 15, Grandstand was transformed into a Hominid Museum! The 5th graders spent several weeks choosing which hominid group they were going to focus on, conducting research, designing and creating their 3-D projects, and preparing their presentations to be able to answer any questions from the Lower School classes that visited the ‘Museum.’ Well done to the 5th grade students on these fascinating and thoroughly-researched projects.
On Monday and Tuesday, May 14 and 15, the older Lower School classes (605, 609, 608, and 611) had an exciting Science Fair! The students showcased their research and findings from their experiments to their families. The other Lower School classes also had the opportunity to look at the projects and ask the presenters insightful questions.
Last week families enjoyed Arts Festivals showcasing the work of the five younger Lower School classes – 637, 621, 636, 615, and 617 – in music, drama, dance/movement, and visual art. Thank you to our amazing Arts Team for their hard work in the weeks leading up to these exciting performances.
We are so excited that our first-ever 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C. was a huge success. This three-day, two-night trip was filled with lots of museums, monuments, and laughs. Thank you so much to the Class of 2019 and everyone who helped make the trip so memorable. Also, if you missed it, be sure to check out our Instagram and click on the Washington, D.C. “Highlight” to see the Instagram stories take-over!
Last night’s Gala was a truly special night with an unforgettable performance by legendary violinist, Itzhak Perlman. Families, faculty, alumni, trustees, past parents, and professionals all came together to celebrate and support Gateway, and the funds raised at the event represent a remarkable and inspiring commitment to the school. The elegant evening wouldn’t have been possible without our generous sponsors, dedicated Gala Committee, and especially our incredible Gala Chair, Tracey Loh.
Congratulations to our fantastic Middle School cast and crew for their amazing production of The Who’s Tommy. Over twenty students worked tirelessly for months perfecting dance moves, memorizing lines, rehearsing solos, and making unforgettable memories with their fellow cast-mates and friends. Thank you to our dedicated Arts Staff and also to the orchestral pit which is made up of faculty and parent volunteers!
The Gateway boys JV basketball team completed the first undefeated season in school history by beating City and Country School Wednesday evening in the Middle School Athletic League’s championship game! Advancing to the championships for the first time since winning the league title back in 2012-2013, the Lions took an early lead in Wednesday’s match and maintained their position throughout the game, winning 48 to 26 and making school history in the process! The players had a terrific season, came together as a team, and consistently worked hard to accomplish this incredible feat. A special thanks to Coach Joel Perez and Assistant Coach Genaro Cruz for their leadership, direction, and enthusiasm which helped make this season so successful. And congratulations to the boys on a truly historic year!