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!
Thursday was Spirit Day at The Gateway School! Middle and Lower School students showed their school pride by wearing blue and white. Lower School classes created colorful class banners, designed Gateway lion posters, and even made paper lion manes! The Middle School students organized a pep rally, complete with team challenges and relays. In a round of basketball knockout with students against the faculty, it came down to Director of Middle School, Eleni Siderias, and 8th Grade Class President, Hudson C. At the last moment, Ms. Siderias made the final basket to win the knockout challenge for the Gateway faculty! Check out our social media pages for more photos and videos from a fun-filled, spirited day. Go Lions!
What a cool experience – this morning, Classes 605 and 611 Skyped their partner art class across the world in Kenya! Over the past couple months, both classes have been creating artwork that Creative Connections then mailed to the other class. Gateway students received drawings that the students in Kenya made, and they received ours. In the video conference today, the students were able to talk about their art and ask each other questions.
Yesterday families enjoyed an Arts Festival showcasing the work of the five older Lower School classes – 619, 611, 608, 609, and 605. There were exciting musical, drama, and dance performances, and afterwards parents were invited to view the students’ studio art and pottery pieces that were hung up and displayed in the Lower Level.
In a recent Professional Development workshop led by Nick Propper, an accredited coach with the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, the entire Gateway faculty and staff learned about stress and resilience. Nick shared research-based methods on how to better manage our energy in addition to our time. Gateway faculty and staff walked away with a clearer understanding of the different types of stress and how to build resiliency through productive recovery methods. Thank you, Nick! You can learn more about the wonderful work he is doing at www.abouttomorrowpeople.com.
Thank you to our Middle School Student Council and our Parents Association for a fantastic MS Winter Formal yesterday! The Student Council proposed this idea last year, and, with help from the PA, their plans came to fruition. We are excited to have this new established tradition.
Here’s to another wonderfully successful Bowling Party! We had over 200 Gateway friends and family attend what has become a highly anticipated annual all-school event hosted by our Parents Assocation. It was a day of fun for the whole family, and the strength of the Gateway community was unabating. Thank you specifically to PA President Helen Brown and Monique Kandel for chairing the event and going above and beyond in their efforts.