From all of us at Gateway, we wish everyone a happy, safe, and enjoyable summer, whether you’re staying local or traveling afar. It’s been a wonderful 2016-17 school year, and we look forward to continuing our work in the fall with the new and returning students.
On June 15, Gateway students and staff participated in the 9th annual Field Day. The event took place in Riverside Park with gorgeous views of the Hudson River and sunny weather. Students split into teams of navy, cyan, green, and yellow shirts, and they rotated among five stations that included relay races, ring tossing, potato sack races, bucket stacking, and hula hoops. In addition, plenty of watermelon was on hand for a refreshing snack.
On June 14, the Lower School recognized 20 students who will be moving on to middle school next year, whether at Gateway or beyond. Each student made remarks in front of friends and families, and received a certificate for successfully fulfilling the academic requirements of the Lower School. The Moving Up Ceremony was followed by class parties in each of the classrooms. We will miss seeing you in the halls of the Lower School, but we look forward to you joining the 5th grade in the fall!
From May 31 to June 2, members of the 8th grade participated in an annual trip to Frost Valley camp in upstate New York. During the trip, students applied the content and skills learned in Science and took part in various challenges and outdoor adventures, such as canoeing, hiking, swings, and zip lines. They also reflected on the personal and academic growth they have experienced while at Gateway. This trip was designed to emphasize reflection, communication, and leadership in order to provide a meaningful, culminating experience for students graduating from the Middle School. Click here to see a photo gallery on Facebook.
On May 12, the oldest students in the Lower School held a Science Fair in Grandstand for an audience of parents and fellow students. Earlier in the semester, each student chose a research question to investigate using the scientific method. Examples included “Do humans or dogs have more bacteria in their saliva?”, “Does soda clean pennies?”, and “Do certain colors of M&Ms melt faster than others?” At the Science Fair, students presented their hypothesis, materials, procedure, results, and conclusion, and answered questions from guests. Job well done to our cadre of budding young scientists.