Last Friday, Gateway celebrated its graduates at a ceremony held at the Museum of the City of New York. Each 8th grader shared favorite memories, dispensed advice to future Gateway students, and gave a speech about Gateway’s transformative impact on their education. We are so proud of the students’ hard work and dedication this year and know our graduates will leave our schoolhouse with the imparted wisdom that they are equipped with the tools, skills, and strategies they acquired at Gateway to succeed in school and life.
The Gateway School is proud to share seven talks as part of our inaugural Speaker Series, Conversations x Connections: Celebrating the Diversity of Minds, Intelligence, and Abilities. A heartfelt thank you to all of our speakers for contributing their time and immense talent in support of Gateway’s transformative, mission-based program for students with language-based learning disabilities. You can view each of the talks on Gateway’s YouTube page and browse through highlights in our Special Edition Gateway Newsletter.
This year, as we began to reimagine Gateway’s Spring Gala, we looked to our mission to offer direction. This reflection led to the creation of a week-long Virtual Speaker Series, Conversations x Connections: Celebrating the Diversity of Minds, Intelligence, and Abilities. The Gateway School Speaker Series brought together industry leaders to share inclusive perspectives on the effects of embracing diversity of thought, intelligence, and ability in education, business, fashion, entertainment, and sports while weaving in key tenets of the school’s mission. This series turned our attention back to our community, highlighted our internal talent, and modeled for our students components of the Gateway mission. The importance of critical thinking skills, self-advocacy, collaboration, mentorship, and forging close relationships in a diverse and inclusive community were themes that were woven into our talks. We are happy to announce that recordings of all of our talks will be available on The Gateway School’s YouTube page beginning next week.
In this edition of The Gateway School Newsletter, we focus on Gateway’s Writing Program, as well as Gateway’s upcoming Spring Fundraiser.
Under the guidance of Ms. Lincoln and Mrs. Strider, Gateway’s student journalists have released their latest issue of The Gateway Gazette. In the Winter 2021 issue, students completed interviews, conducted surveys, researched topics of interest, and so much more! To access your copy of The Gateway Gazette, click the link here or click the photo to the right. Congratulations to the Gateway Gazette reporters on publishing an incredible newspaper for the Gateway community!
March is Read Across America Month. The National Education Institute’s theme for Read Across America 2021 is Cultivating Compassion. We love to see our Gateway students reading, both in and out of school! Students have joined in our Read Across Gateway challenge, and so have our Gateway faculty and staff. To help us kick off this month of awareness and celebration, Gateway educators are sharing some of their favorite picture books. Visit Gateway’s YouTube page to listen to some of our favorite read alouds.
The Gateway School faculty and students are finding creative ways to get their bodies moving. This week, Gateway’s Movement Teacher and Occupational Therapist planned a schoolwide scavenger hunt that sent Gateway students moving and exploring (safely) around the building. As students found each item on their checklist, they took a photo. The week’s event culminated in a Dress Down Day for the school.
Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D., Pediatric Language and Literacy Specialist and Educational Program Consultant at The Gateway School, recently hosted a webinar for Gateway families titled, “Learning Differences in Plain English for Parents.” As Dr. Soifer explains, not everyone learns in the same way; we all know that. Some children have very specific challenges, difficulties, or disabilities in being able to learn in the most common ways that parents come to expect and that teachers are trained to teach. The vocabulary of LD has filled books and libraries of all sizes. Making all those concepts simple isn’t easy. Children with specific kinds of LD learn best with properly trained teachers in programs designed to help them succeed. To view a recording of Dr. Soifer’s webinar, click on this link. For more information about The Gateway School’s program, please feel free to explore our Curriculum Page.
It was so nice to catch up with alumni at our virtual Alumni Reunion last month. Former students from across the years were able to connect with their classmates and a couple of favorite teachers as well. We discussed the most memorable Grandstands, dream jobs and colleges, our go-to karaoke songs and TV shows, and everything in between. It was heartwarming to reflect on shared Gateway experiences and memories, and inspiring to hear what our incredible former students have been up to since leaving our halls. We look forward to continuing to connect with our alumni again at our Life After Gateway event scheduled for April 25, 2021. Stay tuned for details!
Under the guidance of Ms. Lincoln and Mrs. Strider, Gateway’s student journalists have released their latest issue of The Gateway Gazette! In the October/November issue, students reviewed movies, books, and technology; they interviewed Gateway faculty and offered step-by-step technology tutorials; and submitted original works of fiction. To access your copy of The Gateway Gazette, click the link here or click the photo to the right. Congratulations to the Gateway Gazette reporters on publishing a wonderful fall issue!
Did you know that October 5th is World Teachers’ Day? Gateway is proud to have such exceptional teachers. At Gateway, instruction is diagnostic, direct, explicit, multisensory, and guided by the findings of contemporary research, and teachers meet students where they are at in small, individualized groups. For more information on Gateway’s instructional program, visit our Academics page. And be sure to visit Gateway’s Instagram and Facebook pages for more photos of the wonderful work Gateway teachers have been doing!
The Gateway School welcomed back its students on September 8 for the start of Orientation Week, kicking off Gateway’s fall Hybrid learning model for the 2020-2021 school year. Whether at our campus on 61st Street or in a virtual classroom, Gateway Lions are ready for a new year of learning, and we are so excited to welcome them back. Be sure to follow The Gateway School on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all Gateway events this year.
The Gateway School is proud to share the Summer 2020 Edition of the The Gateway Newsletter, “On Reflections and New Beginnings.” You can download the issue as a PDF or flip through the pages online. This edition of The Gateway School Newsletter covers stories from the Gateway community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include:
- A Gateway alumni parent’s work at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY
- Quotes from Gateway’s Graduating Class of 2020
- Parent reflections on Gateway’s distance learning program
- A tribute to Gateway’s longtime creative designer
This summer, Gateway launched its inaugural summer program, Lion P.R.I.D.E. (Proactive Remedial Individualized Direct Explicit). This four-week live online program, designed for rising 1st through 8th graders, was an opportunity for young learners to continue to acquire and strengthen essential academic skills in Reading, Writing, and Math. Taught by Gateway’s expert faculty, students came together in skill-based groups and were taught according to Gateway’s pedagogy. Students focused on strengthening literacy foundations, as well as oral and written language skills, and reinforced their fluency with math language and problem-solving skills.
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!