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.
The Middle School Holiday Party hosted by the PA was a wonderful way to finish off another fantastic semester at Gateway. The party was filled with dancing, cornhole, and plenty of holiday cookies. Wishing everyone a deserved, restful vacation!
Thank you to everyone who donated toys to the PA’s Toy Drive last week! It was a very successful toy drive; we collected 223 toys this year that will all be going to the children of Iris House, a community service organization based in Harlem. We appreciate the Gateway students’ enthusiasm and participation in donating toys for this wonderful cause. Thank you also to the PA for the Pantry Drive back in October, in which our generous Gateway families donated 460 items to support the Ronald McDonald House.
High fives all around from Mr. Norm Lewis! Middle School students in the cast of “The Who’s Tommy” musical were lucky enough to receive feedback from original 1993 Broadway cast member of “Tommy,” Norm Lewis. The Broadway star is known for many impressive roles, including King Triton in “The Little Mermaid,” Billy Flynn in “Chicago,” and Javert in “Les Misérables.” Norm was also the first African American to take on the lead role of The Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. Most recently, Mr. Lewis was seen in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” alongside John Legend and Sara Bareilles. He is also known for his recurring role on the hit drama, “Scandal.” The Gateway cast of “Tommy” performed “Pinball Wizard” for Norm and listened attentively to his notes and suggestions. Thank you so much, Mr. Lewis!
The Gateway School is proud to have hosted “No More the Dog Ate My Homework: Developing Executive Functioning Skills to Foster Independence.” This interactive discussion explored how mainstream and inclusion teachers can integrate systems that encourage students with learning disabilities and attention deficits to develop increased independence while supporting skills such as time management, self-monitoring, and organization. Gateway Faculty described specific executive functioning skills, offered practical techniques to help teachers develop these skills in students, and demonstrated systems and strategies to prepare students for successful participation in mainstream settings, as strong executive functioning skills are integral to succeed both academically and in life.
Check out Gateway School’s new student-run newspaper: The Gateway Gazette! Led under the supervision of Ms. Lincoln and Ms. Smith, The Gateway Gazette student team published its first issue this month. Be sure to check it out for updates on school events, sports, classes, and field trips. The newspaper even includes interviews with Gateway teachers and fun, student-drawn comic strips! Well done, Gateway Gazette team!
Over the weekend Gateway participated in the 20th Annual Ronald McDonald House Kids Charity Fun Run. The run supports Ronald McDonald House which provides lodging and care for families while their child battles cancer. Team Gateway had over 20 runners and raised $2,500. It was a fun day for a great cause. Thank you to our wonderful parent organizers!
Congratulations to the recipients of this month’s Community Leadership Badges! Three Lower School students won awards for Resilience. Receiving a Community Leadership Badge is a huge honor for our Lower School students, and the sense of camaraderie is palpable when the winners are announced on the loud speaker and the whole Lower School erupts in cheers. We are so proud!