Success Starts Here

Alumni Speak at Grandstand

May 15, 2018

On May 14, Middle School students engaged in a Q&A session with four alumni: Parker, who attends Morehouse College; Alex, who is currently at Brooklyn Friends High School and will attend Vassar College next year; Calvin, who attends Yale University; and Blaine, who is currently at the Professional Performing Arts High School and will attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts next year.

The alumni touched upon many topics during the Grandstand, including self-advocacy, reframing how one thinks about LD vs. mainstream schools, and what to expect during the transition to high school and then college. Calvin advised students to “take advantage of the help and great teachers you have at Gateway,” and Parker summarized what happens in high school: “It doesn’t get easier, but you get better.”

Introducing Our New Mobile App

May 2, 2018

We are excited to launch a new mobile app for The Gateway School! This free app can be downloaded from the App Store (for Apple devices) and Google Play (for Android devices).

Get easy access to the School Calendar, School Store, social media, website content, notifications, and more. We hope you’ll find this app useful and will enjoy exploring its features. Please click one of the links above (while using your mobile device) to download the app today.

Middle School Musical

April 19, 2018

Featuring a cast and crew of 17 talented students, the Middle School production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat had its first showing on April 18 and will repeat on April 19. The students have worked very hard since September to master their lines, songs, and choreography, and it was a joy to see the results. The parents, siblings, friends, and relatives in attendance were thoroughly entertained and very proud of our young thespians. The musical is a large undertaking and a marvelous Gateway tradition that continues its strong track record.

Gala Tickets Now Available

April 5, 2018

Tickets are now available for the 2018 Gateway Gala! Our signature fundraising and community event of the year will take place on Thursday, April 26 at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. The program will include a silent and live auction, live band, video (you won’t want to miss!), and a photo booth. Food and drink will be plentiful and will feature a wide variety of delicious foods, signature drinks, and desserts. Festive attire is suggested. There will be something for everyone! If you would like to:

Q&A on Executive Function

February 14, 2018

A speech and language pathologist by training, Heather Ironside has been Gateway’s Director of Language and Literacy since 2016. She is responsible for the professional development program, the Reading and Writing curriculum, language therapy, and student assessments. We spoke to Heather about executive function, which is one of the main targets of remediation at Gateway.

Q: In a nutshell, what is executive function?
A: Executive function is an umbrella term for the processes of decision-making and planning. It is divided into thinking skills for planning, organizing, sustaining attention, and finishing a task; and regulation of our behavior and emotions. It is the “boss of your brain.”

Q: How does Gateway remediate impairments in executive function?
A: We address it in many ways. For example, the Aim and Agenda, stated at the beginning of every lesson, teaches students how to organize and structure themselves. It helps them stay on task and think about what they’re learning. In Lower School, if students are doing a task, the steps are laid out for them explicitly, and they’re taught to go through each step. We scaffold the strategies they use. In addition, the Zones of Regulation program teaches them to manage their reactions and emotions. In Middle School, we have additional systems in place. Their trapper keepers are organized in a precise way. Their homework has checklists for monitoring quality. And they’re taught to use study skills and study guides.

Q: When does executive function NOT come into play?
A: When something is practiced, routine, and automatic—for example, if you have the same commute every day and nothing changes, you might reach home and find yourself asking, “How did I get here?”

Q: How is executive function related to language?
A: They are extremely related. Your planning and decision-making are mediated through language—think of it as talking to yourself. Conversely, talking, reading, and writing are never automatic; they require executive function skills.

 

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    On June 14, the entire school enjoyed the 10th annual Field Day under sunny skies in Sakura Park.
  • In April, a group of Lower School students took a field trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, as part of their Social Studies unit on immigration.
  • The 7th and 8th grades took a field trip to the Google offices in Manhattan.
  • In February, the Middle School held a pep rally to celebrate our boys' and girls' basketball teams. Go Lions!
  • As part of their Humanities class, the 6th grade took a field trip to the U.S. District Courthouse in lower Manhattan.
  • The School Store was open for business during Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered!
  • Middle School students take a weekly fitness class at a nearby CrossFit SPOT facility.
  • On Oct. 27, Lower School classes met a guinea pig, gerbil, rabbit, and more from Art Farm in the City.
  • On Oct. 17, students in grades 5-6 visited the Whitney Museum to see an exhibit of Alexander Calder's art.
  • Examining seeds in Lower School Science class
  • On Oct. 12, the 6th grade took a field trip to Pier 84 to learn about the Hudson River estuary.
  • Students enjoy a "sensory gym" on select days.
  • At Curriculum Night, parents hear a highly informative series of presentations on what students will be learning during the course of the year.
  • The Back to School Cocktail Reception on Sept. 28 brought together parents, faculty, staff, and trustees for an enjoyable evening at the outset of the school year.
  • Class 637 visited the Head of School's office as part of their exploration of the school.
  • Middle School students enjoy gym class at a regulation-size facility in nearby John Jay College.
  • The Directors of Lower School and Middle School held a New Parent Orientation on the first day of school.