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News and Photos from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Gateway Moving On Ceremony
Every June, we gather in grandstand to acknowledge the Lower School students who will be moving up to Middle School and also those who are leaving for new adventures. Always filled with music and laughter, this is a wonderful way to mark the end of the academic year.
Every June we take a moment to acknowledge the Middle School students who will be moving on to other schools in the Fall.
Life After Gateway - June 3rd
Moderated by Toby Pulanco, this roundtable discussion features alumni returning to Gateway to share their experiences with current families and faculty and staff.  A signature Gateway event, many thanks to Ms. Pulanco and the alumni panel for such an informative and inspirational evening.
Field Day May 30, 2014
Middle School - Girl Rising Grandstand
Middle School girls hosted a grandstand assembly about the obstacles facing many girls today from around the world who are seeking educational opportunities.  They also showed a clip from GIRL RISING, featuring one girl's struggle.  The students then split up into groups and participated in an activity that promoted further understanding and empathy for these young women. For more information click here.
NYC Green Festival
Center for Educational Enrichment students from 2 center teams - Urban Ecologists and Documentarians - hosted a booth at this annual NYC environmental trade show open to the public.  Both teams are focused on educating, exploring and taking action against climate change.  Congratulations!
Middle School Performance - Alice in Wonderland
Photos courtesy of Yvette Pomerantz


Lower School Arts Festival - February 7, 2014
Photos courtesy of Yvette Pomerantz

What's Happening at School

Lower School New Year's Resolutions


Honoring Nelson Mandela and His Legacy--Grandstand

Students gathered to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his major role in the struggle for equality in South Africa.


Winter Chorus Concert


Grandparents/Special Friends Days--Lower and Middle Schools

Every year, Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to come to visit the school to spend time with the students. Events included are attending Grandstand--Gateway’s daily assembly, enjoying a short performance given by Lower School students, visiting classrooms, meeting the teachers, and seeing other areas of the school.  The morning concludes with a visit to our Annual Book Fair.

Thank you to parent Yvette Pomerantz for taking both Lower and Middle School Grandparents/Special Friends Day photos for us.

Halloween Day

Fifth Grade Humanities Ellis Island Reenactment

Prior to the reenactment, students studied artifacts, photographs and documents showing the immigrant experience of traveling through Ellis Island during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Included in this reenactment was a teacher-created written immigration test, a confirmation of physical fitness, and the ability to explain their purpose for coming to America, similar to what immigrants would have undergone.


Center for Educational Enrichment honored by City Council Official Proclamation

On October 30, 2013 at City Hall, the Center for Educational Enrichment was honored with a proclamation recognizing the outstanding collaboration of the Center and P.S. 39-Staten Island in creating 14 panels of art documenting Hurricane Sandy. Congratulations to all the students involved in this project and to Jerry Pavlon-Blum and his Center team!




Center for Educational Enrichment Service Learning--General Society Library of Mechanics and Tradesmen (October 24, 2013)

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute showcased art by students from Gateway and P.S. 39-Staten Island. The artwork comprised 14 oversized plywood panels depicting the arc of devastation left by Hurricane Sandy as well as the subsequent rebuilding and renewal of affected communities. The event brought together professionals in the fields of mechanics, environmental sciences and engineering to share information about disaster preparedness and what was learned post-Sandy, and included student's ideas and responses.




Parent Trustee Reception










First Day of School