This Week at Gateway

Gateway Regional Community Newsletter-March 22, 2021

Principal's Message

Based on the results of our Parent/family survey, and pending Board of Education approval, the district will offer in-person instruction four days a week, along with a virtual option, beginning on April 8, 2021. The school day will continue to run from 7:45am to 12:17pm. Afternoons will be used for office hours and extra help. We appreciate everyone’s insight and support as we work to safely increase the time students receive in-person instruction.

Congratulations to the cast of our fall play, The Brothers Grim Spectaculathon! The cast and crew did a great job navigating the many challenges to get the show produced. A special thank you to Mrs. Halpin, Ava Hojnowski (student director), and Mr. Pridy for all of their efforts to see the project through.

This Week at a Glance


  • In-Person Instruction Cohort A & D: periods 1-4
  • Online Instruction for Cohorts B & C: periods 1-4


  • In-Person Instruction Cohort A & D: periods 5-8
  • Online Instruction for Cohorts B & C: periods 5-8


  • Wednesdays will be used for office hours or small group and individual instruction. Office hours will run on the 1st-8th period bell schedule to prevent overlapping schedules.
  • Board of Education Meeting 7:00 Auditorium


  • In-Person Instruction Cohort B & D: periods 1-4
  • Online Instruction for Cohorts A & C: periods 1-4


  • In-Person Instruction Cohort B & D: periods 5-8
  • Online Instruction for Cohorts A & C: periods 5-8
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Chromebook Distribution

Last week, 7th graders received their new Chromebooks. This week, Gateway will upgrade 10th grade student Chromebooks:

Cohort A/D: Chromebooks during English classes Monday-Tuesday

Cohort B/D: Chromebooks during English classes Thursday-Friday

Cohort C: Students will be able to come to the main office on Wednesday to return their old Chromebooks and receive their new ones.

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In-Person Education

Gateway is currently reviewing the attendance for all students. Students who are identified as Cohort A, B, or D are expected to be present in the building on their designated days. This helps to ensure accuracy when contract tracing, be aware of when students are present in the event of an emergency, as well as better assist teachers in their efforts to provide additional support of instruction. If a student is not feeling well on occasion or needs to quarantine, it is important to have the student remotely log in to their classes while the parent notifies the Attendance Office. Students who are not able to attend in-person instruction on a consistent basis should change their cohort to C or full virtual instruction. Parents/Guardians should contact Mrs. Carol O'Connell to facilitate that change.

COVID-19 Guidelines

  1. Any individual with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact their healthcare provider. These symptoms are listed on the daily health screening you complete
  2. If someone in your household is sick or being tested for COVID-19 due to illness, students should stay home until the test result is received.
  3. Siblings of a student who has symptoms and meets criteria should be excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.

I know all of this can be confusing, so if you are in doubt or need help, please reach out directly to Mrs. Alter, our school nurse or the main office. We appreciate your cooperation.
Chromebook Help

If you are having trouble with your Chromebook, check out the link below for possible solutions. If none of these solutions work, contact any of your teachers, they will fill out a tech request and we can get you a loaner device

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Project Graduation

Save the Date: Wednesday 3/31/21

Project Graduation is planning to have a meeting on March 31st. More details will follow.

***Graduation Date Change***

The dates of Graduation and Senior Awards has been changed. Senior Awards and Baccalaureate will be held on Thursday, June 17th. Graduation will be on Friday, June 18th.


Junior/Senior Prom Date and Location Change

New Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 7-11pm

New Location: The Orchard Garden at Masso's

The Prom will only be open to Gateway students. No students from other schools may attend.

COVID restrictions will apply. More details to follow.

Senior Trip

The senior trip is scheduled for June 4-8.

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Save the Date

There is an information meeting concerning the 2021 Junior/Senior prom scheduled for Wednesday, April 7 at 1:30pm for all juniors and seniors interested in attending prom. The zoom link will be posted in your "Class of 2021" or "Class of 2022" Google Classrooms that day. Please contact Mrs. Genzano or Mrs. A. Evans with any questions.


The Yearbook staff wants to hear what you think! We currently have the following polls open for a brief time if you are interested in sharing your opinions. Thanks in advance for your participation!

Teacher Superlatives:

MS & HS students and staff are welcome to vote now through midnight on Wednesday 3/24 at this link

8th Grade Superlatives:

MS 8th grade students only can vote now through midnight on Wednesday 3/24 at this link

8th Grade Polls:

MS 8th grade students only can vote now through midnight on Wednesday 3/24 at this link

7th Grade Polls:

MS 7th grade students only can vote now through midnight on Wednesday 3/24 at this link

Academic Section Polls:

Any MS or HS student can vote now through midnight on Wednesday 3/24 at this link

Cost of HS Yearbook - $90

Cost of MS Yearbook - $35

Please use the link on the Gateway website under the parents/student tab.

Don't miss out on the memories! Any questions contact Mrs. Fayer at

Attention Aviation Program Students

Our next zoom meeting will be on Tuesday 3/23 from 3-4. The Zoom link will be emailed to you and posted on Google Classroom.

Gateway 100 Mile Club

Looking for some motivation to keep moving this spring? Join the second Gateway 100 Mile Club challenge! We are challenging the Gator community to walk, run, or jog 100 miles between April 1st and May 31st (only 2 miles a day!). All challenge finishers receive a Gateway 100 Mile Club t-shirt. Full details for how to join can be found by clicking here.


Just a reminder that the Sign Language Club is continuing to meet virtually. The meetings are Wednesday at 12:30 and are open to anyone. If you would like to learn to sign we would love to have you! Just email Mrs. Norton at for the link.

National Honor Society Tutoring Form

If you are struggling with your classes and need some support, fill out this form. We will make every effort to have you matched with a member of the National Honor Society for tutoring.

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The Baldosaro Comfort Closet Remains Open!

The Comfort Closet is full with generous donations from Gateway families. The Closet is stocked with clothes, toiletries, coats, shoes, school supplies and many other items to be given at NO CHARGE. It is the goal of the Closet to lessen worries for our Gateway students about daily needs so that they can focus on learning. The Closet is easy to access, before and after school, by appointment or items can be delivered to your home. For an appointment or to arrange delivery contact (

Seniors Helping Seniors

The Gateway High School seniors would like to help the community seniors. Senior citizens in the sending districts of Woodbury Heights, Wenonah, National Park, and Westville can contact the program coordinator and discuss specific jobs they have at their homes that a group of students could help with. The coordinator will then get a group of students from the senior class

For example, Mr. and Mrs. Smith from Woodbury Heights need their patio furniture moved into their garage for the winter. They can call or email the school and the coordinator will return their call and make arrangements. The coordinator will assemble a group of students and make arrangements for transportation to the Smiths' home and accompany the seniors.

This program is designed for the students to give back to the community and the senior citizens to get help with projects that may be difficult for them to handle without assistance. Everything will be done with consideration to COVID-19 protocols. Please feel free to share information about the Seniors Helping Seniors initiative with those in the community that benefit from the program.

To participate or with any questions or comments please reach out to Cindy Norton at Gateway (

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College and Career Readiness

Do you have big plans after graduation? We want to hear about your acceptance: College or University, Trade or Career Program, or Armed Forces of the United States. Please email Dr. Pierro with your acceptance letter. We would like to give you the recognition you deserve in the newsletter and morning announcements!

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Gateway Football

Anyone interested in playing football next season please contact Coach Pulli at and fill out this Google Form

Workouts are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:30-3pm in three groups. Please contact Coach Pulli to get the information.

Attention 7th and 8th Graders

7th and 8th Graders, are you interested in weight lifting or plan to play football when you get to high school? Fill out this Google Form in order to get information on weight training on a program and with a team.

If you have any questions please reach out to Coach Pulli at