This Week at Gateway

Gateway Regional Community Newsletter-March 20, 2023

Principal's Message

Gateway has been reviewing our morning drop-off procedures. In an effort to ease congestion, we will be having all buses drop off by the tennis court entrances. In order to accommodate this change, we are asking that no parents drop off their children at the tennis court entrance. This will not impact student drop-off on Helen Avenue. We hope this alleviates some of the traffic to make drop-off less crowded. We will continue to monitor and make changes as we evaluate this new procedure. Drop-off is a busy time no matter the procedure and we ask that everyone be patient and vigilant to assure everyone arrives at school in a safe and timely matter. Please email me at with any questions.

This week, we have a mandatory parent meeting for students attending the senior trip. The meeting will be on Tuesday at 7:00 in the cafeteria. We will have a make-up meeting for anyone who has a scheduling conflict on Wednesday at 2:45.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Gateway will be presenting our spring musical Legally Blonde! The students have been working really hard and the show looks amazing. We hope you will join us.

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This Week at a Glance


  • No School Teacher In-Service

Tuesday (A Day)

  • Senior Trip Parent/Student Meeting 7:00 in the cafeteria

Wednesday (B Day)

  • Senior Trip Parent/Student Make-up Meeting 2:45.

Thursday (A Day)

  • Gateway's Production of Legally Blonde 7:30

Friday (B Day)

  • Gateway's Production of Legally Blonde 7:30


  • Gateway's Production of Legally Blonde 2:00
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Gators of the Month

Gateway Hosts Spring Fling Home Show for Indoor Guard and Percussions!

This past weekend the Gateway Indoor Percussion and Guard hosted 32 schools for their annual Spring Fling home show.

Both the Guard and Percussion performed their shows in exhibition. The Guard show, entitled ‘Stigma’, explores the issue of mental health and the Percussion show, entitled ‘Nothing Else Matters’, reinterprets the music of Metallica.

The afternoon was a complete success and we thank all the teachers whose rooms were utilized by our competitors. We also offer a huge thank you to Dr. Pierro and Dr. Grillo for their presence and consistent support of these organizations.

Renaissance Requirements

Attention Gators: All students who qualify for Renaissance based on their 3rd marking period grades/attendance/discipline/involvement will be invited to this year's Washington Lake Park trip in May. This trip is only for Renaissance qualifiers and cannot be purchased through PBIS Rewards. Now is a great time to join a club/sport and make sure that your assignments are turned in before the end of the marking period!
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Gateway's PBIS Program

To celebrate the days leading up to Saint Patricks Day, Gateway's PBIS program raffled off 28 McDonald's Shamrock Shakes. Congratulations to all of the lucky winners!

Congratulations to Violet Gonzalez who won our March raffle: a $25 gift card to Dots Ice Cream in Woodbury Heights!

Attention Seniors!

Seniors planning on attending RCSJ in the fall: Roadrunner Registration is scheduled for Wed., April 5 from 8:30 am to 1:15 pm. You must use Gateway transportation and lunch will be provided. Permission slips can be found on Google Classroom or picked up in Guidance. Permission slips must be returned by Wed. March 22 to Guidance to attend.

PBIS Updates

  1. PBIS Rewards will be raffling off a McDonalds Shamrock Shake during all lunches on B days in March.
  2. We bumped the date for the prom ticket raffle up to April 6th so that students will know if they won or not before they have to purchase tickets, attached is the updated flyer to reflect that change.

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Bundle Up Against Cancer 5K

Signs-ups for the Bundle Up Against Cancer 5K are open until March 17th! Use the link to sign up and support a deserving cause!

We are also looking for student volunteers for the event! Interested email or see Miss Warrington in 302!

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7th Grade Trip

The information for the 7th Grade Trip to the Liberty Science Center and the Statue of Liberty was given out last week during morning meetings and lunch. Signed permission slips, lunch order forms, and payments should be turned in to Mrs. Evans in room 212 or Mrs. Irwin in room 211. Students may pay for the trip in full or break the cost into three payments. The first payment is due Friday, March 31st.
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Penn Vet Working Dog Center Healthcare Research Careers

Our healthcare interns learned so much this week about scent detection dogs and the research being conducted at Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

Currently they are studying a number of things including ways dogs can detect Ovarian Cancer and Spotted Lantern Fly egg nests.

We met Dr. Cindy Otto who started this facility after 9/11! She has an amazing entrepreneurial vision. This is the only research training facility in the world.

We also met trainer AnneMarie DeAngelo, ret. NJ State Police who also FOUNDED the NJ State Police Canine Program. We just had to get a “Jersey Girl” picture.

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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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