This Week at Gateway

Gateway Regional Community Newsletter-March 1, 2021

Principal's Message

In August, our committee developed a state-approved return to school plan in a hybrid cohort model. In this model, students attend school in-person 2 days per week. Currently, the average number of students in person is about 5 students per room. Based on this information, we are working to increase the number of students attending and the number of days of in-person instruction.

If all conditions are met, we hope to safely bring back a larger number of students and increase the number of days of in-person instruction for the 4th marking period. Your completion of this survey will be critical in our ability to make that decision. The survey will help us identify those families seeking to adjust cohorts for the 4th marking period (4/8/2021). Please note that we will make every effort to accommodate your choice, but we cannot guarantee a spot due to restrictions in the New Jersey Roadback Plan. Please complete the survey by March 12th letting us know your cohort preference for the 4th marking period.

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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.


  • 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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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 into 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:

Chromebook Tips doc:

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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 currently scheduled for June 4-8. All waivers and paperwork must be turned into Mrs. Shivers by Monday, March 1st.

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8th Grade Dialogue

Congratulations to Kiera Stokes for representing Gateway Regional at this year's Gloucester County 8th grade dialogue. Kiera talked to other students from across the county about various issues facing students and schools. Great job Kiera!

Gateway Aviation Program

Gateway Aviation Program started the Part 107 online training during their last Zoom meeting. Students reviewed the fundamentals of Unmanned Aircraft, such as aerodynamics and will continue this review in two weeks.

Aviation's next meeting is an in-person session is on Tuesday March 2nd, 3-4:30. Please reach out to Mrs. Broadbelt as soon as possible if you will be attending and if you need transportation.


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


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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Gateway Regional's Donna Contrevo Awarded Distinguished Service Award

The New Jersey Association of School Business Officials awarded the 2021 Distinguished Service Award for South Jersey to Donna Contrevo for her nearly 30 years of service in education!
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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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Our healthcare interns learned all about

Make-A-Wish Philadelphia

this week. They will be partnering with them to work on a new initiative! Our seniors are excited to be a part of such a valuable community organization amongst the magic makers!

Oue healthcare interns also met Charlotte Moser, director of the Vaccine Education Center for CHOP this week. We had a robust conversation about the benefits of vaccines and the immediate need to educate the public about them.


It's time for students to apply for the HSOP program for next year! If you are interested in taking college classes while in high school, please attend the information session THIS Monday. See below for details. Melissa Eckstein in Guidance is the Gateway contact for the program (
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Play Ball!

Our business interns got to Zoom with Shawn Blubaugh from the Philadelphia Phillies this week to learn about the importance of sales in business. Thank you Shawn for all you do for the Gators! Let's play ball!

International Woman's Day is Coming!

Stay tuned as Gateway prepares to virtually celebrate International Woman's Day the week of March 8th. Our host will be senior marketing intern, Genna Wermuth. She will showcase women who teamed up during the pandemic to benefit our communities!

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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 Track and Field

Any high school boys interested in signing up for Track & Field this spring please contact Coach Pasquarello (, Coach Karp (, or Coach Steiger ( as soon as possible to receive information.

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


Wrestling practices will begin on Monday, March 1.

Any high school student interested in participating in wrestling should contact Coach Rutter at

Any middle school student interested in wrestling should contact Coach Reim or Coach Kelly with any questions.

Sports physical forms and online registration can be found here:

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