This Week at Gateway
Gateway Regional Community Newsletter-November 16, 2020
As COVID-19 cases rise across our county, we are continually talking with health officials and the Department of Education regarding the status of schools. The holidays are approaching and we are aware that many people may travel and visit with family. With that in mind, the weeks following the holiday breaks will be switching to remote instruction.
The week of November 30 -December 4 and the week of January 4-January 8 will now be ALL virtual.
We will continue to follow the hybrid schedule during remote instruction. Sports practices will continue as planned following NJSIAA guidelines. If any of this information needs to change we will inform the community as soon as possible.
Gateway is looking to gather information on the student and parent experiences during the pandemic. We will use this information to refine our practices.
As we are approaching the holiday season, we understand that this is traditionally a time for travel and vacations. We kindly ask that if you are traveling, please continue to utilize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended safety guidelines such as wearing a mask, frequent handwashing, social distancing, etc. If you are traveling to an area on New Jersey’s Travel Advisory List, we ask that you follow the State of New Jersey’s recommendation to quarantine your family for 14 calendar days upon your return and participate remotely. If your child logs on and completes assignments, this time will not be counted as an absence. Please see the link, Self-Quarantine for Travelers Frequently Asked Questions, for further information.
This Week at a Glance
- In-Person Instruction Cohort A: Grades 7-12 periods 1-4
- Online Instruction for Cohorts B & C periods 1-4
- In-Person Instruction Cohort A: Grades 7-12 periods 5-8
- Online Instruction for Cohorts B & C periods 5-8
- Wednesday Hybrid Schedule: All Cohorts periods 1-8
- In-Person Instruction Cohort B: Grades 7-12 periods 1-4
- Online Instruction for Cohorts A & C periods 1-4
- In-Person Instruction Cohort B: Grades 7-12 periods 5-8
- Online Instruction for Cohorts A & C periods 5-8
This year senior farewells (written by seniors to say goodbye to friends, teachers, family, etc.) will be submitted through a Google form. You can locate the form here: https://forms.gle/PDDwCmTAkvhoU4E38
Students should not be wearing hats or hoods in school.
Chromebook Use and Attendance
Reminder that students should be using their Gateway issued Chromebook. This allows us to monitor student progress. Also students should be using their full name when using Zoom.
Students please make sure you are logging into your classes on time. Students must stay logged into class the entire class period. Failure to attend class could lead to discipline consequences.
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:
Gators of the Month
Shout out to Eddie McAlpine for being All In! Keep working hard to earn more PBIS points!
Tyler Clementi Foundation #Day1 Student Leadership Opportunity
Last year, we launched the #Day1 Representatives initiative in Bergen County as part of our Youth Ambassadors projects and as a way for Bergen County high school students to work together and put a stop to bullying. #Day1 is an innovative campaign created by TCF that works to address bullying early on by having students take an Upstander Pledge.
Since the beginning of our program, our “#Day1 Reps” have accomplished some incredible things in their respective school districts and are on track to do so much more! Our representatives have hosted assemblies that have gotten statewide attention, created clubs, and have even moved on to become fellow Youth Ambassadors for the Tyler Clementi Foundation. We were able to give a presentation at Ramsey High School before the pandemic that even received some media attention and a segment was aired on NJTV about us.
We are looking for leaders to maintain a #Day1 Representative group for their county, as well as representatives to be in these groups. Our goal is to establish a group of high school students across the State from each county who are devoted to implementing this program and creating a welcoming environment in our schools. This is an incredible opportunity for students to get involved in their community and county while making a positive impact.
#Day1 Leader Responsibilities:
Leaders will be trained and then tasked with assisting us in starting/maintaining a #Day1 Representative chapter for their county
Leaders will run a monthly meeting with the representatives in their select counties
#Day1 Representative Responsibilities:
Representatives will be trained by TCF Youth Ambassadors and then tasked with implementing #Day1 at their respective high schools
Representatives will attend monthly meetings
#Day1 Application Process:
Students must apply to be a Representative/Leader by completing the application here.
Applications are due Monday, December 14, 2020.
Gateway 100 Mile Club
Looking for some motivation to keep moving this holiday season? Join the Gateway 100 Mile Club challenge! We are challenging the Gator community to walk, run, or jog 100 miles between November 1st and December 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.
NHS Community Drive
Congratulations to Paige Britt, journalism intern for Follow South Jersey, who continues to hone her voice and skills through published articles! Thank you again, Dean Johnson for providing this opportunity.
Student Story: Social Media Is Not Just For Selfies, But Change
Commentary By: Paige Britt, Gateway Regional High School, Woodbury Heights, NJ
During the summer, social media became a radically different space for young people everywhere. Instead of feeds being filled with bikini pictures and selfies, infographics, statistics, and activism posts flooded timelines.
The death of George Floyd, a Black man unfairly targeted and killed by the police, launched a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in May of this year. BLM originated in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman. The goal of the organization is to raise awareness for the violence inflicted on Black people and the systemic oppression the Black community faces.
College and Career Readiness
Congratulations to Catherine Lombardo for being accepted to the University of Maine with a $25,000 annual scholarship!
Also, Congratulations to Abigail Jones for being accepted into the Rowan University Biological Science Program for the Fall of 2021. Rowan University awarded her the Rowan University Scholars award of $6000 a year!
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!
It was a privilege to have Gator alumnus and former board member, Dr. Keith Wyckoff speak to our healthcare class about his dental career and his active military duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. We thank you for your service to our country and to the Gators! #gatorstrong #gatorstartcareerstar
Congratulations to Class of '92 Gator alumnus, Thomas Trautner for his recent career recognition.
Professional Communication Zoom
Professional writer and Gateway Board member, Julie Delany delivered a zoom presentation for our intern class on the topic of professional communications. This is in preparation for their entrance into the business world second semester.
Thank you Mrs. Delany for all you do for the Gators! We appreciate it.
Gateway's Virtual Career Day(s)
Gateway's Virtual Career Day(s) will be January 12th and 15th via Zoom and will run on a similar schedule as in past years. If you know any speakers who might be interested in participating please email Melissa Eckstein at email@example.com.
Undefeated Gateway Field Hockey Team is the Colonial Conference Patriot Division Champions!
Gateway over Pitman
Courtney Farren netted four goals for sixth-seeded Gateway in its 5-1 victory over 11th-seeded Pitman in the first round of the South, West A tournament in Woodbury Heights.
Brynne Okrem scored the team’s other goal as Mikayla Lee and Cat Cimino pitched in with one assist each. Lindsey Naulty tallied four saves for Gateway, which stays unbeaten with the win at 11-0.
Jenna Georgette scored on a setup from Nancy Davidson for Pitman (6-6). Jaycee Berry-Andres totaled six saves in the losing effort.
Gateway will visit third-seeded Schalick in the quarterfinal round on Monday in Pittsgrove at a time to be determined.
Gateway's Fall Athletic Teams Have Qualified for Postseason Competition!
- Field Hockey: The Gators are currently 12-0 and have advanced to the second round of the NJSIAA Regional Tournament. They travel to A.P. Schalick High School on Monday.
- Girls Soccer: The Gators enter the postseason red hot, riding a nine game unbeaten streak. Gateway hosts Clayton in the opening round on Monday night when they host Clayton.
- Boys Soccer: Coach Pasquarello, who picked up his 200th career victory earlier in the season, leads the Gators into the quarterfinals when they will host Paulsboro on Tuesday afternoon.
- Girls Tennis: The Gators captured back-to-back South Jersey championships, winning the title with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Pennsville! This marks the first time in school history that a team won consecutive sectional championships. Congratulations to Coach Abed, Coach Dickson and the Gator Tennis Team!
Winter Sports Registration
Winter sports registration is now open! Please complete the online registration ASAP!
Physical forms should be submitted to the main office.
Please contact the following coaches for additional paperwork and information:
Cheerleading: Email Coach Genzano
Winter Track: Email Coach Covely
Boys Basketball: Email Coach Durand
Girls Basketball: Email Coach McGowan
Wrestling: Email Coach Rutter
Swimming: Email Coach Steiger
Middle School Boys Basketball There will be a Middle School Boys Interest meeting on ZOOM, next Tuesday, November 17 @ 1:45 pm - use this link to attend, tryouts starting soon! Please contact Mr. Raba for more information. Middle School Boys Bball ZOOM
JV/Varsity High School Boys Basketball Next week, there will be a High School ZOOM Basketball Interest meeting for all JV and Varsity Boys players. The meeting will be on Tuesday, November 17 @ 2:30 pm. Please contact Mr. Durand or Mr. Stocker for more information. JV/Varsity Boys B-ball ZOOM