Gateway Middle School

November Parent Newsletter

In This Issue

Save the Date

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Everett Public Schools November Parent Information

Snohomish County Resources

Signs of Suicide Program

Veteran's Day Assembly

Snohomish County Family Fun and Resources

Bus Expectations

Student Supports for Anxiety

Gossip in Middle School

Sports Update

Technical Support

Join the PTSA

Safety/Harassment Intimidation and Bullying Reporting

Student Handbook

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Gateway's Mission

At Gateway our mission is, in partnership with parents and the community, to provide a safe and collaborative learning environment that empowers lifelong learners to reach their full potential.

Save the Date

Monday October 31st- November 4th

Conference Week- Early Release

Conference will be held November 1st and 3rd from 1:00-3:45 & 5:00-7:45

November 4th

Read a Thon

November 6th

Daylight Savings Ends (Fall Back)

November 8th

Remember to deliver your ballot to a ballot drop box near you or put it in the mail by Nov. 8. Postage is not required for ballots.

November 9th

Picture Retakes

November 11th

Veteran's Day- No School

November 14th

Veteran's Day Assembly

November 23rd-25th

Thanksgiving Break- No School

Dec 19th-Jan 2nd

Winter Break- No School

January 17th

Doughnuts with Counselors and Principals 8:15-9:00 in the Library

Check out the Everett School District Calendar.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1st and Thursday, Nov. 3rd
  • Conferences will be arena-style in gyms and Commons
  • Conferences will run 1:00-3:45 and 5:00-7:45 with a long dinner break

All teachers will be in the gymnasium in what is called arena style conferencing. You do not need to make an appointment, please just show up and you will have time to meet with each teacher. Please note, it is very busy at night. If you can make it earlier, please come to the earlier sessions.

Please click here for more information!

Everett Public Schools November Parent Information

Snohomish County Resources


  1. Snohomish County’s Energy Assistance Program is now accepting applications. The Energy Assistance Program helps eligible County households with costs associated with heating bills, water or sewer needs, and air conditioning support.
  2. The COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is accepting applications until November 14. Eligible applicants can receive up to $1,000 in direct financial relief. It’s safe to apply. No information goes to the government, and the public charge rule should not apply.
  3. The Homeowners Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for up to $60,000 in relief per household. The HAF helps qualified homeowners in Washington state that have fallen behind on their mortgage due to pandemic hardship.

Signs of Suicide Program

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Gateway Middle School counselors are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help.

SOS has been used by thousands of schools for over 20 years. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.

Through the program, students learn:

● that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help

● how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend

● to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend

● who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it

Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about themselves or a friend.

At the end of class, students will complete an exit slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk.

We encourage you to visit for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.

We are including:

● An infographic for you to reinforce the ACT message at home

● An info sheet with resources ● Local resources available at:

If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s participation in this program, please contact your student’s school counselor. ● 6th grade-Ryan Miller at ● 7th grade-Toni Jetten at ● 8th grade-Sandra Olson at

Sincerely, Matt Bennett, Principal

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Veteran's Day Celebration

On November 14th, Gateway will be celebrating our veterans with an assembly. We would like to invite our veterans to Gateway as part of the celebration. Please complete this link, if you have a Veteran in your life that we can honor by attending our assembly. Please RSVP by November 10th.

We would also love to have pictures of any veterans in your family. We will use these photos to honor those that have served, even if they can't make it to school as part of our celebration. Please email these photos to

Bus Expectations

Recently there have been some behavior concerns on our buses. Please know that students who create an unsafe learning environment bus will be suspended on the bus. This is not what we want, but disruptive behaviors could have deadly consequences. If your student rides a bus, please take a moment and review the bus Ridership Rules and Expectations. Our goal is that all students have safe trips to and from school.

Due to buses being at maximum capacity, students may only ride their assigned bus to and from school. Notes from home will no longer allow students to ride on other buses.

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Student Supports for Anxiety

As many of you have known or experienced, the last few years have been extremely tough on our children. Many children are still working on adjusting after COVID. A parent in our community that has walked their child through this difficult time has shared some great resources if you need support. There are many wait lists for medial care and the wait time feels like an eternity when you just want to help your child. We sincerely hope that these resources can help you if you are on a wait list or just need some additional support.

Anxiety Coach- Mayo Clinic tool for parents & kids

School Stress Survey Useful for helping identify areas of challenge

Mightier game tool to address dysregulation by Boston Children & Harvard.

Videos educating on the experience of anxiety

Seattle Children's Impact Playlist- Anxiety coaching that helps you understand anxiety and the steps you can take to help your child tackle it. Videos to help understand & parent ADHD. A piece on how family cycles can influence challenging behaviors.

Helping Your Anxious Child (Anxiety Institute) more good content here for parents to read through. The IDEA image matches what I have started doing through my SC exposure therapy coaching. That said I would defer to Mayo Clinic due to their medical expertise.

Sometimes students that are struggling with anxiety may avoid school. If your student is struggling with attendance, here are some resources.

School Avoidance Alliance

The School Refusal Families

Gossip in the Middle School

Gossip is a fact of life. Everyone has done it and everyone has been on the receiving end of it. Changing this starts with how adults model behaviors to their children. It would be great if the Gateway family decided that we were a gossip free zone. Gossip can be stopped by asking those gossiping. "Why are you gossiping?" or "I don't gossip." Call the gossip out for what it is. Then walking away and not spreading the gossip. Please take a moment and talk with your student about the impact of gossip. Here is an article, if you need some talking points.


Leslie Neilsen

Here is a quick video to help your student deal with gossip when they are on the receiving end of gossip.

If you are not part of the problem and you are not part of the solution, then you are gossiping.

Sports Update

*6th Graders may participate in practices but not compete in meets/matches.

Softball, Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer are cut sports; all paperwork must be in by start date to participate in tryouts.

Wrestling, Football, Cross Country and Track & Field are open to all genders.

SCHEDULES - Gateway Sports Game/MatchSchedules

GATEWAY ATHLETIC DIRECTOR - Liz Sánchez, Assistant Principal (425) 385-6691


We are grateful to our voters for approving the 2022 Replacement Capital Levy. As the levy funding is spread over six years, project timelines for the facility projects and technology improvements have been developed to align this work with the revenue stream. These timelines and the rational for prioritizing these projects and improvements, along with other information regarding the 2022 capital levy, is available at

Join Our PTSA

Our Mission: The PTSA strengthens our schools and benefits our children. Gateway PTSA provides programs and activities that enhance the educational opportunities of Gateway’s students, teachers, and the surrounding community. Gateway PTSA is an advocate for all students attending Gateway Middle School and Everett Public Schools.

Please consider joining our PTA. Attendance at meetings is not required, but your support allows our students to have more opportunities. Click this link to find out more information!

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• Keep the computer in a busy area of your home.

• Use an app to keep an eye on your child’s online activity on their device.

• Talking about cyberbullying; ask if someone they know has been a victim. Ask if they have been victimized.

• Set up email and social media accounts with your children. Know their screen names and passwords and explain the reasons for not including any personal information in profiles.

Know who is in the “buddy lists.” Get to know the cyberfriends as well as you do those who visit your home. Parents and guardians may find the following resources helpful to begin a conversation about the dangers of engaging in cyberbullying and how to stay safe online:

Stop Bullying Now

Ms. Parry’s Guide to Correct Online Etiquette

Common Sense Media

Find out what Everett Public Schools students learn about digital citizenship on the district website.


You can call, text or email your concern.

If there is reason for concern about safety on a designated walkway to school, call 9-1-1 immediately for authorized, quick help. We have strong partnerships with local law enforcement who share our interest in safe schools and neighborhoods.

Student safety is a priority for all of us. Working together, we can help make our neighborhoods and schools nurturing places for students to safely learn and grow.

Technical Support

Have a tech issue, please place a request for support by clicking here.

Need to change a password? Click here.

Want to check your student's grades? Click here.

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Link to Gateway Student Handbook

Please take a moment to review the Student Handbook with your student. All students are expected to follow the expectations outlined in the handbook. When your student signs into their laptop, they are agreeing to these expectation.