Gateway Middle School

September Parent Newsletter

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In This Issue

  • Schedules
  • Save the Date
  • PE Uniform
  • Dress Code
  • Drop Off and Pick Up Routines and Buses
  • We Donut Know What We Would Do Without You! Meet and Greet!
  • Let's Connect in Region Three!
  • Everett School District Newsletter
  • Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB)
  • Athletics at Gateway
  • Meet Your Counselors and Administration Team
  • World Language Assessment
  • Google Classroom, HAC(Home Access Center), or Canvas Confusion
  • Link to Gateway Student Handbook
  • Technical Support
  • Join Our PTSA
  • Panorama Survey

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.
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Ready, Set, School!

Labor Day is upon us, the leaves and starting to fall, and school is in the air. Once again we can't wait to meet with you and your student. We loved meeting all of you that attended orientation.

As we are getting close to the our students needing to rise and shine early, now would be a great time to help student adjust their sleep schedule. Here is an article to help with this sleep transition!

If you missed our August 10th communication, here is the link to this letter. This communication contains a ton of information you need for back to school.

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Save the Dates

Monday, September 5th

Labor Day- School Closed

Wednesday, September 7th

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 13th

Picture Day

Friday, September 23rd

We Donut Know What We Would Do Without You! Meet and Greet!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, October 4th

6:00-8:30 - Gateway Family Night

Friday, October 14th

Teacher Work Day-Non Student Day

Check out the Everett School District Calendar.

PE Uniforms

The dress code for PE has changed this year. Please take a moment to look over what students need to wear for safety during PE.

Shirts: Students will need to wear a crew neck t-shirt preferably plain white, light grey, or a plain light color that can have their name written in permanent maker across the front and/or back. Sweatshirts can be worn for cold weather months. If desired, you may purchase a school PE shirt in the main office for a minimal fee.

Bottoms: Students can wear school dress code appropriate shorts, sweats, yoga pants, or leggings of any color.

Shoes: Students need to wear comfortable athletic style shoes that lace up and are non-marking.

If you are unable to provide PE Clothing or sweats for the colder months, please reach out to your school office support and/or counselor.

Dress Code

Please take a moment to look at Gateway's Dress Code and discuss the expectations with your student.

The graphic below shows in blue and grey which areas should be covered.

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Drop Off and Pick Up Routines and Buses

If you are carpooling/driving to school, please give yourself plenty of time for drop off and pick up. It may take some time to get through this line. You may also drop your student off at the park across from Forest View and allow your student to walk in. School doors open at 7:55.

There is only one way in and one way out of Gateway. Please follow the flow of traffic and only drop off students in the red square area below.

Please make sure you are driving the speed limit and looking out for our students and staff. We want every aspect of all of our students to be safe.

If you have a bus issue please contact:

Call Center for Families (website) – 425-385-4144 (on afterhours card)

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We Donut Know What We Would Do Without You! Meet and Greet!

Parents, we want to connect with you! Please come on in the building this September 23 from 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. in the library to meet your administration and counseling team. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided. This should be a fun and informal time to get to know those at school who want to support you and your student.

Let's Connect in Region Three!

You are invited to connect with the Region Three Regional Superintendent, Larry Fleckenstein, to engage in conversation about Back to School and to provide feedback to help us improve. We want to hear from you and hope you can attend an in-person meeting to share your thoughts.

Let’s Connect!

Topic: Back to School

Date: October 6, 2022

Time: 6 - 7 p.m.

Location: Heatherwood MS - Cafeteria - 1419 Trillium Blvd. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012

Questions that will be posed:

  • What are the academic needs your student may have?
  • What does student achievement mean to you?

Everett School District Newsletter

Please take a moment to read the Everett School District September Newsletter

September 2022 articles - non CEP schools.pdf

September 2022 articles - non CEP schools_Spanish.docx

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB)

As a parent, we always want to protect our students. If you have a concern, please take a look at the district policy on HIB. If you need to report a concern, please click here.

District Policy 3204 P

As defined in legislation, “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act including but not limited to, one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 28A.640.010 and RCW 28A 642.010, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the act:

A. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property;

B. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;

C. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

D. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Athletics at Gateway

We are very excited to announce that the Everett Public Schools Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.

We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms. Middle school sports (Football, Softball, Cross Country) start Sept. 12. You will need a current physical on file, which you can upload directly into FinalForms.

Please register your athlete now to avoid any delay in beginning your season at: and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students and sign your forms.


During registration, you will be asked to enter your students' email. This is often times your students first initial and last name (not your student id #), please email or call 425-385-4260 if you are unsure of your students' email address.

For access to your student's district email account go to Students can login with their account and district password on any personal device using the web browser. Once logged in, select the Outlook icon located on the left side of the webpage.

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at Everett Public Schools.

Meet Your Counselors and Administration Team

At Gateway, we are here to help. Our number one goal is to help each student find academic and personal success. Below you will find your administration and counseling team. Please feel free to reach out.
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Google Classroom, HAC(Home Access Center), or Canvas Confusion

Every year there is some confusion around these platforms, so we wanted to help you have a clear understanding of the role that each one of these platforms play.

HAC (Home Access Center) is Everett School District's official gradebook. No other platform has official grades. Teachers should update this platform every two weeks. You will find that most teachers update more often. Click here to access your students grades.

Google Classroom may be used by teachers to turn in assignments and give students feedback. Teachers may grade in this platform, but the grade is not official, unless it is placed in the HAC gradebook. Teachers that use this platform will send a link to the students in their classroom.

Canvas has multiple purposes. One of these purposes is to allow students to keep up with their work when absent. If your child is ever absent, please check this platform to see what your student has missed. Teachers may have students submit work on this platform, but once again the final grade will be placed in LMS. Click here to find out how you can access Canvas.

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.

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.

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!

Panorama Survey

Starting on September 19th, students will be taking a Panorama Survey. Please take a moment to read more.

Connect with Us!

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