The Gate | Winter 2018 Edition

Dear Gateway Community,

As we begin a new year, I am grateful for the many ways in which our teachers, families, partners, and supporters help change the life trajectories of our students. There is so much to celebrate, look forward to, and be grateful for!

Last month, five of our high school seniors were awarded with Posse Foundation Scholarships. Only 30 students in the Bay Area received this award, which includes full tuition for four years at one of Posse's partner institutions of higher education. These students, many of whom may have been overlooked by the traditional college selection process, could not have done it without the incredible support of the Gateway community. It truly does take a village.

Gateway is a place of excellence and growth - in both teaching and learning - and 2017 was no different. We've strengthened relationships with our community partners enabling us to bring more enrichment programs to Gateway, sent 97% of Gateway's Class of 2017 to college, and most importantly, continued to find new ways to keep Gateway a welcoming and safe place for our diverse student body.

As I look forward to starting the new year, I am excited to collaborate with other educational organizations and share best practices, leverage our amazing community partnerships, strengthen our Science, Technology, Engineer, Art, and Math (STEAM) program in our newly renovated Gateway Impact Lab, and continue to ensure that each and every one of our students finds academic and personal success.

On that note, I am also excited to welcome Chanda Guerin, Gateway's new Director of Development and Outreach, to the leadership team. Chanda comes to us from Seven Tepees, where she was the Director of Development and Interim Executive Director. You can learn more about Chanda here .

A heartfelt thank you to every educator, caring adult, parent or guardian, staff member, volunteer, and the many donors who believe in Gateway, our mission, and our deserving students. We're looking forward to what 2018 has in store, and we can only do it with your support.
Here's to making a great year ahead!

Sharon Olken
Executive Director, Gateway Public Schools 
In This Issue 

Five Gateway High School seniors - Guillermo, Lucy, Tahseen, Jordan, and Santiago - were recently awarded with Posse Foundation Scholarships. Only 30 students in the Bay Area received this award, which provides students with a four-year, full tuition scholarship and peer-to-peer Posse support programs throughout college.
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Click on the student's name below to learn more about their story.

Guillermo       |          Lucy           |       Tahseen         |          Jordan        |        Santiago      
Advancing Student Opportunity: Gateway Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of SF BGCSF

Gateway Middle School has established a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) to further support our middle school students with enrichment opportunities both during and after the school day.  Read more
Empathy in Action: Growing Leaders at Gateway  Empathy

"Individual and societal success depends on educating young people to be empathetic," said Anne Kenner, Humanities Teacher at Gateway High School, current member of Stanford's Center on Longevity Advisory Council, and a 2016 and 2017 Fellow at Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute. Read more.
Gateway's Class of 2017: Statistics, Successes, and Destinations CollegeReport

Congratulations to Gateway's class of 2017, where 97% of its students have gone on to college this fall! Of these students, 75% are attending four-year schools, and 37% are the first in their families to attend college. 
Building the Future: Gateway Welcomes New Director of Development & Outreach Chanda

We are excited to welcome Chanda Guerin, Gateway's new Director of Development and Outreach, to the leadership team. 
Chanda joins Gateway with more than 10 years of nonprofit development and marketing experience with youth-serving organizations dedicated to education and improving the lives of youth and families.  Read more
Spotlight spotlight17
Class of 2010 Alumni Reflections 
Sandra Cabrera-Galvan
Spanish Teacher, GHS

Sandra graduated from Gateway High School in 2010 and remains part of the Gateway community as a heritage Spanish teacher. She started her career at Gateway in 2015 as a paraprofessional and was encouraged to move into classroom teaching a year and a half later.  Read more.
If Gateway alumnus Ian Hamilton could give current high school students one piece of advice it would be to not be afraid of failure. "College is challenging and there will be times of inevitable struggle, but it's all part of the process. Don't be afraid. During those moments you have the opportunity to learn about yourself and grow and I'd say that's the best part of college."
Read more.
Inside Gateway IG

High School Boys Soccer Team wins Championship
Gateway High School's varsity boys soccer team recently won the 2017 Division 1 North Coast Section Championship 2-1 against Roseland University Prep. Learn more.
Join us for a Spring Lineup of Conversations for Impact 
Gateway is hosting community engagement events designed specifically for educators, partners, and donors to learn more about how we help students learn best, support high quality teaching, and work with the community. Learn more.

Coding Workshop for Middle School Students

Gateway Middle School and Mission Bit partnered to host a workshop for students where engineers from tech company, RADIUS, worked with students to solve hands-on puzzles and answer questions about careers in the tech field. Learn more.

Gateway Donates Supplies NorCal Wildfire Victims
The Gateway community recently came together to collect and donate school supplies and over $4,000 in gift cards for those in the Santa Rosa City School District who were impacted by the Northern California Wildfires. Learn more.

Matters of the Mind Luncheon a Success 

Gateway's 15th Annual Matters of the Mind Luncheon with Harvard Graduate School of Education and president-elect of the University of Virginia, James Ryan, was a huge success raising nearly $350K for Gateway's exceptional academic program. Learn more.


Gateway Participates in Communities of Courage Summit

As trailblazers in creating a safe and inclusive school environment, Gateway leaders were invited to attend the
Connecting Communities of Courage Summit at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park   to share best practices and experiences around how to build on the strengths of diverse schools. Learn more
Gateway Public Schools: Measuring success one student at a time.