The Gate | Summer 2018 Edition

Dear Gateway Community,

Last week was filled with celebration here at Gateway! On Tuesday, our fifth graduating class from Gateway Middle School was promoted to high school, and our 17th graduating class from Gateway High received their diplomas on Saturday.  We're thrilled to share that 100% of our seniors graduated - an incredible achievement - and, 100% of the class was accepted to colleges and universities in California and throughout the US.

Nearly 50 graduates from the Gateway High School Class of 2018 were members of Gateway Middle School's pioneering class, giving us the honor of educating them for the past seven years.

Summer is usually the time of year when I reflect on all the wonderful things we have accomplished as a community, and there is so much to be proud of!  Our students are college bound, our teachers are incredible leaders and experts in their field, our volunteers reflect the values of our community, and we created new and life changing opportunities for our students. 

As we look to the future, I am excited that next school year brings Gateway's 20th Anniversary. Stay tuned as we plan many exciting ways to celebrate 20 years of making an impact on the lives of over 1,700 students.  I am in awe of how everyone in our community - teachers, families, friends, staff, and volunteers - rally around our students to ensure they have the brightest futures possible. 

A heartfelt thank you for all that you do.

Have a great summer!

Sharon Olken
Executive Director, Gateway Public Schools
In This Issue 

In August of 2011, Gateway Middle School opened its doors to its pioneering class of 104 sixth graders with the mission of supporting and challenging all students to discover their unique potential, actively participate in their community, and develop skills and habits to achieve excellence in high school and college. Now, seven years later, students graduated from GHS and other schools across San Francisco. Read more
Nearly 25 Gateway High School seniors attended the UC system-wide Grad Slam contest on Thursday, May 3, at the LinkedIn Headquarters in San Francisco. UC Grad Slam is an annual contest in which graduate students across UC campuses - in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities - compete to sum up their years of research in three minutes flat. Read more
At Gateway, we have an incredible teaching staff who are powerful role models and agents of change. During the 2017-2018 school year, teachers at both Gateway Middle School and Gateway High School have stepped into leadership roles, put professional development at the center of their own learning, and focused on educating the whole student. Read more

Gateway Middle School and Gateway High School were recently selected to be part of a nationwide report highlighting effective school practices that support diverse learners, funded by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and researched and written by the Learning Policy Institute. Read more

After 15 years of outstanding service to Gateway High School, Principal Michael Fuller will be refocusing his career on a new challenge - helping students access high level opportunities in the sciences. Read more
Inside Gateway IG

                      Showcasing GMS Student Art
Students at Gateway Middle School learned about how climate change usually comes with two different narratives - the fear of sinking into the ocean or the fear of water scarcity. In this video, GM S 8th grade student, Garrett L, imposes both of these narratives of the future on the San Francisco skyline.
Showcasing GHS Student Art
Students at Gateway High School learned how to create stop-motion animation. In this piece, GHS student, Dahlia G, highlights her fascination with the ocean. She says,
"I love the ocean. It's calm, but it can also be scary.
I wanted to create something that can represent that duality."
View art

Celebrating Community

Gateway families, faculty, and friends partied the night away during The Great Gateway Gathering, our community party and fundraiser. The event raised over $55k to support student and faculty programs. Pictured above: Scotty and Jolie Bastable and Georgia and Kevin McNamara.

  Fueling Career Aspirations
Gateway welcomed nearly 75 professionals from various career fields to Career Day at both the middle and high school, providing students with the opportunity to hear about real-life work experiencesInterested in joining next year's Career Day? Contact Rachel Kamen at

Raising Awareness for Social Justice 

As part of their Social Justice Project, a group of seniors hosted a senior sleep-out. Students gathered for a documentary viewing, prepared donations for the homeless, and slept overnight in the gym to raise awareness around teenage homelessness.


Encouraging Civic Action

Members of the GMS 8th grade class participated in Generation Citizen's end-of-semester event, Civics Day. They presented their work on immigration, advocacy for foster youth, gun control, and sexual assault and harassment education to local business leaders, politicians and community advocates.  

From our small class sizes to our support of all learning styles and differences, college prep coursework to work and internship placements,  Gateway is closing the opportunity gap for every student.

We hope you'll consider supporting Gateway's students and teachers with a gift to Gateway Public Schools.

Charitable contributions from our community make the "Gateway difference" possible and get us closer to ensuring every student has access to a high quality education and college attendance. Gateway is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your contribution is a tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.