The Gate | Summer 2015 Edition

Excellence in Teaching and Learning 
Dear Gateway Community, 

What a great year! Our team of incredible teachers continued to inspire and shape the next generation of leaders. Our parents, friends, and donors continued to demonstrate the highest level of commitment to our schools. And our students continued to work hard and succeed every day. Gateway is a place of excellence and growth - in both teaching and learning - and this year was no different!

Last week we honored the 14th graduating class from Gateway High School. Nearly 100% of graduating students are going on to college and most of them to four-year schools. We are so proud of all of these students who will soon become our future leaders and innovators. As math teacher Mr. Rick Aidi said in his commencement address, each and every one of our students
possesses a unique gift and we have full confidence in their bright futures. "Work to actualize your potential everyday," he urged, which I think is great advice for all of us.

We also promoted Gateway Middle School's second class of 8th graders to High School. Four years ago we launched Gateway Middle School in order to reach students at younger ages to provide them with the tools necessary to succeed in high school and college. Because of our middle school and the wonderful community that rallies behind it, we are most certainly impacting and reaching more students during their formative learning years.


Earlier this year we also saw the Gateway Middle School charter renewed. The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education enthusiastically approved our charter renewal application, solidifying our commitment to educating students from all San Francisco communities, especially those with historically at-risk students.

A heartfelt congratulations to our Middle School and High School Classes of 2015! Finally, a big 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. It's been a fantastic year, and we could not have done it without your support.  


Have a great summer!


With appreciation,  



Sharon Olken
Executive Director, Gateway Public Schools 

In This Issue 
Gateway's Class of 2015: College Reportcollege2

Gateway students apply to and enroll at leading institutions around the country. We are excited to report that 99% of the Class of 2015 will be attending college in the fall. 

STEM at Gateway: Building Curiosity and WonderStem2


In business and at every level of government we are constantly hearing about the critical need to further emphasize STEM in our schools. Media headlines also remind us that our nation's competitiveness depends on more young people pursuing STEM fields after college. So, what is STEM, and why is it so important?Read more.

Today the burdens of schoolwork, social life, sports and other extra-curricular activities, combined with the barrage of media in our culture, leave students facing an enormous amount of pressure.

Read more.

Baltimore Unrest: Sparking Critical Discussions on Social Justice IssuesBaltimore 

On April 19, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man, died a week after he was arrested by Baltimore police. Gray was arrested on April 12 and suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody. Gray's death generated enormous public outcry, led to riots, and sparked a flurry of teaching moments within the Gateway community.   

Class of 2015 Reflections
Duncan AlexanderDuncan

During his Commencement Address to the Gateway High School Class of 2015, math teacher, Mr. Rick Aidi, described how his students have taught him so much over the last four years. One student in particular, Duncan Alexander, proved to him that "no matter how bleak one's circumstances are, the right attitude can work miracles."

Read more.

Ariana CamposAriana

Ever since Ariana Campos was a little girl she knew that she wanted to spend her time helping animals.  What she didn't know was that Gateway would set her on the road to college as an aspiring Zoologist with dreams of traveling to Africa and the Galápagos Islands to help exotic animals. 

Read more.

Golden HongGolden

When Golden Hong entered Gateway High School as a freshman, he struggled with writing, grammar, and analysis. Now he is graduating Gateway with having received the honor of Highest Academic Achievement. The Highest Academic Achievement Honor award recognizes the senior with the highest grade point average throughout their high school career.

Read more.

Dezáray LoweryDes

Dezáray Lowery's time at Gateway High School has been filled with many life-changing experiences that have helped shape her compassionate, confident, and ambitious personality.

Read more.

Inside Gateway IG

Burl Toler Scholars Honored
The Burl Toler Scholars Program is designed to encourage, motivate, and support each student's desire to achieve at the highest academic level. 
                                    Boat Project Races
Gateway High School students put their geometry knowledge to the test by constructing a boat using only cardboard, duct tape, and garbage bags. 

Setting Sights Early
Gateway Middle School students had the opportunity to interact with lawyers, architects, artists, designers, and community organizers during their Career Fair.

Tutors at Gateway
Our volunteer tutors were recently recognized for their commitment to working with Gateway students.

8th Grade Promotion
Families and friends celebrated the hard work of Gateway Middle School's Class of 2015 as they were promoted from Middle School to High School. 

Class of 2015 Graduation
Hundreds of families and friends looked on proudly as Gateway High School's Class of 2015 graduated and entered the next phase of their bright futures.
Upcoming Events motm
Ronnie Lott to Speak at Gateway's
Matters of the Mind Luncheon
Thursday, October 15, 2015 


Gateway Public Schools: Measuring success one student at a time.