The Gate | Summer 2017 Edition
  Dear Gateway Community, 

Summer is here! As I look back on the 2016-2017 school year, I am in awe of how much we have to celebrate. We just honored our fourth graduating class from Gateway Middle School and our 16th graduating class from Gateway High School. Nearly 100% of our 2017 high school graduates will be matriculating to college, most of them to four-year schools.

So many in our community - teachers, families, friends, staff, and volunteers - have given countless hours of their time to ensure the brightest future possible for our students.

On that note, it is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to our Director of Development and Outreach, Anna Heidinger, as she moves on from Gateway Public Schools to her new post at San Domenico School. Anna has helped shape us into a more effective model of public education with a wider impact. Please join me in recognizing Anna for her dedication, expertise, and the vision she has shared with us for the past three years.

In April, Gateway Middle School and Gateway High School were named recipients of the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award in recognition of our schools' innovative programs and student achievement. Among three finalist schools in San Francisco, Gateway was honored to receive two of the awards, a demonstration of our rich community efforts and how we are making a lasting impact on public education in San Francisco.

Our involvement in the continued evolution of public education is engrained in our mission and we look forward to embarking on new initiatives and policy discussions that will make a significant difference for all public school students and teachers, not just our own. In this issue of The Gate you will read about how we are doing just that by opening the Gateway Impact Lab and revolutionizing teacher compensation.

As we look to the future, we will continue to make our mark on public education and most importantly, show our students that they matter, that they are safe, and that they make our society a better place. In February, we approved a Safe School Zone Resolution that affirms our commitment to providing a safe learning space for each and every one of our students regardless of race, religion, and immigration status.

As we head into the summer, I am reminded that public education "takes a village." None of us can do it alone. Public education only works when families, friends, teachers, staff, and the community join forces to make it work.

Thank you to our friends and supporters whose partnership helps ensure that Gateway continues to make a significant difference in the lives of deserving public school students in San Francisco. It's been a fantastic year, and we could not have done it without your support.

Have a great summer!

Sharon Olken
Executive Director, Gateway Public Schools 
In This Issue 
Gateway Honored with Gold Ribbon Schools Award 
Gateway Middle School and Gateway High School were among 275 schools across California who were recently honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Program. Only three schools in San Francisco received this award. Read more
Ensuring a Better Future: Revolutionizing Teacher Compensation teachersalary

In an effort to address the high cost of living in the Bay Area and recognize the expertise and vital contributions of its teachers, Gateway's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase salaries for all Gateway faculty by an average of 10%.  Read more
15th Annual Matters of the Mind Luncheon featuring dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education  luncheon

Gateway is excited to announce that James Ryan, 11th dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will speak at our 15th Annual Matters of the Mind Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017. Read more.

Over the last year, Gateway has been hard at work transforming an underutilized 5,600 foot locker room on the Gateway High School campus into a state of the art center for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Read more

Spotlight spotlight17
Class of 2017 Reflections 
Kyle H

This summer, Kyle will head off to Google headquarters in Mountain View where he will complete an internship learning about coding, engineering, and the tech industry's culture . Read more.
Nadia credits her love of learning to Gateway's teachers and small class sizes. "Some of the best things about Gateway are the small class sizes and the strong relationships that students build with teachers," says Nadia. "I went to a very big middle school and it was really hard for me to get the help that I needed. At Gateway that all changed." Read more.
Cody M

Cody models Gateway's belief that all students should contribute to their communities, both now and in the future, however they can. He has been involved in peer resources, yearbook club, senior club committee, and has served as a student ambassador. 
Read more.
Xzalyn H

According to Xzalyn, Gateway has had a huge impact on the person she has become. "I came into Gateway not knowing much about myself and lacking confidence, but now I am leaving feeling confident and proud of who I am. I became a stronger person at Gateway."  Read more.
Inside Gateway IG

Honoring Excellence
Athletic Director, Stephen Flynn, was recently awarded with the California State Athletic Director Association's Norm MacKenzie award for his outstanding commitment to his school and community.
Fueling Ambitious Career Aspirations
Gateway welcomed nearly 75 professionals from various career fields to Career Day which provided students with the opportunity to hear about real-life work experiences.


Celebrating Community

Gateway families, faculty, and friends partied the night away during Gateway Celebrates!, our community party and fundraiser. The event raised nearly $65k to support student and faculty programs.

Reuniting Gateway Alumni
Gateway alumni and teachers met up at the Plough and Stars for a night of mingling, networking, and reconnecting with friends and teachers.  

Showcasing Hard Work

Students at Gateway Middle School showcased their learning by presenting their research projects to friends, families, and community members during Spring Exhibition Night.

Political Leadership
Several young women from Gateway High shadowed legislators at the Capitol through IGNITE's Sacramento Shadow Day. Students were exposed to political role models and policy experiences.
Gateway Public Schools: Measuring success one student at a time.