School Choice News

Top 5 Students
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Attending Gateway this year as “School Choice” students (l-r) Ashley Purvis, Taylor Melodick-Robinson and Tyler Conley give a presentation to parents of possible future school choice students on the benefits of attending Gateway Regional High School. The students did an extraordinary job in conveying why Gateway was a good choice for them and would be worth considering for others. Mrs. Carol O’Connell, Director of Guidance (far right); Dr. Shannon Whalen, Superintendent; Mr. Steve Hindman, Principal; and Mrs. Denise Robertson, history teacher (not pictured) were on hand to answer any questions parents might have on the subject.

Student Accomplishments

September Gators of the Month
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September Gators of the Month
Senior High:
Jacob Ledden, junior
Mikaila Wolfe, senior
Middle School:
Matthew Pitzo, 7th Grade White
Anthony Hallowell, 7th Grade Blue
Dion Esposito, 8th Grade
Tina Kline, 8th Grade

Student Council & Class Officers 2011-2012
Find out who this year's student officers are.

Public Review Invited
Those wishing to review the following reports or documentation are welcome to do so by contacting the Board of Education District Office at 848-8200 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM weekdays to schedule an appointment:

  • New Jersey School Report Card
  • Professional Development Activities
  • Condition of School Facilities
  • School Health Services Plan
  • Violence and Vandalism Report
  • School Safety Plans

Student Council Officers (l-r) are: Student Council officers at Gateway for the 2011-12 school year are (l-r): Mitch Hewitt, Recording Secretary; Katie Black, Vice-President; Krissy Sheehan, President; and Brett Scull, Treasurer.

Freshman Class Officers (l-r) are:Tanvir Bashar, President; Ryan Flem, Treasurer; Antoni Perez, Vice-President and Talvin Johnson, Secretary.

Sophomore Class Officers (l-r) are: Keri Hauser, Treasurer; Sophie Morris, President; Katie Moniz, Secretary; and Kellie VanderMeer, Vice-President.

Junior Class Officers are (l-r): Courtney Judson, Trasurer; Kyle Abed, President; Christina Norris, Vice-President; and Marisa Reeves, Secretary.

Senior Class Officers are (l-r): Charlotte Santo, President; Autumn Quinn, Secretary; Alexis Gratton, Vice-President and Shanyn Fleming, Treasurer.

Important Dates

November 16 Fall Play Matinee 9:30–11:00 AM
November 17, 18, 19 Fall Play – The High-Schooler’s Guide to the Galaxy
November 23 Half Day - Early Dismissal
November 24, 25 Thanksgiving Holiday – School Closed
December 15 High School Holiday Concert
December 23 Half Day – Early Dismissal
December 24 – Jan 2 Winter Break – School Closed
January 3 School Resumes

Josh Galante, a senior, leads the students in cheers as they celebrate Opening Day Ceremonies.  Administration, staff and faculty members welcomed students back to school in style as they entered through the doors for the first day of school in September.

Spirit Week at Gateway

Spirit Week at Gateway was held from September 19th through September 23rd . Students demonstrated their school spirit by participating in each day’s specified events to show their “Gator Pride”. The class with the most spirit challenged the Gateway faculty in the annual Tug-of-War activity. Following are some pictures from the weekly events:
Click below to see pictures from events that have been happening around our school.





Thumb nails of school wide events
Thumb nails of school wide events


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What Else is Happening?

What Else is Happening?

Guidance Corner
Want to find out more about Preparing for college? want to learn more about the act or sat tests? Read More here..

Guidance Corner

College Conferences for Seniors and Juniors

College representatives are scheduled to come to Gateway and meet with interested 11th and 12th grade students to familiarize them with the colleges they represent.  Topics covered include the college’s academic and extra-curricular programs, tuition and fees, admission requirements and scholarship information.  Seniors and juniors must sign up for these college conferences in the guidance office.

ACT and SAT Test Schedule (2011-12)

ACT   Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Deadline
(Late Fee)
February 11
January 13
January 14-20
April 14
March 9
March 10-13
June 9
May 4
May 5-18
SAT   Test Dates Registration Deadline  
January 28
December 30
March 10
February 10
May 5
April 6

All individuals preparing to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) should check with their counselor one month prior to test date. Go to to register. Parents may contact the guidance office at 848-8104 ext. 226 with any questions. Register at


If you have remaining questions concerning your child’s schedule, please feel free to contact his/her counselor.

Guidance Department
Mrs. O'Connell Director of Guidance
Ms. Powell Guidance (A-G)
Mrs. Little Guidance (H-O)
Mrs. Eckstein Guidance (P-Z)
Mrs. Joniec Middle School Guidance
Mrs. Antolik Social Worker
Mrs. Kleine Student Asst. Counselor

 Career Day At Gateway

On Friday, December 2nd Gateway will be hosting a Career Day for students.  We are implementing this special day in cooperation with New Jersey’s Career Cluster Initiative. Gateway’s goal is for students to be exposed to 16 different occupations and walk away with more knowledge about potential career choices. As a productive member of society, your participation in this event is greatly appreciated. Please consider signing up to address classes during the day, giving a description of your career, the responsibilities it entails, outlook for the future and salary range.

              If you are able to share your time and knowledge with our students on December 2nd, please contact Mrs. Melissa Eckstein ASAP at

Parent's Corner
Parent Meeting schedule, affirmative action questions, and curriculum information can be found to read more...

Parents’ Corner

Listed below are the dates for 2011-12 parent meetings.  The monthly parent meeting is a forum for fostering open lines of communication between the school and the community.  Each month we plan to feature various departments as well as plan activities suggested by parents.  Please make every effort to join us each month. An open line of communication is one of the essential keys to an effective school. Let’s work together to ensure the success of all of our students. All meetings are on Wednesdays and will be held in the media center.

Middle School (6:30-8:00 PM):

December 7, 2011

January 4, 2012

February 1, 2012

March 7, 2012

April 4, 2012

May 2, 2012

High School (7:00-8:30 PM):

November 16, 2011

January 18, 2012

February 15, 2012

March 21. 2012

Student Record Policy Reminder for Parents

Gateway Regional School District responds to all reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of students’ records. Parents and adult pupils have the right to access and review student records, including academic (guidance office), discipline (assistant principal’s office), individual education plans/evaluation reports (Child Study Team office), 504 plans (assistant principal’s office), medical (nurse’s office), and attendance (attendance office). The district will provide copies of the records if failure to provide copies would effectively prevent the parent or adult student from exercising the right to inspect and review the records. In addition, representatives of the parent or adult student have the right to inspect and review the records in accordance with NJAC 6A:32-7.7(a). The district presumes that the parent has the authority unless the district has been advised that the parent does not have the authority under state law.

For more information on your rights to inspect records and procedures for making requests, please contact:
Mrs. Carol O’Connell, Director of Guidance or Mr. Steve Hindman, Principal, at 848-8200.

Family Life Education

At Gateway, family life education is presented through an interdisciplinary approach. Parents/guardians may review the curriculum to determine its appropriateness for their child consistent with NJAC 6.29-71. Parents/guardians who find any aspects of this curriculum inconsistent with their personal beliefs may have their child excused from those portions of the program without penalty.


Affirmative Action

In accordance with its Equal Educational Opportunity Policy, the Gateway Board of Education ensures that no person will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity of this distrtict on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, economic background or disability.

Any questions or concerns regarding affirmative action should be directed to:

Dr. Joan Mattson, District Affirmative Action Officer, at 856-848-8200 ext. 220.

2012 Senior Trip Plans

The Class of 2012 Senior Trip to Walt Disney World is scheduled prior to spring break from March 24 – 27.  Please refer to Gateway’s website at for updated information and payment due dates.

Staff News
There are some new and returning faces around Gateway this year...Click here to meet them...

Department News
Ever wonder what's going on in the classrooms throughout our school? Click here to see what the Music, Science, and History Departments have been doing...

Department News

World Language: At the October meeting, Ms. Clanet’s Spanish Club students decorated Mexican sugar skulls to celebrate the day of the dead held on October 31st. Traditionally, in the small villages of central and southern Mexico, these skulls are placed on the graves of loved ones as treats for returning souls on this special night. Although often enjoyed by the living, their main function is to adorn alters and tombs with a sugary delight for the visiting spirits. The Spanish Club interpretations for this project were made of white chocolate.

Pictured are (back row l-r): Margot Coates, John Otto, Marisa Reeves, Carly Robinson, Jacob Ledden, Natalie Poirier, Jackie Lloyd and Luis Garcia; (center row l-r): Melissa Gross, Emily Hinkson, Alex Garcia and Emily Sztenderowicz; (front row l-r) Ashley Miller, Angel Vilari, Patrick Dunne and Billy Byers.

Business: Former Gateway graduate, Ms. Jen Cohen (class of 2001), took time out of her busy schedule to address students in Ms. Dugary’s business classes on the importance of the social media presence in today’s business world. Ms. Cohen delved into the advantages and possible pitfalls of the social media empire, giving students excellent advice on how to use it successfully without falling prey to it’s negative aspects. Ms. Dugary, paving the way to implement social media into the business department curriculum at Gateway, was delighted to have Ms. Cohen share her expertise on this vital subject.

Ms. Cohen’s business, Something Creative LLC, is a full-service marketing company that specializes in creating and implementing integrated marketing plans through social media. An advocate of women succeeding in business, Ms. Cohen participated as a speaker Monday, October 24th, on a social media panel at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women: Small Business Boot Camp with Marion Jones and America Ferrera. Good Morning America’s Tory Johnson hosted the event.

Family & Consumer Science: Students in Mrs. Pierce’s Fashion Design I, II and Creative Sewing classes created unique tie-dye shirts, shorts and pillowcases during the first weeks of school.  Each piece, although done in a similar method, has a varying pattern and hue exclusive to the student who created it.  Top row (l-r): Keri Hauser, Shakeria Corsey, Eddie Gilbert, Kristina Perdicaro, Shanyn Fleming, Courtney Croft, Meghan Yahrling, Jessica Muller and Miranda Swenson.  Bottom row (l-r) Erynn Myers, Nicole Wood, Kaitlyn Moniz, Daisy Pettolina, Danielle Teschko, Alexis Gratton, Melissa Gross and Montanna Mustaro.  On the floor (l-r) Ryan Hughes and Michelle Devereaux.

Science: Marissa Mastrando (left) a freshman in Mr. Harris’ 5th period science class, concentrates as she experiments with candy-coated chocolates (such as M&M’s) in a Problem Based Learning Activity to see how many unlike colors make up the visible color of the candy coating. Students were surprised to find the many different colors that go into the process.

Middle School News
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Middle School News

Middle school student’s dance and get acquainted as they rock out at the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) sponsored back-to-school ‘meet and greet’ in early September.

Parents of music students are welcomed during Back To School Night for the middle school by Choral Director Mrs. Stanley (right) and Band Director Mr. Straub (left). Parents had the opportunity to meet with all of their children’s classroom teachers to review the plans and expectations for the 2011-12 school year.

Seventh Grade Orientation

At this year’s seventh grade orientation incoming students were happy to do a mock run-through of their daily schedules, meet with the sport coaches of their choice and be treated to their first lunch in the school cafeteria along with other activities Gateway staff and faculty arranged for them. The following photos show the students activities on their first unofficial day of school.

For their first official middle school project, seventh grade students create the Class of 2017 banner that will be displayed in the cafeteria until the day of their graduation ceremony.

Mrs. Sheehan’s seventh grade art students happily anticipate this year’s exciting plans.

At the end of the day, the incoming seventh grade students line up to receive their first Gator Pride school spirit T-shirts (a true Gator rite of Passage!). With their new shirts, they leave elementary school behind and officially join the middle school ranks at Gateway. Welcome Gators, it’s going to be a great year!

Students are glad to have Principal, Mr. Steve Hindman (right) and middle school teacher, Mr. Keith Abed (center) assist them with figuring out locker combinations during the locker time activity.

Gateway's New Faces

Ms. Elaine Dugary
Computer & Business

Mr. Christian Fischer
German Teacher

Ms. Beth Brown
Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Holly Campbell
Instructional Assistant

More Staff Tidbits:

  • Mr. Mike DiCicco, Instructional Supervisor, competed in the Philadelphia Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in September, completing the 13.1 mile course in a personal best time of two hours and 5 minutes.  Congratulations, Mr. DiCicco!

  • At the recent 58th annual convention of the National Junior Classical in Kentucky, Mrs. Penny Cipolone, Latin teacher, was presented with the annual Mildred Sterling Award for the dedication she has shown to the National Junior Classical League (NJJCL) over the past 40 years. Gateway is proud to congratulate Mrs. Cipolone on this well-deserved honor.

SuperIntendent's Letter

Shannon Whalen, SuperintendentStaff and students are off to a terrific start for the 2011-12 school year. 
Gateway Regional is taking proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying by adopting the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This research-based, school wide program is a coordinated effort by everyone in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens. As part of the program, students participate in weekly class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it, and how they can work with adults at school to put a stop to it, even as bystanders. Parents will be involved in meetings as well, so they can support the messages students are getting in school. Read More...

A Letter from our Superintendent

Staff and students are off to a terrific start for the 2011-12 school year.

Gateway Regional is taking proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying by adopting the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This research-based, school-wide program is a coordinated effort by everyone in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens. As part of the program, students participate in weekly class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it, and how they can work with adults at school to put a stop to it, even as bystanders. Parents will be involved in meetings as well, so they can support the messages students are getting in school. Parents interested in participating on the Olweus committee should contact Mrs. Green, High School Vice Principal at 848-8200.

In May 2011, Gateway Regional was approved as a Choice School District. The School Choice Program allows non-resident students to enroll at Gateway tuition free, in grades 7 through 12. For the 2011-12 school year, 21 choice students chose to attend Gateway. Enrollment is now open for the 2012-13 school year with the following timelines:

  • Students notify home district of intent to participate in School Choice November 15, 2011
  • Application due to Gateway December 1, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance sent by January 4, 2012

For additional information please visit the following links:

As a choice district, Gateway will receive additional funding for each choice student through state aid. This funding will be used to upgrade facilities, increase the use of technology, support anti-bullying programs, and purchase classroom materials. Gateway also received approximately $160,000 in other additional state aid and this funding will be used to provide tax relief in the 2012-13 budget.

If you have questions or would like more information, Board of Education meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month or feel free to contact me at 848-8172.


Shannon M. Whalen



Attention Senior Citizens

Fall Play
Spring Musical -Matinee
Senior Citizen Dinner Dance

These are just a few of the many events held at Gateway that you may attend free of charge during the school year.  Please call Mrs. Rohloff at 856-848-8200 ext. 209 to have your name put on the mailing list in order to be notified of upcoming events.

Attention Students/Parents

Cross Roads Café was developed by Sodexo, keeping the high school student in mind. This discerning group expects variety, flavor, quality and excellent customer service. Your Sodexho team is committed to meeting and exceeding our customer’s expectations. Students at Gateway Regional are now able to receive a nutritious breakfast every morning at the Cross Roads Café. Hot and cold breakfast items are available. Reduced or free breakfasts are available, depending on eligibility.
Breakfast is ready at 7:15 a.m. daily.

School Bus Drivers Needed: Gateway Regional High School is seeking bus drivers for part-time positions and afternoon sports activities. Must have CDL Class B with passenger and “S” endorsements. Positions available immediately. Call Mrs. Harper at 848-8200 ext. 258 EOE