Dear Gateway Families,
What an extraordinary day! My heart is overflowing. From watching families take pictures in front of the school at arrival, to hearing the children cheer for faculty and new students during our brief opening assembly, our school hummed with a spirit of joy and excitement far beyond the typical first day of school feeling. I am sure you will hear all about it from your children this evening.
Today was the culmination of ten years of work by Trustees, administrators, faculty, and families to find a new home for Gateway. As former Trustee told me this morning, “It’s better than anything we ever dreamed we could have.” I am truly and deeply grateful to everyone who has contributed their time, energy, talent, finances, and passion to help Gateway arrive at this moment; it is truly one to savor.
We are here today because of the work of all those who came before us, and the sacrifices they made. And that goes far beyond the people who have worked to help Gateway itself. 56 years ago today, almost 250,000 people gathered for The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Delivered that day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech captured the hopes of a generation of visionaries who believed in a better, more just, and more equitable society.
As I mentioned in the August welcome-back letter, this year our faculty and staff will be doing essential work to understand how white supremacy and racism (and oppression more generally) have impacted our program, and the work we must do to confront and dismantle invisible biases and prejudices. Doing this will elevate the social and emotional curriculum to the same level of excellence as our transformational academic program. And it is what our children deserve — just like this wonderful campus.
Last year our community talked a lot about kindness; this year, inclusion and impact are the key ideals that set our direction. I look forward to sharing this journey with you in the months to come. Thank you for all you do for Gateway School.
Dr. Zachary Roberts
Head of School