Welcome to the Gateway School
The Gateway School of Carteret, NJ The Gateway School is a private school located in Middlesex County in the borough of Carteret, NJ. The school currently serves approximately 50 students from fifteen school districts representing five counties in central New Jersey. It is staffed with 42 dedicated special education instructional and support service professionals allowing for a low student-teacher ratio.
The warmth and energy that permeate the school creates an outstanding learning environment to provide the students support and structure to grow and progress both academically and socially. The program currently serves children, adolescents and young adult students ranging in age from five years old up to twenty-one. Of the 50 students currently enrolled, approximately 60 % are classified as Multiply Disabled or Cognitively Impaired. Over 30% are students diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The remaining individuals are students with learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury or other health impairments.
The goal of Gateway School is to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters the total development of each student and prepares them for future adult settings. We build functional academic skills, increase motivation and strive to bolster children’s self-esteem. Gateway School provides each child with a solid foundation that serves as the basis for future success. Gateway begins by establishing an important bond between parent, sending district, student and school staff. The experience of a Gateway School education offers a definite advantage in preparing students with disabling conditions to lead satisfying, productive and independent lives.
Principal, Gateway School
On Thursday, November 6th, Gateway School will be closed for students so that our staff may participate in professional development activities. One of the programs our staff will be learning about is Rethink First. Rethink First offers a comprehensive array of expert reviewed, video-based lessons. Their curriculum addresses the needs of students across functioning and grade levels. With three main pedagogical focuses–core developmental skills, inclusive practices, and behavior–in twelve key domains, the Rethink First curriculum makes it easy for teachers to address Common Core standards as well as IEP-based goals and objectives. Rethink First will allow our staff to provide individualized, data driven programming to promote student success at Gateway School.
Thursday, November 13th will be a single session day for students due to Parent Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be held from 2p.m.-4 p.m. and 6:30p.m.-8:30 p.m. so that parents and guardians may come and discuss their child's progress with their teachers and related service providers. We will once again offer transportation to and from conferences for our afternoon session. Transportation will be limited and be provided on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions please call us at (732) 541-4400.
The holiday season is upon us and we are busy preparing for several important events throughout November and December. We will be holding our Thanksgiving Luncheon on November 25th from 12 PM to 1:30 PM. Students will partake in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings, followed by our annual Thanksgiving assembly.
On Thursday, December 11th we welcome parents and guests to our annual Holiday Music Show. This year’s theme is “Snow and Ice in Paradise” and will feature music and dance programs from around the world.
Then on Monday, December 15th, we will once again be visited by the Holiday Express. The Holiday Express is a non-profit organization that delivers music, food and gifts to children throughout the holiday season. The extravaganza is guaranteed to light up our children’s’ hearts.
Gateway School will be closed from December 24th to January 4th due to our winter break. Students will return to school on Monday, January 5, 2015. Best wishes to all for a Happy and Healthy Holiday season!
Now that Spring is here we are enjoying the warm weather after the winter that hardly was. We used absolutely no Snow Days this winter meaning the last day of school for students will be on Friday, June 15th.
There are several exciting events coming up in the next few weeks for our students. For example we are holding our semi-annual Talent Show (our Gateway Idol!) on Tuesday, March 27th.
Also later on that week, on Wednesday, March 28th Gateway is holding a Transition Fair for parents and their son and daughters, as well as professionals in the Special Education community. We have literally dozens of agencies coming to share information about the crucial transition from school to adult life. Part of our mission is to bring information and resources to our families in order to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead.
Ms. Uddin’s class took a Community-Based Instruction trip to Wegman’s in Woodbridge to explore the market and get a tour of the various departments. They utilized the school vans to make the short trip to the market and the entire activity lasted about 2 ½ hours. Another group of students has planned to go out on Friday, March 23rd to take a Community-Based Instruction trip to Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick, NJ. One of the OTs – Fran Sobon – has designed an activity that has students preparing bag lunches and donating them to this worthwhile community organization. We received more good news this past week when we found out that the RKS Annual School prom that is typically held at Harbor School in Eatontown will be sponsored by our friends from Holiday Express! All three schools – Gateway, Harbor & Alpha – have been invited to Gibbs Hall (on the grounds of the old Fort Monmouth) to hold our prom in high style. Music and food and fun will once again be sponsored by all the wonderful volunteers under the awe-inspiring humanitarian Tim McLoone. Needless to say the students (and staff) our looking forward to what I am sure will be a magical day.
Joseph Burgos joined the faculty of Gateway School after several involvements with professional football teams as a lineman. He traded in the football locker room for the classrooms of Gateway School.
While at Temple University Joe majored in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Early Childhood education. During that time he also had a stint as a Teacher Assistant at an Elementary school in inner city Philadelphia. After leaving Temple University in 1993, Joe went on to play with several football teams in both the Canadian Football league and in the Arena leagues – these included the Toronto Argonauts Football club, the New Jersey Red Dogs Arena Football team and the LA Avengers.
Just prior to coming to Gateway School in 1998, Joe worked as a Supervisor for an after-school program at a YMCA in Roselle, NJ. He continued to pursue his interest in working with children by beginning at Gateway School in 1998. He initially started as a Substitute Teacher and later he was hired as a full-time Teacher Assistant. This did not last as another football contract came his way.
During the late 1990’s, with his good looks, Joe was able to land a few commercials on television. Then back in 2000, Mr. Burgos also became a star of the big screen, acting in the fact-based comedy The Replacements starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. Multi-faceted and multi-talented, he considered a career in Hollywood.
Despite all his many interests and adventures, Joe discovered a true passion for working with students with disabling conditions. He signed on to work with Gateway full-time again in 2002 and he was here to stay. And we are so glad he made that choice! Joe has a presence that the students’ respond to. His height, athletic appearance and booming voice command attention. But Joe has always had a sensitive and compassionate nature that allows him to foster a nurturing rapport with even some of our most challenging students. As a member of the Crisis Prevention and Intervention team, Joe has worked diligently to be able to shape students’ positive and socially appropriate behaviors, even when some of these kids are struggling with their self-control. Joe is universally admired and respected by the students, especially those many adolescents who also dream about success on the football field or basketball court. He is also loved and appreciated by his peers who enjoy his gregarious nature and larger-than-life personality. Not a month goes by without Joe breaking into a resounding rendition of Happy Birthday in the cafeteria, and leading the congregation, upon discovering that it’s someone’s special day – both students and staff!
We are lucky to have “Mr. B”, as he is affectionately referred to, as an important and essential member of the Gateway School team.