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photo of seventeen graduates plus graduation speaker in a field
May 17 collage of student photos
photo collage of students



photo collage



Newsletter collage of pictures
Collage of Chilli cookoff photos
Collage of pictures from Gateway Academy
collage of first day pictures

First Day of School!

scholars ship winner image with mortarboard, scorll and envelope
students receiving scholarships awards


collage of four students getting diplomas
Collage of four students getting diplomas
collage of four students receiving diplomas


collage of three students receiving diplomas





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Blair Holden Memorial Scholarship

Nya Higley, $1000

Nya senior picture

Kasey Gambee, $1000 

Kasey senior photo


Beth Palmatier Memorial Scholarship,

Alivia Rogers, $1000

Alivia senior picture


Lambert Family Scholarship 

Nya Higley, $1000

Nya senior picture


Kasey Gambee, $1000

Kasey senior photo

Richland/Gull Lake Area Lions Kay Maxon Scholarship 

Alivia Rogers, $1250

Alivia senior picture


Tru2U Counseling Grant

Kasey Gambee, $500

Kasey senior photo


Alex Fain, $500

Alex senior photo


We had another successful Valentine's Day Chili Cookoff! Many thanks to our judges with an extra shout out to Mike Johnson of Rebel Fabrications for the the tshirts! Congratulations to Ashley Jones for her first place pot of white chicken chili.

student gets a tshirt and money for winning the chili cookoff

Thank you to the KRESA Education for the Arts for providing us with the opportunity to have Miss Mary back to teach another art class.

Students particpate in art class

The Richland Community Library was very generous in sponsoring a visit from local authors. our students loved this experience and they are looking forward to future collaborations.

Barry Gray came to visit us to discuss the necessity for insurance and how to make insurance work for us!

Our annual Pumping Carving activity!


two students holding carved pumpkins

We invited participants from Western Michigan Adult and Teen Challenge to visit and talk with our students about additions and making good choices. Our students always enjoy having them come visit.

student making milkshakes

 Yummy! Milkshakes for all!

students playing family feud

 We started out the 2022=2023 school year with a game of Gateway Family feud to learn more about our staff and the dreaded rules.

Gateway Academy staff

 Our 2022-23 Gateway Academy Staff!

Students showing the baked ziti that they made

 As part of our focus on life skills, each student will be making a pan of baked ziti to take home for dinner!

Students with KVCC speaker

We welcomed visitors from Kalamazoo Valley Community College so we could learn more about the opportunities for the future. 

Collage of graduates
Collage of graduates

Pizza Day!

Our students had the opportunity to make their own pizzas for lunch!

homemade pizza
students making pizza
Students serving lunch


Thank you!

Many thanks to Angela Matthews for providing us with a strainer. It made our fresh squeezed orange juice even better!

Straining Orange juice

Partnering with the Rotary 

The Gull Lake area Rotary Club invited our Gateway Academy students to join them on a beautiful fall morning for roadside cleanup. Our students had fun while spending time with community members and contributing to a more beautiful community.

students picking up trash with Rotary member
student with trash bag
students picking up trash
students with Rotary club

A beautiful fall day is a great time to play volleyball.

students hitting volleyball
students playing volleyball
student serving volleyball

Cooking in our fantastic kitchen is a daily activity. Our students learn cooking, budgeting and math skills. 

Breaking eggs
Students cooking
Student in apron

Generous donors make it possible for our student to spend time at the Sherman Lake YMCA as part of our mental health initiative.

Student playing basketball in gym
Students playing in gym
Students on trampoline
Students playing foosball
Students on trampoline

To welcome our students back to school, we had speakers from the Western Michigan Teen and Adult Challenge program come to visit. We spent the afternoon having lunch, visiting, and playing basketball.

Speaker form Challenge
Speaker in commons area


Students playing basketball
Students playing basketball


Picture of Class of 2021 and a graduation cap and diploma

Graduation is coming!! Students are getting excited and we are pleased to announce we have a venue: The Richland Area Community Center 9400 E CD Ave Richland (

There is a soccer field behind/next to the building where we will be able to set up canopies and chairs.  More details will come in the future, as always, keep in mind that things may change if the Governor limits gatherings. 

I may ask students to give me a rough number of anticipated family/friends they wish to invite just so I have an estimate of how many people to expect.  It is my hope that we do not have to limit our guest numbers.

I will be ordering invitations and you can purchase them from me.  The cost is 10 for $5.  They come with an envelope.


We also would like 1-2 baby pictures and 1-2 senior pictures (senior pictures do not have to be professionally taken...just a nice picture taken sometime during the senior year). We do have a photographer who donates her services to those who would like pictures done at no cost. See Mrs. Walker for details.  I NEED SENIOR PICTURES ASAP AS I NEED TO ORDER SOMETHING TO BE USED FOR GRADUATION.

Woodworking Project

Our students, along with Dennis LeClear, are constructing laundry dressers from pallet wood. Watch for the finished product!

Pumpkin Carving

Results coming soon!




The Gateway teachers make homemade breakfasts for their students several times a week. Pancakes and sausage, bacon and eggs, and breakfast casserole. Yum!



Community Service

As a community service project we are making masks to send to Haiti.

Picture of student making masks

Naval Academy Visit

Two Midshipmen came to talk about their experience at the US Naval Academy.

Dance Theatre of Harlem field trip and lunch at Ten Ten



Student Project

As a project for her English class one of our students recreated The Birth of Venus in her own artistic style.

KVCC Skilled Trades Field Trip

A group of eight students from Gateway attended the Kalamazoo Valley Community College skilled trades Expo on Thursday, October the 4th where students, parents, teachers and employers could explore some of the opportunities that exist in a variety of emerging industries. 

The students from Gateway explored each of the different laboratories and spoke with instructors and students regarding the equipment and what was being taught. 

Making Connections

Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology, Drew Bordner and Resource Officer Adam Helm spoke to our students and then stayed to play a round of basketball.


Back to school!