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Gateway Happenings

Keeping busy in the kitchen.

two students mixing ingredients in the kitchen

What do you do when the space heater quits working? Give it to a student to fix.

student fixing a space heater while seated at a table

Just before Christmas Break we had two students graduate. Congratulations Connor and Roby!


teacher and graduating student in front of chalkboard
graduating student and teacher in front of chalkboard

November Student of the Month

Kyle Walker

December student of the month

October Student of the Month

Audrey Vandervort

november student of the month

September Student of the Month

Melissa Sigsbee

Liz's cafe September Student of the Month

Our First graduates of the 2022-2013 School Year!

Two graduates with their ceiling tiles
Student with Mrs. Walker
Graduate with Mrs. Walker

Thanks for the support!

Thanks to Mike Johnson of REbel Fabrication for visiting with our students. Mike talked about careers in welding as well as the realities of owning your own business.

visitor talks about welding

 Life Skills are an important part of education at Gateway. Each of our student got to practice their cooking skills while making a pan of baked spaghetti to take home to their family.


Student shows baked spaghetti that he made

 Thanks to Liz's Cafe for sponsoring our Student of the Month!

Our September Student of the month is Melissa! Melissa has completed many classes already in addition to holding down a job. We can always count on Melissa to help us out around the building. Congratulations, Melissa!

Liz's cafe September Student of the Month

More graduates!

Collage of graduates

The Richland Post Office organizes a food drive and they have adopted our school to be the recipients. We are so grateful for the work that goes into this labor of love to help us connect with those in need.


Students carrying in food from food drive
Frood from food drive
Students sorting food from post office
Food from post office
truck full of food from post office

Graduation is Coming! June 1! Look for these graduates and more to come!

Collage photo of graduating seniors

Roadside Cleanup!

On April 27, 2022, several Gateway students joined our local Rotary club to help with their Roadside Cleanup. We appreciate the Rotary club members spending time with our students and providing us with another community service opportunity.


Students with Rotary Club sign
Sudents picking up trash
students cleaning roadside


i sit and stare

whilst emotion fills the air

to think what could be

is to think of what

it isnt?

to think of what is

is forgetting what isn't

what wasn't.  never was

what could be awaits the 


thall shall erase what never


and build what could be

to think of what it never was

is to think of what it could 

have been

to start new

is to forget the old

to build upon

is to destroy the past

but with gratitude

the past made you, you


leave the past, with more knowledge

of  gr8 magnitude




***Side note: Student success is not always measured by a grade or how many classes are passed.  Sometimes, it’s by personal growth, the ability to try again, and giving yourself a second chance at life.

Student writing poetry

Education for the Arts supports Gateway

Many thanks go to Mary Whalen and the KRESA Education for the arts for our latest art class. Our students studied photography and graphic art and created beautiful photographic collages. These art pieces are currently being displayed at the Richland Community Library.

Student with her artwork
Students viewing art at library
Students with artwork
Student with his artwork
Students discussing artwork
Students looking at art

Student Visit to WMU

Several Gateway Academy students had the chance to visit Western Michigan University and the LBGTQ office to learn about educations opportunities and inclusion.


Students in hallway at WMU
Students touring WMU
Students touring WMU

Gateway Grill is really cooking

Jenna made a delicious Cheesecake

Sudent with cheesecake that she made

Colin makes yummy Apple Crisp

Student making Apple crisp

Congratulation, Jean, on our graduation from Gateway Academy.

Student's last day of schools
Student walkout ceremony

Gateway Academy encourages all of our students to apply to college. Cartier is very excited to have been accepted to KVCC!


Student with college acceptance letter
Student with KVCC admissions specialist

Thanks to Education For the Arts, Gateway students were able to see a dance performance at Miller Auditorium. On our way back to school we stopped for a yummy lunch at Ten Ten.

Students eating at local restaurant
Students having lunch at a local restaurant

The Lions Club comes through again!

Student and Lions Club member with donated food

Our school is fortunate to have a well rounded Fine Arts Program provided by KRESA Education for the Arts. Here are our latest music pieces, led by a great teacher, Pharlon Randle, Owner of Bangtown Productions.

To view our videos please click the links:


The Gateway Academy tradition of Friendsgiving was reinstated this year, although it was kept smaller in size due to COVID. Gateway students make a baked potato bar and dessert bar for our family and invited guests. We look forward to inviting our beloved community back in the future.

teacher making queso dip
GAteway Students baking potatoes
Gateway Seniors at Friendsgiving


Students in Geometry B finished up their probablity unit with Roulette day. The students calculated the probablity of winning for each type of bet, discussed payout odds, and got to try losing at a game for themselves.

Students playing roulette

2021 Homecoming Dance

Several Gateway Academy Students attended the Gull Lake Homecoming dance.


Four students ready for the Homecoming dance.
Gateway student and her homecoming date.

GLCS Board Member, Krystal Scott, came to school to share her life experiences, challenge students to explore their career options and not be afraid to change career choices...leaving with a homemade apple pie.

Students with pie
speaker with students
Speaker at Gateway

Gateway Students are welcome to participate in activities at Gull Lake High School. This year we have a Varsity Cheerleader, a Varsity soccer player and a member of the band Color Guard.

cheerleader at football game
flag performance at football game

Gateway Gardens!

Community member, Laura Kujacznski, is working with our students to grow vegetables and flowers in our greenhouse. So far we have started onions, shallots and spinach.




Graduates and Families,

It’s almost time for graduation!!!


When: Wednesday June 2nd and the ceremony starts at 7pm. But you need to be there by 6pm


Where: Richland Area Community Center (RACC)-9400 East CD Ave, Richland MI 


Who: Graduates and their families.  Community members and friends of Gateway.


What:  You will need your cap, gown, tassel and appropriate attire for under your gown.  We do not require that you dress up but your clothes must follow GL district policy guidelines.  You may want to watch what shoes you wear, because we will be walking on grass. Girls you may want to avoid very high heels. 


There is no limit to the number of people that can attend, however to ensure we have enough food/supplies we need a headcount by May 17th. Each person will receive a ticket upon arrival which will be turned in for a picnic meal. You will have an option for a meatless entree, but we will need to know by May 17 who would like to request one. Please RSVP to your headcount and meal option: meat or meatless.


Graduates need to be at the site at 6pm on the night of graduation.  We will be doing a short run through at that time and taking pictures.


Dress Code:  Please follow guidelines for school dress code. We do not require you to dress up but we want you to look nice and be comfortable.  That being said, you can dress up, but girls, it might be difficult for you if you wear very high heels as you will be walking in grass and heels may sink in. Unfortunately, caps cannot be decorated, per district policy. 


You can decorate your canopy area with lights/balloons, etc.  All set up must happen on the day of the event, by 5:00. You may arrive at 3:30-5:00 to set up your canopy and chairs. (The RACC or Gateway is not responsible for items left unattended.) Incase of rain, please bring an umbrella: there will be no rain date. 

Please make sure you have something to sit on.


You may need bug spray/sunscreen.


No animals allowed.


Please be prepared to assist with cleanup after the ceremony.


We will follow social distance guidelines as determined by the State of MI. As of today, we will have to wear masks. 


You may pick up your cap and gowns starting today and banner on Monday May 17th.  The banner is a rectangle shaped hanging senior picture that should be displayed on each canopy. There are no holes in the banner so you should bring tape to help hang it. The banner (along with cap, gown, and tassel is yours to keep). Your payment of $55  will be collected at the time of item pickup, unless you have already paid.  


If you need assistance with this payment please contact one of us and we can help out. 




If you have any questions, please let me know. So excited to be thinking about graduation!!! We have 13.5 school days (students must be done by noon on June 2 to walk).

The Lions Club does it again!

The Richland Gull Lake Lions Club brought finished filling our new freezer. These donations will help us to continue to learn about healthy eating, kitchen skills and community service.

Gorgeous Spring Day

On Wednesday, March 2, our students took time out to play hoops and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

Thank you!

Our thanks go out to a generous donor who provided us with a freezer.

We look forward to filling it with nutritious meals for our students and their families. 


Community Service

Due to Covid, we have decided to do more community service projects in house. We are partnering with Barry Gray of Real Hope program to make masks to send to Haiti. Our students are learning to use a sewing machine, make masks, and perfect patience.  Thank you very much to Amy DeYoung and Lisa Burchett of our transporation department for purchasing three sewing machines for our students to use. Your generosity is humbling. 

Mural Update

Improv Art Class

West Michigan Teen Challenge Visit

After School Bowling Party

Another Graduate!

Congratulations Chyna!

Thank you to one of our wonderful community members for a fantastic Breakfast Burrito Bar!

Our second graduate of 2019-2020. 

Congratulations, Makayla!

Fun at Sherman Lake YMCA



 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Community Visitor 

Mrs. Frankie LeClear, Court of Appeals law clerk, came to discuss careers in Law.

Hanging out and having fun. 




 Worm Composting!

 Christmas Chili Cookoff!


 Our First 2020 Graduate!

Congratulations, Grady!

Community Friends 

Thank you to the Lions Club for your generous donations!



2018-19 Seniors

Rock climbing at Sherman Lake YMCA

 Fun at the YMCA

 Halloween At Gateway

 2019 Seniors

 Visiting Richland Community Library

Emma graduates! 

Salmon Release trip to Kellogg Forest 

Helping the Lions Club with their White Cane drive 

Hoops with Miss Sherri and Mr. Bordner 

Field trip to Silver Beach