GUARD Your Character!
Welcome to Gateway Middle School! My name is Matt Bennett, and I am pleased to serve the Gateway community as principal. Most recently, I spent four years as assistant principal at Cascade High School here in Everett. I was able to spend several days at GMS this last spring, and am thrilled to work with the amazing students and staff who help make Gateway a place of hard work and success.
At Gateway, we ask that students “Guard Your Character.” This means that we expect each student to do their part in making sure that our school is safe, that students care for one another, and that each student’s individuality is accepted as part of our community. In Guarding Your Character, we teach expectations with GUARD:
G – Grit – Be positive with a stick-to-it attitude
U – Universal Respect – Be respectful of peers, property, and self
A – Acceptance – Be willing to help and work with others, know that each student is different
R – Responsibility – Be ready to learn, take accountability for your actions
D – Do What’s Right – Be honest and positive, speak up and help the community
As you talk with your student, please help us to reinforce these expectations. When we partner together between school and home and use universal language, students will better know what to expect and will be ready to thrive as we prepare students for high school and beyond.
Lastly, I encourage you to get involved! One of the biggest indicators of student success in school is parental involvement. We have a thriving PTSA organization that can help connect parents with volunteer opportunities. We invite you to attend band, choir, or orchestra performances, come out to athletic events, and to engage with students daily regarding their academic progress.
Thank you for being part of the Gateway Family. Go Guardians!
Matt Bennett, Principal
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