Gateway Elementary

Welcome to Gateway Elementary School, located at 5610 S. 42nd Street (42nd and V Streets). It is home to pre-kindergarten through sixth grade elementary students in South Omaha. Our mascot is the Eagles, and our colors are blue and gold.

The site is located in southeast Omaha spanning a five-block area along 42nd Street between "T" Street, along the north boundary, and "Y" Street on the south boundary. The east boundary of the site is 42nd Street, and the west boundary is defined by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad right-of-way.
The site is 32.7 acres, with the elementary school located on approximately 10.8 acres at the north end. The south section of the site, approximately 21.9 acres, has been identified as a potential middle school site. The building has 38 classrooms, a library, planning areas, counselor offices, a stage, gymnasium, computer lab, and a community room.

Gateway Elementary
5610 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE 68107

Phone: (402) 561-6030
Fax: 402-502-3449

Early Learning Center at Gateway

Phone: (531) 299-1499

Principal: Terry Burton


Wednesday, December 13th 

Student Council Theme Day-Wear Winter Gear 

Thursday, December 14th 

Winter Program for Grades K-6

9:30 A.M. & 1:30 P.M. Shows



Friday, December 22nd 

No School for Pre-K

Monday, December 25th - Friday, January 5th

No School-Winter Break


Monday, January 9th 

Teacher Inservice/Work Day-No School for Students

Wednesday, January 10th 

Student Council Theme Day-Pajama Day

Monday, January 15th 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School

Wednesday, January 24th

 Student Council Theme Day-Disney Day





Omaha Public Schools

School Improvement Plan 2015-16

Gateway Elementary

Growth Goals


Goal Area: Mathematics

Focus Skill(s): Number Sense and Data Analysis/Probability

Strategy: Effective learning targets will be created and utilized for each lesson.  CPA method will be used during modeled, guided and independent practice.  Math talk will be implemented within daily lessons.

Measurable Objective (growth goal): All subgroups will increase their NeSA-M scores by 5%.

Goal Area: Reading

Focus Skill(s): Comprehension

Strategy: Effective learning targets will be created and utilized for each lesson.  We will understand and apply the continuum of learning during language arts.  Teach students test taking strategies including 12 Most Powerful Words, building stamina, UNRAAVEL.

Measurable Objective (growth goal): All subgroups will increase their NeSA-R scores by 5%.

Goal Area: Writing

Focus Skill(s): Ideas/Content and Organization

Strategy: Effective learning targets will be created and utilized for each lesson.  The Writer’s Workshop structure will be implemented school wide during the writing block. 

Measurable Objective (growth goal): All subgroups will increase their NeSA-W scores by 5%.

Goal Area: Discipline as measured by completed staff climate surveys

Focus: Statements #1, #2 and #4 under the discipline section of the climate survey

Strategy: Introduce and put into operation the MTSS model.

Measurable Objective (growth goal): A score greater than 60 will be achieved in all statements listed under the Discipline section of the climate survey.

Click on our eagle below for the full improvement plan for our school.

Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between


Important Safety Tips for Kids

  • In light of suspicious activity in neighboring school districts, please review the following safety tips with your children.
  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • Don’t take anything from strangers.
  • Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know.
  • Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers. If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately.
  • Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
  • Use the buddy system, avoid walking anywhere alone.
    Review contact telephone numbers and home safety practices.
  • When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult teacher, coach, police officer, other parent, or older siblings.
  • If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.
  • Report any suspicious activity to your local school and police department. 

Consejos Importantes de Seguridad Para Niños Peligro Extraño

  • No hablar con extraños.
  • No tomar nada de extraños.
  • No ir a cualquier parte con alguien que no conoces.
  • Permanecer más de alcance de la mano de cualquier extraño. Si se le acerca un extraño, busque ayuda de inmediato.
  • Confíe en sus instintos, si sientes que te están siguiendo o algo no está bien, busque ayuda de inmediato.
  • Utilice el sistema de compañeros, evitar caminar sola a ninguna parte.
  • Revisa los números de teléfono de contacto y práctica seguridad en el hogar.
  • Cuando busca de ayuda, siempre háblele a un adulto de confianza, profesor, entrenado, oficial de policía, otro padre, o hermanos mayores.
  • Si un extraño te agarra, hace todo lo posible para que él o ella te deje de agarrar. Caite al suelo, patea, golpea, muérdelo y grita. Hace todo lo posible para atraer la atención de otras personas que pueden ayudarte. Si alguien te está arrastrando, grita, "este no es mi papá", o " esto no es mi mamá. "
  • Reporte cualquier actividad sospechosa a su departamento de la escuela y la policía local.

Early Learning Center-Gateway (531) 299-1499


Click on the link below to visit the OPS Early Childhood Webpage.





     Please click on the link below to read about changes made to the district grading scale.

Wow! Gateway Rocks! Pennies for Patients!

In March 2017, students and staff at Gateway Elementary participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program; a service-learning program that gives students the unique experience of working together to help raise awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children and adults fighting against blood cancers!

The Student Council set our school goal at $1,000. For fun, we turned the fundraiser into a contest. The class collecting the most monetary donations would earn an Olive Garden lunch, compliments of the LLS and Olive Garden. We also held a Penny War amongst the grade levels. The grade level collecting the most pennies and bills would earn a bowling party.

Our amazing Gateway family collected $5,788.98! We are so proud of each of our students and their generosity for such a wonderful cause!

Congratulations to Miss Book’s 2nd Grade class for collecting the most donations and to the entire 2nd Grade for winning the Penny War!

Thank you also goes to First Nebraska Credit Union and the Armored Knights for donating their time and taking on the large task of sorting and counting the money.