• Welcome to Ms. Gates' Webpage!

    In my walks, everyone I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from them.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The recent Covid-19 health crisis has dramatically altered how we live and work. I am so proud to be a member of the Whitesboro Middle School team, where we are here to help you and our students. Even during this challenging time we are doing what we do best which is to inspire, cultivate, and empower.

    COUNSELING: Support is still available. I am working remotely during school hours. Please contact me or have your student contact me if any support is needed. My contact information is the following:

    Direct line: (315) 266-3165

    Email: agates@wboro.org


    It is normal to feel stressed or anxious, especially now. However, we need to develop coping skills since stress/anxiety can negatively affect us both mentally and physically. Here are some strategies to try:


    BREATHE: Taking 5 deep, slow inhales and exhales can be calming. https://yp4h.osu.edu/justbreathe is a website that might help.

    REFRAMING OR REPHRASING: It is easy to listen to negative thoughts. If/when you are on a negative loop try changing it to a positive. Create your own mantra like "I AM HEALTHY AND I WILL STAY HEALTHY". Download the CALM app while it is free to help settle you mind. 

    STAY ACTIVE: distract yourself by going for a walk, cooking something new, reading... do whatever you enjoy all while practicing social distancing. 

    TALK TO SOMEONE: Tell an adult family member. Reach out to me (agates@wboro.org or 315-266-3165) or a teacher. Don't keep your feelings bottled up, let someone know what you are going through. 

    • if you have an urgent mental health need contact 911 or the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team immediately. They are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
      • MCAT- (315) 732-6228 OR (844) 732-6228



    How to have a conversation with your student:


    Keep the following in mind:



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