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February 12, 2018

 

Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is this week's issue of Breaking News -- the e-newsletter of the Gateway Regional School District. We are always looking for feedback and ideas to improve the newsletter, so please feel free to contact us!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Sometimes the greatest signs of strength are demonstrated when you relive the hard parts of your life.” – Lt. Lynn “Buck” Compton

WEEK AT A GLANCE:  

  • Monday, February 12: The Boys Basketball SENIOR NIGHT is against Smith Voke; JV at 5 p.m.; Varsity at 6:30 p.m.; senior recognition at start of Varsity Game.
  • Tuesday, February 13: the Alpine Ski Team has their individual races at Berkshire East starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 14: The Gateway Regional School Committee will host a joint budget meeting with town officials at 7 p.m. in the Middle School (rooms 112/114); the public is welcome;
  • Friday, February 15: The Gateway Girls have their SENIOR NIGHT AGAINST St. Mary’s High School at home; JV at 5, Varsity at 6:30; senior recognition at start of Varsity Game.
  • All Gateway schools and offices will be closed February 19 through 23 for the Winter Break. Wrap Around will be open Tuesday – Friday, if enough families pre-register. Please remember to send outdoor clothing and pack a lunch plus two snacks.

For more upcoming events, download the February Counter Card (also on display at security and in all Gateway offices).

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be Wednesday, February 14 (postponed from last week's snow day) at 7 p.m. in Middle School rooms 112/114. Click here for more information. This will be a joint budget meeting with town officials. Agenda items include policy approval, extension of MARS meetings, and the FY ’19 Line Item budget Review. This is the only February meeting scheduled for the School Committee. The public is welcome to attend.

AUDREY GAMBLE’S SR. YEAR BLOG: In her most recent blog post, communications intern Audrey Gamble reports on living (and driving) in the Hilltowns, during winter. Click here

CHANGING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ‘GUIDANCE’: For many adults, the term ‘Guidance Counselor’ brings up images of high school class schedules and having transcripts mailed to colleges. As the job role has grown over the years, that term—and image—has become defunct and was even officially changed by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in June 2017. (For more information, please see this week's "Weblink of the Week".

New Counselors at SBHCNEW COUNSELORS AT GATEWAY’S SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER: Julie Concalves and Franny Huberman have joined the staff of the Gateway School-Based Health Center, following the departure of a long-time counselor at the site.

FOUNDATION APPROACHES MILESTONE: CLOSING IN ON $50,000 IN FUNDING TO GATEWAY CLASSROOMS SINCE FY'13! The Gateway Education Foundation is pleased to announce the award of funding to four new projects totaling $2,230 through its Funds for Learning program. This brings the Foundation’s awards to 76 projects totaling $47,390 to Gateway classrooms, schools and students since it started the program in the fall of 2012.

COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL SETS PLANS FROM LAST SPRING’S SURVEYS: Last month, Gateway’s Communications Council—a group of parents, school committee, staff and administration—finished reviewing results from last June’s “SCOPE Survey” and developed a plan to continue to improve Gateway’s efforts to communicate with parents, staff and community members. Step 1? Announce that they had done so!

PRINCIPAL JASON FINNIE ANNOUNCES STUDENT HONORS: We are re-posting the High School Honor Roll for the second marking period of the 2017-18 school year, due to an omission in last week’s article.

CONGRATULATIONS BRANDON DANIELS! Congratulations to Gateway senior Brandon Daniels (shown here with CoacWMASS Champ Brandon Daniels!h Bourdan and Couch Forand) for winning the Western Massachusetts D3 113# Wrestlin Championship! On to States!

BOYS BASKETBALL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT: You may have noticed that each Gateway athletic team is completing a community service project this year. The Boys Basketball Team is collecting gently used athletic equipment to be donated to area children served by the Gateway Youth Athletic Association and Gateway Little League. Great week to clean out your closet or basement! Deliver items to tonight’s Boys Basketball Sr. Night Game or the Girls Basketball Sr. Night on Friday evening at Gateway!

GATEWAY NIGHT AT SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS! Join us for a night of family fun on April 14! Come to “Gateway Night” at the Springfield Thunderbirds final regular season game against their arch rival Providence Bruins at the Mass Mutual Center. Tickets are $15, with a portion of each going to the Gateway Education Foundation. Our own students will even sing the National Anthem at the game! Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Click here for an order form.

YMCA OF GREATER WESTFIELD TO OFFER CLASSES AT GATEWAY WELLNESS CENTER! The Greater Westfield YMCA is offering 2 sessions of Functional Training Classes at the Gateway Wellness Center. The start date has been extended to March 1. Both classes will be held on Thursdays from March 1 – April 26 (3:15 – 4 p.m.; 4 – 4:45 p.m.). Each class is limited to the first 12 who register. Classes are open to all adults in the community. Click for more information.

ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: SHAEC is pleased to announce that Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers will be available to provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for Hilltown residents with a household income of $54,000 or less, through a partnership with the Berkshire County United Way and Hilltown CDC. You must call the CDC for an appointment: (413) 296-4536 ext. 100. Local days/locations include Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilltown CDC (Chesterfield); Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. at the Huntington Food Pantry; and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Village Enterprise Center in Chester. Additional days/times available in nearby towns. Call to schedule for free standard 1040 returns, Schedule 1 Itemized Deductions, Schedule C and business returns.    

WEBLINK OF THE WEEK: 

THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELORIn honor of National School Counseling Week (last week), we bring you this webpage from the American School Counselor Association, which provides information on the newer roles of our counseling staff.

REMINDERS:

SCHOOLS, OFFICES TO CLOSE FOR WINTER BREAK

SR. ATHLETES GET FEBRUARY FAREWELL

SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATION NOW ONLINE

2018 VOCATIONAL SCHOOL APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 1

GATEWAY SCHOOLS TAKING PART IN BIG Y EDUCATION EXPRESS

KEEP FLU OUT OF SCHOOL

VHS-DVD FUNDRAISER FOR GATEWAY FILM STUDIO

SUPPORT THE GATEWAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION THROUGH AMAZON SMILE

NEW OPT-IN FOR PARENTS MONITORING INTERNET SAFETY; REGISTER HERE

GATEWAY MOBILE APP REMINDER

HELPFUL HILLTOWN INFORMATION

IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted.This week, Dr. Hopson answers questions that have arisen about Blizzard Bags. Read the complete column for more information.

 

Wendy V. Long, Editor

“Breaking News From Gateway”
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