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December 12, 2017
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: “I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” – Fred Rogers
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
- The Middle School Holiday Concert is Monday, December 11 (more details in “reminders”);
- Girls Basketball Home Opener is Wednesday, December 13 against Southwick (JV at 5, Varsity at 6:30 p.m.; admission; snack bar);
- Wrestling Home Opener is also Wednesday, December 13 against Pathfinder in the Middle School gym at 6 p.m.;
- The Gateway Regional School Committee meets on Wednesday at 7 p.m.; this is a joint budget development meeting with town officials; MS Rooms 112/114.
- The Communications Council meets on Thursday, December 14 from 9 – 10 a.m. in Dr. Hopson’s office;
- Band Fruit orders are scheduled to be in after-school on Thursday; pickup in the band hallway or at the concert that evening;
- High School Holiday Concert is Thursday, 12/14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center;
- The Gateway Girls Basketball Team is at home on Friday, December 15 against Easthampton; (same details as above);
- The Girls take the gym again on Monday against Hampden Charter School (same details);
For more upcoming events, download the December Counter Card (on display at security and in all Gateway offices).
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. in the middle school (rooms 112/114). This will be a joint budget session with town officials. Agenda items include: a Foundation Budget Review Resolution; MSBA Action; FY’18 First Quarter Budget Transfers; Approval of Student Activity Accounts for FY’18; Special Education Budget Presentation; District Budget Presentation; and FY’19 Town Input/Budget Discussion. The Policy Sub-Committee will meet before the full school committee meeting. This is the only committee meeting in December. The public is welcome to attend.
GATEWAY HOSTS 90 AREA SENIOR CITIZENS FOR BRUNCH, CONCERT: Nearly 90 area residents flocked to Gateway on Wednesday, December 6 to enjoy the 26th Annual Senior Citizen Brunch and Concert. (Written by Interns Kilee Holmes and Grace LeBarron).
DISTRACTOLOGY TAKES STUDENTS FOR A RIDE: Read Sr. Intern Audrey Gamble’s report on taking part in Distractology last week at Gateway Regional High School.
GATEWAY CONTINUES TO SERVE COMMUNITY IN DECEMBER: Eighth Grader Mackenzie Chase is leading a collection to benefit the animals at Westfield Animal Shelter (items will be accepted through December 21), and Littleville and Chester Elementary School are collecting pajamas for a special cause through Tuesday, December 12.
MYSTERY MITTENS A BOON TO CHESTER FAMILIES: While sorting through a storage room, Chester staff uncovered a wonderful surprise. No one is entirely sure how long the bag of mittens, hats and scarves had been there, but they are in great shape and are going fast!
SENIOR YEAR BLOG: This week’s post is “The Life of a Student Athlete: a Bittersweet Time.”
HOLIDAY BREAK COMING UP: All schools and offices will be closed from December 25 through January 1. Wrap Around will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 26 – 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., as long as enough students pre-register. Remember to pack a lunch and 2 snacks! Schools reopen Tuesday, January 2.
TEAM APPAREL STORE OPEN UNTIL 12/14: The Gateway Athletic Booster Club is again sponsoring a team apparel store for the winter season. They are still offering some of the products from last fall, but have added sweatpants and a “Gator Pit” T-Shirt. Items ordered will be shipped to the school for distribution.
LITTLEVILLE SPIRIT WEEK NEXT WEEK: Here’s the schedule: Monday is Pom Pom Hat Day; Tuesday is Candy Cane Day (wear red and white); Wednesday is Ugly Sweater Day; Thursday is Flannel Day; and Friday is Mis-Matched Clothes Day.
LITTLEVILLE PTO IS SELLING SMENCILS: Smencils are scented pencils made from 100% recycled newspapers. They also have Smarkers (smelly markers) and Smayons (smelly crayons) too! All are $1 each. Available at the Littleville Office during lunch recess time only. Cash or checks (payable to Littleville PTO) accepted.
ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: Upcoming classes include Photographing Your Products to Sell Online (Etsy series, part 3) on Wednesday, December 13 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Gateway classroom. GED/HiSet science and history classes continue on Mondays and Wednesdays at Gateway (room 152) from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Programs are offered free of charge for Hilltown Residents; please register in advance to ensure enough space and materials. For more information, please review the December Calendar and Class List, or visit the SHAEC Website. (Please note that class delays or cancellations will be announced on SHAEC’s Facebook page).
WEBLINK OF THE WEEK:
WESTERN MASS NEWS COVERAGE OF ‘DISTRACTOLOGY’ AT GATEWAY: Reporter Taylor Jacobs visited Gateway last week to speak with senior Ryley Carleton, Norwest DA David Sullivan and operators of the Distractology program about how it helps prevent teen car accidents.
WINTER SPORTS SEASON HOME OPENERS
HOLIDAY CONCERTS NEXT WEEK AT GATEWAY
COATS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
WINTER WEATHER CLOSINGS AT GATEWAY
WRAP AROUND TO CLOSE ON SNOW DAYS THIS YEAR
SUPPORT THE GATEWAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION THROUGH AMAZON SMILE
VHS TO DVD-R FUNDRAISER FOR GATEWAY FILM STUDIO
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 writes about our 26th Annual Sr. Citizen Brunch and Concert. Read the complete column for more information.
Wendy V. Long, Editor
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