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June 19, 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: I got confirmation that I'm on the right track."  Gateway Junior, Nathan Solitario, about attending the Young Writer's Conference at Champlain College

AT A GLANCE:  

  • Wednesday, June 20: Gateway Regional School Committee meets at 7 p.m. in MS rooms 112/114. Public welcome.
  • Friday, June 29: Deadline to submit deposits for the “Y’s Kids” Program, offered for Gateway Regional Middle School—IF enough people enroll. (We are not there yet so please get those letters of intent and deposits in!!)
  • Wednesday, July 11: Gateway Regional School Committee meets at 7 p.m. in MS rooms 112/114. Public Welcome

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee is Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. in MS Rooms 112/114. Agenda items include an overview of the school committee’s self-evaluation results; strategic planning updates from the Leadership Team; approval of the Superintendent’s Evaluation Summary; approval of Student Activity Accounts; approval of participating in the National School Lunch Program; budget transfers; and School Committee goals for the 2018-19 school year.  Click here for information about June meetings. The public is welcome to attend.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETINGS: ANNUAL TOWN MEETINGS: Thank you to the town officials and voters of our six member towns, who all approved the 2018-19 school year budget and an amendment to the Regional Agreement that gives an alternative assessment method to help stabilize town budgets and helps towns plan for the future.

PHOTO GALLERY OF THE WEEK: Photos from an end-of-year field trip to Six Flags, by our middle and high school English Language Learners. 

Shark Tank winner Kirsten Arel, with judges from Jacob's Ladder Business Association.AREL TAKES TOP PRIZE AT "SHARK TANK"The event was held at Gateway on June 7 and had members of Gateway's new Enterprise Club compete to determine the best business plan and pitch.

SOLITARIO ACCEPTED, ATTENDED YOUNG WRITER'S CONFERENCE AT CHAMPLAIN COLLEGEWith about a dozen novels in various stages of completion, it can be said that Gateway junior Nathan Solitario is a prolific writer. Which explains why his school counselor, Meghan Wasiak, encouraged him to apply to take part in the 18th Annual Young Writer's Conference in late May.

MARIA PLESS ATTENDS MassSTARLike every MassSTAR Alumni, Maria Pless greeted the Monday following her weekend at Lasell College with an ear-to-ear smile. (Article written by Communications Intern Kilee Holmes).

“Y’S KIDS” AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM OFFERED AT GATEWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL: The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering a Y’s Kids After School Program for students attending Gateway Regional Middle School, provided enough parents sign up by June 29. Packets are going home with 5th graders and will be available in the MS/HS Office and Gateway security booth. ALSO, staff from the Y's Kids program will be at the 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, June 12 starting at 5:30 p.m. and will be available to answer any questions parents/guardians might have. You can also download this packet, which includes the Y's Kids flyer, letter of intent and requested schedule. The Letter of Intent and schedule request must be completed and returned to the YMCA, with a $75 deposit (check only) by June 29. If we do not have enough sign-ups, we cannot run this program.

NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS: The Pupil Services Office will be destroying the special education records of students who graduated or left school in 2011. If you or your child received special education services and you wish to obtain the special education file, please call 685-1017. Records will be destroyed on August 31, 2018.

SIGN-UPS FOR FALL SPORTS/SPORTS SURVEY ARE BOTH OPEN AND ONLINE: Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant has announced that the online registration for fall sports is now open to any student entering grades 6 – 12. Also, a new sports survey is online to determine numbers of prospective numbers of student athletes for the coming school year. Parents/Guardians should complete this survey for any student planning to play a sport during the 2018-19 school year.

ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: Drop by the Hilltown Community Garden (next to Countryside Woodcraft on Route 20, Russell) for weekly talks on gardening tasks and solutions with Master Gardener Ken Conway. Now underway on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and weekly through the summer. Free class; just bring your own binder for weekly handouts.  

WEBLINK OF THE WEEK: 

WHAT DO WE READ THIS SUMMERIf you're looking for ideas on children's books, check out the blog "Imagination Soup" by former literacy teacher Melissa Taylor! Great book descriptions and a fun website to explore!

REMINDERS:

AUDREY GAMBLE SR. YEAR BLOG (Last Chance to Catch Up!)

BUS ROUTES AVAILABLE IN MID-AUGUST

2018-19 SCHOOL CALENDAR IS NOW POSTED

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. School’s Out for Summer – well, for students at least! Read the complete column for more information.

 

Wendy V. Long, Editor

“Breaking News From Gateway”
Is published weekly by the Gateway Regional School District
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Huntington, MA  01050

For questions or feedback, please contact Wendy Long @ (413) 685-1003 or email wlong@grsd.org

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