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May 23, 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: So you plaster on your “cool parent” summer face and keep trying to do it all. Without the seven to nine hour daily break…called school.” – George Sachs, Psy.D. (read more in this week’s Weblink of the Week)

WEEK AT A GLANCE:  High School finals run from Tuesday through Friday. The Gateway Softball Team will have their Sr. Night on Wednesday, May 24 at 4 p.m. against Sabis. (Sr. recognition may begin earlier). The annual Staff Honors Reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 in the Gateway Courtyard (enter by the cafeteria end). The Gateway Regional School Committee meets at 7 p.m. in MS Rooms 112/114. The public is welcome to both events. The Gateway Softball Team has two home games scheduled for Thursday and Friday nights at 4 p.m. at home. Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day and the Wellness Center and Wrap Around Programs are both closed. Bands will be marching in the Russell and Blandford parades. On Tuesday, May 30 the seniors will have indoor graduation rehearsal, followed by a daylong trip to Boston for a Boston Harbor Cruise, The Sr. Awards Ceremony begins at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31 in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Click here for a May Gateway Calendar.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in MS rooms 112/114. Agenda items include the FY’16 Audit, National School Lunch Program, Charging Privileges/Procedures, elementary STEM update, health insurance notifications, Blizzard Bags for 2017-18, facilitated meeting, request for leave of absence, summer grant list, and more.  It will be preceded by the Annual Staff Honors reception at 6 p.m. in the Gateway courtyard. (Details below). The public is welcome!

2017-18 BUDGET UPDATE: The budget passed last night at Montgomery’s Town Meeting. The 2017-18 Budget has also passed in the towns of Blandford and Middlefield, but failed in the town of Russell. Upcoming Annual Town Meetings include Huntington on Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. and Chester on Saturday, June 10 at 1 p.m. If one more town passes the budget, it will be ratified. Click here for a budget fact sheet.

Speaker Mike Mazza speaks with MS Effort Award winners (photo)MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC AWARD WINNERS HOSTED AT BREAKFAST: Students were treated to breakfast on Friday, May 12, and were inspired by comments from Michael Mazza, a 30-year veteran with the Massachusetts State Police.

BERKSHIRE BANK AT GATEWAY TO SURPRISE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Gateway senior Diana Tereshchuk was in for a surprise last week when, for the third year in a row, a Gateway senior was selected for a Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship.

HOW ABOUT DINNER OUT TONIGHT? Tuesday is a great night to run to Westfield for dinner, for this fundraiser for Best Buddies. Print out this ticket and bring it to the Ninety Nine Restaurant on East Main St., in Westfield and a portion of your meal will be donated to Gateway’s Best Buddies Club, which promotes friendships with students who have disabilities with their classmates for social and school events.

STAFF HONORS RECEPTION ON WEDNESDAY: The Annual Staff Honors Reception will be Wednesday, May 24 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gateway courtyard. Honored will be: retirees Cat Bishop, Beth Harmon and Gail LaBonte; cafeteria managers Tasha Hartley, Wendy Koivisto and Holly Whitaker for earning their SNS Level 1 Certifications this year; high school mathematics teacher Cheryl Wright for winning the St. Michael’s College Unsung Hero Award; and Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching winner Dan Shea, who teaches high school physics and chemistry. Open to staff, students, alumni and families. Light refreshments will be served. Join us!

LITTLEVILLE MAY NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE: Click the link to find out what’s coming up! Last day of school is June 14; 6/13 and 6/14 are half-days of school, with dismissal at 11:40 both days.  

LAST DAY OF PRESCHOOL: The last day of preschool will be Friday, June 2.

FIELD DAYS: Littleville’s Field Day is Friday, June 2; Chester’s Field Day is Tuesday, June 6. Requests for volunteers have already gone out in red folders.


10 PARENTING TIPS TO PRESERVE SUMMER SANITY: You fall for it every year. But this Huffington Post article can help you once school ends and the kids are home for the summer. Tip #1? Be fine with an “okay” summer.










IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson congratulates the Class of 2017 for demonstrating their 21st Century Skills and adapting to changes that were set before them this year. Read the complete column for more information.


Wendy V. Long, Editor

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