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November 14, 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 notice things. I take things apart and analyze them. A thing I care a lot about in my characters is inspiring and affecting the people who encounter them,” Gateway sophomore Rebecca Austin.

WEEK AT A GLANCE:  

  • Chester Elementary School hosts their annual Family Literacy Night on Thursday, November 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.;
  • Picture retakes for Chester students are Friday, November 17;
  • Littleville’s monthly assembly is also on Friday, from 2 – 3 p.m. in the GPAC (Gateway Performing Arts Center);
  • Littleville’s Annual Craft Fair is Friday, November 18 at the school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; raffles, food, and wonderful hand-crafted items will be available;
  • The Middle School Magazine Drive ends Monday, November 20;
  • The Gateway Choir Boosters meet Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Choir Room;
  • College Week is next week for the high school and is full of helpful workshops and events for high school students, culminating in the Alumni College Fair on Wednesday, 11/22;

For more upcoming events, download the November Counter Card (also on display at security booth 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). The public is welcome to attend.

Gateway's Rebecca Austin receiving iPad prize at Game Lab (photo)GATEWAY SOPHOMORE TAKES FIRST PRIZE AT GAME LAB: Tenth grader Rebecca Austin nabbed the top prize for digital artwork at Springfield College’s “Game Lab” weekend workshop on November 4. “Rebecca’s work showed a professional level understanding of designing a character for a game. She has the makings of a great character designer.”

COLLEGE WEEK COMING UP FOR GATEWAY HIGH SCHOOL: The half-week leading into the Thanksgiving Recess will again be “college Week” at Gateway High. College and career-related activities will be taking place throughout the week, including instant admissions to 4 area colleges; our 2nd annual College Application Celebration on Tuesday afternoon, and the Alumni College Fair on Wednesday.

GIVING TUESDAY: FIRST OF 2 ONLINE GIVING DAYS THIS YEAR FOR OUR FOUNDATION: Gateway senior Audrey Gamble reports on Giving Tuesday, an opportunity to support the Gateway Education Foundation. The Foundation has funded 72 projects totaling over $45,000 since it started in 2012.

CHESTER FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT NOVEMBER 16: It’s National Literacy Month and Chester ES families are invited to celebrate this Thursday from 5:30 – 7 at the school.

GATEWAY THANKSGIVING BREAK: Students and staff in the Gateway Regional School District will have a half-week off starting Wednesday, November 22 for the Thanksgiving recess.

WRAP AROUND TO CLOSE ON SNOW DAYS THIS YEAR: The Littleville Wrap Around program will be closed when the district has a full snow day this winter, due to the low use of the program on snow days by Gateway families. Wrap Around will continue to be open when school is delayed or released early due to weather.

MAGAZINE DRIVE BENEFITS MIDDLE SCHOOL: The annual magazine drive started last week and ends on November 20.

SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER HAS FLU VACCINE FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF: The Gateway School-Based Health Center now has flu vaccine for adults as well as children. Call 667-0142 to schedule an appointment!

ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: Upcoming classes and events include Etsy Part 2 on Wednesday, 11/15 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Gateway classroom; a Saturday morning Hike to Noble View, and Internet Safety at the Russell Senior Center on Tuesday, November 21 from 10:30 – noon. 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 November 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: 

GATEWAY’S CHRIS PARKER IS GUEST BLOGGER FOR NATIONAL BLOG: Our own Christopher Parker was invited to write a guest column for Lenovo Software’s Blog! Parker, who has spearheaded Gateway’s 1:1 Chromebook program, was asked for advice he would give to other school districts in the country looking to replicate Gateway’s success with educational technology. Read through “6 Steps for a Successful 1:1 Device Program” for pictures of staff and students in action at Gateway!

REMINDERS:

WINTER WEATHER CLOSINGS AT GATEWAY

SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY BRUNCH AND CONCERT

ANNUAL ‘BAND FRUIT’ SALE UNDERWAY

ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR AT LITTLEVILLE

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR WINTER SPORTS

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 talks about things to expect this winter: Blizzard Bags, early morning phone calls, and weather forecasts (often the basis of school delays or cancellations) that sometimes miss the mark. 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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