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Summer Wrap Around

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June 27, 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: “The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations.” – Jacob Lew


  • The Gateway Regional School Committee has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m., where they will deliberate on a budget to return to the towns for re-consideration.
  • Please note that many offices in the Gateway Regional School District will be closed on Fridays through the summer months, as part of reducing utility use/cost savings measures.
  • The Summer Wrap Around program will be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, for the Holiday Weekend.
  • The next regular meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. in rooms 112/114 in the Middle School.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: If you missed the June 21 meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee, you missed approval of a letter to town officials regarding a joint facilitated discussion; approval of a new policy allowing banners/ads as fundraisers; approval of the Class of 2019 trip to Walt Disney World; approval of the Superintendent’s Evaluation summary; approval of 4th Quarter transfers; and approval of a new reserve fund for accrued liabilities for compensated absences. The school committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. to try to pass a new budget to return to the towns. The meeting will be held in MS rooms 112/114. Agenda items include approval of a letter to town officials on facilitated discussions; an updated policy on banners and advertising; approval of the Class of 2019 Trip to Walt Disney World; approval of the Superintendent’s Evaluation Summary; Acceptance of Chapter 40D, Section 13D. Establishment of a Reserve Fund for Future Payments of Accured Liabilities for Compensated Absences (audit recommendation); fourth quarter transfers and the FY’18 Budget. The public is welcome to attend.

Siblings attend summer wrap around (photo).WRAP AROUND CLOSED JULY 3 AND 4: Summer Wrap Around will be closed for the upcoming holiday weekend, reopening on Wednesday, July 5.

KOPACZ SELECTED FOR CAMP SHEPARD SCHOLARSHIP: Adeline Kopacz, entering 8th grade this fall, was selected on the basis of her ability to create positive relationships, model positive social behavior and illustrate leadership among her peers.

FOURTH TERM: HONOR ROLL FOR HIGH SCHOOL/EFFORT AWARDS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL: Principal Jason Finnie has announced the High School Honor Roll and Middle School Effort Awards for the final marking period of the 2016-17 school year.

BUS ROUTES POSTED ON GATEWAY WEBSITE: Preliminary bus routes for the 2017-18 school year have been posted to the district website. Parents are advised to check back before school begins, as these may be updated as the summer progresses. Please be at bus stops at least 10 minutes early for the first few days of school. Click here to get to the webpage on bussing.


MTA OFFERS FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Massachusetts Teachers Association is offering FREE professional development this summer, in locations throughout the state. Topics include Supporting ELLs in Your Classroom; Fine-Tuning Phonics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties; Teaching the Holocaust; Next Generation Science Methods (K-8); and the Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter are just a few of the offerings, which provide 12 – 15 PDP’s.







IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson updates readers on the status of the 2017-18 budget and reductions that will be enacted.Read the complete column for more information.


Wendy V. Long, Editor

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

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