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February 14, 2019
Dear Friends of Gateway:
Here is the latest 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 whole day made me realize how lucky we are to be female athletes and be able to embrace our strengths,” – Gateway junior Grace Van Buren
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
- Thursday, February 14: School-Based Health Center at Chester; Communications Council, 9 a.m. in Dr. Hopson’s office; High School Military Careers Workshop, 10 a.m. in the Career Center (sign up in Guidance);
- Friday, February 15: Gateway Boys Basketball Team SR. NIGHT vs. St. Mary’s at home; JV at 5, Varsity at 6:30 p.m.; Family Movie Night: Finding Nemo, 6 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center; donations at the door; bake sale;
- Monday February 18 through Friday February 22: Winter Break—All Gateway Schools closed for Winter Break shutdown;
- Monday, February 18: Gateway Girls Basketball at home vs. Ware; JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 6:30 p.m.; HS Gym;
- Monday, February 25: Schools Reopen
For more events, click for our February Counter Card (on display at security and all Gateway offices)
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: On Wednesday, March 6 the Gateway Regional School District hosts it's annual Public Hearing on the Budget in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about the proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year.
PHOTO GALLERY OF THE WEEK: Photos from the Varsity Boys and Girls (Sr. Night) back-to-back games held Tuesday, February 12.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The January 9th half-day was a snow day. That half-day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 19 so that teachers and staff can complete required training that was scheduled for January. More information to come. Please make a note for your calendar/child care needs.
VAN BUREN, WRIGHT REPRESENT GATEWAY AT NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: In a day to celebrate the passing of Title IX, which changed the face of girls athletics in public schools and universities, Grace Van Buren and Angela Wright represented Gateway at the annual event held at Faneuil Hall. (Article by Communications Intern Kilee Holmes)
ELEVEN STUDENTS ATTEND UMASS HONOR BAND: Eleven students were selected by Instrumental Music Director Beth Guertin to take part in the UMASS Honor Band on Saturday, February 9; they included: Robert Austin, Caden Boeri, Sophia De La Cruz Rivera, John Gaj, Kilee Holmes, Charlotte Kazalski, Mary MacNeil, Autumn Marchetto, Rachel Meacham, Maria Pless and Crystal Rucki. (Article by Communications Intern Maria Pless)
TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR RECEIVES STATEWIDE HONOR: Gateway’s own Chris Parker was selected by MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators’) for their Massachusetts Educator of the Month for February. (Article by Communications Intern Parker Atkin)
FOUNDATION FUNDS 7 NEW PROJECTS: The Gateway Education Foundation Board awarded $5,400 to fund 7 projects over the coming year. Since it started in 2012, the Foundation has funded a total of 95 projects totaling $95,414 to enhance the education of students in the Gateway Regional School District, thanks to support from donors and area businesses.
GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT! Area 8th graders and their parents/guardians, are invited to an informative presentation about opportunities at Gateway Regional High School on Thursday, February 28 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the middle school (rooms 112/114). Included will be course offerings and scheduling, clubs, activities, tours, and a Q&A panel with current high school students.
‘STARTING AND RUNNING A SEPAC’ WORKSHOP FOR GATEWAY, AREA PARENTS: On Tuesday, March 12, the Gateway SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) will host a workshop for area parents of students with special needs called “Starting and Running a SEPAC”.
2019 VOCATIONAL SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS FOR GATEWAY STUDENTS: Parents of students living in the Gateway Regional School District are advised that applications are now available for students wishing to apply to Smith Vocational or Westfield Technical Academy for the 2019-20 school year. Also, a reminder that Gateway has a Vocational Welding Program right here, and is pursuing the potential for an early childhood program in the next few years.
GATEWAY NIGHT AT THE SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS APRIL 13: It will also be Pedro Martinez night; Gateway vocalists will sing the national anthem, and the Gateway Education Foundation will be selling ‘Chuck-a-Pucks’ that night. Keep watching this newsletter and red folders for more information coming soon!
WEBLINK OF THE WEEK:
FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE: Did you know that Gateway is a partner with the Southern Hilltowns Domestic Violence Task Force? Together, we have done many projects to reduce the incidence of teen dating violence, including two social norms campaigns on healthy dating relationships; student consent lunch talks (How do you say no? Do you ask? What should you do to prepare for college, military to stay safe?) plus assemblies, staff trainings and presentations. As evidenced by the local news recently, we all need to work on the issue of domestic violence in our area, and parents/guardians have an important role to play. One national study showed that only a third of teens who were abused every told anyone about it. Help them by following this link to a great website with material you can use; tip #1: “Relate before they start to date”.
WINTER SPORTS SR. NIGHTS ARE COMING UP
GATEWAY CHOIRS TO HOST FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
SCHOOLS, OFFICES TO CLOSE FOR WINTER VACATION:
SPRING SPORTS SIGN-UPS UNDERWAY
GATEWAY LINE ITEM BUDGET UNVEILED
PARENT INPUT SOUGHT FOR TIERED FOCUSED MONITORING AT GATEWAY
GATEWAY MOBILE APP REMINDER
VHS TO DVD-R FUNDRAISER FOR GATEWAY FILM STUDIES
OPT-IN FOR PARENTS MONITORING INTERNET SAFETY
IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent’s Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson discusses the innovation underway in Gateway schools and the need for the state to look at funding, mandates, and regulations that work against small, rural districts. Read the complete column for more information.
Have a great week!
Wendy V. Long, Editor
“Breaking News From Gateway”
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