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March 22, 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: “Mathematics is the music of reason,” – James Joseph Sylvester

WEEK AT A GLANCE: The Gateway Regional School Committee meets tonight at 7 p.m. in middle school room 112/114 (see below for more information); public is welcome. Thursday, 3/23 is picture day at Littleville Elementary School. The Boston Celtics Fundraiser game is Friday, March 24 for everyone who bought advanced tickets (and Thank You!). On Saturday, the high school Show Choir competes in the New England Regional Show Choir competition. On Monday, March 27, the Gateway Education Foundation Board of Directors meets in Dr. Hopson’s office at 6 p.m. The Gateway Choir Boosters also meet that evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Click here for a March calendar.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The school committee will meet Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in middle school room 112/114. Agenda items include guidelines on student activities accounts, MARS recommendations; graduation gowns discussion; and establishing a new student activities account for the Outdoor Club. The public is invited to attend.

Photo of award winning math teacher Mike Flynn, presenting to parents on March 16STRONG TURNOUT FOR MATH FAMILY GAME NIGHT: “Math, for many of us, is the equivalent of driving around Boston,” said award-winning presenter Mike Flynn. “There’s a lot that’s confusing about it.” Over 80 parents, students and staff attended the event on March 16 at Chester Elementary School.

ANNUAL 'CABARET' AT GATEWAY MARCH 30High school musicians will be featured in their annual showcase on Thursday, March 30 in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.

GATEWAY’S “PROJECT 351” AMBASSADORS LEAD AREA SERVICE PROJECT: Starting tomorrow, the six 8th graders have initiated their follow-up service project, along with schools throughout Massachusetts. Donations for the drive to collect new and gently used children’s clothing (ages 0 – 12) may be placed in the ‘collection crib’ in the main entrance.

FIRST ANNUAL HILLTOWN CHILI CHALLENGE! For the love of chili, join us as a competitor or judge to determine who will win the 2017 trophy for the best chili in the hilltowns!

SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL SPORTS BANQUET: It’s the Annual event—honoring all sports, athletes and coaches, all seasons—with a twist: a brunch on SUNDAY (corrected), May 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Mountain Country Club. Adult tickets will be $25, and students will be $15. More info to come!!

EARLY COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT UPDATE: SAME NIGHT, NEW TIME/PLACE: Yes you CAN attend both the Early College Planning Night AND Cabaret!

SBHC OFFERING PHYSICALS FOR SPRING, FALL SPORTS: Sports physicals are good, by MIAA rule, for 13 months.  If your child is due for a physical for the spring sports season, the Gateway School-Based Health Center has openings. Please schedule appointments early to meet deadlines for sports participation. (see full announcement for additional information).

LITTLEVILLE SPRING PORTRAITS: Students at Littleville Elementary School will have a spring portrait fundraiser on March 23; information was sent home in Red Folders.

LITTLEVILLE PTO CALENDAR RAFFLE REMINDER: The PTO has planned the final big fundraiser for the year. Donations are requested (items, a gift basket, gift cards or gift certificates) for a calendar raffle and should be sent in by March 24.

ADULT EDUCATION UPDATE: SHAEC is sponsoring a hike to the Keystone Arch Trail on Saturday, March 25. Come learn local history on this guided, informative tour. Meet at the Chester train station at 10 a.m. Check out SHAEC’s Spring Newsletter for upcoming events, along with the March Calendar and Course List.


A PARENT’S GUIDE TO HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH TODAY’S MATH: In addition to last week’s hands-on presentation from Mike Flynn, the National Education Association has a helpful quick guide for parents on helping their children understand and apply mathematical knowledge.





IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson updates readers on the current final day of school, thanks to our Blizzard Bags, and looks ahead to an increase in staff and student activities as the end-of-year approaches. 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

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