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February 17, 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: “You don’t get rich writing words,” author Richard Bowker, speaking to sixth grade students at Gateway Regional Middle School.

WEEK AT A GLANCE: The Winter Break is now officially underway and all schools and offices are closed next week. The deadline for Boston Celtics ticket orders (fundraiser for the Gateway Education Foundation) is Monday morning, February 27 at 9 a.m. Click for the February Counter Card for more events. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The next meeting OF the Gateway Regional School Committee will be Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in middle school room 112/114. The public is invited to attend. 

AUTHOR OF “THE PORTAL” SPEAKS WITH GATEWAY SIXTH GRADE: Richard Bowker, author of 11 books including “The Portal” (read this year by Gateway sixth Photo of guest speaker Richard Bowkergraders) visited with students yesterday offering a reading form his book and advice on becoming a lifelong writer. The workshop was funded by the Gateway Education Foundation.

SAFETY DRILL DRAWS ON SCHOOL COUNSELORS’ EXPERTISE: Gateway’s school counselors and administrators were put through their paces during a tabletop safety drill held last week, on the very day marking the start of National School Counseling Week.

BUDGET HEARING MARCH 1: Students, staff, parents, community members and town officials are all invited to a Public Hearing on the 2017-18 school year budget at 7 p.m. in the GPAC.

GATEWAY HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT: Area 8th graders and their parents/guardians are invited to an informative presentation about the programs offered at Gateway Regional High School, which will be held on Thursday, March 2.

GATEWAY NURSES COMPLETE FIRST SBIRT SCREENING: The entire 7th grade was screened by Gateway Nurse Leader Jodi Cabral-Croke and nurse Linda Thompson, in the new required screening for prevention and education in substance use.

MARCH 1 DEADLINE FOR VOKE APPLICATIONS: A reminder that the deadline for applications to Smith and Westfield vocational high schools is Wednesday, March 1.

LAST CALL FOR BOSTON CELTICS TICKETS: The deadline for this fundraiser for the Gateway Education Foundation is Monday morning, February 27. Tickets are on sale for the March 24 game at the TD Bank Garden against the Phoenix Suns. Click here for an order form.

ATTENTION FAMILIES AND PARENTS OF GATEWAY SENIORS: This is your last chance to order your Sr. Recognition Ad for the high school yearbook. If you would like to recognize a graduating senior, you can purchase ad space in the 2017 yearbook. Ad information is available in the HS office, by clicking here or by emailing Mrs. Wing ( The deadline has been extended until March 3rd.


THE ROLE OF SCHOOL COUNSELORS: Last week marked National School Counseling Week, and their professional organization (ASCA – the American School Counseling Association) explains the different roles that counselors play in schools.



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IN CLOSING, two weeks of Superintendent's Cornerare now posted. On February 13, Dr. Hopson provided some budget updates and on February 17, he wrote about the many things that Gateway offers its students and the value it provides its member towns. Read the complete column for more information.


Wendy V. Long, Editor

“Breaking News From Gateway”
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