Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:
PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!
Both schools will use an open "Meet and Greet" format, with sixth grade parents invited to a 6 p.m. Q & A with Assistant Principal Deanna LeBlanc. Click here for more information.
Show your Gator Pride by ordering "Gator Gear" by September 17.
The new budget reflects nearly $106,000 in reductions to address a $95,000 shortfall in Version 1, but reduces the total of town assessments to just below 2.5%. Towns have 45 days to reconsider the budget, although Blandford, Middlefield and Montgomery do not need to revote. Click here for more information.
The Gateway Guidance Office is offering the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on Wednesday, April 5. Students must sign up in Guidance by April 3. This test is recommended for students entering the military, but is also useful for other students as well. Click here for more information.
Efforts by alum Jeff Penn (GRHS ’80) and local businessman Andy Myers have led tothe successful launching of a new Outdoor Club at Gateway Regional High School. Accomplishments this year include finding an adviser, having over 30 students sign up, setting up a wildlife camera on school grounds, winning start-up grant funding from the Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee and completing several hikes and excursions.
The team spent three days at UMASS last week, testing their knowledge of world and historic events.
Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Don’t miss this week’s “Weblink of the Week!” This week’s headlines include:
This event is free of charge to elementary students and their families, in grades K, 1 & 2 (thanks to support from the Gateway Education Foundation!). March 16, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Chester Elementary School. Read more....
“The women were so driven to do what they believed in,” eighth grader Jess Bush commented, “All the work they had to do…they had to do extra work just because they were different.”
When are the Blizzard Bag assignments due? What happens if a student doesn't complete and return their work? How do Blizzard Bags impact the last day of school? For answers to these questions--and more--read the complete article!.
Breaking News -- Gateway's weekly e-newlsetter--is now posted. Articles include many activities leading up to the holiday break, information on the upcoming As Schools Match Wits face-off, and fall sports all-stars were named by the Daily Hampshire Gazette!
In this week's issue:
Plus the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week's Superintendent's Corner.
The Gateway Drama Department presents "Into the Woods"--the Stephen Sondheim musical that blends 4 Grimm's Fairy Tales together: Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. Communications Intern (and cast member) Dawson Atkin reports...
Finalists included Dayna Britland, Trevor Bruno, Anna Pless, Franky Tangredi and Diana Tereshchuk. Read more about them in the complete article. Winner and other senior awards will be announced in next Tuesday's Graduation Issue.
The annual day of online generosity throughout Western Massachusetts will take place on Tuesday, May 2, and the Gateway Education Foundation is again taking part. Read the Complete Article for more information about the Foundation. Click here to donate online. (Donations can be made between April 25 and May 2).
Breaking News—THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL ISSUE of Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:
The Graduation Issue!
Jessica VanHeynigen became the second soccer player in Gateway sports history to reach 100 points in her school career. Read on...
Gateway senior Dawson Atkin was named a Commended Student through the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Did you know that someone in America needs blood every two seconds? You can help! Join us at the 7th Annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 7 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Read on...
NOTE: if you read no other Weblink of the Week, please read this week’s!
PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!
Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s stories cover: last week's Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert; Distractology; December community service projects; the 'mystery mittens' of Chester Elementary School; Audrey Gamble's latest blog post; holiday break; team apparel store closes 12/14 for winter season; Littleville's Spirit Week; PTO selling Smencils;
Nearly 90 area residents flocked to Gateway on December 6 to enjoy the 26th Annual Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert. (by Communications Interns Kilee Holmes & Grace LeBarron)
A reminder that Gateway's free, annual brunch and concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 with doors opening at 9:15 a.m.; brunch at 9:30 a.m.; and the concert from 10:30 to noon. Please RSVP by Wednesday morning. Read on...
Black Friday. Cyber Saturday. Local Sunday. Giving Tuesday--a global day of giving fueld by the power of social media and collaboration, inspiring generosity. Please consider even a small donation to the Gateway Education Foundation this year! Learn more.
Tenth grader Rebecca Austin enjoys art. A LOT. She especially enjoys creating digital art--the kind used in the computer gaming industry. Read on....
Soccer season at Gatway catapulted into postseason for the girls team, who finished their regular season with an overall record of 12 wins, 3 ties and 3 losses. They were ranked second in the Division IV Western Massachusetts Tournament bracket. Read on for game by game reporting from Sr. Intern Audrey Gamble.
Two Items to Not Forget:
Three Gateway student athletes have completed their first MIAA Student Ambassador workshop on leadership and community service. Click here for article, written by Sr. Intern Audrey Gamble.
She did it again! Play stopped during Saturday's game against Easthampton HS when senior striker Jess VanHeynigen broke the all time Gateway soccer scoring record. Jess and previous record holder Jessie Rida ('02) were surprised by coaches with a new banner!
"I'm working on a pirate ship with a kraken holding onto it," explained Alyssa G. "It's hard because I'm afraid things will fall off. But I love it!" Read on....
Last week, you met the nominees for the Golden Achievement Award. Now meet the winner, plus the Valedictorian (highest GPA) and Salutatorian (2nd highest GPA) of the GRHS Class of 2017! Click here for a complete listing of senior awards.
It's "Back to School" time - read up on the latest updates for the coming school year. Click here to read more.
The Underclass Awards Ceremony at Gateway Regional High School underwent a transformation this year, in an effort to make it more personalized between teachers and students, and reduce absenteeism. Read more and then click here for a listing of Underclass Awards that were handed out last week.
Read this first hand account of Gateway senior Audrey Gamble's trip to the International Best Buddies Conference over the summer.
Gateway junior Kallie Grochowski has committed to an NCAA D1 university for a full athletic scholarship, offered to her when she was a sophoore. (Article written by communications intern Audrey Gamble.)
For the third year in a row, a Gateway senior was one of 35 graduating seniors to win a $1500 scholarship from the bank that received over 300 applications across 6 states.Click here for the story.
The surveys will now close on Monday, 5/22, in continuing attempts to get Parents, Staff and Community Members to take part in the anonymous survey.
Daniel Shea, physics and chemistry teacher at Gateway Regional High School, was named the district's Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for 2017.
The annual showcase of the high school's top musical talent will be featured at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. Read the complete article for details.
Senior Rachel LeBarron has written a Letter to the Editor asking people to help raise funds to send a second girl to Massachusetts Girls State this year.
In the world of winter sports at Gateway Regional High School, teams have been especially successful this season.
"I almost couldn't breathe," Shondelee Oretega of Chester said, laughing about what it felt like to realize she was sitting next to Governor Charlie Baker. Click here to read more.
The week preceding the holiday break was full of special events including door decorating, spirit days, 'Reindeer Games', concerts, breakfast prepared by staff, a visit from an international pen pal, and a cultural fair!
"Zootopia"--winner of Best Animated Feature Film at last Sunday's Golden Globes awards--will be shown at the Gateway Performing Arts Center on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. The showing is free; refreshments will be on sale before and after the movie (fundraiser for the high school band trip to Philadelphia this spring). Click here for more information.
Gateway's team faces Southwick-Tolland Regional School District on Saturday, January 14.
The projects were approved unanimously at the February 1 meeting of the Gateway Education Foundation Board and total $4,850. Click here for the complete article.
Four students at Littleville Elementary School had a visit with Guinness World Record holder and retired Gateway teacher Peter DelMaso recently. Click here for the full article.
“I am so thrilled to have achieved this certification status and have learned much about how nutrition, good and bad, affects each and every aspect of living well,” Hartley said.
The performance was funded by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Blandford, Huntington, Montgomery and Russell.
Middle School students, who'd won excellent and good effort awards, were treated to breakfast and an inspirational talk from State Trooper Michael Mazza on May 12. Click here for details.
"What if I told you that today, at 1 p.m., something incredibly huge is going to happen to you?" So began remarks by Viet Nam Veteran Jim Monroe, when he visited Gateway 8th graders. Read on....
The Gateway Education Foundation has announced that it has funded two additional projects, bringing the total to 60 projects totaling $37,500. Littleville received a $500 award for their annual summer reading challenge; the middle school music program received $550 to start a ukulele program for non-band students.
The Gateway High School Bands took first place overall in the Jazz Band Competition, plus first place (Jazz Band, group) and second place (Concert Band). Students report that the overall trophy is too big for the trophy case! Click here for details.
Gateway students returned to school on Wednesday, August 30 under sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.
There's a LOT to do during senior year. Get organized for your college application process with help from the Gateway Guidance Department! Free Workshop on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. for Gateway seniors and their parents/guardians. Pizza will be served. RSVP information in full article.
The final day of the 2017-18 school year had 8th grade students front and center for their annual ceremony marking the end of middle school and the transition to high school.
The Class of 2017 graduated on Booster Field under puffy clouds on Friday, June 2 at 6 p.m., in the 54th Commencement Exercises of Gateway Regional High School. Read on....
Activities in the waning days of the school year showcased student work, the result of new programs dedicated to project-based and STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) learning. Click here for more information.
It had something for everyone and raised over $2000 in funding for the Gateway Education Foundation, Outdoor Club and athletic program. Homecoming Weekend recap.
Sixty percent of elementary students took part in last summer's reading challenge, earning prizes and rewards when they returned to school.
You must register by October 9th. Click here for more information.
"It was cool to work with so many college singers, and to bring singing to a new level, focusing on dynamics, tone and sound production," noted senior Dawson Atkin, one of five Gateway students to participate in the ACDA Honor Choir held at UMASS/Amherst on October 28. Read on...
Click here to register for basketball, wrestling, alpine skiing and cheerleading; open to grades 6-12 students.
Please register by Friday, November 24.
Chester's annual Family Literacy Night will be Thursday, November 16 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Learn more...
Parking areas were filled to capacity last Wednesday, as classrooms welcomed the grandparents and grandfriends of their students for a special visit!
Read Sr. Communications Intern Audrey Gamble's report on taking part in Distractology last week, sponsored by the Gateway High School Student Council.
The annual, old-fashioned Penny Social fundraiser for the choirs will be held on Friday, December 8. Read on...
Eighth grader Mackenzie Chase is leading a collection to benefit the animals at the Westfield Animal Shelter (items selected through December 21) and Littleville and Chester Elementary School are collecting pajamas for a special cause (closes December 13).
The half-week leading into the Thanksgiving holiday was chock full of college and career events at Gateway, including workshops on completing the common application, resume writing, interviewing, financial aid and scholarships, and instant admissions to several area colleges.
Senior members of the Gateway soccer and cross-country programs were honored as their regular seasons came to a close. Read on....
This entire weekend is for current and former students, staff, families and community members! Eat - Listen to Great Music - Run - Kayak - Watch/Play Soccer - and Eat Again!
Click here for more information!
Click here for details on the boys soccer Sr. Night!
The Gateway Regional school Committee hosted their Annual Staff Honors Reception on May 24 in the Gateway Courtyard, to honor retirees, staff who had reached milestones and our Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching recipient. Read on...
This year's school-wide reading challenge--sponsored by the Gateway Education Foundation--might have been called, "Oh the Places You Will READ!", in an adaptation from Dr. Seuss!
Read on for information on our newest teachers and staff, hired for the 2017-18 school year.
Open Houses for the elementary schools are September 25 and 26, from 6 - 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
Author Chloe Otterbeck gives a first-hand account on traveling to Costa Rica with Gateway students, where they completed environmental service projects, stayed with host families, and visited schools and other sites. Read more about it.
"I'm confident that our next generation of National Honor Society members will do great things in the upcoming year," stated NHS Vice-President Cami Rock. (Article written by Communications Intern Rachel LeBarron).
Staff from the Gateway School-Based Health Center and Gator Grins visited Littleville Pre-schoolers last week, to teach healthy habits to young children. (Article by communications intern Rachel LeBarron).
"Do your homework before going on a college visit," advised Gateway senior Cami Rock. Read on....
Communications Intern Audrey Gamble reports on Senior Nights for the high school's baseball and softball teams.
If the thank you notes to the Gateway Education Foundation (which funded the bulk of the trip) were any indication, these 16 students had an amazing time on their overnight trip to the Berkshire Outdoor Center.
"I want to be an astronaut when I grow up, or a basketball player," said one kindergartener after listening to Dr. Seuss's classic book Oh, The Places You'll Go. Read more in Communications Intern Rachel LeBarron's report on the annual NHS Service Project.
The event was organized by teacher Doreen Bashista, with funding from the Gateway Education Foundation.
On Saturday, January 14, Gateway students Dawson Atkin and Anna Pless performed in the Western Massachusetts Music Educators District Festival Band, in a concert that took palce at UMASS/Amherst. The two won their spots in the ensemble after each earned the top score on their instrument at auditions late last year. Click here for the article.
Elementary principal Megan Coburn, assistant principal Sara Luciani and teachers Rachel Millin, Kristina Schultz and Anne Fisk attended a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House last week. Click here for the story.
There are a LOT of home athletic events coming up (every weeknight from February 3 - 16) so let's pack the gym--especially for SENIOR NIGHTS!
A reminder to Gateway families, staff, alumni and community members, that tickets to the march 24 Boston Celtics game against the Phoenix Sun are still available. (Fundraiser for the Gateway Education Foundation). Click here for information; click here for an order form.
The First Annual Hilltown Chili Challenge will be held on Friday, March 31 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Gateway Regional High School. Admission is $5 and covers a sampling of up to 20 chili varieties. Competitors, judges needed. Read more!
An interview with two students from Japan attending Gateway Regional High School this year, by Intern Allie Clark.
Approval of the 2017-2018 school budget will be on the warrant for all of the town meetings. Four of the six Gateway towns must approve the budget for it to pass. Click here for more information about dates, times and locations of town meetings.
Chester Elementary School is proud to present their 4th Annual Musical: "Bebop With Aesop", in the Gateway Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 6. Sponsored by the Gateway Education Foundation. Click here for more information.
"I like how empowered she (Annie) was. She had such strength behind everything she said. There was such purpose. She wanted us to understand and convey the power we have over our own lives and to never give up," said Gateway freshman, Livia Shepard, after her inspirational video conferencing visit with Annie Bleiburg. One of the visits was cut short but will be rescheduled for May or June, thanks to support from the Gateway Education Foundation. (Article written by District librarian Bill Brown).
"Peter Pan and Wendy" will be presented on May 5 and 6 in the Gateway Performing Arts Center by students and staff at Gateway Regional Middle School. Tickets (at the door) are $3 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults.
Kilee was just one of the reasons there's a strong connection between this article, Gateway and MassSTAR this year!
"Mix it up day was cool," said Cole Chapman, a 7th grade student at Gateway Regional Middle School. "One of the best things was having a teacher at your table that was not giving you homework." Read on to learn more about how 7th graders organized the school-wide event, part of a national campaign launched by "Teaching Tolerance", a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The half-week leading into the Thanksgiving Recess will again be "College week" at Gateway Regional High School, with college and career-related activities taking place throughout the week. Learn more...
The boys and girls cross country teams finished their season strong, with several runners reaching personal bests at PVIAC and Western Mass races. Read on....
A bag of beautiful, hand-knit mittens, scarves and hats was found in a storage closet this fall, and making winter a little warmer for Chester families!
All schools and offices will be closed from December 25 through January 1. Read on for details.
In a project combining science, research, technology and English Language Arts standards, sixth graders at Gateway Regional Middle School showcased their research on everything from typhoons to sinkholes last week. Read on...
Twenty years ago, HCHC dental hygienist Liz Spooner envisioned a school-based dental program at Gateway. This month, after ten years of working IN that same program, Liz Spooner retired from Gator Grins.
All students at Chester Elementary School will receive free breakfast and lunch at the school; families do not need to complete a free/reduced application to be eligible. Read more....
Principal Jason Finnie has announced the Honor Roll for the third marking term of the 2016-2017 school year.
Click here for more details on school closings, Wrap Around and Wellness Center schedules.
Intern (and GSA president) Dawson Atkin's report on the Northampton Pride Parade, which had a contingent from Gateway marching.
There will be one meeting in February, due to the winter break.
Click here for details.
New members will be inducted on Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Click here for more information.
Public is welcome to attend. Please RSVP (refreshments will be served) by emailing email@example.com or calling 685-1128.
Here's a heads up on the holiday and 2-hour early release day for September. Click here for details.
The GEF Board of Directors will meet on Monday, September 25 at 6 p.m. in Dr. Hopson's office. Click here for more information.
"I would not have my love for music if I hadn't been in Mrs. Guertin's bands," said Anna Pless, as she visited with Gateway music students at the end of UMASS Multibands. Pless (GRHS '17) is a member of the UMASS Marching Band and will march in the Rose Bowl Parade this winter. Read on....
In keeping with its popular annual tradition, the Gateway HS Band is selling grapefruit, oranges, tangelos and other fruits as a fundraiser this month. Read on for details and online ordering option.
About 160 warm weather items were collected last month, and are now available for distribution at the Hilltown Community Social Services Center on Route 20. Read on...
SENIOR UNVEILS BLOG ON SENIOR YEAR: Gateway senior (and Communications Intern) Audrey Gamble has started a blog to share reflections on her senior year at Gateway Regional High School. The title of her first post, “And Oh, Did I Mention College?,” gives a hint of what she’s been largely focusing on so far this year.
Click here for details on the middle school and high school holiday concerts.
The Gateway School-Based Health Center (SBHC) and Gator Grins have reopened for the new school year. The SBHC has flu vaccine available. Read more about both programs--operated by Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc.--here.
How do you raise a child to be a reader in the age of high tech, small screens? Read the attached article for information.
The last day to help will be April 5; donated items may be dropped off at the crib in the Gateway main entrance.
Area school technology staff are invited to Gateway on September 28 to learn more about chromebooks, digital classroom management, filtering, and much more! Read on...
Gateway has its own mobile app and it is free. Click here for more information!
Highlighted calendar items for the first half of the month include the Veterans Day holiday and two half-days for parent-teacher conferences. Read on....
Click here for details on home openers for winter sports.
Here's a chance to get your holiday baking or errands done, while the kids have fun at Gateway. FUNdraiser for the Class of 2020; you MUST pre-register to take part. Click here for more information.
In the past 5 years, about 900 coats have been collected for local families in need of warm clothing. Help push us over 1000 this year in the annual Coats for the Community Drive.
All students, families and schools can take part in a current service project underway at Gateway, to collect relief items for residents of Puerto Rico. Read on....
The Gateway Guidance Department has scheduled a free, comprehensive presentation on college financing at Gateway on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.
How do you know if school is delayed, cancelled or letting out early due to winter weather? Read this revised article!