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March 14, 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: “And sometimes this world needs to be graced by someone with a touch of offbrand beauty.” – Gateway junior Audrey Gamble in her video, “A High Schooler’s Guide to Feeling Socially Accepted” (this week’s Weblink of the Week)

WEEK AT A GLANCE: (To be updated when school reopens). The PNA Exam scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 may be rescheduled (TBD). Family Math Game Night for Littleville and Chester students in grades K-2, and their parents/guardians, on Thursday, March 16 at Chester Elementary School (6 – 7:30 p.m.). Red Cross Blood Drive from 11 – 4 on Friday, March 17 and Into the Woods performances are Friday and Saturday, March 17 (6:30 p.m.) and 18 (6 p.m.); tickets (at the door) are $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens. Spring sports tryouts begin on Monday, March 20 afterschool for softball (2:30 – 5) and baseball (starting at 5 p.m.).

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: At their March 8 meeting, the school committee adopted the 2017-18 budget. The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in middle school room 112/114. The public is invited to attend.

REMINDER: GATEWAY DRAMA DEPARTMENT HEADS INTO THE WOODS: Friday, 3/17 at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3/18 at 6 p.m. Tickets (at the door) are $10 for adults, $7 for students, senior citizens. Click here for a photo gallery of cast members.

Photo of Gateway Model UN Team at UMASSMODEL UNITED NATIONS CLUB AT UMASS AMHERST CONFERENCE: Gateway senior Rachel LeBarron reports on the club's participation in the MUN conference at UMASS last week. 

COMMUNITY MEMBERS HELP LAUNCH NEW OUTDOOR CLUB AT GATEWAYAlum Jeff Penn and Appalachian Trail completer Andy Meyers approached Principal Jason Finnie last summer about a desire to start an Outdoor Club at Gateway. The group is up and running with its adviser, Nicole Daviau and grant funding from the Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee.

7TH & 8TH GRADERS REWARDED FOR GOOD, EXCELLENT EFFORT: 7th and 8th graders took part in  their second term Effort Awards Brunch on Wednesday, March 8, where they heard words of wisdom from guest speaker Janine Boland, were treated to brunch, and took part in a drawing for door prizes.

EARLY COLLEGE PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS, PARENTSIf you (or your child) are in 9th, 10th or 11th grade and considering attending college after high school, don't miss this important workshop to help you learn more. For students in grades 9-11 and their parents/guardians. March 30, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Gateway Guidance Department. 

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS: All winter sports uniforms are now overdue and should be returned to Mr. Bonenfant either at the beginning or end of the school day. Spring sports athletes need to return their sign-up packets to Mr. Bonenfant before tryouts begin March 20. Spring athletes should check with Mr. Bonenfant or the nurse’s office to see if your physical is valid for the upcoming season. Softball tryouts begin Monday, March 20 from 2:30 – 5; baseball tryouts start that day at 5 p.m.

GATEWAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING: The Board of the Gateway Education Foundation will meet on Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. in Dr. Hopson’s office; agenda items include approving summer project applications and planning for Valley Gives Day.

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: 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.

ELEMENTARY HEALTH SCREENINGS UNDERWAY: Gateway’s school nurses have started state-mandated vision, hearing, posture, height and weight screenings. Parents will be contacted if a need is indicated.

ADULT EDUCATION UPDATE: SHAEC is holding a Technology Q & A next Tuesday (March 21) from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Russell Senior Center.  Check out SHAEC’s Spring Newsletter for upcoming events, along with the March Calendar and Course List.


STUDENT VIDEO: A HIGH SCHOOLER’S GUIDE TO FEELING SOCIALLY ACCEPTED: Gateway junior Audrey Gamble tackled strategies for coping with the social hierarchy in the life of a teenager, in this delightful film. 






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IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson reports on the School Committee’s vote to adopt the 2017-18 budget and review of recommendations from the MARS (Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools) report. Read the complete column for more information.


Wendy V. Long, Editor

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