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May 16, 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: Educate and inform the whole mass of people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

WEEK AT A GLANCE:The Baseball SR. NIGHT will be Thursday, May 18 at 4 p.m. on home fields. Littleville’s 3rd and 4th grade Art Show opens in the main Gateway foyer that night at 6 p.m., and their musical “Dig It!” starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center; free admission. The high school prom will be Friday night, May 19 at East Mountain Country Club. The 7/8 grade band performs at Chester on Track on Saturday, May 20. Montgomery’s Annual Town Meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. (they did not have a quorum on May 15). Click here for a May Gateway Calendar.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: If you missed the May 10 meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee you missed presentations on the Costa Rica Trip and Blizzard Bags; an invitation to the towns to take part in budget planning next year; strategic planning; approval of the 2017-18 school calendar; approval of third quarter budget transfers; and approval of School Choice for 2017-18. The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in MS rooms 112/114. The public is welcome!

2017-18 BUDGET UPDATE: Montgomery’s Town Meeting could not raise a quorum, and has been rescheduled to Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The 2017-18 Budget has passed in the towns of Blandford and Middlefield, but failed in the town of Russell. Upcoming Annual Town Meetings include Huntington on Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.; and Chester on Saturday, June 10 at 1 p.m. If two more towns pass the budget, it will be ratified.

Chester fifth graders are about to go canoeing (photo)CHESTER FIFTH GRADE TAKES OVERNIGHT TRIP TO BERKSHIRE OUTDOOR CENTER: From canoeing to building a geodesic dome, the fifth graders tackled each challenge and opportunity like champs!

FROM JAPAN TO THE GATEWAY HILLTOWNS: “I like it here because the air is clean and I can see the stars at night,” said Ikuto Iwasa, one of two Japanese exchange students attending Gateway Regional High School this year. (Article written by Communications Intern Allie Clark).

GATEWAY GRADUATION AND SR. EVENTS: The Class of 2017 will graduate on Friday, June 2 at 6 p.m., and senior awards—including the Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Golden Achievement winners—will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 31.

GSA MARCHES IN PRIDE PARADE: On Saturday, May 6, the Gateway Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) Gateway GSA marchers at Northampton Pride Paradetook to the streets of Northampton to show off their pride. (Article written by Communications Intern Dawson Atkin).

SOFTBALL SR. NIGHT CHANGE: The game will now be played on Wednesday, May 24 at 4 p.m.

UMASS CHAMBER PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE AT GATEWAY: Thanks to funding from the Local Cultural Councils of  Blandford, Huntington, Montgomery and Russell, Littleville students (plus middle and high school music students) were treated to an amazing concert offered by 13 percussionists from UMASS/Amherst.

2017-18 GATEWAY CALENDAR APPROVED: Students return on Wednesday, August 30 for the coming school year. Click here to see the calendar. 

SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY: All Gateway schools, Wrap Around and the Wellness Center will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.


SURVEY FOR PARENTS, STAFF & COMMUNITY MEMBERS EXTENDED ONE MORE WEEK: At press time, we had 95 of 149 needed staff surveys; 73 of 271 parent surveys, and 12 of 99 community surveys. Surveys take 10-15 minutes to complete and are completely anonymous. But the results will only be helpful if we get enough people to take part to be statistically valid. PLEASE!! Clicking will bring you to the Parent Survey, Staff Survey and Community Member Survey.







IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson congratulates our alumni for distinguishing themselves in college and speaks of the responsibility to educate all students of all abilities and needs. Read the complete column for more information.


Wendy V. Long, Editor

“Breaking News From Gateway”
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