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May 14, 2018
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:“Everyone thinks that hoppin’s our thing. Well, matter o’fact, what we do is sing.” – from “The Swamp Stomp”, part of Thursday night’s musical “Swamped”, by John Jacobson and John Higgins (presented by Littleville Grade 1 & 2 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.)
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
- Month of May: HS Student Art Show, on display at the Huntington Public Liibrary;
- Monday, May 14: Kindergarten Screening at Littleville, by appointment from 8 – 11 a.m.; Girls Softball at Home vs. Granby, 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 15: Red Cross Blood Drive, 2-7 p.m. in the HS Gym; get a $5 gift card for donating, help student organizers earn scholarship money, and just do it to help others! Girls Softball at Home vs. Franklin Tech; 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 16: Boys Baseball at Home vs. McCann Tech, 4 p.m.
- Thursday, May 17: Girls Softball at Home vs. Smith Voke, 4 p.m.; Elementary Art Show, 6 p.m. in Gateway main entrance; Swamped! Littleville Grade 1-2 Musical, GPAC, 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 18: Jr. Prom at Chez Josef, 6 – 10 p.m.;
- Saturday, May 19: Chester on Track
- Monday, May 21: PreK Screening at Littleville by appointment, 12 – 3 p.m.; Girls Softball at Home vs. Sabis, 4 p.m.; Gateway Education Foundation Board of Directors Meeting, 6 p.m. in Dr. Hopson’s Office; Montgomery Annual Town Meeting, 7 p.m. at Montgomery Town Hall
For more upcoming events, download our updated May Counter Card (also on display at security and in all Gateway offices).
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee is Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in MS Rooms 112/114. They will host their annual Staff Honors Reception from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Courtyard that night, to honor our retirees and Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching finalist. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for information about May meetings. The public is welcome to attend.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETINGS:Middlefield and Blandford have both held their Annual Town Meetings and have both approved the alternative assessment method (which will help stabilize town assessments over several years) and the alternative assessment budget amount for the coming school year. Upcoming town meetings include Montgomery on May 21 (7 p.m. at Montgomery Town Hall); Huntington (Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in Stanton Hall); Chester on June 9 (1 p.m. at Chester Town Hall); and Russell at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11 (former Russell Elementary School building)Information on the FY’19 Budget and the alternative assessment method proposal can be found here.
AUDREY GAMBLE’S SR. YEAR BLOG: In her most recent blog post, (“Wait, AP Exams are THIS Week?”) communications intern Audrey Gamble describes the pressure and rewards of taking AP Exams, as her senior year starts to wind down.
FINALISTS FOR GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ANNOUNCED: Principal Jason Finnie has announced the five senior class finalists for the Golden Achievement Award: Dawson Atkin, Ryley Carleton, Joseph Coon, Audrey Gamble and Jessica VanHeynigen.
SWAMPED! A MUSICAL ABOUT FRIENDSHIP, TOLERANCE AND CHANGE: Littleville first and second graders will present the musical Swamped! on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. A student art show precedes the play, which is sponsored by the Gateway Education Foundation..
GATEWAY STAFF TO BE HONORED BY SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The Gateway Regional School Committee will host their annual Staff Honors Reception, starting at 6 p.m. in the Gateway Courtyard on Wednesday, May 23. Eleven staff members will be honored for retirements and for special achievements.
BASEBALL, SOFTBALL SR. NIGHTS: Sr. Intern Audrey Gamble reports on the final regular season games for the baseball and softball teams, where senior athletes will be acknowledged. Read the complete article for details.
PHOTO GALLERY OF THE WEEK: Photos from the recent production of Cinderella and the Glass Slipper, presented by Gateway Regional Middle School.
SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY: All schools, offices and Wrap Around will be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. The Gateway HS Band will march in the Huntington, Chester and Montgomery parades this year.
ALTERNATIVE SPORTS BANQUET MAY 29: The Gateway Athletic Booster Club is sponsoring an alternative to the banquet that was cancelled a few weeks ago. All athletes, coaches and teams (and athletes’ families) are invited to a dessert buffet on Tuesday, May 29. Families are asked to bring a dessert to share.
FOUNDATION BOARD TO MEET: The Gateway Education Foundation’s Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in Dr. Hopson’s office.
WEBLINK OF THE WEEK:
SCHEDULE YOUR BLOOD DONATION FOR TUESDAY, MAY 15 AT GATEWAY: Click the title and go right to scheduling an appointment for Gateway’s final blood drive of the year with code GRHS12 Do it for the $5 Amazon Gift Card, given to each donor tomorrow. Do it to help our Red Cross Club seniors qualify for scholarship money. Or just do it to save a life! Or call 1-800-redcross for availability.
GATEWAY BLOOD DRIVE MAY 15
2018-19 SCHOOL CALENDAR IS NOW POSTED
PRESCHOOL SCREENING AND REGISTRATION FOR THE FALL
GATEWAY SENIOR EVENTS CALENDAR
ALUMNI SOUGHT FOR “WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” SERIES
VHS-DVD FUNDRAISER FOR GATEWAY FILM STUDIO
SUPPORT THE GATEWAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION THROUGH AMAZON SMILE
NEW OPT-IN FOR PARENTS MONITORING INTERNET SAFETY; REGISTER HERE
GATEWAY MOBILE APP REMINDER
HELPFUL HILLTOWN INFORMATION
IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent’s Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson reflects on the successful collaboration between town officials, school officials and the Gateway Regional School Committee, and the tangible outcomes thus far. Read the complete column for more information.
Wendy V. Long, Editor
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