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June 11, 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: “While I definitely am glad to finally have graduated, moving away from an experience I’ve been so accustomed to for the last four years is a big adjustment.” – Gateway graduate Audrey Gamble, in her final Senior Year blog post.
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
- Monday, June 11: Gateway Girls Softball Team (#7) faces Mt. Everett HS (#2) in quarter-final round of Western Mass D3 Tournament action; (4 p.m. at Mt. Everett);
- Tuesday, June 12: MS Transition Night (for current 5th graders and parents/guardians); 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Gateway; the “Y’s Kids” program will be in the entry-way (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) to accept letters of intent and answer questions for the new afterschool program in the fall (as long as enough families sign up by June 29);
- Wednesday, June 13: Underclass Awards; Half-Day with MS/HS out at 10:35 a.m.; elementary schools released at 11:40 a.m.;
- Thursday, June 14: 8th Grade Step Up assembly; 8:15 – 10 a.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center; Last Day of School/Half-Day with MS/HS out at 10:35 a.m.; elementary schools released at 11:40 a.m.;
For more upcoming events, download our updated June 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, June 20 at 7 p.m. in MS Rooms 112/114. A Facilitated Discussion meeting between school committee and town officials will be Thursday, June 14. Click here for information about June meetings. The public is welcome to attend.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETINGS: The final town meeting (Russell) is tonight at 7 p.m. at the former Russell Elementary School. All of the other Gateway towns have met and approved the alternative assessment method to the regional agreement, and have approved the FY’19 School Budget. Information on the FY’19 Budget and the alternative assessment method proposal can be found here.
PHOTO GALLERY OF THE WEEK: Photos from the Littleville first grade trip to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.
AUDREY GAMBLE SR. YEAR BLOG:In her final blog post, (“Final Thoughts and New Beginnings”) communications intern Audrey Gamble reflects on adjusting to no longer being a high school student.
FIRST GRADERS STUDY WITH ARCADIA WILDLIFE EDUCATOR: Extra help and hands-on experience in science studies occurred this year with regular visits from Laura Tate Beltran, an environmental educator with Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. The months-long project was funded by a STARS grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. (See also, this week’s Photo Gallery).
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR SPEAKS WITH GATEWAY WORLD STUDIES CLASSES: Students were uncharacteristically quiet and still throughout the hour-long telling of her experience as a teen during the holocaust in Hungary. Ruth Mermelstein, now in her 80s, detailed her harrowing experience from 1940 until April 1945.
BUS ROUTES AVAILABLE IN MID-AUGUST: The 2018-19 school year bus routes will be posted on the Gateway Website on August 15. They will also be linked in the “Back-to-School” issue of Breaking News, which will be out on or near August 20. New this year: bus stop and pick-up/drop-off times will be in the Parent Portal for grades 4-12 by August 15. Students return to school August 29.
PLEASE SEND IN FINAL BALANCE ON LUNCH ACCOUNTS: Payments for negative lunch balances must be sent to the school no later than Thursday morning, June 14. You may also pay online.
“Y’S KIDS” AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM OFFERED AT GATEWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL: The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering a Y’s Kids After School Program for students attending Gateway Regional Middle School, provided enough parents sign up by June 29. Packets are going home with 5th graders and will be available in the MS/HS Office and Gateway security booth. ALSO, staff from the Y's Kids program will be at the 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, June 12 starting at 5:30 p.m. and will be available to answer any questions parents/guardians might have. You can also download this packet, which includes the Y's Kids flyer, letter of intent and requested schedule. The Letter of Intent and schedule request must be completed and returned to the YMCA, with a $75 deposit (check only) by June 29. If we do not have enough sign-ups, we cannot run this program.
NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS: The Pupil Services Office will be destroying the special education records of students who graduated or left school in 2011. If you or your child received special education services and you wish to obtain the special education file, please call 685-1017. Records will be destroyed on August 31, 2018.
SIGN-UPS FOR FALL SPORTS/SPORTS SURVEY ARE BOTH OPEN AND ONLINE: Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant has announced that the online registration for fall sports is now open to any student entering grades 6 – 12. Also, a new sports survey is online to determine numbers of prospective numbers of student athletes for the coming school year. Parents/Guardians should complete this survey for any student planning to play a sport during the 2018-19 school year.
ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: Drop by the Hilltown Community Garden (next to Countryside Woodcraft on Route 20, Russell) for weekly talks on gardening tasks and solutions with Master Gardener Ken Conway. Now underway on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and weekly through the summer. Free class; just bring your own binder for weekly handouts.
WEBLINK OF THE WEEK:
A REFRESHER ON SUMMER SAFETY, BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Ah summer vacation..the sun, the heat, the water, the bugs, the allergies, the poisonous plants, stepping on rusty metal in your bare feet… Lucky for us, Parent’s Magazine has tips on having a safe summer, and what to do if you are faced with some of the more unpleasant components. Don’t forget your bike helmet!
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GATEWAY
2018-19 SCHOOL CALENDAR IS NOW POSTED
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. (Note: as the Country Journal didn’t have the space—due to all of our graduation coverage—to run last week’s column, it is held over again this week. So, just in case you missed it…) This week, Dr. Hopson compares the education provided to the Gateway Class of 2018 to one that would have been offered 100 years earlier. Read the complete column for more information.
Wendy V. Long, Editor
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