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September 11, 2018
Dear Friends of Gateway:
Here is the latest 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: “Rest nurtures creativity, which nurtures activity. Activity nurtures rest, which sustains creativity. Each draws from and contributes to the other.” – Kim John Payne (see Weblink of the Week)
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
- Tuesday, September 11: Middle School/High School Picture Day; SEASON OPENER! Boys & Girls XC teams host Greenfield HS and Westfield Tech; Best viewing from Littleville Dam; (teams walk the course at 3:45 p.m., then return to the start and race).
- Wednesday, September 12: Littleville PTO Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at the school;School Committee Meeting (Joint meeting with town officials); 7 p.m. in MS rooms 112/114; public welcome;
- Thursday, September 13: Communications Council Meeting, 9 – 10 a.m. in Dr. Hopson’s office; Girls Soccer vs. Frontier at home; JV at 4, Varsity at 6 p.m.; Booster Field
- Friday, September 14: Band Rental Night, 6:30 p.m. at Littleville Library;
- Saturday, September 15: Show Choir Carwash, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Gateway Farm & Pet
- Tuesday, September 18: College Visit: University of Rhode Island, 8 a.m. (sign up in Guidance); Littleville Open House, 6 – 7 p.m.
For more upcoming events, download the August/September Counter Card (on display at security and in all Gateway offices).
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee is Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. in MS Rooms 112/114. This is a joint meeting with town officials. Agenda items include a presentation on the FY’19 Financial State of the District and discussion on unfunded mandates and OPEB (other post-employment benefits) and the Worthington withdrawal.The public is welcome to attend. Click here for September meeting information.
SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER (SBHC) WILL SERVE CHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIS YEAR: The Gateway SBHC is pleased to announce that Nurse Practitioner Brenda Jaeger-Chaloux will provide medical services to students at Chester Elementary School this year. Students may receive physicals, flu vaccines and other immunizations, check-ups, and monitoring on chronic conditions, such as asthma.
GATEWAY NAMED TO MIAA SPORTSMANSHIP HONOR ROLL: Athletic Director Matthew Bonenfant has announced that the Massachusetts interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has named Gateway Regional High School to the MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll for the 2017-18 school year.
GATEWAY OPEN HOUSES COMING UP: Open Houses for Littleville, Chester and the Middle & High Schools are next week! Littleville will be on Tuesday, September 18; Chester on September 19; and the Middle/High Schools on September 20. Elementary schools are 6 – 7 p.m.; MS/HS is 6 – 7:30 p.m.
VHS TO DVD-R FUNDRAISER FOR GATEWAY FILM STUDIES: Gateway’s Video Production class continues to raise funds for new equipment and other needs by converting home videos and educational videos from VHS to DVD, as a yearlong fundraiser.
FOUNDATION BOARD TO MEET: The Board of Directors of the Gateway Education Foundation will meet on Monday, September 24 at 6 p.m. in Dr. Hopson’s office. Agenda items include approving applications for funding from teachers and staff, upcoming fundraisers, and planning for Homecoming Weekend.
SHOW CHOIR CAR WASH SATURDAY: The Gateway Show Choir is holding a car wash this Saturday (September 15) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gateway Farm & Pet. Please stop in!
BAND RENTAL NIGHT: Instrument rental night for band students who need an instrument will be Friday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Littleville Elementary School. Vendors will be on hand to explain their rental arrangements and parents can sign up and take an instrument with them that evening. Please email Renee Mosher firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Guertin email@example.com if you have questions.
FUNDS FOR LEARNING APPLICATIONS OUT TO STAFF: The Gateway Education Foundation has emailed all Gateway staff with applications for funding for classroom projects. Applications are due on Friday, September 21. Since 2012, the Gateway Education Foundation has funded 78 projects totaling over $80,000! If you are an Amazon shopper, you can help raise money for the Gateway Education Foundation by registering with Amazon Smile, and naming the Foundation as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate a portion of your sales to the Foundation. As more and more staff, parents and community members are registering, the Foundation is making more and more money. Stop by our table at Gateway Open Houses to learn more about the Gateway Education Foundation. We will also hold 50/50 raffles at each Open House!
WEBLINK OF THE WEEK:
NEW DATA ON TEEN SCREEN USE: This infographic from Common Sense Media shows results from a 2018 survey of teens ages 13-17, revealing that 54% of teenagers believe that parents would be a lot more worried about social media if they knew what’s actually happening there. And while social media use is still relatively low (up to 16% from the 7% reported 6 years ago) in-person communication with peers has fallen 17% in that same time. Their devices also wake them up through the night as text messages come in and dangerously impact teens who suffer from depression or low self-esteem. What’s a parent to do? You might attend this free workshop on Saturday, September 15, “How to Make Devices Not Divisive” with Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids.”
SAVE THE DATE FOR 3RD ANNUAL HOMECOMING AT GATEWAY
SEPTEMBER CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
GATEWAY MOBILE APP REMINDER
OPT-IN FOR PARENTS MONITORING INTERNET SAFETY
APPLICATION FOR FREE AND REDUCED MEALS
IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent’s Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson discusses the very warm first week of school and the progress the towns and school have made working collaboratively. Read the complete column for more information.
Wendy V. Long, Editor
“Breaking News From Gateway”
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