Friends of Gateway:
Here is this
week’s installment of Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter. Back issues of Breaking
News and past Superintendent’s Corners are posted on the News Archive
(under “general information” on the district website). As always, your
feedback and suggestions are welcome.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Kids: they dance before
they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” – William Stafford
MEETINGS: If you missed last week’s meeting of the Gateway Regional School
Committee, you missed a report by Middle School Principal Todd Gazda on
efforts to improve student achievement and their results; a request
from Vanessa Lewis to form a private school in Worthington; approval of
the Superintendent’s FY ’10 Final Evaluation Document; a vote to delete
the Pregnant Students Policy; approval of Version 2.1 of the 2010-11
budget; approval of school choice for FY’11; and authorization for
incurring temporary debt in anticipation of revenue for FY’11. Agenda
items on minutes, one man/one vote and Worthington’s request for
consideration in forming a school union were deferred to the next
meeting. The Gateway Regional School Committee will
meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14 at Russell Elementary School.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend all meetings.
VERSION 2.1 APPROVED: The Gateway Regional
School Committee approved Version 2.1 of the 2010-11 budget, which
results in an additional -$129,661 reduction in assessments to the
HIGH SCHOOL UNDERCLASS AWARDS: Freshmen,
sophomores and juniors received their academic and service awards on
Wednesday, June 16th.
JR. HIGH SCHOOL TERM 4 AWARDS: Principal
Kathleen McSweeney announced the fourth term “Excellent and Good Effort
Awards” for grades 7 and 8.
EIGHTH GRADERS RECEIVE AWARDS:
about to make the transition from Jr. High to Sr. High School earned a
range of academic and service awards last week.
OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway parents raise strong,
safe, healthy and high-achieving kids!
MUSICAL ACTIVITIES WITH CHILDREN: Are your kids attending “Camp Stay-At-Home”
this summer? If so, check out the scholastic website for tips on
musical activities to share with kids of all ages. As demonstrated at
last week’s GatorRoo, kids enjoy music!
- EAC STILL MEETING ON ELEMENTARY TRANSITIONS: Gateway’s Elementary
Advisory Committee continues to meet, with its purpose now focused on
communicating with parents and the public about the transition from 5 to
2 elementary schools for the fall. A flyer was sent home last week to
all elementary parents, with an overview of Chester and Littleville Elementary Schools
HAVE GONE HOME: Principal Kathleen McSweeney has announced that
schedules for the 2010-11 school year went home with high school
students recently, and with students entering grades 7 and 8 earlier
this week. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Gateway
Guidance Department as soon as possible (685-1107).
- SAVE-THE-DATE FOR CHILDREN’S TAG SALE: The Chester Parent
Center is sponsoring a huge Children’s Tag Sale on July 24 from 11 a.m. –
3 p.m. at the Chester Town Center playgrounds, to benefit Chester
Elementary School. Read the complete article for how and where to donate
gently used items NOW!
- FALL SPORTS SIGN-UPS HAVE
BEGUN: Any student entering Grade 7 – Grade 12 in September is eligible
to sign up for Boys and Girls Soccer, Gymnastics and Cross-Country
Running at Gateway Regional High School. All interested students can
sign up at the Gateway Wellness Center with Mr. St.Peter, weekdays from
3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
- RE-USABLE SHOPPING BAGS
FUNDRAISER: The Blandford Elementary School PTO is selling cute,
re-usable shopping bags as a fundraiser. Click here for an order form.
- ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR
MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS: Click here for a flyer on state programs that help
Massachusetts residents, what they do, and how to contact them.
- WELLNESS CENTER SUMMER SCHEDULE: Summer hours for
the Gateway Wellness Center will begin on Monday, June 21. The new
schedule will be Monday - Thursday: 5:30 - 7 a.m. and 3:30 - 8:30 p.m.;
Friday: 5:30 - 7 a.m. and 3:30 - 8 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon. The
Gateway Wellness Center will be closed from July 2 through July 5 for
the holiday weekend.
- ELEMENTARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE: Gateway’s Elementary
Advisory Committee, which has transformed itself into the Elementary
Transition Communications (or ETC) committee this spring, announces a
new website for parents and community members about the transition from 5
to 2 elementary schools this fall.
- LITTLEVILLE SUMMER WRAP AROUND PROGRAM: Parents of students who
are, or will be, attending Littleville Elementary School can register
for the summer wrap around program, which will offer a safe environment
for students at a minimal cost. Read the complete article (click on the
article title) for details. Click here for registration forms.
- GATEWAY IS OFFERING SUMMER ACADEMIC HELP: Students in grades 5
through 12 are invited to attend Gateway’s annual Summer Academic
Support Program, which helps students prepare for MCAS exams and retests
in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science and
Technology/Engineering. Don’t worry – it’s fun, too!
- CHANGE IN BUSING TO DAYCARE FOR 2010-11 SCHOOL YEAR: Effective September
2010, there will be a change in the district’s transportation policy for
daycare. In past years, a student could either be picked up or dropped
off at a daycare provider different days of the week. Now with a
reduction in buses and a recommendation from a transportation study
group conducted in November, the daycare policy will have to be
consistent Monday-Friday, 5 days a week in the morning and/or afternoon.
This was also a suggestion of a transportation audit that was conducted
in November 2009. Buses will no longer be making unscheduled stops
along their route to drop off students at a different location along
their route. (If a student were going to an address at 14 Littleville
Rd but the bus stops at 16 Littleville Rd, then the student would be
dropped off at the 16 Littleville Rd location.) Click here for a copy of the daycare
request form, which will be available on the Gateway Website. Daycare
forms should be returned to the school secretary before the close of
school ON June 4.
- REMINDER ON SUMMER USE OF SCHOOLS: Gateway schools and
facilities will not be available for outside groups this summer.
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WILL CLOSE INTRA-DISTRICT SCHOOL
CHOICE FOR 2010-11: Students will be assigned to Littleville and
Chester Elementary Schools next fall on the basis of their town of
residence, so that staff and materials can be distributed in a planful
way for the fall.
SCHOOL START TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR 2010-11 SCHOOL YEAR: The Gateway Regional
School District voted to approve a change in school starting and ending
times for the 2010-11 school year, at its January 27 meeting. The changes were made in
accordance with recommendations from an independent transportation
audit, conducted by the Massachusetts Association of School Business
Superintendent’s Corner for this week
is now posted. This
week, Dr. Hopson describes the roles and responsibilities of the
Gateway Regional School Committee, and thanks long-term members Linda
Ray and Sam Sico for their years of service. Read the entire
column for details!
Have a wonderful week!
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PHENOMENAL ATTENDANCE AT GATOR ROO: As evidenced in our
photo series, the GatorRoo Music Festival was incredibly well attended,
with students, staff, parents, grandparents, community members and
alumni all on hand to take part. Click
here for more photos.
Sawyer conducts a group of elementary singers.