Friends of Gateway:
Here is this
week’s installment of Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter. As always, your
feedback and suggestions are welcome. 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 any
suggestions for improvements are welcome.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you are going to
achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little
matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” –
schedule of activities for the week ending October
2, 2009 is now posted. (Items for this calendar should
be submitted at least two weeks ahead of time!)
UPCOMING MEETINGS: The Gateway
Regional School Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 23
at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Agenda items include
budget projections and continued discussion of the
consolidation/closing of elementary schools. The Friends of
Gateway have changed their standard meeting time to the SECOND
Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. The
Friends of Gateway will next meet on October 13, when plans for
district-wide fundraising and filing for a 501(c)3. New members are
sought and are welcome to join this group, whose goals include improving
communications, parent involvement, and volunteerism in support of
student achievement. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all
HOPSON NAMED AP SCHOLAR WITH HONOR: Jessica L. Hopson, a
senior at Gateway Regional High School, has been named an “AP Scholar
With Honor” due to her high achievement on tests given by the College
Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP).
Senior Jessica Hopson.
DAYS FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Area
residents are reminded that the deadline for submitting written comments
regarding the futue of Gateway Elementary Schools is approaching.
R. H. CONWELL GRINDER SALE: The
R. H. Conwell School PTO is offering pre-ordered grinder dinners the
evening of Open House (September 30). Dinner includes a grinder, chips,
brownie and drink for $8 and orders must be in by September 23.
Famillies may pick up their meal from 5 p.m. on the evening of Open
House. The PTO is also having Scholastic Book Fair during Open House.
PARENT NOTES INTO SCHOOL: When
sending in a note for your child regarding absence, dismissal, or any
other matter, please include a date, your child’s first and last name
and their teacher’s name (through grade 6) on that note.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: R.
H. Conwell Elementary School is seeking volunteers
to help in the school library. Please let school secretary Sharon
Barnard know if you are able to help.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway
parents raise strong, safe, healthy and high-achieving kids!
PLANNING FOR COLLEGE: HOW SOON IS TOO SOON? Thinking about college
for your child? Whether you have a high school senior or a preschool
student, the College
Board has a helpful website that can help your family
today and in the future. Familiarize yourself NOW with these financial
and academic planning tools for your child’s future!
OFFICIALS INVITED TO WEIGH IN ON SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Selectboard and Finance
Committee members from the seven Gateway hilltowns have been invited to a
meeting in the Gateway Performing Arts Center on September 23 to
discuss the potential for some elementary schools to close next year.
ANNUAL FAMILY CARNIVAL AT LITTLEVILLE: Scheduled to coincide
with National Family Day—A Day to Eat Dinner With Your
Children—Littleville Elementary School’s Second Annual Family Carnival
will be held on Saturday, September 26 at the school.
22 EARLY RELEASE DAY: Students in the Gateway Regional School
District will have a two-hour early release day on Tuesday, September
22nd; lunch will be served at school.
ANNUAL ALUMNI SOCCER GAME ON SEPTEMBER 26: All alumni who played
soccer for Gateway Regional High School are invited to participate in
the 14th Annual “Blue and Gold” Game. See the flyer for complete
- SEASONAL FLU SHOTS
AVAILABLE FOR GATEWAY STAFF: The Gateway School-Based Health Center is
offering seasonal flu vaccine for Gateway staff. The fee will be $20,
first come first served. Limited quantities are available and staff must
make an appointment at the SBHC.
- PSAT’S FOR SOPHOMORES AND
JUNIORS: Sophomores and juniors who are thinking about attending college
are advised to sign up now for the PSAT. The PSAT is the best practice
for the SAT since the format and directions are the same for both tests.
On average, students who take the PSAT score higher on the SAT than
those who don’t. You also get free online access to My College
Quickstart, a great college and career planning tool that lets you
review your PSAT, provides you with a customized SAT study plan, and
gives a personalized list of colleges, majors and careers. Juniors who
take the PSAT may also qualify for scholarships and other programs. The
PSAT will be given at Gateway Regional High School on Wednesday, October
14th. Students must sign up in the Guidance Office by Friday,
October 2nd for this test. Cost is $14 (cash or check payable
to the school), which must be paid at sign-up. You will then receive
more information on the test as well as a practice test. Please contact
the Guidance Office (413.685.1107) if you have questions about the PSAT.
HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY: High school families are
probably aware that an attendance policy has been in effect for many
years; however, students and parents/guardians should take note of the
new guidelines in place this year.
ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE: A wonderful opportunity
to meet teachers and staff face-to-face, look at student work, and see
our beautiful schools!
FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH: The application form is posted
to our website. If you need assistance, please contact John Bergeron or Diane
Meehan at 667-2204, who would be happy to help.
FOR 2009-10: As was reported earlier
this year, student fees will be increasing for the coming school year.
CALENDAR FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR: The district calendar
for the coming school year is posted on-line, and contains Open House
Dates, parent conferences, holidays, vacations, graduation and student
HOW TO FIND THE FALL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE: The high school sports
schedule for fall sports is posted online at www.highschoolsports.net .
Fall season tryout schedules are already posted on-line. Home games will
continue to be posted in the “Week at a Glance” column of Breaking
WEBSITE ON THE FUTURE OF
GATEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Parents of students in
Gateway elementary schools have a new resource for information as the
district grapples with tough economic decisions and the possible closure
of some schools. Click
here for the
Corner for this week is attached. This
week, Dr. Hopson discusses the strategies that Gateway has put into
place in the past few years, which are expected to yield improved
academic achievement for students. Read the entire column for details!
Have a wonderful week!