BN - December 28, 2010

December 28, 2010

Dear 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 in the GRSD News Archive (under “News” on the district website).  As always, your feedback and any suggestions for improvements are welcome. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands." - John Updike

UPCOMING MEETINGS: The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the library of the Gateway campus. Town officials are invited to participate in a One Man One Vote discussion at that meeting, to help determine which option is brought before the voters this spring. The public is welcome to attend School Committee meetings, as an important way to learn more about how the district operates. Please note that any questions or concerns should first be brought to the appropriate district staff member (i.e. a specific teacher, principal or Central Office staff member). The first agenda item of every school committee meeting is hearing issues that are not on the posted agenda. The Friends of Gateway meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the Superintendent's Office. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 4, 2011. New members are welcome to join this group, which supports district communications and volunteers.

Photos from "suturing class"(Article below).
 Photo of Seth Gemme
Photo from Suturing class
Photo from suturing class
   Photo from suturing class  Photo from suturing class  

GATEWAY GRAD SHARES SKILLS WITH STUDENTS: "It's fun; it's a different way to learn," said Lyndsey McCarthy, a Gateway senior who aspires to be a nurse. She was describing her Anatomy & Physiology class last week, when medical student and Gateway graduate Seth Gemme taught students how to suture.

ALUMNI INVITED TO SHARE INSIGHTS: The Gateway Regional School Committee  has invited alumni from the Classes of 2006 - 2010 to take an online survey and provide feedback on their educational experience.

JANUARY SPED-PAC PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: The Sped PAC Parent Support Group will meet on Tuesday, January 4th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the high school Career Center, and new members are welcome!


'Twas the last day of classes,

before holiday break

Tests and projects completed,

and no grades at stake.

Students were nestled

content in their seats

With visions of snowfall, sledding,

and good eats.

Photo of holiday 
Polar Express photo   

When throughout each school,

there arose such great fun

That kids must have thought that their break had begun!

At Chester School

in pajamas they dressed

And gathered together for
“The Polar Express.”

While Littleville learners

raised voices aloud

To sing songs together:

a most festive crowd!

The Middle School students

spent out Gator bucks

And Junior High feasted
on Hawaiian glazed duck.
Photo of singalong 
Reindeer games photo   

The High School assembled

for their Reindeer Games

And cheered on their competing classmates by name,

“On Freshmen, On Sophomores!

On Seniors and Juniors!"

Oh how they competed

with grace and good humor!



The day passed so quickly,

so full of elation

Before anyone knew,

it was time for vacation.

As the buses pulled out,

students called to their peers,

“Season’s Greetings to all,
and we'll see you next year!"
Reindeer Games photo 

Holiday Greetings from the Gateway Regional School District!


GATEWAY STUDENTS MAKE FRONT PAGE OF REPUBLICAN: Nine Gateway students earned perfect scores on the 2010 MCAS exam, surpassing the state average by a large margin. The story made front page of the December 26th edition of the Sunday Republican!


  • FAFSA HELP NIGHT AT GATEWAY: The event will be held on Wednesday, January 12th from 6 - 7 p.m. in room 154; space is limited so please RSVP by January 5th to Carolynn Laurenza ( or 685-1107). See details in the complete article.
  • GATEWAY SCHOOL SAFETY HOTLINE: A reminder on one way to report harassment, bullying, drug or alcohol concerns, vandalism, and school safety issues, as a way to keep Gateway schools safe for all students.
  • CHESTER PTO CAN AND BOTTLE DRIVE: If you are having a crowd at your home over the holidays, put those extra returnable cans and bottles to good use. The Chester PTO will take donated cans and bottles in three convenient locations, the week of January 3rd, as a way to raise funds and help you clean out your garage for the new year!
  • ELEMENTARY NOTES: Please send mittens, hats, boots, snow pants/extra pants and jackets daily for your children. Recess is held outside as long as the temperature is 18 degrees or above...if we have a two-hour delayed start, please know that the school does NOT serve breakfast on those days.. please continue to remind children to wash their hands frequently, to keep the spread of colds and flu down for everyone's sake!
  • STAYING UP-TO-DATE WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: Parents--have you seen the Middle School website lately? If you go to the "What's New" page (under the news drop-down menu) you will have access to pages on many special classroom projects that have taken place this year, complete with photos!
  • CHESTER WRAP AROUND WINTER DETAILS: The Chester Wrap Around program, which is in its first year of operation, will adhere to the following when school is delayed, canceled or released early due to winter weather. Wrap Around will start at 9 a.m. on delayed start days, to allow time for the parking lot to be cleared. If children are released early due to weather, and your child is scheduled to be at Wrap Around that day, your child will be kept at school until you pick them up (as close to dismissal time as possible). If school is cancelled, children from Chester Elementary School are welcome to join the Littleville Wrap Around Program. Please speak with Mrs. Sanderson if you think you will pursue that option. The Littleville Wrap Around Program number is 685-1340 (Mrs. Melinda Slowey).
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR SEMI-FORMAL: The Gateway Regional High School Student Council is sponsoring the Annual Semi-Formal dance, to be held on February 4th from 6 - 10:30 p.m. at Tekoa Country Club. More details to come.
  • LITTLEVILLE RECYCLING FUNDRAISER: The Littleville PTO is conducting a recycling fundraiser. Protect the environment by donated used items (cell phones, digital cameras, laptops, digital video cameras, ink jet cartridges, MP3 players and more). Items may be dropped off at the school on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays and this will be an ongoing fundraiser.
  • HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE ONLINE: The boys basketball team had their season opener last night. Don't miss another boys or girls basketball game, wrestling meet or alpine skiing race! For a look at all of the home and away sports contests this winter, click here (may be found at
  • YEARBOOKS,  PARENT ADS STILL ON SALE: Parents and friends of Gateway seniors can still purchase a parent ad for this year's Portal. Go to the Portal Website for ordering information. Also, yearbooks are still on sale. Please see Mrs. Durken or order online at Jostens.
  • REMINDER TO SCHOOL VISITORS: Please park in the parking lot when visiting the schools. Passing a school bus/van is punishable by a minimum $150 fine. Bus drivers can, and will, report your license plate number and a citation will be issued in the mail. For the safety of all children, please obey all bus laws.
  • WINTER WEATHER CLOSINGS AT GATEWAY: Actually, experience has shown that schools can be closed for a variety of reasons! Whatever the reason, read the complete article to be sure you know how to find out if school is cancelled or students are dismissing early.
  • ONLINE ACCESS TO STUDENT GRADES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Parents/guardians of students in grades 5 - 12 can now monitor their student's assignments, homework, grades and attendance online.
  • TRANSPORTATION UPDATE: Parents/guardians and students are reminded that all Gateway school buses are now at 75% capacity or higher. As a result, we can no longer issue passes to guest riders from other buses.
  • The Application for Free and Reduced Lunch
  • STUDENT FEES FOR 2010-11: Information on student fees for parking and athletics, and building use fee information are posted in this article. 

IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson looks ahead to the coming year. Read the entire column for details!

Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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