BN - October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011

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: "I learned long ago never to wrestle a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." - George Bernard Shaw

UPCOMING MEETINGS: The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be Wednesday, October 26th at Chester Elementary School. The public is welcome to attend these meetings, which begin at 7:30 p.m. 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 next meeting of the Friends of Gateway
will be Tuesday, November 8th at 9:30 a.m. in the Superintendent's Office. New members are welcome to join this group, which supports district communications and volunteers. 

"Anybody can do this. Just be patient. If you mess up, just do it again."

Photo: Potter Rick Hamelin, who gave a pottery, history and perseverance lesson at Littleville.
 Photo of potter at Littleville
GATEWAY WATER SYSTEM UPDATE: A water main break was discovered during Saturday events on October 15th, and contractors were arranged to begin correcting the problem on Monday morning.

Students in Ms. Januska's first grade class at Chester Elementary School celebrated completing their first unit of study in the Lucy Calkins Writing Program.

NOVEMBER CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS: The month includes an early release day (11/1), Parent-Teacher Conference Day (11/7), a half-day (11/23) and three holidays (11/11, 11/24, and 11/25).

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE DAY ON NOVEMBER 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 7th, which is a "no school" day for students. Information on scheduling a parent-teacher conference went home in elementary red folders. Click here for information on scheduling a conference at the Middle School (grades 5 and 6). Jr. or Sr. High School conferences may be scheduled between 7:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. by calling Jeanene Iglesias, Guidance Secretary at 685-1107.

STUDENT COUNCIL'S ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE NOVEMBER 1-17: The Gateway High School Student Council's Annual Food Drive will be held from November 1-17. Students in each grade will be awarded Spirit Points for their participation. All types of non-perishable items are accepting. Student Council members will be accepting donations during high school lunch (12:23-12:48 M,W,F; 11:29 - 11:54 (T/Th) and after school in the Student Store.

ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB SEEKS NEW MEMBERS: The Gateway Athletic Booster Club is in need of new members! Meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Stanton Hall (downtown Huntington). The Gateway Athletic Booster Club raises money to support the Jr./Sr. High School athletic program. Activities include running and staffing the concession stands and hosting the Annual Sports Banquet and Gateway Athletic Hall of Fame recognitions. Interested? Call Kath Mackechnie at 862-4710 for information, or just attend the next meeting on November 6th.

COLLEGE FINANCING WORKSHOP: Parents and students are invited to attend a free, comprehensive presentation on college financing, offered by MEFA on November 22, from 6-8 p.m. This event is part of the high school's annual College Awareness Week. Please RSVP to ensure handouts.

HOLIDAY HELP AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES IN NEED: For the 18th consecutive year, the Gateway National Honor Society will be working with the Hilltown Social Services Center to help families provide holiday gifts for children up through age 12. Read the article for information on how to submit your confidential wish list.

UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS: Students may make appointments through the Gateway Guidance Department, to meet with the following College Representatives as they visit Gateway: Franklin Pierce College at 10:45 a.m.; Johnson & Wales University at 11:30 a.m. on 11/3; Wheaton College at 1 p.m. on 11/3; and Mitchell College at 10 a.m. on 11/4.

SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITES: This week's Guidance Advisory Announcements has a list of 6 scholarship websites to consider, when looking for help with funding college.

ADULT EDUCATION UPDATE: SHAEC (Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center) has announced two new classes in November. "Everyday Middle Eastern Meals" will be held in the kitchen at Middlefield Town Hall on November 8 and 15, from 5:30 - 7. Students will eat what they make! Sue Warner will be the instructor. "Digital Photography" will be offered on Thursday, November 3rd from 6-8 p.m. in the Gateway site; Robert Miller, instructor. Please register in advance at 685-1052.

WHY I SEND MY KIDS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Writer Robert Niles' essay on why he has always sent his two children--ages 11 and 14--to public schools. His reasons? 1. Public Schools Work; 2. Private Schools Aren't Inherently Better; 3. Public School Students Score Better Than Private School Students; 4. Public Schools Are For Everyone; and 5. Public Schools Are Under Attack.

  • FALL SPORTS SENIOR NIGHTS: Gateway Athletic Director Gary St.Peter has announced the following 'Senior Night' dates for the fall sports teams. Please be advised that the weather, and other factors, has led to several postponed games; call the Gator Line (685-1111) or visit for the most up-to-date schedule.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL 'BOO BASH' ON OCTOBER 27: The Middle School After-School Program is hosting a BOO Bash for students in grades 5 and 6. The event will be on October 27 from 2-6 p.m., with parent pick-up. Activities include watching "The Great Pumpkin" Charlie Brown special in the auditorium, music and dancing, a donut eating contest, scarecrow and pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest, fall maze, mystery box games, and other contests with prizes. Refreshments will be available ($.25 to $1.50, depending upon the snack) and admission will be $5.00 per student. This is a fundraiser for the After-School Program.
  • PICTURE RETAKES ON OCTOBER 27: Picture Re-Takes for Gateway Middle School, Jr. High and Sr. High Schools will be Thursday, October 27th. Please follow instruction in your photo packet.
  • CHESTER HALLOWEEN DANCE: The Chester Elementary School PTO is sponsoring their annual Halloween Dinner/Dance on Friday, October 28 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 - 7 p.m., and a reduced rate is available for those who order in advance. Choices are a hot dog, chips and drink for $4 ($6 at the door); or a meatball grinder, chips and drink for $6 ($8 at the door). Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.
  • ADULT EDUCATION UPDATE: The Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center announces their November Calendar of Courses.
  • GATEWAY ALUMNI INVITED TO WORK ANNUAL COLLEGE FAIR: Graduates of Gateway Regional High School are invited to return to Gateway the day before Thanksgiving to speak with current students about their college and military experiences.
  • SAT AND ACT TEST DATES: Click here for the 2011-2012 SAT and ACT test dates, which include registration deadline information.
  • GATEWAY SAFE SCHOOLS PLAN: In the event of an emergency at your child's school, please do not call or drive to your child's school. We need to keep phone lines and roadways clear in an emergency. Please remain by your phone and wait for information and instructions from school staff, which will be sent using our auto-dialer. It is important that parents keep school secretaries up-to-date with their contact information.
  • SCHOOL SAFETY HOTLINE: As part of our Safe Schools Plan, the Gateway district has a Safety Hotline (685-1050), which is checked regularly by the district's Security Monitor. The hotline is a voice mailbox that can be used to report harassment, drug or alcohol concerns, vandalism and school safety issues. The purpose of the hotline is to help keep Gateway schools safe for all.

                        IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now published. This week, Dr. Hopson recaps the first week of the water main break. Read the entire column for details.

                        Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                                                 Wendy V. Long, Editor


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