Breaking News

July 23, 2014
Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is this 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: "Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." Henry James

SCHOOL COMMITTEE:   The School Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Worthington Town Hall.
The public is invited and welcome to attend. 
The first agenda item of every school committee meeting is hearing issues that are not on the posted agenda. 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). 

‚ÄčGATEWAY DELEGATES MAKE THEIR MARK AT BOYS' STATEEnterprising juniors Cory Bisbee and Casey Pease attended Boys' State last month and left their mark on this year's assembly. 

Photo (left to right): Casey Pease and Cory Bisbee served as Gateway's delegates for 2014.
Photo of Boys' State Delegates

END OF YEAR ACADEMIC AWARDS: Principals Megan Coburn and Jason Finnie announced the fourth quarter Effort Awards and Honor Roll for the Middle SchoolJunior High School, and Senior High School.

GATEWAY CLASS OF 2014 DVDS ON SALE: The 2014 graduation and awards ceremony for Gateway's Class of 2014 have been commemorated on DVD's and are now available for purchase in the high school office. The cost for both DVDs is $10. They may be picked up Monday - Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the high school office. All monies raised will go toward alumni events for this class.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION BOARD TO MEET: The Gateway Education Foundation is holding its Annual Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Officers will be elected, 3 board members will be voted for new 3-year terms, and the 2014 Annual Report will be reviewed. For more information, please visit the Gateway Education Foundation website.

NEXT EDITION OF BREAKING NEWS: Breaking News is on summer hiatus, but you can look for the "Back-to-School" issue around the third week of August, which will include bus routes, school information, the lunch menu and everything else you need to know to hit the ground running when schools reopen for students on August 28!


RESOURCES FOR SUMMER LEARNING: The Family Education Website has a page dedicated to ideas designed to keep students' brains busy through the summer break and prevent the dreaded "brain drain" that can occur if kids don't!

  • SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER: Staff return on August 26, and students will be welcomed for the 2014-15 school year on August 28. We wish everyone a wonderful summer!
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE HILLTOWNS: Hilltown Safety at Home (HS@H) provides a part-time domestic violence Advocate to hilltown residents who call 413-559-8039. The Advocate can help with safety planning, with understanding people who abuse, with understanding the court system, with transportation to court if needed, and with accessing critical support services. The Advocate can work with people on the phone or in person, and can also help friends and family members who are trying to support a loved one who is being abused. If you need help in an emergency, call 911 or the Safe Passage hotline at 1-888-345-5282.
  • GATEWAY SCHOOL SAFETY HOTLINE:  Students, parents, staff and communitymembers are reminded that any school safety concern can be reported to our hotline by calling 685-1050.
  • 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.

IN CLOSING, several weeks of Superintendent's Cornerare now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson reviews past and potential future changes to educational calendars and school days. The July 10, 2014 column discussed the Worthington Withdrawal and the 2014-15 budget status; the July 7, 2014 column explained the Pilot PARCC testing this year at Gateway. Read the complete column for details.


                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


To subscribe or unsubscribe to this newsletter, send an email request to 

“Breaking News From Gateway”
Is published weekly by the Gateway Regional School District
12 Littleville Rd.
Huntington, MA  01050

For questions or feedback, please contact Wendy Long @ (413) 685-1003 or email

© 2014, Gateway Regional School District