Breaking News

January 28, 2015
Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is your new 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: "There's always another storm. It's the way the world works. . . Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep your eye on what's brewing for tomorrow." - Maria V. Snyder

SCHOOL COMMITTEE:  The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in the Gateway Library/Media Center. Agenda items include the FY'16 budget, FY'15 9C budget cuts, an update on the Jr./Sr. High School schedule, field trip approvals for second semester; the Worthington withdrawal, winter busing, Superintendent's Goals, PARCC Presentation, the "Public Schools That Work" initiative, and review of one-man/one-vote amendments. 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). 

THE COMING WEEK AT GATEWAY: School Committee meets tonight (see above), the Health Advisory Council meets tomorrow (1/29) at 2:30 p.m.; the Alpine Ski Team races at Berkshire East at 5 p.m. tomorrow; the Boys Basketball Team takes on Smith Voke at home on Friday evening (JV at 5, Varsity at 6:30 p.m; the Gateway bands host a Family Movie Night on Friday, with a double-feature of Frozen and Toy Story (see below for details).; on Monday, February 2: the MCAS Biology Exam will be held for high school students, Chester PTO meets at 6, and the Gateway Education Foundation Board meets at 7 p.m.; on Tuesday, 2/3--the MCAS biology exam continues and the Littleville PTO meets at 5:30 p.m. Also, Drama Club auditions for the JRHS will be held on Wednesday, 2/4.

 SEVEN GATEWAY STUDENTS COMPLETE 'DAY OF SERVICE' IN BOSTON: The seven eighth graders--one from each town--were selected to represent Gateway at Project 351 Day--an annual day of service held on Martin Luther King Day.

Photo (right): Gateway's student ambassadors to Project 351, on the steps of the State House.
 Project 351 Ambassadors

PASTA FUNDRAISER: The Gateway Choirs are selling themed pasta from the Fun Pasta Company until February 2, 2015. Ordering instructions are in the complete article.

Gateway students, staff, families and community members are invited to a double-feature movie night on Friday, January 30 starting at 5:15. The night includes "Frozen" and "Toy Story" on the big screen in the Gateway Performing Arts Center, plus a Frozen costume contest and intermission--with popcorn and a hot chocolate bar!  If after-school/evening events are cancelled due to weather on Friday, this event will be postponed to February 6.

SOCK DRIVE THANK YOU: During the last month local families helped to give socks to families in need. Donation boxes were set up at Chester Elementary, Littleville Elementary, Gateway Regional High School, Porter Memorial Library in Blandford, and Holy Family Parish. Community members were very generous and adult and children socks are now available at the Gateway Community Center/ Hilltown Social Services in Huntington. Our student organizers wish to thank everyone who donated!

ADULT EDUCATION NEWSThe Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (SHAEC) is offering evening GED/HiSet classes on Mondays and Thursdays on their Gateway site. Other upcoming workshops include Computer Help on 2/3 in Russell, Yoga continues at Middlefield Town Hall on Thursdays, and the Friends of SHAEC are holding a Community Garden planning meeting on Wednesday, 2/4. For more information, please consult the February Course List and February Calendar. 


SCHOOL PERFORMANCE IN CONTEXT: INDICATORS OF SCHOOL INPUTS AND OUTPUTS IN NINE SIMILAR NATIONSThe Horace Mann League and National Superintendents Roundtable released the findings of an international study on student performance. The findings of the report suggest that looking at test scores and system outcomes isn't enough: you need to compare underlying factors that impact student performance as well.

  • 2015 VOCATION SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS ANNOUNCEDParents and students living in the Gateway Regional School District are advised that applications (due March 2) are now available for students interested in applying to vocational school. The application process has several steps so please read the entire article for details.
  • YEARBOOK NOW ON SALEThe 2015 Portal, Gateway Regional High School's Yearbook, is now on sale. The price is $50 through January 30. Please contact Avery Wing ( for more information.
  • FOLLOW GATEWAY SKI TEAM RESULTSGateway senior Austin Herman took first place in Gateway's opening ski race this year. Click here to follow ski team race results: enter the date of the race, scroll down to 5 p.m., Berkshire East races for PVIAC to see results for the Gateway boys and girls.
  • GATEWAY SENIORS SELECTED FOR NAEP EXAMAssistant Principal Anthony Sabonis has announced that a sample of Gateway High School seniors will take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam on Wednesday, February 25.
  • RECORDER TIME FOR GRADES 3 & 4All students in grades 3 and 4 will be learning the recorder in music class. Students are invited to purchase their own recorder (purchasing TWO will allow them to keep one at home and at school). Two new recorders may be purchased for $12; one new recorder may be bought for $6.50. Please review information that went home in red folders for details on ordering. 
  • WORTHINGTON WITHDRAWAL BLOG ON GATEWAY WEBSITEA new blog on the Worthington Withdrawal has been added to the Gateway website and is linked from its home page. Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to view the blog posts and share their comments.
  • VHS TO DVD-R CONVERSIONThe Gateway News Network (GNN) is once again holding a fundraiser for new equipment by converting home videos and educational videos from VHS to DVD.
  • QUICKLINK TO THE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULEThe Gateway sports schedule is posted on the high school website this year, in the "Athletics" drop-down menu.
  • 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. 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 community members are reminded that any school safety concern can be reported to our hotline by calling 685-1050.
  • GATEWAY SAFE SCHOOLS PLANIn 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.Parents are advised to keep school secretaries up-to-date with their contact information.

IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson explains some of the challenges arising over the federal reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Please read the complete column for details.

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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