Breaking News

April 14, 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: "Never cut a tree down in the winter time. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come." - Robert H. Schuller

SCHOOL COMMITTEE:  The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Agenda items (moved forward from the April 8 agenda, postponed due t o weather) include  a K-6 update, a technology update, the Worthington withdrawal separation agreement, the MASC Arbitration Request, and the Western Massachusetts Leaders Coalition Resolution on State Mandates. This meeting will be held in rooms 214/216 (the second floor double classroom) in the junior high school. 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: Eighth graders leave on Wednesday for their annual trip to Washington D.C.; the Chester Elementary School's production of "Charlie Brown and the Peanuts" will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center on Thursday evening (admission is free); a group of high school students embarks on their 10-day  trip to Costa Rica on Friday, 4/17 for a hands-on study of Spanish and science; all schools will be closed 4/20 - 4/24 for Spring Break.

UNITED BANK GRANTS $5,000 TO GATEWAY EDUCATION FOUNDATIONSince it started in 2012, the Foundation has now raised over $46,000 and funded 26 classroom projects through its Funds for Learning program, plus improvements to the Gateway Performing Arts Center through the Shipman Memorial Fund.

Photo (right): Students from Gateway Jr. High School on the high ropes course at Becket Chimney Corners, part of a leadership day funded by the Gateway Education Foundation.
 Photo of high ropes course

NHS INDUCTION APRIL 29New members will be inducted into the Dana O. Webber Chapter at 6 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Nineteen juniors will be inducted and retiring science teacher Cyndi Jensen will be recognized as an honorary member.

GATEWAY NEWS NETWORK BROADCASTThis week's edition includes stories on plastic pollution, fashion, spring sports, and more!

BINGO FOR BOOKS RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13: Students in grades Pre-K - 4, and their families, are invited to the spring "Bingo for Books" on Wednesday, May 13 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Gateway cafeteria. (The event was originally scheduled for April 8 but postponed due to weather). Every child who attends will receive a free book to keep at home; BINGO will be played to win additional books! There will be a bake sale during the event so bring a little money to purchase snacks and juice.

3RD ANNUAL 'MINUTE TO WIN IT' FUNDRAISER: The Gateway chapter of Best Buddies is hosting their 3rd Annual 'Minute to Win It' fundraiser on Friday, May 1st at 5 p.m. in the high school gym. Sign up that night to compete; pizza, snacks available for purchase. A silent auction will have a range of prizes, including movie tickets and Red Sox tickets! Admission is $5; contests start at 6 p.m.

​WRAP AROUND OFFERED OVER SPRING BREAK: ​The program will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents must register in advance and are reminded to bring a bag lunch, 2 snacks and have children dressed to go outside. 

WELLNESS CENTER MOVING TO SPRING SCHEDULEThe spring hours begin on Monday, April 27 and this schedule will remain until school ends in June.

PRESCHOOL SCREENING REMINDER: A reminder that free developmental screenings for young children are being scheduled for April 28 from 8-11 a.m. Screenings are required for any student who is considered for the peer partner preschool slots (which will be determined by lottery). 

ADULT EDUCATION UPDATE: Coming up:  Using Word Templates for Invitations, etc. at the Gateway classroom at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening; a Community Garden Information Session (4 p.m. Friday, 4/17 at Gateway site); Explore Historic Route 20 at Stanton Hall on Saturday, 4/18 at 6 p.m.  Click for an April 2015 course list and CalendarClasses are free of charge to hilltown residents. Please register by calling 685-1052 or emailing 


TEEN LITERATURE DAY APRIL 17: April is National Library Month, with April 17 dedicated to Teen Literature Day. This week's link takes you to a blog on the Scholastic Book Site about celebrating YA (Young Adult) literature. Among the interesting links on that blog is an article by Jeff Wilhelm and Michael Smith, regarding their research about the benefits of allowing children to read what they want.

  • CHESTER SCHOOL MUSICAL AT GATEWAY, APRIL 16Chester Elementary School students are offering their second annual school-wide musical on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. They will perform "Charlie Brown and the Peanuts" this year. Admission is free.
  • SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR SPRING BREAKAll schools in the Gateway Regional School District will be closed from April 20 through April 24; please read the complete article for details.
  • GATEWAY SPIRIT FUNDRAISER: The Gateway Wellness Center is taking orders for "Gator Strong" long sleeved T-shirts. If you'd like one, please complete this order form and submit with payment ($20 per shirt) woth Deb Kuhn by April 16. Shirts should be in around May 1. Get your Gator pride on!
  • FUNDRAISERS IN APRIL: The Gateway Band is holding its annual "Mother's Day Plant Sale"; orders must be pre-paid and submitted by April 29 with delivery on Thursday, May 7 from 2:30 - 6 p.m. (also before and after the spring concert). The Littleville PTO has two fundraisers taking place this month: a Mixed Bag fundraiser (featuring tote bags, scarves, kitchen supplies and much more) and High Mowing Organic Seeds. Orders and money should be in by April 27: see any PTO member to order. And looking ahead, don't forget to save Friday, May 15 for the Chester PTO's annual spaghetti dinner and raffle.
  • BUDGET UPDATE: The Gateway Regional School Committee adopted a budget at their March 18 meeting. Here is the first in a series of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about next year's budget, which is very preliminary because there are so many unknowns at this point in the process.  
  • GATEWAY KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGAny child living in the six Gateway hilltowns that will be part of the 2015-16 school year (Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery and Russell) who will be age 5 on or before September 1, 2015, is asked to schedule a Kindergarten Screening with their elementary school.
  • VIEW AND VOTE FOR GATEWAYThe Jr. High School Show Choir taped a segment at WGBY (Channel 57, Springfield) to compete in this year's "Together in Song" A Celebration of Choral Music in Western New England". Gateway's performance is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. on March 21 on WGBY. After that, their performance may be viewed on the Together in Song website, where viewers and fans will be able to vote online to help determine the finalists for a live taping and awards show on April 26.
  • 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 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.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 highlights the many examples of ways that Gateway continues to educate the "whole child"--from performances to field trips to athletic, music and academic competitions. Please read the complete column for details.

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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