Breaking News

October 28, 2014
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: "The U.N. acts as the world's conscience, and over 85% of the work that is done by the United Nations is in the social, economic, educational and cultural field." - Shirley Temple

SCHOOL COMMITTEE:  Click here for a reprise of last week's School Committee meeting. After meeting in each of the Gateway member towns, the school committee returns to the Gateway Library for its November 12 meeting. Parents, staff and area residents are always welcome! 
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). 

COMING UP AT GATEWAY: Students and staff may begin signing up for November's Blood Drive today at lunch; Chester and Littleville families are invited to "Bingo for Books" on Wednesday, 10/29 from 6-7 p.m. in the Gateway Cafeteria; Monday (11/2) finds the start of the annual Band Fruit Sale and the monthly meeting of the Chester PTO (6-7 p.m.); Tuesday, November 4 includes picture retakes for grades 5-12; a student flu clinic from 10-12 at the Gateway School-Based Health Center (please call 667-0142 to request paperwork); the Littleville PTO meeting at 5:30 p.m. and the Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Career Center.

MUN TURNS ONEGateway's Model United Nations Club--now counting over 1/10th of the student body within its members--celebrates its first anniversary on November 6, and leaves the following day for a 3-day conference at UCONN. (Article written by communications intern Casey Pease.)

Photo (right): Brendan Mackechnie, Tyler Kornacki, Noah Rufulowitz and Jenna Margarites preparing for the upcoming MUNS conference at UCONN.
Photo from MUNS

13 GATEWAY SENIORS ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE: Taking advantage of an early admissions offer by Holyoke Community College, 13 Gateway seniors prepared their applications and arranged for transcripts ahead of HCC's annual visit. All were accepted that day.

FALL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCESStudents will have an extended Veteran's Day weekend, but parents and staff will be at the schools on November 10 for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY AT GATEWAYIt meant a day off for students, but staff were engaged in a range of professional development activities on October 14.

NOVEMBER CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS: The month includes a 2-hour earlier release, an extended Veterans' Day weekend for students; and adjourning for the Thanksgiving break for a half-day on Wednesday, November 26 and extending through the weekend.

STUDENT FLU CLINIC NOVEMBER 4: The Gateway School-Based Health Center is holding a student flu clinic on Tuesday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Please call 667-0142 to arrange for required paperwork to go home with your student.

SAVE THE DATE FOR RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE AT GATEWAY: Teachers, staff, students (age 16 and older) and community members please take note! The Gateway Red Cross Club is organizing a Blood Drive at the school on Wednesday, November 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign-ups will be conducted at lunch and will also be on-line. There will be room for some walk-ins that day (but signing up is a better option). More information to come!

SAVE THE DATE FOR COLLEGE FINANCING SEMINAR: The Gateway Guidance Department invites Gateway juniors and seniors, and their parents/guardians to a college financing seminar presented by MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) on November 24 at 6 p.m. More information to come! 

All middle school, junior high, senior high and Gateway complex students and staff are reminded that picture retakes will take place at Gateway on November 4. Littleville retakes will be Thursday, November 13 and Chester's will be November 14.

HEATING OIL RAFFLE SALE: The Chester PTO has announced a special sale on the final tickets for this year's heating oil raffle. From now until tickets are gone, you may purchase 3 for $10 or 5 for $20. (Anyone who had already purchased 2 tickets or 4 tickets at the regular price will have another ticket added on their behalf). Tickets may be purchased at the school or from any PTO member. Drawing for 100 Gallons of Home Heating Oil (or $350 if you don't use oil or live beyond the Gateway towns) is November 1.

The following colleges will be available to meet with students in the Gateway Career Center: Tuesday, 10/28: Bay Path University at 11:45 a.m. and Mildred Elley at 1 p.m.; Friday, 10/31: UMASS/Amherst at 11:30 a.m.; Monday, 11/3: U.S. Army Recruiter at lunch; Thursday, 11/6: Hampshire College at noon. Interested juniors and seniors should sign up ahead of time in Guidance.

GATEWAY FAMILY CENTER NEWS: Free CPR training will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at Blandford Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford. Free childcare with pre-registration. For more information, or to register, contact Kim at 667-2203 X3 or 

SOUTHERN HILLTOWNS ADULT EDUCATION CENTER: Upcoming workshops include: a two-part ETSY workshop (for those interested in buying or selling unique goods in this online marketplace) will be held from 3-5 p.m. on October 28 and 29 (also in the Gateway classroom). Also a Home Computer Networking workshop will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Russell Town Hall. 


UNITED NATIONS DAYLast Friday (October 24) marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations. The celebration included a concert led by pianist Lang Lang, which also featured an international youth orchestra. The title link will bring you to the UN webpage about the day, with additional links to speeches. The concert is now posted on YouTube. (The first 23 minutes or so feature the general assembly taking their seats, so don't hesitate to scroll ahead!)

  •  VOLUNTEER HANDBOOKS ON-LINE: The Gateway Regional School District welcomes the contributions of its many volunteers, as fundraisers, tutors, committee members, chaperones and more. Please be advised that volunteers must sign an annual Volunteer Agreement (located in our Volunteer Handbook) and will undergo criminal background checks every 3 years. Click here to get to our Volunteer Information page.
  • SAVE-THE-DATE FOR SENIOR CITIZEN BRUNCH/ CONCERTArea residents aged 55+ are invited to the 23rd Annual Sr. Citizen Brunch and Concert on Wednesday, December 3. Doors open at 9:15 a.m.; brunch will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the concert follows at 10:30 a.m. (Article by Sr. Intern Charlotte LeBarron).
  • LITTLEVILLE 'CRAZY HAT AND HAIR DAY': Littleville will be celebration Crazy Hat and Hair Day on Friday, October 31. All students and staff are welcome to wear their hair crazy or their favorite crazy hat (no masks please). Join in the fun!
  • BINGO FOR BOOKS ON OCTOBER 29: All Chester and Littleville ES families are invited to take part in Bingo for Books next Wednesday evening, from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Gateway cafeteria. Students will play BINGO and win free books; parents/guardians/grandparents will learn strategies to help children improve their reading. 
  • SPED PAC MEETING NOVEMBER 4: Pupil Services Director Alice Taverna has announced that the Special Education Parent Advisory Council will meet on Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Career Center (2nd floor, High School).
  • VHS TO DVD-R CONVERSION: The 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 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. Parents are advised to keep school secretaries up-to-date with their contact information.

IN CLOSING, the latest Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. HHopson describes the many tasks and regulations that have little to do with education. Read the complete column for details.


                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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