BN - April 1, 2011

April 1, 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: "A successful society is characterized by a rising living standard for its population, increasing investment in factories and basic infrastructure, and the generation of additional surplus, which is invested in generating new discoveries in science and technologies." - Robert Trout

UPCOMING MEETINGS: The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be April 13, 2011. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library (2nd floor). 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, April 12th. New members are welcome to join this group, which supports district communications and volunteers.

 MS HOOPSTERS RAISE $2500 FOR AHA: Students from Gateway Regional Middle School raised over $2500 for the American Heart Association, at last week's sixth annual "Hoops for Heart" event.  Hoops for Heart game "Cotton Eyed Joe" half-time event 
 "Edu-Gators" wait to play  AHA rep with Mr. Collins  Jon Wyand (L) and Chelsi Derrig (R)
CLASS OF 2011 TO HONOR CLASSMATE WHO DID NOT LIVE TO SEE GRADUATION: "If he were still alive, he'd be the first one to organize this event for somebody else," said Gateway senior Jeremy Tanguay. The entire community is invited to this very special event on May 13th.

SOUTHERN HILLTOWNS ADULT EDUCATION CENTER AND GATEWAY TEAM UP TO IMPROVE SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY: "This move is a natural outcome of many years of meeting together to discuss how we might coordinate adult education in the hilltowns," said Superintendent David Hopson of Gateway. "When their need for a new space arose, it seemed the most logical choice for both organizations." The public is invited to an Open House on Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30 p.m. at Gateway.

SPRING BREAK: Spring vacation for Gateway students will be April 18 - 22--as long as we do not have more than two snow days in the month of April. (And we had the first of those on April 1st!).

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION: The Dana O. Webber Chapter of the National Honor Society will hold its new member Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, April 13th at 6 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.

APRIL SPED-PAC MEETING: The Gateway Regional Sped-PAC will meet on April 12th and are also sponsoring a Basic Rights Workshop in May, for all interested families. Details in the complete article.

EARLY COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT FOR 9TH AND 10TH GRADERS: and their parents/guardians on Thursday, April 14 from 6 - 7 p.m. Click the title for more information!

KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS: A reminder that district parents can call and schedule appointments for Kindergarten and Pre-School Screenings, which will take place in April.

MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: The Gateway Regional Middle School Council will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 11th.

LITTLEVILLE SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: The Littleville Elementary School Council will meet on Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

IT'S AS EASY AS EATING SPAGHETTI! Tickets are now on sale for a Spaghetti Supper fundraiser organized by the Chester Elementary School PTO, on Friday, April 29th.

LITTLEVILLE PTO MEETING: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7th in the school library. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend! Pizza will be provided after the meeting. Free childcare is available. Click here for other ways that families can help raise funds for our school!

CHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NOTES: Bank Day is Friday, April 8th. The Parent Center will meet at 9 a.m. on April 8th. Also that day, will be a school-wide assembly with Joe the Biker!

LITTLEVILLE KINDERGARTEN PARENTS: Please note that there will be no Kindergarten program on Tuesday, April 12th due to the Kindergarten Screening taking place for incoming students. The Wrap Around program is not available during school hours.


CENSUS IN SCHOOLS: This week's Superintendent's Corner uses 2010 Census Data to see if a correlation exists been population and budget numbers. Your student can use U.S. Census Data at home (and teachers can also use special activities on this site) using the "Census in Schools" website. Hint: a great place to make a strong start on a report about any of the states in the Union!

  • ANNUAL CABARET TO TAKE PLACE APRIL 8TH: The Gateway High School Music Department will host its annual Cabaret concert on Friday, April 8th at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Tickets ($5 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens) will be sold at the door.
  • EARLY RELEASE ON APRIL 5TH: Gateway students will have a two-hour early release on Tuesday, April 5th, part of a series of early release days to bring staff members together for training.
  • SPEC-PAC PARENT SUPPORT GROUP FOR APRIL: The GRSD Sped-PAC's Parent Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 5th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the high school Career Center. All Gateway parents of children who have special needs are invited.
  • GATOR GRINS NEWSLETTER: Gator Grins, our portable dental care program through Hilltown Community Health Centers, has issued a newsletter with updates on the services that they currently offer and the number of students they are seeing! By enrolling your child in this program, nearly all of their dental needs--exams, fluoride, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, sealants and more--can be completed at school.
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR GRADE 4 ORIENTATION: Fourth grade students from Chester and Littleville Elementary School will have tours and special orientation activities during the school day at Gateway Regional Middle School on Wednesday, June 1st. More details to come!
  • COMMENT PERIOD FOR MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL NUTRITION BILL: Wendy McCaul, Gateway's Food Services Director, has prepared a document that explains proposed changes to school nutrition standards, and how they might impact our students. Click here for this information. If you have an opinion about the proposed changes, you may email your testimony to (see Wendy's information for details on this) or attend the public hearing at Springfield College (3 p.m. on April 5th).
  • MORE UPDATES FROM CHESTER: April 1st will be a school spirit day: dress as your favorite sports team. Gator Grins will be at the school on April 4th. The PTO will meet on April 4th at 6 p.m. And the playground committee will meet at 9 a.m. on April 6th.
  • SICK CHILD GUIDELINES: The Gateway nurses have assembled guidelines for parents to refer to, in deciding whether or not children are too sick to attend school.
  • ANNUAL TOWN MEETINGS: In addition to voting on next year's school budget, voters at this year's Annual Town Meetings will consider a proposal that would fix Gateway's "One Man, One Vote" issue. The link gives a list of the meeting dates by town.
  • MCAS TESTING IN MARCH, MAY AND JUNE: Testing has already begun for the annual Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) in all Gateway schools, affecting students from grade 3 and older.
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: The Gateway Regional School District is hosting a Children's Festival to celebrate children, families, teachers and all who work with and care about children, on Saturday, April 9th. More details to come, but for now--click here for the flyer.  
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL SPORTS BANQUET: Student athletes, coaches and parents should put Wednesday, June 1st on their calendar for the Annual Sports Banquet, which recognizes all high school sports teams from the 2010-2011 school year. The event will take place from 6 - 10 p.m. at Tekoa Country Club. Ticket prices will be $25 for adults, $10 for athletes, coaches and children under 12. More details to come!
  • GATEWAY SCHOOL SAFETY HOTLINE: A reminder on one way to report harassment, bullying, drug or alcohol concerns, vandalism, and school safety issues, as a way to keep Gateway schools safe for all students.
  • HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE ONLINE: Softball and baseball seasons are underway. For a look at all of the home and away sports contests this spring , click here (may be found at
  • ONLINE ACCESS TO STUDENT GRADES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Parents/guardians of students in grades 5 - 12 can now monitor their student's assignments, homework, grades and attendance online.
  • The Application for Free and Reduced Lunch
  • STUDENT FEES FOR 2010-11: Information on student fees for parking and athletics, and building use fee information are posted in this article. 

IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson takes a closer look at the changing population numbers in our school and towns, to determine whether or not a reasonable correlation between population trends and budget trends can be made. Read the entire column for details!

Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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