District News

Breaking News Posted 12.12.18 Students performing at Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Photo Gallery of the Week: Annual Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert (Chloe McLeod photos)
  • Recap of the Brunch & Concert by Parker Atkin;
  • Story on the Student Musicians Selected for Jr. District Festival (Grace LeBarron);
  • Chester’s 2nd Grade-Led Food Drive;
  • Red Cross Club’s Pet Shelter Collection On Now (Autumn Marchetto);
  • Upcoming Events at Chester Elementary School;

 PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 12.4.18 HS District Band, Choir

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Gateway Went 7 for 7 on Auditions for the MMEA Western District Music Festival This Year (A First!);
  • GEF Thanks the Many Donors For Support on #GivingTuesday;
  • First Term Academic Awards Announced for MS and HS;
  • Gateway Winter Concerts;
  • Winter Sports Season – Home Openers!
  • Littleville Pajama Drive Underway;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 11.27.18 Grandfriends Day at Chester

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • This week was #GivingTuesday, but donations can be made anytime. You know what to do!
  • Grandfriends Day: revisited in this week’s Photo Gallery and in a feature story by Communications Intern Autumn Marchetto;
  • College Applications, Alumni Panel Highlight College Week (by Communications Intern Parker Atkin);
  • Students Organize “Stop the Bleed” Training at Gateway; (by Communications Intern Autumn Marchetto);
  • Student-Led Food Drive a Success;
  • Reminder: Penny Social Friday

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 11.20.18 The Last 5 Years, funded by the Gateway Education Foundation

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Gateway sophomore Parker Atkin shares a heart-felt Letter to the Editor, urging people to support the Gateway Education Foundation between now and Giving Tuesday (November 27);
  • Plans are shaping up for the Annual Sr. Citizen Brunch and Concert on December 5;
  • The Penny Social has been rescheduled for November 30;
  • On the eve of Grandfriends Day – why Grandparents and Grandfriends matter: it’s not just about the cookies!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 11.14.18 Alum Emily Curro Offers Choreography Master Class (funded by GEF)

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Attendance Doubled at the 2nd Annual Lunch & Learn, Hosted by Gateway Regional;
  • Education Foundation Supports the Arts at Gateway; (Please consider donating on November 27 – Giving Tuesday);
  • Annual College Week Coming Up;
  • Thanksgiving Break Details;
  • Save the Date for Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 11.6.18 Project 6 Volunteers Sell Bracelets for Local Non-Profit

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Assembly Kicks Off Domestic Violence Programs, Fundraiser;
  • Donations on #Giving Tuesday Will Help Sustain Gateway Literacy Programs;
  • Congratulations to MS Boys X-C Team;
  • Gateway Girls Are Pioneer League Champs!
  • NHS Annual Drive for Hilltown Holiday Help;
  • Vendors, Shoppers Sought for Annual Country Craft Fair at Littleville;
  • Penny Social Reminder;
  • All Schools, Offices Closed for Veterans Day;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 10.30.18 Students in New Full Day PreK

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Photo Gallery: Gateway Fall Sports Sr. Nights
  • Middle School Girls Take 2nd in WMASS Invitational
  • Future Bright for New Full Day PreK
  • Red Cross Blood Drive at Gateway November 6
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Parents Rights & Responsibilities Presentation
  • NEASC Accreditation Visit Underway
  • 5K Dam Hill Race Results Posted

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

Breaking News Posted 10.2.18 GEF funded another 5th grade STEM overnight in latest round. (Photo from 2017)

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • New School Counselors Take the Helm;
  • Homecoming Weekend Schedule Announced;
  • First Phase of GPAC Improvements Unveiled to Public on Oct 12;
  • Foundation Awards Over $5,000 to Teachers and Staff;
  • PSAT on October 10;
  • Cafeteria Subs Needed;
  • Columbus Day Update;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 9.25.18 United Way bags

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. 

  • Superintendent’s Statement (9/24) on Student Tragedy;
  • Photo Gallery of the Week, from student photographer Chloe McLeod;
  • Chester Benefits from “Stuff the Bus” Campaign;
  • 5K Dam Run Returns to Homecoming Weekend;
  • College Planning Workshop for Gateway Seniors 9/27;
  • Parents, Staff and Students Raise $200 for Foundation;
  • Schools Closed on Columbus Day;
  • Gator Grins Moving to Chester;
  • Senator Adam Hinds Announces Holiday Card Contest;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 9.18.18 MIAA Student Advisory Committee Ava Auclair

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Gateway junior Ava AuClair is one of twenty student athletes across Massachuestts, selected by the MIAA to serve on their Student Advisory Committee;
  • School Committee members and town officials viewed a presentation on the “Financial State of the District” last week, as a prelude to developing the 2019-2020 budget;
  • Flu vaccine is available at the Gateway School-Based Health Center;
  • Details on next week’s Early Release;
  • Funds for Learning applications are due Friday;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

Breaking News Posted 9.11.18 Nurse Practitioner Brenda Jaeger-Chaloux

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • The Gateway School-Based Health Center will begin seeing students at Chester Elementary School this year!
  • Gateway Regional High School was named to the MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll for the 2017-18 school year;
  • School Open Houses are next week;
  • Gateway Film Studio will again convert your VHS tapes to DVD-R this year;
  • The Education Foundation Board meets on September 24;
  • Show Choir is holding a car wash this Saturday;
  • Don’t forget about Band Rental Night (Friday evening) and Funds for Learning Applications  (due 9/21);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 9.4.18 New Staff at Gateway

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • September School Committee meeting info
  • Introducing some new faces at Gateway
  • Support the Gateway Education Foundation at Comfort Kitchen this Friday!
  • Save the Date for 3rd Annual Homecoming at Gateway;
  • Upcoming student Picture Days
  • Reminder: Funds for Learning Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on September 21;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 8.28.18 HS Parking Sticker

The latest issue of Breaking News-- Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--posted on August 28. Included this week are: 

  • Details on the School Committee's Vote to Eliminate Student Parking Fees;
  • Student Expectations Clarified at Gateway Middle School;
  • A Recap on How to Stay Informed;

Plus useful reminders, the Week at a Glance, and this week's Superintendent's Corner. 

Read on!

Breaking News "Back to School" Issue! Opening Day photo (sy '16)

Our Back-to-School Issue of Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Students Return August 29;
  • September Calendar Highlights;
  • Communicating With Parents;
  • Fall Sports Info;
  • Gateway Education Foundation Update;
  • Back-to-School Links to items you need quickly: Bus Routes, Calendar, Lunch Menu, etc.

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

Please Sign Up for Fall Sports by Friday, August 17! XC Senior Night

Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant has asked that students intending to play Gateway Fall Sports (boys/girls soccer and cross-country running) please sign up no later than Friday, August 17. Tryouts begin on Thursday, August 23. Gateway Regional HS sports are open to students in grades 6 - 12.

Here are some important links:

Fall Sports Sign-Up Packet

Tryout Schedule

Fall Sports Schedule

Not enough interest in "Y's Kids" Program for Gateway MS YMCA logo

The YMCA of Greater Westfield has announced that they are unable to offer a "Y's Kids" program for students attending Gateway Regional Middle School in the Fall, due to low enrollment. A minimum number of students had to be signed up for the program to run, which we did not reach--despite an extended deadline. Families who signed up and paid a deposit will be contacted by the YMCA about returning their checks.

Y's Kids Deposit Deadline Extended to July 13

At this point, we have 5 families signed up for the Y's Kids Afterschool Program. If we are able to offer this program, it would be run by the YMCA of Greater Westfield at Gateway Regional Middle School, every day after school until 6 p.m.

We need to have 10 sign-ups in order to run this program. The YMCA has graciously extended the deadline to Friday, July 13. Completed packets must be at the YMCA, along with a $75 deposit, by Friday.

Families may sign up for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week.

Additional information is in the packet.

Breaking News Posted 6.19.18 Nathan Solitario, who attended Young Writer's Conference in late May
Breaking News Posted 4.30.18 Area poet, playwright Chris Gonzales

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Gateway Alumni: Where Are They Now? Find out what’s been happening for Morgan Donovan-Hall (’01) and Stephen Estelle (’00);
  • Cinderella’s Glass Slipper” – this weekend at Gateway!
  • HS Concert May 10: Great day to donate that gently used trumpet that’s in your closet!
  • Local Poet Leads Students in Creative Expression;
  • Preschool Screening and Registration for the Fall;
  • HS Art Show at Huntington Public Library;
  • Gateway Senior Events Calendar;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Spring Break Spring flower

All schools will be closed April 16 - 20 for spring break. Offices will be closed on Monday, April 16 for Patriot's Day.

Wrap Around will be open all week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. as long as enough children are pre-registered. Please send children with a lunch and two snacks, dressed to go outdoors. Registration forms will be coming home in red folders. Families who pre-register, but do not attend, will still be charged.

Congressman Neal at Gateway to Announce Tangredi to Naval Academy Franky Tangredi ('17) accepted into 3 military academies

Congressman Richard Neal was at Gateway on March 12 to hold a press conference, announcing Franky Tangredi's (GRHS '17) acceptance into the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and West Point. Read on....

Breaking News Posted 3.22.18 Photo from HS 'Walk In' March 14

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Congressman Neal press conference at Gateway to announce Franky Tangredi’s acceptance into Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and West Point;
  • Gateway students take part in national movement;
  • Cabaret date change;
  • Last call for Springfield Thunderbirds Tickets (orders due tomorrow);
  • Schools, offices closed for Good Friday;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Budget Hearing March 7 Budget image

Students, staff, parents, community members and town officials are all invited to a Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 school year budget, on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.

This hearing is sponsored annually by the Gateway Regional School Committee, to offer an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the proposed budget. By law, the school committee must adopt a budget 45 days before the first town meeting date, and input from the public hearing will be considered before the March 14 vote.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion on piloting a new town assessment process that would avoid big changes in assessments to the towns from year to year.

Budget information is located on the Gateway website.

The Gateway Performing Arts Center is located in the Middle/High School building on Littleville Road in Huntington. The doors to the auditorium are just inside the main entrance of the building. Parking is available in the front parking lot.

All are welcome to attend.

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Breaking News Posted 1.30.18 Sr. Girls Megan Wright and Audrey Gamble

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • The Latest Blog Post from Senior Audrey Gamble;
  • Sr. Athletes Get February Farewell;
  • Gateway Schools Taking Part in Big Y Education Express;
  • Don’t Forget 2nd Annual Hilltown Chili Challenge;
  • YMCA Offering Classes at Gateway Wellness Center;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 1.18.l18

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • SR NIGHT for Wrestling is TONIGHT (postponed from yesterday’s snow day; 6 p.m. in the Gateway HS Gym;
  • Elementary Musical, Art Show on January 25!
  • Announcing the 2nd Annual Hilltown Chili Challenge;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 10.3.17 Cross-Country Running Clinic photo

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • The schedule for our upcoming, family-friendly Homecoming Weekend and the October Counter Card are both available for downloading;
  • Feature story from Audrey Gamble about the community service projects by fall sports teams;
  • Our Education Foundation has announced the highest number of grants AND funds awarded in this latest round! Read more to see what’s coming up for students!
  • Gateway organized and hosted a very successful technology conference last week;
  • Parents are needed for both the MS and HS Student Councils;
  • PSATs will be offered on October 11; reminder to register by this Friday;
  • Gateway has openings for custodial subs;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

 

Middle School, High School Open Houses October 2 Gateway Regional Middle/High School

Both schools will use an open "Meet and Greet" format, with sixth grade parents invited to a 6 p.m. Q & A with Assistant Principal Deanna LeBlanc. Click here for more information.

'Gator Gear' Orders due 9/17 Gator Gear now available on line

Show your Gator Pride by ordering "Gator Gear" by September 17. 

Breaking News posted for 9.13.17 Gator Gear now available on line

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Show Gator Pride by Ordering Online Gear!
  • College Planning Night Coming Up for Seniors & Parents/Guardians;
  • Gateway School-Based Health Center Offers Flu Vaccines;
  • Early Release Day September 26;
  • Save-the-Date for HOMECOMING!
  • Free Workshop Series for Parents of Students in Grades 5-8;
  • Upcoming programs from the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (all free of charge!);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 8.29.17 Gator App Image

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Reminder: we have a great mobile app that you can download for free!
  • Bus Routes Continue to be Revised (Be Sure to Check Back Tonight);
  • Boost Reading With Your Children:
  • Hilltown Family Center Program for Kids Age 3-5;
  • Destruction of Special Education Records;
  • Back-to-School Quicklinks;
  • Reminders (From Last Week’s Issue);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

School Committee approves new budget

The new budget reflects nearly $106,000 in reductions to address a $95,000 shortfall in Version 1, but reduces the total of town assessments to just below 2.5%. Towns have 45 days to reconsider the budget, although Blandford, Middlefield and Montgomery do not need to revote. Click here for more information.

Breaking News posted for 6.27.17 Siblings at Summer Wrap Around (photo)

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Summer Wrap Around is closed July 3 & 4;
  • Adeline Kopacz received this year’s Camp Shepard Scholarship for Gateway Middle School;
  • Fourth Term Honor Roll and Effort Awards from high school and middle school;
  • 2017-18 Bus Routes are now posted (with some caveats)!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

Breaking News posted for 4.11.17

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • The science lab turtles have a new home, thanks to funding from the Gateway Education Foundation;
  • Students thank donors, Congressman thanks students;
  • GRHS Spanish teacher crowned 2017 Chili Champ;
  • Congratulations to New England’s ‘Best Male Vocalist’;
  • Parents polled on Blizzard Bags;
  • Spaghetti Supper, Raffle at Chester;
  • Kindergarten and Pre-School Screenings/registration information;
  • Epi Pen update from Gateway nurses;
  • Littleville Calendar Raffle reminder;
  • Math and Science Connect Parent Tip Sheet;
  • Adult Education Update

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

ASVAB Exam Offered at Gateway

The Gateway Guidance Office is offering the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on Wednesday, April 5. Students must sign up in Guidance by April 3. This test is recommended for students entering the military, but is also useful for other students as well. Click here for more information.

Breaking News posted for 3.28.17 Cast member photo, "Bebop with Aesop"

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • “Bebop with “Aesop” at Gateway April 6; and…
  • …Enjoy an International Dinner (MUN fundraiser) Before the Show!
  • NHS Induction April 12
  • “Raising a Reader” Workshop
  • Good Friday, Spring Break Coming Up
  • March Madness at Littleville
  • March Issue of “Reading Connection” (MS Parents)
  • Sports Banquet Tickets
  • ASVAB Exam for Juniors and Seniors
  • Adult Education Update

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Community Members Launch Outdoor Club Outdoor Club Hike

Efforts by alum Jeff Penn (GRHS ’80) and local businessman Andy Myers have led tothe successful launching of a new Outdoor Club at Gateway Regional High School. Accomplishments this year include finding an adviser, having over 30 students sign up, setting up a wildlife camera on school grounds, winning start-up grant funding from the Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee and completing several hikes and excursions.

Gateway's Model UN Team to UMASS/Amherst Gateway Model UN team

The team spent three days at UMASS last week, testing their knowledge of world and historic events. 

Breaking News posted 3.14.18 Outdoor Club Hike

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted.  Don’t miss this week’s “Weblink of the Week!” This week’s headlines include:

  • “Into the Woods” Cast Photos;
  • Model UN at UMASS;
  • MS Brunch Awarded Effort;
  • Early College Planning Workshop (grades 9 – 11);
  • Athletic Department notices;
  • GEF March Board meeting;
  • LV spring photos and calendar raffle;
  • Adult Education Updates;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Family Math Game Night K, 1 & 2

This event is free of charge to elementary students and their families, in grades K, 1 & 2 (thanks to support from the Gateway Education Foundation!). March 16, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Chester Elementary School. Read more....

8th Graders Study Math, Science and History Behind "Hidden Figures"

“The women were so driven to do what they believed in,” eighth grader Jess Bush commented, “All the work they had to do…they had to do extra work just because they were different.”

Breaking News posted for 2.17.17

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Author of “The Portal” was at Gateway this week to speak with sixth graders;
  • Safety Drill draws on school counselors’ expertise (during National School Counselors Week!)
  • Budget Hearing March 1
  • Gateway HS Information Night for Area 8th Graders
  • Nurses Complete First SBIRT Screening
  • March 1 Deadline for Voke Applications
  • Last Call for Boston Celtics Tickets
  • Families of Seniors: Yearbook Ad Deadline March 3!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 1.19.17 Nutritionist at School-Based Health Center (photo)

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Introducing the School-Based Health Center’s new nutritionist, and what she can do to help your child(ren);
  • The Gateway Education Foundation meets Monday to review Funds for Learning applications and determine awards;
  • January issue of Reading Connection for the middle grades;
  • News from the Hilltown Family Center and Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Blizzard Bags questions answered! Blizzard Bag photo

When are the Blizzard Bag assignments due? What happens if a student doesn't complete and return their work? How do Blizzard Bags impact the last day of school? For answers to these questions--and more--read the complete article!.

Breaking News posted for 12.20.16 Blizzard Bag

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Blizzard Bags, answered here!
  • Domestic Violence Task Force seeks Outreach and Youth Volunteers;
  • Upcoming High School Semi-Formal

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 11.22.16 HS Food Drive

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Results of the high school’s annual Food Drive;
  • Local restaurant rewards student achievement;
  • Foundation seeks support on Giving Tuesday;
  • Sr. Citizen Concert features seasonal music;
  • GRHS local digital history project
  • Used MacBooks for sale;
  • Freshman class holds babysitting fundraiser;
  • Band fruit is now on sale;
  • Free winter coats, etc. at Gateway Family Center;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Renowned storyteller kicks off Gateway reading challenge! Storyteller Diane Edgecomb

Nationally recognized storyteller Diane Edgecomb performed for Gateway elementary students on Thursday, October 27 to help kick-off their annual yearlong reading challenge. Click here for the complete story!

Middle School Band scares up a storm at Bandster Bash! Bandster Bash mummy & ghost

Communications Intern Dawson Atkin reports on last weekend's Bandster Bash!

Breaking News posted 11.1.16 Storyteller Diane Edgecomb

This week's issue includes a visit from renowned storyteller Diane Edgecomb, last weekend's Bandster Bash, holiday/parent-teacher conference details and an invitation to help select a new Gateway Gator!

Political "Party Time" for 8th Grade! MS 'Party Time!'

Eighth Grade students have used their Project-Based learning (PBL) Class to explore the political process; this unit of study culminated with presentations on their newly designed political parties at their October 18th Open House.

Sixth Graders use Engineering Skills to Tackle World Problems MS Container Homes Engineering

Sixth graders have completed a STEM unit of study designed to have students work collaboratively in teams and use the engineering design process to solve several real-world problems.

Breaking News Posted 10.25.16

Breaking News--Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. In this week's issue: how 6th graders are engineering real-world problems; the design of new political parties by 8th grade students; next week's blood drive; and last call for business sponsors!

Coding Comes to Life at Gateway! Ozobots in Grade 6

Sixth graders are learning coding by using Ozobots in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) class. Read more in the complete article

BINGO for Books on October 26

Read the complete article for details on this month's event, funded by the Gateway Education Foundation.

Soccer Senior Nights!

Click here for information on the boys and girls soccer senior nights.

Coat Drive at Gateway

The fifth annual Coat Drive has started. Read more!

Magazine Drive benefits Middle School

The annual magazine drive at Gateway Regional Middle School is underway. Click here for more information.

Breaking News posted 10.18.16

Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--Breaking News-- is now posted. This week's issue includes articles and information about: 

  • Details (and a link to a video clip) on last week’s Vocal Improv Workshop provided by Dr. Stephen A. Paparo;
  • Students are bringing coding to life with Ozobots!
  • Senior nights for boys and girls soccer are coming up;
  • The annual magazine drive is underway (and you can even order online!);
  • Littleville students (and their adult(s)) are invited to Bingo for Books on October 26;
  • The fifth annual coat drive starts next week;
  • Chester’s annual “Boo Bash” is October 28 (and the required pre-order form for pizza is just a click away!);
  • Megan Coburn is hosting a coffee hour this Friday for parents; stop in for a visit with the principal at Littleville!
  • Last call for after-school program surveys;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Paying for College, in One Easy Workshop!

The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will help students and parents/guardians learn more about paying for college, in this special event at Gateway. on October 27.

VHS to DVD-R Conversion Fundraiser

Gateway's video production class will convert your VHS home movies to DVD-R: a perfect gift for the holidays!

Breaking News posted 10.11.16

Breaking News -- Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. This week's articles include the UMASS Multibands Field Trip; upcoming 'paying for college' workshop; the film class will take your VHS home movies and convert them to DVD-R (yearlong fundraiser); and much more!

SBHC, Gator Grins Up and Running

The school health programs, operated by Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc., are up and running for the 2016-17 school year. 

Breaking News Posted 9.20.16

Breaking News--Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. This week's issue includes information about Homecoming Weekend, MS/HS Open House, school-based services opening, elementary Open House scavenger hunt, and the Chester PTO bake sale. Plus the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week (Raising Healthy Children parent guide) and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Breaking News Posted 9.6.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted.

 

Gateway welcomes new staff

Gateway is pleased to welcome 7 new staff to the district this year: Kaitlin Ames, Christine Bell, Mary Lyons, Christopher Mosher, Marcie Powers, and Alexandra Thompson are all joining the faculty and staff, along with new Pupil Services Director Kurt Garivaltis.

After-School Grant Not Funded

Gateway's After-School Program grant for middle school students was not renewed, officials learned last Friday. Planning is underway for offering a program without the $200k in funding from the grants.

September Calendar Highlights

Click here for details on the Labor Day Holiday and 2-hour early release on September 20. 

Breaking News Posted 8.30.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s  issue includes:

 

  • Opening Day Photo Gallery! (will be added to throughout the day)
  • Gateway teachers received bullying and cyber-bullying training on their first day back;
  • The 5-8 After-School Program grant was not renewed; learn more about how the program will operate this year, and how you can help;
  • While you were gone: local and state police joined with Gateway admin and staff on an active shooter drill, held August 24;
  • September calendar highlights (Labor Day, early release);
  • The Month at a Glance in this month’s Counter Card;

 

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Back to School News

Teachers return on Friday, August 26. Students return on Tuesday, August 30. Elementary Schools will now be PreK - 5; grades 6-8 will be the new Middle School (and run on the high school schedule); 9-12 remains the high school. Sports tryouts begin August 25 and will be posted on the high school website (students in grades 6-12 are eligible). The Back-to-School issue of Breaking News will be posted the week of August 22nd and will include time schedules, bus routes, lunch menu and more! Please check back at the end of August!

Kurt Garivaltis is new Pupil Services Director

The Gateway Regional School Committee voted to hire Kurt Garivaltis as their new Pupil Services Director, replacing Alice Taverna who retires this month.

Schools, libraries kick off summer reading

Students at Gateway elementary schools were rewarded for reading throughout the school year at special assembies, where summer reading was announced, promoted and will be rewarded when students return. 

Middle School Term 4 Effort Awards

Principal Megan Coburn is pleased to announce the awarding of the school's "Excellent and Good Effort Awards" for the final term of the 2015-16 academic year. 

Sixth grade end of year STEM projects

Sixth graders at Gateway Regional Middle School took to various engineering design projects as the school year wound down, to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning from their studies).

Junior High Effort Awards

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the awarding of the school's "Excellent and Good Effort Awards" for the final marking period of the 2015-16 academic year.

High School Honor Roll

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the honor roll for the fourth term of the 2015-16 school year.

Breaking News Posted 6.28.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s issue includes:

  • A story of how Littleville and Chester students were rewarded for meeting the school year’s “Reading Challenge”, and how the schools and town libraries are working together to promote reading over the summer;
  • Sixth graders finished the school year strong with special end-of-year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) projects;
  • Honors for the final marking period (Middle School, Junior High and Senior High);
  • A shout out to the U13 Boys Soccer Team for receiving the Sportsmanship Award at last week’s statewide soccer tournament;

PLUS: the Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News will not be published over the summer months. Look for the Back to School issue the week of August 22

Have a safe and happy summer!

Wendy Long

Breaking News Posted 6.21.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s issue includes:

  • A report from Gateway’s four delegates to Boys State and Girls State, held last week at Stonehill College;
  • “Remote Control”—the assembly that let bystanders address dating violence;
  • Listings of end-of-year Underclass Awards and 8th Grade Awards;
  • The story behind the new art installation in the Gateway entryway (look UP!);
  • Updates from Summer Wrap Around;

PLUS: the Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News "Grad Issue" Posted

The "Graduation Issue" of Breaking News is now posted!

Budget Yields Changes for Coming School Year

The approval of the Gateway FY'17 budget in four towns means that cost savings changes for the coming year will move forward, including 5th graders staying at their elementary schools, grades 6-8 reforming into a middle school, not replacing some retiring staff members, and the buildings closing next year at 9 p.m.

LeBarron Elected Regional Co-Chair of WMRSAC

The Western Massachusetts Student Advisory Council welcomed its new members recently and held regional elections, with Gateway junior Rachel LeBarron selected as Regional Co-Chair to the Council. 

Graduation June 3, Sr. Awards

The Gateway Class of 2016 will graduate on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in an outdoor ceremony on Booster Field (weather permitting).

If the weather does not cooperate, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Seating will be limited to ticket-holders only, but the event will be simulcast onto a large screen in the high school gymnasium for additional guests.

Speeches will be given by the Class President, Valedictorian and Salutatorian, with remarks from Principal Jason Finnie and Superintendent Dr. David Hopson. The guest speaker for commencement will be Mr. Gabriel Palazzi, Class of 1984.  

Senior awards—including the Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Golden Achievement winners—will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 1 at 11:45 a.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. A reception for the class and their families will be held in the Gateway courtyard immediately following the assembly.

Congratulations to the Gateway Class of 2016! ###

Breaking News Posted 5.24.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s issue includes:

  • Details on graduation and the senior awards ceremony;
  • The 2016-17 Calendar;
  • Rachel LeBarron’s election to Regional Co-Chair of WMRSAC;
  • Budget yields changes for next year;
  • Poet’s Tea at Littleville;
  • Still a few used macbooks available;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, adult education updates, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Parts of Speech Campaign, Election

Seventh grade students at Gateway Regional Jr. High School have been hard at work on this year’s campaign: “parts of speech” campaigning, that is.

Breaking News Posted 4.5.16

Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter is now posted. This week’s issue includes articles on:

  • Election results for the 7th grade’s “Parts of Speech” campaign;
  • Next week’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew”;
  • Spring Break details
  • Littleville’s musical, “Mighty Minds” on April 13;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, adult education updates, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 2.23.16

Breaking News--Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--has been posted for February 23. This week's issue includes articles on: Gateway's 100th Day, Reptile Encounters at Littleville (thanks to the Gateway Education Foundation!); the upcoming high school orientation for area 8th graders; a visit from the UMASS acapella group "The Dynamics"; Basketball Sr. Nights this week; students raising $1,000 for the American Heart Association; the Middle Schoool Term 2 Effort Awards; and how to subscribe to this e-newsletter PLUS text alerts. PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Adult Education Updates, Reminders, and Superintendents Corners!

Second Term Honor Roll

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the Honor Roll for the second marking period of the 2015-2016 school year. 

Breaking News Posted for 2/9/16

Breaking News, Gateway's weekly e-newsletter, is now posted. Today's issue includes a report on last week's "Gateway 2025" event, which enjoyed the participation of about 65 students, parents, staff, alumni, and community members in planning for Gateway's future; the second term Honor Roll for the high school; and Wrap Around notice for the Winter Break. Plus the "Week at a Glance" , Adult Education Update' Reminders' Weblink of the Week (an incredible Parent Toolkit you'll want to bookmark); and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Gateway Undergoing Coordinated Program Review

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is conducting a Coordinated Program Review with the Gateway Regional School District during the 2015-2016 school year. As part of this Review, DESE staff will visit the district during the week of March 7, 2016.  The purpose of the visit is to review specific education programs and services in Massachusetts schools. 

Breaking News Posted 2/2/16

Breaking News, Gateway's weekly e-newsletter, is now posted for the week of February 2, 2016. This week's issue includes stories about the STARLAB visit at Littleville Elementary School; the Gateway Education Foundation awarding funding to 7 new projects; DESE's Coordinated Program Review; details on the Winter Break; Chester Elementary School's food drive; a reminder about the vocational school application deadline; and Adult Education news. Plus the "Week at a Glance", Superintendent's Corner, and this week's "Weblink of the Week": a special video featuring Littleville staff and volunteers encouraging kids to read!

Huge Response in DIstrict-Wide Service Project

"The elementary schools were rock stars!" reported Student Council President Brennan Foley, at the January 20 meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee. "They really came through on this!"

Breaking News Posted 1/26/16

Breaking News, the weekly e-newsletter of the Gateway Regional School District, is now posted. This week's issue includes articles about the outcome of the district-wide Blessing Bags service project, Winter Sports Sr. Nights, February School Committee meeting information, updates from our School-Based Health Center, a save-the-date for Littleville's "Jump for Heart" fundraiser for the American Heart Association, plus reminders, the Weblink of the Week, and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

RSVP for 'Gateway 2025' by January 26

Parents, guardians, students, staff, alumni and community members are all invited to take part in "Gateway 2025", which will gather public input on a ten-year plan for the future of the Gateway Regional School District. 

2016 Vocational School Applications Due March 1

Parents and guardians of students living in the Gateway Regional School District are advised that applications are now available for students who wish to apply to Smith Vocational or Westfield Technical Academy for the 2016-17 school year. 

Five Gateway Musicians Tapped for WMASS

Instrumental Music Director Beth Guertin announced today that five musicians from Gateway Regional Jr. and Sr. High Schools won spots in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association's Western District Festivals this winter.

Atlantic Brass Quintet at Gateway

The award winning Atlantic Brass Quintet spent Thursday, January 7 at Gateway working with instrumental music students from the high school, junior high school and middle school. 

Sign Up for Breaking News, Text Alerts

All families in the Gateway Regional School District are encouraged to sign up now for Breaking News and text alerts. 

Breaking News Posted 12/22/15

Breaking News - Gateway's weekly e-newsletter is now posted. This week's articles include: a story on the HS Jazz Band using Skype to work with the arranger of one of the pieces they performed at last week's concert; Student Council is launching a project--involving ALL schools plus parents & staff--to support the homeless; Littleville shirts & hoodies are available for immediate pick-up; converting your VHS tapes to DVDs; Band Fruit is still available; the Gateway SBHC still has flu shots. Don't miss this week's Weblink: the importance of creating a Family Technology Plan (do we, or do we not allow phones at the dinner table?!); plus our weekly reminders, "Week at a Glance" and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Breaking News Posted 12/15/15

Breaking News -- Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted.

This week's articles include: the JRHS Effort Award Breakfast; holiday break details; the Winter Gift Fair at Chester Elementary School; flu shots still available at our School-Based Health Center; PLUS the Week at a Glance; timely reminders; the Weblink of the Week, and this week's Superintendent's Corner!

Breaking News Posted 11/24/15

Breaking News, Gateway's weekly e-newsletter is now posted. Articles include an update on the school budget, week at a glance, schoolwide literacy nights, an upcoming "Read with Children" parent workshop; the #GivingTuesday fundraiser for the Foundation; "Breakfast for Dinner" bands fundraiser; December 15 early release information; rescinding the MIAA Middle School Rule; Winter Weather Closing announcements, adult education updates, and this week's Superintendent's Corner. This week's weblink is: Take Back the (Dinner) Table.

Breaking News Posted 11/18/15

Breaking NewsGateway's weekly e-newsletter, is now posted for this week. Articles include updates on the FY'16 Budget and Fall Sports Tournament Outcomes; the high school's Food Drive, First Term Honor Roll and Winter Sports Tryouts; a student appeal for a local organization to sponsor GIrls State in 2016; and the ServSafe Recertification Training offered at Gateway in January, plus much more!

Breaking News Posted 11/10/15

The latest edition of Breaking News -- Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted.

Breaking News Posted 10/27/15

Breaking News -- the weekly e-newsletter of the Gateway Regional School District--is posted for October 27, 2015.

Save the Date: Damon Grant at Gateway

The award-winning percussionist and UMASS teacher will give master classes to students during the day on November 19, and perform for the public that evening thanks to Local Cultural Council grants from the towns of Blandford, Huntington and Russell.

Final Week for Gateway 2025 Online Survey

Students, staff, parents, town officials and community members are reminded that this is the final week for Gateway's online survey, as part of the '2025' process.

Breaking News Posted 10/20/15 Gator Grins at Preschool

Gateway's weekly e-newsletter is now posted. Highlights include a story about preschoolers learning to take care of their teeth (with staff from "Gator Grins", run by Hilltown Community Health Centers), recorder ordering for third and fourth graders, and a save-the-date for Damon Grant performing on November 19. Also, the Week At A Glance, Reminders (Gateway 2025 survey, Fall Sports Sr. Nights, Chester Heating Oil Raffle) and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Britland, Margarites are Commended Students

Davis D. Britland and Jenna L. Margarites were named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Breaking News Posted for October 13, 2015

This week's issue includes articles about our latest Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Competition; Fall Sports Senior Nights; the Middle School Bandster Bash; Chester's Chromebook Night; and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Breaking News Posted 9/22/15

The latest issue of Gateway's weekly e-newsletter is now posted. This week's issue includes Coach Heeter's Sportsmanship Award, Open House information, online grade books, Chester Elementary's water system taking 3rd in a statewide taste test, and information on next week's Health Advisory Council meeting (parents are sought for this group).

Online student grades available to Gateway Parents

Parents/guardians of students in grades 5-12 are reminded that they can access their student's assignments, homework, grades and attendance online. The system features a single sign-in for parents who have two or more children in the district.

College Planning Workshop for HS Seniors

A workshop for Gateway seniors and their parents/guardians will be held on Wednesday, September 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The annual Senior College Planning Night will cover creating your college list, admission policies, college entrance testing, financial aid and more.

The workshop will take place in room 214 of the Jr. High and pizza will be served.

Call the high school guidance office at (413) 685-1107 with questions or to sign up for this event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Elementary Open Houses (Corrected!)

Littleville and Chester Elementary Schools host their annual Open Houses this week. Littleville's Open House is Wednesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. Chester's is the following evening.

Gateway School-Based Health Center, Gator Grins in Full Operation!

Together, the programs provide comprehensive health care, counseling and dental care to Gateway students. Operated by Hilltown Community Health Centers, these programs can be the medical and dental "home" for your Gateway student!

E-Newsletter Now Posted

This week's Breaking News is now posted. Read this week's newsletter for information on volunteer roles in the district, elementary open house, the School-Based Health Center and Gator Grins programs, business sponsorships with the Gateway Education Foundation, and the upcoming PSAT exams....

Gateway Welcomes Six New Staff Members

Six new staff members were introduced during Gateway's staff opening day on Thursday, August 27.

Bussing forms for day care, shared custody

Gateway parents are reminded to file unique transportation needs with the school district. 

Breaking News posted 10.23.18 Littleville Pawsome Assembly!

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Our own Chris Parker presented at the statewide MassCUE conference last week, about Gateway’s journey to a 1:1 program;
  • A “Pawsome Reading Challenge” is underway at Littleville Elementary School;
  • Don’t miss the Family “Boo-vie” Night this Friday for elementary and middle school families;
  • Chester PTO’s annual “Boo Bash” is also taking place on Friday;
  • Save-the-Date for the Gateway Choirs’ Annual Penny Social next month;
  • Wrap Around is available for half-days, holiday;
  • Coat Drive is winding down at Gateway;
  • How you can support the Hilltown Holiday Help project—now over 20 years old!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance and Weblink of the Week!

Homecoming Weekend Schedule our last Alumni Band was in 2014.

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Homecoming Weekend! These events are open to current and former students, staff, families and community members. Most are free of charge, but donations to various groups will be taken throughout the weekend. 

CLICK HERE for a downloadable schedule (pdf).

Thu, Oct 11 Kick-Off Dinner - 4-10 p.m., Chester Common Table

Fri, Oct 12 Family Movie Night, "The Incredibles", 6:30 p.m., GPAC (free; donations at door); face painting, bake sale;

Sat, Oct 13:

  • 5K Dam Race (free, timed; donations to GEF accepted): Tailgate Breakfast at 8 a.m. in HS Parking Lot; Race Registration at 8:30 a..m.; race begins at 9 a.m.
  • "Soccer Saturday" - JV Girls 11, Varsity Girls 1, JV Boys 4, Varsity Boys 6; Alumni Game immediate after Boys Varsity game; 
  • Historic Canoe/Kayak Tour of Littleville Lake: BYOB (boat); meet at Boat Launch at noon;

Sun, Oct 14  Alumni Band, coffee hour at 10 a.m.; Rehearsals, lunch (provided); Alumni and current students will present a free concert at 4 p.m. in the GPAC. (Donations accepted for instrumental music program)

Breaking News Posted 6.11.18 Littleville Students at Arcadia

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week marks our annual “Graduation Issue”, but contains important information for all levels of the district. Headlines include:

  • Photo Gallery of the Week: Littleville First Grade Trip to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary;
  • FINAL POST! Audrey Gamble Sr. Year Blog: “Final Thoughts and New Beginnings”;
  • First Graders Studied with an Environmental Educator from Arcadia This Year, Thanks to a Grant from the Massachusetts Local Cultural Council;
  • Holocaust Survivor Speaks With Gateway World Studies Classes;
  • Bus Routes Will be Available in Mid-August;
  • A Reminder to Pay Up on Lunch Accounts By Thursday;
  •  “Y’s Kids” After School Program for Middle School This Fall: IF Enough Parents Sign Up!
  • Reminder of Destruction of Special Education Records;
  • Sign-Ups for Fall Sports are Now Open!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 6.1.18 Saunders Family Tassels

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week marks our annual “Graduation Issue”, but contains important information for all levels of the district. Headlines include:

  • Photo Gallery of the Week: GRHS Class of 2018 Commencement;
  • Audrey Gamble Sr. Year Blog: “The Last Week of School”;
  • Announcement of the Golden Achievement Winner, Valedictorian and Salutatorian;
  • Complete Listing of all Senior Awards;
  • Sr. Walk-Through (Video);
  • New Annual Sports Banquet Proved Popular;
  • “Y’s Kids” After School Program for Middle School This Fall: IF Enough Parents Sign Up!
  • Middle School Concert Tuesday, June 5;
  • Reminder of Destruction of Special Education Records;
  • Sign-Ups for Fall Sports are Now Open!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 5.29.18 Photo from "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Photo Gallery of the Week: The Phantom Tollbooth (HS Drama Club Production)
  • Gateway Alumni – Where Are They Now? Samantha Levreault, Class of ’13;
  • School Committee Honored 11 Staff—and the district as a whole—at last week’s annual reception;
  • Details on the Last Day(s) of School;
  • Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records;
  • June School Committee and Annual Town Meetings Still to Come;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 5.22.18 Chester 5th Graders take aim at Becket Chimney Corners

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Photo Gallery of the Week: Chester’s 5th Grade Overnight at Becket Chimney Corners;
  • Gateway Alumni – Where Are They Now? Sara Pandolfino, Class of ’12;
  • Choral Students Took Part in a “Wicked” Workshop on Broadway;
  • Showcase of Student Work Now Online;
  • Sr. Awards, Graduation Next Week;
  • Sign-Ups For Fall Sports Online; Also Sports Survey;
  • “13 Reasons Why” – Parent, Staff Guidance for Upcoming Season on Netflix;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 5.14.18

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Blogger Audrey Gamble’s column this week is, “Wait, AP Exams are THIS Week?”
  • Finalists for Golden Achievement Award Announced;
  • Swamped! A Musical About Friendship, Tolerance and Change; GPAC Thursday;
  • Gateway Staff to be Honored by School Committee;
  • Baseball, Softball Senior Nights;
  • Photo Gallery of the Week: Cinderella and the Glass Slipper;
  • Schools Closed for Memorial Day;
  • Details on Alternative Sports Banquet May 29;
  • Education Foundation Board to Meet May 21;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 5.7.18 Be Green recycling club

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Gateway Alumni: Where Are They Now? Find out what’s been happening for four of our ‘Be Green’ Founders: Kathleen Ryan (’07), Annie Skerry (’07), Jenna Swochak (’07) and Natalie Tacke (’08);
  • Annual Town Meeting Information;
  • Denae Kessel Dostal Received the ‘Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching’ Award; Gateway alum Dr. Seth Gemme (’03) gave the keynote address at the dinner;
  • 11 Years of Recycling Celebrated at Gateway!
  • The Phantom Tollbooth” on Friday & Saturday in the GPAC;
  • GEF Board Thanks Valley Gives Day Donors;
  • Gateway Blood Drive May 15;
  • Alternate Sports Banquet Announced;
  • 2018-19 School Calendar posted;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 4.23.18 Students assemble for Best Buddies Prom

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Audrey Gamble’s Sr. Blog Post: “Commitment is Kind of Terrifying”;
  • Gateway Alumni: Where Are They Now? Find out what’s been happening for Sarah Toomey and Mike DiMauro, both from the Class of 2003;
  • Eleven Juniors Inducted into National Honor Society;
  • Preschool Students Study Health and Safety;
  • A Great Time for Students at ‘Best Buddies Prom’;
  • Third Term Honor Roll for High School;
  • Preschool Parent Information Night May 8;
  • Last Call: Westfield YMCA Offering New Session of Functional Training Classes at Gateway;
  • Littleville Calendar Raffle Reminder;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 4.11.18 Mother, Daughter at Family Math Night

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Audrey Gamble Sr. Blog Post: “It’s Already March…I Mean April”;
  • Gateway Alumni: Where Are They Now? Find out what’s been happening for Janine (Beauregard) Tougas (’06) and Brett Turban (’17)!
  • Fun With Math at Littleville Elementary School;
  • Preschoolers Learn About Healthy Teeth;
  • Annual Sports Banquet Details;
  • Westfield YMCA Offering New Session of Functional Training Classes at Gateway;
  • Early Release April 24;
  • Thunderbirds Ticket Info;
  • Littleville Calendar Raffle Reminder;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 4.2.18 Gateway Show Choir photo

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Gateway Band, Show Choir Shine in Music Competition!
  • Education Foundation Receives Windfall; $85k to fund special projects, start endowment;
  • NHS Induction April 11;
  • Gators Jump Into Spring Sports;
  • Wrap Around Open Spring Break, Early Release;
  • Littleville Calendar Raffle;
  • Last Call for Service Projects;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 3.26.18 Parker Atkin, selected for Jr. District Music Festival

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Gateway Freshman Parker Atkin performed at WMASS Jr. District Concert on March 17;
  • Chester Elementary School presents Art Show, Musical on April 5;
  • Model United Nations hosts International Dinner for the public (also on April 5);
  • Annual ‘Cabaret’ on April 3;
  • College Planning Workshop at Gateway for juniors, high schoolers, parents (also on April 5!);
  • Project 351 Delegates and the Red Cross Club are conducting service projects through April 6; Learn how you can help!;
  • Online Tickets (only) still available for Thunderbirds, but JUST through Friday (3/30);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 3.13.18 Gateway Special Olympics Team

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Sr. Audrey Gamble Blog Post: “Once a Gator…”
  • Gateway Vocalists Featured at Thunderbirds Game
  • Student Athletes Shine at Special Olympics
  • NHS Members Led Annual “Seussabration”
  • Alumni Sought for “Where Are They Now?” Series
  • Save a Life: Donate Blood at Gateway March 16
  • MS Talent Show Friday
  • Sign Up For Spring Sports Deadline is Friday, March 16

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 2.26.18 Students build table for Montgomery COA

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Students Deliver on Table for Montgomery Town Hall;
  • Falling in Love with Music – Again! (a student’s first-hand account of ‘Honor Band’);
  • Budget Hearing March 7;
  • MS Talent Show Coming Up;
  • Gateway, Hampshire Students Working Together;
  • Free Parent Training on Positive Discipline;
  • Full Day PreK Survey;
  • Red Cross Blood Drive March 16;
  • Gator Grins Heading to Chester;
  • Gateway Night at Springfield Thunderbirds!
  • YMCA Class at Gateway is a Go; a few seats still available;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 2.12.18 New Counselors at SBHC

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Audrey Gamble’s Recent Blog Post About Being a Teen Driver in the Hilltowns;
  • Changing the Conversation About ‘Guidance’;
  • New Counselors at Gateway School-Based Health Center;
  • Foundation Approaches Milestone: Closing in on $50,000 in Funding to Gateway Classrooms Since FY’13!
  • Communications Council Sets Plans from Last Spring’s Surveys;
  • Corrected HS Honor Roll Posted;
  • Boys Basketball Team Community Service Project;
  • Gateway Night at the Springfield Thunderbirds;
  • YMCA Program Registration Extended to March 1 (more participants needed);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 2.6.18 winter photo

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Schools, Offices to Close for Winter Break;
  • Principal Jason Finnie Announces MS and HS Honors for Second Term;
  • Coming Up: Gateway Night at the Springfield Thunderbirds;
  • Spring Sports Registration Open Online;
  • 2018 Vocational School Applications Due March 1;
  • Home & School Connection;
  • YMCA Program Registration Extended to March 1 (more participants needed);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News Posted 1.22.18 Gateway MS HS

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • De La Cruz Rivera—Semi-Finalist in New England Digital Art Contest;
  • Four Musicians Perform in WMASS District Festival;
  • VHS-DVD Fundraiser for Gateway Film Studio;
  • Don’t Forget: Register for 2nd Annual Hilltown Chili Challenge by Friday!
  • All afterschool and evening activities cancelled today! (Monday, Jan. 22)

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 1.8.18 Cast of The Last 5 Years, at WSKB radio interview

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • The latest installment from Audrey Gamble’s blog post, as we follow her through her senior year of high school. This week, “Nothing is Set in Stone”;
  • Senior Wrestlers approach their final home meet; SR. NIGHT is Wednesday, 1/17;
  • Storms have messed a bit with high school mid-term exams, so here is the latest schedule!
  • REMEMBER: The Last 5 Years will be performed at Gateway ONE NIGHT ONLY – Friday, January 12 at 7 p.m.;
  • The Gateway Education Foundation Board of Directors meets January 22;
  • Chester PTO Fundraiser is DUE TOMORROW!!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 12.18.17 Pawsome Reading Assembly, Littleville

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include: Literacy was celebrated last week at Littleville; Blood Drive January 5; Save the Date for The Last 5 Years; As Schools Match Wits team nearly caught Easthampton; Student organizer thanks donors; and more...

 

Breaking News posted 12.12.17

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s stories cover: last week's Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert; Distractology; December community service projects; the 'mystery mittens' of Chester Elementary School; Audrey Gamble's latest blog post; holiday break; team apparel store closes 12/14 for winter season; Littleville's Spirit Week; PTO selling Smencils;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

Breaking News posted 12.4.17 Erin Harris draws her way through history

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • All-League Fall Soccer Athletes Named (6 from GRHS!);
  • Students Cartoon Into History Project;
  • Audrey Gamble Unveils Blog on Senior Year;
  • Ed Foundation Thanks Donors for #GivingTuesday; (but wait, there’s more!!)
  • Winter Sports Season Home Openers;
  • Holiday Concerts Next Week at Gateway;
  • Littleville Hosting Pajama Drive Through December 12;
  • After-School Acting Class at Littleville (starts Wednesday);

     NOTE: if you read no other Weblink of the Week, please read this week’s!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 11.27.17 Seniors Celebrate Applying to College

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Over 300 Grandfriends Visited Last Week;
  • Annual College Week Recap;
  • Gateway Runners Finish Season Strong;
  • 85 Attended Chester Family Literacy Night;
  • Penny Social on December 8;
  • Area Sr. Citizens Invited to Holiday Brunch, Concert;
  • Coats Are Now Available;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

 

Breaking News posted 11.20.17 Members of Gateway's Red Cross Club

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • A recap of tournament play for the Lady Gators soccer team;
  • Our blood drive saved up to 41 lives;
  • Term I Honor Roll announced;
  • Please support the Gateway Education Foundation on Giving Tuesday;
  • After-school acting class offered at Littleville;
  • Winter Sports registrations are due Friday;
  • Holiday Babysitting offered December 2 (but you MUST pre-register);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 11.14.17 Award winning digital art!

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Gateway Sophomore Takes First Prize at Game Lab;
  • College Week Coming Up for HS;
  • Giving Tuesday: Support the Gateway Education Foundation;
  • Chester’s Annual Literacy Night is November 16, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.;
  • Thanksgiving Break;
  • Wrap Around Will Not Open on Snow Days This Year;
  • Magazine Drive Benefits Middle School;
  • Flu Vaccine Still Available at SBHC;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Red Cross Blood Drive November 7 American red Cross logo

Did you know that someone in America needs blood every two seconds? You can help! Join us at the 7th Annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 7 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Read on...

Breaking News posted 10.30.17 Lily Waters, Alex Auclair and Jess VanHeynigen - Gateway's MIAA Ambassadors

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Boys Soccer Sr. Night is TONIGHT;
  • Gateway Athletes Become MIAA Ambassadors;
  • Seventh Annual Red Cross Blood Drive, November 7;
  • November Calendar Highlights;
  • School-Based Health Center has Flu Vaccine for Students AND Staff;
  • Reminder on Chester Annual Literacy Night;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 10.17.17 5K Dam Race at Homecoming

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Jessica VanHeynigen made history AGAIN last weekend, by breaking a long-held soccer scoring record in Saturday’s game;
  • Chester, Huntington and Russell are holding Special Town Meetings in the next two weeks to reconsider the Gateway budget (we are now on Version 3.0);
  • A recap of highlights from last weekend’s Homecoming;
  • Boys Soccer Sr. Night;
  • Coats for Community – 6th annual collection underway now through October 31;
  • Gateway Guidance Office Presents “Paying for College” Workshop on November 2;
  • Parents Rights and Responsibilities Workshop is next week;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

VanHeynigen kicks her way into record books Jess VanHeynigen in action at Mohawk

Jessica VanHeynigen became the second soccer player in Gateway sports history to reach 100 points in her school career. Read on...

Dawson Atkin named Commended Student Commended student, Dawson Atkin (photo)

Gateway senior Dawson Atkin was named a Commended Student through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Breaking News posted for 9.19.17 players from 2016 Alumni Soccer Game

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Join us for Gateway’s  2nd Annual “Homecoming Weekend” – its open to everyone and benefits numerous groups;
  • Elementary Open Houses are next week;
  • Gateway Education Foundation Board scheduled to meet;
  • PSATs Offered on October 11;
  • Gateway Choirs Fundraiser;
  • We’ll Looking for a Few Good Nurses: 1 long term sub, plus per diem substitutes;
  • Upcoming programs from the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (all free of charge!);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 9.5.17 Waiting for first day of school! (photo)

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • What I Did Over My Summer Vacation—a Gateway senior’s first-hand account on attending the 2017 International Best Buddies Conference  in Indiana, and how she hopes it helps the Gateway Chapter of Best Buddies;
  • We proudly introduce our new staff members this week!
  • Students returned under sunny skies and pleasant temps; here’s what was different this year;
  • The older your student, the greater the chance that you did not see this letter about a free option for monitoring your student’s online activities at school and at home; Read more about Securly—a program that will even flag activities that might suggest self-harm or bullying;
  • Gateway is proudly hosting the Learn Launch Conference for area school technology leaders;
  • September programs from the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (all free of charge!);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

"Back-to-School" Issue of Breaking News now posted!

Breaking NewsTHE BACK-TO-SCHOOL ISSUE of Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Schools Reopen August 30—and our first article is chock full of information you need!
  • September Calendar Highlights, including a holiday and our first 2-hour early release;
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Chester Elementary School students are all eligible for free breakfast and lunch at school;
  • Special education records of students who graduated in 2010 will be destroyed; (contact us soon if you want to pick them up).
  • Back-To-School Quicklinks to the bus routes, fall sports registration, 2017-18 calendar, lunch menu, free/reduced meals application and Gateway Education Foundation

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

Breaking News posted for 6.20.17 Students, parents and staff mingle following 8th grade transition ceremony

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • A recap of the 8th grade transition to high school;
  • New format for this year’s Underclass Awards Ceremony;
  • Littleville students were rewarded for reading in the craziest places!
  • Kilee Holmes represented Gateway at MassSTAR (and other Gateway connections);
  • Liz Spooner retires from Gator Grins;
  • Online Registration Now Open for Fall Sports;
  • Montgomery Library offers summer reading perks!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 6.13.17 "Pots on Wheels" program at LIttleville

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Budget Update;
  • Gateway Emphasizes Hands-On Learning;
  • Students Make Pottery, Thanks to Local Cultural Councils and Gateway Education Foundation!
  • Summer Wrap Around starts Monday, June 19; (link to registration and info)
  • Fall Sports Registration Form is online and open now!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

Breaking News posted for 6.6.17 Gateway graduation, 2017

The Graduation Issue!

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • …And the winner is! Announcing the Golden Achievement Winner (plus Valedictorian and Salutatorian);
  • Gateway graduates 56 on Booster Field (include photo gallery from the event);
  • Two seniors named to Gazette All Stars;
  • School Committee Honors Gateway staff;
  • Underclass Awards has new format this year;
  • Littleville is conducting a backpack drive until the end of school;
  • Schools close on June 14
  • Helpful Hilltown Resources;
  • Last Day of Preschool;
  • Field Days;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Finalists for Golden Achievement Announced

Finalists included Dayna Britland, Trevor Bruno, Anna Pless, Franky Tangredi and Diana Tereshchuk. Read more about them in the complete article. Winner and other senior awards will be announced in next Tuesday's Graduation Issue.

Breaking News posted for 5.23.17 Gateway senior surprised with scholarship (photo)

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Middle School academic awardees were treated to breakfast, and a talk from Trooper Michael Mazza, 30 year veteran with the Massachusetts State Police;
  • Berkshire Bank came to Gateway to surprise Senior Diana Tershchuk with a $1500 scholarship;
  • You deserve dinner out tonight! (And can help our Best Buddies Club too!)
  • Staff Honors Reception is Wednesday, May 24; stop by and applaud our amazing staff!
  • Details on field days and last days;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 5.16.17 5th Graders Built a Geodesic Dome on Overnight Trip (photo)

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Chester’s 5th grade took an overnight trip to the Berkshire Outdoor Center;
  • An interview with Gateway’s 2 Japanese exchange students, by Intern Allie Clark;
  • Details on Gateway graduation and senior events;
  • A report from the Northampton Pride Parade by GSA president (and Intern) Dawson Atkin;
  • Softball Sr. Night Changed;
  • The UMASS Chamber Percussion Ensemble performed at Gateway, thanks to the Local Cultural Councils of four of our towns;
  • The 2017-18 Calendar has been approved;
  • Schools and programs are closed for Memorial Day;
  • Good news! The Communications Survey has been EXTENDED! (HELP!);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 5.9.17 Senior baseball players photo

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Dan Shea received the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award!
  • Softball and Baseball Senior Nights, announced by Communications Intern Audrey Gamble;
  • Details on Thursday’s HS Spring Concert;
  • SBHC Nutritionist delivered lessons on healthy eating to first graders at Littleville;
  • Coming up: Annual Art Show/Musical by Littleville Elementary School on may 18;
  • Thank you Valley Gives Day Donors!
  • Last call for parent, staff & community member surveys;
  • Take an in-depth look at the Gateway budget!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

New (and returning!) donors sought for Valley Gives Day Gateway Education Foundation logo

The annual day of online generosity throughout Western Massachusetts will take place on Tuesday, May 2, and the Gateway Education Foundation is again taking part. Read the Complete Article for more information about the Foundation. Click here to donate online. (Donations can be made between April 25 and May 2).

Breaking News posted for 4.4.17 Kallie Grochowski commits to Bowling Green U for gymnastics

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Junior Kallie Growchowski has verbally committed to a D1 full athletic scholarship for gymnastics;
  • Hampshire Gazette Winter Sports All-stars;
  • Pre-Schoolers learn healthy habits from SBHC staff;
  • Education Foundation funds two new projects;
  • Early release day April 25;
  • Littleville calendar raffle underway;
  • Save-the-date for Kindergarten screening;
  • Adult Education Update

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 3.22.17 Photo of parents, children at Math Family Game Night

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Over 80 parents, students and staff attended last week’s Math Family Game Night at Chester ES;
  • Annual 'Cabaret' Showcases Top Musical Talent;
  • Project 351 Ambassadors Lead Area Service Project;
  • First Annual Hilltown Chili Challenge;
  • New Twist on Annual Sports Banquet (save the date!);
  • Early College Planning Update: Same Night, New Time/Place;
  • SBHC Offering Sports Physicals;
  • Littleville Spring Portraits and Calendar Raffle Reminders;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Gateway Drama Dept. Heads "Into the Woods" Photo of cast members from "Into The Woods"

The Gateway Drama Department presents "Into the Woods"--the Stephen Sondheim musical that blends 4 Grimm's Fairy Tales together: Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. Communications Intern (and cast member) Dawson Atkin reports...

Breaking News posted for 2.28.17

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • High school skiers, wrestlers and girls basketball players have headed into the post-season, with six individual athletes and one team (boys ski team) advancing to states;
  • Cafeteria Manager Tasha Hartley has earned Level 1 SNA Certification;
  • 8th Graders Study the Math, Science and History Behind “Hidden Figures”;
  • MS and HS Second Term Awards;
  • Early Release March 7;
  • Grades 8, 10 and 12 To Take PNA on March 15;
  • Budget Hearing March 1
  • March 1 Deadline for Voke Applications
  • Families of Seniors: Yearbook Ad Deadline March 3!
  • Adult Education Updates;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 2.7.16 Littleville Staff and Administrators Honored

In this week's issue: 

  • Littleville staff honored at the State House last week;
  • Gateway names Project 351 Ambassadors;
  • The Gateway Education Foundation has funded 7 new projects;
  • Through a student's eyes: learning about the Gateway Education Foundation;
  • Schools, offices to close for winter vacation;
  • 2017 Vocational Application process announced (deadline March 1);

Plus the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Breaking News 1.24.17 issue now posted WMASS District Musicians

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • A school committee vote to join MA Coalition of Rural Schools;
  • Dawson Atkin and Anna Pless were selected to take part in the Western Massachusetts Music Educators annual festival at UMASS this month, the result of auditions held late last year;
  • Student readers met with a Guinness World Record Holder, after reading the book, “The Record Breaker”;
  • Mohawk Trail Regional School District is holding a rural communities summit next month to focus on the plight of rural schools and the communities trying to support them;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 1.10.17 Photo of Gateway students at Boston Celtics game

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Free showing of “Zootopia” this Friday night at Gateway for area families;
  • Boston Celtics tickets are still available (fundraiser for Gateway Education Foundation);
  • Holiday, two half-days coming up for students;
  • 8th Graders have been selected for NAEP exam;
  • Annual depression screening next week for 7th grade;
  • Littleville dismissal clarification;
  • Gator Grins returns to the main campus this week;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 1.4.17 Reindeer Games!

Breaking News -- Gateway's weekly e-newlsetter--is now posted. Articles include many activities leading up to the holiday break, information on the upcoming As Schools Match Wits face-off, and fall sports all-stars were named by the Daily Hampshire Gazette!

Breaking News posted for 12.14.16 Sr. Citizen Brunch

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • A review of the 25th Annual Sr. Citizen Brunch/Concert by student organizer Chloe Otterbeck;
  • How last minute online shoppers can support the Gateway Education Foundation;
  • Details on the upcoming Holiday Break (including Wrap Around, Wellness Center schedules);
  • Senior Rachel LeBarron’s report on her 5th Annual Coat Drive;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted for 12.7.16 Half-Sleepover at Chester funded by GEF

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • $2360 raised for the Gateway Education Foundation on Giving Tuesday (and it’s never too late to donate if you forgot!)
  • Holiday Concert season starts tomorrow;
  • December School Committee meeting on December 14;
  • Chester PTO is holding their annual Gift Fair next week;
  • News from the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center and the Hilltown Family Center;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 11.29.16 Alumni College Panel

Breaking News - Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. Feature stories include a College Week Wrap Up (with the new MCA Celebration!), a visit from Governor's staffer Mike Knapik to the Gateway SBHC; the unveiling of our new APP; the growth of "Grandfriends" day (nearly doubling each year for 3 years!); MS Effort Awards, upcoming fundraiser, and much more!

Breaking News posted 11.15.16 Winning Gator

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s   headlines include:

  • Gateway Soccer Round-Up’
  • Blizzard Bags Unanimously Approved; Onto DESE;
  • College Week is Coming Up;
  • Boston Celtics Tickets are Now On Sale!
  • Annual Penny Social and Craft Fair This Weekend;
  • Gateway Marks 25TH Annual Sr. Citizen Concert;
  • Thanksgiving Break;
  • Report Cards Out Soon;
  • Winter Sports Tryouts Start November 28;
  • And the Winner Is…Gator # 3!

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 11.8.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s   issue includes:

  • A profile of the new nurse practitioner at the Gateway  School-Based Health Center;
  • How a father and son helped illustrate a lesson in medieval warfare for World History students;
  • Details on the 25th Annual Brunch & Concert December 7;
  • It’s Election Day—so vote for a new Gateway Gator (if you haven’t already done so); polls close at 8 p.m.!
  • Don’t miss the Annual Craft Fair at Littleville on November 19;
  • Band Fruit Sale is going on now;
  • Free winter wear available at the Hilltown Family Center;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Breaking News posted 10.4.16

Breaking News, Gateway's weekly e-newsletter, is now posted. Articles include: students taking top prize in statewide film contest; "A Senior's Last Run" by intern Allie Clark; school committee's vote to oppose Question 2; parent survey on replacing former after-school program; education foundation seeking business sponsors; more details on Thursday's MS/HS Open House; Labor Day holiday; PSAT exams October 19; girls soccer jersey masslive poll; and adult education update.

Breaking News posted 9.27.16

Breaking News--Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. This week's articles include student-written "The View From The Band"; updates from the Gateway Education Foundation; planning for a MS Extended Day program, and much more!

Breaking News Posted 9.13.16

The newest issue of Breaking News is now posted, with updates on Homecoming, Open Houses, College Planning and Early Release Day, plus feature stories and announcements. (Be sure to read this week's Superintendent's Corner for an update on the 5-8 After-School Program).

Breaking News Posted 6.14.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s issue includes:

  • A story about Dawson Atkin’s attendance at, and Anna Pless’s return to, MassSTAR;
  • Littleville’s 3rd Annual Vocabulary Parade;
  • DESE’s Office of Digital Learning visit at Gateway last week;
  • 8th Grade Awards Ceremony information;
  • Wrap Around and 5th Grade Band News;
  • Reminders about this week’s MS Orientation, the last day of school and the Parent/Guardian Communications Survey (due tomorrow!);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, adult education updates, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Finalists for Golden Achievement Award Announced

 

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the five senior class finalists for the Golden Achievement Award:  Kenneth Bourdon, Davis Britland, Brennan Foley, Jenna Margarites and Christian Tweed. The Golden Achievement Award is Gateway’s most prestigious award and recognizes a member of the senior class who demonstrates outstanding leadership, scholarship and service throughout their high school career. The five nominees are selected by the senior class and the faculty will make the final determination of the winner.

12 Inducted Into National Honor Society

A dozen juniors from Gateway Regional High School were inducted into the Dana O. Webber Chapter of the National Honor Society on April 27. 

Breaking News Posted 4.26.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s issue includes:

  • Town meeting dates and budget information;
  • Six Gateway Athletes Honored at MIAA “Citizenship Day”;
  • “Let’s Eat!” Musical on Thursday;
  • Hundreds of Drivers Needed May 7;
  • “Hypno Lorenzo”—Family Friendly Hypnotist on May 6;
  • High School’s Term 3 Honor Roll;
  • New (and Returning) Donors Sought for Valley Gives Day;
  • School Safety Explained;
  • Sports Banquet Tickets Now Available;

 

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, adult education updates, Weblink of the Week and two weeks of Superintendent’s Corners!

Breaking News Posted 4.12.16

Breaking News -- the weekly e-newsletter of the Gateway Regional School District--is now posted. This week's issue includes articles on:

  • Regional and state awards received by Guidance Counselor Meghan Wasiak;
  • NHS Induction;
  • Littleville's "Half-Sleepover" (Courtesy of Gateway Education Foundation);
  • Kindergarten Screenings;
  • Experts Guiding Gateway Musicians (One was Courtesy of Gateway Education Foundation);
  • Jean Drive Service Project;
  • Gator Grins Moving to Chester;

PLUS: the Week at  Glance, Adult Education Update; Weblink of the Week and this week's Superintendent's Corner!

Breaking News Posted 3.30.16

Breaking News - Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. (And LOOK! You're getting the link to this week's issue in the very first email!)

Articles In this week's issue: 

· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be presented this weekend;

· the annual 'Cabaret' is next Wednesday;

· Gateway 2025 reconvenes on April 12 (and you're invited!);

· our final scheduled early release day is April 5;

· the high school is offering the ASVAB exam to juniors and seniors; Yearbook is looking for "pictures from the past" regarding seniors;

· a reminder of the upcoming "Talk and Play" workshop (and why the topic matters to parents of young children); 

· heads up about Kindergarten and Preschool screenings.

PLUS the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week, reminders, and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Breaking News Posted 3.22.16

Breaking News--the weekly e-newsletter of the Gateway Regional School District--is now posted. This week's issues include a correction on the Model UN donation reported last week; a story on author Sonia Ellis' recent visit with middle school readers and writers; save-the-date for the next installment of Gateway 2025; Project 351 ambassadors have announced their service project; details on the high school's Early College Planning Workshop; a "Talk and Play" workshop for parents of young children (how to help develop language, vocabulary and early reading skills in children); and the Class of 2018 Coffee Fundraiser. Plus the Week at a Glance, adult education update, Weblink of the Week and this week's Superintendent's Corner!

Gateway MUN Continues Racking Up Awards

The Gateway Model UN travel team took on a variety of world issues at UMASS/Amherst last weekend, including the Zika Virus, in simulations of historic and current world affairs.

8 Athletes Qualified for State Championships

Eight athletes--3 wrestlers and 5 skiers-- from Gateway Regional High School qualified for state championships last month, the result of their performance at Western Mass Championships for their sports.

Breaking News Posted 3.1.16

Breaking News-- Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. This week's issue includes articles about Parent-Teacher Conferences, Tuesday night's Budget Hearing, Friday night's Cabin Fever Concert; the March 8 Early Release; the upcoming "Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop", the JRHS Effort Awards for Term 2; a notice concerning the Middle School Lost & Found, Save the Date for Kindergarten Screening, and Adult Education updates. Plus the Week at a Glance (including a new "month at a glance" option), reminders and the Weblink of the Week, which will help you prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Finally, want to know the ONE THING that everybody could do to ease budget issues for Gateway and its member towns? Read this week's Superintendent's Corner to find out!

ALL SCHOOLS TAKING PART IN HOMELESS PROJECT

All Gateway schools--along with staff and parents--are taking part in a collection of items that will be assembled into 'Blessing Bags' for residents of the Samaritin Inn homeless shelter in Westfield. Click here to learn what YOUR school needs to collect!

Breaking News Posted 12/8/15

Breaking News -- Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted for December 8, 2015. This issue includes a thank you to #Giving Tuesday donors (and it's not too late!) from the Gateway Education Foundation; highlights from  Chester Elementary School's December assembly; upcoming holiday concerts; student lessons on bullying; Boston Celtics supporting the Gateway Education Foundation; and a follow-up on last week's Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert. Plus the Week at a Glance, Reminders, Weblink of the Week, and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Breaking News Posted 12/1/15

Gateway's weekly e-newsletter is now posted for December 1. Articles include #GivingTuesday, the 3rd Annual Grandparents/Grandfriends Day; College Week; the Chester Winter Gift Fair; Term I Effort Awards from the MS and JRHS; December School Committee Information, and Gator Grins' Return to Gateway. Plus the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week's Superintendent's Corner.

Elementary Literacy Nights Enjoy Huge Turnout!

Chester and Littleville Elementary Schools each held school-wide literacy nights this fall, enjoying huge involvement from Gateway families!

High School collects for Food Pantry

Led by its Student Council, Gateway Regional High School students donated over 900 food items for the Huntington Food Pantry, located at the Pioneer Valley Assembly of God Church.

Fall Parent-Teacher Conference

Read the complete article for details on scheduling your appointment and the availability of Wrap Around at Littleville. This will be a day off for students.

4 Gateway Students Sing in UMASS Honor Choir UMASS Honor Choir

Vocal Director Jerilyn Beauregard announced that four singers from Gateway Regional High School were selected and took part in the 2015 Mass ACDA/UMass High School and Collegiate Choral Festival at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on Saturday, October 24.

Breaking News Posted for October 6, 2015 Chester Farm Trip

The October 6th issue of Breaking News is now posted! Articles include a new flag at Littleville, Chester's trip to Rolling Acres Farm, 'Farm to School' week in the Gateway cafeteria, and the Gateway 2025 Online Survey--which all are invited to take.

Breaking News Posted 9/30/15

The new issue of Breaking News (dated 9/30/15) is now posted! Read the complete issue for articles on Pumpkin Math at Littleville,  Gateway Education Foundation, Gateway Open House October 8, Chester's Heating Oil Raffle, the October Calendar, October School Committee Meetings, and a link to this week's Superintendent's Corner, inviting everyone to take part in the Gateway 2025 Survey.

Weekly E-Newsletter for 9/8

Breaking News is now posted for September 8, 2015.

Back to School Information

All Gateway schools will welcome students to the 2015-16 school year on Monday, August 31. Read the complete article for school times plus information on fall sports, preschool, meal prices, free and reduced meal applications and bus schedules.

Gateway Sr. Nights Coming Up Sr. Girls on Gateway Soccer Team

Fall Sports Sr. Nights have been announced.

Breaking News Posted 10/9/18 Sr. Girls on Gateway Soccer Team

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • Fall Sports Senior Nights Are Coming Up!
  • “Socktober” Community Service Project at Gateway;
  • Last Call for Homecoming Weekend;
  • Elementary Picture Day;
  • Winter Sports Registration is Now Open’

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

First graders study with Arcadia Wildlife Center educator Littleville Students at Arcadia

First grade students at Littleville Elementary School had some extra help and hands-on experience in their science studies this year.

Click here for the full article. 

Click here to see the photo gallery of the field trip to Arcadia.

Student projects accessible to public in Gateway library showcase House on Mango Street cover

Gateway students don't simply write papers or take tests to demonstrate learning: increasingly they use video, audio or even digital cartooning to share knowledge. The Gateway Library has begun to house some of these student projects, and families and community members are welcome to take a look or listen!

PreK Parent Information Night May 8 Photo from earlier preschool play

A Preschool Parent Information Night will be held on Tuesday, May 8 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the PreK room at Liittleville Elementary School. Childcare will be provided. Read on....

April 24 Early-Release Day calendar image

A reminder that students in the Gateway Regional School District will have a 2-hour early release day on Tuesday, April 24.

Fun With Math at Littleville Elementary School! Family Fun at Math Night

Fun With Math at Littleville Elementary School

Gateway Education Foundation Receives Windfall logo of the Gateway Education Foundation

The Gateway Education Foundation received a donation of nearly $85,000, which has been earmarked for two special projects and the start of an endowment fund to secure the Foundation for the future. Read on...

Gateway Singers Featured at Thunderbirds Hockey Game Gateway Vocalists to Sing at Thunderbirds Game

The Springfield Thunderbirds are sponsoring "Gateway Night" at their final home game of the regular season - April 14. A special ticket price is available that will not be available at the door. Our own vocalists will perform the National Anthem! Tickets must be purchased by March 23!. Click here for more information.

Gateway Education Foundation approaches $50k Milestone! Fundraisers like the Homecoming 5K keep the Education Foundation going!

Four new projects received funding at the January Board of Directors Meeting, bringing the total # of projects funded since September 2012 to 76, and the total amount of funding to Gateway schools and classrooms to $47,390!

Read on...

MS Second Term Effort Awards Gateway Regional Middle School
Littleville Musical and Art Show January 25 Principal Cast, "On Broadway"

Littleville 3rd - 5th graders present "On Broadway" in the Gateway Performing Arts Center on January 25. A student art show precedes the musical. Click here for more information.

Don't Miss "The Last 5 Years" The Atkin brothers in rehearsal

Presented on Friday, January 12 at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but donations for the Gateway Education Foundation will be gratefully accepted at the door. Read the complete article, for details on this incredible performance, brought forwarded by a uniquely qualified group of students at our small high school. 

Literacy Celebrated at Littleville Littleville Family Literacy Night

Families gathered last week for a Jan Brett-themed Literacy Night. Later in the week, students who kept up with their monthly 'pawsome' reading challenge were rewarded with a dog-based assembly! Read on...

Gateway Hosts 90 Sr. Citizens for Brunch & Concert NHS Servers at Annual Brunch

Nearly 90 area residents flocked to Gateway on December 6 to enjoy the 26th Annual Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert. (by Communications Interns Kilee Holmes & Grace LeBarron)

Area Sr. Citizens Invited to Holiday Brunch, Concert Sr. Citizen Brunch, Concert

A reminder that Gateway's free, annual brunch and concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 with doors opening at 9:15 a.m.; brunch at 9:30 a.m.; and the concert from 10:30 to noon. Please RSVP by Wednesday morning.  Read on...

Lady Gators fall in semi-final tournament action Gateway HS Girls Soccer

Soccer season at Gatway catapulted into postseason for the girls team, who finished their regular season with an overall record of 12 wins, 3 ties and 3 losses. They were ranked second in the Division IV Western Massachusetts Tournament bracket. Read on for game by game reporting from Sr. Intern Audrey Gamble.

Support the Gateway Education Foundation on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday logo

Black Friday. Cyber Saturday. Local Sunday. Giving Tuesday--a global day of giving fueld by the power of social media and collaboration, inspiring generosity. Please consider even a small donation to the Gateway Education Foundation this year! Learn more.

Gateway Sophomore Takes First Prize at Game Lab Rebecca Austin Accepts First Prize at Game Lab (photo)

Tenth grader Rebecca Austin enjoys art. A LOT. She especially enjoys creating digital art--the kind used in the computer gaming industry. Read on....

Breaking News posted 11.6.17 Mix it Up Day at the Middle School

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Five Gateway students took part in the ACDA Honor Choir at UMASS;
  • 7th Graders took the lead in organizing the school’s “Mix It Up Day” last week;
  • The fall sports teams honored their Senior Athletes as the regular seasons came to a close;
  • How to find out if school is closed, delayed or closing early due to weather;
  • Save the Date for our 26th Annual Sr. Citizen Brunch and Concert;
  • The Annual “Band Fruit” Sale is now underway and closes November 27;
  • Don’t miss this year’s Annual Craft Fair at Littleville on November 18, from 9 – 2;
  • School-Based Health Center staff have flu vaccine for students and staff;
  • Chester’s Annual Literacy Night is November 16, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Two Items to Not Forget:

  • The HS Red Cross Club’s Blood Drive is tomorrow, November 7 in the HS Gym from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; walk-ins are welcome. Please help others by taking part!
  • Our second-seeded Gateway Girls Soccer Team faces Hopkins Academy tomorrow night (11/7) at home at 6 p.m. Come cheer them on in this quarterfinal matchup in the Western Mass Tourney.

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Gateway Athletes Selected as MIAA Student Ambassadors MIAA Student Ambassador logo

Three Gateway student athletes have completed their first MIAA Student Ambassador workshop on leadership and community service. Click here for article, written by Sr. Intern Audrey Gamble.

Gateway Soccer Star Writes New Page in Record Books New scoring record at Gateway

She did it again! Play stopped during Saturday's game against Easthampton HS when senior striker Jess VanHeynigen broke the all time Gateway soccer scoring record. Jess and previous record holder Jessie Rida ('02) were surprised by coaches with a new banner!

Breaking News posted for 10.10.17 Mom and Jess!

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Jessica VanHeynigen made history last week by becoming only the second player at Gateway to reach 100 points;
  • Chester, Huntington and Russell are holding Special Town Meetings in the next two weeks to reconsider the Gateway budget (we are now on Version 3.0);
  • Updates on the 2nd Annual Homecoming Weekend—including the announcement that “The Greys” (featuring bassist Chris Merritt (’10) and vocalist Cait Simpson) have joined the lineup for the Shipman Memorial Concert;
  • Senior Nights are coming up for Cross Country and Girls Soccer;
  • Students have an Early Release Day on October 17;
  • Still seeking parents for MS and HS Council;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

 

Breaking News posted 9.26.17 Chester ES students rewarded for summer reading

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Gateway senior Dawson Atkin has been named a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program;
  • 60% of students at Chester and Littleville were rewarded last week for completing their summer reading challenge;
  • Middle & High Schools Open House is next week;
  • Do you shop online? Support the Gateway Education Foundation through Amazon Smile;
  • VHS to DVD-R Fundraiser for Gateway film studio;
  • Last call for choral fundraiser and long-term substitute nurse;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

 

What I did on my summer vacation: Gateway senior takes on Indiana Sr. Audrey Gamble at International Best Buddies Conference

Read this first hand account of Gateway senior Audrey Gamble's trip to the International Best Buddies Conference over the summer. 

Students return August 30 Opening day photo

It's "Back to School" time - read up on the latest updates for the coming school year. Click here to read more.

High School's Underclass Awards had new format Sample awards (photo)

The Underclass Awards Ceremony at Gateway Regional High School underwent a transformation this year, in an effort to make it  more personalized between teachers and students, and reduce absenteeism. Read more and then click here for a listing of Underclass Awards that were handed out last week.

Students Make, Share Pottery (Thanks to LCC's and Gateway Ed Foundation) Students learned the art of pottery at Littleville and Chester

"I'm working on a pirate ship with a kraken holding onto it," explained Alyssa G. "It's hard because I'm afraid things will fall off. But I love it!" Read on....

And the Winner Is... Photo of Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Last week, you met the nominees for the Golden Achievement Award. Now meet the winner, plus the Valedictorian (highest GPA) and Salutatorian (2nd highest GPA) of the GRHS Class of 2017! Click here for a complete listing of senior awards.

Breaking News posted for 6.1.17 8th Graders Hear War Account from Veteran

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Nominees for Golden Achievement Award—Gateway’s most prestigious honor;
  • Veteran shared first-hand experience on war with 8th graders;
  • Seniors share tips on college search/decision with juniors;
  • Updated last day of preschool;
  • Field Days;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Berkshire Bank Surprises Gateway Senior Berkshire Bank surprised Diana Tereshchuk with scholarship (photo)

For the third year in a row, a Gateway senior was one of 35 graduating seniors to win a $1500 scholarship from the bank that received over 300 applications across 6 states.Click here for the story.

Communications Survey held over to try for more participants Screen Shot of Parent Survey

The surveys will now close on Monday, 5/22, in continuing attempts to get Parents, Staff and Community Members to take part in the anonymous survey. 

Dan Shea receives 'Excellence in Teaching' award Excellence in Teaching photo

Daniel Shea, physics and chemistry teacher at Gateway Regional High School, was named the district's Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for 2017.

Breaking News posted for 5.2.17 Students on beach in Costa Rica (photo)

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • TODAY IS VALLEY GIVES DAY! (Please consider the Gateway Education Foundation today)
  • The Gateway HS Bands took top awards in Philadelphia last weekend;
  • 8 Students travelled a world away over Spring Break!
  • Our 2 Cafeteria Managers have earned their Level I Certifications;
  • Communications Surveys are open now for Parents, Staff and Community Members;
  • Gateway artists submitted shoes in national contest;
  • Fall sports registration is now online and open for business;
  • Don’t forget: its Teacher Appreciation Week;
  • Last Call for Camp Cody donation to the Gateway Education Foundation;
  • Hampshire has invited Gateway students to take part in their Cardiac Clinic to screen young people;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Gateway junior verbally commits to D1 athletic scholarship Kallie Grochowski flies over the vault.

Gateway junior Kallie Grochowski has committed to an NCAA D1 university for a full athletic scholarship, offered to her when she was a sophoore. (Article written by communications intern Audrey Gamble.)

Come to the Annual Cabaret!

The annual showcase of the high school's top musical talent will be featured at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. Read the complete article for details.

Student Appeals for Donations to Send Second Girl to Girls State

Senior Rachel LeBarron has written a Letter to the Editor asking people to help raise funds to send a second girl to Massachusetts Girls State this year.

Gators Chomp Into Post-Season Girls Alpine Ski Team

In the world of winter sports at Gateway Regional High School, teams have been especially successful this season. 

Gateway sends six Project 351 Ambassadors Project 351 Ambassadors

"I almost couldn't breathe," Shondelee Oretega of Chester said, laughing about what it felt like to realize she was sitting next to Governor Charlie Baker. Click here to read more. 

"Zootopia" showing at Gateway Friday night "Zootopia" movie poster

"Zootopia"--winner of Best Animated Feature Film at last Sunday's Golden Globes awards--will be shown at the Gateway Performing Arts Center on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. The showing is free; refreshments will be on sale before and after the movie (fundraiser for the high school band trip to Philadelphia this spring). Click here for more information.

Spirit Days and Special Activities Highlight Week Leading into Holiday Break

The week preceding the holiday break was full of special events including door decorating, spirit days, 'Reindeer Games', concerts, breakfast prepared by staff, a visit from an international pen pal, and a cultural fair!

Last-minute online shoppers can support Gateway Education Foundation

Still doing last-minute online shopping? Learn how you can support the Gateway Education Foundation! (anytime of year)

College Week includes MEFA Workshop Nov 21 2016 Gateway Grads

College Week for high school students runs November 21-23, and includes an evening workshop for parents/guardians on filing your FAFSA--required for financial aide--on Monday, 11/21 at 6:30 p.m..

Father/Son Duo Bring Medieval Warfare to Gateway Trebuchet at Gateway

World History teacher Chris Mosher had some help illustrating a lesson on medieval warfare last week.

Student Driver Safety Video Takes Grand Prize!

Three Gateway students and teacher Christine O'Malley traveled to Boston on September 29 to collect their Grand Prize in a statewide video shorts contest.

The View From The Band GRSD Marching Band at the Big E

What it's like to March at the Big E, from the perspective of GRHS band member Audrey Gamble!

Final Details on Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming is this weekend and everone is invited to the Concert, soccer games, tag sale and Sunday brunch!

Digital Learning Office visits Gateway

Officials from DESE's Office of Digital Learning visited Gateway classrooms on June 1 to learn more about how teachers and students are using technology, and how Gateway utilized it's $160,000 Digital Connections Partnerships Grant awarded two years ago.

Staff Honors Reception May 25

The Gateway Regional School Committee will host its annual Staff Honors Reception on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway courtyard. This annual event recognizes retiring staff as well as those who have earned ‘outside’ awards.

Retiring staff members are Joanne Blocker, Sue Bloomrose, Karen Chaffee, Donna Cranson, Linda Dugas, Gary Huff, Rod Kleber, Deb Olander and Alice Taverna. Rod Kleber will also be recognized as the recipient of this year’s Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching award. Outstanding achievements will also be honored: Coach Jared Heeter for receiving the HFBLIA Sportsmanship Award (first time a first-year coach has received this) and high school guidance counselor Meghan Wasiak for the Massachusetts Rising Star Award.

School Safety Explained

The Gateway Regional School District wants parents to know that the district has protocols in place to deal with a range of emergencies. Based upon public reaction on social media during a lockdown earlier this spring, Safety Coordinator Joyce Hanousek wants to explain some of the terms to parents and community members.

Drivers Needed on May 7

Ford of Northampton will be at Gateway Regional on Saturday, May 7 to do a “Drive 4 Ur School” fundraiser. Organizers hope to make history by raising $6,000 that day--the cap allowed by Ford Motors, and one that has never been reached in Hampshire County.

Licensed drivers (aged 18 and older) are invited to come to Gateway between 10 a.m. and 5p.m. to test drive a new Ford car, truck, hybrid, etc. Ford will pay the Gateway Education Foundation $20 for each driver who completes at least one test drive and turns in their completed feedback form.

“Doing the math, you see that we need at least 300 people to come to Gateway on May 7,” noted Shirley Winer, President of the Gateway Education Foundation.  “It won’t take much time out of people’s day, and it’s a great way to try out a range of vehicles without traveling too far to do so.”

 

 

Wasiak Wins Regional & State Awards

Meghan Wasiak, a guidance counselor at Gateway Regional High School, received the Rising Star Award from the Western Massachusetts Counseling Association, then went on to win at the state level, as well!

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory This Weekend!

The play will be presented by the Junior High School Drama Club on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Admission is $2 for senior citizens and students, $5 for adults. Anyone bringing gently used clothing to donate to the Project 351 clothing drive will receive a dollar off their admission. More information in the full press release.

6th Graders Feed the Hungry

"It's all messy," observed one of Joseph Hough's sixth grade students at Gateway Regional Middle School last week. "Well, yeah, it's cooking," replied Hough. "It's supposed to get messy."

Breaking News Posted 3.8.16

This week's edition of Breaking News is now posted. Articles include Today's (3/8) Shelter in Place; Gateway Athletes Qualifying for State Championships; "Read Across America" Day; May Fundraisers for the Gateway Education Foundation; the upcoming Blood Drive on March 18; Spring Sports Tryouts; and a reminder about next week's "Basic Rights in Special Education" workshop. Plus the Week at a Glance; Weblink of the Week; and this week's Superintendent's Corner!

Gateway Budget Hearing March 2

Students, staff, parents, community members and town officials are all invited to a Public Hearing on the 2016-2017 school year budget on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. 

Breaking News Posted 1/5/2016

Breaking News --Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. This week's articles include: how book reviews were shared and celebrated before the holiday break; seasonal decor featuring recycled items; the Gateway Education Foundation is close to sending a SECOND girl to Girls State; Save-the-Date for the district-wide '2025' planning event; Littleville 'Goes to the Dogs' on January 20; a parent training on behavior management (for parents of all kids, all ages, all abilities); January calendar highlights; Boston Celtics Tickets are extended; and more!

#GivingTuesday extended through December 31

The Gateway Education Foundation wishes to thank its 27 donors who contributed $3,563 on Giving Tuesday. The online giving platform "Razoo" has announced it will continue to accept online donations AND waive its fee through the end of December! This is a GREAT TIME to donate to the Gateway Education Foundation!

'Alumni College Fair' Concludes College Week at Gateway

In a week that included workshops on career inventories, resume writing, financial aid, college and scholarship searches, college trivia, and the annual Alumni College Fair, students at Gateway Regional High School focused on planning for the future during the short week leading up to the Thanksgiving recess.

'Easy Peasy Ways to Read With Children' workshop

All parents are invited to a special workshop called "Raising a Reader: Easy Peasy Ways to Read With Children."

Breaking News Posted for 11/3/15

This week's issue of Breaking News is now posted!

September 9 School Committee meeting cancelled

The Gateway Regional School Committee meeting posted for September 9 has been cancelled.

Breaking News Posted 10.17.18 MS students enjoying new ukuleles

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. Headlines include:

  • 5-Year Literacy Program Underway K-12;
  • “Bandana Dan” Fund Donates Instruments to Gateway;
  • October Early Release;
  • Elementary Picture Day Reminder;
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease at Gateway (Weblink of the Week)

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

5K Race Returns for Homecoming Weekend Coach John Crane awards race medal at Homecoming 5K

Click here for more information.

World Studies classes speak with Holocaust survivor Ruth Mermelstein

Students were uncharacteristically quiet and still throughout the hour-long telling of her experience as a teen during the Holocaust in Hungary. Ruth Mermelstein, now in her 80's, detailed her harrowing experience from 1940 until April 1945. Click here for the complete story.

School Committee Celebrates Gateway Staff Members Honorees recognized at annual Staff Reception
Annual Staff Honors Reception May 23 2017 Honorees

The Gateway Regional School Committee will host their annual Staff Honors Reception, starting at 6 p.m. in the Gateway Courtyard on Wednesday, May 23. Eleven staff members will be honored for retirements and for special achievements.

Retiring staff to be honored include: Thomas Burns and Bob Keay, custodians; Maureen Kaminski, Peggy Leganza, Cheryl Meskevich and Alma Owen, paraprofessionals; Debra Robbins, high school secretary; Wendy McCaul, food services director; and Patricia Diefendorf (8th grade science) and Daniel Shea (high school science), teachers.  Denae Kessel Dostal, recipient of this year’s Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award, will also be recognized.

Staff, students, alumni and family members are all welcome to celebrate! (Please note that Alma Owen is unable to attend). Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us in honoring these Gateway staff members on May 23.

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Sr. Events Calendar announced Graduation 2017 photo

Click here for dates of final exams, graduation rehearsals, Sr. Awards and graduation.

HS Spring Concert, used instrument drive HS Jazz Band photo

On Thursday, May 10, the Gateway Regional High School Music Department will host their annual Spring Concert. Join the bands and choirs in the Gateway Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. for a performance that showcases the high school’s many talented students! This year’s concert includes the band performing an original student composition and a musical instrument drive to help students who want to join the band, but don’t have access to an instrument.

Read on...

Annual Sports Banquet May 6 Gateway baseball team 2017

Save the Date for Gateway Sports Banquet

 

Huntington The Gateway Athletic Booster Club is sponsoring the Annual Sports Banquet for all student athletes, coaches and teams. This year’s banquet will be a brunch on Sunday May 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at East Mountain Road Country Club in Westfield.

Tickets are $20 for student athletes, $25 for adults, and coaches are free! Tickets may be purchased from Karen Malinowski in the Gateway Pupil Services Office (room 100 across from the cafeteria).

The Annual Sports Banquet includes recognition of all sports, including regular and post season team and individual awards. Scholarships are also awarded to graduating senior athletes (application required).

Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, May 3.

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Model UN Offers International Dinner Multi-cultural food

Gateway's Model United Nations (MUN) club is offering their annual International Dinner on Thursday, April 5. Featuring multicultural food and traditions, the event will run from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for students, $8 for adults. This fundraiser helps defray the cost of Model UN conferences.

NHS Members Lead "Seussabration" NHS readers with Littleville students

In a yearly tradition tied to the birthday of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), NHS members visited Chester and Littleville Elementary School on March 5 to read to younger students and lead some fun activities. Click here for the story (written by Sr. Intern Audrey Gamble), and be sure to scroll to the second page for photos!

Online Survey re: Full Day PreK

A survey has been mailed to all known families living in a Gateway member town (Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery or Russell) to see if there is interest in a tuition-based, full day Preschool program.

All known families of children aged 3 and 4 were mailed a survey, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

An online version of the survey is also available on the Gateway website. If you have not returned the written survey, or if you did not receive a paper survey in the mail, please take the online survey (one per family, please).

HS Honor Roll Gateway Regional High School
Schools, Offices to Close for Winter Vacation Winter Photo by alum J. Boulay

Details on the upcoming Winter Break

Gateway freshman semi-finalist at Arisia Conference Sofia De La Cruz Rivera

Freshman Sofia De La Cruz Rivera was named one of 20 semi-finalists for submitted artwork at the 2018 Arisia Conference in Boston on January 14th.Her work was selected from students throughout New England. Read more...

Wrestling Senior Night! HS senior wrestlers

Wednesday, January 17 at 6 p.m. in the high school gym. Click here for more information!

Blood Drive January 5 Red Cross logo

Gateway's Red Cross Club will host its second Blood Drive of the year on Friday, January 5 form 2 - 7 p.m. at Gateway. Click here for more information. Walk-ins are welcome!

Distractology Takes Students for a Ride Area law enforcement, school officials and Distractology staff

Read Sr. Communications Intern Audrey Gamble's report on taking part in Distractology last week, sponsored by the Gateway High School Student Council. 

Over 300 'Grandfriends' Visit Elementary Students at School Grandfriends

Parking areas were filled to capacity last Wednesday, as classrooms welcomed the grandparents and grandfriends of their students for a special visit!

Chester Family Literacy Night November 16 child with books drawing

Chester's annual Family Literacy Night will be Thursday, November 16 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Learn more...

Five Students Took Part in ACDA Honor Choir Gateway Honor Choir Singers

"It was cool to work with so many college singers, and to bring singing to a new level, focusing on dynamics, tone and sound production," noted senior Dawson Atkin, one of five Gateway students to participate in the ACDA Honor Choir held at UMASS/Amherst on October 28. Read on...

Online Registration for Winter Sports is Now Open Members of the 2017 Gateway Ski Team

Click here to register for basketball, wrestling, alpine skiing and cheerleading; open to grades 6-12 students.

Please register by Friday, November 24.

Homecoming Weekend Recap Kayaking was a new event at this year's Homecoming Weekend!

It had something for everyone and raised over $2000 in funding for the Gateway Education Foundation, Outdoor Club and athletic program. Homecoming Weekend recap.

Students rewarded for summer reading challenge Photo of students who completed summer reading challenge

Sixty percent of elementary students took part in last summer's reading challenge, earning prizes and rewards when they returned to school.

PSATs on October 11 PSAT exam image

You must register by October 9th. Click here for more information.

Free College Planning Workshop September 20 Gateway graduation photo

There's a LOT to do during senior year. Get organized for your college application process with help from the Gateway Guidance Department! Free Workshop on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. for Gateway seniors and their parents/guardians. Pizza will be served. RSVP information in full article.

Smooth Opening for Gateway Gateway seniors enjoy revamped courtyard on opening day

Gateway students returned to school on Wednesday, August 30 under sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.

Gateway 8th Graders Begin Transition to High School Kylie LaMora accepts Hart Leadership Scholarship (photo)

The final day of the 2017-18 school year had 8th grade students front and center for their annual ceremony marking the end of middle school and the transition to high school. 

Gateway Showcases Hands-On Learning Littleville 5th graders at last week's STEM Fair

Activities in the waning days of the school year showcased student work, the result of new programs dedicated to project-based and STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) learning. Click here for more information.

Gateway graduates 56 on Booster Field Photo of clouds above Booster Field during Graduation

The Class of 2017 graduated on Booster Field under puffy clouds on Friday, June 2 at 6 p.m., in the 54th Commencement Exercises of Gateway Regional High School. Read on....

Veteran shares first-hand experience on war with 8th graders Viet Nam Veteran Jim Monroe

"What if I told you that today, at 1 p.m., something incredibly huge is going to happen to you?" So began remarks by Viet Nam Veteran Jim Monroe, when he visited Gateway 8th graders. Read on....

Breakfast With a Trooper Trooper Michael Mazza speaking with students (photo)

Middle School students, who'd won excellent and good effort awards, were treated to breakfast and an inspirational talk from State Trooper Michael Mazza on May 12. Click here for details.

UMASS Chamber Percussion Ensemble at Gateway Photo of UMASS Percussion Ensemble at Gateway

The performance was funded by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Blandford, Huntington, Montgomery and Russell.

Gateway Bands Take Top Honors in Philadelphia Band Students Celebrate in the Park (photo)

The Gateway High School Bands took first place overall in the Jazz Band Competition, plus first place (Jazz Band, group) and second place (Concert Band). Students report that the overall trophy is too big for the trophy case! Click here for details. 

Education Foundation funds new projects Ukuleles will be purchased for a new music program in the middle school!

The Gateway Education Foundation has announced that it has funded two additional projectsbringing the total to 60 projects totaling $37,500. Littleville received a $500 award for their annual summer reading challenge; the middle school music program received $550 to start a ukulele program for non-band students. 

Breaking News posted for 3.7.17 First grader at Dr. Seuss activities

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • “Into the Woods” will be performed at Gateway, March 17 & 18;
  • NHS Members Led Annual “Seussabration” Last Week;
  • Student Appeals for Girls State Donations;
  • Save-the-Date for 1st Annual Hilltown Chili Challenge!
  • Math Family Game Night for K, 1 and 2 (Sponsored by the Gateway Education Foundation!)
  • Elementary Health Screenings Underway;
  • Spring Sports Tryouts Start March 20;
  • Adult Education Updates;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Hartley Earns Level 1 SNA Certification Photo of Gateway Cafeteria Manager Tasha Hartley

“I am so thrilled to have achieved this certification status and have learned much about how nutrition, good and bad, affects each and every aspect of living well,” Hartley said.

Gateway Education Foundation funds 7 new projects Gateway Model UN

The projects were approved unanimously at the February 1 meeting of the Gateway Education Foundation Board and total $4,850. Click here for the complete article.

Student readers receive visit from record holder Peter D and Littleville Readers

Four students at Littleville Elementary School had a visit with Guinness World Record holder and retired Gateway teacher Peter DelMaso recently. Click here for the full article. 

As Schools Match Wits team airs January 14 As Schools Match Wits team

Gateway's team faces Southwick-Tolland Regional School District on Saturday, January 14.

Holiday Break information

All schools and offices in the Gateway Regional School District will be closed from December 26, 2016 through January 2, 2017 for the annual holiday break.

The Gateway Wellness Center will be closed on Saturday, December 24; Monday, December 26; Saturday, December 31; and Monday, January 2. Weekday operations will be 5:30 – 7 a.m. and 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday). The Center will resume regular winter hours on Tuesday, January 3 when schools reopen.

The Littleville Wrap Around Program will be closed on December 26 and January 2nd. It will be open all of the other weekdays (December 27 – 30), as long as enough families pre-register. Families are reminded to pack a lunch and two snacks for each child attending.

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Grandfriends Day growing at Gateway elementary schools! Grandfriends Day

By the third consecutive year of the event, attendance had grown to 334 grandparents/grandfriends visiting Chester and Littleville Elementary Schools! Click here for details.

Jaeger Finds Great Fit at Gateway School-Based Health Center Brenda Jaeger

The retired air force reserve flight nurse has found a home at the Gateway School-Based Health Center and Hilltown Community Health Center.

School committee votes to oppose Question 2

Citing the rights of all students to high-quality public schools with local accountability, and the drain of resources away from public schools by Charters, the Gateway school committee voted September 28 to oppose Question 2, which would lift the cap on the number of Charter Schools in the state. 

Education Foundation funds 7 projects totaling $5k

The Gateway Education Foundation is in the news this week for awarding $5,000 to 7 teacher-led projects, and for receiving $5,200 from the Ford Motor Company.

Littleville Students Rewarded for Summer Reading

Students who completed and returned their summer reading assignment received two books (paid for by the Gateway Education Foundation), a certificate and a prize. And the class that had 100% participation earned a special popcorn party!

Lunch price change announced

The Gateway Food Services Department has a number of announcements to share, including staff certifications, fresh foods, and meal prices.

Littleville Holds Annual Vocabulary Parade

The Third Annual Vocabulary Parade was held at LIttleville on June 3. The idea comes from the children's book, "Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster" by Debra Frasier.

Breaking News Posted 5.17.16

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s issue includes:

  • Montgomery becomes 4th town to approve Gateway budget;
  • Finalists for Golden Achievement Award Announced;
  • Berkshire Bank Surprises Gateway’s Joanna Arkoette;
  • Staff Honors Reception on May 25;
  • Two Junior High School Vocalists Perform “Phantom” With Broadway Cast;
  • Softball, Baseball Senior Nights;
  • Memorial Day;
  • Sports Banquet Tickets Still Available;
  • Used Macbooks Still Available for Sale (but going fast!);

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, adult education updates, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

"Hypno Lorenzo" at Gateway on May 6

This family friendly hypnotist will bring the house down in the Gateway Performing Arts Center!

Experts Guide Gateway Student Musicians

A university band director (retired) and a master choreographer visited Gateway in recent weeks, in time to impact the high school's Concert Band and Show Choir as they headed into regional competitions. 

Annual 'Cabaret' at Gateway April 6

The annual showcase of the high school Show Choir and Jazz Band starts at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Admission (at the door) is $4 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens.

High School Woodworkers Make Littleville Wish Come True

It all started with a letter to Principal Megan Coburn in 2014, written by Jennifer Bak's first grade classroom at LIttleville Elementary School. How the best ideas are seen through to fruition!

Cabin Fever Concert

Ready to get out after being cooped up all winter? Consider Friday night's spaghetti dinner at 6:30 p.m. ($5) followed by the Cabin Fever Concert (7:30 p.m., Gateway Performing Arts Center, free).

Save the Date for "Gateway 2025"

A district-wide meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 2 and students, staff, parents and community members are all invited to take part in Gateway's 10-year visioning process: "Gateway 2025". Read the complete article for details.

Holiday Concerts Coming Up!

Two holiday concerts will be held next week! The first, by musicians in grades 5-8, is scheduled for Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m. High school musicians take the stage on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. The Choirs host a Soup & Salad Supper on Monday, preceding the MS/JRHS Concert.

Over 200 Attend Grandparents/Grandfriends Day

In recognition of the unique bond between children and their grandparents or grandfriends, Littleville and Chester  Elementary Schools held their annual “Grandparents & Grandfriends” Day on Wednesday, November 25. Over 200 grandparents/grandfriends attended at Littleville; over 75 were on hand at Chester ES.

 

First Term Honor Roll - High School

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the first term Honor Roll for Gateway Regional High School. 

JRHS Holds 2nd Annual "Mix it Up" Day

"I don't usually eat with anybody at this table," reported one 7th grader. "I just wanted to try it."

Fall Sports Senior Nights

Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant has announced the senior nights for the fall sports teams at Gateway Regional High School.

Flag holds place of honor at Littleville

Last spring, custodian Joanne Frappier mentioned to her sister (Rosalie Barber of Russell) that the flag at Littleville Elementary was showing some wear due to weather and age. She couldn't have imagined what would happen next, thanks to her nephew--Donnie Barber, GRHS Class of '79--who had been on active duty at Camp Morehead in Afghanistan and was now serving as a civilian contractor there.

After-School Programs Start September 21

After'School Programs at Gateway Regional Middle School and Jr. High School will begin on Monday, September 21. Thanks to a partnership with Mass Fish & Wildlife, the JRHS program will offer archery!

DESE Approves 1/12th Budget for 2015-2016

The District was notified on June 29 that the DESE had approved a 1/12th budget effective July 1 based upon the adopted FY'16 budget that the school committee originally sent to the towns for approval.

"Socktober" Challenge to Support Homeless Gateway's MIAA Ambassadors (photo)

Gateway’s MIAA Student Ambassadors are running a “Socktober Challenge” at the school in support of World Homeless Day this month.They have organized a sock drive until October 18. Socks will be brought to MIAA at their Fall Huddle of student ambassadors on October 19.

 

"Y's Kids" After School at Middle School This Fall logo for YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering a "Y's Kids" program after school for students attending Gateway Regional Middle School this fall, as long as enough parents sign up by June 29.

Click here to read the complete article.

Click here to download a packet (flyer, letter of intent, calendar request).

Student Take Part in Wicked Workshop Gateway students work with cast of WICKED

Choral students traveled to New York City in the wee hours of the morning on May 2 to attend the Broadway showing of Wicked--but not before attending a WICKED Choral Workshop!

Denae Kessel Dostal Receives 'Excellence in Teaching' Award Denae Kessel Dostal and Seth Gemme at PVET Awards

Dostal has taught at Gateway for 10 years (currently PE/Health at Littleville and Middle School, plus HS Girls X-C Coach) and was honored on April 26. Keynote speaker for the awards dinner was Dr. Seth Gemme, GRHS '03. Click here for the article.

Chester students present "Wright!" musical! "Wright!" musical image

Celebrate the beginning of flight with "Wright!" - a musical presented by students at Chester Elementary School on Thursday, April 5 in the Gateway Performing Arts Center in Huntington. Student art show at 6 p.m. Musical at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Click here for more information!

Gateway Athletes Shine at Special Olympics Gateway Special Olympics Team

Six Gateway athletes and two student interns traveled to South Hadley High School for the 7th Annual School Day Special Olympics. Click here for details!

Gateway Students Take on UMASS Gateway students selected for WMASS Sr. District Festival

Read about the four high school musicians selected to perform in the Western Massachusetts Music Festival, in communications intern Kilee Holmes' report.

Breaking News posted 1.3.18 TL5Y Cast in Radio Interview

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • The latest blog post from Gateway senior Audrey Gamble;
  • Don’t Miss “The Last 5 Years” at Gateway January 12;
  • Accolades Keep Coming for Gateway’s Jess VanHeynigen;
  • Middle School Term I Effort Awards Announced;
  • Holiday, Two Half-Days coming up;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Save the Date for "The Last 5 Years" Cast of The Last 5 Years

In the mood for an incredible musical performance? Look no further! More information....

Penny Social on December 8 Penny Social

The annual, old-fashioned Penny Social fundraiser for the choirs will be held on Friday, December 8. Read on...

Annual College Week at Gateway Alumni at College Fair

The half-week leading into the Thanksgiving holiday was chock full of college and career events at Gateway, including workshops on completing the common application, resume writing, interviewing, financial aid and scholarships, and instant admissions to several area colleges.

Sr. Fall Athletes Honored Senior members of the Cross Country Teams

Senior members of the Gateway soccer and cross-country programs were honored as their regular seasons came to a close. Read on....

Boys Soccer Sr. Night

Click here for details on the boys soccer Sr. Night!

Chester, Littleville Open Houses coming up Littleville students at STEM fair last spring

Open Houses for the elementary schools are September 25 and 26, from 6 - 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

Something for Everyone: HOMECOMING WEEKEND! Homecoming Starts at Chester Common Table!

This entire weekend is for current and former students, staff, families and community members! Eat - Listen to Great Music - Run - Kayak - Watch/Play Soccer - and Eat Again!

 

Click here for more information!

Please welcome our new staff members! Photo of many of our newest staff members

Read on for information on our newest teachers and staff, hired for the 2017-18 school year.

Littleville Students Rewarded for Reading in the Craziest Places! Several Littleville students turned in FIVE reading logs this year! (photo)

This year's school-wide reading challenge--sponsored by the Gateway Education Foundation--might have been called, "Oh the Places You Will READ!", in an adaptation from Dr. Seuss!

School Committee Honors Gateway staff Honored staff mug for the camera (photo)

The Gateway Regional school Committee hosted their Annual Staff Honors Reception on May 24 in the Gateway Courtyard, to honor retirees, staff who had reached milestones and our Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching recipient. Read on...

Seniors give college search advise to juniors

"Do your homework before going on a college visit," advised Gateway senior Cami Rock. Read on....

Chester 5th Grade Takes Overnight Field Trip Photo of 5th grade going canoeing

If the thank you notes to the Gateway Education Foundation (which funded the bulk of the trip) were any indication, these 16 students had an amazing time on their overnight trip to the Berkshire Outdoor Center.

Spring Sports Senior Nights Photo of Seniors on Softball Team

Communications Intern Audrey Gamble reports on Senior Nights for the high school's baseball and softball teams.

Students Traveled a World Away Over Spring Break Photo of the author making a connection (with a monkey) in Costa Rica

Author Chloe Otterbeck gives a first-hand account on traveling to Costa Rica with Gateway students, where they completed environmental service projects, stayed with host families, and visited schools and other sites. Read more about it.

Eleven students inducted into NHS Photo of Gateway High School NHS Chapter

"I'm confident that our next generation of National Honor Society members will do great things in the upcoming year," stated NHS Vice-President Cami Rock. (Article written by Communications Intern Rachel LeBarron).

Pre-Schoolers Learn Healthy Habits Liz Spooner uses a Gator to teach tooth brushing to young children.

Staff from the Gateway School-Based Health Center and Gator Grins visited Littleville Pre-schoolers last week, to teach healthy habits to young children. (Article by communications intern Rachel LeBarron).

Strong Turnout for Math Family Game Night Photo of presenter Mike Flynn

The event was organized by teacher Doreen Bashista, with funding from the Gateway Education Foundation.

NHS Members Led Annual "Seussabration" First grader at Dr. Seuss activities

"I want to be an astronaut when I grow up, or a basketball player," said one kindergartener after listening to Dr. Seuss's classic book Oh, The Places You'll Go. Read more in Communications Intern Rachel LeBarron's report on the annual NHS Service Project.

Littleville Commended by DESE, Governor Littleville Staff and Administrators Honored

Elementary principal Megan Coburn, assistant principal Sara Luciani and teachers Rachel Millin, Kristina Schultz and Anne Fisk attended a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House last week. Click here for the story.

Atkin, Pless perform in WMASS ensemble WMASS District Musicians

On Saturday, January 14, Gateway students Dawson Atkin and Anna Pless performed in the Western Massachusetts Music Educators District Festival Band, in a concert that took palce at UMASS/Amherst. The two won their spots in the ensemble after each earned the top score on their instrument at auditions late last year. Click here for the article.

Education Foundation nears $2500 for December donations Half-Sleepover at Chester funded by GEF

The Gateway Education Foundation raised $2360 on #Giving Tuesday, and it's not too late to help bring them over the $2500 mark this month!

Gateway announces new mobile APP! Gator App image

Gateway's Communications Council and Technology Department have created a new mobile APP that can be downloaded for free from the Google Play (Android) or App Store (iPhone, iPad); just search for Gateway Regional School District. The Gator APP image was voted on by staff, students, parents and community members earlier this month. The APP includes news, events, the lunch menu, calendar, sports schedule and staff directory.  Click here for more information!

College Week Wrap-Up Accepted Students Sign "I Applied to College" Banner

Last week was College Week for the high school. Workshops were held all week, including submitting the common application and on-the-spot acceptance from Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, Western New England University and American International College. A new component of this annual event was the Massachusetts College Acceptance Celebration--honoring the 43 applications submitted and accepted by colleges visiting that day.

Used MacBooks for Sale macbook

Gateway is offering used MacBooks for sale, $50 each. If interested, please click here for an order form. Return the completed form to the Gateway Central Office with your payment. First come, first served.

Help Select a Gateway Gator!

Gateway's Communications Council invites public input on a new Gator image for an upcoming project, and invites everybody to take part! Click here for info; click HERE to vote!

Parent Survey on replacing former After-School Program now open

Gateway has created an online parent survey to get information from parents who might use or need an extended day program. A paper option is also available at the security booth and will be at the MS/HS Open House on Thursday.

Atkin, Pless at MassSTAR

Sophomore Dawson Atkin missed performing with the high school band at graduation last week, in order to attend the 2016 MassSTAR Citizenship Conference held the weekend of June 3. Last year's delegate, Anna Pless, Returned this year as a Jr. Facilitator.

Gateway Vocalists Perform "Phantom" With Broadway Cast

Two Gateway 8th graders—Maria Pless and Alexandra Russell--were chosen to be soloists at a behind the scenes workshop of Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera”.  “It was really nerve wracking and definitely a surprise,” said Pless. “It was fun and unexpected,” added Russell.

The girls were plucked from an audience of choral groups from New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts for the Broadway Choral Workshop, which was led by the music director of the “Phantom of the Opera”.

Junior High Third Term Effort Awards

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the Effort Awards for the third marking period at Gateway Regional High School.

Chester ES Presents "Let's Eat" Musical!

Chester Elementary students will present “Let’s Eat: A tasty musical for anybody who loves food!” on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. This event was funded by the Gateway Education Foundation and is free and open to the public.

A group of crazy characters—including Hungry Hannah, Famished Francine, Ravenous Ramona, and Picky Patty—will sing all about their unyielding appetites!

Two events precede the musical: the Gateway Education Foundation is hosting a reception at 5:30 p.m. for donors and supporters on the second floor above the foyer. Light refreshments will be served, so come and see what the Foundation’s been up to and learn more about their upcoming events.

Also, a student art show will be held form 6 – 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway foyer. Student artwork by 3rd and 4th grade art students at Chester Elementary School will be displayed.

Join us and find out what’s been cooking this year at Chester!

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Jammies and Books Last Week at Littleville

Students, staff and parents showed up last week for a half-night sleepover at Littleville, wearing jammies and toting blankets, flashlights and stuffed animals!

ASVAB exam for Juniors & Seniors

The high school guidance department is offering the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program to all interested juniors and seniors on Wednesday, April 6. While this is required for students wishing to join the military, it is a useful tool for all upper classmen who are planning for life after high school. Learn why in the complete article.

Breaking News Posted 3.15.16

Breaking News--Gateway's weekly e-newsletter--is now posted. This week's issue includes the surprising tale of LIttleville's new "Buddy Bench"; how the sixth grade fed the hungry; Gateway's Model UN team continues to rack up awards; schools are closed for Good Friday; Pre-School Screening will be May 10; and a notice of destruction of special education records. Plus the "Week at a Glance" , updates from the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center; the Weblink of the Week (National Sleep Awareness Week) and this week's Superintendent's Corner!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Students will not attend school on Monday, March 7 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents must make an appointment for a conference, which is an important opportunity for parents to meet with their child's teachers, find out how their child is doing in different subject areas, and talk about any concerns that are seen at home or school. 

Parent Workshop January 26

All parents in the Gateway Regional School District are invited to the "lowering the Volume--Part 2" workshop on discipline, de-escalation and behavior management at home. This will be held in the Distance Learning Center from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and led by Michael Saporito. Childcare will be provided by registration is required. Read more in the complete article.

Boston Celtics support Gateway Education Foundation

The Boston Celtics have selected the Gateway Education Foundation to benefit from their charitable organization this year. Tickets are now on sale for a game in Boston on January 29. Order forms and payment ($30 per seat, payable to the Boston Celtics) must be in by December 22.

Foundation taking part in "Giving Tuesday"

Gateway Regional is the last district in Massachusetts to have an approved budget. NOW MORE THAN EVER: this is a great time to support the Gateway Education Foundation, which is taking part in "Giving Tuesday", now through December 1.

Winter Sports Tryouts

Gateway Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant has announced that tryouts for the winter sports season will begin on Monday, November 30 with times to be announced. Gateway offers programs in basketball, downhill skiing and wrestling for boys and girls in grades 7-12.

Lowering the Volume Workshop

A free parent workshop on discipline, de-escalation and behavior management in the home will be held at Gateway on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Sr. Citizen Brunch & Concert

The Gateway Regional School District invites area residents, aged 55 and over, to this year’s holiday showcase on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. (Story by communications intern Ursula Barth).

Gateway celebrates 'Farm to School' week 'Farm to School Week' at Gateway

Students and staff in the Gateway Regional School District enjoyed 'Farm to School Week' last week with fresh foods from area farms featured in the lunch menu.

Education Foundation Funds 7 New Projects

The Gateway Education Foundation funded 7 new classroom projects totaling just over $3000 at its Board of Directors meeting on September 21. Since starting its Funds for Learning program in September 2012, the Foundation has funded 34 projects totaling over $22,500.

“We are pleased to have come this far,” noted the Foundation’s president, Shirley Winer. “But the teachers whose applications were not selected for funding would tell you that there’s more to do.”

Parking Fees Lowered

The School Committee has lowered student parking fees for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Last Day of School! image of a calendar

Last Day of School for Gateway

Huntington Barring a broken water main or power outage, the last day of school for students in the Gateway Regional School District will be Thursday, June 14. The last two days of school will be half-days for students, with MS/HS dismissal at 10:35 a.m. Chester and Littleville Elementary School students will be released at 11:40 a.m.

Lunch is not served on half-days, but breakfast will be available on both days.

The last day of Preschool will be Friday, June 8.

Schools will reopen for students on Wednesday, August 29.

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SWAMPED! Littleville Musical and Art Show Logo for Swamped!

Littleville Elementary School first and second graders will present SWAMPED!  - a musical about friendship, tolerance and change – in the Gateway Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 17. Curtain rises at 6:30 p.m. for this free musical performance and everyone is invited.

A student art show precedes the concert and opens at 6 p.m.

Swamped!  tells the story of preparations for an upcoming party that go amiss as different creatures encounter challenges: the turtles are late, the bullfrog is bullying, tadpoles are growing limbs (gasp!) and the dragonfly larvae are afraid to spread their wings and fly.

The musical is directed by music teacher Renee Mosher; the art show by Amy Thornton.

This event was supported by the Gateway Education Foundation.

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Golden Achievement Finalists Announced Display case with Golden Achievement winners

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the five finalists for the Golden Achievement Award, Gateway's highest honor. They include Dawson Atkin, Ryley Carleton, Joseph Coon, Audrey Gamble and Jessica VanHeynigen. Click here for details.

Happy Birthday to "Be Green" 4 of the Founding members of "Be Green"

"Be Green" turned 10 in the last school year, but was celebrated recently with an event that drew 4 founding members back to Gateway, and another 30 students from the Hampden Charter School of Science in Chicopee. Read on...

Preschool Students Study Health & Safety Chief Robert Garriepy and PreK Friends

Special guest visitors helped our youngest students learn more about health and safety. Read on....

College Planning Workshop Gateway graduation

For Gateway juniors, their parents/guardians. Freshmen/Sophomores welcome. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Click here for details.

Alumni Sought for "Where Are They Now?" Series Cheerleaders from Gateway's first year (1964)

Attention Gateway Alumni! We are reviving the "Gateway Alumni: Where Are They Now?" series, which ran nearly 20 years ago in the Country Journal. Click here for more information. Click here to input your profile!

Middle School Term I Effort Awards Announced Students at Term I celebration

Principal Jason Finnie is pleased to announce the awarding of the school's First Term "Excellent and Good Effort Awards" for the 2017-2018 academic year. Click for more...

Mystery Mittens a Boon to Gateway Families "Mitten Tree "at Chester ES

A bag of beautiful, hand-knit mittens, scarves and hats was found in a storage closet this fall, and making winter a little warmer for Chester families!

Community Service Continues in December The "Pajama Express" collection box at Chester Elementary.

Eighth grader Mackenzie Chase is leading a collection to benefit the animals at the Westfield Animal Shelter (items selected through December 21) and Littleville and Chester Elementary School are collecting pajamas for a special cause (closes December 13).

Gateway Runners Finish Season Strong Girls X-C Team at PVIAC

The boys and girls cross country teams finished their season strong, with several runners reaching personal bests at PVIAC and Western Mass races. Read on....

College Week Coming up for HS Seniors Celebrate Applying to College

The half-week leading into the Thanksgiving Recess will again be "College week" at Gateway Regional High School, with college and career-related activities taking place throughout the week. Learn more...

Middle School holds "Mix it Up" Day 7th  graders organized the event, including table decorations!

"Mix it up day was cool," said Cole Chapman, a 7th grade student at Gateway Regional Middle School. "One of the best things was having a teacher at your table that was not giving you homework." Read on to learn more about how 7th graders organized the school-wide event, part of a national campaign launched by "Teaching Tolerance", a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

Breaking News is posted for 10.25.17 6th Graders Report on Natural Disasters

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Huntington Vote Approves Gateway Budget;
  • Boys Soccer Sr. Night Postponed:
  • From ‘3R’s’ to ‘4 C’s’ at Middle School;
  • Gateway Musicians Encounter Special Guest at Multibands;
  • Collection Underway to Support Puerto Rico;
  • Parents ‘Rights & Responsibilities’ Training at Gateway;
  • Bandster Bash Friday night;
  • Crazy Hat & Hair Day at Littleville
  • Upcoming Events at Chester;
  • Winter Sports Online Registration is Now Open;

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

Kilee Holmes represents Gateway at MassSTAR Kilee Holmes with new friend at MassSTAR (photo)

Kilee was just one of the reasons there's a strong connection between this article, Gateway and MassSTAR this year!

From Japan to the Gateway Hilltowns Photo of GRHS exchange students from Japan

An interview with two students from Japan attending Gateway Regional High School this year, by Intern Allie Clark.

Gateway Town Meeting Dates

Approval of the 2017-2018 school budget will be on the warrant for all of the town meetings. Four of the six Gateway towns must approve the budget for it to pass. Click here for more information about dates, times and locations of town meetings.

Holocaust survivors share life stories with Gateway students

"I like how empowered she (Annie) was. She had such strength behind everything she said. There was such purpose. She wanted us to understand and convey the power we have over our own lives and to never give up," said Gateway freshman, Livia Shepard, after her inspirational video conferencing visit with Annie Bleiburg. One of the visits was cut short but will be rescheduled for May or June, thanks to support from the Gateway Education Foundation. (Article written by District librarian Bill Brown). 

Middle School presents "Peter Pan and Wendy" next weekend Photo of "Peter Pan & Wendy" rehearsals

"Peter Pan and Wendy" will be presented on May 5 and 6 in the Gateway Performing Arts Center by students and staff at Gateway Regional Middle School. Tickets (at the door) are $3 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults.

"Bebop With Aesop" April 6 Photo of "Bebop With Aesop" cast members

Chester Elementary School is proud to present their 4th Annual Musical: "Bebop With Aesop", in the Gateway Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 6. Sponsored by the Gateway Education Foundation. Click here for more information.

First Annual Hilltown Chili Challenge

The First Annual Hilltown Chili Challenge will be held on Friday, March 31 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Gateway Regional High School. Admission is $5 and covers a sampling of up to 20 chili varieties. Competitors, judges needed. Read more!

Winter Sports Sr. Nights Coming Up! Gateway Girls Basketball Seniors

There are a LOT of home athletic events coming up (every weeknight from February 3 - 16) so let's pack the gym--especially for SENIOR NIGHTS!

Boston Celtics Tickets still available Gateway Education Foundation logo

A reminder to Gateway families, staff, alumni and community members, that tickets to the march 24 Boston Celtics game against the Phoenix Sun are still available. (Fundraiser for the Gateway Education Foundation). Click here for information; click here for an order form.

Holiday Concert Season Begins 12/8

Concerts will be presented by Littleville's 1st and 2nd grade, students in 5-8, and high school musicians over three separate evenings.

Knapik Visits Gateway School-Based Health Center Official visits Gateway SBHC

Former state senator Mike Knapik (now Director of Governor Charlie Baker's Western Mass Regional Office) stopped in to tour Gateway's School-Based Health Center and Gator Grins, operated by the Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc.

Winter Sports Tryouts Nov 28 Gateway skiiers

Tryouts for boys and girls basketball, alpine skiing and wrestling begin the Monday after Thanksgiving (11/28). Click here for more information.

Holiday, Parent-Teacher Conferences coming up

The first half of November includes a day off for Gateway students and staff, plus two student half-days while parents attend afternoon parent-teacher conferences. Click here for details.

College Planning Night for Seniors

The Guidance Department is hosting an evening College Planning Workshop for Gateway seniors and their parents/guardians on Monday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Parent, Guardian Survey

All parents/guardians in the Gateway Regional School District are invited to take a survey to help improve district communications.

Schools Closed for Memorial Day

All schools in the Gateway Regional School District will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. In keeping with recent practice, the Gateway High School Band will perform in the Huntington (8:45 a.m.), Chester (10 a.m.) and Montgomery (noon) parades this year.

Littleville Wrap Around Program will be closed. The Gateway Wellness Center will be closed on Saturday, May 28 and on Monday, May 30.

In 2017, the towns of Blandford and Russell will again have the Gateway band.

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Middle School Term 3 Effort Awards

Principal Megan Coburn has announced the third term Effort Awards for Gateway Regional Middle School. 

Six Gateway Athletes Honored at MIAA "Citizenship Day"

Six student athletes from Gateway Regional High School were honored at the Massachusetts Student-Athlete Citizenship Day held April 15 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The event was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and the Massachusetts National Guard. 

“It was good. It wasn’t just about sports—it really focused on leadership and community service,” said senior Brennan Foley, a member of the Varsity Soccer Team and Alpine Ski Team. Also attending were Joanna Arkoette (soccer, basketball and softball), Kenneth Bourdon (wrestling), Dayna Britland (softball), Rachel LeBarron (soccer, skiing) and Brett Turban (basketball, baseball). Students were selected by Gateway’s Athletic Director Matthew Bonenfant.

“The day was a series of workshops dealing with leadership and community service. Students shared ideas on ways to help local communities—fundraisers, awareness walks, and volunteerism,” said Michael Forand, Head Wrestling Coach at Gateway who attended with students. Gateway was one of 13 area high schools to take part.

The Keynote Presentation was given by Lieutenant Colonel Jason Oberton, Commander of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Students participated in a values inventory workshop, storytelling workshop, and brainstormed community service ideas. They were treated to lunch by Subway, and each received free passes to tour the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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"The Taming of the Shrew" at Gateway

The Gateway Theatre Club is pleased to present William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in the Gateway Performing Arts Center on Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15. The play is directed by Keith Boylan, with senior Ali Doyle the Assistant Director.

Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop

The Federation for Children with Special Needs will present a free "Basic Rights in Special Education" workshop at Gateway on Tuesday, March 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the high school's distance learning center. Please RSVP if you need child care.

March 8 Early Release

Students in the Gateway Regional School District will have a 2-hour early release on Tuesday, March 8. Lunch is served; no afternoon preschool. Wrap Around is open early; Wellness Center on regular schedule.

'Satisfaction and Sausage' at Middle School

Heading into the holiday break, sixth grade students earned a breakfast from  their teachers by creating and sharing book report 'placemats'. Sharing the reviews helped students create reading lists of books that interested them, as they headed into the vacation week. Click here to read more.

Winter Weather Closings

This article announces the many ways that parents can learn if school is delayed, cancelled or releasing early due to winter weather.

Bands host "Breakfast for Dinner" Fundraiser

The Gateway Regional High School Bands are hosting their annual "Breakfast for Dinner" FUNdraiser on Friday, December 4 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Gateway cafeteria.

Gateway Open House October 8

Parents/guardians are invited to an Open House at the Gateway Regional campus on October 8, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Faculty and staff from Gateway Regional Middle School, Jr. High and Sr. High Schools will be on hand to meet and greet students and their families. A special presentation will also be given for families of students participating in the Chromebook initiative at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.

Parent, Community Volunteers Sought

There is no shortage of opportunities at Gateway for parents and community members to support children's education! Learn more about opportunties to serve with other  PTO, library, school council, health advisory council, athletic and music booster club, and school committee volunteers.

Sports Dessert Banquet Senior night from Cross-Country Season

Families: please bring a dessert to share at the revised Annual Sports Banquet--in the Gateway cafeteria form 6 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29. All teams, all athletes, all seasons. Includes 50/50 raffle, scholarships and the annual sports video. Click here for more information.

PreK Screening and Registration Preschool image

Screenings are by appointment only and are required for a slot in a Gateway preschool. Deadline to sign up for an appointment is Wednesday, May 16. Click here for more information.

Eleven Juniors Inducted into National Honor Society New inductees to NHS

On Wednesday, April 11, Gateway Regional High School inducted a group of juniors into the Dana O. Webber Chapter of the National Honor Society. Members were selected based on the four pillars of the society, which are leadership, scholarship, service and character. Read on...

Annual 'Cabaret' April 3 Show Choir Members rehearsing "Jail House Rock" for this year's Cabaret!

Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens. Click here for details.

Free Parent Training on Positive Discipline Parenting Struggles

Are you the parent of a toddler, teen or ‘in-between’ who is feeling overwhelmed with morning hassles, bedtime hassles, homework hassles, foul language, fighting or whining? You’re not alone!

Join other area parents for a free workshop series on March 14, 21 and 28 at Chester Elementary School to learn ‘positive discipline’.

Research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family  and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline also teaches.

Free childcare and dinner will be provided to those who attend. Workshops run from 5 – 7 p.m. each night.

For more information, or to register, contact Kim Savery at 667-2203 ext. 310 or ksavery@hchcweb.org.

Vocational School Application Deadline March 1 Gateway Welding Team

All applications for Vocational School enrollment for Fall, 2018 must be into Guidance by March 1, 2018.

Click here for more information.

Accolades Keep Coming for Gateway's VanHeynigen Jessica Van Heynigen

The senior striker who set a new scoring record in her final year, was named MIAA Athlete of the Month for November. Out of over 100,000 female athletes statewide, she is one of 8 selected for this honor this year. Read on....

Holiday Break Coming Up Winter Gateway photo

All schools and offices will be closed from December 25 through January 1. Read on for details. 

MS Students Research Natural Disasters MS Students Report on Science Research

In a project combining science, research, technology and English Language Arts standards, sixth graders at Gateway Regional Middle School showcased their research on everything from typhoons to sinkholes last week. Read on...

All Chester ES Students to Receive Free Breakfast & Lunch Chester cafeteria photo

All students at Chester Elementary School will receive free breakfast and lunch at the school; families do not need to complete a free/reduced application to be eligible. Read more....

Liz Spooner Retires from Gator Grins Gator Grins' Liz Spooner, doing an educational program at Littleville (photo)

Twenty years ago, HCHC dental hygienist Liz Spooner envisioned a school-based dental program at Gateway. This month, after ten  years of working IN that same program, Liz Spooner retired from Gator Grins.

Gateway GSA Marches in Pride Parade Members of the GSA prepare to march (photo)

Intern (and GSA president) Dawson Atkin's report on the Northampton Pride Parade, which had a contingent from Gateway marching.

Term 3 Honor Roll for the high school

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the Honor Roll for the third marking term of the 2016-2017 school year. 

Good Friday, Spring Break Coming Up!

Click here for more details on school closings, Wrap Around and Wellness Center schedules.

February School Committee Meeting

There will be one meeting in February, due to the winter break.

Middle School First Term Effort Awards

Click here for a listing of students earning Good and Excellent Effort Awards at Gateway Regional Middle School in the first term. (Note: list has been adjusted to remove names from media coverage, at the request of parents).

Celtics Tickets on Sale; Ed Foundation Fundraiser Boston Celtics game

In partnership with the Boston Celtics, the Gateway Education Foundation is again offering tickets to a game at the TD Bank Garden. Tickets are $60 each for the March 24 game against the Phoenix Suns. Read on for more information; Click here for an order form.

Gateway MS/HS Open House

Parents/guardians are invited to the MS/HS Open House on October 6 form 6 - 7:30 p.m. A technology information session follows from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Chester, Littleville Open Houses Coming Up

Littleville's Open House will be Tuesday, September 27; Chester's is the following evening. Both run from 6 - 7 p.m.

MS Orientation June 15

An orientation regarding the new Middle School (grades 6-8) for next fall will be held on Wednesday, June 15 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. 

High School Spring Concert

Musicians at Gateway Regional High School--with special guests from Littleville's first grade--offer a spring concert on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.

Sports Banquet Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the annual Gateway Booster Club Sports Banquet are now on sale. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at Tekoa Country Club.

Tickets are $10 for athletes, coaches and children under 12, and $25 for adults. Checks should be made out to the “Gateway Booster Club”. Please see Karen Malinowski for tickets (high school room 253, Pupil Services office near the elevator) or any member of the Gateway Athletic Booster Club for tickets.

The event honors the Gateway athletes, teams and coaches from the 2015-16 school year and will include the announcement of Sr. Scholarships, gifts to graduating seniors, the unveiling of the annual sports video, and a raffle of door prizes for student athletes.

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Spring Break

All schools in the Gateway Regional School District will be closed April 18 - 22 for the spring break.

Service Project Collects Family Clothing

Gateway's six Project 351 Ambassadors for 2015 have launched their service project for the year: a collection of gently used clothing for the charity Cradles to Crayons. Donations will be accepted in the Gateway lobby until April 6. 

Blood Drive at Gateway March 18

Gateway’s Red Cross Club has organized a Blood Drive in the Gateway Regional High School Gym on Friday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those interested may pre-register for an appointment; walk-ins are also welcome!

January calendar highlights

Click here for information on the holiday and two half-days in January.

JRHS Students can Play HS Sports

In a reversal of its earlier decision, the MIAA met recently and repealed a rule that would have not allowed Gateway 7th and 8th graders to participate in high school sports.

Blood Drive at Gateway November 3

“You can save up to three lives from donating just a pint of blood,” commented coordinator Diana Tereschuk. “It’s simple and it can go a long way.” (Story by communications intern Rachel LeBarron)

Chester students enjoy farm visit Chester students enjoy farm visit

Students at Chester Elementary School celebrated 'Farm to School' week with a field trip to Rolling Acres Farm in Southampton,

Gateway Blood Drive May 15 Red Cross logo

The Gateway Regional High School Red Cross Club is hosting a blood drive for the community from 2 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 in the high school gymnasium.

Students, staff and community members are all invited to participate! You may sign up online by visiting redcrossblood.org with the code GRHS12.

Blood donations help millions in need, most people have blood to spare but, there is still not enough to go around. You can save a life or even two with one donation.

All donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card. Remember: the more blood we collect, the more scholarship money we receive for seniors!

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Westfield YMCA Offering New Session YMCA logo

Westfield YMCA class offered at Gateway Wellness Center

 

Huntington The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering a new 8-week session of Functional Training Classes at the Gateway Wellness Center, beginning Thursday, April 26 and running through May 24.

Functional Training Classes consist of exercises that allow people to perform activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. It involves weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back, and may use battle ropes, kettlebells, free weights, TRX, core bar and more. This class can accommodate all fitness levels and can be modified where needed. YMCA instructor Tony Casale returns to lead this new series!

Two 45-minute classes will be offered at the Huntington site: from 3:15 – 4 p.m. and from 4 – 4:45 p.m. Space is limited to the first 12 who register.

The cost for Westfield YMCA members will be $45 for the entire 8 weeks. Non-members may enroll for $65 (also for the entire 8 weeks). To hold your spot, call the YMCA (413.568.8631) to pay over the phone with a credit card or debit card. (Registration and waiver forms may be completed on the first day of class).

This course is open to all adults in the community.

Contact Cindy Agan, Health & Wellness Director, at the YMCA of Greater Westfield if you have questions or need additional information (413.568.8631 X323, or email cagan@westfieldymca.org).

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Red Cross Club collecting for homeless shelter travel-sized toiletries collection underway

Travel sized items needed for Red Cross Club service project, benefiting the Samaritan Inn in Westfield. Click here....

Spring Sports Registration Now Open Sr. Baseball Players (2017)

Click here for information.

Click here to register.

Gamble launches blog about senior year Gateway senior blogger, Audrey Gamble

SENIOR UNVEILS BLOG ON SENIOR YEAR: Gateway senior (and Communications Intern) Audrey Gamble has started a blog to share reflections on her senior year at Gateway Regional High School. The title of her first post, And Oh, Did I Mention College?,” gives a hint of what she’s been largely focusing on so far this year.

 

Coats are Now Available in Huntington Bella and Grace LeBarron sort donated coats

About 160 warm weather items were collected last month, and are now available for distribution at the Hilltown Community Social Services Center on Route 20. Read on...

Band Fruit Sale HS Fruit Sale

In keeping with its popular annual tradition, the Gateway HS Band is selling grapefruit, oranges, tangelos and other fruits as a fundraiser this month. Read on for details and online ordering option.

Special Guest Encountered at UMASS Multibands! Alum Anna Pless with Mrs. Beth Guertin at Multibands

"I would not have my love for music if I hadn't been in Mrs. Guertin's bands," said Anna Pless, as she visited with Gateway music students at the end of UMASS Multibands. Pless (GRHS '17) is a member of the UMASS Marching Band and will march in the Rose Bowl Parade this winter. Read on....

Foundation Board meets September 25 Ed Foundation Board

The GEF Board of Directors will meet on Monday, September 25 at 6 p.m. in Dr. Hopson's office. Click here for more information.

September Calendar Highlights Sunrise at Gateway

Here's a heads up on the holiday and 2-hour early release day for September. Click here for details.

Sports Banquet tickets still available

Click here for details.

NHS Induction April 12

New members will be inducted on Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Click here for more information.

Public is welcome to attend. Please RSVP (refreshments will be served) by emailing jduggan@grsd.org or calling 685-1128. 

MA Rural Communities Summit coming up MA Coalition of Rural Schools photo

Click here for details.

2016-17 school Calendar Announced

That Gateway Regional School Committee approved next year's calendar at their May 11 meeting. Read the complete article for details on this year's last day and highlights on next year's calendar. Click here for the 2016-17 calendar.

Spaghetti Supper, Raffle

Chester Elementary School PTO is offering their 12th annual Spaghetti Supper and Raffle on Friday, May 13. Advanced tickets are now on sale and are discounted until Monday, May 9 using the attached form.

Gateway 2025 to Reconvene

And You're Invited! Our long-range visioning process reconvenes on Tuesday, April 12 to delve further into three topics: marketing Gateway programs and strengths to the public; developing additional opportunities for students; and increasing parent support and involvement. Students, parents, staff, alumni and community members are all welcome. Please read the complete article for details, and click here to RSVP.

'Talk and Play' Workshop for Parents

On Tuesday, April 5, the Gateway preschool teachers and speech therapists will present a workshop called “Ways to Talk and Play with Your Child” from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Littleville Elementary School. Susan Rhoads, Lynn Thomson, Renee Boylan, Jamie Flematti, and Lynn Archambault will speak with parents about things parents can do with young children to promote language development and vocabulary (which can help children learn to read), how to incorporate family play time into busy days, and ideas and examples of play that promotes language development in young children. Plus parents will do a “make and take bag” and receive informational handouts.

Education Foundation Board to plan fundraisers

The Gateway Education Foundation Board of Directors will meet on Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. Agenda items will include a presentation on the smart music upgrade equipment funded by GEF and guest Bill Richard from  Ford of Northampton, to plan the May 7 “Drive 4 Ur School” fundraiser, where parents, staff and community members will earn money for the Foundation by test driving new Ford cars and trucks, which will be available at the school.

Tuesday's "Shelter in Place"

TODAY'S SHELTER-IN-PLACE AT GATEWAY REGIONALStudents and staff at Gateway Regional Middle School, Jr. High and Sr. High had an hour-long shelter in place earlier today after a student reported seeing what might have been a gun in another student’s locker. A search revealed an honest mistake but it is always worth noting: “if you see something, say something.”

Littleville 'Goes to the Dogs' on January 20

First and second graders at Littleville Elementary School will present an art show at 6 p.m. that night, followed by their musical "Arf!" at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. "It's their night to howl," noted music director Renee Mosher.  The public is invited; free admission. Read the complete article for details.

News from Food Services

Read this article for meal prices, and information on qualifying for Free and Reduced Meals.

October Calendar Highlights

Gateway students, and their parents/guardians, are advised to note a number of dates in the October school calendar, which include an early release day (October 6), a holiday (October 12), and a staff professional development day (October 13) which will be a day off for students. 

Project 351 Service Project P351 Citizens and Alums

Gateway's Project 351 citizens--and alums--are working together to support a local need, by collected diapers and wipes for the Hilltown Social Service Center. Read on....

VHS to DVD-R Fundraiser underway again VHS video

Gateway's Video Production class continues to raise funds for new equipment and needs by converting your old home videos to a DVD-R format. Read on....

Holiday Concerts Next Week! Choir photo (2015)

Click here for details on the middle school and high school holiday concerts.

Gateway SBHC offering flu vaccine DNP Brenda Jaeger, Gateway School-Based Health Center

The Gateway School-Based Health Center (SBHC) and Gator Grins have reopened for the new school year. The SBHC has flu vaccine available. Read more about both programs--operated by Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc.--here.

Breaking News posted for 4.25.17 NHS Induction Photo

Breaking News—Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter—is now posted. This week’s headlines include:

  • Eleven new members were inducted into the National Honor Society on April 12;
  • Twenty Two middle school students take the stage in the upcoming production of “Peter Pan and Wendy”;
  • Holocaust Survivors shared life stories with high school social studies students this month;
  • Third Term Honor Roll for High School;
  • New (and returning!) donors sought for Valley Gives Day;
  • Sports Banquet tickets still available;
  • Gateway Town Meeting dates;
  • Communications Survey Opens May 1;
  • Bingo For Books TONIGHT!
  • Send your child to Camp Cody for half-price, but act quickly!
  • Parent Blizzard Bag survey closes May 1;
  • Upcoming Interfaith Vigil on Domestic Violence;
  • Hungry Caterpillar Story Walk on Friday for young children;
  • Adult Education Update

PLUS: the Week at a Glance, Weblink of the Week and this week’s Superintendent’s Corner!

"Raising a Reader" Workshop

How do you raise a child to be a reader in the age of high tech, small screens? Read the attached article for information.

Third Term Honor Roll

Principal Jason Finnie has announced the honor roll for the third term of the 2015-16 school year.

In accordance with the student handbook, honor roll status is granted to students with high academic achievement for a marking quarter.  First honors are awarded to students who receive A’s in all courses taken.  Second honors are awarded to students who receive a minimum of two A’s and receive B’s in all other courses taken.  Third honors are granted to students who receive a minimum of one A, with B’s and no more than one C in all courses taken.

Class of 2018 Coffee Fundraiser

Gateway’s Class of 2018 is selling coffee to raise funds for class expenses, including graduation. Ground bags and single serve K-cups are available from New England Coffee, with 50% of sales going to the class. Orders and payment are due on April 6.

Spring Sports Tryouts Start March 21

Try-outs for spring sports teams will begin on Monday, March 21. Students who try out but do not have their paperwork in already must bring completed forms with them to the first day of tryouts. Spring sports are softball and baseball and students in grades 7 – 12 are eligible to participate.

Reminder to RSVP for Sr. Citizen Brunch, Concert

The Gateway Regional School District reminds area residents, aged 55 and over, that the 29th annual holiday brunch and concert will take place at the Gateway Regional campus on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP to their town COA contact person before November 24, so that we can order food!

Winter Sports Season Openers Winter Sports photo

Click here for details on home openers for winter sports.

November Calendar Highlights November Calendar image

Highlighted calendar items for the first half of the month include the Veterans Day holiday and two half-days for parent-teacher conferences. Read on....

Gateway to host educational technology conference Gateway student with chromebook

Area school technology staff are invited to Gateway on September 28 to learn more about chromebooks, digital classroom management, filtering, and much more! Read on...

Parents, Staff, Community Reminded of Free Gateway Mobile App

Gateway has its own mobile app and it is free. Click here for more information!

Project 351 Ambassadors Lead District-Wide Service Project

The last day to help will be April 5; donated items may be dropped off at the crib in the Gateway main entrance.

Early College Planning Night

The Guidance Department at Gateway Regional High School is holding an Early College Planning Workshop for 9th-11th graders and their parents/guardians on Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events!

Take a look at some upcoming events! Further details may be found in Breaking News (under the "news" drop-down menu). 

Holiday Babysitting offered Holiday babysitting event

Here's a chance to get your holiday baking or errands done, while the kids have fun at Gateway. FUNdraiser for the Class of 2020; you MUST pre-register to take part. Click here for more information.

Schools all collecting for Puerto Rico Image from Hurricane Maria damage in Puerto Rico

All students, families and schools can take part in a current service project underway at Gateway, to collect relief items for residents of Puerto Rico. Read on....

Coats Collected Through October 31 Coat collection box

In the past 5 years, about 900 coats have been collected for local families in need of warm clothing. Help push us over 1000 this year in the annual Coats for the Community Drive.

November Calendar Highlights

The month includes an early release day, a half-day, several holiday closures and a parent-teacher conference day. 

Winter Weather Closings Snow in Soccer Goal

How do you know if school is delayed, cancelled or letting out early due to winter weather? Read this revised article!

College Financing Workshop November 2 piggy bank

The Gateway Guidance Department has scheduled a free, comprehensive presentation on college financing at Gateway on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.