District News

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

January calendar highlights

Click here for information on the holiday and two half-days in January.

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.

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. 

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.

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 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!

'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.

#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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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."

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!

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.

Upcoming Events!

Take a look at some upcoming events! Further details may be found in Breaking News (under the "news" drop-down menu). 

November Calendar Highlights

The month includes an early release day, a half-day, several holiday closures and a parent-teacher conference day. 

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!

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!

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.

First Term Honor Roll - High School

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

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.

Breaking News Posted 11/10/15

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

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.

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."

Breaking News Posted for 11/3/15

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

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)

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: 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).

News from Food Services

Read this article for meal prices, and information on qualifying for Free and Reduced Meals.

UMASS Honor Choir 4 Gateway Students Sing in 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.

Fall Sports Senior Nights

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Chester Farm Trip Breaking News Posted for October 6, 2015

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.

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

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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....

Parking Fees Lowered

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

Weekly E-Newsletter for 9/8

Breaking News is now posted for September 8, 2015.

September 9 School Committee meeting cancelled

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

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. 

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.

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.

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