District News

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!

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 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!

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.

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 4.12.16

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 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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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 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 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 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 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 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!

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!

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.

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..

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.

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!

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."

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.

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!

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.

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. 

#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 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!

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.

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).

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!

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. 

"Hypno Lorenzo" at Gateway on May 6

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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”.

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!

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.

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!

Junior High Third Term Effort Awards

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

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. 

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Middle School Term 3 Effort Awards

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

Parent, Guardian Survey

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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. 

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. 

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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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.