January 26, 2010

Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is this week’s installment of Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter. Back issues of Breaking News and past Superintendent’s Corners are posted on the News Archive (under “general information” on the district website). As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome  

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” – Native American Saying


COMING EVENTS: A schedule of activities for the week ending February 5, 2010 is now posted.  (Items for this calendar should be submitted at least two weeks ahead of time!)

UPCOMING MEETINGS:  The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library (2nd floor). Agenda items include One Man One Vote Options, Budget Update, Transitional Planning, School Committee By-Laws and the Response to the MSBA Request for Information. The Friends of Gateway have changed their standard meeting time to the SECOND Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. The Friends of Gateway group is changing their meeting time! Starting February 2nd, the group will begin meeting on the FIRST TUESDAY of each month, at 9:30 a.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. We welcome new members to this group, whose goals include improving communications, parent involvement, and volunteerism in support of student achievement. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all meetings.

‘BRAINIACS’ CHALLENGED BY GATEWAY STAFF:  As part of a unit of study on the brain, students in Cyndi Jensen’s Anatomy and Physiology Class were easy to spot last week. Read the complete article for details, then click here for more brain questions and answers.

Social studies teacher Nicholas Vooys (right) quizzes Anatomy and Physiology students Emily Lak, Katlyn Rowe and Nichole LaPlante.

SENIOR INTERNS PRESENT ON WORK EXPERIENCE: From working with fish, to computer networking, to becoming a music teacher: seven Gateway seniors tested their future career interests last semester with hands-on work experience.

ELEMENTARY TRANSITION UPDATES: Transition planning is now underway regarding the consolidation of Gateway elementary schools. Details will be announced as they occur, and we are building a new website for parents, staff and community members. Information will also be announced in Breaking News each week, so please encourage every elementary parent you know to subscribe! Please email subscription requests to gatewaynews@grsd.org.

MEETING WITH GATEWAY LEGISLATORS: Our state Senators and Representatives will hold their annual meeting with district and town officials and the Gateway Regional School Committee on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. This meeting is open to the public.

GRANT AWARDED TO STREAMLINE DATA MANAGEMENT: Gateway is part of a four-district consortium to benefit from a $20,000 grant awarded from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

MID-YEAR REPORTS FOR SENIORS APPLYING TO COLLEGES: All seniors applying to college should bring one standard envelope with a 44-cent stamp for each school they are applying to. Guidance counselors will mail out their mid-year grade report.

COLLEGE SEARCH PROGRAM FOR JUNIORS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS: The Gateway High School Guidance Department has scheduled the “Making Your College Search Count” presentation for its junior class and their parents/guardians, for Wednesday, February 10 at 10:45 a.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. Click here for the parent/guardian letter.

CENSUS TAKER TEST RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOW DAY:  Gateway Regional High School students who will be 18 by March and are interested in becoming Census Takers, must pass a test that will be offered at Gateway afterschool. The test date (originally January 25) has been changed to Thursday, February 4 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Interested students can get a practice test from the Guidance Office. If interested, please call Paul Dunleavy at 413-238-5819 for more information.

SEASONAL FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER: The Gateway SBHC has 15 doses available of seasonal flu vaccine for Gateway staff members. Those staff who have a history of chronic illness are a priority. Please call June Tanski at 667-0142 ext. 1 to schedule an appointment.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway parents raise strong, safe, healthy and high-achieving kids!

SUPPORTING HEALTHY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN KIDS: From the ‘What’s-Good-For-Students-is-Good-for-Parents’-Department', here are some websites for parents about their children’s brains: one on early brain development, one on teenage brains, and a general brain quiz!


  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE VOTES TO CONSOLIDATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: The Gateway Regional school Committee voted 13 – 3 to consolidate its elementary schools to improve education and save money.
  • FRIENDS OF GATEWAY TO THANK SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS: The Sixth Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for all parents and community members who serve our schools will be held on Thursday, March 11, with dinner served from 5 – 7 p.m. in the MS/HS cafeteria.
  • ‘DOCTOR FOR A DAY’ PROGRAM ON MARCH 24: The Hampshire District Medical Society will host the annual event, which matches high school students who aspire to be doctors with a practicing physician mentor for the day. High school juniors and seniors must apply and submit two letters of recommendation; applications are available in the guidance office. The society must receive applications by February 5; guidance staff recommend completing applications no later than January 29.
  • SOME GATEWAY BUSES HAVE NO ROOM FOR GUEST RIDERS: Due to changes in several bus routes this year, a number of school buses are now at full capacity and can no longer transport friends of students in grades 5 – 12.
  • SESSION II OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM EXTENDED: Afterschool Program Coordinator Shannon Madden has announced that the second session of the program will be extended until February 5. The third session will begin on February 8. More information will be posted in an upcoming edition of Breaking News.
  • JANUARY SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS: The school committee will meet on the first and third Wednesdays in January and will determine the future of elementary education at their January 13 meeting.
  • VOCATIONAL SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS: Parents of students living in the Gateway Regional School District are advised that applications are now available for students interested in applying to vocational school. Those applications must be submitted by March 1, 2010.
  • MID-YEAR BUS CHANGE ANNOUNCED: Due to a decrease in the number of Grade 5 – 12 students served by some bus routes, the Gateway district is reducing the total number of buses being used. Effective January 4, 2010, some students will be reassigned to new buses and bus stop times. Those families were sent a letter late last week. Click here for the addresses effected.
  • CONWELL COOKBOOK PLANNED: The R. H. Conwell PTO is seeking best recipes for a cookbook fundraiser. Please email your favorite recipes to zeus405@aol.com or drop them off at the R. H. Conwell office before February 1, 2010.
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL SPORTS BANQUET: Students and parents who participate in Gateway Jr./Sr. High School athletic programs: the Gateway Athletic Booster Club has announced the date of the Annual Sports Banquet. This year, the banquet will be held at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield on June 2. Ticket information will be coming later in the school year. Please save the date for this special event!
  • APPLICATION FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH: The application form is posted to our website. If you need assistance, please contact John Bergeron or Diane Meehan at 667-2203, who would be happy to help.
  • DISTRICT CALENDAR FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR: The district calendar for the coming school year is posted on-line, and contains Open House Dates, parent conferences, holidays, vacations, graduation and student early-release days.
  • WEBSITE ON THE FUTURE OF GATEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Parents of students in Gateway elementary schools have a new resource for information as the district grapples with tough economic decisions and the possible closure of some schools. Click here for the website.

In closing, the Superintendent's Corner for this week is attached. This week, Dr. Hopson thanks our school and district volunteers and invites them to the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on March 11. Read the full column for details!


Have a wonderful week!

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