Friends of Gateway:
Here is this
week’s installment of Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter. As always, your
feedback and suggestions are welcome. 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 any
suggestions for improvements are welcome.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it
and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the
ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm
schedule of activities for the week ending November
28, 2009 is now posted. (Items for this calendar should be
submitted at least two weeks ahead of time!)
UPCOMING MEETINGS: At last night’s special
meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee, the committee voted in
support of Dr. Hopson’s correspondence with the Massachusetts School
Building Authority (MSBA); voted to request that the superintendent
inform the MSBA of their vote to support Dr. Hopson’s response to the
MSBA; voted to hear a complaint against an elected official; and voted
to take no action against that elected official. The Gateway
Regional School Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 18
at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Library (2nd floor). Agenda items include
the 2009 Auditors Report; the 2011 Class trip to Walt Disney World
Orlando; the Transportation Audit Report; a budget update, and the
Elementary Advisory Committee Report. 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 meeting scheduled for November 10th was cancelled, due
to swine flu clinics held at Gateway elementary schools last week. The
Friends of Gateway will next meet on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. in
the Superintendent’s Office. New members are sought and are welcome to join 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.
GATEWAY GIRLS SOCCER
TEAM WINS WESTERN MASS; GATEWAY BOYS ARE WMASS RUNNERS-UP: The Gateway Regional
Girls Varsity Soccer Team won the Western Massachusetts Championship on
Sunday with a 1 – 0 win over Granby. Playing immediately after the girls
win, the Gateway Boys Varsity Soccer Team lost to the Lenox
Millionaires 0 – 3, becoming the Western Mass runner-up. Next up for the
girls: a game at 5 p.m. today against Sutton High School, to be held in
Worcester. Click here for directions; Click
here for more photos from Sunday’s games.
TEACHER PREPARE FOR CONCERT WITH CHARLES NEVILLE: Sit back, relax and
enjoy a range of student performances in the next week. You can see
original one-act plays written by sixth graders and performed by
professional actors this Friday or Saturday night (click here for details). And on
Tuesday, November 24, come see the Gateway 3rd and 4th graders open for
Charles Neville and the Skeletones! Both events at the Gateway
Performing Arts Center.
SWINE FLU VACCINATION UPDATE: Last week, Gateway staff
and area volunteers teemed up to conduct evening swine flu vaccination
clinics at each Gateway elementary school. This week, vaccinations are
taking place for students attending Gateway middle school, junior high
school and high school, who have returned a consent form signed by
parents. Area planners hope to conduct clinics for the general public
next month—as soon as students are done and enough additional vaccine is
available. Public clinic notices will be posted at town halls, in town
libraries, on the community cable bulletin boards, and on the Gateway
Regional School District Website’s swine flu page (www.grsd.org).
REVIEW TO BE UNDERTAKEN AT GATEWAY: Margery Gerard,
Director of Pupil Services for the Gateway Regional School District, has
announced that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
will be conducting its Coordinated Program Review the week of December 7
– 11. Any member of the public may ask to be part of a telephone
interview by the visiting team. Read the entire article for details.
ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR AT RUSSELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Get the jump on your
annual holiday shopping (and stay for lunch) at the 13th Annual Holiday
Craft Fair on Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK: Students will have a
half-day on Wednesday, November 25th, as they depart for the holiday
recess. (Lunch will not be served that day). Details in the complete
LITTLEVILLE “HOME TEAM” SCHOOL REWARDS PROGRAM: Littleville Elementary
School families are participating in a fundraiser whose main requirement
is to make dinner! By using “Fast Fixin’” or “Fast Classics” fully
cooked frozen chicken, beef or pork—and sending back the Home Team Logo
from the box—families can earn 30 cents for each clipped logo. Details
and flyers were in last Friday’s Red Folder.
H. CONWELL GIFT EXCHANGE: A holiday gift exchange will take place at
the school in December. Parents and community members are asked to
donate items that are in good condition, for this project. Items
suitable for teenagers and men are in short supply!
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway
parents raise strong, safe, healthy and high-achieving kids!
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU
THINK: WHY PARENT EXPECTATIONS MATTER: A study published in the
Journal of Research on Adolescence found that adolescents whose mothers
believed they would be more rebellious and take more risks reported
higher level of high-risk behaviors than their peers, one year later.
The findings were supported even after controlling for many other
predictors. The article contains important
advice for parents.
Corner for this week is attached. This
week, Dr. Hopson looks back on an exciting soccer double-header held on
Sunday, and thanks the many people who attended to support our
teams—and give them a “parade” back to the school! Read the
entire column for details!
Have a wonderful week!