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: “Therefore, let us not
despair, but instead, survey the position, consider carefully the action
we must take, and then address ourselves to our common task in a mood
of sober resolution and quiet confidence, without haste and without
– Arthur Henderson
schedule of activities for the week ending November
6, 2009 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, October 28,
2009 at 7:30 p.m. at Middlefield Town Hall. 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 will next meet on November 10. 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
GATEWAY EDUCATOR WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD: As one of only ten
winners from nominations all over New England, Cheryl Boylan received
the honored award for excellence in teaching children with Asperger’s
Gateway's Cheryl Boylan, with award from the
Asperger's Association of New England.
SCHOOLS CLOSED NOVEMBER 2 FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES:
Please note this change in date from our original school year
calendar, made due to high school MCAS retests scheduled by the state.
Details in the complete article.
GRADE 5 – 12 HOUSEHOLDS SURVEYED: The long-awaited
telephone survey for parents of students in Grades 5 – 12 took place on
Sunday, October 25. A total of 41% of households responded to the
survey. Survey findings will be presented at the October 28 School
WORKSHOP ON NOVEMBER 24: Parents/guardians and students are invited to
attend MEFA’s free comprehensive presentation on college Financing. The
seminar will be hosted by the Gateway Regional High School Guidance
Department on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school
gymnasium. An experienced MEFA representative will discuss the
financial aid process, and teach families how to apply for financial
aid, compare financial aid award letters and seek available financing
options. Participants will receive a seminar booklet which serves as a
year round resource. There will be a question-answer period at the end.
See the program flyer for rsvp information.GATEWAY BANDS FUNDRAISERS: The Gateway bands (5 –
7, 8 – 12) are selling Butter Braids and fruit to raise funds to support competitions and
educational field trips. Click for order forms.
SPRINGFIELD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE SAME-DAY
ACCEPTANCE: Seniors at Gateway Regional High School can submit an
early application to STCC on December 8th, and get offered acceptance
that same day! A STCC Representative will be at Gateway on December 8 to
meet with students headed for the college. Qualified students will be
offered conditional acceptance on the spot. Students must prepare and
bring a completed STCC application, official high school transcript and
their MCAS scores to the meeting. Interested students should meet with
their Guidance Counselor in November, and must sign up for a meeting
slot with STCC no later than December 2. For more information, please
contact Carolyn Laurenza at 685-1107 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
FUNDRAISER: R. H. Conwell’s PTO is selling Yankee Candles. The
brochure for this fundraiser can be viewed online at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com.
The sale ends November 2, 2009 and those ordering should use Customer #
990018743. Items will be delivered by December 11.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway
parents raise strong, safe, healthy and high-achieving kids!
CAMPAIGN FOR A
COMMERCIAL-FREE CHILDHOOD: Did you know that the American Academy of
Pediatrics recommends NO screen time for children under the age of 2?
And that the Boston-Based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
successfully filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission forcing
companies to stop claiming that videos are educational for infants,
resulting in a full refund to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein DVD
in the last five years.
Superintendent’s Corner for this week is
attached. This week, Dr. Hopson
explains the growing trend of unfunded mandates from the state and
Federal government. Are they doing more harm than good in this
economy? Read the entire column for
Have a wonderful week!