BN - August 16, 2010

August 16, 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 any suggestions for improvements are welcome. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Here is my take on education. When many look at our education system, many people talk failure. But in truth, many American schools are doing the best job educating students in our history. In 1950, students completed an average of nine and one-quarter years. Now most students have a high school education. The basics haven't changed - reading, writing and arithmetic. What changed are technology innovations, global competition, and public expectations. Do we need change in education? Yes, but its not because the education system is broken. It is because our world is changing and our expectations for education are changing in response to the environment in which we now live." - Deb Moore, Executive Editor of School Planning and Management

UPCOMING MEETINGS: The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. (note special start time) on Wednesday, August 28 in Worthington. Agenda items will include a discussion of how minutes will be taken and One Person, One Vote options for the district. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all meetings.  

Early Childhood Program news: Meet Erika Frank, the new Early Childhood Coordinator for the Gateway Regional School District. Preschool classes will start on September 8.

 Phot of Erika Frank

BUS SCHEDULES ARE OUT: The Central Office has released the bus schedules (updated 8/26/10) for the seven Gateway hilltowns. School begins September 1 for students, with new starting and ending times. The Country Journal is no longer printing the bus schedules as a community service. Hard copies have been mailed to town halls, libraries and post offices for posting. They will also be posted at the front of the schools. Click here to see the bus schedule for Worthington students attending the R. H. Conwell Community School.

WHAT'S NEW FOR 2010-11? The biggest news, of course, is that Gateway's elementary education will be provided in Littleville (Huntington, Montgomery, Russell and Worthington) and Chester (Blandford, Chester and Middlefield) Elementary Schools. Each school will have its own principal, nurse, and school adjustment counselor. The schools will also offer multi-cultural studies to elementary students! Please see the Elementary Transition Communications website for more information on elementary consolidation, and each elementary school's website for more information.

School Start Times will be different this year. Students in grades 5 - 12 will have school from 7:35 am to 2 pm (10 minutes earlier). Elementary schools will run from 9 am to 3:20 pm (10 minutes later). These changes were made due to recommendations from a transportation audit conducted by the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials.

Another big item is our new website!  We hope that you will enjoy our new look, and find it easy to navigate. Feel free to explore all of the district and school pages. Some of the links you will need are:

FAMILIES REMINDED OF ELEMENTARY TOURS: Special tours of Chester and Littleville Elementary Schools will be held on August 26 at 1 pm and 6 pm for all students and families attending this fall. (Please RSVP by August 23).

STUDENT FEES FOR 2010-11: Information on student fees for parking and athletics, and building use fee information are posted in this article.

ORIENTATIONS SCHEDULED FOR JR. HIGH AND SR. HIGH SCHOOL: Principal Laurie Marvel has announced that the 7th Grade Orientation will be held on Monday, August 23rd at 6 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. All incoming 7th grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend. The 9th Grade Orientation for incoming 9th graders and their parents/guardians, will also be held on August 23rd, starting at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.

FALL SPORTS TRYOUT SCHEDULE: The first day of tryouts for Gateway fall sports will be August 26th; students from grades 7 and 8 are eligible. Boys Soccer tryouts will be from 8 - 10 am and 3-5 pm. Girls Soccer tryouts will be from 9 - 11:15 am and 5:30-7:45 pm. Boys and Girls Cross Country tryouts will begin at 4:30 pm. Gymnastics tryouts will be announced soon. Questions? Please contact Gary St.Peter at 685-1040.

WELLNESS CENTER SCHOOL-YEAR SCHEDULE RESUMES: The school-year schedule for the Gateway Wellness Center will resume on August 31st. 

GATEWAY AND PARTNERS WIN $1.6 MILLION GRANT: The Gateway Regional School District, and its partners, won a five-year $1.6 million Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE ONLINE: For a look at all of the home and away sports contests this fall, go to and enter "01050" for the Gateway HS Sports Calendar.

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

GET READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL! The Organized Home website has some great strategies to help households and students prepare for a new school year.

IN CLOSING, we have several Superintendent’s Corners posted. This week, Dr. Hopson announces the award of a $1.6 million Teaching American History grant to Gateway and its partners, and describes the educational grant world today. On August 9, Dr. Hopson outlined the many strategies the district has used in the past few years to hold costs while retaining strong educational programs for our students. Read the entire columns for details!

Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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