BN - February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

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 in the GRSD News Archive (under “News” on the district website).  As always, your feedback and any suggestions for improvements are welcome. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "A budget should reflect the values and priorities of our nation and its people." - Mary Landrieu

UPCOMING MEETINGS: The Gateway Regional School Committee will hold the March 2nd Public Hearing on the Budget and "One Person, One Vote", beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. The committee anticipates voting on the 2011-12 budget at its March 9th meeting, which is 45 days ahead of the first town meeting. Please note that any questions or concerns should first be brought to the appropriate district staff member (i.e. a specific teacher, principal or Central Office staff member). The first agenda item of every school committee meeting is hearing issues that are not on the posted agenda. The Friends of Gateway meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the Superintendent's Office. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 1st  New members are welcome to join this group, which supports district communications and volunteers.

FAIRMAN, MERRITT REPRESENT GATEWAY IN BOSTON: On Friday, February 4th, two outstanding female athletes took part in the MIAA National Girls and Women in Sport Day. (article by Sr. Kathleen Toomey, Public Relations Intern)

Photo of MIAA Girls in Sport reps 

STUDENT PANEL, ACTIVITIES FAIR AND TOURS MARK GRHS ORIENTATION: Area eighth graders and their parents/guardians are invited to an informative presentation on the transition from Jr. to Sr. High School.

JON BERMAN TO ENTERTAIN AT GATEWAY VOLUNTEER DINNER: Entertainment at Gateway's 7th Annual Volunteer Dinner will be provided by area saxaphonist Jon Berman, who has shared a bill with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and numerous others. This event is free of charge to all Gateway volunteers (this probably means YOU) and their guests. Details in the complete article.

HONOR ROLLS: Principals Laurie Marvel and Todd Gazda have announced the 2nd term High School Honor Roll and Middle School Effort Awards.

PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN SCREENING: Parents of 3, 4 and 5 year-olds take note of this article, as the screenings will be part of the lottery for preschool slots and serve as the registration process for this fall's Kindergarten class.

FINAL REMINDER ON VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DEADLINE: The Gateway Guidance Office will be open from 7 AM to 3:30 PM Tuesday through Friday of vacation week, if parents have questions or need additional information next week. Please contact Jeanene Iglesias, Guidance Secretary, at 685-1107.

ELEMENTARY REMINDERS: Please call the school office before 9 a.m. to report that your child will be absent. If a change in transportation occurs during the day, please let the office know before 2 p.m. When sending in notes, please make sure your child's name, teacher's name and the date are on the note.

READ TO SUCCEED AT CHESTER: 37 families from Chester Elementary School participated in the Six Flags and Discovery Education's Read to Succeed program. Each student completed 6 hours of recreational reading, completed and returned their reading logs, and each received a free ticket to six flags this summer, along with discounted admission for families. Congratulations!


THE 2011-12 SCHOOL BUDGET: One comment heard at the February 16th school committee meeting was "we might as well just distribute page 31 (the town assessments) of the budget, because that's the only page that people look at." Were they right? If you've followed Dr. Hopson's column, then you know that Public Hearing on the Budget will be Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. But do you know what's IN the budget? Download the document and see for yourself!


  • BASKETBALL SENIOR NIGHTS: The Girls Basketball Team Sr. Night will be Tuesday, 2/22, at a home game against Mt. Everett Regional High School. The Boys Basketball Team will have their Sr. Night on Wednesday, 2/23 against Pathfinder Regional High School.
  • 'FRIENDS OF GATEWAY' TO THANK SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS: 2011 marks the 7th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, and ALL Gateway volunteers (committee members, boosters, PTO's, parent centers, flu clinic workers, chaperones, and more) are invited!
  • FAMILIES, COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO BE PART OF NATIONAL SURVEY: Gateway will be one of 100 schools in the country to take part in the "Communication Accountability Project", led by the National School Public Relations Association. People will receive an email invitation in a few weeks, to take the online survey.
  • STUDENTS HELP HOMELESS ANIMALS: Chester Elementary Students are sponsoring an Artisan Sale and profits will benefit the T. J. O'Connor Animal Shelter in Springfield.
  • NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR ON MARCH 7TH: Gateway 11th graders have the opportunity to take a field trip to the "National College Fair" on the Big E fairgrounds on Monday, March 7th. So far, there are 200 colleges from 20 states attending! This is a great chance for students to learn more about colleges and to speak with college representatives. Permission slips are due back to the high school guidance office by Friday, February 18. (See the Weblink of the Week, below, for more information).
  • SCHOOLS TO CLOSE FOR WINTER VACATION: All schools will be closed February 21 - 25 for winter break. Read the complete article for details on the Gateway Wellness Center and Littleville Wrap Around Program details.
  • DOCTOR FOR A DAY APPLICATIONS: The Hampshire District Medical Society is again sponsoring their annual "Doctor for a Day" program. Juniors and seniors interested in becoming a physician should pick up an application in the high school Guidance Office, for a chance to spend a full day shadowing a real physician! Applications, including two letters of recommendation, are due to the Society by February 18, 2011.
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL SPORTS BANQUET: Student athletes, coaches and parents should put Wednesday, June 1st on their calendar for the Annual Sports Banquet, which recognizes all high school sports teams from the 2010-2011 school year. The event will take place from 6 - 10 p.m. at Tekoa Country Club. Ticket prices will be $25 for adults, $10 for athletes, coaches and children under 12. More details to come!
  • GATEWAY SCHOOL SAFETY HOTLINE: A reminder on one way to report harassment, bullying, drug or alcohol concerns, vandalism, and school safety issues, as a way to keep Gateway schools safe for all students.
  • HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE ONLINE: The boys basketball team had their season opener last night. Don't miss another boys or girls basketball game, wrestling meet or alpine skiing race! For a look at all of the home and away sports contests this winter, click here (may be found at
  • ONLINE ACCESS TO STUDENT GRADES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Parents/guardians of students in grades 5 - 12 can now monitor their student's assignments, homework, grades and attendance online.
  • The Application for Free and Reduced Lunch
  • STUDENT FEES FOR 2010-11: Information on student fees for parking and athletics, and building use fee information are posted in this article. 

IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson reports on the special school committee meeting held on February 16th, and explains the facts behind this year's town assessments. Read the entire column for details!

Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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