BN - July 29, 2010

September7, 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 “News” on the district website).  As always, your feedback and any suggestions for improvements are welcome. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We can make ourselves miserable, or we can make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castaneda

UPCOMING MEETINGS: If you missed the last meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee, you missed a discussion with Attorney Fred Dupere about the legal requirements for taking minutes, the district's options under One Person, One Vote, and presentations on summer activities at the Middle School and at the Littleville Wrap Around Program. The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8 at Middlefield Town Hall. The agenda is now posted online. The public is welcome to attend School Committee meetings, as an important way to learn more about how the district operates. 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 three minutes of every school committee meeting is dedicated to hearing items that are not on the posted agenda, including any unresolved issues from the public.

WHAT WE DID ON OUR SUMMER VACATION! A number of Gateway students were still involved in school activities through the summer, despite the fact that buses weren't rolling and most staff members weren't here.

Photo: Audrey Gamble, Anna Pless, Camryn Rock and Emily Warren enjoying the outdoors.

 Photo of MS Summer Program

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.

GATEWAY CONTINUES SCHOOL SAFETY HOTLINE: As part of the district's ongoing commitment to school safety, a school safety hotline is in place for all schools. Anyone wishing to report harassment, bullying, drug or alcohol concerns, vandalism, and school safety issues can call 685-1050.

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE: Parents/guardians and students are reminded that all Gateway school buses are now at 75% capacity or higher. As a result, we can no longer issue passes to guest riders from other buses.

GATEWAY MEAL PRICES REMAIN THE SAME: Meal prices for the 2010-11 school year are the same as last year. Breakfast is $1.25; elementary lunch is $2; and grade 5 - 12 lunch is $2.25. Breakfast for students qualifying for reduced lunch will be $.30, with lunch costing $.40 for qualifying students.

LIBRARY AND PARENT CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Littleville Elementary School is looking for help staffing their school library. Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the school day (hours vary). Click here for a sign-up form to return to the school office, and additional information on volunteering at the library. The Littleville Parent Center is also looking for volunteers who can donate time to help teachers. Click here for more information and a sign-up sheet to return to the school office.

SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL ALUMNI GAME: The Annual Alumni Soccer Game will be held on Saturday, October 2 on Booster Field. Please check back for additional details.

HIGH SCHOOL TERM 4 HONOR ROLL:  Click here for the final marking period of the 2009-10 school year for the high school.

CHORAL BOOSTERS TO MEET: The Choral Booster Club will meet on Monday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in the Choral Room (#125). Also, the boosters still have several stadium blankets available for sale at $29/each. If interested, please email Ms. Beauregard .

'ICE CREAM' THANK-YOUS: Principal Candice Holzhauer wishes to thank the Chester PTO parents and students who helped with tours at the August 26th event. A very special thank you is extended to John and Andrea Slattery of Four Main Street Grill in Huntington, who provided and served the ice cream and fixings! Principal Megan Coburn at Littleville wishes to thank the Littleville PTO for providing ice cream for their afternoon tours on August 26.

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

FOOD AND SCENT ALLERGIES: A growing number of students are coming to school these days with peanut and other food allergies. In some schools, this requires a peanut-free table in the lunchroom for kids with allergies and their friends who are also having a peanut-free lunch. The Kid's Health Website has some great information on food allergies. Also, Littleville Elementary School is a Scent-Free School this year, due to severe allergies. Please do not wear perfume, scented creams, powders and body sprays if visiting the school. WebMD reports on fragrance allergies on their website.


  • The 2010-11 School Calendar
  • The 2010-11 School Committee Calendar
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

IN CLOSING, we have several Superintendent’s Corners posted. This week, Dr. Hopson reports on the first two days of school. On August 23, Dr. Hopson described how Gateway had weathered this year's financial storm, but is bracing for next year's "budget cliff". On August 30, he described the reasons behind the changes in transportation routes this year. Read the entire columns for details!

Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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