BN - June 21, 2011

June 21, 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: "Then followed that beautiful season...Summer...filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

UPCOMING MEETINGS: If you missed last week's meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee, you missed a vote to adopt Version 3.0 of the 2011-12 Budget. The next regular meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be June 22, 2011. The public is welcome to attend these meetings, which begin at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library (2nd floor). 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 next meeting of the Friends of Gateway will be Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in the Superintendent's Office. New members are welcome to join this group, which supports district communications and volunteers.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: From the Chester Awards Assembly; the "Borrowers" news reporters from Littleville; last week's safety drill at Gateway; one of the 8th grade science fair exhibits. All articles are below.

 Chester Awards photo LV Literacy Group activity 
 Photo of safety drill  Photo of science fair exhibit

Students from Chester Elementary School were recognized for excellence in a range of skills and subject areas last week.

JR. HIGH FULL OF ACTIVITY ON JUNE 14: Last week saw an orientation for current 6th grade students, a science fair, and the unveiling of the local history website by 8th grade students--which all took place last Tuesday night!

BUDDING JOURNALISTS FILE NEWS COPY ON "THE BORROWERS": Littleville teacher Margaret Petzold's accelerated writing group rose to their teacher's latest challenge: file a newspaper article based upon the Mary Norton classic, "The Borrowers".

STATE OFFICIALS OBSERVE GATEWAY DRILL: A number of officials from the Massachusetts State Police were at Gateway on June 14 to observe a lockdown and evacuation drill. Gateway has held such drills annually since its own safe schools plan was enacted 11 years ago.

UNDERCLASS AWARDS CEREMONY: Click here for a listing of awards given out at yesterday's Underclass Awards Ceremony for the high school.

MS STUDENTS EMBARK ON READING RECORD: Click here for the scholastic reading challenge that fifth and sixth grade students have set for themselves. Students will have passwords and a special username. At the onset, the Middle School is ranked 285. If they rank in the top 20, they will set a World Record for the school! Summer is the perfect time for reading!!

LITTLEVILLE WRAP AROUND FOR LAST TWO DAYS OF SCHOOL: Parents must register in advance and bring lunch and snacks for each day attending. Lunch is not served on June 21st and 22nd.

SUPPLY LIST FOR GRADE 5: Students entering fifth grade this fall are asked to bring the following supplies to school this fall.

GATEWAY POLO SHIRTS FOR SALE: The Class of 2012 is selling Gateway Polo Shirts. They are short sleeved, royal blue and have "Gateway" written on them. Each shirt is $20. A Gateway polo shirts is perfect for the summer months, when you want to dress casually, but still show your Gateway SPIRIT!! Order from Mr. Tichacek or Ms. Lavigueur.


HELPING KIDS AVOID THE "SUMMER SLIDE": The "Summer Slide" can happen if kids and parents aren't careful--it refers to measurable learning losses that can happen when kids are out of school for an extended time. Fear not! This website from Mind/Shift addresses reading and math and science and technology.

  • 2011 GRADUATION: Berkshire Hills Productions will be releasing a DVD of the Sr. Awards Ceremony and Graduation this summer. Click here for an order form.
  • ADULT EDUCATION CENTER CALENDAR FOR JUNE: Click here for the June Calendar of classes from the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center, now located at Gateway Regional High School.
  • LITTLEVILLE OFFERING SUMMER WRAP AROUND PROGRAM: Littleville Elementary School is pleased to offer a summer Wrap Around program that features a safe environment, and a fun and educational experience. Click here for a registration form.
  • MAY AND JUNE CALENDAR NOTES: Find out about Memorial Day, graduation, and the last day of school for students.
  •  SPORTS PHYSICALS: The Gateway School-Based Health Center (SBHC) is offering sports physicals for any Gateway students entering grades 7 - 12 next fall. Please call June Tanski at 667-0142 to schedule an appointment. If your child has not been seen before at the SBHC, Ms. Tanski will send paperwork home for you.
  • GATEWAY FEES MAY NOW BE PAID ON-LINE: Gateway parents/guardians and students may now pay for many student expenses--including their school lunch, athletic fee, Wrap Around program fees, or even their high school yearbook--online!
  • 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: Softball and baseball seasons are underway. For a look at all of the home and away sports contests this spring , click here (may be found at

IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson describes Version 3.0 of the 2011-12 budget, which "asks the towns to pay $4,209 less than what was requested in FY '08, despite the fact that the district's state aid has decreased $1,044,975 during this same time period." Gateway is also using $815,000 (of its total certified amount of $819,000) from the Excess and Deficiency Fund to keep town assessments lower. Read the entire column for details!

Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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