BN - May 24, 2011

May 24, 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: "If your plan is for a year, plant rice. If your plan is for a decade, plant trees. If your plan is for a lifetime, educate children." - Confucius

UPCOMING MEETINGS: The next meeting of the Gateway Regional School Committee will be May 25, 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, June 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Superintendent's Office. New members are welcome to join this group, which supports district communications and volunteers.

Finalists for Golden
Achievement Award
top row (L to R):
 Matthew Baker and Neelie
Goewey; bottom row (L to R):
 Tyler Pease, Benjamin
Senecal and Anatoliy

 Photo of Matthew Baker Photo of Neelie Goewey 
 Photo of Tyler Pease  Photo of Ben Senecal  Photo of Anatoliy Tereshchuk

CRANE MEMORIAL CONCERT THIS FRIDAY: This annual concert fundraiser for Crane Memorial Scholarships to three graduating seniors each year begins Friday (May 27) at 7 p.m. and features students, faculty, alumni and staff performances. Tickets (at the door) are $5 for students and senior citizens; $7 for all others.

Principal Laurie Marvel has released the upcoming dates that are of importance to members of the senior class, and their families.

DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS, "ALL IN THE TIMING": The Gateway High School Drama club presents All in the Timing, five one-act comedies by David Ives at 8 p.m. on June 3 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

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.

CHESTER PTO THANKS PUBLIC! Chester PTO President Kate Forgue has announced that the recent spaghetti supper and event raffle, along with this month's calendar raffle, have raised $2800 for the PTO!

WELLNESS CENTER CLOSED ALL OF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: The Gateway Wellness Center will be closed on Saturday, May 28 and  Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day weekend.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CAREER CHAT: The May Career Chat will be on environmental science and will feature John Niedzielski. This will be held during lunch on Thursday, May 26th in the High School Career Center. Students must sign up in the guidance office in advance.

GATORROO SCHEDULE CHANGE ANNOUNCED: The GatorRoo Music Festival will still be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 4th on Booster Field. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (not 8 p.m., as originally planned). More details in next week's Breaking News.

SENIOR NIGHTS FOR BASEBALL: The senior night (final home game and recognition of senior athletes) for baseball is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at 4 p.m. (Please check Gatorline--685-1111--for possible postponement if the weather is questionable).

SPED-PAC MEETING RESCHEDULED: The final Sped-PAC Meeting for this school year was postponed from April 12th to Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Career Center.


WHY IS IT CONFIDENTIAL? UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCHOOL'S LIMITS ON SHARING INFORMATION: At last week's meeting of the Gateway School Climate PAC (Parent Advisory Council), some discussion centered on why the parents of a victim or target of bullying are never informed of what happened to the bully. This has sometimes led parents to assume that nothing happened to the bully, which is untrue--even in cases that are not found to be bullying! The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center developed and posted a brochure for parents on what school officials CAN and CANNOT tell you under the law. Click here for the brochure.

  • GATORROO ADDING DANCE, CRAFTS AND GAMES!: The 2nd Annual GatorRoo Music Festival will be held from 1-7 p.m. (note new ending time), Saturday June 4th on Booster Field.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION FOR CURRENT FOURTH GRADERS: Your child is welcome to attend the orientation on June 1st, even if (s)he is not currently enrolled in a Gateway elementary school. Parent information night is June 9 (See complete article for details).
  • MAY AND JUNE CALENDAR NOTES: Find out about Memorial Day, graduation, and the last day of school for students.
  • LITTLEVILLE SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: The Littleville Elementary School Council will meet on Wednesday, May 25 at 4 p.m.
  • ANNUAL SPORTS BANQUET, HALL OF FAME REMINDERS: A reminder to all student athletes, coaches, families and fans: the Annual Sports Banquet will be Wednesday, June 1st from 6 -10 p.m. at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield. Also, nominations for the Gateway Athletic Hall of Fame close on May 20th.
  • AND SPEAKING OF SPORTS...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.
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AND EXPLORATION SUMMER CAMP: The Gateway Middle School After-School Program is offering a full day, four-week summer program to students who will be attending Gateway in grades 5, 6 and 7 in the 2011-12 school year. Click here for a pre-registration form.
  • 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!
  • ANNUAL TOWN MEETINGS: In addition to voting on next year's school budget, voters at this year's Annual Town Meetings will consider a proposal that would fix Gateway's "One Man, One Vote" issue. The link gives a list of the meeting dates by town.
  • MCAS TESTING IN MARCH, MAY AND JUNE: Testing has already begun for the annual Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) in all Gateway schools, affecting students from grade 3 and older.
  • 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 explains the next steps in the budget process, now that Montgomery became the third town to vote down the 2011-12 school budget and Version 2.0 is defeated. Read the entire column for details!

Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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