BN - October 27, 2010

October 27, 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 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: "There is such a thing as perfection and our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth." - Richard Bach

UPCOMING MEETINGS: The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27 at Chester Elementary School. Agenda items include a presentation on the process of forming a union school. The public is welcome to attend School Committee meetings, as an important way to learn more about how the district operates. 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 typically holds their meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the Superintendent's Office. Due to a conflict in schedule, the next meeting will be Tuesday, November 9th. New members are welcome to join this group, which supports district communications and volunteers.

PERFECT!: Principal Laurie Marvel announced the two students from Gateway Regional High School who earned Perfect MCAS scores last spring, and the twenty seniors winning Adams Scholarships, at a schoolwide assembly last week.

Sophomore Kimberly Bolduc and Junior Dan Slowick scored a perfect 280 in last spring's MCAS exams.
Kim Bolduc and Dan Slowick 

NATIONAL BUS SAFETY WEEK AT LITTLEVILLE: Bus drivers gave Littleville Kindergartners a special lesson on bus safety last week, as part of National Bus Safety Week.

CHESTER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Read the complete article for listing, photo of October Students of the Month at Chester Elementary School.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING/PAPER SHREDDING FOR COMMUNITY: The Gateway administration is sponsoring this special service for the community, as a fundraiser to support the student activities account. Student groups will be holding additional fundraisers and collections--bring the extra coats down too! Great opportunity to clean out your basement and closets before the holidays! Details in the complete article.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: The Gateway Sped-PAC Parent Support Group will meet in the high school Career Center from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2nd.

LITTLEVILLE SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: The Littleville School Council will meet on Wednesday, November 3 at 4 p.m. in the school library.

SBHC HAS FLU VACCINE FOR STUDENTS AT HIGH RISK: The Gateway School-Based Health Center has a limited amount of injectable flu vaccine available for students in grades 5 - 12 who have high risk medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or other chronic conditions. Students and parents/guardians who are interested can schedule an appointment with June Tanski (667-0142 ext. 1).

UPCOMING COLLEGE REP VISITS FOR HIGH SCHOOL: Wheaton College, 1 p.m. on October 28. Eastern University on 11/2 at 1 p.m.; University of New England on 11/4 at 7:30 a.m. This schedule is subject to change and students should check frequently for additions. Students should sign up in the Guidance Office in advance.

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

NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK: Last week marked National School Bus Safety Week, with the theme "Cross In View, Its The Thing To Do"--meaning that students should make eye contact with their bus driver and wait for a thumbs up, before crossing the street to board the bus. Click here for more bus safety tips from the National Association of School Psychologists.


  • CINDY BOYLE TO WORK WITH STUDENTS, STAFF AND PARENTS AT GATEWAY THIS MONTH: Well-known for her work with youth and organizations around Internet safety and bullying, Cindy Boyle will be at Gateway Regional Middle School, Jr. High and High School for three days next week. In addition to visiting 5th, 7th and 11th grade classrooms, Ms. Boyle will hold a special after school workshop for staff and parents/guardians.
  • PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ON NOVEMBER 1ST: All schools in the Gateway Regional School District will be closed on Monday, November 1st for Parent Teacher Conferences. Details in the complete article.
  • ANNUAL HALLOWEEN DANCE AT CHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Chester Elementary School students are urged to put on their coolest Halloween costume, and parents are invited to help at this annual FUNdraiser.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL NOTES: Picture retakes for 5th and 6th grade students will be Wednesday, October 27. A special "Boo Bash" after school event will be held from 2 - 5 on Friday, October 29th and will include an open gym and movie.
  • JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO RETAKES: Grynn & Barrett will return on October 27 to photograph students who were absent on Picture Day, along with any student who wishes a retake of their package. If you are having a retake, you MUST return the entire package (with no photos missing) to the photograph on the 27th. Please sign up in the office for retakes, and you will be called out of class at the appropriate time.
  • SENIOR NIGHTS: The remaining sports teams are scheduled to have their "Senior Nights" as follows: Gymnastics on October 27 in a tri-meet against Agawam and Minnechaug High Schools; and  Girls Soccer on October 28 at 6 p.m. against Ware High School. Senior nights are usually held on the final home event of each season, and include a brief recognition of the senior athletes on the team.
  • OCTOBER SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS: This article has more information about this month's school committee meetings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson outlines some upcoming events in November and invites the public to participate. Read the entire column for details!

Have a wonderful week!

                                                                                         Wendy V. Long, Editor


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