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 “general information” on the district website). As always, your
feedback and suggestions are welcome.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Whoever
one is, and wherever one is, one is always in the wrong if one is rude.”
– Maurice Baring
COMING EVENTS: A schedule of activities
for the weeks ending April 16,
2009 and April
23, 2009 are now posted. (Items for this calendar should be submitted
at least two weeks ahead of time!)
Regional School Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 14 at
7:30 p.m. at Russell Elementary School. The Friends of Gateway
meet on the first Tuesday of the month, at 9:30 a.m. in the
Superintendent’s Office. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 6. We
welcome new members to this group, whose goals include improving communications,
parent involvement, and volunteerism in support of student achievement. The public is invited
and encouraged to attend all meetings.
TON OF FOOD, TON OF FUN: Students from Gateway
Jr. High School collected over a ton of food plus office and cleaning
supplies, pet toys and cash for Dakin.
volunteers with staff and adoptees from the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane
Society, with collected items.
SPRING BREAK: Spring vacation will be
April 19 – 23 for Gateway students. Read the complete article for
details on the Littleville Wrap Around Program, Gateway Wellness Center,
and some home sporting events that week.
DATES FOR CLASS OF 2010, PARENTS: Principal Kathleen McSweeney has announced the
following dates of important events coming up for the Class of 2010,
their parents, and other high school students.
ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB SEEKS ‘HALL OF FAME’ NOMINATIONS:
Gateway Athletic Booster Club is seeking nominations for the Athletic
Hall of Fame, which honors athletes, coaches and others who have made
significant contributions to Gateway as an athlete, coach or volunteer.
BAND BOOSTERS PLANT SALE: Members
of the Gateway grade 8 - 12 band are selling plants for Mother's Day. Click here for an order form. Orders and
money must be in by April 27. Please make checks payable to "Gateway
CALENDAR NOTES: The next two months are very busy for young children
and their parents. Read the complete article for up-to-date information.
UPCOMING SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETINGS: Principal Kathleen
McSweeney has announced that the School Councils for Gateway Regional
High School and Junior High School will meet next week. The high school
council will meet on April 12; the jr. high council on April 14. Both
meetings will be held from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Principal’s Conference
REMINDER ON SUMMER USE
Gateway schools and
facilities will not be available for outside groups this summer.
APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE: This section of Breaking
News will feature an outstanding accomplishment by a Gateway
student. This week, we recognize Gateway seniors Emma Long and Trevor
Hamel, selected by the Hampshire/Franklin County Referees for the
Hampshire County All-Star Basketball Teams. They played in the all-star
games at Frontier High School in March.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE
CLINIC FOR STAFF: The Gateway School-Based Health Center is holding a
free blood pressure screening for staff on Thursday, April 29th from
2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Dedicated
to helping Gateway parents raise strong, safe, healthy and
LATEST IN CYBER-BULLYING: “TROLLING”: According to Wikipedia,
a troll (in Internet slang) is “someone who posts inflammatory,
extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an
online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of
provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise
disrupting normal on-topic discussion.” In addition to general cyber
bullying, the latest examples of trolling involve people making hateful
comments to family members of people who have recently died. Multiple
reports on the suicide of South Hadley High School’s Phoebe Prince state
that the bullying continued posthumously, on a memorial Facebook page.
Are you KIDDING me? More information is available on the TODAY Show’s coverage on Trolling.
Information for parents on cyber-safety issues is in this online
Guidebook from wiredkids.org.
- ANNUAL ‘CABARET’ ON APRIL 9: Music fans, take note.
The Gateway Regional High School Music Department will hold its annual Cabaret
on Friday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.
Tickets, program details in the complete article.
COMMITTEE RESUMES “1 PERSON, 1 VOTE”: At its March 24 meeting
held at R. H. Conwell Elementary School, Attorney Fred Dupere affirmed
that the Gateway School Committee is out of compliance with “One Person,
One Vote” and outlined possible solutions to remedy this.
- RUSSELL, R. H. CONWELL AND LITTLEVILLE ORIENTATION DAY:
K – 4 from Russell and R. H. Conwell Elementary Schools will come to
Littleville on Wednesday, April 14 for a special concert and orientation
activities to bring the students and staff together. Another event will
take place this spring to bring Blandford and Chester students and
EDUCATION-PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS: The Gateway
Regional School District has formed a new Special Education - Parent
Advisory Council (Sped-PAC). The parent support group will meet on
Tuesday, April 6 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the High School Career Center.
The Sped-PAC will hold a meeting for business on Tuesday, April 13, 2010
from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the High School Career Center. All are welcome!
- ASVAB TEST ON APRIL 14: Juniors and seniors at
Gateway Regional High School can participate in the ASVAB (Armed
Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Career Exploration Assessment.
Interested students should see their counselor for more information
about the test and a permission slip, or call 413-685-1107 for
more information. The test includes a multiple-aptitude test battery, an
interest inventory and career planning tools designed to help students
explore potential careers. It will take 3 hours to complete and will
begin at 7:45 a.m. This is an optional test and parental permission must
be obtained by March 31.
- GATEWAY ATHLETIC BOOSTER
CLUB TO MEET: The Gateway Athletic Booster Club meeting will be held
Sunday, April 11th at Stanton Hall at 7 p.m. New members are actively
sought to help with fundraising for all Jr./Sr. High School sports.
Projects include working the concession stand for fall and winter
sports, senior night recognition during each sports season, organizing
the Annual Sports Banquet, managing the scholarship program for
graduating senior athletes and working on the Gateway Athletic Hall of
Fame selection process. If you can’t attend the meeting but are willing
to help, contact Deb Lariviere at 667-3121.
- BOOK YOUR SPORTS PHYSICAL
EARLY: Hilltown Community Health Centers is making a major
technology transition this summer. As a result, they will be booking
fewer appointments through the summer months. Any fall athlete who is a
patient of HCHC and needs a sports physical for the fall is urged to
book their appointment EARLY.
- SPRING SPORTS SCHEDULE ON
THE WEB: Looking for the softball or baseball sports schedule? Home games
are posted in each week’s On Schedule – The Week at a Glance. But
for the die hard gator fans who want to catch the away games as well,
go to www.highschoolsports.net
, enter our school name (or zip code 01050), and download the complete
- CHESTER SPAGHETTI SUPPER:
Chester Elementary PTO is hosting its annual Spaghetti Dinner on
Friday, April 9. Dinner will be served from 5 – 7 p.m. Adult tickets are
$7, and children ages 3 – 12 will be $5. All children under 3 are free.
The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, rolls, various
drinks, and cake for dessert. Students have assembled baskets to be
raffled off at the end of the dinner. Tickets will be available for
purchase. There will also be a gift card raffle. If you have any
questions, please call the school office at 685-1360.
- GATEWAY ATHLETIC BOOSTER
CLUB SCHOLARSHIP: The Gateway Athletic Booster Club Scholarship
applications are now available in the main office. Any graduating senior
who has participated in high school athletics is eligible. Completed
scholarships must be turned into the Gateway Athletic Director (Gary
St.Peter) by May 3rd.
- APRIL SCHOOL CALENDAR NOTES: The month of April
includes a holiday, an early release day and a week’s vacation for
SAFETY HOTLINE AT GATEWAY: As part of the
district’s ongoing commitment to school safety, a safety hotline is in
place for the Gateway Regional School District. In the final report
compiled by the US Secret Service, researchers found that in 81% of
instance of school violence studied, at least one person had information
that the attacker was planning the school attack. In nearly two thirds
of incidents, MORE THAN one person had information.
- FATHER/SON DUO LEADING
SCHOOL EFFORT FOR HAITI: Bob and Zach Archambault are challenging the
children and staff at R. H. Conwell Elementary School to collect spare
change for the Haiti Charity Hope Foundation. Items such as bandaids,
triple antibiotic ointment, toothpaste and soap are also being
collected. Bob and Zach will deliver items to Jack Hurley (their uncle)
who will travel to Haiti during April vacation. Donations accepted until
Monday, April 12, 2010.
COMMITTEE ADOPTS BUDGET: The Gateway Regional
School Committee voted 12-2 to adopt Version 1.1 of the budget for the
2010-11 school year, and defeated a motion to calculate town assessments
based on the regional agreement formula. See the entire budget and
budget presentations here.
SCHOOLS WILL CLOSE INTRA-DISTRICT SCHOOL CHOICE FOR 2010-11: Students will be assigned
to Littleville and
Chester Elementary Schools next fall on the basis of their town of
residence, so that staff and materials can be distributed in a planful
way for the fall.
SCHOOL START TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR 2010-11 SCHOOL YEAR: The Gateway Regional
School District voted to approve a change in school starting and ending
times for the 2010-11 school year, at its January 27 meeting. The changes were made in
accordance with recommendations from an independent transportation
audit, conducted by the Massachusetts Association of School Business
- SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL
SPORTS BANQUET: Students and parents who participate in Gateway
Jr./Sr. High School athletic programs: the Gateway Athletic Booster Club
has announced the date of the Annual Sports Banquet. This year, the
banquet will be held at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield on June 2.
Ticket information will be coming later in the school year. Please save
the date for this special event!
FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH: The application form is posted
to our website. If you need assistance, please contact John Bergeron or Diane
Meehan at 667-2203, who would be happy to help.
IN CLOSING, the Superintendent’s Corner for this week
This week, Dr. Hopson takes a closer look at the
2010-11 budget and the impact that elementary consolidation had on town
assessments. Read the entire column for details!
Have a wonderful week!