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: “To give
without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.” – Anne
COMING EVENTS: A schedule of activities
for the week ending March
27, 2010 is now posted. (Items for this calendar
should be submitted at least two weeks ahead of time!)
UPCOMING MEETINGS: If you missed last week’s
meeting of the Gateway Regional School District, you missed field trip
approvals, a discussion and vote on adopting Version 1.1 of the budget,
and approval of the Superintendent’s trip to attend the National School
Business Managers Annual Meeting in Florida, and reconsideration of
eliminated bus routes. The Gateway Regional School Committee will
meet on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at R. H. Conwell Elementary
School. The Friends of Gateway meets 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
goals include improving communications, parent involvement, and
volunteerism in support of student achievement. The public is invited
and encouraged to attend all meetings.
JOANNE BLOCKER TO BECOME DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS: Dr. David B. Hopson has
announced the appointment of Elementary Principal Joanne Blocker to the
position of Director of Academics for the 2010-11 school year.
will have district-wide responsibilities starting July 1st.
VOLUNTEERS TREATED TO DINNER: About 140 Gateway
volunteers and family members attended the 6th Annual Volunteer
Appreciation Dinner on March 11. This year’s theme was “Together We
“HOOPS FOR HEART” FUNDRAISER ON MARCH 25: Organizers hope to top
the $2800 that was raised for the American Heart Association last year.SCHOOL
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.
TESTING BEGINS THIS WEEK: Parents are reminded
that students who have a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast can do
their best on the MCAS tests.
NEW SCHOOL, NEW MISSION (STATEMENT): Students from Gateway
Jr. High School joined their principal to present the school’s newly
formed mission statement to the Gateway Regional School Committee at its
March 3rd meeting.
KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: Details in the complete
article; contact Julia Guazzo at 685-1360 (ext. 1121) or email her at email@example.com for an
SHOW ON MARCH 26: High school students are
preparing acts that feature instrumental and vocal music, dance and
comedy routines as part of a fun evening designed to raise money for the
STUDENTS CONTINUE COLLECTION FOR DAKIN: Last
from Gateway Middle School and Jr. High School launched a community
service project to benefit the animals cared for by the Dakin Animal
APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE!: This section of Breaking News will
feature an outstanding accomplishment by a Gateway student. This week, we recognize
Gateway senior Kirsten Huff, who won her fourth straight individual
title at the Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference (PVIAC)
ski race last month. She is the first girl to win four consecutive
titles. Huff took second in the state championship race in March.
AND FROGS AT RHC: Students at RH Conwell Elementary School jumped rope,
jumped like frogs and bunnies, and saw how far they could jump in a
fundraiser for the American Heart Association. School nurse Cynthia
Roberts led the children in jumping during health class the week of
March 1st. It was great fun and $366 was raised for the American Heart
SPAGHETTI SUPPER REMINDER: If you like spaghetti and want to support a
local elementary school, please join us for a benefit dinner! The
Blandford Elementary PTO will hold a spaghetti supper at the school on
Saturday, March 20 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($6 for adults and $4 for
children 5 to 12 years old) may be purchased at the door. Children under
age 5 are free. Profits from the dinner will be used for field day and
enrichment programs for Blandford students. This is a fun, community
event so bring your neighbors and friends to enjoy good food and to
socialize. As in the past, the dinner will be prepared by caterer Staci
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway
parents raise strong, safe, healthy and
TAKING TIPS: It's that time of year again! Whether you are
gearing up for the SAT’s, an AP Exam or the upcoming MCAS, the Teacher Vision website has some great tips
and strategies for doing your best.
- GATOR GRINS RETURNING TO
LITTLEVILLE THIS MONTH: The Gator Grins school-based dental services
program will return to Littleville Elementary School this month. They
will continue to treat students enrolled in the program, and complete
their bi-annual cleanings and exams. If your child is not currently
served by Gator Grins and you want to enroll, please get a packet in the
school office. Contact Kiirsten Cooper at 667-3009 ext. 239 or email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you have questions.
- EARLY COLLEGE PLANNING
NIGHT: The Gateway High School Guidance Department is hosting a workshop
for 9th and 10th graders and their parents/guardians. This night will
be held on Thursday, March 25 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing
Arts Center. Topics may include: college options, college entrance
testing, the college search, financial aid, college visits, and getting
organized for all of it! The time to start making decisions about life
after GRHS will be here before you know it!
- SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN MARCH: The Gateway Regional
School Committee will have three meetings in March, and will hold two of
those meetings away from the Gateway complex.
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.
SCHOOLS UNAVAILABLE FOR OUTSIDE GROUPS THIS SUMMER:
schools (Littleville, Chester and the 5 - 12 complex) and facilities
will not be available to outside groups this summer.
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
- ELEMENTARY TRANSITION
UPDATES: Transition planning is now underway regarding the consolidation
of Gateway elementary schools. Details will be announced as they occur,
and we are building a new website for parents, staff and community
members. Information will also be announced in Breaking News each week,
so please encourage every elementary parent you know to subscribe!
Please email subscription requests to email@example.com.
- 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
week, Dr. Hopson answers a frequently asked question: why doesn’t
Gateway’s budget go down as the number of students we serve declines?
Read the entire column for details!
Have a wonderful week!