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: “It takes 20 years of
hard work to become an overnight success.” – Diana Rankin
COMING EVENTS: A schedule of activities
for the week ending May 28,
2010 is now posted. (Items for this calendar should be submitted at least
two weeks ahead of time!)
If you missed the
May 12th School Committee meeting, you missed the school committee’s
approval of the last day of school as June 23rd, and the final three
days of school (6/21 – 6/23) as half-days, along with updates on the
budget, one person, one vote options, and the elementary transition
communications committee. The Gateway Regional School Committee will
meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 at Montgomery Town Hall. 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,
June 8. 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
“NIGHT OF MUSIC” -- CRANE MEMORIAL CONCERT ON MAY
28: The Eighth Annual “Night of Music” fundraiser for the Crane
Memorial Scholarship will be held on Friday, May 28th at 7 p.m. in the
Gateway Performing Arts Center. Students, faculty, alumni and staff will
perform a variety of music including bluegrass, folk and classic rock,
for this scholarship fundraiser.SAVE
THE DATE FOR EVENT ON THE ‘STATE OF HEALTH AND SAFETY’ IN GATEWAY
SCHOOLS: Parents and community
members are invited to a special event on the state of school health and
safety at Gateway on June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts
IS OFFERING SUMMER ACADEMIC HELP: Students in grades 5
through 12 are invited to attend Gateway’s annual Summer Academic
Support Program, which helps students prepare for MCAS exams and retests
in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science and
Technology/Engineering. Don’t worry – it’s fun, too!
SCHEDULE SPORTS AND CAMP PHYSICALS SOON! Parents/guardians
of students at the Gateway complexwho need a physical for summer camp
or fall sports, are advised to call June Tanski at 667-0142 to schedule
an appointment if they wish to use the Gateway School-Based Health
Center. Appointments will book up quickly and school ends on June 23.
SPORTS BANQUET TICKET DEADLINE IS MAY 22: A reminder to all
Gateway athletes, coaches and parents that tickets for the annual Sports
Banquet must be purchased by May 22nd. More details in the complete
article; students may also see Liz or Joe Simonowicz in school to
MIDDLE SCHOOL TERM THREE EFFORT AWARDS: Principal Todd Gazda has
announced the Excellent and Good Effort Awards for the third marking
period of the school year.
PRESCHOOL SLOTS ARE FILLED FOR SEPTEMBER: Slots for Gateway’s
integrated preschool program have been filled for the 2010-11 school
year. Read the complete article for information on the process of
filling preschool slots.
OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway parents raise strong,
safe, healthy and high-achieving kids!
COMMUNITY EVENTS PAGE: Did
you know that we have a community events page on the Gateway website?
To check out things that are going on in the Gateway hilltowns, click here.
HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION MAY 25: Sixth grade students and
their parents/guardians are invited to an orientation to Gateway Jr.
High School on Tuesday, May 25 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gateway Performing
IN BUSING TO DAYCARE FOR 2010-11 SCHOOL YEAR: Effective September
2010, there will be a change in the district’s transportation policy for
daycare. In past years, a student could either be picked up or dropped
off at a daycare provider different days of the week. Now with a
reduction in buses and a recommendation from a transportation study
group conducted in November, the daycare policy will have to be
consistent Monday-Friday, 5 days a week in the morning and/or afternoon.
This was also a suggestion of a transportation audit that was conducted
in November 2009. Buses will no longer be making unscheduled stops
along their route to drop off students at a different location along
their route. (If a student were going to an address at 14 Littleville
Rd but the bus stops at 16 Littleville Rd, then the student would be
dropped off at the 16 Littleville Rd location.) Click
here for a copy of the daycare
request form, which will be available on the Gateway Website. Daycare
forms should be returned to the school secretary before the close of
school ON June 4.
- MCAS TESTING CONTINUES IN
MAY AND JUNE: Students in grades 3 – 10 will continue taking MCAS
Exams in May, with two sessions of mathematics testing for students in
grades 3 – 8; and with two sessions of science and
technology/engineering testing for students in grades 5 and 8. For
students in grade 10, mathematics testing will take place on May 17 and
18. High school students will also have science and
technology/engineering testing on June 2 and 3. Students and parents are
reminded that getting a good night’s sleep and eating a good breakfast
can help boost student performance.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN MAY: The Gateway Regional
School Committee will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in May.
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.
CALENDAR NOTES: The next two months are
very busy for young children and their parents. Read the complete
article for up-to-date information.
- REMINDER ON SUMMER USE
Gateway schools and
facilities will not be available for outside groups this summer.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
Superintendent’s Corner for this week
is now posted. In this
week’s column, Dr. Hopson announces changes in administration for the
high school and jr. high school, as Principal Kathleen McSweeney departs
to lead a large high school in Eastern Massachusetts. Read the entire
column for details!
Have a wonderful week!