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March 5, 2021

Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is your latest issue of Breaking News for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Quote of the week: “Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game.” ~ Babe Ruth

PARENT SURVEY INFO: A survey was sent out and posted on the Gateway website under reopening updates asking for information from parents on their intentions when school returns to full in-person learning. You may access the survey here

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Gateway Regional School District has announced their finalists for the superintendent position. Current superintendent David Hopson will be retiring following the 2020-21 school year. The four finalists selected by the Gateway search committee are as follows:

  • Gina E Flanagan - West Suffield, CT, Principal East Longmeadow High School (2020), currently attending Harvard's School Leadership & Management Program

  • William Bazyk - Manchester, VT, Superintendent, Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union

  • Kristen Smidy - Westfield, MA, Principal, Hampshire Regional

  • Kurt Garivaltis - Pittsfield, MA, Pupil Services Director, Gateway Regional

SUPERINTENDENT PUBLIC FORUM INFO: The first interview each evening is planned for community members and town officials that are not parents in the district with the second interview each evening set aside for parents and students. There will be a short opening statement by each candidate, a brief set of common questions, and then a period of open discussion. The sessions will be recorded and each attendee will be asked to complete a form related to their thoughts on the candidate. The recordings and a summary of the responses will be shared with the school committee. Each session will last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Monday, March 8th at 6 pm -
Monday, March 8th at 7:30 pm -

Thursday, March 11th at 6 pm -
Thursday, March 11th at 7:30 pm -

Monday, March 15th at 6 pm -
Monday, March 15th at 7:30 pm -

Thursday, March 18th at 6 pm -
Thursday, March 18th at 7:30 pm -

KINDERGARTEN 2021-2022 INFORMATION: If you or someone you know has a child turning age 5 before September 1, 2021 please contact our elementary schools for more information and to register for kindergarten screening taking place in May. Blandford, Middlefield and Chester residents, contact Chester Elementary at 685-1360. Residents of Huntington, Russell, and Montgomery, contact Littleville Elementary at 685-1300.

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD: Congratulations to fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Millin!! Mrs. Millin has been selected as the 2020-2021 Harold Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for Gateway Regional School District. Mrs. Millin was surprised this morning by a visit from Principal Coburn where she was presented her selection letter. If you see her around, make sure to congratulate her!

McMillan Award McMillin and Coburn

GATEWAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION UPDATE: The Gateway Education Foundation offers opportunities for grant funding through its Funds for Learning program. The aim of this program is to provide meaningful educational opportunities for students in the Gateway district. The GEF board recently approved two new grant-funded projects. The first will allow Gateway students to participate in a virtual workshop featuring the cast and music director of the Broadway show Hamilton. For the second project, the GEF will purchase a subscription to Scholastic for approximately 55 second-grade students. Students will learn about various topics in science and social studies by reading Scholastic News. Each student will then be able to choose a book to take home with them at the end of the year.

SECOND QUARTER HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL: Congratulations to the students who were named to the honor roll for the second quarter. In accordance with the student handbook, honor roll status is granted to students with high academic achievement for a marking quarter. First honors are awarded to students who receive A’s in all courses taken. Second honors are awarded to students who receive a minimum of two A’s and receive B’s in all other courses taken. Third honors are granted to students who receive a minimum of one A, with B’s and no more than one C in all courses taken. Click here for the full list of honorees. 

LITTLEVILLE READ BOWL STATE CHAMPIONS: Mrs. Bak’s Third Grade students at Littleville Elementary has participated in Share the Magic Foundation’s READBowl, a global reading competition for Pre-K through 8th grade students, designed to inspire students to read and provide teachers with a platform to motivate students to increase reading minutes.  Click here for the full release. They also were named the READBowl State Champions and will receive 10 free books. Congratulations!

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS: For those looking at their future beyond high school, here is a video for College Board with virtual college fairs to get information about multiple colleges from college admissions officers and current college students plus connect with college planning experts to help you take action on key steps to college. 

GATOR STORE PROMOTION: The Gator Store is offering 20% off on your Sideline Store purchase of $80 or more using code MARCH21! The below promotion is good for the entire month of March. This will end on 3/31/21 at 11:59 P.M. EST. Start shopping here

EBT BENEFITS: P-EBT benefits will be extended through the rest of this school year. If your student qualifies for Free or Reduced meals under the National School Lunch Program, then they would qualify to receive this extra financial help each month in the form of a P-EBT card. If you have not received this card, it may mean that your family does not qualify. This year the USDA extended free meals to all, but this may not necessarily qualify a family for this extra financial help. If you have not been receiving this P-EBT card and you feel your family would qualify, please contact Tasha Hartley at or call (413) 685-1005. You may also send in a Free/Reduced meal application if you feel you would qualify through income. Families who qualify through income will be sent a notification letter by email or USPS as soon as possible. 

LITTLEVILLE & CHESTER PARENTS: A friendly reminder that parents of students in grades 3-6 can view your child’s grades anytime using the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal provides families with easy access to student grades and information that is updated weekly by teachers. If you have not set-up your log-in information please contact Tammy Paiva at

VOCATIONAL APPLICATIONS: Parents and guardians of students living in the Gateway Regional School District are advised that applications are now available for students interested in applying to Smith Vocational or Westfield Technical Academy for the 2021-22 school year. Families should contact Mr. Romani at for further information regarding the application process. Please be aware that all application materials must be received by Gateway Regional School District no later than March 1st, 2021.

GATEWAY FOOD SERVICES UPDATE: We will continue curbside meals to go pickup every Tuesday & Friday from 2pm-6pm. Please sign up EVERY Monday for both Tuesday & Friday pick ups.  Every Tuesday, meals will be provided for Wed/Thurs/Friday remote learning from home. Every Friday, meals will be provided for Mon/Tues/Wednesday remote learning from home. Families who have selected Full Remote Learning will need to come on both Tuesday and Friday to pick up meals for the other days of the week. CURBSIDE MEALS TO GO SURVEY LINK-

Inclement weather - In the case of inclement weather falling on a Tuesday or Friday and school is changed to a Remote Learning day, Curbside Meals to Go will not be available. Food Services would like to ensure that, not only staff, but our Gateway families stay safe.

INCLEMENT WEATHER (SNOW DAY) FAQ’S: If an ‘in-person’ school day needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather, the district will be moving to a “Remote Snow Day” where staff will teach all students remotely (a replacement to our Blizzard Bags). 



CURRENT SCHOOL CALENDAR: Key dates for phased return to hybrid in-person can be found on page 19 of the Full Reopening Plan here.


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