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June 12, 2019


Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is the final issue of Breaking News -- the e-newsletter of the Gateway Regional School District-- for the 2018-19 school year . We are always looking for feedback and ideas to improve the newsletter, so please feel free to contact us!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • Wednesday, June 12: LAST DAY, Half-Day for students; Littleville Wrap Around open to 6 p.m.; Gateway Regional School Committee Meeting, 7 p.m. in MS Rooms 112/114, public welcome;
  • Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14: Littleville Wrap Around Closed
  • Monday, June 17: Littleville Wrap Around Re-opens for the Summer, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for nine weeks (ending August 16, and closed on July 4th & 5th); click this link for the registration materials;
  • Thursday, August 22: Fall Sports Tryouts Begin; (please register in advance);
  • Monday, August 26: Staff Return
  • Wednesday, August 28: Schools Reopen for Students

SCHOOL COMMITTEE:  The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 in MS Rooms 112/114. Agenda items include a presentation from the Food Services Program; a request for a Disney Trip by the Class of 2021; Continued meetings in facilitated discussions with MARS; a motion to participate in the National School Lunch Program; Policy updates; Approval of “final” Regional Agreement; FY ’19 budget transfers; Summer/Fall FY’20 Grant Approvals; public communications discussion; and the FY’19 Superintendent’s Evaluation. The public is welcome to attend.  Click here to see the line item budget for the 2019-20 school year. 

BUDGET UPDATE: Chester (passing the alternative assessment) and Russell (passing the statutory assessment) at their annual town meetings on Monday, June 10. We now have 4 towns that have passed the alternative method (which requires all 6 towns to pass) and 2 towns that have passed the statutory amounts. Four of our towns (Blandford, Huntington, Montgomery and Russell) have passed assessment amounts equal to, or greater than, the statutory assessment amount so we do have a budget, but it does not protect the towns from swings in assessments caused by students moving in or out of towns. Two towns (Chester and Middlefield) would need to vote new assessment amounts under the statutory method. This will be discussed at tonight’s School Committee meeting.

Sal, Golden and ValHOLMES, AUSTIN AND ROCK TAKE TOP AWARDS AT GRHS: Seniors Kilee Holmes, Robert Austin and Margaret Rock took Gateway’s top 3 awards at the senior awards ceremony at Gateway Regional High School on Wednesday, June 5. Holmes was named Valedictorian, Austin is Salutatorian, and Rock won the Golden Achievement Award, Gateway’s most prestigious honor. Click here for a complete listing of senior awards.

GATEWAY GRADUATES 42 ON BOOSTER FIELD: Principal Jason Finnie led the commencement exercises on Booster Field in a ceremony marked by poignancy and humor. Class advisors Jean Garriepy, who retires this month after 51 years at Gateway, and Susan Borsella led the graduates onto Booster Field with Marshalls Ava Auclair and Nick Herman. Speeches were given by Class President Jessica Garriepy, Salutatorian Robert Austin, Valedictorian Kilee Holmes, and Retiring Teacher Dan Shea delivering the keynote address. Among the musical performances of the event, perhaps the most moving was the “Tinted Shades” performing Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye) to honor Jean Garriepy. This week’s photo gallery of the week contains images with photos by Gateway junior Chloe McLeod.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EIGHTH GRADE AWARDS AND TRANSITION: The final half-day of school featured an assembly to honor the Gateway eighth grade as they move on to high school in the fall.

TEARFUL SEND-OFFS INCLUDE STAFF: Throughout the final half-week, special send-offs for retiring staff were held at the elementary schools, including field days that honored retiring PE Teacher Tim Gamble, and a school wide gathering on the last day to surprise retiring parprofessional Christine Craig.

2019 YEARBOOKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE: High School Yearbooks are $60 each and will be sold until all are gone. They will be available at Gateway lunches, spring fling and graduation, but the longer you wait the riskier it gets! Checks should be payable to GRSD. Please email if you have questions.

FALL SPORTS SIGN-UPS ARE NOW OPEN: Gateway Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant has announced that the online registration link for fall sports at Gateway Regional High School (open to students entering grades 6 – 12) is now open. Tryouts will begin on Thursday, August 22.


3 WAYS TO PREVENT THE DREADED “SUMMER SLIDE”: As mentioned in this week’s Superintendent’s Corner, children can lose a lot of academic progress over the summer. But there are ways to slow or prevent this (“summer slide”) and have them ready for the start of school on August 28!  






IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted.This week, Dr. Hopson reflects on the challenges and promise of the Class of 2019. Read the complete column for more information.

Have a great week!

Wendy V. Long, Editor

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