Gateway Gator Bites - May 13, 2022

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May 13, 2022

Dear Friends of Gateway:
It is so lovely to have this warm weather finally upon us! I have enjoyed seeing classes go outside to take advantage.

Relatedly, the district continues to see an increase in our COVID, Flu-A, and strep throat cases across the district.  As a reminder, the district is no longer facilitating contact tracing per the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The district is still following the recommended protocols. Masking continues to be optional, and individuals are encouraged to make a decision that makes sense for them.  It is important to continue to be diligent about staying home when sick to slow the spread of all communicable diseases, and to communicate with our school nurses so they can support keeping our schools a healthy and safe place to be! 

We welcome your comments and questions! Please reach out to your child’s school principal or Superintendent Smidy.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Click here to see the website calendar. Click here for the spring athletics schedule. 

This week: 

Mon. May 16 -  Chester Kindergarten Screenings

JV Baseball vs. Pioneer Valley Regional - 4 pm
JV Softball vs. Putnam - 4 pm

Tues. May 17 - HS Math MCAS, Grade 8 STE MCAS, Grade 5 STE MCAS 

Wed. May 18 - HS Math MCAS, Grade 8 STE MCAS, Grade 5 STE MCAS 

PreK Screenings

National Honor Society Induction

JV/Varsity Baseball at Pathfinder - JV at 5 pm, Varsity at 7:30

Thurs. May 19 - Senior Citizen Brunch and music concert, 9:15am at GPAC

JV/Varsity Baseball at WTA - JV at 5 pm, Varsity at 7

Fri. May 20 - PreK Screenings

HS Prom

LAST DAY FOR SUMMER PROGRAM SIGN UP!: Today is the last day to sign up for our enrichment summer programs! Please contact Martha Clark for the grade 5-10 summer program, Darlene Rehor for the Chester Title 1 Program, and Melinda Slowey for Littleville Wrap Around! 

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Because Martha Clark is shifting positions as announced in a previous edition of Gator Bites, the hiring committee recently conducted a search for a new Middle and High School Assistant Principal. I am pleased to share that Dr. William Sullivan accepted the position! Dr. Sullivan comes to Gateway after teaching middle school history in Longmeadow. He has a background in supporting students in specialized programs and is excited to join the team!

DUCK RACES: Please Help Support Gateway’s Class of 2025 on May 22nd

To the Craft/Vendor  @ Gateway

Paint A Duck and Race for a Prize.


$3 for only the duck And 1 race

$5 to paint the Duck and 2 races

$1 for 2 extra races

LITTLEVILLE CRAFT FAIR IS COMING: Littleville Elementary School’s Outdoor Craft and Vendor Fair - Sunday, May 22, 2022. 10:00am-3:00pm Come join us for a fun filled day! Events will include: crafts, vendors, silent auction, raffles plus baked potatoes, hot soups and a bake sale! Insert flyer

PROJECT 351 THANKS YOU!: The 2022 Project 351 ambassadors would like to thank the community for a successful clothing drive to support the Village Closet. We appreciate your generosity and kindness!

Hilltown Mobile Market: The goal of the Mobile Market is to increase food access in the Hilltowns, while decreasing the economic and transportation barriers that often stand in the way. We are working with 15 Hilltown producers and aggregating products like milk, cheese, meat, eggs, pantry items and produce, which is then delivered to 16 rural locations spread across the Hilltowns. We accept SNAP, HIP, WIC, Senior Coupons, and credit cards.

If you would like more information feel free to ask or visit our website

Tops and Bottoms: The Hilltown Family Center and the Huntington  Public Library invite families to a free, self guided StoryWalk next to the Huntington Public Library. This StoryWalk complements a library program on Healthy Gardening and Soil.  Families are invited to come at their leisure and  walk and read the StoryWalk. In this funny Caldecott  Honor–winning fairy-tale  retelling by Janet Stevens, wily Hare solves  his family’s problems by  tricking rich and lazy Bear into giving up half his crops.” 

Gateway Education Foundation Event! Trivia Night on May 14!

Save the date for a night of trivia and fun! All proceeds will benefit the Gateway Education Foundation. The event will be held at Strathmore Park in Russell. Music from 4-5pm and trivia begins at 5! Tickets are $20 per person or $175 for a table that can hold a team up to 12. The link to purchase tickets is here.


There are lots of exciting events coming up, so save the date!

  • Last day for seniors-May 27

  • Gateway Night at the StarFires Game is Tuesday, May 31.

  • Graduation is Friday, June 3.

  • Chester Step Up Day is also Friday, June 3.

  • Littleville Step Up Day is TBD.

  • Field Day at Chester June 7

  • Field Day at Littleville June 10

  • Last two days of school-half days- June 13 and 14

LOCAL AND STATEWIDE COVID DATA: The MA Department of Public Health puts out COVID data for our local towns and counties on their statewide data dashboard. COVID reports will also include school district information regarding positive cases and close contacts. 

This week’s COVID Report can be found here.

6TH GRADE ACADEMY INFORMATION Superintendent Smidy shared more information with 5th grade families regarding what they can expect with the 6th grade academy next year. You can view her letter to 5th grade families here.

FALL SPORTS SIGN-UPS: Fall sports sign-ups are open for cross country and soccer. If you have a student in grades 7-12 who is interested, visit and check under the athletics tab for more information.

BEST BUDDIES 5K: A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Best Buddies 5k. We had 170 individual people sign in, plus multiple middle school and elementary classes joined us which would bring our total to well over 200 people participating in this event!!  On top of that dozens of people were out cheering on our walkers. Half of our participants were able to complete the 5k (3.1 miles), with one student going on to complete a 10k (6.2 miles)!!!  You could see the pride and excitement when someone reached their individual goal.  It really was amazing to see all the different groups of students come together to achieve the same goal which is what Best Buddies is all about! 

STUDENT COMPETITION TO NAME OUR SUMMER PROGRAM!: Superintendent Smidy is looking for a student to name our new summer program! The winner will get four tickets to the Westfield Star Fires Game on Tuesday, May 31, AND will get to throw out the first pitch!  May 31 is Gateway Regional night, so save the date!

Submit ideas for names to Superintendent Smidy by emailing

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