April 14, 2023
Upcoming Events at Gateway:
Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 21 - No School SPRING BREAK
- Chester's Art Walk at Hamilton Memorial Library in Chester
Wednesday, May 3 - Chester's Art Gala
Friday, May 5 - 6:00pm Gateway MS/HS play - The Bros. Grimm Spectaculathon
Saturday, May 6 - 1:00pm Gateway MS/HS play - The Bros. Grimm Spectaculathon
Saturday, May 13 - 5:00 TRIVIA NIGHT - a Gateway Education Foundation Fundraiser
Friday, May 26 - High School Prom
Friday, June 2 - High School GRADUATION
- GRMS and Littleville Elementary - the first and third Tuesday of the month.
- Chester Elementary - the first and third Wednesday of the month.
Mark Your Calendars!!!!
The Gateway Education Foundation is thrilled to invite you to our 2nd annual Trivia Night Fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, May 13th at Strathmore Park in Russell. Doors open at 4:00 PM. Trivia at 5:00 PM. There will be an exciting trivia competition, a penny social, a 50/50 auction, music and hysterical adult-style comedy by . Pack a picnic, bring your beverages of choice and join us for an adult night of fun.
Pre-paid Tickets are $25 each or get your friends and family together! Book a table of 8 for just $175!
We can’t wait to see you there!
Click: BUY TICKETS HERE! to purchase tickets.
All proceeds support the Funds for Learning (FFL) Program
Gateway Travel to and Speaks Before the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Gateway Explorers and Jr. Explorers Summer Camps are Full
After an overwhelmingly positive response to our summer programs, registration is closed and we are starting a wait list. This year's summer camp for Gateway students GOING INTO Kindergarten -9th grade NEXT YEAR will start on Monday, July 10th and go until Thursday, August 10th. This year camps will be five weeks with tons of summer fun at both the Jr. Explorers (going into K - 4th grade) and Explorers Camps (going into 5th -9th grades).
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is the theme of both our Jr Explorer’s and Explorers camps this summer.
Our Junior Explorers will be participating activities including: Board games, LEARNING to have fun, win or lose games, crafts, planting and gardening, science activities and outdoor games.
Our Explorers camp will include six different units of fun and exploration that students will participate in during their five weeks of camp. Units that students will be participating in are: Algae and Pond Study; Plants, Pollinators and Farm-to-Table; Fish, Fins and Tales; Wild about Art; Team Building; Race Cars and Recycling. Each unit will end with students completing a final project. The final project are:
1) A presentation about the health of the pond behind our school and an action plan to keep it free of algae bundles and any other things that they discover that are affecting the health of our pond,
2) The Gateway Garden Escape Walkway. Students will plan, design and build a second garden (behind our vegetable garden) that will consist of plants that attract pollinators and a walkway through the new pollinator garden. They will also plant, care for and harvest vegetables from our vegetable garden and donate them to the Chester Council on Aging for their Brown Bag Program.
3) Students will plan, design and create a prosthetic tail for a native species of fish in the Westfield River
4) Students will plan, design and create two large murals to go both the baseball dugout and softball dugout. The murals will have paintings of the types of plants and animals that live in and around the Westfield River
5) Each group of students will create a team building activity for the Jr. Explorers camp to participate in
6) Students will design, plan and create artwork as well as cars out of recycled materials
Gateway High School's Elm Futures Students Graduate!
See the picture to the right showing Ryan and Ethan successfully complete the final project: controlling a light with two (2) three-way switches and one (1) four-way switch.
Gateway Students Will Participate in the Westfield River Races Parade
On Saturday, April 22 at 2PM Littleville and Chester Elementary School students participated in special workshops where they learned about the fish, birds and mammals who live in the National Park Service designated Wild & Scenic Westfield River, created puppets of some of those animals and will be leading a parade at Stratmore park after the Wildwater Races on April 22. The event is part of the 68th running of the Westfield River Wildwater Races, the country's oldest whitewater kayak and canoe races..
All are welcome to watch the races which start in the center of Huntington at 11AM.
At 12pm, come to the River Celebration at Strathmore Park in Russell where the parade with our students and their puppets will start off the celebration of the races. At the celebration there will be three food checks, face painting, and live music by our own The 413's. If you have an elementary aged student(s) who might want participate in the parade and carry a fish puppet in the parade, please have them contact Littleville's teacher. Kristal Reingold at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20th.
Gateway high school students working in STEM paid internships in and around our Hilltowns
Thank you to all of our partner companies:
Town of Chester - Water Treatment Plant
Town of Huntington - Wastewater Plant
Town of Blandford - Water Treatment Plant
City of Westfield - Water Treatment Plant
Manufacturing Technology Group Inc - Westfield
Grader Auto - Westfield
Center City Auto - Westfield
Skyline Services, LLC - Westfield
ProAmpac - Westfield
Westfield Starfires - Westfield
Coming on board soon: Springfield Water Commission - Water Treatment Plant
Coming on board soon: Town of Chester - Municipal Government offices
Hydroponic Gardening System and Educational Programming at Chester
A bountiful partnership has blossomed between Chester Elementary School and our friends at Community Food Engine Farmstead(CFE Farmstead). We have been working closely with CFE’s head farmer, Jeremy, to plan and develop a cutting edge, sustainable hydroponic gardening system and educational program for our students in grades K-5 at Chester Elementary School. Our students will engage in science, technology, engineering, math, and agriculture as they use a newly developed software-based approach to successfully grow various types of plants by following step-by-step directions aligned specifically to our school based hydroponic systems. Hydroponic techniques have been around for hundreds of years, but designing hydroponic growing systems is at the forefront of agricultural technology and innovation currently. CFE’s head farmer, Jeremy, has been collaborating and educating our STEM teacher, Greg Baker, and building principal, Vanna Maffuccio, on hydroponic growing systems and food production. Last week, Jeremy and Greg constructed three hydroponic systems in our newly established agricultural learning space(168 plant capacity). We hope to inspire ingenuity, pride and sustainable growing practices within the next generation of food producers in our community. CFE has generously donated their time, expertise, and extra supplies/equipment for us to use in order to ensure the success of this project and program. I want to thank our friends at CFE for their deep rooted investment and for the vital role they’ve played in helping us successfully achieve our goal to expand agricultural learning experiences for students this school year at Chester Elementary School. Let’s grow!
Mark Your Calendars for this year's Drama Production!
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil's Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.
Chester: Through the Eyes of a Gateway Graduate and Budding Journalist
Written by: Gabriella Salvini
Celebrating the Hidden Gems of Chester
Growing up in Chester, I always felt that it was somewhat isolated from the surrounding
areas. Despite being only a short drive from other towns, few people seemed to know
much about Chester or its history. This always bothered me, as I felt that my hometown
had a lot to offer. So when I started studying journalism at the University of
Massachusetts - Amherst, I knew that I wanted to use my skills to help share Chester's
stories with the world.
One of the things that drew me to journalism was the power of storytelling. As a
journalist, I have the opportunity to share stories about people and events that might
otherwise go unnoticed. By highlighting these stories, I can help bring attention to
important issues and connect people with one another. I believe that this is especially
important in a small town like Chester, where community is everything. Despite its size,
Chester has a rich history and a unique character that sets it apart from other towns in
the area. From the old mills and factories that once powered the local economy to the
beautiful natural scenery that surrounds the town, there's a lot to love about Chester. But
unless you live there or have a personal connection to the town, you might never know
any of this.
That's why I'm so passionate about using journalism to share Chester's stories with the
world. Whether it's through a local newspaper, a website, or social media, I want to help
bring the history and character of my hometown to a wider audience. I want people to
know about the old train station that still stands in the center of town, the annual
Chester on Track festival that draws visitors from miles around, and the hardworking
people who keep the town running. But it's not just about sharing the positive aspects of
Chester. As a journalist, I also have a responsibility to report on important issues and
challenges facing the town. Whether it's a budget crisis, a controversial development
project, or a public health concern, I want to make sure that the people of Chester are
informed about what's happening in their community. By providing accurate and
unbiased reporting, I hope to help facilitate constructive conversations and bring about
Of course, journalism is not without its challenges. In an era of declining trust in the
media, it can be difficult to convince people to pay attention to local news. That's why I
believe that it's important to not only report on the news, but also to actively engage
with the community. I believe that by doing so, I can help make voices heard and
encourage people to stay informed and engaged. Journalism has the power to connect
people and bring about positive change, and I am eager to play my part in making that
happen. By highlighting the history, character, and challenges of my hometown, I hope to
help build a stronger, more informed, and more engaged community
It's Almost Time for Chester On Track '23
May 20, 2023 will mark the 33rd anniversary of Chester on Track. This awesome event will be held from 9am - 4pm. There will be a massive parade, Revolutionary War, CCC Camp and Irish railroad re-enactors, blacksmith demos, a train show, and a craft fair. The National Historic Landmark Chester Railroad Station will be open as well. Also happening during Chester on Track will be the garden tractor pulls, 'one-lug' steam & gas engine demos, a classic car show, the infamous duck race, a petting zoo and so much more!!! Live music will start at 11 at the Station will also be live streamed to You Tube and will be shown live on the Chester on Track site. The site includes all of the activities, shows, etc. for the day as well as other important information. Click here for the site: http://www.chesterontrack.com/
Gateway on the Fields - Come and help us cheer our players on
4:00 Tuesday, April 18 -Baseball v. High School of Science and Tech - HOME
4:00 Thursday, April 21 -Varsity Softball vs. Putnam - HOME
4:00 Monday, April 24 -Baseball vs. Putnam - HOME
- Varsity Softball vs Smith & JV Softball vs. Smith - HOME
4:00 Wednesday, April 26 -Baseball vs Springfield International Charter - HOME
- 4:30 -Varsity Softball vs. Monument Mt. & JV Softball vs Monument Mt. - AWSY
5:00 Friday, April 28 -Varsity Softball vs Lee & Jr. Varsity Softball vs Lee - HOME
Chester's Calendar Fundraiser is under way
Beware, it's Tick Season!
There's a SALE ! 🐊 Click on the picture to go to the Gator Store.
Middle School Memory Book on Sale Now
You can still purchase a Middle School Memory Book, the yearbook for our middle school. The cost is $13. Make checks payable to Gateway Regional School District and reserve your Memory Book today with Mrs. O'Malley.
It's kindergarten Screening Time for the 2023-24 School Year
Chester Elementary School: https://forms.gle/BQPwidUh8v3hwXUy7
Littleville Elementary School: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceUUHAO2IHxE8p4tEKsf4tAClkJrJlrlYbuKFyTeG4t7MgDQ/viewform
- Gateway Regional School District is looking for substitute teachers and nurses
- Gateway's Special Education Summer Camp is hiring for:
- Special Education Teachers: $50/hour (Sped and/or Early Childhood certified
- Special Education Paras: $25/hour
- Summer Camp Nurse
- Contact Kurt Garivaltis at 413-685-1019 if you are interested or for more information
- The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is hiring laborers at the treatment plant the reservoir and on Provin Mountain. The Commission runs a treatment plant on the Blandford/Westfield line and also manages property at Cobble Mountain reservoir and on Provin Mountain in Feeding Hills. They are currently hiring Labors at the treatment plant, the reservoir, and Provin. Often, people who are interested in getting into the water treatment industry start as Laborers while they are working on getting their treatment plant operator license. These are full time positions. To apply click here: https://waterandsewer.org/about-the-commission/careers/
What's Happening in our Community
Upcoming Russell Library Events:
Kids, Recycle, Repurpose, Reduce, Pre-Earth Day Program!
Saturday, April 15th, from 10:00 -12:00. Create table top composters using recycled materials
(you can bring your own 2 liter soda bottle) Build structures from repurposed cardboard (back by
popular demand). Read about ways to care for the Earth and reduce your footprint.
Open to everyone, no registration required
(Photo: Kids Cardboard Architecture)
Two April Vacation Events for Young People and Families:
Guided Group Drumming for Everyone with Ellen Klegg, “Drumming enhances wellness and creative expression in people of all ages. Open to people of all ages. Click here to see Ellen's Website. Register by email email@example.com, call 413-862-6221 and leave a message, or come in and sign
up at the library.
Thursday, April 20, 10:30 - 12:30 - Making Paper with Ms. Dawne. Stay with our theme of Recycle, Repurpose, Reduce and make new paper from recycled paper scraps. Open to people of all ages.
Register by email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 413-862-6221 and leave a message, or come in and sign up at the library.
Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 -11:30 AM - An Underwater World: Critters and Creatures in the Stream (AMC WMA Chapter Family Outings Event at the RP Library) Come splash in the stream behind the Russell Public Library for some Earth Day Family Fun! We will look for the creatures who live under the water at the river’s edge and investigate the many invertebrates from the brook with Sonya Vickers, former Science Teacher, naturalist and Springfield Naturalist Club board member. Families Welcome!
Register by email email@example.com, call 413-862-6221 and leave a message, or come in and sign up at the library.
Upcoming events at the Hilltown Family Center:
April 14th 10:00 - 12:00 The Forest Park Zoo's Wildlife on Wheels Program will be at the Hilltown Family Center during our free play-to-learn group. Come see the live animals, learn about all our programs, and socialize with others in our community.
Want to see what white water canoe/kayak racing is all about? Join the Westfield River Wildlife Committee for two race clinics this April. Build your skills and learn from experts on April 15th, 12:30 - 4PM. Bring your kayak or canoe to downtown Huntington, MA. Boats in the water just off the green bridge where Rte 112 meets Rte 20 near the DPW yard.
Past Gator Bites
Past Gator Bites
April 6: https://www.smore.com/e63ps
March 20: https://www.smore.com/92xwb
March 2: https://www.smore.com/fwybx
February 10: https://www.smore.com/3n2tj
February 3: https://www.smore.com/ubjsq
January 9: https://www.smore.com/mu6h0
December 19: https://www.smore.com/hm943
December 7: https://www.smore.com/5yn3t
November 29: https://www.smore.com/4zs6ax
November 14: https://www.smore.com/u49t2
November 7: https://www.smore.com/mb78uOctober 26: https://www.smore.com/gmqb5
October 19: https://www.smore.com/w2fk5
October 10: https://www.smore.com/m9uke
October 3: https://www.smore.com/pnds3
September 23: https://www.smore.com/q0x4c
September 16: https://www.smore.com/bkwp3
September 9: https://www.smore.com/uyc4m
September 1: https://www.smore.com/vu28z
August 25: https://www.smore.com/k2jehc
Chester Elementary School:
Principal Vanna Maffuccio firstname.lastname@example.org
Littleville Elementary School:
Interim Principal Mark Folta mailto:email@example.com
Middle School/High School:
Principal Jason Finnie firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal Will Sullivan email@example.com
Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant firstname.lastname@example.org
Superintendent Kristen Smidy, email@example.com
Gateway Regional School District
Location: 12 Littleville Road, Huntington, MA, USA