May 12, 2023
Upcoming Events at Gateway:
Saturday, May 20 - Chester on Track - 7th - 12th grade band will be marching in the parade
Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26 - Pre Kindergarten Screening (see below for details)
Friday, May 26 - High School Prom
Monday, May 29 - Blandford Memorial Day Parade - 7th - 12th grade band will be marching in the parades
Tuesday, May 30th 6:30-8:30 - Gators 2022-23 Sports Banquet. The banquet will be held in the GRHS cafeteria and more details will be coming out soon. Please send sports photos to the Gateway Athletics Booster Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, June 2 - High School GRADUATION
Sunday, June 11 5:00pm - Gateway Night at the Westfield Starfires Baseball Games - Come to the game at Bullens Field in Westfield on June 11th to celebrate the end of the year at Gateway Night!! Tickets are $10. Use the QR code above to purchase your tickets in advance. Our band will be playing, our chorus will be singing, there will be lawn games between innings for the kids and our baseball and softball teams will be with the Starfires team during the National Anthem.
- Band parents, please use this link to let us know if your child will be coming and participating in this fun event. Their entrance fee is covered by a grant. Link: https://forms.gle/sk1WGrZfRDf12rcXA
- GRMS and Littleville Elementary - the first and third Wednesday of the month.
- Chester Elementary - the first and third Tuesday of the month.
Congratulations to our 8th grade students who have been accepted into our Chapter 74 Vocational programs for High School!!
Congratulations to the following students:
Metal Fabrication and Joint Technology (Welding)
Early Childhood Education and Care
Students in our Early Childhood Education and Care program will graduate with their Preschool Teacher Certification, college credits, First Aid as well as CPR Certifications and many hours of experience working in preschool/elementary classrooms.
Starting with the 2024 graduating class, students in our Metal Fabrication and Joint Technology program will graduate with all of the skills from the American Welding Society requirements for high school students, their 10-hour OSHA Certification, their AWS safety certification, as well as many hours of designing, welding and reading blue prints in order to complete projects.
High School Post Secondary Planning Night Workshop Coming Soon
Our high school counselors will be holding a Post Secondary Planning Night workshop for students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade and their parents/guardians on Wednesday, May 24th, starting at 6:00pm. The meeting will take place in the distance learning center across from the main office. We will be discussing topics regarding creating a list of colleges, the college application process, financial aid, SAT/ACT information, personal essays, teacher recommendations and college visits. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 413 685 1108. See you there!
District Bullying Plan Approved
A workshop for parents, family members, neighbors and anyone interested:
PreSchool Screening Time
All parents interested in Pre School at Gateway for their child(ren)Screening, must sign their child(ren) up for screening. Screenings will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023: Appointments every 45 minutes between 9:15-11:30 & 12:45-3:00 and on Friday, May 26, 2023: Appointments every 45 minutes between 9:15-11:30. All screenings will take place at Chester Elementary School. To sign up please contact Stephanie Conway in the Pupil Services Office at 685-1017 between Monday, May 1, 2023 and Wednesday, May 10, 2023. NO EARLY CALLS PLEASE.
All children interested in enrolling in any of Gateway’s Integrated Preschool Programs must participate in preschool screenings as part of the registration process to be considered for a peer partner slot.
Mask Mandate for Health Offices Ends
From the Director of School Health Services for DPH:
The federal and state public health emergencies will end on May 11. What this means for school health offices:
• Isolation and quarantine guidance for COVID-19 will not change and will be in
accordance with previously issued state "Guidance for Children and Staff in Child Care,
K-12, Out-of-School Time and Recreational Camp/Program Settings."
• Facemasks will no longer be routinely required in school health offices.
• Facemasks in licensed school-based health centers are subject to Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services regulation, which is based on the Centers for Disease Control’s
"Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel
During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic" guidance.
• School health staff should continue to use appropriate PPE for management of known or
suspected cases of COVID-19, including where healthcare personnel perform testing.
There's a sale on Gateway Spirit wear!!!
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/. There is also information attached below.
Gateway on the Fields - Come and help us cheer our players on
Tuesday, May 16 - 4:00pm Junior Varsity Baseball vs. Westfield Tech - AWAY
Wednesday, May 17 - 4:00pm Junior Varsity Softball vs. Westfield Tech - HOME
Thursday, May 18 - 4:00pm Junior Varsity Softball vs. Granby - AWAY
- 4:00pm Varsity Baseball vs. School of Commerce - AWAY
Wednesday, May 10th Senior Night for Varsity Baseball and Softball packed our stands!
Thank you to our entire community for coming out for the Senior Night Games for both our Varsity Baseball Team and our Varsity Softball Team. The stands were packed and we were all able to cheer our teams, and especially our seniors, on!
Congratulations to our senior players:
Baseball: Dominic Lucia, Jacob Tester, Liam Bowler, Zander Hicks, Rylie Heeter and Owen Przybyla
Softball: Olivia Dame and Olivia Kanner
All-Sport Banquet Coming Soon - RSVP Today🙂
The Gateway Athletics Booster Committee in conjunction with the Gateway Athletics Department is hosting the Gateway All Sports Banquet on May 30. Please click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfz3RJdlF3iD7_Qd41KNRMUDdAIEkY2MEqrVkBkH1HIapelLw/viewform more details. You can also RSVP, sign up to volunteer/donate and upload photos of your student athlete right through the link. We hope to see you there!
It's Already Time to Sign Up For FALL Sports For Next Year:
Beware, it's Tick Season!
Beware of Poisonous Plants:
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.
- 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 Town of Huntington is seeking a full-time Highway Superintendent. Applicants must possess a Massachusetts Class B CDL with Air Brake Endorsement and 2B or higher & 4G Hoisting Engineer’s licenses. Application and complete job description are available online at https://huntingtonma.us/alerts.html#jobs or by emailing email@example.com. Position is open until filled. Town of Huntington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
What's Happening in our Community
The Appalachian Mountain Club Western MA Chapter, The Russell Public Library & The Hilltown Family Center Event:
New Storywalk for the book, We Are Water Protectors.
Upcoming Russell Library Events:
Saturday, May 20 10:00am Signs of Spring! Come to Storytime, eat "ants on a log", create a bug and flower craft, and enjoy the fun!! Open to everyone, no registration required.
Adult Coffee and Community Hour, Thursdays 10-11
Past Gator Bites
Past Gator Bites
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April 28: https://www.smore.com/v4efu
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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
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September 23: https://www.smore.com/q0x4c
September 16: https://www.smore.com/bkwp3
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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