Gator Alley Newsletter

November 2023 Edition

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What's Happening at GRMS/GRHS?

October was a busy month here at the middle/high school. We had our Pep Rally to celebrate our fall athletes and PBIS Students of the Month in the middle school. We had some teachers get slimed (see photos below) as part of a fundraiser during the Pep Rally. We also had our annual Club Fair where high school students get to take a look at all of the awesome club opportunities we have for students. Related to our work with the Barr Foundation, we completed our middle school focus groups, students surveys and parent/community surveys. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us reach our goal! This month we have a few half days (November 7 and November 22) that families should be aware of. We also have our College and Career Fair on November 7. Please keep reading to see of the other things going on at our school.

Congratulations to our Girl's Soccer Team for making it to the State Playoffs!! To get into the playoffs, they needed to win five games in a row. Shout-out to all the players and coaches!

If you have questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me, at or 413-685-1109, or Principal Finnie at


Dr. Sullivan

Assistant Principal

Important dates this month:

-Grades close Friday, November 3 (Quarter 1); Grades are finalized Thursday, November 9.

-Half day on Tuesday, November 7

-College/Career Fair Tuesday, November 7

-Half day on Wednesday, November 22; Thanksgiving Break November 23 and 24.

Past Editions

October Newsletter

September Newsletter

Rural School Advocacy

A group of five high school students, in addition to a few students from Chester, went to the State House on Monday 10/30 to testify before the Joint Committee on Education's hearing for Bill H.3567/S.2388- An Act to Provide a Sustainable Future for Rural Schools. The testimony from our students and staff was powerful and hopefully will help bring some additional support and attention to our community.

Amazing Work From Our Students

In Mrs. Wing's Digital Art Class, students took some amazing photos of things they see in nature. Take a look at some of the amazing work!

Barr Foundation

We reached our goal for the Families Survey for both the middle and high school. As a result, we will have some fun celebrations for our students coming up. As the weather is getting a little colder, we are going to wait until the spring to celebrate outdoors. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey! In less than two weeks, the Barr Team will be meeting to review all of the data.

Here are just some of the ideas we are thinking of to celebrate...

High School:

-Cornhole Tournament (guided by Wicked Cornhole)

-Outdoor Televisions

-Art and Graphic Design Activities

-Portable MiniGolf


Middle School:

-Mobile Video Game Trucks

-Obstacle Courses


Gateway Alumni Come Back to Visit!!

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Last week we had two unexpected visitors in Robert Brodrick (class of 79) and Scott Brodrick (class of 81). Robert is the leading scorer in Gateway Men's Basketball history with 1,626 points and Scott is the second leading scorer with 1,109 points. Our Athletic Director, Mr. Bonenfant was able to find one of the jerseys with all of their stats on it to give them. It was great to see some Gator Alumni come back to visit.

Middle School PTO Fundraiser

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The Middle School PTO is doing a fundraiser through Meadow Farms until 11/27. For more information, click here to shop and click here to register your child as a seller to earn prizes. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Middle School PTO President Kristina Schultz at