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June 11, 2021

Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is your latest issue of Breaking News for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Quote of the week: "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good." ~ Minor Myers Jr.

WELCOME FROM NEW SUPERINTENDENT: Hello Gateway Families! I am so thrilled to be joining the Gateway community starting in August. I have heard many wonderful things about the district and hope to learn more as I begin my time as the new superintendent this summer.  I already have a school email address, and I would love to hear from you.  Feel free to reach out to me at  I hope your school year ends on a positive note and I look forward to meeting you and working with you this next school year!


SENIOR AWARD LIST:  Principal Finnie is pleased to announce all the senior award winners. Congratulations to the Class of 2021 seniors! The full list of honorees with their accolades can be found here.

CHROMEBOOK COLLECTION: Chromebook collection for remote students will take place on Tuesday, June 15th at the HS/MS complex from 6:00am-8:30am and again from 3:30pm-6:00pm.  Students should bring their chromebook, charger, case (only for grades K-2) and HotSpot (if assigned one) to turn in at that time.  All devices must be turned in to the district.  For components not turned in, the following charges will apply:

Chromebook: $250.00
Charger $18.00
Case $12.00
HotSpot (device, case and charger) $100.00

If you cannot make the designated times, please email Chris Parker ( to schedule an alternate time.

GATEWAY PERFORMANCE VIDEOS: Some members of the Gateway choir ("I Was Here") and the Drama Club's created some videos. You can check out their creations below. 


SCHOOL INSTRUMENT RETURNS: Families of students that are in Band or ever participated in Band over the last 2 years:  We have instruments that have been loaned out that have not been returned.  Please check with your child to see if they still have a school instrument in their possession.  As the school year comes to a close, we would appreciate those instruments being returned so that another student could benefit from using it.  

If you have a school instrument, and no longer plan to be in Band, please drop it off to security for Mrs. Guertin to pick up, any time Friday, Monday or Tuesday.

If you have a school instrument, and plan to stay in Band, you may keep it over the summer.

If you have a rental instrument from Gerry's and do not plan to stay in Band, please notify Gerry's so they can pick it up.  If you do not do this, they will continue to bill you for rental over the summer.

If you have a rental instrument from Gerry's, but plan to stay in Band, you may keep that and continue to practice over the summer.

Thank you all for your help in this!

ELEMENTARY DONATION:  On Wednesday, students in grades K-2 were the recipients of a generous grant donation from the Krueger Charitable Foundation and New England Public Media. Each student received a Molly of Denali  take home bag containing family games and a storybook based on the PBS kids series, Molly of Denali. The PBS series is about Alaska - its geography, culture and native values.

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM WRAP-UP: After a late start, our Middle School After School program was a fantastic success with lots of laughs, activities, and fun! Students participated in fun relay races, pond exploration, went on fishing trips to Littleville Lake, planted flowers to beautify our building, created glass sculptures and jewelry, outdoor games, cooking, crafts and other fun activities! Find some more info and photos here.

SENIOR CLAP-OUT AT LITTLEVILLE: On Monday, June 1, the PreK-6 students at Littleville lined the sidewalks to send off the graduating senior class with cheering and well-wishes!

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE: Thank you to all of our participants! Littleville made a donation of *$1,303.53 to the American Heart Association. Your efforts will help millions of Americans through increased awareness of cardiovascular disease, lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts. Our students learned about the life-long benefits of physical activity.


FAREWELL TO OUR ELEMENTARY RETIREES: Littleville’s First Grade teacher, Gail Gingras is retiring from teaching after more than 30 years of teaching! During her time at Littleville, Mrs. Gingras spent time as both a First Grade teacher and a Literacy teacher. She will be greatly missed by the staff and students.

Chester Elementary paraprofessional, Mrs. Sanderson has worked at Gateway for 33 years! During this time, she worked with students in Russell Elementary, Blandford Elementary, GRMS and Chester Elementary. We thank Mrs. Sanderson for her dedication to the district and wish her all the best on her future endeavors.


ANNUAL TOWN MEETINGS: Annual town meetings for the towns in the Gateway School District will take place on the following dates:

Blandford: Monday, June 21  Blandford School Building - 7:00pm
Chester: Monday, June 14 Chester Town Hall - 6:00pm
Middlefield: Saturday, June 26 Middlefield Fair Grounds - 2:00pm
Montgomery: Monday, June 14 Montgomery Town Hall - 7:00pm      
Russell: Monday, June 7 Russell Elementary Building - 7:00pm

JUNE GATOR STORE PROMOTION: This month we are offering 20% off on your Sideline Store purchase of $85 or more! The below promotion is good for the entire month of June. This will end on 6/30/21 at 11:59 P.M. EST. Start shopping here. 

FOOD SERVICE UPDATE:  FANTASTIC NEWS! The USDA has extended Universal Free Meals through the 2021-2022 school year! One reimbursable breakfast & one reimbursable lunch per day, will be available to every student FREE OF CHARGE! Any extra servings or milk only are not reimbursable and will be charged to accounts. Also, be sure to send in a Free/Reduced Meal Application if you feel your family would qualify for P-EBT over the summer! Even though meals will be free for all, sending in meal applications may help you to qualify for other sources of financial help, such as SNAP, MassHealth, & P-EBT.  For further information...Please call Tasha Hartley @ 685-1005 or email Gateway Food Services wishes everyone an enjoyable and restful summer!

PERSPECTIVES MAGAZINE: A new edition of the Gateway High School Perspectives magazine is ready to view! Take a lot at some of the exciting things happening here.

STUDENT ACTIVITY SURVEY: Gateway MS/HS is seeking interested volunteers to help expand the club/recreational opportunities for students grades 7-12.  Clubs could be either online through GoogleMeet or in person at the school (once COVID restrictions are lifted). If you would be interested in getting more information about this initiative or would like to volunteer, please complete this brief survey, or email MS/HS principal Jason Finnie at

EBT BENEFITS UPDATE: P-EBT benefits will be extended through the summer! If your student qualifies for Free or Reduced meals under the National School Lunch Program, then they would qualify to receive this extra financial help each month in the form of a P-EBT card. If you have not received this card, it may mean that your family does not qualify. This year the USDA extended free meals to all, but this may not necessarily qualify a family for this extra financial help. If you have not been receiving this P-EBT card and you feel your family would qualify, please contact Tasha Hartley at or call (413) 685-1005. You may also send in a Free/Reduced meal application if you feel you would qualify through income. Families who qualify through income will be sent a notification letter by email or USPS as soon as possible.



CURRENT SCHOOL CALENDAR: Key dates for phased return to hybrid in-person can be found on page 19 of the Full Reopening Plan here.


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