Primate Fiasco with Hilltown Students at GatorRoo Music Festival

GatorRoo Music Festival in Huntington
Tuesday, June 22nd at 6pm

The Primate Fiasco is normally found in front of a mob of screaming college students and jazz enthusiasts. However, children have become more and more of a constant at Primate Fiasco shows due to the high energy, whimsical, short attention span of the music. Here Steve Yarbor plays clarinet with the band at a recent concert during the Hilltown Spring Festival. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The Primate Fiasco will be performing with all Gateway elementary students (K- 4), Paul Sawyer and the Harmonic Evolution at the GatorRoo Music Festival on Tuesday, June 22nd.

The concert will open with Gateway elementary students performing with the Harmonic Evolution—a rock band composed of Gateway high school students. Elementary music teacher Paul Sawyer will then perform with the Harmonic Evolution. Primate Fiasco will then take the stage. The evening will conclude with a grant finale of all elementary students performing “All You Need Is Love” with over 40 wind and string players accompanying from Gateway bands, the community and Primate Fiasco.

“It will be a night to remember when we come together as a community to celebrate our children and music,” said Paul Sawyer, elementary music director.

The Primate Fiasco Northampton-based, family-friendly professional rock band — includes Nick Borges on Trumpet and vocals, Dave Dello Russo on banjo, harp and vocals; Steve Yarbro (pictured right) on Saxaphone, clarinet and vocals; Chris Trevethan on drums, and J. Witbeck on Tuba/Bass.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. on Gateway’s Booster Field and is open to the public. Admission will not be charged, but donations will be accepted at the door. Food and drinks will be sold in the Booster Club concession stand. Donations and any profit from the cookout will be used to fund the arts enrichment program next year at the elementary schools.  – Those attending are advised to bring chairs and blankets.

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Gateway Regional School District to Consolidate Elementary Schools

Wendy V. Long of the Gateway Regional School District in Huntington, MA writes:

The Gateway Regional School Committee voted [Wednesday evening] to consolidate its five elementary schools, with all elementary students attending school at either Littleville Elementary School or Chester Elementary School in the 2010-11 school year. Blandford Elementary School, R. H. Conwell Elementary School and Russell Elementary School will close, and those buildings will be returned to their towns. The vote (13 in favor, 3 opposed) was taken at approximately 10:15 p.m., following a lengthy discussion and input from Gateway town officials and community members.

A total of 426 students currently attend the five Gateway elementary schools.

Educationally, the move will provide more opportunities for teacher collaboration and student groupings, reduce or eliminate multi-grade classrooms, reduce the number of staff traveling between schools, and improve the administrative support to the schools.

The motion also stipulated that the school committee “acknowledges and agrees that MSBA will be recouping funds from the district in the amount of $4,587,165 in annual payments of $327,655 for 14 years” for renovations to those buildings. Consolidation is expected to save the district approximately $485,000 in FY ’11 after paying MSBA.

For background information on this issue, please visit the Elementary Advisory Committee website.

Gateway Will Host a FREE Holiday Concert & Luncheon in the Hilltowns for Area Senior Citizens

Gateway to host area senior citizens for holiday concert and luncheon on Wednesday

The Gateway Regional School District extends a warm invitation to area senior citizens for the Annual Holiday Luncheon and Concert at the Gateway Regional Middle/High School complex, 12 Littleville Rd. in Huntington. This event will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 with a student concert in the performing arts center at 11:30 a.m. A holiday luncheon will follow at approximately1:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. This event is free of charge to all hilltown seniors.

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Breaking News From Gateway Regional School District: Flu Update

Wendy V. Long, Editor of Breaking News From Gateway writes:

Good afternoon:

The Gateway Regional School District is seeing growing numbers of absences of students who have Influenza-Like Illnesses (ILI). Health officials are presuming that people who show ILI right now have Swine Flu. Parents are asked not to send students to school if they have flu-like symptoms. Students who are ill should not return to school until their fever has been gone for at least 24 hours, without the use of products like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Read more here: Hilltown Families Community Bulletin Board

Local School District Offers Healthier Lunch Options

What’s for School Lunch? Making Popular Foods Nutritious for Kids
at the Gateway Regional School District

(Huntington, MA) – School meals are better then ever. Gateway kitchens are increasing the use of whole grains, lean meats, low fat cheese, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Nationwide, school nutrition professionals encourage healthy eating habits among students by offering high quality, low cost meals to over 30 million children each day.

All meals are required to meet strict standards that are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and set by the United States Department of Agriculture. Meals can contain no more than 30 percent of calories from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat each week.

Our schools may serve french fries, chicken nuggets or pizza. The strict standards are met because the items are baked, not fried, made with low-fat or lean ingredients and served with vegetables, fruit and other options that make each meal balanced and nutritious.

Wendy McCaul, Gateway’s Food Service Director, continually works with parents, students and other key stakeholders in the community to implement the local school wellness policy. McCaul recently attended an intense 3-day seminar “Healthy Cuisine for Kids”. The seminar was designed to promote healthier preparation practices in schools. Attendees actively participated in five culinary labs in which they worked under the direction of a professional chef to learn healthier ways of preparing food. The main focus was to “Get Back to Basics” by knowing how to prepare and serve healthful food that kids will enjoy eating. Gateway students and staff may look forward to new recipes on the menu this year that were featured in this seminar.

Gateway will participate again this year in the Massachusetts Harvest for Students week, Sept. 22-26th. This program urges schools to purchase local produce.

Parents are reminded that the new meal prices are: Breakfast $1.00 and Lunch is $1.75 for Elementary and $2.00 for MS/HS.

The Gateway staff is looking forward to a new school year!!!!!

What if Spring Break was Cancelled?

It Could Happen to Gateway Regional Middle-High School Students!

[Huntington, MA] – Spring Break for Gateway Regional Middle-High School students and staff is scheduled for April 21 – 25, 2008. But not if the district incurs too many more snow days.

The 2007-08 school year calendar has school ending on June 26th if five snow days are used. Because of the way the dates fall in June, this leaves only two additional school days available (Friday June 27th and Monday June 30th) to make up for any additional snow days or days lost due to other events. Blandford Elementary School already has to make up an additional day because the school was closed due to a broken water main last fall.

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