Board of Education Welcomes New Members
Wynantskill UFSD would like to welcome our two newest Board of Education members, Keith Hirokawa and Eric Strang, who were sworn in at the Nov. 17 meeting. The Board selected Mr. Hirokawa and Mr. Strang for two vacant seats that were created when Katrina Dinan and Pat Gray resigned from the Board earlier this year. Mr. Hirokawa and Mr. Strang will serve until the May 16 school budget vote when the community will elect candidates for the two seats.
Please Check Lost and Found for Missing Items
Is your child missing a coat, sweatshirt or other clothing item? Please check the Lost and Found table near the school library which has quite a number of unclaimed items.
Builders Club Organizes Food Drive
Builders Club, a student-led service organization associated with Kiwanis, is holding a food drive in November to help out those in need in our community. Non-perishable foods can be left in the donation box in the school lobby.
Second Graders Develop Writing Skills
Second graders are building their writing skills by writing personal narratives in class. "Students are each writing personal narratives, using a 'hook' to get readers interested, 'zooming in' to add detail, and completing a conclusion sentence," explained Teacher Kate Cronin. "Students will then use an editing checklist to check their own writing, conference with an adult, and begin their final copies. When every student has completed their final drafts we will have a publishing celebration!" Great job!
Art Students Learn About Color Wheel with Fun Activity
Sixth graders learned about the color wheel in art class by creating an edible version. "Students were given 13 vanilla wafers, frosting, and red, yellow, and blue food coloring," explained Teacher Jeanine Mitchell. "Students were then challenged to create the 12 primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and the color gray. The students had a blast as they experimented with color!"
Student Named Principal of the Day for Good Character
Congratulations to 6th grader Ryan Strang who was selected Principal of the Day on Nov. 14 as part of Gardner-Dickinson's character education program that rewards good character. "What an absolute pleasure it was to have Ryan working with me today as principal," said Principal Mary Yodis. "He even wrote up SWAG and Bee awards and gave them to Middle and Elementary students who were doing outstanding work."
Community's Veterans Honored at Annual Celebration Event
Gardner-Dickinson thanked its community's veterans on Nov. 10 at the annual Veterans Day Celebration. Students read letters of thanks and sang patriotic songs to more than 40 veterans who then enjoyed a breakfast with family members in the school cafeteria. More photos here. If you would like a copy of a photo, please email Communication Specialist Jason McCord.
First Graders Learn About Voting
First graders learned about the importance of voting and even had a chance to fill out ballots in class. "We talked about Election Day in first grade today and then the children participated in a mock election," explained Teacher Bethany Wallace. "The children are excited to exercise their civic duty in 2028!"
MS Students Learn Tips on Internet and Social Media Safety
Middle School students learned tips on how to use the internet and social media responsibly on Nov. 3 during a presentation by Rensselaer County Probation Officers Christine Miner and Kate Rose. Read more.