8th graders on class trip Kindergartners harvest lollipops 1st grader shares book she wrote Lost and Found Odyssey of the Mind team Author Coleen Paratore with students Teacher Keith Akots reads to students Students write anti-bullying song Jump Rope for Heart Students learn dental health

Kindergartners Harvest Lollipops from Magic Jelly Beans

Kindergartners harvested lollipops on Apr. 11 that grew from magic jelly beans they planted earlier in the week. Each year, Food Services Director Lori Audi helps students plant the jelly beans that Easter Bunny gives her. More photos.

Grade 8 on Class Trip to Washington, D.C.

Eighth graders had a busy last day of their class trip to Washington, D.C. on Apr. 7, starting with a visit to Mount Vernon.

1st Graders Share Books They Wrote

First graders shared the non-fiction books they wrote in March with classmates from other grades. Read more.

Please Check Lost and Found for Clothing

Is your child missing a jacket, sweatshirt or other piece of clothing? Make sure to check the Lost & Found in the school cafeteria. Items not claimed by Apr. 13 will be donated over the spring recess.

Odyssey of the Mind Team Wins Award

Congratulations to Gardner-Dickinson's Odyssey of the Mind team who earned an OMER's Award at the March regional competition. The award is given to teams who serve as exemplary examples or role models at the event.

Author Encourages Students to Write

Students learned writing tips from author Coleen Paratore during visit on Mar. 21 and gave out writer's notebooks to encourage students to write. "Write about what you care about. Write about what you love," said Ms. Paratore. More photos.

Teachers Kick-Off PARP Month by Reading to Classes

Gardner-Dickinson kicked off Parents As Reading Partners month with teachers taking time at the end of the day to switch classrooms to read to other grades. The goal of PARP is to encourage a love of reading in students and build their reading skills by having parents and children read together for at least 15 minutes each day.

Students Write Anti-Bullying Song

Gardner-Dickinson students created an anti-bullying song on Feb. 28 with the help of Richie Phillips, former co-host on WGNA FM. Watch a short video.

Jump Rope for Heart Raises $3,400

Wynantskill UFSD would like to thank Liza and Shay Kerwin for organizing this year's Jump Rope for Heart as well as everyone who supported the event. "This year, approximately 70 students and families attended and we raised $3,400 for the American Heart Association," said Ms. Kerwin.

2nd Graders Learn About Dental Health

Second graders learned about the importance of dental health on Feb. 8 when dental hygienists from Cooney Orthodontics visited the school. Thanks for spending time with our students!


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Budget presentationBOE Adopts Budget; No Cuts to Programs or Staffing

The Board of Education adopted a 2017-18 school budget on Apr. 10 which requires no cuts to programs or staffing and is within New York's Property Tax Cap. The $9,037,839 budget reduces spending over last year and requires an estimated 2.45% tax levy increase. The community budget vote is Tuesday, May 16. A budget newsletter with details will be mailed in early May. BOE presentation. Posted 4/11/17.

BaseballDistrict Newsletter Available

Community members will receive a newsletter this week which features stories about what our students are learning and accomplishing. A pdf of the newsletter is available here. Posted 4/19/17.


Honor Rolls3rd Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

Honor rolls for the 3rd quarter have been announced. Congratulations to our students for all your hard work! Posted 4/10/17.



PTOPTO Holds Mother/Son Event - Friday, May 5

The Wynantskill PTO will hold a Mother/Son Event on Friday, May 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost is $5 per student. Please return permission slip by Friday, Apr. 28. More info. Posted 4/06/17.


One-Page Calendar2017-18 One-Page Calendar Available

The one-page 2017-18 school year calendar, which was approved by the Board of Education on Mar. 16, is available here. Posted 3/17/17.



Emergency Closing Days update Emergency Closing Days Update

We would like to update parents about unused emergency closing days. The district used five snow days this winter. Therefore, there will be school on May 25, 26 and 30, and Apr. 24 and Apr. 25.. Posted 3/16/17.


Please check for missing books Please Check for Missing Books

Parents are asked to please check if they have any Gardner-Dickinson books that need returning. The Reading Department is missing quite a few books. Thank you! Posted 3/07/17.


School Taxes: Questions and Answers

School tax bills will be mailed this week. To help answer common questions, please see our Taxes Q & A webpagePosted 8/30/16.



Earn Equipment for District Through AdvantEdge Card

Did you know using your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card can help Wynantskill UFSD receive free supplies and equipment? Check to see if your card is registered to earn points for Gardner-Dickinson here. Posted 2/21/17.


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