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. Posted 3/01/17.
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. Posted 2/28/17.
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. Posted 2/22/17.
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! Posted 2/21/17.
Board Announces 5-Year Contract for Dr. Reardon
The Board of Education announced at the Feb. 16 meeting that it has agreed to a new 5-year contract for Superintendent Thomas Reardon. "Dr. Reardon has been excellent in all aspects of his performance," said Board President Andrew Lanesey. "He has developed excellent relationships with everyone: students, staff, parents, and the community at large." Read more. Posted 2/17/17.
"Start With Hello" Program Confronts Student Isolation
Gardner-Dickinson joined hundreds of schools across the country by participating in Start With Hello, a program that confronts social isolation in schools. "No one at Gardner-Dickinson should feel isolated," said Principal Mary Yodis. "It's not okay for one child to eat alone. It's not okay for one child to have to play alone." Read more. Posted 2/07/17.
GD Alumnus Learns About Legislature in Career Exploration Program
Gardner-Dickinson alumnus Cam Smith, currently a senior at Tech Valley High School, spent time learning about the state legislature recently during a visit with Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. The visit was part of I-Term, a program that gives students the opportunity to explore careers. Posted 2/06/17.
Pre-K Committee Has Initial Discussions
More than a dozen community members and educators came together on Jan. 26 for the first Pre-K Planning Committee Meeting. The group brainstormed ideas in an initial step towards creating a pre-kindergarten program for 2018-19. Posted 2/02/17.
Wynantskill UFSD received the best rating in State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's recent annual review of school districts' financial stability. More info. Posted 2/03/17.
Gardner-Dickinson School has announced its 2nd Quarter Honor Rolls, available here. Congratulations to our students for all your hard work! Posted 1/30/17.
As part of Wynantskill UFSD's continued efforts to improve communication, the district is now offering text alerts for parents who would like to receive them on their cell phones. The district will send text alerts for school delays, school closings, and other important announcements. Read more. Posted 12/20/16.
New York State Education Law requires public schools to offer information about how to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment. For more information, please see these fliers. Posted 1/30/17.
Please Keep Students Home Until Fever-Free for 24 Hours
School Nurse Tricia Gibbs would like to remind parents that when your child is sick, they should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has vomited within the last 24 hours, they also should stay home. "Please help us keep everyone healthy!" said Ms. Gibbs. Posted 12/22/16.
8th Graders Learn About High School Choices
Eighth graders learned about their options for High School on Jan. 12 when representatives from Averill Park, Brunswick, East Greenbush, Troy, and Tech Valley High School visited the High School Fair. Read more. Posted 1/12/17.
Ryan Bates Wins Spelling Bee
Congratulations to 5th grader Ryan Bates who won Gardner-Dickinson's Spelling Bee on Jan. 10! Ryan's winning word was "ravine". The runner-up was 6th grader Lauren Czubek. More photos. Posted 1/10/17.
Video of Spelling Bee
Gardner-Dickinson held its annual Spelling Bee on Jan. 10. Watch a video of the event. Posted 1/10/17.
Gr. 2 Receives Letters from North Pole
Second grade classes erupted with excitement on Dec. 22 when a special delivery of letters written by Santa's elves arrived. Here is a short video capturing the excitement. Here are photos. Posted 12/22/16.
Video of Kindergarten Bell Concert
Kindergarten held its Holiday Bell Concert on Thursday, Dec. 22. Here is a video. Posted 12/22/16.
Food Services Program Earns High Marks
Wynantskill UFSD's Food Services program received high marks from the NYS Education Department's Office of Child Nutrition this month during a routine audit. Read more. Posted 12/20/16.
Kindergartners Honored for Reading Progress
Kindergartners were honored at the Dec. 15 Board of Education meeting for their dedication and progress in reading as part of the Royal Recognition program. Great job! Posted 12/16/16.
Wynantskill UFSD would like to thank everyone who participated in our community survey about the district website. "The responses helped us better understand how our community uses the website and how we can redesign it to make it easier to navigate and more useful," said Communications Specialist Jason McCord. The website redesign will be launched later this school year. More info on survey here. Posted 1/05/17
The honor rolls for the 1st quarter have been announced. Congratulations to our students for all their hard work! Posted 11/16/16.
We want to let our families know Gardner-Dickinson practiced a lockdown drill on Oct. 4. The drill was completely precautionary and provided us an opportunity to practice keeping our students safe in the event of an emergency. We would like to thank the North Greenbush Police Department for their assistance with the drill. Here is a parent letter with more details about drills we practice that will be going home today. Posted 10/04/16.
GD Holds Grade-Level Spelling Bees
Grade-level spelling bees for Gr. 3-8 students was held Dec. 6. Congratulations to our students who won and advanced to compete in the school Spelling Bee on Jan. 10! More photos. Posted 12/06/16.
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. Posted 11/17/16.
Builders Club Organizes Food Drive
Builders Club, a student-led service organization associated with Kiwanis, held a food drive in November to help out those in need in our community. Great job! Posted 11/16/16.
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! Posted 11/15/16.
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!" Posted 11/16/16.
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." Posted 11/15/16.
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. Posted 11/10/16.
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!" Posted 11/07/16.
Students Perform in Junior Band in Regional Concert
Congratulations to students in the Junior Band who participated in the All County Music Festival at Hoosic Valley CSD on Nov. 5! Posted 11/07/16.
Students Perform in Elementary Chorus in Regional Concert
Congratulations to students in the Elementary Chorus who participated in the All County Music Festival at Hoosic Valley CSD on Nov. 5! Posted 11/07/16.
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. Posted 11/03/16.
Books Inspire Kindergarten Pumpkins
Kindergartners created pumpkins based on their favorite book or book character in October in a fun learning activity that encouraged students' love of reading. Great job! More photos. Posted 11/01/16.
Family and Friends Encourage Kindergartners to Read
Kindergarten's First Friday Read-In was a great success with family and friends visiting classrooms to read their favorite stories. "Our turnout was amazing!" said Teacher Gina Mahoney. "The children were captivated by our family's love of literacy!" If you would like to attend the next First Friday Read-In, please contact Ms. Mahoney or Ms. Sanger. More photos. Posted 10/19/16.
Stickers Help Encourage Students to Eat Healthy
To encourage students to eat healthier, Food Service Director Lori Audi is rewarding kindergartners and first graders with stickers. "If they try a fruit or vegetable, they get a sticker," explained Ms. Audi. "They love the stickers and it's a way to encourage them to try new foods and eat healthy." Ms. Audi noted that the Food Service program is offering more fresh fruit and vegetables this year. She estimated 90% of the fruit and half of the vegetables served are fresh. Posted 10/18/16.
Community Enjoys Health, Wellness & Safety Festival
Families enjoyed fun activities and learned important information from local agencies such as the Sheriff's Department, YMCA and area dentists at the 3rd Annual Health, Wellness & Safety Festival on Oct. 13. Thank you to all the organizations that came out to make the festival a success! Posted 10/13/16.
Wynantskill Fire Department Teaches Students Fire Safety
Thank you to the Wynantskill Fire Department for teaching our students about fire safety at the annual Fire Prevention Day on Oct. 13. Posted 10/13/16.
Community Comes Together to Support Students
The Wynantskill community showed amazing support for its school and students on Columbus Day weekend. On Oct. 8, more than 50 people gathered for a Muscular Dystrophy Walk at Siena College. On Oct. 9, families enjoyed bowling at Hi-Way Recreation Bowling Center to support student Sydney Davey. Thank you so much for your wonderful support! Posted 11/07/16.
Kindergartners Learn About Apples in Science Class
Kindergartners recently enjoyed learning about apples in science class before ending their lessons with a homemade apple sauce taste test. "We completed sinking/floating activities with apples, labeled all parts of the apple, made an apply glyph, and found out the surprise shape inside the apple when cut in half horizontally!" said Teacher Gina Mahoney. More photos. Posted 10/11/16.
Troy Lodge of Elks Donate Books to Students
For the 6th year in a row, 3rd and 5th graders received dictionaries and thesauruses from the Troy Lodge of Elks 141 on Sept. 29. "We go out in the community and help out. This is what the Elks Club is all about, helping people," said Walter Hughes. "It's a pleasure to come up here and see you each year." Thank you so much to the Troy Lodge of Elks for visiting our schools and for your generosity to our students! More photos. Posted 9/29/16.
Faculty & Staff Cook Breakfast for Gr. 6-8 to Kick Off SWAG
Faculty and staff cooked breakfast for Gr. 6-8 students on Sept. 30 to kick off this year's SWAG (Success, Willpower, Attitude and Goals) Program. SWAG was started last year as a way to recognize students through individual notes of praise and a collective activity once per quarter for students who make a SWAG contribution to the Middle School. More photos. Posted 9/30/16.
1st Graders Share Their Writing with 4th Grade Buddies
First graders had an opportunity to share their writing with their 4th grade buddies on Sept. 28. "We just finished launching the Writing Workshop in our class and the students chose one writing piece that they wrote over the past three weeks to publish," explained teacher Bethany Wallace. "The students were so proud of their work and to share it at our Publishing Celebration!" More photos. Posted 9/28/16.
District Tests Water to Help Ensure Safe School
Wynantskill UFSD tested 53 water fixtures throughout the school on Sept. 20 as part of a new state regulation requiring all school districts test for lead. Read more. Posted 9/20/16.
First Day of School Photos
Here is a photo gallery of first day of school photos. Thank you to all the parents who shared their wonderful photos! Posted 9/14/16.
Video of Students Exiting School Bus on First Day
Here is a short video of students exiting the bus on the first day of school. Posted 9/14/16.
Kindergartners Get Ready for First Day of School
Kindergartners had an opportunity to ease their anxieties about the first day of school with the annual Kindergarten Supply Drop Off Day. Students met their teachers, dropped off supplies, explored the school with a scavenger hunt, and took a quick ride on the school bus. Posted 9/01/16.
Welcome to Our New Staff!
Welcome to our new staff Kimberly Macica (kindergarten teacher aide), Amanda Barrett (grade 2 teaching assistant), Amanda Rich (grade 2 teacher aide) and Lyndy Sanger (kindergarten teacher)! Posted 8/31/16.