Stories About Gardner-Dickinson School

Teacher Keith Akots reads to studentsTeachers 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 songStudents 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 HeartJump 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.

Students learn about dental health2nd 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.

Students learn about each other"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.

Alumnus meets with AssemblymanGD 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 CommitteePre-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.


District Receives Best Rating in Comptroller's Review

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.


2nd Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

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.


Sign Up for Text AlertsSign Up for Text Alerts from Wynantskill UFSD

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.


Information on Reporting Suspected Child Abuse

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.


Health Office Miss GibbsPlease 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.

High School Fair8th 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.


Spelling Bee WinnerRyan 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.


Spelling Bee contestantVideo of Spelling Bee

Gardner-Dickinson held its annual Spelling Bee on Jan. 10. Watch a video of the event. Posted 1/10/17.



Students read lettersGr. 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.


Bell ConcertVideo of Kindergarten Bell Concert

Kindergarten held its Holiday Bell Concert on Thursday, Dec. 22. Here is a video. Posted 12/22/16.



Tina Albert and Lori AudiFood 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.


KindergartnersKindergartners 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.


Website Survey ResultsResults of Community Website Survey

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

1st Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

The honor rolls for the 1st quarter have been announced. Congratulations to our students for all their hard work! Posted 11/16/16.



School Practices Lockdown Drill to Keep Students Safe

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.

Grade-level spelling bee winnersGD 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 EducationBoard 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 ClubBuilders 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.


Student writersSecond 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.

Students in art classArt 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.

Principal of the DayStudent 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.

Veterans Day CeremonyCommunity'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.

1st graders voteFirst 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.

Junior BandStudents 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.



Elementary ChorusStudents 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.



Students learn about internet safetyMS 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.


Kindergartner with book and pumpkin characterBooks 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.


Grandparent reads to studentFamily 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.

Students receive stickers for eating healthyStickers 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.

Health and Wellness FairCommunity 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.


Students learn about fire safetyWynantskill 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 walkCommunity 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.

Students make homemade apple sauceKindergartners 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.

Elks donate books to studentsTroy 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 and staff serve breakfast to studentsFaculty & 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 read to 4th graders1st 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.

Water testingDistrict 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.


Students return to schoolFirst 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.



Students return to schoolVideo 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.



Kindergarteners ride busKindergartners 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.


New staffWelcome 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.