Author Coleen Paratore with students Teacher Keith Akots reads to students Students write anti-bullying song Jump Rope for Heart Students learn dental health Students learn about each other Alumnus Cam Smith with Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin Pre-K Committee discusses ideas Students learn about High School choices

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!

"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.

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.

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.

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.


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PTO Book FairBook Fair - Wednesday, Mar. 22 - Friday, Mar. 24

The PTO Book Fair will take place Wednesday, Mar. 22 through Friday, Mar. 24. It will be open Wednesday, Mar. 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for parents and children to shop. Unable to make it? Shop the Book Fair online now. Posted 3/06/17.


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.



Brain Association of NYSSupporting Students with Brain Injury – Thursday, Mar. 23

Specialists from the Brain Injury Association of New York State will speak to school staff on Thursday, Mar. 23 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the school gym to provide an overview of brain injuries in children. Community members and other educators are welcome to attend. Posted 3/16/17.

Friday Night OutFriday Night Out – Friday, Mar. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Gardner-Dickinson will host Friday Night Out on Friday, Mar. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for students to enjoy a movie, games, pizza and a drink in the school cafeteria. Please return this permission slip by Wednesday, Mar. 22 if interested. Posted 3/16/17.


NYS AssessmentsNYS Assessments Parent Letter

Gardner-Dickinson will administer the NYS assessments for English Language Arts on Mar. 28 - 30 and Math on May 2 - 4. We encourage parents to allow their children to take the tests because the results help us improve the education we provide. A parent letter and FAQ with more info is available here. Posted 3/09/17.

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.


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.


Help WantedSubstitute Nurses Needed

The district is in need of school nurses substitutes. If interested, please email School Nurse Tricia Gibbs or call her at 283-4600 ext. 18. Posted 2/22/17.


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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