Kindergarten social Kindergarten social Students learn math with hands-on activity Students learn math with hands-on activity Athletes of the Month for September Students get ready to read to Mrs. Yodis Students solve book mystery Students examine musical instruments Troy Lodge of Elks 141 donates books to students

6th Graders Learn About Ecosystems

To help 6th graders learn about ecosystems, students played Food Web War. After learning about the energy pyramid and food webs, students played a card game to make the lesson more engaging. “Whoever had the organism that was higher on the entry pyramid won the hand,” explained Teacher Sam Swart. View photos...

Families Enjoy Kindergarten Social

Kindergarten families enjoyed an evening of crafts, snacks and fun at the Kindergarten Social on Oct. 17. Thank you to the Wynantskill PTO and all our volunteers for organizing such a great event!

Hands-On Activity Teaches Math

To help 2nd graders learn place values, teachers Karin Carmody and Kate Cronin came up with a fun hands-on activity that helped students learn the concept that serves as a foundation for their math learning. Read more...

4th Graders Learn About Electricity

Fourth graders learned about electricity as part of their science unit this year by experimenting on what materials would conduct electricity. “This type of hands-on activity really engages the students and helps all types of learners by getting them excited about science,” explained teacher Kristin Gilooly. Read more…

Student Athletes of the Month for September

Congratulations to September’s Athletes of the Month Cameron Gagnon, Abbie Hudspath and Tara Milanese. Read what Athletic Director Laurie Albright wrote about each student…

Students Earn Points to Read to Mrs. Yodis

Two Gardner-Dickinson first-graders worked hard in class this year to earn 400 classroom points already this year. Their choice of prize? Reading to Principal Mary Yodis. Great job!

6th Graders Solve Mystery of Book

Sixth grade students read “The Statue Mystery” where a tarnished bronze statue goes missing but is found shiny and polished. One suspect is found with dish soap in his hand and the other had a cheeseburger and ketchup. “Based on the story, students came up with a hypothesis based on the facts and then designed an experiment to solve the mystery,” explained Teacher Sam Swart.

5th Graders Start Learning Musical Instruments

Fifth graders got a chance to see the instruments they’ll play this year in band at the Grade 5 Beginning Band Info Night. “It’s kind of a meet-and-greet for students and their instruments,” explained teacher Mary Alice Newell. Gardner-Dickinson students have the opportunity to learn an instrument in Band starting in Grade 5 and continue through Grade 8 and into High School.

Troy Lodge of Elks Donates Books to Students

Third and fifth graders received dictionaries and thesauruses from the Troy Lodge of Elks 141 this morning, something the organization does every year for Gardner-Dickinson students. “These are great educational tools that will help you build your vocabulary,” explained Walter Hughes. “You learn to read and you read to learn. That’s very important.” Thank you to the Troy Lodge of Elks for your generosity! View more photos…


Community Invited to Health, Safety and Wellness Fair – Thursday, Oct. 30

Gardner-Dickinson School will host a free Health, Safety and Wellness Harvest Festival for the entire community on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Community members are encouraged to attend. There will be a variety of booths with health information and activities, including fitness classes, a flu shot clinic, information about local health services and more. A flyer with more details is available here... If you would like to volunteer or have a suggestion for the Wellness Fair, please e-mail School Nurse Tricia Gibbs or call her at 283-4600 ext. 18. Posted 10/02/14.

Capital Project Proposed; No Impact On Local Taxes

The Wynantskill UFSD is planning a Capital Project that would improve instructional space and address school infrastructure needs with no impact on taxes. A community vote on the Capital Project is expected to take place in December. A newsletter providing details about the Capital Project will be mailed to all community members in November. Read more… Posted 10/16/14.

District Newsletter Available

The Wynantskill UFSD mailed a newsletter to our community the week of Oct. 20. A pdf of the newsletter is available... Posted 10/16/14.

PTO Night Out Fundraiser – Friday, Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Wynantskill PTO will hold a PTO Night Out fundraiser at Paolo Lombardi’s restaurant on Friday, Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person (adults only) with a buffet including chicken marsala, sausage and peppers, eggplant parmesan, tossed salad and more. Reservations required by Thursday, Oct. 30. A registration form with more details is available… Posted 10/20/14.

Students Need Current Physical on File to Play Basketball

Any student who would like to try out for basketball this November will need to have a valid physical (dated Nov. 10, 2013 or after) on file in the Health Office. If you have concerns whether your child’s physical is valid, please ask your child to check with the school nurse or call Ms. Gibbs at 283-4600 ext. 18. A doctor from Riverview Pediatrics will perform physicals for anyone who needs one at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the school health office. Please let Ms. Gibbs know if your child will need to be scheduled for a physical that day. Thank you. Posted 10/06/14.

Wynantskill PTO Organizes Skiing Opportunity – Registration Deadline: Oct. 24

The Wynantskill PTO has organized a skiing opportunity at Jiminy Peak open to students in grades 1-8, parents, staff and friends on Wednesdays from Jan. 7 to Feb. 25. Four different times and lesson options available. Download an application with more info… For questions, please e-mail Jennifer Price. Deadline to register is Oct. 24. Posted 10/06/14.

School Taxes: Questions and Answers

Question about your school tax bill? Your NYS Property Tax Rebate Check? Check our Schools Taxes Questions and Answers webpage... Posted 9/02/14.

Precautionary Information for Parents About Enterovirus EV-D68

At the recommendation of the NYS Health Department, we would like to advise parents about the signs of enterovirus EV-D68, a respiratory illness that has been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York including the Capital Region. Precautions include following the same common sense steps to prevent flu and other contagious illnesses. Read more… Posted 9/16/14.

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