Gardner-Dickinson School Holds Spelling Bee
After 18 rounds, 7th grader Caitlin Kelley won the Gardner-Dickinson Spelling Bee on Jan. 26 by spelling the winning word “debilitate”. Eighth grader Kaylan Comenole was a close runner-up as the two students went head-to-head for half a dozen rounds. Caitlin will represent Gardner-Dickinson at the Greater Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctors. Congratulations! See more photos…
Update on Search Process for New Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Lee Bordick announced at the Jan. 15 Board of Education meeting that he will be leaving the district at the end of the current school year. "Serving as Superintendent of Schools has been a wonderful experience for me and I feel blessed and honored to have had this opportunity," said Mr. Bordick. "The future is bright and I am confident that the best is yet to come." Click here for an update on the superintendent search process...
8th Graders Learn About Options at High School Fair
Eighth graders learned about future options at the 2nd Annual High School Fair on Jan. 13. Similar to a college fair, representatives from Averill Park, Columbia, Tamarac, Troy and Tech Valley High Schools answered student questions about class offerings, extra-curricular activities, college-credit options and other opportunities. This year, schools brought Gardner-Dickinson graduates to talk with students about their experiences at High School.
Grades 4-8 Participate in Spelling Bee
Gardner-Dickinson School held a grade-level spelling bee for grades 4-8 on Dec. 19. “The top spellers in each grade level advanced to a final spelling bee we’ll hold in late January,” explained Principal Mary Yodis. “One winner will be selected and advance to the Greater Capital Region Spelling Bee.” View more photos...
To Help Keep Students Safe, Please Do Not Park in Front of School
To help ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, Gardner-Dickinson School is asking visitors to please avoid parking in the bus loop. Fire lanes must be kept clear to ensure emergency vehicles can access the school in the event of an emergency. Here is a parent letter with additional parking details...
2nd Graders Read Letters From Santa
"I’m on the nice list!" was a common refrain in 2nd grade classes on Dec. 23 as students jumped up and down with excitement when they read their letters from Santa Claus. "Students wrote letters to Santa and we just got back letters written by Santa’s elves," explained teacher Karin Carmody. See more photos...
Students Make Edible Color Wheels to Learn Art Concept
To help 6th graders learn about the color wheel, an important art concept that shows relationships between colors, students created edible versions. "I brought in vanilla wafers and had students mix red, yellow and blue frosting to make 13 colors," explained Art Teacher Jeanine Mitchell. "Once they were successful, they got to eat it. They had a lot of fun."
Troy High School Students Perform at Gardner-Dickinson
Gardner-Dickinson students enjoyed a special holiday concert on Dec. 22 when Troy High School’s Holiday Minstrels and Troubadours visited the school to perform. Thank you for the great music!
4th Grader Is Principal for the Day
Fourth grader Michael Zakarka was Principal for the Day on Dec. 18 after his name was chosen as part of Gardner-Dickinson’s character education program which rewards good character. As principal, Michael helped in the main office and visited classrooms throughout the day. Congratulations Michael!
3rd Grade Shares Books They Wrote with 4th Grade
Third graders shared books they wrote about Australian animals with fourth graders on Dec. 18 as part of a class project that integrated Social Studies and English Language Arts. Read more...
Students Perform for Community at Winter Concerts
Family and friends packed Gardner-Dickinson School for both the Gr. 1-5 and Gr. 6-8 Winter Concerts this year. Awesome job!
Research Project Teaches 3rd Graders Inquiry Skills
As part of a research project that taught students how to find answers to their questions about Senegal, third graders learned first-hand about the West African country from special guests. "We did the whole process of inquiry: wonder, investigate, construct, express and reflect," said Library Media Specialist Linda Fecura. "It encourages creativity and helps students become independent learners. Students did a great job." Read more…