Students earns President's Volunteer Service Award Student Athletes of the Month Students learn about cells Elementary Band students Junior Choir students Superintendent Lee Bordick Superintendent Lee Bordick Spelling Bee Outside school Principal for the Day Third Graders Read to Fourth Graders Senegal Research project

5th Grader Shay Kerwin Earns President's Volunteer Service Award

Fifth grader Shay Kerwin received a letter from President Barack Obama and a President’s Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding volunteer efforts in his community. Shay has raised nearly $18,000 to support the American Heart Association in honor of his father who passed away from a heart attack. He created the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event and participates in the annual Heart Walk. Shay also helps to prepare and serve meals at the Damien Center for people with HIV and AIDS. Congratulations Shay!

Abbie Hudspath and Brody French Named Athletes of the Month

Congratulations to Brody French and Abbie Hudspath, Gardner-Dickinson's Athletes of the Month for January! "Brody exhibits all the qualities a coach or teacher could ask for," said Athletic Director Laurie Albright. "Besides being an honor student at Gardner-Dickinson, Abbie has become a leader for the basketball team." Read more...

6th Graders Learn About Cells

Sixth graders are learning about cells in science class. "In order to better identify and understand cell organelles, students worked in groups to create 3-D models of a cell," said teacher Sam Swart. "The best part? They’re edible and made out of cake!"

Elementary Band Students Perform at All-County Music Festival

Congratulations to Elementary Band students Ben Abbas, Jacob Coonan, Jaylei George and Anthony Lanesey who performed with student musicians from other schools at the All-County Music Festival at Troy High School on Jan. 29 and 31.

Junior Choir Students Perform at All-County Music Festival

Congratulations to Junior Choir students Nikkita Alcombright, Emma Geisser, Keely Massey and Alexandria Rockwell who performed with student musicians from other schools at the All-County Music Festival at Troy High School on Jan. 29 and 31.

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…

Follow the Search Process for New Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Lee Bordick announced at the Jan. 15 BOE 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 to see the latest 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.

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...

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...

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…

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News & Events

Board of Education Decides on Consultant to Lead Superintendent Search

The Board of Education, after interviewing five search organizations, intends to ask the Western New York Educational Service Council to lead the district’s superintendent search. If a contract is approved, Robert W. Christmann, Executive Director of The Council, will be the lead consultant for the search. The Council, which is affiliated with the University at Buffalo, was chartered in 1966 by the NYS Board of Regents and has conducted approximately 400 superintendent searches for boards of education. The Board expects to formally consider The Council’s appointment at a future Board meeting. Once approved, Mr. Christmann will lead a search process that is clearly defined, but flexible enough to meet the needs of the district, including providing opportunities for faculty, staff and community involvement. More details will follow after a planning meeting with Mr. Christmann. Posted 2/27/15.


Substitute Teachers and Aides Needed

Gardner-Dickinson School is currently in need for substitute teachers and aides. For application forms, please visit our Employment webpage... Posted 2/26/15.


PTO Welcomes Camp Invention This Summer

The Wynantskill PTO will welcome Camp Invention to Gardner-Dickinson School from Aug. 3 to 7. The week-long summer day camp program is for students entering grades 1-6. It is designed and taught by educators to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through hands-on activities. Spaces are limited. Learn more here… Sign up by Mar. 20 and receive a $25 discount. For questions, please email the PTO... Posted 2/23/15.


School Taxes: Q&ASchool 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.


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