Honor Rolls

2nd Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

Honor RollsWynantskill UFSD is proud to announce the Honor Rolls for the 2nd quarter. Congratulations to our students for your hard work!

High Honor Roll

Grade 7: Leonardo Clemenzi, Maryssa Crosier, Lauren Czubek, Christian Kim, Isabella Marte, Cooper Murray, Ryan Strang, Ryan Therrien and Michael Zakarka.

Grade 8: Jessica Barbour, Rielly Countois, Samantha Cupp, Nick DeGiorgio, Alayna Penman and Michael Wormuth.

Honor Roll

Grade 7: Matthew Blaisdell, Daniel Butler, Theresa Crawford, Kassidy Duda, William Eccles, Kaya George, Joseph Parrottino, Tyler Quinn, Phillip Ryan IV and Anthony Sano.

Grade 8: Madison Andersen, Mackenzie Anslow, Avery Barnes, Hailey Barnes, Nicholas Carbone, Nelson Darling IV, Aidan Flannery, Isadora Geise, Shay Kerwin, Amelia Kulzer, Ryan LeFevre, Hannah McCleery, Carter Morse, Bryce Muldoon, Guiliana Mulinio, Brett Nardacci, Kwintin Nurse, Adrienne O’Malley, Wynn Richards, Jayden Richardson, Tiffany Riddle and Evan Vejvoda.

Students present in class

Gr. 6 Creates Their Own Olympics

Students present in class

Sixth graders celebrated the upcoming Olympics by creating their own this past week.

Teacher Karin Carmody explained students studied ancient and modern Olympics and then were challenged to work in groups to make their own.

Students created presentations for class, where they shared the games they invented, their mascot, and medals that could be given out.

Finally, students got a chance to try out one of their games such as Beret Dizzy Discus.

Great job!

More photos.

Students performing "contraction surgery"

Gr. 1 Performs Contraction Surgeries

Student performing "contraction surgery"

First graders got to be surgeons in January by performing “contraction-ectomies”, removing letters from words and placing apostrophes in the correct place.

“Students donned surgical masks and used ‘scalpels’ as they changed two words into contractions,” explained Teacher Bethany Wallace. “We are happy to report that all of the surgeries were a success!”

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School Budget Information

District Fares Well on Fiscal Stress Report

The NYS Comptroller’s Office informed Wynantskill UFSD on Jan. 23 that it received the best possible score on its annual Fiscal Stress Monitoring System report.

Each year, the Comptroller’s Office reviews each school district’s financial information to assess fiscal challenges such as operating deficits, fund balance, and cash flow.

“It is reassuring to have an outside agency review our financials and determine we have low fiscal stress for the second straight year,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon. “Hopefully the state budget will include more than a $23,872 increase in Foundation Aid next year, as the Governor has proposed, to help keep us on solid financial footing.”

School Budget Information

Clarifying Times Union Article About State Aid

School Budget InformationWynantskill UFSD would like to add clarity to a recent Times Union article that stated the district expects a large increase in state aid.

The article fails to mention that the increase in the Governor’s budget is due to reimbursement for the Capital Project (approximately 72% of the project’s cost is paid for by the state).

Foundation Aid, the category of state aid that supports general education, increases by 1.4% or $23,827 in the Governor’s budget.

The district will share more details about state aid in future budget communications.

Please call the District Office at 518-283-4600 ext. 14 if you have questions. Thank you.

Health Office - Miss Gibbs

Physical Exam Requirement Changes

Health Office - Miss GibbsNew York State is changing the school physical exam requirements for the 2018-19 school year.

Students entering K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and new transfers (regardless of grade) will be required to submit their most recent physical (no older than one year prior to the first day of school) to the Health Office in Sept. 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact School Nurse Tricia Gibbs at 518-283-4600 ext. 18.

Superintendent Thomas Reardon and Principal Mary Yodis with check for school

Reminder About School Bucks Program

Superintendent Thomas Reardon and Principal Mary Yodis with check for school

The Wynantskill PTA would like to remind parents to turn in holidays receipts from Colonie Center to help Gardner-Dickinson in the School Bucks competition.

“Are you all finished with those holiday receipts from Colonie Center? Don’t forget to turn original receipts dated within 60 days to the Main Office or drop them off at the mall as soon as possible so GD can earn School Bucks points.  Only the top 10 schools win money at the end of the contest, and we are currently in 12th place. Thanks!” said organizer Erica Quinn.

The Wynantskill PTA has again entered Gardner-Dickinson in the Colonie Center School Bucks competition for a chance to win up to $8,000 for the school.

Just turn in Colonie Center shopping receipts from any store to the Colonie Center Service Desk (located on lower level near Five Guys restaurant) within 60 days of purchase to help Gardner-Dickinson earn points. Regal Cinemas, Whole Foods, restaurants, and food court receipts also count. Only original store receipts are accepted.

You may also drop off receipts at Gardner-Dickinson’s Main Office in an envelope marked “PTA – Colonie Center School Bucks”. Please note receipts submitted at school will not be returned. Emailed receipts or copies can not be accepted.

Gardner-Dickinson will earn one School Bucks for for every dollar shown. At the end of the year, Colonie Center will give cash prizes to the top 10 schools valued at $500 to $8,000.

“Last year, GD came in 8th place and won $1,000,” said organizer Erica Quinn. “Let’s try to do even better this year!”

More info.

Please email Erica Quinn with any questions.

Students with Hat and Mitten Tree

Students Organize Hat & Mitten Donations

Hat and Mitten Tree Area children in need are receiving new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves this holiday season thanks to Gardner-Dickinson students.

The Builder’s Club created a Hat and Mitten Tree in the school lobby to encourage donations which were brought to Hope 7 Community Center in Troy.

Great job!

Main Street in Legos

Gr. 2 Recreates Main Street for Social Studies Unit

Second graders created Wynantskill’s Main Avenue in Legos to complete a Social Studies unit.

To learn about rural, urban and suburban communities, students visited Ellms Family Farm, joined the Rensselaer County Historical Society for a walking tour of Troy, and worked together to create Main Avenue.

“The children were totally immersed in this project for two weeks. They did a great job researching each location to place it correctly on the display,” said Teacher Gina Mahoney.