PTA to Offer Gr. 4-8 Wind Turbine Program

The Wynantskill PTA is pleased to announce there is enough initial interest in the 2020 KidWind Challenge to offer the afterschool program this year.

Details are still being planned but the free afterschool program will start in January; students in grades 4-8 will meet on Wednesdays for 12 weeks designing and constructing small wind turbines.

If your child would be interested in the program and/or you would like to volunteer to help the PTA, please email Suada Garcia at the following information.

  1. Name of student
  2. Grade
  3. Parent contact (Name, email & phone #)
  4. If interested in being a volunteer for this after school program

The proposed 12-week program will meet Wednesdays after school starting in January for one to two hours. Plans are still in the preliminary phase and any progress will be communicated accordingly. At this point, there is no transportation provided so families will need to drive students or arrange carpool for meetings and/or competitions. Kid Wind Program only applies to grades 4-8.

What is the KidWind Challenge?

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on design competition that engages students in STEM through the lens of wind and solar energy. Student teams design and construct small wind turbines that they test, and then meet with a panel of judges to present their design process and demonstrate their contextual knowledge of renewable energy. Teams also engage in a variety of Instant Challenges to gauge their on the-spot teamwork and problem-solving skills. The KidWind Challenge is a team effort of teachers, students, engineers, and practitioners, all working to make wind energy education and other renewable energy education accessible in classrooms around the world. Additional information can be found on

There is no cost to join the KidWind Challenge and GE will provide mentorship program if necessary.

There is no minimum requirement for this program. For teachers/Families/etc. interested in volunteering, GE is planning to host a teacher/volunteer workshop tentatively scheduled for Nov 14.

More information to follow. Thank you.

Students enjoy STEM activity

Regeneron Employees Lead STEM Activities

Students enjoy STEM activity

Pre-K through grade 4 enjoyed fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities on Oct. 28 thanks to Regeneron.

Each year, the biotechnology company holds a Day for Doing Good, a company-wide global day of service to give back to communities.

A group of employees visited Gardner-Dickinson to lead students through engaging activities such as building geodesic domes from toothpicks and gumdrops and making bubbling lava lamps. Students had fun while learning about science principles such as density, magnetism and chemical reactions.

Thank you so much for spending the day with our students!

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Students with local police

Lockdown Drill Helps Keep Students Safe

Students with local police

Wynantskill UFSD held a lockdown drill Oct. 21 to help keep students and staff safe.

The drill allows the district to practice safety procedures and ensures police are familiar with our building in the event of an emergency.

Thank you to the Town of North Greenbush Police Department for assisting us with this drill and their commitment to keeping our students safe.

Students with fire department mascot

Fire Prevention Day

Firefighter with student

The Wynantskill Fire Department helped students stay safe Oct. 9 as they visited Gardner-Dickinson School for the annual Fire Prevention Day.

The morning started with a fire drill, which firefighters complimented students for evacuating the school so quickly. Firefighters then shared safety reminders such as having a home safety plan, the importance of having working smoke alarms, and how to stop, drop and roll.

Thank you for visiting our school and helping keep our students safe!

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Author Eric Litwin sings with student

Author Inspires Students with Visit

Author Eric Litwin visits students

Eric Litwin, author of books series such as Pete the Cat, The Nuts and Groovy Joe, had students singing, dancing and laughing on Oct. 7 during his visit to Gardner-Dickinson School.

“We can make reading the most fun thing in the world. Sound good?” Mr. Litwin asked students who roared with approval.

Thank you so much for visiting our school and inspiring our students!

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Video of students welcoming Mr. Litwin.

Students study streams

8th Graders Conduct Stream Research

Students study streamsA hands-on activity in science class challenged 8th graders to make observations and predictions about how water flows through soil.

Teacher Martha Ryan used a stream table in class to engage students and practice science research.

“We are modeling how water formed the Grand Canyon as the Colorado River flowed through the Colorado Plateau,” Ms. Ryan told students.

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Students write

Students Get Creative With Help from Guest

Students write

Students were excited to create their own stories and art Sept. 26 when guest Tammy Robinson, founder and managing editor of Skribblers Magazine Inc., visited Gardner-Dickinson.

Ms. Robinson explained how students could submit stories and artwork to the magazine, which features work by students. She then led sessions where students brainstormed and started writing stories or drew pictures.

Thank you for encouraging our students’ creativity today!

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Students with air trolley

6th Graders Learn About Motion

Students with air trolley

As part of a hands-on lesson in science, 6th graders tried out air trolleys on Sept. 24 that they built to learn about motion.

Students strung three meters of fishing line as a track and then ran the trolleys along it, using the force of a rubber band powered propeller to move the vehicle.