Dr. Reardon with student

Dr. Reardon Leaving at End of School Year

Dr. Reardon with student

Wynantskill UFSD wants to share with our community that Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon announced tonight that he is leaving the district at the end of the school year.

Dr. Reardon has accepted an offer to become Superintendent of Schalmont CSD, a school district serving approximately 1,900 students in Schenectady, Albany and Montgomery counties.

“I want to thank everyone in the Wynantskill community who made my time here such a wonderful experience,” said Dr. Reardon. “Gardner-Dickinson is a special place and it is incredibly difficult to leave. But I look forward to this next chapter and the opportunity to serve so many families in the Schalmont School District.”

Dr. Reardon joined Wynantskill UFSD in 2015. He led efforts to create new opportunities for students in art, music, library research and technology while also strengthening learning in core subjects.

Dr. Reardon worked with the Board of Education to develop budgets within the tax cap that were approved each year by our community. He also led the district through its most recent Capital Project, which added classrooms, a performance stage and other building improvements.

“We want to thank Dr. Reardon for his years of service with the Wynantskill family, students, staff, parents, and community. We wish him well in his next adventure,” said Board President Andrew Lanesey.

The Board of Education will discuss next steps for the district in its process to hire a successor to Dr. Reardon. We will keep out community updated of the superintendent search as soon as details are finalized.

Coronavirus Update

School Closure Updates

To make it easier for families to find the latest information about the school closing due to coronavirus precautions, we are listing all updates on this webpage. Last updated May 4, 2020.

Classes Canceled Through End of School Year

Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the school closing for all New York schools through the end of the school year.

Buildings Closed to Visitors

School buildings are closed to visitors. We apologize for the inconvenience but we want to minimize the number of people in our buildings and allow our Facilities Department to thoroughly clean with minimal disruption.

Home Instruction Resources

During the school closure, our teachers are working to help keep students learning. While nothing replaces direct teacher instruction in a classroom, please check our Contact US webpage for email addresses, websites and social media accounts for teachers.

Playground Closed

The school’s playground is closed during the school closure by order of New York State to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Capital District YMCA to Provide Childcare for Essential Personnel

The YMCA is providing childcare services for essential personnel who do not have the option to work from home, as defined by the NYS Education Department. More info here.

Free Meals Available for Students

Gardner-Dickinson School will offer a week of meals for any student who wants them each Monday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Pick up location is the loading dock on the right side of the building. Meals will be ready for any families who picked them up last week.

If you have not received the meals and would like to, please email Food Service Director Lori Audi at laudi@wynantskillufsd.org with names of students and any allergies or restrictions. You can also leave a message at 518-283-4600 ext. 22.

Technology

Families facing technology challenges during school closure are asked to please email Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon.

Grades 3-8 Assessments Suspended

New York State has suspended the Grades 3-8 ELA and Math assessments this school year.

Preventative Measures for Families

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent website with preventative measures.

  • Here are some basic guidelines.
  • Encourage your family to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is the top recommendation by the NYS Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Throw away tissues after use and wash hands with soap and water.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including cell phones

Have a Question About an Update That Is Not Listed Here?

Please email Communications Specialist Jason McCord if you have a question not listed on this webpage.

Wynantskill UFSD

Letter for Families from Dr. Yodis

Hello GD Families,

First and foremost, I hope you are all well and staying safe at home. I miss the kids terribly and hope you will give them my love and well wishes.

I wanted to let you all know that due to the extended school closure, we at GD, are hard at work as we begin to deliver new instruction in an effective and efficient manner. The last few weeks teachers have ensured a spiral review of previously taught curriculum and moved towards mastery in many areas.

Now that home instruction is continuing through the end of the month, we will be presenting students with new curriculum and materials at each grade level and in every subject area. We will be utilizing the same curriculum framework and materials that our students are accustomed to, just delivering in a creative fashion to say the least.

In ELA, grades K-5 will continue the use of our Journeys reading program and grades 6-8 will continue their use of novel studies and writing units. In math K-8 students will continue the NYS Standards and Modules. In Science, our new Foss Kits will be used virtually in conjunction with your new home laboratories (thank you). In Social Studies, the NYS inquiry-based standards will continue to be followed. Spanish in grades 6-8 will have combinations of review at differentiated levels, as well as new areas of study. Special area teachers will also be posting activities and assignments to engage your children in the arts and physical education.

Because we will now be providing new instruction, it is essential that your children are able to log on to a computer each day to obtain these new lessons, complete assignments and to engage in group meetings. Please note that if you need to borrow a computer from the school, please email Anthony Vescio at avescio@wynantskillufsd.org in order to arrange a time that is mutually convenient.

Next Monday, April 13, will begin the collection and assessment of student work that will be used for 4th quarter grading. Participation, effort and completeness of assignments will be used for grading so it is critical that students are engaging each day.

We understand that many of you are juggling work, your children’s schooling, and everyone’s mental health and well being during such a stressful time. Please know that we are working hard to provide children with clear and concise instructions/assignments and reteaching opportunities so that they should be able to work independently or with minimal support. We will also have our remedial, special education teachers, therapists and support staff reaching out to students to provide their services and supports as well.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email me at myodis@wynantskillufsd.org.

Thank you and please be well and stay safe,

Dr. Mary Yodis

Healthy food

Free Grab and Go Meals for Students

Gardner-Dickinson School will offer a week of meals for any student who wants them each Monday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Pick up location is the loading dock on the right side of the building. Meals will be ready for any families who picked them up last week.

If you have not received the meals and would like to, please email Food Service Director Lori Audi at laudi@wynantskillufsd.org with names of students and any allergies or restrictions.

You can also leave a message at 518-283-4600 ext. 22.

Healthy food

Families Encouraged to Apply for Free & Reduced Lunch

Food Service Director Lori Audi would like to encourage families who have been financially effected by the coronavirus pandemic to please fill out a Free and Reduced Price Lunch application.

We will continue to offer free meals on Monday mornings during the school closure for any students who need them.

But filling out the application will help ensure families are eligible for free or reduced price meals when the pandemic is over, carrying over to the summer and into the new school year.

Please contact Ms. Audi at laudi@wynantskillufsd.org for an application.

Books

Educators Read Stories in Videos

Gardner-Dickinson School misses our students terribly during this school closure. So educators have recorded videos of themselves reading one of their favorite books that we will share each day.

We will post them here.