Health Office - Miss Gibbs

Reminder About Next Year’s Health Requirements

School Nurse Tricia Gibbs would like to remind families of health requirements for next year.

  • All students entering grades K, 1, 3, 5 and 7 will need to submit an updated physical. This physical can be no older than one year on the first day of school.
  • All students entering Grade 6 need to submit verification of receiving two Varicella vaccines, and a Tdap vaccine at age 11. If your child is not yet 11 when entering 6th grade, they have until two weeks after their 11th birthday to submit proof of TDap vaccine.
  • All students entering 7th grade need to submit verification of receiving a Meningitis vaccine.
  • All immunization records and updated physical forms should be submitted within the first two weeks of school.

Please let Ms. Gibbs know if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you.

Kindergartners pick lollipops

Kindergartners Pick Lollipops

Kindergartners

Kindergartners picked lollipops on Apr. 16 that grew from magic jelly beans that Food Services Director Lori Audi helped students plant the prior week.

Thank you Ms. Audi for sharing this wonderful tradition with our students each year!

More photos.

School Budget Information

BOE Adopts Proposed 2019-20 Budget

The Board of Education adopted a proposed 2019-20 school budget on Apr. 11 that preserves programs for students while planning for the district’s continued enrollment growth.

The proposed budget totals $9,797,480, a 3.6% increase over the 2018-2019 budget. The estimated 2.52% tax levy increase is once again within New York’s Property Tax Cap. It requires no cuts to staff.

Our community will vote on the proposed budget Tuesday, May 21 from noon to 9:00 p.m.

Highlights of the budget include:

  • Increases library media specialist from 0.8 to 0.9 full-time equivalency to enhance middle school library access and collaboration opportunities with teachers.
  • Maintains a teaching assistant assigned to grades 3 and 5 to address those grades relatively larger class sizes.
  • Continues the district’s Pre-Kindergarten program with one classroom for students.
  • Maintains textbook and supply funding to support all curriculum areas.
  • Maintains hardware and software funding to support technology for all grades.

“We continue to look for ways to create opportunities for students while being mindful of our taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon. “This budget ensures we’re planning for the short term and long term to avoid spikes in future spending.”

One long-term challenge the budget helps plan for is future tuition payments for students to attend high schools. Graduating classes will begin to increase after the Class of 2019.

“Our enrollment is growing,” said Dr. Reardon. “We had a little over 300 students when I started here three years ago and now we’re over 400. It’s great that our district is growing but we have to plan for the future costs for our students to attend high school.”

On May 21, voters will also decide on a proposition to purchase two school buses (as part of the district’s long-term bus replacement program) and propositions to create a Capital Reserve and Repair Reserve. The Capital Reserve and Repair Reserve will help the district plan for long- and short-term maintenance of building and grounds without impacting general funds.

The district will share more budget details in the upcoming weeks including a newsletter mailed to all residents.

Sheriff Russo with students

Sheriff Russo Reads to Kindergartners

Sheriff Russo with students

Kindergartners had a special guest reader Apr. 12, Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick Russo.

Sheriff Russo explained to students that he was visiting because his “#1 employee”, a sergeant with the department, has a child in the class.

Sheriff Russo read one of his favorite books, “5 Pennies to Spend,” a story about a child who decides to buy items for friends he meets on the way to the store instead of buying something for himself.

Sheriff Russo also handed out deputy stars to students.

Thank you for visiting our students today!

Honor Rolls

3rd Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

Honor Rolls

High Honor Roll

Grade 7: Ryan Bates, Madelyn Comenole, Molly Graiff, Anya Kulzer, Rita Lin, Mia Lucey, Keely Panichi, Taylor Schoonmaker, Athena Seebald, Laura VerWys and Abram Weatherwax.

Grade 8: Leonardo Clemenzi, Maryssa Crosier, Lauren Czubek, Kaya George, Emma Gilooly, Christian Kim, Cooper Murray, Ryan Strang and Michael Zakarka.

Honor Roll

Grade 7: Braden Ceresia, Sydney Davey, Madeline Defreest, Samantha Flagg, Gabriella Geise, Ethan Hallenbeck, Jireh Henriquez, Owen Hirokawa, Angela Lanesey, Aaron Martin, Isabela Niver, Olivia Palmer, Alivia Reo, Tim Thomas and Carter Zimmerman.

Grade 8: Matthew Blaisdell, Theresa Crawford, Kassidy Duda, William Eccles, Isabella Marte, Joseph Parrottino, Mia Perrotti, Tyler Quinn, Philip Ryan, Anthony Sano, Baylee Terry and Ryan Therrien.

School Safety Award

District Receives School Safety Award

School Safety Award

Wynantskill UFSD was honored with the highest School Safety Excellence Award from Utica National Insurance Group in March. This is the fifth year in a row the district has received a safety award from the group.

Each year Utica National recognizes schools for safety in categories such as playground safety and bullying prevention.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” said Brian Saville, a Senior Vice President with Utica National. “Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Wynantskill Union Free School District among them.”