GD’s Got Talent Show Auditions – Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Gardner-Dickinson School will hold auditions for its 4th Annual GD’s Got Talent Show on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. For more information, click here for a permission slip with details… Posted 11/26/13.
Basketball Schedules Available
The boys and girls modified basketball schedules are available on a one-page printable sheet on the Athletics webpage by clicking here… Posted 11/19/13.
Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale Fundraiser for Gr. 8 Class Trip - Saturday, Dec. 14
Gardner-Dickinson School will hold a pancake breakfast and bake sale fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria. The event will help fund the Grade 8 Class Trip to Washington, DC. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, juice and coffee. Cost is $7.50 for ages 12 and over; $5 for those under 12. Posted 11/21/13.
Students Learn About Native American Culture and History
Fourth graders learned about the Five Nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) on Nov. 19 when Native Educator Stephanie Marie visited Gardner-Dickinson School. Students learned about the culture and history of the Native Americans and had an opportunity to try some traditional dances. Click here to see photos… Posted 11/21/13.
Students Perform at All County Music Festival
Gardner-Dickinson students had the opportunity to perform with students from schools across the county at the annual Rensselaer County School Music Association Concert held at Maple Hill High School on Nov. 16. Congratulations to Nikkita Alcombright, Emma Geisser and Ryleigh Haynes who performed with the Elementary Chorus, and Michael LaBelle, Conner McClain, Stephen McClain and Courtney Miller who performed with the Junior Band! Posted 11/19/13.
Students, Faculty and Staff Volunteer to Work on Garden
Students, faculty and staff volunteered their time on Nov. 16 to get the school garden ready for next year by cleaning it out and mulching. “In the spring, we are always looking for parent volunteers to help the classroom teachers with planting,” said Teacher Peter Mesh. “And during the summer, volunteers enjoy the harvest and bring extra food to the Hope 7 Food Pantry.” If you would like to get involved, please e-mail Mr. Mesh. Posted 11/19/13.
As a privilege for being good students, Mrs. Kelleher’s first grade class got to eat their snack in another classroom, joining Mrs. Swart’s sixth grade class for a “working snack”. “Sixth graders read books to first graders while they enjoyed their snacks,” explained Mrs. Swart. “Then, first graders returned the favor and read to them.” Click here to see photos... Posted 11/07/13.
Brendan Wilson & Lauren Nicoll Athletes of the Month
Congratulations to Brendan Wilson and Lauren Nicoll, Athletes of the Month for October. “Brendan began soccer for the first time in 2012. Since then he has worked very hard to improve his skills and be a role model to others. This season Brendan led the team in assists and scored in the CBA scrimmage. Lauren has grown leaps and bounds this year. She works hard at endurance and plays any position she is asked without ever complaining. She shows great sportsmanship and has a never give up attitude,” said Athletic Director Laurie Albright. Posted 11/07/13.
Fourth graders shared their science projects with kindergarteners on Oct. 31 during a class visit. Students created quizzes about horses, sports and other interests with the correct answer completing an electric circuit that lit a light. Click here to see photos… Great job! Posted 10/31/13.
Fifth graders Brigid Mack and Jaylei George volunteer to be Box Top counters for Peter Mesh’s class. Box Tops for Education allows schools to earn free equipment. Brigid and Jaylei count Box Tops collected in classrooms to determine what class earns a pizza party by collecting the most Box Tops. Great job Brigid and Jaylei! Posted 10/24/13.
Kindergarten teacher Gina Mahoney created a photo slideshow for our community to enjoy. “Here is another kindergarten slideshow, with some Family Fun Night pictures at the end!" wrote Mrs. Mahoney. Click here to see the photo slideshow…. Posted 10/22/13.
Fourth graders participated in hands-on science activities to study the Hudson River on Oct. 10 as part of National Estuaries Week. “I heard about the ‘Day in the Life of the Hudson River’ event and thought it would be a great opportunity for 4th grade to get some hands-on experience with one of New York State’s most important natural resources,” explained Librarian Linda Fecura. Read more and view a photo gallery… Posted 10/17/13.
District Receives Free PE Equipment
Gardner Dickinson School received free physical education equipment thanks to the Jump Rope for Heart Festival led by parent Mrs. Kerwin last year. “Gardner Dickinson students would like to thank CAP COM Federal Credit Union for their $500 donation towards physical education equipment during the Jump Rope for Heart Festival,” said Physical Education Teacher Keith Akots. This year’s event will be held Feb. 28. Posted 10/17/13.
Students learned fire safety on Oct. 9 as Gardener-Dickinson School held its annual Fire Prevention Day. Members of the Wynantskill Fire Department volunteered their time to talk with students about kitchen safety, what to do in the event of a fire and other safety tips. Thank you to the Wynantskill Fire Department for helping keep our students and community safe! Click here for photos… Posted 10/10/13.
First grade students received a memorable lesson about weather when they visited the YNN studio on Oct. 9. “First grade has been studying a unit on weather,” explained teacher Jennifer Kelleher. “We met meteorologist Mike Bono and he showed us the green board and how it worked. The students got to try it out for themselves and see themselves on the TV. It was an exciting trip.” Thank you YNN for making time for our students! Click here to see photos... Posted 10/10/13.
Fifth graders learned first-hand about the water cycle in their science class. “Our buckets are called stream tables,” explained teacher Peter Mesh. “We have used them to make a model of the water cycle, comparing how ‘rain’ on the land is different than a stream running across and to take a look at run-off.” Click here to see photos…
Jordan Audi Named Student Athlete of the Month
Eighth grader Jordan Audi was named Student Athlete of the Month for September. “Jordan is a hard worker on and off the field,” said Athletic Director Laurie Albright. “In September Jordan scored six goals for the Royals soccer team and led them to a 4-2 victory over Berlin.” Congratulations Jordan! Posted 10/08/13.
Gardener-Dickinson school held a "First Friday Read In" on Oct. 4, with parents and grandparents reading to students on the first Friday of the month. "It's a time for moms, dads, grandparents or any family members to come in and share time and promote literacy," explained teacher Ellen Moak. Click here for photos... If you would like to be a guest reader, please e-mail Ellen Moak or Gina Mahoney or call the main office at 283-4600 ext. 10. Posted 10/04/13.
Fourth graders are enjoying an opportunity this year to practice their reading skills by reading to kindergartners. When a group of fourth grade students visited Mrs. Mahoney and Mrs. Moak’s classes on Oct. 3, kindergarten students didn’t want their older classmates to stop, asking them to keep reading books as they gathered around them. “They have a lot of great strengths to share and this also helps build their own skills,” explained Reading Specialist Rebecca Benjamin. Click here to see photos… Posted 10/04/13.
5th Graders Honor Birth of Teacher's First Child
5th grade students surprised their teacher Dan DiSotto by honoring the birth of his first child with a book they wrote about “Advice to New Parents” and a cake made by parent Joyce Lanesey. Great job students and congratulations Mr. DiSotto! Posted 10/03/13.
Kindergarten teacher Gina Mahoney created a photo slideshow for our community to enjoy. “Here is our very first smilebox!” wrote Mrs. Mahoney. “I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy spending my days with your beautiful children!” Click here to see the photo slideshow… Posted 10/03/13.
Sixth Graders Learn About Electricity Thanks to Parent Volunteer
Sixth grade students learned about where electricity comes from thanks to John Geisser, a Gardner-Dickinson parent who spoke to students about his work at the Castleton Energy Center natural gas plant. “Thank you Mr. Geisser for volunteering his time to our science classes!” said 6th grade teacher Samantha Swart. Click here to read more... Posted 10/01/13.
Archaeologist Provides Students Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Gardner-Dickinson students had a first-hand opportunity to learn about archaeology when Adam Luscier, a project director from Hartgen Archaeological Associations, recently spoke to students. “Thank you to Mr. Luscier for volunteering his time to our 6th grade classes!” said teachers Laura Horacek and Samantha Swart. Click here to read more... Posted 10/01/13.
Fall Sports Photos
Athletic Director Laurie Albright shared photos from recent fall sports. Click here for a photo gallery… Posted 10/01/13.
Students Receive Free Dictionaries From Elks
Third and fifth grade students received free dictionaries on Sept. 24 thanks to the Troy Lodge of Elks #141. Walter Hughes, James “Bud” McGrath and Carolee Jasiewicz visited classes to give out the books. “We want you to be able to take these books with you through grade school and further,” said Mr. Hughes. “You learn to read and you read to learn.” Click here to see a photo gallery... Thank you Troy Lodge of Elks for helping our students! Posted 9/24/13.
Welcome New Gardner-Dickinson Faculty!
Wynantskill UFSD welcomes our new faculty members to Gardner-Dickinson School! Pictured (left to right), Dan DiSotto (Grade 5), Keli Pautler (Special Education), Rebecca Benjamin (Reading), Kaelyn Kinley (Grade 3), Alicia Rockwell (Special Education) and Sara Fenton (1st Grade).