Bus drivers honored District named Top Workplace Jesse Saperstein, Brigid Mack and Mary Yodis Jesse Saperstein, Brigid Mack and Mary Yodis Gr. 2 uses sign language Odyssey of the Mind team Grade 8 trip to Washington, DC Students plant magic jelly beans Author Matt McElligott signs book for student Principal for a Day

Bus Drivers Honored with Appreciation Award

The district's bus drivers received some much deserved recognition on Apr. 19 as they were selected for a monthly appreciation award. Every month, an employee is selected to show how much they are appreciated by their colleagues. Each bus driver received a note of thanks, a mug and a gift card to Dunkin Donuts. "We wanted to thank them for everything they do for Gardner-Dickinson and make sure they know how appreciated they are," said Michelle Nicklas, who organizes the award.

District Honored as Top Workplace

Wynantskill UFSD is proud to announce it has been named a 2016 Top Workplace by The Times Union. "We are incredibly proud to be selected a Top Workplace. It means more than just are our employees happy but also do they feel heard and do they have confidence in where we are headed," Dr. Reardon said. Read more...

Newsletter Highlights Academic Programs

A newsletter highlighting academic programs at Gardner-Dickinson was mailed to our community Apr. 14.

Autism Advocate Speaks to Students

Author and autism advocate Jesse Saperstein brought a powerful message to Gardner-Dickinson on Apr. 11 about celebrating differences and accepting others during an assembly organized by 7th grader Brigid Mack. "I wanted to bring Jesse here because he has so many great things to share," Brigid said. Read more...

Gr. 2 Learns Sign Language from GD Alumna

Second graders in Kate Cronin's class are learning sign language this year with the help of Gardner-Dickinson alumna Jenna LeFevre. Ms. LeFevre, a senior at Troy High School, is completing a student internship by working with Ms. Cronin. Ms. LeFevre plans to go to The Sage Colleges to become a teacher. Watch a short video...

Odyssey of the Mind Team Competes at State Tournament

Gardner-Dickinson's 7th and 8th grade Odyssey of the Mind team competed at the state tournament in Binghamton on Apr. 2 after finishing 1st in the regional tournament. While they did not advance to the World Finals, they did a tremendous job. "Although we won't be going to Worlds, I couldn't be more proud of our students! A great end to an Odyssey season!" said Superintendent Thomas Reardon.

8th Grade Class Enjoys Trip to Washington, DC

Eighth graders enjoyed the annual class trip to Washington, DC this year!

Kindergartners Plant Magic Jelly Beans

Food Services Director Lori Audi brought kindergarteners outside Mar. 22 to plant magic jelly beans next to the flag pole. "I have very special magic jelly beans that the Easter Bunny gave me," said Ms. Audi. "They'll grow into something special in the next couple days." Keep posted to see what the jelly beans grow into! More photos...

Author Visits School to Speak with Students

Author Matt McElligott explained to students how he creates illustrated books during his visit to Gardner-Dickinson on Mar. 16. Thanks for visiting our school and speaking with our students!

Kindergartner Is Principal for a Day

Kindergartner Evelyn Knightes was Principal for a Day on Mar. 2 after being selected as winner at the Bee Assembly. "She went into every classroom and handed out Bee awards to students who were working hard," said Principal Mary Yodis. "She even visited the Middle School!" Great job!


News & Events

Budget Presentation2016-17 Budget Adopted; Preserves Student Programs

The Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2016-17 budget at its Apr. 21 meeting. The $9,096,145 budget would increase the tax levy by 0.79%, which is within New York State's Property Tax Cap. The proposed budget maintains programs and preserves opportunities for students. Our community will vote Tuesday, May 17. The budget presentation is available here…. Posted 4/22/16.

Baseball/Softball Announcements

  • Softball game originally scheduled for Apr. 12 will be played Monday, May 2 at Watervliet.

Please Check Lost and Found for Clothing – Deadline: Friday, May 6

If your child is missing a piece of clothing, please check the Lost and Found in the School Nurse's Office by Friday, May 6. After that date, unclaimed items will be donated to local charitable organizations. Lost and Found will also be on display at the May 4 Spring Concert. Thank you. Posted 4/28/16.

Order Supplies for Incoming K-4 Students

Parents of incoming K-4 students can order school supplies for 2016-17 through SchoolKidz. The website provides complete kits of school supplies delivered to the school where they will be waiting for students in their classroom when they arrive in the fall. Online orders are due by Friday, Apr. 29. More info here... Posted 4/14/16.

Sadie Hawkins DanceSadie Hawkins Dance - Friday, May 13

The PTO will hold the Sadie Hawkins Masquerade Ball on Friday, May 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the gym. The event is for K-5 girls and an adult chaperone. Cost is $5 per child. A permission slip with more info is available here…. Posted 4/27/16.

Royal Knight AdventurePTO Holds Royal Knight Adventure - Friday, May 20

The PTO will hold a Royal Knight Adventure for all K-8 boys and their mothers on Friday, May 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will feature games, activities, bounce obstacle course, Lego races, pizza and desserts. It will be held outside the school (rain location inside the gym). Cost is $5. A permission slip is available here and is due Friday, May 13. Posted 4/26/16.

School Bucks ProgramFinal Countdown for School Bucks Program - June 1

Gardner-Dickinson has moved into 9th place in the Colonie Center School Bucks program! The district is currently in position to earn $500 for our school but if we keep moving up we can earn even more! Please keep sending in Colonie Center receipts (within 60 days of purchase) to the Main Office or at the Customer Service desk in the mall. Contest ends June 1. Thanks to the PTO for organizing this! Posted 4/14/16.

Honor Rolls3rd Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

The 3rd quarter honor rolls are available here... Congratulations to our students! Posted 4/13/16.


School Taxes: Q&ASchool Taxes: Questions and Answers

Question about your school tax bill? Your NYS Property Tax Rebate Check? Check our Schools Taxes Questions and Answers webpage... Posted 8/21/15.

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