Students Design Space Exploration Vehicles to Learn About Motion
Challenged to be part of an engineering design team, 4th graders designed and built space exploration vehicles this year. “This unit has been about motion and design,” explained teacher Kristin Gilooly. “Students designed vehicles and then tested the effects of force and load on motion.” The lesson encouraged students to be creative as they designing a vehicle to move at a certain rate of speed while being pulled by a weight on a string.
Kindergarteners Plant Magic Jelly Beans
Kindergarteners planted magic jelly beans that grew into lollipops over the weekend with the help of Food Services Director Lori Audi. “I got magic jellybeans from the Easter Bunny, who is a personal friend,” explained Ms. Audi. “The students planted them on Friday. After their work was done on Monday we went outside and found they had grown into lollipops.” See more photos...
Guests Visit Gardner-Dickinson to Read to Students
Gardner-Dickinson School had lots of guest readers in March to go along with the Parents As Reading Partners program. Readers include police officers, elected officials, authors and more. A photo slideshow is available...
Two Odyssey of the Mind Teams Advance to State Tournament
Two of Gardner-Dickinson’s Odyssey of the Mind teams are headed to the state competition after doing so well at the Mar. 7 regional tournament. One team finished first in their division while a second team placed second in their division but still qualified for the state competition on Apr. 11 in Binghamton. A total of 106 teams from schools in Rensselaer, Greene and Columbia counties competed in the regional competition held at Algonquin Middle School on Saturday with 18 teams advancing to state competition. Congratulations to our teams!
Students Learn About Computer Programming
To help introduce students to one of the fastest growing career fields, 7th graders learned about computer science as part of a worldwide effort called the Hour of Code. “What’s great is it’s engaging for students and they can work at their own pace,” said Teacher Matt Lutz. Read more and see more photos...
Teachers Kick Off Parents As Reading Partners Program
Gardner-Dickinson School kicked off this year’s Parents as Reading Partners program with teachers swapping classrooms to read their favorite books to students. “What a huge success. The students loved it!” said Principal Mary Yodis. “Many of them have already started begging me for another one soon.”
4th and 6th Graders Learn to Snowshoe
Students in 4th and 6th grades learned how to snowshoe recently in physical education class.
Students Work on Writing Skills
Gardner-Dickinson elementary students participated in a writing workshop on Mar. 4 when Tammy Ellis Robinson, founder and managing editor of Skribblers Magazine, spent the day working with students. Read more...
7th Graders Create Skit Based on Novel They Read
Seventh graders in teacher Rebecca Delaney’s English Language Arts class performed a skit based on Stargirl, a novel they read. Students brainstormed, wrote a script that demonstrated a character trait and performed their skit using props and costumes that complemented their scripts.
3rd Graders Learn About Japan From Classmate and Parent
Third graders learned about Japan from a classmate and her mother during a class presentation. “The students were very enthusiastic about the presentation and it was wonderful for them to have a chance to ask Athena and her mom their questions about life in Japan,” said Teacher Lauren Curran. Read more...
Jump Rope for Heart Raises Money and Awareness for American Heart Association
Parent Liza Kerwin would like to share the following message of thanks to our community. "Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Jump Rope for Heart event. Gardner-Dickinson raised over $5,400 for the American Heart Association and 63 people were trained in Hands-Only CPR. The top three fundraisers were Shay Kerwin, grade 5; Gideon Abbas, grade 2; and Matthew Blaisdell, grade 4. The top participating class was Mr. DiSotto's fifth grade class." Thank you Ms. Kerwin and Shay for organizing such a great event!
1st Graders Learn Phonics, Spelling and Vowels
To help 1st graders learn phonics, spelling and vowels, teacher Jennifer Kelleher uses an activity where students write words on signs and hold them up to illustrate their understanding of the lesson. First, Ms. Kelleher instructed students to spell “wall” then change a vowel to create “will” and then “well” before inserting a letter to create “wheel”. Students also practiced saying the words and using them in a sentence. “You guys are so good at this. Awesome job,” said Ms. Kelleher.
Quilt Raffle Fundraiser for Gr. 8 Class Trip
The 8th grade class is holding a raffle for a quilt that was made and donated by 6th grade teacher Laura Horacek. Tickets are available in main office or from 8th grade students for $2 each or 3 for $5. Drawing will be held Apr. 2. Proceeds will help pay for the class trip to Washington, DC in May.
Follow the Search Process for New Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Lee Bordick announced at the Jan. 15 BOE meeting that he will be leaving the district at the end of the current school year. "Serving as Superintendent of Schools has been a wonderful experience for me and I feel blessed and honored to have had this opportunity," said Mr. Bordick. "The future is bright and I am confident that the best is yet to come." Click here to see the latest on the superintendent search process...
To Help Keep Students Safe, Please Do Not Park in Front of School
To help ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, Gardner-Dickinson School is asking visitors to please avoid parking in the bus loop. Fire lanes must be kept clear to ensure emergency vehicles can access the school in the event of an emergency. Here is a parent letter with additional parking details...