School dance Principal and Superintendent of the Day A students with her penguin presentation Shay Kerwin is recognized Safety award Superintendent Lee Bordick with student 1st graders read to Mrs. Yodis Book Fair Students design lunar vehicle Students have fun with math Guest reader Outside school

Thank You to PTO for Organizing Dance

Thank you to the PTO for organizing a great Girl’s Choice Sadie Hawkins Dance for fathers and daughters on May 1.

Students Named Principal and Superintendent of the Day for Good Character

Congratulations to Gaetano Tedesco and Isabella Hug who were selected as Principal and Superintendent of the Day, respectively. Gaetano and Isabella were selected for the awards as part of Gardner-Dickinson’s character education program that rewards good character. Congratulations!

2nd Graders Create PowerPoint Presentations About Penguins

Second graders in Mrs. Carmody and Ms. Cronin’s classrooms completed a research project this year about penguins. They then shared the PowerPoint presentations they created with families and guests. Great job! View more photos...

Shay Kerwin Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

Fifth grader Shay Kerwin was recognized at the Apr. 28 school assembly for his volunteer efforts. Shay raised nearly $18,000 to support the American Heart Association. He created the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event and participates in the annual Heart Walk. Shay also helps to prepare and serve meals at the Damien Center for people with HIV and AIDS. Great job!

District Earns Highest Level Safety Award

Wynantskill UFSD was recently awarded the highest level Safety Excellence Award from Utica National Insurance Group. The insurance group honors districts with awards based on categories such as bullying prevention, playground safety and transportation. “Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” said Mark Aquino from 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.”

Students Read Hundreds of Books in March

In March, 2nd graders tracked books they read at home through a program they called “Bee a Reader.” Principal Mary Yodis and Superintendent Lee Bordick were asked to select one of the hundreds of bees, which represented books read, while blindfolded. Winners were Kade Baker and Gianna Gross from Mrs. Carmody’s class and Dominic Dinardo and Avary Vejvoda from Mrs. Cronin’s class. "Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who read so many books," said Mrs. Yodis. "Great job 2nd graders!" View more photos...

1st Graders Save Up Points to Read to Principal Yodis

First graders saved up their points for good behavior to read some of their favorite books to Principal Mary Yodis. Great job!

Thank You to PTO and Volunteers for Making Book Fair a Success

Wynantskill UFSD would like to thank Sue Czubek, Kate Mercado and all of the parent volunteers who made this year’s book fair such a huge success. Thank you for encouraging a love of reading in our students!

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.

Making Math Fun for 6th Graders

To help make math fun, 6th grade teacher Laura Horacek and parent Mrs. Abbas had students race to correctly answer multiplication facts.

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...

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...

CALENDAR

News & Events

Budget newsletterBudget Newsletter Available as PDF

The budget newsletter is available as a pdf here… The newsletter is currently being printed and will be mailed to all community members around May 8. The proposed budget requires no cuts to programs or staffing and maintains class sizes. It increases the tax levy by an estimated 1.91%, the fifth year in a row the increase has been 2% or below. The community vote on the budget will be held Tuesday, May 19 from noon to 9:00 p.m. in the school band room. Posted 4/30/15.


Spirit Wear Sale - Deadline: Thursday, May 7

Don’t miss your final chance to buy a T-Shirt for School Spirit Days and Field Day! All orders are due by Thursday, May 7. Order forms are available here… Contact the PTO with any questions. Posted 4/27/15.


No School Due to Number of Snow Days Used - Thursday, May 21

There will be no school Thursday, May 21 due to the number of snow days the district used this winter. There will also be no school on Friday, May 22, which was a previously scheduled day off. Posted 4/27/15.


3rd Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

The 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls were recently announced. Congratulations to our students! Posted 4/27/15.


Camp InventionRegister Now for Camp Invention at Gardner-Dickinson

Gardner-Dickinson welcomes Camp Invention, a week-long summer enrichment program designed and taught by educators that promotes engagement with STEM through hands-on activities. The camp will be held at Gardner-Dickinson School from Aug. 3 to 7 for children entering grades 1 - 6. For more information, see this flyer. To register, click here or call 1-800-968-4332. Hurry, spots are limited! Posted 3/03/15.


Register Kindergarteners Now for 2015-16 School Year

Gardner-Dickinson School has started phone registration for children who will attend kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year. Children must be 5-years-old on or before Dec. 1, 2015 to attend kindergarten next year. To register, parents are asked to call Ms. Fazioli at (518) 283-4600 ext. 10 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration forms are available here... Posted 1/08/14.


Substitute Teachers and Aides Needed

Gardner-Dickinson School is currently in need for substitute teachers and aides. For application forms, please visit our Employment webpage... Posted 2/26/15.


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 9/02/14.


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