G-D celebrates Two’s Day

Gardner-Dickinson celebrated Two’s Day yesterday as a school community, including Twin Day by grade level. This included Pre-K/4th Grade wearing red, Kindergarten/5th Grade wearing orange, 1st Grade/6th Grade wearing yellow, 2nd Grade/7th Grade wearing green and 3rd Grade/8th Grade wearing blue.


Valentine’s Day project deadline extended


With the impending snowstorm tomorrow, we are extending the due date for Valentine’s cards to Monday, February 7.  Stock up on or pull out the crafting supplies – valentines cards would be a great cozy day activity!

Don’t forget our essential workers!  Let’s spread the love and kindness to the nurses at Van Rensselaer too!  💖.

Please leave Valentine’s cards loose (not in envelopes).  Thank you all so much for your amazing caring and compassion!


Meet Rocco Mazzarello

As a result of the Support Services Review, led by consultant John Yagielski, Wynantskill created a new position to supervise and support both Buildings and Grounds and Transportation Departments. 

This new position titled, Head of Buildings, Ground and Transportation, was targeted to a person with a vast knowledge and experience in school facilities and someone willing and capable of overseeing the transportation after some extensive training from our very own consultant, Mike Goyer. 

After many rounds of interviews and background checks, we are excited to have found the perfect person to join our team. 

Join me in welcoming Rocco Mazzarello to the Wynantskill UFSD as Head of Buildings, Grounds and Transportation. He comes to us with 30 years of experience in heavy highway construction and most recently, Rocco held the position of  the Assistant Director of Facilities for the Troy City School District.  

When asked to tell us a little bit about his interests outside of work, Rocco listed the following:

  • I enjoy hiking with my two German Shepherds Ike and Rosie
  • Favorite Football team – Los Angeles Rams
  • Favorite Baseball Team – Pittsburgh Pirates 
  • I like watching professional motorsports; Formula One racing and Motocross are my favorites
  • I love all kinds of Music 
  • I have a Glass 1/2 full positive mentality  
  • I enjoy working with other people to reach common goals
  • I am very approachable and willing to help and am thrilled to be at GD!

If you should have any questions or concerts, please feel free to reach out to Rocco at 518-283-4600 ex.127 or email him at rmazzarello@wynantskillufsd.org.


Results from District Survey

Thank you so much for the feedback at the town hall meetings last week as well as the feedback provided through our online survey. Your feedback is invaluable as we move forward to improve the outcomes for our students. We will be scheduling opportunities for ongoing discussions as we plan for the 2nd half of the year and next year but please know that you never have to wait to ask a question or provide feedback. You can always call or email our principal, Suzann Cornell at 518-283-4600 ex. 201 and scornell@wynantskillufsd.org or myself at myodis@wynantskillufsd.org and 518-283-4600 ex.250.

We welcome your comments and questions at anytime!

Thank you!

Dr. Mary Yodis

Two’s Day (2-2-22)

On Wednesday, we will be celebrating February 2, 2022. This is known as “Two’s Day” (2-2-22). This is the only year this will happen “two” times – Wednesday, 2-2-22 and Tuesday, 2-22-22 during Winter Break. We will be participating in a few fun activities as a school community during the day. We hope your child(ren) can participate in “Twin Day” on Wednesday. Each class will be assigned a color to wear (shirt, pants, hair bow, sneakers, socks…anything you have). See who your Grade level twin will be!

  • Pre-K/4th Grade: Red
  • Kindergarten/5th Grade: Orange
  • 1st Grade/6th Grade: Yellow
  • 2nd Grade/7th Grade: Green
  • 3rd Grade/ 8th Grade: Blue

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School celebrates GD Game Day

Today is National Fun at Work Day. At Gardner-Dickinson, it was known as “GD Game Day.” Students and staff enjoyed trivia and bingo games over the intercom, which included some great prizes from our PTA. The school was also treated to a lunchtime concert by Technology Specialist Anthony Vescio and donated ice cream soda floats from Hannaford, homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches, pretzels, and popcorn. Thank you to our students and staff for coming together to build community and end the week for some fun activities.

Interested in Running for the Board of Education?

Wynantskill UFSD residents who are interested in running for a Board of Education position can find the nominating petition below. Each nominating petition must contain a minimum of 25 valid signatures and must be returned to the district clerk by 5 p.m. on April 18, 2022.

Board Candidate Packet (including the petition)

Handbook for Running for the School Board (New York State School Boards Association)

Positive COVID-19 Cases at Wynantskill UFSD

Dear Families,

The Wynantskill UFSD learned this week of 8 positive Covid-19 cases, including 5 elementary students and 3 middle school students. Please monitor your child(ren) for any symptoms of COVID-19 and report any absences and positive COVID-19 test results to our school nurse Tricia Gibbs at 518-283-4600.

As a reminder, the school district has moved to a weekly notification email to parents and guardians (rather than sending emails as cases happen. Families of children identified as a close contact at school will continue to receive a phone call from school personnel, consistent with what we have done throughout the pandemic.

Thank you all for your continued support and ongoing efforts to keep Wynantskill UFSD safe and healthy. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.


Dr. Mary Yodis
Wynantskill UFSD Superintendent

PTA seeks Valentine’s Day cards for local nursing home

The Wynantskill PTA would like your support to help Share the Love this Valentine’s Day!

Let’s help bring Cupid to the residents at Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Facility by creating some fabulous Valentine’s Day cards!

There’s no limit on how many cards you can submit so create, share, and show all the love you can!

Please send cards to school to be left in the Main Office.

All cards must be received by Friday February 4.

Let’s “royally” brighten someone’s day with some love and kindness.



A Message from the Superintendent

Dear GD Families:

I want to thank those of you who attended our town hall meetings by grade level last evening. We had about 100 family members as well as PTA and BOE members in attendance to engage in important conversations about the current school year. 

I have attached the PowerPoint slides, the calendar list of actual and anticipated activities, a bulleted summary of the discussions as well as the actual notes taken by my assistant, Heidi Hallock. 

If you were unable to attend and would like to provide your feedback, please complete our online survey by Friday, January 28 at https://www.wynantskillufsd.org/2022/01/24/survey-for-families-unable-to-attend-1-25-town-hall/

We will then share the results of this survey in the upcoming week. 

Thank you again for your time, feedback, suggestions, and your support to our school district. 

We look forward to working with you to make improvements for our children.

Dr. Mary Yodis