Gr. 3-8 NYS Assessment Dates

Dear Parents,

 

The annual New York State (NYS) assessments for Grades 3-8 English Language arts (ELA) and Math will be administered after our spring break. These annual tests are state mandated and designed to measure student achievement and proficiency with the NYS learning standards that guide classroom instruction. The data we receive help us prepare for and plan our academic programming for the following school year.

 

Our testing dates are: 

ELA Part 1: Wednesday, April 19

ELA Part 2: Thursday, April 20

ELA Make-up Day: Friday, April 21

Math Part 1: Tuesday, May 2

Math Part 2: Wednesday, May 3

Math Make-up Day: Thursday, May 4

 

Administration will begin between 8:30-8:45 am. The tests are untimed and students may take as long as they need to complete them within the confines of the school day. The tests typically take 80 – 100 minutes to complete. 

 

We look forward to your child’s success with New York State tests this year. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Suzann Cornell

GD Softball Schedule

 

Attention GD Families:

The GD Softball Schedule is available to view for those interested! Please click on the link below, or view it on the districts google calendar:

https://www.colonialcouncil.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?cwellOnly=1&G5statusflag=view&schoolname=&school_id=899&G5button=13&G5genie=675&vw_schoolyear=1&vw_agl=10-1-17,&manual_access=1

Go Royals!

Public Hearing for Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Tax Exemption 4/20

 LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a Public Hearing on the adoption of the Property Tax Exemption under Real Property Tax Law Section 466-a, for eligible volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers will be held in the Library of the Gardner-Dickinson School in the  Town of Wynantskill, New York, on April 20th at 7 pm. 

Dated: 4/4/2023

Wynantskill, New York 

 

Kyle Barber

District Clerk

 

Please click here to view more information regarding this tax exemption proposal

Wynantskill UFSD Gardner-Dickinson

Swatting Update 3/30

Dear Families and Staff:

Today, several 911 centers received swatting phone calls indicating an active shooter at local school districts. Ultimately, these threats proved to be false after investigations by law enforcement.

In response, Wynantskill initiated our emergency procedures including a lockout while law enforcement investigated. Several other schools also implemented lockouts due to these outside threats.

Please note that a lockdown is called when there is something dangerous inside a building while a lockout (or secure) occurs when there is something dangerous outside a building. This is an important distinction that changes the response of a building and law enforcement.

Swatting incidents are threats made with the purpose of triggering a police (or SWAT team) response to a particular address and creating mass fear and panic. The perpetrators often use computer-generated calls and caller-ID spoofing to disguise their numbers, which may be coming from outside of the country.

Several states have experienced similar swatting calls. Over the past two days, it has been reported that these calls have impacted schools in the Adirondacks, Buffalo, Hudson Valley, Central New York and Westchester in New York and Berkshire County in Massachusetts.

We know many of our families, students, and staff are understandably concerned about school safety, especially considering Monday’s shooting in Nashville. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority. We take all reports of threats seriously. We have developed plans for each of our buildings, including secured entryways, emergency drills, and relationships with law enforcement.

I want to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation. While these threats are concerning, we ask that you please keep a sense of calm and cooperation. This is an opportune time to remind you of the importance of reporting anything out of the ordinary. As always, we will continue to ensure that our exterior doors and windows are secured and that we are screening all visitors at building entrances before letting them inside.

 

Thank you

Wynantskill UFSD

Wynantskill UFSD Gardner-Dickinson

“Swatting” activity in a local District 3/30

At this time there is a “Swatting” case in a local district. This is where someone calls 911 and says there is an emergency and/or active shooter in the school to get a police response. 

At this time NG Police confirms that it is a swatting and that we don’t have to call a lockout but just to be overly cautious, we are going to go into a lockout due to the police activity in the area. This means classes are as usual but we will not exit the building nor let anyone in unless we know them and their business. 

Three Rensselaer Co. Sheriffs are here in the building and will be staying with us until this is over. 

Thank you,

Dr. Yodis

GD Power Issues Resolved – See you tomorrow!

Attention GD Families:

Gardner-Dickinson’s power issues have been resolved – we can’t wait to see all of our students tomorrow!

As a reminder: there will be no school on Friday, March 17th for Regional Staff Development Day.

Thank you!

UPDATE: NO SCHOOL Wednesday, 3/15/23

UPDATE: Due to a power outage at Gardner-Dickinson that is expected to last throughout the day, GD will be CLOSED today, March 15th, 2023. No synchronous instruction will be provided by our teachers due to outages in the area however asynchronous instruction using IXL, MyOn and seesaw/google classroom resources are encouraged for those who are able to do so.
 
Thank you.