The Wynantskill UFSD Welcomes Three New Staff Members to GD!

The Wynantskill UFSD welcomes three new staff members to GD this year! Please welcome Ms. Pia Biondo (Middle School Spanish), Ms. Victoria Kohan (Social Worker) and Mrs. Tania de Rosier (Middle School ELA)!
 
“Hello, I’m Tania. I’ve been in education for the past 15 years and have taught a variety of courses in elementary, middle, high school and college levels. Before I became a teacher I was a journalist and have a background in newspaper reporting and freelance magazine writing. I received my graduate degree in English education from the University of New York, Albany. I love reading and writing with my students and listening to their insights.”
 
“I’m Victoria, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and Psychology from Syracuse University and received my Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University where I specialized in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy with children and adolescents. My background prior to coming to the school has been quite varied from working in the Office of Mental Health – Division of Forensics for NYS to working in both not-for-profit and private practice as a therapist. I have always had a passion for working with children and that continues to date! Happy to be here!”
 
“I’m Pia, I was born in Spain and have lived in Italy and Spain until I moved to the US in 2004, where I came to pursue my Master’s degree. I have a BA in Translation and Interpreting and a MA in Spanish Literature and Linguistics. I moved to Albany to live near family. I started working as a Translator during college but my passion was teaching since an early age, so that is what I focused on since 2004. I have taught at university level as well as private and charter schools.”

Order your 2023-24 GD Yearbook!

Order your 2023-24 GD Yearbook!

 

This year, GD will be using Treering as its yearbook provider. This change comes with some amazing benefits and perks, including:

 

  • Each student’s yearbook has the option to have 2 custom pages that are only printed in your student’s yearbook, for free. Upload your own photos, write a heartfelt letter about the year, whatever you would like!

  • The option to choose between hardcover and softcover yearbooks.

  • All online ordering – no need to send in money

If you order by October 31st, you receive 10% off your purchase!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

If your 7th and 8th grade student(s) are interested in yearbook club with Mr. Barber, an interest form will be going out in the upcoming weeks. Treering offers a very student friendly platform to have them heavily involved in the design process of our yearbook!

Gardner-Dickinson welcomes ParentSquare as it’s new communications platform

Gardner-Dickinson is thrilled to announce ParentSquare as it’s new communications platform to better connect our parent community with their students’ teachers, support staff and administration.

 

ParentSquare offers some exciting features such as:

 

  • Direct messaging and communication between parents, teachers, support staff or administration

  • A very user-friendly mobile app to keep you in contact without having to open your email or log onto a computer

  • Integrations such as GD’s Google calendar, which you can keep track of directly from the app or PS website

  • Alerts regarding school closings, delays, etc.

  • Posts directly from class specific teachers such as photos, permission slips, polls, files, newsletters, and more!

 

We are excited to implement ParentSquare into our daily workflow to better increase culture and communication at GD! More details and instruction will be provided at Open House (9/13 at 5:30pm for grades PK-5, 9/14 at 5:30pm for grades 6-8)

 

We encourage everyone to download the app on your mobile device by searching “ParentSquare” in your app store.

 

If you’re interested in viewing a quick tutorial from ParentSquare, please click the link below:

https://parentsquare.talentlms.com/catalog/info/id:132,cms_featured_course:1

Sign up for GD Soccer!

Dear 7th and 8th graders:

Reminder: If you’re interested in playing soccer this fall, please fill out the form below! Sign up and collect the correct paperwork to start practice on the first day of school, Wednesday September 6th at 2:30pm. Please fill out the form herehttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSea3lr01nCDOyYsQHnfq3Iu1HJ628k4h743RglLqaHFE1Uncg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Please email Coach Lantz or Coach Parker with any questions.

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides all households in our district $30 a month assistance if they are enrolled in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)?

  • The ACP is a federal program to help eligible households pay for internet service.
  • The ACP provides eligible households a discount of up to $30 per month off their internet bills for households not located on qualifying Tribal lands and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
  • There are several ways to qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program such as participating in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch or School Breakfast Program, including the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP); participating in certain other federal assistance programs, including Medicaid, SNAP, WIC benefits, or Federal Pell Grants (current award year); or having a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Eligible households can find out more and enroll by visiting getinternet.gov.

Please consider applying if you meet the conditions and reach out if you need any assistance.