Thank You, WPTA!

The G-D staff would like to extend its warmest appreciation for the Wynantskill PTA. The WPTA sponsored a teacher appreciation taco luncheon. Staff members loved the food, decorations, appreciation signs and had an amazing time together filled with laughter. We thank you!

 

Baseball and Softball Information, QR Code

Baseball and softball season is here!

Spectators will be limited to two per player for both home and away games. Please scan the QR code below and fill out the attestation form before entering the contest. Keep your phone out to show the people/person checking you in.

All spectators must abide by NYS social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart from those you do not live with. Masks must be worn at all times. Bleachers will be used for student athletes. Please use the grass area and your own chairs.

 

Wynantskill UFSD is Hiring

Are you or someone you know looking for substitute, temporary or part-time work opportunities? Join the Gardner-Dickinson team!

We are hiring for the following:

  • Bus Driver
  • Substitutes
  • Cleaner/Maintenance

Bus drivers work approximately 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday. The position’s part-time hours have the option of full-time benefits.

Substitutes work a per diem schedule.

The cleaner/maintenance position has a flexible schedule. Interested candidates can expect to work 4-8 hours per shift and work days and/or nights.

For more information or to apply for a position, please contact Superintendent Secretary Heidi Hallock.

P-TECH/Early College High School Opportunities

At this point in the year, your child has already selected their high school of choice. However, Questar III has recently developed brand new, innovative STEM high school programs located on the Hudson Valley Community College campus called P-TECH and Early College High School. Should your child be interested in attending this high school program, please contact Amy Murphy as soon as possible to discuss this high school opportunity

The P-TECH and Early College High School programs are offered to help to grow your student’s interests and make them successful by motivating them to explore new and exciting ways to learn in a non-traditional classroom setting and offer the opportunity to learn and enjoy the rapidly growing fields of web development, engineering, environmental, or health sciences in a highly collaborative environment. Ultimately, this program will excite the students who want a different high school experience!

In the P-TECH and Early College High School programs, students can earn up to 63 college credits at no cost. Students will engage in workplace learning that includes mentoring, worksite visits, speakers and internships. Students in the P-TECH program have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Questar III will hold a virtual open house tomorrow, April 21 at 6 p.m. and an information night/virtual open house on April 27 at 6 p.m. Meeting links and more information about the P-TECH and Early College High School programs are available at www.questar.org/ptech-echs. You may also watch these events live on www.facebook.com/questariii. View Questar III’s informational flyer.

Snow Give-Back Days – District Closed

The district has two unused snow days for the 2020-21 academic year. We will now have two additional days off this spring for snow give-back days. The district will be closed Friday, May 28 and Tuesday, June 1. 

We hope our families will enjoy the extended Memorial Day weekend!

ELA NYS Assessments

Gardner-Dickinson Families,

In March, we shared that the New York State Education Department submitted a waiver to the United States Department of Education that would not require New York districts to administer state assessments due to circumstances surrounding the ongoing pandemic. That waiver has not been granted, so Gardner-Dickinson must move forward with its scheduled dates to administer state assessments.

This Wednesday, April 21, in-person students in grades 3-8 will be taking ELA assessments. Testing will begin at 9 a.m., and students have as much time as they need to complete the assessment. As a reminder, only the first session of the assessment will be administered this school year.

Tips for testing:

  • Get a full night’s rest before testing
  • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of
  • Have a relaxing night before testing

If you have any questions regarding state assessments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Suzann Cornell
Gardner-Dickinson Principal
scornell@wynantskillufsd.org
518-283-4600

Positive COVID-19 Cases in Wynantskill UFSD

April 15, 2021

Dear Families,

The Wynantskill UFSD received confirmation today that a middle school student and an elementary student have tested positive for COVID-19. The students have not been physically present in the building since April 1.

No contact tracing is required, per Rensselaer County Department of Health, due to the extended absence.

The county has advised the district to continue with its regular cleaning protocols. The building will be open as normal.

Due to privacy laws, we cannot divulge any further information about the positive individuals, and we ask that our families respect the positive individuals’ privacy.

We ask that all families continue to follow all safety guidelines outside of school hours including proper use of face coverings, social distancing, proper hand hygiene and avoiding large gatherings. We also remind you to please complete the daily health screening form for your child prior to sending them to school.

Please monitor your child(ren) for any symptoms of COVID-19 and report any absences and positive COVID-19 test results to your child’s school.

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Yodis

Wynantskill UFSD Superintendent