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Positive COVID Cases at Wynantskill UFSD

Dear Families,

The Wynantskill UFSD learned of 9 positive COVID cases this week. This includes 4 elementary students, 1 middle school student, 1 teacher and 3 staff members. Please monitor your children 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

Successful Medical Supply Collection for Ukraine

The Gardner Dickinson Builder’s Club has organized a medical supply drive to assist Ukrainians in their fight to save their country.

Medical supplies are in high demand across Ukraine due to the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. Gardner Dickinson families have responded to this urgent need for supplies.

Thank you so much for your much needed support and donations. Our thoughts and well wishes go out to these families affected during this time.

Notice of Change in Policy for Board of Education Meetings

The Wynantskill Union Free School District will no longer be offering ZOOM Video Conferencing during Board of Education meetings commencing after the QUESTAR Budget Vote on April 26th, 2022. Meetings will be held in person. Please note the recent update of Policy 1230 and the addition of Policy 1230E regarding public participation at Board of Education meetings.

Please note the following recently updated policies:

1230: Public Comment at Board Meetings

1230 E: Public Comment at Board Meetings Exhibit

These updated policies and all other Board of Education policies can be found here.

Wynantskill UFSD Earns Safety Excellence Award

Mr. Sam Beardsley (Health and Safety Specialist) and Mr Rocco Mazzarello (Head of Buildings, Grounds and Transportation)


The Wynantskill Union Free School District was awarded the Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2022. WFUSD earned the highest level of distinction for this honor and was awarded at the Titanium with Honors level.

Mr. Beardsley and Mr. Mazzarello accepted a plaque which commemorates the district’s safety efforts from Utica National representatives. They also accepted a $500 award on behalf of the District, for use in furthering those safety efforts.

The School Safety Award is an annual distinction that recognizes school districts’ efforts to create a safer school environment. Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels – titanium, platinum and gold – in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety. Through the program, schools with their own transportation, schools with contract transportation, and BOCES are evaluated. Categories covered include bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific, quantifiable surveys.

Congratulations to our excellent staff and school community on being recognized for a job well done!



NYS Math assessment for Grades 3-8 on April 26th, 27th, and 28th

Gardner-Dickinson Families,

Students in Grades 3-8 will be taking the NYS Math assessment on Tuesday, April 26th and Wednesday, April 27th, with makeups on Thursday, April 28th.

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

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


Suzann Cornell
Gardner-Dickinson Principal
518-283-4600 x 0

Purple Up! for Military Kids on April 27th

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child or Purple Up! For Military Kids. We know that military members and military-connected families make many sacrifices for the security and safety of our nation, specifically military-connected children during their K-12 careers.

On April 27th, please show your support for military children by wearing purple. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military, a combination of Army Green, Air Force Blue, Coast Guard Blue, Marine Red, and Navy Blue.  

Please use the form below to inform us if your child is military-connected so that he or she can be acknowledged on April 27th.  Thank you! 

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