Second grade students win contest

Dear Second Grade,

It is our pleasure to announce that you are the BIG WINNERS of our Donut Design Contest!  The Cookie Factory would like to thank you for your hard work!  You have given our Bakers so many wonderful ideas for months to come!  We know that all of your donuts will be a big hit in our shop. As a token of our appreciation, we have arranged a special surprise for both you and your teachers for all of your hard work!  Please put on your Special Baker’s Hat and get ready to board the buses!  You are going on a special field trip today to THE COOKIE FACTORY!   As always, keep up the great work with your writing! Writing is a powerful tool, and Great Writers change the world!  See you soon Second Grade!


Chris Alberino
Owner-The Cookie Factory


District mourns the death of Tommy Mulson

Wynantskill UFSD’s transportation department has relied heavily on Mulson’s Garage for over 50 years now. Mulson’s Garage, located on Main Avenue, stores and services our buses ensuring the safety of our students. 

We learned today that Tommy Mulson, who has been instrumental in managing our fleet of buses, passed away yesterday afternoon from a snowmobiling accident.  

Our hearts go out to Tommy’s family and friends as he will be sadly missed. Wynantskill UFSD is so very appreciative of the service he provided for our district each and every day.

Spirit Week!

Gardner-Dickinson Spirit Week!

Monday – Valentine’s Day – Show Heart!
Wear red or pink

Tuesday – 100th Day of School – Your Future is So Bright!
Wear sunglasses

Wednesday – Sports Training!
Wear your favorite team attire

Thursday – Together as a Team We Win!
Wear red, white, and blue

Friday – Go for the Gold and Cold!
Wear your winter gear and we will go outside for extra fun


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Grad featured in STEM High School at HVCC video

Wynantskill UFSD students can now choose to attend the Questar III STEM High School on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College. Watch a video featuring Hailey Wagner, one of our recent graduates, to learn more or visit This small high school provides students with the opportunity to explore the fields of computer information systems, engineering, environmental science and health science. Students can earn up to 63 college credits at no cost while earning their high school diploma. Families interested in this program should contact Amy Murphy as soon as possible.

Positive COVID-19 Cases at Wynantskill UFSD

Dear Families,

The Wynantskill UFSD learned this week of 4 positive Covid-19 cases, including 2 elementary students, 1 middle school student and 1 staff member. Additionally, the school district reported 7 cases last week, including 4 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

Join us for Kids Day on Feb. 19

Hello GD Families,

The UAlbany Great Danes Men’s Basketball team is sponsoring a Kids day on February 19, 2022 at 4 p.m. on their home turf at the SEFCU Arena located on campus.

Tickets for kids are FREE. Tickets for adults are $8. Gardner Dickinson has reserved a section so that our GD families can cheer on the Great Danes together!  Please mention that you are with GD at the BOX OFFICE to be seated in section 500.

We hope to flood the Great Danes with a sea of ROYAL support!

If you would like to arrange parking in advance please see the link below:


Honor Rolls

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Wynantskill UFSD is pleased to announce the Honor Roll for the Second Marking Period. Please join us in congratulating the following students:

High Honors

Grade 7

  • Briana Armstrong
  • Jackson Belokopitsky
  • Abigal Boomhower
  • Liam Casey
  • Gianna Corina
  • Juliana Dinardo
  • Jesse Graiff
  • Ethan Hirokawa
  • Austin Oliver
  • Gianna Palmer
  • Cooper Mack
  • Reese Mahoney
  • Tyler James Mercado
  • Jacoby Muldoon
  • Mya Reed
  • Freya Seebald
  • Isabel Strang
  • Bailey Vincent
  • Andrew Williams

High Honors

Grade 8

  • Gabriel Bentley
  • Raymond Lin
  • Jackson Murray
  • Vanessa Quinn
  • Adelia Saddlemire
  • Winston Smith
  • Colby Vincent


Grade 7

  • Taylor Arienti
  • Isabella Bonaquisti
  • Jayden Denny
  • Nadia Mulinio
  • Sarah O’Brien
  • Lilian Pulcher
  • Logan Rodriguez
  • Nathaniel Ryan
  • Skye Sage
  • Johnny Wang


Grade 8

  • Michael Carey III
  • Kathryn Gilooly
  • Terry Mackenzie
  • Brynn Mahoney
  • Deja Nicholson
  • Calleigh Niver
  • Madison Schmidt
  • Susan Zakarka




Update on masks, test kits

Today, Governor Hochul announced that, while the indoor mask mandate for business will end tomorrow, masks will still be required in certain settings, including schools.

In early March, the state will make an assessment on mask protocols in schools based on the latest metrics. This includes cases per 100K, percent positivity, hospital admissions, pediatric hospitalizations, vaccinations, and global trends. The state is currently drafting proposed guidelines (if the mask mandate were to end) based on feedback from state education groups.

The Governor also indicated that test kits will be sent to students prior to the winter break. These test kits are to be used as a screening tool to be used prior to returning to school on Monday, February 28.

In order to accommodate our families, Wynantskill UFSD will be sending a bag with 2 kits home per student in their backpacks on Wednesday, February 16th. If you would prefer that we do not send the kits home with your child, please let us know by calling the main office at 518-283-4600. 

Thank you,

Dr. Mary Yodis
Wynantskill UFSD

Letter to NYSDOH about a path forward

I want to thank the Wynantskill UFSD community for their continued support, patience and understanding throughout a very challenging time.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have worked to navigate changing state guidance and changing conditions. Earlier today, the District Superintendent of Questar III BOCES sent a letter to Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, on behalf of superintendents in our region. The letter asks for the state’s leadership and partnership in charting a path to help transition the focus of our schools away from COVID distractions and restrictions and back to our core mission of educating students.

Read the full letter here.

Please know that our administrative team, along with our Board of Education, support the development of a pathway back to normalcy with clear direction from the state. We will continue to advocate on behalf of all our students and staff.

Dr. Mary Yodis
Wynantskill UFSD