Family Bingo Night – Friday, Jan. 31

The Wynantskill PTA will hold a Family Bingo Night for all Gardner-Dickinson families Friday, Jan. 31 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The event will feature games, prizes, free popcorn and beverages.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you for organizing this event for our families!


Still Time to Join Gr. 4-8 Wind Turbine Program

The Wynantskill PTA has organized a 2020 KidWind Challenge for grades 4-8 students this year.

This free, afterschool program runs on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. starting Jan. 23.

Students will meet for 12 weeks designing and constructing small wind turbines for a competition on Apr. 24

If your child would be interested in the program and/or you would like to volunteer to help the PTA, please email Suada Garcia at the following information.

  1. Name of student
  2. Grade
  3. Parent contact (Name, email & phone #)
  4. If interested in being a volunteer for this after school program

What is the KidWind Challenge?

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on design competition that engages students in STEM through the lens of wind and solar energy. Student teams design and construct small wind turbines that they test, and then meet with a panel of judges to present their design process and demonstrate their contextual knowledge of renewable energy. Teams also engage in a variety of Instant Challenges to gauge their on the-spot teamwork and problem-solving skills. The KidWind Challenge is a team effort of teachers, students, engineers, and practitioners, all working to make wind energy education and other renewable energy education accessible in classrooms around the world. Additional information can be found on

There is no cost to join the KidWind Challenge and GE will provide mentorship program if necessary.

Students at high school fair

Students Learn About High School Options

Students at high school fair

Eighth graders learned about their options next year at the annual High School Fair on Jan. 14.

Students asked questions about graduation requirements, extracurricular activities and AP courses while speaking with representatives from Averill Park, Brittonkill, East Greenbush and Troy school districts as well as Tech Valley High School.

Thank to our participating school districts for spending time with our students!

Students with Tay Fisher

Tay Fisher Visits with Students

Students taking selfie photo

Former Siena Saints and Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Tay Fisher visited Gardner-Dickinson School the week of of Jan. 6 to share a positive message with students.

Mr. Fisher spent Wednesday with younger students, teaching them basketball moves and talking to them about the importance of supporting each other and similar positive character lessons.

On Thursday, Mr. Fisher shared his life story with grades 7 and 8, speaking about challenges he overcame growing up and inspiring students to work hard and stay focused on things that are important to them.

“What is your why? Why do you work hard?” Mr. Fisher asked students.

“To make my family proud,” said one student.

“To change people’s lives,” said another student.

Mr. Fisher praised students’ answers and noted how hard he had to work to earn his master’s degree from The College of St. Rose, which took him 10 years to complete because he was always traveling with the Harlem Globetrotters. He noted his motivation was to walk across the stage in front of his parents to make them proud.

Mr. Fisher also shared highlight videos of when he helped his Siena Saints team win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship as a senior and his time with the Harlem Globetrotters. While he loved traveling the world with the Harlem Globetrotters – visiting all 50 states and 75 countries – Mr. Fisher explained he retired so he could spend time with his wife and child.

“I’m in a new chapter and my family is everything,” said Mr. Fisher.

Thank you so much for spending time with our students this week!

Students learn about careers

Seeking Presenters for Career Day

Dear Middle School Families,

Wynantskill Union Free School District is planning to host a Career Day for students in grades 6-8 on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s day is: “This is Why You’re Learning This in School.” This theme will allow us to highlight the relevance of our curriculum, in particular how it relates to future career paths.

We are seeking parents interested in sharing their careers with our students. Your involvement would be greatly appreciated. The more varied careers, the better! Entrepreneurs and skilled trades are highly encouraged to join us.

As our students prepare for high school and beyond, we want them to know of the many career opportunities available from our local employers. In particular, we would like to open their eyes to careers they might not know about. We plan to offer small group sessions running approximately 20-25 minutes but we can be flexible depending on your schedule. We also can accommodate any of your space or technology needs.

If you would be interested in sharing your career with our students, please return the bottom portion of this form by Friday, Jan. 10.

If you have ANY questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me!


Dr. Thomas Reardon
Wynantskill Union Free School District

Honor Rolls

1st Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

High Honor Roll

Grade 7: Gideon Abbas, Juliana Brammer, Majella Briggs, Elizabeth Carbone, Joseph Coonan, Charlize DeLair, Briana Giles, Gianna Gross, Isabella Maroncelli and Laila Thomas.

Grade 8: Ryan Bates, Braden Ceresia, Christina Decker, Samantha Flagg, Gabriela Geise, Molly Graiff, Angela Lanesey, Mia Lucey, Ethan Nardacci, Chloe Rodriguez, Taylor Schoonmaker, Athena Seebald and Laura VerWys.

Honor Roll

Grade 7: Katriona Backaus, Kade Baker, Eleazar Bilek, Spencer Giles, Gabriella Gumlaw, Ethan Keenan, Maura Lander, Joseph Leinfelder, Maximus Remington, Ava Reo, Gabriella Rokjer, Marcus Rokjer, Caleb Rupp, Michaela Ryan, Avary Vejvoda, Alexis Vincent, Hailey Wagner, Carley Walsh and Brooklyn Wells.

Grade 8: Sydney Davey, Madeline Defreest, Ethan Hallenbeck, Jireh Henriquez, Owen Hirokawa, Alexander Kaplan, Anya Kulzer, Rita Lin, Isabela Niver, Olivia Palmer, Keely Panichi, Alivia Reo, Max Ryan, Abram Weatherwax and Carter Zimmerman.