Wynantskill UFSD

Letter About Changing to Remote Learning

Dear Families,

As you know, this school year presents schools and families with many challenges. We are committed to ensuring that our students receive a quality education whether they are attending in-person or remotely. Our district’s remote learning plan has been updated and is available on our website, www.wynantskillufsd.org. This plan will go into effect anytime we need to move to remote learning whether it is for days or weeks, or for the entire school, or for just one classroom or for individual students.

There may be times that a student may be ill, quarantined or awaiting a COVID-19 test, causing them to miss school. After you have notified School Nurse Tricia Gibbs at 518-283-4600 ext. 18, you may request that your child continue to participate in their classroom instruction through remote learning by emailing Mr. Peter Mesh at pmesh@wynantskillufsd.org.

Our remote learning option comes with the following requirements:

  • You certify that your household has stable internet access and devices equipped with internet capabilities for your child(ren) to access the remote instruction and coursework.
  • Your child will follow the District’s attendance policy and attend every day of virtual instruction, absent a valid legal excuse.
  • Your child must be logged in to virtual learning throughout the entire day, according to his/her class’ schedule, including having their web-camera on live and participating in their academic schedule as if they were receiving in-person instruction.
  • Your child must complete and submit all required coursework, as assigned by their teachers.
  • Your child must maintain adequate academic progress throughout their virtual learning, or your child will have to return to school.
  • Your child and anyone present during virtual instruction is prohibited from altering, reproducing, videotaping or audiotaping the virtual instruction, or utilizing the teacher’s or any other student’s image, likeness or voice, nor shall they publicly disseminate, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise publicize the virtual instruction on social media or any other platform.
  • If the District determines your child(ren) is not complying with these requirements, your child(ren) may be required to return to in-person instruction, as identified in the District’s Reopening Plan.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you.

Dr. Mary Yodis
Superintendent of Schools

Students tour WNYT studio

Students Tour WNYT Studio

Students tour WNYT studio

Gardner-Dickinson’s News Media Team, who put together the school’s morning news program each day, enjoyed an opportunity to learn about television news production during a trip to the WNYT studio on Mar. 13.

Students toured the studio and watched behind the scenes as the noon news was produced.

Thank you WNYT for hosting our students!

Students learn about careers

Unexpected Careers Day

Students learn about careers

Gardner-Dickinson School held its first Unexpected Careers Day for middle school students on Feb. 15 involving a dozen presenters.

“We wanted to introduce our students to careers they may not have thought of or knew existed,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon. “I’d like to thank our presenters who did such a fantastic job engaging with our students and talking about the different careers within their businesses and organizations.”

Students learned about law from Martin, Harding & Mazzotti Law Firm, graphic design from artist Christine Arnold, museum curating from the Arts Center of the Capital Region, sports management from the Tri-City ValleyCats, computer gaming from Vicarious Visions, software development from Albany Can Code, clean technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute, energy from National Grid, architecture from CS Arch, electrical trade from Michael Carey, military service from Henry Kim, and mortuary science from the New York State Funeral Directors Association.

The district would also like to thank Questar III and the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce for helping to organize the event.

More photos.

Students ice skating

SWAG Winners Enjoy Ice Skating (Photos)

Students ice skatingMiddle School students who won 2nd Quarter SWAG (Success, Willpower, Attitude and Goals) Awards enjoyed an afternoon of ice skating at Hudson Valley Community College on Jan. 25 as a reward. Congratulations!

Students at High School Fair

Students Explore High School Options

Students at High School FairEighth graders learned about their options next year at the annual High School Fair on Jan. 15.

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

School Counselor Amy Murphy helped prepare students for the event by asking them about their interests and what size school they would be comfortable at next year.

“I advise students that their families should be a part of the conversation,” said Ms. Murphy. “Even if they think they have made their decision about where to go I encourage them to explore all their options to make sure it’s a good fit.”