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.

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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.”

Spelling Bee winner

Grade 6 Student Wins Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee competitors

Congratulations to 6th grader Penny Comenole who won today’s Gr. 4-8 Spelling Bee!

She will represent Gardner-Dickinson at the Capital Region Spelling Bee on Feb. 11 at Proctors Theatre.

Congratulations as well to all our spellers who qualified for today’s competition by winning grade-level spelling bees.

Students try food

Author Visits Gardner-Dickinson

Students interview each other

Gardner-Dickinson students learned tips about writing and sampled foods from around the world on Jan. 8 as part of an Arts in Education activity.

Children’s Author Alicia Klepeis, who has written 98 books, met with grades 3 and 6 where she told students about her career as a writer and encouraged them to write. She also brought dozens of foods from around the world to try including seaweed from Korea, canned eel from Japan and stroopwafels from Holland.

Ms. Klepeis also met with 7th graders where she worked with them on writing biographies by asking students to interview each other. “Interviews are a great way to practice writing,” Ms. Klepeis explained.

Thank you for visiting our students!

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North Greenbush Historian Jim Greenfield visits with students

Historian Shares Importance of Research

North Greenbush Historian Jim Greenfield visits with students

To help students learn the importance of primary sources for research, North Greenbush Historian Jim Greenfield visited Gardner-Dickinson to meet with 6th graders.

“Mr. Greenfield discussed how he uses primary and secondary sources all the time in his work as he shared some historical stories with students,” explained Library Media Specialist Linda Fecura.

Thank you for taking the time to meet with our students!

Students learn about fire safety

Students Learn Fire Safety from Firefighters

Students learn about fire safety

Thank you to the Wynantskill Fire Department who visited Gardner-Dickinson School on Oct. 9 for the annual Fire Prevention Day.

Firefighters shared tips on fire safety including reminders about safety plans at home and what to do in the event of a fire.

Students in math class

Hexagon Puzzle Challenges Math Skills

Seventh graders practiced converting fractions, decimals and percents in September using hexagonal puzzles in math class.

The activity challenged students to match numbers on puzzle pieces that were equal to form a hexagon. Great job!