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July 22, 2014

Marie Wiles, Ph.D., Superintendent

8 School Road, P.O. Box 18
Guilderland Center, NY 12085-0018

Phone: 518/456-6200,  Fax: 518/456-1152

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Please note: Focus group date and application deadline have changed
District seeks applicants for Nov. 1 building capacity focus group

On Saturday, November 1, the district will host a community focus group activity, facilitated by Dr. Paul Seversky, a consultant with the Planning Service at the Madison-Oneida BOCES, to get direct feedback from residents about each of the six scenarios outlined in Guilderland's building capacity study report. Any district resident interested in participating as a focus group member is invited to apply no later than October 1. Learn more and download an application The Board of Education will review all applications received and is expected to appoint selected volunteers at its October 21 board meeting.

FMS Organic Garden open for the season; service learning opportunity

Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., produce from the Farnsworth Middle School Organic Garden will be available for sale in the FMS Farm Stand. In addition, produce is available for sale Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the FMS Butterfly Project gift shop. This is a great way for students, parents and community members to eat healthy, organic produce from our FMS garden all summer long. All proceeds and donations received are used to sustain this program. Service Learning Opportunity: Attention National Junior Honor Society or National Honor Society members! This summer is your chance to help out in the garden and earn some community service credit hours. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Shirley Sousa for more detailed information and schedules on when to volunteer.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

On Saturday, July 28, more than 400 students walked across the stage of the SEFCU Arena, University at Albany, to receive their diploma after four years of hard work and dedication at Guilderland High School. Congratulations to all of this year's graduates and best of luck in the future!
GHS Class of 2014Visit the district's Facebook page to see more photos from the commencement ceremony

2014-15 Recommended Reading List is now available

Looking for some great titles to pick-up at the library or local bookstore this summer? Be sure to check out our updated Recommended Reading List for 2014-15 to get both fiction and non-fiction reading suggestions for students in grades K-12!

Guilderland Athletic Awards Night video

On Monday, June 2, the GCSD athletic department debuted a video during the 2014 Guilderland Athletic Awards Night program featuring photos of ALL of our 2013-14 senior athletes. Watch the video

Exit poll report now available

The Guilderland Central School District conducted an exit survey during its Annual School Budget Vote on May 20, 2014. The purpose was to collect demographic data about who voted on the budget and information about why voters voted the way they did. The survey was voluntary and anonymous. Surveys were made available to voters at the polling sites for anyone who chose to fill one out after voting, both electronically and in paper form. While these results do not represent the opinions of all voters, they do provide many residents’ perceptions about the district and its proposed budget. Read the complete exit survey report (PDF)

Special Meeting of the Board of Education set for July 2

Please note that there will be a special meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday July 2, 2014 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Main Conference Room at District Office. The purpose of the meeting will be to conduct a Board of Education Workshop.

District transitioning to paperless report cards in 2014-15

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Guilderland Central School District will be transitioning to a paperless report card system for all students, grades K-12. Report cards will no longer be sent or mailed home; instead, parents will be able to access and review their child’s report card online via the district’s SchoolTool Parent and Student Portal. Learn more

Community meeting held June 16 to discuss results of recent building capacity study

On Monday, June 16, Guilderland Central School District held a community meeting with Dr. Paul Seversky, a consultant with the Planning Service at the Madison-Oneida BOCES, to discuss the results of the recent district-wide building capacity study. More than 100 community members--mostly parents--attended the event. If you were unable to join us, you can download a copy of the report or watch a replay of the meeting on our website. Learn more

FMS fields looking good thanks to donation from local company

The athletic fields damaged earlier this spring at Farnsworth Middle School are looking amazing thanks, in part, to the generous donation of equipment from Latham-based company Grassland Equipment and Irrigation Corp. Learn more and view before and after photos

On the job training...
Middle School students participate in job shadow program

Farnsworth Middle School eighth grader Luke Walter worked intently as he wrapped the ankle of an injured Siena College student athlete. “There were a lot of injuries today,” he said. “Way more than I thought there would be. It was really busy.” Walter was working at the college for the day in the athletic training room as part of the Family and Consumer Sciences job shadow program at Farnsworth Middle School. Throughout the course of the school year, all eighth graders enrolled in the class will visit local jobs site to learn more about various professions. Read more and view a photo gallery of recent job shadow experiences 

GHS introduces new sports team focused on winning, promoting positive school culture

Guilderland High School has joined 12 area high schools in participating in “Project UNIFY” – a Special Olympics program that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together to promote teamwork and a positive school climate. Their home opener is set for May 8 at 5:30 p.m. against Shen. Learn more and view photos

Deputy Secretary for Education & Economic Opportunity tours GCSD

On Wednesday, April 23, Guilderland Central School District welcomed New York State Deputy Secretary for Education and Economic Opportunity Ian Rosenblum for a tour of district classrooms. Rosenblum’s visit was in response to an invitation extended to the Governor’s Office by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles back in December. Learn more

Important immunization changes
for students entering grades K-6

The NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department recently issued immunization requirement changes starting with the 2014-2015 school year. A letter will be sent home to all parents of students in grades K-6 on April 22 explaining these changes. Parents can also read the letter here (PDF).

BOE adopts basic 2014-15 calendar

On Tuesday, March 5, the GCSD Board of Education adopted the basic 2014-15 school year calendar. View it here (PDF) A more detailed calendar, with school and district events for the upcoming school year, will be mailed home to all parents in August.

Board of Education adopts
Alternative Veterans Exemption

Guilderland Central School District will be offering a new partial tax exemption to local veterans during the 2014-15 school year under a resolution passed on February 11 by the Board of Education. Learn more

Camp Invention returning to GCSD

In partnership with the national nonprofit Invent Now, Guilderland Central School District is pleased to once again offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six this summer. The program runs from July 21-25, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Farnsworth Middle School. Learn more

District to release APPR scores by request

All GCSD parents or legal guardians have the right to request Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child's current year's teacher(s) and principal(s). Learn more and download a request form

District parents invited to subscribe to Parent Today newsletter series

Parent Today is a free e-mail newsletter and companion website designed to help build a stronger bridge between families and the classroom. Learn more

Information flyer: What can we do about head lice and deer ticks?

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