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February 01, 2015

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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Date: Tues., Feb. 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: HS LGI

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Update: No aid increase for next two years unless Legislature approves Cuomo’s proposal Learn more


Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase and education reforms, with no mention of the GEA Learn more


Upcoming community conversation set for Feb. 4 to review and discuss list of potential changes for 2015-16

On Wednesday, February 4, Guilderland Central School District will host a community conversation to take a closer look at the district’s budget development process and to review a list of all potential changes to the district’s spending plan under consideration for 2015-2016. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Guilderland High School LGI and is open to all district residents and school community members. Learn more and RSVP to attend the event

Transition night event rescheduled for March 26

Please note that the upcoming Transition Night for Parents of Students with Special Needs Moving from Gr. 5 to Gr. 6, originally scheduled for Feb. 5, has been postponed until Thursday, March 26. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Farnsworth Middle School.

Three middle school teachers named New York Master Teachers

Congratulations to FMS teachers Alan Fiero, Carol Kelly, and Susan Yagielski who were all recently named NYS Master Teachers. Learn more Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will formally announce their appointment at his joint State of the State and Budget Address–the 2015 New York State of Opportunity Agenda–on January 21, 2015.

Guilderland High School Media Department to air first live sports broadcast in more than a decade

The Media Department at Guilderland High School is excited to announce that it will cover the final boys' basketball game of the season on Friday, Feb. 6, LIVE on Channel 16. This will be the first live sports broadcast from the station in more than a decade. Learn more

“POPS Falls In Love” concert set for Feb. 7 at GHS Learn more, Get tickets


Gala to benefit expanded social service dog program at GCSD

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital will host a fundraising gala and silent auction at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom in Troy to benefit the GCSD social service dog program, which is sustained solely by grants and private donations. All staff and community members are invited to attend the event. Learn more 

Seeking community volunteers
Investigating Alternative Uses of Space: Repurposing Task Force

The Guilderland Central School District Board of Education is seeking community volunteers to serve on a new task force, "Investigating Alternative Uses of Space: Repurposing Task Force." The purpose of the task force will be to review and investigate a variety of options for repurposing excess space in one or more buildings in the Guilderland Central School District. Learn more and complete an online application Applications must be submitted by January 30, 2015. The Board of Education will review all applications and appoint members of the task force at its regular meeting on February 24, 2015.

Three schools to participate in
Project: Cameron's Story

Throughout the next four weeks, three Guilderland Schools will serve as collection sites for Project: Cameron's Story, a new, not-for-profit organization which collects new children's books for families of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at more than a dozen hospitals throughout New York. Farnsworth Middle School, Altamont Elementary School, and Westmere Elementary School will collect book donations from Jan. 20 through Feb. 13, 2015.
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Making the call: How Guilderland decides on weather-related closings and delays

Love it or hate it, snow, ice and frigid temperatures are a part of daily life this time of year in the Capital Region. As a result, school districts throughout the area often need to make tough calls about school closures and delays due to weather. At Guilderland, district leaders do not take these decisions lightly. Learn more about how the district decides on changes to the school schedule due to weather.

Do you have a child that will start kindergarten next fall? If so, we want to hear from you! Learn more


Flu Facts for Parents

It's that time of year again...cold and flu season. View a flyer (PDF) with important information to help keep students healthy this winter.

District holds Future of Guilderland Schools Summit

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, nearly 75 Guilderland Central School District residents came together to talk about one essential question: How do we sustain our commitment to our core mission with the resources currently available to us? Learn more about the event, view table notes/mind maps, and read the exit survey report

5-Year Building Condition Survey RFP

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District prepared to respond to health concerns Learn more


Guilderland part of consortium that wins $348,311 leadership grant

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District ranked third in student performance in Albany area

Guilderland Central School District has been ranked No. 3 out of 83 districts in the Albany area in student performance in a report recently released by Business First. According to the publication, the rankings reflect the collective performance of each district's public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade over a period of four years. Learn more

Student information updates

On Friday, September 12, 2014, a letter was distributed to all parents via the district's SchoolTool Parent & Student Portal highlighting some important details regarding student information updates in the new school year. In particular, the letter addresses changes to how report cards and Individual Student Reports (ISRs) for grade 3-8 assessments will be available to parents as well as information about verifying and updating your child's health information. View the letter

Health departments provide advice on preventing the spread of respiratory illness known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Learn more


Have you verified/updated your child's student health information for the new school year? Learn more


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

Guilderland Central School District Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

The Guilderland Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end and pursuant to U.S. Department of Education (DOE) regulations (Education Law ยง2-d), the district is providing the following Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.
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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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