Dr. Beth Bini, Principal
6270 Johnston Rd. Albany, NY 12203
GCSD students featured in K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Exhibition Learn more
Fifth grade visit to FMS set for March 12
On Wednesday, March 12, all fifth grade students will be dismissed at approximately 11:30 a.m. from their elementary school. They will be transported by school bus to Farnsworth Middle School in order to experience a modified sixth grade schedule. At 3:20 p.m., all fifth grade students will be escorted to their appropriate FMS bus (students will have their FMS bus route information before they come to the middle school). Fifth graders will be assigned to the front rows of the bus. We believe riding a FMS bus home is an important part of the transition to middle school. Therefore, we encourage all visiting fifth graders to ride the school bus home. Buses typically leave FMS at 3:35 p.m. and students should arrive home before 4:15 p.m. Any early dismissal notes or change of PM bus destinations should be completed at the elementary school prior to this day. Questions? Please contact your child's building principal.
Special Valentine's Day project at WES
This February, 1st Sergeant Dennis Palow came to visit Mrs. O'Brien's and Mrs. Ray's 4th grade classrooms to talk about his experiences in the army and traveling all over the world. He also spoke to the students about the positive impact kids can have when they make Valentine's Day cards for injured soldiers. Afterward, the students made cards that will be delivered to soldiers for the upcoming holiday.
Camp Invention is returning to GCSD this summer
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
Communicating in a Digital World
Earlier this week, Guilderland Central School District hosted a very important event for all district students, families, and community members aimed at starting a conversation about using today’s technology in a safe and responsible way. "Communicating in a Digital World: A conversation about civility and respect" was held on Jan. 14 and featured a panel discussion about the importance of personal responsibility when interacting with websites, social media, and other electronic communication tools. Learn more about the event, see a video replay, and download event handouts
GCSD introduces new elementary report card
Learn more about the new standards-aligned elementary report card by reviewing our parent guide (PDF). Details of the new report card will also be discussed at upcoming parent conferences. For more information, please contact your child's teacher or building principal.
District to begin releasing APPR scores by request
Beginning Oct. 11, all GCSD parents or legal
guardians will 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
Student Contact and Medical Information Verification/Update Form
Each year, the Guilderland Central School District requests of all parents their most current and accurate contact information, as well as critical medical information pertaining to their child(ren). In past years, the district sent home hard copies of student health cards for verification and completion by parents. For the 2013-14 school year and beyond, we are now asking parents to make full use of our online systems for this verification process. Learn more This information is extremely important, as our ability to appropriately respond to student medical concerns and to maintain timely communications with parents is dependent on this verification process. Please take a few moments to verify and/or update your child's information as soon as possible.
Note to parents regarding access during afternoon dismissal time
Please note that the back doors for parent pickup at the 2 p.m. dismissal time will be opened from 1:50 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. only. Y-time will have someone stationed to watch for people that will be picking up children from their program after 2:15 p.m.
Help us earn free equipment
As the school year gets underway, please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with the WES Tools for Schools code 15921. By doing so, you will automatically earn credit for our school every time your AdvantEdge Card is used. Visit the Price Chopper Web site to sign-up today!