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July 22, 2014

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Dr. Beth Bini, Principal

6270 Johnston Rd. Albany, NY 12203

Phone: 518/456-3771

Fax: 518/464-6443

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2014-15 school supply lists now available

Listed below are the common supplies needed for students in grades 1-5 in the upcoming school year. Information about kindergarten supplies, as well as any additional items that your child’s grade 1-5 teacher may request, will be sent home with August placement letters. Please note that this is only the basic list of supplies. view the first through fifth grade supply lists (PDF)

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.

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

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

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

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).

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, 2013, 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

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!

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arrow bullet District seeks applicants for building capacity focus group

arrow bullet Updated recommended reading list now available

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

arrow bullet District transitioning to paperless report cards in 2014-15

arrow bullet Important immunization changes for students entering grades K-6 (PDF)

arrow bullet Board adopts 2014-15 basic calendar (PDF)

arrow bullet Community fundraising for athletics

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