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September 30, 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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Date: Tues., Oct. 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: HS LGI

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"Go Home Early" evacuation drill set
for October 10 at all school buildings

All students, K-12, will be dismissed 15 minutes early on that day. Learn more

Fun event for the entire family
Big Truck Day 2014

Check out big trucks and meet the people who drive them! Construction trucks, dump trucks, emergency vehicles, and more will be on site at Guilderland High School on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of Big Truck Day 2014. Download a flyer (PDF) Admission is $5 per child, $1 per adult and all proceeds benefit the GHS Class of 2016.

Upcoming recess day

Please note that Monday, Oct. 13 will be a recess day for all students, K-12, in observance of Columbus Day.

Community meeting set for Sept. 29 to discuss building capacity study update

Please join us from 7-9 p.m. in the Guilderland High School LGI. Learn more

Special board meeting set for Oct. 15

A special meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in the Main Conference Room of the District Offices beginning at 8:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to cast a ballot for an open board seat in the BOCES Special Election.

Nov. 1 focus group event has been canceled; upcoming meetings set for Sept. 29 and Nov. 6

At its meeting on September 23, 2014, the Guilderland Board of Education unanimously agreed to cancel the upcoming focus group community event scheduled for November 1. The cancellation comes on the heels of the Board’s decision to remove from discussion the six scenarios included in the Building Capacity Study report provided to the district by Dr. Paul Seversky last June. The scenarios were to be the main topic of the Nov. 1 event. Learn more

PTA Council meeting date change

Please note that the date of the first PTA Council meeting of the new school year has been changed from Oct. 6 to Tuesday, Sept. 30. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the main conference room at the District Office.

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

Annual notifications

The Guilderland Central School District is required to provide certain notifications to parents and community members on an annual basis. They have posted online for your convenience. Learn more

2014-15 curriculum guides now available

View the K-12 guides

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


Fall Recycling Extravaganza set for
Oct. 25 at Farnsworth Middle School

Event will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both residents and non-residents of the school district are encouraged to bring their unwanted papers, metals, electronics, textiles, plastics (including bags), and bikes for free drop-off; all items will be re-used and/or recycled. Learn more and view a list of acceptable items

District sets 2014-15 tax rates

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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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GCSD awarded three grants

The Guilderland Central School District is pleased to announce that it has been awarded three grants this month to help improve student assessment practices, records management, and student participation in the preservation of the Pine Bush. 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).

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?

View an informational flyer (PDF)


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