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December 18, 2014

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Thomas Lutsic, Principal

8 School Road, P.O. Box 37 Guilderland Ctr., NY 12085

Phone: 518/861-8591 ext. 1000

Fax: 518/861-5874

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Please take a few moments to watch this important message from Assistant Principal Lisa Patierne related to school safety. 

Senior class photo day

Attention all seniors: It is time for the senior class photo! The picture will be taken on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7:20 a.m. in the New/West Gym. If you would like to order your own copy of the class photo, please pick-up an order form in any of the following locations: West Office, East office, the senior bulletin board, Mrs. McTiernan's room (303) or Mrs. McConaghy's room (111). All orders will be collected the day of the picture by a representative from LifeTouch. (Senior class photo snow date: Dec. 18)

High School Yearbooks

Guilderland High School yearbooks are now on sale. Pre-order your child's book by December 15 and save! The cost of the book will go up after December 15. You can place orders to Balfour through smart-pay.com or via mail. Any questions, please contact Julie Higgins.

Students create holiday cards for veterans

Guilderland High School students recently finished crafting more than 80 cards for military veterans who are located at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. The students worked on the cards during their free time at the "makerspace table" in the school library.

GHS students create holiday cards for local vets  GHS students create holiday cards for local vets

2015-16 Guilderland High School curriculum guide now available

View the guide (PDF)

GHS Key Club Giving TreeKey Club creates Giving Tree

The GHS Key Club recently turned its bulletin board into a giving tree. The tree is constructed with leaves that have a positive saying on one side and an AIDS awareness fact on the other. Key Club members hope to spread some good feelings and raise awareness about AIDS among GHS students and staff.

Scholar/Athlete Team Awards

Guilderland High School is proud to announce that all of our fall sports teams have qualified for the 2014 Fall Scholar/Athlete Team Award. These teams include:
-- Boys Cross Country
-- Girls Cross Country
-- Field Hockey
-- Football
-- Golf
-- Boys Soccer
-- Girls Soccer
-- Girls Swimming
-- Girls Tennis
-- Boys Volleyball
-- Girls Volleyball
Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes!

Upcoming recess days

Please note that there will be no school for all students from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Jan. 2. All school and district offices will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Members of the GHS MasterMinds teamMasterMinds competition to be aired on local television

Congratulations to the GHS MasterMinds team, who played against LaSalle on Nov. 20 and won 285-60! The competition was taped at Proctor's Theater and will be aired on a local television channel later this year. Pictured, from left to right, are: Angus Armstrong, Will Wang, Alan Karivelil, Michael Zhu, and Bill Dong.

College Signing Day Fall 2014Fall College Signing Day

On Wed., Nov. 12, five outstanding GHS senior athletes announce their college intentions as part of a fall signing day. Rebecca Golderman will be playing lacrosse next spring for the Bearcats of Binghamton University of the America East Conference. Cara Quimby will be playing lacrosse next year in the ACC for the Orange of Syracuse University. Ashley Cleary and Meghan Gutknecht will be teammates competing in the Big 10 Conference as members of the University of Michigan crew team. Sarah Forman will be joining the cross country team at Siena College. Best of luck to you all!

Students headed to Area All-State Music Festival

The GCSD music department is pleased to announce that 11 Guilderland High School students were selected to perform in the Area All-State Music Festival. This year’s festival will be held on Nov. 21 and 22 at Saratoga Springs High School.
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Spanish classes celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos

On Nov.3, sophomores in Ms. Lumley's Spanish classes at GHS celebrated the Mexican holiday "El Dia De Los Muertos," Day of the Dead, with authentic foods cooked by the students, crafts and cultural learning activities. Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrating the returning souls of loved ones for two days on Nov. 1 and 2. It is a combination of traditional Aztec beliefs of the underworld and the Christian beliefs of All Souls Day.

GHS students celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos GHS students celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos

Two GHS students win national essay contest

Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for students in grades 3-12. The winners of this national contest have been announced and we are pleased to share that Guilderland High School had two winners! Congratulations to Aurora Trainor (10th grade division) and Michelle Yu (11th grade division) on being named honorees. Learn more

Three high school seniors named National Merit Scholarship Commended Students Learn more

 

Guilderland High School students recognized by National Achievement Scholarship Program Learn more

Five GHS students named semifinalists in National Merit competition

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Student information updates

Earlier this fall, 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

Important information about student parking

Students may not park on campus without first obtaining a parking permit or gaining administrative approval the day before they wish to drive. Download a permit application (PDF). If a student wishes to drive for only one day, a temporary parking permit may be obtained through the West Office. Students must bring a signed letter from a parent or guardian requesting the permit and include a photocopy of the vehicle’s current registration and insurance card. Any student parking on campus without displaying a current parking permit or temporary permit will be subject to disciplinary consequences, including, but not limited to, the possibility of the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.

Nine GHS musicians selected for All State Music Ensembles

Visit the Music home page to learn more.

Guest speaker helps GHS anatomy and physiology students learn about making healthy eating choices

Iowa science teacher John Cisna participated in an experiment in which he ate only McDonald's for breakfast, lunch and dinner for six straight months. The results of his diet may surprise you! learn more

Winter sport sign-ups are underway

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GHS students receive honorable mentions from NYS Archives research competition

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High School student handbook now available online

The 2014-15 GHS Student Handbook is now available on our website.
View it here (PDF)

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

 

January Regents schedule now available

View the exam schedule (PDF)

29 GHS seniors named 2014 Multicultural High School Achievers award recipients Learn more

 

Join our TV crew!

Are you interested in working on the GHS TV crew to cover high school sports? If so, please send an e-mail to Mr. Maycock (maycocka@guilderlandschools.net) as soon as possible. This is an opportunity to earn community service or independent-study hours while covering GHS home games.

Upcoming fall testing dates and registration deadlines

Learn more about test dates for the fall college admissions exams (SAT and ACT).

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

Bring Your Own Device program

The Guilderland Central School District is committed to the optimization of student learning and teaching. We consider computers to be a valuable tool for education, and encourage the use of computers and related technology in district classrooms. To expand the availability of online learning opportunities, the district will be providing wireless network access to appropriate personal electronic devices for students in grades 9-12 beginning April 2014. Students will be given login information during homeroom on that day. Learn more about the program, including FAQs and resources for parents

Late arrival/early dismissal parental permission form

Please note that both senior students and their parents must complete a late arrival/early dismissal permission form in order to be given senior privileges.
Download the form (PDF)

What's new on Channel 16?

Residents in the Town of Guilderland may have recently noticed that Channel 16, operated out of the Guilderland High School Media Department, has undergone a bit of an overhaul. While the programming on the station may look a bit different, you can still find all of the important school information that the community has come to expect. However, the programming schedule will change slightly to accommodate new titles. Viewers may notice that the music track is no longer WMHT; instead, the music is now courtesy of students in the GCSD music department. In addition, the station is now featuring artwork and photography by students, as well. If you haven't seen it already, we invite you to take a look at the new Channel 16...enjoy!

Morning Announcements now available on Twitter

Did you know that you can follow the the latest news, information and updates to morning announcements at Guilderland High School on Twitter! Follow @GHSannouncement. Learn more

A new way to access the GHS library catalogue  qrcode

Search the library’s new catalog by scanning the QR Code at right using your smart phone (QR Reader App required). To access all the features this new catalog has to offer, make sure to log in – using the last five digits of your school ID as your username and the same four digit password you use to log into the school’s network. Once logged in, you can search print resources, our subscription databases and reviewed websites all in one shot! Use the tabs in the upper right of your search screen to access all the information you now have at your fingertips. Have questions? Need help? See the librarians for assistance.

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