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Welcome back, students! Grades 10-12 school opening letter

August 2017

Dear Parents and Students:

On behalf of the administrative team, I want to welcome you back to Guilderland High School. The 2017-2018 school year holds great promise for students, staff, and parents. The following information should be very helpful to you as you transition from summer life back to school life.

School begins in full session on Wednesday, September 6, following an “A” day schedule. Students will report to their 1A class at 7:30 a.m.
(See the opening day bell schedule below)

In an effort to be more economical and save paper, we will not be mailing schedules home. Parents and students will be able to view schedules from the SchoolTool Portal on August 25. If you have not signed up for the SchoolTool Portal, please do so on our website. SchoolTool allows parents to see a great deal of information, and it’s an effective way to track your child’s academic progress. I would also encourage you to sign up for the School News Notifier (SNN) system, while you are at the site. SNN will notify you of school closings, announcements, and when interims and report cards can be viewed. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact our counseling department at 861-8591 ext. 3000 to have items mailed home. It is our goal to increase the use of electronic communication as we move forward, so next year this letter will be emailed and posted on the district site. It will not be mailed home. Please make sure your email address in SchoolTool is updated.

Included with this letter is a synopsis of our District Code of Conduct, which reflects changes due to The Dignity for All Students Act that took effect July 1, 2012. (
Please see Board of Education Policy 0115 on the district website.) Also included: our school’s Harassment, Integrity, and Homework Policies along with important information about the 3:20 p.m. bus pass and the use of electronic and wireless devices. A complete copy of the Code of Conduct is available on the district website and in print in all school buildings. This information is provided in accordance with New York State Regulations and because we believe it is important for all students to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. Additional information is provided in the student Agenda Handbook. All GHS students will need to bring $5 on Wednesday, September 6, in order to purchase an Agenda Handbook.

A permission form for early dismissal and late arrival, for seniors only, can be downloaded from our website during the week of August 21. To be eligible for this privilege on the first day of school, the permission form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the Counseling Center before the first day of school. Otherwise, seniors will have to wait for processing. Also, parking permits will now be sold at the school store.

Student locker assignments will appear on your schedule.
They are the same lockers as last year. Students may bring in their own padlock or purchase one at the school store. Students are required to use only the locker to which they were assigned as they are responsible for that locker for the school year. All lockers should be secured and locked at all times.

Junior and senior students should be aware that student parking applications are available online and at the school store. Driver education applications are available on the GHS website and in the West Office. These forms are due back within the first two weeks of school. Space is limited so students are encouraged to complete this process as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you on September 6, as you continue your academic journey at Guilderland High School. Guilderland High School remains committed to high standards and academic excellence.

Homeroom Change
This year our schedule includes a separate homeroom. This 10-minute block of time is meant to be an opportunity to view the GHS reporter, listen to announcements, and have positive interactions outside of a traditional academic setting. A copy of the daily bell schedule can be viewed below.


Thomas Lutsic


Changes to Schedules
Requests for adjustment will be based only on educational merit and the availability of space in the courses involved. The following criteria will be followed as a guideline.

a. You have courses you did not select.
b. You failed a course in Summer School.
c. You do not have a full schedule.
a. You do not like the assigned teacher.
b. You have friends in a different section of the course.
c. You are a senior and would like early release or late arrival.

Students who qualify under the Guidelines in No. 1 should contact their School Counselor the week of August 28, 2017 through September 1, 2017. Changes to the schedule will not be made after this time.

First Day Bell Schedule
Block 1 - 7:30 - 8:49 a.m.
Homeroom - 8:57 - 9:27 a.m.
Block 2 - 9:45 - 10:54 a.m.
Block 3 - 11:02 a.m. - 12:56 p.m.
Lunch Mod #1 - 11:02 - 11:32 a.m.
Lunch Mod #2 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch Mod #3 - 11:58 a.m. - 12:28 p.m.
Lunch Mod #4 - 12:26- 12:56 p.m.
Block 4 - 1:04 - 2:23 p.m.

Fall Dates to Remember
September 5: Gr. 9 Orientation
September 6: Classes Begin
September 7: Gr. 12 Parent Night
September 12-15:  Grade 9-11 Pictures
September 12: Gr. 9 Parent Program
September 21: Rosh Hashanah (No School)
September 22-23: Homecoming Events
September 28: Open House
October 9: Columbus Day (No School)
November 1: Staff Development Day (No School)
November 10: Veteran’s Day (No School)

Student Administrative Oversight - Assignment system has changed this year.

East Office - Student Assignments by Counselor: Galarneau, Sheehan, (Knapp – Grade 12)
West Office - Student Assignments by Counselor: Murphy, Baumgartner, (Knapp – Grade 11)
North Office - Student Assignments by Counselor: Dvorscak, Kaplan, (Knapp – Grade 10)
Main Office: (Knapp – Grade 9)