Dr. Beth Bini, Principal
6270 Johnston Rd. Albany, NY 12203
Let your voice be
Budget vote set for May 21 at all elementary schools
On Tuesday, May 21, Guilderland Central School
District residents will
head to the polls to vote on a $91,023,200 budget for the 2013-14 school year. This proposed budget represents an increase in spending of $1,763,340 (+1.98 percent) over the current year’s budget. If approved by voters, it would result in a 3.39 percent tax levy increase in the coming year—below the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit as calculated under the state’s “tax cap” formula. Tax rates are estimated to increase by the same amount. In addition, on May 21 voters will elect three members to the Board of Education and decide on a bus and equipment proposition.
Learn more about the 2013-14 budget and BOE candidates
Westmere Spring Carnival set for May 10
The Westmere Spring Carnival will be held this Friday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. inside the school building. Tickets cost $1 for 5 tickets or are $5 for 30 tickets. All food and games are based on tickets. Food for sale will be include pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, snow cones and cotton candy. There will also be a Bounce House, Slide, Velcro Wall and a Kiddie Bounce House. Hope to see you there!
A letter from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles
the upcoming state assessments for students in grades 3-8
Beginning next week, GCSD students in grades 3-8 will join their peers around the state to take the NYS English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams. Please take a few minutes to read a brief letter from Dr. Wiles regarding the changes in this year's assessments. Read the letter
Can the district opt my
child out of testing?
Additional information for parents regarding state assessments
As you may know, there has been some concern among parents related to the rigor of the new tests and as a result, some are asking to opt their child out of the testing. This is not an option for school districts. Read more
Note to parents regarding access during afternoon dismissal time
Please note that starting Wednesday, Jan. 2, 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.
Camp Invention returns to FMS
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 August 5 - 9, from
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Farnsworth Middle School.
Message from the Superintendent about school safety procedures
MAP Assessments at GCSD
In 2012-13, Guilderland Central School District will introduce students in grades K-8 to the Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) tests that are designed to make it easier and faster for teachers to benchmark each student’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year. Twice each year, students will take a set of computerized MAP tests in Reading, Language Usage, and Math. Learn more
2012-13 school supply lists
Basic 2012-13 school supply lists are now available for each grade level. Parents will receive information about any additional items teachers may request along with the August placement letter. View the supply lists
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!