Apr. 21 update: student artwork; DEI fireside chats; budget information; recycling event

A message from Dr. Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

The long-term benefits of music and art in education are many. It’s proven that students who express themselves through art do better in school, are able to relieve stress and better process emotions, while also having fun – and of course, creating something beautiful! Guilderland Central School District students have been prolific this year. I had the pleasure of attending the elementary art show reception this past Tuesday and was delighted with the students’ work as well as their proud, smiling faces as they posed with their art pieces. You can view student artwork at the following exhibitions:

  • Elementary Art Show, Guilderland Public Library, until April 24
  • Middle School Art Show, FMS Gallery Space, May 15-June 1, Reception May 16, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • High School Art Show, Guilderland Public Library, May 5-30, Reception May 10, 3:30-5 p.m.

Student artwork used to promote DEI Fireside Chats

Another fine example of student artwork are the flyers a group of eighth grade Farnsworth Middle School students in Mrs. Romano’s Accelerated Studio in Art class volunteered to create. Students were asked to visually represent what diversity, equity and inclusion means to them.

The flyers will be used to promote the DEI Engagement Committee’s fireside chat series. Held at the Guilderland Public Library, the fireside chats provide Guilderland residents with the opportunity to speak to members of the committee in an informal setting. The next fireside chat will be held on Thursday, Apr. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. These forums provide the community with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss personal experiences in an informal setting. All are welcome to attend. You can view the full schedule of fireside chats here.

School budget vote day is Tuesday, May 16

In less than a month, the Guilderland community will vote on the proposed $119,772,194 budget for the 2023-24 school year. If approved, the proposed plan would increase the tax levy by 2.66%, which is within the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit. In addition, district residents will decide on a separate bus and equipment proposition and will elect three members to the board of education. Visit the district website to learn more about the candidates running for GCSD Board of Education and voter eligibility.

Tomorrow is Earth Day; GCSD is doing our part with the bi-annual Recycling Event, held at FMS, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Enjoy the lovely weather and have a wonderful weekend.


Marie Wiles, Ph.D.

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