An Important Message from Superintendent Wiles

*UPDATE FEB. 3* Dear GCSD Families, There has been an update from the Guilderland Police Department regarding the Feb. 1 incident at Farnsworth Middle School, which can be read on the department’s Facebook page here. The safety of all of our students and staff is the district’s highest priority and we appreciate the vigilance and …

Cultural diversity and food: local chef brings a taste of Morocco to FMS students

Lunch at Farnsworth Middle School went international on Wednesday, Jan. 17 as Chef Aneesa Waheed from Tara Kitchen – a Mediterranean and Moroccan restaurant in Guilderland – hosted a sampling event in the school’s cafeteria. Students were able to try boneless chicken marinated in an apricot and prune sauce, as well as rice and green …

FMS holds fourth annual cereal box dominos with record number of donations

On Monday, Dec. 18, Farnsworth Middle School held their annual cereal box dominos to benefit the Guilderland Food Pantry. A tradition for the past three years, the event brings the school community together to help the local non-profit, along with some friendly competition between the school’s four houses (Hiawatha, Mohawk, Seneca, and Tawasentha) to see …

Special Olympics New York honors Allison Relyea with the Unified Champion Award

On Thursday, Nov. 30, Guilderland Central School District Unified Sports and Athletics Coach Allison Relyea was presented with the Unified Champion Award by Special Olympics New York at the Italian American Community Center. This was an extraordinary honor for Mrs. Relyea, who’s advocacy for students is unparalleled; she has been instrumental in creating an inclusive …

Dec. 8 update: book drive and Family Literacy Fair; district establishing educational task force; music teacher honored; confidential tip line; attendance letters

A message from Dr. Wiles: Dear GCSD Families, The Reading Opens the World Book Drive and Family Literacy Fair will be held this Saturday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farnsworth Middle School Cafetorium. This event gives families and educators the opportunity to choose free books for their home libraries and …

Dr. Wiles leads discussion at board meeting about future-ready schools

District to establish educational task force comprised of stakeholders to explore what future-ready means At the Dec. 5 meeting of the Guilderland Central School District board of education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles posed the question: “What does it mean for our students to be ready for their future?” She then presented a blueprint …

Nov. 9 update: NYSED Digital Resources Survey; upcoming important school calendar dates

A message from Dr. Wiles: Dear GCSD Families, Today marks the close of the first quarter of the school year; report cards will be available for families to access on Friday, Nov. 17. This is a good time to take note of your students’ attendance record to date. Regular, consistent attendance paves the way for …

Four GHS student musicians selected for prestigious All State Music Ensembles

The Guilderland High School Music Department is honored to announce that four student musicians have been recognized for their outstanding performances by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and have been chosen to join the association’s prestigious All State Music Ensembles. Congratulations to the following students on this extraordinary accomplishment: Brendon Cao (junior), …

Sept. 22 update: ParentSquare community group, P-EBT benefit information, no school on Monday

Dear GCSD Families, As you may be aware, over the summer the Guilderland Central School District moved to ParentSquare as the communications tool used by teachers and administrators. A feature of ParentSquare is an “Alert”, which enables the district to send a short, immediate message. Alerts will be used when there is a school closure …

GCSD Professional Learning Plan 2023-24

I. Introduction II. NYSED Regulations III. Every Student Succeeds Act IV. Philosophy V. Needs Assessment VI. Record Keeping VII. Goals/Implementation Plans VIII. Mentor Plan (GEMS) 2023-24 Professional Development Committee Demian Singleton, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Kimberly Kern, Teaching Assistant Mary Schmitz, Teaching Assistant Keir Aspin, Teacher Tim Fry, Teacher Jenny Politano, Teacher Lindsey Fargnoli, G.E.M.S. …

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