GCSD moves to SchoolMessenger for Emergency Notifications

The Guilderland Central School District has moved from One Call Now and School News Notifier (or SNN) to SchoolMessenger as a way to contact our parents, students and staff members. SchoolMessenger is used for emergency notifications, such as school closings/delays and emergency situations in schools. (Click here for SchoolMessenger Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) and a …

FMS 1st Quarter newsletter

The beginning of the school year is such a special time. I enjoy watching our students and staff members return to Farnsworth Middle School with excitement and hope. It doesn’t take very long for our students to become engaged in their own learning; ready to explore new ideas and solve challenging problems. Some of the …

Camp Invention to return to GCSD Summer 2019

In partnership with Invent Now, Guilderland Central School District is proud to once again offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program this summer from August 12-16, 2019 at Farnsworth Middle School. The week-long adventure is open to children through grade six, and new this year, will be offered to children in kindergarten. Camp Invention is a …

AIS Math Information Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians: Before a new school year begins, the faculty and staff at Farnsworth Middle School and our elementary schools begin identifying, planning for, and scheduling students for additional math supports in the form of Academic Intervention Services (AIS).  The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an understanding of what AIS Math …

Information regarding accelerated classes

A letter from Beverly Bisnett-Jenks, Instructional Administrator for Math, Science and Technology regarding accelerated classes Dear Parents/Guardians of 7th Grade Students: At Farnsworth Middle School, we seek to identify each student’s unique talents.  Students who have demonstrated exceptional abilities are provided with opportunities to move beyond the core curriculum through acceleration.  Acceleration provides students with an …

National Junior Honor Society information

At the end of the 1st marking period of 8th grade, all students achieving a grade point average (GPA) of 90% (without rounding) through nine quarters (6th, 7th and the 1st quarter of 8th grade) will be considered academically eligible for National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). These students will receive a mailed letter of notification …

Important information for incoming sixth-graders: Orientation and building tours

Grade 6 student orientation is set for Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. What to expect Students will be picked up at their AM bus stop location, and after orientation will depart the middle school at approximately 10 a.m. Please allow for some flexibility with this departure time as it is the first …

FMS 2018-19 Supply Lists

Want to get a jump-start on back-to-school supplies? Click the link to your child’s house (below) for the 2018-19 school year supply lists. Hiawatha  Mohawk Seneca Tawasentha Please note: Letters and supply lists are shared in a plain-text format. Print-friendly versions of each list are available via Google Drive; the link is located at the bottom of …

GCSD’s Engaged Learning Initiative (1:1 Chromebook model) to launch in 2018-19 school year

The Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI) is a program that aims to expand the walls of the classroom by providing ubiquitous access to technology for students that in turn will increase learning engagement, collaborative learning and a digital skill set. Students in grades 5-12* will receive a Chromebook for both in-school and at-home use at the start of …

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