GCSD 2020-21 draft budget presentation on March 10

The superintendent’s draft budget presentation for the 2020-21 school year has been postponed to Tuesday, March 10. Typically, the superintendent presents a draft budget at the board of education meeting in early March as a starting point for public discussion on the budget. This year, the district needs more time to consider program needs and …

March 9 parent/guardian discussion on the dangers of gateway drugs

On March 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Farnsworth Middle School, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office will be facilitating a focused discussion about the growing trends of vaping and marijuana usage among teens and young adults, and how to talk to your teen about these gateway drugs. Parents, guardians, school faculty and staff are invited …

2020 water testing in GCSD schools

In 2016 New York State became the first in the nation to require schools to test all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels.  A second round of testing is required for 2020. In accordance with the law, the Guilderland Central School District chose Adirondack Environmental Services, Inc. …

2020-21 Student Calendar

The general student calendar for the 2020-21 academic year was adopted by the Guilderland Central School District Board of Education on February 11, 2020.  The full 2020-21 district calendar will be mailed to families in August 2020. You can download a PDF copy of the 2020-21 academic general student calendar here.  This calendar lists the …

GCSD mourns loss of longtime teacher

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members, It is with deep sadness that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community.  On Saturday, Feb. 8, we were made aware of the unexpected death of one of our longtime teachers Mr. Jeffrey Herchenroder. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 …

Planning for high school – Important info for grade 8 families

The following information was presented to parents of students in the GHS class of 2024, who are planning for the transition from middle school to high school. Choosing your child’s grade 9 classes – Timeline January  6th-17th Counselors present in class January 9th – “Planning the HS Program” at GHS January 13th-February 13th  Counselors meet …

Camp Invention to return to GCSD Summer 2020

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 10-14, 2020 at Farnsworth Middle School. The week-long adventure is open to childrens in grades 1-6.  Camp Invention is a program where students learn science, technology, engineering and math in a …

FMS students earn three awards at Jan. 11 Future Cities Competition

At the Jan. 11 Capital District Future City Competition, the FMS Future Cities team received the award for best use of regional zoning, most sustainable transportation system and best essay. Future Cities is a competition that revolves around designing a city of the future. This year’s challenge was to pick a water problem a city …

School Start Times Task Force update

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion in local and national news about the circadian rhythms of adolescents and the amount of sleep they need to be healthy, safe and fully engaged in their learning. These discussions have suggested that the early arrival times at many high schools may contribute to students …

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