SchoolMessenger information for community members

SchoolMessenger is a way to receive email news from the district and its schools.

The district began utilizing SchoolMessenger in the 2018-19 school year for emergency notifications, such as school closings/delays and emergency situations in schools and has since expanded its use to include school and district-level messages.

The following steps are for district residents without children in grades K-12 who would like to remain informed about district-wide events.

  1. Click on this link to head to the SchoolMessenger page and click the “Sign Up Now” link near the bottom of the page.
  2. You will be taken to the sign-up page where you will need to confirm the encrypted image, your name, a valid email address, and a password. Review and accept the Terms of Service. Click “Create Account” when you are done.
  3. DO NOT CLOSE THE TAB WINDOW. This page will change to the one where you will enter your activation code.
  4. Check your email. There will be an Account Activation email from with the subject “Account Activation” which contains a link to activate your account. Activation codes are valid for 24 hours. Type the activation code into the confirmation page for SchoolMessenger. You will then have to enter your password in order to activate your SchoolMessenger account.
  5. Once you’ve activated your account, you’re ready to select your notification preferences on what kind of messages you will receive.


The district is a central hub of activity in the community, particularly as it relates to educational and recreational opportunities available to children. This Community Announcements section is provided as a service to parents for informational purposes only. Programs listed are not necessarily affiliated with nor endorsed by the Guilderland Central School District. For more information about the activities and organizations listed below, please use the contact information provided with each entry.

If you have a community announcement you would like posted, please contact the Superintendent’s Office for approval.

Current announcements

Guilderland Girls Softball Spring Rec Softball Season

Register for the GGSL Spring season by Feb. 2, 2021!

All skill levels welcome (beginners to advanced)
  • Rookie: PreK – Grade 1
  • Single A: Grades 2-3
  • AA: Grades 4-5
  • AAA: Grades 6-8
  • Majors: Grades 8-12

$99.99 registration fee ($50 for Rookie). Registration includes a t-shirt. Must register by Feb. 2, 2021. There’s a late fee of $25.

Financial hardship assistance may be available. Contact us at for more information and eligibility requirements.

More Information

The softball season typically starts with indoor practices beginning in March. Games start in late April and run through mid-June. GGSL is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic so players can be in a safe outdoor environment. As a result, the practice schedule may be adjusted. During the season, there will be one game during the week at 6 p.m. and one game on Saturday.

Get more information here on the GGSL website

2020 Karner Kids Virtual Film Festival

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is excited to unveil the 2020 Karner Kids Virtual Film Festival! Join us to see some amazingly creative Pine Bush films made by young people. The Karner Kids Film Festival features Pine Bush-themed films made by kids ages 10-17. The films are original creations of 5 minutes or less and all feature the Pine Bush.

The films will be available to view through January 2021. View the 2020 Karner Kids Virtual Film Festival.

2020 Pine Bush Perspective Exhibit, Dec. 5 – March 1, 2021

Each visitor views the Albany Pine Bush Preserve from a unique vantage point worthy of celebrating and sharing. Each of the photographs in the show gives a unique perspective.

This is a free virtual online special event. Visit the Albany Pine Bush website for more information.

GHS Weekend Backpack Program, Annual Fundraiser

A program that runs from October through June that supplements nutrition for students in need on the weekends when school meals are not available. 

3 Ways to Help:
    1. Non-Perishable Food Items
    2. Sponsor a Food Drive
    3. Monetary Contributions

Learn more about the GHS Weekend Backpack 

Drama Kids Programs

In-person and online classes are fun, engaging, and filled with activities that will grow your child’s acting abilities, and help them develop the life skills they’ll need to navigate the changing world we live in.

Drama Kids is committed to safely reopening live classes in Guilderland, Colonie, Delmar & Clifton Park. Class size is limited and taught under federally-approved COVID-19 guidelines.

Learn more or enroll in a class at Drama Kids

For questions, please contact Sara Poggi-Decker, Education Program Manager at


Reunion news

Interested in organizing a reunion for your graduating class? Let us know by sending an e-mail or calling the district’s Communications Office at 518-456-6200, ext. 3115 with details about the event,  including the class, date, location, time and contact information. Details will be posted on our reunions page where visitors can find information on currently scheduled reunions.

Guilderland Central School District Scholarship Fund

Each year, the district awards several scholarships to deserving high school seniors based on criteria such as academic area of interest, athletic area of interest, and community service. Learn more about the scholarship fund.

Alumni Class Websites

Does your graduating class have its own website or Facebook page? If so, let us know and we will post a link to it. Visit alumni class sites. 

Continuing Education

Whether you are hoping to fine tune your professional skills, learn more about a specific topic of interest or simply looking for something fun to try, Guilderland’s continuing education programs offer something for everyone!


If you are interested in becoming a vendor, there are a few steps that the company must follow. More information about becoming a vendor can be found on the Vendor Information page.

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