Important information for incoming and returning high schoolers


  • A letter to incoming ninth-graders, from Principal Piscitelli, can be viewed here.

  • Returning students, please read below:

A letter from Principal Michael Piscitelli

Dear Parents and Students:

On behalf of the administrative team, I want to welcome you back to Guilderland High School.  The 2018-2019 school year holds great promise for students, staff, and parents.  The following information should be very helpful to you as you transition from summer life back to school life.

School begins in full session on Thursday, Sept. 6, following an “A” day schedule.  Students will report to their 1A class at 7:30 a.m.  Please see the opening day bell schedule on Page 2 of this letter.  A copy of our regular bell schedule can be found here.

In an effort to be more economical and paperless, we are not mailing schedules home. Parents and students will be able to view schedules from the School Tool Portal at the close of business on Aug. 24. If you have not signed up for the SchoolTool Portal, please be sure to sign up. SchoolTool allows parents and students to see a great deal of information, and it is an effective way to track academic progress. I would also encourage you to sign up for the School News Notifier (SNN) system, while you are at the site. SNN will notify you of school closings, announcements, and when interims and report cards can be viewed. If you would like paper copies mailed home, please contact the Counseling Department at (518) 861-8591, ext. 3000. It is our goal to increase the use of electronic communication as we move forward; this letter will be emailed and posted on the district site. It will not be mailed home. Please make sure your email address in SchoolTool is updated.

Here is our District Code of Conduct which reflects changes due to the Dignity for All Students Act that took effect July 1, 2012. Please pay particular attention to Section VI on Prohibited Student Conduct which includes language on Harassment and Academic misconduct.  Building specific regulation will be shared with the students on the opening day of school during homeroom.  This information is provided in accordance with New York State Regulations and because we believe it is important for all students to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

A permission form for early dismissal and late arrival, for seniors only, can be downloaded from the Counseling tab on our website or picked up in the Counseling Center during the week of Aug. 20.  To be eligible for this privilege on the first day of school, the permission form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the Counseling Center before the first day of school.  Otherwise, seniors will have to wait for processing.

Student locker assignments will appear on your schedule. Students may bring in their own lock or purchase one at the school store.  Students are required to use only the locker to which they were assigned as they are responsible for that locker for the school year. All lockers should be secured and locked at all times.

Parking applications are available online and at the school store.  Parking applications and payment are due back to the school store within the first two weeks of school.  Space is limited.

We look forward to seeing you on Sept. 6, as you continue your academic journey at GHS.  GHS remains committed to high standards and academic excellence.


Michael Piscitelli

Changes to Schedules

Requests for adjustment will be based only on educational merit and the availability of space in the courses involved.  The following criteria will be followed as a guideline.


a.       You have courses you did not select.

b.       You failed a course in Summer School.

c.       You do not have a full schedule.


a.       You do not like the assigned teacher.

b.       You have friends in a different section of the course.

c.        You are a senior and would like early release or late arrival.

Students who qualify under the Guidelines in No. 1 should contact their School Counselor the week of Aug. 27-30, 2018.  Changes to the schedule will not be made after this time.

First Day Bell Schedule

Block 1
7:30-8:49 a.m.

8:57-9:27 a.m.

Block 2
9:35-10:54 a.m.

Block 3
11:02 a.m. to 12:56 p.m.
Lunch Mod #1
Lunch Mod #2
11:30 a.m.  to 12 p.m.*
Lunch Mod #3
11:58 a.m. to 12:28 p.m.*
Lunch Mod #4
12:26-12:56 p.m.*
Block 4
1:04-2:23 p.m.
*This includes student travel/return time

Fall Dates to Remember

Aug. 29: Twelfth Grade Parent Night
Sept. 5: Ninth Grade/New Student Orientation
Sept. 6: Classes Begin
Sept. 10: Rosh Hashanah (No School)
Sept. 12: Ninth Grade Parent Night
Sept. 11-14: Grade 9-11 Pictures (taken during PE class)
Sept. 19: Yom Kippur (No School)
Sept. 27: Open House
Oct. 4-6: Homecoming Events
Oct. 8: Columbus Day (No School)
Nov. 6: Superintendent’s Conference Day (No School)
Nov. 12: Veteran’s Day (No School)

Annual Notification

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Each year pursuant to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a letter is written regarding the legislation’s potential impact on your child.  This Act provides for colleges and the U.S. Military to be afforded access to students’ names, addresses and telephone numbers.  The Act also makes a provision for a parent, or a student who is at least 18 years old, to exercise their right to refuse the release of such information.

Guilderland High School will, upon request, release to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all members of the junior and senior class.  If you wish to exercise your right to not have your students’ name included in this release, you must complete the written portion of the form located on the reverse side of this letter.  Your written request must be received in the principal’s office at Guilderland High School no later than Friday, October 12, 2018.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


Michael Piscitelli; Principal


Guilderland High School

8 School Road

Guilderland Center, New York 12085

Pursuant to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the school district must disclose to the military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of our high school students.  However, the district must also notify parents of their rights and the rights of their children to request in writing, that the district NOT release such information if it is requested.

Parents, or students who are at least 18 years old, wishing to exercise their option to withhold their consent to the release of the above information to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning must sign and return the form (sent home; to obtain a copy electronically, please email the Communications Office.)

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