Important information for incoming ninth-graders

A letter from Principal Michael Piscitelli

Dear Parents/Guardians and Ninth Grade Students:

Welcome to Guilderland High School Class of 2022.  We are committed to working with you to make this next step in your educational journey both successful and enjoyable. Therefore, we have planned a number of activities to facilitate a smooth and supportive beginning.  Following is a list of activities, some information about specific items students will need to start the year, and a synopsis of important school policies. We will also have a Ninth Grade Parent Night on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at GHS. This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to get an overview of the high school experience and meet your child’s school counselor. The president of the Parent Teacher Student Association will be present to discuss the organization, high school activities, and membership.

In an effort to be more economical and paperless, we will not be mailing schedules home. Parents and students will be able to view schedules from the SchoolTool portal at the close of business on August 24. SchoolTool allows parents and students to easily track academic progress and access other important information such as contact information for teachers. Questions about SchoolTool can be directed to Kim TenEyck at (518) 456-6200, ext. 3123.  If you would like paper copies mailed home, please contact the Counseling Department at (518) 861-8591, ext. 3000.

We encourage you to sign up for the School News Notifier (SNN) system at https://snn.neric.org/guilderland/.  It is important to update your notifications to include the high school.  If you are already registered with SNN, you will need to login and click the checkbox next to each notification you would like to receive and then click ‘Update’.  SNN will notify you of school closings, announcements, and changes to school events.  It will also notify you when interims and report cards are available.  It is our goal to increase the use of electronic communication and move away from paper.  We also publish announcements on Twitter.  Please follow us @ghsannouncement.

GHS Building Tours

The building will be open for tours, with upperclassmen tour guides available, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29. This is a good opportunity to become more familiar with the building and find your classrooms and lockers before the first day of school.

Homeroom

This 10-minute block of time is meant to be an opportunity to view the GHS reporter, listen to announcements, and have positive interactions outside of a traditional academic setting.

Freshmen Orientation Program – Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 7:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Our orientation program will give students the opportunity to meet their teachers and become more familiar with each other and our building. It is very important for students to attend this orientation program. Students are to use the main entrance, and they will be given further direction upon arrival. Regular bus routes will be running for this orientation.

First full day of school – Thursday, Sept. 6 – Classes begin at 7:30 a.m.

Students will follow an A-day schedule.  All students will report to their 1A class at 7:30 a.m.  Students who are unable to attend the orientation program will receive locker assignments and an overview of the high school schedule during homeroom on the first day. A copy of our regular bell schedule can be found here. 

Student Items

Locker assignments will appear on each student’s schedule and SchoolTool account. Students will need to provide their own lock.  Students may bring in their own lock or purchase one at the school store. Please bring a lock on Sept. 5 for orientation. In accordance with our school safety program, all unlocked lockers will be secured and unavailable at the close of school on Friday, Sept. 14.  Both hall and gym lockers should be locked at all times.

Calculators: All students enrolled in grade 9 mathematics classes must have their own graphing calculator to be used during class, for homework, and on local and state examinations.  We strongly recommend the Texas Instruments Model 84+.  This calculator may be purchased in the school store for approximately $90, or at any store that carries such products.

Agenda Books: Available for sale in the school store for $5.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call an administrator or counselor.

Best wishes for the remainder of summer. We look forward to working with you in September and throughout the next four years.

Sincerely,

Michael Piscitelli

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