Greenwood Lake Union Free School District continues to develop and implement a balanced assessment system to more accurately reflect student progress. While the plan does not overly rely upon standardized measures, the 3-8 NYS Math and English Language Arts (ELA) Assessments are a component of our balanced assessment systems. The NYS Assessments are designed to gauge student progress toward higher academic standards. This feedback is important for teachers, parents and students as we prepare children to be college and career ready.
GWL UFSD K-8 Students shared science experiments, inventions, and artwork with each other during our 2nd Annual STEAM Fair.
GWLUFSD is pleased to announce that our Middle School Spanish teacher Ms. Jessica Robb was the recipient of the James E. Weaver Memorial Award from the New York State TESOL Executive Board.
Our 3rd grade students extend warm holiday wishes to our community and share their wishes for the future.
GWL Career Fair was held on November 29, 2016. We had a terrific turnout with over 120 students in attendance! Thank you to all of the professionals who participated in this event. We had the opportunity to learn from lawyers, health care professionals, artists, TV studio personnel, physical therapists, computer programmers, architects, policeman, judges, elected officials and more.
On November 10, 2016 the GWL Elementary School honored our Veterans. We began our program by singing God Bless America to our honored guests. After opening comments from Dr. Ackerman and Mayor Jesse Dwyer, each Veteran shared their service history as well as who he/she was related too in our school. We ended our program by inviting our Veterans to enjoy breakfast sponsored by our 3rd graders. Thank you to Maria Boller, our teachers and our 3rd grade families for organizing this important event for our community.
Faucets and drinking fountains at all schools in the state are mandated to be tested for the presence of lead by no later than September 30th as outlined in a September 6, 2016 law authorized by Governor Andrew Cuomo. New state health regulations mandate that drinking water in schools throughout the state be tested to ensure that lead levels do not exceed the “action level” of 15 parts per billion.
On October 14, 2016, in conjunction with The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, GWL UFSD raised money to support families impacted by cancer in the Mid-Hudson Valley as well as created awareness in our community for the many people affected by this illness. Our school community wore pink on Friday and raised $1,050 by asking each member to donate at least $2 to the Miles of Hope Foundation.
The staff at the Greenwood Lake School District has some new faces!
The Ashokan Center’s trails and outdoor campus allowed our 5th and 6th graders the opportunity to hike to the depths of a 350 million year old Cathedral Gorge and the Turnwood-Ashokan Covered Bridge (1885). Our students also learned in Ashokan's 18th and 19th Century buildings and working craft shops: Winchell’s Inn (c. 1780), the 1817 schoolhouse, the Ashokan Barn and Barnyard, Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, Pewter Shop, and Tin & Broom shops.
This morning, together, we remembered the tragic events that took place on 9/11, honored our first responders and celebrated what it means to be an American. Thank you to Principal Boller and Principal Lawrence for organizing this important morning. Thank you to Mrs. Kroll and Mr. Compton for arranging our musical pieces. We all appreciated listening to the inspiring sediments from our Mayor Jesse Dwyer. Thank you to our police officers, scouts, EMTs, town officials and community members who participated in our ceremony today.
GWL UFSD School District is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Chester Union Free School District and Warwick Valley Central School District on our High School tuition contracts for an additional two years. The new agreements will begin on July 1 2017 and cover the 17/18 and 18/19 academic years respectively.
The Board of Education has approved a new capital project for your consideration. The project vote is scheduled for November 29, 2016 from 11AM-9PM in the GWL Elementary School gym. The two propositions that will be put forth for consideration are based on community and faculty feedback gleaned through focus groups and surveys. We are able to leverage our capital reserve and budget money earmarked for bond payments to support this project at no additional cost to our taxpayers. Please click on the link for more information.
Congratulations to Mr. Alex Vinelli for being chosen as one of Orange & Rockland STEM Classroom Grant recipients!
We are pleased to inform you that by decision dated March 17,2016 (copy attached), the New York State Commissioner of Education dismissed in its entirety the appeal filed against us by Tuxedo School District seeking to recover approx. $900,000 of High School tuition they alleged was owed to them by Greenwood Lake for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. As a result of the dismissal of the appeal, Greenwood Lake does not have to pay any additional tuition. As you know, we vigorously disputed Tuxedo’s billing and declined to renew our non-resident tuition contract with them. While Tuxedo may seek judicial review of the Commissioner’s decision, it is our hope that this decision will put closure on this unfortunate matter.
On Feb. 19th all of our students celebrated our laker pride with an afternoon of fun games and amazing school spirit as we cheered on our winter sports teams.
Congratulations to our GWL 7th and 8th Grade students who have been inducted to the GWLUFSD 2016 Chapter of the National Junior Honors Society.
The Board of Education discussed the recent capital project vote on 3/10 and how we will move forward. The Board decided that we will ask the community to move the 4M high school fund to a new reserve during our regularly scheduled budget vote. Please note, that in order to spend this money, the community will need to vote to approve the expenditures. This summer, community focus groups will be formed to help guide the Board of Education on how to spend this reserve as well as determine how we should address the academic and security enhancements previously presented to the community in our recent vote. The Board of Education will likely present a new project for consideration at some point in the fall of 2016. Please email your feedback for the BOE to Mary DePietro, District Clerk (email@example.com).
Any current 8, 9,10 or 11th-grade student who would like to transfer high schools for the 17/18 school year must contact GWLUFSD in writing on or before March 31, 2017. No transfer requests will be approved after that time as per our negotiated agreement for the 17/18 and 18/19 academic year. In addition in accordance with our new contracts, GWLUFSD will no longer approve mid-year transfers. To review a copy of our contracts with Chester and Warwick, please visit the High School Choice section of our webpage. Please send all written request to Christine Ackerman, Superintendent: firstname.lastname@example.org.