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Fire Prevention Week

During Fire Prevention Week the Greenwich, Middle Falls and Cossayuna Fire Departments, were busy doing Fire Prevention in the Greenwich Central School and the Pooh’s Pre-School.
Superintendent Mark Fish and Principal Jennie Mueller were on hand to observe the instruction. From individual classroom, the fire prevention safety house, assemble program to a live fire demonstration with extinguishment. Through the entire program we all stressed the importance of smoke detectors in the home and testing them monthly.

Greenwich Golf – Reed Boduch and Jake Owens play well in the post-season.

On Tuesday October 2nd, Reed Boduch and Jake Owens qualified at McGregor Links in the Class C/D tournament to compete in the Overall (A,B,C,D) Sectional golf tournament at Orchard Creek.  Jake fired a 77 and Reed 79.


Senior, Reed Boduch, who represented Greenwich Central School and Section 2 last year in June at the NY State Championship, shot 89 at Orchard Creek on day one of the overall sectional tournament.  Sophomore, Jake Owens shot 85, which earned him a chance to play off for the final spot in the New York State Qualifier. Jake defeated two other players, both from CBA, in the two extra holes with a par on the tenth hole, and a spectacular up and down from the greenside bunker for par on the eleventh hole.  The eleventh hole par earned him a spot in the 20 player field that will compete for nine spots on the Section 2 New York State Team.


The New York State Qualifier field consisted of the top 20 players from over 130 golfers who qualified for sectionals this season and more than 400 players total. The tournament was played Friday, in weather that was less than optimal. Temperatures were in the low 50’s with 20 plus mile an hour winds, but Jake managed to birdie the par 5 first hole and stay even par through the first six holes.  Eventually he would shoot 90 on the day. His two day total of 175 was not enough to earn him a spot on the NYS Section 2 team. The experience he gained from playing with the best players in Section 2, only added to the outstanding Sophomore season he had for the Witches. Nolan Crowley of Saratoga won the event with a two day total of 152. Two Wasaren League seniors, Matt Smith (158) and Ryan Bloomer (159), both of Hoosick Falls made the nine player team.


Congratulations to both Reed and Jake on their personal accomplishments at the sectional level and their role on the team that won a share of the Wasaren League Championship, and the Wasaren League invitational championship!

Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Holds 11th Annual Academic Awards Assembly

Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Holds 11th Annual Academic Awards Assembly


Greenwich, NY, October 12, 2018


On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Greenwich Junior-Senior High School held the 11th Annual Academic Awards assembly for students in grades 10-12 (a few accelerated 9th grade students attended).


During the assembly, students were recognized for academic excellence in the following areas:


1-Achieving Mastery (a grade of 85% or better) on a NYS Regents exam

2-Achieving the highest grade on a NYS Regents exam

3-Achieving the highest grade in a course

4-Achieving a score of 4 or 5 on an AP exam

5-Earning a grade point average of between 84.5% and 89.4% for all four marking periods of the 2016-2017 school year (this award is known as the Principal’s Honor Roll)

6- Earning a grade point average of between 89.5% and 100% during all four marking periods of the 2016-2017 school year (this award is know as the Principal’s High Honor Roll)

7-Earning the Ashlar Lodge Award for the highest grade on the NYS Geometry Regents exam

8-GCS senior high school teachers also presented individual awards to students for outstanding academic performance

9-A handful of students were recognized for earning very prestigious academic awards donated by various colleges, universities, and/or corporations including Xerox, RPI, University of Rochester and Bausch and Lomb.


Many of the students recognized during the assembly also received a gift certificate from Jay’s Pizza in Greenwich.  The gift certificates were purchased using money donated by the Hannaford Corporation as part of the Hannaford Helping Hands program.  Mr. Niesz thanked the Hannaford Corporation and Mrs. Joann Sloan-Haynes for her ward work and dedication in promoting the Hannaford Helping Hands program at Greenwich.  Principal Niesz also recognized Mrs. Amy McPhail for her hard work in organizing the ceremony.


Altogether, 186 students were recognized at least once during the assembly (that is 69% of the students eligible to be recognized!).  Below is a list of those students that were recognized during the ceremony.


Thomas Abate, Aidan Abernathy, Christopher Albrecht, Erin Armitage, Aydin Bain, Madeline Baker, Skyler Balentine, Alyssa Bigness, Hope Billings, Christian Bittel, Reed Boduch, Paige Boyce, Madelyn Brophy, Molly Brophy, Cole Brown, Damon Brownell, Ryan Brownell, Madelyn Carney, Evan Carpenter, Isabella Cary, Liv Cederstrom, Yanary Champagnie, Lauren Chuhta, Jazmine Ciccarone, Quinn Collins, Penelope Crawford, Emma Cronin, Lucia D’Acchille, Maya Dean, George Denaker, Lauren Desorbe, Georgiana Douglas, Damien Dubois, Joseph Dziewulski, Hannah Elsworth, Joshua Epstine, Macy Fitgerald, Shea Fortier, Cody Fortin, David Gabriel, Mary Gallaway, Charles Gartner, Henry Gartner, Matthew Ginart, Andres Gonzalez, Annabel Gregg, Philip Grimes, Ashley Gwin, William Hamilton, Faith Hewitt, Caleb Hinton, Jenna Hogan, Peyton Howard, Ryan Jones, Eliza Jordan, Ramona Jordan, Kyle Karp, Liam Kelleher, Kimberly Kirk, Madison Loveland, Sydney Loveland, Allison Lundberg, Jack Lundberg, Keilana MacNeil, Maxwell Maguire, Lauren Maines, Sophia Manera, Gabriel Mann, Julian Mattison, Callagh Mays, Caitlyn McClay, Tess Merrill, Travis Michel, Molly Morse Belcher, Carson Mosher, Rachel Mueller, Adam Newell, Liam Niesz, Dillon Niles, Jakob Niles, Christian O’Brien, Maggie O’Connor, Elizabeth O’Konski, Jake Owens, Grant Peck, Luke Pemrick, Hailey Perkins, Nicholas Pett, Connor Record, Emily Reiszel, Nicholas Rodd, Carly Rogers, Andrew Rymph, Nina Sgambelluri, Conor Showalter, Dylan Skiff, Austin Smith, Avery Smith, Brooke Smith, Connor Smith, Lillian Smith, Madison Snell, Olivia Snell, Isabelle Solan, Abigail Sova, Benjamin Sova, Robert Spear, Arianna Spiezio, Emily Steltz, Jaydah Tamadge, Sophia Traver, Jackson Vanderhoff, John Walsh, Carrissa Wardwell, Shauna Wasielewski, Jennifer Wilbur, Brooke Wright, Brynne Wright, Michael Wright, James Young, Jeremy Zanella, Tyler Ziehm,

Greenwich CSD recognized for Academic Excellence

Greenwich, NY, October 12, 2018

The Greenwich Central School District was recently ranked as the 45th best school district in Upstate New York by Buffalo Business First, a weekly business journal published in Buffalo, New York.  The ranking was part of Buffalo Business First’s annual Upstate Schools Report.  According to the publication, “school district rankings are determined by a 208-part formula that is fueled by test scores and graduation rates from 2014 through 2017, the latest information available from the New York State Education Department.  District ratings reflect the collective performance of each district’s public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade”.  These are the factors that are included in the formula:


  • Fourteen statewide elementary and middle school tests: English and math for third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders, and science for fourth and eighth graders.
  • Seven Regents exams: algebra 2-trigonometry, earth science, living environment, chemistry, physics, global history and U.S. history.
  • Four Common Core exams: English, integrated algebra, geometry and algebra 2.
  • Two graduation rates: the percentage of all graduates who received Regents diplomas, and the percentage who earned diplomas with advanced designations. (The latter is given twice the weight of the first.)

Overall, the Greenwich Central School District was ranked 45th out of the 431 school districts in the 48 county region designated “upstate” New York.  When compared to the 83 school districts in the Capital District, Greenwich was ranked 10th.  The list below lists the Top 10 school districts in the Capital Region along with their rank and percentage in upstate New York.

Capital District School District   Rank in upstate         % in upstate

Bethlehem                                                       5                               99%

Niskayuna                                                       10                             98%

North Colonie                                                     13                             97%

Shenendehowa                                                   19                             96%

Voorheesville                                                      20                             95%

Guilderland                                                    21                             95%

Saratoga Springs                                                    22                            95%

Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake                                 34                             92%

East Greenbush                                                  35                             92%

Greenwich                                                     45                             90%


Buffalo Business First also ranked school districts based on how well their students performed on state exams in science, social studies, English, and mathematics.  Greenwich CSD earned the following rankings.

Rank in Upstate                 % in Upstate

Science                                        82                                     81%

Social Studies                                              21                                                     95%

Math                                            71                                     84%

ELA                                         47                                     89%

Greenwich Central School District also earned the following recognition by Buffalo Business First.

  •         Rated a “Five Star” District
  •         Rated one of the 50 best school districts when compared to similar schools
  •         Was identified as one of the 50 most improved school districts since 2011 (improved from 117 to 45)
  •         Was identified as one of most “Cost Effective” school districts in upstate

Camp Photos

Problem solving at its best! Sixth graders learn survival skills by building shelters in the woods.




Greenwich Elementary School is participating in “Operation Santa Claus”. 

Greenwich Elementary School is once again participating in “Operation Santa Claus”.  This program provides clothes and food for needy children in Greenwich.

If you would like to volunteer your time to wrap gifts, make a donation or adopt a child, please contact Denise Smith or Tomarra McCall at (518) 692-9542.  Operation Santa Claus is a program that directly benefits the families in the Greenwich Elementary School.

Operation Santa Application 2018 (1)


Annual Holiday Wreath Sale 2018

Annual Holiday Wreath Sale 2018

Wreath sales 2018- handout sheet (1)

Future Business Leaders of America – Fund Raiser

Wreaths are still made locally in Easton by Round Tree Farm. They are approximately 24” in diameter of fresh balsam & decorated with a large red bow, and pine cones.

Delivery will be the 1st week of December.


Name and room number: __________________________________
Phone or ext.:_________
# of Wreaths:____________ @ $25.00 = __________________

We will deliver your order to your room unless other arrangements are made in advance.

email back t

o: with your order and then send payment.

Greenwich Photos

Some great photos taken at the Middle Grade Building this week as a new group of 6th grade photographers practice their skills. The students are learning photography, photo editing and digital design as part of their Technology Class and have created all of these photos using only donated cell phones and some free apps. Look for our photographers on duty at school events this year!

Witches Dominate Grout Invite

Witches Dominate Grout Invite


10/6-  Running in the large school, Division II race, the Greenwich girls cross country team stormed Schenectady’s Central Park to overwhelm the competition and win the 2018 Grout Invitational.


Nina Sgambelluri  won the race and was followed closely by teammates Brynne Wright (2nd), Teagan Wright (4th), Emma Cronin (6th), Emily Skiff (11th), Brooke Wright (12th) and Quinn Collins (16th). There were nine teams and sixty-one runners in the race.  Greenwich won with 24 points, followed by Washingtonville (63) and Colonie (68).


In the boys Class C race, Peyton Howard continued to improve and finished 4th among 96 runners in his race.


The Witches’ next invitational meet is on Saturday, 10/13 in the Manhattan College Invite (Bronx, NY).

Photo caption: 2018 Grout XC Invitational Champions- Quinn Collins, Teagan Wright, Nina Sgambelluri, Emma Cronin, Brooke Wright, Emily Skiff and Brynne Wright.

Greenwich Ag Students Explore Agricultural Colleges

Greenwich FFA
Greenwich Central School

10 Gray Avenue

Greenwich, New York 12834

Elizabeth O’Konski


Greenwich Ag Students Explore Agricultural Colleges


September 28, 2018


Agricultural Science students have an array of post-secondary agricultural opportunities in New York State.  This fall Greenwich agricultural students have been investigating their opportunities beyond high school. On Friday, September 28th, 2018 twenty-nine Greenwich agriculture students joined over 1,000 high school students at SUNY, Cobleskill High School Day. Students toured the campus and were exposed to agricultural courses that are available for them to pursue following high school. Kassidy Kuzmich, Nick Casey, and Natalie Paul led students on a tour of the greenhouse facilities, the aquaculture room, the herpetology lab, the equine facility, the dairy barns, the canine lab, the livestock area, as well as the agricultural engineering department.


On Friday, October 5, Lisa Godfrey, an Admissions Representative from SUNY, Morrisville met with Plant Science and Animal Science students about the opportunities at their campus.  Highlighted were multitude of academic programs offered. She shared information about their Associate and Bachelor programs in the areas of Ag Business, Equine, Dairy, Horticulture, Natural Resources as well as Hospitality, Engineering Technology and more.  Godfrey explained the cost of SUNY tuition, room and board and the importance of applying early. She also encouraged students to visit the campuses of the colleges where they are interested to see if it is the right fit. Agriculture students benefited greatly from their tour and presentation of the states leading agricultural colleges.  



Greenwich ES names Respect Award Winners

Congratulations to Greenwich students in grades 3 through 6 who were the winners of the respect award.

These students were nominated by teachers and staff for showing the characteristic of respect – showing others that they are valued for who they are, not for what they look like or what they have.  Treating others the way you would want to be treated, never insulting or making fun of others who are different in looks, ability, race or religion.  A respectful person is polite, uses kind words, and always keeps hands to self.

These pictures along with student names are hanging in the middle grade hallway under on our Wall of Good Character.

Greenwich excels in the Buffalo Business First annual ranking of 431 Upstate, NY Schools

Buffalo Business First annual ranking of 431 Upstate, NY Schools:

The rankings for the Albany Area encompass 83 school districts in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. (Districts with fewer than 200 students and/or without high schools have been excluded.) The ratings are based on Business First’s analysis of four years of test results and graduation rates.


  • 1. Bethlehem (Albany County, No. 5)
  • 2. Niskayuna (Schenectady County, No. 10)
  • 3. North Colonie (Albany County, No. 13)
  • 4. Shenendehowa (Saratoga County, No. 19)
  • 5. Voorheesville (Albany County, No. 20)
  • 6. Guilderland (Albany County, No. 21)
  • 7. Saratoga Springs (Saratoga County, No. 22)
  • 8. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Saratoga County, No. 34)
  • 9. East Greenbush (Rensselaer County, No. 35)
  • 10. Greenwich (Washington County, No. 45 of 431 in Upstate, NY)
  • 11. Schodack (Rensselaer County, No. 61)
  • 12. Averill Park (Rensselaer County, No. 67)
  • 13. Queensbury (Warren County, No. 72)
  • 14. Duanesburg (Schenectady County, No. 75)
  • 15. South Colonie (Albany County, No. 79)
  • 16. Lake George (Warren County, No. 80)
  • 17. Ballston Spa (Saratoga County, No. 81)
  • 18. Windham-Ashland-Jewett (Greene County, No. 82)
  • 19. Stillwater (Saratoga County, No. 86)
  • 20. Fonda-Fultonville (Montgomery County, No. 90)
  • 21. Schuylerville (Saratoga County, No. 102)
  • 22. Schalmont (Schenectady County, No. 108)
  • 23. Cambridge (Washington County, No. 114)
  • 24. Chatham (Columbia County, No. 121)
  • 25. Scotia-Glenville (Schenectady County, No. 131)
  • 26. North Warren (Warren County, No. 139)
  • 27. Broadalbin-Perth (Fulton County, No. 155)
  • 28. Mayfield (Fulton County, No. 156)
  • 29. Hoosick Falls (Rensselaer County, No. 161)
  • 30. Glens Falls (Warren County, No. 165)

Greenwich was also recognized as a five –star district (see attached) for receiving the Social Studies award as well as being in the top 10% of Upstate schools (9.6%).  Congratulations to the students, faculty and staff of the Greenwich Central School District for achieving this sustained level of excellence.  Our school community has a great deal to be proud of here in Greenwich.

Greenwich Golf wins a share of the Wasaren League Championship

Greenwich Golf wins a share of the Wasaren League Championship for the second consecutive year, with a league record of 12-2.
They also won the WASAREN League Invitational Championship at Troy Country Club on Monday October 1st. (team photo)
Jake Owens, Reed Boduch, Mason Williamson, and Tyler Ziehm represented the Greenwich Team, which recorded a team score of 231.  Hoosick Falls was second with a score of 258.
Jake Owens (individual photo)
was medalist with a 2 over par 73, followed by Ryan Bloomer (Hoosick Falls), Mason Williamson 79 and Reed Boduch 79.  Tyler Ziehm playing in his first invitational shot 99.
On Tuesday October 2nd, Jake Owens, Reed Boduch and Mason Williamson competed in the class C/D sectional tournament at McGregor Links Golf Club.
Jake Owens shot 77, and Reed Boduch shot 79 to finish 3rd and 4th overall in the sectional tournament.  Both players advance to the overall class ABCD sectionals on Tuesday October 9th at Orchard Creek Golf Club.

Greenwich Elementary PBIS Prize Baskets

PBIS Prize Baskets Need Your Help-
Might you have some items to donate?  (New art supplies, craft kits, winter fun items, gift cards to tween favorites)
Items labeled (PBIS prizes) maybe be sent in with your child or dropped off in the Primary or MG main offices.
Thank you in advance for your support.

Soup ‘r Bands


Soup ‘r Bands is in it’s tenth year of raising funds to improve and form more programs available for more than 350 families facing challenges of Autism in our region.  If you haven’t attended, please consider.  We have about 30 restaurants donating soup for you to taste test, 10 fabulous bands on 2 stages, discounted rooms available…Tickets can be purchased at the location in the flyer below or through me in the high school, $20 each cash or check (Annik for Autism) or $25 at the door.  We have a raffle and silent auction portion also and gladly accepting donations of ANY kind.  Please reach out with comments or questions and please help spread the word.  100% goes towards 3 different organizations:  Upstate NY Autism Alliance (80%)  Greenwich CSD (10% towards Scholarship) and Hadley-Luzerne Autism Task Force (10%)  It is more of an adult event but I have students working and some families attend for about 800-1000 attendees!!

Thank you for considering!!

Andrea Jacobs

French Teacher, Greenwich

Green Screen Fun!

Getting in an October mood! Zephera and Amelia chose a background and then tried out a dramatic moment in front of the Library Learning Lab’s green screen.

Greenwich Girls XC Team Ranked #1 in NY State

Greenwich Girls XC Team Ranked #1 in NY State


10/1/18-  Following Invitational Meet victories on Queensbury and East Greenwich, Rhode Island, the GCS girls cross country team has been ranked #1 in New York State by the prestigious running website, ( ). Although a number one ranking in class has been a common occurrence for the Witches for more than a decade, this is the first time Greenwich has been ranked first among all schools, big and small.

At Queensbury, the Witches placed five runners in the top twenty, in a race of 112 runners, led by Nina Sgambelluri (2nd) and Brynne Wright (4th). Following the leaders were Emma Cronin (11th), Teagan Wright (15th), Emily Skiff (20th), Quinn Collins (36th) and Annabel Gregg (49th).

At Rhode Island, Brynne Wright won the race of 203 runners, followed by Nina Sgambelluri (3rd), Teagan Wright (5th), Emily Skiff (10th), Emma Cronin (12th), Quinn Collins (18th) and Brooke Wright (26th).


On the boys’ side, Peyton Howard is developing into a State Meet prospect and finished at Rhode Island, finished 14th of 262 runners.


The next invitational meet for the Witches will be in the Championship Division of the Grout Invitational, in Schenectady, on Saturday, October, 6th.


Photo Caption: Row 1, from left: Emma Cronin, Teagan Wright, Nina Sgambelluri, Brynne Wright. Standing: Peyton Howard, Quinn Collins, Emily Skiff and Brooke Wright.


BTCOD Award- “Beyond the Call of Duty”

The faculty of the Junior High at Greenwich Central School is proud to announce this month’s winner’s of the BTCOD Award. The “Beyond the Call of Duty” recognition is given each month to students in the 7th and 8th grades who have demonstrated a keen enthusiasm, work ethic and desire to succeed…while being kind, patient and helpful to others. It is helping the school become a better place…by helping us in  “Cultivating the Future” for our valuable youth. This months’s honorees include:
– Bradley Brophy (8th)
– Hunter Logan (7th)
– McKenzie Manney (8th)
– Adrianna Rojas (7th)
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