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Greenwich students participate in a workshop with the Harmonic Brass

Yesterday, the Greenwich Jr-Sr High brass musicians (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba) participated in a workshop with the Harmonic Brass, a professional brass quintet from Munich, Germany. The workshop was hosted by Lake George High School. Students participated in group warm-ups, masterclasses, sectional rehearsals, and a “mass brass” performance.

Greenwich girls basketball program is doing a Tri-tip and chicken BBQ fundraiser

The Greenwich girls basketball program is doing a Tri-tip and chicken BBQ fundraiser. Each meal includes chicken, beef, potato, coleslaw and roll. Meals are $14 each. Tickets are available now with any girls players grades 7-12 or you can contact Coach Slater if you are interested.

Meals will be ready for pick up on Friday November 10 between 4 and 5 pm near the tennis courts. Thank you for supporting our girls basketball program.

School Board Recognition Week Celebrated at GCS

School Board Recognition Week Celebrated at GCS

The Greenwich Central School District took time during its October 16, 2017 Board of Education Meeting to celebrate Board Recognition week and give thanks to the five volunteers who dedicate countless hours to our students, district, and community.  Students presented books to the Board of Education members to be added to the GCS library collection in recognition and appreciation of their distinguished service. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proclaimed that “The men and women serving as members of the school board are dedicated to children, learning and community and devote many hours of service to elementary and secondary public education as they continually strive for improvement, excellence and progress in education.”


Left to Right: Madison Snell, Matthew Bink, BOE Vice President – Laura Hall, BOE Member – James Nolan, BOE President – Annie Miller Missing:  BOE Members – Jill Autiello & Michael Conlin

Witches Take Manhattan

Witches Take Manhattan


Van Cortlandt Park, NYC, 10/14/17: After recent team victories in the Ocean State Invitational (Warwick, RI) and the Grout Invitational (Schenectady, NY), the Greenwich girls cross country team stormed New York City to win its race in the Manhattan Invitational. There were teams from six states in the meet and the Witches defeated twenty-three other teams in the Varsity B race.


There were 179 runners in the race and GCS placed five runners in the top 23, to tally 70 points and decisively outpace the field. Ursulile School (New Rochelle, NY) was second, with 114 points and Jamesville-DeWitt (Syracuse, NY) was third with 143 points.


Brynne Wright led the Witches, finishing 3rd, followed by Emma Cronin (9th), Teagan Wright (16th), Brooke Wright (19th) and Quinn Collins (23rd). Annabelle Gregg and Chloe Littell ran 6th and 7th for Greenwich.


Coach Steve Patrick was was pleased with the performance: “This was a nice, team effort. Our time gap between our first and fifth runners was only one minute and fifteen seconds. I think we can still run substantially better, but today was a strong performance  for mid-October.”




Photo caption

From left: Teagan Wright, Emma Cronin, Brooke Wright, Chloe Littell, Quinn Collins, Brynne Wright, Annabel Gregg, Coach Steve Patrick.


Greenwich girls soccer plays Waterford in the sectionals

17. Greenwich at 16. Waterford, 3 p.m.

Opening Round — Saturday

Greenwich/Waterford winner at 1. Schoharie, 2 p.m.

9. Galway at 8. Cambridge, 2 p.m.

12. Canajoharie at 5. Cairo-Durham, 2 p.m.

Middleburgh/Berlin winner at 4. Hoosick Falls, 2 p.m.

Corinth/Maple Hill winner at 3. Lake George, 2 p.m.

11. Hoosic Valley at 6. Greenville, 2 p.m.

10. Mayfield at 7. Bolton-Warrensburg, 2 p.m.

Chatham/Rensselaer winner at 2. Stillwater, 6 p.m.

#3 Greenwich to host home sectional soccer contest on Thursday


Opening Round 

Tuesday, Oct. 17

12. Saratoga Catholic at 5. Chatham, 3 p.m.

11. Granville at 6. Stillwater, 6 p.m.

10. Hoosick Falls at 7. Corinth, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

9. Hoosic Valley vs. 8. Doane Stuart at TBA, 3 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 19

Granville/Stillwater winner at 3. Greenwich, 3 p.m.

Hoosick Falls/Corinth winner at 2. Lake George, 3 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20

Hoosic Valley/Doane Stuart winner at 1. Greenville, 3 p.m.

Spa Catholic/Chatham winner at 4. Bishop Gibbons, 3 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 24

at Schuylerville

Quarterfinal winners, 5 and 7 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 26

at Stillwater

NYSED announces a contest

We are pleased to announce that the New York State Education Department will sponsor an event in
recognition of the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, as in prior years, we hope to honor Dr. King’s
memory by inviting schools to submit student art and essays that reflect Dr. King’s teaching. Schools may submit
original artwork illustrating Dr. King’s Six Principles and Steps of Nonviolence or essays celebrating Dr. King’s birthday
from students enrolled in any K-12 program. Each school will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for participating in
this worthwhile educational event in the Spring of 2018. As part of the celebration, all entries will be exhibited on the
Concourse level of the Empire State Plaza located in Albany, the state capital.
We encourage all schools to join in this initiative honoring Dr. King
and we look forward to receiving this year’s submissions.

2018 MLK Fine Arts Display Ltr (1)


Greenwich CSD to hold a Musical Revue

The Greenwich Sr High Drama Club (and friends!) will be presenting a Musical Revue on Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm in the High School Auditorium. The show will include 16 acts; solos, duets, and small groups performing musical theater (and some pop) tunes. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. All proceeds go to Senior High Drama Club. The evening will feature students in grades 7 through 12, as well as Lisa Ciampa, Catherine Pandori, Richard Cherry on piano, and Sarah Moses as the evening’s host. This is a first annual event! Please help to make it a success and set the stage for future years to come.

Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Holds 10th Annual Academic Awards Assembly

Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Holds 10th Annual Academic Awards Assembly

 Greenwich, NY, October 12, 2017

 On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the Greenwich Junior-Senior High School held the 10th 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 the Greenwich Subway restaurant.  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, 124 students were recognized at least once during the assembly.  Below is a list of those students that were recognized during the ceremony.

Thomas Abate, Aidan Abernathy, Christopher Albrecht,, Alice Aldrich, Faith Alheim, Erin Armitage, Seth Batty, Kallan Becker, Alyssa Bigness, Hope Billings, Christian Bittel, Gage Boddery, Emma Bodner, Reed Boduch, Bryanna Booth, Connor Booth, Samantha Boyea, Cody Brice, Isabel Brice, Daniel Brierley, Emma Brophy, Madelyn Brophy, Damon Brownell, Ryan Brownell, Evan Carpenter, Isabella Cary, Michael Casey, Liv Cederstrom, Quinn Collins, Penelope Crawford, Emma Cronin, Lucia D’Acchille, Shania Danio, Hannah Dauenhauer, Lauren DeSorbe, Georgiana Douglas, Devin Drew, Jacob Drost, Joseph Dziewulski, Hannah Elsworth, Amanda Ennis, Joshua Epstine, Macy Fitzgerald, Cody Fortin, Courtney Fraher, David Gabriel, Michael Gabriel, Mary Gallaway, Henry Gartner, Matthew Ginart, Annabel Gregg, Elizabeth Gregorek, Philip Grimes, Samuel Grimmke, Ashley Gwin, Kaden Hall, William Hamilton, Olivia Hansen, Garrett Haynes, Peyton Howard, Samuel Howard, Joshua James, Ryan Jones, Eliza Jordan, Luke Jordan, Liam Kelleher, Thomas Kestler, Hao Ran Li, Chloe Littell, Madison Loveland, Keilana MacNeil, Lauren Maines, Sophia Manera, Gabriel Mann, Kylee Masse, Amber Mattison, Callagh Mays, Danielle McFee, Sarah Mueller, Adam Newell, Colm Niesz, Liam Niesz, Christian O’Brien, Maggie O’Connor, Grant Peck, Luke Pemrick, Nicholas Pett, Ciana Phillips, Emily Reiszel, Brenden Rodd, Carly Rogers, Andrew Rymph, Conor Showalter, Avery Smith, Brooke Smith, Helen Smith, Joseph Smith III, Lillian Smith, Olivia Snell, Arianna Spiezio, Haley Spiezio, Chloe Spigner, Mollie Stalter, Megan Steindl, Benjamin Steltz, Emily Steltz, Kierstyn Strasswimmer, Dustin Strope, Jaydah Talmadge, Jesse Tefft, Ryann Tilley, John Walsh, Carrissa Wardwell, Shauna Wasielewski, Jason Wilbur, Jenna Wilbur, Jennifer Wilbur, Kandice Wilbur, Gabrielle Wiss, Brooke Wright, Brynne Wright, Michael Wright, James Young, and Jeremy Zanella,

Fire Prevention Week in the Greenwich CSD

Thank you to all of the departments that serve the Greenwich Central School District.  The children truly enjoyed and valued the fire safety activities this week.

NYSED Weekly 10/12/17


Overview of 2017-2018 Comparability Requirements (see attachment)

  • You are receiving this communication as a notice that the 2017-18 Title I Comparability Report is now available for LEAs to access and complete online.
  • The “2017-2018 Title I Comparability Report” – may be accessed using the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System available in the NYSED Business Portal at NYSED Application Business Portal.  Submissions are due by the close of business on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Please see the attachment titled, “Comparability Overview.pdf” regarding an Overview of Comparability Requirements.
  • Please contact the Title I School and Community Services Office at 518-473-0295 or via email at if you have any questions or concerns regarding the content of the survey. 



Regulatory Amendments Related to Diploma Requirements for Students Who Transfer to a New York State High School from Outside the State

  • On September 12, 2017 the Board of Regents adopted regulatory changes impacting the graduation requirements for students who transfer to a New York State high school from outside the state.
  • The Board had voted to add flexibility in the assessment exemption revisions found is Section 100.5 of Commissioner’s Regulations.  Further information on the details of the changes can be found in the Regents item and a field memo available on the NYSED website.
  • Further questions can be directed to the information e-mail box.



Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Students

  • In 2014 the State of New York adopted the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (the Compact) into law.   The Compact addresses the challenges facing military children as a result of their frequent relocations.  It establishes a framework for uniform treatment of military children as they transfer between school districts and states.  The compact outlines the requirements that school districts must adhere to when enrolling and educating children of active duty military personnel.
  • At the September Board of Regents meeting the Board adopted revised regulations to adhere to the new statute.  A copy of the full text of the Regents item and additional guidance  including a field memo can be found on the NYSED website.
  • Further questions can be directed to the information e-mail box.



Changes to the Physical Education Requirements for Transfer Students from Out of State and Students Requiring More than 4 Years to Graduate

  • On September 12, 2017 the Board of Regents adopted regulatory changes impacting the Physical Education (PE) graduation requirements for students who transfer to a New York State high school from outside the state, and for students who require more than 4 years to graduate.

o   The revised regulations require students who transfer in to a New York State school from another state to earn a proportional number of PE credits based upon the number of semesters they will be in the New York State school.  In addition, the revised rule allows students who have earned the appropriate number of PE credits for graduation, and have been in high school at least 8 semesters, to discontinue enrollment in PE if they are required to continue in high school beyond 4 years. A copy of the full text of the Regents item including a field memo  found on the NYSED website.

o   Further questions can be directed to the information e-mail box.



Middle Level Flexibility Approved for CTE Program Requirements

  • On September 12, 2017 the Board of Regents voted to amend section 100.4(c) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.  This regulatory amendment addresses the unit of study requirements in Career and Technical Education (CTE), specifically those for Technology Education (Tech Ed) and Home and Career Skills (FACS).
  • The regulatory amendment adds flexibility to allow the 1 ¾ unit CTE requirement at the middle level to be met utilizing any of the 6 CTE disciplines which include FACS, Technology Education, Business, Agriculture, Trade and Technical Education and Health Sciences Education. The new language will allow districts to provide students with a broad-based introduction to Career and Technical Education through the lens of the 6 CTE content areas.
  • The full text of the Regents item and a field memo offering further guidance are available on the NYSED website.
  • Further questions can be directed to the information e-mail box.



Health Homes Serving Children and Adolescents Webinar Presentation to New York State Schools and School Based Health Centers (see attachment)

  • You are receiving this communication to inform you of a webinar regarding a new service available through the New York State Department of Health that provides comprehensive care management services to Medicaid enrolled children ages birth to 21 and their families.
  • The New York State Department of Health has been working in collaboration with multiple State agencies, including the New York State Education Department, to launch Health Homes as a new delivery of health care for children. A Health Home is a care management service model in which professionals providing services to a child work together to meet the child’s physical and behavioral health needs.
  • School personnel, including administrators, school health professionals, school nurses, school medical directors, committees on preschool special education and committees on special education chairpersons, social workers, school counselors, and related service providers are encouraged to participate.
  • The Health Home Serving Children for the New York State Education System webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Please register for the webinar.  For those unable to participate on October 24presentation slides will be posted.

New NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Latest Update – Science Education (Sept 2017)

This school year (2017-18) begins an initial multiyear transition process of the
New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards adopted by the Board of Regents in December 2016.

This school year will focus on raising awareness and building capacity of educators and stakeholders across the state.

During Phase I: Initial Transition-Raise Awareness and Build Capacity, resources to assist and facilitate raising awareness and building capacity will continue to be developed to assist and support the facilitation of educators and stakeholders at the State, regional and local levels.

Click here to see the resources that are available thus far.

New York State Next Generation Learning Standards Now Available

New York State Next Generation Learning Standards Now Available

The Board of Regents adopted the newly revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards on September 11, 2017. The new standards have been the result of over two years of collaborative work to ensure New York State has the best learning standards for our students. Over 130 educators and parents worked together to make recommendations and revise the standards, resulting in a new set of revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. Additional information about the timeline for implementation in schools is available from Standards and Assessment Implementation Timeline.

Greenwich Field Hockey results


(at Salem, Wednesday)

League: Adirondack-Wasaren

Greenwich 0 0 — 0

Salem 1 1 — 2

First half: None.

Second half: 1, Salem, Charity Rushinski (Scout Fronhofer), 1:47. 2, Salem, Charity Rushinski (Blake Riche), 16:34.

Goalies-saves: Kylee Masse (Gwch) 8, Tori Cary (Sal) 5.

Penalty corners: Greenwich 3, Salem 7.

Records: Salem (5-5, 5-8), Greenwich (0-10, 1-10).

Homecoming football game tonight in Greenwich

Whitehall (0-1, 3-2) at Greenwich (2-0, 5-0), Friday, 7 p.m.


Whitehall: The Railroaders were shut out for the second week in a row in a 32-0 loss at Canajoharie last week. They hope physical play up front will help them in a game where Greenwich’s speed — Cole Burgess and Reese Cristaldi — could be the difference.

Greenwich: The Witches, now ranked third in the state, took over first place in Class D-1 with a wild 43-38 victory over Cambridge on Saturday. Burgess rushed for 219 yards and three TDs, giving him an area-best 825 yards and 12 TDs on the ground.

Fast fact: This is only their fifth meeting in the last 30 years. Whitehall holds a 13-12-1 lead, but Greenwich has won seven in a row against the Railroaders, who last beat the Witches in 1984.

Pete Tobey,

Greenwich Community Activity Fair Success!

Last evening at the Greenwich Primary School families participated in the first ever Community Activity Fair sponsored by the district’s Wellness Committee.

24 organizations and businesses came to share information about what they have to offer to the families in our school community.  Thank you to our participating groups:

Fidelis Care
Willard Mountain ski center
Greenwich Free Library
Fly Again Acupuncture
Helping Hands Physical Therapy
Reynolds Real Estate
Comfort Food Community
Washington County Public Health
4J Farmm
Greenwich Youth Soccer
AHI (Adirondack Health Institute)
Aflac NY and Ally Health
Greenwich Youth Center
Washington County OFA
Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY
Greenwich Youth Lacrosse & Greenwich Youth Soccer
Greenwich PTSA
Glens Falls Hospital Greenwich Family Health Center
Boy Scouts of America Pack 27
Greenwich Cub Scouts Pack 27
Greenwich Interfaith Fellowship
Greenwich Fire Dept. / Explorers
Riding Right Farm
Here are some pictures from the event-

STEAM Lab news

Mrs. English reports Daryl in Mr. Herrington’s class used Little Bits electronics to give the STEAM Lab’s ghost an eerie glow!

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