Education isn’t one-size-fits-all

Differentiated instruction at Lynch reaches different types of learners Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each student has an individual style of learning. Not all students in a classroom learn a subject in the same way or share the same level of ability. At Lynch Literacy Academy, teachers are using differentiated instruction to reach …

Amsterdam High School students celebrate accomplishments at graduation ceremony

June 24, 2017 When Tazdyn Francisco, a graduating senior at Amsterdam High School, was in third grade, she wrote a poem about her life that still rings true today. “My hair is as golden as the sun’s rays/ My heart holds memories that are as full of joy as a newborn baby/ I live in …

Amsterdam students, staff volunteer at Special Olympics

June 22, 2017 Members of the Greater Amsterdam School District volunteered their time at the Special Olympics NY 2017 State Summer Games at Siena College in Loudonville. The events helped athletes showcase the Special Olympics Athlete Oath, “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The following students, …

Work-Based Learning Program provides students with real word experiences

June 20, 2017 More than a dozen Amsterdam High School students had the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment this school year. That’s all thanks to the opportunities provided through the Work-Based Learning Program. Work-based learning collaboratively engages employers and schools in providing structured learning experiences for special education students. The Work-Based Learning Program …

A successful year for elementary after school enrichment programs

June 15, 2017 The after school enrichment programs have come to an end, but it was quite a successful year! All four of the Amsterdam elementary schools hosted a total of 18 programs, funded by the Community Schools initiative and a total of 450 students were enrolled in the programs. Students had the opportunity to …

Barkley garden to receive improvements thanks to former PTO president

June 15, 2017 The courtyard garden at Barkley Elementary is changing for the better after receiving a $500 grant from former PTO President and current substitute teacher Vanessa Lydick. Lydick works at the Target distribution center in Amsterdam, where they hold an annual competition for employees to see who can volunteer the most hours. In …

Tecler first graders complete a year of successful reading competitions

June 12, 2017 Reading is fun! That’s what the first graders at Tecler Elementary learned after participating in multiple reading contests this year. In November, the classes filled out turkey feathers for each book they read at home. The students read a total of 1,112 books for the month. In February, the four classes filled …

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