GASD receives grant to offer after school program at three schools

The Greater Amsterdam School District has secured a three-year state grant to offer after school learning opportunities to students attending Curie, McNulty and Lynch schools. The program is expected to kick off in the spring. The latest round of funding for the Empire After School Program was announced in February by the Office of Gov. …

Curie students get ‘bird’s-eye view’ of Next Generation Science

Next Generation Science Standards Information For Parents by Grade Clusters (English and Spanish) Next Generation Science Standards Video Information For Parents Video Clip 1 of Curie Bird Science Experiment Video Clip 2 of Curie Bird Science Experiment Video Clip 3 of Curie Bird Science Experiment Curie Bird Science Experiment Photo Gallery The phrase “eats like …

Amsterdam Schools mourn the loss of their great alum Kirk Douglas

The Greater Amsterdam School District mourns the loss of their great alumni Kirk Douglas, who died today at the age of 103.  Born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in December, 1916 in Amsterdam, Douglas first became interested in drama when he attended Wilbur Lynch High School (now  Amsterdam High School). Encouraged by his teacher, Louise Livingston, he participated in …

GASD committee studying potential redistricting plan

The Greater Amsterdam School District formed a committee that is seeking input from parents and community stakeholders in regards to the issues they are studying relative to redistricting our four elementary schools and returning them to home school zones. This committee, which held its first meeting in January, will make recommendations to the GASD Interim …

Environmental factors continue to place financial stress on GASD

While the Greater Amsterdam School District remains fiscally sound, outside forces such as the city’s growing poverty level and demand on school services is painting a worsen picture for future solvency. That according the Office of the New York State Comptroller, which issued its annual “fiscal stress” monitoring report for all school districts this month …

AHS holds 2020 Multicultural Festival

Some 15 countries and representatives from school and community came together Jan. 24 for the 2020 Multicultural Celebration at Amsterdam High School. Set up in the lobby were educational, music and food displays from Scotland, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, China, Japan, Uganda, The Republic of Kiribati, Latin America, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Greece, Algeria, Poland, …

Governor: 2.56% Foundation Aid increase proposed for GASD

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his executive budget proposal this week that calls for an $826 million increase in overall education funding for the 2020-21 school year. The governor’s priorities include steering more funding toward high-need districts, consolidating and/or slowing the growth of certain reimbursements to schools and continuing to invest in prekindergarten …

Colucciello to continue on as interim superintendent through end of school year

Dr. Raymond Colucciello will continue on as interim superintendent of the Greater Amsterdam School District for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year while the district looks for a permanent successor. The Board of Education agreed on Jan. 15 to extend Colucciello’s contract through June 30 while the superintendent’s search process moves forward. Colucciello was …

District holds annual spelling bee

The Greater Amsterdam School District held its annual district-wide spelling bee on Jan. 16 at Amsterdam High School. Congratulations to the top three spellers who will go on to represent the district at the regional spelling bee at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. They were Kaylee Kuehner, Phoenix Nieuwkerk and Griffin Steves — all from Wilbur H. …

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