Greenwood Lake Union Free School District

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  • The Budget and Election Results Are As Follows: 
    Proposition 1 (the budget): Yes: 233, No: 192
    Proposition 2 (moving the HS fund): Yes: 242, No: 180

    New Members of the GWL Board Of Education: 

    Susan Selser: 270
    Michael Buckely: 329

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  • K-3 Grandparents Day is Canceled May 4th & Has Been Rescheduled for May 19th

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  • GWL School District Calendar: 2016/17

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  • SNOW GIVE BACK: The GWL School District will be closed on Friday, May 27th.


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District News

  • NYS Science Assessment

    Dear Families of Students in Grades 4 & 8, Greenwood Lake Union Free School District is scheduled to administer the science assessment to all of our students in grades 4 and 8. There are multiple administrations of this assessment at the end of May. As you may already know, many of our students refused the Common Core assessments in ELA and Math this past April for various personal reasons. While the science assessment is not aligned to the common core, it is used for APPR/teacher evaluation purposes in grade 8. With that said, the NYS Education Department requires all students to participate in the Science Assessments as part of the core academic program. Greenwood Lake School District will administer the State assessment to your child on the corresponding assessment day in the appropriate testing location. If your child refuses, her/she will be taken to an alternate location to read quietly. You will be contacted to confirm this refusal. If you would like, you may also provide a note for us to review prior to the assessment so that this contact is not necessary. New documentation must be submitted for your child specifically stating that you are refusing the science assessment – previous notes submitted for the ELA/Math assessment will not be considered. We found that many of the notes submitted in April were templates that did not name the science assessment specifically- it is important we are absolutely clear on parental wishes and feel this additional documentation is necessary.

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  • Poetry Slam

    April 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. In recognition of Poetry Month, the GWL UFSD held the first ever “Poetry Slam.” The evening was a huge success with over 35 student poets coming out to recite works of their own as well as their favorite poets. Several parents and teachers were among the list of guest presenters, too. School librarians, Edna Auerfeld and Regina Cogliano, set the stage. They created a “coffee house” atmosphere, complete with candle lit tables and beanbag chairs. Students from grades K-8 were represented in this district wide event, helping to establish a strong sense of community.

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  • Chicken Product Recall

    This morning, the US Department Of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) notified us that our primary supplier of cooked chicken products, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., has recalled approximately 4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products (e.g., chicken nuggets). The notification advised that these products may have been contaminated with extraneous material including wood, rubber, plastic and/or metal and was produced between August 21, 2014 and March 1, 2016.

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  • GWL Middle School Awarded Grant for PLW

    Congratulations to Mr. Alex Vinelli for being chosen as one of Orange & Rockland STEM Classroom Grant recipients!

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  • Commissioner Decision - Tuxedo Tuition Dispute

    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.

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  • Update- Capital Project

    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 (

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