April 20, 2014
Robin Gawrys, Principal
970 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0460 Fx 518-383-1490
In support of Olweus and upcoming kindness initiatives, the tri-building middle school complex held Respect Week. Wednesday was Student-Teacher Switch Day or Twin Day
Gowana teacher Mrs. Messare with the Treble Choir at the Empire State Plaza.
Gowana 7th grade students tap the courtyard Sugar Maple trees
Gowana students participating in SHENsational.
Winners of the
Gowana PTA's Dodgeball Tournament
Gowana geography bee winners.
The Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team came in 1st place at the regional competition on March 1st at HSE. They will be going to Binghamton for the State Tournament on April 12th. Team members included Katherine Ashley, Anna Buhmann, Isabel Clubb, Isabel Dunham, Kathryn Effner and Lauren Kavanaugh. They won for the Driver’s Test Problem.
The Middle School Mathcounts Club participated in the annual regional Mathcounts Competition at the GE Research Center in Niskayuna. The club is coached by middle school teacher Jennifer Sprague and high school students Phillip Sun and Jerry Qu. Gowana was represented by Shashank Patil, Fahad Ijaz, Ian Murray and Maximilian Trauring. Congratulations to all!!!
Mr. Vinciguerra, a parent and also the Publisher of several Hudson area newspapers, talks to students on Gowana Team 6-2 about newspaper production and publishing. Through interdisciplinary studies, students will be working on creating their own newspapers, based on Ancient Egyptian life and times.
FACS teachers Jen Nicholls and Claudia Sayers as well as middle school student in Family and Consumer Sciences participated in the “Shenendehowa Quilt Project.” This is a community event that is held annually and completes quilts for various local and national organizations.
On December 10th, eighth grader Olivia Klingbeil won Gowana's Spelling Bee. She will compete against other Capital Area winners at the Regional Spelling Bee at Proctors on February 17th. We wish her the best of luck!
As a culminating presentation on Propaganda in the Media, Dr. Brian McDonald presented a slideshow to all sixth-grade Critical Inquiry students on December 12th.
Got ideas? We want
to hear about them…Join Gowana’s Shen Inventors Program!
Sign up deadline: January 27th
Registration: Friday Feb. 7th, 5-7pm at Clifton Park Center (next to Apricot Lane)
Display Date: February 8-9 Winter Fest
All Gowana students are invited to invent something new and to have fun in this year’s Shen Inventors Program. Inventions can be as simple or as complex as you want. [ ]
Gowana Magazine Fundraisers Limo Lunch!
Gowana Patriot Pen Contest winners.
Council and Community Club wrap presents they purchased
for three Gowana families in need for the holidays.
Gowana music students perform holiday songs. 
Council and Community Club Officers holiday shop for the
Gowana Givers Program. The clubs adopted three Gowana
families this year.
Holocaust survivor and author Johanna Reiss gave presentations to all sixth grader who had read her book, The Upstairs Room. Ms. Reiss, now 81, hid from the Nazis for three years from age 10 -13. Shown on the screen are her rescuers, Johan, Dientje, and Opoe Oosterveld. All three were inducted into the Yad Vashem as heroes in 2004. Ms. Reiss signed a book for every one of the sixth grade students. Many thanks to the PTA at the Middle School.
Inducted NJHS members from Gowana.
Gowana FACS students sewed eye glass cases to be donated to local nursing homes. 
Gowana students participate in a costume contest during Student Council's and Community Club's Halloween Dance.
Students and staff enjoy music and dancing on Halloween during lunches at Gowana.
Gowana students enjoy dry ice lab in Science class on Halloween.
The Gowana Community Club sponsored The Pink Hair for Hope Team raising $1,280.00 for breast cancer research by providing pink hair extensions to Gowana students. Amazing Job Gowana!!!
Gowana’s School Counselors welcome all new students to the district with a special luncheon.
Auditions for the Middle School musical, “Disney’s Camp Rock” will be held on Nov. 4, 5 & 6, in Room 915. Students need to only attend 1 audition date. Music will be supplied at the audition. Audition forms are available outside Room 915.
Team 6-2 at Gowana had a great team building field trip to Ellm's farm. 
Gowana team 6-1 students have their favorite independent reading books in hand for a lesson on identifying genres.
Students on Team 6-2 in Gowana enjoyed learning about books that others have read, during their "Living Book Fair."
Gowana’s Critical Inquiry students engaged in a lively discussion around the subject of homework during their weekly Socratic Seminar.
The Middle School 7th
Graders were treated to a visit from Beth Bidwell and the Birds of
Prey on October 8, 10, and 15.
6th grade Gowana students work together to improve their math skills
On October 1st, the Middle School had its first meeting of the Art Club with Mr. Green and Mrs. Wheeler. 127 students came to this wonderful after school activity!
Student work that is displayed in the Gowana Library. Book displays are done by students in Laura Belcastro's reading classes. Students read, prepared and presented to classmates and visitors in book fair fashion, the parts of the chosen story. [MORE]
Gowana team 6-1 go on a field trip to Ellm's Farm for some Fall fun. 
learn about anti-bullying rules.
Gowana students use new “Main Entrance” on way to walk-thru
3/8/14 - Community Conversations, 9:30am, HSW cafe.
3/10/14 - MS/HS Mid Qtr Grades
3/20/14-3/22/14 - MS Tri-building Musical
3/21/14 - Superintendent's Conference Day, No School
3/22/14 - SHENsational! Global Expo 2014, 10-2pm, HSW
4/1/14-4/3/14 - NYS Gr. 3-8 ELA Exams
4/14/14-4/18/14 - Spring Recess, No School
4/25/14 - Annual Science and Health Discovery Night, 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. Click here for more info.
4/26/14 - Community Conversations, 9:30am, Gowana Lib.
4/29/14 - MS/HS Report Cards Dist.
4/30/14-5/2/14 NYS Gr. 3-8 Math Exams
5/2/14 - MS Tribuilding Gr. 8 Student Council/Community Club Dance, 7pm, Green Gym
5/6/14 - Acadia Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/7/14 - Gowana Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/8/14 - Koda Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/17/14 - Community Conversation, 9:30am, Cheryl's Lodge, Turf Park
5/20/14 - Annual District Budget Vote and Board Election, 7am-9pm, Gowana Gym
5/21/14-5/30/14 - NYS Gr. 4 and 8 Science Performance Exam
5/23/14 - HS/MS Mid Qtr Grades Posted
5/26/14 - Memorial Day, No School
6/2/14 - NYS Gr. 4 and 8 Science Written Exam
6/7/14 - A Green and White Night, 6:30pm, Hilton Garden Inn
6/19/14 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Local Exams Given
6/20/14 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Local Exams Given
6/23/14 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Local Exams Given
6/24/14 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Local Exams Given
6/25/13 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Last Day of Classes
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Grade 6: Critical Inquiry
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