Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

District News

September 12, 2018


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District Communication

Gananda Central School District communicates information through a variety of ways to ensure our parents and community are informed. As a reminder, if you are not receiving phone calls, emails, or text messages from the district and you would like to, please contact the public relations office directly at The contact information that we have on file in the parent portal is what we use to contact you, so if it isn't up to date, you may not receive our communications. You can also receive information on our Facebook page: and/or our Twitter handle at: @WeAreGananda.


Elementary Parent Information Nights

The elementary parent information nights will be held on Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18 at Richard Mann Elementary. We will have staggered start times for each grade level at these events. Please be conscious of your start time as we have limited space due to construction. The following are the start times for the open houses:

Monday, September 17 (Grades K-2)

Kindergarten: 6:30pm - 7pm

1st Grade: 7:05pm - 7:35pm

2nd Grade: 7:40pm - 8:10pm

Tuesday, September 18 (Grades 3-4)

3rd Grade: 6:30pm - 7pm

4th Grade: 7:05pm - 7:35pm

5th Grade: 7:40pm - 8:10pm


Road to 2020 Construction Updates

The Road to 2020 Capital Improvement Project is well underway. Below is a list of the current progress and challenges:

Track: We will begin laying the new track this week as long as the weather cooperates. This process takes between 5-7 days to complete if the weather is perfect. It is imperative that no one goes on the track during this process. The track can be easily damaged if the work is not complete. Do not go on the track. We will alert the community when it is safe to use the track and field.

Turf Field: We are providing access to the turf field for our student varsity athletes only. This is to allow our athletes practice time for their season. The turf field is not open to the community at this time. This means no member of the community should be on the field or walking their dogs at this time.

Pool: Unfortunately, the pool completion has been pushed back further due to a recent discovery regarding a main pipeline leaving Richard Mann Elementary. A crack has been discovered in the pipeline which is buried approximately 7 feet underground beneath the pool locker rooms. In order to repair this pipeline, the entire elementary school building will need to be shut down. As such, we are waiting for a time period where we will not have students and staff in the building for an extended period of time. At this point, that appears to be Columbus Day weekend, October 6-8, 2018. We will attempt to repair the pipeline during that weekend to limit the disruption for our students as much as possible. Once the pipeline has been repaired, work on the pool locker rooms can resume. It will take approximately 5 weeks from the pipe repair to completion of the locker rooms. At this point, it appears the pool will not be complete until the end of December 2018. We are frustrated with the impact this is having on our student athletes and community members, and are working diligently to find other solutions. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

4th and 5th Grade Wing: At this time the computer lab in the 4th and 5th grade wing at the elementary school is delayed due to material installation challenges. Special materials are used in the computer labs to help keep the hardware cool and functioning at its highest level. The materials to be installed require a low humidity level, and unfortunately, the humidity level at this time has been uncooperative. We are waiting for a finalized completion date and will share as soon as it becomes available.

Middle School Locker Rooms: At this time the Middle School Locker rooms will not be complete until approximately October 19. The installation of tiles has stalled production at this point, however, our construction crew is working hard to complete the tile work to get to the final phase of completion.

While some of phase 1 is still being completed, phase 2 is on target. As with any construction project, there are always delays and unforeseeable challenges. We are frustrated with the impact some of these delays are creating for our students and staff, however, our number one priority is their safety. We want to ensure that these projects are completed correctly to provide a safe environment for our current students and the future ones to come.

Please visit the Gananda Website to view upcoming construction projects.


Box Tops for Education

Once again this year the district is participating in the Box Tops for Education program which helps raise money to provide materials that may be needed in our classrooms. If you have a student in the elementary building, please begin sending Box Tops in with them. There are boxes for each grade level located by the Main Office. If your students are not in the elementary school but you would still like to help out, please contact the district's Box Top Coordinator, Meaghan Piccarreto, and she will make arrangements to pick them up from you. Thank you so much for helping us raise money for our students!



Did you know that you can find your child's daily assignments online? Log in to Schoology for your all-access parent pass. If you haven't already signed in, your instructions are below.

To access your parent account:

1. Go to and select “Log In” in the top right hand corner. (Do not
select “Sign Up”
2. Select “Forgot your password”
3. Please enter the email address you have provided to us for contact
a. Check your email. You will receive an email at that address with the subject line: ”How to
Change Your Schoology Password”
b. Use the link provided in the email to setup your Schoology password. Click Submit to save your information
c. You can now login from the Log In button. If the system does not
recognize your email address, it will display a red “ Please enter a valid email address
message.” In this case, please contact your child’s school to change or correct your email
address in our system. Once the email address is corrected, it will take up to 24 hours for you to be able to login with the correct email address. After your email address is updated, now you will need to create and confirm your password by following the steps 1-3 above

For more information visit the Gananda Website.


Is your K-5 student looking for something to do on Tuesday, September 18th for our first early release day?

Early release program


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Opening Day District-wide PBIS Luncheon