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Every student will graduate prepared for college, career and citizenship.

Dr. Michael Mugits, Superintendent

171 Hudson Avenue, Green Island, NY 12183

Phone: (518) 273-1422 Fax: (518) 270-0818



School Supplies Lists For 2014-2015 [lists]


Students Have Internship Experiences

Congratulations to Heatly students Cayla Heffern, Amber St. Gelais, Brady Towne and Monica Walsh for their participation in the first year of Heatly’s Career Exploration Internship Program.  Together, these students completed more than 425 internship hours exploring career interests in culinary arts, cake decorating, floral design, gallery management, nursing, and dental hygiene.  These experiences enhanced their workplace skills and college and career readiness as they earned school credit. [INFORMATION]




A Message From Dr. Mugits

As the school year has come to an end, I would like to reflect on our progress at Heatly, there are many experiences and advances to think about and share. Without the time or space to cover everything, I'd like to emphasize key changes at school. [MESSAGE]


Changes Ahead for Schools in Adopted State Budget
Aid restored in the recently adopted state budget will lessen, but not end the financial challenges for public schools.  In 2014-15, Green Island Union Free School District will regain 40% of the $357,603 in state aid lost to the gap elimination adjustment and also realize an additional $17,469 in Foundation Aid. [MORE]

Video Explains the Tax Cap [VIDEO]

Please visit our Budget Page for More Information on the 2014-15 Budget [BUDGET]________________________________

National Honor Society Induction Held

Heatly High School celebrated the distinguishing academic accomplishments of many learners. The National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society held inductions of new members, while special recognition was accorded deserving learners, including the Valedictorian and several science and math awards.  [PHOTOS]

Green Island Students Celebrate Memorial Day
The elementary school presented a terrific Memorial Day salute to our local veterans and honored those who sacrificed themselves in the course of preserving our freedom. Thanks to Angela Legault and Erin Peteani and a host of others who contributed to this event.


Seal a Smile Comes to School

Seal a Smile, a school based dental program, is here seeing students. They provide dental education, screening, teeth cleaning, and sealants if necessary. Forms were sent home earlier this week. If you need another form, would like more information, or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Valentine at ext 1.

Elementary Chorus Wins Bronze NYSSMA Rating

Congratulations to the Elementary Chorus for earing a Bronze rating at this year's NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival. The festival took place at Bethlehem High School and is a yearly festival held throughout the state for groups of all ages. The judges were impressed with our group's dynamics and legato singing. Elementary Chorus is directed by Music Teacher Tiffany Dzembo and is an after school activity for students in grades 3-6.

Protect Your Kids! Prescription Drug Alert
Do you know many of our kids believe it is safe to take “medicine” out of the cabinet even if that medicine was not prescribed for them? Many of the prescriptions written today are for pain medications that can be deadly and addictive and in some cases lead to the use of very dangerous illegal drugs like heroin. Parents…speak to your teens about the dangers of prescription drugs… make sure your medications are not accessible to your teenagers.
Educate yourself and your teens. For more information go
to or contact your local Prevention Coalition through the Capital Region
BOCES 464-3944 or contact

Parents can visit for information and resources on the Common Core curriculum.


Debra Desnoyers Named Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year in the Capital District

It is a pleasure to announce that our school district has been informed that one of our teachers, Debra Desnoyers, has been acknowledged as the Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year in the Capital District area. Debra has earned this distinction through her commitment to developing the future of learners in Green Island. Congratulations Debra! Here's the letter of notification. [LETTER]


Students Make Public Service Annoucements
Kayla Carey, Brittany Chambers, Samantha Peppin and Sarah Putnam, students in  Mrs. Michaels’ Business Communication class, recently created public service announcements as part of a New York State Association of Traffic Safety Boards’ contest targeted toward teen drivers.  For the contest, students wrote and performed a 30-second radio PSA warning teenagers about the dangers of one of the contest focus areas:   drowsy driving, improper safety belt use, driving distractions, impaired driving, or speeding.  These recordings were sent to the NYS Association of Traffic Safety Boards and entered into a state-wide contest.  Contest winners will be announced later in the spring; six winners from around the state will each receive a monetary prize and the honor of having their PSA heard on the radio.  [ANNOUNCEMENTS] _______________________________________

American Kidney Fund Calendar Contest
Zakrzewski, an 11th grader at Heatly, has been selected as one of 13 talented artists who will have their winning artwork printed in the American Kidney Fund’s 2015 calendar that will distributed nationwide. All winners will receive a gift card and a tablet to help with their schoolwork. The cover art winner will also win a trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the American Kidney Fund’s annual gala, The Hope Affair, this fall.  Please see this link to the drawing [DRAWING]
Here's a link to the website:

McKenzie Schmidt Donates to School

Fourth grader McKenzie Schmidt recently won a $20.00 gift card for collecting the most box-tops in the PTO sponsored program that allows the parent and teacher organization to redeem the box-tops for school related materials.
Instead of pur
chasing something for herself with her gift card, McKenzie decided to buy art supplies and donate them to the school's Art teacher for use with his classes.
Here's a copy of the letter McKenzie wrote to explain her decision. In addition, we have included a photograph of her presenting some of the supplies to art teacher, Mr. Fong. [

Read Across America Celebration

Can you tell that we've been celebrating the contributions that Dr. Seuss made to so many readers over the years? Today was hat day in the elementary grades in a week-long "Read Across America" event. [PHOTOS]

Pre-Kindergarten Begins!

Wednesday, March 5  was the first day of our Pre-Kindergarten program. We are excited about including these four year old children in our learning community at Heatly. This early intervention program will help make a great preparation for Kindergarten. The program is funded by a grant from the state education department.
Welcome Pre-K.

Video Explaining the Gap Elimination Adjustment [VIDEO]

Aid Increases , GEA Remains in Governor's Budget Proposal

The state investment in schools would increase by $807 million or 3.8 percent next year if enacted as outlined in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget. Locally, Green Island UFSD would see a 6.5% increase in state aid under his proposal. The increase includes funding that the governor has earmarked for the launch of several new education initiatives. [Learn more] 

Cayla Heffern Selected Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Cayla Heffern for being selected as the Troy Record's Athlete of the Week on the basis of her excellent performance in a thrilling overtime victory over Class C Waterford-Halfmoon last week. [Article]

District encourages parents to use School Tools to monitor their child's academic progress [Learn More] [Portal]

Cameran Henderson Named Athlete of the Week by Times Union

Heatly freshman Cameran Henderson was named the Player of the Week by the Times Union.  The freshman guard came through with a game-high 28 points Friday, December 13, leading the Hornets to a 63-33 victory over New Lebanon.

Michaela Hogan Wins Trophy in The Assistive Technology Olympics

On October 19, 2013, Michaela Hogan and other students in grades 3-12 from the Capital District assembled to demonstrate their knowledge of equipment unique to students with visual impairment on the basis of their commitment toward individual improvement and success in the classroom. [MORE INFO AND PHOTO]


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