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Information on the Benchmark Assessments at Goff – January 21, 2015
From January 22nd – January 29th Howard L. Goff will be administering benchmark assessments. These one period assessments will be given in all classes. The purpose is to gather information and data on how students are achieving success on the New York State Standards throughout the first half of the 2014-2015 school year. Each department is developing their own assessments based on skills and standards and will determine the grade value (test, quiz, etc.) for use during the third quarter. The information generated from these benchmarks will be the touchstones for curriculum mapping starting next year. It is important that we assess students in a cumulative and responsible way to make sound educational decisions. The state assessment result come over the summer and do not give quality information pertaining to teaching and learning. These benchmarks will provide us all with valuable knowledge for differentiating the needs of all students. Please be advised that all special education and 504 accommodations will be honored during these assessments.
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2015 WinterFest –Posted January 8, 2015
The East Greenbush CSD recently announced that the 2015 WinterFest has been scheduled for January 16th, 17th & 18th. This year's events will include a free concert on Friday night, the annual WinterFest with fireworks on Saturday, and Rock ní Bowl on Sunday. Please see our flyer for complete details and event locations. WinterFest/Rock n' Bowl Flyer
Winterfest Activity Night permission slip – Posted January 8, 2015
On Friday January 16th from 6:30 – 8:30pm the 6th grade will be having their Winterfest Activity Night. There will be bounce houses and bungee races, as well as music and other activities. Permission slips will be given out during lunch periods on Thursday January 15th and students can purchase wristbands on Friday for $5. View permission slip form.
A message from Principal Sloane – Posted January 5, 2015
The Howard L. Goff Middle School found a threat in the school building this morning. The East Greenbush Police Department were contacted immediately, as well as the Rensselaer County’s Sheriff Department. Law enforcement officials did not feel it was a credible threat, however, as a precautionary measure and in accordance with school safety protocol, a building wide search was conducted with law enforcements to ensure safety of all students and staff.
Ugly sweater contest – Posted December 18, 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 Goff ugly sweater contest winners! Mrs. Vlieg captured the first-place prize, while Mrs. Gabriels came in second place.
Carols fill halls of local senior living center – Posted December 18, 2014
The light of the season shone brightly at the Evergreen Commons on Luther Road in East Greenbush Thursday. Students in the Howard L. Goff Peer Leadership program brought carols to residents, many of whom smiled from ear to ear and even joined in with their favorite songs!
Middle-school students offer gifts to community families – Posted December 18, 2014
'Tis better to give! The Howard L. Goff Middle School Student Council gave in a big way, raising $1,000 for CoNSERNS-U. It's an acronym for the Community Network of Schodack, East Greenbush, Rensselaer, Nassau, and Sand Lake, and is an arm of Catholic Charities. Students purchased items at Walmart for the CoNSERNS-U Christmas store. Later, they visited the Salvation Army in Albany to sort other gifts which will be distributed to families in the coming days, and learn about the charitable work it does all year. Read more...
Goff student headlines Minneapolis local news report – Posted December 16, 2014
Coverage you can trust! Howard L. Goff student Jake Goodman takes to the KARE 11 News set to talk about his starring role for "A Christmas Story" in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jake will be back in East Greenbush in the new year, after taking some hard-earned time to follow his dreams on stage. We've heard rave reviews about his performance. We're sending our greatest applause from home! Side note for the journalism students out there -- KARE 11 has been long regarded as one of the best stations in the nation for its stellar storytelling. It's exciting to see Jake share his story there! View the interview...
November Students of the Month – Posted December 10, 2014
Please join us in congratulating the November Students of the Month at the Howard L. Goff Middle School! Each of them exhibited proactive behavior -- taking the initiative to get his or her work done and do the right thing.
Grade 6: Benson Haley, Jordan Harbour, Elizabeth Kromer, Jake O’Dell, Megan Doyle, Joseph Vitali, Megan Washock.
Grade 7: Victoria Cadet, Noelle Maloney, Colleen McHugh, Logan Plowinske, Labika Baral, Brett Hackel, Garrett McDonald, Nidhi Shah.
Grade 8 and Questar: Emily Fey, Leif Haley, Aiden Hickey, Emma Rainville, Carina Ciccone, Julia Crandall, Zachary Marx, Ryan Ostiguy, Colin Shea.
Call for candy cane donations – Posted December 10, 2014
Goff students: Santa needs your help! Bring a box of candy canes in to the main office so he can distribute them to our five elementary schools! He needs 2,000 and we've got a ways to go still! Your help can bring a little holiday cheer to our youngest classmates!
Students visit NYISO – Posted December 8, 2014
Late last week, students from Howard L. Goff Middle School visited the New York Independent System Operator control center. The NYISO oversees the state's power grid. The organization told us it was a pleasure to host the students, whose behavior was exemplary and whose questions were intelligent and thoughtful.
Stealing the show! – Posted December 5, 2014
He's the star of a classic holiday tale, and his work has caught the attention of one of the Midwest's leading news stations. Howard L. Goff Middle School student Jake Goodman is featured as WCCO-TV Channel 4 profiles "A Christmas Story" in St. Paul as the Best in Minnesota! Jake is following his heart and his ambitions; we are rooting for him back east and await his return soon! We also hear Jake and the show are getting rave reviews from audiences! View the news story...
Principal's List change – Posted December 4, 2014
Due to the recent changes in teaming at the Howard L. Goff Middle School, we have had to adjust our criteria for the Principal’s List. This year we will be recognizing the top 15 students, based on grade point average, in each grade level per quarter. Those students who have made the Principal’s list throughout the year will be recognized at a reward breakfast at the conclusion of the school year. We are very proud of the success of all of our student and look to recognize them in the most equitable way possible.
Quarter 1 Honor Rolls – Posted December 3, 2014
Congratulations to the many Howard L. Goff Middle School students who are named on the first quarter honor rolls! Read more...
Smooth sounds of the holidays – Posted December 2, 2014
Do you hear what I hear? The first performance of the Howard L. Goff Middle School Jazz Band may be its most noteworthy. Students played holiday tunes to passersby on the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza. Read more...
Pajama movie night – Posted December 2, 2014
PE Sports Club presents Pajama Movie Night at Goffon Friday, December 5 from 7:00-9:30. $5.00 admission. NO PAJAMAS, NO ENTRY! Permission slips will be handed out on Thursday at lunch.
Movember moustaches – Posted November 25, 2014
Student Council sold moustaches to the Goff community in recent days to benefit the Movember Foundation, which raises funding and awareness for men's health issues. Students are sporting the look today; some of the staff grew them in the old-fashioned way!
Thanksgiving feast celebrates school community – Posted November 20, 2014
It’s an annual event for which many in the Howard L. Goff Middle School family give thanks. It felt as if everyone had a role to play in the annual Thanksgiving Feast, held Thursday in the school gymnasium. A tradition with Questar III more than three decades in the making, the Feast began as a way to celebrate and give thanks for the diverse population that comprises the school community.Read more...
Fall Parent Conference Night – Posted November 13, 2014
On Monday November 24, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Howard L. Goff Middle School will be holding its Fall Parent Conference Night. Sign-ups for teacher meetings will begin at 5:45pm and individual conferences will be conducted in 10min increments. The locations of teachers and grade levels are located on the attached letter. We look forward to seeing you there! Read more...
You CAN make a difference -- and you DID! – Posted November 19, 2014
This is what kindness looks like! Goff students collected nearly 300 pounds of canned goods for the Hope Seven Community Center in Troy. Thank you to our students for remembering those in need as the holidays approach. Thanks also to Mr. Cirincione for the photos.
Classroom lesson brings help to HeartsHerd – Posted November 12, 2014
They heard a local animal sanctuary and rescue could use some help from the heart. So, students at the Howard L. Goff Middle School took time in class to develop a plan for HeartsHerd, a non-profit based in Buskirk. They got the most by spending smartly, and Friday, a donation of 617 items to the cats and dogs for whom HeartsHerd cares. Read more...
New York State Teacher of the Year visits Goff – Posted November 12, 2014
The Empire State’s top teacher stopped by the Howard L. Goff Middle School this week. Mr. Charles Giglio took time out of his travels between Montauk and Jamestown, speaking with Mr. Ronald Montesi’s science class Wednesday morning. Mr. Giglio will also speak with several foreign language classes and meet with faculty before the day’s end. Read more...
October Students of the Month – Posted November 12, 2014
Positively profound! Please join us in congratulating the Goff Students of the Month for October! They were chosen for displaying a positive attitude to their fellow students and teachers.
Grade 6: Brandon Bigane, Edward Downer, Alyssa Gonyea, Hayley Hodge, Tristin Johnson, Autumn Conzone, Chase Durivage, Hannah Grill, Sean Jucha, Dan Meracle, TJ Reynolds, Skyla Suarez.
Grade 7: Colin Dougherty, Carmen Erno, Amanda Palma, Nina Tedeschi, Hana Ali, Brianna Figgs, Brady Hoffman, Connor Leddick.
Grade 8: Jessy Blackburn, Andrew Brunner, Kyle Dillon, Alexis VanVorst, Katie Allison, Hailey Deitz, Quang Ho, Daud Sadiq.
Emergency drill runs smoothly – Posted November 7, 2014
Students quickly and silently exited the Howard L. Goff Middle School Friday afternoon as part of an emergency go-home drill. As they left the building for their buses, staff made sure no students were left behind. Great job to all and thanks to the students for their cooperation!
Goodman rehearses in St. Paul – Posted November 3, 2014
There's no business like show business! Many of you have been following the story of Goff seventh-grader Jake Goodman -- our guy right at the Stage Door! Late last week he began rehearsals for "A Christmas Story" in St. Paul, MN! He's squeezing in school studies between nine-and-a-half-hour workdays...but just look at that script he's got to memorize!
District and school taking action to digital harassment and bullying – Posted October 31, 2014
As you may be aware, our school received unsolicited media attention regarding an incident involving social media a small group of our students. We have worked diligently to thoroughly investigate the situation and to address the issue in a confidential and respectful manner with the students and the parents involved in this difficult and sensitive matter. The East Greenbush Central School District is taking a proactive approach to educate our students about the choices and consequences of digital communications. Read more...
Goff community walks to support teacher fighting cancer – Posted October 20, 2014
Team Lopez has some of the strongest support one could imagine. It rallies around and for Mrs. Megan Lopez, a special education teacher at the Howard L. Goff Middle School. Mrs. Lopez was diagnossed with breast cancer. Ever since, and especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students and staff are showing Mrs. Lopez she is not alone in her fight. Read more...
Goodman takes the stage – Posted October 15, 2014
Break a leg! Howard L. Goff Middle School seventh grader Jake Goodman will take the stage for a performance of a lifetime. Jake will be traveling to St. Paul, Minnesota at the end of the month to star as Ralphie in the classic production A Christmas Story. It is an opportunity not many young people are lucky enough to have, and it’s one Jake is not taking for granted. Read more...
Administrative team working to support high-needs students – Posted October 15, 2014
The conference room at the Howard L. Goff Middle School Main Office has become a classroom of its own. Administrators are sharing evidence, data, and ideas to most effectively reach different populations of students. They are auditing this information as part of a Local Assistance Plan (LAP), which is a comprehensive approach to increasing progress made by students with disabilities. Read more...
2014-15 Activities Scheduled – Posted October 15, 2014
We're already looking forward to many exciting annual events at the Goff School, including the trips to Philadelphia and Washington, the 8th grade ziti dinner, and Winterfest! There are also many ways for students to help give back to our school. For all this and more, please visit our activity page...
September Students of the Month – Posted October 10, 2014
Congratulate with us the Goff Students of the Month! They demonstrated strong organization skills, work habits, and effort!
Grade 6: Thomas Breimer, Simon O'Connor, Alyssa Pitcherale, Hannah Prescott, Ethan Brock, Olivia Brock, Angelo Cioffi, Julia Hawkins, Madeline Ingoldsby, Robert Moore.
Grade 7: Zoey Brandt, Owen Stefanko, Emma Walters, Robert Wiltsie, Kyle Ackerman, Abby Cullett, Jake Goodman, Victoria Ralston.
Grade 8: Courtney Baird, Lyndze Masters, Ethan Ploss, John Powhida, Ryan Doyle, Abby Facteau, Megan Hefferon, Matt Hernandez.
Goff students to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Posted October 10, 2014
To support the fighters and celebrate the survivors, Student Council will be selling pink ribbon cards for Breast Cancer awareness during all lunches next week. Small ribbon cards are $1 and large ribbon cards are $5. The ribbons will be hung up in the hallway. All the money collected will be donated to "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" and specifically donated to a team which is supported by the Goff family. One of our own staff members is battling breast cancer head on, and the school community is rallying around her. Studio 1 will also be coming to the school next Thursday offering pink hair extensions to raise money for "Making Strides." For more information, click here...
Colorful display of character – Posted October 1, 2014
Middle school can be a challenging time for a student growing in mind and body. There are pressures to fit in with the crowd, while at the same time, a child is starting to learn more about what makes him or her uniquely special as an individual. Conscious of the need to nurture that development, the Howard L. Goff Middle School counselors have created colorful and conspicuous bulletin boards all students see upon entering school. Read more...
Off to the races – Posted September 24, 2014
Students at the Howard L. Goff Middle School took part in an annual tradition thirteen years in the making. The Apple Race was created as a way for students to meet new friends and interact with their teachers at the start of the year. At the end, they feast on delicious local apples -- the fruit of the season! Congratulations to the first-place boy and girl: 8th grader Dustin Chambers and 6th grader Madeline Endres! Click here for photos...
Information regarding Enterovirus – Posted September 16, 2014
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma. Read more...
9/11 remembrance ceremony - Posted September 11, 2014
On Thursday, September 11, students at the Howard L. Goff Middle Schoolhonored our country and remembered the sacrifice given by those who serve to protect it. On the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which shook and saddened our nation, Principal Mr. Matthew Sloane urged students to hold dear their freedoms. "When we send our citizens overseas to defend our freedom, it's for you," he said. "You have endless possibilities and endless choices. Don't take advantage of it. We should always remember that on this day, and be grateful. If you fall down, get up, and be stronger." For more photos of the ceremony, click here...
Welcome back! – Posted September 4, 2014
Another year! Students in grades 1-12 returned to the buildings of the East Greenbush Central School District Thursday! Read more...
District looking for seniors to reach students - Posted August 11, 2014
It has been said that the greatest gift one person can give another is that of himself or herself. STARS do that every day in the East Greenbush Central School District. STARS, or Seniors Teaching and Reaching Students, is a volunteer program in which anyone 55 years or older may work in a classroom directly with students and teachers. Read more...
Parent Drop Off Information - If you drop off your child prior to 7:40 a.m. they will wait in the main lobby until buses unload. If they arrive after 7:55 a.m. they will be required to report to the main office to obtain a tardy slip.
Picking Up Your Child at Goff MS - If you have arranged for someone other than a parent to pick up your child, please be sure to send a note including the individual's name and please be sure that they bring identification with them to the school. This request must always be made in writing. To ensure the safety of all our students, children will not be released to anyone other than a parent without a note and proper identification.