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Calling all crafters - Posted April 7, 2014
On May 20, 2014 from 3 – 7, as part of our 2nd Annual Spring Fest, we are looking for crafters, photographers and artists to be a part of this exciting day. There will be heavy traffic and NO TABLE fees, space is limited. Showcase your talents, sell your crafts and support the East Greenbush Community. For more information please contact: Matt Sloane – Sloanema@egcsd.org

A reminder about school dress attire from Mr. Sloane - Posted April4, 2014
Parents - Spring is in the air and as the weather gets warmer please be aware of the Howard L. Goff Code of Conduct around dress attire. We want to promote a safe environment at school and that is reflected in some of the clothing choices our students make. Please be aware that for girls – shorts and skirts need to be at the appropriate length (mid-thigh length), no spaghetti tank tops and all private areas of the body need to be covered, this includes the belly. For boys- no tang tops or inappropriate tee-shirts. For a complete list please refer to page 14 in the student agenda book. Thank you for helping Howard L. Goff Middle School uphold our mantra of Expecting Excellence.

Spring Fest 2014 – mark your calendars!Posted April 2, 2014


You and your family are invited to Spring Fest 2014 on Tuesday, May 20, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year’s menu includes barbecue chicken, creamy herbed cole slaw, baked potato with sour cream and chives, dinner rolls and dessert. Prepaid cost is $8 per dinner. Sponsored by the East Greeenbush Education Foundation and All Sports Club, we hope you are able to join us for this wonderful community event!

Click here for your order form and more information!

East Greenbush Education Foundation hosting “Dessert Night”Posted March 25, 2014
The East Greenbush Education Foundation will be sponsoring a “Dessert Night” on Thursday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year, district-wide choral groups will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $5/adult, $3/student and $10/family.

The East Greenbush Education Foundation is an independent, all-volunteer, community-based organization that mobilizes financial resources, leadership and innovative ideas with the help of the community, local businesses, and a network of district alumni, educators and philanthropists that come together to strengthen and support the educational opportunities for the students in our district. For additional information, please visit: http://www.egedfoundation.org/.

Attention 6th Grade Parents - Posted March 24, 2014
Letters will be sent home with students tomorrow regarding accelerated programs in Science and Mathematics. Please review the letter with your child. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

Goff "February Students of the Month" - Posted March 18, 2014
Goff Middle School Principal Matthew Sloane, Assistant Principal Wayne Grignon and Assistant Principal Cara Talmadge recently congratulated students from grades 6-8 on becoming Goff "February Students of the Month.” Each of these students demonstrated the characteristics of showing improvement and visible growth during the month of February, and have certainly set an example for their peers. Congratulations!


Grade 6:
Ben Bodner, Alex Medved, Lyssandra Sanchez, Bella Wilhite, Hana Ali, Jake Goodman, Dylan Kenna and McKenzie Quinn.


Grade 7:
Brianna Barnes, Marissa Daley, Colin Squires, Deanna Zoch, Laura Allison, Cameron Burke, Jimmy MacLeod, AJ Weinstein, Brian Cuttler and Lili VanVorst.


Grade 8:
Lindsay Davis, Jason Dringus, Tyler Helou, Shane Martino, Chase Albert, Nick Servidone, Alexis Thompson, Alexandra Bellisario and Nathan Liebro.

CHS and Goff students and faculty celebrate Pi Day on 3/14 - Posted March 17, 2014
Pi Day was celebrated in Math and Special Education classrooms at Columbia High School and Howard L. Goff Middle School on Friday, March 14.

Click here for additional photos from Pi Day.

Presentation from incoming 6th grade orientation - Posted March 7, 2014
Howard L. Goff Principal Matthew Sloane recently made a presentation to parents of incoming 6th grade students. Click below to view the presentation. Questions? Please contact Mr. Sloane at 207-2430.


CHS and Goff students participate in STEM activities Posted March 5, 2014
Earlier today, two of Mrs. Blanchfield’s Honors Physics classes travelled to Howard L. Goff Middle School to participate and facilitate several activities with Mrs. Kirwin’s special education class. The students were dispersed between 11 groups of 3-4 per group to a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) station around the perimeter of the hallway. Read more...

6th grade Parent Orientation this Thursday - Posted March 4, 2014
Attention parents: the incoming 6th grade Parent Orientation will be held this Thursday, March 6, 6 - 7 p.m. in the Howard L. Goff Middle School Gymnasium.

Goff Olympiad Team wins 35 medals at Regionals and places first overallPosted February 27, 2014
On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the Howard L. Goff Science Olympiad team competed in the Capital District Regional Science Olympiad competition. This year the competition was held at our own middle school with eleven local teams participating. Coach Donnamarie Vlieg was recently named the Capital District Regional Coordinator for Science Olympiad. With the support of the Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle, Mrs. Vlieg was able to host the competition at Howard L. Goff Middle School showcasing the science prowess of our talented students. Read more...


The Howard L. Goff Science Olympiad team, Capital District champions!

Goff announces Second Quarter Principal's List, High Honor, Honor and Nifty Nineties students - Posted December 10, 2013
Howard L. Goff Middle School recently announced their Principal’s List, High Honor, Honor and Nifty Nineties students for the 2013-14 school year’s second quarter. Read more...

**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Updated February 18, 2014
The East Greenbush Central School District is initiating a community wide “call to action” advocacy effort to let state leaders and elected officials know that the District and taxpayers can no longer shoulder enormous cuts in education aid through the unfair Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle is encouraging all community stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, homeowners, seniors and business leaders who support the District’s efforts, to write letters, email and call Governor Cuomo and elected officials to urge them to eliminate the GEA. Read more...

Write to our elected officials - click here!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle recently sat down with state Senator Kathy Marchione to discuss the devastating impact the GEA is having on East Greenbush CSD students and teachers.

Goff "January Students of the Month" - Posted February 7, 2014
Goff Middle School Principal Matthew Sloane, Assistant Principal Wayne Grignon and Assistant Principal Cara Talmadge recently congratulated students from grades 6-8 on becoming “Goff January Students of the Month.” Each of these students demonstrated the characteristics of setting goals, prioritizing, and reaching their goals during the month of January, and have certainly set an example for their peers. Congratulations!


Grade 6:
Sean Neeson, Sean Tierney, McCayla Burns, Morgan Arensmeyer, Christina Guilbo, Isabel McCarty, Jared Cramer and Tyler Pearson.


Grade 7:
Dustin Chambers, Sophie Church, Madison Jakielaszek, Katie Nelson, Ashley Brown, Jamie Davis, Aiden Hickey, Ethan Ploss, Kate Burns and Ryan Doyle.


Grade 8:
Emma Barton-Schwartz, Carly Smith, Kaden Laurilla, Matt LaHera, Cheyenne Lentz, Lily Hutton, Albert Chang, Neil Laya, Heather Aiken and Stephen Blydenburgh.

Save the Date: Parent Orientation Night Posted February 3, 2014
All parents of 8th grade students please save the date for our Parent Orientation Night. This is an opportunity for parents of 8th grade students to attend a presentation from the High School Department Chairs. We will be discussing course options for 9th grade as well as important information regarding electives, special education services and accelerated course work. If you have any questions, please contact the Goff Middle School Guidance Office. 

Parent Orientation Night
For 8th – 9th Grade Transition
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Columbia High School Auditorium

Columbia High School presents: “Columbia Idol”Posted January 31, 2014
Columbia High School Auditorium
Friday, February 7 - 7:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $7.00/Each or $25.00/Family

Come out to see which high school student is crowned this year’s “Columbia Idol”!

STILL in Fiscal Peril: January 30 Regional Forum on School Funding CrisisUpdated January 22, 2014

Stakeholders from 47 school districts will convene at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. to continue the unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, an effort that began last year.

Click here for this year's agenda and guest speakers!

The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year” picks up where last year’s massive regional advocacy effort left off. It promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, legislators and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and provide fair and equitable funding for our schools.

Read more and find out all event details here - join us and be a part of our advocacy for a better education for New York's students!

Community comes out to enjoy 24th annual "WinterFest" - Posted January 21, 2014

Sponsored by the East Greenbush CSD Transportation Department and many community members who graciously volunteered their time, Howard L. Goff Middle School hosted the 2014 “WinterFest” this past Saturday, January 18. Celebrating its 24th year, WinterFest is an annual event designed to bring children and adults together in an entertainment setting and as a way to encourage all students to become more civic-minded and involved in community events. Read more...

Click here for additional photos from WinterFest.

Goff "December Students of the Month" - Posted January 16, 2014
Goff Middle School Principal Matthew Sloane, Assistant Principal Wayne Grignon and Assistant Principal Cara Talmadge recently congratulated students from grades 6-8 on becoming “Goff December Students of the Month.” Each of these students demonstrated the characteristics of being "helpful to others" and "kind" during the month of December, and have certainly set an example for their peers. Congratulations!


Grade 6:
Colleen McHugh, Jared Meisel, Chris Miazga, Logan Plowinski, Jack Doherty, Julia Neal, Kendra Phoenix and Aiden Scott.


Grade 7:
Ava Cleghorn, Alex Headley, Shayna, Zach Marx, Andrew Brunner, Manny Holligan, Emma Rainville, Jaiden Walton, Nolan Christen and Sofie Willis.


Grade 8:
Katherine Blake, Alex Bravo, Julia Lettrick, Christian Palmer, Jonathan Arensmeyer, Cambry Armando, Samantha Brown, Brendan Russo, Casey Bariteau and Maddie Gibney.

World Cafe Community Forum, Wednesday, January 15 - Posted January 2, 2014
The East Greenbush CSD will hold a "World Cafe Community Forum" on Wednesday, January 15, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. The forum topic is the school budget and the District is encouraging all parents and community members to attend as their direct input will be utilized during the formation of this year’s school budget. Read more...

6th Grade Foreign Language Selection Posted December 13, 2013
6th Graders will have the opportunity to choose their foreign language class for 7th grade. They can choose between French, Spanish or German. Students will be asked to choose a first and second choice. Assignments are given on a first come first serve basis. Students will be bringing selection forms home today (Friday, December 13, 2013). They should be given to their Home base Teacher starting on Monday December 16. Selections will be honored through Friday December 20. Students who do not hand in their sheets by Friday will be automatically placed in a language section where there are open seats.

Foreign Language can have an extremely positive impact on your child’s education. Please talk with your child and have them share what they learned during the Language Selection Day at Goff.

Click here to print out the request/preference form.

Howard L. Goff Middle School welcomes Jamie EgglestonPosted December 12, 2013
Howard L. Goff Middle School recently welcomed Jamie Eggleston, LCSW-R, Goff’s new School Social Worker, to the District. Jamie comes to the district from the Center for Disability Services, CloverPatch and Langan School programs, where he has spent the last 19 years. He most recently was working as a school social worker and administrative manager of clinical services. During his tenure at the Center, Jamie worked as a social worker in various roles throughout the agency. Jamie was instrumental in the development and facilitation of a social skills group model for school aged individuals with autistic spectrum and other related disorders. His expertise and broad knowledge of school age psycho-social needs and working with students on the Autistic Spectrum is an asset that will surely benefit the students, families and staff at Goff.

Jamie received his Master’s degree in social work from the City University of New York at Hunter College with a group work concentration and child and family services track. Additionally, he graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Jamie is a Licensed Clinical Social worker, LCSW-R and has his permanent certification as a school social worker.

Education is held in a very high regard within the Eggleston family. Jamie’s wife, Laura has been teaching at the Mohonasen School District, Jamie’s alma Mater for the past 16 years.

Jamie is currently residing in Montgomery County with his wife and two sons. His oldest son Nick is in 7th grade and his youngest son Nate is in 4th grade. Jamie is an avid runner and enjoys the outdoors. He enjoys day and multiple day back-packing trips.

“My first six weeks at Goff have been wonderful,” said Jamie. “I am so very excited to join the Howard L. Goff staff and look forward to being part of the lives of students, staff, families and community members of the East Greenbush Central School District. I have several great ideas to help students address their social and emotional needs so they can reach their highest potential and am eager to implement them.

“I love seeing students where they are now and discuss with them their goals and where they want to go.”

Goff announces First Quarter Principal's List, High Honor, Honor and Nifty Nineties students - Posted December 10, 2013
Howard L. Goff Middle School recently announced their Principal’s List, High Honor, Honor and Nifty Nineties students for the 2013-14 school year’s first quarter. Read more...

Calling all Youth Wrestlers: join the "Youth Wrestling Program" - Posted December 9, 2013
Is your child interested in learning the fundamentals of wrestling? The Youth Wrestling Program may be for them! This program will offer various levels of instruction tailored to the skill levels of the wrestlers in the program. A variety of wrestling games to improve coordination and agility will also be included. The program will be taught by the Columbia Wrestling High school and Modified Wrestling staff. Columbia High school Wrestlers will also be assisting in the program. If any parents have a background in wrestling and would like to volunteer help please inform the staff at registration.

Registration is December 16th from 5 p.m.-7p.m. at Columbia High School (Boys PE Office), $45 includes t-shirt at sign-up (additional children from the same family are $10).

For more information, please click here.

Goff "November Students of the Month" - Posted December 5, 2013
Earlier today, Goff Middle School Principal Matthew Sloane, Assistant Principal Wayne Grignon and Assistant Principal Cara Talmadge congratulated students from grades 6-8 on becoming “Goff November Students of the Month.” Each of these students demonstrated the characteristics of being “proactive” and taking “initiative” during the month of November, and have certainly set an example for their peers. Congratulations!


Grade 6:
Paul Barber, Kason Romanowski , Sariah Stewart, Jaycee Wojcik, Marianna Kim, Taryn Stewart, Garret McDonald and Dan Guy.


Grade 7:
Savannah Alam, Ryan Duryea, Shannon Farley, Lucky Nguyen, Sydney Beattie, Kyle Dillon, Grace Heeps, Darryl Williams, Anil Kissoon and Brianna Miller.


Grade 8:
Fritz Howard, Zach Olivan, Victoria Hamilton, Kristin Nadareski, Nia Cohen, Brandon Ostiguy, Cameron Plowinske, Katie Wagner, Benjamin Forte and Madison Washock.

“Mo-Day” at Goff Posted November 26, 2013
Students and staff at Howard L. Goff Middle School today are wearing Mustaches in support of Men’s Health Month. This initiative follows the national “Movember” movement. Students were able to purchase Mustaches for $1, and the $300 raised will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study.

East Greenbush teachers honored at "Teachers as Artists" show - Posted November 21, 2013
CHS Art teacher Andrea Neiman and Goff Art teacher Alison Hosier recently had the honor of displaying their work at the first ever “Teachers as Artists” faculty show, held at NYSUT’s headquarters in Latham. The Capital Area Art Supervisors, New York State Art Teacher’s Association (NYSATA), and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) teamed up this October and November to present this first annual event. Read more...

Goff hosts annual community Thanksgiving dinner - Posted November 20, 2013
As an annual kickoff to the holiday season, Goff Middle School students in Tammy Kirwin’s class hosted the annual Thanksgiving meal for faculty and staff on Wednesday, November 20. Read more...

Winterfest Pancake Breakfast information - Posted November 20, 2013
Winterfest Pancake Breakfast Tickets will be on sale from Friday, November 22 through Friday, December 20 to benefit the 7th Grade Trip to Philadelphia.  Breakfast will take place Saturday, January 18, 2014, during Winterfest.

Click here for the Winterfest Pancake Breakfast flyer

Click here for the Winterfest Pancake Breakfast ticket sales information

Academic Vocabulary Initiative: A message from Mr. Sloane - Posted November 18, 2013
Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical academic words second nature to our students will enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in College and Career Readiness. Read more...

New standards present opportunity: Goff Middle School launches “Reading Skills Program”Posted November 12, 2013
Nervous anticipation and optimism. Those are some ways to describe the first day of school for both students and teachers. But of those sentiments have struck a deeper cord this year as students, teachers, parents and administrators continue to wrap their heads around what’s considered to be the biggest reform to public education since 2001, when the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act went into effect. Read more...

Harlem Wizards visit Goff - Posted November 7, 2013
Earlier today, Goff Middle School students were treated to a performance by the “Harlem Wizards”. Students and teachers participated in the various performances in front of the entire student body. From the Harlem Wizards website: “At the Wizards game fans see amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. The athleticism, tricks, fancy teamwork and ball-handling wizardry, plus wild dunks not even seen in NBA games, engages and wows the most avid hoops fans. The comedy is for everybody. The Wizards look to push the envelope on fun, combining pre-planned comedic acts with spontaneous humor that fans of all ages will find laugh out loud funny. The halftime show with hundreds of kids on the court, plus the postgame interaction with the Wizards who stay until every autograph is signed, is the cherry on top.”

Goff "October Students of the Month" - Posted November 7, 2013
Earlier today, Goff Middle School Principal Matthew Sloane, Assistant Principal Wayne Grignon and Assistant Principal Cara Talmadge congratulated students from grades 6-8 on becoming “Goff October Students of the Month.” Each of these students demonstrated the characteristics of “positive attitude” during the month of October, and have certainly set an example for their peers. Congratulations!


Grade 6:
Tricia Gardy, Nina Tedeschi, Connor Leddick, Owen Stefanko, Alexis O’Brien, Haley Earing, Connor Hurley, Zedekiah Fermon


Grade 7:
Derek Murphy, Lauren Bednarczyk, Melissa Daigneault, Molly Hillenbrandt, Elizabeth Gambino, Vanessa Jackson, Joey Schmidt, Jon Blankenship, Riley Utter, Alexis Mahoney


Grade 8:
Zachary Rowe, Riley Barton-Swartz, Lauren Kelly, Rhianna Martin, Peter Tedeschi, Jeff Branksky, Paige Alaxanian, Alyssa Schweigert, Ava Champitto, Corey Curran

A Message from Mr. Grignon - Posted November 7, 2013
The deadline for trips to Philadelphia and Washington, DC, is approaching. Read more...

World Cafe Community Forum, Wednesday, November 6 - Posted October 28, 2013
The East Greenbush CSD will hold a "World Cafe Community Forum" next Wednesday, November 6, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year's topic is Communicating Academic Needs. Click the photo below for more details and we hope you can join us!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Posted October 24, 2013
This past Sunday, October 20, Howard L. Goff Middle School students, teachers and parents participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Albany's Washington Park. The Goff Team walks every year in memory of Barb Lehmann.

East Greenbush CSD hosts first “Parent Information Session”Posted October 23, 2013

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle, administrators and teachers last evening hosted the first “Parent Information Session,” a proactive initiative by Dr. Nagle to team up parents and teachers for student success by educating parents on the new Common Core standards, APPR, the shift in state assessments and parent resources. Several media outlets were present at last evening’s forum – click each link below to see video and photos from the Parent Information Session:

Albany Times Union
WTEN
WRGB
WNYT
YNN
“The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter

Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle's featured letter in The Troy Record - Posted October 17, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle today had her featured letter published in The Troy Record in regards to the upcoming Parent Information Sessions being hosted by the District. Click here to read Dr. Nagle's letter and find out how you can learn and help your child succeed academically. Read more...

Goff’s “Hair Extensions” DayPosted October 16, 2013
Several students and faculty members today participated in Goff Middle School’s Hair Extension Day, benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. This annual event brings students together and helps raise breast cancer awareness. In 2012, Goff raised $1,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. This is the third year Goff has sponsored the event.

The team at Studio 1, a local business in East Greenbush for 33 years, donated their time to come to Goff to put the pink hair extensions in for students.

Goff student Sarah Steele was the first student in her lunch period to get her pink hair extension. “I know a few people who have breast cancer, and some who have lost their battle with it. I’m doing my part today to support the cause and raise awareness.”

Philadelphia/Washington DC Trip Information - Posted October 7, 2013
Washington, DC and Philadelphia trip handouts and information sheets can now be accessed on this website under “Activities" or by clicking here.

Goff September Students of the Month - Posted October 4, 2013
Earlier today, Goff Middle School Principal Matthew Sloane, Assistant Principal Wayne Grignon and Assistant Principal Cara Talmadge congratulated students from grades 6-8 on becoming “Goff September Students of the Month.” Each of these students demonstrated the characteristics of organization, good work habits and good effort during the month of September, and have certainly set an example for their peers. Congratulations!

6th grade
Grade 6:
Owen Ball, Abby Farnan, Noah Millan, Angelina Swight, Ella Conway, Noah Monpoeho, Catherine Mydosh and Phillip Brown.

7th grade
Grade 7:
Emma Gill, Megan Hefferon, Matthew Hernandez, Dylan Oiumette, Trey Gaylord, Shelby McCabe, Aidan McLaren, Gianna Green, Carina Ciccone and Cooper Zwanka.

8th grade
Grade 8:
Brian Serian, Connor Roisman, Olivia Lopez, Emily Mann, Athena Conzone, Jack Hernandez, Michael Mahar, Olivia Massey, Angel Velasquez and Bryel Weinlein.

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.


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IN THE LOOP

April 22, 2014

Today is a White Day. Listed below are the announcements for today, April 22:

After school today;  Weight room intramurals (grades 7 & 8 – last day); Science Olympiad Practice – state team only; Yearbook Club (8th grade only – room 212);

French Club will not meet today.  Next meeting will be on Tuesday April 29.

Flag Rugby does not start until NEXT Tuesday. Girls should sign up outside the Girls PE office, Boys should sign up outside the Boys PE office. Questions please see Mr. Marion.

BULLY FREE ZONE

The East Greenbush School District is dedicated to teaching tolerance and educating students and parents on the issues of bullying. Help us foster tolerance in our students in and out of school. More information and resources

Bully-Free   Zone