Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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Goff Middle School continued its longstanding tradition of hosting a Thanksgiving meal for its special education program on Thursday in the school’s gymnasium. Students from self-contained classes, as well as District and Questar III BOCES staff, piled their plates high with turkey and all the trimmings.

“It has become a cherished tradition, full of good food, fellowship and cooperation,” said Special Education Teacher Tammy Kirwin who coordinates the event.

Carol Bluhm, a retired Questar III employee began the Thanksgiving meal more than 20 years ago as a way of enriching her Life Skills curriculum and thanking the Goff community for its support of the Questar classes in the building.

The meal is consistently served to 300 people. Students helped with cooking, setup, clean up, decorations, shopping, greeting and writing thank you notes. The Questar classes, Goff PI ELA classes, MAP classes and Home and Careers classes also contributed with cooking, set up and clean up.

After an enjoyable event, the school donated the leftovers to the Albany City Mission.

Special thanks to District and Questar III staff, and to the Goff PTO, Bimbo Bakery, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Piece of Cake Bakery and Zachary’s Pastry for making this special event possible.