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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 Science Olympiad team at 2019 State FinalsThe Goff Science Olympiad Team placed 4th at the New York State finals competition in Syracuse on Saturday. Only 39 teams qualified for the state finals out of 242 middle school teams from across New York State.

Goff, the Capital District champions, earned medals in 19 out of the 26 events that they competed in. Medals were given to the top 10 finishers. Goff earned gold medals as state champions in the Duct Tape Challenge, Silver medals in five events and Bronze medals in two events.

Science Olympiad tests students in a variety of events on STEM topics such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering and mathematics.

“The competition with the top 10 teams in New York, particularly the top five, is extremely difficult,” said Donnamarie Vlieg, coach of the Goff Science Olympiad team. “We were fighting illness all week and had some bad breaks early in the day but I am so proud of my team. They hung in there, battled through the rough spots, and ended up on top! They did their best and that’s all I can ask of them.”

Congratulations to the students and coaches!

Ashish Roddam and Hubert Chang

Ashish Roddam and Hubert Chang won gold medals in the Duct Tape Challenge event.

State Champions

Duct Tape Challenge – Hubert Chang and Ashish Roddam

Silver Medalists

Elastic Launch Glider – Shashwat Panigrahi and Alaina Marino
Meteorology – Ethan Trautman and Gavin Trautman
Road Scholar – Teddy Howard and Zach Booth
Parasitology – Anika Galikewicz and Morgan McHugh
Science Tech Bowl – Anna Hallock, Morgan McHugh, Ashish Roddam

Bronze Medalists

Disease Detective – Ethan Trautman and Harini Conji
Dynamic Planet – Teddy Howard and Harini Conji

4th place:

Fossils – Jack Reilly and Ria Hegde
Heredity – Maria Rybakov and Gavin Trautman
Potions and Poisons – Jack Reilly and Ada Wu
Rollercoaster – Austin Ernst and Teddy Howard

6th place:
Density Lab – Maria Rybakov and Shashwat Panigrahi
Solar System – Gavin Trautman and Jack Reilly
Thermodynamics – Akshat Arinav and Shashwat Panigrahi

7th place:

Crime Busters – Ethan Trautman and Jack Reilly
Experimental Design – Austin Ernst, Tori Patrissy, Maria Rybakov

8th place:

Anatomy and Physiology – Ethan Trautman and Austin Ernst
Water Quality – Harini Conji and Tori Patrissy

Goff Science Olympiad team competing at 2019 State Finals