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are a community of learners striving for excellence in communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

School News

Re-Opening Q&A set Aug. 12 on Facebook Live

July 30, 2020

Gowanda Central School District will host another Facebook Live Q&A on the topic of “Re-Opening GCS” on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. here: https://www.facebook.com/gowandacentralschool/ If you cannot join us, please check the Facebook page for a video post … Continued

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Panther Bridge Closure

July 8, 2020

The replacement of Panther Bridge at the Gowanda Central School District is expected to continue through Summer 2020. Anticipated re-opening is approximately mid-September 2020. The district appreciates the community’s patience amid the construction.

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Free Food Distribution Update

July 6, 2020

Gowanda Central School District is pleased to announce that its participation in the distribution of free, USDA Farmers-to-Families produce boxes every week has been extended through August 2020. Those interested should pick up on Wednesdays (July 8, 15, 22, 29, … Continued

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Retiree Recognition

July 6, 2020

The following employees of Gowanda Central School District retired during the 2019-2020 academic year. Please join us in thanking them for their service and dedication to our students: Teacher John Jarzynski retired June 30, 2020 Teacher Jeff Hatfield retired June … Continued

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Keeping Connected

What's happening at GCS?

School Tax Information can be found on the Business Office page under Departments.

Please visit the Health Office page for up-to-date information on immunization requirements.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to engage students in learning through the development and use of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Our Vision is to create a student centered, collaborative environment that prepares all students for the 21st century through an engaging and goal oriented learning environment.

Sports Teams

Student life at Gowanda centers around Panther pride. Our boys and girls sports teams draw crowds of students and community members alike.

Integrated Technology

Technology is a tool that Gowanda uses to enhance our students’ educational experiences. It aides in personalizing our students’ learning and instruction while providing efficient feedback to students and teachers to increase understanding. Students experience greater independence by having access to content from anywhere to uncover knowledge, but they also gain interdependence by developing understandings through shared activities and collaborative tasks.

Music & Arts

The Gowanda Music program offers band and chorus starting at the elementary level. Our students participate in All-state and All-county programs and in musicals, plays, and concerts.

Gowanda's comprehensive K-12 Visual Arts program helps prepare our students to navigate through and create in an increasingly visual society. Students develop creative problem solving skills in collaborative studio environments. Student artwork and design is featured throughout our facilities and the community.

The District is organized along a PK-12 plan with approximately 1100 students distributed equally in our PK-4 Elementary School, 5-8 Middle School and 9-12 High School. We maintain two educational campuses and one athletic facility. Our campuses are situated in the Town of Perrysburg and the Village of Gowanda. The District spans portions of the Townships of Collins, North Collins, Hanover, Persia, Perrysburg and Dayton and the Cattaraugus Territory.

Our educational program is comprehensive and includes the core curriculum, performing arts, technology, home & careers, interscholastic athletics, student clubs and extra-curricular activities. Teachers, staff and students utilize up-to-date learning and office technology. Distance learning opportunities are also available to our students via live video broadcasting. The District also operates a public television station that broadcasts public hearings, Board of Education meetings and athletic events.

Vocational and special education services are provided in part by the Erie II-Chautauqua- Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The District also offers a full-range of special education programs for special needs students in all three buildings.


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