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District seeks Tech Committee volunteer rep from the community

August 10, 2018

In an effort to secure more input from the community, the Technology Committee of the Gowanda Central School District is looking for a volunteer representative. Designed to coordinate resources and work through the prevention and resolution of issues surrounding technology … Continued

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District Announces New Central Registration Process

August 3, 2018

Streamlining student enrollment at the Gowanda Central Schools is the goal of the district’s new appointment-only Central Registration process. The 2018-2019 academic year is getting under way with some extra thought and attention put into how the district welcomes new … Continued

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Drum & Bugle Corps delights the community

August 2, 2018

More than 150 musician-athletes with the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, Mich., were hosted at and rehearsed on the campus of the Gowanda Central School District for two days in July ahead of the Drums Along the Waterfront-Tour … Continued

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Community invited to get physical this fall

August 2, 2018

Register for a Panther Pass and exclusive savings by Sept. 7 The Adult & Community Education division of the Gowanda Central School District is kicking off its fall offerings in September with a variety of physical education classes open to … Continued

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Keeping Connected

What's happening at GCS?

GCS will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program, offering free meals to all children 18 years and under. Learn more on the Home Page of the Food Services & Nutrition section under the Departments tab.

Please visit the Health Office page for up-to-date information on immunization requirements for the 2018-2019 school year.

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 a crowd 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.

Gowanda Central School District

The District is organized along a PK-12 plan with approximately 400 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.