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School News

2019-2020 School Tax Payment Information

September 6, 2019

School tax bills are being mailed to residents of the Gowanda Central School District the second week of September 2019. Tax payments will NOT be accepted at the school. Make check Payable To: Gowanda CSD—School Tax Collector. To Pay By … Continued

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Gowanda Joins Harvard Center on Rural Education

July 26, 2019

Gowanda Central School District has joined 50 rural schools as a part of the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks (NCRERN), an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University as of July 22, 2019. … Continued

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Foreign Exchange Student Host Families Sought

July 15, 2019

The AFS Intercultural Program (or AFS, originally the American Field Service) is the oldest student foreign exchange program still in operation. It is seeking Gowanda-area family volunteers to host foreign exchange students for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Gowanda Central … Continued

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2019 Graduation Photos Available for Downloading

July 3, 2019

District employee Mandy Pickering is graciously sharing all the photos she took during commencement exercises (Friday, June 28, 2019) for the Class of 2019 of Gowanda High School at Hillis Field via this link: Class of 2019 Photo Drive Families … Continued

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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 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.

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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