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School News

The Panther Press Highlights Voting Information

May 7, 2021

The Budget Issue of the Panther Press outlines this year’s budget as well as upcoming Board of Education Candidates. View the issue by clicking HERE.

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GCS to Host Vaccine Clinic Tuesday, May 11, 2021

May 6, 2021

The Chautauqua County Health Department will host a PFIZER VACCINE CLINIC open to the public at Gowanda High School in the gym on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, for anyone aged 16 & OLDER. The second dosage will be June 1, … Continued

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Healthy Kids Before & After School Program Open to District Families

April 26, 2021

The HEALTHY KIDS BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM at Gowanda Elementary School is open to children enrolled in Kindergarten through sixth grade.   They focus on homework completion, arts & crafts, outdoor play and socialization. Drop-off as early as 6:30 … Continued

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Clarification: COVID-19 Cases Among Football Players

April 22, 2021

During a press conference held Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz mentioned that 3 football players from Gowanda Central School District played in a game against Alden Central School District with at least one student being symptomatic. … Continued

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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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