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October 23, 2016

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MS students raised more than $440 for the APF; get to dress as their favorite pooches

Student photoOctober 20, 2016

Middle School students and staff got to dress up as their favorite pooch or pet while also raising money for the Animal Protective Foundation during Paws for a Cause Day today.

The event, part of the week-long Spirit Week activities, raised $441.20 and several boxes of pet food and toys were collected.

In addition, students brought in nine boxes of food to be donated to the food pantry at the City View Church in Scotia. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Lead water testing results released

october 20, 2016

Results of testing lead in the water at the four elementary schools have begun being returned to the school district by Pace Analytical, the company hired to test the samples collected in September.

As of today, only results from Glen-Worden and Lincoln have been received.

A total of 272 water samples were collected at S-G from elementary classroom sinks, drinking fountains and outside water taps. A total of 313 water samples will be collected from the middle and high schools in October.

If lead levels are detected above 15 parts per billion, the school must discontinue use of that tap for drinking water, implement a lead remediation plan and provide building occupants with an alternate water supply for cooking and drinking. [Read MORE]

Lincoln students' imaginations go wild in pumpkin decorating contest

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October 20, 2016

The judging was done today - a difficult process to say the very least! The winners are Tyler Bareth in kindergarten for Wild Thing and Joceline Soto of fifth grade for Edward Tulane. Among staff, there was a tie between Tacky the Penguin (Sue Zeglen and Debbie LaFleche) and The Lorax (Elizabeth O’Neill).

october 18, 2016

Some of them wore glasses and a fireman's hat.

Some had spikes sticking out of them.

Others looked like a fish, a dog, a spooky cat or a rabbit.

One had a North Pole toy factory on top.

They come in every color imaginable - black, green, blue, yellow and the standard - orange.

These were just a few of the more than 50 entries in the Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Lincoln Elementary - in which students and staff let their imaginations run wild with the fruit of the season, pumpkins. [Read MORE] camera link icon

NYC attorney comes to Scotia-Glenville to discuss distracted driving with health students

October 14, 2016

Student photoFor the sophomores in Janet Rathjens's health classes, driving a car is probably about a year away. Something for them to look forward to - the independence and freedom.

However, they learned today that careening around in a car is a responsibility that comes with an urgency to pay attention to driving and what you are doing behind the wheel.

Shannon Pennock, an attorney from New York City, traveled to Scotia-Glenville today to talk to health classes about distracted driving. Her friend, Joel Feldman, lost his 21 year old daughter Casey in 2009 to a distracted driving accident. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Computer science students participate in Impact Program at Siena College

Student photoOctober 14, 2016

Mathematics teacher Jamie Haver today took a team of students to the Siena College Impact computer science career program.

The students who participated in the college visit are: Joe Rumfelt, Aidan Chaffin, Katherine Frament, McKenzie Munro, Chris Mannolini-Adams, Alyssa McKenna, Sophia Pierce and Alexandra Wolfe.

The Siena Students IMPACT outreach and career exploration event is designed to encourage students to engage in further study and potential career paths in the field of computing. It meshes perfectly with our students who are currently engaging in the online AP computer science course. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Congratulations to the seven S-G alumni inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame  inductionOctober 15, 2016

Seven Scotia-Glenville alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Glen Sanders Mansion today.

The inductees were: Caroline King – 2007 - Track; Shaun Empie – 2000 - Pole Vault; Sarah Bentley – 2002 - Pole Vault; Mark Burchhardt – 2007 - Wrestling; Dwayne Barberis – 2003 - Wrestling; Keelan King 2005 - Track; and Jillian King – 2008-Track.

Jamian Rockhill, director of athletics and physical education, is pictured at right.

Keelan and Jillian are not pictured in the photo above. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Check out the Middle School Drama Club's new website

October 14, 2016

The Middle School Drama Club has developed a website to communicate with students, parents and the community. [check it out here]

New entry procedures kicking in on October 17 at the four elementary schools

October 13, 2016

Beginning Monday, October 17, the front doors, as well as all other doors, at the district’s four elementary schools will be locked as soon as students arrive. The doors will remain locked throughout the school day.

Parents and/or guardians and others visiting a school will need to be buzzed in. At each main door is a buzzer and camera. Individuals wishing to enter the school will push the buzzer and be asked for their name. Once the Main Office determines the individual has a legitimate need to be in the school, he or she will be buzzed in through the main door. The individual may be asked to show identification and will sign in with the door monitor as is currently the district’s practice.

The middle and high school will continue to receive visitors following their current procedures.

Substance Abuse Forum to be held on Oct. 27 at S-G High School auditorium

Substance Abuse ForumOctober 12, 2016

Please come and learn about the current substance abuse crisis from local law enforcement, substance abuse and medical professionals. Leave with valuable resources!

Share your concerns and suggestions for preventing and helping those struggling with substance abuse. You have the opportunity to be a part of the solution!

The panel will include Laura Combs, Coordinator, Schenectady County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; Dr. Audra Hanley, Physician, Scotia-Glenville Family Medicine; Joanne Egnaczyk-Gonda, Administrator, Conifer Park; and Steve Janik, Police Chief, Town of Glenville.

DATE: October 27, 2016
TIME: 7:00 to 8:30PM
LOCATION: Scotia-Glenville Central High School Auditorium 1 Tartan Way, Scotia NY

Click on the image above to download the flyer (PDF).

S-G scrambling to meet new lead testing mandate; elementary schools tested first

September 30, 2016

In early September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that required all school districts to test every water tap in their buildings by October 31.

Scotia-Glenville has hired Pace Analytical to test water samples in the six school buildings, bus garage and district office before the state deadline. The legislation calls for elementary schools to be tested by September 30.

A total of 272 water samples were collected at S-G from elementary classroom sinks, drinking fountains and outside water taps. A total of 313 water samples will be collected from the middle and high schools in October. [Read MORE]

State asks parents to comment on the proposed new state learning standards

September 21, 2016

NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is asking parents and teachers throughout the state to comment on the proposed new standards.

"The past several years have brought a lot of changes to classrooms across New York State. I know that more changes need to be made, and I thank you for your patience," she wrote. "As teachers and parents, you know best what our children need to help them aim higher. I value your expertise and advice."

Click here to read the draft standards

Click here to comment on the draft ELA standards

Click here to comment on the draft math standards

Freshman barbecue a hit!

Student photoseptember 16, 2016

Dozens of freshmen munched on burgers and hot dogs while enjoying beautiful weather during the Freshman Barbecue.

The barbecue was held before the home football game against South Glens Falls.

The barbecue has not been held in a few years. [Read MORE]


Middle School will be OPEN FOR BUSINESS TOMORROW - Thursday, September 15

September 14, 2016

Tree roots clogging the main sewer line at the Middle School were the cause of the issues at the school today, causing water to be shut off until the problem was fixed.
The town of Glenville has cut the roots away and Roto Rooter is clearing the pipes with high speed water cleansing.
Extra cleaners have been placed on duty to clean up any messes caused by any drain overflows.
The Middle School WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday morning...

Scotia-Glenville welcomes students back!

september 7, 2016

Student photoThe school doors opened again today and welcomed back more than 2,500 Scotia-Glenville students, well rested from their summer break.

Check out pictures from today at each of the six school buildings. [Read MORE]


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Welcome back to the 2016-17 school year!

september 6, 2016

Classes begin on Wednesday - September 7 - for all students in grades 1-12.

Kindergartners and their parents will visit teachers on Wednesday and begin their full day of classes on Thursday.

Hope everybody has a great year ahead!!

Pre-school services to be offered at Sacandaga Elementary School

August 12, 2016

Pre-school flyerFull-day pre-school services are coming to Scotia-Glenville!

The Albany-based company, All About Kids (in collaboration with Advanced Therapy), will begin offering pre-school services for children ages 3 and 4 as early as this September. The classroom will be located in the Sacandaga Elementary School at the end of the kindergarten wing. [Read MORE]

School tax bills in September will be $26 less than they were in September 2015 for the typical Glenville homeowner

BOE adopts lower tax rates for the third time in eight years

August 11, 2016

When community members went to the polls in May to support the 2016-17 school budget, the school district estimated tax rates would rise by 0.32 percent, well below the maximum of 1.78 allowed under the state's tax lvey cap formula.

Instead, the Board of Education on Monday night adopted rates that were 0.74 percent lower for Glenville homeowners. [Read MORE]

Information about the tragic loss of Morgan Bowers; please keep her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers

Morgan Bowers fundraiser t-shirtAugust 7, 2016

Morgan Wanmer, a friend of Morgan Bowers, and Morgan's mother, Christina, have begun a t-shirt fundraiser to keep Morgan's memory alive. All money raised will be used toward a scholarship and/or memorial at Scotia-Glenville High School in Morgan's name. This is also a place where people can donate money to the scholarship and memorial.

The website is

The sales will be open until Sunday, August 14.

August 6, 2016

St. Joseph's Church at 231 Second Street in Scotia will hold a memorial program for Morgan at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, at the church.

The event will be a time for those who knew Morgan to gather and remember her.

If you have any questions, please contact Grace Fay, pastoral associate for Youth Ministry at the church. Her email address is

August 4, 2016

Morgan's family has arranged for the services:

Calling hours will be on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home, 1 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia, NY.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 231 Second Street, Scotia, NY.

August 3, 2016

The Scotia-Glenville school community mourns the passing of one of our students, Morgan Bowers, in an accident Tuesday afternoon. Morgan was to begin her senior year in September.

Counselors will be available at the high school beginning at 9:00 a.m. this morning - Wednesday, August 3 - for any students or staff members who wish to stop in.

Please keep Morgan and her family in your thoughts during this sad time.

The school district issued this statement today about Morgan (PDF).

State standardized test results released; growth in proficiency seen statewide and at Scotia-Glenville

july 29, 2016

Saying that the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics exams taken by students in April are not directly comparable to the previous exams, the state Education Department today said that the percentage of students in grades 3-8 scoring in the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4) had risen for both the ELA and mathematics exams.

Statewide, on the ELA exam, 37.9 percent of students scored as proficient, up 6.6 percentage points from 31.3 in 2015. On the math exam, 39.1 percent of students scored as proficient, a 1 percentage point increase from 38.1 in 2015.

At Scotia-Glenville, the increases were more dramatic: on the ELA exam, 42 percent of students scored in Levels 3 and 4 this year, up from 33 percent last year. On the mathematics exam, 47 percent of students scored in Levels 3 and 4, compared with 40 percent last year.  [Read MORE]

Calendar cover2016-17 calendar sent to print

July 28, 2016

The 2016-17 school district calendar, which lists upcoming events for the school year, has been sent to the printer. It will be mailed to all homes by late August. The events have also been inserted into the web calendar at upper right. Get an early preview here.

Bucciferro, Beauchamp unanimously
re-elected as BOE officers

July 11, 2016

David Bucciferro and Thomas Beauchamp were elected to third one-year terms as president and vice president, respectively, at the Board of Education's annual organizational meeting tonight. They were first elected to their respective offices in 2014.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016; commencement held at Proctor's Theater

Student photoJune 25, 2016

"There is so much I want to say to you today," Superintendent Susan Swartz told the 169 Class of 2016 graduates during commencement ceremonies at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady today. "I want to give you these gifts today."

She said she hoped students would carry with them these gifts: kindness, a sense of wonder, perseverance, humility and the gift of love. "Most things worth having will not come easily. Embrace struggle and persevere."  [Read MORE] camera link icon


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Student photo"There is so much I want to say to you today," Superintendent Susan Swartz told the 169 Class of 2016 graduates during commencement ceremonies at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady. "I want to give you these gifts today."
She said she hoped students would carry with them these gifts: kindness, a sense of wonder, perseverance, humility and the gift of love. "Most things worth having will not come easily. Embrace struggle and persevere." camera link icon


Student photoWhether it was balancing a ball on a stick, scooting across mats Army style, filling a bottle of water by hand or taste testing healthy snacks, buddy teams of students at Glendaal got a workout in the name of the Summer Olympics this summer in Brazil.
There was something for everybody at Camp Cardinal Down Under!...even the chocolate lover. Chocolate chips were part of the healthy snacks? "Dark chocolate is good for your heart," cheered one obviously happy young man.
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Student photo"What do you call a bear with no teeth?"

"A gummi bear"

"How do you know the ocean is friendly?"

"It keeps waving."

These were just two of the nuggets of humor shared at today's buddy assembly at Sacandaga Elementary School by teams of students - one student in grade 5 and one in a younger grade. Tall and short. Loud and quiet. The differences were obvious but the jokes and songs brought them together.
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Student photoAre there really more cows in Vermont than people? Delaware was the first state?
From Arkansas and Alabama to Wisconsin and Wyoming, grade 3 students at Lincoln Elementary knew the most unusual information about their designated state.
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Student photoThe Middle School gymnasium was filled with 58 quiet grade 6 students and six staff members for two and a half hours last Friday evening - as they gathered for the first Reading for the Mission event.
The event raised $141 as well as 210 bars of soap and 188 washcloths that were donated to the Schenectady City Mission.
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Student photoSeven Odyssey of the Mind teams composed of 40 Scotia-Glenville students competed at the regional contest at Shenendehowa High School on Saturday, March 5; one high school team is headed to the state's competition on April 2 at Binghamton University.
The Odyssey of the Mind program teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems in a team setting. Embedded in the process are 21st Century Skills such as Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Global Awareness, Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills, Self-Direction and Adaptability.
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Student photoMia Cooper knew exactly what her Iroquois rain stick was supposed to do: "They shook them really hard so plants would grow and they would have food."
Mia's two-foot-high, bright-colored rain stick, made from a combination of duct tape, cans, rice and macaroni, was among the two dozen displays at the Iroquois Museum in James Saburro's grade 4 classroom at Lincoln Elementary as parents, grandparents and friends flocked to see the students' work.
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Student photo You may have to search for a while before you find "Comet Colucciello" shooting across the night sky.
Grade 8 students visiting the Challenger Learning Center Space Simulator at the Museum of Innovation and Science (MiSci) in Schenectady named an unknown object in space after their fellow student, Seth Colucciello, who first noticed the long-range object coming at the shuttle while he was on the crew.
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Families and staff from Glen-Worden walked around the Scotia-Glenville High School track four times tonight as a fundraiser for the PTA; as of the most recent count, $2,200 was raised during the Walk for the Hive.
Forty families and eight staff members - 145 people in all - made the one-mile trek on this brisk evening.
Before the walk began, everybody loosened up with a Zumba workout.
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