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(2/24/15) Colonie Central High School will once again host stakeholders from dozens of area school districts in what has become an annual regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools.
You are invited to this important forum this Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., entitled: “SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Quality Opportunities for Public School Children.” [read MORE]
Help create lasting memories by helping out at the After Prom on May 15-16 in the high school gym
Going to the prom creates wonderful memories for students and parents alike for years to come.
Attending the After Prom, which is in the high school gym right after the prom, gives students a safe place to go where they can continue to have a good time - a perfect ending to a perfect night!
The High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is looking for parent chaperones and\or monetary donations to help with the annual After Prom in order to make this free event happen.
All Junior and Senior students are invited to the After-Prom which is held at the High School. Students do not have to attend prom. [read MORE]
Rollover budget for 2015-16 would increase taxes by 2.67 percent; spending up by just 0.27 percent
Superintendent Susan Swartz reviewed the "rollover" budget for Board of Education members tonight, saying that the $50.9 million spending plan would raise taxes by 2.67 percent.
A "rollover" budget means that all current programs are included in the presented budget.
On March 9, she plans to propose some additions to the spending plan. Board members said that, though allowed under the state's tax cap, they would not increase taxes by the maximum 4.11 percent. [read MORE]
The world-renowned Harlem Wizards basketball team is coming to town on April 2 to take on a team of teachers, administrators and NYS champion Tartan boys varsity basketball players as a fundraiser for the Scotia-Glenville Education Foundation.
They will play in the high school gymnasium.
Tickets sold in advance are $10 for students, $12 GA, $15 at the door as well as $18 Reserved seating and $30 “Courtside Plus” seats.
Orders forms are being sent home with students and are also available in the school offices. Tickets are very limited due to seating. All proceeds go to the SG Ed Foundation to benefit SG Schools and students.
Check out this link for more information about the team and ordering tickets. [Read MORE]
$15 million facilities proposal presented to the Board of Education
Superintendent Susan Swartz presented a facilities proposal to the Board of Education tonight that would revamp science labs at the middle school, improve disability and security access, replace items at their "end of life," make changes to save money in future budgets and make infrastructure improvements at every building.
The pricetag for the proposal: $15.08 million. The proposals would add about .67 percent to the tax rate over the term of the 15-year bond. [read MORE]
Today's Healthy Hearts program got students moving physically and mentally as they rotated to six stations ranging from a Heart Trivia exercise to Feed Your Heart to Heartaerobics.
The activities were funded by the school's successful Fuel Up To Play 60 and American Dairy Association grant.
Students did crab walks with beanie babies on their stomachs up and down the hallway, played trivia (how much blood is in your body - answer: 1.5 gallons) and exercised at every turn in the gymnasium, library media center and cafeteria. [Read MORE]
Students in Peggy Gillen's grade 2 math class had a sweet lesson as they sorted, counted, measured, compared and graphed candy conversation hearts while working in teams on the project. [read MORE]
NYS Police and K9 dogs conduct safety drill at S-G High School
UPDATE: No drugs were found in the search this morning.
Those police cars parked in front of the high school are part of a safety and security drill this morning.
During second period, high school students were kept in their classrooms while the NYS Police and four K9 dogs conducted a practice drill in which lockers and locker rooms were scanned by the K9s for drugs and explosives as part of the school district's safety planning.
This exercise is precautionary in nature and is a proactive step as part of the school district's complete building safety plan and is not predicated on any known threat or suspicion. [read MORE]
Seniors Lauren Melason and Dan Zeglen recognized for health and educational leadership by AHPERD
Seniors Lauren Melanson and Dan Zeglen were honored as The Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) Physical Education Students of the Year during a ceremony today at the Century House in Latham.
Dan and Lauren were chosen to represent Scotia-Glenville CSD based on their outstanding Physical Performance in Physical Education, Scholastic Achievement, Excellent Leadership Qualities and Community Service. [read MORE]
Twelve S-G school community members recognized at 75th annual Founders' Day dinner at River Stone Manor
The 75th annual Founders' Day Dinner, sponsored by the Scotia-Glenville PTA Council, recognized 12 school community members who have gone above and beyond to enrich the lives of students at SG.
Each of the 12 received an Honorary Life Membership Award. These are given to recognize an individual’s contributions to the welfare of SG children and youth. [read MORE]
Senior John Dean places first in area competition for his science research project
Senior John Dean placed first today at the Eastern Section of NYS competition of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) for his science research project, Three Dimensional Object Tracking Using a Rapid Scanning Double Droplet System Microscope.
The competition was held at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.
John has been researching his topic in the science research class at the high school. S-G joined the regional science research program through the University at Albany in 2008. His teacher is Christopher Judd. [read MORE]
S-G student Tyler Kearney part of team that places second at regional automotive competition
ALBANY -- A pair of Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTE) automotive students placed second in a regional automotive competition recently.
The team, Tyler Kearney of the Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Alex Wright of Bethlehem, placed second in the 2015 Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers Inc. (ENYCAR) Regional Automotive Technology Competition at Hudson Valley Community College on Jan. 16. [read MORE]
Students in Melissa Peterson's kindergarten class took advantage of the cloudy, snowy, chilly day to go on an Arctic Animal Hunt while learning their words and practicing their writing.
"This was a fun way to learn our words and practice writing them," said Peterson. There were tiny words written on each of the animals that the students observed with a magnifying glass at each station. [READ MORE]
Students in grades 3-5 will soon have a place to call their own in the Library Media Center as a Reading Corner is built for their use, thanks to a $4,190 grant from Lowe's Toolbox for Education program.
Library Media Specialist Tracy Lescault submitted the grant in October. She was informed with this letter (PDF) that the project will be fully funded. Plans are to involved the PTA to help assemble shelving and other parts of the project, Lescault said. [read MORE]
At this time of year, it is a good idea to talk with your children about cold weather safety. Extra care is needed, especially in younger children, to be sure that frostbite does not occur. [Read MORE]
Glendaal has been awarded a $2,050 grant from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and American Dairy Association to purchase a vegetable steamer and smoothie blender for food preparation at Glendaal as well as to revamp and restock depleted recess equipment, such as volleyballs, kickballs and wiffle balls and bats. [Read MORE]
Bungee Jumping Barbie…Wind Turbine Design…Roller Coasters …
Beginning on Thursday, January 15, as many as 20 grade 7 students will have the opportunity to work with the GE Volunteers to examine those topics during the 10-week Igniting Minds science and mathematics enrichment program.
The program will run each Thursday from 2:30-3:45 p.m.
In conjunction with General Electric, Scotia-Glenville Middle School is again offering an after-school mathematics and science enrichment program called Igniting Minds. For the 2014-2015 school year, the course will only be available to 7th graders. Please see your 7th grade math teacher for an application. [read MORE]
Three members of the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air Base volunteered their services to teach basic orienteering to the grade 5 students at Sacandaga during a recent classroom visit.
The students used the activity as a culmination to their map skills unit in Social Studies.
Senior Master Sargent Rick Rueda, Senior Airman David Gillis and Tech Sargent Frank Johnson had students navigate around the fields of Sacandaga and taught them how to find their way out if lost. The students were excited to see the real world application of this tool and skill. [READ MORE]
Students, families and staff brought in more than 632 items to be donated to the Scotia Food Pantry.
In the photo at right, these four Glendaal students in particular helped count, sorted and boxed up the food from the November Glendaal Food Drive for the Scotia Food Pantry. They are from Grace Heiner (gr. 4), Lily Gallucio (gr. 3), Stephanie James (gr. 4) and Clark Brice (gr. 4). [MORE]
on Monday, Dec. 1, the S-G Educational Foundation is participating
in the Barnes & Noble Bookfair at Colonie Center.
By using the downloadable certificate, a portion of each sale at the Barnes & Noble store on Monday and on BN.com through Dec. 6 will be donated back to the S-G Education Foundation. [download the pdf form here]
If Glendaal students bring home any messages to their parents tonight, they will be these: the darker the vegetable is, the better and slice fruits and vegetables VERY thin.
Those are just two of the many messages conveyed by Chef/Dr. Robert Dell’Amore’s at the “Inspiring Healthy Kids through the POWER OF FOOD” assemblies at Glendaal today.
“Cooking is creative. It’s like painting with food,” Dr. Dell’Amore, who was also joined by culinary researcher Elaine Medin, told students during the hour-long program. "This is all about the power of food. It has the power to heal and make you healthy." [MORE]
50 Middle School students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society
Congratulations to the newest members of the Scotia-Glenville National Junior Honor Society!
Less than one-quarter of the class qualified for induction this year - making it quite an honor for these students. These students are genuinely a select group.
Students and their families gathered tonight to honor the 50 grade 8 students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society for the 2014-15 school year. There are 207 students in the grade 8 class. The students inducted represent 24 percent of the class. [read MORE]
BOE extends superintendent's contract
Superintendent Susan Swartz, who froze her salary in the 2013-14 school year, will receive pay raises of 2.5% in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years under a revised contract addendum approved by the Board of Education tonight.
The addendum, which extends the original contract with Swartz signed on Aug. 15, 2005 until Aug. 17, 2017, provided the pay raises as well as a $1,000 per year allocation for professional development courses and training specifically related to her duties at Scotia-Glenville. [read MORE]
Glendaal kicked off another year of Fuel Up to Play 60 activities today with an assembly featuring former Glendaal students who are now high school athletes.
Unfortunately the weather did not allow the run to take place outside, so instead the students walked the hallways throughout the school for 30 minutes.
The Sacandaga school community was able to collect 671 donated food items, which helps support the Scotia-Glenville Food Bank. [READ MORE]
He got a ride in a Scotia Fire Department firetruck.
Jimmy and fellow grade 2 student Alabama Scales won first and second place, respectively, in the annual poster-making contest through the village fire department. [read MORE]
The cleanup was successful thanks to the 16 students and eight staff members who grabbed rakes and worked in the yards until they were clear. [read MORE]
The school raised $272 and a Glen-Worden family matched that donation. So G-W's total donation was $544! [read MORE]
East Glenville residents: your children may be late getting home today
There was a water main break that has closed Freeman’s Bridge between Dutch Meadows and Maple Ave.
Buses 193, 197 and 186 have been re-routed this afternoon. Because of that, students in those areas will be late arriving back home.
October 17, 2014
The Middle School Scholastic Book Fair will be held from Monday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 24.
Students will attend the fair during school hours with their ELA classes throughout the week and parents are welcome any time. [read MORE]
Middle School students and staff "pink out" to raise money for cancer research
vast majority of Middle School students and staff donned something
pink today as part of a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
This was part of Spirit Week activiites at the school. [read MORE]
October 1, 2014
Whether it's creating a prosthetic (artificial) leg for an avid skier, designing a smoother sailing snowboard or growing a new human kidney, engineers are at the center of the research going on to make our lives easier.
Scotia-Glenville students today learned about
the potential of engineering to solve common problems being faced
by the human race every day during visits by the RPI Engineering
Ambassadors. In each class, they did hands-on projects working in
teams designed to get students thinking about a particular issue.
Nearly 40 percent of students at Lincoln Elementary participated in the summer reading program this year, reading s total of 121,347 minutes over the summer.
Today was the day to celebrate that success. [read MORE]
The Scotia-Glenville Athletic Hall of Fame inducted four new members during a 5 p.m. ceremony at the Glen Sanders Mansion today - Friday, Sept. 12.
The three former athletes and one coach - nominated by their teammates, players and coaches - were then be recognized during the half-time of the home football game against Gloversville with a plaque and other recognitions. [read MORE]
September 9, 2014
The 15th annual Roving Art Show will begin with an opening reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Baptist Health and Rehabilitation Center, 297 Ballston Avenue, Scotia.
The presentation of the traveling art exhibit begins at 7 p.m.
The artwork to the right was done by Olivia Brandow. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Welcome Back, Scotia-Glenville students!
Check out some pictures from Opening Day, 2014, at all six S-G schools. [read MORE]
Scotia-Glenville has joined Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Niskayuna to establish a partnership to provide shared student transportation to out-of-district locations, which will result in cost savings beginning in September.
The three districts are also continuing to study possibilities for greater efficiencies and cost sharing down the road.
This new partnership, for example, will save Scotia-Glenville taxpayers more than $45,000 on the cost of busing S-G students to the Career and Technical Education school (BOCES) in Colonie every day. The entire partnership will save all three school districts a combined $220,000 in the 2014-15 school year. [read MORE]
The results of the state tests at Scotia-Glenville reflected the statewide trend: more students are scoring in the top two levels, Levels 3 and 4, meaning they are proficient or excelling when it comes to meeting the Common Core Learning Standards.
Statewide, the percentage of students "proficient" in math rose from 31.2 to 35.8 percent. English language arts scores increased slightly from 31.3 to 31.4 percent in the "proficient'' category.
At Scotia-Glenville, there are several examples of larger percentages of students scoring in Levels 3 and 4. [read MORE]
The Board of Education tonight adopted a Glenville school tax rate that is 1.12% higher than the 2013-14 school year.
That figure is slightly below the estimated rate increase of 1.17% predicted when voters approved the $50,782,220 budget in May.
Voters approved the budget by a super-majority plurality of 73.2%, allowing the district to increase the tax levy by 1.76%. The district's state-mandated tax levy increase had been capped at 0.27% without a super-majority override by the community. [read MORE]
2014-15 calendar is available for download
The school district calendar that will be mailed to households by late August is now available for download.
Go the calendar page to download the 24-page document in it's entirety or just download the monthly grids, facing informational pages or varsity athletic schedules.
Breakfast and lunch prices increasing slightly in 2014-15
Unfortunately, Scotia-Glenville is forced to increase some meal prices in the 2014-15 school year to keep up with rising commodity and regulatory costs.
Breakfast prices will increase by 25 cents to $1.25 per meal in the new school year. Elementary lunch prices are up by 20 cents per meal and secondary lunch prices are rising by 10 cents per meal. Many ala-carte charges, as well as milk prices, were also increased in the new school year. Here are the cafeteria prices for 2014-15.
The 240-member Scotia-Glenville Teachers' Association (SGTA) and the school district have signed a four-year contract that provides a small pay increase in exchange for higher contributions toward health insurance coverage for two years.
The contract, which replaces the one that expired on July 1, 2013, expires on June 30, 2017. It was ratified overwhelmingly by the teachers in June and unanimously by the Board of Education on July 14. [read MORE]
The Board of Education last night unanimously appointed Tonya D. Federico as the next principal of Sacandaga Elementary School.
“I truly believe that all students can achieve at high levels,” she wrote in her letter of application.
She added that she has focused “on learning, results and creating a collaborative culture” during her 17 years as a teacher and administrator in Schenectady. [read MORE]
David Bucciferro, vice president of the Board of Education in the 2013-14 school year, was elected to a one-year term as president of the board for the 2014-15 school year during tonight's re-organizational meeting.
The vote was 4 to 2.
Thomas Beauchamp was elected unanimously to a one-year term as vice president. [read MORE]
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Bob Holmes is a man with a mission: to save one teenager's life.
"That's why I live in a gym," Holmes, who has been spreading his message for 27 years, told grade 8 students today.
Holmes brought his One-Man Volleyball Game to the students at the Middle School in the morning and to physical education classes at the high school in the afternoon. He was also planning a 7 p.m. appearance at the high school for the community.
The fifth-graders at Glen-Worden prepared and served about 188 breakfasts to thankful men, women and children at the City Mission of Schenectady today.
The students, joined by their parents and teachers, began showing up at 6 a.m. to start work on making pancakes, bacon and fruit cups, pour orange juice, put out muffins and set the tables. The meal was served at 8 a.m.
More than 50 students in the S-G Drama Club will present Shrek the Musical, about an unattractive ogre who is forced to find his way in the world at the age of 7, tries to protect his solitary life in a swamp and finds love with a princess.
Whether they were taking their pulse, listening to their heart beats or studying a pacemaker, fifth-graders got a up-close, thorough lesson in the workings of our hearts and circulatory systems.
"Lub dub, lub dub - that's the sound your hearts make all the time," said Diana Shanty, who teaches the pre-med Fundamentals of Medicine course at Scotia-Glenville High School. "Your heart is beating right now but you can't hear it, can you? You can feel your heart beat right in your wrist."
The sign above the doorway says it all:
SUNY Plattsburgh is know for 2 things: cold weather & Mrs.
Math teacher Alison Tribley joined others at the Middle School by proudly displaying their college alma maters by wearing college sweatshirts on the first every College Sweatshirt Day at Scotia-Glenville. Middle School teachers took it the next step - by putting signs above their doors promoting their former colleges and beginning discussions.
Students in grade 4
at Lincoln seemed mystified to learn
that people actually sewed their socks to repair them 250 years ago
in Colonial times.
And that they shook milk to create butter? They milked cows by hand to get milk? They wrote with quill pens dipped in ink? They dyed their own clothing? They created tin lampshades and other items by hand?
Hundreds of students got into the spirit by wearing
moustaches at school today to support the fight against cancer.
Each student contributed at least $1 toward the fundraiser.
In all, $428 was raised for the American Cancer Society.
Some students wore the moustaches - a-la comedian Groucho Marx - while others wore them as thick eyebrows.
More than 2,700 students walked back through their school doors today. While the same thing has happened every year for more than 60 years at S-G, the day has magic every time.
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