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After school activities canceled TODAY -  Tuesday, January 17
January 17, 2017

Because of the likelihood of freezing rain this afternoon,
all after school and evening activities are CANCELED TODAY. This includes clubs and athletic / drama/ any other type of practices. There will be no mid-day bus runs and no late runs.


Scotia-Glenville HS ranked 11th best area school with the best teachers

January 5, 2017

A study cited in today's Times Union ranks Scotia-Glenville High School as the 11th best area school with the best teachers.

Read more about the ranking here -

Realistic-looking beehive adorns tree mural in Glen-Worden Library Media Center

January 3, 2017

BeehiveArt teachers Adrienne Hall and Jessica Macherone, with the help of retirees Kathy Krogh and Mia Svec from the Baptist Retirement Center, designed and painted a beehive that comes out of the tree mural in the Glen-Worden LMC.
The Bee is Glen-Worden's mascot.
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Comments from two bullying forums in December are now available.

January 3, 2017

A synopsis of the comments from the two bullying forums on Dec. 14 and 15 are now available for download here (PDF).

The comments, which are not verbatim but are summarized, will be reviewed by administrators and Board of Education members, several of whom were in attendance.

Thanks again to everyone who shared their thoughts and concerns on those two evenings!

Meeting to discuss bullying to be held
Dec. 14 and 15 at S-G Middle School

December 7, 2016

Presentation PowerPoint for Dec. 14 and 15 meetings (PDF)

In response to parents who have asked to share their concerns about bullying in school, Superintendent Susan Swartz and the high school administration will meet with parents at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 AND at
7 p.m. on Thursday, December 15
. Both will be held in the Middle School auditorium.

Swartz will discuss the process for reporting suspected bullying and review how the school districts deals with these issues. She will also review the state-required DASA reporting system and how parents can best utilize it. DASA information can be found here.

Eight Glendaal students attend a Fuel Up to Play 60 forum in Latham

Student photoDecember 16, 2016

Eight Glendaal students joined hundreds of other students from the Capital Region at a forum to plan strategies in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at a forum held at the Afrim's Sports Dome in Latham.

These students, Fuel Up to Play 60 student representatives, attended the event:

Grade 4: Kemper Elston, Elizabeth LaPoint, Katie Crounse and Angelo Goodell

Grade 5: Kendall Gilbert, Sean McLaughlin, Hailey Cooper and Aidan LaPoint.

Glendaal is a Touchdown School in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. [Read MORE] camera link icon

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Kids Giving to Kids makes the holiday brighter for children at the City Mission

December 16, 2016

Glen-Worden students and staff exhibited the true meaning of the holidays – they collected toys for needy children who they will probably never meet.
In lieu of giving a gift to their teachers, students were asked to bring in a gift that would be donated to needy children at the City Mission in Schenectady. Students also decorated a paper ornament and give it to their teachers to them know that a gift had been donated in their honor.
Grade 4 teacher Monica Allin is photographed with two of her students, Mackenzie and Morgan Westbrook. Her grade 4 students helped load the gifts into the car to be taken to the City Mission. Besides Allin, staff members Laura Hoskin, Marian Boorn, and Rachel Delgado also worked on the Kids Giving to Kids program.

Grade 2 students at Glen-Worden bring holiday cheer

Student photodecember 9, 2016

Valerie Eagan's grade 2 students brought a little bit of Christmas to Glen-Worden today with two play performances - "Santa's Healthy Christmas" and "The Littlest Elf" - complete with Santa, Mrs. Claus and a cast of elves for the entire school.

"Santa's Healthy Christmas" was about Santa staying healthy and keeping fit and perhaps children leaving him fruits and vegetables Christmas eve instead of cookies. "The Littlest Elf" was about how it is OK to be different. During the play, the littlest elf felt sad because she couldn't help Santa like the other elves could; however, in the end, the littlest elf was the only one able to fit down the chimney to deliver the presents for Santa. She felt better that she could finally do something to help! [Read MORE] camera link icon

Gingerbread Men make great partners in a kindergarten science experiment!

Student photodecember 13, 2016

Melissa Peterson's kindergarten class at Sacandaga Elementary was overrun with Gingerbread Men late last week, as students used them to perform a science experiment.

Each student was given a gingerbread cookie. They first drew a picture of it and then made predictions about what it would look like once it was dunked in water. Students recorded the outcomes on their lab sheets. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Lead in water testing results from the MS and HS show no drinking fountains exceeded the state standard

December 1, 2016

The final school lead water reports have been released. They show the following:

One hundred twelve (112) water samples were taken at the middle school. Of those samples, fifteen (15) results showed lead levels higher than 15 ppb (parts per billion) which is New York State’s acceptable level. The range of results was from 16 ppb (a classroom sink) to 110 ppb (a custodial closet sample). Those water sources may not be used for drinking. The district will post signs at each of those sources stating the water is not for drinking but may be used to wash hands. All of the water fountains in the school tested below 15 ppb.

Two hundred thirty-five (235) water samples were taken at the high school. Of those samples, eighty-four (84) results showed lead levels higher than 15 ppb (parts per billion) which is New York State’s acceptable level. The range of results was from 15.1 ppb (an office sink) to 658 ppb (also a sink). Those water sources may not be used for drinking. The district will post signs at each of those sources stating the water is not for drinking but may be used to wash hands. All of the water fountains in the school tested below 15 ppb. [Read about the lead testing at scotia-glenville]

Art students at the high school and middle school decorate trees for YWCA festival that runs from Dec. 3-18

November 22, 2016

Middle and high school art students decorated Christmas trees that will be on display at the YWCA, 44 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, from Dec. 3-18 during the Festival of Trees.

TreesThe event is a fundraiser for The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser by and for the Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA NorthEastern NY. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Buy your Founder's Day tickets online; there's still time to nominate someone who has gone above and beyond for Scotia-Glenville

November 22, 2016

The PTA Council has a direct way to buy tickets to the Tuesday, February 7 Founder's Day dinner at Riverstone Manor - online at this link -

Founder's Day AwardThere is also still time to nominate somebody for a Founder's Day recognition at the February 7 dinner. Click on the image above to nomination somebody who has gone above and beyond for S-G students and the community.
Click on the image above to nominate somebody for a Founder's Day Award

All-Sport Booster Club Craft Fair set for Dec. 4 at S-G High School

November 14, 2017

The All-Sport Booster Club Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the high school gymnasium, Sacandaga Road.

If you'd like to set up a table, here is the reservation form (PDF). For more information, contact

Become a substitute at Scotia-Glenville! We're hiring on Nov. 21 and 22

FlyerNovember 9, 2016

Your child should have come home with this flyer (PDF) about Scotia-Glenville's effort to hire substitute teachers and teaching assistants.

Call TODAY to set up an appointment for a brief interview to become a substitute teacher or teaching assistant!

Interviews will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
Scotia-Glenville High School, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road), Scotia on Monday, November 21st OR Tuesday, November 22nd.

Six S-G swimmers headed to states!

Swimmers in Section IINovember 9, 2016

In the photo at left, Olivia Jack is the swimmer in lane five during the 100 M freestyle race where she was the Section 2 Champion with a time of 50.57. She will be competing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships this weekend at Ithaca College.

Also qualifying for the state meet are Miranda Bacon, Kylie George, Natalie Valachovic, Abby Bacon and Portia Gilbert.

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The votes are in: it's Hillary!

Student photoNovember 7, 2016

Students in Christy Ferri's grade 3 class at Lincoln Elementary sound like they're listening to mom and dad at home: "I don't like any of them!," "I'm not going to vote at all!" and "I'll never vote for her!"

Those were a few of the comments muttered today before their mock election in the presidential contest. After they voted, they folded them in half and paraded down to the red ballot box at the front door.

By the end of the day, the school-wide tally of 239 student votes was released:

Hillary Clinton: 133 votes - 55.7%

Donald Trump: 94 votes - 39.3%

Jill Stein: 6 votes - 2.5%

Gary Johnson: 6 votes - 2.5%  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Relocation drill CANCELED today

November 3, 2016

Due to the chance of inclement weather this afternoon - Thursday, November 3, the Glen-Worden Relocation Drill to the Senior Center is canceled. Parents who pick up a child or children need to report to the Glen-Worden main lobby for dismissal (normal dismissal) at the end of the day.

Sac staff and students collect more than 600 items to donate to food pantry

October 31, 2016

Student photoThe Sacandaga Caring Community raised 606 food items for the Scotia Food Pantry as part of the annual Harvest Run!! The student runners had great weather for their respecive events. Every student in K-2 ran 1.5 K and grades 3-5 ran 3K. The PTA bought farm fresh crisp apples for each student to enjoy after the run. All students finished the Harvest Run, with healthy rosy cheeks!  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Student Council members drop off pet snacks and treats at APFn as well as $450 donation

Student photoOctober 31, 2016

Last week, Middle School students and staff had fun dressing up during Paws for a Cause Day, a fundraiser for the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia .

Today, the members of the MS Student Council dropped off eight boxes of donated good along with a check for $450.00.

No trip to the shelter would be complete without interactions with the animals. They had the chance to pet and hold a few kittens, bunnies and a guinea pig. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Substance Abuse Forum CANCELLED due to the weather

Substance Abuse ForumOctober 27, 2016

The Substance Abuse Forum scheduled for tonight at the high school has been canceled. It will be rescheduled.

The forum was involved a panel discussion about the current substance abuse crisis from local law enforcement, substance abuse and medical professionals.

More than 125 people turn out to "Walk for the Hive" to benefit the Glen-Worden PTA

Student photooctober 7, 2016

The "Walk for the Hive" around the high school track raised $1,190 for the PTA to sponsor events and programs at the school.

A total of 38 families (116 people) and 13 staff and teachers participated in the one-mile trek around the track. The group warmed up with Yoga exercises. [Read MORE] camera link icon

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

Student photoUPDATE

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.


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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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