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Scotia-Glenville is in need of substitute bus drivers!

October 18, 2017

Just as in most area school districts, Scotia-Glenville is in dire need of substitute school bus drivers. A commercial driver license (CDL) license is required as well as a physical, finger print check, behind the wheel road test and a physical performance test, all requirements of state law. Substitute drivers must also be approved by the Board of Education. The entire process may take 3-4 weeks before you’d be certified as a substitute driver.

Substitutes are paid $18.27 per hour (in 2017-18 - to rise to $18.82 per hour in 2018-19) while appointed drivers are paid $19.84. Depending on the runs, drivers typically work four to four and a half hours per day.

Anyone interested may obtain an application and reference forms from S-G Transportation Director Lori Stern at the Niskayuna bus garage, 1301 Hillside Avenue, Niskayuna. Interviews will be held at the same time the applicants pick up the applications.

BeetleJuice to be shown in the auditorium on Friday evening, Oct. 20

October 17, 2017

BeetheJuice posterThe Scotia-Glenville Middle School PTA will present a new evening event - PTA Movie Nights!

The first movie night is scheduled for Friday, October 20th from 7-9 p.m in the auditorium.

All middle school students are invited to attend. Admission is free and concessions will be available for sale. Doors open at 6:45p.m.

Permission slips were distributed in homeroom last Friday, and extras are available in the main office. Download the form here (PDF).

We are also looking for more adult volunteers to assist with Movie Night this Friday- please email if you're able to help, or have any questions!

The 2017 National School Bus Safety Week will be observed Oct. 16-20

October 12, 2017

Image of a busHeld during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is designed to promote school bus safety across the country. This year’s theme of “stop on red.”

Check out this video about bus safety:

Help out the PTSA and grab some munchies at Panera on Monday, October 16

Panera Bread flyerOctober 12, 2017

You can help out the PTSA by going to Panera Bread, Glenridge Road, between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. A portion of all sales will go back to the PTSA.

Click to download this PDF to show before your purchase.

Congratulations to the newest members of the Scotia-Glenville Athletic Hall of Fame!

September 30, 2017

Photo of newest Athletic Hall of Fame inducteesFour former Scotia-Glenville athletes and one coach were inducted today into the Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Glen Sanders Mansion.

Congratulations to everybody!

The inductees were:

Dan Riggi
: Wrestling
Todd Raymond
: Runner
Tyler Raymond
: Runner
James Giammattei
: Basketball Coach
Ryan Schmitz
: Tennis

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SAVE THE DATE for Founder's Day - Feb. 7!

September 28, 2017Founders Day image

Come help celebrate those who go above and beyond to enrich the lives of our Scotia-Glenville students!
This year’s PTA Council's Founder's Day dinner will be Wednesday, February 7th at the Glen Sanders Mansion.
Look out for flyers coming home or click on this link,, to nominate someone.
Click on or download this file to view a list of past recipients (PDF).

Board of Regents approves Next Generation Learning Standards

September 11, 2017

The Board of Regents P-12 Committee today approved New York’s Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The State Education Department conducted a collaborative process over two years to revise the standards, which involved numerous educators, parents and stakeholders from across the State, and resulted in substantive changes while maintaining the academic rigor of the learning standards.

Click below for the entire story on the NYS Education Department website -

Click below for the story in the Times Union "Goodbye Common Core" -

Students return to class for the 2017-18 school year; check out the photos

september 6, 2017

Student photoThe six Scotia-Glenville school buildings filled up with eager, anxious students and staff today returned for a new school year of memories.

Check out some of the photos at each school by clicking the links below. [Read MORE]

Scores released today for Scotia-Glenville: 2017

August 22,2017

The state Education Department today released results of the grades 3-8 state tests in English Language Arts and mathematics that students took back in April and May.

For Scotia-Glenville, compared with the 2016 scores, there were very slight increases in the number of students scoring in Levels 3 and 4 in many categories - meaning that students showed proficiency in those subjects. There were also fewer students in Levels 1 and 2, in many cases, levels indicating that a child is struggling in the subjects.

Overall, for grades 3-8 on the ELA exam, 15 percent of S-G students scored in Level 4 and 28 percent scored in Level 3 (a combined 43 percent indicating proficiency) while 34 percent of students scored in Level 2 and 23 percent scored in Level 1 (a combined 57 percent who are considered struggling). Numbers are rounded.  [Read MORE]

2017-18 tax rates set by the Board of Education in line with predictions before the May community budget vote

august 4, 2017

The Board of Education last Monday set tax rates for the 2017-18 school year that were 3.08 percent higher than the 2016-17 school tax rates for Glenville homeowners.

The tax bill for a Scotia-Glenville home with a typical $160,000 assessment will increase from last year's September bill of $3,439.07 to this September's bill of $3,545.11. That $108.04 annual increase works out to an $8.84 per month increase. [Read MORE]


Board of Education agrees to formally begin sharing transportation services with Niskayuna as of the start of school

July 24, 2017

The Board of Education tonight unanimously gave the green light to begin sharing the Niskayuna bus garage in September.

Andrew Giaquinto, business administrator, said the district will break even the first year of the transition and then save $409,000 over five years, before state aid reimbursement.

While some costs will increase, such as driver and aide costs ($80,000), mileage ($14,000) and fuel ($2,000), he said there will be cost savings in cooperative bidding, inventory controls, eliminating the need to shuttle buses back and forth for state inspections and the avoidance of having to bring the Scotia-Glenville facility up to par ($1 million cost).

Superintendent Susan Swartz said she was confident that the S-G buses would continue to  be able to pick up and drop off students on time at school and at their homes as in the past.

Scotia-Glenville sharing Niskayuna's bus garage this summer

If trial run this summer goes well, all Scotia-Glenville buses may dispatch from Niskayuna once school starts in September

July 6, 2017

As a move to save money and increase efficiency, Scotia-Glenville buses are being housed at the Niskayuna bus garage for the summer and may take up residence there once the school year begins.

Scotia-Glenville’s buses are transporting summer students in the special education summer school programs from the Niskayuna site. The buses pick up students as normal and return to be housed in Niskayuna.

Niskayuna’s 130,000 square foot bus garage is located at 1301 Hillside Avenue. It has several bus lifts and space to easily accommodate adding Scotia-Glenville’s buses, said Superintendent Susan Swartz. [Read MORE]

Bucciferro, Beauchamp re-elected as BOE president and vice president, respectively

July 10, 2017

David Bucciferro and Thomas Beauchamp were re-elected tonight to their fourth, one-year terms as president and vice president, respectively, of the Board of Education. Board member Pam Carbone was also nominated for president.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

June 24. 2017

Student photoLooking out at his fellow 186 graduates in the Class of 2017 at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady, senior speaker Aidan Chaffin spoke about the struggles faced by lobsters as they try to find their place in this world and to grow a new, larger shell.

"This triggers an important transitional period called molting," he told his classmates. "During this time a lobster is most vulnerable and must learn to adjust to its new life until it has regrown its bigger shell. Most lobsters hide under a rock until their new shell is complete."

However, he concluded that his fellow students can not hide under a rock waiting for a shell as the lobster does.  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Fifth-graders at Glen-Worden take a Walk Down Memory Lane, beginning in kindergarten

june 20, 2017

Student photoFifth-grade students at Glen-Worden today took a Walk Down Memory Lane, a walk that began in kindergarten for many of them.

They revisited the Leprechaun Trap from kindergarten, Exquisite Creatures from grade 2, map projects with clay from grade 3 and the study of colonial America from grade 4. To remember first grade and physical education, they rotated to a station that involved a huge multi-colored parachute in which they played games with balls and birthdays.

The students are in Chris DeCarlo's and Rachel Delgado's classes. They rotated through seven stations during the two-hour program. [Read MORE] camera link icon At the bottom of the page, check out the video of students with the huge multi-colored parachute!

Exit poll results available

June 20, 2017

The results of the exit survey taken by 179 voters during the community vote on May 16 have been shared with the Board of Education. Check out the survey results here (PDF).

Glendaal's Camp Cardinal held inside because of the rain; doesn't 'dampen' the enthusiasm

Student photoJune 19, 2017

The annual Camp Cardinal celebration was held inside today because of threatening rain and thunderstorms. Despite that, Glendaal students made the most of it by squirming through the Jungle Path, getting refreshmens at the Calm Cafe, partaking in Cardinal Yoga, working out during the "Feed Your Body" relay in the hallway, playing Be Active Bingo and creating a Zen Garden in the cafeteria.

Students went through the various activities with their buddies from another class. For example, third grade students are paired with kindergarten students and fifth-graders have second-grade buddies.

Each station lasted 15 minutes and then rotated to the next one. There were six stations in total.  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Small crowd supports move toward artificial field to replace current football field

Turf cross sectionJune 15, 2017

Athletic Director Jamie Rockhill opened the Fields Forum with a short discussion outlining the process that led to the field study presented to the Board of Education in January and to the Athletic Field Master Plan that prioritizes the options involving the fields.

About 10 community members were at the forum at the Middle School cafeteria. They asked a variety of questions about the turf, ranging from injury rates and maintenance to striping the field and infill depth.

Superintendent Susan Swartz also said that the Board of Education at its meeting on Monday "agreed to look at the fields and what we need to do to fix them." That could mean considering an artificial turf field and/or revamping all of the current natural turf fields on campus and at the schools. [Read MORE]

Come talk to the Board of Education about Scotia-Glenville's fields!

June 14, 2017

The Board of Education will continue its discussion of the athletic fields and options to improve them during a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 - tomorrow night - at the Middle School cafeteria..
Jamie Rockhill, S-G athletic director, and representatives from Chenango Turf will discuss the current condition of the fields and what could be done to improve them to make them safer for Scotia-Glenville athletes and physical education students.

Colonial America comes alive for grade 4 students

Student photoJune 14, 2017

Student photoColonial life came to life yesterday thanks to Robin Kravetz, who brought a variety of artifacts for the grade 4 classrooms at Lincoln.

Her granddaughter, Kaylea Deland, is in fourth grade at Lincoln.

 Click on the images above to enlarge them.

Grade 2 students at Glen-Worden perform Little Red Riding Hood - The Musical

june 13, 2017

Student photoStudents in Valerie Eagan's class, who performed a school play around Christmas time, were so energized, they returned this spring with Little Red Riding Hood - The Musical.

They performed during the recent Curiosity Showcase for parents and visitors as well as during the school day to G-W students.

"We practiced for about two months," said Eagan. "Each student had a speaking part in the play and while learning our parts we also discussed characters, setting, plot, adjectives and adverbs. All the students did a wonderful job!!" [Read MORE] camera link icon

18 retirees, six students recognized by the Board of Education

June 12, 2017

Staff photoThe Board of Education recognized retiring staff members and member of the Class of 2017 with special achievements during a ceremony tonight.

The staff members count 429.5 of experience between them! Congratulations on your retirement! You will all be missed!! [Read MORE] camera link icon

Students create video honoring Micah and Sadie, Sacandaga's therapy dogs
June 12, 2017
Three grade 5 students at Sacandaga created a two-minute video to honor Micah and Sadie, the two therapy dogs who belong to grade 5 teacher
Jeannine Dowdle and who have  been a part of their lives at Sacandaga for several years. The students were Alex Warner, Kimmy Gross, and Jake Passino, all in Bob Gula’s class.
Three grade 5 students at Sacandaga created a two-minute video to honor Micah and Sadie, the two therapy dogs who belong to grade 5 teacher Jeannine Dowdle and who have  been a part of their lives at Sacandaga for several years.
The students were
Alex Warner, Kimmy Gross and Jake Passino, all in Bob Gula’s class.
“It is heartwarming and means so much to me that they would do such a kind thing,” said Dowdle. “They personally spent an hour with the dogs.  It seems just seeing the dogs in school made such a difference…”

Check out the video by clicking here.

Nintendo Power Couple shows their video of Glendaal visit

June 9, 2017

The Nintendo Power Couple, who visited Glendaal's Nintendo Club on May 30, has released the video they shot of their visit!

Check out more about their visit by clicking here.

Click here to check out the video of the Nintendo Power Couple's visit!

Grade 3 students show off their work about Italy and Japan to their parents and friends

june 9, 2017

Student photoGrade 3 students in Kathy Powers's and Anna Morlock's classes at Lincoln
Elementary showed off their social studies research about Italy and Japan today during a fair in the cafeteria.

Powers said the students learned social studies this year in three parts: the study of global issues as they impact the US culture, the study of Italian traditions and culture and then the study of Japanese traditions and culture at the end of the year. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Grade 2 students learn about environmental issues on Five Rivers field trip

june 8, 2017

Student photoLincoln students in grade 2 - taught by Peggy Gillen, Winnie Valachovic and Katie Dimichino - visited the Five Rivers complex in Delmar and got an environmental education thanks to the state Department of Environmental Conservation staff during an Environmental Fair.

 DEC staff presented a variety of hands-on educational programs specifically geared for grades 2-5 in a field-day format. Each class was scheduled to visit selected teaching stations, rotating from station to station in 30-minute increments. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Fields forum to be held Thursday, June 15 at the Middle School

June 8, 2017

The Board of Education will continue its discussion of the athletic fields and options to improve them during a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at the Middle School cafeteria.

Jamie Rockhill, S-G athletic director, and representatives from Chenango Turf will discuss the current condition of the fields and what could be done to improve them to make them safer for Scotia-Glenville athletes and physical education students.

NWS meteorologist speaks with grade 5 students about weather and severe storms

Student photoJune 8, 2017

Brian Montgomery, Lead Meteorologist with National Weather Service in Albany, spoke to students at Rachel Delgado's and Chris DeCarlo's grade 5 classes at Glen-Worden today.

The class had just completed a unit on weather and researched severe storms.

In the photo are Montgomery along with students Ellie Fass, Reagan Dieterich, Dylan Bruce, MJ Bellotti and Liam Cowdrey.

The visit was arranged by Diane Skibinski, GW speech pathologist.

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First US Treasurer Samuel Meredith comes to life for grade 1 students in Carmella Caldara's class

Student photojune 8, 2017

Samuel Meredith, the first US treasurer (1798-1801), came to life for first-grade students in Carmella Caldara's class at Glen-Worden.

Rick Reynolds, a retired history teacher from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and the husband of retired GW nurse Joanne Reynolds, gave a presentation, "Heroes, History, Honor," to the children about Samuel Meredith. The Reynolds' grandson, Mason Armbruster, is in Caldara's class. [Read MORE] camera link icon

State scholarship program makes college possible for low and middle income students;

Program details include course load and GPA minimums, requirement to live in New York State upon graduation

June 8, 2017

New York’s tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship, makes college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state by helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt.

The program begins immediately for students whose families make less than $100,000 annually in 2017. The proposed scholarship will extend to those families making $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 annually by 2019. [Read MORE]

BOCES New Visions Health Careers graduates ready for the world!

June 7, 2017

Student photoCongratulations to Sophia Pierce, Alexandra Wolfe, Vinicius Silva, Kyle Jerreld, Lucas Terwilliger and Alyssa McKenna on your graduation from the BOCES New Visions Health Careers program yesterday at Proctor's!

You've put in a lot of work to reach this point!

Read more about the New Visions program by clicking here.

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Congratulations to the top seniors in the Class of 2017!

June 5, 2017

Student photoCongratulations to the 16 Class of 2017 Scholastic Medal Honor Award recipients!

The medals are given to the members of the graduating class who have completed their studies with the highest achievement. They will receive the medals at graduation on June 24 at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady. [Read MORE]

MS girls in Heart & Sole participate in Girls on the Run 5K at UAlbany

Student photojune 5, 2017

For the past 10 weeks, 12 Middle School students have participate in Heart & Sole, a positive, structured program in which middle school girls learn about themselves, explore new ideas, and develop life skills that will help them as they grow into young women.

On Sunday, these girls and their Running Buddies participated in the Girls on the Run of the Capital Region 5K event at UAlbany. Girls from the Sacandaga chapter of Girls on the Run also participated.

  • Their coaches were Kristy Rosa, Emily Taft and Jessica Darling. The coaches, as well as nurse Jennifer Linck, ran alongside the students in the event. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Checking out what's below the surface at Collins Park

Collins Park tripJune 1, 2017

When we look at Collins Park in Scotia, we might see people walking around, kids playing on the playground, a few dogs on leashes being walked or maybe a game or two on the field.

When sixth-graders looked at the park, they saw a lot more. They see up to 25 different invasive species living there, below the surface.

David Swain and Danielle Bogue took grade 6 students to the park to check out those species.
Swain said that 70 or so of the students had downloaded an app called Imapinvasives, an online invasive species database and mapping system.  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Some phone lines are not working at S-G

JUne 1, 2017

Some phone lines are not working for incoming calls to Scotia-Glenville offices. Call 347-3600 and work through the prompts to each the building you want. Those school option numbers are shown by clicking here.

Earth Day flyerTwo MS students recognized for Earth Day essays

June 1, 2017

Congratulations to Mackenzie Schraa, grade 7 and Tyler Ferguson, grade 8, have won Honorable Mention in the Earth Day essay contest sponsored by the Wilton Wilton Wildlife Preserve.

Each student had to write an essay not exceeding 500 words on the theme: Earth: A Planet for All Living Things.

They will be recognized this Sunday, June 4, at a ceremony at the Wilton Preserve. [Read MORE]

"At the Hop" featured during Songtime 2017 on Friday, June 9 at the HS auditorium

June 1, 2017

Bring your toes for tapping fun!

The Choralaires will present "At the Hop" during Songtime 2017 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9 in the high school auditorium.

Donations will be graciously accepted at the door.

YouTube stars Nintendo Power Couple visit Glendaal students in Nintendo Club

may 30, 2017

The 40 students in the Nintendo Club at Glendaal, as well as their parents, got a surprise visit last Friday from Felia and Danny, the “Nintendo Power Couple."

The students had sent postcards and made fan videos with questions for the young couple, who review Nintendo and gaming products from their living room on their own YouTube channel.

The club advisor is grade 1 teacher William Vacca.

“The Nintendo Power Couple were very kind and went above and beyond to get awards to the kids,” Vacca said about last Friday’s visit. “One of the parents even brought a huge Mario themed cake!” [Read MORE]

27 Scotia-Glenville students receive awards from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance

May 30, 2017

Student photoNearly three dozen grade 5 students from Scotia-Glenville's four schools were honored with Student Leadership Awards from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance (APHERD) during a ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College.

About 700 students from Capital Region schools were recognized at APHERD's 32nd annual ceremony on May 8.  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Middle School readers get a free pass to Great Escape!

May 30, 2017

Congratulations to the following 6th graders – 32 students in all - who participated in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program! These students documented at least 6 hours of independent reading and, in return, received a free pass to the Great Escape Park to use this summer.
Courtney Adis, Isabella Battaglioli, Dante Bianchi, Dylan Bzdell, Jordan Carpenter, Abigail Chevalier, Nicholas Coons, Andrew Currier, Madelyn Darling, Jackie Durant, Nicholas Farone, Sean Fluman, Kevin Fountain, Maddison Freihofer, Olympia Frisoni, Rheana Gravell, Claire Harris, Zachary Hilt, Cody Hodgins, Hailey Irish, Kofi Jack, Matthew Kenyan, Tyler Knaggs, Shane McKone, Maggie Obam, Nathaniel Perkins, Zoe Prettyman,
Hasina Syedi, David Viall, Olivia Wetmore, Annabelle Wheeler and Isaac Wilson.


Science Research symposium a success!

May 24, 2017

Student photoCongratulations to the presenters at last night’s Science Research Symposium! The evening began with a presentation from Abrahim Rehman, a 2016 graduate who now studies at Siena College. Seniors Brianna Fitzgerald, Kylie George, Vini Silva and Libby Hanlon presented their four year’s worth of research to the 40 parents and friends gathered in A-30.

As well, students who are sophomores and juniors presented their research in displays in the hallway, engaging visitors and answering questions about their research.

Science Research, which is taught by Christopher Judd, is a three-year course in which students who are sophomores, juniors and seniors earn college credits. Each student must find a topic to research and conducts the research independently under the guidance of a mentor.

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Free lunches will be available again this year at Collins Park thanks to SICM

Collin park lunch flyerMay 22, 2017

Once again this summer, there will be free lunches served at Collins Park thanks to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM).

Offered to anyone 18 years old or younger, the lunches will be served on tables near the recreational building from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 26 to August 25.

No obligation or sign up – just drop by!

Thanks very much, SICM!

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SGMS named a No Place for Hate school

Student photoMay 18, 2017

The years of focusing on responsible behavior and no bullying at Scotia-Glenville Middle School have been noticed - the school was designated as a “No Place for Hate” school by the New York Anti-Defamation League during a ceremony at the University at Albany today.

The banner presented to the school also contains a Gold Star on the left, an indication that SGMS went beyond the basic requirements for the designation.

These students attended today’s ceremony with teacher Chris Adamek and counselor Lucia Dixon: Olivia Pierotti, Olivia Kaye, Delaney Krogh, Cole Holstein, Lucas Dempsey, Aidan Nichter and Alec Hodge.  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Literacy Luau a hit as everybody focuses on reading

Student photomay 12, 2017

About 75 Lincoln students this evening took a walk on the Hawaiian side for three hours during the Literacy Luau in the library.

The students practiced Drop Everything and Read on their beach towels, played island bingo, made Lei and tropical visor creations, and grade 5 students read their favorite children's books to the younger students. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Twelve students and two educators nominated for YMCA Outstanding Student and Educator honors

May 18, 2017

Student photoFor the past 20 years, the Capital District YMCA’s has recognized Outstanding Student and Educator with annual awards.

This year, Jay Zeman, a grade 12 student at S-G, was recognized for this honor.

Twelve students and two educators were nominated for the award from S-G: Awards: Elizabeth Esker, Paige Bailey, Taylor Podeswa, Liana Herrera, Rhonda Nadeau, Josie McPhail, Brendan Rechnitzer, Trevor Martin, Margaret Scognamiglio, Collin McPhail and Tayler Motyl. In addition, math teacher Lynn Greene and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Connie Zack were nominated.

The YMCA says the award recognizes the “best of the best” in our local high schools, spotlighting those students and educators that demonstrate leadership and volunteerism in their respective school, community and/or YMCA.

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Please be sure to vote on Tuesday, May 16!
Revised figures show a maximum 3.05% tax increase - $8.74 per month for typical home

Voting graphicMay 15, 2017

The community is reminded of the vote being held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

You will consider the 2017-18 budget, a bus purchase proposal and select three of four Board of Education candidates.

The budget would increase guidance services, social studies teaching, BOCES tuition spending  for popular programs like New Visions, Tech Valley High School and Career and Technical education and would also create a new elementary skills program for kindergartners with special needs.

Revised figures show that the budget will increase tax by a maximum of 3.05 percent, instead of the 3.61% publicized previously.

With the lower projection, tax bills on a home assessed at $160,000 would increase by a maximum of $104.89 per year or $8.74 per month.

Read more about the budget here.

The Board of Education candidates are: 
 Pamela S. Carbone, of 20 Vista Drive, is seeking an eighth term.
 William J. Pytlovany, of 125 Vley Road is seeking a third term.
 David J. Bucciferro, of 323 Glen Avenue is seeking a third term.
 Janet M. Daly, of 132 Swan Street is seeking a first term.

After Prom set for Friday night into Saturday morning at Boulevard Bowl, Erie Boulevard

May 15, 2017

The High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is once again hosting a fun, free activity for students at After Prom.

Attending the After Prom gives students a safe place to go where they can continue to have a good time.

This year’s After Prom party will be held at Boulevard Bowl on Friday, May 19th from 11:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. for all Scotia-Glenville Junior and Senior students and their prom dates. (This event is open to all S-G Juniors and Seniors, regardless of prom attendance.)

The night includes free food, bowling and raffle prizes. This year's prizes include (2) 32" HDTVs, (2) Beats EP headphones, Bose soundlink speaker, HP laptop, camping equipment, college dorm gear, gift cards and a GoPro Hero with accessories.

Please encourage your junior or senior student to attend. Parent support and student participation will help ensure this long-standing tradition continues.

Kindergarten students develop creative ways to keep the animals on the farm

Student photomay 11, 2017

Students in Vicky Milkins’s kindergarten class at Sacandaga Elementary had a tremendous problem: they need to create a fence to keep Old MacDonald’s animals – pigs, horses, cows and sheep – from drifting off the farm.

Working in teams of three, students had to use items like popsicle sticks, marshmallows, green cardstock, small plastic animals, play dough and pipe cleaners to hold the animals at bay. They used STEM techniques to develop an outline of their animal pens and to create models of them.

And they had to do this all in 20 minutes. [Read MORE]

Assessment growth means lower tax rate increase projected for 2017-18

May 8, 2017

New information provided by the Glenville assessor’s office shows that the total tax roll in Scotia-Glenville increased by $6.9 million since last year.

That means the proposed tax rate increase in 2017-18 will be a maximum of 3.05%, instead of the 3.61% publicized previously.

With the lower projection, tax bills on a home assessed at $160,000 would increase by a maximum of $104.89 per year or $8.74 per month.

A large portion of the town assessment increase – about $4.6 million – was because of the partial assessment on the new hotel being built next to the Waters Edge Lighthouse Restaurant on Freeman’s Bridge Road.

The Board of Education sets tax rates in August once state equalization rates and final tax assessments are known.

Tax rates in Scotia-Glenville have been cut three times over the past eight years: in 2009-10, 2015-16 and the current 2016-17 school year.

Community voting on the school district’s proposed 2017-18 budget will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 in the high school’s B-wing gymnasium.

Kindergartners win March Madness reading incentive program

Student photomay 4, 2017

Students in Stacy Bisanz’s class really got into reading during March Madness reading incentive – they read a total of 6,496 minutes during the month. That’s not bad for fewer than 20 students – making them one of the smallest classes at Glen-Worden!

The class earned a Sundae party for their efforts. Along with some bonus points for various activities like team spirit, the class won with a total of 396 points! Students in kindergarten received 10 points per every 15 minutes they read or had a parent read to them. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Congratulations to these six Scotia-Glenville seniors who are heading on to college play!

May 3, 2017

Student photoThese six students have signed letters of intent to play sports at a Division 1 or 2 college next year. Congratulations to them all!

In the photo, from left to right are:
Miranda Bacon - University of New Hampshire- Swimming
Jake Greski - Siena College - Cross Country & Indoor/Outdoor Track
Natalie Valachovic - Siena College - Swimming
Myah Hughes - College of St. Rose - Soccer
Kylie George - Siena College - Swimming
Caitlin Estes - Adelphi University - Basketball

You make S-G proud!! Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Budget public hearing, Meet the Candidates forum scheduled for Wednesday, May 3

May 1. 2017

The Scotia-Glenville Board of Education will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2017-18 school budget at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 in the Middle School cafeteria.

Here is the presentation to be shown at the hearing (PDF).

The budget plan totals $53.407 million and would add a part-time guidance counselor, boost spending for social studies, establish an elementary skills class and increase spending for popular BOCES programs like New Visions, Career and Tech High School and Tech Valley High School that are in high demand.

The spending plan, if approved by the community during voting on May 16, would increase the tax levy by 3.61 percent, below the maximum 3.66 percent allowed for Scotia-Glenville by the state. Community voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the high school gymnasium.

The PTA Council's Meet the Board of Education Candidates forum will be held at 7:30 following the hearing. Four candidates have filed petitions to seek three seats on the board. The candidates are:
Pamela S. Carbone, of 20 Vista Drive, is seeking an eighth term.
William J. Pytlovany, of 125 Vley Road is seeking a third term.
David J. Bucciferro, of 323 Glen Avenue is seeking a third term.
Janet M. Daly, of 132 Swan Street is seeking a first term.

Preschool at Sacandaga has openings for the 2017-18 school year

April 25, 2017

All About Kids flyerIf you are looking for preschool for the 2017-18 school year, check out the All About Kids program at the Sacandaga School. It is run through Advanced Therapy - check out more here.

Click on the image above to read the details.


English 9 students get a sweet treat in class

Student photoApril 20, 2017

English 9 students got a sweet treat in class: they recently completed studying about maple syrup and sugar and how the need to continue sugar production in the south encouraged the spread of slavery.

The students, who are taught by Sarah Hoffmann, studied a book called “Sugar Changed the World,” which incorporates the common core learning standards. The book was written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos.

"Students have spent tremendous time learning about how the spread of sugar led to the spread of slavery and inspired ideas of freedom," said Hoffmann. [Read MORE]

Four candidates file to seek three seats during May 16 community vote

april 21, 2017

Four candidates are vying for three open Board of Education seats during the May 16 community vote. The seats each carry three-year terms and are unpaid.

Community voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the high school B-wing gym.

Each candidate collected at least 29 signatures by the April 17 deadline to get on the ballot. The candidates will appear on the ballot in this order: Pamela Carbone, William Pytlovany, David Bucciferro and Janet Daly. [Read MORE]


30 high school students inducted into the National Honor Society

April 5, 2017

Thirty students - 29 juniors and one senior - were inducted into the National Honor Society before their friends and family during a ceremony at the high school tonight.

The honor culminates years of work and achievements by the students. The students needed to prove achievement in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character. [Read MORE]

AP Economics students face "sharks" as they explain their business plans

Student photomarch 28, 2017

Students in Darren VanHeusen's AP Economics class presented ideas for new local businesses - everything from a mobile hair cut operation to a fresh food option for office workers - complete with plans to grow their businesses in the coming years.

They also had to present their plans to administrators, who VanHeusen dubbed the "sharks" who would critique each proposal.

"They are pretty "geeked up" (that's not an insult to AP students) about trying to convince you they are the next big thing," he told the "sharks" before the presentations. [Read MORE] camera link icon

UPDATE - April 10, 2017: Based on an expected increase in state aid for Scotia-Glenville, the Board of Education intends to maintain the four elementary school door monitors.

After five weeks of deliberations, proposed 2017-18 budget is adopted by BOE; would increase taxes a maximum of 3.61 percent

april 3, 2017

The Board of Education tonight unanimously approved a $53.407 million budget for the 2017-18 school year that adds a part-time guidance counselor, boosts spending for social studies, establishes an elementary skills class and increases spending for popular BOCES programs like New Visions, Career and Tech High School and Tech Valley High School that are in high demand.

The spending plan, if approved by the community during voting on May 16, would increase the tax levy by 3.61 percent, below the maximum 3.66 percent allowed for Scotia-Glenville by the state.

Community voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the high school gymnasium. A public hearing on the plan will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, in the middle school cafeteria. [Read MORE]

FCCLA students present super hero capes at state Leadership Conference

Student photoMarch 29, 2017

Sick children in hospitals up and down the Hudson Valley will benefit from the efforts of Scotia-Glenville’s FCCLA chapter and S-G middle school and high school students.

The students in FCCLA, short for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and students in the high school child development class, members of the middle school Makerspace club and members of the Scoville Home Bureau designed and created 19 super hero capes for sick children.

Scotia-Glenville's super hero capes were among the 93 delivered to the FCCLA state Leadership Meeting in Owego last week (March 22-24) for the hospital program.  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Board supports budget that restores field trips and after-school buses and adds a part-time guidance counselor; some cuts remain

march 27, 2017

The Board of Education and Superintendent Susan Swartz took a step back tonight, restoring the field trips and after-school buses cut in previous versions of the budget.

To find the money to pay for them, Swartz proposed adding a 0.6 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) guidance counselor instead of the full-time counselor she proposed last week. The guidance department would have 6.6 counselors - 3 at the middle school and 3.6 at the high school.

The resulting budget proposal is $12,291 below the school district's maximum tax levy cap. The resulting tax levy cap would be 3.61 percent; the maximum that is allowed under the state's tax levy cap law is 3.66 percent, higher this year because of a one-time capital exclusion because of the 2015 capital project. [Read MORE]

Annie Jr. to be performed by MS Drama Club on April 7 and 8 at MS auditorium

March 27, 2017 

Annie LogoThe Scotia-Glenville Middle School Drama Club will present Annie Jr. at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in the middle school auditorium.

Tickets are: Adults, $8; Students/Seniors, $5; and children under age 3 are free. Tickets will be available at the door; doors open one hour before each performance.

For the hearing impaired, interpreters will be at all three performances.

Redhead little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Grade 2 students learn about family farming and agriculture

Student photomarch 24, 2017

Frances Brown, along with her husband Lyle, run the well-known Brown's Family Stand near Exit 25 in Rotterdam on a third generation family farm. They are known for their sweet corn, tomatoes and cucumbers.

As part of the Agriculture in the Classroom, through the Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Frances Brown talked to students about her family's farm and farming in general in Schenectady.

She read a story to students in Laura O'Keefe's and Val Eagan's grade 2 classrooms today. [Read MORE] camera link icon

A Community Discussion on Suicide Prevention to be held on Thursday, March 30

March 24, 2017

Flyer about eventA Community Discussion on Suicide Prevention will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at St. Joseph's Church, First Street, Scotia.

The evening will include a panel discussion open to all Scotia-Glenville community members regarding suicide prevention.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Camp Invention to be held July 10-14 at O'Rourke MS in Burnt Hills for students in kindergarten to grade 6

march 22, 2017

Camp Invention flyerCamp Invention will be held July 10-14 for students in both Scotia-Glenville and BHBL at O'Rourke Middle School.

The weeklong summer adventure offers  lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.

Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. [Read MORE]

Glen-Worden students serve breakfast at City Mission for the 15th year

Student photoMarch 18, 2017

The nearly 50 fifth-graders at Glen-Worden pulled up their sleeves and got into serving breakfast to the dozens of residents at the City Mission.

Student photoIn the pictures at left, students prepared various items to bring to the folks at the City Mission. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Check out this story on Spectrum news!

Check out more photos and information here.

Superintendent presents plan to close 2017-18 budget gap

One kindergarten position, elementary door monitors would be cut to close gap; to add a middle school guidance counselor, a teaching assistant, late buses and half of field trip money would also be cut

march 20, 2017

In order to get the tax levy increase below the state maximum of 3.66 percent, Superintendent Susan Swartz presented a series of reductions that would squeeze the budget below that figure for the 2017-18 school year.

"When I look at things that will impact children's education or things that are operational, I will always come down on the operational side," she said, explaining the specific proposed reductions to the Board of Education tonight.

The board expects to adopt a budget by April 3. A public hearing on the spending plan will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. The community will consider the eventual budget proposal during voting from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. [Read MORE]

Check out local restaurants and businesses at the Taste of Scotia on Monday, April 3

Taste of Scotia flyermarch 20, 2017

Help the Scotia-Glenville Education Foundation fund innovative school programs while getting to sample tastes from some of the best restaurants in the area.

A Taste of Scotia-Glenville will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3 at the high school cafeteria, Route 147, Scotia. Beyond the yummy foods, there will also be a silent auction with items from dozens of local businesses.

Advanced tickets are $15 per person; $18 at the door. For advanced tickets, go to this website:  [Read MORE]

Board facing nearly $300,000 shortfall in 2017-18 budget proposal

march 13, 2017

Superintendent Susan Swartz presented a budget proposal tonight that is $277,580 beyond the school district's maximum tax levy increase of 3.66 percent for the 2017-18 school year.

The $53.648 million revised proposal adds an elementary skills class for 6-7 pre-school students with special needs, increasing social studies teaching staff at the middle school and high school by .25 and adds tuition funding for an increase in the number of students attending the Career and Tech School, New Visions, Tech Valley High School and other BOCES academic programs. [Read MORE]

Board of Education race on May 16 is a chance to give back to your school district and to your community

march 17, 2017

Want to help shape the futures of more than 2,700 young people? Want to help your school district maneuver through the annual budget struggles that are facing all school districts?

The seats held by Board of Education president David J. Bucciferro and board members Pamela S. Carbone and William J. Pytlovany are up for re-election on May 16. They have not indicated if they will seek re-election. [Read MORE and download the nomination packet]

Ready to be entertained? Drama Club performing The Drowsy Chaperone March 31 and April 1 at the HS auditorium

Drowsy Chaperone flyermarch 16, 2017

Dozens of high school students in the Drama Club will act their hearts out as they perform The Drowsy Chaperone "comedy within a musical" in the high school auditorium on March 31 and April 1.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

According to Wikipedia, The Drowsy Chaperone "is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors." [Read MORE] camera link icon

Carly Yezzo heading to a national culinary competition as part of the SUNY Delhi team

Carly Yezzomarch 13, 2017

Carly Yezzo, who graduated form Scotia-Glenville and the Career and Technical School (CTE) program at BOCES last year, is heading to a national culinary competition with the SUNY Delhi Hot Food Team.

She will compete in the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Championship July 9-13 at Disney World in Florida. Carly and her teammates will take on the winners of the three other ACF regional competitions. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Grade 6 students Read for the Mission to raise money and donations for the City Mission

Student photoMarch 10, 2017

The Middle School gym was a hopping place tonight - 31 grade 6 students showed up to read for more than 80 minutes, raising $216 and several toiletry donations for the Schenectady City Mission.

Once again, the Reading for the Mission evening was a success!

Plus the night of heavy-duty reading was broken up by make your own sundaes from Stewart's and a prize raffle. [Read MORE] camera link icon

S-G, Union basketball players help GW students kick off March Madness reading

Student photomarch 10, 2017

READING IS SUPERB. Students held up those words and led the entire student body in a chant of the three words at the beginning of today's pep rally kicking off the March Madness Reading Contest.

"The way to get really good at a skill is to practice it," Diane Skibinski, speech pathologist at the school, told the group. As students read this month, their progress will be logged on a chart outside the main office, said Maureen Palleschi, library media specialist.

Glen-Worden students started the program with a visit from basketball players from Scotia-Glenville and from Union College. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Superintendent asks board members four budget questions

march 6, 2017

Board of Education members began their discussion of the 2017-18 school budget tonight as Superintendent Susan Swartz asked them to consider four questions as they began the discussion:

What items are non-negotiable?

What would you like to add if additions are possible?

What are you comfortable letting go?

Where would you like the tax rate to be in August? [Read MORE]

High School Odyssey of the Mind team to compete at states on April 8 in Binghamton

Student photomarch 6, 2017

The Scotia-Glenville High School Odyssey of the Mind team will compete at the state’s competition on April 8 at Binghamton University.

Two teams from Scotia-Glenville - one from the high school and one from the middle school - competed in the regional competition on Saturday at Shenendehowa High School. Winners at the state’s competition proceed to the World’s Finals at Michigan State University on May 24.

The high school team heading to the state’s competition include Emily Adis, Katelyn Adis, Libby Hanlon, Ciara Molumby and Lily Murphy. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Both Middle School teams place at the regional Science Bowl at GE

Student photomarch 6, 2017

The two middle school teams competing at the Capital District Science Bowl which took place at GE Global Research Center on Saturday did very well.

Team 1 came in 3rd place in the car race competition (earning individual medals and a trophy!) and Team 2 came in 5th place out of 11 teams.

Both teams also did well in the academic quiz portion of competition - Team 1 made it to the quarterfinals of the academic round. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Families and staff raise nearly $1,600 for Ronald McDonald House in Albany

Student photoMarch 3, 2017

Glen-Worden families and staff raised nearly $1,600 during a reading challenge to benefit the Ronald Student pictureMcDonald House in Albany.
Students collected pledges from family and friends to challenge them read more as part of the challenge.

Southpaw, the mascot of the Valley Cats, also visited grade 1 and 2 classrooms to read with students last month to promote the effort and get students excited about reading.

Reading Specialists Kate Cartier and Debra Passino spearheaded the initiative.

Click on the images above to enlarge the photos.

2017-18 "rollover" budget gap is $531,000; SG tax levy limit is 3.66 percent

February 27, 2017

Superintendent Susan Swartz presented the first glimpse of the 2017-18 budget to the Board of Education tonight, a "rollover" budget would total $53.8 million and raise taxes by 5.58 percent, above the state's maximum tax levy increase for Scotia-Glenville of 3.66 percent.

The budget proposal would increase spending by $1.752 million (3.37 percent) over the current school year's budget ($52.048 million).

"I am relentlessly optimistic, as always," said Swartz, noting that she would hope to avoid budget reductions. "We have certainly been in worse shape over the years. While reductions are never welcome news, we will survive if we have to make a few."  [Read MORE]

Schools practice a lot of drills every year to keep students and staff safe and ready

Drill imageMarch 1, 2017

You probably hear your children talk about drills at schools - fire drills, evacuation drills, relocation drills. All school districts in New York must do at least 12 drills each year with a number of other drills optional.

Click on the image above to read more about the drills that schools do each year.

Second-graders at Glen-Worden celebrate 100

Student photofebruary 21, 2017

100 can be a foreign number to a second-grader, who is all of 7 or 8 years old.

Students in Valerie Eagan’s class at Glen-Worden brought in 100 of the same object – 100 Student photorubber bands, 100 pompoms, 100 pennies, 100 straws – all to celebrate the 100th day of school last Wednesday, February 15. They shared their creations with other classes in the building, who did a “museum walk”
through Eagan’s classroom to check out the creations.

Click the image to enlarge it.

Science and Engineering students put science into action at YMCA pool

Student photofebruary 21, 2017

The 40 or so students in the Science and Engineering courses, taught by Jeffrey Bower, got to put their ideas to practice during a launch of their remote controlled submarines in the pool at the Glenville YMCA.

Bower said the classes were working on the SeaPerch ROV challenge. He took them to the YMCA in two batches. He said the first group of students assembled the kits and the vehicles, using permanent connections like soldering motors; the second group used part of the assembled kits from the first class to develop their own designs.

”I gave them (the second group) the motors already assembled and told them what the challenge was, but I gave them no more directions beyond that,” he said. “The second group came up with some very interesting designs.“ Click on the image above to enlarge it.

Congratulations to Allison Atchley for being selected as a Capital Region Friend of Education

february 16, 2017

Congratulations to Allison Atchley, Scotia-Glenville’s longtime band director and music teacher, for receiving the 2017 Friends of Education Award from the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA)!

Allison was among 23 Capital Region educators and community leaders honored during the Friends of Education Awards Dinner at the Renaissance hotel in Albany. This award recognizes the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving our students and school communities. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Grade 1 students at Lincoln put on a Valentine's performance for dozens of parents

Student photoFebruary 17, 2017

Dozens of parents flocked to Lincoln's cafeteria today to hear their grade 1 students belt out a few tunes all around a Valentine's Day theme.

The students' teachers are Maureen Armstrong, Bridget Crowley and Kimberly Weiss.

Check out this link for photos and videos from today's performance. [Read MORE] camera link icon

GE engineer talks wind turbine technology with grade 7 science students

Student photoFebruary 15, 2017

Grade 7 students today learned about something that they may not be able to imagine: huge wind turbines that tower hundreds of feet into the air, have blades that stretch 150 feet long and cost million of dollars.

GE Mechanical Engineer Christopher Swiecicki, whose niece Cassanda is in the ninth period class taught by Neal Cummings, discussed his job as a Root Cause Analyst/Root Cause Investigator - the guy who tries to find out why the big turbines fail.

He brought a three-foot section of a turbine wing to show the students as well as the gear he uses to climb up inside one during his investigations. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Congratulations Olivia and Matt!

Student photoFebruary 13, 2016

Olivia Powhida and Matt Dagostino were honored as the Scotia-Glenville winners of the prestigious Capital Zone Physical Education Students of the Year on February 11.

Both have excelled in athletics throughout their Tartan Careers, but it is their leadership and kindness toward others that set them apart.

Congratulations to Matt and Olivia. Click on the photo at right to enlarge it.

14 S-G community members recognized at PTA Council's Founder's Day dinner

February 7, 2017

Founder's Day recipientsThese community members were recognized with Honorary Lifetime Membership Awards at the 77th annual Founder's Day dinner held at the River Stone Manor this evening.

The event was hosted by the Scotia-Glenville PTA Council. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Report cards/final grades are now available on the  PowerSchool portal

February 3, 2017

Report cards/final grades for the second quarter are now available on PowerSchool for high school and middle school parents. The PowerSchool sign-in page is here.

High School parents: If you need assistance activating your PowerSchool Portal, please contact the High School at 347-3600; ext 61101.

Middle School parents: If you need assistance activating your Power School Portal, please contact the Middle School at 347-3600; ext 51101.

Middle School students check out cubelets - small plastic cubes that come to life

February 1, 2017

Student photoWhat does the black one do again? What about the red one? And what about that transparent one!?
Those thoughts were running through the minds of the 11 students in the Makerspace Club after school at the Middle School today.

They were learning to work with cubelets - small plastic blocks or cubes that you combine in a way to create an object that moves, makes noise or flashes a light. Each cube has its own function.

The brain of the cubelets is the blue/gray one - that's the battery cube that brings the other ones to life! [Read MORE] camera link icon

Sweets and Heroes to present to MS students and parents on February 1

February 1, 2017

Sweethearts and Heroes are returning to the Middle School today during assemblies for students and a program for parents this evening. The parent program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Sweethearts and Heroes provides a unique message on bullying, conflict resolution, and strategies for being successful at whatever it is you are aspiring to accomplish. The assemblies last year received outstanding reviews from staff and students alike. Sweethearts and Heroes provide an age appropriate message for all grade levels. Their message has impacted nearly 1 million young men and women over the last 8 years.  [Read MORE]

Grade 4 students participating in Nation's Report Card testing on March 2

january 30, 2017

Three grade 4 classrooms at Sacandaga Elementary will be part of the Nation’s Report Card – they have been selected to take National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as NAEP, national standardized tests in March.

NAEP websiteTheir results will be combined with classrooms across the state and nation to give political and educational leaders a glimpse about how well the nation's education system is preparing students.

Students in grade 4 classes taught by Andy DiCaprio, Cheryl Ladopoulos and David McLear will sit for the 120-minute tests in both Reading and Mathematics on March 2. [Read MORE]

Two Scotia-Glenville science research students earn medals at regional competition.

January 28, 2017

Student photoCongtratulations to the three Scotia-Glenville students presented their senior research at the 16th annual Junior Science and Humanities Sub-Regional Symposium at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School today.

Briana Fitzgerald, Libby Hanlon and Vini Silva presented their research. They have done this research through the high school's Science Research class, taught by Christopher Judd. The three-year class is college level and earns the students college credit.

Libby and Vini both placed third in their respective categories and earned medals for the competitive competition.

Glen-Worden PTA Bingo Night a success!

january 20, 2017

Student photoThe Glen-Worden PTA's Bingo Night was a success this evening – roughly 200 parents and children attended.

 There were raffle baskets donated by the families to raise money for PTA programs as well.

Everybody was a winner at this event! [Read MORE] camera link icon

Spanish Club students create some 'deadly' artwork with the help of a local studio

january 18, 2017

Student photoStudents in the Spanish Club, with the help of the Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio, created some real "deadly" masterpieces today. The students painted original Day of the Dead skulls and discussed the traditional Mexican holiday that begins on Halloween.

The Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio in Glenville provided the canvases and paint for the project.  [Read MORE] camera link icon

BOCES to hold Career and Technical Center open house on January 27

January 23, 2017

CTE open houseStudents interested in the dozens of programs offered by the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Center (CTE) are invited to attend an open house on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Albany CTE campus at 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road  Albany, NY 12205

The center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for tours and information on many of the approximately 40 programs offered.

Click on the image to read the flyer.

S-G staff raise money and collect winter items for the City Mission

January 20, 2017

SG teachers donate to City MissionDuring last Friday's Superintendent's Conference Day, the professional development committee organized a Give Back with City Mission fund-raiser.

Teachers, administration and support staff donated warm clothes and $307 for City Mission.

In this photo, from left, teachers Lisa Coppola and Trish Roeser display some of the warm winter clothing donated by S-G staff for the City Mission. Click the image above to enlarge it.

Founder's Day deadline for tickets extended!

January 20, 2017

PTA Founder's Day
Tuesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.
River Stone Manor

Please join us to honor the following individuals who devote so much to the children of our schools:

Glendaal: Jeanne McLaughlin and Betsy Williams

Glen Worden: Christine Lemp and Ashlye Cheely

Lincoln: John Ritter and Ed Dorries

Sacandaga: Mindy Kinney and Brendan Swider

Middle School: Mike Nichter and Rick Matthews

High School: Tracy Beck and Lynn Greene

PTA Council: Doreen Wright and Sarah Hoffman

Return reservation form to your school main office by Monday, January 30th

You can also make reservations and pay online at

Download the flyer (PDF).

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.
Click on the image to enlarge


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

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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).

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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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"Looking out at his fellow 182 graduates in the Class of 2017 at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady, senior speaker Aidan Chaffin spoke about the struggles faced by lobsters as they try to find their place in this world and to grow a new, larger shell.
"This triggers an important transitional period called molting," he told his classmates. "During this time a lobster is most vulnerable and must learn to adjust to its new life until it has regrown its bigger shell. Most lobsters hide under a rock until their new shell is complete."
However, he concluded that his fellow students can not hide under a rock waiting for a shell as the lobster does.." 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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