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S-G scrambling to meet new lead testing mandate; elementary schools tested first
September 30, 2016
In early September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that required all school districts to test every water tap in their buildings by October 31.
Scotia-Glenville has hired Pace Analytical to test water samples in the six school buildings, bus garage and district office before the state deadline. The legislation calls for elementary schools to be tested by September 30.
A total of 272 water samples were collected at S-G from elementary classroom sinks, drinking fountains and outside water taps. A total of 313 water samples will be collected from the middle and high schools in October. [Read MORE]
State asks parents to comment on the proposed new state learning standards
September 21, 2016
NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is asking parents and teachers throughout the state to comment on the proposed new standards.
"The past several years have brought a lot of changes to classrooms across New York State. I know that more changes need to be made, and I thank you for your patience," she wrote. "As teachers and parents, you know best what our children need to help them aim higher. I value your expertise and advice."
Freshman barbecue a hit!
Dozens of freshmen munched on burgers and hot dogs while enjoying beautiful weather during the Freshman Barbecue.
The barbecue was held before the home football game against South Glens Falls.
The barbecue has not been held in a few years. [Read MORE]
Middle School will be OPEN FOR BUSINESS TOMORROW - Thursday, September 15
September 14, 2016
Tree roots clogging the main sewer line at the Middle School
were the cause of the issues at the school today, causing water
to be shut off until the problem was fixed.
The town of Glenville has cut the roots away and Roto Rooter is clearing the pipes with high speed water cleansing.
Extra cleaners have been placed on duty to clean up any messes caused by any drain overflows.
The Middle School WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday morning...
Scotia-Glenville welcomes students back!
september 7, 2016
Check out pictures from today at each of the six school buildings. [Read MORE]
Welcome back to the 2016-17 school year!
september 6, 2016
Classes begin on Wednesday - September 7 - for all students in grades 1-12.
Kindergartners and their parents will visit teachers on Wednesday and begin their full day of classes on Thursday.
Hope everybody has a great year ahead!!
Pre-school services to be offered at Sacandaga Elementary School
August 12, 2016
The Albany-based company, All About Kids (in collaboration with Advanced Therapy), will begin offering pre-school services for children ages 3 and 4 as early as this September. The classroom will be located in the Sacandaga Elementary School at the end of the kindergarten wing. [Read MORE]
School tax bills in September will be $26 less than they were in September 2015 for the typical Glenville homeowner
BOE adopts lower tax rates for the third time in eight years
August 11, 2016
When community members went to the polls in May to support the 2016-17 school budget, the school district estimated tax rates would rise by 0.32 percent, well below the maximum of 1.78 allowed under the state's tax lvey cap formula.
Instead, the Board of Education on Monday night adopted rates that were 0.74 percent lower for Glenville homeowners. [Read MORE]
Information about the tragic loss of Morgan Bowers; please keep her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers
Morgan Wanmer, a friend of Morgan Bowers, and Morgan's mother, Christina, have begun a t-shirt fundraiser to keep Morgan's memory alive. All money raised will be used toward a scholarship and/or memorial at Scotia-Glenville High School in Morgan's name. This is also a place where people can donate money to the scholarship and memorial.
The website is www.booster.com/morganbowers
The sales will be open until Sunday, August 14.
August 6, 2016
St. Joseph's Church at 231 Second Street in Scotia will hold a memorial program for Morgan at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, at the church.
The event will be a time for those who knew Morgan to gather and remember her.
If you have any questions, please contact Grace Fay, pastoral associate for Youth Ministry at the church. Her email address is email@example.com.
August 4, 2016
Morgan's family has arranged for the services:
Calling hours will be on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home, 1 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia, NY.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 231 Second Street, Scotia, NY.
August 3, 2016
The Scotia-Glenville school community mourns the passing of one of our students, Morgan Bowers, in an accident Tuesday afternoon. Morgan was to begin her senior year in September.
Counselors will be available at the high school beginning at 9:00 a.m. this morning - Wednesday, August 3 - for any students or staff members who wish to stop in.
Please keep Morgan and her family in your thoughts during this sad time.
State standardized test results released; growth in proficiency seen statewide and at Scotia-Glenville
Saying that the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics exams taken by students in April are not directly comparable to the previous exams, the state Education Department today said that the percentage of students in grades 3-8 scoring in the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4) had risen for both the ELA and mathematics exams.
Statewide, on the ELA exam, 37.9 percent of students scored as proficient, up 6.6 percentage points from 31.3 in 2015. On the math exam, 39.1 percent of students scored as proficient, a 1 percentage point increase from 38.1 in 2015.
At Scotia-Glenville, the increases were more dramatic: on the ELA exam, 42 percent of students scored in Levels 3 and 4 this year, up from 33 percent last year. On the mathematics exam, 47 percent of students scored in Levels 3 and 4, compared with 40 percent last year. [Read MORE]
July 28, 2016
The 2016-17 school district calendar, which lists upcoming events for the school year, has been sent to the printer. It will be mailed to all homes by late August. The events have also been inserted into the web calendar at upper right. Get an early preview here.
July 11, 2016
David Bucciferro and Thomas Beauchamp were elected to third one-year terms as president and vice president, respectively, at the Board of Education's annual organizational meeting tonight. They were first elected to their respective offices in 2014.
"There is so much I want to say to you today," Superintendent Susan Swartz told the 169 Class of 2016 graduates during commencement ceremonies at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady today. "I want to give you these gifts today."
She said she hoped students would carry with them these gifts: kindness, a sense of wonder, perseverance, humility and the gift of love. "Most things worth having will not come easily. Embrace struggle and persevere." [Read MORE]
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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."
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
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.
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.
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
The event raised $141 as well as 210 bars of soap and 188 washcloths that were donated to the Schenectady City Mission.
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.
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.
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.
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.