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Three incumbents are vying for re-election to three open Board of Education seats during the May 20 community vote. The seats each carry three-year terms and are unpaid. Each candidate collected at least 32 signatures by the April 21 deadline to get on the ballot. [MORE]
The fifth-graders at Glen-Worden prepared and served about 188 breakfasts to thankful men, women and children at the City Mission of Schenectady today.
The students, joined by their parents, their teachers Rachel Delgado and Christine DeCarlo and Principal Mark McCarthy, began showing up at 6 a.m. to start work on making pancakes, bacon and fruit cups, pour orange juice, put out muffins and set the tables. The meal was served at 8 a.m. [MORE]
Aladdin Jr. being performed by the Middle School Drama Club on May 9 and 10
March 28, 2014
At 7 p.m. on May 9 and 10, you can travel back to the world of Agrabah, the City of Enchantment, where you will begin the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince!
All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film - Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more - are here in Disney's ALADDIN JR, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides.
Check here for information about tickets [MORE]
Seven S-G students participate in the Olympics of the Visual Arts program
April 14, 2014
Seven Scotia-Glenville students represent the high school art department at the NYS Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) annual Olympics of the Visual Arts, which was held at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
BOE adopts status quo, no-cut budget; tax increase will range from 1.17 to 1.76 percent
April 7, 2014
After four years of cutting programs and staff and nearly two months of budget review, the Board of Education tonight formally adopted a status quo, no-cut $50.782 million budget that preserves all current academic programs in the 2014-15 school year.
However, the budget would increase taxes by a maximum of 1.76 percent (or as low as 1.17 percent depending on assessment growth).
Both figures are well above the paltry 0.27 percent (about one quarter of 1 percent) that the state's property tax levy cap formula estimates for Scotia-Glenville.
Because of that tax levy cap override, the community will need to approve the spending plan with a 60+ percent margin on May 20 in order for it to be approved. [MORE]
Congratulations to the 49 newest members of the HS National Honor Society
April 9, 2014
Forty-nine S-G High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society tonight during a ceremony at the school with their families and friends.
The honor culminates years of work and achievements by the students, all of whom are juniors. The students needed to prove achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadershpi, service and character. [MORE]
Athletic Hall of Fame being revived; nominations are due by May 15
Everyone knows about about the 2013-14 Class A state champion boys' basketball team from Scotia-Glenville.
S-G this year also had standouts in several other sports, like track and field, cheerleading, tennis and others.
As many know, S-G has a rich history of athletic victories and success that will come to the forefront during the fall induction into the Scotia-Glenville Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hall nominations and inductions have not been held for a while, so the district is hoping to revive the tradition. [MORE]
Here's what you need to know about the 2014 Prom - to be held on Friday, May 16
April 7, 2014
With Prom season fast approaching, there are a few things you and your student should know about this upcoming happy and traditional event - to be held on Friday, May 16.
Tickets for the 2014 Prom are $55 each for Scotia students, $65 for non-Scotia guests a\nd will go on sale at 2:30 p.m. Thursday April 24 in the B10 cafeteria. Ticket sales will continue each school day during lunch periods. The last day for ticket sales is at 3 p.m. on Friday May 2. [MORE]
McTeacher's Night will will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at the Glenville McDonalds on Route 5 (across from Target).
Between those hours, 20 percent of the sales - including drive thru and counter service - will be donated back to the Glen-Worden PTA.
At least 15 staff volunteers will be at the restaurant during those hours to greet customers and help out.
McDonald's will provide an ice cream party to the classroom with the most diners who attend the event. The PTA will track sales by classroom.
Scotia-Glenville Roving Art Show
at Baptist Retirement Center and Glendale Nursing Home in April
Artwork by 25 elementary, middle school and high school student artists will be on display during April at the Baptist Retirement Center and Glendale Nursing Home. The works will be on display until May 2.
Grade 3 concerts being held at Sacandaga and Glen-Worden in May
Grade 3 students at Sacandaga will put on a concert at 6 p.m. onThursday, May 15, at Sacandaga. The grades 4/5 chorus will also perform that evening at 7 p.m. at the high school.
Grade 3 students at Glen-Worden will hold a concert at 6 p.m. onThursday, May 29, at Glen-Worden.
BOE set to adopt 2014-15 budget; taxes would exceed state cap and rise 1.76%
Thanks in large part to an increase in state aid, Board of Education members tonight said they will propose a 2014-15 school district budget that would increase taxes by 1.76 percent in the 2014-15 school year.
That increase would mean an estimated annual tax bill increase of $62.40 ($5.20 per month) for the typical S-G home assessed at $160,000.
Despite the welcome news of higher state aid, the proposed state budget also adjusted building aid which forced the district's tax levy cap further downward to 0.27 percent.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 7, at the Middle School to adopt the budget. [MORE]
A big basketball thank you is set for Sunday, April 6 at the high school gym
Parents of the NYS champion varsity boys basketball team will host a community thank you reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in the new high school gym.
The boys requested this be a community mixer to thank the community, Tartan Youth Basketball fans, cheerleaders, Pep Band, Dog Pound, alumni, neighbors and businesses for their support during the winning season.
Check out this video:
Congrats to Kiersten Kastberg and Lily Becker for representing SG at Regional Art Show
April 2, 2014
Artwork by Kiersten Kastberg and Lily Becker will be featured at the 15th Annual High School Juried Regional Art Show until April 20 at the Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany.
There were more than 450 works submitted by 21 school districts and 110 works of art selected by a panel of art jurors
There will be an opening reception at the Opalka Gallery on Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 140 New Scotland Road, Albany. At 7 p.m., there will be remarks from artist Mike Glier followed by the juror’s choice awards.
Here are their pieces of art.
Click on each one to enlarge it.
Drama Club presents Shrek the Musical on March 28, 29 and 30 at the high school
More than 50 students in the S-G Drama Club will present Shrek the Musical, about an unattractive ogre who is forced to find his way in the world at the age of 7, tries to protect his solitary life in a swamp and finds love with a princess.
The production will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28; Saturday, March 29; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. [MORE]
Superintendent says spending must be added to the budget proposal; BOE plans to top cap
Saying that Scotia-Glenville needs a state aid boost to blunt some last-minute unexpected cost increases in the 2014-15 budget, Superintendent Susan Swartz said a mid-week visit with state legislators was positive but she didn't leave with any promises.
As the Board of Education considers proposing a budget that exceeds the district's small state's property tax levy cap allowance of 0.88 percent (less than 1 percent), board members again said that they feel that is needed to keep the "essence" of Scotia-Glenville and to stop cutting programs after four straight years.
They asked the superintendent to present scenarios on March 31 showing what reductions would be needed to reach a tax increase of 2.5 percent, 2.8 percent, 3.0 percent and 3.3 percent. [MORE]
MS students try their feet at kickboxing
About 20 Middle School students stayed after school today to kick up a story - through a Fuel Up to Play 60 program about kickboxing.
Jamie Muscato, a reading teacher at the high school and middle school, reviewed the sport of kickboxing, explained the benefits and demonstrated some techniques in the Gathering Space. [MORE]
Let your state leaders know your feelings
March 26, 2014
As state leaders begin to wrap up their discussions on the state budget, the New York State Council of School Superintendents has put forth an easy and quick way to send your representatives a message about the budget.
Here is the Education Speaks link to NYSCOSS - http://educationspeaks.org/2014/03/action-alert-tell-your-legislators-that-youve-had-enough/
John Dean receives top honors at RPI science and engineering fair
Junior John Dean won the grand prize at RPI's Intel Science and Engineering Fair for his intensive science research project - creating a fast-focusing liquid lens that would allow cameras to focus on two objects at the same time.
As the grand prize winner, he will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the International Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles from May 11-16. [MORE]
Congratulations to the S-G Boys Basketball team for capturing the NYS Federation title!
The varsity boys basketball team - already the Class A state champs for the first time in school history - added the state Class A Federation Tournament of Champions title to their record today. They beat Holy Trinity Diocesan High School from Long Island by a score of 68 to 52.
On Friday, they bested Albany Academy by a score of 70 to 57 to get into the federation final playoffs.
Here's a sample of the media coverage:
February, March have seen big champions in track, cheerleading & basketball
Since February, Scotia-Glenville's athletic teams have been on a winning streak!
▪ The Girls and Boys Indoor Track Teams won the Section 2 Championships. The boys and girls teams both won in Division 3 of Section 2 on Feb. 8.
▪ And, of course, the varsity boys basketball capped an undefeated season by becoming Class A state champs - the first time in S-G history - on March 16! [MORE]
Whether they were taking their pulse, listening to their heart beats or studying a pacemaker, fifth-graders got a up-close, thorough lesson in the workings of our hearts and circulatory systems.
"Lub dub, lub dub - that's the sound your hearts make all the time," said Diana Shanty, who teaches the pre-med Fundamentals of Medicine course at Scotia-Glenville High School. "Your heart is beating right now but you can't hear it, can you? You can feel your heart beat right in your wrist."
She was joined by five students from her class - seniors James Denney, James Clark and Nicole Brownell and juniors Anais Conti and Nikki Juracka - as they explained the workings of the heart, showed students how to use their new stethoscopes and took their pulses - before and after exercise. [MORE]
Movie Night on March 27 at the MS to feature three original films about fighting bullying
Three original feature films will premiere on March 27 that will show how students at Glendaal, a school in Australia and the Middle School dealt with bullying issues and learned how to get along with others, despite the challenges and pressures they faced.
The evening, which will include the Middle School original Gamechangers shot last year, will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Middle School auditorium.
Student Council will offer a concession stand.
Donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds will help defray costs for a second original movie, which will address cyberbullying. [MORE]
Shrek the Musical to be performed March 28-30 by S-G Drama Club at HS auditorium
More than 50 students in the SG Drama Club will present Shrek the Musical on March 28, 29 and 30. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday begin at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.
Superintendent Susan Swartz laid out potential Tier 2 and Tier 3 reductions to the Board of Education tonight, cuts that included items such as eliminating elementary attendance secretaries, returning to half-day kindergarten and cutting courses, clubs and athletics by more than $250,000 in the 2014-15 school year.
By the end of the meeting, Board of Education members said they could not accept those kinds of reductions, after four years of cutting staff and programs. A majority of board members - 6 of 7 members - said they would support developing a budget that would raise taxes by a maximum of 2.5 percent in the coming school year. [MORE]
March 16, 2014
Scotia-Glenville's undefeated varsity boys basketball team is now the New York state basketball tournament Class A champions - the first time in the school's history.
They beat East High School of Rochester by a score of 66 to 44 at the Glens Falls Civic Center yesterday, March 16.
The victory completed a perfect 25-0 season for the Tartans. Scotia-Glenville advances to play in the Federation tournament against Albany Academy at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21. [MORE]
Tonight's grades 3-5 Glen-Worden winter concert IS CANCELED and last night grades 3-5 Sacandaga winter concert was canceled. Neither will be rescheduled.
The first tier of reductions mentioned for the 2014-15 budget would include the loss of a computer network coordinator, elementary door monitors and cuts in clubs, athletics and technology.
Superintendent Susan Swartz presented the first wave of reductions to the $50.637 million budget she presented at the March 3 Board of Education meeting. The first tier totaled $204,529 in reductions. [MORE]
About 20 community and staff members attended the Community Budget Forum tonight at the Middle School to share their opinions on three items that will help to shape the 2014-15 budget: what programs should be preserved in the budget, should the Board of Education override the state's property tax levy cap and what they felt was most important to preserve in tough fiscal times.
"As we begin the forum, I would like to remind everyone of why we are here tonight," said Superintendent Susan Swartz. "We are here to hear what you have to say. What you tell us tonight will be included as we develop the budget, but there are many other considerations that we need to think about when developing a budget." [MORE](PDF).
Superintendent Susan Swartz presented a 2014-15 budget proposal to the Board of Education tonight that slightly increases spending over the carry-forward budget presented three weeks ago but would still require $560,000 in reductions to meet the state's property tax cap.
"The budget I'm proposing reduces nothing," said Swartz. "As I have said, everything we have taken out of the budget over the past few years has value to me and to you and to our students."
The Scotia-Glenville property tax levy cap for 2014-15 stands at 0.88 percent (less than 1 percent) for the 2014-15 school year. [MORE]
Scotia-Glenville students from the Middle School and High School showed their science and math knowledge during the Capital Region Science Bowl today at GE Global Research in Niskayuna.
The S-G teams competed against other area school districts during the bowl.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields.
More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 23 year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. [MORE]
Dozens of Scotia-Glenville students on seven teams, from primary grades to high school, participated in the regional competition of the Odyssey of the Mind at Shenendehowa High School today.
S-G teams competed against school teams from school districts in Region 7, which includes all schools in the Capital Region BOCES.
Four elementary school teams - two from Glendaal and one each from Sacandaga and Lincoln - as well as two Middle School teams and one High School team participated in the competition after spending months fine-tuning their unique solutions to one of six problems. [MORE]
February 27, 2014
The Scotia-Glenville Community Budget Forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 at the Middle School.
As planning for the 2014-15 budget begins in earnest, help
the school district develop the budget to reflect community
thoughts and concerns.
BOE begins review of 2014-15 budget; discusses overriding property tax cap
The Board of Education tonight reviewed the transportation and buildings and grounds areas of the carry-forward 2014-15 budgets.
Board members also discussed the possibility of exceeding the state's property tax cap, saying there have been too many reductions over the past few years. [MORE]
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?
There is no better way to return something to your community than to seek a seat on the Board of Education. The annual election to the board is held on the same day as the vote for the 2014-15 school budget - Tuesday, May 20. Voting is held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. [MORE]
The sign above the doorway says it all: SUNY Plattsburgh is know for 2 things: cold weather & Mrs. Tribley.
Math teacher Alison Tribley joined others at the Middle School by proudly displaying their college alma maters by wearing college sweatshirts on the first every College Sweatshirt Day at Scotia-Glenville. Middle School teachers took it the next step - by putting signs above their doors promoting their former colleges and beginning discussions. [MORE]
Saying there is nothing left to cut that does not have value to Scotia-Glenville, Superintendent Susan Swartz presented a "carry forward" budget with a spending gap of between $340,000 and $560,000 that would need to be filled by budget cuts or raising taxes beyond the state's tax levy cap.
The $50.456 million carry forward budget is a $1.309 million or 2.67 spending increase over this year's $49.146 million budget. The carry forward budget calculation reflects what it would cost to maintain all present programs and services in the coming year. [MORE]
To a third grader, college seems a hundred years away. To a nail-biting senior, it's coming up in a few months.
Scotia-Glenville teachers and staff at all six schools will take a step back in time on Thursday, Feb. 13 by wearing their college sweatshirts to school. [MORE]
In fact, they have read at least 250,000 minutes so far - that is 4,166 hours of reading. Their goal is to read for 1 million minutes.
To celebrate this one-quarter milestone, the school today got students moving and exercising - whether by learning Zumba, crawling across the gymnasium floor or balancing themselves against a wall. They also heard a mystery PTA reader.
Blended in all of the activities was talk about eating healthy with Food Facts at each station. [MORE]
He talked with students about being a football player, doing well in school, working hard to reach your goals and a variety of topics. He also answered students' questions. He made classroom visits to Teri Lessard's grade 3 class to visit with his cousin Evan Vellano and to Robert Gula's grade 5 class to see cousin Abby Vellano. [MORE]
PTA Founders' Day recognizes Scotia-Glenville school and student supporters
Board of Education to hold public hearing on Feb. 10 to raise income threshold for senior citizen property tax exemption
For the second year in a row, the Board of Education will consider raising the income threshold by $500 for seniors to receive a school property tax exemption.
A public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 in the high school library on a proposal to increase the income amounts for the senior citizen tax exemption.
The Board of Education wants to raise the income amounts by $500 beginning July 1. A senior citizen over age 65 with an income of $19,000 or below would receive a 50 percent deduction in their school tax bills. The deduction declines to 10 percent for incomes between $25,600 and $26,499. Over $26,499, there would be no deduction under this program. [MORE]
Thousands demand fair funding for public education; 47 schools unite in call to action
After years of limp state support for public schools, increasing mandates and coercive caps, more than 1,000 stakeholders from 47 Capital Region schools districts came together to demand fairness in state funding.
The "New York schools STILL in fiscal peril" advocacy forum was held last night at Colonie Central High School.
Superintendent Susan Swartz led a stakeholder group of 29 Scotia-Glenville parents, staff and community members at the event. [MORE]
January 30, 2014
Senior Christian Rizzuto, who attended a prestigious summer pre-med program at The University of Pennsylvania last summer, has been named as a candidate in the 2014 United States Presidential Scholars Program.
The program is sponsored by the White House and the U.S. Dept of Education.
Christian is among approximately 3,000 students of of 3.2 million graduating seniors this year who has received this invitation. [MORE]
January 29, 2014
Showing your pride in Scotia-Glenville and the Tartans is easier than ever!
The High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association is selling an exciting and exclusive line of Tartanwear, including blankets, hooded sweatshirts, mugs, pants and lanyards. Proceeds will support a variety of PTSA programs at the high school, including the After Prom.
Check out Tartanwar photos here - [MORE]
Students in grade 4 seemed mystified to learn that people actually sewed their socks to repair them 250 years ago in Colonial times.
And that they shook milk to create butter? They milked cows by hand to get milk? They wrote with quill pens dipped in ink? They dyed their own clothing? They created tin lampshades and other items by hand?
Way before the age of tossing old "holey" socks and buying butter, milk and everything that you needed at Walmart, Target or Price Chopper, Americans - adults and children - in Colonial times struggled to do the simple day-to-day things we take for granted today. [MORE]
"What is the GEA" videos updated for the 2014-15 school year
Just days before the regional advocacy forum at Colonie Central High School, two versions of the popular "What is the the GEA" video have been updated to reflect another year of lost funding through the GEA.
The GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) was begun by the state leaders in 2010 as a way of dealing with its fiscal shortfalls because of the poor economy.
Since the 2010-11 school year, Scotia-Glenville has lost $12.618 million to the GEA - forcing the reduction of dozens of programs and elimination of 50+ positions since 2010. That includes an estimated $2.107 million GEA "give back" in the coming 2014-15 school year as announced two weeks ago by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Here is a video about the GEA developed by the Superintendent's Joint Legislative Committee from the Capital Region BOCES and QUESTAR III BOCES that is specific to the 47 school districts in the Capital Region (posted on YouTube).
Here is a similar version of the video that details statewide losses under the GEA (posted on YouTube).
Fire alarms malfunctioned at HS; students evacuated temporarily
The 825 students at the high school were briefly evacuated today around 8 a.m. after the fire alarm system sounded and could not be shut off. The incident was resolved within 10 minutes and students, who had been on their way to two nearby schools, returned to the high school.
Be part of the solution: join Scotia-Glenville in demanding fairness for our children's futures
It is not too late to join Scotia-Glenville's stakeholder group at the Jan. 30 regional advocacy forum entitled “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year.”
The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Colonie Central High School, 1 Raider Boulevard, Colonie. The snow date is Feb. 3.
If you would like to attend and be part of Scotia-Glenville's stakeholder group, please contact Superintendent Susan Swartz at 382-1215 or by email at email@example.com or Robert Hanlon, Communications, at 386-4343 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After years of state aid reductions and budget cutbacks - not to mention more than $14.1 million that S-G has lost to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) take-back in promised from the state since the 2010-11 school year - all schools in New York continue to struggle as they try to provide programs to make students college and career ready.
The time to speak out is NOW. [MORE]
Senior Luke Joy competes in American Legion Oratorical Contest
January 21, 2014
Scotia-Glenville High School Senior Luke Joy competed in the American Legion Oratorical Contest, representing Schenectady County in the regional competition.
The theme of the nationwide competition was “A Constitutional Speech Contest.”
Luke's speech was entitled "The Importance of "We" and discussed the historical and present-day importance of voting on the part of all Americans. [MORE]
Kindergarten students in Melissa Peterson's class at Sacandaga Elementary didn't let an iced-over playground stop them from having fun today.
They brought the outside in and mixing a bit of science and math in with it - and imagined Frosty the Snowman at the same time. [MORE]
The dozens of toys collected by students
and staff at Glen-Worden - enough to fill a mini-van - made lots
of children happy at Christmas. The
Christmas Toy Store at Schenectady's
City Mission sent a thank you to Principal Mark McCarthy and the
students and staff at the school.
Click on the image to enlarge the card.
Annual Snowcase Showcase show highlights middle school student talent
Whether it was belting out a tune, pounding piano keys, dancing across the stage or collaborating in a band, middle school students today demonstrated their talents during the annual Snowcase Showcase talent show.
Competition was tough during tryouts for the show. [MORE]
What went wrong this morning?
Company that provided the diesel fuel will replace it and check it for quality issues
The late bus issues and decision to delay the start of elementary classes today did not come at the best of times - after 7 a.m. - when many children and families were already getting their days going.
As usual, the school district used block heaters and a diesel additive to prevent the fuel from gelling on very cold days. All of the buses are parked outside at the bus garage. There are no indoor parking facilities.
Despite the use of the heaters and additive to the fuel, the fuel wasn't flowing this morning because of the cold temperatures. The company that provides the fuel is going to replace the fuel in the tanks now and investigate to determine whether the quality of the fuel was an issue. [MORE]
After-school activities are CANCELED today - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
Because of the
weather, all after-school and evening activities are canceled
▪ The Glendaal K-2 concert will be held on its snowdate: Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the HS.
▪ Cafe Noel is rescheduled to tomorrow, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m. in B-26 at the high school.
Students in Jeff Denney's and Regan Gatta's grade 5 classes at Lincoln Elementary learned first-hand about the levels of government - local, state and national - directly from the sources.
U.S. Representative Paul Tonko, NYS Assemblyman James Tedisco and Scotia Village Trustee (and Schenectady County legislator-elect) Rory Fulman spoke to students about government, passing bills and representing their parents and neighbors in Washington, Albany and Scotia. [MORE]
MS students sport Groucho Mark-style moustaches and raise $428 for the American Cancer Society
December 13, 2013
Hundreds of students got into the spirit by wearing moustaches at school today to support the fight against cancer.
Each student contributed at least $1 toward the fundraiser. In all, $428 was raised for the American Cancer Society.
Some students wore the moustaches - a-la comedian Groucho Marx - while others displayed them as thick eyebrows. [MORE]
Calling all budding scientists and mathematicians in grade 7! Sign up for Igniting Minds by Dec. 20
If your child is in grade 7 and loves science or math, he or she needs to sign up for the afterschool Igniting Minds enrichment program that allows them to rub elbows with GE engineers and mathematicians while doing some very interesting experiments.
The purpose of the course is to show students how mathematics and science is connected to the real world through the use of hands-on activities, discovery learning, and scientific labs. Students will interact with General Electric engineers and mathematicians.
If he or she is interested, your student needs to get an application for the program from their math teachers and return it by next Friday, Dec. 20. [MORE]
Facial hair at S-G Middle School means more than just a guy who forgot to shave today.
Since last month, many of the male teachers have been growing beards as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society - to raise both awareness and resources.
Now, the entire staff - women, children and the men who opted against beards - can join the effort, if even just for one day. Tomorrow - Dec. 13 - fake moustaches will be on sale for $1, again as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. [MORE]
As promised when the 2013-14 budget was being developed in the spring, Superintendent Susan Swartz has frozen her salary for the 2013-14 school year, according to a contract extension unanimously approved by the Board of Education Monday night.
Board members also unanimously approved a contract extension with the 13 members of the S-G Administrators' Association. [MORE]
Karen Swain named as SG assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction
Karen Swain says she has wanted to come home.
The district's new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction grew up in Scotia, attended Lincoln Elementary School, graduated from Scotia-Glenville in 1994 and went on to become an elementary teacher and school administrator in Schenectady. [MORE]
High school students and staff members worked up a sweat during the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Fitness Club's Zumba class after school today in the small gym.
About two dozen staff and students, including cheerleaders and athletes, learned Latin dance moves and burned lots of calories with the help of Zumba instructor and personal trainer Kristina Matthews. [MORE]
deadline is less than 4 weeks away
New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR school tax exemption to register with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.
The BASIC STAR exemption saved Scotia-Glenville property owners an estimated $562 each on their 2013 school tax bills.
A new link allows homeowners to complete the process online. [MORE]
Blackboard Connect test was successful today, Tuesday,
December 3, 2013
The test of the Blackboard Connect mass communication system was successful today.
At 2 p.m., the system made 3,322 telephone calls (99% of the total in the system), sent 2,744 email messages (100% of the total in the system) and sent out 480 text messages (97% of the total in the system).
This system uses the information the school district has in its PowerSchool student data system as well as information from hundreds of accounts set up by parents and others via the website.
This is one way the school district will let parents, staff and others know of school closings, delays and other emergencies. The website and Facebook pages will continue to be used as well.
Read more about Blackboard Connect here.
Judging from appearances during the grade 7 lunch period, the “Put Bullying to Bed” video fundraiser was a success today, with many students donning Hello Kitty or Spongebob pajamas, listening to Ipods and wearing hats during lunch. About $80 was raised toward the making of the video. [MORE]
The Board of Education will have a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the District Office, Preddice Parkway, Scotia. The executive session meeting will be held to interview candidates for the position of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
The Glendaal community recently collected 776 food items - enough to fill 29 boxes - to be donated to the Scotia Food Pantry. The effort was coordinated by the buddy classrooms of students in kindergarten and grade 3.
Click on the photo to enlarge it.
Spinning is a popular way to burn off some energy after school
The Fuel Up to Play 60 Fitness and Nutrition Club at the high school sponsored a fun, sweaty, heart-pounding workout for 45 minutes with its Spinning activity today. Students were turned away at the door because so many others hoped on indoor bicycles and were ready for the challenge!
One of the organizers, teacher Elaine Geniti, said there will be other Spinning opportunities later in the year, so start getting in shape now!
Click on the photo to enlarge it.
November 21, 2013
Kindergarten registration is generally in late January or early February of each school year.
If we have your contact information in our database, pre-kindergarten parents will receive a mailing about registration that includes more information. Go to our Pre-School Parent page to learn how to give us your information [MORE]
The district Elementary Book Fair is scheduled for this week, 3-7:30 p.m., at the Sacandaga Library, 300 Wren Street in Scotia.
Although the book fair is open all week for all SG families to shop, each elementary school will be the guest of honor on a different night throughout the week. [MORE]
Being recognized for academic excellence is quite an honor for any student.
When less than one third of the class receives the same recognition, these students are genuinely a select group.
Students and their families gathered tonight to honor the 62 grade 8 students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society for the 2013-14 school year. [MORE]
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime
America. Anyone can be a victim of identity theft, even children.
A 2011 study on child identity theft found one victim who was just five months old. The study also found children were 51 times more likely than adults to become victims of identity theft.
This flyer from the New York State Department of Consumer Protections offers some tips for parents about how this growing problem. [MORE - PDF]
▪ The All Sports Booster Club and The Varsity Club will once again host the annualHoliday Craft Fair in the new gymn and small gym at the rear of the High School, Sacandaga Road, Scotia from 10 am to 3 pm. [MORE]
▪ The village's annualHoliday on the Avenue event will be held on Mohawk Avenue in the village of Scotia from 1 to 4 p.m. on the 8th. There will be a gingerbread contest, food sales and host of other family activities along the avenue.
Grade 5 students at Lincoln participate in two service projects for veterans and the elderly
The grade 5 students at Lincoln Elementary undertook two service projects last week, both aimed at giving back to the community around them.
Students wrote letters to veterans and raking leaves for elderly homeowners in Scotia. [MORE]
This Math Tech Support flyer shows how the
i-Ready and digits websites can help parents to help their children with the more difficult math lessons they are facing in the classroom - and all from the convenience of their home computers. [MORE - PDF]
Scotia-Glenville to be first area school district to install solar power panels on its roofs
Scotia-Glenville is going to tap the sun’s energy by installing solar panels on its six school buildings and the bus garage.
The move promises to save an estimated $43,000 in electric power charges every year and nearly $920,000 over 20 years. There will be no cost to S-G taxpayers. [MORE]
Micah works his way into the hearts of Sacandaga Elementary students
Last November, she brought her first therapy dog, Sadie, to meet the students at Sac.
Therapy dogs are often brought into hospitals, nursing homes and schools to offer emotional comfort and support. [MORE]
First New York credit union opens its sixth branch at Scotia-Glenville High School
With all the pomp and circumstance of a grand opening, the First New York credit union opened its doors today across from the B-10 cafeteria, ready to do business with a whole new generation of customers.
Students and staff will be able to make deposits into savings and checking accounts, pay loans and open up new accounts. [MORE]
Sacandaga community donates more than 700 items to food drive and Harvest Run
The fourth annual food drive and Harvest Run was held today, with lots of young legs feeling pretty tired after the event.
Students in grades 3-5 ran 3 kilometers (about 1.9 miles) around the high school fields and back to the school - twice while students in kindergarten to grade 2 ran 1.5 kilometers (about .8 miles) - or once around the high school fields and back to Sacandaga. [MORE]
The art of making a pillow taps many different skill sets - following directions, precise measuring, accurate cutting, impeccable patience and the perseverance to succeed.
All good traits to encourage in young people.
Students in Christine DeCarlo's and Deb Passino's classes at Glen-Worden reinforced those skills as they created 14-inch by 14-inch square pillows. [MORE]
Elementary free breakfasts offered on halloween, October 31
Elementary pupils at Scotia-Glenville will be able to feast on a
free breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 31 thanks to a promotion by
The menu includes yogurt or sausage, egg and cheese on a bagel, cereal or a bagel or muffin along with milk or juice.
Click the image above to read the menu.
Because of the
cancellation of the Oct. 7 board meeting, board members will
meet at 7 p.m. at the District Office. Much of the agenda for
Monday's meeting is the same as it was for the Oct. 7 meeting.
There will also be a meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at Glendaal Elementary School, Bolt and Sacandaga roads, Glenville.
In case your student hasn't mentioned it, math and everything else at school has gotten a lot harder this year.
That's why he or she is holding their heads at night as they struggle through homework. A lot has changed, but that change has been especially jolting in mathematics - which was difficult for many students to start with! [MORE]
S-G staff to take to the field against other area schoolsduring a charity softball game in Collins Park on Saturday, Oct. 19
Twelve Scotia-Glenville staff members will take to the field, run the bases and work up a sweat for a good cause that will help to bring joy to thousands this holiday season.
They will play a charity softball game against middle school staff members from other Schenectady County schools to benefit Schenectady County Toys for Tots.
Come cheer your home team! [MORE]
Facilities Committee begins its work to review the condition of S-G buildings
The Comprehensive Facilities Committee began its work tonight by hearing about the condition of the schools and to begin thinking about the future.
The parents, staff and others at the meeting have a lot of work to do before they even hand the proposals off the Board of Education, which must ultimately determine whether to present a proposal to the community for a vote and what should be included in the proposal. [MORE]
All Sports Booster Club Craft Fair scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8 at S-G High School
The Scotia-Glenville All Sports Booster Club and The Varsity Club will once again host the annual Holiday Craft Fair at S-G High School on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm. This show has been held annually for more than 20 years with approximately 100 crafters. [MORE]
All Scotia-Glenville parents and guardians have the right to obtain the state Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child's teacher(s) and principal(s).
Parents and guardians should download the APPR score request form in order to schedule an appointment, which will be made after Oct. 18, 2013. [MORE]
Sac. kindergartners help fill backpacks of the Weekend Blessings program at the Mission
Kindergarten students in Melissa Peterson's class at Sacandaga have filled the bellies of children they may never know. Peterson and her student teacher, Victoria Milkins, were inspired by the Weekend Blessings program, which provides nutritious snacks for children in the community who do not have access to nutritious food on weekends. [MORE]
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 were given information about how to strengthen their characters while combating bullying and cyber bullying in the process - just in time for Cyber Security Awareness Month (October). [MORE]
Point Break program appeals to the need for students to be empathetic and caring
"Thank you for listening to me," the
Scotia-Glenville freshman said to her classmates during the
Point Break program. "I'm not usually the person listened to.
I'm usually in the background - listening."
Half of the class experienced the program today and the rest will attend tomorrow. [MORE]
S-G All Sports Booster Club holding fund-raiser at 99 Restaurant Sept. 25
Scotia-Glenville's Odyssey of the Mind teams are now forming; sign up online
If your child is very creative, likes to do projects with his or her hands and really enjoys new adventures, joining one of the Odyssey of the Mind teams now forming at Scotia-Glenville may be just the ticket! [MORE]
September 10, 2013
At the Art of Scotia-Glenville Alumni art show, the 50 works of 13 former S-G students were on display during the show's opening at the high school. This is the first of five art shows to be held throughout the year to showcase art talent. [MORE]
Scotia-Glenville students return to school for a year of challenges and adventures
September 6, 2013
More than 2,700 students walked back through their school doors today. While the same thing has happened every year for more than 60 years at S-G, the day has magic every time. Check out photos from Opening Day 2013. [MORE]
Parent Today is a free e-mail newsletter and companion website designed to help build a stronger bridge between families and the classroom. Parent Today is packed with research-based information that empowers parents and supports teachers. [MORE]
The 2013-14 calendar will be mailed to homes in the Scotia-Glenville community by Aug. 23. You can check it now on the calendar page.
Dozens of elementary, middle school and high school students participated in the Extended Year program at Lincoln Elementary and the Middle School this summer. [MORE]
The Board of Education tonight adopted school tax rates that are 4.38% higher than the 2013-14 school year. That figure is slightly below the 4.46% predicted when voters approved the $49.146 million budget in May. [MORE]
State releases Common Core testing results
The state Education Department today released results of the new state standardized Common Core tests in English Language Arts and mathematics that Scotia-Glenville students in grades 3-8 took this past spring.
As was expected, the percentage of S-G students in the coveted Levels 3 and 4 - meaning they either excel or are proficient at the new Common Core Learning Standards, fell dramatically while the number of students in the lower Levels 1 and 2 jumped. [MORE]
Reduced Breakfast and Lunch application and information for 2013-14 is available
Families can sign up for federal free and reduce breakfasts and
lunches at any time during the year. Packets are available in your
child's school office or
questions and answers about the program in
the parent letter
(in PDF). This letter includes blanks for specific school
information. The application is submitted directly to the
The list of schools and phone numbers is here.
[menus page has more information]
S-G seeking community members to serve on Comprehensive Facilities Committee
A Comprehensive Facilities Committee is being formed to study various district building issues. About 10 community members are being sought for the committee. Anyone interested should contact Superintendent Susan Swartz by Friday, September 13. [MORE]
Lunch prices, milk increasing by 10 cents in the 2013-14 school year
School lunch prices and milk will increase by 10
cents each in the 2013-14 school year and breakfast prices will
increase by 25 cents. Elementary lunches
will be $1.80 and secondary lunches will be $2.00.
Scotia-Glenville continues to offer among the lowest school lunch prices in the Capital Region.
In addition, some a-la carte prices for students will increase and staff a-la carte and lunch/breakfast prices will increase.
Here's the full list of food prices for the 2013-14 year. [MORE]
David Bucciferro elected to one-year term as vice president of the Board of Education
Colleen Benedetto, the vice president during the 2012-13 school year, received three votes. [MORE]
Maureen Long left Scotia-Glenville a better place; becomes superintendent in Menands
During her three and a half years here, members of the Scotia-Glenville community came to know Maureen Long in different ways.
She was the force behind the K-2 Literacy Initiative, an intensive effort to boost reading and writing in the early grades. She served as Glen-Worden Elementary School principal for a year. She steered Scotia-Glenville through the beginning of the Common Core testing program this year. She advocated for maintaining academic programs during what have been three of the roughest budget years for public schools in New York state. [MORE]
Security upgrades at school doors must wait for state OK; may not come until spring 2014
Work to install door security systems at the six schools that will require visitors to show identification before being buzzed into the buildings will cost more and take longer to get installed than originally planned.
While the district hoped to get them in place by September, state approval may not come until the spring of 2014. [MORE]
Public hearing about revisions to the student handbooks/codes of conduct set for July 22
The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at the Middle School library to consider revisions to the student handbooks/codes of conduct for the 2013-14 school year. The regular meeting will follow. [BOE files] and the [agenda] (PDF)
Pam Carbone re-elected to a fifth term as Board of Education president for 2013-14
Pamela Carbone was unopposed for re-election to a fifth one-year term as Board of Education president tonight during the board's annual organizational meeting.
In the race for vice president, Colleen Benedetto, who was vice president during the last school year, faced a challenge from member David Bucciferro. Each received three votes, so no vice president was elected. [MORE]
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More than 2,700 students walked back through their school doors today. While the same thing has happened every year for more than 60 years at S-G, the day has magic every time.
The first class that started kindergarten in this century - in September 2000 - walked across the stage at Proctor's Theater today ready to conquer whatever may come next.
Lincoln students in kindergarten to grade 3 are learning about the Amazon Rainforest as they cover their hallways walls in bright, vibrant colors.
Whether writing about December Trouble, their mothers, a friend or The Coral Reef, 20 students shared a part of themselves during the Honors English 7 Poetry Night.
Once again this year, for the 12th time, grade 5 students at Glen-Worden Elementary School prepared a breakfast feast for more than 300 at the City Mission in Schenectady.
For more than two hours today, Glendaal's nearly 300 students showed spirit and sweat as they worked through six stations.
Middle School students conduct after-school experiments through the Igniting Minds program with GE.
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