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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.  
“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.

MS girls in Heart & Sole participate in Girls on the Run 5K at UAlbany along with Sacandaga girls from Girls on the Run

june 5, 2017

For the past 10 weeks, 12 Middle School students have participated 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.

  • The MS 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

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

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

Student photomay 11, 2017

Students in Vicky Milkins’s kindergarten class 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]

Spring concert changed to May 30 at the MS

April 27, 2017

The grades 3, 4, and 5 concert, originally scheduled for May 8 at the high school, has been RESCHEDULED to 7 p.m. on May 30 at the MIDDLE SCHOOL.
Please mark your calendars!

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]

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.

Their 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]

Gingerbread Men make great partners in a kindergarten science experiment!

Student photodecember 13, 2016

Melissa Peterson's kindergarten class 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

Sac staff and students collect more than 600 items to donate to food pantry as part of annual Harvest Run

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

Scotia-Glenville welcomes students back!

september 7, 2016

Student photoThe school doors opened again today and welcomed back more than 2,500 Scotia-Glenville students, well rested from their summer break.

Check out pictures from today at each of the six school buildings. [Read MORE]

Buddy students tell jokes, sing songs and have fun at assembly

Student photoJune 17, 2016

"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. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Free summer lunch program to be held
June 27-Sept. 2 at Collins Park in Scotia

May 23, 2016

Collins Park FlyerOnce again this summer, free lunches will be served at Collins Park in Scotia every weekday (except July 4) for anyone under age 18. Lunch is served from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The lunches are sponsored by the Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM). Download the flyer by clicking on the image above.

Ronald McDonald visits Sacandaga to boost reading program

Student photoMarch 17, 2016

Students at Sacandaga School are participating in a Reading Month during the month of March.

Students track their hours of reading and can also ask family and friends to sponsor them for every minute read.

All donations will go toward the Ronald McDonald House in Albany.

Ronald McDonald came to Sacandaga for a visit on March 8 to thank students and staff for sponsoring the reading activities to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Attached are some pictures from March 8th, when Ronald McDonald came to Sacandaga school and visited some classrooms to thank students for reading this month. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Camp Invention for grades 1-6 will run July 11-15 at Pashley Elementary School in Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

march 1, 2016

Be sure your son or daughter keeps their minds active over the summer.

Camp Invention will be offered at Pashley Elementary School, 30 Pashley Road  Glenville, NY 12302. The cost is $220 for the week, unless you register by March 21 to save $25. It is open to students entering grades 1-6.

Camp Invention will run from July 11-15 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

The Camp Invention program is a week-long summer enrichment program that partners with schools across the country to reinforce the traditional school year with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts through inquiry-based, hands-on engagement. [Read MORE]

Responsive Classroom
Responsive Classroom is being used at all Scotia-Glenville elementary schools. Find out more about it here, including a video developed at Glen-Worden.

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