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Harvest Run a huge success!

october 23, 2015

Student photoThere was a lot of running and tired legs on this chilly day during the sixth annual Harvest Run and food drive at Sacandaga Elementary School.

Students in kindergarten to grade 2 ran a 1.5 kilometer course while the older students in grades 3-6 doubled that with a 3 kilometer run around the school and neighboring high school property.

In addition, students and staff brought in 570 donated food items, which will be donated to the Scotia-Glenville Food Bank. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Girls on the Run boosting girls one at a time

september 28, 2015Girls on the Run

Twice a week, a group of 15 girls in grades 3 through 5 at Sacandaga get together after school to have fun while building self-esteem, realizing they are part of a bigger community, learning healthy eating habits and working toward a common goal.

“This program is wonderful for girls this age because it helps build confidence and self esteem,” said parent Jaime Riegel. “We are super excited to empower these young girls. The girls learn about team work, working with others they may normally not work with and learn the importance of building up themselves and those around them.” [Read MORE] camera link icon

Student photoWelcome back to school!

September 8, 2015

Check out photos from the first day of school at Sacandaga and all the schools! [Read MORE] camera link icon

Little Red Riding Hood stops by Sacandaga Elementary School

Student photojune 18, 2015

Students in Jeannine Dowdle's grade 5 reading class put on Little Red Riding Hood for students, parents and teachers at Sacandaga during two performances today.

Dowdle said students practiced for four weeks, learning their lines and building the set with help from parents, grandparents, teachers and the entire Sacandaga community.

Students worked the lights, microphones and worked the stage crew to make the production a success. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Two dozen Scotia-Glenville students receive NYSAHPERD physical education awards

Student photoMay 7, 2015

Two dozen Scotia-Glenville elementary students were among more than 600 students recognized from throughout the region for leadership in their physical education classes.

The 30th annual Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Student Leadership Awards were presented at Hudson Valley Community College through the Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYSAHPERD). [Read MORE] camera link icon

Ronald McDonald pitches reading during his visit to Sacandaga

Student photomarch 18, 2015

That guy with bright orange hair, shocking makeup and baggy yellow pants strolling through the hallways and visiting classrooms was exactly who you may think it was: Ronald McDonald.

During March, Sacandaga students are participating in the Read for Ronald McDonald House program. The program kicked off at an assembly on Feb. 10. Since then, students have been tracking their reading for the month of March. They could also ask sponsors donate money based on how much they end up reading. [READ MORE] camera link icon

Kindergarten students go on Arctic Animal Hunt to strengthen their writing skills

January 27, 2015Student photo

Students in Melissa Peterson's kindergarten class took advantage of the cloudy, snowy, chilly day to go on an Arctic Animal Hunt while learning their words and practicing their writing.

"This was a fun way to learn our words and practice writing them," said Peterson. There were tiny words written on each of the animals that the students observed with a magnifying glass at each station. [READ MORE] camera link icon

Grade 5 students learn mapping skills from the masters

December 10, 2014

Three members of the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air Base volunteered their services to teach basic orienteering to the grade 5 students at Sacandaga during a recent classroom visit.

The students used the activity as a culmination to their map skills unit in Social Studies.

Senior Master Sargent Rick Rueda, Senior Airman David Gillis and Tech Sargent Frank Johnson had students navigate around the fields of Sacandaga and taught them how to find their way out if lost. The students were excited to see the real world application of this tool and skill. [READ MORE] camera link icon

Harvest Run will fill many area pantries

october 24, 2014

Student photoThe fifth annual food drive and Harvest Run was held today at Sacandaga Elementary during school.

Unfortunately the weather did not allow the run to take place outside, so instead the students walked the hallways throughout the school for 30 minutes.

The Sacandaga school community was able to collect 671 donated food items, which helps support the Scotia-Glenville Food Bank. [READ MORE] camera link icon

Student photoWelcome Back, Sacandaga students!

September 4, 2014

Check out some pictures from Opening Day, 2014 [read MORE]

Tonya Federico named as new Sacandaga Elementary principalTonya Federico

July 22, 2014

The Board of Education last night unanimously appointed Tonya D. Federico as the next principal of Sacandaga Elementary School.

“I truly believe that all students can achieve at high levels,” she wrote in her letter of application.

She added that she has focused “on learning, results and creating a collaborative culture” during her 17 years as a teacher and administrator in Schenectady. [read MORE]

Ann Comley retiring as Sacandaga principal

Ann ComleyJune 25, 2014

This change will be felt from one end of Sacandaga Elementary to the other.

The squeak of her trademark sneakers won’t be heard in the hallways at Sacandaga any longer.

When her office phone’s ringtone chimes “Are you there?” she won’t be there to answer it.

Students won’t hear her lively daily menu announcements of “hot diggity dogs” or “hockey pucks with cheese (cheeseburger)” being served for lunch that day.

After 14 years at Scotia-Glenville and 32 years total as an educator, Principal Ann Comley is retiring. [READ MORE] camera link icon

26 Scotia-Glenville students recognized for leadership in physical education classes

May 6, 2014

Studnet photoA total of 26 Scotia-Glenville students from the four elementary schools and middle school were among the 650 students from throughout the region recognized for leadership in their physical education classes at Hudson Valley Community College tonight.

They received the 29th annual Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Student Leadership Awards. The awards are presented through the The Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYSAHPERD). [MORE] camera link icon

Patriots football player Joe Vellano stops in to visit students on way back to BostonPhoto

February 6, 2014

Joe Vellano, the #72 defensive tackle on the New England Patriots football team, stopped in at Sacandaga Elementary this morning for a back-and-forth discussion with students in grades 3 and 5.

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] camera link icon

Student photoKindergarten students bring the outside in with a mix of science and math

January 16, 2014

Kindergarten students in Melissa Peterson's class didn't let an iced-over playground stop them from having fun.

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] camera link icon

Sacandaga community donates more than 700 items to food drive and Harvest Run

October 24, 2013

Student photoThe 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] camera link icon

Kindergartners help fill backpacks of the Weekend Blessings program at the Mission

Student photoOctober 2, 2013

Kindergarten students in Melissa Peterson's class 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] camera link icon

Scotia-Glenville's Odyssey of the Mind teams are now forming; sign up online

September 13, 2013

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]

Common Core testing on the way to S-G

April 11, 2013 Poster art

 If you find it’s getting harder and harder to help your child with his or her homework every night, it’s not you.
Schools in New York and 44 other states have begun to implement the Common Core Learning Standards – a set of standards that will be consistent from state to state. The goal is to ensure that students from coast to coast are college- and career-ready when they graduate from high school. Download the flyer above and watch a video for parents. [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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