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Student photoMS students go purple for epilepsy awareness

November 13, 2015

Purple was the color of the day at the Middle School today.
Students and staff recognized Epilepsy Awareness Day - an effort spearheaded by the Grade 6 Student Council and FCCLA member Madison Heritage. 
Student photoMadison was interested in making people more aware of what epilepsy is so they would become more comfortable with it. Posters were created by the FCCLA and placed around the building providing statistics and general information about epilepsy.
Click on the images above to enlarge them.

63 S-G Middle School students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society

November 12,2015

Parents, family members and faculty congratulated the 63 newest members of the National Junior Honor Society during the induction ceremony this evening at the Middle School.

For a class of 191 students, that means that one-third of the class met the stringent requirements to join the NJHS.

Students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society must have a 90 average for the first three quarters of the grade 7 school year and complete 24 hours of community service over the summer between their grade 7 and 8 years. [Read MORE]

Students and staff Make a Difference during second annual event to help homeowners

Student photoOctober 24, 2015

There were lots of clean lawns and sore backs at the end of the second annual Make a Difference Day today as Middle School students and staff helped local homeowners get control of their lawns.

Assistant Principal Anthony Peconie said the 24 students and seven staff members were able to rake and clean up 13 homeowners' yards and a local church during the event.

"Throughout the morning, I saw students and staff working alongside one another with enthusiasm and smiles on their faces," said Peconie. [Read MORE] camera link icon

MS students dress as super heros while helping an area food pantry

October 15, 2015

Student photoOn Thursday, October 15, the staff and students at the Middle School dressed as Super Heroes and donated non-perishable food items to support community members in need.

The donated items went to the food pantry at the City View Church in Scotia. Students and staff donated a total of nine boxes of food. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Making it Orange. Make it End. during Spirit Week at the Middle School

Student photoOctober 14, 2015

Middle School students dressed in orange on Tuesday to show that they support anti-bullying efforts.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) promoted the anti-bullying effor. October is Bullying Prevention Month.

The group used MSBC to educate students about ways to prevent or stop bullying and to promote the Make it Orange. Make it End. day during Spirit Week.

To enlarge the photo of these grade 7 students, click on the image above.

Time to pick up Yankee Candle orders!

October 14, 2015

Anyone who ordered the Yankee Candle fundraiser through the PTA should pick up their orders at these times: 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 or 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. Please use the auditorium entrance and follow the signs.

MS Spring Dance date and name changed

The annual Spring Dance will be held on Friday, May 20, moved from the earlier date of May 13. The dance will also be called “The Spring Fling.”

Grades 6 and 7 will attend from 4:30-6 p.m. Grade 8 will attend from 7 to 9 p.m.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser runs Sept. 14-28

September 9, 2015

The annual PTA Yankee Candle fundraiser begins on Monday, Sept. 14 and runs through Sept. 28. Packets are being distributed in homeroom this week. Orders will arrive by Thanksgiving. Any questions can be directed to Carol Terwilliger at cterwill@nycap.rr.com or by phone at 384-2261.


Student photoWelcome back to school!

September 8, 2015

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


School supply lists: 2015-16

With the start of school fast approaching on September 8, families want to get ready with the proper supplies for Opening Day.
Here are the supplies that students will need:

Grade 6 - Team Legacy (PDF)

Grade 6 - Team Rocket (PDF)

Grade 7 - all students (PDF)

Grade 8 - all students (PDF)


Middle School math students: Keep doing those i-Ready lessons over the summer

Scotia-Glenville Middle School students completed more than 37,000 online i-Ready math lessons. Students have progress and made gains through much hard work during this school year. There is always a fear that some  could lose that progress over the summer.

At least 120 S-G Middle School students made big gains through i-Ready during the summer break last year.

I-Ready will be available to students all summer up until the middle of August.

Read a letter to parents about using i-Ready over the summer (PDF).

Principal Robert Cosmer takes pies in the face as part of an MDA fundaiser

Student photoJune 9, 2015

Eighth-grader Aviana Hernandez wanted to be sure she didn't miss - she ran right up to Principal Robert Cosmer and shoved a pie in his face.

The other five students and two teachers were more delicate - they at least stood behind the designated line and threw their pies at Cosmer.

The pie throwing at the Middle School today was all part of a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Student Council raised nearly $200 for the MDA during a fundraiser this spring. Part of the prize was a raffle in which two students from each grade would be able to toss a pie at their beloved principal. [read MORE]

How to UnMake a Bully: CYBERBULLING to premier on Monday, June 29, at the Madison Theater in Albany

June 3, 2015

Many Scotia-Glenville students were involved in the cast and crew of the 77-minute film, How to Unmake a Bully: CYBERBULLYING.

The film will premier at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at the Madison Theater, Madison and Western avenues, in Albany. Here is a 60-second trailer on YouTube.

This is the seventh film in the series; the first was shot at Glendaal in 2011.

Tickets cost $3 and are available at the door.


Drama Club performing The Little Mermaid Jr. on May 1 and 2

Little MermaidApril 22, 2015

The Middle School Drama Club will perform The Little Mermaid Jr., the story of a mermaid who falls in love with a human, at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 in the Middle School auditorium.

A performance of Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. is a classic Disney title that contains all of the songs from the Academy Award winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show.

Student photoThe Little Mermaid Jr. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she's the girl with the perfect voice. [read MORE]

MS Science Bowl team places second in the car race and third overall

Student photoMarch 7, 2015

Congratulations to Scotia-Glenville Middle School's Science Bowl at GE team, which placed second in the car race and third overall during the Science Bowl competition against several other area school districts.

Randy Jenkins, Academic Head for Science and Mathematics, and Middle School science teacher Sarah Hopek coached the winning team during the competition, which was held at the GE Global Research facility in Niskayuna. [read MORE] camera link icon

Taylor Oathout and Emily Adis give back to their grade 8 social studies classroom

Student photomarch 9, 2015

Most students pass through a year of classes and move on to the next grade - without ever looking back.

Taylor Oathout and Emily Adis looked back when they left grade 8 last year. They spent hours this summer painting a brightly-colored 6-by-12 mural of the United States on the classroom in David Gildersleeve's classroom on the second floor of the middle school. [read MORE] camera link icon

Igniting Minds ready to challenge young minds once again

Applications are available from your child's math teacher; they are due back by Dec. 22

December 10, 2014

Bungee Jumping Barbie…Wind Turbine Design…Roller Coasters …

Beginning on Thursday, January 15, as many as 20 grade 7 students will have the opportunity to work with the GE Volunteers to examine those topics during the 10-week Igniting Minds science and mathematics enrichment program.

The program will run each Thursday from 2:30-3:45 p.m.

In conjunction with General Electric, Scotia-Glenville Middle School is again offering an after-school mathematics and science enrichment program called Igniting Minds. For the 2014-2015 school year, the course will only be available to 7th graders. Please see your 7th grade math teacher for an application. [read MORE]

50 Middle School students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society

November 13, 2014

Congratulations to the newest members of the Scotia-Glenville National Junior Honor Society!

Less than one-quarter of the class qualified for induction this year - making it quite an honor for these students. These students are genuinely a select group.

Students and their families gathered tonight to honor the 50 grade 8 students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society for the 2014-15 school year. There are 207 students in the grade 8 class. The students inducted represent 24 percent of the class. [read MORE]

Middle School students and staff Make a Difference for a dozen S-G homeowners

Student photoOctober 25, 2014

Those lawns buried with leaves and twigs were no match for the two dozen students and staff members who cleaned the yards of 12 seniors citizens today as part of Make a Difference Day.

The cleanup was successful thanks to the 16 students and eight staff members who grabbed rakes and worked in the yards until they were clear. [read MORE] camera link icon

It's time to pick up your PTA Yankee Candle Orders beginning next week!

October 24, 2014

Pick up dates begin next week:
▪ Wednesday, October 29th: 2:30 – 5:30 pm
▪ Monday, November 3rd: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
▪ Wednesday, November 5th: 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Please use the auditorium entrance and follow the signs.

If you have any questions, please contact the fundraiser coordinator, Carol Terwilliger at cterwill@nycap.rr.com or 384-2261.

Halloween Teen Towns canceled on Oct. 31

October 23, 2014

The Teen Towns scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31 have been canceled because of a lack of chaperones.

The next Teen Town will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m. for grade 6 and 7-9 p.m. for grades 7 and 8.

Any parents wanting to volunteer as a chaperone should contact coordinator Diana Myers at dmyers@sgcsd.net.

Middle School Book Fair set for Oct. 20-24; Library Open House scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.Library image

October 17, 2014

The Middle School Scholastic Book Fair will be held from Monday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 24.

Students will attend the fair during school hours with their ELA classes throughout the week and parents are welcome any time. [read MORE]

Students, staff "pink out" to raise money

October 15, 2014Student photo

The vast majority of Middle School students and staff donned something pink today as part of a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
This was part of Spirit Week activiites at the school. [read MORE] camera link icon

Program coverCharacter Education student assembly encourages positive activity

September 24, 2014

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 attended character assemblies today. They ere encouraged to be good student citizens and participate in positive activities. Check out the program here (PDF).

Weekly MS newsletters posted on website

September 12, 2014

The weekly Middle School newsletters, which used to be posted on the school's former Edline page, will now be posted under Hot Topics on the upper right side of this page.

Order your 2014-15 yearbook!Yearbook image

Parents can order the 2014-15 yearbook through the yearbookforever.com link using a credit card.
Search for Scotia-Glenville Middle School and place your order.
[read MORE]

Welcome Back, Middle School students!

Student photoSeptember 4, 2014

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

Orientations set for Aug. 27 and 28

When the 2014-15 class schedules are mailed in mid-August, they will contain letters of welcome from the teams and other information, such as supply lists and information about the upcoming orientations:

Wednesday, August 27, Grade 6 Orientation, 12-3 p.m.

Thursday, August 28, Grades 7/8 Orientation, 12-3 p.m.

Students can purchase their locks ($6.50 each) and their agendas ($7.00 each). Checks should be made out to Scotia-Glenville Middle School. Two separate checks (if paying by check) are preferred.

Supply lists for 2014-15 are available

July 30, 2014

The first day of school - September 4 - will be here before you know it!

Be sure your son or daughter has the supplies he or she will need for classes in the 2014-15 school year.

The supply lists for the five academic teams in the building have been announced. They are:

Team Y.O.D.A. - Grade 8

Team Shamrock - Grades 7/8

Challengers Team - Grade 7

Team Legacy - Grade 6

Team Rocket - Grade 6

Middle School students trade barbs over the benefits and shortfalls of same sex education

June 17, 2014 Student photo

Same sex education - with all boys in a school or all girls in a school - is not something on which everybody can agree.

The Middle School Scotia Scholars found that out but didn't back down from a feisty debate about same sex education last Friday (June 13).

Students traded barbs over the hot topic. [READ MORE] camera link icon

Percussionist Zorkie Nelzon brings native drum lessons from Ghana to music classes

Student photoJune 5, 2014

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Well-known area percussionist Zorkie Nelson clapped his handed to that beat as he sat in front of a class of music students. He asked students, who were sitting in a circle, to clap to the beat and rhythm with him.

"Now, we just do that on this," he said, moving his hands to a hand-made drum from his native Ghana in western Africa while continuing the beat.

Nelson brought his skills to grades 6, 7 and 8 general music classes taught by Susan Weisman this week. [READ MORE] camera link icon

Free lunch programs offered at Collins Park and City View Church beginning June 30

Summer is a tough time for many families. Thanks to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry and volunteers from Union College, families won't have to worry about lunches this summer. Free lunches will be offered at Collins Park and City View Church in Scotia beginning June 30. [read MORE]

SUMMER READING @ Your SG Library program announced by library media specialists

June 4, 2014

For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, the S-G Library Media Specialist’s recommend some fabulous books to consider reading this summer.

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]


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