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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.

Elementary reader suggestions can be found on the library web page at http://sglmc.wikispaces.com/home

Middle School and High School readers can see suggestions on both the Middle School and High School Library pages http://www.sgcsd.net/MS/library/index.html

High School, Middle School Test Rating Days announced

May 27, 2014

The high school and middle school have announced test rating/scoring days:

Monday, June 16: Rating Day at the High School - NO STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-12 WILL ATTEND TODAY

Friday, June 20: Rating day at the Middle School - NO STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 WILL ATTEND TODAY

***Accelerated students in grade 8 who are taking the Integrated Algebra Exam should report to the High School for that Regents Exam on June 20.  [read MORE]

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

Bob Holmes 'lives in gyms' because he has one mission: save a teenager's life

Student photoMay 6, 2014

 Bob Holmes is a man with a mission: to save one teenager's life.

"That's why I live in a gym," Holmes, who has been spreading his message for 27 years, told grade 8 students today. "If I can play volleyball until I'm 85 years old and can't walk any more, then I'll keep going Last year, 300,000 teenagers tried to kill themselves - that is more than died in the Iraq war. If I can save one of those lives, it is worth my efforts. A life is worth fighting for."

Holmes brought his One-Man Volleyball Game to the students at the Middle School in the morning and to physical education classes at the high school in the afternoon. He was also planning a 7 p.m. appearance at the high school for the community. [read 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]

Drama Club presents Shrek the Musical on March 28, 29 and 30 at the high school

Student photoMarch 28, 2014

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] camera link icon

MS students try their feet at kickboxing

Student photomarch 26, 2014

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] camera link icon

Movie Night on March 27 to feature three original movies about fighting bullying

March 18, 2014Image

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 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]

Middle School team places first in
Capital Region Science Bowl

MArch 1, 2014 Student photo

The Scotia-Glenville Middle School took first place at the Capital Region Science Bowl for building and engineering a small electric car of a battery and motor that is powerful enough to carry a 1.5 lbs salt container down a 60 foot (20 meters) track.

Competing teams are given the same battery and motor, but all other aspects of design and construction are the responsibility of students.

The S-G Middle School team included these students: Keith Ogden, John Toftegaard, Addison Schaub, Mary Yuen and Thomas Omicinski. Approximately 20 parents were there for the day to support their students. [MORE] camera link icon

Annual Snowcase Showcase show highlights middle school student talent

December 20, 2013 Student photo

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] camera link icon

MS students sport Groucho Mark-style moustaches and raise $428 for the American Cancer Society

Student photoUPDATED with student photos!

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] camera link icon

Calling all budding scientists and mathematicians in grade 7! Sign up for Igniting Minds by Dec. 20

December 13, 2013

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 so, your student needs to get an application for the program from their math teachers and return it by next Friday, Dec. 20.  [MORE]

Teen Town canceled - Friday, Dec. 13

December 13, 2013

Because there were not enough parent chaperones (17 chaperones are needed for safety reasons), both the grade 6 Teen Town and grades 7/8 Teen Town is canceled tonight.

There are other Teen Towns for grades 6, 7 and 8 scheduled for January, February and March.

For $1, students can also wear facial hair to benefit the American Cancer Society

December 12, 2013

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] camera link iconStaff photo

Students wear pajamas, listen to Ipods and don hats to raise money for anti-bully video

Student photoNovember 26, 2013

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] camera link icon


Scotia-Glenville National Junior Honor Society inducts 62 grade 8 students

November 14, 2013

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]

Common Core math websites help parents to help their children in grades 6-8Math Tech Support

This Math Tech Support flyer shows how the
i-Ready and digits websites can help parents to help their children with the difficult math lessons they are facing in the classroom - and all from the convenience of their computers. [MORE - PDF]

Ready to pick up your Middle School PTA Yankee Candle order?

The Middle School Yankee Candle fundraiser orders are in and will be available for pickup on the following dates:

Thursday, November 7 from 3-6 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12 from 5-8 p.m. and

Wednesday November 13 from 5-8 p.m.

Pickups will be in the Middle School modified locker room area.

Scotia-Glenville parents to learn about the tools to help their children with their school work at Math Night on Wednesday, Oct. 23

October 17, 2013

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 schools during a charity softball game in Collins Park on Saturday, Oct. 19

October 16, 2013

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]

APPR composite scores for teachers and principals to be released after Oct. 18Parent Guide

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]

MS students learn about building character and fighting bullying at the same timeassembly slide

September 27, 2013

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]

Pictavo logoOrder your 2013-14 yearbook today!
September 19, 2013
Parents can order the Middle School yearbook online before March 3, 2014. Click on the image above to learn more about placing your order online using a credit card. [MORE]

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]

Check out the Samaritan Counseling Center's E-Newsletter about bullying and cyberbullying

As parents, we have to prepare our children for the possible stresses that come with the social aspects of school. One of the most prevalent issues in schools is bullying.
Learn more about dealing with bullying and cyberbullying from the Samaritan Counseling Center E-Newsletter. [MORE]

Scotia-Glenville students return to school for a year of challenges and adventuresStudent photo

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 debuts at Scotia-Glenville!
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August 27, 2013 Parent Today badge

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]

Bell schedulePrincipal Robert Cosmer's welcome back letter and new bell schedule

August 27, 2013

Principal Robert Cosmer has mailed a letter to all grades 6-8 students and parents. The letter includes the revised bell schedule that classes will follow beginning on opening day, Friday, September 6. Here is Mr. Cosmer's letter (PDF) Here is the new bell schedule (PDF).

The 2013-14 calendar will be mailed to homes by Aug. 23; you can check it out now

August 15, 2013

CalendarThe 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.

School supply lists available for download

August 7, 2013

Believe it or not, the First Day of school - Friday, September 6 - is less than a month away!

Below are the classroom supply lists for the 2013-14 school year. Please use these as guidelines as you shop for back-to-school supplies. They are subject to change or a teacher may require additional items once the school year begins. [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]


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Monday, July 28, 2014:

CANCELED Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., District Office

Monday, August 11, 2014:

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., District Office

Monday, August 25, 2014:

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., District Office

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014:

Classes begin, grades 1-12

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014:

Kindergarten students begin classes




Click here for Scotia-Glenville calendar information


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