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June 2014

June 28, 2014

More than a quarter of the 176 graduates in the Class of 2014 who walked across the stage at Proctor's Theater today had a four-year cumulative average of 90 percent or higher.

To be precise, 45 students (25.6 percent) had a 90 percent or higher average for their high school careers.

Today's was Scotia-Glenville's 106th commencement ceremony.

The Class of 2014, while among the smallest S-G graduating classes in recent memory, had a large number of students who excelled. Seniors walked away with thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards at the May 30 Senior Awards assembly. [read MORE] camera link icon

The Scotia-Glenville Board of Education is meeting in special session at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at the District Office.

Board members will be interviewing candidates in executive session for the principal position at Sacandaga Elementary School.

June 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

June 25, 2014

Scotia-Glenville is joining with neighboring school districts Mohonasen and Schalmont to offer a combined Summer School in 2014 for students entering grades 7-12 for students who failed one or more courses during the regular school year or who wish to improve their grade in a subject or on a Regents exam.

There is NO COST for the program.

There will be two sessions daily from July 7 to Aug. 14:

▪ Period One: 8:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

▪ Period Two: 10:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

▪ Scotia-Glenville High School guidance office (for S-G students entering grades 7-12): Wednesday, July 2, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. [READ MORE about summer school] 

Board of Education recognizes retiring staff members and distinguished students

June 23, 2014

The Board of Education recognized 11 retiring staff members with a combined 237.5 years of service to Scotia-Glenville. Board members also recognized five members of the Class of 2014 for Outstanding Student Leadership Awards.

Read what was said about the retirees

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Read what was said about the students

 June 23, 2014

Some of the fifth-graders may not remember the leprechaun traps from kindergarten, the landform projects from grade 3 or the buttons on a string from Twelfth Night in grade 4.

They were reminded of many of their past projects today during "A Walk Down Memory Lane" in the library media center and outside the primary wing door.

Grade 5 teachers Rachel Delgado and Christine DeCarlo created the program with the help of many current and past staff members.  [read MORE]camera link icon

June 17, 2014

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

June 17, 2014

While they were decked out in pink for a day, the fundraiser by the Art Club had a much deeper meaning for everybody involved.

Students and staff donated $255.67 to the High School Art Club's "Pink Palooza" fundraiser on Friday (June 13).
The money will be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
[read MORE] camera link icon

June 9, 2014

The results of the exit survey done at the budget vote have been completed and forwarded to members of the Board of Education. Read the analysis here (PDF).

June 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

***Gr. 2-3 Field Days (AM) and K-1 Field Days (PM) at Glendaal as well as the K-3 Field Days at Glen-Worden scheduled for  Thursday, June 5, are rescheduled to June 6.***


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]

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

June 4, 2014

Jane Ogagan, Kristen Roddy and Brianna Tejada have been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, a reflection of their excellent class work in both Career & Tech classes at the Capital Region BOCES as well as their home schools.

The students achieved a 92 or higher average at Career & Tech, an 85 or higher overall average at their high schools and had five or fewer absences from school. [read MORE]

June 3, 2014

The anti-bullying video made by students and staff at Glendaal, "How to Unmake a Bully, Vol. 3: Stressing the New," will be shown before the movie "Frozen" at the 1036 Madison Theater, Madison Avenue, Albany, this weekend - June 7 and 8 - at 12:50 p.m. [read MORE]


May 2014

May 31, 2014

Many awards and scholarships were announced this morning during the senior awards assembly. As well, the 12 Scholastic Medal recipients in the class of 2014 were also named. [read MORE]

May 20, 2014

The $50.782 million proposed budget for 2014-15 has been approved by a 73.2 percent vote from the community during voting today at the high school - achieving an override of the state's property tax levy cap by achieving more than a 60 percent approval vote.

A bus replacement plan was also approved and incumbents William Pytlovany, David Bucciferro and Pam Carbone were re-elected to the board.

The budget vote was 1,254 in favor (73.2 percent) and 475 against (26.8 percent). The bus purchase plan was approved by a vote of 1,265 (73.3 percent) to 461 (26.7 percent). The candidates received these vote totals: Pytlovany, 1,320 ; Bucciferro,  1,264 and Carbone, 1,287. [read MORE]

May 19, 2014

Here is the official calendar (PDF) adopted by the Board of Education. It includes information about recess days, vacations, conference days and other information.

May 14, 2014

The June 3 Common Core testing and Regents schedule, June 17-25, is here.

May 6, 2014

A 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

May 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]

May 1, 2013

The new elementary reports were piloted this year at all four Scotia-Glenville elementary schools. Now, it is time to see how parents liked the new format and plan for any adjustments going into the 2014-15 school year.

The Report Card Committee is asking parents to take a few minutes to answer the six questions on this survey on this page  [take the survey]


April 2014

April 30, 2014

To celebrate 60 years of Choralaires, the exclusive S-G choral group is inviting alumni to perform at the Friday, June 6 performance - 7:30 p.m. at the high school. Check out this flyer for more information {PDF).

April 29, 2014Baseball image

Grab your lawn chairs and come out to the ballgame – specifically on May 7 – to help S-G business students win $1,000.

On May 7, beginning at 4 p.m. on the baseball diamond behind the high school, Scotia-Glenville’s varsity boys will play Gloversville in league baseball.

This game is more important than the usual sporting event. Students in Michael Parks’ Sports Management class are trying to pump attendance – with the hope of landing a $1,000 prize.
The class has even developed a website to promote the May 7 baseball game and event at http://scoresup.com/Sgsportsmanagement/
[read MORE]

April 21, 2014

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]

April 12, 2014

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] camera link icon

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]

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.

The Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) program provides an opportunity for students to participate in individual or group artistic problem solving. A new series of problems is posed every fall. [MORE]

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]

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]

April 7, 2014

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]

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.

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.

Check out the list of student artists here (PDF).

Grade 3 students at Sacandaga will put on a concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 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. on Thursday, May 29, at Glen-Worden.

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.


March 2014

march 31, 2014

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]

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:


March 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

march 24, 2014

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]

march 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

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/

March 24, 2014

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] camera link icon

March 22, 2014

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:


Daily Gazete

Season overview by Times Union

March 21, 2014

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.

The Scotia-Glenville varsity cheerleaders earned the National Championship at the Contest of Champions on March 2.

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] camera link icon

March 20, 2014

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] camera link icon

March 18, 2014

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]

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.

march 17, 2014

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 17, 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] camera link icon

March 13, 2014

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.

March 10, 2014

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]

March 4, 2014

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]

A compilation of the Community Budget Forum comments is posted here (PDF).

MArch 3, 2014

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]

March 1, 2014

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] camera link icon

March 1, 2014

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 2014

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.

February 24, 2014

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]

February 24, 2014

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]

February 13, 2014

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] camera link icon

February 10, 2014

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]

February 11, 2014

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]

February 10, 2014

Many of the 245 students at Glen-Worden have been reading a lot since the Reading Millionaire program began in October.

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] camera link icon

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

February 4, 2014

Fourteen school community members were recognized tonight for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Scotia-Glenville and its students at the 74th PTA Founders' Day dinner Tuesday night at the Riverstone Manor.

These school community members received Honorary Life Membership Awards: Belinda Fitzgerald, parent; Eric Almond, Robb and Doreen Clemons, Dairy Circus owners; Debbie Collins, staff member; Pamela Bemis, staff member; Christine Robinson, parent; Amy Cremo, parent and staff member; Jim Marx Sr., community member; Maureen Armstrong, staff member; Kate Bellotti, parent; Debra Mancini, staff member; Barb Conti, parent; and Linda Regina, staff member. [MORE] camera link icon

February 4, 2014

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]


January 2014

January 31, 2014

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] camera link icon

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] camera link icon

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] camera link icon

January 28, 2014

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] camera link icon

January 27, 2014

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).

January 24, 2014

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.

January 22, 2014

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 sswartz@sgcsd.net or Robert Hanlon, Communications, at 386-4343 or email at rhanlon@sgcsd.net.

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]

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]

January 16, 2014

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] camera link icon

January 7, 2014

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.


December 2013

December 20, 2013

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

December 17, 2013

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]

December 17, 2013

Because of the weather, all after-school and evening activities are canceled today.
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.

December 16, 2013

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] camera link icon

UPDATED 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

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 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]

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 icon

December 11, 2013

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]

December 10, 2013

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] camera link icon

December 5, 2013

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] camera link icon

December 5, 2013

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]

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.


November 2013

November 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

November 26, 2013

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.

November 25, 2013

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.

November 21, 2013

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!

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]

November 18, 2013

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]

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]

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in
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]

November 15, 2013

The All Sports Booster Club and The Varsity Club will once again host the annual Holiday 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 annual Holiday 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.

November 13, 2013

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] camera link icon

November 7, 2013

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]

November 6, 2013

Why waste all that sun pouring down on our heads every day?

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] camera link icon

November 1, 2013

Grade 5 teacher Jeannine Dowdle introduced her second therapy dog, Micah, to the 360+ students at Sacandaga Elementary School during an assembly today.

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] camera link icon


October 2013

October 25, 2013

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] camera link icon

October 24, 2013

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] camera link icon

October 23, 2013

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] camera link icon

October 18, 2013

Elementary pupils at Scotia-Glenville will be able to feast on a free breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 31 thanks to a promotion by Chartwells.
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.

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]

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]

October 15, 2013

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] camera link icon

October 8, 2013

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]

October 2, 2013

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] camera link icon


September 2013

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]

September 24, 2013

Megan Carpenter is the smart, quiet girl who sits in the back of the classroom.

"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] camera link icon

September 19, 2013

The Scotia Glenville All Sports Booster Club is holding a fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant at Rotterdam Square Mall on Wednesday, September 25 from 5 to 8pm. Simply bring this coupon (PDF) along and 15% of your total bill will go to the Booster Club.

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]

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] camera link icon

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]


August 2013

August 27, 2013

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]

August 15, 2013

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.

August 15, 2013

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] camera link icon

August 12, 2013

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]

August 7, 2013

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]


July 2013

July 26, 2013

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 download the 2013-14 application and 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 school. The list of schools and phone numbers is here.
[menus page has more information]

July 25, 2013

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]

July 22, 2013

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]

July 22, 2013

David Bucciferro, two years into his first term on the Board of Education, was elected as the board's vice president by a 4 to 3 vote tonight.

Colleen Benedetto, the vice president during the 2012-13 school year, received three votes. [MORE] camera link icon

July 22, 2013Maureen Long

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] camera link icon

July 22, 2013

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]

July 19, 2013

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)

July 8, 2013

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]








June 2013

June 28, 2013

Camp Invention is coming to Scotia-Glenville Central School District this summer!

Camp Invention is a great way to keep your child inventing, discovering, exploring and achieving while having fun this summer.

Glendaal Library Media Specialist Deb Byrne will oversee the program this year.

Call 800-968-4332 or visit www.campinvention.org to register!

June 28, 2013

Tonight's Jumpin' Jacks fireworks at Collins Park are canceled and rescheduled to July 12.

The Scotia Police Department said all related activities in Collins and Freedom parks scheduled for Friday night have been canceled due to unsafe conditions of the Mohawk River caused by Thursday night's and Friday's heavy rains.

The height and current of the river have made it unsafe to transport the fireworks crew and the fireworks to the site on the island.

Includes videos

June 22, 2013

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.

They may become freshman at college, begin a new job, start military service or take time to think about their next steps.

The Class of 2013 received their diplomas - 239 of them - today in front of thousands of family members and friends.  [MORE] camera link icon

June 21, 2013

Remember, it will be broadcast live through Gradushare - you don't have to miss a thing! Check out more here.

June 21, 2013

With summer arriving, students and families will be able to grab a free lunch every Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Collins Park, Schonowee Avenue, Scotia. The program begins next Monday, June 24, and ends on Friday, August 16.

 Just come to lunch – no sign-up is necessary!

Sponsored by Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM). Lunch provided by Campus Kitchens of Union College.

June 20, 2013

The Westbrook sisters - kindergartners Mackenzie and Morgan and Maya in grade 2 - already have that giving spirit: they began the Scotia-Glenville-wide effort to collect items for the families torn apart by tornados in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20 and 30.

And they made the effort personal - the girls donated their birthday gifts to children in Oklahoma that they may never meet. [MORE] camera link icon

June 17, 2013

The third "How to UNMake a Bully" student-featured video has debuted at Glendaal. This video shows how students can manage and overcome stress and cope with new things in their lives, like a new school, new class and a new diagnosis. [MORE] YouTube video

June 12, 2013

Check out the results of the budget exit poll! Thanks to the 341 voters who completed the poll, shared their thoughts and helped us better understand our Scotia-Glenville community. [MORE]

June 10, 2013

The Board of Education recognized 19 Scotia-Glenville staff members who are retiring with a combined 337 years of experience.

The board also recognized five members of the Class of 2013 with Outstanding Student Leadership Awards. [MORE] camera link icon

JUNE 10, 2013

Students in the Middle School Sign Language Club updated the Board of Education about its tee-shirt fundraiser to aid the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. They sold 79 shirts and raised $150 for One Fund Boston - an organization that is supporting those affected by the bombings.  [MORE] camera link icon

June 6, 2013

The Scotia Glenville Varsity Sports Awards Night was held last night at Union College. The Senior Varsity Plaque winners were recognized along with team highlights and the announcement of the 2013 Tartans of the Year: seniors Cassie Broadhead and Mitchell Forshey. [MORE]


May 2013

May 31, 2013

Dozens of high school students were recognized today at the annual awards assembly. Check out all of the awards and scholarship winners, including the Scholastic Honor Award recipients pictured below: [MORE]

May 29, 2013

Seniors and parents - please consider these few reminders to make it the best day for everybody! [MORE]

May 22, 2013

Because of the heavy rains, the 85th annual Scotia Memorial Day parade is canceled. There is no makeup date. Next year's Memorial Day parade is scheduled for May 21, 2014.

May 22, 2013

Songtime 2013 will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Scotia-Glenville High School auditorium.

The Choralaires - the high school's premier vocal group - will present The Music of Disney and also featuring Robert Ray's Gospel Mass.

Tickets to this annual program are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and seniors.

May 16, 2013

The Middle School Sign Language Club is selling tee shirts to raise money for One Fund Boston - an organization that is supporting those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon - and to prove that Tartans Boston. [MORE] camera link icon

May 15, 2013

The library and room A-30 were buzzing with the wonders of scientific research as 13 Scotia-Glenville students showed the collaborative work they had done over the past few years in the college-level Science Research course before an audience of family and friends. [MORE]

May 14, 2013

Lincoln Elementary students in kindergarten to grade 3 are learning about the Amazon Rainforest as they cover their hallways walls in bright, vibrant colors highlighted by eagles, birds, turtles, ants, lizards and a host of other native creatures to the forest. [MORE] camera link icon

May 14, 2013

The 2013-14 calendar has been approved by the Board of Education. [download PDF]

May 7, 2013

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

June 10: Rating Day at the High School - NO STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-12 ATTEND TODAY

  June 14: Rating Day at the Middle School - NO STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 ATTEND TODAY

Those days will be used by teachers and staff to grade local exams and other required end-of-year non-Regents student exams. [MORE]

May 7, 2013

The formal hearing on the 2013-14 budget proposal and the opportunity to hear from the three candidates for two seats on the Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 at the Middle School cafeteria.

Here is information about the 2013-14 budget

Here is information about the Board of Education candidates

May 1, 2013

Three Scotia-Glenville High School music groups featuring more than 150 students in the Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Choralaires received top scores at the Baltimore Music Festival last weekend, April 25-28. [MORE]

May 1, 2013

Scotia-Glenville High School student Christian Rizzuto, currently in grade 11, will attend the prestigious summer pre-med program at The University of Pennsylvania. [MORE]


April 2013

April 30, 2013

The Scotia-Glenville Middle School Drama Club
presents “Into the Wood’s, Jr." on Friday and Saturday, May 10th and 11th at the Anne B. Sterman Auditorium at the Middle School.

The shows are at 7 p.m. both nights.

Tickets are available by contacting the school office ( 518-382-1263/347-3600 EXT. 51101) or Pam Bemis by email and at the door:

· Adults: $8
· Students and non-resident seniors: $5
· Qualifying S-G senior citizens with a pass from District Office: free

April 22, 2013

Three candidates are seeking two open Board of Education seats during the May 21 community vote at the high school. The seats each carry three-year terms and are unpaid.

Petitions were due by 5 p.m. today in the business office. [MORE] camera link icon

April 23, 2013

The Business Education Department has announced that 20 sophomores, juniors and seniors have been inducted into the 2012-2013 New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society. [MORE]

April 11, 2013

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]

April 12, 2013

The Class of 2013 will be stars - right to the end! GradUShare, a local non-profit company, will provide a free live broadcast of the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, from Proctor's Theater. [MORE]

April 11, 2013

The boys' modified lacrosse team joined forces with the high school's Fuel Up to Play 60 Fitness and Nutrition Club after school today in the high school fitness center. Students used the equipment and worked up a sweat. [MORE] camera link icon

April 11, 2013

The Board of Education tonight adopted a $49.1 million spending plan for the 2013-14 school year that increases spending by 2.76 percent and the tax levy by 4.46 percent.

Board members also offered an incentive to retiring teachers and secretaries, a move designed to save money and restore some of the $751,000 in spending cuts made while the budget was being developed over the past six weeks. [MORE]

April 8, 2013

The 30 community members at tonight's  Community Budget Forum spoke with one voice on at least one issue: Scotia-Glenville staff should be willing to take a pay freeze in order to preserve programs such as OPAL, elementary music and athletics.  [MORE] camera link icon

April 8, 2013

The Campaign Against Cancer announced today that it will partner with Scotia-Glenville Middle School on a coin drive from April 8 to May 8 called Coins Against Cancer. [MORE]

April 2, 2013

Whether writing about December Trouble, their mothers, a friend or The Coral Reef, 20 students shared a part of themselves as they read their original works of poetry during the Honors English 7 Poetry Night before dozens of parents, grandparents and friends. [MORE] camera link icon

April 2, 2013

Senior Collin Campbell's good luck won $1,000 for Scotia-Glenville's track and field team from Fleet Feet on Wolf Road in Colonie. [MORE] camera link icon


March 2013

March 27, 2013

These 38 members of the Class of 2014 - all current year juniors - were inducted to the National Honor Society tonight during a ceremony at the high school. [MORE]

March 27, 2013

Sophomore John Dean won two awards at the  Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair at RPI. His project was entitled “Creating a Portable Version of a Nintendo 63 Gaming System.” [MORE] camera link icon

March 25, 2013

Board of Education members tonight said they did not support the additional $519,290 in Tier 3 reductions that Superintendent Susan Swartz presented to the proposed 2013-14 budget tonight, opting to present a budget to the community that exceeds the school district's state property tax levy cap. [MORE]

A Community Budget Forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at the Middle School cafeteria. The Board of Education expects to adopt the 2013-14 budget in a special session at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.


UPDATE March 23, 2013

Three Scotia-Glenville teams - two from the middle school and one from the high school - fared well against dozens of other school teams from across the state today during the state Odyssey of the Mind competition at Binghamton University. [MORE]

March 21,2013

The high school auditorium stage will be converted to the Iowa State Fair, circa 1946, this weekend as the Drama Club performs the musical State Fair. [MORE] camera link icon

March 19, 2013

Superintendent Susan Swartz presented the first phase of 2013-14 budget reductions, totaling more than $750,000, but offered to restore them if Scotia-Glenville staff accepts a "hard" pay freeze in the coming school year. [MORE]

March 18, 2013

Chartwells, the company that administers the breakfast and lunch programs at Scotia-Glenville, would like to hear from parents and students about the program. Please reply to these surveys by April 1. [MORE]

March 16, 2013

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. [MORE]

March 14, 2013

Why not seek a seat on the Board of Education? You would be working with the school administration to guide the education for the nearly 2,700 students at Scotia-Glenville. [MORE]

S-G students and a teacher recognized by Y

March 14, 2013

Eight S-G seniors and teacher Kathleen Brooks were recognized this morning as "Outstanding Students and Educators" by the Greater Glenville and Schenectady branches of the Capital District YMCA. [MORE] camera link icon

March 11, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Superintendent Susan Swartz will continue the arduous process of reviewing the proposed school budget to determine what areas can be reduced by nearly $1.3 million without impacting "the essence" of Scotia-Glenville while continuing to provide opportunities for students.  [MORE]

March 5, 2013

The Board of Education will NOT close an elementary school in 2013-14 to fill its budget shortfall but will ask the governor and legislative leaders to restore funding that has cost Scotia-Glenville more than $12 million since 2010. [MORE]

March 5, 2013

Senior Emily Houlihan has been selected as one of two students or "delegates" from New York State to attend the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia from June 26 to July 20. [MORE]

March 5, 2013

There will be a lot more Zumba, kickboxing, Pilates and other activities at the high school thanks to a $2,500 grant the school received from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. [MORE]

MArch 4, 2013

UPDATE: Of the 12 Odyssey of the Mind teams from Scotia-Glenville who competed on Saturday at Shenendehowa, six of them placed (came in first, second or third) and three of the teams will advance to the state-level competition at Binghamton University on Saturday, March 23. [MORE]

March 4, 2013

The Scotia-Glenville Middle School team outdistanced other school teams at the National Science Bowl regional qualifying tournament at the GE Global Research competition this weekend. [MORE] camera link icon

March 4, 2013

The State Fair musical will be performed by the Drama Club on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. District seniors are free with a district pass from the District Office.

March 1. 2013

Senior Haley Stuart, who has played on the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band since she was in middle school, was carrying a pretty big trophy around school for the past few days - the Robert Smith Air Shield and British Airways Cup - to recognize the band's first place standing in the World Pipe Band Championship last August. [MORE] camera link icon


February 2013

February 25, 2013

Superintendent Susan Swartz presented the first version of the 2013-14 budget tonight, showing a $2.069 million shortfall between the current budget and a "carry over" budget that would maintain all existing programs. [MORE]

February 25, 2013

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting/retreat at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the District Office, 900 Preddice Parkway, Scotia. There will be no business conducted and no opportunity for public comment. Here is the agenda (PDF).

February 25, 2013

Once again, Glendaal has received a grant from the Fuel Up To Play 60 program to extend and promote the importance of healthy eating and physical activity at the school. The most recent grant totaled $1,500. [MORE]

February 15, 2013

For more than two hours today, Glendaal's nearly 300 students showed spirit and sweat as they worked through six stations where they "skated" down the hallway on carpet pieces, did jumping jacks and stretches, played trivia and learned the importance of good dental health. [MORE] camera link icon

February 14, 2013

The smells of s'mores, blueberry oatmeal squares and Italian vegetables wafted through B-wing after school today as the Fuel Up to Play 60 Fitness and Nutrition Club cooked up some treats for Valentine's Day. [MORE] camera link icon

February 11, 2013

Grade 9 student Kelsey Jessup is representing Scotia-Glenville in the CASS (Capital Area Art Supervisors) juried 3-Dimension Art Show 2013. The artwork will be on display at the Mohonasen High School art gallery until March 1. [MORE]

February 7, 2013

The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12 at the Middle School to consider raising the income levels allowing for a partial school tax exemption for homeowners over age 65. [MORE]

February 7, 2013

Two Middle School students were involved in an incident in which five bullets were found. Both have been suspended. This letter is going home today with students about the incident (PDF).

February 6, 2013

Twelve community members were recognized for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Scotia-Glenville children at the 73rd PTA Founders' Day dinner Tuesday night at the Riverstone Manor. [MORE] camera link icon

February 4, 2013

The community heard during a Feb. 4 Community Safety Forum that the six Scotia-Glenville schools are receiving a top to bottom review of safety procedures by an outside consultant. [MORE]


January 2013

January 29, 2013

Seniors Emily Houlihan and Christian Onderdonk-Milne will present their research papers at the Regional Science Symposium at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS on Saturday, Feb. 2. [MORE]
: Emily Houlihan received an honors medal at the symposium.

January 25, 2013

Scotia Glenville’s French Club is hosting its first ever Café Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in high school room B-26 at 2:30 p.m., right after school! We will offer foods such as jambalaya, pralines and sweet tea. For your convenience, you may either dine in or take out. Come join us to celebrate Mardi Gras and be ready to party!

S-G stakeholders attend regional forum

January 17, 2013

With a fifth straight year of significant state revenue reductions looming, Scotia-Glenville stakeholders are participating in a region-wide event, "Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril – Running Out of Time & Options," on Jan. 31 to draw attention to the fiscal crisis facing public schools. You can join Scotia-Glenville's stakeholder team at this event. [MORE]

January 17, 2013

A Community Safety Forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at the Middle School cafeteria. The forum will discuss safety procedures and possible changes at the six schools. The forum will be followed by the Board of Education meeting (location changed to the Middle School).

January 10, 2013

They all agreed...it was so obvious to these grade 7 students. Igniting Minds forces students to stretch their thinking. [MORE] camera link icon

January 8, 2013

More than four dozen Scotia-Glenville high school and middle school students will participate in the Schenectady All-County Music Festival on February 2. This year, the festival will be held at Mohonasen High School, Curry Road, Rotterdam. [MORE]

January 8, 2013

Chartwells, the company that administers Scotia-Glenville's breakfast and lunch program, is sponsoring a free breakfast promotion until Jan. 18 at the six schools. Check out the schedule for each school here [MORE]

January 7, 2013

Glen-Worden's "Kids Giving to Kids" holiday program was able to send  17 boxes full of gifts and gift cards to PS 37 in Staten Island, NY, a school that works exclusively with students who have disabilities. [MORE] camera link icon


December 2012

December 27, 2012

Middle School students took to the stage to show off their talents during the Snowcase Showcase talent show held on Dec. 21 in the auditorium. [MORE] camera link icon

December 21, 2012

High school students today were able to donate $1 to the Caps for Collin fundraiser. The donation allowed the students to wear a cap in school. [MORE]

December 20, 2012

Superintendent Susan Swartz is sending this letter home with students regarding safety measures at Scotia-Glenville schools (PDF).

December 18, 2012

The Life Skills class at the high school held its annual "Holiday Shop." They sold crafts, home-made dog biscuits and other festive items. The class donated its profits to the American Red Cross to go toward relief for Hurricane Sandy victims downstate.

December 16, 2012

The tragic events from Newtown, Connecticut on Friday remind us all how precious life is and how important it is for parents, schools and communities to continue working together to ensure that schools are safe havens for students to learn and teachers to teach.  [MOREIncludes parent resource links.

December 13, 2012

The NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Fitness and SNACS Nutrition Club hosted 36 students in an after-school Zumba class today at the high school. They learned a new Latin dance and burned off calories and study stress at the same time.

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

December 11, 2012

Middle School students Dakota Rivera and Aidan Chaffin were victorious again at the revamped Scotia-Glenville Spelling Bee and will represent S-G at the Capital Region Spelling Bee on March 13, 2013 at Proctor’s Theatre. [MORE]

December 10, 2012

Students in Rick Warren's Grade 12 English class went from research to test drives as they explored the ins and outs of five alternative fuel vehicles. [MORE] camera link icon

December 7, 2012Student photo

Members of the Dance Club did the advance work for this year's Student Council Winter Dance, with a “Superhero” theme featuring Spider Man, Hulk and others straight from the minds of S-G students in grades 6, 7 and 8. [MORE] camera link icon

December 6, 2012

Seven faculty members at the Middle School agreed to grow their beards to encourage students to bring in canned goods and other non-perishables to be donated to the Scotia Food Pantry. [MORE] camera link icon


November 2012

November 28, 2012

While grade 5 teacher Jeannine Dowdle would have been comfortable with a couple of rats in her science classroom, her therapy dog Sadie made a bigger splash for sure today when she was introduced to the 380 students at Sacandaga Elementary School. [MORE] camera link icon

November 27, 2012

The Board of Education has approved an extension of Superintendent Susan Swartz's contract with a 2% pay increase and merit incentive plan based on her performance. [MORE]

November 27, 2012

Middle School students and staff collected food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, painting supplies, blankets, clothes and other non-perishables to send to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Members of the National Junior Honor Society stand with the items. Guidance Counselor Aimee McGinnis is the NJHS advisor. Click the photo to enlarge it.

NOvember 21, 2012

UPDATE Scotia-Glenville staff helped to "Fill a Bus" with holiday items today for the Schenectady City Mission Holiday Store during the Superintendent's Conference Day at the high school. [MORE] camera link icon

November 19, 2012

Senior Cassie Broadhead, who has played on S-G’s varsity basketball team since eighth grade, plans to sign a letter of intent to play for the Division 1 BYU Cougars next year.
She will attend on a full four-year athletic scholarship.
The ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the lobby of the New Gym in the rear of Scotia-Glenville High School, Sacandaga Road, Scotia. [MORE] camera link icon

November 14, 2012

The High School Drama Club collected $750 during its performances of  "A Haunting We Will Go" on Nov. 2, 3 and 4 that has been donated to the American Red Cross to go toward Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

November 9, 2012

As of Friday, Nov. 16, all www.MyNutriKids.com accounts that allow parents to pre-pay for their child's breakfast or lunch at Scotia-Glenville will transition to www.mySchoolBucks.com. The programs operate in a similar fashion.

Current MyNutriKids users should have received an email from the company about the change. No action should be required on the part of current users.

November 9, 2012

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the District Office, Preddice Parkway, Scotia.
Board members will interview candidates for the high school dean/athletic director position.
The meeting will be held in executive session; there will be no public session.

November 5, 2012

If Tuesday's election were held by voice vote, Barack Obama would have easily sailed to re-election at Lincoln Elementary today. His name was echoing through the hallways at Lincoln Elementary today as students marched to the mock presidential convention. [MORE] camera link icon

November 1, 2012

The November 5 Board of Education meeting is canceled and will be rescheduled within the next two weeks.
Instead, at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, Board of Education members will interview two candidates for the Fine Arts director position. That meeting will be held at the District Office, Preddice Parkway, Scotia.
The meeting will be held in executive session; there will be no public session.


October 2012

October 26, 2012

Doors at Glen-Worden were locked for a short time today because of a possible threat against one of our students from an individual outside of the school. Here is the letter being sent home by Principal Mark McCarthy today. [MORE] PDF

October 25, 2012

All that huffing and puffing heard in the hallways and fields at Sacandaga today was for a good cause: collecting food items to help the needy and the Scotia-Glenville food pantry. [MORE] camera link icon

October 23, 2012

The annual All Sports Booster Club Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the new gymnasium at S-G High School. Here is the letter to crafters, reservation form and gym layout. [MORE]

October 22, 2012

The Board of Education tonight accepted the final auditor reports from Marvin and Company for the school's district's 2011-12 finances.

2011-12 final audit report

2011-12 extraclassroom funds report

October 19, 2012

Student actors and actresses took to the stage today to rehearse for the High School Drama Club's production of a ghostly murder mystery, "A Haunting We Will Go." Performances will be at the high school auditorium on Nov. 2, 3 and 4. [MORE] camera link icon

October 11, 2012

It was a time of "Material Girl" Madonna, Michael Jackson's Moonwalk, Pac-Man and The Huxtables on The Cosby Show. Scotia-Glenville Middle School students only study the 1980s in history books these days. But today was part of Spirit Week and 80's Decade Day. [MORE] camera link icon

october 2, 2012

Go Home Early Drill - Friday, October 5, 2012
All Scotia-Glenville students will be released 15 minutes early on Friday, Oct. 5 so that the school district can participate in the annual test of its School Emergency Management Plans.


September 2012

September 28, 2012

As students across New York State prepare for the Common Core Learning Standards, being implemented in 45 states, there will be an increase in testing in schools to better determine where students are academically and where they need assistance. [MORE]

september 25, 2012

The Oct. 1 Board of Education meeting has been canceled. Board members will hold a work session/retreat at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 at the District Office.

September 24, 2012

Area community members have begun the Scotia-Glenville Education Foundation. It is in its infancy and can use your support and participation. An organizational meeting was held this month and future meetings are being planned in October.
Check out the foundation's website.

September 18, 2012

About 15 high school students converged on the City Mission of Schenectady tonight to help serve meals to residents and others who come to the mission. [MORE] camera link icon

September 11, 2012

The Odyssey of the Mind program will hold informational meetings on Monday, Sept. 17 for elementary students and on Tuesday, Sept. 25 for MS/HS students. Check here for more information. [MORE]

September 6, 2012

More than 2,800 students returned to classes today at Scotia-Glenville's six schools. Check out some of the scenes from Opening Day. [MORE] camera link icon


August 2012

August 28, 2012

This welcome letter from new Middle School Principal Robert Cosmer will be mailed this week to parents. Read it here. [MORE] PDF

August 15, 2012

These Open Houses will be held in the next few weeks:

Grade 6 - Tuesday, Aug. 28:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grades 7 and 8 - Wednesday, Aug. 29:
8-10 a.m. - NEW grades 7 and 8 students
10 a.m. to 12 - grade 7 and 8 student agendas and lock sales.

August 13, 2012

The Board of Education tonight adopted school tax rates for Glenville that are 3.24% higher than the 2011-12 school year. That figure is slightly above the 2.93% predicted when voters considered the $47.829 million budget in May. [MORE]

August 9, 2012

Student school lunch prices and a-la-carte prices will increase by 5 cents in the 2012-13 school year. Elementary lunches will be $1.70 and secondary lunches will be $1.90. Lunch programs will become more healthy this year under federal legislation. Read more about it here. [MORE]

August 8, 2012

The Scotia-Glenville 2012-13 district calendar will be mailed to homes by the end of August. It shows events for each day, such as Meet the Teacher Nights, PTA meetings, etc. The calendar is available here. [MORE]

August 8, 2012

The first day of school is Thursday, Sept. 6 - right around the corner! Here are classroom supply lists for grades 9-12. [MORE]

August 8, 2012

It's a fair bet that many of those attending "The Nifty Fifty United States" program at Lincoln Elementary today didn't know that Minnesota has 10,000 lakes. Or that the first traffic light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio. Or that the first McDonald's restaurant opened in Illinois. [MORE] camera link icon


July 2012

JULY 26, 2012

UPDATE - PLEASE NOTE - Beginning on Friday, July 27, the MIDDLE SCHOOL parking lots will be closed for seal coating. Anyone with middle school business should park in the street along the grass and walk into the building. The high school parking lot will be sealed in the near future.

July 18, 2012

The testing page has been updated with the state results released today for Scotia-Glenville, grades 3-8. [MORE]

July 9, 2012

Board of Education President Pamela Carbone was elected to a fourth one-year term as board president during tonight's 2012-13 board reorganizational meeting. Colleen Benedetto was elected to a first one-year term as vice president.


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