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June 2016

Glendaal buddy teams get a workout at Camp Cardinal in honor of the Summer Olympics

June 20, 2016

Whether it was balancing a ball on a stick, scooting across mats Army style, filling a bottle of water by hand or taste testing healthy snacks, buddy teams of students at Glendaal today got a workout in the name of the Summer Olympics this summer in Brazil.

There was something for everybody at Camp Cardinal Down Under!...even the chocolate lover. Chocolate chips were part of the healthy snacks? "Dark chocolate is good for your heart," cheered one obviously happy young man.

The day began with a dedication to Carol Atkins, who is retiring as Glendaal's physical education teacher, as the "best physical education teacher at Glendaal" complete with a gold medal. [Read MORE] camera link icon

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

June 17, 2016

"What do you call a bear with no teeth?"

"A gummi bear"

"How do you know the ocean is friendly?"

"It keeps waving."

These were just two of the nuggets of humor shared at today's buddy assembly at Sacandaga Elementary School by teams of students - one student in grade 5 and one in a younger grade. Tall and short. Loud and quiet. The differences were obvious but the jokes and songs brought them together. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Students bring reading series to life by collecting items for children at Albany Med.

JUne 17, 2016

It’s easy to be selfish – to care only about yourself and not think about anybody else.

It takes a lot more effort to think beyond yourself and to others. What can I do help others? How can I give back to the community around me?

Grade 3 students at Lincoln, who are 8 and 9 years old, did a very adult thing after their reading series at school highlighted efforts about “how can I make a difference in my community.”  [Read MORE] camera link icon

Board of Education recognizes retiring staff members and outstanding students

june 13, 2016

The Board of Education this evening honored nine staff retiring staff members (who have 209 years of experience between them).

In addition, board members recognized six outstanding students during a special ceremony. [Read MORE] camera link icon

2016-17 school calendar adopted by the Board of Education

June 14, 2016

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

Congratulations to Scotia-Glenville High School's 2016 Scholastic Medal Honor Award recipients

June 8, 2016

Congratulations to the 11 Class of 2016 Scholastic Medal Honor Award recipients!

The medals are given to the members of the graduating class who have completed their studies with the highest achievement. They will receive the medals at graduation on June 25 at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady. [Read MORE] camera link icon

YMCA to offer summer 2016 camps

JUne 7, 2016

The YMCA will offer four summer camps this summer for students up to grade 8. Click here or on the image at left to learn more.

Grade 3 students show off their knowledge and research at State Fair

camera link iconJUne 6, 2016

Are there really more cows in Vermont than people? Delaware was the first state?

From Arkansas and Alabama to Wisconsin and Wyoming, grade 3 students knew the most unusual information about their designated state.

The students, whose teachers are Anna Morlock and Kathy Powers, studied their states and did the research. While many had not visited their state, most said they'd like to go there in the future. The special education co-teacher for both grade 3 classes is Dana Brockmann.

Today, they showed off their research. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Forum about growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse scheduled for June 29 at First Reformed Church in Scotia

June 6, 2016

The Scotia-Glenville Abuse Prevention Task Force is holding a special forum on drug use from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 North Ballston Avenue.
The forum will address the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse among local families and children.
Please try to attend!!
Click the flyer above to download or read it.


May 2016

Schenectady County looking to hire students to help with tobacco enforcement

Flyermay 25, 2016

Do you know a student between the ages of 15 and almost 18?
If so, Schenectady County may have an offer for them.
The county needs their help pretending to buy tobacco products throughout the county as part of a routine enforcement against stores that sell to minors.
Students, who must live in Schenectady County, will be paid $9 per hour and must be available to work after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Eight SG students inducted into national technical honor society

may 25, 2016

Fifty-seven Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students from 22 area school districts - including eight from Scotia-Glenville - were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on May 23 and six seniors were recognized for serving two years in the NTHS during a ceremony at the BOCES central administration offices.

It was the largest ever class inducted from the Capital Region BOCES.

To be honored, students had to meet several criteria, including achieving grade point averages (GPA) of 92 or greater at Career & Tech, an overall GPA of 85 or greater at their high schools and had five or fewer absences. [Read MORE] camera link icon

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

May 23, 2016

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

Here's a link to other similar programs: http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Thanks to our After Prom sponsors!

May 16, 2016

Each year the SGHS PTSA hosts the After Prom event to provide after hour activities in a safe, fun environment for our prom goers, their guests, and all the members of the Scotia-Glenville High School Junior and Senior classes.

We would like to thank the following businesses and organizations that contributed to this year’s event:

Stewart’s Holiday Match Program, Joyful Quilter, Scotia-Glenville Booster Club, Frank & Sons Body Works, O'Connor & Marola Law Firm, SGHS Staff, CDPHP, Precision Auto Repair, Super Suds Laundromat, Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-In, Hoskinson Orthodontics, 1st National Bank of Scotia, CME Equipment Transport, Empire Self Storage, Harold Clune Electrical, Thomas Corners Fire Dept., David Coppola, DDS, TrustCo Bank, Charles Palmer Insurance, Culligan Water, Hair & Now, Proctor’s Theatre, Flight Trampoline Park, Dave & Busters, Glenville Mini Sportsplex, Sherri Paull’s Salon, Applebee’s, Stewart’s Shops, Glenville Queen Restaurant, 99 Restaurant, Adirondack Beverage, Chartwells, The Beck Family, The Kalasinski Family, The Jessup Family, Wal-Mart, Hannaford, Target, Price Chopper, Schenectady County Stop DWI program, Glenville Rotary and Pedrick’s.

A special thank you to Boulevard Bowl for a terrific evening!

Glendaal grade 5 student Ryan Schlaeg wins $100 Fuel Up to Play 60 Prize Pack

May 10, 2016

Glendaal grade 5 student Ryan Schlaeg has won a $100 Fuel Up to Play 60 Prize Pack by completing a challenge in March on the Fuel up to Play 60 website!
All students who completed a challenge in March were entered for a chance to win. Keep on being active!
The Prize Pack included footballs, a water bottle, pedometer, notebook, pen, knit cap, a small backpack and other goodies.
Click on the image above to enlarge it.

After Prom offers a fun, safe activity after the Junior-Senior Prom on May 13

May 4, 2016

The High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is once again hosting a fun, free activity for students at After Prom on May 13th-14th. Attending the After Prom gives students a safe place to go where they can continue to have a good time.

This year’s activities include:

Rock n’ Bowl at Boulevard Bowl, 11:30 pm until 2:00 am

Fantastic Prizes (must be a SG Jr. or Sr. & present to win). This year’s raffle prizes include: Apple iPad mini 4 16GB : Beats Solo2 Headphones : Bose SounkLink bluetooth Speaker : GoPro Hero : Fitbit Flex : 24" Westinghouse HD TV : RCA Tablet: College dorm gear: Camping equipment : Gift Cards [Read MORE]

Budget newsletter to be mailed on May 5

May 2, 2016

The Scotia-Glenville newsletter about the 2016-17 budget and community vote on May 17 will be mailed on Thursday, May 5, to all homes in the school district. Download a copy here (PDF).


April 2016

Meet the Board of Education candidates forum canceled on May 4

April 26, 2016

The annual Meet the Board of Education candidates forum sponsored by the PTA Council and scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, has been canceled.

Colleen Benedetto and Dan Feinberg are seeking re-election and are unopposed in the May 17 election.

40 students inducted into the National Honor Society

April 20, 2016

Before hundreds of family members and friends, 40 students were inducted into the National Honor Society, becoming the newest inductees from Scotia-Glenville High School.

The honor culminates years of work and achievements by the students. Seniors and juniors are allowed membership into the NHS. The students needed to prove achievement in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character. [Read MORE]

Benedetto and Feinberg seeking re-election unopposed

April 19, 2016

Colleen Benedetto and Dan Feinberg turned in petitions to run for re-election on the Board of Education by today's 5 p.m. deadline.

They will run unopposed in the May 17 election.

There were no other petitions, so they will run unopposed.​

Scotia-Glenville students and educator recognized by YMCA

April 7, 2016

Twelve Scotia-Glenville students and special education teacher Joy Barcome were honored today by the YMCA at its annual Outstanding Student and Educator Breakfast at The Key Hall-Proctor’s in Schenectady.

They were recognized for exhibiting leadership, citizenship and volunteerism in the community.

Each nominee received a backpack of supplies and certificates of merit from the YMCA, Senator Hugh Farley and the New York State Assembly.

The recipients are shown above:

Front Row: Blaise Piotrowski, Zoe Purvis, Colin Hodge, Lily Holcomb and Joy Barcome

Back Row: Rhys Ten Eyck, Tyler Adams, Vinicuis Silva, Anthony DiCarlo and Maura Hamilton

Kelsey Shaffer, Laura Ciotoli and Joie Prentiss are not pictured.

Lion King Jr. roaring into S-G Middle School on April 15 and 16

April 7, 2016

The Middle School Drama Club will present Lion King Jr. during two performances at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 in the Anne B. Sterman Auditorium at the school.

Tickets will be $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free for children under age 5.

Advanced tickets are available by contacting Andrea at omalley723@hotmail.com

Board of Education adopts 2016-17 school budget

April 4, 2016

Since the state budget increased available funding, the Board of Education unanimously approved the 2016-17 budget proposal - after adding a full-time reading teacher, 10-month dean of students at the high school and bumping up money for field trips in addition to previously planned initiatives.

The $52.048 million proposed budget, to be considered by the community during voting on Tuesday, May 17, would increase the tax levy by 0.32 percent in the 2016-17 school year - well below the maximum 1.78 percent that the state would have allowed the tax levy to increase.

Under the adopted budget, the Glenville tax rate would increase from the current $21.66 to an estimated $21.73 per $1,000 of assessed value. The home with the typical S-G assessment of $160,000 would see a tax bill increase of $11.37 per year or 95 cents per month.  [Read MORE]


March 2016


Board members agree on initiatives to include in the 2016-17 budget

march 28, 2016

All seven members of the Board of Education have agreed to support the initiatives in "Option 3," including partially restoring some field trip money, creating a time-out room at Sacandaga, added teaching assistant time at Glen-Worden and the Middle School, creating a Middle School special education program for children with autism and slightly bumping up teaching time for elementary art and music.

"There are other things I'd like to see added to the budget that our children need," said Superintendent Susan Swartz. "If money were no option, I would have presented those to you. I feel these are the strongest options that allow us to stay under the property tax cap." [Read MORE]

Jersey Day raises nearly $900 to benefit Middle School student with cancer

March 24, 2016

Students and staff raised $824.75 today during Jersey Day, a fundraiser to help grade 7 student Matthew Luse's battle with B-Cell Cancer.

Principal Robert Cosmer said the fundraiser was "incredible!."

"While we couldn’t quite get Lebron James here today, we got pretty close with our own Joe Cremo!  I’m sure that this will do a great deal to lift Matt’s spirits and help this family out during this trying time."

Check out pictures on the school district's Facebook page


State plans changes to the standardized exams in English Language Arts and  mathematics that students will take in April

March 23, 2016

Students in grades 3-8 will be taking the 2016 exams in English Language Arts and mathematics on April 5-7 and April 13-15, respectively.

The state has announced several changes: greater involvement of educators in the test development process; exams will have fewer questions; students will be given as much time as they need to complete the tests; moratorium on the use of grades 3-8 ELA/math test scores in teacher and principal evaluations; release of more test questions; and a new testing vendor.

Board of Education members narrowing options for the 2016-17 budget

march 21, 2016

A majority of the Board of Education tonight supported a budget option presented by Superintendent Susan Swartz that includes several initiatives while staying under the state's "tax levy limit cap."

The proposal, known as Option 3, includes partially restoring some field trip money, creating a time-out room at Sacandaga, added teaching assistant time at Glen-Worden and the Middle School, creating a Middle School special education program for children with autism and slightly bumping up teaching time for elementary art and music.

"This is my favorite option because it gets at a lot of what we want," Swartz told board members. She said she would have preferred to include a full-time reading teacher and a 10-month administrator, but adding those two options would have boosted the tax levy increase beyond the state cap. [Read MORE]

Student reaches 100 mile running mark

March 22, 2016

Quinn Fasciglione, a student in Tana Case's grade 4 class at Glendaal, is the first student at school to reach 100 miles of running this school year.

The 100 Mile Club is a national organization in which Glendaal participates as a link of the Fuel up to Play 60 program. Students are encouraged to run a quarter mile trail outside during recess and also earn miles through their running club participation before school using pedometers. Quinn is our first student to get to 100 miles! Click on the image to enlarge it.

Oliver Twist debuts on March 18 and 19 at Glen-Worden cafeteria

march 18, 2016

Oliver Twist lived a tough life in the late 1830s England - being orphaned, forced into a life of crime and not wanted by anybody until he found his savior in his lost relative, Mr. Brownlow.

Thanks goodness, the 37 students who performed today's dress rehearsal of Oliver Twist have not had such difficult lives and live in relative prosperity in Glenville compared to the streets of London more than 180 years ago.

The students will perform Oliver Twist at 7 p.m. tonight and at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, in the cafeteria at the school, Worden Road.

This is the first play at the school in several years. Diane Skibinski, speech language therapist, and Mary Radom, grade 3 teacher, worked with the students over the past several weeks. [Read MORE and check out videos] camera link icon

Reading for the Mission a success!

march 17, 2016

The Middle School gymnasium was filled with 58 quiet grade 6 students and six staff members for two and a half  hours last Friday evening - as they gathered for the first Reading for the Mission event.

The event raised $141 as well as 210 bars of soap and 188 washcloths that were donated to the Schenectady City Mission.

"I dropped the donations off to the City Mission and they were so very grateful!," said teacher Kim Morgan, who organized the event with teacher Katie Broers. "The kids were awesome and read quietly and we enjoyed make your own sundaes thanks to the generous donation from Stewarts!" [Read MORE] camera link icon

Ronald McDonald visits Sacandaga to boost reading program

March 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

Superintendent outlines six budget options; some BOE members seek to override tax levy limit cap

march 14, 2016

Superintendent Susan Swartz presented six budget options to Board of Education members tonight as some of them supported exceeding the state's "tax levy limit cap" in order to get all of the proposals in the six options.

Exceeding the tax levy limit would require at least a 60 percent voter approval during community voting on May 17. The community approved a budget override in May 2014 when the district's tax levy limit allowed for a paltry 0.27 percent increase. [Read MORE]

HS Drama Club performing Brigadoon on
April 1, 2 and 3 at the high school auditorium

march 11, 2016

The Scotia-Glenville High School Drama Club will present "Brigadoon," a musical about a mythical Scottish village that appears once every 100 years for 1 day. Two hikers see the village and visit for the day.

The musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 4, at the High School auditorium, Sacandaga Road. [Read MORE] camera link icon

2016-17 budget review begins; tax levy cap not as high as originally projected

march 7, 2016

Citing what she said was a change in the capital exclusion calculation by the state, Superintendent Susan Swartz said there is a bit less "wiggle room" in the budget in the coming year, though figures in the budget still looks pretty good.

She reviewed the budget figures as of today, noting that the district's maximum "tax levy limit" - the maximum amount that the tax levy could be increased - was now 1.78 percent, an increase of $488,809 in total spending in the upcoming school year. The carry forward budget, presented on February 8, would take up $288,925 of that amount to maintain the same programs as now exist. That leave an additional $199,884 in possible spending without exceeding the state's tax levy cap.

At that time, the board was told the "tax levy limit" would be 2.74 percent, based on initial figures. That would have allowed the district to increase the tax levy by a maximum of $753,015. [Read MORE]

40 S-G students on seven teams compete at regional Odyssey of the Mind; one team headed to state competition on April 2

march 7, 2016

Seven Odyssey of the Mind teams composed of 40 Scotia-Glenville students competed at the regional contest at Shenendehowa High School on Saturday, March 5; one high school team is headed to the state's competition on April 2 at Binghamton University.

The Odyssey of the Mind program teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems in a team setting. Embedded in the process are 21st Century Skills such as Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Global Awareness, Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills, Self-Direction and Adaptability. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Scotia-Glenville varsity cheerleaders earn top scores at state level competition

march 7, 2016

The Scotia-Glenville Varsity Cheerleaders competed at the very first NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Championships this weekend, representing Section 2 in D2 Small Varsity.

The team competed against 18 other teams in its division. The team entered finals tied for 2nd place and earned a 3rd place finish overall after two flawless performances. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Dr. Suess Night held at Sacandaga

March 4, 2016

The PTA sponsored the annual Dr. Seuss Night this evening. Families enjoyed an evening of reading, puzzles and reading games to help celebrate Dr Seuss' birthday. The evening was added to the Ronald McDonald Reading Challenge that is happening all month. Parent Dave Massaro played Dr Seuss. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Grade 4 students at Lincoln Elementary delve into Iroquois culture and customs; display works at museum

march 3, 2016

Mia Cooper knew exactly what her Iroquois rain stick was supposed to do: "They shook them really hard so plants would grow and they would have food."

Mia's two-foot-high, bright-colored rain stick, made from a combination of duct tape, cans, rice and macaroni, was among the two dozen displays at the Iroquois Museum in James Saburro's grade 4 classroom at Lincoln Elementary today as parents, grandparents and friends flocked to see the students' work.

Student in James Krogh's social studies classes will have their museum displays on Friday, March 4. Speech/language therapist Anne Ashcraft assists in both classrooms. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Incoming grade 7 and 12 students must be immunized against meningitis

March 1, 2016

Parents: All kids entering 7th and 12th grade must receive the meningococcal vaccine.
According to Wikipedia, Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs. Meningitis can be life-threatening because of the inflammation's proximity to the brain and spinal cord; therefore, the condition is classified as a medical emergency.
Without it, they can’t start school in September. Read more here (PDF).

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

march 1, 2016

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

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

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

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


February 2016


Glendaal students get up and move during winter activity

February 12, 2016

 Keeping in mind that Glendaal's annual theme is "Cardinals Unite for Health," students at the 240-student school took time out to enjoy a host of activities designed to boost their personal health/

There were six stations. Students and their buddies rotated through the stations.

 The activities included Yoga for kids, Aerobics, Cooperative hula hoops game, Nutrition Trivia with a Hannaford supermarket dietician, a cooperative Unity relay in the hallway, and high-powered cardio exercises. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Advanced Placement exams allow students to earn college credit while in high school

february 25, 2016

This is the time of year that students are planning their middle school and high school schedules for the upcoming school year. Here is information about the Advanced Placement (AP) offerings (administered through the College Board) at Scotia-Glenville, beginning with the September 2016 semester:

Scotia-Glenville High School is committed to offering a wide array of AP Courses taught by well-trained teachers, based on the belief that participating in challenging high school courses is the best way for students to prepare for success in college and career. Read more HERE

Students can take many paths in middle school and high school at Scotia-Glenville

February 25, 2016

Gone are the days when all students take the same classes at middle school and high school.

Today, there are opportunities for advancement along the way, a way to challenge students to reach their level of excellence. For example, Scotia-Glenville offers several Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities.

Check out the various paths students can take in the four main subject areas: English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Read more HERE

Interested in running for a seat on the Scotia-Glenville Board of Education?

Two three-year seats on the S-G Board of Education are up for election in the May 17 community vote.
Board positions are not paid.
Interested candidates must collect 23 signatures on petitions available from the business office, 900 Preddice Parkway (end of Lark Street), Scotia. The petitions are due back by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18. Read more HERE

BOE increases senior citizen property tax exemption level; deadline is March 1

February 22, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, the Board of Education has raised the income threshold for seniors to receive a partial school property tax exemption.

Here is the resolution that the board approved tonight after a public hearing (PDF).

With this update, senior citizens (over age 65) who live in Scotia-Glenville and have an annual income below  $20,000 will receive a 50 percent reduction in their annual school property tax bills. The income levels rise by 5% after that amount up to a maximum income of $27,4999. At that highest income level, the homeowner would receive a 10% reduction in their tax bill. Read More

FCCLA students celebrate FCCLA week

February 11, 2016

FCCLA members at the middle and high schools combined forces to celebrate FCCLA week.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Click on the image above to enlarge it.

Check out this video of the dodgeball tournament at the Middle School

february 11, 2016

Click here to check out the YouTube video of Middle School students and faculty playing during a dodgeball tournament after school yesterday. They used large foam balls for the action. The event was sponsored by the Brothers and Sisters In Christ (BASIC) Club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO2DZzelnDM

Glendaal teacher Bill Vacca shot the video.

Land purchase proposal defeated by a 73 to 27 percent margin

February 9, 2016

The proposed purchase of 7.3 acres of land next to the high school was resoundingly defeated today by a vote of 1,056 against and 391 in favor, a 73 percent to 27 percent margin.

The school district had proposed paying $999,000 for the former Wayside Hardware property and neighboring houses for possible use in the future as a pre-kindergarten center, alternative education center, Capital Region vocational education “pod,” or some other use. Any future use would have required community approval of the plans at the time.

Read more about the proposal here.


Carry-forward budget proposal shows that S-G is in "pretty decent shape"

february 8, 2016

Superintendent Susan Swartz presented the "carry forward" budget to the Board of Education tonight, noting that "we're in pretty decent shape" compared to other area school districts at this early stage of 2016-17 budget develpement, some of which are facing huge deficits.

The "carry forward" budget, which includes all programs and expenditures in the current budget, totals  $51,696,147. The spending plan would increase spending by $344,145 or 0.67 percent over the current budget of $51,392,002.

The tax levy would increase by 1.05 percent or $288,925. Read More

Café Mardi Gras set for Tuesday, Feb. 9

Bring your appetites and enjoy some French cuisine at the annual Café Mardi Gras. It will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in B-26 at Scotia-Glenville High School.


January 2016


Faculty Talent Show set for Thursday, Feb. 11

January 27, 2016

Mark you calendars!
The Faculty Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 in the high school auditorium.
Scotia-Glenville faculty will sing, dance, play instruments, juggle and put on their best personal performances!
This is a fundraiser for the music program.
There is no admission but there is a suggested donation of $3 for adults and $2 for students and children.

Land purchase proposal scheduled for Feb. 9; Board of Education adds informational dates to discuss land purchase proposal

Tax impact on a home assessed at $160,000 would be less than $6 per year

January 26, 2016

The Board of Education has added informational sessions to discuss the proposed land purchase vote on Feb. 9.

The sessions will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 30; 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 4; and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 8. All of the sessions will be held in the Middle School library.

Scotia-Glenville has a one-time opportunity to invest in and prepare for the future – a move that could ultimately benefit thousands of children.

With no specific plans in mind, the school district is proposing to purchase 7.3 acres of land that is for sale on Sacandaga Road next to the high school, the site of the former Wayside Hardware and two homes.

The asking price is $999,000. That price includes the demolition of the former hardware store and all buildings on the land.  Read More

CTE holding open houses on Friday, Jan. 29

january 22, 2016

Students interested in everything from welding and cosmetology to culinary skills and building trades should plan to attend the CTE Open Houses on Friday, January 29.

They will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. at CTE, located at 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road in Albany. CTE is part of the Capital Region BOCES. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Congratulations to these recipients of the 2016 Founders' Day awards

January 21, 2016

Congratulations to these 16 recipients of Honorary Life Membership Awards to be recognized at the 76th annual Founders' Day Dinner to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2 at Riverstone Manor, Glenville.

Honorary Life Membership Awards are given to recognize an individual’s contributions to the welfare of children and youth.
A $55 contribution is made in each recipient’s name to the New York State PTA Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Teacher’s Fellowship Fund. Read More

Cuomo's budget proposal includes a state aid increase of $991 million; S-G would receive an additional $584,991 under the proposal

January 14, 2016

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid increase for 2016-17.

Scotia-Glenville would receive a net of $584,991 more in state aid under the governor's proposal. The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) amount remains at $451,437, meaning that amount of aid owed to Scotia-Glenville would be returned to the state under a 2010 state law. The governor's proposed budget restores $245,825 in GEA funding.

 His proposals include support for struggling schools, expanding universal prekindergarten, new investments to benefit charter and nonpublic schools, and changes to the school tax relief (STAR) program. Cuomo also called on the New York State Education Department to enact the recent recommendations of his Common Core Task Force. Read More


December 2015


Free event at the University at Albany on January 30 aimed at girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math

December 16, 2015

The University at Albany is hosting a free events for girls in grades 4-8 interested in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

You need to register at https://girlsinstemalbany.eventbrite.com

Read more on this flyer (PDF).

Support Joe at the University at Albany!

December 16, 2015

There is an effort to create a Scotia-Glenville Night on January 6 at the SEFCU Arena at the University at Albany to support 2015 S-G graduate Joe Cremo, who plays on the UAlbany basketball team.

The UAlbany Danes are playing against the University of Maryland Baltimore County team at 7 p.m. that evening.

Tickets are available at this link. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $3 for kids.

You should enter the PROMO CODE “Danes” in the bottom right corner to gain access to discounted seats. Tickets will be mailed to patrons up until a week prior to the game. After that, tickets will be left at will call under the patron's name.

We encourage everyone to wear school colors, create signs, whatever you wish! I’d like this to be a great night for the entire town, and Joe of course.

Schenectady County school districts adopt uniform school closing procedures

December 17, 2015

With winter weather coming, Schenectady County schools announce joint protocols for closings and delays
In an effort to enhance student and community safety and communication with families, schools in Schenectady County have established joint protocols for weather-related closings and delays.
The involved districts are Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Duanesburg, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Schalmont, Schenectady and Scotia-Glenville, each of which is located entirely within the county or serves a portion of it.
Neighboring districts are typically in close contact when bad weather hits. Formalizing protocols across the districts represents a new level of cooperation and provides additional clarity to families and municipal government ahead of the coming winter. READ MORE

Three local officials take questions, share ideas from grade 5 students at Lincoln

December 14, 2015

Three local elected officials discussed government, citizen responsibility and took questions from  grade 5 social studies classes at Lincoln Elementary today.

The students, who are learning about government at the federal, state and local levels, heard from Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg and Schenectady County Legislators Cathy Gatta (grade 5 student Ella Merenberg’s mother) and Rory Fluman (grade 5 student Sean Fluman’s father).

The speakers spoke to students about their role in government, answered student's questions and listened to student's ideas about how to make Scotia a better place for everybody. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Leslie Sawyer's essay wins Good Citizen's Scholarship Contest

december 11, 2015

Senior Leslie Sawyer’s essay as part of the Good Citizens Scholarship Contest has won accolades from Schenectady Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

She and four seniors from other school districts were honored during the Good Citizen Team ceremony at the Mohawk Golf Club on Saturday, December 5.

The title of the essay contest was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” The specific question that the seniors had to answer was: “Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?” [Read MORE] camera link icon

Grade 8 students learn space shuttle science at the Challenger Learning Center

December 10, 2015

You may have to search for a while before you find "Comet Colucciello" shooting across the night sky.

Grade 8 students visiting the Challenger Learning Center Space Simulator at the Museum of Innovation and Science (MiSci) in Schenectady today named an unknown object in space after their fellow student, Seth Colucciello, who first noticed the long-range object coming at the shuttle while he was on the crew.

The students worked in two capacities as scientists and engineers in the simulated mission: those onboard the spacecraft performed critical experiments and activities and those in Mission Control monitored and guided the spacecraft crew. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Blackboard Connect test to be done on Friday, December 4

December 2, 2015

Scotia-Glenville will once again use the Blackboard Connect notification system this year to alert parents and community members of weather-related school closings and other emergencies.

The system has been used for the past two years.

The school district will conduct a test of the system around 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

Information in the district's student database system, PowerSchool, is uploaded to Blackboard Connect and used for the notifications.

If your phone number and email address is in the student database, that number will be called during this test and in the future.

If you do not want a phone call to that number, you must set up your own Blackboard account by following the guidelines on this page - http://www.scotiaglenvilleschools.org/


November 2015


MS students go purple for epilepsy awareness

November 13, 2015

Purple was the color of the day at the Middle School today.
Students and staff recognized Epilepsy Awareness Day - an effort spearheaded by the Grade 6 Student Council and FCCLA member Madison Heritage. 
Madison was interested in making people more aware of what epilepsy is so they would become more comfortable with it. Posters were created by the FCCLA and placed around the building providing statistics and general information about epilepsy.
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63 S-G Middle School students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society

November 12,2015

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

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

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

Lincoln kindergartner wins classroom supplies after winning national contest

November 10, 2015

Layla Keller, a kindergarten students in Lauren Remmers' class at Lincoln, is quite an artist - beating out nearly 15,000 other kindergarten artists across the country in the Scholastic Reading Clubs' "Pout-Pout Fish Art Contest."

"We read, discussed and talked about the things that make us happy at school," said Remmers. "We then drew pictures of this and I submitted them to Scholastic."

Her 18 students submitted entries to the contest, which was open to kindergarteners across the U.S. They received over 15,000 entries. Layla was one of five winners nationwide. [Read MORE] camera link icon


October 2015



Fundraiser nets $700 for Joan Nicole Home and $100 to American Cancer Society; football players rake and clean up yard.

October 31, 2015

The tee-shirt fundraiser by the modified, junior varsity and varsity football teams netted $700 for the Joan Nicole Prince Home.

Players also helped raked the yard and clean up sticks at the home, which is for the terminally ill at 22 Glenview Drive in Glenville. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Middle School students and staff Make a Difference during event to help homeowners

October 24, 2015

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

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

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

Harvest Run a huge success at Sacandaga!

october 23, 2015

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

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

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

Students explore computer science during IMPACT program at Siena College

October 16, 2015

Seven S-G high school students joined other area high school students in an intense computer science program called IMPACT at Siena College today to further explore career opportunities in the field.

Siena College’s computer science department opened its labs and classrooms to dozens of Capital Region high school students for the annual IMPACT Program. Students participated in a series of activities and some friendly competition designed to teach them about various areas of computer science.

The S-G students participating were: Sierra Zink, grade 10; Katelin Barrera, Jasmine Benson and Alyssa McKenna, grade 11; and Jacob Hershberger, Zachary Ladouceur and Jaiden Wood, grade 12. [Read MORE]

Students and staff show their UNITY

october 21, 2015

As part of the focus on strengthening Glendaal's Cardinal Caring Community, the school of nearly 300 students and staff came upon a novel way to expressing their desire to come together to combat bullying: let's spell the word "Unity."

That's what they did today, National Unity Day, a part of the month-long national Bullying Prevention Month. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Jason Coons gets a big red ride to school

october 21, 2015

Jason Coons wasn't worried about getting wet or cold on his walk to school today - he got a boost from some friends as the winner of the annual fire poster contest.

Jason, a student in Peggy Gillen's class, got to ride a fire truck to school. [Read MORE]

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

October 15, 2015

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

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

High School classes canceled on Oct. 28

October 15, 2015

There will be NO SCHOOL for high school students on Wednesday, Oct. 28 unless they are taking the PSAT exam.

The PSAT will be administered to approximately 145 students in grades 10 and 11 from 7:45am – 11:45pm.

Transportation will be provided at mid-day (12 pm noon) to pick up PSAT students requiring a ride home. Students need to contact the office by Friday, Oct. 23 if they require transportation. [Read MORE]

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

October 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

Village of Scotia looking for substitute crossing guards; pays $11 per hour

October 6, 2015

Being a crossing guard for two hours a day - from 8 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. on school days - in the village of Scotia is a very important job.

Hundreds of children rely on you to help them cross often-busy roadways in the village.

The village is seeking substitute crossing guards - which could become "full time" when openings occur. Download the application and letter from Chief Peter Frisoni (PDF).

October 2, 2015

145 G-W PTA members, families and staff walk around the track as a fundraiser

October 2, 2015

Families and staff from Glen-Worden walked around the high school track four times tonight as a fundraiser for the PTA; as of the most recent count, $2,200 was raised during the Walk for the Hive.

Forty families and eight staff members - 145 people in all - made the one-mile trek on this brisk evening.

Before the walk began, everybody loosened up with a Zumba workout. [Read MORE] camera link icon

Nearly 100 football athletes raising money for home for the terminally ill and American Cancer Society

Tee shirt orders are due by Saturday, October 3


September 2015


September 30, 2015

At Scotia-Glenville, there’s more to being a football player than practicing and playing games.

The SG teams give back to the community in a big way.

The nearly 100 student football players on modified, junior varsity and varsity teams are selling SG Breast Cancer Awareness tee-shirts to benefit the Joan Nicole Prince Home and American Cancer Society. [Read MORE]

Board of Education unanimously approves contracts with teaching assistants and 766 buildings employees and bus drivers

September 28, 2015

The Board of Education tonight unanimously approved labor contracts with the teaching assistants, buildings employees and bus drivers.

Both contracts provided pay increases for employees and both added Step Therapy as a covered expense under health insurance plans. In addition, members will be required to directly deposit their paychecks to the bank or credit union of their choice. Local 766 members have until July 1, 2016 to have their paychecks direct deposited. [Read MORE]

Girls on the Run boosting girls one at a time

september 28, 2015

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

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

Odyssey of the Mind Informational meeting to be held on Monday, Sept. 21 at the MS

September 17, 2015

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!

The Odyssey of the Mind Informational Night will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 21 in the Middle School cafeteria.

Odyssey of the Mind is a program for students in grade K-12 that provides them with an exciting learning experience that promises to be both challenging and fun! [Read MORE]

Parents are reminded that MS and younger children must be supervised at evening sporting events

September 15, 2015

Athletic events and extra curricular activities are a very important aspect of school life. They are part of the fabric of what makes Scotia-Glenville Central Schools the center of the community. Spectators who attend these events come to support our students and to enjoy the community atmosphere.

In the past few years we have seen more middle and elementary school pupils left unsupervised by their parents at high school athletic games.

As a result of this, more incidents of misconduct, rudeness, and other inappropriate behaviors are being reported to supervisors at these contests. This has particularly become a problem at football games and basketball games.

Read more of the procedures for evening athletic events here (PDF).

Three inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame

September 11, 2015

Three Scotia-Glenville alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during tonight's home football game.

They were David Murray, class of 1976; Alaina Lange, class of 2005; and Terell Winney, class of 2011. Congratuations to all! [Read MORE]
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Welcome back to school!

September 8, 2015

Check out photos from the first day of school at Glendaal and all the schools! [Read MORE]


August 2015


David Bucciferro, Thomas Beauchamp re-elected as president and vice president, respectively

August 24, 2015

David Bucciferro was unanimously re-elected to a second term as president tonight and Thomas Beauchamp was unanimously re-elected to a second term as vice president. [Read MORE]

Chartwells begins Nutrislice - program provides more information about the food your children eat every day

August 14, 2015

Scotia-Glenville School District, in partnership with Chartwells K12, is now using Nutrislice to publish the school menus to a new interactive website and a free smartphone app! Now our school community can access menus anywhere, anytime! [Read MORE]

School tax bills in September will be nearly $90 less than they were in September 2014 for the typical Glenville homeowner; BOE adopts rates 2.51% lower than last year.

August 11, 2015

When community members went to the polls in May to support the 2015-16 school budget, the school district estimated tax rates would decline by 1.48 percent in the coming school year. The Board of Education on Monday night adopted rates that were 2.51 percent lower for Glenville homeowners.

A homeowner with a $160,000 assessment in the town of Glenville - which accounts for 99 percent of the school district's tax base - will pay a bill in September school tax totaling $3,465, $89 less than the $3,554 paid in September 2014. [Read MORE]

Attention: Summer School parents

August 5, 2015

There is a boil water order in effect after a water main break at the Mohonasen school campus in Rotterdam where summer school is held.

Classes will be in session on Thursday but the water can not be used except for bathrooms. Students should plan to bring bottled water to drink.

Check the Mohonasen school district website and area news outlets for updates.

2015-16 calendar sent to print

The 2015-16 district calendar, listing events happening throughout the school district in the upcoming school year, has been sent to print. It will be delivered to  homes in late August. You can check it out now on the calendar page.


July 2015


UPDATE: July 23 - BOE continues to be deadlocked on electing a board president

July 27, 2015

Board of Education members voted 3-2 to elect David Bucciferro president of the Board of Education tonight. The problem: it takes four votes - the majority of the seven-member board - to elect a board president. [Read MORE]



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