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2017-18 questions and concerns

 180 days in 2017-18?
 Can't get physical done before school starts
 Collection for supplies, meals for students
 Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown on Sept. 20
 Using Responsive Classroom

 Why wasn't the community asked about the switch to Niskayuna bus garage
 

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rosh hashanah starts at sundown on sept. 20
august 23, 2017
COMMENT:
Just as a point of information , the 2017-2018 calendar has Rosh Hashanah starting at sundown on the 21st of September. The correct date is Wednesday, the 20th of September . On another note, I love your school calendar and I use it all year. The student candid photos are great !

 

Response: Thanks for your comment. Sorry about that! Mistakes happen when dealing with so much information to put into the calendar. Even though many sets of eyes proofed the calendar, that one slipped by! Again, sorry and thanks for the kind words! We will change that on the website calendar.

 

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Why wasn't community asked about the switch to niskayuna bus garage
august 21, 2017
COMMENT:
Why is the community only hearing about the change in the bus relocation plan to Niskayuna now? I find it hard to believe that all this happened overnight or even over a few months. This is something that is going to have a very big impact on not just SG but also Niskayuna. When did discussions with Niskayuna begin? Why wasn't it presented to the community? Why did the BOE make the final decision and not the community, the families whose children ride the busses? Why wasn't it put on the ballot this past election year? (or, if this has been going on for more than a year, past election years?)
If I recall, there was something else on the ballot about busses, why wasn't this on there? It concerns me that 7+ people made a decision like this that is going to impact thousands, yes thousands, not just the children but their families as well, without any input from the community.

 

Response: Thanks for your comment. Thie move of our transportation facilities to Niskayuna had been considered for a while - since SG, BHBL, Niskayuna and Mohonasen began sharing out-of-district bus routes three years ago.

We disagree with your characterization that this "is going to have a very big impact not just on S-G but also Niskayuna" and impact "thousands" of children and families. We expect this to be seamless for our parents - the bus will be there to pick up your child as it has in the past. We are really talking about where we park the buses overnight and service the buses.

That is not something that the community would need to vote on, certainly, because we do not expect it to impact our transportation services to the students and families of this community. This was an administrative decision. A great deal of thought and research was done before this move was approved by the Board of Education. The adminstration has agreed to carefully watch this during the fall and to make adjustments where necessary.

The primary motivation on our side of the deal was that our bus lifts have not worked in the bus garage for three years. So we have been bringing our buses to Niskayuna for the regular state transportation inspections. The district did not have the nearly $100,000 to replace a lift when there are many more pressing and costly issues facing our students, staff and classrooms.

 

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can't get physical done before school starts
august 19, 2017
COMMENT:
My daughters physical is not until November. What do I Do? She needs one for second grade. Will you not let her attend school because of this?

 

Response: Thanks for your comment. Of course your daughter can come to school! This is a state requirement. We would ask that you have your doctor provide a letter stating that he or she can not get her in for a physical until November. The letter can be return to either your daughter's teacher or the school office so that a notation can be made in her file. Thanks!

 

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using responsive classroom
july 25, 2017
COMMENT:
I noticed that the District uses the Responsive Classroom Approach - Yeah! I
appreciate how the approach emphasizes how teacher language/behaviors effect children's learning/behavior. That being said I see that it goes through 8th grade. When I went to the Middle School meeting for parents, RC wasn't mentioned. They seem to use a different method. If the children have been taught using RC through Elementary School, it seems strange to switch at MS - WHY the change in method?

 

Response: Thanks for your comment. Not sure where you saw that the Responsive Classroom method is used through 8th grade at Scotia-Glenville. It has been used successfully at the elementary schools but has never been done at the middle school level - grades 6-8. Middle School teachers use a variety of methods to achieve the same goals at the RC method in thier classrooms each day. RC may be used in other school district at the middle school level but not at S-G.

 

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collection for supplies, meals for students
july 25, 2017
COMMENT:
I wanted to know if you would be collecting school supplies for students in need for the upcoming school year. Also, if there was a fund to donate towards breakfast/lunch for students in need. Thank you.

 

Response: The school district does not do anything in an organized way to provide either supplies to students to help with the cost of breakfast and lunch. In the past, churches have donated backpacks of supplies, mostly for elementary students. As for the breakfast and lunch, the federal Free and Reduced Meal program typically provides the full cost of the meal or reduced-eligible students pay 25 cents.

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180 days in 2017-18?
july 20, 2017
COMMENT:
I was looking at the calendar for 2017-18. There appears to be a miscalculation in the number of instructional days. June 22 is counted as a pupil day even though the last day of school is June 21 and the legend reads "Staff Only." Is this correct? Otherwise that makes the number of pupil days 181, not 182.

 

RESPONSE: That final day for staff counts as a Regents rating day, so it is considered a day of school attendance  for students, much as the Superintendent Conference Days and Regents testing days count as student attendance days - in the eyes of the state.

 

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