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Congratulations to Allison Atchley for being selected as a Capital Region Friend of Education
Congratulations to Allison Atchley, Scotia-Glenville’s longtime band director and music teacher, for receiving the 2017 Friends of Education Award from the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA)!
Allison was among 23 Capital Region educators and community leaders honored during the Friends of Education Awards Dinner at the Renaissance hotel in Albany. This award recognizes the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving our students and school communities. [Read MORE]
Grade 1 students at Lincoln put on a Valentine's performance for dozens of parentsFebruary 17, 2017
Dozens of parents flocked to Lincoln's cafeteria today to hear their grade 1 students belt out a few tunes all around a Valentine's Day theme.
The students' teachers are Maureen Armstrong, Bridget Crowley and Kimberly Weiss.
Check out this link forphotos and videos from today's performance. [Read MORE]
GE engineer talks wind turbine technology with grade 7 science studentsFebruary 15, 2017
Grade 7 students today learned about something that they may not be able to imagine: huge wind turbines that tower hundreds of feet into the air, have blades that stretch 150 feet long and cost million of dollars.
GE Mechanical Engineer Christopher Swiecicki, whose niece Cassanda is in the ninth period class taught by Neal Cummings, discussed his job as a Root Cause Analyst/Root Cause Investigator - the guy who tries to find out why the big turbines fail.
He brought a three-foot section of a turbine wing to show the students as well as the gear he uses to climb up inside one during his investigations. [Read MORE]
Congratulations Olivia and Matt!
Olivia Powhida and Matt Dagostino were honored as the Scotia-Glenville winners of the prestigious Capital Zone Physical Education Students of the Year on February 11.
Both have excelled in athletics throughout their Tartan Careers, but it is their leadership and kindness toward others that set them apart.
Congratulations to Matt and Olivia. Click on the photo at right to enlarge it.
The event was hosted by the Scotia-Glenville PTA Council. [Read MORE]
Report cards/final grades are now available on the PowerSchool portal
Report cards/final grades for the second quarter are now available on PowerSchool for high school and middle school parents. The PowerSchool sign-in page is here.
High School parents: If you need assistance activating your PowerSchool Portal, please contact the High School at 347-3600; ext 61101.
Middle School parents: If you need assistance activating your Power School Portal, please contact the Middle School at 347-3600; ext 51101.
does the black one do again? What about the red one? And what
about that transparent one!?
Those thoughts were running through the minds of the 11 students in the Makerspace Club after school at the Middle School today.
They were learning to work with cubelets - small plastic blocks or cubes that you combine in a way to create an object that moves, makes noise or flashes a light. Each cube has its own function.
The brain of the cubelets is the blue/gray one - that's the battery cube that brings the other ones to life! [Read MORE]
Sweethearts and Heroes are returning to the Middle School today during assemblies for students and a program for parents this evening. The parent program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Sweethearts and Heroes provides a unique message on bullying, conflict resolution, and strategies for being successful at whatever it is you are aspiring to accomplish. The assemblies last year received outstanding reviews from staff and students alike. Sweethearts and Heroes provide an age appropriate message for all grade levels. Their message has impacted nearly 1 million young men and women over the last 8 years. [Read MORE]
Grade 4 students participating in Nation's Report Card testing on March 2
Three grade 4 classrooms at Sacandaga Elementary will be part of the Nation’s Report Card – they have been selected to take National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as NAEP, national standardized tests in March.
Students in grade 4 classes taught by Andy DiCaprio, Cheryl Ladopoulos and David McLear will sit for the 120-minute tests in both Reading and Mathematics on March 2. [Read MORE]
Two Scotia-Glenville science research students earn medals at regional competition.
January 28, 2017
Congtratulations to the three Scotia-Glenville students presented their senior research at the 16th annual Junior Science and Humanities Sub-Regional Symposium at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School today.
Briana Fitzgerald, Libby Hanlon and Vini Silva presented their research. They have done this research through the high school's Science Research class, taught by Christopher Judd. The three-year class is college level and earns the students college credit.
Libby and Vini both placed third in their respective categories and earned medals for the competitive competition.
Glen-Worden PTA Bingo Night a success!
There were raffle baskets donated by the families to raise money for PTA programs as well.
Everybody was a winner at this event! [Read MORE]
Students in the Spanish Club, with the help of the Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio, created some real "deadly" masterpieces today. The students painted original Day of the Dead skulls and discussed the traditional Mexican holiday that begins on Halloween.
BOCES to hold Career and Technical Center open house on January 27
January 23, 2017
Students interested in the dozens of programs offered by the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Center (CTE) are invited to attend an open house on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Albany CTE campus at 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road Albany, NY 12205
The center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for tours and information on many of the approximately 40 programs offered.
Click on the image to read the flyer.
S-G staff raise money and collect winter items for the City Mission
January 20, 2017
Teachers, administration and support staff donated warm clothes and $307 for City Mission.
In this photo, from left, teachers Lisa Coppola and Trish Roeser display some of the warm winter clothing donated by S-G staff for the City Mission. Click the image above to enlarge it.
Founder's Day deadline for tickets extended!
January 20, 2017
Tuesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.
River Stone Manor
Please join us to honor the following individuals who devote so much to the children of our schools:
Glendaal: Jeanne McLaughlin and Betsy Williams
Glen Worden: Christine Lemp and Ashlye Cheely
Lincoln: John Ritter and Ed Dorries
Sacandaga: Mindy Kinney and Brendan Swider
Middle School: Mike Nichter and Rick Matthews
High School: Tracy Beck and Lynn Greene
PTA Council: Doreen Wright and Sarah Hoffman
Return reservation form to your school main office by Monday, January 30th
You can also make reservations and pay online at http://whoozin.com/6Y9-RDY-JYWQ
Download the flyer (PDF).
Scotia-Glenville HS ranked 11th best area school with the best teachers
January 5, 2017
A study cited in today's Times Union ranks Scotia-Glenville High School as the 11th best area school with the best teachers.
Read more about the ranking here - https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-teachers/m/albany-metro-area/
Realistic-looking beehive adorns tree mural in Glen-Worden Library Media Center
January 3, 2017
teachers Adrienne Hall and Jessica Macherone, with the help of
retirees Kathy Krogh and Mia Svec from the Baptist Retirement
Center, designed and painted a beehive that comes out of the
tree mural in the Glen-Worden LMC.
The Bee is Glen-Worden's mascot.
Click on the image to enlarge.
The comments, which are not verbatim but are summarized, will be reviewed by administrators and Board of Education members, several of whom were in attendance.
Thanks again to everyone who shared their thoughts and concerns on those two evenings!
In response to
parents who have asked to share their concerns about bullying in
school, Superintendent Susan Swartz and the high school
administration will meet with parents at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, December 14 AND at
7 p.m. on Thursday, December 15. Both will be held in the Middle School auditorium.
Swartz will discuss the process for reporting suspected bullying and review how the school districts deals with these issues. She will also review the state-required DASA reporting system and how parents can best utilize it. DASA information can be found here.
Eight Glendaal students attend a Fuel Up to Play 60 forum in Latham
Eight Glendaal students joined hundreds of other students from the Capital Region at a forum to plan strategies in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at a forum held at the Afrim's Sports Dome in Latham.
These students, Fuel Up to Play 60 student representatives, attended the event:
Grade 4: Kemper Elston, Elizabeth LaPoint, Katie Crounse and Angelo Goodell
Grade 5: Kendall Gilbert, Sean McLaughlin, Hailey Cooper and Aidan LaPoint.
Glendaal is a Touchdown School in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. [Read MORE]
Kids Giving to Kids makes the holiday brighter for children at the City Mission
December 16, 2016
Glen-Worden students and staff exhibited
the true meaning of the holidays – they collected toys for needy
children who they will probably never meet.
In lieu of giving a gift to their teachers, students were asked to bring in a gift that would be donated to needy children at the City Mission in Schenectady. Students also decorated a paper ornament and give it to their teachers to them know that a gift had been donated in their honor.
Grade 4 teacher Monica Allin is photographed with two of her students, Mackenzie and Morgan Westbrook. Her grade 4 students helped load the gifts into the car to be taken to the City Mission. Besides Allin, staff members Laura Hoskin, Marian Boorn, and Rachel Delgado also worked on the Kids Giving to Kids program.
Grade 2 students at Glen-Worden bring holiday cheer
Valerie Eagan's grade 2 students brought a little bit of Christmas to Glen-Worden today with two play performances - "Santa's Healthy Christmas" and "The Littlest Elf" - complete with Santa, Mrs. Claus and a cast of elves for the entire school.
"Santa's Healthy Christmas" was about Santa staying healthy and keeping fit and perhaps children leaving him fruits and vegetables Christmas eve instead of cookies. "The Littlest Elf" was about how it is OK to be different. During the play, the littlest elf felt sad because she couldn't help Santa like the other elves could; however, in the end, the littlest elf was the only one able to fit down the chimney to deliver the presents for Santa. She felt better that she could finally do something to help! [Read MORE]
Gingerbread Men make great partners in a kindergarten science experiment!
Melissa Peterson's kindergarten class at Sacandaga Elementary was overrun with Gingerbread Men late last week, as students used them to perform a science experiment.
Each student was given a gingerbread cookie. They first drew a picture of it and then made predictions about what it would look like once it was dunked in water. Students recorded the outcomes on their lab sheets. [Read MORE]
December 1, 2016
The final school lead water reports have been released. They show the following:
▪ One hundred twelve (112) water samples were taken at the middle school. Of those samples, fifteen (15) results showed lead levels higher than 15 ppb (parts per billion) which is New York State’s acceptable level. The range of results was from 16 ppb (a classroom sink) to 110 ppb (a custodial closet sample). Those water sources may not be used for drinking. The district will post signs at each of those sources stating the water is not for drinking but may be used to wash hands. All of the water fountains in the school tested below 15 ppb.
▪ Two hundred thirty-five (235) water samples were taken at the high school. Of those samples, eighty-four (84) results showed lead levels higher than 15 ppb (parts per billion) which is New York State’s acceptable level. The range of results was from 15.1 ppb (an office sink) to 658 ppb (also a sink). Those water sources may not be used for drinking. The district will post signs at each of those sources stating the water is not for drinking but may be used to wash hands. All of the water fountains in the school tested below 15 ppb. [Read about the lead testing at scotia-glenville]
November 22, 2016
Middle and high school art students decorated Christmas trees that will be on display at the YWCA, 44 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, from Dec. 3-18 during the Festival of Trees.
The event is a fundraiser for The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser by and for the Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA NorthEastern NY. [Read MORE]
Buy your Founder's Day tickets online; there's still time to nominate someone who has gone above and beyond for Scotia-Glenville
November 22, 2016
The PTA Council has a direct way to buy tickets to the Tuesday, February 7 Founder's Day dinner at Riverstone Manor - online at this link - http://whoozin.com/6Y9-RDY-JYWQ
is also still time to nominate somebody for a Founder's Day
recognition at the February 7 dinner. Click on the image above
to nomination somebody who has gone above and beyond for S-G
students and the community.
Click on the image above to nominate somebody for a Founder's Day Award.
All-Sport Booster Club Craft Fair set for Dec. 4 at S-G High School
November 14, 2017
The All-Sport Booster Club Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the high school gymnasium, Sacandaga Road.
Become a substitute at Scotia-Glenville! We're hiring on Nov. 21 and 22
Your child should have come home with this flyer (PDF) about Scotia-Glenville's effort to hire substitute teachers and teaching assistants.
Call TODAY to set up an appointment for a brief interview to become a substitute teacher or teaching assistant!
Interviews will be held from 10 a.m. to 3
Scotia-Glenville High School, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road), Scotia on Monday, November 21st OR Tuesday, November 22nd.
Six S-G swimmers headed to states!
In the photo at left, Olivia Jack is the swimmer in lane five during the 100 M freestyle race where she was the Section 2 Champion with a time of 50.57. She will be competing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships this weekend at Ithaca College.
Also qualifying for the state meet are Miranda Bacon, Kylie George, Natalie Valachovic, Abby Bacon and Portia Gilbert.
The votes are in: it's Hillary!
Students in Christy Ferri's grade 3 class at Lincoln Elementary sound like they're listening to mom and dad at home: "I don't like any of them!," "I'm not going to vote at all!" and "I'll never vote for her!"
Those were a few of the comments muttered today before their mock election in the presidential contest. After they voted, they folded them in half and paraded down to the red ballot box at the front door.
By the end of the day, the school-wide tally of 239 student votes was released:
Hillary Clinton: 133 votes - 55.7%
Donald Trump: 94 votes - 39.3%
Jill Stein: 6 votes - 2.5%
Gary Johnson: 6 votes - 2.5% [Read MORE]
Relocation drill CANCELED today
Due to the chance of inclement weather this afternoon - Thursday, November 3, the Glen-Worden Relocation Drill to the Senior Center is canceled. Parents who pick up a child or children need to report to the Glen-Worden main lobby for dismissal (normal dismissal) at the end of the day.
Sac staff and students collect more than 600 items to donate to food pantry
October 31, 2016
The Sacandaga Caring Community raised 606 food items for the Scotia Food Pantry as part of the annual Harvest Run!! The student runners had great weather for their respecive events. Every student in K-2 ran 1.5 K and grades 3-5 ran 3K. The PTA bought farm fresh crisp apples for each student to enjoy after the run. All students finished the Harvest Run, with healthy rosy cheeks! [Read MORE]
Student Council members drop off pet snacks and treats at APFn as well as $450 donation
Last week, Middle School students and staff had fun dressing up during Paws for a Cause Day, a fundraiser for the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia .
Today, the members of the MS Student Council dropped off eight boxes of donated good along with a check for $450.00.
No trip to the shelter would be complete without interactions with the animals. They had the chance to pet and hold a few kittens, bunnies and a guinea pig. [Read MORE]
Substance Abuse Forum CANCELLED due to the weather
The Substance Abuse Forum scheduled for tonight at the high school has been canceled. It will be rescheduled.
The forum was involved a panel discussion about the current substance abuse crisis from local law enforcement, substance abuse and medical professionals.
More than 125 people turn out to "Walk for the Hive" to benefit the Glen-Worden PTA
The "Walk for the Hive" around the high school track raised $1,190 for the PTA to sponsor events and programs at the school.
A total of 38 families (116 people) and 13 staff and teachers participated in the one-mile trek around the track. The group warmed up with Yoga exercises. [Read MORE]
MS students raised more than $440 for the APF; get to dress as their favorite pooches
Middle School students and staff got to dress up as their favorite pooch or pet while also raising money for the Animal Protective Foundation during Paws for a Cause Day today.
The event, part of the week-long Spirit Week activities, raised $441.20 and several boxes of pet food and toys were collected.
In addition, students brought in nine boxes of food to be donated to the food pantry at the City View Church in Scotia. [Read MORE]
Lead water testing results released
Results of testing lead in the water at the four elementary schools have begun being returned to the school district by Pace Analytical, the company hired to test the samples collected in September.
As of today, only results from Glen-Worden and Lincoln have been received.
A total of 272 water samples were collected at S-G from elementary classroom sinks, drinking fountains and outside water taps. A total of 313 water samples will be collected from the middle and high schools in October.
If lead levels are detected above 15 parts per billion, the school must discontinue use of that tap for drinking water, implement a lead remediation plan and provide building occupants with an alternate water supply for cooking and drinking. [Read MORE]
Lincoln students' imaginations go wild in pumpkin decorating contestUPDATE
The judging was done today - a difficult process to say the very least! The winners are Tyler Bareth in kindergarten for Wild Thing and Joceline Soto of fifth grade for Edward Tulane. Among staff, there was a tie between Tacky the Penguin (Sue Zeglen and Debbie LaFleche) and The Lorax (Elizabeth O’Neill).
Some of them wore glasses and a fireman's hat.
Some had spikes sticking out of them.
Others looked like a fish, a dog, a spooky cat or a rabbit.
One had a North Pole toy factory on top.
They come in every color imaginable - black, green, blue, yellow and the standard - orange.
These were just a few of the more than 50 entries in the Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Lincoln Elementary - in which students and staff let their imaginations run wild with the fruit of the season, pumpkins. [Read MORE]
NYC attorney comes to Scotia-Glenville to discuss distracted driving with health students
However, they learned today that careening around in a car is a responsibility that comes with an urgency to pay attention to driving and what you are doing behind the wheel.
Shannon Pennock, an attorney from New York City, traveled to Scotia-Glenville today to talk to health classes about distracted driving. Her friend, Joel Feldman, lost his 21 year old daughter Casey in 2009 to a distracted driving accident. [Read MORE]
Computer science students participate in Impact Program at Siena College
Mathematics teacher Jamie Haver today took a team of students to the Siena College Impact computer science career program.
The students who participated in the college visit are: Joe Rumfelt, Aidan Chaffin, Katherine Frament, McKenzie Munro, Chris Mannolini-Adams, Alyssa McKenna, Sophia Pierce and Alexandra Wolfe.
The Siena Students IMPACT outreach and career exploration event is designed to encourage students to engage in further study and potential career paths in the field of computing. It meshes perfectly with our students who are currently engaging in the online AP computer science course. [Read MORE]
Congratulations to the seven S-G alumni inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame
Seven Scotia-Glenville alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Glen Sanders Mansion today.
The inductees were: Caroline King – 2007 - Track; Shaun Empie – 2000 - Pole Vault; Sarah Bentley – 2002 - Pole Vault; Mark Burchhardt – 2007 - Wrestling; Dwayne Barberis – 2003 - Wrestling; Keelan King – 2005 - Track; and Jillian King – 2008-Track.
Jamian Rockhill, director of athletics and physical education, is pictured at right.
Keelan and Jillian are not pictured in the photo above. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Check out the Middle School Drama Club's new website
October 14, 2016
The Middle School Drama Club has developed a website to communicate with students, parents and the community. [check it out here]
New entry procedures kicking in on October 17 at the four elementary schools
Beginning Monday, October 17, the front doors, as well as all other doors, at the district’s four elementary schools will be locked as soon as students arrive. The doors will remain locked throughout the school day.
Parents and/or guardians and others visiting a school will need to be buzzed in. At each main door is a buzzer and camera. Individuals wishing to enter the school will push the buzzer and be asked for their name. Once the Main Office determines the individual has a legitimate need to be in the school, he or she will be buzzed in through the main door. The individual may be asked to show identification and will sign in with the door monitor as is currently the district’s practice.
The middle and high school will continue to receive visitors following their current procedures.
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is so much I want to say to you today," Superintendent Susan
Swartz told the 169 Class of 2016 graduates during
commencement ceremonies at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady.
"I want to give you these gifts today."
She said she hoped students would carry with them these gifts: kindness, a sense of wonder, perseverance, humility and the gift of love. "Most things worth having will not come easily. Embrace struggle and persevere."
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 got a
workout in the name of the Summer Olympics this summer in
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.
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.
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
The event raised $141 as well as 210 bars of soap and 188 washcloths that were donated to the Schenectady City Mission.
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.
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 as parents, grandparents and friends flocked to see the students' work.
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 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.
Families and staff from Glen-Worden walked around the
Scotia-Glenville 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.