Do you know a child who is homeless?

Do you know a student in Scotia-Glenville who is experiencing homelessness? Do you know a student or family who is couchsurfing? They may be homeless, but there are resources available to help. Our school can help. Thanks to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children are entitled to continue their education in a public school setting …

If we filled out a report card request form to receive a paper copy of the report card last year, do we have to fill out another this year?

RESPONSE: Thanks for your comment. It depends on which school your child attends. At both the middle and high school, you will receive a paper report card if your child is failing two or more classes. High School: A paper report card is no longer an option for other high school parents. High School grades are …

Why are middle school students given a numerical grade in art and music instead of pass/fail?

COMMENT: Why are the middle school students given a numerical grade in art and music instead of pass/fail? I have heard many kids, (and parents,) complaining that art and classroom music are their lowest grades. If they can get 99 & 100 in accelerated classes should their average suffer because they aren’t artistic? RESPONSE: Thanks …

Capital project moving forward; BOE needs to trim proposal

Superintendent Susan Swartz continued the discussion of a potential capital project last night to the Board of Education and showed an outline that she admits was about $10 million more than the district should consider on May 16. Here’s the presentation she made at the meeting. The plan, which reflects what the BOE had been discussing …

NEWSLETTER STORY: Fields, auditorium proposal going to the voters May 15

NEWSLETTER STORY The Board of Education’s top goal for the 2017-18 school year is to bring a project to the community that includes upgrading athletic fields,both auditoriums and the building roofs. Superintendent Susan Swartz presented an outline of potential costs to the board on Sept. 25 that totaled $13.4 million – including $1.8 million for …

 It is really hot today, and several other schools are closing early. Why isn’t Scotia-Glenville doing the same?

RESPONSE: Thanks for your comment. Three other school districts – Cairo-Durham, Columbia Christian Academy and Hudson City schools – closed early because of the heat. We looked at that situation but felt our students were safe in the buildings, since it tends to get cool overnight. Students were encouraged to stay hydrated; physical education students …

NYS Education Department approves new learning standards

Board of Regents approves Next Generation Learning Standards On Sept. 11, 2017, the Board of Regents adopted the Next Generation Learning Standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. These standards replace the controversial Common Core Learning Standards and will be rolled out slowly over the next few years in order to provide adequate time …

Teachers, nurses and school district reach four-year contract

Pay raises in exchange for higher health care costs The 247 members of the Scotia-Glenville Teachers’ Association (SGTA) have a new, four-year contract. The new pact, approved by the SGTA on Sept. 7 and by the Board of Education on Sept. 11, calls for “cost of living” salary increases of 1 percent this school year …

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