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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]
deadline is less than 4 weeks away
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]
Blackboard Connect test was successful today, Tuesday,
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.
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]
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.
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.
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Spinning is a popular way to burn off some energy after school
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!
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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]
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]
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
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]
▪ The All Sports Booster Club and The Varsity Club will once again host the annualHoliday 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 annualHoliday 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.
Grade 5 students at Lincoln participate in two service projects for veterans and the elderly
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]
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]
Scotia-Glenville to be first area school district to install solar power panels on its roofs
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]
Micah works his way into the hearts of Sacandaga Elementary students
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]
First New York credit union opens its sixth branch at Scotia-Glenville High School
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]
Sacandaga community donates more than 700 items to food drive and Harvest Run
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]
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]
Elementary free breakfasts offered on halloween, October 31
Elementary pupils at Scotia-Glenville will be able to feast on a
free breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 31 thanks to a promotion by
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.
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]
S-G staff to take to the field against other area schoolsduring a charity softball game in Collins Park on Saturday, Oct. 19
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]
Facilities Committee begins its work to review the condition of S-G buildings
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]
All Sports Booster Club Craft Fair scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8 at S-G High School
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]
Sac. kindergartners help fill backpacks of the Weekend Blessings program at the Mission
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]
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]
Point Break program appeals to the need for students to be empathetic and caring
"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]
S-G All Sports Booster Club holding fund-raiser at 99 Restaurant Sept. 25
Scotia-Glenville's Odyssey of the Mind teams are now forming; sign up online
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]
Scotia-Glenville students return to school for a year of challenges and adventures
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
State releases Common Core testing results
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]
Reduced Breakfast and Lunch application and information for 2013-14 is available
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
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
The list of schools and phone numbers is here.
[menus page has more information]
S-G seeking community members to serve on Comprehensive Facilities Committee
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]
Lunch prices, milk increasing by 10 cents in the 2013-14 school year
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]
David Bucciferro elected to one-year term as vice president of the Board of Education
Colleen Benedetto, the vice president during the 2012-13 school year, received three votes. [MORE]
Maureen Long left Scotia-Glenville a better place; becomes superintendent in Menands
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]
Security upgrades at school doors must wait for state OK; may not come until spring 2014
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]
Public hearing about revisions to the student handbooks/codes of conduct set for July 22
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)
Pam Carbone re-elected to a fifth term as Board of Education president for 2013-14
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]
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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.
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.
Lincoln students in kindergarten to grade 3 are learning about the Amazon Rainforest as they cover their hallways walls in bright, vibrant colors.
Whether writing about December Trouble, their mothers, a friend or The Coral Reef, 20 students shared a part of themselves during the Honors English 7 Poetry Night.
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.
For more than two hours today, Glendaal's nearly 300 students showed spirit and sweat as they worked through six stations.
Middle School students conduct after-school experiments through the Igniting Minds program with GE.
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