August 28, 2014
Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
Summer 2014 Walk-through schedule for all schools,click here.
8/22/14 - HS Schedules Posted to Portal (approximately 4pm)
Campus roads will be closed from August 24, 2014, at 6 a.m. through August 25, 2014, at 6 a.m.
9/2/2014 - Superintendent's Conference Day, Staff Returns, No School for Students
9/3/2014 - First Day of Classes K-12
9/12/2014 - Junior Plainsmen Football Night, 7pm-9pm
9/25/2014 - Rosh Hashanah, No School
10/9/2014 - Athletic Hall of Fame, 5pm-9pm, Hall of Springs
10/10/2014 - Emergency Release (Dismissed 15 min early)
10/11/2014 - Community Conversations with Superintendent,9:30AM, Chango
10/13/2014 - Columbus Day, No School
10/17/2014 - Homecoming, 7pm-9pm, HSE
The Shenendehowa Board of Education approved the 2014-15 tax rates. The tax rate for the two largest towns in the district was raised by .51% (or less than one percent). At the time of the budget vote, the district estimated the impact to be 1.39%, however it came in well under that projection making it one of the lowest increases in the past four years. And, in a four year period, the tax rate increase in Halfmoon and Clifton Park has increased less than one dollar. Click here to view the tax rates for each town.
Shenendehowa is part of a consortium of 12 school districts that has won $399,946 to review and improve student assessment practices. The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide (See NYSED press release)
The consortium is led by Capital Region BOCES and includes: Cohoes, Guilderland, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, North Colonie, Schalmont, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville and Watervliet.
Each district will create a local assessment review team of teachers and administrators to conduct the work. An education consultant will also provide extensive training, helping all the districts to determine the review process, what assessments to review, and to create an action plan based on their findings. Engaging parents in each district on the use of assessments is also a goal of the grant.
The High School Drama Club will be holding auditions for our fall production of Noises Off on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm in the HSW Auditorium (Callbacks on Saturday, Sep. 13 at 10am). Before that there will be an interest meeting and viewing of the movie on Tuesday, September 9 from 3:00pm -5:30pm in the HSW Auditorium. All students in grades 9-12 are invited and welcome to audition for this hilarious play. For more information go to http://www.shendrama.com/noises-off-audition-information.html or e-mail Mr. Lotano - email@example.com with any questions.
In July, Shenendehowa High School teachers Gabi August, John Choi and Patrice Delehanty presented at a regional institute focusing on best practices for English Language Learners in math and science. They shared their findings following a year-long collaboration with researchers from UAlbany.
Shen High School is looking for Shen alumni
who have served or are currently serving in the US military.
A virtual and a physical Wall of Honor has been created,
with funding from the High School PTSA,
so the Shen community and students have a place
to show their pride and appreciation for the dedication and
service of our alumni.
If you know of a Shen graduate, past or present, who has served our country in any branch of the US military, please encourage them to go to http://shenhonorwall.weebly.com/ and register. We are in the process of upgrading the honor wall display in the west wing of High School East, and need your help to make it complete. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Kalish @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate Evanoff @ email@example.com.
Transportation News: Please plan for the new school year by filing your alternate transportation (to daycare) form by July 31st to ensure your busing is in place for the first day of school.
Busing assignments will be available on the parent portal the last week in August, and you will receive a bus mailer in the US mail .
Please visit the transportation website for forms and guidelines.
You may also call the Transportation Department at 881-0240 if you have any questions.
Turning the old weight room and wrestling gym into the new Shen Fitness Center has begun and is set to be ready for use by all students in September. This project was part of the $10 million capital project approved by voters in Oct. 2012.
The 2014-15 calendar has gone to print and will be mailed to all family the middle/end of august. Click here to download a pdf of the calendar.
Shenendehowa High School was named a 2013-14 Scholar/Athlete Team School of Distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed based on every one of the district's varsity athletic teams earning a 90% GPA or better during the school year.
At the July 8 Board of Education meeting, Bill Casey was appointed President and Robert Pressly was appointed Vice President for 2014-15 school year. Mary Blaauboer, Bill Casey and Jim Trainor were sworn in as board members after being elected on May 20.
A Shen class ring from 1987 was found. It has a green stone, the name Steve on it and the word Atlas is inscribed on the inside. Please contact the district office, 881-0600.
More than 700 members of the Class of 2014 graduated on June 26th. Congratulations to all!