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Walk and vigil service to be held for missing 2010 Shaker gradute Reny Jose

This Sunday, April 27, a walk and vigil service for 2010 Shaker graduate Reny Jose, hosted by his family, will be held in front of Albany City Hall beginning at 3:00pm. Jose went missing on March 3 from Panama City Beach, Florida, while on spring break with twenty two of his classmates. His whereabouts are still unknown. Jose's family invites anyone from the community to participate. »LEARN MORE

Shaker HS to host Holocaust Remembrance Event

On Tuesday, April 29, the anniversaries of two events in Holocaust history will be commemorated: the refugee crisis in the spring of 1939 and the deportation
of Hungarian Jews five years later. An art exhibit will be open for viewing at 6:00pm and the program will begin at 6:30pm in the high school auditorium. Rwandan Genocide survivor, Eugenie Mukeshimana will be the guest speaker. »LEARN MORE

Five teachers receive tenure appointments

At the April 22 Board of Education meeting, the teachers were introduced and recognized by Superintendent Corr and Board of Education President Linda Harrison. »READ MORE

Music and Art for Youth Month Kickoff Event

In the kickoff event for North Colonie's "Music and Art for Youth Month", Mrs. Kimbler's 6th grade Loudonville students gave a unique performance at the April 22 Board of Education meeting. In addition, junior high and high school students presented various pieces of artwork to board members and the community. »READ MORE

North Colonie Board of Education adopts 2014-15 district budget

On April 22, the North Colonie Board of Education adopted the district’s proposed $101.3 million 2014-15 budget. The budget has a proposed tax levy increase of 3.63% and will go before voters on May 20. »READ MORE

Shaker SADD club creates winning Albany County motorcycle safety slogan

Five of the 20 members of Shaker's SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) were honored by Albany County Stop-DWI for creating the county's motorcycle safety slogan. The club's slogan was chosen out of dozens which were submitted from schools throughout the Capital Region. »READ MORE

SHS "Girls in Charge" Program hosts "Women in Leadership" event

An entirely student-founded and student-run program, "Girls Take Charge", held a "Women in Leadership" event for junior high and high school girls.  The club's co-chairs put together a panel of community members to speak to the club on overcoming adversity that women and girls face while striving for leadership. »READ MORE

Southgate Elementary supports medical mission to Uganda

One of Southgate Elementary's third grade teachers, Patty Pinkham, is involved in supporting missions around the world. Recently, she supported a medical mission to Uganda by collecting flip flops and Crocs for the villagers. »READ MORE

SHS Human Rights students visit the Town of Colonie Justice Department and meet with Justice Crummey

Students are currently taking a Human Rights 10th grade regents course and studying the Holocaust and the Nuremburg Trials. Justice Crummey provided some judicial insights and a historical overview of the trials, in addition to students participating in an interactive question and answer session. »READ MORE

North Colonie Music Department receives national honor

For the fourth year in a row, North Colonie has been designated as one of the 2014 Best Communities for Music Education, a national honor. Winning districts set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education. »READ MORE

Changes Ahead for Schools in Adopted State Budget

Aid restored in the recently adopted state budget will lessen, but not end the financial challenges for public schools. The New York state budget also includes funding to launch new education initiatives, a rebate program for eligible taxpayers and some changes related to student data and testing. »READ MORE

North Colonie Board of Education votes on $101.3 million budget

The board of education has voted on a $101.3 million dollar budget, with a proposed tax levy increase of 3.6%, which is within the district’s tax levy cap limit. This proposed budget will be up for adoption by the board on April 22 and will go before the public for a vote on May 20. Within the 2014-15 budget, there is no loss of staffing or programming. For details on the budget, »CLICK HERE

North Colonie elementary students earn top spots in 15th annual Limerick Contest

Five North Colonie elementary students earned recognition from the William K. Sanford Town Library for their self-created Limericks.  There were 242 entries in this year's competition, which spans all schools in the North Colonie and South Colonie school districts, in addition to all of the private and parochial schools in the town of Colonie. »READ MORE

SHS junior Grand Prize Winner at Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair

Junior, Gili Rusak, entered the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair held at RPI on Saturday, March 22.  Rusak was one of the grand prize winners, earning first place in the senior division for her entry, “Properties of Twitter Network Communications Among Teenagers." »READ MORE

SHS & JHS students earn top spots at Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair

Students entered the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair, held at RPI on Saturday, March 22, with many receiving scholarships and prestigious awards. »READ MORE

SJHS & SHS students prepare extensive research for podcasting trip to Hyde Park

On March 20, student members of the National Park Service Adopt-a-School Club traveled to the Wallace Center at the Roosevelt National Historic Site to present their research on human and civil rights issues.  Since December, these dedicated researchers have been hard at work. »READ MORE

SHS Robotics Team competes at RPI

March 14 and 15, Shaker's Robotics Team competed in the NY Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, held at RPI. Shaker's team advanced to the elimination round and won the Pit Safety Award for having the cleanest, safest pit. »READ MORE

Southgate receives two generous donations to allow handicap access to playground facilities

One donation of $8,000 was from Mr. and Mrs. David Jojo, in honor of their daughter Ashton, via the Ashton Jojo Memorial Fund.  Another dontation was from Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc. of $5,000. »READ MORE

Twitter incident at Shaker High School

Friday morning, March 14, the district became aware of a Twitter account titled, “SHSBracketology”. The account is assumed to have been created by a student, with the assumed intent of creating a “competition” for the best looking males and females in the high school. When the district became aware of the twitter account, it immediately began an investigation. »READ MORE

Two Shaker graduates selected to the Albany Business Review's "40 Under 40"

Congratulations to Larry Hovish, the Senior Communications Manager at AngioDynamics and Nuhar Jaleel, the Owner of The Pilates Principle & Gyrotonic (R). »READ THE ARTICLE (Courtesy of The Albany Business Review)

Junior English student represents Shaker at "Poetry Out Loud" NYS finals

For Jordan Daniels, it all began as a classroom assignment in Mrs. Pam Burns' English 11 Regents class, where she and her other classmates had to learn and perform a poem out loud. »READ MORE

2014-2015 transportation forms now available

Daycare transportation forms for grades K-6 and non-public school transportation forms for grades K-12 are now available online. »CLICK HERE

NASA Astronaut visits Shaker High School

NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeanette Epps visited with Shaker High School physics and engineering students Feb. 25, sharing details about NASA’s Astronaut Training Program as well as the future of human space exploration after the Space Shuttle. »READ MORE

North Colonie thanks Board of Education member Joan Hart for 10 and a half years of service

Since 2003, Joan Hart has been a dedicated member of the North Colonie Board of Education. Her involvement in the district started when her daughters were students at Boght Hills Elementary. »READ MORE

NYS Board of Regents adopts changes to common core and testing

The New York State Board of Regents adopted several measures meant to improve the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards at its meetings Feb. 10-11. Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded with a call for any changes to await legislative recommendations from his recently appointed Common Core panel. »READ MORE

Parenting program survey

Did you attend any of our winter parenting programs?  If so, please take a moment and share with us any ideas you have for future parenting programs and topics you would find beneficial for you and your family. »CLICK HERE TO LEAVE YOUR SUGGESTIONS

Southgate students' Green Week posters entered into statewide contest

14 posters will be entered in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation "NY Recycles" poster contest. Judging for this statewide contest will be in May and winners will be included in the NYSDEC 2015 calendar. »READ MORE

Grateful soldier in Afghanistan thanks Shaker HS students for service project

The North Colonie Facebook page recently received a very grateful message from a soldier in Afghanistan thanking Shaker High School students for a service project which they coordinated. The “delivery” was simple: boxes of candy. But to the soldiers receiving them, the act of kindness meant the world. »READ MORE

North Colonie Music Department Performance Archive

The North Colonie Music Department has set up a webpage with recordings of every school concert from this past winter. Families can now hear the band, chorus or orchestra again, this time from home. Plus you can send the link to relatives who couldn't come to the concert. »CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE RECORDINGS

1,400 people attend regional education advocacy event

Hundreds of concerned parents, teachers and students were present, including every legislator from the Capital Region. The event was a call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, emphasizing the elimination of the GEA. Here's a two minute video to recap the evening. (Credit: Capital Region BOCES Communications Service). »WATCH THE VIDEO

Coffee with Cale: A discussion on parenting

The next session is Monday, March 3 from 9am-10am at Southgate Elementary.  The topic will be Dr. Cale’s new "ADD/ADHD Game Plan" for parents.  Parents from all schools are invited!


Blue Creek Kindergarten Writing Celebration

Superintendent Corr and Assistant Superintendent Skeals visited Mrs. Taylor's and Mrs. Vecchione's kindergarten classrooms on Jan. 30. Students were so excited to share the stories they wrote, practicing sentence structure, labeling and illustrating. »READ MORE

Seven faculty members receive tenure appointments

At the Jan. 27 Board of Education meeting, the faculty members were introduced and recognized by Superintendent Corr and Board of Education President Linda Harrison. »READ MORE

Slight state aid increase for North Colonie, but the GEA remains in Governor’s budget proposal

The district’s actual proposed state aid increase for this year is approximately $380,000, equaling 2.2 percent.  North Colonie has lost $14.4 million to the GEA in the last four years. »READ MORE

What does the "GEA" (Gap Elimination Adjustment) really mean?

The "GEA" is a phrase that has been around since 2009 and has cost our school district $14.4 million dollars in state aid since. That number is even larger for some of our other neighboring school districts.  Watch this 2 minute video to learn more and find out what you can do. »WATCH THE VIDEO

SHS student artwork recognized at Capital Region competition

Students participated in the Capital Area Arts Supervisors’ 3-D student art exhibit, an annual event every winter.  Overall, there were 202 pieces of 3-D work submitted from 17 schools. The North Colonie school district submitted 20 pieces and had nine accepted by the jurors! »READ MORE

Congressman Paul Tonko visits Shaker's Robotics Team

Congressman Paul Tonko spent an hour with the Shaker High School Robotics Team on Jan. 22, which is currently doing extensive work to prepare for the FIRST Tech Valley Regional Competition at RPI (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  Rep. Tonko is an avid supporter of students pursuing STEM careers. »READ MORE

SHS Key Club raises $400 for the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern NY

A fundraiser was held at Wendy's Restaurant in Latham in November, during which Wendy's donated 15 percent of all sales between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. »READ MORE

Siena athletes visit Forts Ferry Elementary School

Players met with students during an assembly before breaking off into smaller groups for interactive drills and games. The school visits are part of the season-long Adopt-A-School program. »READ THE ARTICLE (Courtesy of The Times Union)

SHS Earth Science students use smartphones in class

While Smartphones can often serve as distractions in high school classrooms, Jessica Sanderson’s 10th grade Earth Science students are welcome to bring their cell phones to class. In fact, students are allowed and expected to be using them during the class period. »READ MORE

SJHS & SHS students travel to Hyde Park to meet with high-ranking dignitary from Ghana

The invitation alone was an exclusive one, stemming from the school district’s relationship with the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site. Their visit coincided with the 65th anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. »READ MORE

Four North Colonie teachers earn National Board Certification

Of the 10,000 candidates who apply each year, only 4,000 achieve certification. It’s one of the highest honors a teacher can receive, known as the “gold standard” for teaching excellence.»READ MORE

SHS students collect hundreds of books for troops

Shaker High School's World of Difference Club took part in a special project for our men and women who serve in the military, called "Books for Troops". This year, 450 books were collected. »READ MORE

SJHS Builders Club receives dozens of hat and mitten donations for families in need

Donations will be given to district families as well as the Albany City Mission. »READ MORE

SHS Student Government raises $2,000 for St. Peter's Hospital's ALS Regional Center

Friday, Dec. 11, the Student Government put on a benefit fashion show called “Catwalk for a Cause”. »READ MORE

North Colonie Music Department receives prestigious NYSSMA award

North Colonie is the recipient of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) 2013 Presidential Citation, the only school district statewide to receive the honor this year. The award is presented to select New York State school districts for their dedication and commitment to a quality music education.»READ MORE

Two SHS students win 3rd place in national engineering competition

Frank Hughes and Brintnal Hodson were chosen to represent Shaker High School in the Inter-Service/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) held Dec. 2-5 in Orlando, Florida. »READ MORE

SHS Robotics Team wins its 4th NASA grant

The Shaker HS Robotics Teams is a $5,000 winner of a NASA FIRST Robotics Competition grant. This is the fourth time the team has been a recipient. »READ MORE

Shaker HS students raise more than $500 for Syrian refugees through a benefit concert

Three 10th grade English students took a unique approach to a human rights project by bringing awareness to the crisis in Syria.


Hundreds of SHS students participate in Remembrance Day by wearing "Shen green"

More than 700 Shaker High School students bought and wore a long-sleeve Shen green shirt to show solidarity with Shenendehowa. » READ MORE

North Colonie faculty and staff support "Movember"

Several members of the North Colonie team sported a little more “hair” on their faces during the month of November, raising a total of $625 for prostate cancer awareness and research. » READ MORE

Shaker Junior High School addresses diversity

Over the past couple of weeks, SJHS students and staff have been learning about the importance of "always acting with respect" through a number of presentations and activities. » READ MORE

A number of North Colonie students to participate in Suburban Council Music Festival

The Suburban Council Music Festival will include 39 North Colonie students this year, one of the highest in the Suburban Council. These students will perform on January 25th at Columbia High School. » READ MORE

SHS students perform with NYSSMA Area All-State

24 students performed with the NYSSMA Area All-State Music Festival November 22-23.  Students were chosen from a 50-mile radius to perform in the Area All-State Band, Chorus and Orchestra. » READ MORE

SJHS yam capital of the tri-county area

SJHS contributes the largest number of yams on record to Equinox House. » LEARN MORE

How we communicate weather-related announcements

With winter weather coming right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to explain how North Colonie communicate weather-related announcements, be it closings, delays or early dismissals. » LEARN MORE

District hosts social media workshop for parents

For parents, staying ahead of their kids when it comes to social media sites is becoming harder and harder, so North Colonie took time to educate parents.

» LEARN MORE (Courtesy WTEN)

SHS teacher receives annual Gavel Award

On November 14, Shaker High School Business Law teacher Chad Finck was awarded the Seventh Annual Gavel Award from Colonie Town Justice and Court Administrator, Peter G. Crummey. » LEARN MORE

Passion makes teacher life of the science party

John Slyer, a science teacher at Shaker Junior High School, wants his students, young people — and you — to know: Science can make your life better. » READ MORE (Courtesy Times Union)

5th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge raises over $200 dollars in donations

The donations were given to the Ronald McDonald House. » READ MORE AND FIND OUT THIS YEAR'S WINNER

SHS students combat bullying with consistent message

A small group of students at Shaker High School known as the Antibullying Committee are working together to make a big difference when it comes to ending bullying.


Photo gallery: SJHS welcomes nationally renowned speaker and educator for upcoming parenting program

On October 30, Shaker Junior High School welcomed Rich Johns, a nationally renowned speaker and educator who works diligently to spread his messages of 'Act With Respect Always and Pay it Forward' » ENTER PHOTO GALLERY

2013-14 district calendar

The online calendar has been posted and can be viewed here.   


Mr. D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools
91 Fiddlers Lane
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: (518) 785-8591
Fax: (518) 785-5504

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