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.
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.
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.
SHS Human Rights students visit the
Town of Colonie Justice Department and meet with Justice
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.
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.
Changes Ahead for Schools in Adopted
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Twitter incident at Shaker High
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
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).
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.
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
NASA Astronaut visits Shaker High
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
North Colonie Music Department
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
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
Coffee with Cale: A discussion on
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!
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Blue Creek Kindergarten Writing
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.
Seven faculty members receive tenure
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
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.
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
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
Congressman Paul Tonko visits Shaker's
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
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.
Siena athletes visit Forts Ferry
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.
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.
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.
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
SHS students collect hundreds of books
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.
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.
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
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
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
SHS Robotics Team wins its 4th NASA
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
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. »
North Colonie faculty and staff support
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.
Shaker Junior High School addresses
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.
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.
SHS students perform with NYSSMA Area
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.
SJHS yam capital of the tri-county area
SJHS contributes the largest number of
yams on record to Equinox House.
How we communicate weather-related
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.
District hosts social media workshop for
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.
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.
Passion makes teacher life of the
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.
(Courtesy Times Union)
5th Annual Great Pumpkin
Challenge raises over $200 dollars in donations
The donations were given to the Ronald
READ MORE AND FIND OUT THIS YEAR'S WINNER
SHS students combat bullying with
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
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'
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2013-14 district calendar
The online calendar has been posted and
can be viewed here.