Spring Athletes of the Week: Weeks 1 and
Congratulations to our Athletes of the
Week for the first two weeks of the spring season, Sara
Breen, Stephen Rehfuss, Matt Polsinello, and Rebecca
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.
Senior information letter
As students enter into the final weeks of
the current school year, there are several important events
ahead, specifically for seniors.
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.
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.
Shaker Robotics Team news and
In the latest edition of "Bots and Bolts",
read about the team's performance at the Finger Lakes Regional,
current individual team member achievements, alumni news and much more.
Spring College Fairs
Shaker High School students have the
opportunity to attend two upcoming college fairs. One, at
South Colonie HS on April 10 and the second, at HVCC on April
Lifeguard Review Course & CPR for
the Professional Rescuer/AED/First Aid Course
Shaker High School will be offering the
lifeguard review course on May 10 and 17, and the CPR for the
Professional Rescuer on June 4. Openings are limited for
the lifeguard review course.
HERE TO REGISTER
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 Students of the Month - March 2014
Congratulations to the Shaker High School
Students of the Month for March.
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
Board members needed for Shaker HS
Three of the four board positions,
president, vice-president, and secretary, are vacant for
2014-2015. The positions must be filled before this school year
concludes for the PTSA to continue next year.
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.
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
SHS music groups perform at NYSSMA
On Friday, March 7th, the SHS Symphonic
Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Shaker Select and Resolving Suspenders
(boys barbershop) performed for New York State's celebration of
Music in Our Schools Month at the invitation of NYSSMA, the New
York State School Music Association.
SHS March Newsletter
Click here to download the SHS March newsletter.
A message to parents from SHS principal Mr.
The second half of the school year has
begun. As educators we encourage our students to take the time
and reflect on their work in the classroom. Mid-term exams are
an opportunity to deter-mine if students are retaining their
instruction from the first two quarters of the year.
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.
"Shaker's Quays' paths soon to diverge"
Shaker football players Jake and Dylan
Quay commit to colleges for the fall.
(Courtesy Times Union)
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
Three SHS students recipients of NYS
Physical Education Leadership Award
Three seniors were among a select group of
students in the Capital Region who were honored. Shaker’s
recipients are Rachel Yox, Sean Egan and Micayla Merolle.
Junior Parent-Student Program
The Junior Parent-Student Program has been
rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the
auditorium. For more information outlining the program topics
for the evening,
Shaker HS football lineman Nick
Griffin signs national letter of intent
Shaker's two way standout lineman Nick
Griffin signed a national letter of intent to play Division 1
football at Wagner College Thursday, Feb. 6.
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
Shaker Spirit Wear now available to
Show your school spirit and support the
PTSA! The designs for this year's Shaker Spirit Wear are now
available to order. Thank you to Mr. Doolittle's students
for helping to create the designs. Orders are due Feb. 26.
HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM
Shaker Robotics Team news and
In the latest edition of "Bots and Bolts",
read about the team's great progress on its robot, a visit from
important supporters of the team, the hard work on a complex
award application and much more.
SHS Guidance Newsletter
Important information regarding college
applications, financial aid, scholarships, standardized tests
and much more.
SHS students advocate for statewide
mandate of CPR training in schools
On Monday, Jan. 27, Albany County kicked
off its month of free CPR trainings. During the event
at Shaker High School, a “hands-only” technique of CPR was
demonstrated, differing from the usual mouth to mouth
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
SHS students attend unique music
performance combining classical and rock music
Shaker high school students enjoyed a
unique performance Jan. 23 from Caryn Lin, an electric
violinist whose programs show connections between the music
of Bach and the technology involved in rock music.»READ
A letter to current juniors and their
Making plans for beyond high school becomes
increasingly important during the second semester of the junior
year. In order to assist you with your decision, we want to call
your attention to several important events.
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
Important information for 2014 Spring sports
Please take note of the following
information and dates as the athletic department prepares
for the 2014 Spring sports season. Missing these deadlines could
impact your eligibility for the Spring season.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE [PDF]
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
SHS Yearbook Club looks for advertising
In an attempt to keep the yearbook cost
down for students and their families, the Yearbook Club is
looking for business sponsors for a page or part of a page
in the book. »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
SHS students participate in SADD
On Wednesday, Nov. 27th, a number of
students and faculty members wore black to raise awareness
about drunk driving, as well as remember past victims of
drunk driving accidents.»READ
Code of behavior for spectators during
As we enter the winter sports season,
the Suburban Scholastic Council has put together a code of
behavior for spectators. This code represents long standing
practices and expectations held by member schools. Please
take the time to review the attached code.»READ
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. »
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.
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
Shaker teacher honored by former student
Teachers usually tell high school seniors
“remember where you came from” when they graduate each June.
Class of 2013 alumna Sara Berg-Love, currently a freshman at
Stanford University is taking that saying to heart with a
particular SHS teacher.
SHS Ski Club information
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FIVE WEEK PROGRAM AND HOW TO
SHS junior presents research to NIDA
Shaker High School junior Gili Rusak
recently received the opportunity to give a presentation on her
research of how Twitter could be used as an effective social
media platform for drug abuse prevention to the National
Institute on Drug Abuse.
Shaker musicians chosen for All-State
Congratulations to Shaker High School
musicians who have been selected for the New York State School
Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State ensembles. They will
be performing in Rochester in early December.
Senior yearbook and ad orders
Congratulations! This year your daughter
or son is a senior at Shaker High School. You may order a
yearbook ($70.00) for your child as well as place an ad.
LEARN MORE AND DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM
Notice to parents of juniors & seniors:
Providing student information to U.S. Armed Forces
Public Law 107-107 requires high schools
to provide access to students' names, addresses and
telephone listings. This list of grade 11 and 12 students
will be used specifically for armed services recruiting
processes and scholarships. Unless we hear from you in
writing, we will be providing this list to the recruiters.
If you do not want this information released,
click here, download and fill out this form and return
to the SHS Guidance Dept. This must be returned by October
2013-14 SHS parking permit application
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION [PDF]
2013-14 SHS Club/Activties listing
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LISTING OF CLUBS AND PROGRAMS [PDF]
2013-14 SHS supply lists
The Shaker High School supply lists for 2013-14
are now available
and can be downloaded here [PDF].
2013-14 SAT/ACT test dates
Click on the link below to find out the
dates of upcoming SAT and ACT exams plus when to register by as
New student tardy policy at SHS
Beginning January 28, 2013, a change has
been made regarding the consequences assigned to Shaker High
School students who violate the tardy policy. »