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A message to parents from principal Dr.
March is a key
transition month from winter to spring and it is just as
critical a time in an academic year. This is the period
when we must maintain our high academic expectations,
prepare for the New York State and end of year
assessments and continue the scheduling process for
Second quarter high honor, honor and
merit roll students
Congratulations to our students who
achieved academic honors, by making the high honor, honor or
8th grade Parent Evening Program
scheduled for March 13
One of the most important school-related
activities that you and your 8th grade child will share this
year is planning an appropriate and beneficial 9th grade
program of study. Course selections for next year will
directly impact your child’s high school program. Shaker
High School offers a wide and varied course of study. To
assist you in the process of course selections, the Shaker
High School Guidance Department will be offering a parent
evening program on March 13 at 6:30pm in the high school
Shaker Junior High Parent Orientation
One part of
6th graders’ transition to SJHS is providing their
parents with information to ease concerns, answer
questions and help prepare families for a different
educational experience. We are looking for input
from parents about what they would like to hear and what
they think would be most beneficial at orientation.
HERE TO READ MORE AND SHARE YOUR INPUT
Builders Club food drive a huge
This time of year area food banks see
their food supplies drop significantly, so the initiative by
the Builders Club was well timed. More than 900
non-perishable food items were collected and donated to area
food banks. »READ
Sign up for the Parent Portal to view
upcoming interim reports
On Thursday, March 13, the third quarter
interim progress reports will be posted and available on the
Parent Portal. We will not mail hard copies to parents who
have a Portal account; these parents will need to view the
reports via the Portal. Interim progress reports are issued
halfway through each quarter.
MORE & SIGN UP
Free sports physicals rescheduled
The free sports physicals have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 at
Latham Pediatrics, 711 Troy-Schenectady Road.
SJHS & SHS students prepare extensive
research for March podcasting trip to Hyde Park
On March 20, 2014, student members of
the National Park Service Adopt-a-School Club will travel 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
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!
AND VIEW UPCOMING DATES
SJHS holds Geographic Bee, winner will
represent the school at the state level
Eight SJHS students competed for the
opportunity to represent the school at the New York State
Geographic Bee, by showcasing their knowledge
during the school's building-level bee.
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.
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.
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.
SJHS yam capital of the tri-county area
SJHS contributes the largest number of
yams on record to Equinox House.
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.
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
Parent involvement needed
We are searching for two parents from
our school who will attend Budget Committee meetings for the
upcoming school year. If possible, it would work well to
send at least one parent from the P.T.A. who would attend
2013-14 SJHS yearbook update
Orders for the 2013/2014 Shaker Junior
High Yearbook will start to be taken the week of September
30. The cost of the full color, hardcover book is $25.00. Be
on the lookout for more information and an order form being
sent home with students in the near future.
Individual student state test scores are
Individual scores for the English and math
assessments in grades three through eight and the science
assessments in grades 4 and 8, all taken in the spring of 2013,
are now available on the Parent Portal.
2013-14 Hall brochures and supply lists now
Click here to download your Hall's brochure and supply list.
2013-14 SJHS Student Handbook
You can download the 2013-14 SJHS Student
by clicking here [PDF].
NYS Assessment Results and Academic
We have just received the results from this
spring’s NYS assessments in ELA and mathematics. As has been
publicized clearly for some time now, the percentage of students
who earned a “Proficient” rating dropped dramatically from
previous years. »
SJHS Vision announced
The initiative to craft a vision for Shaker
Junior High School was addressed by the Building Council, which consists of five teachers, three parents and two
administrators. Feedback was also provided by other faculty and
parents via an online feedback form. »
READ THE SJHS VISION
Adolescent information: Helping you help
As you are probably aware, in our
community as well as in society in general, there has been
an increase in adolescent use of social media to communicate
inappropriate messages. We have provided information we
believe you will find informative and useful on adolescent
anxiety, self-injury, twitter, definitions of other social
media and a parent social media survival “cheat sheet”.
Principals of Education: Dr.
Russell Moore, Shaker Junior High School
This week, we profile SJHS Principal, Dr.
Russ Moore. He discusses where is passion for education comes
from, the implementation of APPR and its effects on teachers and
why the junior high school is a model for success when it comes
to bullying awareness. »
Student Anxiety Management plan
When students are facing periods of
intense anxiety which is limiting their ability to attend
classes and/or school, the following plan should be implemented
as early as possible.
READ MORE [PDF]
Peer Mediation at SJHS
Kids helping kids! SJHS students will have
an opportunity to do just that through our Student Peer
Mediation Program. »