May SJHS newsletter now available
The SJHS building newsletter is now
can be downlaoded here [PDF].
letter from Principal Dr. Russell Moore
Dr. Moore addresses some important end of
the year information that you need to know in his latest letter
to parents. »
Eighth grade summer reading list now
The 8th grade summer reading list is now
can be downloaded here [PDF].
SJHS third quarter high honor, honor & merit
Congratulations to the SJHS students who made the
High Honor, Honor and Merit Roll this quarter. »
26 SJHS students recognized for scores
in National French Exam
26 SJHS students fell within the Hudson
Valley Chapter and National ranks. These students will be
invited to a ceremony at Union College later in the spring to
accept their awards. »
Faculty Play date change
Due to the spring concert schedule,
rehearsal time on stage is limited. To allow for sufficient
rehearsal in the actual performance venue, more time is needed.
We have moved the date of the Faculty Play (which includes many
students) to 7:00 PM on Monday, June 3. Please amend your
Nominate a SJHS staff member for the Peter
M. McManus Staff Recognition Award
The annual award goes to a staff member who
meets current responsibilities, makes contributions that upgrade
the educational climate at SJHS, providing creative ideas and
innovations, and demonstrates concern and respect for students
and their needs.
NOMINATE A STAFF MEMBER [PDF]
Hands on history being taught in pieces
SJHS students create ceramic tile map as way
to learn about the U.S.
READ MORE (Courtesy Times Union)
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
Spring 2013 grades 3-8 testing schedule
Click here to download the 3-8 Spring testing schedule
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”.
CBS6 features SJHS student for giving
her "Personal Best"
Erin Valente, a SJHS 8th grade student, was
featured on CBS 6 news in a segment called "Personal Best." This
segment features one middle or high school student each week who
puts forth the highest level of effort both in school and on the
field in a sport, inspiring peers and teammates to do the same. »
WATCH HER STORY (Scroll down under Videos and click on
Eigth grader wins SJHS Geography Bee for
Aadya Kaushik earned the designation as SJHS
Geography Bee champion, becoming the first repeat champion in
over a decade. »
Important course planning dates and
information for parents of 8th graders
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 offers two important events.
Two SJHS students advance to state
finals in MathCounts Competition
Seventh grader Jonathan Choi and eighth
grader Gaurab Banerjee both qualified for the final round
this past weekend, at the quarter final round held at
General Electric R&D in Niskayuna. »
SJHS students show of their talents in
The annual talent show consisted of amazing
vocal performances, Irish dancing, break dancing, ripping guitar
solos, classical piano, beat boxing and much more. »
Attention Parents: New Building Safety
SJHS to be locked until 6:45 a.m.
A notice to all parents of Shaker Junior
High School students that beginning next Monday, February 4, the
school will be locked in the morning until 6:45 AM.
Children will not have access to the building until that time.
If your child has been arriving at school prior to that time,
the practice needs to change. This additional security measure
was included in the most recent edition of The Middle Years, our
school newsletter, but without a date listed. We will notify
students of this change, but please make plans now if your child
has been arriving at school prior to 6:45 AM.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this changed
SJHS Stand Up Committee
T-Shirt Design Contest
Think you have what it takes to design the
best antibullying t-shirt. Well, prove it!
LEARN MORE AND ENTER CONTEST [PDF]
2013-14 student programming update
Although we are just at the mid point of the
current school year, we are well into the process of program
development for the 2013-2014 school year.
A letter from Dr. Moore on building safety
The shock and outrage resulting from the
tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School
last Friday continue to stay with each and every one of us. This
was a school that could have been anywhere in this great country
and that had in place typical and appropriate security measures.
It is natural to feel apprehension and nervousness and such
events make each of us reevaluate what we do, and what we can do
additionally, to minimize the risk to all of us.
Students shop at school
The Shaker Junior High School Store is open
again this year, run by Mr. Uline. The store will offer regular
school merchandise such as pens, pencils, notebooks, and
folders. Of popular interest are locker ladders for $20 and hall
color t-shirts for $8. The store is open only during homeroom.
We are always looking for ideas for new items to purchase, stop
by and let us know what you would like to see in our store.
School sports physicals
Shaker Junior and Senior High Schools
announce the 2012-2013 school year sports’ physical date for
spring sports is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2013.
Athletes needing the annual sports physical must plan on
attending to receive a physical from the school doctor. The
physicals will be given at the Capital Region Health Park
(Community Care Physicians) 711 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham
(South Side Door - Suite 101). Boys’ physicals will be from 8:00
– 9:00 am and girls from 9:00 – 10:00 am.
SJHS students work with Artist-in-Residence
Ceramic Artist-in-Residence Frank Giorgini
and SJHS accelerated art students are working to create a
ceramic rendering of the United States of America. »
& VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
Photo gallery: Wear Black & Mix it Up
Day at SJHS
Shaker Junior High School students sent
Bullying Awareness Month out with a bang as they
participated in two school-wide events this week. Students
came to school dressed in black to "Black Out Bullying", as
part of their monthly color days, and also took part in Mix
it Up at Lunch Day, where they sat with other students they
usually wouldn't sit with.
CHECK OUT SOME PHOTOS FROM THE DAY
Toni's Team scores a big win
Cancer has an effect on everyone.
Whether you are the one who has been diagnosed with it, or you
know someone who has, it can be a life altering experience.
Learn what a group of North Colonie teachers have done to
support a colleague diagnosed with breast cancer.
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. »
2012-13 SJHS Clubs/Activities
Looking for something to do? Want to get involved in your
school? Shaker Junior High School offers a wide variety of
clubs, intramural sports and other extracurricular programs —
there's sure to be an activity for everyone — so get involved!
SJHS Dress Code policy now in effect
READ DRESS CODE POLICY [PDF]