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SJHS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon

The Shaker Junior High School Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon was held on Wednesday, June 24. »READ MORE

8th grade class celebration

SJHS recently held an 8th grade class celebration for all students, centered on the distribution of the yearbook. The students were given time out of their regularly scheduled classes to receive their yearbooks, sign others’ yearbooks, chat with friends, take photos, enjoy refreshments, and celebrate the end of their two years at SJHS. »CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY OF THE EVENT

Transition survey for parents of seventh graders

One of the school transitions that can cause anxiety and worry for students and parents is moving from an elementary school to a secondary school, specifically, from grade six to grade seven. Shaker Junior High School's Building Council is interested in gathering parent views about this transition, specifically to learn more about what we can do as a school to further assist our families. »READ MORE AND TAKE A SURVEY

Shaker's "Girls Take Charge" organization hosts 4th annual Women in Leadership event

An entirely student-founded and student-run program, "Girls Take Charge", held its 4th annual "Women in Leadership" event. The club's co-chairs, Anum Hussain and Amber McKay, 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

SJHS 3rd Quarter High Honor, Honor & Merit Rolls

Congratulations to our students who earned honors during the third quarter of this school year. Click here to see the list.

Fifth annual International Potluck Dinner

250 students and their families attended the evening event held on April 20. Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to sample an assortment of sweet and savory appetizers, main meals, and desserts representing 27 different countries from around the globe.  »READ MORE

48 SJHS students travel to Washington D.C.

48 students from Shaker Junior High School enriched their knowledge and appreciation for government and history by spending five days in Washington, D.C. over their April vacation. This trip was organized by Shaker Junior High School social studies teacher and student council co-advisor Seth Harris, and was open to students involved in student council or the Law Day mock trial program.  »READ MORE

SJHS French students achieve top scores on national exam

20 Shaker Junior High School students were awarded Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards for their top scores on the National French Exam.  »READ MORE

Olympics of the Visual Arts

Congratulations to Lauren Halek and Kevin Kim for their participation in the Olympics of the Visual Arts. Halek won first place in the Graphic Design category of the competition, and Kim earned second place in the drawing category. »READ MORE

Information for incoming 7th grade families

As students prepare to enter Shaker Junior High School in the fall, the school has put together important information and answers to frequently asked questions for families of incoming seventh graders.  »CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Random act of kindness

Shaker Junior High School had a spontaneous act of kindness committed by a small group of students. Students put post-it notes with positive messages on every other locker in the school. One picture in the girl's bathroom read "You are worth it." Thank you to our students for their positivity!

Circle of Life display teaches diversity

Since 1962 and the origin of Shaker Junior High School, a collection of life has been happening. From bacteria to skeletal remains, seventh grade Life Science teacher John Gara has been collecting and preserving these items, using them as a teaching tool. Each year, the items are put together in a display, titled "Circle of Life." »READ MORE

Shaker Junior High School to plant a hydroponic garden

"A Call to Action" student members and advisors have started putting together the various gutters, pipes and valves for the hydroponic garden that will be housed in the school library. A hydroponic garden grows plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil. »READ MORE

MDA fundraiser a success

In a competition between eight teachers, Family & Consumer Sciences teacher, Tracy Henry, was chosen by students to dress as a leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day! The competition was organized by Trina Schanz and Erin Mailoux, with a total of $514 raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. »CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICTURE

Progress reports posted online

The third quarter interim progress reports are posted and available on the Parent Portal. We will not mail hard copies to parents unless we receive a specific request to do so. The report contains your child’s average (at the time the report was created) and teacher comments. »READ MORE

History Club visits local "museum"

The Shaker Junior High School History Club visited a local "military museum" with social studies teachers Seth Harris and Chris Myer. The "museum" is actually the private collection of Mr. Greg Wolanin, a district parent who is an avid collector of military paraphernalia from World War I through present day. »READ MORE

SJHS holds Geographic Bee, winner takes qualifying exam to compete 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 geographic knowledge during the school's Geographic Bee, held on Jan. 13. To qualify for the building level bee, each of these students had to win a block level Geography Bee, a competition against several classmates. »READ MORE

Builders Club Hat and Mitten Drive a success

The SJHS Builders Club conducted its annual Hat and Mitten Drive just prior to the holiday break. Thanks to all who contributed to this community give-back program. A total of 39 pairs of mittens, four scarves, 30 hats and five hat/mittens combo sets were donated. A few of the items were donated to families with children at the junior high, with the remainder being passed on to the Albany City Mission. Providing warmth for others in the cold of the winter reflects well on all who donated and on our school!

Teen Read Week a success

With 14 Teen Read Week classes, the SJHS library was a very busy place in December. Students had a great time taking photos, making bookmarks, and wearing glow-in-the-dark bracelets. Click on the link below to view and download the memories/photo fun. »CLICK HERE

Hour of Code comes to SJHS

It’s an event being held nationwide, and also happening within the North Colonie school district. The week of December 8-12 marks “Computer Science Education Week”, with schools around the country participating in “The Hour of Code.” It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to help students understand code and show that anybody can learn the basics. »READ MORE

SJHS Music Department Hoffman Helping Hands fundraiser

On Friday, May 8, 2015 SJHS Select Performing groups will be participating in an annual field trip to Agawam, MA to perform at the Great East Music Festival. This trip includes students in Jazz Ensemble, Select Band, Select Chorus, Scherzo, Treble Makers and Syncopella. We hope that Hoffman Helping Hands fundraiser will lower the cost of our trip for every student in a select ensemble. Our goal is to raise $2,000. Please consider supporting our musicians! »CLICK HERE

Builder's Club Yam Drive a success

The SJHS Builder's Club concluded its annual Yam Drive to benefit the Equinox House with great success. The goal of collecting 400 yams was surpassed, with a final total of 625 cans! The yams were picked up by Equinox House representatives to add to the organization's Thanksgiving dinner, which will benefit hundreds of needy folks. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this community give-back!

Parking Lot Safety Reminders

All parents who drive their children to school need to be very careful every morning. Cars should stay out of the bus loop until after 7:30, and children shouold only be in the parking area at the crosswalk. Please always be alert for adults and children who are walking!

Superheroes soar at SJHS

As part of Shaker Junior High’s recent Spirit Week, a week full of events designed to promote tolerance and acceptance, students stood up to bullying by dressing up as superheroes and showing that no one is alone. »CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS

Chamber Strings group helps Spanish Club celebrate Day of the Dead

Students of the Spanish club had a special treat at their meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 23, as the Chamber Strings group performed a "Día de los muertos" song. »READ MORE

Seventh Graders learn hands-on at Camp Chingachgook

On October 3, the seventh grade teachers in Houston Hall at Shaker Junior High School moved their classes outside for a day of exploration, inquiry, and hands-on learning. To do this, students and teachers went to YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, where students were able to learn in ways that would not be possible within the confines of a traditional classroom. »READ MORE

Parental requests of APPR scores

All parents/guardians will have the right to obtain Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current year’s teacher(s) and principal(s) once the scores are officially available and in accordance with state law. North Colonie plans to provide parents with the scores beginning on October 17, the date by which the final scores are due to New York State. »READ MORE

Parking Lot Drop-Off Changes

If dropping off a child, please be aware of the new traffic pattern and marked lanes for doing so. The pattern has been altered because of safety concerns brought up in recent years by cars moving in different directions and interfering with the high degree of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. »READ MORE

Sample Student Schedule

Student schedules are divided into the four quarters of the school year. Most courses remain the same for the entire year, others are separated based on an A/B Day schedule or by blocks of time. These options can be seen on the following portion of a student’s schedule. »CLICK HERE

SJHS FAQ's for students

Shaker Junior High School has compiled a list of answers to common questions many students have about the school day, lockers, dismissal, and much more. »CLICK HERE

Adolescent information: Helping you help your child

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”. » LEARN MORE


Dr. Russell Moore
475 Watervliet-
Shaker Rd.
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: (518) 785-1341
Fax: (518) 783-8877

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Mrs. Lange
Hall Principal


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