North Colonie sixth graders compete
in Math Experience Day
Latham Ridge hosted the annual program
this year and welcomed returning guest emcee, Professor Jim
Matthews, from Siena College. With short breaks for
refueling, groups comprised of students from the six
different elementary schools worked hard for more than three
hours on 12 difficult math problems. »READ MORE
Elementary School Counseling
Parenting Programs will begin again
with Melissa Them, Ph. D., this winter. This year's topic
is “Balanced Child – Helping Kids Stay Kids”, with five
sub-topics that will be discussed over five weeks. »LEARN
MORE AND SIGN UP
Family Book Night
Southgate recently sponsored a
Family Book Night, involving a fun and adventurous
mystery, Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits.
Twenty-one fifth graders and their parents enjoyed
reading the book together and using a graphic organizer
to track the clues to solve the mystery. »READ MORE
Voters approve $2 billion ‘Smart
New York voters have approved a $2
billion bond referendum that will provide each school
district with funding for new educational technology and
infrastructure improvements that could also include
classroom space for prekindergarten programs. »READ MORE
Students spend a 'Day in the Life of
the Hudson River Estuary'
Last week, students elementary school
students in the Gifted and Talented Program spent a “Day in
the Life of the Hudson River Estuary,” taking samples of the
water and soil at the Mayor James Cavanaugh Hudson Shores
Park in Watervliet. »READ MORE
Southgate celebrates Peace Day
Southgate Elementary held its
International Peace Day Celebration on Tuesday, Sept.
This year’s theme was “See Something, Do Something.
What’s Your Superpower?” and will be continued in
activities/events sponsored by the School Success Team
throughout the school year. »READ MORE
AND VIEW A PHOTO GALLERY
Southgate Open House presentation
here to view the presentation given at the Southgate
Elementary Open House [PDF].
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
How Parents Can Help Kids Shift Their
Learning To The Common Core
You may not agree with it, and there is
certainly controversy associated with them, but today
students are studying math and English – language arts under
a new set of standards. Any changes designed to improve
schooling, no matter how perfectly conceived, need parent
involvement to succeed.
Drop off procedures
If you are dropping your child off,
please keep in mind that no cars will be allowed in the
front circle between 7:55 and 8:15 a.m. as students arrive.
Students are to be dropped off at the lower circle during
this time. Any student arriving after 8:15 a.m. must
be signed in with the main office by an adult.
Absent/Tardy - What to do?
It is very important that we are able to
account for students. When a child does not come to school and a
parent has not called to report the absence, we become concerned
about the safety of the child. »
Tips for parents from the school nurse
A child who is sick will not be able to perform
well in school and is likely to spread the
illness to other children and staff. We suggest
making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you
will not be caught without a comforting place
for your child to stay if he/she is ill.