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Southgate Elementary school plans sidewalk dedication ceremony for former student, Ashton Jojo

In June, 2012, the North Colonie Central School district lost one of its students, 11 year old Ashton Jojo, who had just finished fifth grade at Southgate Elementary. For the past two years, Ashton's family has been working with the school to create improved access for all students to the elementary school's playground, in memory of her. On May 1, at 1:00 p.m., a dedication ceremony will be held, officially opening the sidewalk, "Ashton Jojo Way", for student use. »READ MORE

Family Literacy Night

On March 23, students and families from Southgate were able to participate in the annual Reading and English as a New Language Family Literacy Night at the Sanford Town Library. Students were treated to a story time, tour of the library facilities, craft, and a snack. Students also had the opportunity to attain a library card. »READ MORE

Family Book Night

Southgate sponsored a Family Book Night on March 12 using "The Scraps Book, Notes From a Colorful Life", a new picture book about the life of children’s author and illustrator, Lois Ehlert. Since the book is an autobiography filled with family memories, students worked with their parents to make a textured collage of their own memories. »READ MORE

Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

New York State has designated Thursday, April 23 as “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” Unfortunately, April 23rd is also one of three consecutive days of the New York State Assessment in Mathematics for all students in grades 3-8. Although North Colonie has a long tradition of participating in the “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” we believe it is imperative for all of our students to be in school in order to ensure the most positive, consistent testing environment for all. As such, we will not be supporting this activity district-wide, K-12, this year. »READ MORE

Southgate honors local superheroes

On Feb. 4, Southgate Elementary faculty, staff and students honored 40 local “superheroes”, who serve the community and country including family members and friends of Southgate students, as well as teachers. Students presented banners they made for their superheroes during a school-wide assembly. »READ MORE

Mighty Math Night presentation

It was a night for our youngest learners and their parents to experience mathematics together, with a turnout of more than 500 people. »CLICK HERE for a presentation that recaps the event with photos of some of the participants.

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

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 Schools’ bond

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. 23.
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 now available

Click 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. » READ MORE

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. » READ MORE

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. » READ MORE


Ms. Jerri Lynne Dedrick
30 Southgate Rd.
Loudonville, NY 12211
Phone: (518) 785-6607
Fax: (518) 783-8878

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