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An update from the superintendent – May 22

| May 22, 2020

Dear North Colonie Families,

As we end another week, I want you all to know that not a day goes by where I don’t miss our students. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy and safe. We will get through this and we will be together again. Thank you for taking the time to read the important information below.

Budget Vote and Board Election Reminder

This year’s budget vote and Board election will take place via absentee ballot only on Tuesday, June 9, per Governor Cuomo’s executive order. If you have voted in a school election in the last five years, a ballot will automatically be sent to your house. More information can be found on the district website.

Summer School Update

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that all summer school will be done through distance learning. We will share more on what this means for our students in the coming weeks.

Do You Need Tech Support?

If your child is having any problems with their Chromebook or if you would like to request a Chromebook for a K-4 student, please create a helpdesk ticket here.

Use your student’s account credentials without the (ex: jsmith). Please be sure to include parent/guardian contact information in the ticket. Our technicians will contact you and provide remote support, or they will arrange for in-person support/equipment pick up at the high school.

Shaker High School Food Pantry Fundraiser

The Shaker High Food Pantry is a student-led food bank that collects and distributes backpacks full of food to students and families throughout the North Colonie District. If you would like to donate to help keep the food pantry running throughout the summer, you can do so here.

Shaker Helping Hands

Last month, three Shaker High School sophomores, Ayaan Bargeer, Labesh Baral and Shubham Yadav, started “Shaker Helping Hands,” a virtual tutoring program to help students in grades 1-4. Since its inception, they have helped dozens of students and have created more than 20 lesson plans. Since the program has been so successful, they are now expanding, and the program will be open to students in grades 1-6. Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit the website these three students have created.

As we head into this very important weekend, we recognize all who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of this nation. To these citizens, we are eternally grateful.


D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools

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