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February 2019 Shaker High School Newsletter

| February 14, 2019

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From the desk of Richard W. MurphyProgramming for 2019-20High School Visitor Security SystemGlobal History RegentsHugh O’Brien Youth Leadership AwardShaker Theater PresentsArt NewsMusic NewsAcademic Intervention Services (AIS)SHS Gold Card ProgramSHS Building CouncilImportant Information for Parent PortalStudent Withdrawal and Re-enrollment Guidelines for SHSShaker Alumni Hall of FameAthletic RecognitionsJune Final/Regents ExamsSHS Calendar of EventsBoard of Education MeetingsPTA Teacher and Staff Appreciation LuncheonJune 2019 Regents Exam Schedule

From the desk of Richard W. Murphy

The second half of the school year has begun.  As educators we encourage our students to take the time and reflect on their work in the classroom.  Mid-term exams are an opportunity to determine if students are retaining their instruction from the first two quarters of the year.  Teachers and administrators use these results to assess the understanding of students.  Our analysis leads us to adjust instruction to insure that all students are learning.

As you review your child’s report card, please identify areas of learning your child can improve upon.  Please contact teachers and/or administrators so that we may plan together to assist your child in areas that require improvement.

The mid-term exams and semester grades are an opportunity for all of us to pause and reflect upon the progress of our students.

Programming for 2019-2020

Your child or children have begun the second half of the school year.  We are now planning our students’ program of study for the 2019-2020 school year through the course selection process.  This is a very important process that requires considerable thought and investigation.  The programming process and selection begins early to allow students to receive input from their teachers, counselors, supervisors and hall principals.  The first step is for students to make their course selections.  Your child will be contacted by his/her counselor to schedule his/her programming meeting.  We recommend that students make initial course selections by April 12th so as to better finalize the needs for course offerings and staffing for the 2019-2020 school year.   

The next step occurs between May 1, 2019 and June 1, 2019.  During this time students and parents may review and confirm their course selections.   Changes, if necessary, may be made at this time.  After June 1, the Shaker High School master schedule will be formed based on the course selection requests.  After June 1, course request changes will only be made under special circumstances. 

The faculty and administration want to provide you and your child the best possible information to facilitate your decisions.  We appreciate your involvement and support of the programming and course selection process.  Our students meet success through the support of parents that challenge and anticipate academic expectations for them at Shaker High School.  As questions arise, please remember to call the teacher, counselor, supervisor, or principal who may be of assistance to you.

Shaker High School Visitor Security System

Upon entering a district building, visitors will continue to be asked to present an I.D. such as a Driver License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system.  If a parent or guardian, for any reason, does not have a U.S. government-issued I.D., the school staff member can use another form of photo identification showing his/her birth date and manually enter the person’s information into the Raptor system.

The visitor security system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge.  The visitor security system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders.  The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the visitor security system.  No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency.

Once entry is approved, the system will issue a badge that visually identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.  A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our school simply to drop off an item.  All visitors will be tracked who enter the school.  Please review the Rules for Visitors reflecting these changes.

The new visitor screening system went into effect on Monday, January 28th.

Global History Regents

New York State is in the process of transitioning to a new Global History Regents. With the change in Social Studies standards, come new assessments. As state guidelines mandate, students must now take this new Global History Regents.

New York State has scheduled the new Global History Regents on June 3rd, for a morning administration. This date is nine days before the start of the traditional Regents week of testing, which begins on June 18th. As a district, we have been charged with creating the optimal testing environment for the 507 students, primarily tenth and eleventh graders, who are required to take the exam on June 3rd at 7:30 a.m.

In order to achieve the same testing environment, we have decided that June 3rd will be a school day only for those students who are required to take the new Global History Regents. The Global History Regents will be administered in the morning. Regular instruction for all high school students will not be held on this day. Although this is not a perfect solution, we believe that this is best given the staffing and space requirements necessary for this exam. We will have transportation for our students who are required to take the exam. The families of those students who are currently enrolled in Global History and are required to take this exam will receive an additional letter from Mr. Pollaro, Social Studies Supervisor, which explains in more detail the plan for the administration of the Regents exam.

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award

Congratulations to Lauren Beshaw, Alvira Tyagi, Anum Tehsaan, and Aarohi Vasquada, who are the recipients of the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award.  HOBY’s vision is “to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership.”

Shaker Theater Presents

Come see Shaker High School Theatre present Disney’s Newsies a musical based from the real life New York City Newsboys strike of 1899. Jack Kelley becomes the leader, rallying together the many newsies and child workers across the city. Standing up to and challenging the rich and powerful, Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. You won’t be disappointed by the high energy of this compelling story about determination and the power of uniting together.

Performances are:

  • March 29th and March 30th at 8pm
  • March 31st at 2pm

Tickets can be purchased online or at Shaker High School in the music office G104 or bookstore.

Art News

New this year, the Art Department is holding a Juried Senior Art Show, specifically for students in grade 12, on Monday March 11th at 7pm, in the upper G wing gallery.  All seniors are invited to submit work for consideration.  Ms. Chornyak in room C202 is coordinating the event.  Also this spring, the department is working with the UNICEF club to sponsor a charity art auction to raise funds for the UNICEF initiatives.  Hannah Wang is the student coordinator, and teachers and students have already begun their work for this effort.  The auction will take place later this spring.  Students interested in participating in the OVA Olympics of the Visual Arts Competition should contact Ms. Manzella at The SSA club (Society of Student Artists) is helping to promote this annual event.

Special congratulations go out to the following advanced art students for winning exclusive Gold Key Honors at the National Scholastics Art & Writing Awards:

  • Skyler Heiser 12th, Entire Art Portfolio
  • Kevin Kim 11th, Painting
  • Saliha Nazir 12th, Comic Art
  • Shira Novkov-Bloom 12th, Drawing & Illustration
  • Yewon Park 11th, Drawing & Illustration

Music News

Bravo to soprano Allison Woodhouse (gr. 12), who was selected to perform in the 2019 NAFME  (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Chorus!  Allison was chosen from the top All-State students in twelve states. She will perform on April 7th in Pittsburgh, PA.

Congratulations to three SHS students who were selected to perform with the HS Jazz Ensemble or Chorus for the Suburban Council Music Festival on March 29-30 at Ballston Spa High School – Hailey Cook (gr. 10), trumpet; and Andrew Bae (gr. 12), bass and Andrew Yocum (gr. 9) voice.

Tri-M Music Honor Society will be welcoming new members this spring. Tri-M is a national music honor society designed to motivate students, recognize their efforts, and honor their accomplishments. Candidates for student membership are chosen from those students enrolled in Shaker High School’s music department who, at the time of their selection, meet the following requirements: students must be enrolled in a school-sponsored music ensemble for the full year, must be of exemplary character, exhibit a helpful attitude toward teachers and fellow students, and demonstrate service and cooperation in their music classes and the school community. Those eligible must have maintained at least an 85 or above average in their courses overall and at least a 90 or above average in their music courses.

Applications will be mailed home to those SHS students who meet the grade point requirements. The deadline for applications will be clearly stated on the application, and late applications will not be considered.

March Concerts

Join us at three March concerts!

Tuesday, March 5: 9-10 Orchestra, Dixieland Jazz, 9-10 Chorus, and combined Symphonic Bands

Wednesday, March 6: Prism concert ~ Wind Ensemble, Bella Voce, Counterpoint Strings, 8VA and 11-12 Orchestra

Monday, March 11: Jazz Ensemble, Shaker Select, World Percussion, 11-12 Chorus

Academic Intervention Services (AIS)

There will be a number of students who have schedule changes based on results of state and school assessments taken during mid-term week.  Students who did not pass Regents exams will be scheduled for lab classes designed to prepare them to pass that particular. Regents exam.  This is a mandated requirement due to the State Education Department’s regulations.  This remediation program is known as Academic Intervention Services. Students who failed mid-term exams in specific subjects may also be scheduled into lab classes.  If your child has had his/her schedule changed due to AIS, and you have questions, please contact the appropriate academic supervisor.

SHS Gold Card Program

SHS would like to thank the following businesses for supporting our gold card program: Stewart’s, TCBY, Scoup’s Ice Cream, Clearly Yours Gifts, Texas Roadhouse, 21-Below, and AAA of Newton Plaza.  We would also like to thank the SHS bookstore, the food services program, Student Government, the Athletic Department, the Junior Class, the Senior Class, the Sophomore Class, and the Yearbook Committee for donations to the program.  The Gold Card Program is an incentive program that rewards academic success and involvement in the school community.  Students must meet several criteria in order to be eligible for a gold card.  These criteria include being on a merit or honor roll, academic improvement, good school attendance, good behavior, and involvement in a sport, club or charity organization.  Students receive special privileges at school, such as study hall release, free entrance to home sporting events, exclusive parking spots for upper classmen, and preference on the parking list for their senior year.  We have also been doing weekly prize giveaways based off donations we receive.  Hundreds of students receive the Gold Card each quarter.

SHS Building Council

The Shaker High School Building Council is a committee of students, parents, teachers, and administrators that meets once a month to engage in school-based planning and shared decision making in order to enhance our comprehensive  educational system.

Important Update Information for Parent Portal

Parents/guardians who have an IC portal account can log into the Portal to update their email address and phone numbers.  To update your phone numbers or email address, log into the Portal and select Family Members on the sidebar.  Once changes are made, click the Send Update button.  If you need to update your household phone, select Household Information in the sidebar to make the change. Please allow 48 hours for changes to occur.

Note: Phone numbers and email addresses for students will NOT be approved. Only phone numbers and email addresses for parents and legal guardians are approved.

If an employee of North Colonie CSD has a portal account for their children, they MUST leave the primary email address as their North Colonie email address—the home email address can be added as the secondary email address.

Parent Portal

If you have not yet done so, parents may now register to use the Parent Portal for their children at the SHS Main Office.  No appointment is necessary.  Registration is available during the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  You will need to bring your driver’s license or photo ID with you.  If your children attend multiple schools in our District, you only need to register once.  If you have previously registered for one child, your access will be automatically extended to cover all of your children.

Student Withdrawal and Re-enrollment Guidelines for Shaker High School

When a student withdraws from Shaker High School, the student is officially no longer enrolled in the school. The student will be provided with the necessary information to facilitate his/her transfer to a new school. However, it should be understood that if a student re-enrolls at Shaker High School, he/she remains withdrawn and Shaker is not responsible for supplying course curricula, outlines, assignment sheets, texts, assessments, or any other additional work related to courses from which the student has withdrawn.  It is the responsibility of parents, students, and counselor at the new school to choose the most appropriate and best matched courses to insure as smooth a transition as possible in the student’s academic work. 

The decision to withdraw a child from Shaker High School and re-enroll that same student later in the school year often results in academic difficulties, such as non-aligned curricula and inadequate preparation for current Shaker course topics.  Upon the student’s return, he/she may require after-school help, private tutoring, or, in some cases, attendance at summer school at the discretion of the supervisor.  They may be required to repeat the course during the following school year.

Shaker High School Alumni Hall of Fame

Nominate Shaker High School’s Finest Alumni

We are in the process of accepting nominations for 2019 inductees for Shaker High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame.  Shaker has many outstanding alumni whose lives bring credit to the North Colonie Central School District, and the Alumni Hall of Fame provides a vehicle for the recognition of these individuals.  We believe members of the Hall of Fame are role models who can inspire our students to continue the tradition of excellence which defines the North Colonie community.

Do you know someone who would be a great candidate for the Hall of Fame?  If so, fill out the nomination form.

Nominations are due April 8, 2019. Thank you!

Athletic Recognitions

Congratulations to the following fall team on their championship season: Girls Tennis—Section 2 Champions, Football Section 2 Champions.

Congratulations to all fall sports as 100% of our varsity level programs were recognized by the NYSPHSAA as scholar athlete teams. To be recognized 75% of rosters players must have a quarter GPA over 90%. Well done!

Sports News

Nominations for the Sports Hall of Fame will be accepted through November 1, 2019 for the 2020 inductions. Forms are available on-line or from the Athletic Department at Shaker High School. WANTED– BOOSTER CLUB OFFICERS and VOLUNTEERS for the 2019-20 school year!   Contact Matt Cannon, Booster Club President at

June Final/Regents Exams

Please note:  In-class final exams will be held from June 6-14; school final exams will be held from June 17-25.  Regents exams will take place from June 18-25. There will be a June 3rd Global History and Geography exam reflecting the new framework. The last page shows the most current schedule from NYS Education Department.

Shaker High School Calendar of Events


5: SHS PTSA Mtg., 7:00 pm

5: SHS Concert, 7:30 pm

6: SHS Concert, 7:30 pm 

7: SHS 8th Gr. Parent Pgm., 6:30 pm

8: SHS Interim Progress Rpts. Posted

11: SHS Building Council, 3:00 pm

11: SHS Concert, 7:30 pm

13: SHS Friends of Music, 7:00 pm

22: Teacher Workshop Day—School not in Session

29: SHS Spring Musical, 8:00 pm

30: SHS Spring Musical, 8:00 pm

31: SHS Spring Musical, 2:00 pm


2: SHS PTSA Mtg., 7:00 pm

3: SHS Friends of Music, 7:00 pm

5: SHS — End of 3rd Marking Period

18: Report Cards Posted

18: SHS Science Symposium, 6:00 pm 

19: Good Friday—No School   

22 — 26:  Spring Recess

29: Leadership Awards, 2:30  pm   


4: SAT   @ SHS, 7:30 am

7: SHS/SJHS PTSA/PAC Mtg., 7:00 pm

13: SHS Building Council, 3:00 pm

14: Tri M Honor Society Inductions, 3:00 pm                          

16: PIIP Parent Program, 7:00 pm

17: Interim Progress Reports Posted

21: Annual Election/Budget Vote                 

22: SHS Art Recognition, 5:00 pm

23: SHS Senior Awards, 7:00 pm     

24: Senior Picnic, 9:30 am

24: Senior Prom, 7:00 pm 

27: Memorial Day—No School

28: SHS Intensive Review Begins

29: Accelerated Studio Art and Design Reception, 6:30 pm

30: SHS Concert, 7:30 pm

May 6 – 17: Shaker High School AP Exams

Board of Education Meetings

February 25: Southgate ES, 7:15 pm

March 25: Boght Hills School, 7:15 pm  

April 17: Latham Ridge ES; Reception for teachers receiving tenure, 7:00 pm; Board of Ed Regular Mtg., 7:15 pm

May 20: SHS Media Center, 7:15 pm

Committee meetings, which begin at 7:00 p.m., are usually held on Mondays or Thursdays.  Please confirm actual dates of committee meetings with the district calendar, Central Office (518) 785-8591.


Shaker High School Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon

On May 3rd the Shaker High School PTSA will host a Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon. This is a way to thank the teachers, faculty and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to our students throughout the school year. Personnel from all departments are invited (approximately 300 people attend). The PTSA is in need of donations in order to hold this event. All of those who sponsor the luncheon will be acknowledged in a program.  If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to help on the day of the luncheon, please return this form to Shaker High School or contact us at This is a wonderful opportunity to thank the people who help our students on a daily basis. Thank you for your support!!!

Be sure to return the completed form with your check or donation.

Please Print

Name:______________________________________    E-Mail   ____________________________________

               Sponsorship Levels:

               ______$75 First Course

               ______$50 Sweet Treats

               ______$25 Beverages

               ______Other amount to be donated to the Luncheon Fund

               ______I am able to volunteer 10:30-1:30 at the Luncheon on Friday, May 3, 2019        

               Please indicate how you would like your name to appear in the program (i.e. John Smith & Family, or Ms. Mary Smith) __________________________________________________________________________________________________


               _______ I wish to donate anonymously.

Please make checks payable to: SHS PTSA of North Colonie.

Checks can be mailed to:  Shaker High School PTSA, 445 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110

June 2019 Regents Exam Schedule

June 3

Global History and Geography II (New framework), 8:00 am

June 18

US History and Government, 8:00 am

Living Environment, 12:00 pm

June 19

English Language Arts, 8:00 am

Algebra I, 12:00 pm

June 20

Physical Setting/Earth Science, 12:00 pm

June 21

Geometry, 8:00 am

Algebra II, 12:00 pm

June 24

World Language Assessments (Locally developed checkpoint A exam), 8:00 am

World Language Assessments (Locally developed checkpoint B exam), 12:00 pm

June 25

Physical Setting/Chemistry, 8:00 am

Physical Setting/Physics, 12:00 pm

June 26

Rating Day

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