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New Travel Advisory, 3-8 Testing Revisions, Spring Sports, New Trees & Weekly Boost

| March 26, 2021

Dear North Colonie Families,

Spring recess starts next week, the state is lifting some travel regulations, and many of us have been fully vaccinated. These are all hopeful signs; however, we cannot lose sight of the importance of remaining vigilant all the way through this pandemic. I want to thank you for your continued partnership in following the health and safety protocols out of the respect we have for one another.

New travel advisory 

Starting April 1, there are no travel restrictions or the need to quarantine upon returning to NYS from domestic travel, regardless of your US destination or the duration of the trip. Restrictions on international travel remain in effect. You can read the latest guidance details on our website. 

Board of Regents revises regulations for state testing 

We have new information about the Grades 3-8 English language arts and math tests scheduled for this spring. New York state was not granted a federal waiver to forgo testing. Accordingly, NCCSD will administer the state-approved condensed version. 

The New York State Board of Regents has given our district flexibility in when to administer the tests. The window for the ELA 3-8 tests is April 19-29 and Math 3-8 is May 3-14. Individual building principals will be communicating with families to let them know the exact dates of testing for their buildings. Tests will be given in-person only. Students who are fully remote will not be required to come into the school for the test; however, if families of remote learners want their children to come in to sit for the test they will be allowed to do so. Families of students in grades 3-6 have received a letter and survey from Mr. Dineen, remote elementary coordinator, and families of students in grades 7-8 remote learning will shortly be receiving a letter from Mr. Zadoorian, remote secondary coordinator. 

The Board of Regents has also given us flexibility as to whether we will administer Session 2 of each assessment. As a district, we have decided that we will only be administering the required session one for ELA and Math. For both subjects, the session one assessment is multiple choice only.

While assessments will be scaled back, they remain a valuable tool we use to get an accurate picture of student progress as it relates to their grade-level learning targets. Please remember that your child’s scores on the state tests will not affect their grades or impact our evaluation of your child’s teacher. We simply want students to do their best so we have an accurate picture of their strengths and needs so we can best assist them as we move forward.  

Root for the home team (online)

In Shaker’s first home football game tonight, we are up against Guilderland. Kickoff starts at 7:00. You can watch the live stream of the game through this link.

Students interested in spring sports

Attention Shaker varsity and JV student athletes, follow this link to sign up for these spring sports: boys and girls track and field, boys and girls lacrosse, softball, baseball, and boys tennis. The season will begin April 25-26.

Students in seventh and eighth grades who want to participate in modified sports, an email will go out next week with signup information. The season starts May 3, signups will begin April 3. 

Tree planting will bring renewal 

We are excited to inform you that new trees will be planted along Bison Boulevard at SHS during the April break. The spruced up landscape will be a nice pick-me-up and make the entrance to the high school more appealing.

Cultural exchange

SJHS German teacher Rosa Reeves and her teacher partner, Renee Thorpe are giving students a key to another world. They have coordinated efforts with an English teacher from Germany and have been connecting students through virtual spaces like Zoom and ePals. Read more about their experiences.

Weekly Boost

  • A performance that is sure to brighten your mood — here’s Shaker Select with “Another Day of Sun.”
  • Congratulations to our athlete of the week, varsity volleyball player Sophia Marra. The Shaker junior is being recognized for her service points and scrappy plays. In a 3-0 victory over Bethlehem, Sophia had 13 service points, 4 kills and 4 digs. 

As always, thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. Please continue to wear a mask, avoid social gatherings with those outside of your household, and social distance.


D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools

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