North Colonie News: Nov. 18, 2022


Important Dates

November 23-25 – Thanksgiving Recess

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COVID-19 Test Kits

Prior to the Thanksgiving Recess, we will distribute a COVID-19 test kit to each student to bring home. The tests are good for six months past the expiration date on the kits. If you need to check your kits, simply Google the label. Thank you for your continued support with protecting the health and safety of our students and staff.

NC Kids Care November

Our November NC Kids Care recipient, Bella Miller, will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 21 for one “Dino-rific” reason. Bella, a SHS senior, spent a lot of time this past summer with Mrs. Eick’s self-contained class in the extended school year program held at Shaker Middle School. We’ll share more about Bella’s work and accomplishment next week.

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Former Harlem Globetrotter Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Forts Ferry

Tay "Firefly" Fisher of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters with a student

Tay “Firefly” Fisher of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters visited Forts Ferry Elementary on November 15 to share his Anti-Bullying message with students.

Read the full story.

Transportation: An Important Message from Supt. Corr

There is an ongoing struggle nationally to adequately staff public school buses with trained commercially-licensed school bus drivers. Our transportation department was very proactive last school year, as well as during the summer to recruit drivers to cover our district’s 54 routes that transport 6,023 of our students each and every school day. Obviously, we have been taking every step possible to avoid this kind of disruption and the stress this causes our students and families. In addition to continuous recruitment efforts, our transportation office staff and bus mechanics have been filling in themselves, covering vacant runs. This is clearly not a sustainable situation. Read more of Supt. Corr’s message here.

Drivers Needed: Call 518-785-9486 or visit

North Colonie Board of Education To Name Scott Thompson Principal of Loudonville Elementary

The North Colonie Board of Education is set to name Scott Thompson as the new principal of Loudonville Elementary during its upcoming meeting on Nov. 21, 2022. Welcome to North Colonie, Mr. Thompson!

See the announcement.

🎉 Weekly Boost: Faculty Music Recital 🎉

North Colonie CSD’s annual faculty recital 🎵 was one neither the packed audience nor the participants will soon forget.

Read the full story.

Faculty applaud Supt. Joe Corr for his performance of Sweet Caroline.
District Music Supervisor Deb Keough and fellow faculty paid tribute to retiring Supt. D. Joseph Corr during the faculty recital.

Shaker Girls Cross Country to compete in NYS Federation Cross Country Championship

On Saturday Nov. 19, 2022, the Shaker Girls Cross Country team will be competing in the New York State Federation Cross Country Championship meet at Bowdoin Park (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.).

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The student athletes representing Shaker High School are: Kaleigh Higgins (Senior), Leonni Griffin (Junior), Charlotte Dunkel (Sophomore), Birtu Diefenderfer (Senior), Sophie Boucek (Senior), Lilla Korniss (Senior), and Annik Robin (Senior). Please join us in wishing them luck ahead of this weekend’s meet! 🏃‍♀️

United Way Campaign – Feed North Colonie

North Colonie CSD is continuing its partnership with the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and the North Colonie PTA Council to raise funds to support our students in need. One in five students at North Colonie live in poverty. There are also many more living just above the poverty line. All of these students have struggles with food insecurity. Monies donated to this fund drive will go to off-set the cost of student meals, fill backpacks, provide necessary items for our food pantries and support our holiday giving program. Click here to read more about our campaign and how you can help.

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10th Year of “Hatsgiving” – Contributions Accepted Through Nov. 28

Would you like to see this worthy cause dubbed “Hatsgiving” eclipse 35,000 hats? Well you can!

Please bring new winter hats, sizes newborn to adult, through Nov. 28 (we’re here until 4 p.m.) to the North Colonie CSD Office, 91 Fiddlers Lane in Latham. There is a collection bin in the front lobby awaiting your contribution. Note: Thanksgiving Recess is Nov. 23-25. 

Since 2013 Hatsgiving has collected more than 34,000 hats! The project’s founder, SHS graduate Jeremy Wernick was recently on News 10 promoting this year’s collection and sharing for those who are unfamiliar, the history behind how it started.

Jeremy was a Forts Ferry fifth-grader and he shaved his head to support St. Baldrick’s, an organization that raises funds to fight childhood cancer. After the shave, Jeremy realized just how cold a bald head can get. Knowing that many children suffering from cancer lose their hair, and wanting to make them as comfortable as possible, he started collecting new winter hats for them. It is now a nationwide program!

Congratulations to Jeremy and all who have made this 10th anniversary possible!

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