North Colonie News: Nov. 10


A Veterans Day Message from Superintendent Corr

Veterans Day is a time to come together and recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country. 

This day in November stands not only as a permanent reminder of the service of our veterans, past, present, and future, but as a challenge for us to live up to their example and commit ourselves to service to family, friends, community, state, and nation, for we are all connected to a larger community and an entity greater than ourselves.

While it is important that we honor veterans each November 11, our demonstrations of honor and gratitude for their service must be constant. We cannot forget them. 

Veterans, we are forever grateful to you, and we promise to continually honor you in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We extend to you our deepest gratitude. Thank you for your service to our great country. 


D. Joseph Corr

Superintendent of Schools

Click here →  to see some examples of how our students and schools recognized our vets.

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Ivan, a student at Boght Hills Elementary, with his father, Paul, a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army.

Student Athletes Participate in Mock Signing Ceremony

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, nine student athletes participated in a mock signing ceremony, to celebrate their commitments to playing sports at the collegiate level. Congratulations and best of luck to: James Easton – Lacrosse (St. John’s University); Katie Field – Lacrosse (Wingate University); Carter Fort – Lacrosse (Siena College); Eric Hennessey – Lacrosse (Manhattan College); Kaleigh Higgins – Track and Cross Country (Providence College); Bridget McLoughlin – Soccer (Saint Michael’s College); Lauren O’Hagan – Lacrosse (Siena College); Jenna Pollicino – Lacrosse (Siena College); and Brody Williams – Lacrosse (Florida Tech). 
athletes at mock signing nov 2022

Latham Ridge Trees get “Life” from 5th Grade Artists

The two young saplings out front of Latham Ridge Elementary may need to be replaced, but they are certainly spending their remaining days in colorful style! 

“Back in September, it became obvious that the two saplings flanking our main entrance were not healthy and would likely need some attention,” said Martha Hacklin, LR art teacher. “With permission … and with Principal Aaron Thiell’s support, the art students in 5th grade worked on an ‘art happening’.” 

Artists had to sketch and prepare a plan before tackling the project. Each 5th grader submitted a color plan for how to arrange the yarn.  A final design was then voted on. 

Both trees are now wrapped in colorful yarn for an ephemeral public art installation. Though, similar to a sandcastle, the art is only going to last for a short time, but the impact and experience for students and all those able to take in the beauty will be lasting.

close up of bright yard wrapped tree

United Way Campaign – There’s Still Time to Help

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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United Way Campaign Nov. 1-30

Upcoming Events

Girls Soccer Team Send-off

Friday, Nov. 11 @ 10:15 a.m. – Shaker High School

Come celebrate our Sectional/Regional Championship Girls Soccer Team as we send them off to Cortland for the State Final Four! Please park in the student or faculty lot by 10 a.m. Signs, banners, and noisemakers are encouraged. Go Bison! #HornsUp

Helping Children with Anxiety, Worries, Panic & COVID-Related Fears

Seminar for Elementary Parents – Learn how to see things differently and bring groundbreaking solutions home with you!

Wednesday, Nov. 16 @ 7-8:30 p.m. – Blue Creek Elementary

Free Child Care provided

Please provide in advance to your school counselor your name and number of children for child care. Counselor contact information is listed HERE.

Licensed Psychologist Dr. Randy Cale will introduce an evolving “Focus-Forward” Approach that parents can bring home and put into daily practice. The lessons cover how to help kids reduce their fears & anxieties through parental changes in the home. Many times, the efforts to help with anxiety are only making them worse, and time reveals this truth. In addition, Dr. Cale will discuss specific tools for your children that are proven to reduce anxiety and promote a strong sense of confidence. Learn this and more!

Important Dates

November 23-25 – Thanksgiving Recess