North Colonie News: Oct. 7


ParentSquare Update

The North Colonie Central School District has launched ParentSquare – a simple and unified school-to-home communication platform – to reach and engage every parent. All important notifications, such as school closings and delays, news and upcoming events, will be sent to parents through this platform.

Please be on the lookout for an invitation to join ParentSquare. Joining is easy and takes less than a minute. Simply click the link to activate your account.

If you do not receive an invitation, please call 518-785-5511 x 3333.

For more information about ParentSquare, including tips sheets, FAQs, and videos click here.

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Important Dates

Monday, Oct. 12 – Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)

Friday, Oct. 21 & Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences (Half days for elementary students only)

Friday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day (No School)

NC Named #1 School District in the Albany Area by Niche

North Colonie Central School District is the #1 School District in the Albany Area according to Niche’s 2023 Best School Districts rankings. Niche’s rankings combine user input — ratings from current students, alumni, and parents — with quantitative data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities, and more.  Shaker High School was also ranked as the #1 HS in the Albany area.  View all of NC’s Niche rankings here.

North Colonie Central Schools Logo; #1 School District in the Albany Area; Niche 2023 Award Logo

Student Author Melds Art and Fantasy in First Novel

When North Colonie CSD student Shreya Sharath goes to her middle school library she can do something not too many 8th graders can do. She can walk over to the shelf and pull out the book she has authored. 📕 Read more about Shreya’s novel here. 📕

SMS student Shreya Sharath with her book
Shreya Sharath


SHS Pep Band Serves as the Official Band for the Leatherstocking Honor Flight

Our SHS Pep Band had the tremendous honor and privilege of performing as the official band for the Leatherstocking Honor Flight ceremony at the Albany International Airport on Oct. 1. Veterans from all five branches of the military who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and more were recognized for their service to our country. Read more about the ceremony here.

SHS Pep Band Performing
Before sunrise on Oct. 1, SHS Pep Band was performing for the Leatherstocking Honor Flight participants before their flight left the Albany Airport.


New Winter Athletic Opportunities for SMS & SHS Students – Various times & dates

Click here to learn more about our winter sports offerings.

Parent Night: Personal Safety Program for K-5 Families – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. @ Loudonville Elementary

North Colonie elementary schools will be welcoming back prevention educators from the Crimes Victims Services Program for St. Peter’s Health Partners to teach your child about personal safety.

SMS Health Program Preview – Wednesday, Oct. 12 @ 6:30 p.m.

This livestreamed meeting will provide parents with the opportunity to receive an overview of our health curriculum from our health teachers and program administrators and receive answers to questions which can be sent in via this Form prior to or during the presentation. The meeting will be recorded and archived on the district website for anyone who can’t join the live presentation. An outline of the Health program is also available on the district website. WATCH THE LIVESTREAM HERE.

🏈 Homecoming Varsity Football Game – Friday, Oct. 14 @ 7 p.m. 🏈

Shaker vs. Bethlehem – Horns Up!

Shaker Athletics: College Athletics Panel – Monday, Oct. 17 @ 7 p.m.

Thinking about playing sports in college and want to learn more?  This event is open to NC students (grades 7-12) and parents, with a primary focus on student athletes currently in grades 8-11. Click here to register and ask a question. 

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Junior Bison Basketball League (Boys K-6) – starts Dec. 3

Open to North Colonie boys in K-6. Cost is $125 for 7 sessions, starting December 3. All players will receive a Junior Bison jersey. We are looking for parent volunteers to help coach, ref, and run the score clock. Click here to learn more and to register.


Best school districts, high schools in the Capital Region for 2023 (WTEN-TV)