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Second Semester Begins Feb. 1, PAC Meeting Recap & Weekly Boost

| January 29, 2021

Dear North Colonie Families,

It’s hard to believe we’ve already come to the end of January and, of course, it’s only fitting that we are ending the month with what will likely be one of the coldest days of the year. As we close out another week, I have some updates for you to review:

Second Semester Begins Monday, Feb. 1

The second semester begins this coming Monday, Feb. 1. Please note, students are expected to follow the preferred learning choice (in-person, hybrid or fully remote) that they chose on the December survey or have since requested for the remainder of the school year. Students will not be allowed to change their learning preference after Feb. 1. 

Please note, if your child is switching from remote to in-person instruction, you will start to receive the wellness/attestation screening text messages from Pinpoint on Monday morning. If your student is switching to remote instruction, you will no longer be receiving the screener as of Feb. 1. If you have any questions, please contact

PAC Meeting Recap

The district held a Parent Advisory Council meeting last night, Thursday, Jan. 28. Local licensed psychologist and owner of Psychology Wellness Practice, Dr. Jennifer Smitkin provided families with universal strategies for coping during COVID and these challenging times. If you were unable to attend and you would like to watch the presentation, you can watch the meeting here. If you would like a copy of Dr. Smitkin’s presentation, please contact

Weekly Boost

  • Four SHS students were recently accepted into the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division All-Eastern Music Festival. This is an incredible achievement as only 16 other SHS students have been selected for All-Eastern in the last 37 years! Learn more
  • Shaker Speech and Debate students competed virtually at the Mt. Markham Winter Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 23. A number of students placed in the tournament! Learn more.
  • Two Blue Creek teachers recently wrote and secured grant money for the school. PE Teacher Rebecca Kohn received a $700 mini grant from NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation to go toward the purchase of snowshoes for our PE classes. Meanwhile, School Counselor Eileen Satterlee applied for a $9,900 grant from the Seymour Fox Foundation to be applied to the Blue Creek Backpack program at the Regional Food Bank. We were notified at the end of December that it was approved! Thank you Rebecca and Eileen for helping our school community!

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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