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Inside SMS

Shaker Middle School Vision

Shaker Middle School’s enduring vision is to provide a safe, supportive and inspiring environment where students become independent learners. Within this environment they will master core academic, technological and social skills that foster literacy, critical thinking and respect in a diverse society where they can make life long contributions.

Daily Schedule

Homeroom begins at 8:05 a.m. Period 1 starts at 8:19 a.m. Dismissal is at 3 p.m. 


Homeroom                     8:05-8:15

Period 1                          8:19-8:59

Period 2                           9:03-9:43

Period 3                           9:47-10:27

Period 4                          10:31-11:11

Period 5 A                       11:15-11:35           Lunch 1

Period 5 B                       11:38-11:58           Lunch 2

Period 6 A                       12:02-12:22           Lunch 3

Period 6 B                       12:25-12:45           Lunch 4

Period 7 A                       12:49-1:09             Lunch 5 

Period 7 B                       1:12-1:32               Lunch 6

Period 8                           1:36-2:16

Period 9                           2:20-3:00

Dismissal                        3:00

Attendance: Absences, Late Arrivals, and Early Dismissals

If your child is going to be absent, late or picked up early, please email or call your child’s hall secretary as soon as possible.  Below you will find the attendance email and phone numbers for each hall.

To report absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals for Algonquin and Skylight Halls:

Call: (518) 785-1341 EXT 4530

To report absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals for Haystack and Wright Halls:

Call: (518) 785-1341 EXT 4536

To reach the nurses office, call: (518) 785-1341 EXT 4544 or 4510

Drop off and Pick up

When dropping off, we request that you do so at the high school. When you enter the high school entrance, move into, and stay in, the designated drop-off lane. Follow the drop-off traffic through and exit the high school onto 155. Children should be dropped off only in a marked walk area.

When picking up your child, you will need to use the Middle School Entrance. 

  1. Parents will enter campus via the Middle School Entrance
  2. Once on the Shaker Middle School campus, enter into the designated pick up loop which corresponds to your child’s hall. You will see signs directing you through the parking lot with the hall labeled and color coded by the hall’s locker color.
  3. Please follow any staff directives as they are there to help to ensure safety and keep the traffic flowing.
  4. Once parked please stay at your vehicle with it running 

We request that your child take the bus if possible. That is the safest way to get to school and it would cut down on morning traffic and afternoon. If you do plan to transport your child, please follow the clearly marked drop-off and pick-up traffic pattern.