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SHS November Newsletter

| November 21, 2018

Update from the PrincipalStudents’ Attendance in ExaminationsVisitors2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended StudentsDistrict InsuranceSHS Students Chosen for NYSSMA Area All-State MusicRecord Number of SHS Students Chosen for All-State MusicSHS Concert CalendarVisual & Media Art Department NewsHealth Office InformationHealth GuidelinesDAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship ContestSpring Semester Driver Education CourseSHS Breakfast ProgramFree and Reduced LunchSHS School StoreParent PortalP.T.S.A. – Equal Employment Information – Project S.A.V.E. – Annual Notice of the Availability of the District Emergency Management Plan – Notice to Parents – Upcoming Events – Board of Education Meetings – Committee on Special Education – School Closing Information – January Exam Dates

Update from the Principal

Our school year is underway with mid-terms beginning on January 9, 2019. I have reminded students that the end of the semester is an opportunity for them to review their progress in each of their courses of study. This is also a good time for students to look around and consider what resources they are or are not using to achieve success in the classroom. Often, when students are not achieving, it is evident they are not fully utilizing all of the support that is available to them. Parents often will suggest to me that programs or resources should be added to our school. My first response is to ask that we look to what is currently available to our students. Students may not be accessing their classroom teacher or staying for after-school help that is already in place. Our department supervisors are also our master teachers who can offer ideas, interventions, and plans to assist students struggling in certain academic areas.

I know that our lives can be busy with schedules that leave little time. However, it is important that students, parents, faculty, and administrators work together to plan ways to bring about student success. This collaborative model is one that our students will be expected to use when they move on to higher education and other post graduate opportunities. Communication is the key to success for any type of problem solving. Once achieved, I am confident students can be successful at Shaker High School.

As the year progresses, please feel free to contact us when you have a question or concern. I thank you for your continued support of our learning community.

Students’ Attendance in Examinations

Students enrolled in courses for which there are mid-term or final examinations are responsible for taking tests on given dates and times. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each exam period and phone calls will be made to verify each absence. The scheduling of personal appointments, vacations, or meeting obligations other than those of an emergency nature shall not constitute a valid reason for missing an exam and will result in a grade of zero. Valid reasons include illness or injury confirmed by a physician’s note; death in family; court appearance confirmed by court documentation; or placement in a facility. Notification to hall principal and/or department supervisor is mandatory. Students and parents must make every effort to schedule mandatory college orientation/placement exams during non-testing periods. If a student is going to attend a mandatory college orientation/placement exam during a testing period, the parents and college must provide documentation explaining the reason(s) for this request. Eligibility for make-up exams will be determined by the hall principal and department supervisor. Once the absence has been approved, the Department Supervisor or designee will contact the student to reschedule the exam. If arrangements for make-up exams have not been made prior to the conclusion of the exam schedule, those unscheduled students shall receive an exam grade of zero. Regents exams or any other exams distributed by the State cannot be rescheduled. These exams must be given at the designated times.

Students who arrive late to an exam should report to their scheduled exam room. Their exam will end at the normally scheduled ending time. No additional time will be allowed.

For security reasons, valuables should not be brought to any exam room during formal and/or in-class periods. Valuables may include, but are not limited to hats, books, purses, backpacks, coats, and electronic devices. Shaker High School is not responsible for lost or stolen items; therefore, we recommend that only items needed for the specific exam be brought into the testing area.

The following will be read to all students prior to all Regents exams:

“You cannot have any communications device, including a cell phone, with you during this exam or during any breaks (such as a restroom visit). Such devices include, but are not limited to:

  • Cell phones
  • iPods and MP3 players
  • Laptops, notebooks, or any other personal computing devices
  • Headphones, headsets, or in-ear headphones, such as earbuds
  • Blackberry devices and other PDAs
  • iPads, tablets, and other eReaders
  • Cameras or other photographic equipment
  • Any other device capable of recording audio, photographic or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content

If you brought any of these items to the building today, and have not already stored it in your locker or turned it over to me, a test monitor or school official, you must give it to me now. You may not keep your cell phone or any of these items with you, or near you, including in your pockets, backpack, desk etc. If you keep a cell phone or any of these items with you, your exam will be invalidated and you will get no score. Is there anyone who needs to give me any of these items now? This is your last opportunity to do so before the test begins.”

REGENTS/MIDTERMS EXAMS: January 9, 2019—January 25, 2019
REGENTS/FINAL EXAMS: June 18, 2019—June 25, 2019


Visitors are expected to call for an appointment prior to coming to Shaker High School. When the appointment is confirmed, the name of the visitor will be placed in the log that is located on the desk at the main entrance. When visitors arrive, they are expected to show a photo ID, sign in and list their destination and the person with whom they are meeting.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students

Congratulations to the following students who have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Ishan Ahuja, Anthony Caropreso, Yurim Chae, Dennis Howard, Mahila Krishnamurthy, Nathan Lasalle, Shantala Mehta, Catherine Milas, Noah Page, Zev Siegfeld, Jacob Sternbach, Yena Sung, Hibah Vora, Willow Yang. About 34,000 Commended Students nationwide are being honored for their outstanding performance on the 2017 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These students have shown exceptional academic promise by placing among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million program entrants.

District Insurance

Every year children bring many personally owned or rented instruments into our schools, sometimes leaving them overnight in our classrooms. The North Colonie Central School District has taken reasonable steps to prevent the theft of student property. However, the district is not responsible for theft, loss or damage to students’ personal property on the premises. Additionally, parents are encouraged to list valuable items like musical instruments on their homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policy.

SHS Students Chosen for NYSSMA Area All-State Music

Congratulations to the following SHS students who were chosen by the NYS School Music Association to perform in the Area All-State Festival this November in Saratoga Springs: Ishan Ahuja, Olivia Ames, Ansel Asch, Anna Asch, Madison Austin, Andrew Bae, Caroline Bae, Olivia Burns, Emma Commisso, Sophie Crehan, Matthew Duax, Sam Dvorak, Ray Eah,Aidan Fecko, Emory Garber, Joseph Green, Carina Gregori-Asadourian, Zackary Holdridge, Aarya Kaushik, Hyuan (Alice) Lee, Mary Lorini, Alex Myers, Kayla Na, Rose Petitti, Cameron Richardson, Jethro Ronald Lee, Aly Rumph, Istan Slamet, Tiffany Tang, Tatiana Varela, Morgan Welling, Allison Woodhouse.

Record Number of SHS Students Chosen for All-State Music

Congratulations to nine SHS students who were chosen by the New York State School Music Association to perform in the All-State Festival this December in Rochester: Emma Commisso, Soprano in the Treble Chorus; Sam Dvorak, Bass in the Mixed Chorus; Carina Gregori Asadourian, Soprano in the Treble Chorus; Ian Justino, Tenor in the Mixed Chorus; Mary Lorini, Clarinet in the Wind Ensemble; Pauline Meunier, Alto in the Treble Chorus; Tiffany Tang, Violin in the Symphony Orchestra; Allison Woodhouse, Soprano in the Mixed Chorus; Kevin Zhai, Bass Trombone in the Symphonic Band; as well as eight alternates: Andrew Bae on Cello, Yurim Chae on Violin, Joseph Green on Jazz Bass, Aarya Kaushik on Voice and Jazz Voice, Alice Lee on Voice, Kayla Na on Cello, and Olivia Zhou on Cello.

Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at Solo and Ensemble Festivals throughout the state. This is the highest number of Shaker High School students ever accepted into All-State performing groups, a great honor for the district. The All-State ensembles will perform on Sunday, December 2nd in Rochester NY.

SHS Concert Calendar

Please mark your calendar with the following Shaker High School concert dates:

  • Monday, December 3: Jazz Ensamble, 9-10 Orchestra, 9-10 Chorus, Blue Symphonic Band (p.1)
  • Monday, December 17: White Symphonic Band (p.3), World Percussion, Dixieland Jazz, Bella Voce, 8VA, Counterpoint Strings, Shaker Select
  • Thursday, December 20: Wind Ensemble, 11-12 Orchestra, 11-12 Chorus
  • Tuesday, March 5: 9-10 Orchestra, Dixieland Jazz, 9-10 Chorus, Both Symphonic Bands
  • Wednesday, March 6: Wind Ensemble, Bella Voce, Counterpoint Strings, 8VA, 11-12 Orchestra
  • Monday, March 11: Jazz Ensemble, Shaker Select, World Percussion, 11-12 Chorus
  • Thursday, May 30: Jazz Ensemble, Bella Voce, *VA, Blue Symphonic Band (p.1)
  • Monday, June 3: White Symphonic Band (p.3), Shaker Select, 11-12 Orchestra
  • Wednesday, June 5: World Percussion, Counterpoint Strings, Wind Ensemble, 11-12 Chorus
  • Monday, June 10: Dixieland Jazz, 9-10 Orchestra, 9-10 Chorus

Visual & Media Art Department News

A Shaker High School Visual & Media Arts Exhibit, representing all semester 1 art & design electives will be featured in the Upper G Gallery towards the end of December. All are welcome to join the department faculty at our reception celebrating student artwork to be held on
December 20th at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Students interested in participating in the annual Olympics of the Visual Arts competition in Saratoga should email department supervisor Ms. Manzella or attend a SSA (Society of Student Artists) Club meeting. We will begin in December to organize teams for registration.

Advanced art students interested in being an assistant in the elementary Art Explorers after school workshop sessions should contact Ms. Manzella. Sessions will be held one afternoon a week at the JHS Feb-Mar.

During semester 2, be on the look-out for several exciting regional art exhibits, juried by local artists. Our amazing advanced student work is sure to impress.

Health Office Information

The only medications students may carry are Epipens, Benadryl, and rescue inhalers. All other medications need to be given to the nurse in the Health Office with a doctor’s order. If you have any questions, contact the Health Office at (518) 785-5511 Opt #7. The Health Office Fax number is: 518-785-2767.

Signing Students Out for Health Reasons

The following information is offered to provide parents with a clear understanding of how to sign their child out of the health office:

  • All parents of students grades 9-11 will be expected to sign out their child from the health office when their child is ill.
  • Parents will be instructed to go to the health (nurse’s) office to sign out the student. The hall principal will make the decision regarding any extenuating circumstances. Seniors who are medically able to walk home, drive, or leave on their own will still be allowed to do so with parent permission.
  • Parents who contact the health office with unscheduled medical appointment requests will be forwarded to the appropriate hall office to sign out their child. In the case of students with special needs who may have physical or medical issues, the student may be brought to the parent for convenience by the appropriate staff person. The staff person will be asked to have the parent sign out the student at the door.

Health Guidelines

Flu season is here! The following guidelines may be helpful regarding sick days for your children returning to school: Please do not send your child to school with an abnormal temperature – 100 degrees or above. Your child may return to school when he/she has been fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Please do not send your child to school if he/she has been vomiting or had diarrhea. He/she may return to school 24 hours after the vomiting or diarrhea has stopped.

DAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship Contest

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution encourages and rewards the qualities of good citizenship with their annual program and essay contest. Selected students must demonstrate characteristics such as dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The 2018 Shaker High School recipient, as selected by the faculty, is: Ansel Asch. Congratulations Ansel!

Spring Semester Driver Education Course

Signup Information for Spring Driver Education will be posted on the Driver Education web page by mid-January. The page is located on the left side of the Shaker High School page. Classroom and Driving sessions will begin after February 1st and the spring program will run through June. Signups are online only. If you have additional questions, please see the website or email:

SHS Breakfast Program

Start your day with breakfast at Shaker High School. Each morning school breakfast will be offered from 7:00 am until 10:30 am. This includes mid-morning break. School breakfast includes: fruit and/or juice, cereal/bread/grain (protein may be substituted for a grain) and a milk selection. Items such as whole grain bagels, egg sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, cereals, breakfast bars, milk and other specials are available each day.

The School Breakfast Program is available to all students every weekday morning. No advanced registration is necessary; your child can attend every day or only occasionally. Cost of a school breakfast for paying students is $2.05 and free for those qualifying for the free/reduced meal program. School breakfast offers a variety of foods each day, which are both tasty and nutritious. This is an ideal solution on mornings when kids are running late or parents have early commitments. Whatever the reason, if breakfast at home is not convenient, please take advantage of breakfast here at school. Thank you for helping us makes sure that all of our students start the school day alert, well fed, and ready to learn.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Free/reduced lunch is available to students at the high school. Eligibility is based upon your family income level and the number of family members in your household. Students who qualify for this program are also eligible for a fee waiver for SAT I & II tests, PSATs (juniors only), ACTs, and college applications, as well as a reduction in the cost of “University in the High School” credit. To find out if you qualify, please call our Food Service Department at (518) 785-8591, Ext. 3141, and request a copy of the Income Eligibility Chart. Eligibility charts can also be found on the North Colonie Food Service website under the application tab information.

SHS School Store

Looking for something special for the Holidays? The School Store has many Shaker embossed items such as T-shirts, hoodie sweatshirts, sweatpants, baseball caps, Christmas ornaments, car magnets, coffee travel mugs, lanyards, luggage tags, pens, and sports bags. Prices range from $.50 to $25.00 and for your convenience, the tax is already included in each item. The School Store accepts cash or checks for payment. The School Store is conveniently located in the A/B Lobby near the main office. Hours are 7:15 am until 1:30 pm. daily. For questions regarding products, please call (518) 785-5511 Ext. 3307.

Parent Portal

If you have not yet done so, parents may now register to use the Parent Portal for their children at the SHS Main Office. No appointment is necessary. Registration is available during the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You will need to bring your driver’s license with you. If your children attend multiple schools in our District, you only need to register once. If you have previously registered for one child, your access will be automatically extended to cover all of your children.


Your membership in the Parent Teacher Student Association helps us to provide support for the activities the PTSA holds each year for the Shaker High School Community. You do not have to attend meetings. We will send copies of the minutes to members, and occasionally there is an opportunity to help. Volunteer messages go out via email.

We encourage every family to join the PTSA! Membership is just $10.

If you are available to help, that would be great! You are always welcome to attend meetings, to learn more about our school, and share your ideas or ask questions throughout the year. The PTSA plans and supports many activities throughout the year such as chaperoning the Homecoming Dance, manning our table at concerts, helping at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon, serving at Senior Night and the Ice Cream Social for underclassmen.) We understand that parents are busy, but we need you to join us! We can do more with your help.

The PTSA meetings are held in the Main Office Conference Room: The first Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:00pm. The Main Office Conference Room is located on the second floor just past the Main Office (Principal Murphy’s Office).

We have a number of fundraisers this year, including:

Support us on Amazon Smile
Schwan’s Cares (5-10%), online: Schwan’s Cares: PTSA of North Colonie From November 4th- February 5th
25 Silver Boutique Fundraiser December 8th from Noon-6pm in the store in Colonie Center
Vintage Pizza Fundraiser January 9th, all day
Krause’s Chocolate Fundraiser January 21- February 16

Follow the PTSA on Social Media


If you’d like to email us, please email

Sign up for notifications on the Remind app: Shaker High PTSA

If you have any questions/suggestions, please contact us:
Avi Sadaghiani, President
Robina Hussain, Vice President
Ingrid Morak, Treasurer
Hilary Justino, Secretary 

We are looking for a Membership Coordinator and a Fundraising Coordinator. Contact us if you would like to join our board.

Shaker High PTSA Membership Form

The PTSA is always looking for new members and volunteers to help with any of our fundraisers and special events throughout the school year. If
you would like to volunteer to help the PTSA please fill out the attached form and select your choice(s).
Name: ___________________________________ Phone #: _____________
Child’s Name: _____________________________________ Grade: ________ 
Address: ________________________________________________________ 
City/State/Zip Code: _______________________________________________ OR DROP OFF form at HS main office.
Email: __________________________________________________________ PLEASE DO NOT MAIL CASH ____ Fundraisers (varied)
____ Homecoming Dance-Sept. 28 Refreshment Table
____ Volunteer at table during play: Nov. 16,17,18 and concerts Dec. 3, 17, 20
____ Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon (set-up and clean-up)
____ Senior Awards Night – May 23rd (scooping ice cream)
____ Underclassmen Ice Cream Social – May 24th (set-up & passing out ice cream)

PLEASE MAIL your check AND this form to:
SHS PTSA Treasurer
445 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110

Equal Employment Information

The North Colonie Central School District hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it offers equal employment and educational opportunities, including vocational education opportunities, without regard to age, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic disposition, HIV or hepatitis carrier status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. Equality of opportunity in employment shall include hiring, firing, wages and salaries, promotion, or any terms, conditions or privileges of employment. Inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to the Title IX (Discrimination) Compliance Officer, Director of Human Resources, Jenna Bongermino, NCCSD Central Office, 91 Fiddlers Lane, Latham, New York 12110 (518) 785-8591, ext. 3133, or the Section 504 (Disabled) Compliance Officer, Director of Pupil Services, David Semo, NCCSD Central Office, 91 Fiddlers Lane, Latham, New York 12110, telephone (518) 785-8591 ext. 3147. Procedures and forms related to the established grievance procedures may be obtained from the appropriate compliance officer.

Project S.A.V.E.

Project S.A.V.E. is the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act, passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Pataki at the end of the 2000 legislative session.  The law seeks to improve school safety and ensure a safe and effective learning environment. To achieve this, the law codifies many existing regulatory requirements that are designed to improve school safety.  It also provides tools for educators including mandating the development of school safety plans, organizing school safety teams, implementing character and civility education, refining the discipline code, and giving teachers the ability to remove students from classes for behavior that is disruptive to the educational process. The North Colonie Board of Education has determined that teachers may remove students from classes for either therapeutic or disciplinary reasons.

Removal for disciplinary reasons includes students who are substantially disruptive.  This includes students who are either violent or non-violent.

Annual Notice of the Availability of the District Emergency Management Plan

The North Colonie Central School District has developed Emergency and Severe Weather (formerly Disaster Preparedness) plans as required by State Education Law Section 155.13.It is required that each public school district have emergency plans in place, and that information on emergency procedures be provided to all students and staff. We will conduct at least 12 fire drills throughout the year, and a “go home” drill to test transportation and communications systems. Emergency evacuation information is posted in each classroom. If you desire more information, please contact Mr. Alan Levitus at the Maintenance Department at (518) 785-5771.

Notice to Parents

In accordance with the requirements of the federal regulation known as AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act), the school district has conducted inspections and developed management plans for each of the district’s schools.These management plans are available for your review during regular business hours at the individual schools. Included in these management plans is information regarding AHERA inspections, operations and maintenance, period surveillance and response action activities.It is the intention of the North Colonie Central School District to comply with all federal and state regulations controlling asbestos and to take the appropriate steps necessary to ensure students and employees have a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work. For information contact Mr. Alan Levitus at the Maintenance Department at (518) 785-5771.

Upcoming Events


3rd: SHS Concert 7:30 p.m.

4th: SHS PTSA 7:00 p.m.

10th: SHS Bldg. Council 3:00 p.m.

17th: SHS Concert 7:30 p.m.

20th: SHS Art Reception 7:00 p.m.

20th: SHS Concert 7:30 p.m.

24th  — Jan. 2nd  Holiday Recess


3rd: School Back in Session

3rd: Intensive Review Begins

8th: SHS PTSA 7:00 p.m.

14th: SHS Building Council 3:00 p.m.

16th: Friends of Music 7:00 p.m.

17th: SHS PIIP Parent Program 7:00 p.m.

18th: SHS End of 2nd Marking Period

21st: Martin Luther King Jr. Day — No School

28th: SHS 2nd Semester Begins


1st: SHS—Jazzaret 7:00 p.m.

5th: SHS PTSA Mtg. 7:00 p.m.

6th: SHS Report Cards Posted

9th: SHS Key Club Winter Event 7-10:00 p.m.

11th: SHS Building Council 3:00 p.m.

13th: Friends of Music 7:00 p.m.

14th: SHS 11th Grade Parent Program 6:30 p.m.

18th: President’s Day — No School  

18th — 22nd: Mid-Winter Recess

Board of Education Meetings

November 19, 2018 Forts Ferry

December 17, 2018 Goodrich

January 28, 2019** Blue Creek — Assembly Room

February 25, 2019 Southgate — Assembly Room

**7:15 p.m. Reception for teachers receiving tenure

All meetings start at 7:15 p.m., except as indicated.  Prior to each monthly meeting, the Board will meet informally with the public at 7:00 p.m.

Committee meetings, which begin at 7:00 p.m., are usually held on a Monday and Thursday. Please confirm actual dates of committee meetings with the district calendar or Central Office (518) 785-8591.

Committee on Special Education

The North Colonie School District wants to help ensure that your child receives any special education services he or she may require as early as possible. If you are concerned about your child’s development in any area, please contact:

Karen Newell
CPSE Chairperson
Co-Chairperson, Committee on Special Education for ages 3 through grade 12
(518) 785-8591 ext. 3149

School Closing Information

The North Colonie Central School District notifies the following radio stations and local TV stations of emergency closing information due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions:

  • Radio: WGY (810 AM), WYJB (95.5 FM), WRVE (99.5 FM), WFLY (92.3 FM).
  • TV: WRGB (Channel 6), WTEN (Channel 10), WNYT (Channel 13), Fox News (Channel  23), and Spectrum News.

As of September 2018, a new emergency notification system, School Messenger, has replaced SNN (School News Notifier). School Messenger will provide parents and community members with important announcements and alerts via email, text messages and phone calls.  All parents will be automatically connected to School Messenger through Infinite Campus. If you are a parent of a child that currently attends the school district, and do not have an Infinite Campus account, please contact your child’s school.

January Exam Dates

9th – 25th: In-Class/Mid-Year Examinations

22nd – 25th: Regents Examinations

Regents Exam Schedule

Tuesday, January 22

8:00 a.m.: English Language Arts

12:00 p.m.: Living Environment

Wednesday, January 23

8:00 a.m.: U.S. History & Government | Geometry

12:00 p.m.: Algebra I

Thursday, January 24

8:00 a.m.: Transition Exam in Global History & Geography | Physical Setting/Physics

12:00 p.m.: Algebra II

Friday, January 25

8:00 a.m.: Physical Setting/Earth Science | Physical Setting/Chemistry

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