Thank you, summer opportunities & recognizing Juneteenth – A message from the Superintendent

Dear North Colonie Families,

I want to thank all of you who voted in this year’s school budget vote and board election. This year was certainly different for us all in regard to the voting process, and I am glad to see the community continues to value a quality and safe education for our students.

As the year winds down, I wanted to again thank you for all you have done to support the district as we worked to support your children during this difficult year. We wouldn’t have been able to get through it without all of you. Just as we transitioned to remote learning with a moment’s notice, you transformed your homes to classrooms. I hope you are able to take some time to relax and enjoy the summer. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all again in the fall.

New Summer Adventure Website for Elementary Students Coming July 3!

Summer vacation may look a bit different this year, but a new website will provide eight weeks of activities to keep your children engaged all summer long! Starting July 3, visit this summer adventure website created by Capital Region BOCES, in partnership with our district and other regional schools. The website will provide a week-by-week collection of fun, enriching activities for elementary-age children. Curated by educators, these theme-based activities range from arts and crafts and backyard science to mindful moments and staying active — perfect for a summer spent at home!

NCCS Virtual Summer Project Showcase 

Students in grades K-6 are invited to take part in our first annual Virtual Summer Project Showcase! Students will have the opportunity to complete their projects from June 17 – July 31. Read more information on how to participate here.

Chromebook Scam

Tech Departments in other districts have made us aware that scammers are contacting families of local districts in an effort to collect student chromebooks illegally. Please be advised, we are only collecting Chromebooks from seniors and students leaving the district. Students in grades K-4 can keep theirs for the summer.

Weekly Boost

  • Supporting Albany Med – With your support, we sold 1,144 items through the Shaker Strong apparel fundraiser and will now be able to donate $5,720 to Albany Med! Due to popular demand, we are re-opening the apparel sale for all K-12 families. 
  • 50,000 Meals! – As of Tuesday, June 16, our Food Service Dept. served 50,000 meals to members of our community. As a reminder, we will be serving meals at 3 sites (Shaker High School, Blue Creek and Forts Ferry) until Tuesday, June 30.
  • Bison Breakfast Club presents Romeo & Juliet – The Bison Bravo Club would like to invite you to enjoy their adapted performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet! The Bison Bravo Club is made up of students from the Adult Transition classroom. Enjoy the show!
  • Shaker Artists’ Response to the World this Pandemic Spring Season – In the spring, Shaker High School art students were prompted by their teachers to share their reactions to current events in our world. Please take some time to review their incredible work here.

Lastly, today we celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general declared in Galveston, Texas, that all slaves in that state were free, thus liberating the last group of enslaved black Americans in the Confederacy. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in America. Let us use this day to reflect on racial injustice and inequality in the United States and intensify our commitment to act daily with intention to end systemic racism and commit to the principles of justice and equality.


D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools