The Weekly Boost Feb. 11: your North Colonie newsletter

Dear North Colonie Families:

February is Black History Month. During this month, the United States honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an important part of our nation’s history. Please read more of my message about Black History Month here.

Test Kits

Early next week, we will distribute a COVID-19 test kit to each student to bring home. Parents are strongly encouraged to test their child(ren) for COVID on either Saturday, Feb. 26 or Sunday, Feb. 27, prior to students returning to school on Monday, Feb. 28. Thank you for your continued support with protecting the health and safety of our students and staff.

Good News

Outstanding Community Support: After learning that the Shaker Middle School Backpack Program was running low on supplies, the Colonie Police and EMS Departments, Town Supervisor Peter Crummey and many others stepped up to help. Earlier this week, some first responders dropped off supplies filling an entire ambulance and multiple police cars to Shaker Middle School’s food pantry. Thank you!

If you are interested in making a monetary donation and/or donating items, please contact or call 518-785-1341. An Amazon Wishlist is available here.

Regional High School Juried 3D Exhibit: Seventy-nine works of art were selected from more than 200 submissions. Thirteen pieces were from Shaker High School students! Congratulations to: Evan Fecko, Joanna James, Madeline Green, Christalline Santos, Isabel Fowler, William Trainor, Hannah Byun, Jordyn Doran, Micah Suh, Lucy Lee and Sandra Sheedy. See their art work here.

Ava Bachta wins gold at Empire State Games – Ava, a 7th grader and high honor roll student at Shaker Middle School, recently took home two gold medals in alpine ski racing this past week at the Empire State Games in Lake Placid. See Ava with her medals here.

Aayan Bargeer: I recently shared that Ayaan, a senior at Shaker High School, was named one of the top 300 scholars by the Society for Science in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Here’s a brief video of Aayan talking about his experience.


  • Report cards: Middle school and high school report cards are available in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 
  • Spring sports: Registration for the spring season for all high school level sports (Varsity, JV, Freshmen) opens on Monday, Feb. 14. Registration for Modified level sports (7th and 8th graders) registration will open on Monday February 21. Visit The spring registration link is at the very top of the page.
  • Next Parents’ Advisory Council (PAC) meeting: February 17 at 7 p.m. The topic will be our K-8 Innovation Labs. A livestream link will be shared prior to the meeting.
  • Midwinter break: February 21 – 25 (no school).
  • Superintendent Conference Day: March 18 (no school).

Enjoy your weekend.


D. Joseph Corr


“Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” 

Langston Hughes: Black History Month