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Shenendehowa serves students in southern Saratoga County, N.Y. including the towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Ballston, Malta, Stillwater and Waterford.

December 17, 2014

Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson

5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600

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12/18/14 - HS Mid Quarter Grade Report

12/25/14 - Christmas, No School

12/24/14-1/2/15 - Winter Recess, No School

1/1/15 - New Year's Day - No School

1/17/15 - Community Conversation with Superintendent, 9:30am, Arongen

1/19/15-Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

1/26/15-1/29/15 - Regents Week, No Classes Gr. 9-12

1/30/14 - Half Day Gr. 1-5, AM kindergarten in session only

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Posted 12/17/14

Shen will be performaing a large-scale maintenance of our phone system tonight, December 17, at 8 p.m. At this time, there will be no incoming/outgoing calls, auto-attendant or voicemail. The outage should last 2-4 hours. The emergency phones/FAX lines in each building will be operational.

Posted 12/11/14

Shen Varsity Cheerleaders will hold a Basketball Cheer Clinic on Sunday January 4th, 2015 from 9:30am-12:00pm in the Acadia Cafeteria. Learn the routine at the clinic and perform a halftime routine at a home varsity basketball game on Friday January 9th at 7:00pm! It is Open to grades Kindergarten through 8th grade and the COST (Includes T-Shirt!) is $35.00. Contact 

Posted 12/10/14

Friday, December 12, Shen's fall championship teams will be honored at the Boys Varsity Basketball game against Bethlehem. Please come out and support our championship student athletes. Please note that the start time has been moved up to 6:45 so that students can attend both the basketball game and our home opener in hockey with an 8:00 face off.

Posted 12/3/14

The district implemented the "buzz in" system at all three middle schools to improve safety and security at the middle schools.

Posted 12/3/14

Last night the Board of Education (by a vote of 4 to 2) approved the Bathroom and Locker Room Policy  5645. The administrative regulations that accompany the policy are 5645R.

This policy does not allow boys and girls to freely use restrooms or changing rooms of the opposite sex. It puts a detailed and thoughtful process in place that outlines the district's protocols to ensure consistency taking into consideration the physical, safety and privacy needs of all students:

• What are the accommodations - Single use restrooms and changing facilities at the elementary, middle and high school level. A student shall not be required to use a locker room or bathroom that conflicts with the student’s gender identity exclusively and consistently asserted at school.

• What the process is for requesting alternate accommodations based on gender identity - Requests for alternate accommodations will only be considered at the high school level. The request is submitted to the superintendent.

• Who makes the decision - The superintendent or designee.

• What documentation is necessary to request alternate accommodations based on gender identity - It may include, but is not limited to, documentation of specific medical treatment, counseling, or therapy, as well as change in name and gender identity on an official birth certificate.

• What is the appeals process - If the party is not satisfied with this resolution, he/she may appeal the decision to the Board of Education by filing a written notice of appeal with the District Clerk within ten (10) working days following receipt of the Superintendent’s decision.

Posted 12/2/14Stuff the Bus

Santa’s sleigh will be a big yellow bus this holiday season, thanks to the efforts of the Shenendehowa Transportation Department, district employees, students and their families as we team up with the U.S. Marine Corps to “Stuff the Bus” with Toys for Tots.
We brought our bus full of Santa’s helpers to the campus elementary schools with great success last night and we will be visiting the following schools between 5:00p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the dates below.
December 2, 2014-Shatekon and Arongen
December 3, 2014-Okte
December 4, 2014-Chango
The Transportation Department is also a drop off point anytime during business hours this week.

Posted 12/2/14

Tri-M Music Honor Society will be hosting the annual Shen's Got Talent on Friday, December 12th in the High School East Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. The show will feature performances by Shen high school students in the auditorium. For more information, check out Shen's Got Talent 2014 on Facebook.

Posted 12/2/14

Elementary Workshop Series - What is “special” about Special Education? December 3rd, 2014 (Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30) Skano Cafeteria. Michelle Mylod, Director of Special Education
In this installment of the Speaker Series, attendees will learn about the evaluation, identification and goal of special education. The role of parents in Committee on Special Education meetings will be discussed in depth to empower parents to support the academic and social success of their student.

Posted 11/24/14NYS Education Department as a “Reward School.”

The University of the State of New York Education Department recognized Acadia Middle School for having the highest achievement in the state with no significant gaps in student achievement and as such, it has been recognized by the NYS Education Department as a “Reward School.”

Posted 11/20/14

There have been rumors circulating about the proposed Board of Education Policy 5645 and Regulation 5645R (Use of Bathroom and Locker Room Facilities) that were presented for a first reading at the November 4th school board meeting and up for approval at the December 2nd meeting. This policy ensures appropriate and consistent guidelines for facility use by both students and staff. Essentially, it aligns the district practice with policy.

As society changes, so does the need for the district to develop comprehensive and thoughtful policies to reflect the changing needs and demands of our students. A major point of focus is the preservation of the dignity and safety for all in accordance with the state’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

Although rare, the district has received requests for alternative restroom and locker room accommodations based on specific medical or psychological needs, in addition to the needs of students based on gender status/identity. This policy and regulation were developed to ensure that consistent procedures and protocols were in place to address these requests when they occur. [MORE]

Posted 11/18/14

Shen Athletics will again be running spectator buses to the football game at Dietz Stadium on Saturday night. Spectator buses are available for any students in grades 9-12. The buses will leave at 4:45 pm from the HS East parking lot. Students can pick up permission slips in the Athletic Office in the back of HS East. Cost of the bus is $15 per student. This is great way for students to get to the game and cheer on the Plainsmen as they are one win away from the state championship game!

Posted 11/18/14

High School health education teacher, Nicole Holehan is the recipient of the NYSAHPERD Health Teacher of the Year. Now that she has been recognized as a state level award winner, she can apply for the Eastern Region Health Educator of the Year and possibly the National Health Educator of the Year.

Posted 11/14/14

Teen Reader Con was held at Shen Middle Schools last weekend. Authors included: Jay Asher, Joseph Bruchac, Eric Devine, Jackie Morse Kessler, Patricia McCormick and Steve Sheinkin.

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Posted 11/13/14

Shenendehowa is one of 547 districts in the U.S. and Canada to be selected by the College Board for the 5th Annual AP Honor Roll. Inclusion is based on three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, using the following criteria:
• Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
• Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
• Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
AP access is part of Shenendehowa's ongoing commitment, preparing and encouraging all students to take more rigorous courses to be ready for an increasingly competitive college and career environment.

Posted 11/13/14Noises off Poster

NOISES OFF by Michael Frayn will be presented by the Shenendehowa High School Drama Club on Thursday and Friday, November 13th and 14th at 7pm & Saturday, November 15 at 2pm and 7pm in the High School West Auditorium. Tickets are $10 General Admission and available at the door. Visit  for more information.



Posted 11/6/14Girls volleyball team

Congratulations to the Shen Girls Volleyball Team and head coach Lori Kessler for winning the Section 2 Class AA Championship. This makes five straight years as Class AA Sectional Champions! They play Baldwinsville in the regionals on Saturday, 11/8, at 2 p.m. at Niskayuna. Cost is $8.

Posted 11/4/14Boys Soccer Champs

Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team, head coach Jon Bain, and assistant coach Peter Burbank for winning the Class AA Boys Sectional Championship in a 1-0 game over Niskayuna last night at Colonie HS. The boys soccer team defeated Guilderland 1-0 last week and Niskayuna 1-0 last night to secure the title for the Plainsmen. Both contests went right down to the wire and were extremely tough, hard fought victories. The team will return to regional action this Saturday against the Section III champion. Check out game photos @ShenAthletics on twitter.

Cross Country ChampsCongratulations to the boys cross country team, first year head coach Lance Jordan and assistant coach Jim Zimmons for winning the Class A Sectional Championship last Friday at the Saratoga State Park. The team will head to the state championship this Saturday at Canton, NY. Best of luck to our runners and coaches!

Congratulations to the girls cross country team, head coach Rob Cloutier and assistants Amy Furner and Keith Jordan. They ties Saratoga at 42 points and lost a sixth place tie breaker to finish runner-up in the section. Both races were amazing!!

Posted 10/20/14

Shen High School has 22 students who have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors will be cited at a school ceremony and will be presented with a Certificate of Commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Commended students include:
London Brunell, Lindsay Caplan, Chad Charrette, Melanie Chen, Nicholas Demasi, Amy DePoy, Kevin Favaron, Sarah Feinland, Jack Gartner, Gregory Laymon, Kevin Lorch, Taylor Mellow, Alexander Rock, Emmett Neidhart, Paul Sargunas, Jamin Sim, Jared Slosberg, Natalie Strehl, Nadia Suguitan, Taylor VanTine, Anna Zavodsky, and Shelly Zhang. [MORE]

Posted 10/20/14

Shenendehowa was ranked #6 for cost-effectiveness by Biz Journals. This is a ranking of 432 Upstate New York school districts that offer the biggest educational bang for the buck. The cost-effectiveness scale compares each district's academic score against its spending habits. Click here to view list.

Posted 10/20/14

Last night, district officials were notified by a parent of a bomb threat to High School East posted on Yik Yak, a social media site. N.Y. State Police and the Saratoga County Sheriff were contacted. Troopers were on site late last night for several hours conducting an investigation and a detection dog searched the facility and found nothing. As a precaution, we have troopers on site at High School East.

Yik Yak is a controversial site that claims people can “share their thoughts and keep their privacy.” It has been associated with instances of bullying and threats. [MORE]

Posted 10/17/14

Shen's High School Prayer Club is requesting that people bring canned goods to the homecoming game to donate to the food bank. The group is participating in the Capital District Hunger Games, a food drive contest hosted by the WGNA radio station (107.7). High schools are competing to collect the most canned goods for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York until November 2.

Posted 10/16/14

The Shen website will be migrated to a new server beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday, October 17, 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by 7:00 AM on Saturday, October 18, 2014, barring any unforeseen difficulties. During this time our web site will be unavailable for public viewing in a web browser.

Posted 10/16/14

With winter weather just around the corner, here is information about our school closing, delay and early dismissal procedures.
School closings, delayed openings and early dismissals resulting from weather conditions or other situations will be provided to the media and posted on Shenendehowa’s website and social media sites: and!/ShenendehowaCSD. [MORE]

Posted 10/16/14Physical Fitness Center/Wrestling Room

Shen opens and dedicates the new Physical Fitness Center/Wrestling Room in High School East. The space will be used by physical education classes and athletics. It will also be available for individual student use to promote health and wellness. [MOREMore photos]

Posted 10/15/15

 The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority. This week there will be two emergency preparedness drills held at Shenendehowa: a Mass Evacuation Drill at Shatekon/Arongen on Friday and a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drill at the Middle School Complex on Sunday. [MORE]

Posted 10/15/14

Recently, Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office launched a new sex offender registration and public notification website called OffenderWatch®. Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office will now be part of a nationwide network of over 5,000 law enforcement agencies. Click here to go to the district's Safety, Health and Wellness page for more information.

Posted 10/8/14

The board approved three graphic identifiers for the district: the district logo, the district seal and a mascot logo. The district has also developed guidelines for use of the logo, seal and mascot logo. [MORE]

Posted 10/7/14

On Tuesday, 10/14/14, the district will open and dedicate the new physical fitness center and wrestling room at High School East at 3:30 p.m. Those interested in attending the dedication ceremony and touring the new facility are welcome.

Posted 10/6/14

Shen's SFA Senate will host a Homecoming Dance in HSE on Sat., Oct. 18, 7pm - 10pm. Tickets are FREE and available during all lunch periods in HSE and HSW from October 14-October 17. The dance is open to all high school students with a limited number of tickets available. This year's theme is Shen Spirit. The dance is semi-formal. Students must keep in mind the high school dress code.Please direct all questions to the SFA advisors Ann Conway or Derek Dayton

Posted 10/2/14

Presentation on the New Elementary Literacy Series - Journeys

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Skano Elementary from  6:30-7:30
Come see how parents can access this new series with their Think Central accounts on line. Through hands-on activities, learn about the different components that help parents provide support to their children at home and experience how the components of this series are being implemented in classrooms to support and develop strong readers and writers.

Posted 9/25/14

EngageNY features an article by Shen's Dr. Oliver Robinson:

Posted 9/23/14

Are you currently receiving accommodations on tests, have an IEP Or 504 plan? Are you a 10th, 11th or 12th grade student and college bound?

A high school to college transition information night will be held for students and parents on November 6, from 6–8 pm in the High School East Little Theater. [MORE]

Posted 9/23/14

The Shen Dance Team will be hosting a K-2 dance clinic on Sunday, October 5th at the Koda Gym from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Registration will begin at noon. Please visit Shen Dance Team’s website for more information or contact Coach Stephanie Buono at

Posted 9/18/14

We have been informed that there is a confirmed case of Enterovirus EV-D68 within the district. Although the confirmed case is in Tesago, the district is taking extra-precautions by providing this notification to knowing that students and staff interact with other students throughout the district.  [MORE]

Posted 9/16/14

Looking for information on Public Health Notifications such as Enterovirus D68 or Seasonal Flu, go to the district's Safety, Health and Wellness webpage.

Posted 9/15/14

The Shenendehowa Athletic Department is pleased to announce the 6th class for induction into the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame:

The Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 9th at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. Reservations for the event can be made at: Please see the attached press release for further information regarding each inductee. 

Posted 9/12/14Cure Childhood Cancer

Shen Goes Gold For Childhood Cancer Awareness on September 17. Beginning this year, Shen staff will promote wearing gold on the third Wednesday in September each year in honor and remembrance of students past, present and future afflicted with cancer. The staff encourages the entire community to join them in “Going Gold.”

Posted 9/12/14

Boys Soccer Team Goes GoldThe varsity boys soccer team presented a signed soccer ball to a child battling cancer and let him warm up with the goalie. The varsity boy and girl soccer teams are wearing gold shoelaces this month for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Posted 9/11/14

Shenendehowa High School ranks number 183 in the nation in Newsweek’s list of America's Top Schools 2014

Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college. This year, our methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data. A star next to a school’s name means that low-income students are scoring at or above average on state assessments. This is our way of recognizing schools that narrow the achievement gap.

Posted 9/8/14

Congratulations to the Shen students who were selected to perform in the NYSSMA Conference All-State in Rochester, NY in December. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor. The students include:
Brenna Joyce, Zhenya Kniajanskaya, Connor Olney, Nicole Rizzo, Aaron Alsdorf, Aidan Gorby, Brian Halliday, Julie Lattanzio and Adam Chrzan. Marianna Miranda, Nick Arnold and Collin Rowe were selected as alternates.

Posted 9/3/14

A Shenendehowa Faculty Recital will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the High School East Auditorium. Heather Baird, a vocal music teacher at the High School, will be presenting a vocal recital "Music in the Air!" for her students and the Shen community.She will be joined by Shen instrumental teacher Joseph Gumpper on violin and Shen alumnus, soprano Amy Shake on several opera duets. Pianist Barbara Musial accompanies and the Shen HS Chamber Choir joins Miss Baird on the final number. The recital features works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Fauré, Bizet, Barber, Wildhorn and others. Songs will be performed in Latin, Italian, German, French and English with translations provided. The recital is free and open to the public.

Posted 8/26/14

The Shenendehowa Board of Education approved the 2014-15 tax rates. The tax rate for the two largest towns in the district was raised by .51% (or less than one percent). At the time of the budget vote, the district estimated the impact to be 1.39%, however it came in well under that projection making it one of the lowest increases in the past four years. And, in a four year period, the tax rate increase in Halfmoon and Clifton Park has increased less than one dollar. Click here to view the tax rates for each town.

Posted 8/14/14

Shenendehowa is part of a consortium of 12 school districts that has won $399,946 to review and improve student assessment practices. The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide (See NYSED press release)

The consortium is led by Capital Region BOCES and includes: Cohoes, Guilderland, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, North Colonie, Schalmont, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville and Watervliet. [MORE]