April 18, 2015
Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
4/6/15-4/10/15 - Spring Recess, No School
4/14/15 - NYS ELA Assessment Gr. 3-8, thru 4/16
4/17/15 - Third Qtr Ends
4/22/15 - NYS Math Assessment Gr. 3-8, thru 4/24
4/22/15 - HS Spring College Fair/Admissions Panel
4/24/15 - Science and Health Discovery Night, 6:30pm, HSE
4/25/15 - Community Conversation, 9:30a.m., Acadia
4/27/15 - ES Report Cards Distributed
4/30/15 - MS/HS Report Cards Distributed
5/1/15 - MS Tribuilding Gr. 8 Dance, 7pm, Green Gym
5/1/15 - HS Gr. 9 Semi-formal Dance, 7pm, HSE Gym
5/2/15 - SAT given at HSE
5/5/15 - Acadia Gr. 5 Orientation, 6:30pm, Cafe
5/7/15 - Koda Gr. 5 Orientation, 6:30pm, MS Aud.
5/9/15 - HS Junior Prom, Saratoga City Center
5/12/15 - Budget Hearing, 7pm, Gowana Library
5/16/15 - Community Conversation, 9:30am, Cheryl's Lodge
5/19/15 - School District Budget Vote, 7am-9pm, Gowana Gym
5/20/15 - NYS Science Performance Assessment Gr. 4/8
5/21/15 - HS Mid-Qtr Grade Report
5/21/15 - HS Underclassmen Awards Night
5/25/15 - Memorial Day, No School
5/28/15 - HS Senior Awards Night
5/30/15 - HS Senior Prom, Saratoga City Center
6/1/15 - NYS Science Written Assessment, Gr. 4/8
There will be a special free screening
of a new documentary, “Watchers of the Sky,” in the High
School East Auditorium on April 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Meet
Elizabeth Bohart, Executive Producer of the film who will
attend the screening and speak after the film.
For more information, contact Lisa Kissinger, Social Studies Academic Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by the Shenendehowa Social Studies Department, World of Difference Club and the Model UN Club.
Shen residents will vote on on a
proposed $162.9 million budget for 2015-16 that calls for a
spending increase of 1.72 percent ($2,756,736).
The true value tax rate would increase an estimated 1.04 percent. For a property with a market value of $250,000, the increase would be approximately $47 in the school tax bill.
Click here for a flyer with more information.
High school Math Team members Jerry Qu and Philip Sun finished in the top 99.9% of the nation at the national MathCon contest and were invited to participate in the next round of the tournament against the top 700 contestants in the country held in Chicago. Maya Dorn and Nadia Suguitan finished high enough to qualify as alternates. Congratulations to all Math Team participants including Piere Fabris, JinJie Chen, XiuRui Lin, Josh Sangaline, and Sara Feinland!
The World of OPWDD Services… “The Front Door” - Transition for Students with Disabilities, April 16, 6 p.m. Gowana Middle School Library. Presenter: Jacqueline Abbaticchio, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Knowing what lies beyond high school for students with disabilities takes more than a crystal ball. It is a task that requires asking questions, gathering information and making a plan. If you have ever wondered what the future holds for your child with a developmental disability & what services are available to them, please join us! 
The Fourth Annual Green & White Gala
will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015, at
6:30-10:30p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park
featuring live music by The Accents.
The event is the main fundraiser for the Shenendehowa Educational Foundation and all proceeds are used to support Shen programs and students.
Reservations are $100 per person and can be made online at www.safepayevents.com/GreenAndWhiteBanquet
On April 19, Shen will host a Two Towns-One Book event in collaboration with the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library in the Skano/Tesago Cafeteria, 12n-1p.m. The event is called "Everyone Can!" and it is focused on people with disabilities and how they experience their world. This event extends the SHENsational goals with regard to acceptance, diversity and understanding differences.
School will not be in session on Friday, May 22, due to unused snow days, pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.
In continued efforts to advocate for public education, Dr. Robinson has an Op Ed piece posted on the Times Union Blog: http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/op-ed-the-politicization-of-education-is-misguided/32116/
Check out Dr. Robinson's article in the Community News - Protecting the promise of public education...I am who I am because of the opportunity it presents and represents." http://www.cnweekly.com/…/news/doc55156b1a7868066959899.txt
SHENsational 2015 was a huge success. Thank you to all of our participants! 
We write to you on behalf of the students, parents, staff and community members of the Shenendehowa Central School District, located in Saratoga County, just north of Albany. We are a relatively large school district, educating nearly 10,000 of New York’s public school students and tens of thousands of voting, taxpaying residents who want to see their government work for them…not against them.
Your proposals for public education have us all baffled, concerned and frustrated. You say you want what’s best for New York, yet our vast experiences and perspectives within public school systems have led to the conclusion that your proposals negatively impact our children and our community. Therefore, as representatives of our students, our parents, our staff, and our taxpayers, we appeal to you as our chief executive to adopt a budget and corresponding legislation that supports the priorities outlined below. We want our students to be successful. We want our communities to be thriving. And, we want you and our legislators to work in collaboration on behalf of the people, and stop the game of politicizing the future of our students and state. Politicians are in office for limited terms, but our children must fight for a limitless future. Click here to to read the entire letter.
The 2015-16 school year calendar was approved by the Board of Education. Click here to view.
CONGRATULATIONS! Shenendehowa’s Boys Basketball team are the NYSPHSAA Class AA State Champions defeating Brentwood HS, 76-63. The boys finish with a perfect record 25-0. This is the first NYS championship for Shen boy's basketball program since 1987!
Acadia 7th-grade student JT Sterle performed at the American Protégé International Competition Winners’ Concert. The American Protégé has various international competitions and receives thousands of competitive applicants from around the world via video submission, all of which must be unedited. The piano competition requires two repertoires and all have to be played from memory. JT has won 2nd place two years in a row. The Shenendehowa Fine Arts program sends its congratulations to JT on this incredible distinction.
Two seats on Shenendehowa's Board of Education are up for election on May 19, 2015 each carry a three-year term.
Education law requires that a candidate provide a petition signed by at least 72 qualified voters (2% of the number of residents who voted in the last district election). Candidates may pick up petitions at the district clerk's office at 5 Chelsea Place or click here.
Petitions must be received by the district clerk no later
than 4 p.m. on April 20, 2015. To qualify, candidates must
be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the district for at least
one year prior to the election, and at least 18 years old.
The two candidates with the highest number of votes will serve a three-year term commencing July 1, 2015.
Shen senior Ishan Parashar has been
honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a
President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. [ ]
Shenendehowa’s student finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program Aidan Gorby, Eileen Nolan, Anagha Putrevu and Philip Sun. To achieve the status of finalist requires achievement in the top one percent of United States high school graduating seniors who took the National Merit Scholarship examination. 
Shen student Lynelle Freeman has been named a finalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Lynelle is one of 160,000 students nation-wide who entered the program that recognizes outstanding Black American high school students. She is one of 1,300 Finalists. Each finalist is considered for one of 800 National Achievement Scholarships worth $2,500.00.
Shenendehowa High School's Musical Company is proud to present the Broadway musical comedy, Thoroughly Modern Millie on March 5th and 6th at 7:00pm and March 7th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Performances will take place in the High School East Auditorium located at 970 Route 146, Clifton Park. Tickets are $12 for Students (18 and under) and $15 for adults and may be purchased at the door. Please visit our website: www.shendrama.com for more information.
Parents of students living in the Shenendehowa Central School District seeking transportation for their children who will attend a non-public school next year must submit a written request by April 1 2015. Applications can be obtained from the non-public school your child attends, on the Shenendehowa website at www.shenet.org or at the District Transportation office. The completed application must be returned by April 1, 2015 to Shenendehowa Central School District, Attn: Pupil Transportation Office, 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Questions should be directed to the Transportation Department at 881-0240.