Archive for March, 2017

My children’s bus arrival time in the morning has been constantly changing, but not once did we receive a message saying my children no longer had to get to the bus stop at 6:40. Their bus driver has consistently come late therefore their time has been changed from 6:40 to 6:58, but we got no message stating so. My children have been waiting outside for 20+ minutes in freezing weather, please change this and send messages when bus arrival time changes.

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.   Thank you for sharing this information. Please call the transportation department and give us specific information so we know which bus/route you are referencing so we can investigate and give you factual information to address your concern.

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Why is it that we have under qualified bus drivers at the largest school district in the area. My busdriver just caused a collision by rear ending a parked car, if we can’t expect our busdrivers to get out of a parking lot without an accident how can we trust them on the road

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Thank you for sharing your concern with us. We do not agree that we have under qualified school bus drivers. School bus drivers receive 27 days of intense training bus in the classroom but more so on the roadway. We are very familiar with the accident you speak to. In this particular situation, and due to […]

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A question was asked previously about whether weighted or unweighted grades are sent to colleges. The answer was simply unweighted. Many colleges ask for weighted grades or converted into a 4.0 scale grade. Will the grade be adjusted accordingly depending on the specific college?

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  We send weighted and unweighted GPA and Rank, not grades. On the transcript next to the grade is the weighting value that will go into determining the GPA and Rank.

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How come teachers this year are being told to break down their students into subgroups by race? Why does Shen have a lower expectation for minorities? How does Dr. Robinson feel about his kids being put to a lower expectation than everyone else?

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  If this is about how data is analyzed, we do numerous cross-tabulations to ensure that all students are in fact performing at the peak of their potential…gender, race, socio-economic. The focus is contrary to what you contend. The objective is in fact to see where students perform and to assess if there are any discriminative practices […]

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Has the school ever considered using Facetime or Skype, or something similar as a virtual classroom for when students are home sick?

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The district has done so for hospitalized students.

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What is the difference between the Literary Magazine and Shen Pen?

Written by on March 29, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The Shen Pen is the school newspaper. The Literary Magazine is compilations of creative writing including artwork, poems, short stories, memoirs, and personal essays.  It publishes two editions (one edition in the fall/winter and one in the spring) each year.

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Thank you for answering our questions about the land sale. However, I am confused. I see ads and the map on the Shen website stating that the Town will get 20 acres of land but the school referendum says between 17.5 and 19 acres. Which is it? Also, does the donated land include the proposed road?

Written by on March 27, 2017 in Grapevine

A. What residents are actually voting on is the action of the Board in December 2016 to accept a bid for the land, so the wording of the referendum is exactly what was approved on December 6, which included an estimated 17.5-19 acres of donated land. Since then, BBL has done a schematic with a footprint […]

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Two seats on Shenendehowa’s Board of Education are up for election on May 16 each carry a three-year term. The deadline for petitions is April 18…

Written by on March 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

Two seats on Shenendehowa’s Board of Education are up for election on May 16 each carry a three-year term. The deadline for petitions is April 18. Education law requires that a candidate provide a petition signed by at least 52 qualified voters (2% of the number of residents who voted in the last district election). Candidates […]

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Why can I not use the shen printer to print a sheet of paper that is not specifically for class, when my parent’s taxes are paying for that ink

Written by on March 23, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Your parents are paying taxes for your education along with many other people who don’t have kids in school. We need to be cognizant of that and keep costs down where we can.

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As a junior that is looking into scholarships, many are requiring information like what top percentage I am in my class. How would I access this info?

Written by on March 23, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Talk to your counselor.

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