Archive for May, 2017

We’re walking a thin line here regarding this prayer space. Yes, the official line is that it is not religion specific, but it just “happens” to coincide with the beginning of Ramadan? Not a convincing coincidence. So, what about our Catholic children? Today, the Solemnity of the Ascension, is a “high holy day”. According to the Church’s teaching, we’re supposed to refrain from work and spend the day as a Sunday, dedicated to family and spiritual things. This Holy Day was mentioned today during any announcements or accommodated in any way. Just where is the line to be drawn?

Written by on May 25, 2017 in Grapevine

A. These are not prayer rooms. They are unused, private office spaces that will be made available for students to use to perform their religious obligations during their holiday. There are no markings, symbols or otherwise that would designate them as prayer rooms. The district makes accommodations for other religions as well (i.e., the district is closed on Good Friday […]

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Where is the division of church and state??????? It is my understanding this has been available for three years. Why wasn’t this information disseminated years ago? It doesn’t matter if people think it s nice- it s unconstitutional.

Written by on May 25, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Your information is incorrect, it has not been available for three years.  As for it being unconstitutional, you are also incorrect. Section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”) of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, as well as a condition of receiving ESEA funds, a […]

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I understand there’s a Prayer Club, where do the kids in Prayer Club meet? At the same time I understand there’s also a Muslim Student Associaion, where do the kids in the Muslim Student Assiciation meet? Do students from these groups meet before, during or after school? Are there equal spaces for prayer needs for other religions during the school day and are they available for both student and faculty? I can’t imagine you’re placing all religions in one room if that’s the case. Curious and seeking answers…

Written by on May 25, 2017 in Grapevine

These are student-driven and initiated clubs, the district just provides the space for them to meet before or after school. The district does not provide any funding for these clubs.

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I don’t understand. We can’t say the pledge of allegiance and prayer was taken from schools long ago. Can’t celebrate any religious holiday But we will make special rooms available and time from class for other religions?

Written by on May 25, 2017 in Grapevine

A. I am not sure where you are getting your information but we say the Pledge of Allegiance everyday and students still have a right to pray in school. Many religious holidays are celebrated in school from all different religions. It is about being more inclusive than exclusive.

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I’m hearing Shen Superintendent Robinson has allowed dedicated space and time for in school prayer? I think this is wonderful! Can someone please get back to me with information on where/when during school hours my children can pray to their god?

Written by on May 25, 2017 in Grapevine

A. High school principal Don Flynt provided this room for students to fulfill their religious obligation during the month-long Ramadan. This room is available to anyone needing to fulfill a religious obligation for prayer.

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My daughter is Jewish and she was telling me Shen is having specific rooms for Muslim students to go pray during their holiday. She said these students do not have to go to class and can stay in the room all day. I think its nice of you guys to do but on Jewish holidays my daughter needs to pray to and Shen has never done this for Jewish children. If Shen is going to allow prayer for one religion they should do it for all. I find it disrespectful that you are respecting one religion tp pray all day and have rooms but for others you are not

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Actually these rooms are available to all students for this purpose.  It is not true that students do not have to go to class and can stay in there all day and we have always allowed individuals to pray in school.  The reality is that the high school recently heard from a local Imam and […]

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Why is it inexcus absent in high school east when someone was taking a driving test

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Because these appointments can be made after school.

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I have the parent portal on my phone how can my son get his own o his phone.

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  You need to download the Infinite Campus app on his phone and log in.

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Why do we have bus drivers shortage?

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Thank you for your question. The issue of school bus driver shortage is not unique to Shenendehowa Central Schools but is a nationwide problem. There are several reasons for the school bus driver shortage. Data shows that for every bus driver who resigns or retires, school districts and private contractors must find 2.5 applicants […]

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I am a high school east student writing in concerns of the “award night”. Although one for high school east just passed, this comment is referring to the high school west award night, and also with the awards given out during middle school graduations. As a dedicated student, I constantly am putting school first over friends, and sometimes over family time on the weekend. I am on a shen sports team, and also lots of clubs to help contribute to the school. I have worked extremely hard this year to maintain good grades and also form strong relationships with my teachers. I am aware the purpose of the awards night is to perhaps give a confidence booster to some who need it, or simply recognizing a well rounded student. I am also aware that it is simply impossible to give awards to everyone who does deserve them. With that being said, it is really hurtful to the driven kids who don’t get any. While it may not seem like a big deal, it completely has deflated me, and some other of my peers who didn’t receive one. To work so hard all year, and to not get recognized, is such a disappointment. It makes me wonder why I put so much effort in this entire school year. Some kids really needed this, to prove that their work did not go unrecognized, and was appreciated, so they could finish out the year strong. Now I wonder why bother, clearly I’m not good enough anyway. Not only that, but the fact that some kids got two or three awards from different teachers, while some got none. If you’re not going to get rid of these award nights, shen should at least limit the awards to one per student. And send out a master list to the teachers so they know who already got one, and to pick someone else.

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  You have articulated your concerns in a very adult-like way.  This idea of awards is clearly an issue in which we can’t keep everyone happy.  In fact, in order to recognize more students, in the last few years we have established honor societies for art, world languages, math and science. While the intrinsic motivation […]

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