Archive for October, 2017

Shen hosts forum on “Understanding Heroin and Opioid Abuse” with community partners. More photos and video…

Shen hosts forum on “Understanding Heroin and Opioid Abuse” with community partners. More photos and video…

Written by on October 30, 2017 in Photos

In October, Shenendehowa joined together with the towns of Halfmoon, Clifton Park, Stillwater, Ballston, Malta and Waterford; Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo; the Prevention Council; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; CAPTAIN; the Clifton Park Elks; and the Twin Bridges Rotary to sponsor a community forum “Understanding Heroin and Opioid Abuse.” The forum included the following […]

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Food service staff members received the Character Education Award for their efforts in serving 11,823 meals this summer to meet the needs of more than 900 children at times when other resources are not available.

Food service staff members received the Character Education Award for their efforts in serving 11,823 meals this summer to meet the needs of more than 900 children at times when other resources are not available.

Written by on October 30, 2017 in Photos

Food service staff members received the Character Education Award for their efforts in serving 11,823 meals this summer to meet the needs of more than 900 children at times when other resources are not available. This award is designed to recognize and celebrate students, staff and community members who exhibit outstanding character by cultivating, fostering and demonstrating […]

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Shen middle school students practice mindfulness through the African Yoga Project. More photos and video…

Shen middle school students practice mindfulness through the African Yoga Project. More photos and video…

Written by on October 30, 2017 in Photos

 The African Yoga Project: Shine from the Inside and Out delivers global well being in and from Africa.   Lori Kessler and Mark McQuade participate in the African Yoga Project at the Middle Schools.

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Why can’t we dress as clowns at Gowana?

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The district’s dress code prohibits clothing (or costumes) that are distracting to the district’s primary mission which is the education of our students. For that reason, most of our schools are moving away from costumes in school on Halloween, instead opting for after-school activities. Many of the Halloween costumes are violent or inappropriate for […]

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What is the policy for athletes drinking at a football game? The girls soccer team was drinking at homecoming but only one got in trouble for it. Is winning the most important thing? Seems those coaches should be trying to make an impact on their athletes so they don’t make even worse mistakes in the future.If there are no consequences then there is a good chance it will happen again. Winning games is not the most important thing helping kids make good decisions is what a coach should want . Not just a successful won loss record.

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  First of all, the girls soccer team was not drinking at homecoming. The most important thing is teaching students about positive choices and destructive decisions. When a student is caught violating the code of conduct, they are disciplined. Hopefully this provides a teachable moment and valuable lesson to all students about the consequences of […]

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Why do seniors have to go to school on PSAT day

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. To learn.

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At the recent shen game on October 6th the color guard was using guns, sowards, and white flags during the halftime preformance and Several other parents and I believe that that this gives the impression that shen is indorsing military industrial complex and give students the impression that it is appropriate to bring weapons on to shen grounds. I would would like to see colorguard eliminate these inappropriate symbols and offer an apology to the shen community for this offensive display. And go back to twirling batons and waving green flags.

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Thank you for providing your feedback regarding your recent experience observing a Shen Colorguard performance.  Colorguard can be found in most American colleges, universities, high schools and middle schools as well as independent groups associated with sponsoring organizations like VFW posts and local churches.  Colorguards since the early 1930’s have used standardized equipment consisting […]

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Why are sensitive crybabies who are scared of the cannon allowed to ruin the fun and excitement of the majority at the pep rally and homecoming game? Can’t we have a vote over whether or not to “announce” the firing of the cannon or not?

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. No one is ruining the fun. It is simple going to be announced prior to it going off.

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Is cheer a sport

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Yes. Cheerleading is now classified as a sport by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

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Can Shen send out a reminder to the high school teachers about the homework policy? Please, correct me if I’m wrong. I was under the impression that homework, for every subject was graded on effort, completeness, and if it’s in on time. I did not think any other factors went in to the grading of homework. If that was the policy, I would not be having trouble with my homework grades. Let me explain, I noticed I’ve been getting a few points off of my weekly homework. I asked my teacher what I could do to improve, and I was told that I was getting points off because some of my peers were writing more than me. (Side note: I was not aware that our homework grades were based on other peoples work in the classroom, that doesn’t seem fair. Everyone works differently. if a child is putting in 100% effort, and handing it in complete and on time that’s all that should count) Anyway, so every week since that, I’ve made sure to add lots of details, accurate details, to each homework assignment. In fact I’ve never worked harder on a homework assignment, yet I’m still not getting 100s. I’m wondering if my teacher is even reading my responses at all, or if they are just too scared to give out 100s in October. It’s just frustrating getting high 90s on my tests, but then getting 1 or 2 points off my homework each week, which is adding up and bringing down my grade. Ive asked around and I know this is also a concern for other people too so that’s why I wanted to bring it to attention. Thank you

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The homework policy addresses the conditions under which homework may be assigned.  It does not address how or whether homework should be graded.  Students should receive feedback on their work, however, this may come in many forms such as in-class review.  All grading of student work should be against an established grade level (or […]

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