Archive for November, 2017

Shenendehowa’s General Obligation Debt Rating by Standard and Poor Global Ratings Raised To ‘AA+’ On Strong Finances…

Written by on November 30, 2017 in District News

S&P Global Ratings has raised its long term and underlying ratings to ‘AA+’ from ‘AA’ on Shenendehowa Central School District’s outstanding general obligation (GO) debt. At the same time, they assigned ‘AA+’ long term and underlying ratings to the district’s series 2017 school district refunding (serial) bonds. The outlook on all ratings is stable. “The […]

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Who requires High School Seniors in National Issues (a New York State required class) do 10 hours of community service and a town hall meeting in order to pass that class and graduate? Is it New York State or Shen?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Attending a community meeting and completing 10 hours of volunteer service is a requirement of the Shenendehowa National Issues Forum course which meets the New York State graduation requirement for Participation in Government. At Shenendehowa, our Social Studies Department takes the responsibility of preparing our students to fulfill their social and political responsibilities as […]

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What is the rule for buying your teacher a class christmas gift?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  In accordance with Board of Education Policy 5230,  the Board of Education recognizes that gift giving, especially during the holiday season, may be a common practice for many District employees.  While the giving or exchanging of gifts may be acceptable among staff members, the Board strongly encourages District employees and students to show appreciation […]

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Is there a middle school talent show this year? If so, when and where is it and how do we get in?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. There will be no MS talent show this year due to lack of advisors.

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How does someone go about obtaining a parking pass?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. You apply for senior privileges: http://www.shenet.org/shen-high-school/high-school-senior-privileges/.

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I was wondering if someone reviews and approves each teachers curriculum each year. Certain teachers have no method of teaching whatsoever and instead just handout labs and expect the students to understand the material with little to no background information.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Curriculum and instruction are reviewed by academic administrators, as well as building administrators. If you have a specific concern, please first speak with the teacher and then with the building administrator if  you are not satisfied with the outcome.

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How many applicants do you typically get for elementary SPED teachers? I heard from this lady that there is a severe shortage and they’re hiring unqualified people. Is this true?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  All of our teacher positions are posted and applications are submitted through OLAS. We receive 25-30 applications for special education positions,  not all candidates meet our standards. There is a shortage of substitute teachers across the capital region and while we have many subs on the list with certification,  NYSED allows for hiring of […]

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Are class rings sold for Shen high schoolers?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Yes, Jostens handles class ring orders.

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Acadia students now need a pass from a teacher to go to the library during lunch. Why is this? I often go to the library to work on my Chromebook (which is not allowed in lunch) or take out a book. Thank you for your time.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  This is so we can manage the number of students during any given period in the library from the three schools.

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There is bullying going on the busses home from Gowana, please have an aide on all busses or a camera to assist these drivers, NOT fair to all the GOOD kids taking theses buses home! Concerned and annoyed parent!

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Bullying should be reported to Gowana administrators.  All of our buses are equipped with camera systems. We highly encourage students to, immediately report when it is safe to do so, any incident of bullying occurring on the school bus. Drivers do report incidents of bullying if they personally observe it or if it is […]

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