Archive for November, 2017

Do you have to swim in 9-12th grade?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. No.

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I’m going to ask for the 2nd time: Is there a reason that styrofoam trays are used in the school cafeterias? When I was in elementary school, we always used reusable plastic lunch trays that were just washed after lunch every day, which is a lot less wasteful and a lot better for the environment. Based on the research I’ve done, it seems that it would ultimately be cheaper to have reusable lunch trays. Even if it wasn’t, does the school really care that much about having a few extra dollars than saving the environment? How about instead of spending money on electronic signs and 100% unnecessary chromebooks, we spend a few extra dollars to help out the environment?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The food Service department is  self-sufficient and does not get any money from the taxpayers.  Biodegradable trays are very expensive and the department does not have the resources to wash and reuse trays anymore. Please call the food service department with any questions.

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What’s the game plan for Chromebook use in the middle schools. There seems to be inconsistencies between different grades and different teachers?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Students have been assigned Chromebooks in support of their learning.  Chromebooks are very useful to access online content, submit work, collaborate with other students, and organize and track assignments.  Teachers in the middle school are learning how to integrate Chromebooks effectively into instruction.  Many teachers are providing students opportunities to learn in ways not […]

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I am in Gowana MS. My portal says that my bus is supposed to pick me up at 8:22 AM. This hasn’t ever happened. My bus is at least 7 minutes late every day. One time, it was later than the first day of school (8:35 AM). The route number is 303a On my afternoon bus, my bus driver blares a football talk show over the whole bus. This is annoying and for some people, requires them to shout over the radio. I don’t know if this is policy now, but he makes us do “crossers first”. This makes people walk away from their houses and I really don’t see much of a benefit

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The pickup time that is on the portal is a computer generated time from our routing database. The computer generated pickup time is just that, this is why we ask that students wait outside for the bus at least 10 minutes prior to the pickup time. Since we are now well into the school […]

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Why does the white gym have no water fountain?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  It was disconnected to avoid damage to the gym floor and a safety risk when wet, plus it was rarely being used. Students are allowed access to nearby fountains.

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Here we are once again approaching the Thanksgiving holiday. A holiday that many school districts observe starting on Wednesday, due to so many traveling. Wouldn’t it make sense for the Superintendent to inquire with the districts that know how to work it in their school calendars, so that Shen students, families and employees could also have that time for travel and or prepping to welcome families from near and far to enjoy the holiday feast? This would be especially helpful for the blended families who have children living with a parent who is in a district with the day before off. Think of the people in your Attendance offices district wide who would thank you….if you know what I mean

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The school calendar is largely regulated by collective bargaining agreements. For instance, some districts have a superintendent’s conference day before Labor Day. Some districts do not observe the Jewish holiday. Some districts have shortened a February Break. 

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I would like Shen to consider exempting athletes from gym like majority of the schools around the capital district area. When an athlete breaks the foot in PE, the whole season and possibly college career in a particular sport is compromised in activities that could so easily be avoided.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. We believe that physical education is important for all students.

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I have a brief question concerning pre-homeroom policy in High School West. This morning, I was walking with my friend and she had to stop at her locker. I was walking with her, and when we turned into the science hallway, where her locker is located, a monitor immediately leaped into action, demanding answers from us as to where we were going and why, and would not allow me to accompany my friend to her locker. Later, that same morning, I was walking with two other friends, and one of them was sick and had to tell her teachers that she would be absent during their class. The monitor would not allow us to accompany our sick friend, who was forced to walk to each of her classes by herself. I have heard that the reason for not allowing students in this hallway is to prevent fights, which I acknowledge is an issue, but maybe, a better purpose for the monitors, instead of nagging accelerated-honors students trying to make the most of their high school career, and the little time they have during the day to see their friends, would be to stand in the back of the hallway and prevent fights. I am not completely blaming the monitors, as I understand that they must follow protocol. What can be done to resolve this, allowing honorable students to walk freely as originally intended, and mal-intentful students to remain under closely-watched supervision?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Hall monitors are instructed to supervise students in the halls, making sure those in the halls during class periods have permission to be there.  If there is any concern in the future, please see a building administrator the day you have that particular concern so it can be addressed accordingly.

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How many students are in the class of 2019?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. 799

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May we please have an update on the plans to revamp the elementary playgrounds? There have been so many fundraisers but nothing seems to be happening. Will my child even benefit before they’re out of elementary school?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  As soon as we get approval of the project from the NYS Education Department. we will layout a construction schedule and share accordingly. The state approval process has been extremely slow. The goal is to begin construction this Spring.

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