June 19, 2013
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
The Shen Colorguard is taking new students for
the upcoming year. Any student(male or female) entering 6th thru
12th grade this coming fall are eligible to a participate.
There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday May 1st in the
Acadia Library at 6:30pm.
All interested students should plan to attend. If you are unable to attend or have questions prior to the meeting you can contact Scott Snell Shen Colorguard Director at ScotSnel@aol.com
Odyssey of the Mind Fundraiser tonight at 16 Handles in Clifton Park from 4-8pm. 20% of the sales go to the OM Team to help defray costs for traveling to the World Championships in Ames, Iowa.
Focused on Encouraging, Fostering and Inspiring a Love of Reading, the Elementary Literacy Team created a website for parents and children. STAR (Shen Teachers Advocate Reading) contains many resources including strategies, terrific reads, activities and resources. It is a “kid and family friendly” site. This website was designed and is maintained by teachers for families. The mission is to provide opportunities for parents and children to journey through different supports to foster a love of reading. The goal is to continue to build a community of readers. Over the last two years, the Elementary Literacy Team has been working on providing structure and support for literacy. Three different groups comprised of teachers, administrators and parents have been working on different areas: curriculum, assessment and encouraging reading. Subcommittee members who developed the website were Jackie Meilak, Jaime Plantz, Kristin Healy, Audrey Kuhn, Diane Tomassi, Liz Bailey, Susan Kirby-LeMon, Anna Sugarman and Lisa Albagli. Gail Pietrafesa was instrumental in constructing the technological design.Please immerse yourself in this website with your child(ren) to continue to develop their love of reading.
With less than one percent (0.82%) spending increase, the 2012-13 budget is below the official tax levy limit and preserves all programs and services. The proposed budget is $151.5 million. It is estimated that the average tax rate will increase 1.96 percent for district residents. For a property with a market value of $250,000, the increase is approximately $84 in the total tax bill. [MORE]
The Shen Varsity Winterguard placed 6th in the Winter Guard International Championship in Dayton, Ohio. They competed against 60 teams from the United States and Canada. The junior varsity color guard teams finished 69th out of more than 100 primarily varsity teams.
The Shenendehowa High
School FIRST® Robotics Team, Team 20, The Rocketeers was crowned
Regional Champions at the Northeast Utilities Connecticut Regional
Competition. In January the students were given a challenge to
build a robot that scores baskets with foam basket balls, crosses
a 6 inch high steel barrier, and finally balances on a
teeter-totter bridge, and just for fun balance with one or two
additional robots! The game, called Rebound Rumble is played 3 on
3. That is, three teams form an alliance and play against an
opposing three team alliance.
During the high spirited, action packed two day competition teams compete in randomly allied qualification matches and then in nail-biting double elimination matches. The first day of competition was rough for Team 20. Things were not going well and the team ended up in 58th place out of 64 robots. The students did not lose heart, rather gathered for a two hour strategy meeting that completely changed the way the team would approach the game on day two. Rather than being an offensive scorer bot, the team chose to go on the defense, gathering the basket balls from the opponent’s side and shooting them over for their allies to score. During The end game the team showed off their prowess easily balancing on the bridge, with either alliance partners or with a robot from the opposing alliance to score extra “coopertition” points which helped raise their ranking.
At the end of the qualifications Team 20 was in 39th place, and they showed the other robots an effective strategy that would be desirable in the elimination rounds. The team was selected to play on an alliance by the team that ranked third overall. During the elimination rounds Team 20 stayed true to their strengths working well with the alliance partners from two Connecticut schools. One of the alliance partners commented, “Team 20 rained balls down on us like popcorn”. The team is now preparing to compete against the best teams in the world at the FIRST® Championship event in St. Louis April 24 through the 27th.
The High School Odyssey of the Mind team placed second in the N.Y.S. competition advancing them to the world competition in Iowa. They created a rhyming Dr. Suess-like story, costumes, and scenery to illustrate their theme of “To Be…or Not To Be...Tolerant of Differences”. The trip to Iowa will cost the team more than $8,500. If you would like to sponsors and/or donate, please contact either Mrs. Jones at email@example.com or Eva Nevers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Education approved the 2012-13 Calendar.to view.
Shen Colorguard won a silver and three gold medals at the State Championships for Colorguard in Syracuse, NY. Two of Shen’s colorguard teams qualified for the World Championships.
Students from the High School International Club modeled the fashions from a variety of countries including Pakistan, Myanmar and Iraq. They also ran a henna tattoo station at the event. lementary students read the poetry they created based on the book “Velma Gratch and The Way Cool Butterfly”