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Chango Elementary wins $500 in the Healthy Changes Everything video contest sponsored by Blue Shield of Northeastern New York.to view the video .
The Shenendehowa Teacher’s Association will hold a
BLOOD DRIVE in the gym at Gowana Middle School on Friday,
January 27, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please e-mail Amber Quinn at email@example.com or call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment. Give a pint and get a free pound of Dunkin Donut's coffee.
The Shen Baseball Dugout Club is sponsoring an All-U-Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 5, from 8 a.m to 12 noon at the Elk’s Club, 695 MacElroy Rd, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. Tickets are $5 to benefit Shenendehowa Baseball. Children 5 and under eat free. Thank you to IHOP for your donation!
• He coached two National championship teams: 1988, 1991
• He coached six New York State Public High School Athletic Association State champions in soccer: 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2005• He coached Fourteen New York State Public High School Athletic Association Regional champions: 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011
• He coached Seventeen Section II champions: 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011
• He coached Twenty-three time Suburban Council champions: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
• Obtained 500th win during Fall 2009 season
• Currently holds record of 534 Wins, 91 Losses, 60 Ties
• Currently teaches science in Shenendehowa High School West
• Graduate of Cortland State
Registration for Spring Driver's Education is open. Students are enrolled on a first come-first-serve basis by class, beginning with seniors. The course is open to all Shenendehowa students age 16 and up. Click here for the all Spring registration information and forms!!!
Congratulations to Shen football players Brandon Miller (linebacker) on being chosen 2nd Team All-State Defense, Mark Thomas (offensive line) 3rd Team All-State Offense and Tony Fusco (running back) 4th Team All-State Offense.
Students can learn about video game design, lego robotics, one stroke painting, Japanese, Chinese, chess and much more! Each participant can choose 1 five week mini course and should come prepared for some great fun in a fast moving, hands-on, challenging learning experience. Registration will be held on Saturday, January 28 ,2012 from 9:00am-10:30am in the Acadia Middle School. (Snow Date: February 5th). Classes will run on Saturdays (March 3,10,17,24, and 31, 2012 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. (Snow date : April 1) Tuition is $50.00. Some classes may require an additional materials fee to be collected at registration. Course brochure and registration forms are available now at the SAGE website www.worknotes.com/ny/cliftonpark/sage.
The CogAT test is used to assess students’ abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols. Information gathered about a student through administration of the CogAT test may be used by the school for instructional planning and to identify students who qualify for further testing for math acceleration. For students currently enrolled in Shenendehowa, this will be the only time of year that this testing will be offered. Click here for information on the CogAt for Quest and the CogAt for Critical Inquiry.
The question of why we
"pulled" Planned Parenthood as our regular guest speaker for 10+
years seems to have morphed into the primary focus of opinions and
perspectives about our health education program. First and
foremost our certified health teachers will continue to provide a
comprehensive sexual health unit to appropriately educate our
students. It is the district's prerogative to review all aspects
of the instructional program and this is done often across all
curricula areas. This prerogative is not exercised arbitrarily or
In the case of the sexual health unit of the comprehensive health program, the decision was made to postpone the scheduled presentations by the Planned Parenthood consultants to allow for a review of the program. When we receive concerns that students are feeling uncomfortable or pressured into talking about things that they do not feel comfortable talking about, we believe it is something that needs to be reviewed. Hence, the decision was made to ensure that we are delivering the curriculum in a way that all students feel safe and respected.
Health education is taught for one semester to students in middle school (grade 8) and in high school (grades 11 or 12). Ten days of that curriculum is designated for sexual health education, mandated by New York State. Representatives from Planned Parenthood have come into our classrooms, as guest speakers at no charge to the district, for three of the 10 days to reinforce what is taught by our certified health education teachers on the subject of abstinence, sexually transmitted disease and birth control.
As we move forward, the sexual health program at Shen will be reviewed by the Health Advisory Council. This group of educators, administrators and parents will be charged with providing an objective assessment of the program. Multiple objectives will be addressed about the sexual health unit. To do so, countless questions will be assessed and scrutinized, including, but not limited to:
• Will we continue to use outside providers to help enforce the curriculum developed by the district? Or, will we merely use them as consultants to work with our teachers to ensure that they are current on content and practices?
• Will we continue to present the same materials, in the same way for the respective grade levels?
• Will we look at other research-based models?
All these questions and
many more will inevitably engender rich and thoughtful
discussions, ensuring that the quality of programs and services
rendered to our students does in fact lend to them being informed
and sagacious learners. Objectivity will be our guide post...not
bias or popularity.
Shenendehowa has been and will continue to be a progressive school district, committed to the call of excellence through continuous improvement. This issue is another example of the district's willingness to listen to varied opinions with objectivity.
It must be noted that the respect shown by the countless parents, students, residents, and interested bystanders attending the board of education meeting on Tuesday is greatly appreciated. In the immortal words of Eleanor Roosevelt, we can disagree without being disagreeable. For at the end of day, we all want one thing...what is best for our children and students...regardless of how varied our perspectives are on this single topic.
The continued support of the community is greatly appreciated, especially as we face numerous uncertainties about state and federal mandates, increased accountability for assessment results, and a more stringent financial outlook. But, this is Shen, a school and community that prides itself on being the best. We will move forward and be better because of the disagreements and dialogue.
Shen girls' soccer donated gently used soccer gear to teenage girls in Haiti. Optometrist Anshu Chandra asked Shen soccer coach Holli Mulholland to help get the soccer team in Fond-des-Blancs some new gear after seeing them play in tattered equipment and flip-flops. Teaming up with their rival, the Shaker Girls' soccer team, they were able to send 21 balls, 68 pairs of cleats and 35 shirts, among other items to the poverty-stricken town.
Dr. L. Oliver Robinson, superintendent of schools, will host a Community Conversation on Saturday, January 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Tesago cafeteria. All are welcome to attend to discuss educational and district-wide topics.
There was a bus accident on Werner Road this afternoon. A car side-swiped a bus carrying high school students. Students are all okay. They are being transported back to the high school to be looked at by the school nurse and then will be transported home. The transportation department is in the process of calling parents of students on the bus.
Want to Improve your Parenting Skills??? Then Try Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teenagers. The sessions will be held for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from January 17th through February 14th from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Koda Middle School, Room 704. 
SHENENDEHOWA BOYS BASKETBALL ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL NIGHT, Friday, January 6 at 7:00 PM in the Shenendehowa High School East Main Gym.
Watch the Shen Plainsmen take on Mohonasen.
Elementary Students Receive:br />
*Free Admission to the Game
*$1.00 Pizza, $.5O Hot Dogs and Free Cup of Soda Soda
*Chance to Win a Signed Game Ball or Other Prizes
Come and show your school spirit and support the Shenendehowa Boys Basketball Team!
Want to Improve your Parenting Skills???
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of
Teenagers. Be part of a group of parents to help you learn
how to relate better to your pre-teenager or teenager
through Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of
Teenagers. Our STEP/TEEN group will meet for 5 weeks and is
based on an easy-to-read textbook and videos dealing with
specific challenges and problems encountered by parents of
pre-teenagers and teenagers. Issues such as cooperation,
communication, problem solving, discipline, and mutual
respect are discussed in a group format.
The sessions will be held for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from January 17th through February 14th from 5:00pm-6:30pm in
Koda Middle School, Room 704.
There is no fee but the STEP/TEEN textbook must be purchased ($16) at the time of registration.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 16 participants.
Please call or email the course facilitator to register:
Rose Beckett, Koda Middle School Counselor,
at 881-0473 or firstname.lastname@example.org