May 22, 2013
Robin Gawrys, Principal
970 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0460 Fx 518-383-1490
Congratulations to Shen's Critical Inquiry students Madeline Taubkin (Gowana) for winning 1st place and Hannah Butts, (Acadia) for winning 2nd place in The Saratogian essay contest (Saratoga 150 Years).
Gowana gr. 6 students Elizabeth Attanasio and Kate Miller entered the Fifth Annual Albany Children’s Book Festival Creative Writing Contest.
Over the next several weeks, students across Shenendehowa will be taking summative assessments in most of their classes. These assessments will help teachers measure how well students acquired the most important content and skills from their courses. As a district, we will also be able to use the data to measure the effectiveness of our academic programs; ensuring students are prepared for the next level of rigorous coursework, aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards. Most of these assessments have been designed to fit in one class period. Teachers will provide more specifics about the content and format of each assessment. Best wishes to our students on the successful completion of the academic year. Please click here to access the.
On Tuesday, May 7, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra will present a demonstration/lecture to all 7th-grade students. Then, each student will be offered the opportunity to attend a Philadelphia Orchestra concert at SPAC on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8 PM, FREE OF CHARGE! Any gr.7 student who attends both the assembly on May 7 and the concert on August 23 will be given a pass to attend ALL orchestra & ballet concerts (except the gala) until that student graduates from Shen 
Recently the “World of Difference” club from the High School visited the 6th grade FACS classes for a service learning project. This high school club organized an educational presentation and activity for middle school students regarding the issues of prejudices and stereotypes.
Spirits were high while Mrs. de la Rocha’s 6th grade ELA classes celebrated some pretty interesting topics for their research projects. They enjoyed presentations of all kinds while being visited by a family pet to assist in a project about dogs, and were even challenged to eat real crickets just like a tree frog would…go team 6-2!!
Monday is Sports apparel day
Tuesday is mismatched day
Wednesday is crazy hat or crazy hair day
Thursday is Neon day with a special treat in the cafeteria during lunches for everyone!!!
The Spotlight on Gowana will be held on Wednesday, March
27th. Spotlight is an evening event in which your
parents and family are welcome to visit Gowana. Student
work will be displayed, an ice cream social will be
held, and other exciting events. Part of the Spotlight
this year will be a Coffee House in the Auditorium. Acts
are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible in the
Main Office. Acts can include: Poetry reading, dance,
singing, musical solos, duos, trios, groups, joke
telling….we know that we have many talented students
here in Gowana and are hoping for an evening filled with
fun, outstanding performances.
Gowana's Student Council and Community Club sold paper softballs and footballs for $1.00 in memory of Deanna Rivers and Christopher Stewart. All proceeds were donated to the scholarship fund.
Students from Team 6-1 created book trailers. Teacher Stacey McDonald submitted the trailer created by Elizabeth Attanasio to the NYS Reading Association Youth Book Blog. Not only did they post Elizabeth's trailer on their site, she won a few prizes for it too! To view the trailer go to http://charlotteaward.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/great-reads-book-suggestion-from-shenendehowa-ms/
The Gowana Middle School is treated to a PTA Arts in Education Assembly program by the Clyde Peeling Reptile Land. All three Middle Schools had a program that is part of their Grade 7 Science curriculum. A thrilling program for all!
A Breakfast of Celebration was held for students who significantly improved their overall average from quarter 1 to quarter 2.
High School West Grade 8 Parent Orientation Presentation.
A team from Gowana won the Best "Green" Invention Award for grades 6 through 8 for their invention of the Independence iChair.
Gowana staff and faculty participated in a reading project called Gowana READS!
Tess Snyder, Mr. Sergott’s student on Gowana Team 8-1 was recently awarded 2nd place in the Patriots Pen essay contest for District III of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Attention Parents of 6th Graders - Important information to helping your child select a language to study:
Acadia, Gowana and Koda each held Geography Bees in classrooms and at the school level. The top three scoring students competed against each other in a Championship Bee on January 17, 2013. The winner from each middle school will take a written test to qualify for the New York Geography Bee in March.
Shenendehowa Middle Schools held a Spelling Bee on Tuesday, December 11 and will send two winners to the Regional Spelling Bee scheduled for March 5, 2013, at Proctors Theater. From right to left, this year's winners are Gowana 6th grader Ryan Czirr and Koda 8th grader Priyanka Thapa. Good luck to this year's contestants.
The Gowana Community Club and Student Council participated in the Make-A-Wish Angels program during the holiday season. All the proceeds were donated to make a wish come true for a child with a long term illness.
The Gowana Community Club and Student Council members gave each staff member is Gowana a small box of cookies around the holiday time as a special token of thanks for all they do.
Two teams representing all three middle schools won prestigious awards at the FIRST lego league competition at RPI.
After reading a motivating piece of narrative non-fiction about US soldiers, Mrs. de la Rocha’s 6th graders were inspired to write thank you letters to 40 veterans who have sacrificed so much for our own freedoms! 
Mr. Silvagnoli and Mr. Schwartz’s students practice in front of an audience in the Gowana Main Office in December.
Gowana staff and students gather for some holiday singing.
In November, children's acting troupe "Story Pirates" traveled from Manhattan to Gowana to entertain our sixth graders. Using a unique brand of improvisational storytelling, Story Pirates based their comedy-musical sketches on stories written only by students. They even created an impromptu story written by our own sixth graders! It's always wonderful when engaging entertainment can be tied into satisfying Common Core goals for writing, listening and speaking!
Representatives from Clifton Park Half Moon Veterans of Foreign War Post #1498 recently attended an assembly to honor 18 winners of the VFW Patriots’ Pen Essay Contest at Acadia, Gowana and Koda. 
5/21/13 - School Budget Vote and Board Election 
5/22/13 - NYS Gr. 4 and 8 science performance test,for "Don't Stress the Test" info
5/24/13 - No School
5/27/13 - Memorial Day, No School
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Grade 7, Team 1:Home Page
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