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  • Is resource class required if you have an IEP?

    A.  When a student has an IEP at least one special education service is required. Resource room is one of the services that may be recommended depending on the needs of the student. Resource room is not required for every student with an IEP. However, if the CSE has determined that this is the only […]

  • It’s interesting the questions you decide not to post.

    A. We will not post comments or questions that specifically mention individuals by name or use profanity. We also may not answer a question that has been answered before and can be found by easily by using our search feature. 

  • What grade is evolution in science class taught in Shen?

    A. It is part of New York State Science Standards and is taught in life science courses (Science 7 & Biology). There is some minor crossover in Earth Science when they cover the age of the earth & scientific evidence used to make that determination.

  • Is my son required to take the New York State Test?

    A. Yes, unless you send a “Refusal to Take the Test.” letter to your child’s principal. This applies only to the Gr. 3-8 tests. NYS Regents are required to graduate. Because students must, by law, take Regents exams to graduate, we recommend that they take the Gr. 3-8 tests to get used to taking standardized […]

  • What is the shen mobile wifi for? What’s the password for it?

    A.  SHEN-MOBILE is for district managed mobile devices only.  The passkey is not shared.  Students and staff are invited to use SHEN-BYOD and the public is welcome to use SHEN-PUBLIC-WIFI.  Directions for connecting to SHEN-BYOD an SHEN-PUBLIC-WIFI are posted around campus and in most school libraries.

  • How old is Shen?

    A. Shenendehowa was centralized in January 1950, making it 67 years old.

  • How are middle school report card averages calculated?

    A.  MS report card Quarterly Term GPA is a straight average of all quarterly course grades except PE.  When the student gets to grade nine weighted courses are considered for transcript purposes.  So if a student takes a HS credit bearing, weighted/accelerated course in MS, they do not get the weighted calculation until they hit […]

  • What is a referral?

    A. Written documentation of a behavioral infraction of the code of conduct.

  • Is there a dress code for teachers? It looks like Casual Friday found 4 more friends.

    A. According to the district’s Code of Conduct:  For the purpose of this Code, appropriate dress for staff members is defined as giving proper attention to personal cleanliness and clothing that is professional, safe and does not disrupt, distract or otherwise interfere with the educational process. Staff members are expected to model appropriate dress and decorum, […]

  • how much of the orchestra grade will be practicing?

    A.  The orchestra grade is based on preparedness and participation. Practicing is a part of the preparation necessary to successfully participate. Students who spend time practicing are generally more successful because the act of practicing makes a student more prepared.

  • Why has teaching cursive writing been eliminated from the school curriculum?

    A. We recognize there are many opinions about the value of cursive instruction as technology increasingly plays an important role in communication.  Shen has not intentionally eliminated cursive, however, cursive is not required as part of NYS learning standards.  We will be revisiting the topic of cursive writing, not for student mastery, but for the benefits […]

  • What’s read 180?

    A.  Read 180 is a specialized reading program for students who require specialized instruction beyond the District’s core reading program. More information about the program can be found following the link below: http://www.hmhco.com/products/read-180/family/

  • When is homecoming 2016?

    A. 2016-17 dates are on the website calendar at: https://sites.google.com/a/shenschools.org/shen-calendar-of-events/