- As a Shenendehowa taxpayer, I was satisfied that the school board did their due diligence with accepting the bid from BBL for the purchase of the 34 acres of land. I was wondering what the cost is to the district to hold the permissive referendum vote as well as the cost of staff time used to determine validity of the signed petitions?
A. We estimate the cost of the permissive referendum- printing, election inspectors, custodian of the voting machines (belong to the Town of Clifton Park) is approximately $9,500. Estimating the cost of staff time to verify the petitions is difficult, a number of people simply worked to get it done.
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Latest Grapevine Posts:
- Why can’t Shen notify parents of a delay the night before when so many other schools do? Parents have to make plans, and this macho stuff of waiting til the last minute in hopes of being the only school to not delay is childish and inconsiderate. If every other school can notify, so too can Shen. There is no valor in being the only school open when the roads are terrible and kids are driving.
A. Every year, the district sends out an SIS message in late Fall explaining exactly what the process is for closing or delaying school. It is also posted on the website. We do not change the process from storm to storm. We do not close or delay school ahead of time based on speculation about weather […]
- Why don’t we EVER have snow days???????
A. We just had a snow day on January 24.
- The Chromebook Implementation Plan graduation years are incorrect. The current 8th graders are the class of 2021, not 2020. Looking at just the grade level, it looks like these students won’t have 1:1 chromebooks until 11th grade, is this correct?
A. You are correct. Thanks for letting us know. We’ll work on correcting the graphic and reposting it very soon. The current plan is that students now in grade 8 will receive Chromebooks when they are in grade 10.
- I would just like to know what happens if you miss a lot of school days. I missed ten days of school in less than three weeks because I was very sick. My parents got a letter in the mail about it, and I just want to know what’s going to happen. I don’t want shen thinking I was skipping school, because i was out for a serious reason, I was very sick with the stomach bug. If you could just answer this question that would be great!!
A. In accordance with district policy if it is an excused absence, such as being sick, then a note should be submitted to your school and they would mark the absence as excused.
- why are the 6th graders each getting their own Chromebooks. The school already has plenty of “class sets” and by son says that the only thing he ever see’s them do with the Chromebooks it play games. I feel that this is a waste of taxpayer money. Why are the 6th graders getting their own personal chromebooks? please don’t respond with “thank you for the feedback”
A. Students in grade 6 have received Chromebooks as part of the District’s commitment to technology integration. The initiative, 1:1 (one device to one student), will eventually provide a Chromebook for each student in grades 6-12. Students use the devices in support of their learning, although many of the learning activities done on the devices […]
- Why hasn’t Dr. Robinson and our Board of education written a letter opposing Betsy Devos like other school around the area and state have done? If we are truly leaders of excellence, than writing a letter would help support our teachers, administrators, and community from what could be devastating change. Dr. Robinson and the BOE have done so many positive things for our students in the past, and he should support us now.
A. Dr. Robinson has communicated his concerns directly to our federal representatives.
- I think something that needs to be discussed about the portal is the fact that at the end of the quarter it doesn’t permit you to check your grades for a week or more. Students already have enough anxiety from school, and this only adds to it because they just sit wondering. These kids already go to a school where the pressure and stress of success is hard enough, I think this needs to be changed. Maybe even a day or two, but a week or more is too long. Please do not just respond, “thanks for the feedback,” let me know what can be done about my concern please.
A. Share your concern with your principal, they determine the window during grading time.
- Can you take music in 9th grade if you didn’t take music in 8th grade?
A. It depends on what course you are interested in. Please contact your guidance counselor or Mr. Rosselli for more information.
- In 9th grade, is there a class for honors Spanish – or is Spanish 2A considered an honors class?
A. We do not have honors-level classes in World Languages. Spanish 2A is the next appropriate progression for students who have scored an 80 or better on the Checkpoint A exam. Spanish 2 is for students who would benefit from a slower-paced curriculum.
- Will the freshmen high school students be getting chrome books next school year?
A. Next year all middle school students will receive 1:1 Chromebooks. 1:1 will be implemented at High School West and High School East in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. In the interim, high school students are able to access Chromebooks in study halls, libraries, and many classrooms. Additionally, students are invited to bring their […]
- Have the water sources with lead above the acceptable level been fixed at each school yet? If so, where are the new results posted? On this page: http://www.shenet.org/new-lead-testing-regulation-and-results/ it says the new results would be posted there, but I don’t see any. Thanks
A. Do to the size of the district and complexity of the process and remediation requirements, the work is still ongoing district wide with a tentative completion time frame of early spring. Once everything is completed and we receive the necessary clearances from the Department of Health the information will be updated.
- My child told me that his geometry teacher went to Disney during school and not during a vacation. Does the school allow her to do this?
A. All employees are expected to be in attendance when school is in session.
- Are PSAT results published on the Parent Portal? When should we expect to receive the results of the PSAT taken Fall 2016? Thank you.
A. Students received a hard copy of the scores today.
- How does early dismissal work for seniors at East?
A. If students have met all of their academic, behavioral and attendance requirements, they might be eligible for early release.
- why don’t we get school off on muslim holidays?
A. The current policy only calls for days off on certain holidays. That same policy also recognizes that students may choose to observe a variety of established religious day and that decision will be respected.
- I had the opportunity to watch the Colorguard show at High School East this past weekend and am extremely concerned! The Shen Varsity level group has a student hanging in a harness from an extremely tall contraption. There did not appear to be any padding underneath the student at all. I think this is a huge safety issue! In addition to that, as a medical professional, I will say that having teens in a harness such as they are, is asking for problems with the spine, neck and hips. Doesn’t the equipment that is used have to be approved by the school district?
A. Thanks for the feedback. Your concerns will be shared with the director of that program.
- The high school is planning on selecting 60 students to “dialogue” with about 15 adult staff members during school time to discuss highly sensitive topics. Instead of leaving parents out of this equation how about an open public forum?
A. Actually parents are not left out of the equation. Letters were sent home to all parents of invited students to make sure that they approve of their child’s participation. The topics are not really sensitive as much as they are ones that we need to address so that students can consider how others see […]
- Why is it that if a student is late at HSE they go to the cafeteria? Also, how is it acceptable for the people walking in the front doors at 7:45 to be marked late, yet there are numerous other students walking behind the front desk in the hallway who are not marked late. How does that make sense???
A. When you are arriving at 7:45 you are late and students who are walking around are doing so with a purpose and generally with permission.
- Is it true that 2 freshman students have been arrested on campus, during school hours already this year?
A. One freshman—a minor—has been arrested (charged w/ trespassing) this school year. One other freshman—also a minor—was brought from school to the State Police Barracks by his parents (per the request of State Police) this school year.
- The new sign is distracting to drivers. No wonder why there was an accident in front of it this morning.
A. There have been many accidents there long before the signs were installed. But thanks for the feedback.
- How long will the vote for the land be held for? Like, how late will it be open?
A. It follows the same protocols as all other votes…polls are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are in the Gowana gym.
- When do 2d quarter report cards come out for Elementary school students?
A. Please see the district calendar: http://www.shenet.org/about-us/events-calendar/
- What is the date of senior prom
A. Please see the district calendar: http://www.shenet.org/about-us/events-calendar/
- My child is in elementary school. He told me one day that they gave out assigned seats in the lunch room, because it was too loud and the lunch aids didn’t want to deal with the noise. He is not sitting next to any of his friends and when he gets up to go talk to them, the lunch aids tell him to sit down. Why is this a thing, this is so mean.
A. If you have a concern, please contact your child’s principal.
- When do the nominations get sent out for the HS Juniors eligible to apply for the National Honor Society? When is the induction ceremony? Spring 2017 or Fall 2017?
A. For information on NHS, go to their website at http://shennhs.webs.com/
- Regarding information on vote for land sale. As I understand it the district is talking about using the funds received from the sale to purchase land in Halfmoon. I assume this is for a potential elementary school. But question is there a need for another school given current student population and projections. I thought number of students in elementary schools had gone down over the last few years. Is there an overcrowding concern or is this mainly do to a desire to build another school away from the main campus and closer to the homes of district residents?
A. The district plans to use the funds to purchase land in Halfmoon to use at a time when growth patterns are once again on the rise.
- Why are we not allowed to play games on the chromebooks at school?
A. Because they are district devices that are to be used for education, not entertainment.
- I saw some kids in the bathroom using their phones. Is that illegal?
A. It depends on what they were using their phones for.
- Why are so many of the responses on this so sassy? I was reading through while I was at my son’s hockey practice, and I was slightly alarmed by the amount of rude, inconsiderate, non helpful messages. I would like to suggest an intervention, possibly a public apology to the entire shen community.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- I believe that you gave false information to a fellow shen student/parent/guardian, “Lastly, parents have the option of keeping their child or children at home if they feel the road conditions are unsafe.” http://www.shenet.org/on-the-monday-of-the-2-hour-delay-my-bus-as-usual-came-to-pick-me-up-when-the-bus-started-driving-it-slipped-at-even-the-slightest-turn-due-to-the-poor-road-conditions-another-time-the-drive-tr/ I find this to be an invalid excuse for school that no teacher would approve of, and would definitely be classified as an “unexcused absence”
A. It is an unexcused absence, however parents have the right to keep their children home in the event they feel the roads are unsafe.
- An English teacher at HSE showing the class a picture of Trump sitting behind the host from the Twilight Zone as she was wearing an Obama Tshirt was not appropriate and disrespectful I hope she is appropriately disciplined for her lack of judgement
A. If you have a concern, please call the principal.
- I would like to make a comment about non-handicap parents parking in the handicap spaces in front of Shatekon for parent pick up. This sets a terrible example. These same parents then punish their children for not following school rules, or perhaps they don’t which would explain the entitled behavior come middle and high school. I teach my children to respect authority and the needs of others and expect other parents to do the same.
A. Plus it is against the law.
- Is protesting the pledge allowed in school, i know i’m a little late in this subject but a student in my class of african descent tries to sit out the pledge and gets yelled at by our home room teacher. It doesn’t seem right but i don’t have any insight on the problem so i decided to ask the grapevine
A. This has been answered before http://www.shenet.org/will-i-get-in-trouble-if-i-sit-down-for-the-pledge/. To found out if something has already been answered, do a search on a word.
- Fire drills are currently conducted only when students are in classes and can easily follow their class to the exit and their assigned area outside. It might be beneficial to conduct some drills when students are passing classes, as this is a time when there is more likely to be confusion . Students need to learn to exit during a fire even without the guidance of a specific classroom teacher.
A. Thanks or the feedback.
- Music concerts at Shen are wonderful. Not only do I get to listen to phenomenal music created by very talented students, I also get to hear slamming doors and people leaving in the middle of performances. Not to mention the people who talk in the middle of a performance and those who will not hesitate to answer a cell phone call. Maybe on top of the concert etiquette on the back of concert programs there should be signs of some sort in and around the auditorium. These young musicians deserve much more then hearing doors open and close while they are trying to focus to give a good performance to the people talking on their cell phones.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- Can girls join the shen football team?
A. See NYSPHSAA rules for Mixed Competition on page 132 of the NYSPHSAA Handbook http://www.nysphsaa.org/Portals/0/PDF/Handbook/Handbook%20Complete/Complete%20Handbook.pdf
- If you have personal dev. gym where do you go first, the locker room or the weight room? Also which locker room do you use?
A. Speak to your teacher, but you should be in the main gym locker room
- Regarding the new homework policy, are ELA packets with new material, clearly meant for state test practice, a test my child will not take, considered necessary homework under the new BOE policy? It does not seem to be. It is also assigned at the elementary level in addition to the normal homework workload. How do we handle extra homework given beyond the time limits set by the board without it affecting our child’s average?
A. The homework policy does not preclude assigning the type of homework you have described, however, having students read text passages, respond to text-based questions, and write essays develops important skills in students. This type of work measures important literacy standards that are essential for success in future grade levels regardless of the source of […]
- What’s the district’s policy on the amount of time teachers give students to prepare for a quiz/test? Also does the district have a policy on teachers letting parents know when a quiz/test is going to take place?
A. Teachers typically give students a day (or sometimes more) notice of a quiz and usually a few days notice for a test. There is no policy related to this issue as it varies based on how long students have been studying the topic and many other factors such as a teacher’s judgment about when […]
- When are the junior prom tickets getting sold
A. After April vacation.
- What is the total number of eligible district voters?
A. We estimate between 51,000 and 55,000.
- Will every shen student have the option to watch the Presidential Inauguration live on Friday?
A. The district does not mandate the viewing of historical news events. It is at the discretion of the individual teachers with the appropriate curricula context.
- By how much are honors classes, DDE, and AP classes weighted in HS?
A. Honors classes are weighted 1.03 while AP and college classes earn a weighting of 1.06. Both are weighted for class rank only.
- Is their such thing as a SS midterm for 9th graders? (Regular class)
A. There is no midterm for Global History & Geography-9 this school year.
- Is there a place to check all HSE midterms besides the NYS regents schedule? Also, do we take the January or June regents?
A. The schedule is in the principal’s newsletter that was emailed home this week and posted on the website: http://www.shenet.org/high-school-principals-january-2017-newsletter/.
- I am hearing information that a day is to be set aside in March for “dialogue”, where many selected students, faculty and staff will have an open day together for discussion of “controversial” subjects. Can you explain more about this plan? E.g. how are students selected……? What are the goals of this plan?
a. The high school is planning a day when about 60 students and about 15 staff will meet to discuss the diversity of our school community and how best to create awareness, competence and activities in order to support students and their various backgrounds and experiences. Students will be invited based on staff input.
- Why is the friends of clifton park pressuring Shen to sell land for less than its worth instead of pressuring the town of Clifton Park to offer what the land is worth if they want it so bad
A. That is a question that only they can answer Please see the following information that the district has posted on its website: http://www.shenet.org/providing-accurate-information-pertaining-to-the-sale-of-district-land/
- The Koda 6th grade school counselor has left. When will we be getting a new counselor?
A. The new counselor started this week.
- Are “boys” allowed at girl talk? I have asked this question before and I am very upset that this is being taken lightly.
A. Without the mention of a school name, we suggest asking at your main office.
- Why dId the bus just drive right past me whole I was walking to the stop
A. Maybe it didn’t see you.
- Why isn’t it that on the sats there’s questions about classes that we never took? I think they are setting us up to fail when they are putting geometry questions on there when i never took geomentry
A. That is a question for the College Board, the company that runs the SATs.
- What is boces? How do you get into the program and when can you get into it?
A. Please talk to your counselor.
- What time should students wake up for HS, and what time does class start? (This question applies to both HSE and HSW.)
A. As far as waking up, that depends on how long it takes to get ready. School schedules for all of our schools are posted here: http://www.shenet.org/about-us/school-schedules/
- Hello, I will be enrolling my child into kindargarden in a few months and I was wondering about some words he can’t say. You see, his father likes to teach him some “advanced” words and I’m afraid it might be problematic once he is in school. So is there a list of words(not just the swears) that I can see so I can fix this issue before he enters kindergarten .
A. Sorry, but no such list exists. Once your child starts kindergarten, you may want to reach out to the teacher to discuss.
- Teaching does not only begin in the classroom, but in life as well. Not only should students but ALL faculty, administrators and Shen employees should STOP at the crosswalks on Moe Road by the school entrances. Nobody has that much authority to disobey the law, and a wave as you go by doesn’t make it right.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- Can campus patrol arrest you?
A. No, but they can call the police to arrest you if you are breaking the law.
- Is it possible for a student to have their original school picture put in the yearbook instead of their retake? If so, how would one go about achieving this?
A. Without knowing which school you are talking about, please ask at your main office.
- This is the 3rd time at HSE that I went in the hot lunch line exceptcing to get what was on the menu, but every time its not. Today, there was supposed to be baked chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and corn. Instead there was a chicken patty, fires, corn, and jello. Really?
A. We have four different serving lines at High School East. We have a Pizza/Mozzarella Sticks line, Hot line, Chicken Patty Line and Deli line. It sounds like you were probably in the wrong line. Those items were in the Hot line located next to the snack line.
- I currently go to Koda right now but I am moving, and the neighborhood I’m moving to is in the Acadia area. Will I have to switch to Acadia? Or will I be able to stay in Koda for the rest of the year?
A. Make arrangements to discuss with the Koda principal.
- What is the point of having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every single school day? Also, why would students have to promise their loyalty (pledge allegiance) to this country?
A. By law, all public school students are required to recite the Pledge, facing the flag, hand over heart or saluting if in uniform. If a student or his parent or guardian objects, the student may sit silently or stand quietly.
- Are students allowed to use limited profanities such as “d*mn” in the classroom, or if not, at least outside? This is an unfair rule to STRICTLY enforce as the a few high school and even middle school teachers use language outside (and it often becomes a habit that enters the classroom, as well) the classroom.
A. Students and staff should refrain from profanity at all times while on school grounds. Staff should address students when they use inappropriate language.
- Why can’t students bring blankets any more to keep themselves warm there not distracting anyone this is taking place in high school east
A. Students should plan to dress appropriately for the school setting. Blankets are not appropriate for a school or the workplace setting.
- Hi, I am a student in high school east. I feel threatened/ bullied by a teacher here in the school. Constantly throughout the year (several times a week) he makes comments to either my girlfriend or myself that upsets us. I don’t know who to reach out to about this problem because he does this for fun. Please help
A. You could reach out to your counselor, your CAP or the high school principal.
- A few years ago shen did something at lunch in elementary school where each child was given a number and they sat at that table. Children were placed with those who they normally wouldn’t sit with. My daughter loved it and she said she made new friends.Will shen consider doing it again
A. I don’t think that was a Shen thing. It sounds more like a particular school activity. You may want to suggest it to your child’s principal.
- On the Monday of the 2-hour delay, my bus, as usual, came to pick me up. When the bus started driving, it slipped at even the slightest turn due to the poor road conditions; another time, the drive tried to break, and the bus failed to stop because of the ice on the road. I was concerned for my safety. Why were we sent to school if the roads were not safe to drive on? Has school for the sake of school become more important than student safety?
A. Safety is and will always be our primary concern. We do our level best to determine if schools should be opened, delayed or closed. The decision to remain open, delayed or closed is predicated on what we gather from the various weather reports to include a detailed analysis from the National Weather Service. We […]
- What is the Wellness Center in HSE and where is it? I keep hearing about it on the announcements, but no one seems to know anything about it.
A. It is located in the former office of the Class Assistant Principal on the south side of HSE across from the library. It is where our school social worker, psychologists, domestic violence support person, and therapist from Saratoga Center for the Family are located. It has many supports for students who are dealing with […]
- Perhaps if the BOE and Shen Leadership were more open and upfront about the land sale process they wouldn’t need to play the PR game and send out emails “to clarify and refute misinformation.” Please let this be a lesson to be more forthright with the public for future decision-making.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- What is the school’s policy on head lice? If the nurse finds lice in a child’s hair are they sent home and rechecked before entering school? Is the class notified that a student in the class has lice? I’ve heard that students have lice and are sent back to class. If this is the case how can you be sure to stop the spread of lice. I realize lice does not spread disease but to treat lice you must submit your child to a pesticide, which is not something a parent wants their child to be exposed to. The “super lice” you have to get prescription with is a heavier dose.
A. The District has a protocol we follow. We are currently evaluating the protocol as a result of what the Center for Disease says is best practice. Here are the Pediculosis Nursing Procedures: Upon notification by a parent of a case of pediculosis, the school nurse should explain to parent of the need to bring student […]
- Why isn’t school open Christmas day sence not everyone celebrates Christmas.
A. Because it is a federal holiday (and this year it was a Sunday).
- I heard there was high levels of lead in the water at Acadia. My child could get ber sick because of this since he drinks water from the school every day. What is Shen doing to fix this?
A. Information on the lead testing regulation and Shen’s results can be found here: New Lead Testing Regulation and Results
- My son wants to be involved in the ski club. He’s a Koda student. I haven’t seen anything on the website for ski club for Koda or the other middle schools besides it being listed as a club. I checked announcements and nothing has been announced. Where can he get information for ski club?
A. It is probably too late. In the future, when you have a question like this please call the school’s main office.
- 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 […]
- Last years Girls Basketball team was great with lots of accomplishments. Having said that, why are we still seeing a picture of that team when we sign into the Girls Basketball site. I believe a team picture of this years team would be more appropriate.
A. Most of the team web pages are maintained by the booster club. Please contact them with your concern.
- At the high schools, does gym count towards a student’s overall average? Rumors have been circulating for years stating that it does not.
A. Physical education is not averaged into a student’s grade point average (GPA)>
- Why did it take 13 years for CIPA to come into effect?
A. Don’t understand your question. CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) was signed into law in Dec. 2000. It requires K-12 schools to use Internet filters and implement other measures to protect children from harmful online content as a condition for federal funding. Shen has complied with the law since it was enacted.
- Can I create a “Joy in Happiness and Diversity” club?
A. Talk to your principal.
- how are we suppose to lock up our bags we can’t fit them in there they should have cameras facing the doors obviously not at us but to see who comes in during the periods
A. Take your valuables out of the bag and put them in a locked locker.
- Why is bus route 427 in the morning late everyday? Shen suggests that students arrive at their bus stop 10 minutes prior to pickup time. If it is late everyday by up to 10 minutes then we are waiting 20 minutes for the bus to show up when it feels like it. This isn’t fun especially in the winter. Do they even realize that New York can get very cold? How hard is it to leave 10 minutes earlier to be on time?
A. We checked the GPS data for this particular bus from Dec 9 through Dec 16. GPS shows the first pickup is very consistent give or take 4 minutes. And the last pickup is also consistent give or take one minute. Dec 12, 2016 was the weather delay and all buses were running behind schedule. […]
- In regards to asking our children to wear seatbelts, I think that’s great but will the drivers who are directly involved with our children tell them to put the seatbelts on?
A. Drivers are obligated to teach children how to wear the seat belts and, from time to time will encourage them to wear them. Drivers are not obligated to tell students to wear the seat belts on a daily basis. We hope parents encourage their children to buckle up just like they do in their own […]
- Regarding the case of pertussis: is the afflicted student fully immunized? If not, is there a valid medical reason for non-compliance with the immunization schedule? Otherwise, should the student have no valid medical reason to be out of compliance with the immunization schedule, WHY would they be permitted to attend school and put the lives of other students and their families at risk?
A. Information concerning an individual student is confidential. The district complies fully with the requirements of Public Health Law concerning immunization, including the permitted exemptions from those requirements.
- High school east gym locker rooms really need to be more safer. Yesterday 12/12 we had a incident where someone broke into the bags and throw stuff out of the bags and stole calculators pens pencils and money. This is not right maybe they could lock the doors or something to make sure people don’t come from lunch or somewhere into the gym and steal
A. Students are always reminded to lock their valuables in a gym or their school locker.
- Any updates on where the csea contract negotiations stand?
A. Contract negotiations and personnel matters are confidential. If CSEA members are interested in an update, they should reach out to their CSEA president.
- In the satellite cafeteria is there the daily hot lunch or just pizza and chicken. Is there also the daily hot side? What do you get for your side if there’s not one?
A. All entrees are located in the warming units in the middle of the serving area. If you cannot find something, please ask a food service worker for assistance.
- My 10th grader took the PSAT’s this past fall. Her friends are seeing their scores through a website called Naviance. We just logged into my daughter’s Naviance account (a website I never heard of) and the score is not there. Should all of the Shen 10th graders have their scores posted? Will these also be under Reports on the portal? How do I find her score?
A. The High School is waiting for the College Board to send an export document to be uploaded to Naviance. Eleventh graders can see their scores by setting up a College Board account. The high school will be handing out paper copies after the break in homeroom, once received by the College Board.