- Regarding the comment on 3-16-17 referring to the state of emergency that was declared by Gov. Cuomo on 3-13-17, it was for all 62 counties in NYS, not just NYC, as was stated in the Grapevine response. Here is a link to the governor’s website regarding the state of emergency for that blizzard. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-declares-state-emergency-beginning-midnight-across-new-york Why are Shen employees being told they need to make up for the missed day of work on 3-14-17 when they were directed by the governor not to travel that day? Many state offices across NY were closed as well as federal, and those employees are not being charged with leave or being told they need to come in an extra day to make up for lost hours. I understand the children need to be at school for so many days of the year, but employees should not be penalized during a state of emergency.
A. That reply did not say that it was only NYC, it was merely making a point that there was a state of emergency declared in NYC and then no major storm materialized. That is why we don’t call snow days in advance. The change in the calendar was due to an error and had nothing […]
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- I have a question about allocation of money for sports: I have heard that football player’s uniforms are provided for them while tennis dresses, for example, cost $60 and are paid for by the athlete. Does the district regularly discriminate between sports, in terms of funds provided?
A. The tennis teams were and have been offered the opportunity to have the school buy them uniforms through the budget and bid process that all teams go through. They have chosen over the years to buy their own.
- On February 20th, state offices were closed, and so was pretty much everything else. I know Shen closed that day, but shouldn’t the day be recognized as a required cancellation, and not the use of a snow day, as the STATE OFFICES were closed on that day? Therefore, we should’ve only had to use 3 snow days instead of 4.
A. A declaration of a State of Emergency by the Governor due to adverse weather conditions does not authorize the school districts affected to operate an annual session of less than 180 days. If a district falls below 180 days of session, scheduled vacation (summer) days must be used as session days to have a […]
- Please don’t refer me to a policy, or say contact teacher, principal or other. I know there is a lot going in the political world these days, and it’s hard not to talk about, but I continue to see posts here with concerns of teachers going to far expressing their political views (it’s beyond teaching, some are aggressively expressing). My kids and children of neighbors/friends are bringing these stories home too. My son was telling me one of his teachers went on a 15 minute rant the other day bashing Trump. Regardless of your political views, this should not be happening in the classroom. Saratoga schools just made national news for something very similar. It’s my feeling that Dr Robinson should cover all the staff on the policy. What I have seen and heard from teachers goes beyond what made National news for Saratoga. Please don’t say “thank you for the feedback”, instead reassure me/us that the district recognizes this as a problem and is actively coaching the staff. Thank you.
A. The matter has been shared with the Superintendent. He will send out another communication to administration, to ensure political topics are being addressed in the appropriate instructional context. Thanks.
- Can high school east teachers make students stay after school?
A. Yes. Teacher can ask students to stay after school for academic or behavioral reasons, and will contact parents to be sure that they have parental permission.
- Why did Shenendehowa not release their NYS ELA opt-out test numbers to the press?
A. The schools enter their Refusal to Take the Test students and not all schools have entered that information yet, plus the number changes daily. We have told the reporters that we will have the numbers to them by the end of the week.
- What are the dates of the NYS math tests?
A. All of the standardized test dates are on the district calendar: http://www.shenet.org/about-us/events-calendar/
- What are the attendance requirements for graduating? I can’t find them anywhere on the site
A. You can find the district attendance policy: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16RkTOzfb6wmzRWLULae_uSObE3IvG42X534v3VXuUSc/view and regulation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Cd8b4NfcXvaywqUFePr0gcP8dpAIyfzzSFnWdGj5ERo/view
- How can I get my working papers?
A. Here is our web page with information about Working Papers: http://www.shenet.org/shen-high-school/working-papers/
- If someone’s parents are forcing them to take the state test and the child wants to opt out what should they do?
A. Children cannot refuse to take the test, that can only be done by a parent/guardian. We encourage you to take the test to get practice with standardized exams so that when it comes time to take the NYS Regents, you have experience with those type of exams.
- How old is Shen?
A. Shenendehowa was centralized in January 1950, making it 67 years old. See the history of Shen at: http://www.shenet.org/about-us/historical-information-2/
- How many snow days are required before one is taken off summer or a break?
A. It varies from year to year.
- How would the school handle a teacher that’s stalking and harassing a student, but the teacher is from a nearby district?
A. That is a matter for the police.
- When is the last day of classes for High school?
A. The last day of classes for all levels is posted on the district calendar: http://www.shenet.org/about-us/events-calendar/
- My daughter is in a 5th class at Chango. A few months ago, a class parent reached out to me asking if my daughter mentioned how cold the classroom was. She hadn’t, but when I asked her, my daughter said the classroom had been “freezing” and she and many classmates had to wear their winter coats in class. The other parent who notified Chango staff, and was also told by her child that Mr. Czelusniak had mentioned to the students that there was something wrong with the heat/vent. I assumed the problem was fixed. I asked my daughter yesterday if her classroom was still cold, and she said it’s so cold that she still has to wear her winter coat in class. I know that the property maintenance code of NYS requires that classrooms maintain a temperature of not less than 65 degrees fahrenheit during the period the spaces are occupied. Can you please look in to this?
A. This room has been checked a few times by district staff and it has never been below 68 degrees. Please talk to your principal if you continue to have concerns.
- I am a little upset. In orchestra today, I saw a poster called “ShenMen” and the poster said that it is a musical group only for boys. There is no female group like this, why is this there? I feel that this is somewhat discriminatory. Please inform me if this is not true.
A. Shen Men is a singing group providing an opportunity for male voices. There are several diverse extra-curricular singing opportunities throughout the choral (gr 5-12) experience based on voicing. It is not discriminatory from a gender standpoint, rather, grouped by voicing.
- Do students participating in the musicals have to pay or partially pay for their costumes and stuff?
A. Students are not required to pay for costumes or props. Those are borrowed, rented, or made (depending on the requirements) and paid for through ticket sales, program sponsors, and concession sales. Students may be asked to purchase specific personal garments such as shoes, socks, tights, etc.
- If you write a letter that you’re opting out of the nys test and give the letter to somebody in the office that’s not the principal are you still opted out
A. Yes if it is the person at the front desk. Maybe not if it is just a random person in the office.
- What is the dress code for the 8th grade semi formal?
A. A formal short dress for girls; following the school’s dress code. Dress pants and collared shirts or shirt and ties for boys
- My 10th grade son tells me that he, and many others, avoid using the bathrooms at High School East due to some unsavory activities going on in them. Drug deals for example. Has the district considered putting aides in some of the bathrooms so that kids feel safer using the facilities throughout the day? I believe this problem is very widespread and not just antidotal. I will also be contacting the principal about it. Thank you.
A. The problem is not widespread, but no doubt some students do participate in activities that violate the Code of Conduct. Monitors will increase their level of supervision.
- In the past two weeks my daughter has said tht police have been brought to the school at least three times, and students have been arrested in front of her as well. I am worried for the well being of the students in the school as i have heard that other students have been arrested recently for fighting and drug use. I would like to know why students are being arrested so often and if my daughter is in danger attending school with these types of people.
A. No student has been arrested for fighting. In fact, the incidents of fighting has decreased dramatically in the last few years. Some students have been arrested for drug possession. School remains a safe place, and the administration takes this responsibility seriously.
- Is it true that a while ago there was a freshman that was arrested because they literally just got up and left the school and were taunting the police?
A. No. That was a senior student who resisted police who asked the student to leave the school building.
- Are HSE teachers and administrators aware that students can not find a bathroom to use during the day without walking in and finding smokers and students using illegal drugs? This is occurring during the school day and throughout the school. Are there are any procedures currently in place to keep smoking and drugs out of our bathrooms? If so, these procedures are not working! I began asking co-workers, friends, and neighbors if their children complain about the bathrooms in HSE. The response we are hearing from our kids: “We CAN’T and use the bathroom during the school day. We’ll walk in on illegal activity”. The bathrooms are not safe. Is this acceptable to you?
A. The monitors supervise the bathrooms daily. While there is no denying that sometimes students may be doing things in the bathrooms that are in violation of the Code of Conduct, this is not happening the majority of the time. These are isolated incidents, but the monitors and administrators will step up their supervision.
- Can someone tell me why the sophomore class dance is being held in Lake George. That is quite a distance from Clifton Park and it will be the responsibility of the parents to drive them there and back.There are plenty of locations that are not such a long distance away.
A. Yes, the dance was there last year and did fairly well. Students were asked to complete a survey about what they would like to do this year and a dance on a boat in Lake George received the most votes.
- My children’s bus arrival time in the morning has been constantly changing, but not once did we receive a message saying my children no longer had to get to the bus stop at 6:40. Their bus driver has consistently come late therefore their time has been changed from 6:40 to 6:58, but we got no message stating so. My children have been waiting outside for 20+ minutes in freezing weather, please change this and send messages when bus arrival time changes.
A. Thank you for sharing this information. Please call the transportation department and give us specific information so we know which bus/route you are referencing so we can investigate and give you factual information to address your concern.
- Why is it that we have under qualified bus drivers at the largest school district in the area. My busdriver just caused a collision by rear ending a parked car, if we can’t expect our busdrivers to get out of a parking lot without an accident how can we trust them on the road
A. Thank you for sharing your concern with us. We do not agree that we have under qualified school bus drivers. School bus drivers receive 27 days of intense training bus in the classroom but more so on the roadway. We are very familiar with the accident you speak to. In this particular situation, and due to […]
- A question was asked previously about whether weighted or unweighted grades are sent to colleges. The answer was simply unweighted. Many colleges ask for weighted grades or converted into a 4.0 scale grade. Will the grade be adjusted accordingly depending on the specific college?
A. We send weighted and unweighted GPA and Rank, not grades. On the transcript next to the grade is the weighting value that will go into determining the GPA and Rank.
- Do you have to take Spanish to go on the Ecuador trip?
A. No, you do not have to be taking Spanish. However, students taking Spanish and/or biology would find that this trip is closely connected to what they are studying.
- Why are you closing the library to seniors?
A. We are not (or were ever considering) closing the library to seniors.
- How come teachers this year are being told to break down their students into subgroups by race? Why does Shen have a lower expectation for minorities? How does Dr. Robinson feel about his kids being put to a lower expectation than everyone else?
A. If this is about how data is analyzed, we do numerous cross-tabulations to ensure that all students are in fact performing at the peak of their potential…gender, race, socio-economic. The focus is contrary to what you contend. The objective is in fact to see where students perform and to assess if there are any discriminative practices […]
- why can´t we bring colored drinks to school? ex: lemonade, ice tea, juice
A. Without knowing which school, this can’t be answered. Ask your principal.
- I truly hope people will get out and vote NO on April 4th. I read in the Schenectady Gazette that a Shop Rite may be built on that land. How sad to say the least. Clifton Park does not need another market. This town is going to end up looking like the City of Schenectady soon! It’s unfortunate that in the end it is always about money. Of all the things the town would want to build is another market. Where are your heads people?? The land should not be sold to begin with. Do the right thing Clifton Park and leave things the way they are.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- Has the school ever considered using Facetime or Skype, or something similar as a virtual classroom for when students are home sick?
A. The district has done so for hospitalized students.
- Everyone is so concerned about the land sale to BBL and how it will impact certain organization’s vision for a park on that land instead. As a voter, I may be open to the land sale with the donation of land for a park area, but a question I’ve had all along hasn’t been answered. What does BBL plan to put on the land that they would keep? Considering the land is next to two of our elementary schools that is more important to me to know than if the donated land could be developed into a park. There’s plenty of businesses I wouldn’t want next to our schools.
A. According to an article in the newspaper, BBL is pursuing Shop Rite.
- What is the difference between the Literary Magazine and Shen Pen?
A. The Shen Pen is the school newspaper. The Literary Magazine is compilations of creative writing including artwork, poems, short stories, memoirs, and personal essays. It publishes two editions (one edition in the fall/winter and one in the spring) each year.
- Thank you for answering our questions about the land sale. However, I am confused. I see ads and the map on the Shen website stating that the Town will get 20 acres of land but the school referendum says between 17.5 and 19 acres. Which is it? Also, does the donated land include the proposed road?
A. What residents are actually voting on is the action of the Board in December 2016 to accept a bid for the land, so the wording of the referendum is exactly what was approved on December 6, which included an estimated 17.5-19 acres of donated land. Since then, BBL has done a schematic with a footprint […]
- Why can I not use the shen printer to print a sheet of paper that is not specifically for class, when my parent’s taxes are paying for that ink
A. Your parents are paying taxes for your education along with many other people who don’t have kids in school. We need to be cognizant of that and keep costs down where we can.
- buy an iPhone for a child. I’m also being told that some teachers are requiring an iPhone in class–is that true? I CAN easily afford an iPhone however I don’t believe children should be walking around with a $600 “toy” in their pockets. My child has a basic android phone so that she can communicate with her parents and an iPad so that she can face-time with her iPhone friends because apparently they won’t talk with her any other way. I’m seriously disappointed with parents nowadays, raising spoiled, superficial “Mean Girls”. Don’t you see the bullying that goes on in social media? YES THAT’S YOUR CHILD WITH HER INSTANTLY CONNECTED IPHONE POSING & POSTING EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY WITH THOUSANDS OF STRANGERS LIKING AND FOLLOWING HER. CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING PARENT OF THE YEAR!
A. No, it is not true. iPhones are not required for any class.
- Do you have to pay to get into Shensational?
A. No, it is free.
- Why can’t the absentee ballot applications be put online and printed out? It seems the district is intent on keeping voting down and making it less accessible. Sad for Shen!
A. That is the way it has always been done because we track who we send applications to. It is in compliance with applicable election laws. Due to misinformation being shared regarding the upcoming permissive referendum on April 4th , it is imperative for voters to know the strict conditions for completing an absentee ballot. The […]
- When does 3rd quarter close for M.S. and elementary?
A. Those dates are posted on the events calendar: http://www.shenet.org/about-us/events-calendar/
- I have a guinea pig name William. He is a service Guinea Pig. I was wondering if he would be allowed in the school? He is very nice and I have a leash for him. I have him for my anxiety. He likes to sleep alot when not needed.
A. Please see BOE policy 4450: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RQ3APoYV0U0OAhSwMb-a7qLx_2kzFgmtelSZTxxKnA4/view
- Where can I access old high school yearbooks?
A. The Superintendent’s office and the high school library have copies to view.
- Every other school district in the area can determine a delay the night before with a final decision to be made by 6:00am, why can’t Shen?! It is extremely inconsiderate to so many. Notification at 6:45 is not acceptable.
A. We stay consistent with our policy and we do not make decisions based on weather forecasts or the fact that other school districts are closing.
- As a concerned parent, why wasn’t parents alerted to the fact that 2 high school students were arrested on campus on 3/10/17. I mean we received multiple emails a day from Shen why wasn’t this one of them?
A. The only time parents would be notified would be if there was a health or safety risk.
- I sometimes have to go see teachers during Lunch. I find it ridiculous that I am not allowed to go and buy my lunch early, but I have to wait for my section to be called. My teacher doesn’t get to work with me as long, and It sometimes causes me to have to take two lunch periods instead of 1. Please don’t say “Thanks for the FeedBack” and tell me who I should tell.
A. Talk to your principal.
- Many thanks to Dr. Robinson for allowing a second day of school closing during winter storm Stella and a continued state of snow emergency in NY. Clifton Park has a very diverse population of people living in varied economic living circumstances, which include homes, apartments, trailer parks and more. Those without resources were still snowed in, and their roads unstable for safe driving on March 15th in the morning. The highways were still slick. Dr. Robinson made the right call. Please let him know how much he means to our community, and that we are grateful that many families and bus drivers were safer with an extra day to clean up all roads and vehicles. Thank you Dr. Robinson!!!
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- my son wants to play shen hockey, but hes in the 7th grade. what should he do?
A. You can contact the athletic office with your questions.
- Don’t play the word game with innocent, young, parental taxpayers! Inquiring into the possibility of the land sale and repurchase of other property affording for SHEN to finally make it to the 21st century (stating it in signage and actually being there are two different things) helps parents determine if this district is the proper fit for their families. Full day kindergarten is the way to go in the 21st century and in doing so will allow for students to actually learn to read, rather than being pushed through for another teacher in another grade to deal with. For this district to state that a 1/2 day kindergarten program is acceptable is abhorrent to the mission statement! Indicating that “The purchase of land certainly, positively contributes to that process” sounds lovely but “There are several other key factors as well, such as operational costs, staffing, etc.” are the escape words from actually doing so. You should have been truthful and just stated, “we dont believe that establishing a great foundation in our students during the primary years, especially in certain areas of the district with more “at risk” for being successful learners”
A. We have been pretty consistent in our response to the question about full day kindergarten. We don’t have the space to offer it within our current physical capacity.
- What are the requirements for the National Junior Honor Society? Is this the only middle school honors program? I heard there was something for those with averages over a 95%. I can’t find information on the district website. Thank you.
A. All of the middle school NJHS clubs have webpages. http://www.shenet.org/MS-extra-curricular-clubs/
- I was just checking on employment opportunities and I see a post for, High school principal. Please, don’t tell me, Mr. Flynt, is leaving. If so, I’m devastated and heartbroken. My son is in ninth grade and Mr. Flynt is the greatest!!
A. Yes, it’s true. He is retiring at the end of the school year.
- When will the 2017 -18 school calendar be available.?
A. It is available now. http://www.shenet.org/about-us/events-calendar/
- With regard to your response about 9th graders being included in the dodgeball tournament … take a look at the announcements, they specifically say grades 10-12! So, why are they excluded?
A. Actually, those were announcements read in HSE. Freshmen were invited to participate.
- Why is mr flint retiring??? He’s the best principal ever.
A. The same reason that anyone retires.
- I heard Mr. Flynt the principal of High School East resigned.
A. No, he announced his retirement for the end of the school year.
- When do the APUSH mid-term grades coming out ? The test was in Mid-January and there has been no indication when students would know. How can they study for the exam with such lateness?
A. Please talk to your AP US History teacher. Students will get feedback and instruction to prepare them for the exam in May in their AP US History classes. Review sessions will also be held before the exam for students who feel that they need additional review.
- Why did shenendehowa high school only ask minority’s to part take in a day of dialogue?
A. They didn’t. There was a wide representation of the various cultures and races invited to the day of dialogue.
- Are teachers allowed to share their political views and choices with students/ classes? I have a teacher that consistently bashes trump directly and indirectly and I find it quite inappropriate and it makes me feel uncomfortable.
A. Please see BOE Policy 6193: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYU6Dei8YLG8wyawzZ6dtQqj7ETafRtxSRlH8vdb8JQ/view
- I’m just following up on my request for the immunization compliance rates for individual schools in the district. I also requested to know what specifically is being done to protect children and their families from under-immunized children who could be spreading dangerous diseases, especially to families with newborns or compromised immune systems.
A. We don’t keep those statistics, and protective measures depend on the specific circumstances.
- Shenendehowa is a wonderful school, with wonderful students and teachers. It is just nice to see something positive here, for a change.
A. Yes, it is. Thanks for the feedback.
- Once again, even when the Governor declares a State of Emergency, Shen doesn’t announce the closing of schools til 5 am. Every other school, college, even the NYS Offices announced closings the night before. Why? What point is someone trying to make. And now, there will likely be a delay for Wednesday, and every other school has announced it, but not Shen. Do you understand that parents have to make decisions about work and childcare? That when possible, advanced notice would help parents? The district works for parents, so how about accommodating us on this?
A. Weather patterns and road conditions change. The Governor declared a State of Emergency for NYC based on a forecasted 24 inches of snow. The weather pattern changed and they only got 6-7 inches. Even with calling it the same day, Shen had to deal with changes. Based on the main roads, campus roads and buses […]
- Is it Shen’s policy to announce delays and closings the morning of and not the night before?
A. The morning of…http://www.shenet.org/emergency-closings-delays-and-early-dismissal/
- Why does shen call snow days and delays so late when practically every other district calls them the night before? Why not just let kids and parents sleep in when there is a confirmed blizzard? No need to make kids wake up just to check…especially when some kids wake up at times way earlier than when the district announces them..
A. Because things change. Weather patterns change. Road conditions change. Last year, all the schools called a snow day the night before and then not one snowflake.
- I saw the article in the Times Union recently about full-day kindergarten. If the Shenendehowa School Board buys land in Halfmoon for a new school, will we get a full-day kindergarten in the District?
A. The purchase of land certainly, positively contributes to that process. A major factor in providing full-day Kindergarten is the availability of classroom space. There are several other key factors as well, such as operational costs, staffing, etc.
- Shame on you for cancelling the only Community Conversation taking place between now and the vote on the land sale.
A. The Community Conversation with Dr. Robinson was cancelled because he will be attending a memorial service out of town for a close family friend.
- I heard that if the Shen land sale to BBL does not take place, the School District won’t be able to buy land for a school in Halfmoon. Is this true?
A. The intent is to use the proceeds from the sale of the land ($2 million) to purchase land for future facilities (school) construction. Absent the sale, such an endeavor becomes more challenging.
- As a teacher, if I wrote a book like the Superintendent, that book would become the intellectual property of the District. As someone who makes $160,000 less than the Superintendent, I am wondering if the book proceeds go to the District? Thank you.
A. That’s not true. We are privileged to have several teachers on staff who have authored books and we support such intellectual pursuits. Dr. Robinson’s book is based on a compilation of more than 22 years of experience in educational leadership, serving in three different school districts and teaching at three different universities/colleges. The superintendent has […]
- My daughter came home telling me for black history month they watch videos about inspirational African Americans but yet for woman history month no video about it
A. Contact the teacher with your concern.
- Can freshman girls tryout for the 2017 freshman boys baseball team?
A. The answer would be no based on the fact that under the Commissioner of Education regulations for Mixed Competition, softball and baseball are considered a singular sport. See NYSPHSAA language below: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/documents/mixed_competition.pdf (1) Equal opportunity to participate in interschool competition, either on separate teams or in mixed competition on the same team, shall be […]
- The Dignity for All Students Act on the website seems to mix ‘harassment’, ‘bullying’ and ‘discrimination’. For example this sentence “DASA requires that at least one staff member at every school be trained as a Dignity Act Coordinator to handle issues related to race, color, weight,national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender and sex.” Does this mean that the DASA is only applicable based on these criteria?
A. Our policy and regulation define what Dignity for All Students is. Please see the link here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EqgpRq4DUtqn1RA1JoqorOrkx7-To7By-V-cssRIZOo/view. DASA covers those protected areas you mentioned. In addition, the district has a policy 4420 ANTI-HARASSMENT IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
- My child is in elementary school. He is in 3rd grade and they won’t let him play the violin! When he asked the teacher, they told him no! Why is this here, this is so mean to children!
A. Your best course of action is to speak with the teacher directly. Sometimes it makes sense to point a student in the direction of a particular instrument but only the teacher can provide accurate information about those decisions/suggestions. You may also reach out to the Academic Administrator for Music, Frank Rosselli, for more information. […]
- Why is there no web page for Shen band? I am looking for a schedule of concerts and it’s very hard to go through the whole district calendar. You need to make navigation easy for parents.
A. Placing the concert dates in one location (the main district calendar) is the best approach to ensuring our information is accurate. Concert dates are established before the school year starts but despite our best efforts, conflicts emerge. Keeping those dates in one place allows us to easily make changes in order to maintain an accurate […]
- Why is there a “course selection” tab on the portal, but it won’t let me change anything? Every time I search for a class, nothing shows up, so you can’t add or get rid of anything that’s there.
A. This function is for use in student/counselor meetings only. It is correct that you can’t make any course selection changes in any other circumstance.
- What workshops or prevention meetings about bullying do Shen teachers go through?
A. We offer various professional development opportunities for staff through Superintendent’s conference day and other venues. In addition, staff must do a policy review training which incorporates Dignity for all Students information annually.
- I love the therapy dogs in school and my dog is working on therapy dog training. Is there any way he can become a therapy dog? Thanks
A. In accordance with district policy 4450 we do allow therapy dogs. However, you would have to work with your building level administration to determine the need and feasibility of this happening.
- I was unaware that only 2 people are allowed at a table in the library in Gowana and I don’t think this is fair. I wanted to sit with two of my friends to work, but they let me know that only 2 are allowed at a table and then they got yelled at when another friend wanted to sit with them. This is unfair for the people that wouldn’t be distracting to others and want to work together.
A. Ninth period is a very busy study hall and the library sits two students per table, so that the noise is kept at a minimum and students can focus on their work.
- I was not aware that a principal can make a school/building policy without BOE/District review. Mr. Burns has made a Acadia policy not to allow students to decorate a locker for any occasion (i.e. B-Days, school spirit, support or recognition). It is my understanding that he made this policy after a parent complained that their son or daughter couldn’t have their locker decorated. Kids have been decorating lockers for school spirit, accomplishments and birthdays for a long time and it is part of the experience of school. I really hope that this will be looked at more closely and the appropriate action be taken to have this policy removed and let the kids have some fun and express themselves. A SIS message to the Acadia parents would be helpful to understand what the policy is going forward. Thank You.
A. Schools are able to make their own policies when it comes to the day-to-day operations. This decision was made to be consistent with the two other middle schools.
- Where do you buy the buffalo chicken pizza that is served at lunch in the high schools?
A. Sysco. The brand is Big Daddy’s
- Why was game night canceled in Acadia? Will they reschedule?
A. Lack of student interest.
- Why are there 8 days set on the calendar for the Gr. 4 & 8 NY State science tests?
A. The dates are as follows, which includes make-up dates for both the lab practical and written parts of the test. For Science 4 & 8: Lab Practical: May 24 (makeup window is May 25 – June 2) Written Test: June 5 (makeup window is June 6 & 7)
- Why does the 1:1 implementation plan have middle school students receiving chromebooks before high school students? As a 10th grader, I believe that it would be way more beneficial for students in high school to get chromebooks because of the increased work load that high schoolers have vs middle schoolers. Students would no longer have to worry about having a device for class or there not being enough chromebooks in each class, and could instead always have a chromebook to use. Because high school students are assigned more work (such as writing assignments). Also, having students using chromebooks and not their phones would lead to a decrease in distractions that phones cause. Please take this into consideration, as it is something that would help high school students tremendously and would make doing school assignments/projects much easier.
A. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We agree the providing Chromebooks for students in grades 6-12 is beneficial. As the rollout must be staggered over several years due to the need for teacher training, lesson planning, and the financial investment, a decision needed to be made as to which grade levels should be first. Our […]
- Will both Shen high schools once again be hosting Day of Silence on April 21st? In the past videos have been shown to all students as well as statements made over the sound system by students and adults throughout the entire day. Where can parents preview this material?
A. The principal is currently not aware of any plans to observe this, but will keep parents posted.
- Why are kids that are bused to private schools allowed to bring their athletic equipment on the bus, ie: baseball bats? My son was NOT allowed to bring his baseball bats on the bus and he was expected to make other arrangements to get his equipment to school. Doesn’t seem very fair!
A. We do apologize for the misunderstanding. Baseball bats are allowed on the bus only if they are placed inside a bag which would keep the bat from becoming a flying projectile in case of an accident. Here’s a link to the Shen Transportation website, you will find more information on what the rules are […]
- Are teachers allowed to swear? One of my teachers swears a lot.
A. The use of inappropriate language is not acceptable. Speak to your building principal, if you have a concern.
- Is it possible to petition to fire a teacher?
A. No. If you have a concern about a teacher’s behavior in the classroom, report it to the principal.
- Why is 9th grade excluded from the dodge ball tournament? They are part of the high school. This is a high school function.
A. They are not excluded and in fact won the tournament last year.
- Are the tennis courts getting re-done this year? Also, is there any way there could be more courts?
A. No. Any areas needing minor repairs will be addressed but there are no plans on refinishing and/or adding additional courts at this time.