April 24, 2014
Don Flynt, principal
970 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065
518-881-0310 (East Building) • 518-881-0330 (West Building)
American Studies classes taught by Tammy Crump and Amber Quinn competed at the Regional History Day Competition on Saturday March 22nd. 
Shen High School student Nick Demasi (11th grade) was just recently elected as the 2014-2015 New York State FBLA Treasurer, at the state leadership competition in Rochester, NY on April 10th.
Jami Sautter, English teacher at the high school recently met Ishmael Beah, author of the book "A Long Way Gone." This book is taught by many in the English department
A team of three Shen H.S. students took first place in the 27th Annual Siena Computer Programming Contest. Teams are given seven java programming problems and doue hours to complete them. The team of Phillip Sun, Brian Amaratunga and Dan Sze solved all seven problems in just under three hours. 
Congratulations to the 18 Shen H.S. students selected to participate in this year’s Capital Region Media Arts Festival . Gabriel Cagara placed 2nd in the graphic design category, Emelia Dugmore and Corey McCabe received outstanding recognition for their films in the visual arts category and Christopher VanNess received outstanding recognition for his film in the Narrative action category.
The Shenendehowa Varsity Colorguard won a bronze medal in the World Championships held in Dayton Ohio in April. They competed against 73 colorguards in their division over the course of two days. The colorguard also received the audience voted award Fan Favorite for their show this year.
On April 9th, the High School Counseling, College & Career Center will host an Admissions panel in the H.S. East Auditorium from 6–7 p.m. Following the panel all are welcome to attend a College Fair held in the gym from 7–8:30 p.m. More than125 colleges will be in attendance. Click here for the list of colleges participating.
Shen's Model UN club sent four teams to the regional Academic WorldQuest competition in Albany, hosted by the International Center for the Capital District. Academic WorldQuest is a global affairs and U.S. foreign policy-based knowledge competition. The winners of the competition, a team of Shen seniors: Sean Osborne, Joie Kichton, Pooja Vittal, and Howon Lee, will travel to Washington, DC for the National Competition. 
Team 20, The Rocketeers, Shen H.S. FIRST Robotics Team does it again! Congratulations on winning the Tenth Anniversary Finger Lakes Regional Competition!
Mark your Calendars: Shen High School West will host a Career Fair for 9th graders on May 2, 2014 from 8am - 9:30am
Shenendehowa Trade School & Career
April 9th, 2014
Shenendehowa High School East – Satellite Cafeteria
Come explore the many opportunities the Capital Region has to offer students for post high school education and/or training. Shenendehowa will be hosting local Trade Schools and certificate programs. [ ]
HS Business students work in a group in class using Chromebooks. They are working simultaneously on a Google Doc to create a print advertisement. 
The HS FBLA/DECA club held its first ever" Officer Seminar Series" to tackle important topics for student success. This week's topic was "Presentation Skills" and some of the officers (Mitchell Turiel, Ethan Carter and Devashish Chaturvedi) ran the seminar. [ ]
The high school celebrates during the annual LOTE Fest.
Sophomore Nathan Lazurus was selected to perform as part of the National Sacred Honor Choir, sponsored by Houghton College, and performed with them at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The National Sacred Honor Choir is composed of hundreds of Christian musicians from around the United States and six countries who represent both professional and collegiate choirs and will be partnering with members of the Houghton College faculty, students, and alumni for this special performance.
Attention Shen Juniors: Sign up for Senior Portraits by Lauren will take place on April 7 - 11 and April 21 – 25. Students need to sign up for a study hall or lunch period.
Team 20, The Rocketeers, Shenendehowa High School FIRST Robotics Team are the 2014 Tech Valley Regional Champions! 
The high school Anime Club's recent trip to the Genericon Convention at RPI in Troy.
Coffee Talk presentation, click here to view.
A team from Shen High School won the Science Bowl at GE Global Research on March 1st, earning an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC in April for the National Competition. Approximately 70 winning teams from regional competitions across the country attend. High shool students on the team are Matthew McGuffey, Harry Newman-Plotnick, Phillip Sun, Brian Amaratunga and David Luo.
The Shen Dance Team won 2nd place at UDA's Westfield College dance competition.
The High School LOTE trip to Italy during February break 2014.
The High School SADD Club worked with Regina Stewart and Shen Coalition for the MADD Ribbon Campaign. This is an initiative to end distracted driving. The little cards along with the ribbons help to bring awareness that distracted driving can mean drinking and driving, texting and driving, and lastly simply being distracted by things or people around you in the car. [ ]
Congratulations to Shenendehowa High School students David Luo, Harry Newman-Plotnick, Anthony Segreto, Nicolas Vigilante and Jessica Wang for being named student finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. To achieve the status of finalist requires achievement in the top one percent of United States high school graduating seniors who took the National Merit Scholarship examination. This award is one of the highest forms of recognition that a high school senior can achieve.
The High School Senior Awards Night for the Class of 2014 will be on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm in High School East Auditorium.
***SENIOR AWARDS INFORMATION***
Senior Profile form (required)
The Underclassmen Awards Night will be on Thursday, May 29th at 6:30 pm in High School East Auditorium.
Shen high school students went outside during physical education did a little snow shoe-ing.
The Freshman Cheerleading squad competed at the Suburban Council Cheerleading Competition on February 1st and took home the first place trophy in their division!
The American Studies Honors We The People Team won first place honors at the NYS Region 3 competition Saturday, February 1st held at Albany Law School. The team of 27 Honor students from Ms. Crump & Ms. Quinn's American Studies defeated 2nd place Clarkstown High School South from West Nyack to advance to the prestigious New York State Competition on Saturday, March 1st. 
Team 20 Robotics is currently working to build a robot to compete in this year’s First Robotic Competition. The Team will compete at RPI on March 14-15, RIT on March 28-29 and in the World Championships in St. Louis, MO April 23-26.
The Shenendehowa Community Coalition is looking to research the impact of alcohol advertising on youth and to help young people learn to decode advertising messages. They are inviting students and parents to participate in the BIG BOWL VOTE (BBV) 2014. Click here for more information.
Click here to view the 1/22/14 Coffee Talk Presentation.
Shen History Club hosted the Upper
Hudson Valley Regional History Bowl Competition this past
Saturday. The qualifiers for the National Championship to
be held in Washington DC at the end of April are:
History Bowl National Championship Team Qualifiers:
Shenendehowa High School West students attended the STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) Conference at Siena College. The students are members of A World of Difference Club and Freshmen Class Council. 
Section 2 Indoor Track Freshman Championships - both Shen Boys and Girls had top finishers at this meet.
Mrs. Wright, elementary teacher and literacy specialist at Shenendehowa, and her one-year-old daughter Casey recently visited Ms. Rosmarin’s Child Psychology and Development class for a child observation.
High School Principal's Newsletter - January 2014.
Looking for a career in Music? Come to the Music School/Conservatory and Career Information Day on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Koda Café on the Shenendehowa campus. The event is organized by Friends of Music of Shenendehowa and open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders, and their parents.
Applying for music programs is very different from applying to academic programs. You need to know the difference, and you need to get started early! 
High School French students use various technological tools and wireless access to work on a group presentation in Google Apps.
High School Robotics Team was awarded $6,000 from the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Town of Malta Foundation. This will cover the registration cost of one regional competition.
Spring 2014 driver’s education registration information will be available on the website on or after 1/6/14.
Students from Mrs. Cowper’s SUNY Spanish class write letters and send their picture to Guatemalan students. 
FBLA/DECA held its first Business Bonanza after school. The premise of the Bonanza was to teach business students about leadership using student-run workshops on topics such as Dress for Success, Starting a Unique Business, Branding Yourself through Social Media and Competition and Travel. 
Jim Sasko, Ben Cangeleri and Margie Miller, representing
three different companies, talked to students about
building trades at Shen H.S. East on November 21.
Photo by HS journalism student Jake DiMirra. For the full
story go to the ShenPen at
Lisa Smith, CPA, MBA, of Bollam, Sheedy, Torani and Co.
(BST) speaks with students about accounting careers during
her visit at High School East on Friday, November 22.
Photo by HS journalism student Erin Hulbert
In November, Shen Tri-M Music Honor Society students attended the Upstate New York Music College Fair at the Eastman School of Music where more than 60 colleges and universities from around the country were represented. In addition the students visited the Ithaca College School of Music where they met with admissions experts and toured the campus.
The grand opening celebration of CapCom branch at Shen High School. 
High School East Drawing& Painting II students create studies of the natural environment.
The doors of the new in-school CapCom Credit Union
branch opened on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in High School East.
The grand opening is set for10/29. The branch allows
students and staff to make deposits and withdraw cash.
Shen students will operate this one-of-a-kind branch, which the students have nicknamed The Vault, with help from CAP COM staff members. [ ]
Two Shen High School students, Akila Amaratunga and Katherine Nelson, have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.]
The SFA Senate presents “Senate Swish,” for CAPTAIN, a campus wide basketball tournament. Come see the basketball skills of your current and former teachers and staff. Watch them battle it out on the court on Friday, November 15th at 6pm in the HSE main gym. Tickets are $5 a person and $15/ for a family of 4 or more. Tickets may be purchased during all lunch periods at both high schools November 12-15 or at the door the night of the event. Proceeds to help CAPTAIN. We HOOP to see you there.
The Shen Pen online edition is updated and running new content at http://theshenpen.wordpress.com
HSE Language of the Media seniors welcomed Robert K. Andrea, Jr., University at Albany Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, as part of their Career and College guest speakers series. 
Shenendehowa High School’s Mostly a Cappella and Chamber Choir will present a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance on Saturday October 26 at 7:30pm and Sunday October 27 at 2:00pm in the High School East Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Students and will be available at the door. Proceeds from these performances will benefit the choral program at the High School. [MORE]
Nicole Holehan's homeroom won "the Pledge to Graduate" contest and was treated to breakfast as part of the high school's “College Week” theme. 
In July, Shen High School English teacher Susan Burns attended the American Federation of Teachers TEACH Conference in Washington DC and met Civil Rights legend Rep. John Lewis, D-GA. John Lewis is the last living person to have given a speech at the August 28, 1963 March on Washington at which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Shen HS is participating in Celebrate my Drive. Log on to www.celebratemydrive.com and support Shen. Our school could win $100,000 and possibly a concert by Grammy Winner Kelly Clarkson. Anyone 14 and older, can make a safe driving commitment or support Shen once a day, every day, between October 18-26. The more safe driving commitments we make, the better chance we have. Remember 2N2: 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel!
Congratulations to High School East Counselor Gretchen Lynch for being named by the PTSA as September Educator of the Month the award is sponsored by Liberty Mutual.
Shen High School announces the Green and White Award recipients.
Four students from the new chapter of National Art Honor Society painted zombie faces and participated in the annual Round Lake Zombie Walk. 
The HS Counseling, College & Career Center hosted a roundtable brunch with the Directors of Admission from the following colleges; Albany College of Pharmacy, RPI, Skidmore, Siena College, University at Albany, Sage College & The College of Saint Rose. [ ]
Congratulations to the following Shen High School students who were recently inducted into the newly formed National Art Honor Society at a ceremony held at the Clifton Park branch of the Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. The 1st class of inductees includes: Courtney Altenburger, Morija Bebic, Miranda Berlin, Sean Carroll, Gabrielle Costello, Fallon Etkin, Katlyn Gibson, Gabrielle Grace, Emily Holtzman, Elise Netoskie, Harry Newman-Plotnick, John Penman, Raquel Rivelo and Alaina Smith. 
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Congratulations to Matt McGuffey, class of 2014, for his
outstanding performance on the ACT college admission and
placement exam. Matt earned the highest possible
composite score of 36.
This is particularly significant and rare, because on average, less than one-tenth of 1% of all test takers earn the top score. Among ACT-tested United States high school students in 2012, only 981 out of the 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36.
Shen High School students David Luo, Harry Newman-Plotnick, Anthony Segreto, Nicolas Vigilante, and Jessica Wang, have been identified as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. 
First day of school at High School East. 
Shen high school student Nicolas Vigilante was accepted into the National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensemble. 
High school robotics team member, Sean Gibbons, was interviewed by reporters this summer at the Saratoga Race Track.
Seniors who have not had their senior portrait taken may
sign up at
www.laurenstudios.com for Sept.19 and 20 when
they will be in the HSE Fridge. All portraits must be
submitted to Ms. Somogie by September 30. Email her with
questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The calendar that was mailed home to all parents had incorrect dates for the Fall SAT and ACT Exams. Shen HS will be administering the SAT on Saturday November 2nd (not Saturday October 5 as identified on the calendar). The ACT Exam will be administered on Saturday October 26th (not Saturday Nov. 2). We apologize for the mistake. Please contact the HSE Counseling, College & Career Center if you have any questions related to this matter. The contact number for this office is 881-0313.
PICTURE DAYS ARE COMING UP SOON!
HS WEST PICTURE DAYS are Friday, Sept 6 and Monday, Sept 9, ID: WL653439Y0
HS EAST PICTURE DAYS are Thurs, Sept 19 and Friday Sept 20, ID: WL653439Y1
The PTSA in conjunction with Lifetouch School Portraits will, once again, be encouraging all orders to be done through the lifetouch website. If you are ordering online, go to my.lifetouch.com or click on the following URL:
Please remind your child that all students have to get their pictures taken for ID purposes.
More info can be found on the PTSA website or contacting Cheryl Hildenbrandt, email@example.com, 518-383-4911.
High School Principal's Newsletter - August 2013 - This contains important information about the opening of school, orientation programs and walk-throughs.
Seven students and one educator from Shen were honored at the Southern Saratoga YMCA 8th Annual Outstanding Student & Educator Recognition Awards. 
The Shenendehowa Education Foundation awarded a grant to HS teacher Rachel Garrison to take her ceramics class to the Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Schuylerville, NY. 
4/25/14 - Annual Science and Health Discovery Night, 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. Click here for more info.
4/26/14 - Community Conversations, 9:30am, Gowana Lib.
4/29/14 - MS/HS Report Cards Dist.
5/2/14 - Gr. 9 Semi-formal Dance, 7-10pm, HSE
5/2/14 - HSW Career Fair, 8-9:30am
5/3/14 - SAT Given at HSE
5/10/14 - HS Junior Prom
5/17/14 - Community Conversation, 9:30am, Cheryl's Lodge, Turf Park
5/20/14 - Annual District Budget Vote and Board Election, 7am-9pm, Gowana Gym
5/23/14 - HS/MS Mid Qtr Grades Posted
5/23/14 - No School due to unused snow emergency days
5/26/14 - Memorial Day, No School
5/31/14 - HS Senior Prom
6/7/14 - A Green and White Night, 6:30pm, Hilton Garden Inn
6/13/14 - Last Day of Classes Gr. 9-12
6/16/14 - HS Local Exams Given
6/17/14-6/25/14 - Regents Exams, No Classes Gr. 9-12
6/26/14 - High School Graduation, SPAC
Summer 2014 Walk-through schedule for all schools, click here.
Family and Consumer Science (FACS)
Mr. Armstrong ;
Mrs. Kinsella ;
Mr. St. Denis;
Mr. Tymeson ;
Special Education Department