March 01, 2015
Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
3/5/15-3/7/15 - High School Musical Production "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Go to www.shendrama.com for more information
3/7/15 - Community Conversations with Dr. Robinson, 9:30 a.m., High School East Satellite Cafeteria
3/9/15 - HS Mid Qtr Grade Report
3/18/15 - HS Spring Parent/Student Next Step Naviance Program Presentation, 6-7:30 p.m. in the HS East auditorium
3/20/15 - Superintendent's Conference Day, No Classes
3/21/15 - SHENsational! A Global Expo, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., High School West
Parents of students living in the Shenendehowa Central School District seeking transportation for their children who will attend a non-public school next year must submit a written request by April 1 2015. Applications can be obtained from the non-public school your child attends, on the Shenendehowa website at www.shenet.org or at the District Transportation office. The completed application must be returned by April 1, 2015 to Shenendehowa Central School District, Attn: Pupil Transportation Office, 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Questions should be directed to the Transportation Department at 881-0240.
Thanks to everyone who came out and
supported the “Teacher Appreciation Night” at Siena College
as part of the Boys and Girls Doubleheader. Over 40
educators from Shaker and Shen were recognized for the
impact they have made in the lives of these student
This summer, Shenendehowa will begin the process of redesigning its website. Please fill out the following survey to help in our efforts to improve the site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShenWebsite
Congratulations to staff member Kristie Heffner who has won the Joyce Martens Award for Section 2 Athletics. The Joyce Martens Award is presented by each section to the outstanding administrative assistant who works in the field of athletic administration. Kristie is one of 11 winners in the state of New York chosen from over 700 public schools. Kristie has worked in the athletic office since August of 2007 and helps to coordinate the athletic program which has over 1,500 student-athletes and participates in more than 1,300 contests each year. Kristie will receive her award at the New York State Athletic Administrators Conference in March in Saratoga Springs, NY.
February 12, 2015, (Thursday 6:30pm –
7:30pm), Skano Cafeteria
with Stephen Birchak, Ed.D., Author, professor, counseling psychologist, former college wrestling coach of the year, husband, father, and reformed class clown
In an age of disconnect – what works and what doesn’t work? Is it possible to grow stronger connections in a world that often pulls us in different directions? Dr. Bird takes a humorous and compassionate look at how we can use The Five Golden Rules to effectively use specific skills and strategies that enable adults to:
1. Practice the Behaviors We Want to See in Children.
2. Become a Guide Not a Dictator.
3. Move from Problems to Solutions.
4. Be a Scientist Not a Victimist.
5. Make the Most to Be What You Want to Be.
The presentation will allow participants to examine strategies that build character and allow us to manage even the most difficult situations. Dr. Bird provides real-life examples, research, insights, and strategies for causing change in our environment.
The Shen and Shaker Athletic Department are proud to host “Teacher Appreciation Night” on Tuesday, Feb. 10, as part of the varsity boys/girls doubleheader at Siena College. Any Teachers/Staff will get in for free with their school badge. In between games, there will be a ceremony to recognize a few of the outstanding educators from Shen and Shaker. Tickets for the public will be $3. Proceeds from the game will go towards student scholarships. The girls varsity game, which will decide the Suburban Council North Division Championship, will start at 6:30 pm with the boys varsity to follow.
Tickets are now on sale for the Shen
High School Musical Company's production of Thoroughly
Modern Millie. This fun musical will be presented on
Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm, Friday, March 6th at 7:00pm
and Saturday, March 7 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. The front half
of the auditorium is reserved with the back half being
general admission. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for
students (18 and under).
Please visit www.shendrama.com for a ticket order form.
Congratulations to Shen teacher Andrew Quell who was recently published in the February issue of the American Biology Teacher. He co-authored an article entitled "Sweet Dive into the Gene Pool." It discusses an updated version of how to bring P and Q stats regarding population genetics into a AP Biology or Honors Living Environment/Biology classroom. Click here to view the article.
Congratulations to High School teacher
James St. Denis who, after a challenging application and
interview process, has been accepted into the N.Y.S. Master
Teacher Program for STEM teachers. It is a four year
appointment that will involve regular meetings with other
master teachers. He was formally appointed at Governor
Cuomo's State of The Union address.
As program participants, Master Teachers make a commitment to engage in professional development work in addition to their regular school responsibilities. Master Teachers have formed Professional Learning Teams around topics such as student research projects, expeditionary learning, the flipped classroom, and the Common Core. [ ]
Congratulations to high school teacher Heather Green who recently achieved National Board Certification and belated congratulations to High School teacher Kathy Fay who achieved this significant accomplishment last year. National Board Certification is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. Completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have voluntarily developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills and practices required of an outstanding educator.
Starting with current 5th graders, students will be required to score a 75 on the more rigorous Common Core Regents in English and an 80 on the Common Core Math Regents (presumably Algebra I in 9th grade) to graduate. At Shen, while more than 90% of the students pass the respective Regents with a score of 65 or higher, 58% scored a 75+ on the current ELA and 80+ on Algebra 1 Regents exams and the Common Core are more difficult. Ironically, over 85% of graduates are accepted into 2 or 4 year colleges and universities. The superintendent will discuss how we are going to get our students to achieve at this level with the graduating Class of 2022. This is a huge shift and could prove to be catastrophic for graduation rates across the state. Click here to view a video of the presentation.
Registration for the Saturday Scholars Enrichment Program is January 31. Go to http://www.sage4students.org/saturday-scholars for more information.
Acadia student Ceris Winston is one of 28 students (300 applicants) who won the 19th annual Black History Month Creative Expressions essay contest. She is the only winner from Shen. The winners were videotaped at the College of Saint Rose reading clips from their essays. The kids will be featured in PSA spots on several local television and radio stations throughout February.
Shenendehowa’s Mostly A Cappella has been invited to give a solo performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 30th!
Shen's Baseball Dugout Club will host its Annual ‘Super
Bowl’ ‘Sunday Pancake Breakfast for the 2013 & 2014 Section
2 Class ‘AA’ Sectional Championship Baseball program.
All-U-Can Eat Pancake Breakfast: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Coffee, Juice and more!
Sunday, February 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. – noon
The Elk’s Club , 695 MacElroy Rd , Ballston Lake, NY 12019
Tickets $6 to benefit Shenendehowa Baseball. Children 5 and under eat free!
Shenendehowa will host an informational session for parents interested in learning about enrichment and acceleration options available to students. The evening will provide a general overview of enrichment and acceleration programs for all grades, with specific focus on grades 4-8.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Location: Middle School Auditorium (use Gowana Entrance)
Time: 7:00pm [ ]
Kindergarten Registration for the 15-16 school year will be
held on the following dates:
Saturday, January 24 from 8:00 – 11:00am
Monday, January 26 from 5:30 – 8:30pm
Wednesday, January 28 from 5:30 – 8:30pm
SNOW DATE: Saturday, January 31 from 8:00 – 11:00am
Packets have already been mailed out. If you have not received one, please contact the Registrar, Ann Korzun, at 881-0662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the 2015-2016 school year the
Q.U.E.S.T. (Question, Understand, Experiment, Share,
Think) Program will be offered to students in the fourth and
fifth grades who demonstrate well-above average verbal and
The Critical Inquiry Program will be offered to sixth grade students who demonstrate well-above average verbal and reasoning skills. Students qualify for this program by meeting the requirements of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Click here for the CogAT schedule.
STA & NYS TRS Members are welcome and encouraged to attend the Retirement Information Session on Wednesday, 1/14/15 at 5pm in the Gowana Library. Click here for the flyer: STA
CSEA & NYS ERS Members are welcome and encouraged to attend the Retirement Information Session on Thursday, 1/22/15 at 4:30pm in the HSE Little Theater. click here for the flyer: CSEA
The Middle School Tri-Building First Lego League Robotics Team won 1st place in the competition this past weekend and will be moving on to the championships in February. The students are; Cindy Pang, Max Hoffman, Shruti Mallina, Allie Nierdka, Tiffany Pottenburg, Isabel Rodrigues, Prashanti Tondamatham, Evelyn Zou, Liam Hoffman and Alex Zou.
Congratulations to the 10 winners of the VFW Patriots’ Pen Essay Contest, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans!” The Clifton Park Half Moon VFW Post #1498 awarded students a certificate and a prize in an awards assembly on Friday, December 19, 2014.
Congratulations to our Fall Varsity Sports for qualifying as NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Teams!
High School senior Jahn Ligon tells the story about how taking health at Shen helped him to save his brother's life. "I was walking out of my room when I noticed my brother grabbing his throat and falling to the ground. I was shocked at first but picked him up without any hesitation and began the Heimlich maneuver until the object was dislodged from his throat. If I hadn't learned how to do this in health class I would have done it wrong. I most likely would have slapped him on the back or just pushed in on his stomach. But instead I pushed inward and up, in one motion, the way that I was taught in health class and the object came flying out. Learning this important skill from Mrs. Holehan helped save my brother's life."
The Shen Dance Team will be hosting dance clinics on Sunday, January 11th and Sunday, February 8th in Acadia’s cafeteria. The clinics are open to all k-5 students and will run from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Please visit Shen Dance Team’s website for more information or contact Stephanie Buono at email@example.com.
Shen Varsity Cheerleaders will hold a Basketball Cheer Clinic on Sunday January 4th, 2015 from 9:30am-12:00pm in the Acadia Cafeteria. Learn the routine at the clinic and perform a halftime routine at a home varsity basketball game on Friday January 9th at 7:00pm! It is Open to grades Kindergarten through 8th grade and the COST (Includes T-Shirt!) is $35.00. Contact Lauren.Berger4@gmail.com
The district implemented the "buzz in" system at all three middle schools to improve safety and security at the middle schools.
The University of the State of New York Education Department recognized Acadia Middle School for having the highest achievement in the state with no significant gaps in student achievement and as such, it has been recognized by the NYS Education Department as a “Reward School.”
High School health education teacher, Nicole Holehan is the recipient of the NYSAHPERD Health Teacher of the Year. Now that she has been recognized as a state level award winner, she can apply for the Eastern Region Health Educator of the Year and possibly the National Health Educator of the Year.
Shenendehowa is one of 547 districts in
the U.S. and Canada to be selected by the College Board for
the 5th Annual AP Honor Roll. Inclusion is based on three
years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, using the following
• Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
• Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
• Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
AP access is part of Shenendehowa's ongoing commitment, preparing and encouraging all students to take more rigorous courses to be ready for an increasingly competitive college and career environment.
NOISES OFF by Michael Frayn will be presented by the Shenendehowa High School Drama Club on Thursday and Friday, November 13th and 14th at 7pm & Saturday, November 15 at 2pm and 7pm in the High School West Auditorium. Tickets are $10 General Admission and available at the door. Visit www.shendrama.com for more information.
Congratulations to the Shen Girls Volleyball Team and head coach Lori Kessler for winning the Section 2 Class AA Championship. This makes five straight years as Class AA Sectional Champions! They play Baldwinsville in the regionals on Saturday, 11/8, at 2 p.m. at Niskayuna. Cost is $8.
Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team, head coach Jon
Bain, and assistant coach Peter Burbank for winning the
Class AA Boys Sectional Championship in a 1-0 game over
Niskayuna last night at Colonie HS. The boys soccer team
defeated Guilderland 1-0 last week and Niskayuna 1-0 last
night to secure the title for the Plainsmen. Both contests
went right down to the wire and were extremely tough, hard
fought victories. The team will return to regional action
this Saturday against the Section III champion. Check out
game photos @ShenAthletics on twitter.
Congratulations to the boys cross country team, first year head coach Lance Jordan and assistant coach Jim Zimmons for winning the Class A Sectional Championship last Friday at the Saratoga State Park. The team will head to the state championship this Saturday at Canton, NY. Best of luck to our runners and coaches!
Congratulations to the girls cross country team, head coach Rob Cloutier and assistants Amy Furner and Keith Jordan. They ties Saratoga at 42 points and lost a sixth place tie breaker to finish runner-up in the section. Both races were amazing!!
Shen High School has 22 students who
have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National
Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors will be cited at a
school ceremony and will be presented with a Certificate of
Commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Commended students include:
London Brunell, Lindsay Caplan, Chad Charrette, Melanie Chen, Nicholas Demasi, Amy DePoy, Kevin Favaron, Sarah Feinland, Jack Gartner, Gregory Laymon, Kevin Lorch, Taylor Mellow, Alexander Rock, Emmett Neidhart, Paul Sargunas, Jamin Sim, Jared Slosberg, Natalie Strehl, Nadia Suguitan, Taylor VanTine, Anna Zavodsky, and Shelly Zhang. [ ]
Shenendehowa was ranked #6 for cost-effectiveness by Biz Journals. This is a ranking of 432 Upstate New York school districts that offer the biggest educational bang for the buck. The cost-effectiveness scale compares each district's academic score against its spending habits. Click here to view list.
Last night, district officials were
notified by a parent of a bomb threat to High School East
posted on Yik Yak, a social media site. N.Y. State Police
and the Saratoga County Sheriff were contacted. Troopers
were on site late last night for several hours conducting an
investigation and a detection dog searched the facility and
found nothing. As a precaution, we have troopers on site at
High School East.
Yik Yak is a controversial site that claims people can “share their thoughts and keep their privacy.” It has been associated with instances of bullying and threats. [ ]
Shen's High School Prayer Club is requesting that people bring canned goods to the homecoming game to donate to the food bank. The group is participating in the Capital District Hunger Games, a food drive contest hosted by the WGNA radio station (107.7). High schools are competing to collect the most canned goods for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York until November 2.
The Shen website will be migrated to a new server beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday, October 17, 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by 7:00 AM on Saturday, October 18, 2014, barring any unforeseen difficulties. During this time our web site will be unavailable for public viewing in a web browser.
With winter weather just around the
corner, here is information about our school closing, delay
and early dismissal procedures.
School closings, delayed openings and early dismissals resulting from weather conditions or other situations will be provided to the media and posted on Shenendehowa’s website and social media sites: https://twitter.com/ShenNews and https://www.facebook.com/#!/ShenendehowaCSD. 
Shen opens and dedicates the new Physical Fitness Center/Wrestling Room in High School East. The space will be used by physical education classes and athletics. It will also be available for individual student use to promote health and wellness. 
The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority. This week there will be two emergency preparedness drills held at Shenendehowa: a Mass Evacuation Drill at Shatekon/Arongen on Friday and a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drill at the Middle School Complex on Sunday. 
Recently, Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office launched a new sex offender registration and public notification website called OffenderWatch®. Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office will now be part of a nationwide network of over 5,000 law enforcement agencies. Click here to go to the district's Safety, Health and Wellness page for more information.
The board approved three graphic identifiers for the district: the district logo, the district seal and a mascot logo. The district has also developed guidelines for use of the logo, seal and mascot logo. 
On Tuesday, 10/14/14, the district will open and dedicate the new physical fitness center and wrestling room at High School East at 3:30 p.m. Those interested in attending the dedication ceremony and touring the new facility are welcome.
Shen's SFA Senate will host a Homecoming Dance in HSE on Sat., Oct. 18, 7pm - 10pm. Tickets are FREE and available during all lunch periods in HSE and HSW from October 14-October 17. The dance is open to all high school students with a limited number of tickets available. This year's theme is Shen Spirit. The dance is semi-formal. Students must keep in mind the high school dress code.Please direct all questions to the SFA advisors Ann Conway firstname.lastname@example.org or Derek Dayton email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Skano
Elementary from 6:30-7:30
Come see how parents can access this new series with their Think Central accounts on line. Through hands-on activities, learn about the different components that help parents provide support to their children at home and experience how the components of this series are being implemented in classrooms to support and develop strong readers and writers.
EngageNY features an article by Shen's Dr. Oliver Robinson: https://www.engageny.org/content/we-are-turning-corner
A high school to college transition information night will be held for students and parents on November 6, from 6–8 pm in the High School East Little Theater. 
The Shen Dance Team will be hosting a K-2 dance clinic on Sunday, October 5th at the Koda Gym from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Registration will begin at noon. Please visit Shen Dance Team’s website for more information or contact Coach Stephanie Buono at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been informed that there is a confirmed case of Enterovirus EV-D68 within the district. Although the confirmed case is in Tesago, the district is taking extra-precautions by providing this notification to knowing that students and staff interact with other students throughout the district. 
Looking for information on Public Health Notifications such as Enterovirus D68 or Seasonal Flu, go to the district's Safety, Health and Wellness webpage.
The Shenendehowa Athletic Department is
pleased to announce the 6th class for induction into the
Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame:
1990 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
ROBERT CLOUTIER ‘99
BILL SCANLON ‘62
KELLY SCANLON WILD ‘96
CAROLYN SLOAT ANDERTON ‘03
The Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 9th at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. Reservations for the event can be made at: http://www.safepayevents.com/ShenHallOfFameBanquet. Please see the attached press release for further information regarding each inductee.
Shen Goes Gold For Childhood Cancer Awareness on September 17. Beginning this year, Shen staff will promote wearing gold on the third Wednesday in September each year in honor and remembrance of students past, present and future afflicted with cancer. The staff encourages the entire community to join them in “Going Gold.”
The varsity boys soccer team presented a signed soccer ball to a child battling cancer and let him warm up with the goalie. The varsity boy and girl soccer teams are wearing gold shoelaces this month for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights
schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students
for college. This year, our methodology is more stringent
than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard
for data. A star next to a school’s name means that
low-income students are scoring at or above average on state
assessments. This is our way of recognizing schools that
narrow the achievement gap.
Congratulations to the Shen students who
were selected to perform in the NYSSMA Conference All-State
in Rochester, NY in December. Thousands of students
auditioned for this honor. The students include:
Brenna Joyce, Zhenya Kniajanskaya, Connor Olney, Nicole Rizzo, Aaron Alsdorf, Aidan Gorby, Brian Halliday, Julie Lattanzio and Adam Chrzan. Marianna Miranda, Nick Arnold and Collin Rowe were selected as alternates.
The Shenendehowa Board of Education approved the 2014-15 tax rates. The tax rate for the two largest towns in the district was raised by .51% (or less than one percent). At the time of the budget vote, the district estimated the impact to be 1.39%, however it came in well under that projection making it one of the lowest increases in the past four years. And, in a four year period, the tax rate increase in Halfmoon and Clifton Park has increased less than one dollar. Click here to view the tax rates for each town.
Shenendehowa is part of a consortium of 12 school districts that has won $399,946 to review and improve student assessment practices. The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide (See NYSED press release)
The consortium is led by Capital Region BOCES and includes: Cohoes, Guilderland, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, North Colonie, Schalmont, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville and Watervliet.