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Shenendehowa serves students in southern Saratoga County, N.Y. including the towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Ballston, Malta, Stillwater and Waterford.

October 31, 2014

Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson

5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600

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11/4/14 - Speaker Series on the Intermediate Report Card and Gradebook at Skano Elementary from  6:30-7:30. Click here for information on the Speaker Series topics for 2014-15.

11/11/14 - Veteran's Day, No School

11/13/14 - Elementary parent conferences, no school for students K-5

11/14/14 - Elementary parent conferences, no school for students K-5

11/13/14-11/15/14 - High School Drama Production "Noises Off."

11/18/14 - The Board of Education meeting orignially scheduled for 11/25 has been changed to 11/18

11/20/14 - MS/HS Report Cards Distributed

11/27/14-11/28/14 - Thanksgiving Recess, No School

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Posted 10/20/14

Shen Elementary Schools will hold the next Speaker Series on Tues., Nov. 4, at Skano Elementary from 6:30-7:30 p.m.This session will focus on the intermediate report card and gradebook.

Posted 10/30/14

TeenReaderCon will be held on Saturday, November 8, 8:30am---4:00pm at Shen Middle Schools. It's free and the authors include: Jay Asher, Joseph Bruchac, Eric Devine, Jackie Morse Kessler, Patricia McCormick and Steve Sheinkin.There will be breakout sessions, author Q & A, book sales & signings, vendor tables and food concessions. http://teenreadercon.weebly.com/

Posted 10/29/14

The Mikado

Shen HS East’s Mostly A Cappella and Chamber Choir present Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30pm and Sunday Nov. 2 at 2:00pm at the H.S. East Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Students and can be purchased at the door. [MOREMore photos]

Posted 10/29/14Dance team

The Shen Dance Team will be hosting a K-2 dance clinic on Sunday, November 9th at the Koda Gym from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Please visit Shen Dance Team’s website for more information or contact Coach Stephanie Buono at buonstep@shenschools.org.

Posted 10/29/14

The Shenendehowa Community Coalition is pleased to announce the premier of the student created FACT2FILM Festival video winner!
This 90 second film will play before every movie at Clifton Park Cinemas (rated PG-13 and above) for one week beginning October 31, 2014. [MORE]

Posted 10/22/14Noises off Poster

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.

Posted 10/20/14

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. [MORE]

Posted 10/20/14

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.

Posted 10/20/14

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. [MORE]

Posted 10/17/14

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.

Posted 10/16/14

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.

Posted 10/16/14

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. [MORE]

Posted 10/16/14Physical Fitness Center/Wrestling Room

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. [MOREMore photos]

Posted 10/15/15

 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. [MORE]

Posted 10/15/14

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.

Posted 10/8/14

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. [MORE]

Posted 10/7/14

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.

Posted 10/6/14

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 conwann@shenschools.org or Derek Dayton daytdere@shenschools.org.

Posted 10/2/14

Presentation on the New Elementary Literacy Series - Journeys

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.

Posted 9/25/14

EngageNY features an article by Shen's Dr. Oliver Robinson: https://www.engageny.org/content/we-are-turning-corner

Posted 9/23/14

Are you currently receiving accommodations on tests, have an IEP Or 504 plan? Are you a 10th, 11th or 12th grade student and college bound?

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. [MORE]

Posted 9/23/14

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 buonstep@shenschools.org

Posted 9/18/14

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.  [MORE]

Posted 9/16/14

Looking for information on Public Health Notifications such as Enterovirus D68 or Seasonal Flu, go to the district's Safety, Health and Wellness webpage.

Posted 9/15/14

The Shenendehowa Athletic Department is pleased to announce the 6th class for induction into the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame:
1990 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
GEORGE ANGLEY
ROBERT CLOUTIER ‘99
DAN D’AMBOISE
MATTHEW JONES
PAUL QUIGLEY
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. 

Posted 9/12/14Cure Childhood Cancer

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.”

Posted 9/12/14

Boys Soccer Team Goes GoldThe 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.

Posted 9/11/14

Shenendehowa High School ranks number 183 in the nation in Newsweek’s list of America's Top Schools 2014

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.
http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014

Posted 9/8/14

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.

Posted 9/3/14

A Shenendehowa Faculty Recital will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the High School East Auditorium. Heather Baird, a vocal music teacher at the High School, will be presenting a vocal recital "Music in the Air!" for her students and the Shen community.She will be joined by Shen instrumental teacher Joseph Gumpper on violin and Shen alumnus, soprano Amy Shake on several opera duets. Pianist Barbara Musial accompanies and the Shen HS Chamber Choir joins Miss Baird on the final number. The recital features works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Fauré, Bizet, Barber, Wildhorn and others. Songs will be performed in Latin, Italian, German, French and English with translations provided. The recital is free and open to the public.

Posted 8/26/14

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.

Posted 8/14/14

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. [MORE]