July 07, 2015
Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
2015 Summer Walk-Through Schedule
9/3/2015 - Superintendent's Conference Day, No Classes
9/8/2015 - First Day of Classes K-12
9/23/2015 - Yom Kippur, No School
The High School Counseling, College & Career Center in High School East will be closed Monday, July 6th and Tuesday, July 7th for painting and maintenance. For assistance, Counseling Center will be re-located in the attendance office for those two days. Thanks.
The Transportation Department will be
switching to a “route number” only system. By switching to a
number only system we will be able to communicate routing
information to you at a much earlier date (beginning of
August, instead of towards the end of August). This also
allows us to deal with routing issues a lot earlier than we
currently do. The route number only system will be used at
all three program levels and we will no longer use the
picture system to identify which bus a child needs to ride.
Also, it will not matter what the bus number is that services your child’s bus stop, the route number will be the main identifier. The route number will be, as is currently the case, displayed in the second window on the passenger side of the bus.
We know change can be a challenge, but we are confident, with your help, this change can be implemented successfully. Please email at email@example.com should you have any questions related to school bus transportation.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015! There were 686 graduates of which 115 received medals for achieving an GPA of 95 and above!
Shen's Color Guard performs in David
Byrne's Contemporary Color in Toronto. The show gets rave
reviews from Rolling Stone!
Shen Color Guard will perform with Lucius at Contemporary Color in Toronto as part of the Luminato Festival and then two more performances at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They were selected by Talking Heads David Byrne for an unprecedented performance combining 10 color guard teams matched with live music performed by St. Vincent, Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, Kelis, Nelly Furtado and Devonte Hynes. See the NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/arts/dance/david-byrnes-changing-of-the-color-guard.html?_r=0
We are pleased to announce that Laura
Tarlo was appointed by the Board of Education as the new
class assistant principal at the High School.
She has worked with our business and CEIP students since 2004. She holds administrative certification as a school building leader and school district leader. She served as the summer school principal in 2012 and completed a comprehensive internship at the high school in 2012.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Siena College, a master’s degree in childhood education from Sage Graduate School and completed her administrative work at SUNY Plattsburgh.
She will begin her new position on July 1.
Congratulations to Shen H.S. junior Emma
Smith who was selected as ‘ShenNext Medicine Scholar.’
Emma Smith, 16, was chosen as part of a unique partnership of Shenendehowa High School, Siena College and Albany Medical College. “ShenNext Medicine: Selecting Tomorrow’s Doctors Today” offers the opportunity for a Shen student, who wants to become a physician, to be accepted more than a year earlier than usual for Siena and Albany Medical College’s combined eight-year program.
The initiative offers acceptance to both college and medical school at the same time and includes a scholarship at Siena of $18,000 for four years. The combined program is known as the “Siena College-Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine.” [ ]
Congratulations to Shen senior Kirstin O’Sullivan, for receiving the Youth Leadership Award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The award was presented to honor of her contributions to Safe Schools Advocacy and the Capital Region LGBTQ community at-large for her courage, in standing to speak at the December 2, 2014 Shenendehowa Board of Education Meeting showed tremendous compassion, forethought and incredible leadership.
An Invitation For prospective School Bus Drivers
“Come and Test Drive a School Bus”
When: July 2, 2015
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm (or as each person is finished)
Where: Shenendehowa Central Schools
Transportation Dept. (on the Shen Campus)
Click here for more information.
You can still bid on the auction items and help raise money to support Shen programs and services! http://www.shenedfoundation.org/
Acadia Middle School had four of the 25 finalists for the
Invention Convention 2015:
Katie Gargano for Got Mail!, Katie Roche for Booklight Glasses, Ashley Shields for Ice Tape & Get a Grip! String Instruments and Matthew Van Dusen for Page Pedal. A reception and awards ceremony for Invention Convention 2015 was held in May at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, during which 100 student inventors were celebrated as semi-finalists, and 25 students were announced as finalists. The honored inventors were chosen from more than 1,174 submissions from 41.
Shenendehowa is seeking sealed bid proposals for the purchase of surplus land behind the Shatekon Elementary School.
The 34.334 acres of vacant land is located between Moe Road and Maxwell Drive. The property is zoned TC3, allowing a variety of commercial and retail uses, with access from Moe Road and Southside Drive.
A formal Request for Proposal (RFP) is available by clicking here or by contacting the district's Finance and Operations office at 5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065. The district’s criteria including qualifications, amount of purchase and compliance requirements are outlined in the RFP notice. All questions about the RFP should be directed to the Kathleen Wetmore-Chase in the Finance and Operations office at 518-881-0623.
Responses to the RFP must be received no later than 11 a.m., January 4, 2016 in the district's Finance and Operations office at 5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
Congratulations to all our varsity spring sports teams, student-athletes, coaches and teachers as every team qualified for the New York State Public High School Scholar Athlete Team Award. This is the 7th straight season where every varsity team has qualified and the 2nd year in a row where Shenendehowa will receive the prestigious NYSPHSAA “School of Distinction” recognition.
The Shen Football Booster Club is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on June 1 between the hours of 4-6. During that time 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Shen Football program. Click here for the flyer.
Has your child lost something? There is a lot of good
stuff in our pool lost/found, please pick up by June
1...6-7:45 am or after 4 pm.
The following items are outside the pool locker rooms.
21 zipper and non-zipper sweat shirts
1 Koda sweat shirt
16 water bottles
1 Jake Johnson swim flipper
20 male swim suits from infant to XL
23 female swim suits from infant to XL
21 pants including sweats and tights
14 bags with various swim items in them
10 jackets including a Cartwheels Gymnastic, FGXtreme, Pacific trail, North Face
12 pairs of flip-flops including Crocs
4 pair of sneakers
5 single flip flops and 1 single sneaker
There is also a number of goggles and Shen caps and 1 Shen girls and 1 Shen Boys suit in the office.
Other areas where there is lost and found are the Middle School Main Offices, Attendance offices, (jewelry, glasses, keys and electronic devices) and other items may be found in some classrooms as well as the above areas.
Budget - Passes Yes—2,430 No-- 981
Bus Proposition - Passes Yes—2,477 No-- 888
Robert Pressly and Christina Rajotte elected to Board of Education
Christina Rajotte- 1,636, Kerensa Rybak- 1,378, Robert Pressly- 1,811, Samuel Hazleton- 1,420
Shenendehowa High School is pleased to announce that this
year’s valedictorian is Philip Sun and the salutatorian is
Philip Sun has been involved in many activities in and out of school. These have included: Math Team, Science Bowl and Robotics at school. In the community, Philip has done research at RPI on algorithms and taught math at the Chinese Community Center. Philip will be studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
Nadia Suguitan has been a member of the French Club, Key Club, Science Club and the Math Team. She also ran track and played varsity tennis for five years. She will attend SUNY Polytechnic Institute, College of Nanoscale and Engineering in September.
The 2015 Summer Walk-through Schedule.
In April, the American Heart Association recognized Shenendehowa as the first school district in the Capital Region to be recognized as a CPR Smart School. To qualify for the American Heart Association’s CPR Smart program, school districts must implement a written policy whereby students learn CPR and AED use prior to graduation. 
Shenendehowa High School ranked among the top ten large high schools by W!se. The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance recognizes the top performing high schools in w!se’s national network. This ranking shines the spotlight on the importance of personal finance education.
Shen Hockey Golf Outing will be held on May 17 at the Mohawk River Country Club. Everyone is invited friends, family, alumni, fans, etc. Reserve your spot today by calling Scott Louis at 466-9278 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past several months, the district administration has been analyzing the growing enrollment at Orenda Elementary. In an effort to keep school enrollments balanced across the elementary schools, the district was considering a proposal to redistrict approximately 90 students in Dutch Meadows and Sterling Heights to Tesago or Karigon. 
Four candidates have submitted the petitions with the required 72 signatures to run for the two seats on the school board: Christina Rajotte, Kerensa Rybak, Robert Pressly, and Samuel H. Hazleton V. Click here for the budget newsletter with information about the budget, board election and candidates.
There will be a special free screening
of a new documentary, “Watchers of the Sky,” in the High
School East Auditorium on April 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Meet
Elizabeth Bohart, Executive Producer of the film who will
attend the screening and speak after the film.
For more information, contact Lisa Kissinger, Social Studies Academic Administrator at email@example.com. Co-sponsored by the Shenendehowa Social Studies Department, World of Difference Club and the Model UN Club.
Shen residents will vote on on a
proposed $162.9 million budget for 2015-16 that calls for a
spending increase of 1.72 percent ($2,756,736).
The true value tax rate would increase an estimated 1.04 percent. For a property with a market value of $250,000, the increase would be approximately $47 in the school tax bill.
Click here for a flyer with more information.
High school Math Team members Jerry Qu and Philip Sun finished in the top 99.9% of the nation at the national MathCon contest and were invited to participate in the next round of the tournament against the top 700 contestants in the country held in Chicago. Maya Dorn and Nadia Suguitan finished high enough to qualify as alternates. Congratulations to all Math Team participants including Piere Fabris, JinJie Chen, XiuRui Lin, Josh Sangaline, and Sara Feinland!
The Fourth Annual Green & White Gala
will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015, at
6:30-10:30p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park
featuring live music by The Accents.
The event is the main fundraiser for the Shenendehowa Educational Foundation and all proceeds are used to support Shen programs and students.
Reservations are $100 per person and can be made online at www.safepayevents.com/GreenAndWhiteBanquet