Archive for September, 2017

Just reading through the Grapevine and it was stated that Shen is not removing girl/boy signs throughout the district. I was told that in Skano the signs within the classrooms have been removed by a directive from the administration. As a parent I would prefer my daughter to use a designated girls room and apparently this is no longer possible within that building as the students are required to share the bathrooms. Is this a school decision or a district decision?

Written by on September 29, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The bathrooms in the elementary classrooms are single use.  There is no need for boy/girl  designation.  No one is “sharing” those restrooms.  The bathrooms that have multiple stalls are designated boy/girl.

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i forgot my code for my lunch account, where can i find it?

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. You can either call the food service department or ask the cashier when you go through the lunch line.  

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I often do not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and my homeroom teacher make me stand. Am I really forced to stand for the Pledge or is this something I can self advocate for? Thank you.

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. This has been answered many times if you just do a search on the site for “pledge.” Students cannot be forced to stand for or say the Pledge of Allegiance in school.

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Can more parents and seniors please carpool to high school so there would be less cars in traffic? Get together with other students that live on your street and take turns driving.

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Or take the big, yellow limousine. 

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Why can’t we eat food in the library?

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The same reason why you can’t take out a book from the cafeteria. That is not its purpose.

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Last week I went onto grapevine and asked what the middle school musical will be. If you find out soon what it is, can someone contact me privately?

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Sorry, but  no. Feel free to ask your principal to contact you privately when the decision is made.

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Can you do weight room even if you do not do a Shen sport

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Yes.  The weight room is open every day after school from 2:45 to 5:00 pm.

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Why can’t the Koda tri-building rock climbing club just go to The Edge in Halfmoon? It is so much easier than going all the way to Albany 30 minutes each way.

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Talk to your advisor.

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A quick question regarding gender neutrality taking center stage because once again Shen is all about being up on all things 21st century! Since there will no longer be signs designating “boys” and “girls” bathrooms will it be acceptable and not frowned upon when a male (adult) who happens to need a restroom, opts to identify as a female and uses the girl’s bathroom? How does one know and differentiate between those who are now coming out and identifying and those that are creeeps amount us? Can you say for certain there are no employees with otherwise nefarious pasts and what would prevent someone from simply stating they now identify as the opposite sex? There would be nothing a school could do to prevent them from using the restroom occupied by someone they would be preying upon. Am I saying this exists, no! However, stop jumping to the forefront trying to be “that school” who’s first to do it all and think about the lives you’re messing with! However, since Shen is all about their sports…I’ll sit back and wait for this show because you know it’s coming. This will once again bring the school district to national news…smh

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A. This wasn’t a quick question and Shen is not removing signs designating boy and girl restrooms. We continue to have both boy/girl restrooms and gender neutral restrooms. Nothing has changed.

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Why is each percussion student in the HSE band required to purchase their own snare drum sticks, bell mallets, timpani mallets, and yarn marimba mallets. I just purchased these for my child (no snare sticks) and paid $115! This is crazy! Why doesn’t Shen have a supply for these kids to use? It’s not like they are playing an instrument that they can bring home! So why doesn’t Shen have these in the band room for the students to use. Ex. there is only one student who can play a timpani at a time yet all percussion students will have mallets for it. Why?

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Percussion students at the middle and high school are asked to purchase only one set of mallets/sticks each year, a cost similar to what other students would have to pay yearly for reeds, mouthpieces, etc.

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