Archive for November, 2017

Why does the white gym have no water fountain?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  It was disconnected to avoid damage to the gym floor and a safety risk when wet, plus it was rarely being used. Students are allowed access to nearby fountains.

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Here we are once again approaching the Thanksgiving holiday. A holiday that many school districts observe starting on Wednesday, due to so many traveling. Wouldn’t it make sense for the Superintendent to inquire with the districts that know how to work it in their school calendars, so that Shen students, families and employees could also have that time for travel and or prepping to welcome families from near and far to enjoy the holiday feast? This would be especially helpful for the blended families who have children living with a parent who is in a district with the day before off. Think of the people in your Attendance offices district wide who would thank you….if you know what I mean

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The school calendar is largely regulated by collective bargaining agreements. For instance, some districts have a superintendent’s conference day before Labor Day. Some districts do not observe the Jewish holiday. Some districts have shortened a February Break. 

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I would like Shen to consider exempting athletes from gym like majority of the schools around the capital district area. When an athlete breaks the foot in PE, the whole season and possibly college career in a particular sport is compromised in activities that could so easily be avoided.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. We believe that physical education is important for all students.

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How many students are in the class of 2019?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. 799

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Do the elementary schools have guidelines they could share with families regarding recess decisions? My child attends Skano and they seem to be inside more than outside. Skano / Tesago were the only elementary buildings (2 out of 8) to stay in due to heat. Skano was outside in pouring rain, but, inside due to wetness and mud? It’s 15 minutes!

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  There are district guidelines regarding the appropriate temperature for outdoor recess.  Our School Physician has recommended that outside recess be canceled on days when the air temperature/wind chill factor is 20 degrees.  He cites the increased chance of both cold-induced asthma and injuries to fingers, toes, etc. For Heat Index of 96 degrees or […]

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Kindergarten students in Bonnie Clark’s class at Shatekon know how to be good listeners. More photos…

Kindergarten students in Bonnie Clark’s class at Shatekon know how to be good listeners. More photos…

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Photos

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Arongen first graders in Holly Symonds’ class enjoyed a Thanksgiving Story from Mr. Turkey!

Arongen first graders in Holly Symonds’ class enjoyed a Thanksgiving Story from Mr. Turkey!

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Photos

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Amy Banagan’s second graders at Skano don their turkey drumstick hats for Thanksgiving.

Amy Banagan’s second graders at Skano don their turkey drumstick hats for Thanksgiving.

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Photos

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In conjunction with their unit on the folktale Stone Soup, Arongen second graders collected more than 50 cans of soup to donate to the Jonesville Food Pantry. More photos…

In conjunction with their unit on the folktale Stone Soup, Arongen second graders collected more than 50 cans of soup to donate to the Jonesville Food Pantry. More photos…

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Photos

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Why are students not allowed to stand in the library in the morning? We are always being told to go find a seat even when we need to ask our friend for help on the homework.

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  We need to maintain an academic environment in the library. When there are no more seats available we are at capacity. If the library is full there is seating in the cafeteria available before homeroom.

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