Archive for November, 2018

What are the requirements to get a parking pass as a senior?

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A. https://www.shenet.org/shen-high-school/high-school-senior-privileges/

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Do all elementary schools have banking?

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A. Some do. Check with your principal.

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I have seen the questions about if a driving test is considered an excused absence, and I have seen multiple different answers. It is an excused absence or an unexcused absence?

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A. It is UNEXCUSED. Excused absences are established by state law.

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I heard that the determination of school absence due to Weather is done by 5:30 because that is near when the buses leave. Is this true, or is it just until it is obvious the buses can’t leave. Thanks, an Acadia Middle School Student. P.S. Who determines snow days

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A. The decision is usually made between 4:30-5:30. However, if a delay is called, you should still watch for announcements incase it turns into a closing. The superintendent makes the decision with input from many others.

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How come orchestra students in the elementary, unlike chorus students, miss entire instructional periods for their lessons and orchestra and then have to make up all of the work and learn the content ? This does not happen to chorus students. It is an excellent way to discourage kids from doing orchestra. I don’t think this happens in the middle or high school.

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A. The instrumental programs (band and orchestra) have pull out lessons for small group instruction to help students progress.  This occurs at all grade levels.  In high school, there is enough staffing to pull some students directly from the ensemble rather than from other classes but it is not possible at lower levels.

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In High School west, are the counselors just for college and planning schedules or do they provide emotional support as well, like the ones in middle school? If not, is there a specific place in school for this? Thank you

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A. All school counselor K-12 are available to students for academic, social emotional, and college and career support. At the HS students/parents can contact the counselors through the Counseling, College & Career Centers. 

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At age 17, can a student attending Shenendehowa drop out without parental consent?

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A. NYS Education Law states that a student must attend through the year which they turn 16.  Parents are requested to sign the forms, however there is nothing the school can do if they reach that age and refuse to come to school

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My first child has entered high school now. I am very concerned about the school work. It seems like the kids are worksheeted to death and there are very few, if any, text books. In college, they will need to read textbooks and study with lectures as supplements. Why are high school classes being taught by worksheets? Where are the textbooks? How are these kids going to learn to study in college?

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A. Learning institutions – schools and colleges – are moving to digital content as it can be customized to fit the exact course, keep content current, and is easily accessible online.  We have noticed that textbooks quickly become dated.  The goal is to ensure high levels of student learning which can happen with or without […]

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Why does shen have to give me ais and take away my study hall when the study hall is more useful because i can do my work in there and can’t work in ais.

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A. In general terms:  Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are designed to learn skills needed for success in your current classes.  A study hall is beneficial for completing work or studying.  While both are important, they serve different functions.  You are encouraged to have a conversation with your teacher or principal to discuss your schedule and how […]

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Since when are high school students allowed to take videos while in the classroom? I wouldn’t want something my child might say in a class discussion to be widely available for others not in the class to hear. If this practice is not allowed what steps is the district taking to prevent it and what punishment would the person taking the video face?

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A. Please see BOE policy 8140 and corresponding regulation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MiKdaXEPtvBhOMtAzqbruh3Zs61feJ4Vfz_5UKlz-gc/view

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