Archive for December, 2018

Why does shen ban vpn? Do you know how sketchy that is? Does shen want to monitor what we do on our phones like some little babysitter? I think we can handle what we do on OUR phones that WE pay for, not Shen

Written by on December 18, 2018

A.  School district are mandated to provide content filtering.  Using a VPN can circumvent the content filter and are not necessary because the school’s network is secure.  As per the BYOD policy students are welcome to use their personal devices while connected to the district’s WiFi (SHEN-BYOD).  The use of personal data plans while at […]

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Is it true that HSE students are placed in either Gym 1 or Gym 2 for physical education based on their athletic ability? I’ve heard rumors that Gym 1 is the “A League” and Gym 2 is the “B League”.

Written by on December 18, 2018

A. No.

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What is the policy for withholding recess for elementary kids? Visiting and subbing in the schools and talking with staff members I have found that different schools disciple differently. Some have a timeout table in the cafeteria and others make the kids sit out at recess or go to the office to sit. It is proven that elementary kids need time to run around and be kids, a lot more then they get now at school. It just astonishes me that teachers would be able to limit recess time for the kids that need it the most. Please let me know what the policy is for taking away recess for elementary students.

Written by on December 18, 2018

A.  In accordance with our Health and Wellness Policy 5661, Physical activity shall only be withheld if a student is a danger to him/herself or others. Recess or other physical activity time will not be cancelled for instructional make up time. The withholding or denial of recess time should be limited and used only as […]

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How and when can I join SHED?

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A.  To inquire more about the SHED and how to join please speak with Mr. LaBarre, Mr. Gutchell, or Mr. Bullington. There is an application process they can explain to you.

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What is a “term teacher”?

Written by on December 18, 2018

A.  A teacher hired for a semester or “term” for a leave position. 

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Are teachers penalized for being late? Many homeroom teachers are consistently late and don’t seem to care at all. Meanwhile all the students have to wait in the hall until they arrive.

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A. The professional expectation is for all staff to be on time for work. Matters of excessive lateness or neglect of responsibility are addressed accordingly. 

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Does Shen notify parents when students will be led in mindful meditation? Can parents opt their children out? Where can parents see the words used during these guided meditations? What is the program being used? As a parent it is concerning that these methods have suddenly been included in public education. I would not allow a sitter to lead my children in meditation, why is it being used at Shen?

Written by on December 18, 2018

A. Teaching mindfulness is now a part of the New York State Mental Health Curriculum.  This practice is used in a variety of ways throughout the district.  The main purpose is to promote mental health and overall wellness.  Some teachers use “Calm Classroom,” which are short, scripted, mindfulness activities for students at specified levels.  Teachers strongly […]

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Do modified teams compete at the same events as highschool teams? If not what do they do?

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A.  The modified teams compete on their own schedule.  Sometimes it matches up with the high school schedule and sometimes it does not.  All game schedules can be found here https://www.schedulegalaxy.com/

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Hi, I was wondering if you can have 3 electives for example Art, Band and Tech in high school.

Written by on December 18, 2018

A. You need to talk to your counselor.

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Why can’t we start taking languages, like Mandarin, in 7th grade like other languages? I understand it is a hard language to understand but it would only be harder to learn the older we are.

Written by on December 18, 2018

A. The primary challenge has been finding certified teachers of Mandarin Chinese. 

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