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Shalmont Central School District
Dr. Carol Pallas
Superintendent
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Schenectady, NY 12306
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November District Newsletter November 2014 District Newsletter [PDF].

Schalmont Middle School to host bullying prevention week, Dec. 15-19

It's "Mix Match Monday" at Schalmont Middle School on Dec. 15 when students and staff are being encouraged to embrace diversity by wearing all of the clothes they love but don't necessarily match! This is the third week of bullying prevention activities held so far this school year. View the schedule  

Communicating weather-related announcements

With winter weather upon us, we would like to remind you how Schalmont makes a decision regarding school closings/delays and communicates weather-related announcements. learn more

Eighth Annual "No Tap" Bowling Outing set for Jan. 31

Come enjoy an afternoon of bowling while supporting the district's athletic program. The Schalmont Athletic Association is looking for bowlers, sponsors and donations for its 8th Annual "No Tap" Bowling Outing on Saturday, January 31, at Boulevard Bowl (1315 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady) from 3 to 5:30 p.m. learn more

High school to phase in electronic delivery of academic information

In an effort to streamline our reporting process, reduce printing and postage costs, and provide immediate access to student grades, Schalmont High School will be phasing in electronic delivery of student academic information using the district’s highly-secure, Internet-based Parent Portal. Progress reports will no longer be mailed to parents’ homes, unless specifically requested. This new format is effective with the high school’s Dec. 19 second quarter progress reports. learn more

Congratulations National Honor Society inductees

Sixteen new members were recently inducted into Schalmont High School's Chapter of the National Honor Society. learn more

2015-16 school year kindergarten registration

Jefferson Elementary School is holding an orientation program for parents of next year's kindergarten class on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. To make sure you receive the paperwork necessary to pre-register your child, parents of eligible children are asked to contact the school at 355-1342, ext. 5080. (Please note the March date was inadvertently left off the printed district calendar). kindergarten registration process

Schalmont Loses Class B Final But Great Season!

The Schalmont Sabers were defeated by Maine-Endwell in the Class B State Football final by a score of 27 to 19 Sunday. The game was played in the Syracuse Carrier Dome, and was attended by two bus loads of Schalmont fans. The team would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the season. They would also like to thank the local businesses who generously supported them: AAC, Hannaford of Rotterdam, NY, Price Chopper of Rotterdam, NY, Dunkin Donuts (Curry Road, Rotterdam, NY) and The Villa Tuscan Grille. Go Sabres!  

New York’s students likely to have multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical education (CTE) option

At its October meeting, the Board of Regents voted to authorize the State Education Department (SED) to finalize a plan that will allow New York’s students to choose from among multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical education (CTE) pathway. The plan is expected to receive final approval in January after a public comment period and will take effect for students graduating in June 2015. learn more

High school students welcome food service changes

The new Sabre Cafe and larger food portions are among the changes students are enjoying this school year under a revised high school food services program. photo gallery

Schalmont accepting nominations for Alumni Wall of Distinction

Nominations for the next group of inductees on Schalmont High School's Alumni Wall of Distinction are currently being accepted through March 16, 2015.  learn more

"Musical Notes" highlights department activities

Read all about what's happening in the district's music department by reading the December "Musical Notes" newsletter, which was produced by the department and Schalmont's Friends of Music. musical notes december  Newsletter [PDF]

Middle school students pledge to stop bullying

Schalmont Middle School students pledge to stand up against bullying and be a friend. "I'm a human just like you, Stop hurting me I have feelings too," is among the text in the four sentence pledge students signed in November.  Photo gallery 

Thanksgiving feast brings students, families together

Gobble, gobble! Thanks to the generosity of parents who prepared and donated food, students in Michelle Adalian and Sue DiCaprio’s fourth-grade classes enjoyed an early Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings in late November at school. photo gallery

Fifth graders make exercise count during "Decimal Olympiad"

Exercise and math combined in November for students in Stephanie Lazzari and Lori Hurley's fifth grade classes. Working in teams, students participated in the “Decimal Olympiad” in which they timed and recorded how many seconds it took to run a 50 yard dash and crab crawl, for example. photo gallery

Middle school honor roll lists now online

Congratulations to students who earned a place on the high honor roll or honor roll for their academic achievements during the first quarter. honor roll lists

High school honor roll lists now online

Congratulations to students who earned a place on the high honor roll or honor roll for their academic achievements during the first quarter. honor roll lists

Superintendent's letter regarding teacher's resignation

During a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 17, the Schalmont Board of Education accepted high school social studies teacher Kevin Meachem's resignation, effective immediately. A superintendent's letter informing parents of this change is being sent home today with students in his classes and will be mailed to the volleyball team. download letter [PDF]

Freshman class gets a glimpse of college life

The entire freshman class got a taste for campus life last week during school-sponsored trips to Hartwick College, SUNY Oneonta or SUNY Delhi on Friday, Nov. 7. full story

Jefferson third grader treated like 'Millionaire for a Day'

Nikos Johnson, a third grader at Jefferson Elementary, was randomly selected to be treated like a Millionaire for a Day by First New York Federal Credit Union on November 13. full story

RPI student ambassadors visit Schalmont High School

Members of the RPI Student Ambassadors program spent the day at Schalmont High School today to help inspire our young students to consider future careers as engineers. Learn more/photo gallery

Schalmont English teacher an 'Educator of Excellence'

Schalmont Middle School teacher Elisa Pepe earned an Educator of Excellence Award at the New York State English Council Conference in Albany this fall for “inspiring excellence in students.” Learn More

State Department of Health requests that districts disseminate information on Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The fall and winter months often mean more cold symptoms, influenza and occasional fevers. This season is no different, but recent media reports about communicable diseases in New York City and Dallas, Texas, have prompted Schalmont to both review its procedures for preventing the spread of illnesses (such as the flu and colds) and also to respond to requests from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Education Department (SED) to distribute information about Ebola. Learn more

Schalmont Board of Education honored for School Board Recognition Week

In honor of School Board Recognition Week Oct. 27-31, school officials and students recognized Schalmont's seven-member Board of Education during a regularly scheduled board meeting in October. learn more

Fifth grade international festival celebrates diversity

The entire fifth grade came together on Friday, Oct. 24 for an International Festival to celebrate each other and friends in distant lands. Photo gallery

Schalmont consortium wins $348,311 leadership grant

A consortium of Capital Region BOCES, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and 17 school districts — including the Schalmont Central School District — have won a $348,311 grant from the New York State Education Department to enhance and expand the expertise of area principals. learn more

Holocaust survivor/author visits Schalmont Middle School

Marion B. Lazan, Holocaust survivor and co-author of the book Four Perfect Pebbles, visted Schalmont Middle School again in October to share her personal story of survival and resilience. photo gallery

Schalmont Ranks No. 19 Among 83 Albany Area School Districts

The Schalmont Central School District has been ranked No. 19 in the Albany area in student performance in a report by Business First. According to the publication, the rankings reflect the collective performance of each district's public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade over a period of four years. learn more

Schalmont Athletic Association raises more than $12,000 at golf tournament

The Schalmont Athletic Association raised more than $12,000 at its Eighth Annual Golf Tournament at the Pine Haven Country Club in Guilderland on Sept. 29. learn more  

Professional development day focuses on enhancing instructional technology

Research shows teacher quality is the single most powerful influence on a student's achievement, which is why it's so important for educators to sustain and enhance their practice through ongoing, professional development. learn more

School Attendance: 'Got to be in it to win it!'

Schalmont Schools takes attendance very seriously! In fact,daily attendance is one of the most important factors in whether or not a student will succeed in school. Every minute counts ... every student counts! more about attendance More about attendance

Schalmont celebrates Homecoming 2014

Homecoming has always been a time of year when the Schalmont community and alumni come together to celebrate what makes it special. photo gallery

Seasonal flu and enterovirus information

The New York State Health Department offers this seasonal flu information and information about the enterovirus for Schalmont parents. parent flu guide (pdf) and Enterovirus informaton (pdf)

Have you visited our new "Community News Ebackpack" page?

In an effort to save paper and the time of our busy teachers and office staff, flyers for non-profit community organizations are now being posted on our "Community News eBackpack" page instead of being distributed via traditionally printed backpack mail. Learn more

State assessment scores show need for improvement

The New York State Department of Education, last month, released district and school results for the English and math assessments that students in grades three through eight took in the spring of 2014. Learn more

Schalmont raises $3,000 in scholarship money at second annual Race Back to School

The Schalmont community raised some $3,000 in scholarship money as more than 120 students and adults participated in yesterday's second annual Race Back to School 5K challenge. view musical slideshow or view race winners (pdf)

District reaches new three-year contract agreement with its administrators

The Schalmont Central School District has reached a new three-year contract agreement with its administrators that will carry them through the 2016-17 school year. Learn more

Welcome back to school!

Schalmont was filled with excitement on Thursday, Sept. 4, as students returned for the 2014-15 school year. Photo gallery

Motivational speaker/educator highlights staff opening day

Motivational speaker/educator Luis Cruz, Ph.D. kicked off the 2014-15 school year on a positive note for Schalmont faculty and staff on Sept. 2. Learn more

Fall Adult Education program guide now available online

The Schalmont Central School District Fall 2014 Adult Education program guide is now available online. Register today! Classes begin Oct. 20. The Fall program guide is also being mailed to district residents. view program guide (pdf)

Coming soon: "Parent University" series

Stay tuned for information about a series of informative "Parent University" workshops and webinars that will be offered throughout the school year for Schalmont parents, families and community members. The series is being designed to help participants better understand the changing educational landscape, including the Common Core Learning Standards, and to provide resources that will support child(ren)'s academic success and emotional growth at home.  

SNN: Keeping you connected to your child's school

The new school year is almost upon us. Make sure your SNN profile is up to date. New to the district? Sign up for SNN today to stay connected with your child's school. Learn more  

Subscribe to Parent Today... Today!

Parent Today is a free e-mail newsletter and companion website designed to help build a stronger bridge between families and the classroom. Parent Today is packed with research-based information that empowers parents and supports teachers. Learn more  

Visit colonialcouncil.org for sports schedules

All Schalmont Central School District sports schedules are now available online through colonialcouncil.org. Visitors can view all sports events scheduled for the day or individual team schedules by season. Once you access the site, you will be able to subscribe for text messages and e-mail notifications for all athletic teams, including event reminders and change notifications.

Follow Superintendent Pallas on Twitter

You can now follow Dr. Carol Pallas on the online social networking service Twitter. The new superintendent live "tweets" from school and district events and also shares important educational resources and information with the Schalmont community. Sign-up for a free Twitter account if you don't have one already. Follow Dr. Pallas