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Dr. Carol Pallas
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Schenectady, NY 12306
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Two Sabres sign college letters of intent

Two of Schalmont High School's top athletes signed their letter of intent to attend and play at colleges next fall. Amanda LaBelle has earned a Bowling scholarship at Indiana Tech and Allison Hutchins a Swimming scholarship at the University of Tampa. learn more

Budget proposal focuses on long-term success

Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas and Business Administrator Joseph Lenz presented an overview of a proposed spending plan for the 2015-16 school year to the Board of Education and community on April 13 that expands opportunities for students while staying fiscally responsible. learn more

Upcoming New York State assessments

The 2015 New York State English Language Arts exams for students in grades 3-8 will be given April 14-16 while the math exams will be given April 22-24. The eighth grade science performance exam will be given May 27 while the written portion will be given June 1.  testing schedule | Test-Taking Tips

Voters to decide on proposition to replace five school buses

On May 19, when Schalmont residents head to the polls to vote on the 2015-16 school budget and school board election, they will also consider a separate proposition for $470,000 to purchase five new school buses. learn more

Schools see more aid in approved state budget

After an unusual state budget process that included a mid-session change in Assembly leadership and preliminary school aid data that was withheld from school districts by the Governor, the Schalmont Central School District expects an estimated $882,168 increase in state funding over the current year (without building aid) as part of the final state budget approved by the State Legislature. learn more

SHS actors to stage Hairspray April 24-26

The Schalmont High School Drama Club will stage the musical comedy, Hairspray, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 24-26, in the Schalmont High School auditorium. learn more

Assessment review team informs instruction, supports learning goals

Schalmont is participating the Teaching is the Core (TiTC) grant through a consortium of 12 districts, led by Capital Region BOCES and funded through a $399,946 grant from the New York State Education Department. The initiative aims to thoughtfully review and improve assessments in consortium districts to ensure they inform instruction and support learning goals. learn more

'Hoops for the House' raises $5,000 for charity/PTO

The Schalmont Middle School PTO raised $5,000 at its recent Hoops for the House event to be split between the PTO and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital District. learn more

District unveils second 2015-16 budget draft despite state revenue unknowns

Schalmont district officials presented a second draft budget proposal for the 2015-16 school year to the Board of Education this month, despite continued uncertainty over the district’s state aid revenues for next school year. learn more

2015-16 school year calendar now online

The Schalmont Board of Education recently approved the 2015-16 school year calendar. A more detailed district calendar for the upcoming school year will be provided to parents at a later date. download calendar [PDF]

Schalmont Athletic Association raises $4,650 at bowling event

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, the Schalmont Athletic Association raised approximately $4,650 at its eighth annual "No Tap" Bowling Outing at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady on Jan. 31. learn more

Jefferson first-graders spearhead March Madness book tournament

In honor of March Madness, Jefferson Elementary School first-graders are kicked-off a bracket-style book tournament March 19. Fifteen other elementary classes are also participating. learn more

March newsletter cover imageMarch 2015 district newsletter now online

The latest edition of Schalmont's district newsletter features updates on the district's budget development process, attendance initiative and technology integration. You will also learn more about the upcoming drama club performance of Hairspray and other events and information. A hard copy should be arriving in residents' mailboxes soon. download newsletter [PDf]

Faculty and staff participate in March professional development day

Learning to enhance instruction with technology was one of many topics explored March 13 during Schalmont's third professional development day of the 2014-15 school year. view photos

Third quarter progress reports now online for grades 6-12

Third quarter progress reports for sixth through twelfth grade students are now available online through the Eschool Parent Portal. Please remember that grades 6-12 progress reports are no longer being mailed home This change became effective with high school students' second quarter progress reports and middle school students' third quarter progress reports. learn more about the portal 

Regents approves plan for new statewide science learning standards

In January, the New York State Board of Regents approved a strategic plan to enhance science instruction for students in grades K-12. learn more

Schalmont High basketball standouts

Congratulations to Schalmont High School basketball standouts Hailee Metzold and Zac O'Dell. Both were named Colonial Council Most Valuable Players for this past basketball Season. Hailee also finished her career as the second all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,275 points.

Board of Education nominating petitions available 

Nominating petitions are now available for Schalmont residents interested in running for an open seat on the school district's Board of Education. learn more

Budget development underway

Budget development is underway for the 2015-16 school year despite an unprecedented level of uncertainty surrounding the state budget. learn more

Schalmont boys come close, but lose sectional championship game

The Schalmont High School boys basketball team lost by 2 points to Hoosick Falls in Saturday's Section II Class B championship game at Colonie Central High School. The final score was 38-36. Congratulations on a tremendous season! Time union story

Schalmont teacher/student headline regional education forum

A Schalmont teacher and her former student captivated an overflow crowd at South Colonie last night, calling on Gov. Cuomo to take politics out of the state testing system and do what is best for school children. learn more

The important lessons not found in books

Some of the most important lessons students learn aren't found in textbooks. They come from life experiences, in the classroom, with family and out in the real world. To learn more about this visit Parent Today - a free blog provide to Schalmont parents. If you haven't signed up yet, the district ID is 12306. Parent today website

Vaccine is best way to protect against highly contagious measles

An increasing number of measles cases reported in the United States has health officials urging parents to vaccinate their children and be aware of the disease's symptoms. To learn more about this visit Parent Today - a free blog provide to Schalmont parents. If you haven't signed up yet, the district ID is 12306. Parent today website

Students demonstrate scientific knowledge at regional competition

Congratulations to the eight Schalmont High School students who participated in the New York State Science Olympiad Regional Competition at the College of Saint Rose on Sat. Feb. 7. learn more

Get money for college!

Did you know scholarships can help pay for college and don't have to be repaid? The upcoming school break is a great opportunity to review available scholarship opportunities and kick-start the application process. learn more

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 second 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 second quarter. honor roll lists

Jefferson Elementary ranked in top third among area elementary schools

Jefferson Elementary School has been ranked in the top third of elementary schools in the Capital Region by Niche. Jefferson was ranked No. 33 out of 100 schools. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students and faculty, and the students are very happy with their experiences. learn more

Teacher collaboration lets students dive deep into learning

The human brain is constantly looking for meaning through the five senses to better understand the world. In much the same way, students in Schalmont Central School District have found they can better understand real-world concepts through a practice that unites multiple subject areas: cross-curricular instruction. learn more

Stand Up 4 Our Public Schools

Help stand up for our public schools and give our students a chance to succeed. Ask our lawmakers for adequate funding. Now is the time to act. Watch our latest video to see how. video

Gallo accepts football scholarship to Merrimack College

Congratulations to Schalmont High School senior Nick Gallo, who made it official today by signing a national letter of intent to attend and play football at Merrimack College in Massachusetts in the fall. full story

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

Winter chill advisories in effect, students please dress appropriately for school

Schalmont reminds parents and students to keep in mind the importance of dressing appropriately for the winter weather. Students should arrive to school and leave wearing a coat and other winter accessories, such as hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and boots, as necessary. Together, we can keep our students safe and healthy during this cold spell. cold weather safety tips

Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase and education reforms, with no mention of the GEA

Under the Executive Budget Proposal outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 21, state funding for schools would increase by $1.1 billion next year – provided that state lawmakers go along with a series of education reforms that he described as “ambitious” in his combined budget address and State of the State message. learn more

Spring Adult Education Program Guide now available online

Whether you're interested in brushing up on your computer skills, improving your finances or finding a new and enjoyable hobby, Schalmont Central School District's Adult Education program has something for you! This spring, more than 70 fun and interactive classes will be available, including a new category of courses geared for children! The program guide may be downloaded online, and hard copies will be mailed to residents in February. view program guide (pdf)

Students purchase, wrap and deliver presents to local charity

The best part of Devin Morgan’s entire holiday vacation was delivering presents to a local charity. On Christmas Eve morning, the high school junior joined a group of his peers at the Ronald McDonald House to watch families open the presents he and his classmates purchased, wrapped and delivered. learn more

Technology significantly changing today's science labs

Equipped with safety goggles, aprons, glovesand Google Chromebook computerstoday's science labs are anything but traditional. During a recent sheep heart dissection, seniors in Paula Della Villa’s Human Biology course used computers to follow along with a virtual dissection lab, conduct research and search for specific images. photo gallery/read more

Meet Emma Whiteley: A special player on the Schalmont Girls Modified Basketball Team

Shot goes up and swish … the crowd goes wild! Any kid who has ever played basketball has daydreamed about it. But it wasn’t a daydream for Schalmont seventh grader Emma Whiteley – it was a dream come true as she laced up her sneakers for her first game as a member of the Girls Modified Basketball Team. learn more

Senior Elizabeth Jamison selected for All-Eastern Honors Ensemble

Congratulations to Schalmont High School senior Elizabeth Jamison (alto II) on being selected to perform in the 2015 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles. This is the first time in nearly 20 years that a Schalmont High School student has been selected for such an honor. learn more

Budget Advisory Committee meetings underway

A group of community volunteers came together last night for the first in a series of Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meetings to learn more about the budget development process. The entire community is invited to be part of the planning process by attending any number of BAC meetings, budget forums and board meetings, and staying up-to-date with budget news on the district website. View 2015-15 budget development calendar [PDF]

'Schalmont City' brings home two Future City awards

Congatulations to Schalmont Middle School's eleven-member team on taking home two awards from the annual Engineers Week Future City Competition at Proctors on Saturday.  learn more

Capital Region Gives: Schalmont student touts blood donations

The American Red Cross has heard every excuse in the book for not donating blood. That's why Dante Gallucci, a cancer survivor and junior at Schalmont High School in Rotterdam, decided to put a face on blood donations by speaking at a news conference Monday at the Dunkin' Donuts at 1636 Central Ave., to kick off the "Dunkin' Donors Make a Difference" campaign with the Red Cross. learn more

A season of giving at Schalmont

The holiday season has always been a time of year when the Schalmont community comes together to raise spirits and help those in need. This year proved to be no different as students, teachers and staff helped friends and neighbors with school-sponsored giving trees, food drives, toy and clothing collections, caroling and much more. photo gallery

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

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

'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]

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

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

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 for sports schedules

All Schalmont Central School District sports schedules are now available online through 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