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Dr. Carol Pallas
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Schenectady, NY 12306
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Business Review ranks Schalmont 22

Schalmont ranks 22 out of 84 regional schools based on  test scores, 2015 SAT scores and graduation rates in Albany Business Review rankings. learn more

Kindergarden registration information

Athough Kindergarten screening will take place throughout the summer, teacher placement of students will occur on Aug. 15 and Sept. 6. download registration packet

MS/HS Summer School registration

Registration for Summer School is 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 in the Schalmont High School library. view flyer

Regents approve new graduation pathway

At its June 2016 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents adopted a regulation that will allow all students statewide the opportunity to graduate with a Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential added to their high school diplomas. learn more

Sports clearance dates set

Students are required to go to the health office on a specific date/time with their completed paperwork for sports clearance. see schedule

Board of Regents extends special education safety net

Certain students with disabilities will be allowed to graduate without passing all required Regents exams. learn more

Schalmont High School named a No Place for Hate school

The Anti-Defamation League of New York designated Schalmont High School a No Place for Hate school thanks to the work of the members of SADD. learn more

Cronk named Valedictorian

Kennedy Cronk, the daughter of Jodi and Earl Cronk, lives in Rotterdam, and will be graduating with a grade point average of 98.55 percent. She will be attending Clemson University, where she will study engineering and business.  Learn More

Hasan named Class of 2016 Salutatorian

Shaheen Hasan, daughter of Feroz and Saman Hasan of Rotterdam has been named the Class of 2016 Salutatorian. Graduating with a GPA of 98.4 percent, she will be attending SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, where she will be majoring in Nanoscale Science. learn more

Top 10% honored

Congratulations to the students ranked academically in the top 10% of  the Class of 2016! There were many thanks, laughs, hugs, and even a few tears. Best of luck to everyone! view album

Congratulations to Alumni Wall of Distinction honoree

1987 Schalmont graduate Richard Franzen was inducted into the Almuni Wall of Distinction June 7. view ceremony

Brian Sherman named interim Schalmont Middle School principal

The Schalmont Board of Education appointed Brian D. Sherman as interim principal for Schalmont Middle School at its meeting Monday, June 6. learn more

4th Grade Chorus does good for the environment

Jefferson’s Fourth Grade Chorus raised $397, which will go toward 397 trees being planted in Colorado as part of the project One Tree Planted. learn more

Another victory for Schalmont baseball

 Sabres beat Ogdensburg Free Academy Saturday 9-0 and move on to the Class B State Semifinals against Fredonia, Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. at Maine-Endwell. The Daily Gazette

No school June 23

Please be advised that the last day of school for students has changed. Wednesday, June 22 will now be the last day of school for the 2015-16 school year. See letter from the superintendent

Schalmont, local pre-k teachers pair up to better prepare kindergartners

Schalmont teachers Marie Drislane and Amy Glick had been noticing that incoming students weren’t as prepared as they could be for kindergarten, so they set out to change that. learn more

‘Shark Tank’ Sabre Style

Students were tasked to create an invention or improve upon an existing product that would make a person’s or a pet’s life easier. Students could work in teams of up to four and where judged on creativity and originality, usefulness, and functionality. learn more

Student projects on display

Young Minds Expo shows off some of the great projects Schalmont students have been working on this year. view gallery

Baseball team heads to states

The Sabres, winners of three sectional titles since 2013, return to Ballston Spa on Thursday for a state regional contest against Section VII champion Plattsburgh. learn more

Students plan, build, plant garden

Students in the Craft and the Environmental Club joined forces with the community and Schalmont staff to create a vegetable garden in the Middle School courtyard. Learn more

Seventh graders go back in time

Colonial America returned to Schalmont Middle School last week. learn more

Congratulations to the Boys Baseball team!

The Schalmont baseball team beat Spa Catholic 7-2 Wednesday to win the Class BB title. The Sabres will take on Hoosic Valley in the Class B/BB playoff game on Saturday. Times Union article; news channel 6

Richard Franzen named 2016 Alumni Wall of Distinction honoree

We are proud to announce the 2016 Schalmont High School Alumni Wall of Distinction Honoree is 1987 graduate Richard Franzen. learn more

Students get Kudos with 'Kupcakes'

Students were nominated by their teachers to receive some tasty treats for a job well-done. learn more

Sabre Nation wins Youth Acheivement Award

Schalmont Middle School’s Sabre Nation organization was recognized with the Youth Achievement Award at the 33rd Annual Schenectady County Human Rights Commission Ceremony. lean More

Voters approve budget

Schalmont Central School District residents approved the proposed 2016-17 budget Tuesday, May 17 with 705 yes votes to 254 no votes, or 73.4 percent. learn more

Girls Soccer Team recognized by NYS Legislature

The 2015 NYS Championship Schalmont Girls Soccer Team was recognized by both houses of the NYS Legislature on May 11. learn more

Students present at Maker Madness

Five Schalmont Middle School students, along with middle school librarian Linda Fasano, presented at the “Maker Madness” workshop for the New York State Section of School Librarians Conference in Albany on May 7. learn more

Mark your calendars for May 17

Tuesday, May 17 is the annual school district budget vote, Board elections, and BBQ! learn more

Sign up for Camp Invention and save $15

 Camp Invention is coming to Jefferson Aug. 1-5! Register before May 10 to receive a discount of $15 off tuition. Camp Invention involves engaging and authentic STEM activities for students who are entering 1st-6th grade. Imagine, explore, design and build with local educators. Go to for more info and to register your child. Watch this short video to learn more.

Congratulations to the Student Gazette winners

Schalmont middle schoolers named winners in Daily Gazette student contest. learn more

Congratulations to the Science Honor Society inductees

Induction ceremony welcomes 13 new members. learn more

Ryder heads to Empire Girls State orientation

Alexis Ryder was selected as Schalmont's 2016 Empire Girls State Representative. Empire Girls State is a hands-on week-long educational workshop, focusing on Americanism and the political process, sponsored by the New York State American Legion Auxiliary. learn more

'Lost Boys of Sudan' visit Schalmont

Schalmont hosted a special pair of visitors recently when Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi, two of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” characterized in the book A Long Walk to Water, shared their experiences with the Schalmont students and community. learn more

Schalmont apparel available

You can now order Schalmont apparel from the SAA online. View flyer

Marching Band parades at Disney

Schalmont's Marching Band peformed at the "Happiest Place on Earth" last week. view album

Youth Baseketball Camp dates set

The Schalmont Boys Basketball program is hosting it’s 3rd annual summer basketball camp for players who will be going into grades 2-8 for the 2016-2017 school year. Camp will be held July 11-15. View flyer

Letter from the Superintendent

Schalmont Superintendent Carol Pallas addresses district communications. learn more

Four candidates vie for three open board of ed seats

On May 17, voters will elect three candidates to three open seats on the Schalmont Board of Education. Theses seats are currently held by John DiCocco, Amelia Hallam, and Robert Sheehan. learn more

Board of Education adopts proposed budget for 2016-17

Schalmont Central School District residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 17 to vote on a $46,570,427 budget proposal for the 2016-17 school year, which increases spending by $772,866 or 1.7 percent over the current year’s budget. learn more

Domino's delivers...on school assignment

Domino's Pizza of Schenectady brought a pizza party to Schalmont first grader Oliver Jordan's class in response to a letter Jordan wrote as a school assignment. view facebook album

'Lost Boys of Sudan' are coming to Schalmont

Schalmont will host a special pair of visitors on Friday night. Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi, two of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” characterized in the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, will share their experiences with the Schalmont community at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 in the High School theater. learn more

Elimination of GEA puts district in better budget position

District officials were pleased with the positive financial news that filtered in last week in the form of the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment and the final rates for the district’s health care plans. learn more

Teacher contract ratified

The Schalmont Board of Education and Schalmont Teachers’ Association have ratified a new contract.The agreement, which covers July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2018, includes an increase in the employee contribution to health care premiums and more competitive stipends for coaches. learn more

2016-17 State Budget Includes $1.5 Billion Education Funding Increase, End to GEA

New York lawmakers approved a 2016-17 state budget on April 1 that includes an overall $1.5 billion – or 6.5 percent – increase in education funding. But more importantly for Schalmont Central School district, the new state budget ends the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which has diverted billions of dollars from schools during the last seven years. learn more

Schalmont student arrested

A Schalmont student was arrested today on a class D felony for “making terroristic threats.” learn more

Letter to parents - updated 4/4/16

Dr. Carol Pallas addresses an ongoing community concern. read letter

Dollars for Scholars announces its the 2016 fundraiser

Now in its fifteenth year, the Dollars for Scholars (DFS) phone-a-thon will be held April 20-21. learn more

American History Club visits Gettysburg

The eighth-grade American History Club, with advisers Michael DiCocco and Pete Rings took a trip to Gettysburg this past Thursday and Friday. view album

Drama Club takes on the Great White Way

"Best of Broadway 2 - A Musical and Theater Celebration” hits the Schalmont stage at 7 p.m. April 7-9.  learn more

Students learn about being "Sweethearts and Heroes"

Schalmont elementary and middle school students were treated to a special assembly last week by Sweethearts and Heroes that focused on what students can do as bystanders when they witness bullying. learn more

Volunteers needed

Schalmont CSD is looking for volunteers to help work the polls on the annual school budget vote day Tuesday, May 17. You can volunteer for as little as an hour or as many as you want between noon and 9 p.m. Poll volunteers confirm identification and residency. To be a volunteer, you must be 18 years old and a district resident. For more information or to sign up, please call 355-9200, ext. 4002.

Literature comes to life

Jefferson first-graders dressed up as their favorite book characters to celebrate reading today. view album

Lockdown drills held at high school and middle school

Schalmont Middle and High Schools conducted a lockdown drill today, March 29. The event lasted approximately 15 minutes, during which time the complex went into complete lockdown as it would if it were a true emergency. learn more

Schalmont CSD needs your help: Advocate today!

As the Senate and Assembly draw closer to a New York State budget, your advocacy for our school is needed! Please consider calling or emailing your local legislators to remind them to fully fund public schools and eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment. learn more

Spanish classes deliever pop-up restaurant experience

Students in Mrs. Resue's Level 3 and Mrs. Riggin's Level 1 Spanish classes collaborated on an in-house language experience today in the High School cafeteria. Students in Spanish Level 1 invited their partners to "restaurants" run by students in Level 3. All students had to communicate as best they could in Spanish to describe a dish, order food, and give directions. Students will be evaluating each other on their ability to converse with each other.  view gallery

Camp Invention coming to JES

We are excited to announce that Jefferson Elementary will host Camp Invention the week of Aug. 1-5 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this summer for children entering first through sixth grade. Register online at This an amazing program focuses on fun STEM learning, and includes exploring animals and discovering science concepts through hands-on learning and designing and building prototypes. View flyer for more information.

Music in Our Schools Month

March is Music in Our Schools Month and Schalmont celebrated with choral and instrumental concerts, featuring middle school and high school musicians. Visit our Facebook choral and instrumental galleries for photos.

Schalmont hosts Alan November, international leader in education technology

Renowned international leader in education technology Alan November was at Schalmont today to speak to educators from Schalmont, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Broadalbin-Perth, Capital Region BOCES, Cohoes, Guilderland, Menands, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, and Shenendehowa. Learn more

Students share their Flat Stanley adventures

Jamie Pink's first graders learned about different parts of the world, thanks to the Flat Stanley Project.  learn more

Schalmont Middle School's got talent!

The SMS Talent Show was a success and featured a wide variety of performances ranging from singing and dancing to piano playing and acting, with a little bit of comedy also. learn more

Sabre Court rules on copyright infringement

Sabre Court was in session last week as sixth graders in Kacie Rea’s digital literacy class prepared for copyright infringement lawsuit trials. learn more

Living Environment class gets special visitors

Michele Freeman's Living Environment class has been working on a genetics unit, which includes concepts such as DNA, Hybridization, and selective breeding. As a special "real-life" case, Freeman arraigned to have the McDonalds bring in their Goldendoodles, both adults and three-week-old puppies. learn more

New Visions students get an 'A' in Albany Med Brain Bee

Giuliana Mertz and Shaheen Hasan compete in the 2016 Brain Bee Competition at Albany Medical Center. learn more

Culinary students honored, ready to compete in SkillsUSA event

Eight culinary students from around the region, including three from Schalmont, will represent Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School  at the regional SkillsUSA competition later this month. learn more

Author shares tales with JES students

Local children's book author and illustrator Matt McElligott stopped by Jefferson Elementary to spend some time explaining his life as an author and sharing his stories with the students. learn more

Seventh graders hold Wellness Fair

Schalmont seventh graders presented their research on vitamins and minerals today to parents and staff at their Wellness Fair. view gallery

Creative solutions on display at Invention Convention

Third graders at Jefferson Elementary displayed their problem-solving skills today with the annual Invention Convention. learn more

State now requires meningitis vaccination in grades 7, 12

Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, students entering seventh and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York state. learn more

School bus drivers wanted

Schalmont Central School Transportation Department is looking for qualified individuals who are interested in becoming school bus drivers. If you are 21 years of age, have a clean driving record, and love working with young people, then school bus driving may be for you! learn more

"Back to Broadway 2" tickets on sale now

Tickets for the Schalmont Drama Club’s “Best of Broadway 2”  are now on sale for the musical taking place April 7-9. learn more

District procedures for school closings and delays

As cooler weather approaches, now is a good time to review the district's procedures for school closings and delays and make sure all your contact information on SNN is up-to-date and that you like our Facebook page or follow our Twitter feed. learn more

New after-hours MS/HS entrance

When entering the high school/middle school building after 3:30 p.m., please use the new gym entrance. For safety, all other doors to the building, including the main entrances, will remain locked.SNN: Keeping you connected to your child's schoolAll 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.