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Shalmont Central School District
Scott Ziomek, Principal
Kenneth Rizzo, Assistant Principal

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2 Sabre Drive, Schenectady, NY 12306 • Phone: 518.355.6255 Fax: 518.355.5329

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Schalmont Middle School is home to approximately 600 students in fifth- through eighth-grade, and a dynamic faculty of approximately 50 full- or part-time teachers.

Philosphy Statement

Schalmont Middle School believes that all students are unique individuals capable of becoming life-long learners, free to develop their own abilities. Each can learn to communicate effectively through language; think critically using the analytic tools of mathematics, science, and logic; think creatively and intelligently to solve problems; demonstrate knowledge of our common human heritage and its rights and responsibilities; develop a sense of awareness for art, music and literature; and practice habits of good physical and mental health.

Through programs and activities designed to meet individual needs, students will strive toward academic success. A respect for all people and the development of self-discipline is a responsibility for all students to attain through a positive learning environment. It is the task of all who come in contact with the students of our community to challenge and develop their strengths and helps them learn to be successful. We strive to develop self-confident, healthy, and knowledgeable individuals who demonstrate zest for being contributing members of society.

Middle School Program

The purpose of the middle school is to provide students with an effective transition from the elementary
level to high school level of education. Our instructional program is intended to provide students with the basic
skills necessary to become independent learners. Early adolescence is also a period of profound physical and
psychological change and we feel that it is our responsibility to help students to become responsible decision-makers and good citizens.

By the time students have successfully completed the middle school, they should have the attitude and skills
necessary to continue their education throughout the course of their lives and to function effectively in a
democratic society. All faculty and staff members stand ready to provide every student with the best instructional program possible, and hope that each student will do their best to take advantage of the many educational opportunities available.

The sixth- through eighth-grade program operates on a rotating schedule with teams of teachers responsible for their academic programming. Fifth-graders spend most of their days in self-contained classrooms—similiar to the traditional elementary school format—except for lunch, which is separate from older grades, and when teachers escort them to and from special classes, such as art and music.

All students have the option to participate in clubs, activities, intramural sports, chorus, instrumental music lessons, and band. On select Fridays, from 7-9 p.m. during the months of September through March, Sabre City events provide students with a variety of recreational activities (dances and games). Parent chaperones are sought each year to help make the program successful.  

Arrival and Dismissal

Arrival for all students in fifth- through eighth-grade is at 7:40 a.m. and dismissal is at 2:15 p.m.

Student/Parent Handbook

Learn more about the school and its guidelines by downloading the student/parent handbook.

Code of Conduct

 

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