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Joby Gifford, Principal
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Jefferson student boy making a funny face as he gets off bus

Life at Jefferson

Jefferson Elementary School is full of eager students and great staff doing wonderful things. Check out what an average day looks like.

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A male student sits on a bench with a statue of ronald mcdonaldJefferson excels in Read for the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser

Jefferson Elementary won a grand prize for being one of the schools to raise the most money for the Read for the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser. Our two highest fundraisers -students Ian DeSantis and Angelina Riccio – got to visit the Ronald McDonald House in Albany for an awards ceremony. Earlier this week, Curious George came for a visit to thank the students at Jefferson for participatng and we will awarding prizes to all the students who participated in the Read for the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser on Friday at our reading celebration.
Click here to see more pictures on the Schalmont Facebook page.


Waggin’ tails for 12 years straight!

First grade teacher Jamie Pink has been using therapy dogs as reading companions for 12 years now in Schalmont. It is a unique program called Tail Waggin' Tutors, where the class partners with five volunteer dog groups that visit her class each week for 45 minutes-hour. Having students read to dogs has shown multiple benefits. The kids can read in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere that helps lessen the stress of reading aloud in class.
Plus, you get to hang out with a dog. That’s always a bonus.


Tabs for Tots: Jefferson students donate pull tabs to Ronald McDonald House

Jefferson students have been collecting bottle tabs and tops for the Ronald McDonald House. So far, they’ve donated eight gallon-size bags of tabs and tops. Read more.


Jefferson students begin March Madness with ‘Merica Monday

March Madness is infecting Jefferson classrooms! During the month, classes do a March Madness Tournament of Books and have themed dress-up days each week. Students recently kicked it off by celebrating “’Merica Monday." Read more.


Jefferson students support the Ronald McDonald House!

Jefferson Elementary is participating in the Read for Ronald McDonald House Program this year! The program supports the Ronald McDonald House of Albany, which provides housing and supportive services to families of children who are sick and receiving treatment from our local area hospitals. Learn more.

Princetown Church donates teacher supplies

Many thanks to the Princetown Church for this delivery of teacher supplies!
Coordinated by Pastor Ian Bonthron, the church had offered to take up a collection during the holidays for this purpose. The Princetown Church also pays for our extra weekend servings not covered by the Schenectady Foundation.

Flu facts

What are the symptoms? Should your child stay home from school?
With flu season upon us, take some time to read this handy flu fact sheet [PDF].

A message from Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas

As we begin the new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the successes of the first few months of the school year. Read the letter from Dr. Pallas.

Here there be dragons!

Mr. Eddie, an employee from Pet Supplies Plus Pet Store in Glenville, recently brought a dragon to Mrs. Pink’s and Mrs. LeRoy’s classrooms. View the pics - if you dare!

Save the date: Kindergarten orientation scheduled for March 20

We're having an orientation presentation for the parents of our Kindergarten Class of 2018-19 on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m., at Jefferson Elementary School. In order to ensure you receive the paperwork necessary to pre-register your child, parents of eligible children are asked to contact the school at 518-355-1342 ext 5080.

Families dealing with cancer get help from Jefferson students

Recently, students from Mrs. LeRoy's, Mrs. O'Rourke's, Miss Pink's and Miss Scotti's classes teamed up to decorate Christmas bags for the patients of The Melodies Center for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology to use while they "shop" for presents for their family members when they are at appointments. Read more.

Advisory Committee gets budget, fund balance overview

Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas and Business Administrator Joe Lenz gave a budgeting primer and an in depth look at fund balance to the Schalmont Budget Advisory Committee when it convened its first meeting recently. Read more about Schalmont's budget.

November letter from the principals

Mr. Gifford and Mrs. Gordon discuss the importance of attendance and clear communication in this month's letter. Read more from the Jefferson principals.

Jefferson teachers boost morale, build unity

Teachers at Jefferson are creating unity among grade level teams as well as building colleagues in a number of ways. Read more about the team building at Jefferson.

Makerspace 2017-18 schedule available

Schalmont's Makerspace has a number of amazing events and activities planned for the 2017-18 school year, including events for Jefferson Mini Makers. Click here for a schedule of events

Back-to-school newsletter from Mr. Gifford

We are off to a great start to a new school year. As our first newsletter will come out at the end of the month, this letter will provide some updates. Read the full letter

Professional Development Days focus on the future

Superintendent Carol Pallas welcomed new and returning teachers and staff to a new school year, asking that this year the district focuses on the future and how they can best prepare their students for it. Click here to learn more about this year's goals

Letter to Community from Schalmont Superintendent on 2017-18 school year

It’s hard to believe that it is almost time to start another school year! The 2017-18 academic year gets underway Thursday, Sept. 7 for grades 1-12 and Friday, Sept. 8 for our kindergarten students. Between now and then, our staff is busy preparing for another great year! Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Carol Pallas

Letter to Parents from Jefferson Elementary School

Welcome back to Jefferson Elementary School! We would like to extend a special welcome to each of our 120 new kindergarten students. For students in first grade through fourth grade, our first day of school is scheduled for Thursday, September 7, 2017. Click here to read the full letter

Register online for "Race Back to School" 5K Run/Walk

You can register online for the "Race Back to School" 5K Run/Walk being held at Schalmont CSD on Saturday,September 16, 2017.  Click here to learn how you can sign up

2017-18 supply lists for Jefferson Elementary School

These are the lists of supplies students are asked to have for instruction at the start of the 2017-18 school year  Click here for the complete list

Fourth Grade Class honored during Moving Up Ceremony

Fourth Grade students at Jefferson Elementary School celebrate moving up a grade with their parents and teachers. Click here for the full story.

Schalmont's walk/ride distance establishment vote postponed

The June 15 vote to establish walk/ride distances for students has been postponed. Read more about the decision here.

Please take Schalmont's Technology & Learning Survey

We are asking parents to fill out our Technology & Learning questionnaire. Click here to get started.

Turn off TV events

Check out the free family fun nights the Jefferson PTO has planned several events throughout the month. view event schedule

When the weather outside is frightful...

When winter weather arrives, the Schalmont Central School District has established criteria for deciding whether to close school for the day, cancel afternoon and evening activities, or dismiss students earlier than normal. Learn more about the process

Sign up for Tools for Schools

Sign up for Price Chopper's Tools for Schools and help Jefferson Elementary earn points to get needed equipment for free such as school supplies, musical instruments, and playground equipment. All you have to do is sign up by entering your Price Chopper card number and the school's code, which is 16008.

Safety procedures at Jefferson

The front doors at Jefferson Elementary School facing Princetown Road are only being used for student arrival and dismissal each day. These doors will remain locked at all other times. All student drop offs, pickups, and parent visitors should enter the building via the primary office accessed by Ford Avenue. Learn more


• Proposed budget preserves program, staff; increases security, student support

 District budget vote and board election is May 15, 2018

• On-campus bus facility would come at no tax increase to the community

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