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Communicating while saving resources!

Community News eBackpack logoSchool officials frequently receive requests from a variety of community groups, as well as organizations outside of the school district's boundaries to distribute information about events, activities and programs that may be of interest to district children and their families.

The district has a long-standing tradition of cooperating with community agencies and organizations and serves as a central hub of activity in the community, particularly as it relates to educational and recreational opportunities available to children. To that end, the district strives to assist in making students and parents aware of additional opportunities for growth and development.

In the past, requests have been fulfilled by sending flyers home via backpack mail at the elementary school and middle school levels, and occasionally by posting online. However, at that time, there was not a clear policy or guidelines in place to follow when considering approval of such requests and appropriate distribution channels based on the type of organization and content submitted.

In addition, the distribution of such information and announcements to each student takes time from the instructional day. To that end, the district is making an effort to save paper and the time of our busy teachers and office staff.

 Instead of distribution via traditionally printed backpack mail, flyers for non-profit community organizations will be posted on this "Community News eBackpack" page.

The district's communications guidelines will be followed when considering approval of such requests and any other appropriate distribution channels based on the type of organization and content submitted.

If you have any questions, please contact the district's Communications Office at 355-9200, ext. 4006, or

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we make this transition.


Share information about your local, non-profit community organization's event or activity!

If you have a community announcement you would like posted, please click here to access the online submission form. Be sure to also read our terms and conditions for posting. Requests from for-profit organizations will not be fulfilled.  

  • Register now for US Baseball Academy Winter Camps!
    Coming to Schalmont in the February, join SHS Coah Chris Teta to develop your skills or work on your fundamentals.
    Sessions will be held from noon to 4:30 in the new HS gym. Click here for dates and more information.
    Click here to register.
  • Fall Swim Lessons at the Duanesburg YMCA
    Fall II Session
    When: October 29th through December 16th
    *no classes on Thanksgiving or Halloween: make-ups are December 19th and 20th
    Weekday Group Classes:
    Water Discovery A: Wednesdays 5 – 5:30pm
    Water Acclimation 1: (Preschool) Mondays 5 – 5:30pm OR Wednesdays 6:05 – 6:35pm (Youth) Thursdays 5:30 – 6:10pm
    Water Movement 2: (Preschool) Mondays 5:35 – 6:05pm OR Wednesdays 5:35 – 6:05pm OR Fridays 6:05 – 6:35pm (Youth) Thursdays 6:15 – 6:55pm
    Water Stamina 3: (Preschool) Thursdays 5 – 5:30pm (Youth) Mondays 6:10 – 6:50pm
    Stroke Development 4: (Preschool) Fridays 4:45 – 5:15pm (Youth) Fridays 5:20 – 6:00pm

    Saturday Lessons
    When: November 3rd through December 15th
    Water Discovery A: 10:30 – 11:00am
    Water Acclimation 1: (Preschool) 10:20—10:50am OR 11:05–11:35am (Youth) 9:45 – 10:25am
    Water Movement 2: (Preschool) 9:00 – 9:30am OR
    11:05 – 11:35am (Youth) 9:00 – 9:40am
    Water Stamina 3: (Preschool) 11:00 – 11:30am (Youth) 9:35—10:15am

    To register, visit, call (518)895-9500, or email
  • CPR, First -Aid, AED and Lifeguard Certifications
    Duanesburg Area Community Center
    For dates and information, contact or (518) 895-9500


The "Community News E-Backpack" page is provided as a service to parents for informational purposes only. Programs listed are not necessarily affiliated with nor endorsed by the Schalmont Central School District. For more information about the activities and organizations listed above, please use the contact information provided with each entry.  

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