November 24, 2014
Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
11/13/14 - Elementary parent conferences, no school for students K-5
11/14/14 - Elementary parent conferences, no school for students K-5
11/13/14-11/15/14 - High School Drama Production "Noises Off."
11/18/14 - The Board of Education meeting orignially scheduled for 11/25 has been changed to 11/18
11/19/14 - The Counseling, College, and Career Center is hosting a Financial Aid Night on at 6:30pm in the High School East Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.
11/20/14 - MS/HS Report Cards Distributed
11/27/14-11/28/14 - Thanksgiving Recess, No School
There have been rumors circulating about the proposed Board of Education Policy 5645 and Regulation 5645R (Use of Bathroom and Locker Room Facilities) that were presented for a first reading at the November 4th school board meeting and up for approval at the December 2nd meeting. This policy ensures appropriate and consistent guidelines for facility use by both students and staff. Essentially, it aligns the district practice with policy.
As society changes, so does the need for the district to develop comprehensive and thoughtful policies to reflect the changing needs and demands of our students. A major point of focus is the preservation of the dignity and safety for all in accordance with the state’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).
Although rare, the district has received requests for alternative restroom and locker room accommodations based on specific medical or psychological needs, in addition to the needs of students based on gender status/identity. This policy and regulation were developed to ensure that consistent procedures and protocols were in place to address these requests when they occur. 
Shen Athletics will again be running spectator buses to the football game at Dietz Stadium on Saturday night. Spectator buses are available for any students in grades 9-12. The buses will leave at 4:45 pm from the HS East parking lot. Students can pick up permission slips in the Athletic Office in the back of HS East. Cost of the bus is $15 per student. This is great way for students to get to the game and cheer on the Plainsmen as they are one win away from the state championship game!
High School health education teacher, Nicole Holehan is the recipient of the NYSAHPERD Health Teacher of the Year. Now that she has been recognized as a state level award winner, she can apply for the Eastern Region Health Educator of the Year and possibly the National Health Educator of the Year.
Teen Reader Con was held at Shen Middle Schools last weekend. Authors included: Jay Asher, Joseph Bruchac, Eric Devine, Jackie Morse Kessler, Patricia McCormick and Steve Sheinkin.
Shenendehowa is one of 547 districts in
the U.S. and Canada to be selected by the College Board for
the 5th Annual AP Honor Roll. Inclusion is based on three
years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, using the following
• Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
• Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
• Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
AP access is part of Shenendehowa's ongoing commitment, preparing and encouraging all students to take more rigorous courses to be ready for an increasingly competitive college and career environment.
NOISES OFF by Michael Frayn will be presented by the Shenendehowa High School Drama Club on Thursday and Friday, November 13th and 14th at 7pm & Saturday, November 15 at 2pm and 7pm in the High School West Auditorium. Tickets are $10 General Admission and available at the door. Visit www.shendrama.com for more information.
Congratulations to the Shen Girls Volleyball Team and head coach Lori Kessler for winning the Section 2 Class AA Championship. This makes five straight years as Class AA Sectional Champions! They play Baldwinsville in the regionals on Saturday, 11/8, at 2 p.m. at Niskayuna. Cost is $8.
Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team, head coach Jon
Bain, and assistant coach Peter Burbank for winning the
Class AA Boys Sectional Championship in a 1-0 game over
Niskayuna last night at Colonie HS. The boys soccer team
defeated Guilderland 1-0 last week and Niskayuna 1-0 last
night to secure the title for the Plainsmen. Both contests
went right down to the wire and were extremely tough, hard
fought victories. The team will return to regional action
this Saturday against the Section III champion. Check out
game photos @ShenAthletics on twitter.
Congratulations to the boys cross country team, first year head coach Lance Jordan and assistant coach Jim Zimmons for winning the Class A Sectional Championship last Friday at the Saratoga State Park. The team will head to the state championship this Saturday at Canton, NY. Best of luck to our runners and coaches!
Congratulations to the girls cross country team, head coach Rob Cloutier and assistants Amy Furner and Keith Jordan. They ties Saratoga at 42 points and lost a sixth place tie breaker to finish runner-up in the section. Both races were amazing!!
Shen High School has 22 students who
have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National
Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors will be cited at a
school ceremony and will be presented with a Certificate of
Commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Commended students include:
London Brunell, Lindsay Caplan, Chad Charrette, Melanie Chen, Nicholas Demasi, Amy DePoy, Kevin Favaron, Sarah Feinland, Jack Gartner, Gregory Laymon, Kevin Lorch, Taylor Mellow, Alexander Rock, Emmett Neidhart, Paul Sargunas, Jamin Sim, Jared Slosberg, Natalie Strehl, Nadia Suguitan, Taylor VanTine, Anna Zavodsky, and Shelly Zhang. [ ]
Shenendehowa was ranked #6 for cost-effectiveness by Biz Journals. This is a ranking of 432 Upstate New York school districts that offer the biggest educational bang for the buck. The cost-effectiveness scale compares each district's academic score against its spending habits. Click here to view list.
Last night, district officials were
notified by a parent of a bomb threat to High School East
posted on Yik Yak, a social media site. N.Y. State Police
and the Saratoga County Sheriff were contacted. Troopers
were on site late last night for several hours conducting an
investigation and a detection dog searched the facility and
found nothing. As a precaution, we have troopers on site at
High School East.
Yik Yak is a controversial site that claims people can “share their thoughts and keep their privacy.” It has been associated with instances of bullying and threats. [ ]
Shen's High School Prayer Club is requesting that people bring canned goods to the homecoming game to donate to the food bank. The group is participating in the Capital District Hunger Games, a food drive contest hosted by the WGNA radio station (107.7). High schools are competing to collect the most canned goods for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York until November 2.
The Shen website will be migrated to a new server beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday, October 17, 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by 7:00 AM on Saturday, October 18, 2014, barring any unforeseen difficulties. During this time our web site will be unavailable for public viewing in a web browser.
With winter weather just around the
corner, here is information about our school closing, delay
and early dismissal procedures.
School closings, delayed openings and early dismissals resulting from weather conditions or other situations will be provided to the media and posted on Shenendehowa’s website and social media sites: https://twitter.com/ShenNews and https://www.facebook.com/#!/ShenendehowaCSD. 
Shen opens and dedicates the new Physical Fitness Center/Wrestling Room in High School East. The space will be used by physical education classes and athletics. It will also be available for individual student use to promote health and wellness. 
The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority. This week there will be two emergency preparedness drills held at Shenendehowa: a Mass Evacuation Drill at Shatekon/Arongen on Friday and a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drill at the Middle School Complex on Sunday. 
Recently, Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office launched a new sex offender registration and public notification website called OffenderWatch®. Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office will now be part of a nationwide network of over 5,000 law enforcement agencies. Click here to go to the district's Safety, Health and Wellness page for more information.
The board approved three graphic identifiers for the district: the district logo, the district seal and a mascot logo. The district has also developed guidelines for use of the logo, seal and mascot logo. 
On Tuesday, 10/14/14, the district will open and dedicate the new physical fitness center and wrestling room at High School East at 3:30 p.m. Those interested in attending the dedication ceremony and touring the new facility are welcome.
Shen's SFA Senate will host a Homecoming Dance in HSE on Sat., Oct. 18, 7pm - 10pm. Tickets are FREE and available during all lunch periods in HSE and HSW from October 14-October 17. The dance is open to all high school students with a limited number of tickets available. This year's theme is Shen Spirit. The dance is semi-formal. Students must keep in mind the high school dress code.Please direct all questions to the SFA advisors Ann Conway firstname.lastname@example.org or Derek Dayton email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Skano
Elementary from 6:30-7:30
Come see how parents can access this new series with their Think Central accounts on line. Through hands-on activities, learn about the different components that help parents provide support to their children at home and experience how the components of this series are being implemented in classrooms to support and develop strong readers and writers.
EngageNY features an article by Shen's Dr. Oliver Robinson: https://www.engageny.org/content/we-are-turning-corner
A high school to college transition information night will be held for students and parents on November 6, from 6–8 pm in the High School East Little Theater. 
The Shen Dance Team will be hosting a K-2 dance clinic on Sunday, October 5th at the Koda Gym from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Registration will begin at noon. Please visit Shen Dance Team’s website for more information or contact Coach Stephanie Buono at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been informed that there is a confirmed case of Enterovirus EV-D68 within the district. Although the confirmed case is in Tesago, the district is taking extra-precautions by providing this notification to knowing that students and staff interact with other students throughout the district. 
Looking for information on Public Health Notifications such as Enterovirus D68 or Seasonal Flu, go to the district's Safety, Health and Wellness webpage.
The Shenendehowa Athletic Department is
pleased to announce the 6th class for induction into the
Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame:
1990 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
ROBERT CLOUTIER ‘99
BILL SCANLON ‘62
KELLY SCANLON WILD ‘96
CAROLYN SLOAT ANDERTON ‘03
The Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 9th at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. Reservations for the event can be made at: http://www.safepayevents.com/ShenHallOfFameBanquet. Please see the attached press release for further information regarding each inductee.
Shen Goes Gold For Childhood Cancer Awareness on September 17. Beginning this year, Shen staff will promote wearing gold on the third Wednesday in September each year in honor and remembrance of students past, present and future afflicted with cancer. The staff encourages the entire community to join them in “Going Gold.”
The varsity boys soccer team presented a signed soccer ball to a child battling cancer and let him warm up with the goalie. The varsity boy and girl soccer teams are wearing gold shoelaces this month for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights
schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students
for college. This year, our methodology is more stringent
than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard
for data. A star next to a school’s name means that
low-income students are scoring at or above average on state
assessments. This is our way of recognizing schools that
narrow the achievement gap.
Congratulations to the Shen students who
were selected to perform in the NYSSMA Conference All-State
in Rochester, NY in December. Thousands of students
auditioned for this honor. The students include:
Brenna Joyce, Zhenya Kniajanskaya, Connor Olney, Nicole Rizzo, Aaron Alsdorf, Aidan Gorby, Brian Halliday, Julie Lattanzio and Adam Chrzan. Marianna Miranda, Nick Arnold and Collin Rowe were selected as alternates.
The Shenendehowa Board of Education approved the 2014-15 tax rates. The tax rate for the two largest towns in the district was raised by .51% (or less than one percent). At the time of the budget vote, the district estimated the impact to be 1.39%, however it came in well under that projection making it one of the lowest increases in the past four years. And, in a four year period, the tax rate increase in Halfmoon and Clifton Park has increased less than one dollar. Click here to view the tax rates for each town.
Shenendehowa is part of a consortium of 12 school districts that has won $399,946 to review and improve student assessment practices. The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide (See NYSED press release)
The consortium is led by Capital Region BOCES and includes: Cohoes, Guilderland, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, North Colonie, Schalmont, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville and Watervliet.