March 11, 2014
Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
3/6/14-3/8/14 - High School Musical "Grease." Go to www.shendrama.com for more information.
3/8/14 - Community Conversations, 9:30am, HSW cafe.
3/10/14 - MS/HS Mid Qtr Grades
3/20/14-3/22/14 - MS Tri-building Musical
3/21/14 - Superintendent's Conference Day, No School
3/22/14 - SHENsational! Global Expo 2014, 10-2pm, HSW
4/1/14-4/3/14 - NYS Gr. 3-8 ELA Exams
4/14/14-4/18/14 - Spring Recess, No School
4/22/14 - ES Report Cards Dist.
4/25/14 - Annual Science and Health Discovery Night, 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. Click here for more info.
4/26/14 - Community Conversations, 9:30am, Gowana Lib.
4/29/14 - MS/HS Report Cards Dist.
4/30/14-5/2/14 NYS Gr. 3-8 Math Exams
5/2/14 - Gr. 9 Semi-formal Dance, 7-10pm, HSE
5/3/14 - SAT Given at HSE
5/6/14 - Acadia Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/7/14 - Gowana Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/8/14 - Koda Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/10/14 - HS Junior Prom
5/17/14 - Community Conversation, 9:30am, Cheryl's Lodge, Turf Park
5/20/14 - Annual District Budget Vote and Board Election, 7am-9pm, Gowana Gym
5/21/14-5/30/14 - NYS Gr. 4 and 8 Science Performance Exam
5/23/14 - HS/MS Mid Qtr Grades Posted
5/26/14 - Memorial Day, No School
5/31/14 - HS Senior Prom
6/2/14 - NYS Gr. 4 and 8 Science Written Exam
6/7/14 - A Green and White Night, 6:30pm, Hilton Garden Inn
6/13/14 - Gr. K-5 Half Day, AM Kind. in Session
6/13/14 - Last Day of Classes Gr. 9-12
6/16/14 - HS Local Exams Given
6/17/14-6/25/14 - Regents Exams, No Classes Gr. 9-12
6/19/14 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Local Exams Given
6/20/14 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Local Exams Given
6/20/14 - Gr. K-5 Half Day, PM Kind. Attends in Morning
6/23/14 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Local Exams Given
6/24/14 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Local Exams Given
6/24/14 - AM Kindergarten Last Day
6/25/13 - Gr. 6-8 Half Day, Last Day of Classes
6/25/14 - Gr. K-5 Half Day, PM Kind. Attends in Morning, Last Day of Classes
6/26/14 - High School Graduation, SPAC
While preparing for a lab this morning, a science teacher noticed and reported a gas smell in a science room at High School East. The gas lines were shut off, emergency services were called and evacuation procedures were engaged.
Approximately 1/2 hour later, the fire department indicated that it was safe for students to return into the building – students were held in three locations (main gym / new gym / auditorium) while the room was ventilated.
By 9 a.m. classes had resumed.
Save the Date for “Jammin’ For JP”
The Arongen PTA is sponsoring a benefit concert for JP Honsinger. JP is a 5th grade student at Arongen Elementary who was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease Type C in September, a rare neurodegenerative disorder that usually strikes children before or during adolescence. Roy Hurd (Poncho) will be performing at Shenendehowa High School East on April 26th from 7:00-8:30. Roy is a dynamic performer and world class singer songwriter. He spent several years in Nashville writing for two of the largest publishing companies in the world. Join family and friends for a night of great storytelling and music while supporting a worthy cause.
Congratulations to the girls basketball team on winning the Class AA Girls Sectional Championship at the Times Union Center last night by defeating defending champion Albany 76-54 in front of 4,868 people. The girls defeated Catholic High, Suburban Council Champions and previously unbeaten Shaker (19-0) and Big Ten Champion Albany (18-1) to secure the crown!! The girls return to regional action Saturday at 1:45pm at HVCC against Section 3 Champion Cicero-North Syracuse.
The New York State Department of Health has revised the regulations regarding immunization requirements for school attendance effective July 1, 2014.
1. Students entering kindergarten or 6th grade in the 2014-2015 school year will now be required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and 3-4 doses of poliomyelitis vaccine. All other students will be able to attend school this year with one dose of varicella, and 3 doses or poliomyelitis. This new requirement will apply to all 2014-2015 incoming kindergarten and 6th grades students, along with the subsequent grade levels that the 2014-2015 kindergarten and 6th grade students move up to.
2. Students in grades pre-K or K through 6 will be required to have age-appropriate doses of DPT or DTaP in accordance with the ACIP schedule. A student who is in process is defined as one who has had the first dose of all required immunization series and has appointments to complete the series in accordance with the ACIP catch up schedule. See http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/child-adolescent.html.
A student who is in process must be allowed to attend school. Students may present proof of immunity by serology (blood test) to the following immunizations: measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella, and poliomyelitis. Medical exemptions to immunizations must be reissued annually. The written exemption must identify the immunization exempted, the medical contraindication for the exemption, and the length of time immunization is contraindicated. A sample medical exemption form is available at http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/schools/
On Saturday, February 1st , the Middle School Mathcounts Club participated in the annual regional Mathcounts Competition at the GE Research Center in Niskayuna.
Koda's Seonwoo Kim placed in 4th out of over 100 students and will represent the Capital Region in the upcoming state competition at RPI in March. The Koda team of Seonwoo Kim, Bhrugu Patel, Matthew Vigilante and Atharv Gawde finished in 4th place overall in the team competition. Club members representing Shen include:
Koda: represented by Seonwoo Kim, Atharv Gawde, Bhrugu Patel, Matthew Vigilante, Mihir Chakravarthi, Chae-won Hwang, Jonathan Indajang and Taeyeon Kim.
Acadia: Stanley Liu, Shrivali Banerjee, Cathy Shi and Jeffrey Qu.
Gowana: Shashank Patil, Fahad Ijaz, Ian Murray and Maximilian Trauring.
The club is coached by middle school teacher Jennifer Sprague and high school students Phillip Sun and Jerry Qu. Congratulations to all!!!
Congratulations to the Girls Alpine Ski
Team on winning the NYSPHSAA State Championship yesterday at
Bristol Mountain in Rochester, New York. Julia Smith, a
sophomore, also won the individual state championship in
Giant Slalom. Girls Alpine Skiing joins Field Hockey as the
2nd team to bring home a State Championship this year!
Congratulations to the Hockey team on winning the Section 2 Championship last night at Union College in a 5-0 victory over rival Saratoga. The plainsmen will be back in Regional action Saturday at 4:00 at the Clifton Park Arena.
Parents of students living in the Shenendehowa Central School District seeking transportation for their children who will attend a non-public school next year must submit a written request by April 1 2014. Applications can be obtained from the non-public school your child attends, on the Shenendehowa website at www.shenet.org or at the District Transportation office. The completed application must be returned by April 1, 2014 to Shenendehowa Central School District, Attn: Pupil Transportation Office, 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Questions should be directed to the Transportation Department at 881-0240. This form must be renewed on an annual basis.
SHEN SUPER STORM
competed in the Hudson Valley First Lego League Qualifying
Tournament at Ballston Spa HS. They won first place and are
the Qualifier Champions. The team was also nominated by the
other competing teams for the Team Spirit Award. Shen Super
Storm qualified to compete at the Hudson Valley FLL
Championship Tournament at Dutchess Community College.
The team is made up of students from Orenda, Gowana and Acadia (names are lists below).
Orenda – Jacob Goldstein, Katie Strouse
Gowana – Abby Goldstein, Kevin Maynard, Jacob Miller, Jolene Pern, Tiffany Pottenburgh
Acadia – Joe Jackowski, Ryan Pekola, Jake Ryan
Congratulations to Shenendehowa High
School students David Luo, Harry Newman-Plotnick, Anthony
Segreto, Nicolas Vigilante and Jessica Wang for being named
student finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship
Program. To achieve the status of finalist requires
achievement in the top one percent of United States high
school graduating seniors who took the National Merit
Scholarship examination. This award is one of the highest
forms of recognition that a high school senior can achieve.
A certificate will be presented to them at the high school’s Awards Program on Thursday, May 22nd. The program will be held in the Shenendehowa High School auditorium.
Retirement Planning informational session for CSEA and other staff in the Employee Retirement System (ERS). February 25th. High School little theater. 4- 6:30. Seating limited. Click here for more information.
Momentive and Shen H.S. East student Yumi Kagayama are the first recipients of the "Celebrating Outstanding Character" initiative and were recognized by the Board of Education in November. The award is designed to recognize and celebrate students, staff, and community members who exhibit outstanding character by cultivating, fostering and demonstrating the virtues and skills of civic engagement and social responsibility. Momentive was nominated for their tremendous efforts in the “extreme makeover” at Cheryl’s lodge. Cherly’s lodge was transformed into a warm, welcoming and energy efficient place where kids and families can learn, play and grow. Yumi Kagayama was nominated for her commitment to the community. She inspired students and families at Adirondack taekwondo to collect over 200 boxes of cheerios and jars of peanut butter. Thank you again for the nominations and for further information on the initiative please go to: http://www.shenet.org/CelebratingOutstandingCharacterpacket.pdf
Shen Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson appeared on WMHT's NYNow to discuss issues of race and education brought to life in the documentary American Promise. The powerful film debuted chronicling the life of two African-American boys as they enrolled in the prestigious, private and mostly white Dalton School in New York City. The film follows the ups and down of two students as they and their families cope with issues of race and class throughout their time in school. To view the panel discussion go to http://nynow.org/post/video-discussion-race-education-and-family
Volunteers are needed! Please become a Friend of Shen. Our schools are seeking volunteers from all walks of life, from college students to seniors, to share their experiences, special interests and talents, and most of all have an interest in working with our teachers and students. Every effort will be made to match volunteers' interest with our needs. Over the past few months, the district created a Friends of Shen Committee, revised the Board of Education volunteer policy, administrative regulations and the volunteer application. Go to our Community Services page (http://www.shenet.org/district/CommunityServices/CommunitySvcEdu.cfm) and find out more about the program. If you are interested, you can also call the Community Services Office at 881-0612 and ask that a volunteer packet be sent to you that includes the application document.
The speaker presentation on Internet Safety has been rescheduled to:
February 27th, 2014 (Thursday 6:30 –
7:30) Orenda/Karigon Cafeteria
Internet Safety Presented by:
John Kelly, Retired Saratoga Springs
David Fallon, Currently a Special Agent with the FBI Albany Field Office FBI Agent
Our presenters will focus on current trends with emphasis on the Internet and how predators use it to lure teens and younger children. John Kelly will use the NetSmartz material which can be found on Shen’s website www.netsmartz.org. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
More than 1,000 people attended last night's roundtable discussion centered on Gap Elimination Adjustment--"NY Schools STILL in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can't Wait Another Year--to hear students, teachers and school district leaders ask the state to to eliminate the GEA. The GEA was enacted in 2010-11 to help fill the shortfall in the state’s budget. Now the state has a projected surplus but the GEA remains. Check out the related links below:
Shen High School performance of GREASE- March
6 & 7 at 7:00pm and March 8th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm in the HSE
Auditorium go to
www.shendrama.com for tickets and information.
Rehearsals are underway for the Shenendehowa High School Musical Company’s production of Grease. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, January 30 at 3:00pm in the HSE Chorus Room. Please check the website for the location of the rehearsal/sales. [ ]
The Boys Tennis Team (both JV/Varsity) pre-season meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the main cafeteria of HSE.
Shenendehowa will be hosting an
informational session for parents interested in learning about
enrichment and acceleration options available to students. The
evening will focus on providing a general overview of programs
K-12, with specific focus on grades 4-8.
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Middle School Auditorium (use Gowana Entrance)
Administrators from several departments will give a presentation on instructional programs in ELA, math, science, and social studies and then be available to address questions.
Additional information on this topic can be found on the enrichment and acceleration page.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed increase in aid to schools would increase by $807 million or 3.8 percent next school year but his budget plan still fails to address the underlying problem– the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA. The GEA was enacted in 2010-11 to help fill the shortfall in the state’s budget. Now the state has a projected surplus but the GEA remains.
Under his proposal, Shen would see an overall 2.36 percent ($918,000) increase in aid in 2014-15 but would still face a loss in aid due to the GEA of more than $4.9 million. That, added to GEA losses already totaling $23.6 million since it was enacted in the 2010-11 school year. 
Stakeholders from 47 school districts are
invited to Colonie Central High School on Thursday, January 30 at
6:30 p.m. The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal
peril: Our kids can’t wait another year,” brings students,
parents, teachers, taxpayers, legislators and school leaders
together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not
provide adequate and equitable funding for our schools.
The primary goal is to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA – a state policy of withholding promised state aid from districts to meet its fiscal challenges and other budget priorities. In the last four state budgets, the 47 school districts joining forces on January 30 – representing more than 112,000 students in seven counties – have lost more than $387 million in promised aid because of the GEA.
In Shen, the GEA loss over the last four years totals $23.6 million, or approximately $2,400 per student. Members of the Shen community are invited to this important forum. For more information, click here.
Congratulations to Shenendehowa’s Athletic Director Chris Culnan for being named the Section 2 Athletic Administrator of the Year by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA). This annual award is given to an athletic administrator who has shown evidence of devotion and idealism to athletes and been influential in promoting athletics in a positive manner. 
The Shenendehowa Boys Lacrosse Booster Club is hosting its ANNUAL AUCTION on SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014 from 7-11pm at the Vista. This adult only event will feature over 100 auction items including weekend getaways, jewelry, season tickets, golf outings, equipment and so much more! Tickets are $25 before the event and $30 the night of the event. Come enjoy a night out and get a BANG for your buck!! To register or for more information visit our website at www.shenlax.org or contact us at email@example.com.
The Golden G.A.K Award goes to...Come and find out what this is all about it at the annual Tri-Building Talent Show on Friday, January 31st at 7:00p.m. in the Gowana auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $3 in the Acadia Library or the night of the show for $5. Come and see the amazing talent of our Shen Middle Schools.
Spring 2014 driver’s education registration information will be available on the website on or after 1/6/14.
Congratulations to all our fall varsity sports teams who qualified for the New York State Public High School Scholar Athlete Team Award. This fall, 846 student athletes participated on a fall sports team. Those 846 fall student-athletes had a remarkable 90% average for the first marking period. 
Chango Elementary School PTA is offering two $750 scholarships to graduating Shenendehowa seniors who attended and graduated from Chango Elementary School. Scholarships are granted based on academic achievement, participation in extra-curricular activities, and community service. Applications are available at HSE Counseling Center and should be completed and returned by March 7, 2014.
Each year, the Newsweek/Daily Beast ranking highlights 2,000 of the best public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. At 745, Shen moved up on the list significantly compared to last year when Shen High School was ranked 898.