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Shenendehowa serves students in southern Saratoga County, N.Y. including the towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Ballston, Malta, Stillwater and Waterford.

April 28, 2015

Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson

5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600

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4/27/15 - ES Report Cards Distributed

4/30/15 - MS/HS Report Cards Distributed

5/1/15 - MS Tribuilding Gr. 8 Dance, 7pm, Green Gym

5/1/15 - HS Gr. 9 Semi-formal Dance, 7pm, HSE Gym

5/2/15 - SAT given at HSE

5/5/15 - Acadia Gr. 5 Orientation, 6:30pm, Cafe

5/7/15 - Koda Gr. 5 Orientation, 6:30pm, MS Aud.

5/9/15 - HS Junior Prom, Saratoga City Center

5/12/15 - Budget Hearing, 7pm, Gowana Library

5/16/15 - Community Conversation, 9:30am, Cheryl's Lodge

5/19/15 - School District Budget Vote, 7am-9pm, Gowana Gym

5/20/15 - NYS Science Performance Assessment Gr. 4/8

5/21/15 - HS Mid-Qtr Grade Report

5/21/15 - HS Underclassmen Awards Night

5/25/15 - Memorial Day, No School

5/28/15 - HS Senior Awards Night

5/30/15 - HS Senior Prom, Saratoga City Center

6/1/15 - NYS Science Written Assessment, Gr. 4/8

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Posted 4/24/15

This morning one of our buses was traveling south on Moe Road when a car pulled out of the high school entrance in front of the bus. The bus was carrying 12 students from Saratoga Academy, Orenda and Skano. All were checked by medical personnel at the scene and their parents were called.

Posted 4/23/15

Shen High School’s annual Cabaret program will be presented Friday night, April 24 at 7:30 pm in the High School West Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Our talented student singers will perform a wide variety of musical theater selections. Please join us for an evening of great music!

Posted 4/23/15

Do you want to be part of one of the most unique activities here at Shen? Do you like performing? Then the Shen Colorguard is for you!! The Shen Colorguard is taking new students for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Any student, boy or girl, currently enrolled in grades 5th – 11th are eligible to join.  There will be an information meeting on Tuesday April 28th at 6:30pm in the Acadia Library. All interested students should plan to attend.

Posted 4/22/15Golf Fundraiser

Shen Hockey Golf Outing will be held on May 17 at the Mohawk River Country Club. Everyone is invited friends, family, alumni, fans, etc. Reserve your spot today by calling Scott Louis at 466-9278 or email @

Posted 4/22/15

Postponement of Elementary Rebalancing

Over the past several months, the district administration has been analyzing the growing enrollment at Orenda Elementary. In an effort to keep school enrollments balanced across the elementary schools, the district was considering a proposal to redistrict approximately 90 students in Dutch Meadows and Sterling Heights to Tesago or Karigon.
Last night, Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson presented a proposal to the Board of Education to postpone the rebalancing efforts and use the coming year to further study the enrollment trends. The Board of Education fully supported this recommendation. "This is a prudent recommendation, providing more time to explore other alternatives, including some suggestions offered by those parents of students who would be impacted," said Board Vice President Robert Pressly.
In the coming year, the district will continue to monitor the enrollment trends and determine the best way to avoid imbalances that could inevitably prove to be detrimental to the provision of a high quality educational experience.
The parent meeting scheduled for April 22nd at 6 p.m. in the Orenda Elementary School Library will still be held as a way of providing this update and answering any further questions.

Posted 4/20/15

Four candidates have submitted the petitions with the required 72 signatures to run for the two seats on the school board: Christina Rajotte, Kerensa Rybak, Robert Pressly, and Samuel H. Hazleton V. Click here for the budget newsletter with information about the budget, board election and candidates.

Posted 4/20/15

Science and Health Discovery Night- Join us on Friday, April 24th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm @ Shen High School East. Come explore science and health through a variety of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. Admission is free. Students must be accompanied by an adult.Enter a FREE raffle to win a FitBit. Entertainment provided by 101.3 The Jockey WJKE-FM.
• fly a jet simulator
• program a lego robot
• observe insects
• design a circuit
• build a DC motor
• CAD presentation
• live birds of prey presentations and more!
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHENshdn or email us at:

Posted 4/17/15Watchers of the Sky Flyer

There will be a special free screening of a new documentary, “Watchers of the Sky,” in the High School East Auditorium on April 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Meet Elizabeth Bohart, Executive Producer of the film who will attend the screening and speak after the film.
For more information, contact Lisa Kissinger, Social Studies Academic Administrator at Co-sponsored by the Shenendehowa Social Studies Department, World of Difference Club and the Model UN Club.

Posted 4/16/15

On 4/14/15, the Board of Education adopted a budget proposal to present to voters on May 19.

Shen residents will vote on on a proposed $162.9 million budget for 2015-16 that calls for a spending increase of 1.72 percent ($2,756,736).
The true value tax rate would increase an estimated 1.04 percent. For a property with a market value of $250,000, the increase would be approximately $47 in the school tax bill.

Click here for a flyer with more information.

Posted 4/8/15

High school Math Team members Jerry Qu and Philip Sun finished in the top 99.9% of the nation at the national MathCon contest and were invited to participate in the next round of the tournament against the top 700 contestants in the country held in Chicago. Maya Dorn and Nadia Suguitan finished high enough to qualify as alternates. Congratulations to all Math Team participants including Piere Fabris, JinJie Chen, XiuRui Lin, Josh Sangaline, and Sara Feinland!

Posted 4/7/15Green and White Flyer

The Fourth Annual Green & White Gala will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 6:30-10:30p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park featuring live music by The Accents.
The event is the main fundraiser for the Shenendehowa Educational Foundation and all proceeds are used to support Shen programs and students.
Reservations are $100 per person and can be made online at

Posted 4/7/15

Everyone Can eventOn April 19, Shen will host a Two Towns-One Book event in collaboration with the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library in the Skano/Tesago Cafeteria, 12n-1p.m.  The event is called "Everyone Can!" and it is focused on people with disabilities and how they experience their world. This event extends the SHENsational goals with regard to acceptance, diversity and understanding differences.

Posted 4/2/15

School will not be in session on Friday, May 22,  due to unused snow days, pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.

POsted 4/1/15

In continued efforts to advocate for public education, Dr. Robinson has an Op Ed piece posted on the Times Union Blog:

Posted 3/27/15

Check out Dr. Robinson's article in the Community News - Protecting the promise of public education...I am who I am because of the opportunity it presents and represents."…/news/doc55156b1a7868066959899.txt   

Posted 3/26/15

SHENsational 2015 was a huge success. Thank you to all of our participants! [MOREMore photos]

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Posted 3/25/15

Shen Superintendent, Board of Education, Teacher's Association and PTA submit joint advocacy letter to Governor Cuomo.

We write to you on behalf of the students, parents, staff and community members of the Shenendehowa Central School District, located in Saratoga County, just north of Albany. We are a relatively large school district, educating nearly 10,000 of New York’s public school students and tens of thousands of voting, taxpaying residents who want to see their government work for them…not against them.

Your proposals for public education have us all baffled, concerned and frustrated. You say you want what’s best for New York, yet our vast experiences and perspectives within public school systems have led to the conclusion that your proposals negatively impact our children and our community. Therefore, as representatives of our students, our parents, our staff, and our taxpayers, we appeal to you as our chief executive to adopt a budget and corresponding legislation that supports the priorities outlined below. We want our students to be successful. We want our communities to be thriving. And, we want you and our legislators to work in collaboration on behalf of the people, and stop the game of politicizing the future of our students and state. Politicians are in office for limited terms, but our children must fight for a limitless future. Click here to to read the entire letter.

Posted 3/25/15

The 2015-16 school year calendar was approved by the Board of Education. Click here to view.

Posted 3/21/15

CONGRATULATIONS! Shenendehowa’s Boys Basketball team are the NYSPHSAA Class AA State Champions defeating Brentwood HS, 76-63. The boys finish with a perfect record 25-0. This is the first NYS championship for Shen boy's basketball program since 1987!

Posted 3/17/15JT Sterle

Acadia 7th-grade student JT Sterle performed at the American Protégé International Competition Winners’ Concert. The American Protégé has various international competitions and receives thousands of competitive applicants from around the world via video submission, all of which must be unedited. The piano competition requires two repertoires and all have to be played from memory. JT has won 2nd place two years in a row. The Shenendehowa Fine Arts program sends its congratulations to JT on this incredible distinction.

Posted 3/12/15

Board of Education Election

Two seats on Shenendehowa's Board of Education are up for election on May 19, 2015 each carry a three-year term.

Education law requires that a candidate provide a petition signed by at least 72 qualified voters (2% of the number of residents who voted in the last district election). Candidates may pick up petitions at the district clerk's office at 5 Chelsea Place or click here.

Petitions must be received by the district clerk no later than 4 p.m. on April 20, 2015. To qualify, candidates must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election, and at least 18 years old.
The two candidates with the highest number of votes will serve a three-year term commencing July 1, 2015.

Posted 3/5/15

Shen senior Ishan Parashar has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.  [MORE]

Posted 3/5/15

Shenendehowa’s student finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program Aidan Gorby, Eileen Nolan, Anagha Putrevu and Philip Sun. 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.  [MORE]

Posted 3/5/15

Shen student Lynelle Freeman has been named a finalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Lynelle is one of 160,000 students nation-wide who entered the program that recognizes outstanding Black American high school students. She is one of 1,300 Finalists. Each finalist is considered for one of 800 National Achievement Scholarships worth $2,500.00.

Posted 3/4/15Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie will be performed THIS WEEKEND!!

Shenendehowa High School's Musical Company is proud to present the Broadway musical comedy, Thoroughly Modern Millie on March 5th and 6th at 7:00pm and March 7th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Performances will take place in the High School EastThoroughly Modern Millie Auditorium located at 970 Route 146, Clifton Park. Tickets are $12 for Students (18 and under) and $15 for adults and may be purchased at the door. Please visit our website: for more information.

Posted 2/17/15


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 2015. Applications can be obtained from the non-public school your child attends, on the Shenendehowa website at or at the District Transportation office. The completed application must be returned by April 1, 2015 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.