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Forest Park Teacher Brown Honored at National Teachers Science Conference

James Brown, a fourth grade teacher at Forest Park Elementary School, was recognized for his lesson “Wheel ‘Round a Meter” at the 2014 National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education. full story

Second 2014-2015 District Budget Draft Includes Additional State Revenues

Aid restored in the recently adopted state budget will lessen, but not end the financial challenges facing the South Colonie Central School District as it continue to prepare a budget for the 2014-15 school year. The Board of Education reviewed a second draft of the district budget on Tuesday which includes some increases in overall revenues for next school year after the New York State Legislature agreed to restore a small portion of the GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) and some Foundation Aid not originally included in the executive budget released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January. full story

April Boston Bus Trip Cancelled

The Continuing Education one-day bus trip to Boston on April 26 has been cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

South Colonie Named 'Best Communities For Music Education' For Second Straight Year

For the second year in a row, the South Colonie Central School District has been ranked among the Best Communities for Music Education in the country by the National Association of Music Merchants. full story

200 Attend District Budget Forum at Shaker Road Elementary School

About 200 district administrators, teachers, staff, parents and community residents filled the Shaker Road Elementary School cafeteria Tuesday night for a public forum on the development of the 2014-15 district budget. During a 90-minute discussion, attendees were surveyed on their educational priorities for the new school year should additional state funding become available. full story

Skidmore College SUPE Holds Book Drive for Colonie's Secure Youth Detention Facility

The Skidmore College local chapter of Students United for Public Education (SUPE) collected 100 books for students of the Colonie Secured Youth Detention Facility. full story

Message For Next Year's Kindergarten Parents

If your child plans on attending Kindergarten next school year and you missed the March registration process please contact the District Registrar as soon as possible at 869-3576. Hour are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

District Adopts 2014-2015 School Calendar

South Colonie has adopted its new school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. view calendar (pdf)

South Colonie Participates in Odyssey of the Mind Competition

South Colonie students from a variety of schools competed for the third year in the Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament held in March at Shenendehowa High School. Teams of 5-7 students from various buildings around the district worked very hard for months on a “problem.” These problems ranged in variety from Theatre and Performing arts themed to Math and Science themed, and even some Robotic Engineering. view a photo gallery

Board of Education Passes GEA Resolution

The South Colonie Board of Education unanimously passed a special resolution Tuesday night (March 4) calling for an end to New York State's Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and calling for restoring of funding to public schools. South Colonie has lost over $16 million to the GEA in the last four years. view resolution (pdf)

Sand Creek Student Chosen for Statewide Honor Band

Rachel Kim, an eighth grader at Sand Creek Middle School, has been selected to participate in the prestigious New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Middle School Honor Band on clarinet. full story

GEA info graphic logoHow Much Has New York State's GEA Hurt South Colonie Schools Over the Past Four Years?

Every school district in New York has lost valuable funding due to the GEA. South Colonie's losses over four years have totaled $13,320,502 and the governor in his 2014-15 state budget has proposed another $3.1 million in GEA losses for our district. Click on the GEA info graphic above to see how the GEA has devastated South Colonie programs over the past four years. view budget page

Sand Creek Students Excel at Regional Mathcounts Competition

Seven Sand Creek Middle School students participated in the Regional Mathcounts competition at the GE Global Research Facility in February. full story

Regents Adjust Common Core, Full Implementation Delayed Until 2022

The State Board of Regents P-12 Education and Higher Education Committees today adopted several measures presented in a report from a Regents’ work group to adjust the implementation of the new Common Core Standards. Included are changes that will delay the impact of Common Core-related state assessments on educators and students, and reduce the level of local school district testing associated with the new teacher evaluation law and higher standards for teaching and learning. full story

forum logoOver 1,000 Pack CCHS to Fight For Schools in Crisis

More than 1,000 packed CCHS to hear students, teachers and school district leaders hammer the state for cutting education funding and to talk about the effects. Billed as "NY Schools STILL in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can't Wait Another Year," the roundtable discussion centered on Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts but touched on ways schools are affected as their budgets are annually slashed. view stories

UPK Lottery Registration Now Underway

UPK lottery registration for the 2014-2015 school year is underway and will end at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21. The 2014-15 program is available only to 4-year-olds born between the dates of 12/2/09 – 11/30/10. All applications must be filed by that time, no exceptions. To register for the lottery make an appointment with the District Registrar between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 869-3576. what do i need to bring to register

Saddlewood Teacher Jensen Named Literacy Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Saddlewood Elementary School third grade teacher Pegeen Jensen, who was named Literacy Educator of the Year at this fall’s New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) conference. full story

South Colonie Ranked 11th in Capital District in Academic Performance by Business First Journal

South Colonie Central Schools placed 11th in the Capital District in Business First journal's annual ranking of school districts by academic performance. The 11th place ranking compares South Colonie among 83 districts in the Capital District. Business First used a 168-part formula to generate the Albany Area rankings, based on four years of standardized test scores from the New York State Education Department. The tests ranged from statewide exams for third graders in English and math up to the full array of Regents exams for high schoolers. full story

South Colonie Awarded $1.7 Million Federal Grant to Enhance PE Opportunities For Students

The South Colonie Central School District has been notified that it is one of only 11 school districts in New York State to be awarded a three-year, $1.7 million federal grant to help initiate, expand and enhance Physical Education programs for children. The district’s application for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant has been accepted, according to Congressman Paul Tonko’s office, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. full story

District Seeks Grant to Go Solar - Proposal Projected to Save District Taxpayers $1.7 Million Over 20 Years

The sun is shining on South Colonie Schools these days – lighting the way for the district to potentially cut its yearly electric utility charges in half with a new solar energy system that can be purchased, installed and maintained at no cost to taxpayers. The end result is a proposal which could be funded through a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and save the district $64,000 in the first year and $1.7 million over a 20-year period. full story

Sign Up For South Colonie School News Notifier

Sign up today for the South Colonie  “School News Notifier” (SNN), a system designed to help keep parents, staff and the community more in touch with what is happening at South Colonie Central Schools. SNN is an opt-in email alert system for which parents and residents can sign up to receive email alerts from the district. With SNN, district officials have the power to send updates and reminders about district activities or information about school closings and delays. Users can choose to receive any or all of the alerts, and they can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up today by clicking on the SNN icon. For more information about SNN, click here (pdf).