4/16: Superintendent Perry welcomes students back to campus after break; Shares update with families

This information was emailed to all South Colonie families on Sunday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

Dear South Colonie students and families,

Welcome back. I hope that you had a nice spring break and the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather.

We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus tomorrow and continuing to engage with our entire school community as we head towards the completion of the 2022-23 school year. 

NYS 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Assessment Exams

As a reminder, the South Colonie Central School District will be participating in the New York State Education Department (NYSED) computer-based testing for Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics again this year. 

The ELA assessment will be held on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20. The mathematics testing will occur on Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4.  Please reach out to your building principal if you have any additional questions about these assessments. 

School Budget Vote set for Tuesday, May 16

This Wednesday, April 19, our Board is expected to adopt the 2023-24 school budget during our regularly scheduled board meeting. Stay tuned for more information about our budget vote and board election which will be held on Tuesday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

As a reminder, there are new polling locations for this year’s vote. Voting will take place at Sand Creek and Lisha Kill Middle Schools. Registered voters can look up their polling location here: https://vip.ntsteamed.com 

More information can be found here: https://www.southcolonieschools.org/budgettaxvoting-information/

South Colonie to hold Health & Wellness Fair on Thursday, April 27 at CCHS

As an extension of our ongoing work to support South Colonie students and families, the district’s mental health team is coming together to host its first wellness fair. The inaugural event will take place on Thursday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CCHS MUG and will feature health and wellness information, activities for students, and interactive stations for South Colonie families. 

We look forward to welcoming families to the high school for this fun and informative event.

School Safety

In light of recent events occurring both locally and nationwide, we continue to prioritize our dedication to enabling staff and students to learn in a safe, stable and engaging environment. 

This is just a reminder for our students and families that any actions that disrupt the learning environment or disrupt school safety will be addressed in accordance with the district’s code of conduct

We also believe that all members of our school community have a role in school safety, and knowing how to respond in the event of an emergency is an important aspect of this.

The South Colonie Safe Schools Tip Line has been established so that individuals can report suspicious activity, acts of violence, a student in danger or any other situation that might present a threat to school safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year without the fear of retaliation.  Tips can be left by calling 518-869-0291.  Please note, “tips” will be investigated within 24-48 hours by school personnel or the police department.  In the event of an immediate emergency, callers should dial 911.

We look forward to rounding out the year with school events, student celebrations and of course celebrating our Class of 2023. 

Continued gratitude to our students, families, staff members and community members who make South Colonie a great district. Now let’s go enjoy the rest of this year!

Dr. David Perry
Superintendent of Schools