September 05, 2015
Superintendent: Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
The campus roads will be closed from August 23, 2015, at 6 a.m. through August 24, 2015, at 6 a.m.
2015 Summer Walk-Through Schedule
8/21/15 - Elementary student teacher assignments posted on the portal, approximately 4 p.m.
8/21/15 - Middle School student schedules posted on the portal, approximately 4 p.m.
8/28/15 - High School student schedules posted on the portal, approximately 4 p.m.
9/3/2015 - Superintendent's Conference Day, No Classes
9/8/2015 - First Day of Classes K-12
9/23/2015 - Yom Kippur, No School
The Shen Varsity Cheerleaders are holding a clinic for children grades K-8th on Sunday September 13th from 1-3pm at the Shatekon Gym. The children will also perform at halftime of the Friday September 18th home football game. Please contact Lauren Berger at Lauren.Berger4@gmail.com if you would like to sign your child up.
The Shen colorguard will be sponsoring a food drive for CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services on Friday evening September 11th at the home football game. We are looking for non-perishable items. Items can be dropped off that evening either outside of the choir room at High School East or at the entrance to the football stadium. This is a great way to support an outstanding organization right here in our own community!!! Thank you in advance for any donations brought that evening.
Congratulations to Tony Dzikas who was selected as the New York State Public High Athletic Association Basketball Coach of the Year for all classes. Tony is now in the running for the National HS Basketball Coach of the Year award presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations. A tremendous recognition for Tony and the Boys Basketball Program!
The Shenendehowa Athletic Department is
pleased to announce the 7th class for induction into the
Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame. The Dinner and Induction
Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 15th at the
Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park. Reservations for the
event can be made at:
Ken Hayner ‘78, Norm Hayner ‘81, Kelly Toole-Conte ‘81, Laura Toole-Smith ‘80, Dave Marra ‘84, Dan Tebbano ‘99, Coaches Bob Hill and Gene Gould (deceased, Lifetime Contribution Dr. Kirk Gleason
We are beginning the recruitment and
hiring process for the Arongen Elementary School Principal
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through www.olasjobs.org no later than September 21st.
Additional information will be available on the Shen website, Human Resources page.
The Board of Education accepted the
resignation of Arongen Principal Ben Roberts with
appreciation for his work with the Arongen students, staff
Mr. Roberts has accepted a position as Elementary Principal in Long Island.
Robert Melia, assistant superintendent for data management and quality control, has been assigned acting Arongen principal effective September 1 until a new principal can be hired.
He will work with the Arongen community to provide the necessary day to day support. He will also be collaborating with Erika Ryan, Shatekon principal, to ensure a smooth opening.
Seven Shen schools were designated as Reward Schools by the NYS Department of Education and the Board of Regents: Gowana, Acadia, Chango, Karigon, Tesago, Okte and Skano. These schools are among those in NYS that have made the most progress or have the highest performance with no significant gaps in student achievement.
Shenendehowa High School is one of only four local schools to make Newsweek's top 500 public schools in the nation for college readiness, ranking 301: http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014
We are pleased to announce that in addition to the mental health services provided by Shenendehowa staff, the district is collaborating with Saratoga Center for the Family to offer private mental health services in the school setting. Student Empowerment Services will be provided by a master-level, licensed clinician to improve access and availability of mental health services for our students in need.
Benefits include convenience for the family, decreased time out of the classroom and improved communication between therapist, school staff and the family to build student success in school, staying in school, avoid lengthy waiting lists, convenient treatment option
Student Empowerment Services at Shenendehowa is a 12-month program that will be begin in September 2015 and will be offered at Arongen/Shatekon Elementary School and Shenendehowa High School. To refer your child for individual mental health counseling please contact your child’s school counselor or contact the intake coordinator at Saratoga Center for the Family at 587-8008 ext 304.
Please see the attached flyer for more information or go to https://sites.google.com/a/shenschools.org/student-empowerment-services/
Congratulations to Elementary Librarians Liz Bailey, Susan Kirby-LeMon, and Kate Pierce who contributed to the book Think Tank Library.
Shenendehowa has earned the 2015 Kerr
Cup All-Sport Championship with a record winning margin, the
New York State Sportswriters Association announced. The Kerr
Cup All-Sport Championship is conducted by the New York
State Sportswriters Association. The competition awards
points to New York State Public High School Athletic
Association school teams based upon results in 15 boys and
13 girls state sports tournaments throughout the school
year. The school’s teams scored points in six boys and five
girls sports. Shenendehowa scored 57.17 points in the
seventh annual competition to easily beat Victor (Section 5,
44.5 points) and Bronxville (Section 1, 43.17 points) for
the Kerr Cup. The winning margin of 12.67 points eclipsed
the previous record margin of 4.16 points by Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake in 2009. With 42.17 points, Shenendehowa
led the state in overall scoring for boys points, another
first for the program.
About the Kerr Cup
The New York State Sportswriters Association created the NYSSWA All-Sport Championship at the conclusion of the 2008-09 school year as a way to determine the most accomplished school athletic program in the state. It was renamed to the Kerr Cup in 2011 to honor Neil Kerr, the Syracuse newspaper reporter who helped found the NYSSWA in 1967. The competition is conducted among the 700 schools that belong to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which is not affiliated with the NYSSWA. For more about the Kerr Cup, visit http://NewYorkSportswriters.org/asc
on the Internet. [ ]
Congratulations to Ken Hayner-78, Norm
Hayner-81, Dave Marra-84, Dan Tebbano-99, Kelly
Toole-Conte-81, Laura Toole-Smith-80, coaches Gene Gould and
Bob Hill, and Lifetime Contibution Award Winner Dr. Kirk
They will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on October 15th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park. Tickets on sale August 1. Go to our athletic page for more information.
According to Advanced Placement, 88.4% of Shen students scored a 3 or higher on their exams...3 is considered the threshold for college credit. The state average was 65.6% and the national average was 60.6. Since 2011, we have increased the number of students taking AP courses by 26.7% and the number of exams taken by Shen students has increased from 577 to 890 (35.2%) and we still saw an increase in achievement from 83.9 to 88.4% scoring 3 or higher on the exam.
The Shenendehowa school district has had a longstanding commitment to excellence, with 91% of our graduates pursuing college. The district is committed to do even more, with the goal of providing every child with the potential to attend college or post-secondary education. To the end, the district has partnered with College Board and Naviance to provide free test prep and test administration. 
The Suburban Council Athletic
Association recently voted to restructure the modified- and
freshman-level athletic teams for girls and boys soccer and
softball beginning with the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.
The Council’s intention was to help preserve lower-level
athletic programs across the 16-school, athletic conference.
Many area schools have experienced difficulty fielding
freshman teams which has resulted in Shenendehowa facing
opponents with teams comprised of primarily middle school
students. While the decision to make these changes was not a
Shenendehowa decision, we are part of Suburban Council and
we comply with the decisions.
School may be out for summer but things don't slow down at our transportation department! A group of 20 school bus drivers attended a state-mandated, 30-hour School Bus Driver Basic Course for new bus driverd who have been employed by the district but have not yet reached one year of service. It covers everything from knowing the bus, special education transportation, laws & regulations, student management, bus evacuations, leadership and more! Transportation is also busy with routing for the upcoming school year, finalizing summer school transportation, conducting basic Course for new drivers, training prospective drivers, and much, much more.
A number of school rankings were produced in the month of June. Shen results solidify our place as a high achieving and cost efficient organization are as follows:
• Shen ranked #7 out of 84 school districts, click here.
• Tesago ranked #1 out of the public elementary schools in the region. Chango ranked #5 and Skano ranked #15, click here.
• Acadia Middle School ranks #1 this year out of 92 public middle schools in the region, Koda ranks #6 and Gowana ranks #10, click here.
• Shenendehowa High School again ranked #9 out of 85 schools in the region. Shen High School also ranked #6 for graduation rate, click here.
• Shen ranked #3 in English test scores out of 84 school districts, click here.
• Shen ranked #6 in Science test scores out of 84 school districts, click here.
• Shen was rank #6 out of 481 Upstate School Districts for Cost Effectiveness, comparing classroom performance with school expenditures, click here.
• Shen is ranked #24 in the ranking of the 431 Upstate school districts spanning 48 counties, click here.
• Syracuse.com has created a database for schools that send the most students to college - Shen is at 91%, click here.
The High School Counseling, College & Career Center in High School East will be closed Monday, July 6th and Tuesday, July 7th for painting and maintenance. For assistance, Counseling Center will be re-located in the attendance office for those two days. Thanks.
The Transportation Department will be
switching to a “route number” only system. By switching to a
number only system we will be able to communicate routing
information to you at a much earlier date (beginning of
August, instead of towards the end of August). This also
allows us to deal with routing issues a lot earlier than we
currently do. The route number only system will be used at
all three program levels and we will no longer use the
picture system to identify which bus a child needs to ride.
Also, it will not matter what the bus number is that services your child’s bus stop, the route number will be the main identifier. The route number will be, as is currently the case, displayed in the second window on the passenger side of the bus.
We know change can be a challenge, but we are confident, with your help, this change can be implemented successfully. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions related to school bus transportation.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015! There were 686 graduates of which 115 received medals for achieving an GPA of 95 and above!
Shen's Color Guard performs in David
Byrne's Contemporary Color in Toronto. The show gets rave
reviews from Rolling Stone!
Shen Color Guard will perform with Lucius at Contemporary Color in Toronto as part of the Luminato Festival and then two more performances at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They were selected by Talking Heads David Byrne for an unprecedented performance combining 10 color guard teams matched with live music performed by St. Vincent, Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, Kelis, Nelly Furtado and Devonte Hynes. See the NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/arts/dance/david-byrnes-changing-of-the-color-guard.html?_r=0
We are pleased to announce that Laura
Tarlo was appointed by the Board of Education as the new
class assistant principal at the High School.
She has worked with our business and CEIP students since 2004. She holds administrative certification as a school building leader and school district leader. She served as the summer school principal in 2012 and completed a comprehensive internship at the high school in 2012.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Siena College, a master’s degree in childhood education from Sage Graduate School and completed her administrative work at SUNY Plattsburgh.
She will begin her new position on July 1.
Congratulations to Shen H.S. junior Emma
Smith who was selected as ‘ShenNext Medicine Scholar.’
Emma Smith, 16, was chosen as part of a unique partnership of Shenendehowa High School, Siena College and Albany Medical College. “ShenNext Medicine: Selecting Tomorrow’s Doctors Today” offers the opportunity for a Shen student, who wants to become a physician, to be accepted more than a year earlier than usual for Siena and Albany Medical College’s combined eight-year program.
The initiative offers acceptance to both college and medical school at the same time and includes a scholarship at Siena of $18,000 for four years. The combined program is known as the “Siena College-Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine.” [ ]
Congratulations to Shen senior Kirstin O’Sullivan, for receiving the Youth Leadership Award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The award was presented to honor of her contributions to Safe Schools Advocacy and the Capital Region LGBTQ community at-large for her courage, in standing to speak at the December 2, 2014 Shenendehowa Board of Education Meeting showed tremendous compassion, forethought and incredible leadership.
An Invitation For prospective School Bus Drivers
“Come and Test Drive a School Bus”
When: July 2, 2015
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm (or as each person is finished)
Where: Shenendehowa Central Schools
Transportation Dept. (on the Shen Campus)
Click here for more information.
You can still bid on the auction items and help raise money to support Shen programs and services! http://www.shenedfoundation.org/
Acadia Middle School had four of the 25 finalists for the
Invention Convention 2015:
Katie Gargano for Got Mail!, Katie Roche for Booklight Glasses, Ashley Shields for Ice Tape & Get a Grip! String Instruments and Matthew Van Dusen for Page Pedal. A reception and awards ceremony for Invention Convention 2015 was held in May at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, during which 100 student inventors were celebrated as semi-finalists, and 25 students were announced as finalists. The honored inventors were chosen from more than 1,174 submissions from 41.
Shenendehowa is seeking sealed bid proposals for the purchase of surplus land behind the Shatekon Elementary School.
The 34.334 acres of vacant land is located between Moe Road and Maxwell Drive. The property is zoned TC3, allowing a variety of commercial and retail uses, with access from Moe Road and Southside Drive.
A formal Request for Proposal (RFP) is available by clicking here or by contacting the district's Finance and Operations office at 5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065. The district’s criteria including qualifications, amount of purchase and compliance requirements are outlined in the RFP notice. All questions about the RFP should be directed to the Kathleen Wetmore-Chase in the Finance and Operations office at 518-881-0623.
Responses to the RFP must be received no later than 11 a.m., January 4, 2016 in the district's Finance and Operations office at 5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
Congratulations to all our varsity spring sports teams, student-athletes, coaches and teachers as every team qualified for the New York State Public High School Scholar Athlete Team Award. This is the 7th straight season where every varsity team has qualified and the 2nd year in a row where Shenendehowa will receive the prestigious NYSPHSAA “School of Distinction” recognition.
The Shen Football Booster Club is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on June 1 between the hours of 4-6. During that time 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Shen Football program. Click here for the flyer.
Has your child lost something? There is a lot of good
stuff in our pool lost/found, please pick up by June
1...6-7:45 am or after 4 pm.
The following items are outside the pool locker rooms.
21 zipper and non-zipper sweat shirts
1 Koda sweat shirt
16 water bottles
1 Jake Johnson swim flipper
20 male swim suits from infant to XL
23 female swim suits from infant to XL
21 pants including sweats and tights
14 bags with various swim items in them
10 jackets including a Cartwheels Gymnastic, FGXtreme, Pacific trail, North Face
12 pairs of flip-flops including Crocs
4 pair of sneakers
5 single flip flops and 1 single sneaker
There is also a number of goggles and Shen caps and 1 Shen girls and 1 Shen Boys suit in the office.
Other areas where there is lost and found are the Middle School Main Offices, Attendance offices, (jewelry, glasses, keys and electronic devices) and other items may be found in some classrooms as well as the above areas.
Budget - Passes Yes—2,430 No-- 981
Bus Proposition - Passes Yes—2,477 No-- 888
Robert Pressly and Christina Rajotte elected to Board of Education
Christina Rajotte- 1,636, Kerensa Rybak- 1,378, Robert Pressly- 1,811, Samuel Hazleton- 1,420
Shenendehowa High School is pleased to announce that this
year’s valedictorian is Philip Sun and the salutatorian is
Philip Sun has been involved in many activities in and out of school. These have included: Math Team, Science Bowl and Robotics at school. In the community, Philip has done research at RPI on algorithms and taught math at the Chinese Community Center. Philip will be studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
Nadia Suguitan has been a member of the French Club, Key Club, Science Club and the Math Team. She also ran track and played varsity tennis for five years. She will attend SUNY Polytechnic Institute, College of Nanoscale and Engineering in September.
The 2015 Summer Walk-through Schedule.
In April, the American Heart Association recognized Shenendehowa as the first school district in the Capital Region to be recognized as a CPR Smart School. To qualify for the American Heart Association’s CPR Smart program, school districts must implement a written policy whereby students learn CPR and AED use prior to graduation. 
Shenendehowa High School ranked among the top ten large high schools by W!se. The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance recognizes the top performing high schools in w!se’s national network. This ranking shines the spotlight on the importance of personal finance education.
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 @ email@example.com
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. 
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by the Shenendehowa Social Studies Department, World of Difference Club and the Model UN Club.
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.
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!
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 www.safepayevents.com/GreenAndWhiteBanquet