May 23, 2013
Jonathan Burns, Principal
970 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0450
Congratulations to Shen's Critical Inquiry students Madeline Taubkin (Gowana) for winning 1st place and Hannah Butts, (Acadia) for winning 2nd place in The Saratogian essay contest (Saratoga 150 Years).
Diversity Day in 6th grade Acadia.
Acadia winners of this year’s PTA Reflection Arts Program, “The Magic of the moment.” 
Acadia students received this quarter’s Royal Treatment in lunch for being outstanding students!
Over the next several weeks, students across Shenendehowa will be taking summative assessments in most of their classes. These assessments will help teachers measure how well students acquired the most important content and skills from their courses. As a district, we will also be able to use the data to measure the effectiveness of our academic programs; ensuring students are prepared for the next level of rigorous coursework, aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards. Most of these assessments have been designed to fit in one class period. Teachers will provide more specifics about the content and format of each assessment. Best wishes to our students on the successful completion of the academic year. Please click here to access the.
Ten Acadia Middle School seventh grade
students have been selected as semi-finalists from over
1,300 submissions for Invention Convention 2013: Ayoub
Benchaita, No-Fall Binder; Katie Cox, Hot Spray Scraper;
Nick Dvorscak, Safety Soda; Hannah Hanson, The Comfortable
Pointe Shoe; Peter Kirkpatrick, Braces Shield; Brittany
Maklos, Clear Glass Waffle Iron; Lindsay Mayo, Soft Line;
Patricia Novenche, Edible Tape; Kayla Vaccara-Ludwigsen,
Replaceable Frames for Glasses; and Garrett Wolf, Dog
Invention Convention is an annual student invention competition open to Capital District students from grades K through eight from public, private and home schools from as far south as New York City and as far north as Glens Falls. Students are invited to submit an original idea for an invention that solves a problem. The top 100 entries are then invited to create a model of their concept. These inventions are on display at miSci through May 19, 2013.
Ms. Davidson’s 7th grade science students were introduced to a number of different kinds of animals. The alpacas, Ms. Davidson’s “pets,” represent a new mammal that most students have not been exposed to. They have only been in this country for about 25 years.
Acadia's Annual Accent on Acadia was held in March, with many parents and their children participating in a variety of team and teacher based activities and events. This evening "celebration" continues to be one of highlights that mark the Acadia calendar each year in the effort of building an increased sense of community with families, faculty and staff.
On Tuesday, May 7, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra will present a demonstration/lecture to all 7th-grade students. Then, each student will be offered the opportunity to attend a Philadelphia Orchestra concert at SPAC on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8 PM, FREE OF CHARGE! Any gr.7 student who attends both the assembly on May 7 and the concert on August 23 will be given a pass to attend ALL orchestra & ballet concerts (except the gala) until that student graduates from Shen 
Recently the “World of Difference” club from the High School visited the 6th grade FACS classes for a service learning project. This high school club organized an educational presentation and activity for middle school students regarding the issues of prejudices and stereotypes.
Acadia 8th graders showcase a winning technology design, built to launch a ping pong ball at targets at various heights. The design met all criteria including proportions that function, consistent launch control, material manipulation and activation by an indirect device.
Acadia kicked off the OLWEUS anti-bullying program this month. 
Congratulations! The following Acadia students are among the 100 semifinalists that have been chosen out of a total of 1,318 entries in the Invention Convention 2013 student invention program. Garrett Wolf, Ayoub Benchaita, Nick Dvorscak, Peter Kirkpatrick, Joe Novenche, Katie Cox, Lindsay Mayo, Brittany Maklos, Hannah Hanson and Kayla Vaccara-Ludwigsen. 
High School West Grade 8 Parent Orientation Presentation.
Acadia staff and faculty participated in a reading project called Acadia READs!
On Friday, January 25th, Acadia’s Team 7-2 enjoyed an Invention Day. Whether working independently or collaborating as a group, students identified a problem, designed a solution or improvement to a solution, researched an idea to make sure that it hadn’t been invented yet, and then prepared a poster to display the invention. 
Acadia spelling bee finalists.
Acadia geography bee winner and participants.
Attention Parents of 6th Graders - Important information to helping your child select a language to study:
Acadia, Gowana and Koda each held Geography Bees in classrooms and at the school level. The top three scoring students competed against each other in a Championship Bee on January 17, 2013. The winner from each middle school will take a written test to qualify for the New York Geography Bee in March.
Student council members shopped and wrapped gifts for families in need within our community. The money raised at the Student Council dance provided the funds needed for this activity. 
Tri-Building Talent Show
Friday, January 11th 7:00pm
Tri-Building Auditorium (In Gowana)
Tickets can be purchased for $3 before homeroom at the school store or $5 at the door the night of the show.
If anyone has any questions they can contact me (Jen Rosney- firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Quatraro (email@example.com)
Two teams representing all three middle schools won prestigious awards at the FIRST lego league competition at RPI.
Acadia students selected for the first quarter Student Recognition Program for their outstanding contributions to the Acadia community. 
Representatives from Clifton Park Half Moon Veterans of Foreign War Post #1498 recently attended an assembly to honor 18 winners of the VFW Patriots’ Pen Essay Contest at Acadia, Gowana and Koda. 
officers of Acadia Student Council for 2012-2013 are as
follows from left to right in the above picture:
President - Ritika Gangaraju, Secretary - Emily O'Neil, Vice President - Derek Ines, and Treasurer - Anne Moruzzi. [ ]
5/21/13 - School Budget Vote and Board Election 
5/22/13 - NYS Gr. 4 and 8 science performance test,for "Don't Stress the Test" info
5/24/13 - No School
5/27/13 - Memorial Day, No School
Grade 6, Team 1:Home Page
Grade 6, Team 2: Home Page
Grade 7, Team 1:Home Page
Grade 7, Team 2:Home Page
Grade 8, Team 1:Home Page
Grade 8, Team 2:Home Page
UNIFIED ART TEACHERS:
Mr. McQuade, 6th-grade Physical Education