Heard it through the grapevine: a place for you to nip those rumors about the district in the bud...

In an effort to improve communications the district has created this format to provide people with a place to get answers to questions and to address rumors and inaccurate information that sometimes circulate through the community.

NOT ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED. It may take some time to get answers to certain questions.

For individual or private concerns, you should contact the school or district office by phone. We will not answer comments about specific individuals by name.

However, for issues that we think impact a number of people in the community, we will provide a response on this page for all to see. Please submit your comments and/or questions in the white box on the right. Questions will be posted on this page, then moved to an archive page or deleted.  Questions are e-mailed to the district's public information office. The PI Officer determines who could best answer the question and directs the question to that person. Once, the PIO receives the answer it is posted.

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Why does Geometry Honors have no summer assignment this summer when the other math classes do?

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All levels of Geometry will be transitioning to the Common Core this coming school year. All work (including prerequisite skills that are addressed through summer work) will be addressed in the actual course this year.

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Is there a required summer reading/writing assignment for literary classics and decisions honors for the 2014/15 school year?

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No.

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For the students who complain about lack of parking spaces. Maybe the school should go with odd/even day colored stickers. Half the students would then drive on designated day and the other day they could ride the bus or carpool saving everyone some money along the way! Also, this would eliminate some of the congestion that everyone complains about.

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Thanks for the feedback. I am not sure that would stop the complaints and it would be an administrative nightmare.

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: Is there summer school transportation? If so, can high school students taking the Health summer course make use of this transportation? I would greatly appreciate if this was made possible because it's been impossible for me to fit in the health course any other way, and I live far from the school. My parents have only one car, so I won't be able to drive myself there.

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There is no transportation for summer school, however there is an online option for health. Contact carmrebe@shenet.org for inforamtion.

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Is your only answer to questions or opinions :Thanks for your feedback"? It shows Shen does not care about certain things and I have a feeling you were one of the parents taping off seats at graduation.

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That is the statement when people send in their opinion... it is feedback to be considered when making decisions in the future. That person was talking about "parents" who got there early and taped off seats. This may be frustrating to one, but limiting the number of people who can come by using tickets would be frustrating for to others.  And tickets would require hiring people to "check" tickets.

If you are refering to the taped off  seats in section 4, those are reserved by the district every year for high school faculty, district administration, special guests (typically families of a student who has passed) and familes of staff members/board members who must work at their child's graduation (this enables them to sit with or nearby their families while they are working).

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When will the The 2014-15 calendar of district events (PDF) that is mailed home to all families be posted online?

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It is now http://www.shenet.org/events/DistrictEvents.cfm.

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Will there be any kind of memorial service or announcement on the Shen website for long time Coach Gene Gould? He was so beloved by tennis fans and students and it seems appropriate to honor him in some way?!

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Because the district is so large, it is impossible to keep track of the thousands of students and staff members who have left Shen. So, to ensure that we don't offend anyone, we do not make announcements for deaths or accomplishments once people have graduated or retired from Shen.

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When will high school students be able to view their schedules?

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8/22/14 after 4 p.m.

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my son in 9th grade took both a common core & regents for algebra 1..however there is no grade reflecting either on his report card on the portal today.. will it be corrected and when will we get results? thank you

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Due to the late return date by the state the score were not available for the report card. You can view the scores both exams on the portal under “Assessments” or call the school guidance office.

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what kind of camera is required for the black and white photography class?

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Any 35mm FILM camera. An SLR film camera is preferable, but not required. Students will learn to use all the settings and have more control of their photo results with this type of camera. If an SLR is not available, an automatic point and shoot camera will be fine. Students will be able to complete all of the assignments with either type of camera...as long as it's a film camera. All the information is also in the letter to be sent home. Feel free to have parents email me with any questions.

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Can a student start a club? If so, how?

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A student must first get a staff member to serve as advisor. Then a plan for the implementation of the club should be presented to the principal for consideration.

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Is it true that the bake sales that occur before lunch are not allowed to continue through the lunch periods because it "competes" with the school lunches. If this is true it is completely unacceptable to allow the school lunch system to monopolize like this, the bake sales are only there to raise money for either the class or charity!

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Yes, it is true the State Education Department does not allow bake sales to occur during lunch. In addition, the high school is concerned about allergies and assurance that all safety/health protocols have been followed as part of the bake sale.  We encourage groups to sell other non-food items to raise money.

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When will the edition of the earth science regents review book be listed on the registration form?

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The following review book can be purchased at the following link: Physical Setting: Earth Science STA Review: SKU: UPCO003 $11.95 http://upcopublishing.com/book/physical-setting-earth-science

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I was just looking at the Recommended Reading List for 6th grade students. Many of the suggestions are really questionable. I'm really disappointed that the so many (not all) recommendations are so dark. The job of librarians isn't to just go with trends but to inspire kids.

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All of the summer reading lists, “Titles that May Interest Your Child” (grades 6-9), were crafted by district librarians based on popular trends in adolescent literature. Each book was selected because it is current, engaging and contains content appropriate for the grade level.
Our goal is that each student in grades 6-9 read at least one book of his/her choice over the summer. The book should be at the student’s appropriate reading level, and while students may choose a book on the list, they are not required to.
The utmost care has been taken in preparing the lists of titles. Parents are encouraged to assist their child in making a best choice, and/or review the titles that their child has chosen. Appropriate choices are best made as a family.

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Can you tell me what the cost/benefit of the common core implementation was for the district?

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We have always invested in instructional resources and professional development for principals and teachers, so the cost/benefit is no different than in past years. Shen has alway been, and continues to be, committed to excellence for all students.

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You did not provide Dr. Robinson's salary for the 2014-15 school year, as requested, saying the Board of Education will make that decision. Does that mean they did not already make this decision, even though the budget has been finalized and voted on? When will this decision be made and when will this information be made public?

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The superintendent's contract was approved on July 8, 2014, the same time it has been approved for the past nine years.  The superintendent and the BOE mutually agreed to extend his contract until 2019 and allocate a 2.5% increase for the 2014-15 school year. As with all the employee contracts, the new contract will be posted on the district's website in the coming weeks, http://www.shenet.org/district/HumanResources/HR_AdminPositions/HR_Admin.cfm

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The intent of the following question is not to offend any one's belief or opinion. It is simply being asked to allow parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in the District the knowledge and to give them the opportunity to maintain their children's safety and security. Will the Shenendehowa District be accommodating any ILLEGAL immigrants within our public schools anytime in the future?

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The district has no way of knowing whether or not someone is an illegal immigrant and has no legal authority to investigate. Attendance at district schools is based upon residency within the school district.

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Would it be wrong for a junior without a parking pass to lawfully park within walking distance of the campus and walk in to school before 7:40?

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No.

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It is inappropriate for the teachers on stage to get up from their seats and hug students as they are walking to receive their diplomas. Commencement should be a formal ceremony conducted with respect and decorum. Individual congratulations during the event should be restricted to the superintendent, BOE, principal and students. It is distracting and awkward to have the readers get up to hug students on their way the receive their diploma.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Does GPA for the white awards include regents grades?

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Yes, since it factors into the final average.

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Is one's weighted average used when applying for membership to the NHS or the unweighted average?

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Weighted.

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Lauren studios only does portraits. Who took the photos for Junior Prom this year?

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The yearbook committee.

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My son graduated this year. The ceremony was very nice but what transpired prior to the graduation was unbelievable. When we arrived, 4 of us, people literally had rows taped off. They also had a person standing there so no one removed the tape. Others had programs on seats, pocketbooks, umbrellas etc. One woman literally had 26 seats saved and there were heated words between her and a father. Our good friend was lucky enough to sit behind that. I understand saving a few, but whole rows? 26 seats? My other son graduated a few years ago, more graduating seniors also, and this was not the case. This was my last but I feel sorry for future graduating families. After what I experienced and I know I was not the only one complaining, Shen should give each student maybe 6 tickets. We were so disappointed and shocked that people in the Shen 518 strong community were so rude and selfish. We ended up in the balcony and it was real fun getting my 81 year old mother there.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Can we purchase videos of this years graduation? And where do we find the pictures that were taken?

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Check out the website over the next several weeks for more details.

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I understand your frustration in regards to the multitude of questions being asked about the HSE parking spaces. However, due to the problem of constrained space in the parking lot year after year (my brother graduated in 2011 and complained of the same problem) and due to the continuos amount of questions being received - why is this issue not being addressed? Because staff have places to park and that's all that matters? You said expanding the parking lot has been "mentioned" - why hasn't it been investigated fully? Is the principal aware of this issue? Is the board of education aware of this issue? What would a student or group of students have to do to make sure the administration knows change is needed? Students pay money for a parking pass and literally do not have places to park - this is why you face so many questions and have so many unhappy students. Money collected from parking pass sales should go towards funding expansion of the parking lot or construction of a new one - there is land available and a clear need. Additionally, how many spaces are available in the HSE parking lot for students to use? Are the amount of parking passes sold equal to the parking spaces available for students? If a typical graduating class averages 700 - is the district prepared to allow that many students to park on campus?

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Parking is limited and available on a “first come, first served” basis, depending on students meeting detailed criteria.

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It is early July and information about Fall 2014 schedules are appearing on the portals. How reliable is this information? I don't want my child to get her hopes up or be concerned about what she sees if it is still a work in progrss. Thank you

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It is not reliable and it was only viewable briefly when the district switched to the new calendar last week. Later in August we will post the dates when the new student schedules will be viewable.

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I'm trying to log in to the parent portal mobile app. When I try to refresh it to see most up-to-date info (because it defaults to info last updated in 3rd quarter) I get an error message that says "Account Attention Required Your account needs attention. Please go to the web portal to fix the problem." But, whenever I log in to the portal online, it doesn't prompt me to fix or change anything. Nor can I find any messages that indicate what to do or how to fix the issues with the mobile app. Is there anything you can do to help me please? Thanks!

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Please contact that office at 881-0665.

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Can we start a Grapevine Administrator Fan Club? Because I am a fan. Your responses are even-keeled, professional, and often quite funny. When you get a snarky comment about how crummy this site is, please remember that there are many more of us out there who appreciate you!
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Thanks, that is nice to hear.

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Is it possible to change middle schools?

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It would have to be extreme extenuating circumstances.

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What overall percentage grade do you need to be valedictorian?

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There isn't a specific grade. It is for the students with the highest, weighted GPA for 3 and ¾ years of high school.

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I'm going into high school next year and I'm taking two electives. I know it's too late for me to drop one now, but I was wondering if I could drop one of them at the beginning of the school year. Is it possible?

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Yes. If you are interested in dropping one of these electives, please contact Mr. Flynt or Mr. Gutchell.

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What percent average do you need to get a 4.0 GPA?

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Our grades are numeric out of 100, not numeric out of 4.

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Does shen offer AP Psychology? I'm actually really interested in it

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At present we do not. However, we offer Syracuse University’s Project Advance Psychology. Students may opt to take the AP exam in Psychology on their own.

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Can you have an average over 100%?

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Weighted GPA on a transcript may exceed 100%

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You published on the grapevine allegations that a parent posted about a boy stripping for the girls before a performance of the musical. I question if it is fair for you to make students in the drama club appear to be behaving poorly based on one parents interpretation of a situation. Shouldn't something like this be brought to the attention of the principal, investigated and if it is found that nothing improper occurred or it is this reported back to the parents involved before any allegations published here. Since you have published this accusation can we expect that you will also publish the results of the investigation and what the facts are. Esp since it is belief that this is all a parent making a bigger deal of something than it actually is.

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The grapevine is to put rumors to rest. There are many questions that make students "appear to be behaving poorly based on one parents interpretation of a situation." This incident is one of many that was investigated and found to be untrue."

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I hope the district is aware that several of the links provided on the school pages are dead ends. It is very frustrating to see that what you are looking for is "not found".

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We are only aware when people tell us the specific link that is dead. If you come across a dead link, contact the webmaster at defekell@shenet.org.

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Will the school be open on September 2? My family will be away on vacation during the scheduled walk through and I would like my kids to know where they are going the first day of school.

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We are open, but that is Superintendent's Conference Day for staff only. You should contact your child's principal to set up a time to tour.

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My child was very disappointed to see that the girls' basketball team was not included on the yearbook page for teams that won Section 2. It may not seem like a big deal to the person I contacted regarding it, but it was a big deal to the girls. They worked hard, earned the title and deserved to be recognized.

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This year, the final deadline for yearbook submissions was February 24.The Girls’ Basketball Section 2 game was on March 3.

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I would like to congratulate the Shenendehowa Baseball Team for their outstanding performance this season, this community is extremely proud of the boys and these past two seasons have brought excitement back to the baseball program. Greg Christodulu and the entire staff deserve to be recognized as the top coaches in this state. Best of luck to the team next year. Thank you

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I am a 7th grade student going to 8th grade next year. I'm in NJHS, which means my first two quarter grades were in the high achievement list. My third quarter grade was a 98.00. This should mean that I get an award for being on the high honor roll the first three quarters. However on the last day on school I did not.

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You should contact your principal.

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How will I know if my highschool transcript was sent to my college?

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You can call the Counseling College and Career Center between the hours of 8-3:30.

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Received a letter on July 2 that said online HazCom training would be available July 1. Tried to take the training on July 2 and got this message: Shenendehowa 2013-14 HazCom Training You are getting this error message because you were trying to access an item that has ended.

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It is fixed now.

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Would it be possible obtain an image of an old Native American Shenendehowa logo. or anything you have like that? Sorry to bother you with such a silly request, it's for a tattoo & I haven't been able to find anything on line. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

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That caricature was phased out as the mascot in 1995 because Native Americans expressed concerns that it depicted them in a demeaning and prejudicial fashion. It was stripped from everything. In fact, in 2001 the New York State Education Department called for retirement of all "Indian" sports team tokens.

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I cannot get on the tinyurl.com/ParkingInfoShen2015 for senior privilege of parking on campus. It just tells me there is no site. How can I register my vehicle for my son for the 2015 school year as the application needs to be completed prior to registration?

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Go to http://www.shenet.org/HS_ShenHS/shenHS_SeniorPrivileges.cfm to get the form to register your vehicle

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Will Shen be placing Planned Parenthood in the classroom this year? Parents, grandparents and all community members deserve transparency on this issue.

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No. The decision to use guest speakers is up to the teachers.  We are very transparent on this issue. If a health teacher decides to use a guest speaker it will be posted on the health webpage, communicated at open houses and put in the course outlines.

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Is AcadiaNews on Instagram run by the school? Or did middle schoolers create the page? Looks official in some ways... Unofficial in other ways.

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No, it is not run by the school.

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It was announced during the freshmen awards ceremony that pictures would be available on line. Do you know how we can find them?

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Please contact Lauren Studios at 453-6252 for information on accessing 9th Grade Recognition Night pictures.

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When will the supply lists come out for 9th graders?

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The high school has compiled a general school supply list for students in grades 9-12. To view this list, go to http://www.shenet.org/HS_ShenHS/shenHS_supplylist.cfm . Classroom teachers may provide more specific subject supply information during the first week of school.

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For a school sport, what fees do I need to pay if I want to do a sport like soccer? How much are the fees? How long do I have if I decide to play soccer and what steps do I need to take?

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There are no fees, but there are some costs such as cleats, practice gear, etc. Tryouts start on Monday, August 18th.

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Rumors still persist that the A.D. is only allowing five 8th grade girls to make the freshman soccer team. I'm pretty sure the boys teams don't have the same restrictions. Doesn't Shen want to build the best teams? With the player pool we have, we should be winning everything. Restrictions like this is what gets in the way. Not sure who it benefits. Certainly not the soccer team. Let school sports be competitive like they are meant to be! Let the coach choose the best players - regardless of grade! Or create a modified girls team like many other schools have - Shaker, Mohonasen, Bethlehem,Guilderland, Averill Park, Columbia, etc.

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The "rumors" are untrue. The Athletic Director’s expectation is that coaches will only move up middle school students who meet the criteria set forth by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association regarding selection classification. While we have an extremely successful athletic program on and off the field, “winning everything” is the not the ultimate goal of the program.

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When are golf tryouts? The coach won't answer me email.

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Monday, August 18th. Please contact the athletic office if you need further information.

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What is that date of homecoming and senior night for football season 2014

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Homecoming and senior night will both be on Friday, October 17th versus Guilderland due to the fact that we only have three regular season home games this year.

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Is there a summer assignment for the 2014-15 school year for students taking college-level physics? Thanks for answering.

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No.

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I think that the middle schools did not make the right call in rescheduling the Great Escape trip on June 13th. While the field trip form said that the trip will take place "rain or shine", I am currently looking out my window at 9:46am and seeing a downpour occurring with sheets of rain. How is this field trip supposed to be fun for anyone???? I get that you contracted buses and the park for this day but the schools should have had a "Plan B" knowing FULL WELL that the multiple forecasts available noted terrible weather. And, while the forecasts can (and have been) wrong at times, it was quite obvious during last night's newscast that the weather wouldn't be cooperating. They actually said, "If you are planning to be outside today, don't"!!!!! Parents spent good money for a fun-filled day for their child to spend with their friends - not stuck under a pavilion. Do you really think that the park runs their rides in this type of weather??? Poor judgment by the administration...I can only hope that the park will allow a raincheck for the students to return to enjoy a better experience.

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That was a no win situation. Those trips are planned months in advance. The Great Escape was willing to work with us, but only to a certain level becaue they had ordered food for more than 800 Shen students. We had sincerely hoped the weather would improve and indeed it did after we had left for the day. Today, the Acadia grade 8 students were given “passes” to be used at any time this season.

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what are the middle school music awards for? I heard they were for students that participated in All County and NYSSMA, but I was in both of these and did not get invited

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Some awards were teacher selected and others were given for participation in Choral All-County. In addition, certain levels of NYSSMA performance/achievement were acknowledged. If there is a concern about a missed award or acknowledgement, please contact the music teacher directly.

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Why does the district disable access to grades on the student/parent portal during marking periods? If the teachers can input grades all year, can't they also input grades at the end of a quarter without closing the portal? This is particularly disturbing to me at the end of the year. By the time we get our grades, the teachers have recessed for the summer and there is no way to discuss any errors (which do happen) that may have occurred.

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No. We also close the portal when teachers enter grades for each quarter for the report cards. If you feel there is an error in a child’s grades after the end of the year, please call the school, they will resolve it.

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Is DDE for a 9th grader weighted?

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Yes, DDE is weighted 1.06 as a college level course.

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The last 2 days of Driver's Education, for the next session,are August 18th and 19th,the first 2 days of Fall sports at Shen. The times overlap each other. Driver's Ed won't alter their schedule, so are the Shen coaches going to allow their athletes the opportunity to leave practice early to complete the final 2 days of classes/driving, then return to practice afterward, without being penalized, as has been rumored?

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Student-athletes in drivers ed will need to inform their coach. No one will be penalized.

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Do high school classes that you take in eighth grade count towards your highschool GPA and class rank?

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Yes.

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My teacher said shen only cares about the students who plays aports

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Untrue.

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IS there a list some place of all the awards given out at the senior award night?

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It is posted on the high school webpage.

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I go to Acadia middle school and called a jack*** by a monitor, shouldn't this monitor be fired

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That should definitely be reported to the principal.

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Why can a boy intentionally knee another kid in the private area at school and not get in discipline by the principal?

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Without knowing all the details, he can't.

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How is okay that a teacher can bring up the passing of a student in a negative way and not get in trouble in some sort of way? Students are not allowed to say rude things without getting into trouble, so why can teachers?

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Without know all the details, it isn't. Was it reported?

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How is it okay for some teachers to wear short dresses and skirts, but not students?

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We have the same expectations for staff that we do for students.

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Is it true that it is Shen policy for teachers to post a grade for work done in one marking period, in another marking period, if they feel it is "better" for the students?

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No, there is no such policy for or against it.

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Your answers to questions and comments can be very disrespectful.

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Sorry, they are not meant to be.

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Is the last day of school for middle school students the 25th or 26th? I'm a little confused. Can you please confirm the date?

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June 25.

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Can we start a Grapevine Administrator Fan Club? Because I am a fan. Your responses are even-keeled, professional, and often quite funny. When you get a snarky comment about how crummy this site is, please remember that there are many more of us out there who appreciate you!

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I'm hearing that not only is heroin use rampant in the high school, but showing up in the middle schools as well. What's the real story and what is Shen doing about it?

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We haven't seen that. However, by all accounts, heroin use is on the rise in all communities. In fact, some are calling it an epidemic. We posted information about heroin use on our website and Facebook page in May. We also participated in a community forum on heroin. Our health classes do an extensive unit on drug prevention.

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Posted on May 19, 2014 Where can I find the schedule for the June regents exams response http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/2014/regents-614updated2.pdf On May 19 this question and answer were posted on the Grapevine. I went to the site given and it lists the regents exams at 9:15am and 1:15pm. Yet in the principal's newsletter, the exams are listed as 8am and 12pm. Which is correct? Hope everyone ends up looking at the same schedule on exam day! Thanks! :)

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The times on the State Ed website are the universal start times. However, schools have the option of beginning early. All Shenendehowa administration of Regents exams are 8am and 12noon and this has been communicated to students and families.

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Has expanding the student parking lot ever been talked about?

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It has been mentioned.

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I was relieved to read the Grapevine message about the Shen Musical Theatre company's tradition for a "chosen" boy to do a strip tease in the girls' dressing room in front of all the girls in the company. My daughter told me that this did go on this year before the Friday night performance of "Grease." Another girl verified her exact story. The girls were sworn to secrecy. My daughter begged me not to report this to the principal, as she feared serious bullying and exclusion repercussions. She and I both feared that if the directors are aware of this tradition, and I reported it, my daughter might be excluded from other productions. As a parent, I wanted to protect my daughter from bullying. So I ask your assistance to address this matter, so it does not happen again next year (according to my daughter and her friend, the boy has already been chosen for next year).

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Your note has been shared with the principal.

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Have a good summer. I'll miss you.

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Thank you, you too!

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My child came home from school today crying hysterically because she saw a fellow classmate kill a chipmunk on the playground for sport at Skano Elementary. My child is now having trouble sleeping and is deeply disturbed by this experience. I would like to know what is going to be done about this? will there be consequences? will the child be provided counseling from the school psychologist? what will be done to ensure that this vicious act of aggression will not be displayed again?

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The situation was immediately investigated. The child did not maliciously intend to harm the animal. We encourage you to have your child speak with our counseling staff. Also, please feel free to call the principal with your concerns.

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Does shen ever take into account how well teachers are teaching? If a student was to file a complaint about a teacher would it be taken seriously and if so how would they file a complaint? There are most definitely some teachers that are not capable of teaching effectively.

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Yes, teachers are evaluated annually. You would file a complaint with the principal.

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WHY IS THERE NOT AN INTERNAL MAP OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN WHO ARE VERY CONCERNED ON HOW TO GET AROUND HIGH SCHOOL EAST. THANKS BYE

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There is. You can get one from the principal's office.

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Can a parent request to see a state test and their child's answers?

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No. The district does not have access to completed state tests.

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Are students allowed to double up on classes? I'd like to take algII/trig and pre-calc in one year. Is that possible? Or could I take algebra II during the summer so will be caught up with pre-calc during the school year? Thank you

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Students may not double up on classes. In this case, Alg 2 is a prerequisite for Precalc. If a student wants to take a class over the summer (also known as challenging the course), they must contact the AA for math to get approval. A student’s transcript will be reviewed. Not all students are granted approval.

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What will Dr. Robinson's salary be for the 2014-15 school year?

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The Board of Education will make that decision. The superintendent has voluntarily taken a salary freeze three out of the last five years, recognizing the fiscal challenges faced by the district. It is also recognized that he is the CEO of a $160M enterprise and likely his compensation will be commensurate with his value and contribution to the district.

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When will families be notified of am/pm kindergarten assignments?

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Letters were mailed on Friday, June 13. If you have not received your letter, feel free to call the Registrar at 881-0662.

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Is it true that the Board of Education provided the school lunch program with $200,000? How can Shen say that the school much fund is "self sufficient", when a taxpayer bailout was given?

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To characterize the provision of food services to students as a “tax payer bailout” is reflective of a lack of understanding. The school lunch program is legal and, for the most part, a self-funded entity. The contributions made by the district reflects upgrades and other expenses that are outside the purview of the program. At the end of the day, we are investing in the education, health, welfare, and safety of students…including the provision of a healthy and affordable meals.

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Is SEEC (Summer Enrichment Exploration Camp) fully self funded or do they receive any funds from the district

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100% self funded.

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My high school student is receiving grades now for work that was done and submitted as far back as January, yet, the grades are being applied to this quarter's grade book. When I questioned the teacher, I was told that this is common practice at Shen. This is the first time I am hearing of this and want to be sure so my student will be prepared in the future.

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If you are dissatisfied with the response or information received from the teacher, please discuss it further with the building principal. The district has a tremendous track record of preparing students for continued achievement and success in college, career, or services in the armed forces, and the commitment stands true.

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When are the meetings for AP Lang and AP Chem? -Thank You

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AP Chemistry meeting is Tuesday, June 10 at 2:45 in the HS East cafeteria. There is no meeting for AP Language.

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When will Shen end the backwards policy of assigning graduation cap and gown colors based on sex? Haven't we moved beyond this type of nonsense?

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No.

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My senior child was unable to park in the high school parking lot (she has a parking pass) because the lot and backup spaces were full due to juniors parking there. Security is doing nothing to stop juniors from parking where they should not. She, along with others, received a ticket from the Sheriffs Dept for parking along the straightaway that leads to the front of the building. It is my understanding that the reason the District closes the campus for a period in the summer is so that the campus remains a private roadway.  Are Sheriff's deputies allowed to give parking tickets on school grounds?

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Yes. Traffic violations on campus have been increasing creating unsafe situations. We have sent messages home asking for cooperation but the violations continue. We requested that the Sheriff increase their presence on campus. They can and will ticket people for violations.

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If a DASA complaint was to be filed against a middle school teacher, how would one go about that?

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Report it to the building principal. For more information go to: http://www.shenet.org/Safety_Health_Wellness/DASA.cfm

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I heard that schools all across NYS are installing Wireless Hotspots on their busses. Is shen looking into this at all? And if not, where could it be recommended? This is actually a very smart idea.

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We are aware of the technology, but no plans are in place. There needs to be careful analysis of the cost feasibility and the value-add from doing so, recognizing that students are only on the bus for a short period of time.

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Do we have to register to be subs again next year? Or does it roll over.

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All current instructional and non-instructional receive a letter of assurance that they will remain on the sub list and must complete HAZCOM after July 1, 2014 to reactivate on the substitute list.

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How many black children attend Shenendehowa Central School District

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The "Student Population Excluding White and not of Hispanic Origin" is 18%.

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When will the minutes for the BOE meetings from May 13 + 27 be posted ?

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After they are approved by the board at the June meeting.

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Please take a look at the photo on the homepage of the Acadia students with the "kindness" signs. While I think the idea was a great one, the execution left a lot to be desired. As you can see, the students were very close to te edge of the road - one student is posing with his foot on the curb! I drove past these students the day they were out on 146 and they were running up and down the sidewalk with their signs. It was very distracting and MANY of the students were off the sidewalk and very close to the road. If this activity is going to be repeated in the future, the students should be monitored much more closely so as not to create a distraction to motorists. Simply insuring that the students stood still on the sidewalk with their signs, as opposed to running about, would have been much safer for them, less distracting to motorists and passing motorists could have actually read the signs. WIth the kids running about, it was impossible to read the signs they were holding.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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can i request a bus driver for next year? she is my favorite bus driver and is probably one of the most nicest bus drivers the school has

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Glad to hear you love your bus driver, but we don't take requests for bus drivers.

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How long does it take to answer a question and post that answer on the Grapevine? Are the questions sent out to various people then posted when answered? I was wondering because it's highly unlikely that all the questions posted on June 4th were submitted at that time.

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It varies. As questions come in, they are placed in a folder. When time allows, some questions are sent out to the responsible parties. The replies are put back into the folder. Then the questions are posted in batches.

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Are parents aware that Shen provides bus transportation? Traffic on campus is frustrating. I am staff and therefore have to be there. All the parents on campus to drop off and pick up their children don't. Put your kids on the bus and stay off campus!

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The big yellow buses are hard to miss.

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I see all these pics on the site. Yet the three high school students who made the National Technical Honor Society doesn't have their pic up there. So what's up with that?

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Because a picture was not provided.

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What can you tell me about the HSE camera surveillance system? Is it always watching my kids 24/7? If so I think that's of an invasion of privacy and rather inappropriate.

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Yes, if your kids are at the high school 24/7.

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can you stage dive during the 12th grade graduation?

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No.

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How busy are you?

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Varies day to day.

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Thank you for your time and energy answering our comments. I scrolled down after reading a response that was on point to a question I had and laughed out loud several times. God bless your patience too.

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Why are there posters advertising the fact that 78% of Shen students didn't drink in the past month? 78% is an awful percentage. That means that 22% did drink in the past month, which is slightly more than 1 out of 5 students illegally consumed alcohol. I'm sorry but that is not something to be proud of, at all

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Those posters were created by the Prevention Council to dispel the myth that "everyone" is doing it...22% is not everyone.

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What is the interim?

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Typically, the district uses the term interim as a mid-quarter grade report or a person serving temporarily in a position until a full-time employee can be hired.

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What, exactly is the policy for Middle School students with regard to walking home after school? Every day I see large groups of MS kids(20 or so kids) heading down 146 and sometimes Bruno Rd.(Which has no shoulder and can be very dangerous!) How are these students just allowed to leave school and walk wherever? Isn't there some accountability on the part of the school for safety? And what is wrong with the parents for allowing this on a regular basis?

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Students are allowed to walk home from school.

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Why are ninth grade students being tested on something that wasn't taught to them by their teachers? I'm talking about the common core exam, teachers don't know how to teach this stuff and now students are being tested on it. Teachers are reading notes off of a website and making students right them down, THAT IS NOT TEACHING.

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Teachers have been teaching the new Algebra course all year and have also participated in curriculum work to increase their preparedness for the new course. While the transition has been somewhat challenging to staff and students alike, it is not a complete departure from past years. In many instances it is about more concentrated time on a fewer number of topics.

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In 8th grade do you take FACS?

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No.

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If you take algebra 1 as an eighth grader does it towards your highschool GPA?

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Yes.

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If you self study an AP exam, do you get the college credit?

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College credit for AP courses are determined by the college the student will be attending.

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My friend isn't going to his graduation because of the cap and gown color he has to wear. Has the school considered only having one gown color for everyone?

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No, those are our school colors.

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IS there busing for the summer camps programs?

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Not for the Shen Summer Adventures camps.

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When will the $95 fee be due by for a current 9th grader taking AP World History next year?

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We will collect money in High School East for AP exams in January/February 2015.

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Which freshmen have received awards? Is there a list accessible online?

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The 9th Grade Recognition Night awards program, which lists the recipients of the awards, will be posted on the high school website following the ceremony.

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What if you are not going be here next year, what do you do? ( like do you need anything from the school you are in now?)

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Your parent needs to contact your school directly. For Elementary School, please contact the Main Office. For MS / HS, please contact the Guidance Office. Your parent will need to fill out withdrawal paperwork so records can be sent to the new school.

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I'm beyond done with being verbally abused after school when I forget my early release pass every now and then. I'm a good student and I have earned my senior privileges and I don't deserve this unfair treatment from him, or anyone for that matter. Things happen in life and sometimes people are forgetful or lose their cards, and he doesn't understand that, but instead proceeds to make me feel extremely uncomfortable and I have huge anxiety when I misplace my card or leave it in my car for fear if his harassment. This needs to stop.

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No one should be verbally abused (you should report this to the principal). Rules are there for a reason, you should remember your pass.

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Can juniors drive in during regents week?

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Yes.

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A few months ago when a member of the Class of 2015 passed away we were told that there would be a ceremony in his honor for the Junior Class by the memorial garden when the weather was better. When is this happening? School is almost over?

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It is scheduled for Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm. This information was provided in the morning announcements.

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Is the recognition night for 9th graders the same as a moving up day for 8th graders? Same night as 8th grade Acadia, many parents have more than one child in the district which creates conflict. Are we suppose to choose between our children?

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We try to minimize conflicts however At this time of year there are so many events and so few evenings available.

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Will there be any open jobs for any elementary schools for the next school year?

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If there is they would be posted on the Human Resources web page.

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Good Morning. Can you post the latest BOE meetings online?

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The video streaming equipment has malfunctioned, so the last two meetings were not recorded. The district is in the process of having the equipment fixed.

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When seniors walk across the stage, is it alphabetical or in boy-girl order?

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Alphabetical.

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How long does it take for a question to be answered?

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Depends on how busy we are.

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There was a photographer at Senior Night Awards (and also at NHS Induction) -- where can we find/get those pictures?

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Lauren Studios.

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our pay pam accounts carried over from year to year? just wondering if left over money is refunded or carried over. thank you!

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Yes.

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Are final exams for middle school students required by New York State law?

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No, those are district grading practices for student promotion, etc. If a student fails or fails to take a final examination, he/she may fail the course and risk retention.

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Will classes still use Common Core learning standards in the future? I heard that they were underfunded and that classes will revert to traditional curricula. If so, when will this take effect?

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There is no such thing as traditional curricula. Over the years the NYSED has changed standards for a variety of reasons, mainly to better align what schools are expected to teach and students learn with the changing economic and societal expectations for education. The current focus is on career and college readiness in an era of tremendous shifts in technology and expanse of knowledge. The district has always and will continue to develop and adopt curricula at the local level that is aligned with the State learning standards, and provide applicable instructional resources, endeavoring to ensure students are prepared to surpass assessment the various benchmarks, be they 3-8 testing or Regents assessments. The NYSED was attempting to construct curricula modules to help support the implementation of the more rigorous Common Core Standards, but will likely be unable to sustain those efforts. Subsequently, schools will continue to do what they have always done, develop curricula at the local level and provide relevant professional development.

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Why would shen prevent a student from taking the language they want in 7th grade. Shouldn't they be able to take the language of their choice that will benefit them especially if they have family that speak a second language.

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As outlined in the communication that was distributed to 6th grade students and their families earlier this year, students are guaranteed to receive either their first or second choice of language. Some students this year have been given their second choice due to scheduling considerations. We devote a great deal of time to educating students and their families about the four different languages offered at Shen because we want them to be happy with either choice. Asking students about languages spoken in their homes is not something we typically include on the language selection form, but it is something we may consider for the future. You can reach out to the Academic Administrator for LOTE, Rachel Stead, for more information

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What type of awards are given on Freshmen Awards night?

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In addition to the PTSA Neil Hesson Award, the Amy Marie Law Fellowship Award, and the Spirit of West Award, students will receive awards from their teachers for exemplary scholarship and effort in each subject taught at High School West. We will also recognize members of the freshmen class who have an overall cumulative weighted GPA of 95% or better with the Academic Excellence Award and freshmen senators that have been awarded the Senate Medal from the SFA Senate.

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One of my kids shared a rumor that the Drama club has a tradition where a couple of boys perform a strip tease show for the girls in the dressing room after one of the performances. Would the district vet this rumor and put it to rest or stop the sexual exploitation at school functions?

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Not to our knowledge but we will look into it.

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I found a rip in my cap for graduation. Is there anyway I can get another one?

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Please contact Marlene Wilson at Herff-Jones.

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Isn't Senate basically a popularity contest? There are many students who are qualified to be Senators yet aren't because they don't have as many friends as the popular students.

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Student government is created to somewhat mimic the practices of local, state and federal government.

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Were High School students who normally drive or are driven to school told they should come to school late today due to the emergency evacuation drill? Parking lot seemed very empty during the drill. Not fair to others who came in by bus and wait it out while fellow students got to stay home longer.

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Not that we are aware of.

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How many legal days of school can we miss before we can't graduate?

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There is no policy on this, but attendance is reviewed frequently.

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I understand the importance of the high school evacuation drill scheduled for Wednesday May 21, but wouldn't it make more sense to have it in September? It is the end of the school year and many teachers are trying to give notes to finish the curriculum, schedule tests, and start regents review. Students will miss a day of instruction, not much can be accomplished when classes are only 22 minutes.

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There are pros and cons for each month of the school year. This is a coordinated effort between school, fire, emergency and police.

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Next year my child will be a senior and will be off campus most of the day. Will he still be notified of scholarships and will he be invited to the awards dinner if he does win a scholarship?

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All information about scholarships is available on the counseling center website and if your son earns an award, he would be invited to the Senior Awards Night.

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Where can I find the final exam schedule for 9th grade?

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It is available now in the Principal's Newsletter posted on the high school webpage.

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What possible circumstance would we use that drill we had this morning? Seems like just leaving would be better in an emergency.

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The district uses these drills to ensure the safety and accountability of all persons that attend, work or visit our schools. By conducting drills we learn and become more effective with our disaster preparedness plans in the event a true emergency happens.

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Shen should do away with naming a valedictorian and salutatorian. Last year thee top two were separated by .002 and this year there was a tie between two people for salutatorian, showing that students are ranked so closely that more than two people are worth of the titles. Has Shen ever though of doing away with it (and ranking students in general)?

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We have periodically reviewed it but it is tough to part with tradition. Thanks for the feedback.

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What is the requirement for receiving a academic achievement award for a junior?

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These are nominated by teachers, based on average, improvement, and class participation, among other things.

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The computers in highschool east computer lab need to be replaced. It took me 20 minutes to log on and get my work opened up.

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All district computers are replaced through an obsolescence model that balances performance with financial responsibility. This summer the computers that are in the HS Library will be replaced. We are confident that students and staff will find the new computers to be more responsive.

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How Many unexcused absences are aloud in a year before punishment?

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 It depends on the grade level as to what process/protocols are followed when a student is absent. Please refer to the district’s policy and regulation for specific information on attendance related matters: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7110R.htm.

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I can't find a certain event my child is interested in on the events calendar. Should I wait for more info to come in or do they have information somewhere else?

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The events calendar is the only place to look on the website, however, things are added through the year and it is not updated. Your best bet is to call the main office at your school.

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Why weren't Shen parents sent an SIS message about the Shen student who walked on to school property with a gun? Why wasn't this immediately addressed on the Shen website? The District highlights programs at our elementary schools, accomplishments of the sports teams but something as serious as a gun on campus was not shared with parents? I only found out through the WNYT website. Shame on Shen.

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This was a matter that was being investigated by the police and they notified us after the incident was resolved. Because it was resolved and the police determined that it was not a threat, we addressed it on our website, Facebook and Twitter. Reporters check the police blotters regularly, that is how they found out about it.

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Please tell all teachers to include grade and class name in the subject line of all SIS messages, and school name in messages sent to the whole school. It is hard to figure out which message is for which class and which child in the family. Thank you!

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We do, people forget.

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I would like to thank the school district on their notification of events that happen concerning our students, and all of the efforts to provide counseling when tragedies occur. Even though we are quite large, I feel that it is more than just the Shen district, but the Shen family. I would also like to thank the staff members who answer the questions posted to the Grapevine. I commend your ability to remain professional, even when the questions can be very rude.

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Thank you.

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"In the olden days, anyone could enter the high school without signing in, they could smoke in the designated smoking section, and kids were only required to take English and gym their senior year. Times change." Trite sayings may seem cute, but how about answering the specific question. Why exactly was that procedure/policy/rule changed?

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It was not meant to be trite or cute, it was meant to be the answer. There is a much higher consciousness about health, safety and educational standards than there was in the "olden days" ...the questioner's term, not ours. If a student left for lunch and did not come back, who would people point the finger at...the district. It is about safety and accountability.

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Kids in my middle school heard about the poor boy who died in the car accident today during school and through each other, but were never told officially. Even though we're not part of the high school class, isn't it only fair for us to be told the news officially and offered any counseling about it?

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We have counselors in every building who children can see at any time. Every situation is different and we evaluate how to communicate based on the circumstances. Typically, an SIS notification is  sent to the families in that school and then we put it on our website/Facebook/Twitter.

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what is the criteria for also getting a gold tassel for graduation?

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The gold tassel is for having a cumulative average of 85% or higher for 3 3/4 years (weighted), all graduates get the green and white tassel. Some graduates are also given cords... NHS is gold, Tri-M (National Music Honor Honor Society) is pink.

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How many students are in the10th grade class of 2016?

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821

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What requirements are needed to be in NHS?

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That information can be found on their web page http://shennhs.webs.com/

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How many students are in the class of 2018?

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829

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Why is our dress code so anti-feminine? We aren't allowed to show shoulders, midriffs, bra straps, etc. Now I understand the shorts rule and not showing our undergarments (excluding bra straps) but what is wrong with everything else?? Women shouldn't have to cover up to make sure boys can handle themselves, they should grow up and we should be able to wear what we please, it's just pushing us into rape culture

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Boys aren't allowed to wear midriffs, go shirtless or show their undergarments.

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Can students still buy yearbooks at the end of the year?

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Information about yearbooks can be found on the web page http://www.shenet.org/high/HS_Extracurricular/CarillonYearbook/carillon/CarillonYearbook.htm

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I was curious why Shen crew isn't funded by Shen

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Crew receives funds as an extracurricular unit.

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You often dodge questions.

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Why is the school district over reacting to the post on Twitter over the editing of the homepage? Isn't it part of our rights to be able to post parodies online? Under what jurisdiction does the school have to seek legal action against the poster of this photo?

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The website is the district's property, it is no different than if you spray painted a wall. It also would be no different if you wrote something negative about one of our students on a blackboard. The difference is, this went all over the interent. This action violated our code of conduct, so the district has the ability to discipline. As far as legal actions, that would be up to the families of the students who were listed in the "parody."

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When should seniors arrive at graduation by?

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Graduation information will be given to seniors in small group presentations in English classes in the next few weeks.

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Can I self study an AP test without taking the class? And if so, will I get the AP credit for high school GPA if I score a 3 or above?

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If you do not take the class at Shen, you do not get high school credit nor is it factored into the GPA.

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I can't find any information on the website or facebook page about Senior Awards Night other than the date/time under "Events Calendar." If a student will be receiving an award, would they have been notified by now?

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Yes.

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When will summer driver's ed info be available?

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http://www.shenet.org/high/summerschool/NewSSHome.cfm

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Is it possible for Campus Patrol to do something about the cars cutting through parking spaces at the Gowana entrance during morning drop-offs ? I almost get hit daily when following the arrows and exiting by cars going the wrong direction and cutting through parking spaces. There are also many cars that my kids have to dodge in the bus lane because no one can read the "BUSES ONLY" sign.

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We will alert patrols to make sporadic checks. All motorists must operate their vehicles just as they would on a public highway when using the campus or face being stopped and possible ticketed by police.

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Is there any program over the summer that subs can apply to?

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You  can contact the special education office, sometimes subs are needed in that program or apply to be a summer school teacher. Postings of available openings are on the website.

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Who at Shen gets a district cell phone?

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Cellphones are made available to various administrators, maintenance, security and information technology staff based on the needs of the position. However, most staff members use their personal cell phone rather than carry both a work and personal cell phone.The issuance of district-owned cellphones are approved every year by the Board of Educatin at the reorganizational meeting in July.

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Why is the school district over reacting to the post on Twitter over the editing of the homepage? Isn't it part of our rights to be able to post parodies online? Under what jurisdiction does the school have to seek legal action against the poster of this photo?

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The line needs to be drawn somewhere. Students need to understand the potential consequences of their actions when tampering with sites or sending things out through the internet (i.e. nothing on the internet is private or temporary...reputations can be ruined or damaged in one stroke of the keyboard).

The Winiewski v.s. Board Of Education Weedsport CSD case, which was heard in the Second Circuit court, and often referenced by the Commissioner of Education in disciplinary appeals, essentially says that regardless of a student’s intentions or perceptions of a posting being “private,” it may be admissible evidence when it is established that the posting is seen by other parents, students and officials; therefore, it is reasonably foreseeable that such a posting could be interpreted as a serious threat resulting in a substantial disruption in the school environment. And, while the district doesn't file charges, the individuals who are the butt of the so-called joke/prank may.

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I am concerned about what I perceive is the growing use of drugs by Shen students based on conversations with my high school student. I feel that more needs to be done to stop this from getting even worse. Are there any new programs or steps being taken by the district to help stop this growing problem?

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The district has a long-standing commitment to promote positive choices and behaviors, this is exemplified by the work with the Shen Community Coalition, the Prevention Council and CAPTAIN. The goal is to discourage the use of drug and alcohol by providing data and information to parents and students. Addressing the issue of drug or alcohol use is first and foremost a parental issue in which the district provides support. We know that the large majority of students are not making destructive decisions, but we also know that the problem is real. The district will continue to render harsh discipline and work with local law enforcement, but that is not enough to truly change behaviors. We encourage parents to have “crucial conversations” with their children.

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I am an Arongen parent and would like to find out if it is true that next year, there will only b 3 sections for 4th grade? And if so, how is the school going to handle the increase in class size? This year, my son already had 28 children and I feel it was too many students. What will next year class size be? And aren't there any state regulations as to how many children are in a class?

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Not true. School principals are currently working to build schedules and assign staffing for the coming year. Distric-wide, the average pupil-per-section for grades K-5 is anticipated to be around 23.

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: I understand that a male, transgendered student has been using the girls bathrooms. How can that be acceptable? Why can't Shen provide a gender neutral bathroom option for children who wish to use them?

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Please contact the Office of Human Resources with specific information regarding a confidential matter.

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Will there be an art show this Spring (usually held in Clifton Park Center), or did it already take place? Thank you.

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Art Show is being held at CPC from May 20-28th.

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How Many unexcused absences are aloud in a year before punishment?

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Please refer to the district’s policy and regulation for specific information on attendance related matters. It depends on the grade level as to what process/protocols are followed when a student is absent. Here is the link: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7110R.htm

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When do students have to RSVP to the Awards event?

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Only seniors are asked to RSVP by tomorrow.

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is there a site to look at the junior prom pics that were taken there?

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Check the Lauren Studios website.

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Why isn't leaving school during free/lunch periods allowed for Seniors in the privileges like in the olden days?

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In the olden days, anyone could enter the high school without signing in, they could smoke in the designated smoking section, and kids were only required to take English and gym their senior year. Times change.

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My high school student wishes to take another course in place of her lunch. How exactly do we do this?

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Have your child talk to his/her counselor.

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How did the Jr Prom go? Did anyone have drugs or alcohol on them? I heard it was makeout fest for many kids.

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It was a good evening and students behaved appropriately at the dance.

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What is the procedure to create a club at the high school?

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You must make a proposal to the principal.

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What are the punishments on senior pranks?

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You will not participate in graduation ceremonies.

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What are the awards high school students can earn for their academic achievements?When will they be notified if they are receiving an award?

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Sophomores and juniors can earn effort and achievement awards. Freshmen earn awards as well and there are special scholarships for seniors. The only invitations that have not gone out are for grade 9.

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Does my College Individuals with Disabilities class receive a multiplier for my GPA?

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Yes, 1.06.

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there is someone telling the caps lies about me and some other students and nothing has been done about it when multiple people have told the caps that what the person saying is false.

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Talk to the principal.

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Is it true that a student cannot receive less than a 50% for a class in the high school? Thanks

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No.

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Is there an 8th grade graduation ceremony? If so when where and time?

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The moving up ceremonies are posted on the events calendar http://www.shenet.org/events/index.asp

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Can you please explain why the buses are so expensive? A field trip to the Great Escape using 4 buses is costing the students $2000. This is in my opinion way too high! Who sets these crazy costs?

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This amounts to $500 per bus which includes payment for the drivers, mileage and gas. Private bus companies charge between $1,000-$1,500 per bus. Using a district bus is a bargain.

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What are the dates and time for High School graduation

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June 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Saratoga Performing Art Center (SPAC). No tickets are required, the number of guests is not limited.

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Where can I find the schedule for the June regents exams?
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http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/2014/regents-614updated2.pdf

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How many students are there in the senior class of 2014?
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706

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Why doesn't Shen allow seniors to end classes early then the other grades. Such as CBA, LaSalle and other schools in NYS. Its seems as though our students work hard all throughout school, and it seems as though the May through June, is a joke in the high school. They don't do anything. And lets be real they have already been accepted to college.
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CBA and LaSalle are private schools. Public schools do not have the same flexibility.

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Who manages the Shen Facebook and Twitter pages? The responses that I've seen are lackluster, and just sound plain stupid.
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The same person who manages the Grapevine.

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So according to a hall monitor, I am "a monkey and belong in a zoo" because of my laugh. I'm pretty sure that they're supposed to prevent bullying, not be bullies.
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True, you should report the incident to the principal.

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The events calendar says the high school underclassman awards are on May 29 at 6:30pm. The Band Concert page says there's a HS band concert on May 29 at 7pm. Is this correct? If so, where will the band concert be held since it says the awards will take place in the auditorium? Thanks.
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The band concert that evening was moved to May 27th at 7:00pm at HSE. There was a MS concert previously scheduled then and there, however that concert has been bumped to HSW.

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Has shen ever thought of getting another parking lot for High School East students? The traffic is ridiculous in the morning and makes students late for school because there's no parking.
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No, it is not on the list of priorities.

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My son is on the Shen 5th/6th grade lacrosse team/program. This program is a made for profit program which is the feeder team to developmental and modified Shen teams. How can a team be for profit and still use the "shen" name? I did not think this was ok or legal? Can anyone start a youth program, use the school name and run it for personal profit? Thanks for your help!
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A lot of organizations use the Shen name. It is not trademarked.

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Can you legally drink on school campus if you're 21?
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No.

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how many kids are in the class of 2017

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781

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What is all the controversy over state tests, hasn't Shen always administered state tests, why is it such a big deal now?

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State tests have been around for a long time. Not only do they play an important role for the district, they also provide important information for parents. Think about it, classroom grades are private. So if your child gets a 75 on a test you have no idea how he/she did in comparison to his/her peers. By itself an 75 may sound average but what if the entire class got a 100 or the entire class failed? State tests provide parents with information about how their child's mastery of a subject compares to other children in the district and children across the state. With that information, parents can better advocate for their child's needs. For the district, it provides the same information on a broader scale. It helps to determine areas of our curriculum that are strong and areas that are weak and need to be addressed. It also tells us a lot about individual student needs (i.e., do they need extra help or do they need to be challenged more with honors or accelerated programs).

We understand that testing for some students may cause stress and this may be a deciding factor in the refusal to take the test. But, the fact of the matter is, people will be tested most of their life (i.e., mandatory Regents exams, college entrance exams, driving exams, civil service exams, certification exams, etc.). This provides the opportunity to practice and get used to "standardized testing" without negative ramifications of "failure."

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I cannot find any information regarding when the elementary school summer academy program for K-3 will take place and what school will be hosting it this summer. I have asked numerous times but have yet to receive an answer, making it extremely difficult to make vacation plans and to schedule activities. If you don’t have this information yet can you please acknowledge my question? It’s extremely frustrating to see ridiculous questions answered on the Grapevine with at times extreme sarcasm and not have a question regarding calendar dates answered. Thank you for your time.

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The Summer Literacy Support Program will run from July 7– July 31, 2014 (Mondays – Thursdays) from 9:00 – 11:30 am. For questions that require an immediate response, please call the school or district office.

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Are 9th graders still required to take the common core math regents, now that they are no longer held to those standards.

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Yes, students enrolled in Algebra this year are still required to take the Common Core Algebra I Regents examination on June 3. These students will also take the traditional Integrated Algebra Regents on June 20 as a safety net.

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If you miss a state test how and when do you make it up?

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The state provides make-up days for the NYS Assessments. The last day for students to make-up the NYS Math assessments (grades 3-8) is Wednesday, May 7. There are no make-up days for Regents exams. Students would have to take the assessment at the next administration (typically June, August, and January).

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Is Project Lead the Way weighted? Do DDE, CIM, and POE earn a multiplier?

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Not all of the courses for Project Lead the Way are weighted the same. Most are weighted 1.06…the courses weighted with 1.06 are the College credit courses available to students through RIT – they are:
DDE
CIM
Coll Prin of Engineering
Coll Digital Electronics
The courses that are Project Lead the Way and not weighted are:
DDP and Engineering Design – Neither of them offer the college credit through RIT

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I was looking to see if it would be possible for Campus Security to spend some time in the HSE parking lot between 4:30 and 5:30 to help keep order. It seems that parents picking up students from afterschool activities cannot park and wait for them to come to their vehicles. They continue to line up in multiple rows blocking all of the properly parked cars. All of the vehicles lined up also create a very unsafe environment for the students leaving the school and walking to their cars. This should be common sense for adults, but it does not seem to work.

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We will look into the problem and have them make periodic stops. Thank you.

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will any chango kindergarten orientation sessions be available during the summer or at an evening time so that parents who work full-time have an opportunity to take their children. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Kindergarten Orientation Night will be held on May 15th. Session one is from 3:45pm to 5:15 pm. Session 2 is from 5:45pm to 7:15pm---as there is limited space, parents were asked to sign up for the preferred session. Additionally, Chango Elementary School will be having a “Walk-About” on Thursday, August 28 from 10am to noon. This is a great opportunity to see the classroom, meet other students, and hear the fire alarm that will be sounded at noon. Please contact Chango Elementary school if additional information is needed. 881-0520

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I cannot find any information on the NJHS in Acadia MS. Now that we are into the 4th quarter, can you please tell me how this process works for a current 6th grade student?

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They will receive all need material in the Fall of their grade 7 year.

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When will online Health over the summer start and end this year?

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On-line health starts and ends when summer school does. Please refer to the website for details and further information: http://www.shenet.org/high/summerschool/NewSSHome.cfm

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Can I use a different photography company for senior portrait and just submit the yearbook photo from them. Can that be done or am I restricted?

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Please email the Yearbook Club Advisor directly at somogwen@shenet.org

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The state Board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York, approved a regulation change Tuesday to formally recognize competitive cheerleading as a competitive sport. Starting with the winter athletic season, competitive cheerleading teams will be subject to safety requirements similar to other high school sports, like baseball or football. Those include certification requirements for coaches, mandatory rest days between competitions and limits on season length. Congrats and much appreciation to all those cheerleaders who endured and persevered through those years of discrimination and degradation by some in the athletic community.

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Yes, the board did.

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When are you going to post the 4/8/14 BOE meeting?

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It is posted now.

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When will senior prom tickets be sold?

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The Saratoga City Center is the venue. Tickets will be sold May 5-15th. The cost is $70.

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why do my questions never get answered it is my lifes dream to get on the grape vine I will do anything

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Dream fulfilled.

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do we have majorettes?

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No.

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when is our Ad going to hold parents accountable for their actions at a sporting event? Lacrosse parents physically bullying and threatening to beat up a kid? Will they be told not to return to the stadium? probably not.

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It was addressed with the lacrosse parents.

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As a parent of a student in High School West who takes classes in High School East, I was wondering if any thought as ever been put into connecting the two high schools together. Many freshmen have sport practices that meet in High School East and it is hard to get there on time because you have to wait for the shuttle bus. Has any thought ever been put into maybe connecting them?

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Yes, years ago there was a vote to add space to the High School by connecting East and West and it was defeated. Instead residents voted to put an addition onto the High School East building.

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I was wondering when the sports banners will be updated as to sectional, regional and state championships in the gym. I realize that the spring sports will most likely not be updated before the end of the school year, but focusing more on the fall and winter sports. In my opinion it would be nice for the seniors to be able to see their team's accomplishments posted, especially as we do have two state championship teams so far this year.

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We update the athletic banners during the summer at the end of each school year so the company we work with can do the banners all at one time.

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When are the tryouts for Freshman soccer for the 2014 season?

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Tryouts for fall sports start the week of August 18th.

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Is the Shen website and parent portal protected from the new Heartbleed computer virus or does everyone have to change their password?

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No, Infinite Campus (parent portal) was not vulnerable to the Heartbleed threat so it is not necessary to change your password.

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When do the Bells Drivers Education registration for the 2014 summer start? Also, how can students sign up for the Health summer course? Thank you.

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Consult the Summer school website. It is in the process of being updated and as information becomes available it will be posted accordingly. http://www.shenet.org/high/summerschool/NewSSHome.cfm

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When will the summer school page be updated with the 2014 schedule?

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Our goal is to have it updated by early May.

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Will Shen teachers be allowed to carry guns if the new "guns everywhere" law passes

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No.

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Where can I find the schedule for the June regents exams?

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On the NYS Education Department website.

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Is it true that Shen will be adding girls not being allowed to wear leggings onto the dress code?

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No.

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Has the shenendehowa school district taken notice on how unfair the dress code is regarding girls clothing expescailly when weather gets warm. I'm wondering what harm showing shoulders, back, and legs are? Yes, I understand it is not acceptable for ones butt to show or chest area but showing the slightest amount of skin does what, distract the male population of the school. That is beyond ridiculous it should be the boys who need to learn to stop acting like children when seeing a females bare skin but, of course the excuse "boys will be boys" is used. Also I would like to add the amount of girls wearing short spandex during gym class. The girls whom want to show off there body will do so no matter what. For others it is simply to stay cool when the weather is hot.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Why can't we table the extra snow day this year and use it the day before thanksgiving?

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No, because of contractual language.

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Is it true a Acadia student was expelled for pulling a knife on another student on the school bus for not laughing at the joke she was told?

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No.

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In less than a month three board of education seats are up for election. When will Shen post the profiles of the candidates? Why are these boe seats not mentioned along with the budget vote on the front page? Thank you

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Candidates had until 4 p.m. on Monday, 4/21 to submit petitions to run. On Tuesday, 4/22 the following was posted:
--On the homepage is an article on the budget with a click here for more information, the board candidates' names are on that flyer http://www.shenet.org/LatestNews_Archive/2013_14PDFs_Photos/2014_15BudgetNewsFlyer.pdf
--On the 2014-15 Budget Development page (link appears right on the homepage). The candidates' names with their biographies are posted  http://www.shenet.org/LatestNews_Archive/LN_Budget.cfm
--Also on the 2014-15 Budget Development page, there is a link to the budget newsletter that will be mailed in two weeks that includes the names, pictures and bios http://www.shenet.org/LatestNews_Archive/2014_15BudgetNews.pdf
--On the Board of Education page, the names and bios are listed http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BoardofEducation.cfm

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I noticed "Lunch Guest Chef Item" on the elementary school menu. What does this mean?

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We have a guest chef program at Skano and they plan menus for a class. We pick out a few items from those menus that will fit in the new school lunch standards and advertise it on the menu.

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As a parent of elementary school children I would like to know why I was not informed about a bus incident this afternoon in where a bus had to shut off d/t a rubber smell and gas leak. I was also not informed that my children would be late returning home however children on the bus were notified that parents were aware. This is the 2nd time the busw broke down and as a parent I was not made aware. As a new parent to the Shen system I am disappointed in the lack of communication displayed.

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The bus in question performed a “regeneration” which is a normal process that “clean diesel” vehicles must do to reach federal emission standards. There was no fuel leak. The bus driver was unfamiliar with this process and called for a technician to check the bus out. A message about the bus delay was sent out on the campus wide notification system – Infinite Campus.

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I read in last week’s Community news that the district is proposing to purchase 19 buses next year. I remember a few years ago Shen purchased a set of Hybrid Diesel buses, was there ever any finding published on any savings with that technology?

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Shen never purchased a hybrid school bus. The bus was loaned to Shen to test out for performance. Shen did not buy the bus because it was not cost effective to do so.

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Thank you for doing such an excellent job with ALL of these thousands a questions on SO many topics. I appreciate your professionalism in all of your answers. Can the hand dryers in the high schools be replaced, they barely blow out any air and they actually are costing the district more $ to run because of this. New ones would dry quicker and help keep our students healthier. Thanks!

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We will look into the functionality and efficiency of the current ones. Thank you for your positive comments.

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I was quite concerned to hear that there are problems with distribution of the SIS messages, as these messages can contain critical information for parents, and also this has become the sole communication method for the schools. Although this is not "Shen's problem", does the district have a plan to deal with this issue until Roadrunner adjusts their limits? If not, what can a parent do to ensure they receive communication? Thank you.

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We are working on it with Time Warner. For district news, anything that goes out SIS is also posted on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

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What are the senior privileges?

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http://www.shenet.org/HS_ShenHS/shenHS_SeniorPrivileges.cfm

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I just noticed the 2014-2015 Calendar. Is that the Final Calendar for 2015 Graduating Class?

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Yes.

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would it be acceptable to wear shorts to junior prom or would I not be aloud in even though I purchased a ticket, but they would be nice quality shorts if that makes a diffrence

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It is a formal affair. Shorts are not allowed.

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Have Junior prom tickets been sold yet? I've heard nothing on the announcements. If not when will they be sold?

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Tickets have been on sale and will continue this week.

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When a male student takes his senior portraits at Shenendehowa, does he need to bring his own tuxedo or does the school provide him with one?

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No, the photographer has the tux.

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I has been told multiple times not to display affection to my boyfriend in the high school by monitors, yet straight couples can make out all period on the back benches? Does the school have an anti-gay policy?

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Public Displays of Affection are discouraged for all couples.

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What measures does the school have in place to prevent and decrease the chance of student drunk driving to and or from events.

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The school has active SADD Club as well as health classes that offer messages about the dangers of drunk driving.

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When can juniors apply for a parking pass for senior year?

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Later this year.

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If the Administration sanctions an event such as National Day of Silence, Friday April 11th, are they willing to sanction ALL events, to include National Second Amendment Drill day?

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Probably not, unless it did not cause a disruption to the school day.

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If I have a parking pass, can I bring another student with me to school in the morning?

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Yes, as long as both parents approve.

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If a senior wants to replace the car registered to park with the school with a new one, does the student have to pay again for the new pass?

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No. Just stop by the CAPs office to make the switch.

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can we play pokemon during class?

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No.

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In regards to the dress code, I find it very hard to find clothing suitable to fit the rules. I am a 6'2'' girl, and so as you can imagine just by that standard it is very hard to find clothing that fits. I am specifically referring to shorts, it is nearly impossible for me to find short that match the required dress code length! My arms are abnormally long as are my shorts, so of course the shorts I wear will look "too short". I just wanted to bring this to your attention, for all of us girls dont want to just show some skin, but we truly just cant find an alternative.

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Pants or an appropriate length skirt are alternatives.

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Has a day been set for High Schools respect day yet?

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No.

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Can high school students graduate early if they earn the credits they need?

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Yes, but you should see your school counselor with these types of questions so that you can share your plan on how to do this.

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My child, who is a junior, will be attending Junior Prom with a senior Shen student. A form was given to me to sign today giving permission for them to go together. This form must also be signed by the senior's parent, as well as a Shen administrator. My question is, why? I can understand if students from outside of Shen are going to prom, but why all the paperwork for two Shen students? Can an administrator say "No, you cannot go to prom together?" I don't understand the reasoning for this at all. Please explain. Thank you.

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Each student who attends the prom must be a student in good standing. Administration can deny a student to participate in this event. The signatures help to verify that only students in good standing attend.

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Could you please explain why parents are not allowed to drop off students in the drop-off circle at HSW, especially when arriving after the buses are gone?

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For the safety of students, faculty, and staff, automobile traffic is not to use the High School West front bus circle during arrival and dismissal of students.

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im a student at HSW and the Wi-Fi doesn't work which is really a bother... how can we get the passwords fort he shen wi fi

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WiFi is working fine. Please refer to the BYOD site for connection instructions: http://www.shenet.org/district/DITIC/byod/connect.cfm 

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Hello i am just wondering what all of the out of country trips are. I know that there are exchange French trips for students in 9th 11th and 12th grades but that is where my knowledge ends. Thank you.

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There are several out of country trips each year that are proposed by teachers for educational purposes.

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Can a sophmore go with a junior to the junior prom?

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Yes.

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I have noticed that this week there have been red cones placed before and after the round about drop off at HS west, which I was lead to believe that we could utilize when dropping our child off after 7:20. However, I find it very dangerous. COuld someone please re-evaluate this discussion. It is not safe. Thank you

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http://www.shenet.org/HS_ShenHS/HSWDropoffZones.pdf

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My child has been sick for 3 days and went to pick up work today and the school refused to let her go to her locker and visit her teachers. The quarter ends on Friday and her teachers have been putting in "0" grades in for her ABSENT work. I think it is unfair how students can't pick up work from their locker or visit teachers when sick. I understand that when you are sick, you should be home sick. Yet again what is 5 minutes going to do walking to a locker to pick up assignments.

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Please contact the principal with your concerns.

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Gov Cuomo sent out a message saying that the latest NY budget is providing funding for full day Pre K. How does this affect Shen where Kindergarten is still a half day program? Will a parent have to send a 4 yr old to Pre K?

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It doesn't. No parents will be required to send their child to school for Pre-K. Shen will not be offerening a pre-K program. Currently we do not have the capacity (classroom space, etc.) to have a comprehensive full-day kindergarten program, much less pre-K.

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are staff members allowed to go through a students belongings in their locker?

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Yes. Under the law, lockers and desks remain in the possession and control of the school when they are made available for student use and are subject to searches by school authorities at any time without warning.
http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE3000policies/BOE3410A.pdf

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I was wondering about the number of tickets seniors are allowed for graduation and if there is a cost to them. Thank you

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No tickets are needed for graduation.

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Who would be responsible for placing Crossing Guards @ different locations near campus? Would it be the town or Shen? grape

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On town streets, it's the town. On district streets, it's the district.

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Do you know when the home football games will be for the 2014-15 school year ?

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No.

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Does Shen have a gifted program and what are the requirements?

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Yes. go to: http://www.shenet.org/DL_CurriculumLearning/DL_EnrichmentAccel.cfm

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are students and teachers allowed to stay in touch after high school?

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Yes.

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How many subs are their for elementary school? I hardly ever get called.

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We have more than 120 active substitutes on the list.

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My daughter goes to Karigon, and i was wondering how much degrees it has to be in order for her to were shorts be able to go on the play ground. Thanks:)

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If the temperature is above 50 degrees, Karigon does not question how a child is dressed for recess.

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Is it true that the middle schools are banning shorts and leggings? I understand the dress code, but would appreciate if this wouldn't happen because of how hot it gets during these last few months of school with tons of kids and no air conditioning.

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Not to the middle school principals' knowledge. However, we do ask for parents help in making sure students are dressed appropriately for a learning environment.

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Can you tell me who would be the right person to discuss the library policy? I've talked with our middle school librarian - who was helpful in answering my question. But I'd like to speak to someone about the current policy that the kids can not look up their history (of what they have checked out). The librarian indicated she didn't set up the policy/system, so her information was limited. Thanks!

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We are not sure because there is no such policy. Ask the librarian who you should talk to.

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Why did the school make students change their passwords?

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Students and staff were required to change their passwords as a recommended best practice in response to the Heartbleed vulnerability. There is no indication that any of our systems were susceptible to the vulnerability due to a number of security measures. The password change was purely a precaution.

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For some unknown reason, I am not receiving emails from SIS Messenger anymore. How can I receive these again without logging into the Parent Portal? Thank you!

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Roadrunner has a “rate limit” on the number of e-mail messages that look the same from the same sender. The number of parents in our SIS system with Roadrunner accounts exceeds that “rate limit” making delivery of messages inconsistent.
Shenendehowa’s IMS department has made a request to Roadrunner to increase the rate limit but there is no guarantee that the company will do so. We recommend that parents with Roadrunner accounts contact their provider with this issue.

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When are the tennis nets set up?

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As soon as the ice and snow is gone and the courts are accessible and safe for use.

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I was wondering if you could help me with my sons 4th grade math question. A carpenter has several boards of equal length. He cuts 3/5 of each board. After cutting the boards, the carpenter notices that he has enough pieces left over to make the same length as 4 of the original boards. How many boards did the carpenter start with?

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Sorry, I gave up trying  to help my kids with math in 3rd grade. Have your son ask his teacher.

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National Day of Silence is Friday April 11th. Will both high schools be participating as in years past?

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The high school principal has not been approached yet by GLASS who typically coordinates this.

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I was curious if shenendehowa sells plain lettermen jackets to students who are not really into sports but who are into supporting and wearing their schools colors with pride and honor.

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The school does not sell them, but several local stores sell them.

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Thank you for doing such an excellent job with ALL of these thousands a questions on SO many topics. I appreciate your professionalism in all of your answers. Can the hand dryers in the high schools be replaced, they barely blow out any air and they actually are costing the district more $ to run because of this. New ones would dry quicker and help keep our students healthier. Thanks!

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Thanks. We are looking into it.

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You seem annoyed regarding the questions about juniors parking, taking senior spaces, etc. What I don't think you understand is how frustrating it is when there are juniors "getting away" with driving to school when others have been told "no" by the school. To say that you hope "they will do the right thing" is ridiculous. I've seen monitors strolling the parking lot checking for permits. After being told that juniors are parking at the pool, and other locations, the monitors should stroll over there as well. They have the time, esp. now that the weather is nicer.

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Is HS graduation on a Thursday this year, not Friday?

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Yes, June 26.

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Would you consider posting the packets of scholarships that are in the counseling office that tells us what is required for each scholarship onto the website so we could access these from home?

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They are listed in the counseling newsletters posted on line: http://www.shenet.org/high/HS_Guidance/counselingcenternewsletters.html

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What gpa would a student need to have to be in the top 20%? My son is looking at colleges but can't tell his chances because many schools look at ranking.

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That varies from year to year. Rank is not THE determining factor for admissions, colleges look at GPA, strength of schedule, essay, recommendations, SAT scores, etc.

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As a senior, I am curious as to when final cumulative GPAs are calculated. Does at stop after the 1st semester or does it carry all year long?

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 Final cumulative GPA’s are calculated after final senior grades are completed. This information is what is sent as the final transcript information to colleges in the beginning of July.

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I have heard of sophomores getting class rankings from their counselors. Are these accurate? I thought that class rankings were only for seniors. Please help me clear up these rumors.

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While class rankings are in the system, they are unpublished and unofficial until the beginning of senior year.

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My daughter is a middle school student and has informed us that her English teacher provided her class with a Common Core practice assessment and considered it a test to her grade. I believe many parents would agree that this practice is proving that teachers are educating our students to focus on the state assessments and using non essential testing to grade our students. Who would be the appropriate contact to raise attention of this issue.

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Part of the problem is that all of these words are getting muddled together. Teachers have always used their own testing to determine if students understand and have mastered the material. This is not teaching to the test, it is teaching to the standards (currently called the Common Core) to assess effectiveness.

Standards-based education is not new. The  reform in the United States began with the publication of A Nation at Risk in 1983. Since then, the state and federal government have set, changed and updated the basic standards for schools every few years (under many different names--NCEE, ESEA, Compact for Learning, NCLB, Common Core).

Standardized testing has also been done for years to make sure school districts are preparing students to master the material (thus meeting these standards). The standardized tests have also been changed and updated every few years to match the changing standards. Each time this has occurred, school districts have seen a decrease in scores at first, but then the scores level out as the curriculum and pedagogy are adjusted.

The state tests at the gr. 3-8 level are important because they tell us if the district's curriculum and pedagogy needs to be adjusted to ensure students are on target for meeting the standards and more importantly for passing the Regents exams that are required for graduation. Think about it...it wouldn't make sense to have the first standardized test a student takes be the "high-stakes" Regents exams. These tests help students get used to standardized testing, helps the district identify areas for improvement and identifies students in need of extra help.

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I was just informed that questions sent via a school computer are automatically filtered out. Please tell me as to WHY that is possibly the best way to go about it? I'm sure you get many junk ones from school computers but you surely get just as many questions with serious intent sent by students during a lunch or study hall period. This is highly unreasonable as seeing it is not common knowledge that those questions get filtered out and kids get frustrated when they think their questions go unanswered while you answer the other ridiculous ones people send in

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Not true. In fact, approximately 80% of the questions we get and answer are sent from an internal IP address. However, many of the internal questions have already been answered like the 10-20 times a week we get asked why juniors are stealing senior parking spaces.

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When I wrote about the the Saratoga county sheriffs department. I was not referring to the DARE program. I was referring to information given last school year after the incident in Sandy Hook. We were told that the sheriffs would be coming to all schools, walking the halls, talking with teachers and students. Making everyone feel more comfortable and getting to know our local police force.

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After Sandy Hook, the Sheriff's Department sent deputies to the schools to introduce themselves to the building principals. At that time, they noted that they would increase their patrols on school property, which they have. The NYS Police have also drive through the campus on a regular basis.

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Can you tell me if the process and timeline for the HS National Honor Society is still spring junior year application and induction or has that changed? Thank you.

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No, it hasn't changed.

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I would like to know why there is no mention or photos congratulating the students who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals for History Day. The students have been working on their projects and presentations since September. The winners are competing again in April for a chance to go to Washington. This seems to me to be much more prestigious than a sports trophy.

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Every achievement by a Shen student, whether academic, athletic or in the arts, is equally deserving of an announcement on our website. Instead of sending a grapevine disparaging the accomplishments of another group of students, you could just ask the teacher or coach of History Day to notify the webmaster because we post everything submitted by a staff member.

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Why is a student marked "unexcused" when late to school if he/she misses the bus? I am always on time to school, and the one time I am late to school, is because my bus arrived about 6 minutes early that day. I understand your policy says to be out at the bus stop 10 minutes before the pick-up time, however, when it is about 5 degrees outside, and the bus stop is on the other side of your neighborhood, sometimes this is an issue. I do not like that I am considered "un-excused" to being late for this reason.

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Because missing the bus is not an excused tardy/absence. http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7110R.htm

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I had to laugh while reading through recent grapevine comments and responses. One of the questions regarding taking Health class was answered "What is more important than your health" and the very next comment regarding salad bar at the HS was answered that "it is too labor intensive and not enough staff to set up the salad bar". Kind of contradicting yourself huh? Is health important or not?

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Salad is not the only healthy lunch option.

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I sent you two questions that were serious questions that I really needed to get information for, but they have gone unanswered. Yet you have the time to answer a question about grilled cheese, seriously? And don't tell me to look in your archives for my question because I find it highly unlikely that it is even in there and it is a waste of my time to go through all the questions to see if there is one somewhat similar and still relevant to the information I was seeking. There was not even a topic related to what I had questions on listed in the archives.

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My son ia a Junior and has a 90 average for his 3 years. Approximately what percentile is he?

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Please contact your son's guidance counselor or we will get bombarded with follow up questions for 92, 78, 85, and on and on :)

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What classes receive weighted grades besides Honors and AP classes? Do college classes earn a multiplier?

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Please see board policy: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7223.htm 

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i heard there is a hot tub in the teacher lounge, is this true?

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No.

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In response to a post on 3/26 in regards to School Policy on Vomiting. Each case is different. There are so many reasons for a student to vomit. My child suffers Migraines and if medication is not taken early enough, many times it leads to vomiting. It's non contagious and there is no reason for me to keep my child home the next day if they're back to normal.

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That is why it is a recommendation, not a policy. The school physician recommends that if your child is sick (vomiting, fever, etc.), you keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.

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What happened to the Saratoga County Sheriffs Department program that was to be implemented in the school district? I was under the understanding that their presence would be in our schools on a regular basis.

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The DARE program was cut by the Sheriff's Department.

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Is it true there's no 8t grade semi this year? We are really looking forward to a tri building dance to meet other 8th graders before we go off to high school with Eachother..

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No.

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Just to clarify, there IS a policy from our school physician, Dr. Anthony Marinello with regard to vomiting. A child must be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school! This policy is also in effect for diarrhea as well as temp 0f 100 or higher. (Must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing meds before returning to school.) If any parent would like verification of this policy, please contact a Shen school nurse for a letter from Dr. Marinello.

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There are education laws set by the state and federal government and there are school district policies set by the Board of Education. There is no Board of Education policy. The school physician recommends that a child be free of illness for 24 hours before returning.

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This is in response to the question about juniors driving to school. So, as long as we don't park in the HSE parking lot, we can park elsewhere, right. You said monitors don't check other locations.

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Is it okay to steal something  if no one is watching? Most laws and rules in a civil society are followed based on your own personal honor code. We can only hope people do the honorable thing.

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Are there any area in high school east where you could work with little to no noise/disruptions?

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The library and study halls.

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Can you stop letting the juniors park in the parking lot? Our senior class is already over 700 kids, the last thing we need is a bunch of juniors stealing our parking spaces.

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Thanks for the feedback. Please let Mr. Chandler know which cars should not be parking in the lot. However, please note that some juniors are allowed to park there because of special circumstances.

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When do the COGAT test results with QUEST recommendations for next year come home?

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Parents will receive results via US mail by April 11, 2014.

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Will there be an English Honors 10th grade class offered anytime soon? It's quite strange how students choosing to take AP World as a 10th grader can only take English 10, since the only other option for a higher level class is World Culture/World Literature. I think there should be a more challenging class offered for students.

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We are considering an English 10 Honors option for the 2015-16 school year.

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This is in response to the question about juniors driving to school. So, as long as we don't park in the HSE parking lot, we can park elsewhere, right. You said monitors don't check other locations.

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No.

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I've heard about a theater camp in July. However I cannot find any information about it on the website.

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Shen Summer Adventures Musical Theatre Camp, http://shensummermusicals.weebly.co
Hairspray Jr. June 30- July 11
Into The Woods Jr. July 14-July 25
Ages 9-15
Registration is open now!

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Why is 9th grade honors global called 'honors' if it is actually the first half of AP? They use a college level textbook( The World And Its People AP Edition) yet the class is not weighted or even properly named. Why is this?

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Global History & Geography 9 Honors is called Honors because it is an Honors level course. While it may feel as difficult as the AP course – and use the same textbook as the AP World students will use in Grade 10 – the assignments are not at the AP level yet. For example, students are introduced to the skills of document-based essay writing at the AP level – but not expected to independently write DBQ essays. Since New York requires two units of credit in Global History, we are able to more gradually introduce students to the skills and the expectations of an AP course by developing an Honors-level course for grade 9 students.

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When is senior prom? And how much will tickets cost when they go on sale?

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The Senior Ball is May 31st. Ticket cost is to be determined as fundraising efforts continue.

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Is this the last year for IRISH FEST? Why would Shen discontinue this annual event, so loved by students?

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The course is being combined with others that will celebrate many cultures. Perhaps they will have a similar celebration.

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Does Koda have an 8th grade moving up or graduation ceremony? I've received no information.

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June 12 and invitations/information will go out in May

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Which day in April will both high schools be participating in The National Day of Silence?

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That has not yet been decided.

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Is it true that shen is doing a volleyball tournament over at east like they had the dodgeball tournament? If so can you give me information?

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There will be a volleyball tournament and the seniors are putting together the info for students.

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What are the guidelines for reporting middle school and high school absenses? When should the school notify parents? My child was absent for a day, but told the teachers in advance and asked for missing work in advance. The teachers did not notify the school office. I received a phone call at 3pm from the school office asking why my child was absent. If this absense was not planned and I expected my child to be in school but he/she was not, 3pm was very late to be calling the parent! While I understand school offices are busy, a child who is not in class for 1st period should be reported to the parents ASAP. Why is that not done?

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It is the parents/guardians responsibility to contact the school for absences, even planned ones. Perhaps the attendance office was very busy. They typically try to verify absences very early in the day.

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Where is the Junior Prom being held this year?

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Saratoga City Center.

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can a junior buy tickets to senior prom if they are going with a senior

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No.

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If my senior is enrolled in two English classes will she be practicing twice a day for graduation?

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She will be part of two presentations by the administration about graduation, but they may not be on the same day.

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Do you know when the shen summer adventure information will be posted? It seems like it is later than last year. Thanks!

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It is posted now.

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recently heard about the passing of an 11th grade boy at Shen, such very heart breaking news. I was told there was a moment of silence held for him at the high school, on Monday. Is this all this student gets to be honored and remembered? Not long ago the passing of the two Shen students basically shut down classes for days, and many other ways to remember them. This was great for them, but think this recent passing should be remembered in some of the same ways.. Is the school planning anything?

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The entire community grieves any time a young person passes away. Every situation is assessed by the school's crisis team and strategies to deal with it are determined based on the needs of the students and the families involved at that time.  It is important to note that all of the activities, including the candlelight ceremony, the memorial in the auditorium, as well as the fundraising efforts for the two students last year, were all initiated and organized by students, parents, and community members. The school simply supported these activities in order to help the community grieve and support our young people in their sorrow.

We typically do not make public announcements without reaching out to the family first. In this case, we were not able to reach the family, so we sent an SIS message to High School families only to let them know of the student's passing and that crisis counselors would be available to students to help through the grieving process.

The high school principal and counselors  met with members of the Math Team and History Day competition participants before homeroom, along with their advisors, since the student was an active and accomplished member of both groups.

A team of counselors and administrators visited each of his classes throughout the day to provide some additional support and guidance to students and staff.

The principal met with members of the Junior Class Council to discuss some ideas they have on how best to memorialize him as their classmate and friend. This will likely be done in a ceremony later this spring in the Memorial Garden when the weather is warmer and his family may be ready to participate.

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when will the 14-15 school year calendar be published? reservations for school hot vacation spots for school breaks are filling up quickly!

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It is posted now 2014-15 school-year calendar

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What is the policy for transparency for the various booster club income/expenditures? All these clubs put pressure on athletes and parents alike (membership in some booster clubs is MANDATORY as is participation in fundraising events!) Yet, there is such a secret about where the cash goes. If you have the nerve to ask its like you made a huge social gaff. Non profits have a reporting-does Shen have any requirements or oversight in place?

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All coaches have to provide financial records from booster club activities to the Athletic Director at their end of season meetings. If there is a concern over a particular booster club, please contact the Athletic Director.

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Why was the modified girls lacrosse coach permitted to cut the number of girls on the team to 19 or 20? And then make kids return to tryout the Monday after the majority of the team was picked. Modified teams should accept everyone unless the number is onerous. Both JV and Varsity seem to have 24-25 kids and last year's modified team had as many. This is just wrong. No one should cut kids at the modified level unless the number is too large to handle. I am disheartened the school permits this. We have lost sight of the value of sports and being on a team for the 7th and 8th graders in the quest to win. Why isn't the athletic director involved in this decision making-26 girls is not too many to have on a team especially as the 7th grade team only has 18 or so.No one should have been cut and shame on the coach that decided having a better modified team was more important than our kids self-confidence.

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At any level of interscholastic sports, including modified, areconcerned about the safety of all players. The athletic director is aware that cuts were made. Most schools in the Suburban Council have cut at the modified level in different sports for various reasons, including numbers and player safety.

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Can police pull someone over for speeding in the schools?

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Yes.

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It was brought to my attention that an elementary aide took 20 days off to work their other job. The board of ed approved this? I requested time off to care for an ailing family member and was denied.How is this possible when the CSEA contract forbids taking time off to work another job?

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We have no knowledge of this rumor. Please contact HR.

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do you like your job and is it possible to intern with you because you are the man

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Yes and thanks, I think.

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My daughter was told, as a junior, she could not drive to school. She has junior friends who are parking at various locations on campus (at the pool, HSW, elementary schools) getting away with it. Don't we have monitors checking cars. Rules should apply to everyone, don't you think.

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Yes. The rules should apply to everyone. No, we don’t have monitors checking the pool or the elementary schools.

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I've asked before why the gymnastics team got cut and I still want to know the answer

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It has been answered before, not enough schools had teams for competition.

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April is national grilled cheese month, so will the cafeterias be serving grilled cheese everyday that month?

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No.

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Is a high school health class required by the state or something because to me it just feels like a huge waste of time and money

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Yes, it is required. What is more important than one's health?

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So many high school students really enjoy the salad bar for a healthy and fresh lunch choice...I love that SO many choose that. Anyway, why can't it be offered at least 3-4 times per week instead of just once a week and sometimes, not even offered at all. Let's support our students in healthy food choices.

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Glad students like it. The salad bar is very labor intensive and we do not have the staff to support the salad bar everyday.

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Where is the "Grades" tab on the Parent Portal? It seems to just have disappeared.

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It is off while teachers enter grades. The schedule for this is on the login page when you use a computer…if you are using the app version for an Apple or Windows mobile device, you cannot see the schedule as it does not display that information.

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Are bus drivers allowed to smoke on the bus when there are no children on the bus? My children say their afternoon bus smells very strongly of smoke when they board in the afternoon.

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Smoking is not allowed on school property including school buses.

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I heard that for girls soccer tryouts, the coaches plan to take mostly 9th graders for the freshman team next year. I hope this is just an incorrect rumor. I would expect tryouts will be fair to all 8th and 9th graders. School sports teams should be based on skill, not grade level. If it is open to both grades, then neither grade should receive preferential treatment. These 8th graders have worked very hard to potentially make the freshman team. Can a coach choose to discriminate based on grade?

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The freshmen team is for freshmen (9th grade) students and 8th graders who have met the requirements of selection classification. We receive just as many complaints about the number of 8th graders who take spots on freshmen teams as well.

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Hi, could the district PLEASE get hand dryers that really work in the restrooms. I know it sounds silly, but being in several schools for various activities...no wonder our children are sick...the restrooms need updating and simple fix of new, working hand dryers, PLEASE. Thanks!!

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We will look into this.

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what is the school policy on children and vomiting? I heard there was a child who vomited IN class and was in class the NEXT day.

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We don't have a vomiting policy. However, our school physician recommends that a child be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.

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Saw another drug deal in the middle of the hallway at high school east, you would think Shen would do something at this point, but nope.

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Did you report it? See something, say something.

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What is the weighting for PAF and for SUNY language classes?

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The weighting is 1.03. SORRY, THIS WAS A MISTAKE...it is 1.06

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My password for the Google Drive account doesn't seem to allow me to sign in (my email is formatted correctly and I use the exact password which is used for my signing into the Shenendehowa computers). If you could perhaps provide instructions or correct any errors I may have assumed, I'd appreciate your time. Thank you in advance!

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To enable your Shenschools.org Google Apps account users must first login to a Windows PC on the school network and change their password (Ctrl + Alt + Del) . This will synchronize your new password with your Google Apps account. If that doesn't help please submit a helpdesk ticket including your username . Students can ask their teacher or librarian to submit a ticket for them.

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Does Shen purposely do something to slow down cellular networks on their campus? I ask this because whenever I am using data on the bus, the speed is fine, but once we enter the Shen campus, the connection becomes way too slow to be usable. If you are going to slow down people's cellular networks, you should at least make it so that the new Wifi in the school actually works, which as of right now, it does not.

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No, cell reception is adversely impacted by distance from cell towers and the physical construction of the buildings. More importantly, it is a violation of the Shenendehowa BYOD policy for students to use their cellular data plan while at school.
http://www.shenet.org/district/DITIC/byod/byodfaq.cfm

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why is the internet broken !!!? Can you fix it asap?

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If you submitted this grapevine, then the internet is not broken.

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I am wondering why the bloody, rated R version of "Macbeth" (Roman Polanski, director) was shown at the High School. From what I understand, this movie was shown to children with learning disabilities as well. Who in the world made this horrid decision? This movie contains nudity as well as graphic bloody scenes. What's next, "Game Of Thrones Popcorn Party?"

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We have no knowledge of that, contact Mr. Flynt at 881-0310, ext. 61415.

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What time is the high school dodgeball tournament at?

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5:30pm.

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Where tickets for Junior prom already sold this year? Is it true there 70 dollars?

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Not yet and yes, they are $70.

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My middle school grandchild says you do not buy tickets in advance for the MS tri-building musical Camp Rock. If this is not true, how do I buy them if I live out of state?

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We do advance tickets for families of cast members only. All other tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the show. In my experience, as long as they are there before the show starts at 7pm, there will be tickets available. I’d be nervous to make an exception, because then it will open the floodgates for other people requesting advance tickets.

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What happened to the wifi at High School West? When will students be able to access the network regularly?

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HS West was transitioned to the new wireless network. Instructions for connecting to the new wireless network can be found here: http://www.shenet.org/district/DITIC/byod/connect.cfm 

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For next year I got recommended to take algebra 1. I know some people who got recommended for algebra 1a. What is the difference between these two courses?

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Algebra 1 is the Algebra curriculum taught in one year; Algebra 1A is the first of a two year stretch course for students who need more time to learn the content.

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My Physics teacher told our class that we have to stay during the next two times that we have an off-lab period. Is he allowed to do this?

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Yes.

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I am curious if it is a state mandate or district decision to give the children a grade on their report card on their ability to sing on pitch. I have an elementary school student who loved chorus until she came home with a "2" on her report card in her ability to sing on pitch. I assumed that music teachers would foster a love of music instead of handing out grades based on innate talents. Is this part of the common core?

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The music portion of the report card is intended to inform parents of their child’s current level of specific skill demonstration. It is not connected to the common core nor it is a state requirement. Most importantly, it is not intended to dissuade any student from wanting to sing in chorus, rather it is a summation of current ability based on the teacher’s interpretation/assessment. If there is specific concern about the mark you should contact your child’s music teacher directly.

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Are students allowed to change instruments once they get to the middle school? My son is in orchestra this year in fifth grade and wants to switch to trumpet next year and was told he wouldn't be allowed to. Thank you for your help.

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In most cases, it is not recommended that students switch instruments.

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Why does the archive page have specific topics but not specific questions? I looked up healthy snacks and got a sex ed question instead.

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There are thousands of questions, so they are broken down by topic to make it easier to navigate.

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Very disappointed to see the lackluster support of the Girls Basketball Team. From the non-existent student section to the absence of anything online regarding their Section 2 win. It was quite an accomplishment for the team. I wish the school had done more to get the community out to support the girls!

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The results of that game were posted on Twitter that night and on the website/Facebook the next day.

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I want to thank the District for making the GRAPEVINE available to all. I know that there are several people who might not communicate their concerns in the most diplomatic way but there are more of us who find it very helpful. The person in charge of managing it is doing a fabulous job.

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Thanks, it is a collaborative effort.

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I understand parking is extremely limited in the elementary schools, but there are some serious issues going on in the Arongen parking lot when parents are picking up their kids after school. This past week alone I have seen the bus drivers struggle to pull out with out hitting cars that are illegally parked, not to mention parents driving past these buses while their stop signs are out, and handicapped spaces being used by cars not displaying appropriate handicap placards. It is the responsibility of the bus aides to remain on the buses for the children's safety, NOT be in the parking lot having to direct the buses so they can get out without getting in an accident. What will it take to get this changed?

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All good points, we have similar issues in all of our parking lots. Drivers...please follow the follow the rules for the safety of our children.

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Will the cafeteria ever serve lobster?? I just love me some shellfish.

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Never say never, but probably not.

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What college did you go to??

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Oneonta.

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Does Shen have a bus to go to the YMCA after school? If so, which route number?

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Yes. Several buses service the YMCA for daycare services. Call transportation office for details.

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Why does Shen NOT provide feedback on student report cards for Phys Ed, Art, Music, ELA and Computer Lab specials until the 4th grade? How are parents to know student progress in these classes for grades 1-3? Thank you.

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We will consider this feedback the next time we revise the primary level report card, thanks.

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When do seniors rehearse for graduation?

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In June during English classes.

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How many excused absences are permitted at the elementary and middle school levels before a note goes home?

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Please follow this link http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7110R.htm  for our attendance regulations.

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Hello! I understand there is an 8th Grade Dance in May, but find little about it on the Shen website. Would you be able to give me a bit of info? When is it? Where will it be held? Who is invited? What is the dress? Thanks so much

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May 2, 7 p.m. in the middle school green gym and it is for 8th grade Shen students only. It is a dressy event.

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I think this is really going to the extreme. Why can't 6-8th kids allowed to take water to the class. Apparently, they need a written permission to get their water bottles to the class.

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Middle schoolers are allowed to have water bottles.

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I have been to the high school many times and often I notice students flaunting around packs of cigarettes. I thought this school was a tobacco-free zone? Why isn't this rule being in forced? I don't want my children to pick up on this dangerous addiction.

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If you see someone with cigarettes, they should be reported. They are illegal on school grounds.

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Is it true that the requirements for Senior Privileges are being changed for next year's seniors? And if so, what are the changes?

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Will there be an Honors English class for tenth graders next year who are taking AP World History?

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There will be a small number of students who will be admitted into Literary Decisions and this will count as the honors level of English 10. This will be a select group. Interested students should speak with their counselor. English 10 Honors will be offered in 2015-2016.

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WHEN WILL RESPECT DAY BE CONSIDERED RESCUDELED

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That has not been decided.

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I am curious about the counseling center in the high school and where their attention is being directed? My senior was told she should apply to an additional college ( a local community college) regardless of 1) whether she had any intention of going there, and 2) after being accepted to 2 choice schools? I feel that with everything that NEEDS to be completed by seniors to have the counselors encouraging them to apply to schools "just because" is ridiculous. Shouldn't our students and counselors be focusing on things that need to be done, not things that will beef up the numbers of Shen with college acceptances?

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The advice to apply to a community colleges is likely to have a back up plan in the event that life circumstances change. Admission to the community college does not impact "the numbers for Shen" if students have been accepted elsewhere. It was a recommendation and as with all suggestions this one may be taken or not.

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When will the board review and approve and publish the 2014-2015 school calendar?

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It is still under review.

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Do 10th graders get class ranks? If so, when and where can you get this information. Thank you!

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The high school administration and Counseling, College and Career Center have the internal rankings but they are not publicized until much later in a student's high school career.

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There's a kid on my son's school (HSE) that is going around saying he is in the Navy and wears Navy ranks. This is but only illegal but it is also disgusting... I tried to contract the principal but recieved no response. I hope that this can be fixed.

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The principal, Mr. Flynt, is not aware of any such individual. He also has not been contacted by anyone about the issue, but would certainly be interested in hearing more about this.

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What is the procedure for my child to Refuse taking the NYS State Tests?

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The Shenendehowa Central School District does not allow or condone students “opting-out” of taking assessments, local (district) or State assessments.

Specific to NYS assessments and in accordance with the federal requirements and Sections 100.3 and 100.4 of the Commissioner’s regulations, all students in public and charter schools in grades 3–8 must take all State assessments administered for their grade level. This includes students who were retained in these grades. There is no provision in statute or regulation allowing parents to opt their children out of state tests. Schools are required to assess students anytime they are in the school building during the test administration or the make-up administration window. The failure to comply with the requirements provided above will have a negative impact on a school or school district’s accountability, as all schools are required to have a 95% participation rate in State testing. It will also affect individual teachers’ ability to understand the needs of their students and use the information from tests to shape curriculum and plan accordingly.

Test taking is an important part of instruction and the educational programs here at Shenendehowa. Tests are considered part of a “course of study” under the authority of the Board of Education. The district fully endorses and supports the use of ability, achievement, diagnostic, readiness, interest and guidance tests as part of the total educational process to the degree to which tests help the District to serve its students.

There are numerous programmatic benefits of taking assessments, as well as possible detriments of not doing so. Testing provides an evaluation of content mastery and skills in various courses of study, and is used to shape future instruction. Assessment data (local and State) are critical to formulating a complete understanding of a student’s academic needs, such as Academic Intervention Services (AIS). Test results are also used in the determination of single subject or whole grade acceleration at the elementary level, such as the case with math. Further, assessments allow teachers to reflect on instructional practices.

If a student refuses to take an assessment, the student will be removed from the testing room so as to not create a distraction for other students. The student will be allowed to do school work in another location. However, a specific alternative activity may not be provided. The scoring implications will vary, but inevitably they are not positive for the student.

If a student has anxieties about testing, the district is willing to provide advisement or counseling support, as well as possibly look for more conducive ways to complete the respective assessment. We encourage parents to help prepare students to take assessments by sending reassuring messages, and taking simple steps such as ensuring a good night’s sleep and eating breakfast.

Teachers and students have worked hard to ensure proper preparation for the various assessments, and we want our students to do their very best, knowing that learning is a continuous cycle focused on improvement.

While we appreciate your advocacy on behalf of your child, we are unable to permit your child to opt-out of the assessments. Please know we will administer the assessments in the most comfortable manner possible.

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Could you tell me what time Shen will be graduating this year?

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1:30 pm on June 26, 2014 at SPAC.

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When is the spring middle school band concert

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Check the events calendar: http://www.shenet.org/events/index.asp

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I was trying to reach the archives to see if my question had already been answered but it said there was an error, and wouldn't open it up. Can someone please fix this problem?

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Which archive subject?

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I'm just curious why there isn't a traffic director by highschool east in the mornings like there is in the afternoons, I think it would be a good idea to consider in the future.

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They are stationed elsewhere.

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Why is that on days like today (snow is forecast to-get heaver thought out the day) Shen stays open and closes later then the rest of the area schools? Is it more important to receive the state/fed funding or watch out for the kids safety on days like today? Even if they are dismissed 1 hr early kids will be late getting home on bus because the buses will be slowed by traffic, slippy condition and general of roads. Wouldn't be better off to stay home and have a snow day? Shen only has used 1 snow day to date.

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State funding is not based on whether or not we use snow days. We have used two snow days to date.

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I often hear people speak how they cannot believe the way kids talk to adults. However, after seeing the comments and questions posted here I can understand why many kids speak the way they do and I give the District credit for continuing to respond to rude and curt posts.

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We encourage all adults to model how we want children to behave.

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My work vacation is always scheduled a year in advance. Can you estimate if 2015 graduation day? would it be the 3rd week or 4th week of June?

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That cannot be predicted at this point between the Regents determining the testing schedule and SPAC determining when we can use the facility.

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So I am picking up my daughter at HSE today during the snow storm early release and as you can imagine the traffic was crazy. Mr. Flynt was standing in the snow directing traffic so everyone got out in an orderly fashion. The guy is awesome. Thank you Mr. Flynt!!

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what is the goal of not closing the school when the conditions of the roads obviously dictate that they should? Today was one of those days, thus posing a risk to the students coming home at 3 when a half day was clearly the prudent call. Now an email was just sent that all of the buses are running late. Is it a badge of honor to not close when all other schools do?

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The goal is to provide instruction to students. No, it is not a badge of honor.

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Why do we pay a principal a six figure salary when all they do is transfer your complaint that occurs in his school to the department chairperson. They don't even bother to contact the parent they just transfer it to the department chairperson handle it. Bothers us that he can't even pick up the phone to contact us, he has to have someone else handle to his dirty work.

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Different administrators have different responsibilities. It is proper protocol for the principal to put you in touch with the administrator who can best help you.

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I think it's interesting about the favoritism going on in the Shen athletics community through coaches. Maybe you should look that over

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You should contact the athletic director with specifics.

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Why is the athletic trainer never in his office when he says he will be? I have several injuries which require attention but am unable to receive care because he is not doing his job. I have heard multiple other people say they have the same problem. This needs to change

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The athletic training room is open every day by the end of fourth period. Students are able to see him between periods 5 through 9 for injury evaluations and treatments. After school hours are spent covering the many athletic practices and games that occur each day.  Students wishing to be seen during the day should have a study hall monitor call in advance or students can also request an appointment time to ensure that he will be available. Contact information can be found on the athletic page of the district website.

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How many tickets for graduation does each senior get?

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No tickets are necessary for graduation.

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Just curious...the commision from the soda machines in the faculty/staff rooms...what is it used for? Thank you.

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The money is deposited into individual building-level association accounts. The association members in the building determine how the money will be spent.

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Spring courses begin the wk of March 17 & brochures will be mailed to residents within the next week; online by the first wk of March. You couldn't have spelled out "week". Isn't this supposed to be a model?

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Sorry.

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how many students are in the 2014 class?

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As of today 716.

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Why are students in HSE not allowed to use the new touch screen computers in the library after school? They are much faster and allow us students to be more efficient in our work. We are allowed to use the computers in the lab but these are very old and slow.

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Computers are always available to students after school. The location of those computers varies based on staffing for that day. Computers in the labs are only 3 years old and operate at the same speed on the network. Please don’t be shy and talk directly to Mr. Davidson with any questions you may have about library policies or procedures- he will be happy to talk to you.

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When is LOTE fest?

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Thursday, March 20.

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Please clarify the color printing rules to the teachers and students. Some require a project to be printed in color but not allow a student to do so in school. We do not have a color printer at home and my children had to find ways to get around the color printing restrictions.

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At the high school if a color copy is required, the student should speak with Ms. Fazio in the library for permission to print in color. We try to limit the amount of color printing due to cost concerns.

At the middle school, it was decided years ago that students could print in color only if required by a teacher (in which case the teacher completes an authorization form) due to high use (and expense) of color ink,

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My son has been having a hall monitor really getting on him. He feels it is bullying at this point. He is not a "trouble maker" and obeying all the school rules. Who do I talk a High School East to get this fixed?

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Mr. Flynt or Mrs. Drago who supervises the monitors.

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It's a little thing. In the HS announcements online each day (which is a GREAT service...thank you!) the headings like "Class of 2014 Seniors", "Class of 2015 Juniors" are centered to make it easier to read. Except the "Class of 2015-Juniors" is not centered...and hasn't been for over a year. Could it please be centered to make it a bit easier to quickly find my class news? Thanks!!

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We will work on it.

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Shen needs a better system for calling subs. The lady is really unfriendly. I suggest doing an automated system like troy, or getting a nicer lady.

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We have two sub callers for teacher subs and they have worked for the district for several years. If there is a specific concern, contact the office of human resources.

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Can you take driver's ed in the summer if you graduated that year?

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No.

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I picked my child up an hour early on Thursday, February 13 due to the horrific road conditions. I have seen it posted on here about the fact that parents reserve the right to do so in case they are not comfortable with the superintendents decisions regarding the weather/road conditions. I followed proper procedure. Why then, was he issued an unexcused absence for the last period he missed?

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The reason why you picked up your child doesn’t negate the fact that he missed the period. Parents have a right to sign their child out of school early, for a variety of reasons...some are excused and some are unexcused. Signing out because you think the roads are unsafe is unexcused.

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I attended the Winter guard competition in Albany this past weekend and think all of the guards did a wonderful job! There were two things that bothered me however and I would like some clarification. First, one of the coach's young daughter participated with one of the younger guards. I have asked many times if my younger child would be able to participate and was told the program was not open to her. Why is it open to the coach's daughter? My second concern is with the oldest guard. I noticed that there was a girl who graduated last year particpating. Does the guard have an open door policy when it comes to alumni or is this just more favoritism?

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In regards to the younger daughter of the coach participating, there was a need to have more equipment time so the guard would not be penalized so the daughter was added for the 11 seconds that she performs in the show. This solution has been utilized before in order to have the least impact on all of the other performers. If you have concerns please address them with the director. In regards to the alumnus who performed. A current student in the guard was in Italy for a school trip so the alumnus filled the spot for the one and only show so the show did not have to be rewritten for the one performance.

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Any ASL (American Sign Language) options for LOTE?

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We do not offer ASL. The languages offered at Shen are Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish.

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Please review the parents rights on entering the elementary schools and going to classrooms. Having made arrangements ahead of time by email with a child's teacher to delivery a school project or a birthday treat to the classroom, I inevitably get stopped by the school office and they won't let me walk to the child's classroom before the bell, even when arrangements have been made with the teacher. Is there ANY time that is acceptable to help a child to their classroom when they have too many thing to carry on their own.

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It is a common expectation that all Shenendehowa schools provide a welcoming and inviting atmosphere to our parents and visitors. Each school has specific safety protocols that require visitors to sign into the office. Each school will also have specific building wide protocols that have been established to assist students and parents when dropping items off. These protocols are established to create a positive and safe school environment that also limits disruptions to the educational process during the school day. Please check with the building principal to see what the appropriate process is in your child’s school.

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I am the mother of 2 Chango students and am extremely concerned with the proposed roundabouts that are being planned for Exit 11. One of those roundabouts will be on the Chango Drive intersection. So many of our children ride their bikes or walk to school. I would never let my child cross a roundabout...it is way too dangerous. To make things worse, the roundabouts they are planning are sub-standard and non-conforming. How can we allow this so close to our school? Can Shenendehowa please help the parents who are fighting for our children's safety.

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The district has reviewed the various studies related to the safety of the roundabouts and found no concrete reason to file an objection. It does not impede bus transportation and it has minimal impact, if any, on students who occasionally walk to school. Clearly, the safety of students is of great importance and the district will continue to monitor the situation.

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im concerned about my daughter needed summer school this year. When does it start and for how long? thanks

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Those details have not been finalized but summer school is typically for 6 weeks beginning after July 4.

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My daughter is currently a sixth grader in 7/8 math. What class would she take next year if she continues to succeed in this class?

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Math 8/Algebra

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Ill start by saying, please don't direct me to the BOE policy for an answer. It's very vague and I've heard different things from people, So here goes....how is the medal awarded at graduation for a 95 or above for each quarter of HS calculated for honors and AP students that don't receive the 95 quarter grade but if it was weighted would be a 97 quarter grade? And what about the Shen letter awards? is the weighted averaged considered for that? Please just answer the questions straightforwardly without directing me somewhere. Thank you for your time.

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Awards given at Shen include the weighting of averages.

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I'm curious to know when Shen will know and release the HS regents testing schedule for June? Thanks!

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It is located on the NYS Education Department website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/

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At what time does the high school building for students to come in? I have to bring in a project soon and can only get there at 6:45 ish

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They typically are opened by 6:30am.

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Is the school really hosting a 50/50 raffle? In New York it is illegal for people under 18 to participate in or assist in the conduct of a raffle.

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We are unaware of such a raffle in school.

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There is a coach who is working with your student athletes during the fall, winter and spring seasons, however he only seems to be approved by the board of education for the spring season. He is listed on one of the team's website as a 3rd year coach but doesn't seem to appear on any of the minutes. Is this allowed?

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The coach holds a valid coaching license and works in a non-paid capacity in two sports.

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I wanted to respond to the January 21st comment about a teacher holding a concert the same night as ski club. First of all, ski club is extra curricular, and band or chorus is a class that students signed up for a long time before ski club. Also, I spoke with the teacher, and it is NOT true that the student would receive a failing grade if they didn't attend. He/she gave my son a make-up assignment to complete. Just wanted to clear up this issue, and support our wonderful music teachers at the middle school!

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Thanks.

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I drive my 9th grade student to school each day and it appears that I am one of the few parents who follow the drop off procedures of using the designated drop off locations. Each morning there are many parents who are driving up "close" to the circle or drop off at the Café entrance. I find it extremely inconsiderate as well as a traffic hazard. There are cars going in every direction. If you are driving your 9th grade student to school, please respect the designated drop off areas. They have been set up for a reason.

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Why was Irish Lit cut from the High School Program of Studies?

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Irish Lit will be included in a new course that is being developed.

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Where do we find the yearbook form online for the personal yearbook?

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Go to the high school extra curricular page and you will find a link for the yearbook club.

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Can you please tell me what sports (male) have modified teams for 8th graders besides football? i cannot seem to locate this information.

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Modified Football, Modified Wrestling, Modified Lacrosse, Modified Cross Country and Modified Track and Field

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How come the buses don't have to follow traffic rules on campus? They never stop at stop signs, and everyone has to wait for them to leave before they can leave, we want to get home too!!

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They do.

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Not a complaint, just a comment. As an attendee at the Shenendehowa Winterguard Home Show on 1/25, I, along with the majority of people in the audience were moved to tears with the performance of the Shenendehow Shining Stars. The active participants, their student helpers and the student director should be beyond proud. Congratulations.

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It is a great program.

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Will schools be closed before the storm in case of bad weather ( as have other schools prematurely closing) due to the storm coming up tonight. I would not like to risk my little Johnny's life in teh event of a bad snowstorm when there are many accidents. Thank You

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We don't close based on forecasts.

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 How to be included in the SMS loop for school closure or delayed?

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Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Do you need a learners permit before taking drivers ed?

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Yes

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Where can you get more information about the free yoga offered in Shen ?

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There isn't any that we know of.

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There is this very rude lady at my child's school. He is an eighth grader in Acadia and takes that hallway to get to his classes from lunch. She always comes out of her ISS room, he says, and asks him where he is going and does he have a pass and what he is doing in the hallways. She is very rude about it in the process as well. She is an older lady, as my son stated. I don't know how this can be fixed, but it needs to be fixed soon.

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The only time a staff member would be asking a student where they are going and for a pass is when a student is in the halls after the bell for the start of the next class. This is what the adults in all buildings have been trained to do.

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Why is it that in Acadia they are now collecting phones that middle schoolers use during lunch. What is the harm of using phones during a non work period, times are changing and school needs to change with them

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The school is changing in terms of how we allow personal technology but when we have a student using a phone inappropriately they are usually warned to put it away – the next step is to take the phone and the student can pick it up at the end of the day in the Main Office and if inappropriate phone use happens again – then a parent needs to come in for the phone.

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PLEASE consider never allowing the lunch people to serve that square pizza nonsense again. For four days this week we were served pizza that was of poorer quality (and that's saying something considering the prices). Thank you for correcting this egregious error

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Your request will be considered.

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Just to clarify something that was said at a BOE meeting over the last few months. Are BOE members mandated reporters for suspected child/adult abuse. It might be helpful to the school and community if the county/state abuse reporting hotline numbers for suspected child/adult abuse were posted to the health and safety section of the shenet website.

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Please refer to BOE Policy 7530 located on the District’s website under BOE. The policy, regulation and all related forms clearly define who is a mandated and what the process is for reporting.

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Is it true that high school students can take their health class in summer school for their health credit. If so what year can they?

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Yes, it is true. You can take summer school health if you are going to be a Junior.

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Is there a basketball camp at Karigon during the February Break? If so how can I find out more information? Thank you

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 Fast Break Camp, contact dzicanth@shenet.org

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I am a senior and I was wondering if I would still be able to get a parking permit this late in the year and if so, where could I go to get one?

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Yes. Please see Mr. Chandler.

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Is it too late to drop an elective i am really not enjoying?

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Yes.

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About what percent of the Shen High School students take Regents exams in January? Does NY state require Shen to have 4 days off for January Regents or does Shen choose to do so?

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Since we have a large testing program that includes Regents, final and mid-term exams, we choose to take the 4 days that the New York State Education Department allows us to use for testing.

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When is high school east next blood drive?

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Tuesday May 6th

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What are the odds of Shen changing their school colors in time for the graduation of the class of 2017? I really hate this mucus green color. I recommend white and a nice royal blue.

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Zero to none

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The link on your Continuing Education page says that "The online version of the spring brochure and registration form can be found by going to: www.shenet.org/district/CommunityServices/CommunityEducation.cfm" but it only goes to the old fall brochure. When will this be updated for the spring courses??

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Spring courses begin the wk of March 17 & brochures will be mailed to residents within the next week; online by the first wk of March.

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Do the elementary schools have disciplinary aides?

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Yes

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How about having each school principal take turns answering questions here instead of this Public Information Officer? You might get better answers....

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Any questions asked about a school are answered by the principal. If it weren't for the public information officer there would be no grapevine.

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Where is the Junior Prom being held & when is it again?

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May 10th at the Saratoga City Center.

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Is it true that a gun was brought to HSE?

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No.

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Is there respect day at shen this year?

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The assemblies scheduled for today has been postponed.

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Is Advanced Economics weighted?

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Yes, by 1.03.

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does the school really have 4 million dollars just chillin in a bank account, why cant wee invest that into the schools?

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That would be nice, however, it is not the case. The state allows school districts to carry fund balances to cover unanticipated expenses that may occur during a year.

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I was just wondering if all the tech implementation that exists now in the school is as far as they plan to go with byod. Because if it is, then they have failed horribly at making any changes to actually improve the students education and really failed to make many changes at all.

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Upon the completion of wireless access in all school buildings, the district can be more assertive in the use of BYOD and other technology.

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Why is it that in Acadia they are now collecting phones that middle schoolers use during lunch. What is the harm of using phones during a non work period, times are changing and school needs to change with them

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According to the policy for BYOD: Students will be permitted to use their personal devices in class for instructional purposes. The devices won't be used every hour or in every class. Teachers in collaboration with administrators, make the final decision for any tools used in the classroom or school and should communicate their expectations to students and parents. Students will be permitted to use their devices for the purpose of:
•research
•collaboration
•accessing filtered websites
•tracking classroom assignments
•monitoring the Infinite Campus portal
•and other approved instructional activities

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Why does Shen have bus drivers that are always late? I've talked to my friends and some of them said that their bus is CONSTANTLY 5-10 minutes late

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More than likely it is not the bus driver who is late, it's the students who are running to the bus.

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I like many things about Shen, but one thing that I absolutely cannot stand is the chain of command you have to go through to print a little colored paper!!!! and don't try to use the excuse that "we are on a budget" that's absolutely ridiculous seeing as its raised every year. Im sure shen can afford to buy colored ink. This chain of command is absurd. The printers are there to be used, not to sit and be an expensive paperweight.

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The restrictions on color printing does yield significant savings that allows for other uses of budget dollars. In fact, the district is effectively moving towards electronic documents to significantly cut back on printing altogether.

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: I love how only girls are called out on the dress code. Maybe monitors should start to look out for boys low riding and their tank tops!! That show the pecs and the muscles!! It's a double standard. I didn't realize Shen doesn't support equality.

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All students should be appropriately dressed.

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Will the high school get rid of class rank in the future?

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There are no plans to do so.

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Please post a link to the IPAC Pathways presentation from the January 14 BOE meeting. Thank you!

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The pathway documents presented were drafts. They are currently being developed into a web document that will be published soon.

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Why don't you answer my questions?

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Can't say without knowing what your question is.

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As a parent of two teenage girls, I believe the majority of the female students do their best to adhere to the school dress code. I do not believe we should be consistently degrading these girls about what they are wearing. Aren't there enough issues girls have to deal with through out their teenage years? Why do we never hear about issues with male students and their wardrobe? Constantly complaining about these girls/dress code is degrading and doesn't build their confidence. How about encouraging and rewarding their academic or athletic pursuits. To me this is an issue with how the writer of these complaints, views(literally) girls and women.

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The majority of our students follow the rules.

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How often is this updated? I like reading dumb questions. It hasn't been updated in like a week.

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It varies.

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My child said that all his teachers were talking about Justin Bieber's arrest. This is not what I send my kid to school for!

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Pop culture will inevitably enter into casual conversations during the school day.

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Why doesn't the swim team get recognized for its hard word? It is consistently one of the best teams in the state, but no one even knows it

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Talk to the coach and request that he submit items for recognition.

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There is this very rude lady at my child's school. He is an eighth grader in Acadia and takes that hallway to get to his classes from lunch. She always comes out of her ISS room, he says, and asks him where he is going and does he have a pass and what he is doing in the hallways. She is very rude about it in the process as well. She is an older lady, as my son stated. I don't know how this can be fixed, but it needs to be fixed soon.

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The only time a staff member would be asking a student where they are going and for a pass is when a student is in the halls after the bell for the start of the next class. This is what the adults in all buildings have been trained to do.

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You stated that to your knowledge, Shen has never closed due to sub- zero temps. However, I distinctly remember that happening once when my older children were at Shen. Just FYI!

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Thanks, but that was more because we couldn't get enough buses in the fleet started.

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Can someone please explain why it is that students in the Life Skills classroom are banned from selling their homemade confections outside of the cafeteria during lunch time? Rumor has it they would be in direct competition with the cafeteria food service but there needs to be something in place to be in competition with and homemade baked goods is not the main function of the school food service! First and foremost, the Life Skills class is filled with students who under close adult supervision have learned a skill of baking marketable confections that can't be purchased in a lunch line because the cafeteria's job is serving lunch, government controlled at that. Second, this is a valuable math lesson and a social interaction between ALL the building students and their peers in the Life Skills class with whom on any other given day wouldn't or don't have the ability to interact in such a manner. This class has a captive market if given the chance to sell their goods at tables in the lobby during lunch periods but instead have been banished to the lobby for the first 3 classes of the day (like a teacher is really going to let a kid out of class to buy something)! So we ask, why can other groups set up to solicit and sell (and at times there edible items involved) when all this class is trying to do is raise funds to offset a trip or program and get to meet and interact with their fellow classmates? On behalf of many, we ask that this decision is reversed and that ALL students are treated the same and let the BAKE SALE take place in the lobby during lunch time.

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Bake sales cannot compete with the food service. However, if someone associated with the Life Skills program makes an alternative proposal, it would be considered.

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What is Shens wifi password for in the middle school? Or where can one obtain this information? Thank you

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Those with personal devices should connect to SHEN-INTERNET. This is a filtered, unsecure network (no password) that anyone can connect to. After connecting users must open their browser and accept the terms of use on the splash screen.

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PLEASE consider removing the tv on the cart from the Skano gym. There were many basketball games in the gym on Saturday and during our game a boy came alarmingly close to hitting his head on the corner of the cart when he stumbled out of bounds. We really couldn't find a safe place for the cart within in the gym.

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If you are at a game and there is a cart in the gym it can be moved outside the gym.

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What is the history behind the school districts name, Shenendehowa? Why isn't it called Clifton Park Central schools? I've just always wondered about this.

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The actual name of the district filed with the state originally was "Central School District No. 2, of the Towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, Waterford, Ballston and Stillwater, County of Saratoga, New York." Shenendehowa came from the "Shenondahowe" (meaning great plains) land patent that the district purchased in 1951 to build the campus. For the complete history go to http://www.shenet.org/DL_ProfileOfShen/DistrictHistory.cfm.

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I would just like to commend the HS Orchestra teacher, on the holiday concert. It is so apparent how he has inspired each of those kids and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated teacher in the school. For the final piece of the night, "Let it Be", the kids stood amongst the audience and played the piece from memory and it was simply beautiful. With the focus being so often on the sports programs at Shen, I think it's important too to recognize the Arts and how beneficial it is for our children to be exposed to beautiful music....and how their hard work is evident at these concerts! Kudos!

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Shen offers a wide breadth of opportunities for students in music, drama, art and sports. Our students shine in all areas.

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Where can I sign up for text alerts in case of school closings, afternoon cancellations, early dismissals, etc...? I can't seem to find it any where on the Shen site on how to do this-even searched the archives...

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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ShenendehowaCSD  or Twitter https://twitter.com/ShenNews

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where can i find a teachers email? when you click on the icon in the portal, it does not work.

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http://www.shenet.org/DL_StaffDirectory/staffdirectory.cfm

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What is the date of senior prom this year?

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May 31.

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My childs 6th grade teacher swears at the students this is not acceptable. My child came home and asked me what the F word ment and said her teacher said it

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Please contact the principal with the details.

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: I would like to know why my concerns regarding, published by the district, "dress code" was not answered. I know you like to say use common sense and I agree but when it goes ignored is why I am bringing this to your attention Seriously, if the Administrators of HSW/HSE really paid special attention to what these students (young ladies) wear on a daily basis it really doesnt follow what has been requested by the District ie: leggings with longer shirts, etc. that is just one example, as a parent I feel this is something that should be enforced especially when a small percentage really does obey the code while the others simply ignore it. This is HS not exercise glass, right?! Very unacceptable! Thank you!

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It's a judgement call. We do the best we can.

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WHY DO YOU ONLY ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT YOU CAN REPSOND SARCASTICALLY

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We pretty much answer all questions.

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I find it amusing how dismissal at HSE was delayed on a cold day until the buses arrived, yet students stood in the pitch black -5 degree weather waiting for the bus that morning.

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One is within our control, the other isn't.

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Shen bus drivers do a great job!

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Yes, they really do.

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Hello, I was wondering if someone could make a "best of" section on this page featuring some of the most outrageous comments/questions you've been asked. It would be pretty funny.

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What are the performance dates of the Middle School play "Camp Rock?"

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3/20/14-3/22/14

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did the director of the high school musical quit? How come parents were not notified of this change? Is there enough adult supervision now for such a large group of kids?

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That position has been replaced. Supervision of students was never a concern, nor the continued quality of performances.

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Why don't teachers check with other teachers/club advisors before scheduling events? Example: tonight is middle school ski club (which parents have paid for) AND there is a band concert scheduled. If the student misses the band concert they will receive a failing grade for concert participation. If the student does not go to ski club, parents lose actual money. Just another example of teachers being extremely inconsiderate, but in the next breath they will complain about not getting paid enough.

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Our staff works hard to try to minimize conflicts to the best of their ability, it is not always possible for 12 schools--between the academic events, extracurricular events, interscholastic sports, religious holidays, the need for specific facilities (i.e. auditorium), and the staff member's personal off-hours schedule, conflicts will occur.

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Shen's HS administration needs to take a long look at themselves and their policy decisions . A group of kids want to have a silent cheer and wear costumes to celebrate at the 10th basketball game point and they are banned from wearing costumes b.c of potential "danger" and it's not Halloween. Mr Flint banned costumes for Halloween bc administrators didn't want to do their job and police the 1 percent that are inappropriate instead of letting the 99 percent have fun in their HS years. Shen administrators should pick their battles and worry about the rampant drug problem we have in the Middle and HS buildings, bring in a drug sniffing dog and NYS Police and see what your real issues are

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It is the high school administration's job to determine the best way to ensure they provide a safe environment for all, whether it is enforcing a dress code, banning costumes or using drug sniffing dogs (which we do use from time to time). If it was determined that costumes would create an issue, then it is within their authority to prohibit them.

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I want to speak out about the Shen adminstration it seems they would rather have our kids go drink in the woods rather then attend a sports function to support school spirit. When kids don't attend any longer maybe Shen will stop paying overpriced babysitters to watch our kids and give the taxpayers a BIG break. You people are nuts you don't have all the answers and you never will.

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Keeping in mind that drinking in the woods is not the alternative to attending a sports function, the administration does hope that students attend the games and cheer on their fellow classmates in a safe and respectful way.

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Why weren't students allowed to wear costumes to the "Silent Night" basketball game? I have a son on the team and was looking forward to the "Silent Night" game, it seemed like good clean fun to me. I think Shen should embrace students trying to come together to support their school and peers.

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It is the high school administration's job to determine the best way to ensure they provide a safe environment where all can enjoy the game. If it was determined that costumes would create an issue, then it is within their authority to prohibit them.

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Why did the administration blatantly refuse to display the first place plaque the Girls Alpine Ski Team earned at the Stillwater Slalom Invitational on Monday? These girls have worked so hard and are currently undefeated. Just because ski racing doesn't earn the school revenue doesn't mean the team deserves any less respect and recognition than other sports. They were told to return the plaque to their coach and that it would not be put up in the athletic show window. Please have them reconsider this decision out of respect for these talented athletes.

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Many of our athletic teams win individual tournaments and invitationals. The athletic department made the decisions many years ago to only display League, Sectional, Regional and State Championship plaques in our trophy cases.

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During the high school regents, is it possible to have two tests on the same day? Thanks.

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It is, but highly unlikely in January.

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Whats the deal with having one half-year tech course? My kids need 5 to graduate but Shen practically requires 5.5 if they take java-is there going to be a second half year course to even it out?

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This is a good question. For clarity, only students seeking a LOTE exemption for an Advanced Regents Diploma are required to complete a 5 unit sequence or pathway. With that said, the Technology Department has been discussing potential .5 unit offerings that would align with Java. When paired with Health or other .5 unit course Java only ties up one period in a student’s schedule.

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When is the first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year? With school getting out so late in June and Labor Day on September 1 will school start later than usual?

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The calendar has not been approved yet, however typically we have students start on the Wednesday after Labor Day. That would be Sept. 3rd.

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Why was Mr. Flynt shoveling the sidewalk? doesn't HSE have janitors?

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Helping out on a busy day.

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My daughter comes home everyday complaining about her language of the media class. She said this is the 3rd teacher that they've had this year. And a huge powerpoint project and an essay they were assigned was never given a grade because of the change in teachers. This is not fair to my daughter. She is very eager to learn and was very exited for this class, but she is disappointed in the way it became.

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The current teacher will remain through the end of the year. If you have specific information about the class, see Mr. Flynt, the principal.

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I would like to know who monitors the dress code especially in HSW. As I review this Code, it is clearly stated when girls where leggings there are to wear a shirt, etc. atleast mid-thigh length, well really? Does anyone pay attention to these girls, Im appauled to see these girls walking out of the building with cropped sweaters that barely reach their waste and just a pair of leggings and boots. That is unacceptable! As parents need to pay attendtion to their daughters attire, Please do a better job at enforcing the Dress Code!! Thank You!!

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The administration, when they see it or it is brought to their attention.

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Is there anywhere I can find the schedule for midterm exams for high schoolers?

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The exam schedule was in the Principal’s Newsletter and Counseling Newsletter. Both can be found on the high school website.

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Do you have to be in NHS to wear a gold tassel at graduation?

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No, that is the gold chord. Anyone with a cumulative GPA of 85% or higher gets a tassel.

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do 9th grade students have mid term exams during regents week?

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There are some exams for 9th graders during Regents week. Please review the testing schedule which can be found on the counseling page of the website.

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Can we have another "letter" to the band students to see if a response for a pep band would be greater than in 2005?

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We also polled kids in September 2010 and there was still not deep enough interest. At this point, a potential advisor would have to come forward first before we solicit student interest again.

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How many 5th grade students are currently in QUEST? How many 6th grade students are currently taking Critical Inquiry? Thanks!

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Currently there are 86 students in Critical Inquiry and 76 students in QUEST.

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When it is expected to be below zero, will there still be ski club?

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Typically, we cancel only if the mountain closes. Parents can always make the decision to keep their child home if they have a concern.

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How cold does it have to be for Shen to close due to wind chill and temperature?

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To our knowledge, we haven't closed because of temperature.

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Does Shen even consider the health of the students while deciding a snow day? My son AND daughter nearly went into shock in the extremely cold weather. Shen is so inconsiderate about the health of the students. Troy and Albany were closed today due to extreme temperatures, but Shen was open. Shen is only concerned about the buses starting, and the money, but not the students.

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Shen's primary concern is to educate students. We have said this many times, the district does not lose money if we close school for emergencies. State funding no longer works that way.

As far as Albany and Troy closing, they have an abundance of students that must walk to school. We have more than 200 hundred buses available to transport our students.

We encourage parents to make sure students are dressed appropriately for the northeast winters. Parents also have the option of keeping their child home if they are concerned about the weather conditions on a particular day.

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Can someone please tell me WHY in the world there was a cash bar serving alcohol at the girls soccer banquet at Van Patten golf club on Sunday December 15th? What in the world is Shen thinking? And can parents not go three hours without bellying up to the bar at a school-sponsored event which was to honor high school student-athletes? The lapse in judgment here is staggering. And I don't care that coaches weren't drinking. Cash bar at a school event is a stupid idea.

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The proprietor of the off-site venue controls whether or not the bar is open. And, while we discourage adults from going into the bar area, we cannot dictate their actions.  It was made very clear that there is no alcohol at a school function and there was no alcohol in the banquet room. The coaches and school personnel did a great job of making the banquet a quality experience for our student athletes.

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My son is a 2nd grader in Karigon, and has to use the restroom frequently for bladder issues. His teacher, whom I have talked to about the issue, still penalizes my son for having to leave, which embarrasses him to the point of tears. Why are teachers allowed to treat my son in this way?

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Students are allowed to go to the bathroom whenever needed. We do ask that unless it is an emergency, they wait until after a whole group mini-lesson. If they cannot wait, they are allowed to go immediately. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions regarding this practice or the school nurse.

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I heard that NHS members are required to buy a ticket to the Snowball ($37.50), That can't be true, can it?

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Snowball is an NHS fundraiser and only open to seniors Since all NHS members are seniors and the pool of possible attendees is limited, NHS members have been encouraged to attend but never has anyone made attendance a requirement.

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I graduated from Shen last year, and need to have some AP scores sent to my college. Can I do this through Shen, or do I need to go online through collegeboard.org? If it's through Shen, who should I contact? Thank you!

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AP Scores need to be requested through College Board. Even our current students must request AP scores be sent from College Board.

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Is there a place where I can file a complaint about a teacher?

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Not a place but a person...the principal.

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Every time I am on the grapevine lose I.Q points.

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There is an easy solution...

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Does Shen post the Achievement Lists for High School as well?

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No.

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can students bring in pets for academic use?

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See BOE Policy 3440 and Regulation 3440R

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Can you let us know who is the head of the LOTE department at the High School? I am looking for 10th grade

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Rachel Stead

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Why dont teachers leave more detailed instructions for subs?

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That is a pretty broad statement. Tell your teacher your concern.

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When will the Drivers Ed schedule for the Spring 2014 be available and when will registration begin?

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Spring 2014 driver’s education registration information will be available on the website on or after 1/6/14.

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Can you please explain the policy regarding Christmas? Why are the students both Christian and non-Christian allowed to create Menorah's in class yet they are not allowed to create Christmas Trees or Santa related items?

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See BOE Policy 8360 and Regulation 8360R

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When will PSAT scores be given out?

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They are available now.

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what school has been open the longest?

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Gowana/Acadia

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Can I just give out a congrats to Mr. Joseph Kott, the High School Musical Director. I am so proud of his selection process with this years talent. Some Coaches/Directors would only look at the success of the team, where Mr. Kott looked at all the students good or bad talented or not and knew he would be allowing them to be a part of the bigger picture in life! Kudos Mr. Kott for your kindness and acknowledging all facets of students here at Shen

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All of the district's directors, coaches and advisors put in countless hours above and beyond what they are paid to provide our students with experiences that will last a life time.

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You recently said that to wear a gold tassel at graduation you had to have a final cumulative GPA of 95% but in other questions you said that it had to be 85% or above?

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85% and above for gold tassels; 95% and above for medals.

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What is the precise number of staff that are required to be in the High school West building when the students get off the buses at 7:10am? Is there an administrator in the building at that time each day? Thanks.

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There are no "requirements." The administrators are present, as well as some faculty and staff.

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Are there teachers at Shen who are not certified by NYS?

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No, Shenendehowa teachers are required to be certified in NYS, and verification is completed through the NYSED TEACH site. 

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There are rumors circulating that a girl was sexually assaulted in the bathroom. Is this true? I'm just concerned for my daughter's safety and would like to know.

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No.

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Is it true that all of the Elementary Classroom Monitor positions are being transitioned from full-time to part-time?

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No.

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Is it true that a student got arrested for injecting another student with heroin?

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Unfortunately, yes. Details of the incident were posted on our web page, Facebook, Twitter and an SIS message was sent to high school parents.

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How come in my son's American Studies class it is offered as an Honors class but you must do projects outside of class just to get the credit. The teachers do not teach anything and force my son to fit in 2 hour long packets with sports, instead of teaching in class

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The honors strand of American Studies is a choice that students and presumably parents have made for grade 11 social studies. The honors option will require additional work, certainly covering material in greater depth. It also requires a different way of thinking about certain topics and concepts. I recommend that you speak with the teachers about your concerns.

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Shen buses are so filthy you can't even see the lights on them. Very dangerous.

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All buses are washed on a set schedule contingent on weather conditions.

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Karigon has had after homework help for Students are they going to be doing it again?

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This year Karigon’s afterschool programing will not include a Homework Help Program.

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Exactly what information is released about students to the NYS Department of Education? Name? DOB? SSN? Parent's names and DOB's? Report card grades? Disciplinary records? IEP reports? 504 plans? Assessment results? Don't you think parents deserve to know exactly what information is being released about their children and to whom? Shouldn't parents be able to make the final decision on who does and does not receive this information? Shouldn't the district inform and support parents regarding their children's privacy? Does the district question the need for this information or just turn it over for the money

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No personal identifying data is released to the state or any other entity for that matter. The New York State Education Department gathers assessment and attendance data for individual students based on a unique student ID number. They also get generalized data (non-student specific) on discipline (i.e. the number of infractions of a certain type)
The data being provided does not violate or compromise any existing privacy laws, nor does it provide personal information that could result in identity theft or other data breeches. Most people provide much more information for out-of-school youth sports and activities, social media profiles, or even ordering items on-line.

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Is there an anonymous way to suggest that a high school teacher needs to have an "unannounced" observation? When the observations are announced, the teachers all prepare a wonderful lesson plan that does not accurately represent the way they teach the other 179 days of the school year. There is one teacher who does not teach at all, she shows the kids movies everyday. If she can't teach or doesn't want to teach, then fire her and get someone better. It's not fair to the kids who want to learn. I think there need to be more unannounced observations so the administration can see what is really going on in the classrooms.

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Teachers have one announced and one unanounced observation each year.

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Hello. I just wanted to say thanks for all Shen does to the benefit of the students. Everyone appreciates it. What is the homework policy for Shenendehowa students?

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BOE Policy 8440 and Regulation 8440R

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I'm sure you may not be able to do anything but is it possible to suggest to ANYONE that a second exit is put in the high school east parking lot. It is such a hassle trying to get out for work and appointments, even if I have my parents pick me up or a friend driving me we still don't leave the parking lot until 3:00. I understand taking the bus but that's not always convenient. I just wanted to get this out there. thanks for all the information you give us on here.

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Unfortunately, here is a bottleneck because of volume at certain times of the day. A second exit won't really solve the problem because it would exit onto the same road.

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Red lights are for emergency vehicles. campus Patrol should not have embedded lights and red strobes.

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It is legal for our security (Campus Patrol) to have this type of equipment.

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Are any of the school buildings open during the winter months for walking for exercise?

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Sorry, but no.

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Why aren't members of Shen Crew counted in the Scholar Athlete awards? I know there are several that row varsity with an average over 90%.

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Crew is classified as a club, not a sport.

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There is a pending lawsuit in Albany Supreme Court to be heard Jan. 6th seeking to stop the statewide student data upload to the inBloom cloud. Will Shen hold off on uploading student information until this suit is settled? NY is now the only state moving forward with inBloom.

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The district will comply with existing rules and regulations and act accordingly if there are any changes.

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In light of recent news of criminal activity in the HS, I wish to make it evident that there are still many great young people in the district. My son, in 6th grade at Gowana, was the only 6th grader on Friday in 4th peiod lunch. He sat alone but was approached by a GREAT group of 7th grade boys who asked if they could sit with him and they included him in their friendly circle. WAY TO GO BOYS!

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We agree, we have many responsible and caring young people.

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Why did the district switch over to Wyzant.com for tutors? The tutors on the site are people with Teaching certificates who would be great for elementary level subjects, but they are not qualified for the High School Courses. Especially at the Shen level of testing. This is really not helping the kids that need tutors for the High School Subjects, where grades really matter.

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We did not switch tutoring services and do not endorse or support any of the sites that are listed. The information is provided for informational purposes only to parents who may be seeking a private tutor for their child. There is no school affiliation with the private tutoring services and parents should carefully research all tutoring sites before purchasing their services.

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How many state titles has Shenendehowa won total?

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Shenendehowa has won 26 state titles in various sports.

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Thanks for doing such a great job answering all of these questions. I was wondering if anything can be done to eliminate how slippery the floor is in many of the gyms. My student has practice in Gowana and the floor is extremely slippery. Thanks.

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You are welcome. Schools are required to use as many green cleaning products as possible to avoid discharging chemicals that are not bio-degradable. Unfortunately, some of these green chemicals are not as durable so they wear off quickly. We are trying some different things to try and address the slippery floors.

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It has been rumored that if you get into njhs that you can choose from either accelerated tech or art in 8th grade. Is this true?

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There is a selection process in place (largely based on teacher recommendation) for the limited number of seats available in 8th grade Studio in Art, however, that process has no connection to the Honor Society process.
All students going into 8th grade can apply for admission into Accelerated Technology. Accelerated Tech is a high school course (DDE) offered to motivated students during period zero. There is no connection between NHS and Accelerated Tech.

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What days/ What time can high schoolers come to the middle school and visit? And do they need to sign in at the office? Thanks

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High School students should make arrangements ahead of time to “visit” with one of their teachers (i.e. email). All visits should take place once the instructional day is over at 3:35pm. And, yes, they should signe in.

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Does Shen have a coordinator for Common Core like some other school districts?

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The primary responsibility for coordinating curricula efforts rest with the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

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Now that my daughter is in her Junior year, I have probably hundreds of messages from portal in my inbox. Have read them, but never delete those messages. Is there any way we can delete multiple messages, as of now, I have to go through each one to delete them, it is very time consuming. Can this be more user friendly?

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No, the current version does not have a “Delete All” button unfortunately.

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How is it possible for a class to have absolutely no grades for the quarter as of today, the day the portal closes for the quarter? I would think there would be some sort of notification to the administration that the teacher has not entered any grades at interim that would be followed up on...the system should not allow a quarter to go by before the students/parents can see progress.

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I would suggest you contact the school principal to resolve your concern.

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I was wondering if I could possibly set up my own BBQ in the lunch room, I've been called a great chef and I'd like to address my skills.

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No.

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Whose the sassy pants that runs the grapevine?

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The public information officer.

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Do we always have school before thanksgiving or is it just this year.

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Yes, for the most part.

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Is it true that SHEN is having a problem with someone stealing phones?? Rumor has it that someone was arrested for it.

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No.

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when is the first home freshman boys basketball game

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Schedules can be found here: http://163.153.20.139/sportspak/oecgi3.exe/O4W_SPAKONLINE_HOME

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Is the district planning to opt out of Race to the Top funds, and stop providing student information to the NYS Department of Educations (who then shares the information with inBloom) in order to protect student privacy? If so, when? And if not, why not?

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The district will look to supply the NYSED the requisite information to satisfy reporting mandates, all of which existed prior to Race to the Top.

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How exactly are the Shen Kindergarten teachers truly teaching common core in a half day program? Fundations, Go Math and possibly a new reading series next year? Sure seems like a lot for 2.5 hours and leaves little time for the developmentally appropriate activities and socialization needed in Kindergarten. Common core standards are based on standards in Singapore where students have 2 years of full day Kindergarten and enter grade 1 at age 7. Just something to think about. It's no wonder so many parents are feeling forced to put their kids in full day Kindergarten programs.

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We have full confidence in our highly skilled and competent kindergarten staff.

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: In a recent response, you told someone: "We can also put blocks on your students account so they cannot purchase the snacks at school." I'm interested in doing that. Would I be able to block my child from buying certain snack items or would all snacks be blocked?

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It would be all snacks, they would only be able to purchase a complete lunch. Contact the food service director at 881-0630.

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How do you log into your Shen Gmail account?

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Using the same username/password combination as their shenet account, students(6-12)/staff(K-12) can access their Google Apps For Education accounts at:
mail.shenschools.org
drive.shenschools.org
calendar.shenschools.org
This will only work for those who have changed their shenet password since the start of the school year. If a user’s password does not work with their Google Apps For Education account, they must logon to their shenet account using a computer on our network and change the password first. (Ctrl+Alt+Del, Change a password)

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I was looking to see what criteria are used when selecting/evaluating Club Advisors and Team Coaches for effectiveness. I was also looking to see if these advisors are compensated financially for their time or are they doing this for the interest of the Club/Sport. I know through experience many clubs also hold fundraising events throughout the year, what policies are in place to ensure our donations are used for the advertised purpose? Thank you.

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The district offers a wide variety of club and extra-curricula activities for students, all with the explicit expectation of providing students with a quality experience. Club advisors and coaches are paid by the district. Club advisors are hired and evaluated by the building principal  and athletic team coaches are hired and evaluated by the athletic director. The majority are Shen employees. For criteria, contact the principal or the athletic director. See answer below about booster club funds.

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Who is responsible for the various booster clubs? I have information that indicates one of the prominent winter teams isn't on the up and up with their bookkeeping.

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Booster organizations support the various clubs and sports teams at Shen by coordinating events, raising money to supplement the purchasing of equipment, training and supplies, funding certain competitions, etc. The Boosters are generally run by the parents of the students in the club or sport. Administrators are not directly involved in booster clubs except to provide input in recommending activities or equipment purchases to benefit the team. The district does not maintain direct financial accounting of booster club funds, but requires them to comply with internal controls, procedures, laws and regulations. For concerns about club boosters, contact the principal. For sports boosters, contact the athletic director.

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Why can't we buy items from the vending machines until after school? I feel that is unnecessary and we should be allowed to buy stuff from the vending machines all day.

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So as not to compete with the school lunch program, the machines are programmed to be off until dismissal.

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sorry, I think you misspoke. While the GPA IS weighted for transcripts, college stuff, etc, on the report card itself it is NOT weighted, or at least has not been for the past 12 years at Shen.

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Correct. It is weighted and unweighted for the transcript.

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Who is the advisor for crew? I am not aware of anyone from Shen having any involvement or showing support to crew. It all seems to be parent run.

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Karen Christopher.

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I would just like to note that my homeroom never got to vote for senior class elections. As I do recall, it is not my homeroom or our teachers responsibility to go bother the advisors for a ballot. They should have been handed to him. And the word on the street is that the elections were very close. I do not think it is fair that the election results were already announced, yet my homeroom did not have the chance to vote. I know you probably can not do anything about this, but as a senior who is very active in the class, although I am not part of the senior class council, I still think that if it was that close then my homeroom should still be able to get the ballots. I hope this is understandable.

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Thanks for the feedback. We will look to more formally implement this process.

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With December 1st coming up, I was wondering as a member of the class of 2013 if anything was going to be planned for that day. The class of 2013 will be home that day because of the thanksgiving break and talking to many peers from my class we all think it'd be a great idea to do something in Chris and Deanna's honor.

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We are participating in a day of unity with Shaker High School on December 3rd. Shen students are asked to wear Shaker blue and Shaker students will be wearing Shen green. We are also collecting puzzle books for Books for Troops, Inc.

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Sometimes when I come in late to high school east, I am walking through the hall ways while the pledge of allegiance is on the announcements. Teachers within my view always demand that I stop and stand for the pledge. I am not disrespecting the teachers or trying to be insubordinate but I simply believe that I should not have to stop for a pledge because stopping is only going to make me more late to homeroom.

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 We’d like you to stop to show respect for the Pledge and for the others throughout the building.

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My son has informed me that students are soliciting business within the high school cafeteria by selling Chipotle, Burger King and even Del Taco which is imported frozen from California to preserve the great authentic Mexican taste. Is soliciting business within the school legal and if so, can my son sell my homemade sweaters and knit hats for the holiday season? (I would profit, not him).

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Any idea when the results for the Senior Superlatives votes will be revealed? Where would we be able to check?

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You can check with the yearbook staff.

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I was waiting outside to pick up my child at HSE, just saw a male student whose pants is almost down to his knees. I am not sure if the dress code for male student is not as strict as for females. I can see his underpants. Do you think that boys should be monitored as much as the girls??

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Yes and we try to do that.

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hy is it if multiple students fail at test or a quarter the teacher is not punished. I have a teacher that hands out tests on subjects that we have not learned and I try to get extra help but she says she is never available. She is also very rude to a lot of students and I want to know why she in not getting in trouble for this.

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What GPA is considered honor roll for seniors to wear the gold tassels at graduation?

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Final cumulative GPA of 95%.

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when will the club fair be in HSW?

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The club fair in HSW was held 11/12-11/15.

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I have heard that Shen will have full day kindergarten beginning in 2015. Is this correct?

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No.

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What's the largest graduating class?

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744 in 2011, click here to see all class sizes.

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why cant Shen pay for the Shen cheerleaders to go to high school nationals in florida

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No one has raised the issue with the school principal about this competition.

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I was wondering if we get a 89.7 as our overall average in 1st quarter will tht number round up to a 90 to receive honor roll?

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No. Since the GPA is already weighted, we don’t round up.

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Why do you only answer a couple questions every few weeks? You should answer more and more frequently.

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I will try to do better.

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When is senior prom this year?

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May 31.

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What GPA do you need to be able to apply for National Honors Society?

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Check their website.

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Why can shen support sports teams like baseball, football, softball, lacrosse, soccer but can not support crew??

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Crew is one of many clubs supported by the district with an advisor.

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Why isn't there anything on the shenet site about the field hockey team? They hold a school record now for most goals scored in a season and have gone farther than any previous shen field hockey team after winning their regional game on Saturday. There isn't even a picture of the varsity team on the homepage. Field hockey was also one of the few fall sports that did not have a picture on the Shenet homepage. Maybe the school needs to look at more sports than just football- especially teams who hold much better records and have for a few years than the football team.

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There is no need to disparage another group of hard working athletes. We post anything coaches send to us. There has not been a picture posted because we haven't received one. With that being said, the field hockey team has had an amazing season and we are very proud of them. We have posted news on the website about their accomplishments on 11/7 and 11/13.

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In regards to your response that someone posed regarding the coaches - I am curious as well in regards to this (posted 11/13) however, I do not think you answered the question - it seems they were not questioning the coaches call of the plays - but rather other decisions/actions by the coach - can you please advise an answer to the question specifically - "When parents have questions concerning certain actions or the "rational" for the actions of a coach, is it considered appropriate for the parents to ask for an explanation? We hear many parents voicing questions or comments on the sidelines, but all seem hesitant to speak with a coach for fear of the negative repercussions their athlete will face. Is there a written regulation or school policy that refers to what parents can or cannot converse with a coach about?"

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Why is the gradebook for the Elementary closed for 3 weeks per quarter, but the Middle and HS is only for a week? Why does the gradebook need to be closed at all?

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That is timeframe the principals at each level asked for so staff could enter/finalize grades.

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Is it true that only 8th graders will get parts in the musical? If that is the case, I don't understand why 6th and 7th graders are allowed to try out. No one should be encouraged to try out for something that is predetermined they will not get. It is crushing.

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That is not true. Students from all three grade levels are accepted to participate in the production.

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That the black on the outer walls of High School East is asphetos??? Wow, how safe is this to students as well as staff????? Wht isn't this removed?

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Asbestos is in many building products in schools and even your house. The key to safety is that it remain encapsulated, which is the case. No safety concern exist.

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If your a junior and move out of the shen district can you still go to shen without paying the extra fee

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No.

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can you please tell us who decides what items the boxtops for education go for? I heard that in one of the elementary schools they went for picnic tables for the staff-I really don't think that is what all those families and students thought they were saving for. I find it very dissappointing it wasn't used for the benefit of the children

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It is different at each school. To find out how it works at your school, contact the principal.

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I believe the medals worn at graduation are for an average of 95% or above (weighted). I was just wondering when this is calculated? As always, Thanks for all the information you pass on to us.

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It is calculated at the end of the 3rd marking period, senior year.

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What is the justification for not allowing Halloween costumes in the high schools?

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Too much of a distraction.

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I believe that any senior that participates in "Senior Skip Day" on November 1st should have their senior privileges revoked. Is there any way that this could be done?

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If we have evidence that students skipped school, their privileges will be revoked.

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Are there days off for the January regents exam this year? Thank you

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If students have met all of their academic and behavioral responsibilities, and don’t have exams scheduled for these days, they do not have to report to school during the January regents exam days.

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Why isn't there a class couple anymore for senior superlatives? It wasn't hurting anyone, and "class best friends" kind of sounds dumb.

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More inclusive.

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My daughter is in middle school and has been coming home extremely confused about specific assignments. We have found that some are posted on the portal, some on the class calendar, some in her agenda, and other subjects post directly on their teacher webpage. Many times, the due dates for assignments conflict or are posted in one place, but not in others. This is very confusing and I'm wondering if there is any way to have a more streamlined process for assignments?

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We can look in to this but really need specific team/teachers names to help with this. Contact your principal.

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Here's my question again. Is Shen going to be participating in Pathways in the Technology Early College High Schools, or P-Tech program? If so, when will it begin?

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We are investigating to see how it can possibly compliment our existing comprehensive engineering and technology program.

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Do teachers have guidelines they must follow for updates to the portal of assigments, grades or future assignments? I find the updates vary by teacher and are very inconsistent and if not updated weekly, not very helpful in monitoring my childs grades/assignments. Shouldn't teachers update the portal more than once a month or right before report cards when it is to late to address with your child?

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There are variations based on course and assignments. Please contact your teacher and/or principal with specific concerns.

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Shen needs to extend the parking lot so students don't have to park in the mud. They wasted money on a guard rail that my teachers say are a joke but they cant pay to extend the parking lot!! Id like to know why this is. We pay $40 for a parking pass but can't get a real parking lot.

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There is always the big yellow limosine, it's doesn't cost you anything and drops you right at the door.

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I am very disheartened by the Acadia school lunch menu. My son has been complaining about this since last year. He says the portions are small and he is still hungry. Many times he ends up buying extra snacks (ice cream, chips, flavored water, Arnold palmer ice tea, fruit roll ups). It infuriates me that these unhealthy items are being sold at school. We hear all this talk about the government trying to make school lunches healthier but that doesn't seem to be the case at Acadia. I would appreciate a response to my concerns. Thank you.

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We participate in the Choose Sensibly snack program that means all of our snacks are 7 grams or less of fat, 2 grams or less of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 grams or less of sugar, 360 milligrams or less of sodium, One serving per package. All of our chips are baked and the flavored water is calorie free and the Arnold palmer is the lite version. Our meals are based on the new federal regulations set forth by the government and are based on the Dietary guidelines for Americans. We can also put blocks on your students account so they cannot purchase the snacks at school.

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For the second time my children who attend Gowana, have come home telling me that their study hall monitor routinely goes on the computer and checks e-mails and Facebook. Since the district has pushed for having wireless internet and insists the students are only supposed to use it for learning, what are the rules for your employees?

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Employees are allowed to use the computers for school-related matters but are asked to refrain checking personal accounts.

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Who are the runner ups for the senior superlatives?

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There are no runners-up.

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Is there any plans in the future to make more parking available at the high school level?

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No.

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what is the reasoning behind not allowing students in HSE to enter the library after 25 minutes into lunch periods?

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Students are able to move about lunch periods for the first 25 minutes. After that students are asked to stay in their chosen location for the last 15 minutes of the period. We have found that this allows for a calmer, quieter environment that does not negatively impact instruction.

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What is the policy for students rights who don't stand for the pledge?

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Students don't have to stand. If they don't, they are required to sit silently.

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We all love seeing our kids that participate in chorus at their concerts. The question I have is why are so many religious based musical pieces or old anthems chosen to perform? If you ask every child in the chorus, none of them like the songs that they have to sing at the concerts. Also, judging from the reaction of the audience that I've seen at concerts at other schools where they choose to sing more modern songs, why wouldn't songs be chosen that both the kids and the audience really like? It may attract more kids to participate in chorus and the parents would enjoy the concerts so much more. When I talk to other parents about this, every one of them agree. Can anything be done to influence the chorus directors to choose some songs that are fun for the kids and the parents alike?

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The literature selected for performance in any ensemble must maintain a certain level of musical quality in order to appropriately teach the required concepts. Musical taste is subjective and while most audiences enjoy pop music, it often lacks the same content richness that more traditional literature contains. When teachers find selections that satisfy both criteria, they often add them in to satisfy audiences and students.

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I have heard that there was a Colorguard for special-needs students. Where can I get information and is it too late to join?

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It is not too late to join. For information on the color guard program for students with special needs please contact Scott Snell at scotsnel@aol.com.

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Why is someone who has never taught before allowed to become a principal at Shen and observe teachers and criticize their teaching when they themselves have never been in a classroom?

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All administrators have completed extensive training to complete the evaluation process, more importantly to objectively identify the key components of quality teaching.

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What is the graduation rate at shen

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The NYS School Report Card had the percentage of graduates at 96% for 2011-2012, 95% for 2010-2011 and 95% for 2009-2010.

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What is the status of the new weight room that was approved by voters a couple of years ago?

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Due to delays at the state education department, construction on the physical fitness center will begin in Spring of 2014.

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The class of 2009 recently lost a great person..to have a brick in the memorial garden does one have to pass away while in high school? How can one be purchased?

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Please contact the principal, Mr. Flynt for specific details.

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Do the students working @ the Shen branch of CapCom have access to all CapCom accounts?

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Only when there is a transaction by the individual member. There is a CAP COM representative at on site during all transactions.

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I'm not trying to be critical of the law or any school regulations, but why is it that if one kid is in a car they MUST have a seat-belt on but if you cram 50 or so kids on a school bus seat-belts are optional. I see no logic behind this. If you wouldn't mind may you explain to me why this is the case.

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Students are not mandated by law to wear seat belts on school buses in New York State. That is an individual decision. Students are considered safe on school buses because of high construction standards of the bus to include compartmentalized seating and high back padded seats.

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Common Core Protest Day - November 18th. Will there be any repercussions to my child if I choose to participate in this National event?

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It will be marked as unexcused absence and your child will need to make up the work.

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So apparently if you are unprepared for gym three times during a quarter you will get written up, is this true?

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Yes, and this has been the procedure in gym for many, many years!!

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When can I sign for indoor track in the 8th grade? I did not see any information about this and it is my first year wanting to do track.

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Unless you have been recommended by a coach and are selectively classified, indoor track is for grades 9-12.

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I'd like to know how it is ok for the Superintendent of Schools is on the field of the Varsity football games, telling the coaches when and where to play kids. The other players have heard him. He also I supposed to be " just a parent"!! He has lost much respect from the student athletes and the parents!! Who can you complain to??? The athletic director is in his back pocket. It's like watching the Good Ole Boys club. I'm ashamed of Shen football right now!

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The superintendent supervises all employees in the district, including coaches and the athletic director. It is within his job duties to advise or "coach" teachers, coaches, bus drivers or any other employee. He has stood on the field since coming to Shen 10 years ago and coaches have welcomed his insight being a former coach and collegiate player. Any advice he would offer in any arena, would be in the best interest of our students.

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When will students be voting Senior Prom themes?

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Students voted on election day. This year’s prom theme is Fire and Ice.

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Education Commissioner John King cancelled his common core forum at Shen last week. Given the fact that 6 out of 9 states who signed up for the student data mining project titled “InBloom” have now put on hold or cancelled this program due to privacy concerns, can you use this forum to let parents know how Shen is proceeding with this aspect of the common core?

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Shenendehowa does not contract with inBloom. The District operates in compliance with state regulatory guidelines in terms of data reporting, privacy and confidentiality of certain information. Information pertaining to the New York State Education Department’s contract with inBloom is publically available and can be accessed at the following link: http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/data/edp-privacy-parent-faq.html

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Why doesn't Shen have horseback riding? There are plenty of farms near by?

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With the tax levy cap and reduced state aid, we are fortunate to hold on to what we have.

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What is the plan for the new athletic field next to Varsity girls soccer? The field used for JV next to Koda is embarrassing & unsafe. It is the worst JV field I. The entire Surburban council.

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All fields are on a specific cycle for rejuvenation. By the way, we are proud to have some of the best athletic facilities in the region, all of which are highly used by countless student-athletes and the community.

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Hello, I have already asked this question but it wasn't answered. I was wondering if it would be possible to set up my own lemonade stand in the school hallway? I need some extra money for college and this would benefit me greatly.

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No.

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Will a teacher be notified if a parent requests a copy of their APPR score?

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Yes.

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I have heard that Okte is getting a new principal. Who is filling in until a new principal is found?

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Not true.

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My child goes to Karigon. We there teachers allowed to ask for cash from parents. We were asked send 10 dollars to the teacher for an agenda and for incentives. My neighbors also experienced the same request for money. Is that allowed by the district? How do the teachers account for the spending of this loose cash.

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According to the district's policy, teachers may request up to $10 during the course of the year for special projects that will complement the curriculum or for student recognition activities. Grade level activity accounts must be established with the district for deposit and use of these funds. And checks should be made out to the fund. Exchange of cash is not consistent with established policy. Please contact your principal.

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Are there security cameras and where?

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They are located in many locations in and outside of school buildings.

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It was brought to my attention that as per NYSED Regulations, a parent can request their child's teachers APPR score from the previous year. Is this true?

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Yes, the notice is on the district's home page.

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Why has the number of teachers for Arongen 3rd grade been reduced? Almost 30 kids per class with some "English as a second language" also!?! This does not seem like it is in the best interest of our children - are there any plans to change this? As tax payers it makes us angry and confused.

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The number of sections are driven by enrollment. More the ample support is provided to meet the various needs of students.

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We have athletes on teams at Shen, and are very grateful to their coaches for their time and dedication. When parents have questions concerning certain actions or the "rational" for the actions of a coach, is it considered appropriate for the parents to ask for an explanation? We hear many parents voicing questions or comments on the sidelines, but all seem hesitant to speak with a coach for fear of the negative repercussions their athlete will face. Is there a written regulation or school policy that refers to what parents can or cannot converse with a coach about? And if the questions are not answered by the coach, when is it appropriate to involve the athletic director?

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The play calling of a coach is that coach's prerogative. If the actions of a coach violates the safety or welfare of a student, then the matter should be addressed to the athletic director.

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My son saw pictures and texts posted online from a fellow Shen high School student who appeared to attend the Labor Day weekend party in Stephentown that the police are investigating. Should they be reporting this to high school administrators or should we call the police directly and tell them the student's name and that they attend Shen?

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That is not a school-related matter, so contact the police directly.

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I was just at the field hockey scrimmage. A player on Shen got hit in the face which caused her to have trouble staying conscious. The trainer was nowhere to be found and when they got a hold of him he took his time getting to her. Another trainer needs to be added.

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The trainer was doing a workshop in the high school and his response to the event was approriate as witnessed by the superintendent and other Shen coaches. Coaches always have the right to call 911 if the matter is deemed grave enough. We are fortunate at Shen to have a trainer on staff. Most schools are not as fortunate.

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Education Commissioner John King recently cancelled his Shen forum on the new federal common core standards. These standards affect every child in this district. Will Dr. Robinson host an informational meeting on this topic that would allow questions and comments from parents? Thank you.

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First, it was not a Shen forum. We were merely the host site for a regional forum. Information pertaining to the district's efforts with Common Core is available on the website. The district has published articles in the past two newsletters and has has held several public discussions at BOE meetings about our efforts to effectively make the shift in curriculum and instruction. A parent session was held a few weeks ago on the district's efforts to make the shift in math at the elementary level.

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Is the Food Service Director leaving Shen?

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No.

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I'm a senior and leave my house by 7:15-20 and get to school by 7:30, the traffic is so bad I'm late to school even if I get there so early. I don't think this is fair because I get there at the right time, yet I get in trouble for being late because of the brutal traffic.

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Sorry, traffic is not a viable excuse. You are just going to have to leave earlier or take the bus...the buses always beat traffic.

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Which author will Chango bring

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The author of “The Grapes of Math,” Greg Tang, will be at Chango on Dec. 2.

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We are new to Koda Middle School. What is the difference between Team 1 and Team 2? Thanks!

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Students in all three buildings, in all three grades are randomly split into two teams. Each team has 4-5 core teachers (Eng, SS, Math, Sci, Reading) and slightly different schedules. The main difference is the teachers, but many plan together so instruction is often very similar and the curriculum is identical. Both teams share Unified Arts teachers (Art, FACS, PE, Music, Tech, etc) and teams may mix for these classes. The idea is to create smaller learning communities and build relationships.

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Is anyone able to participate in Tri M, or do you have to be accepted?

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One needs to apply and be accepted into Tri-M as it is a nationally recognized honor society. Please contact advisors Brian Carucci or Joseph Gumpper for more specific guidelines.

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Is there a way to increase ones GPA at the end of junior year? Maybe taking additional classes over the summer? I know this is something to discuss with a counselor

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The only class offered for credit without having already failed it would be health and students could take this over the summer.

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What are the requirements to make the shen freshman or j.v. swim team? are there certain lap times needed

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We only have a Varsity team, there is no JV or Freshmen team. The requirements to make the Varsity team are to be able to satisfactorily complete the first week of practices which constitute the tryout portion of the season.

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Why are chromebooks and ipads being used more with middle and elementary students then with highschool students?

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We look forward to implementing Chromebooks at the high school after the completion of the wireless project. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the school year.

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When will High school East be getting full WI-FI coverage? It is frustrating when we are supposed to use electronic devices in class, but there is no wi-fi to use!

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The district-wide plan is scheduled to be completed by April 2014. The project has begun at the middle school complex and will move to the high school buildings next. Initially the project was expected to be complete by Sept. 2013, however it took eight months to receive State Education Department approval.

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How old must students be to be student life guards?

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15

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It seems as though if one of my fellow students does something against one of those little library rules that they will immediately be scolded and more often than not asked to leave the library. This is just one of those things that can get people thinking about negative thoughts, and it also really doesn't help the student/staff relationship. What wrong with a little leniency and niceness? I have adopted the philosophy that high school should be a place where people learn how to communicate with others with a positive and constructive manner, so long as the student isn't trying to harm anybody who's hard at work

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All locations of the school building have rules and guidelines to follow in order to make things run smoothly. Following the rules solves the problem you have identified.

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Is HSE planning an evacuation drill? In the five years I've been in the building we never have...

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HSE planned a drill last year but it was cancelled due to pre-assessment schedules. We are in the process of planning one again for this spring.

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Does class rank take into account grades for all 4 years of high school?

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The rank that is being distributed now includes through junior year. Final rank will include all 4 years.

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Do seniors have to wait until second semester to apply for senior privileges/early dismissal?

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These are evaluated every 10 weeks.

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If I graduated from Shen already can I come to visit still?

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Only if you have an appointment.

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If seniors have a free period during the school day, can they leave the school and go to their car to get something and then return?

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Only with the permission of an administrator.

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When do students get their student ID?

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As soon as pictures are completed and we receive IDs from Lifetouch.

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Why would someone have the idea to have a "shenancial district"? Oh and while I'm here, shenouncements? really?

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We think it is a shensational play on words.

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For a Green Letter Award do you need a 95 average weighted or unweighted? Also, is SUNY Spanish weighted?

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95 weighted and yes, SUNY Spanish is weighted.

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What rules are there for senior pranks?

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They aren't allowed. Violation of the Code of Conduct could impact your participation in graduation ceremonies.

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Shen hasn't been accepting new subs all summer long. Some of us really need jobs and to start subbing so we can get our foot in the door and get a job. I spoke to a few office personal at the elementary schools and they are saying the could use more people. He says there isn't enough personal to do hiring and accept applications. When can we plan on this changing and subbing applications opening up?!?!

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We have processed new hires and certified teaching subs. Check the website for info on two upcoming info sessions for non instructional subs, we will be setting up appointments in November.

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when is the shen dance team holding the day camp for the students? I have misplaced the info and cant find it anywhere on the website.

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The Shen Dance Team Clinic for 3rd -5th graders is this Sunday, November 3 in the Koda Gym from 12:30pm – 3:30pm.

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I am a senior at Shen with a few questions regarding parking. Today, I arrived at the school around 7:40 and circled the parking lot to find no available student spots. There were many "teacher" spots available though, probably about 30, and I had inquired about parking there and was refused. I was promptly told to go park in the gravel "spots", where I executed a poor parking job due to the lack of space. My question is, why are there so many "teacher" spots that sit empty all day that could be used by students who paid $40 for a parking pass? Also, does the district plan on expanding the parking lot in the future? The class size this year is 698 and there is a struggle to find parking spaces, and the upcoming classes are only getting bigger. Thank you in advance.

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We will look at this tomorrow to see how we can address your concerns. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. In the meantime, arriving at 7:40 am actually makes you late and if you arrived earlier, you might get a parking space!

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"Click Here" link under All Other Non-Instructional Substitute Candidates is not working. Link should give us more info about November informational session.

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Thanks it is fixed now.

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I'd like to respectfully request that Athletic Director take a more active interest in ALL of the Shen teams. I believe he only attended a portion of the recent girls' varsity swim meet against huge rival Nisky; it would've been nice if he could've stayed until the end of the meet to show the girls his support. He hasn't made much of an appearance (if any?) at any other of this previously undefeated team's meets this season. ALL Shen student athletes work incredibly hard, and all deserve support and recognition!

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The athetic director had this on his calendar but had a personal emergency. Even despite the emergency, he made every effort to attend a portion of the event.  Keep in mind, our administrators put in many hours above and beyond the school day on their own personal time attending or supervising student events. Without this support most of  these after-hour events could not take place.

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Please tell me what Shen's policy is on snack time for elementary students. Can a teacher routinely refuse to allow a child to each his or her snack? Thank you.

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There is no policy. That is a building-level decision. Please address your specific concerns with the building principal.

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Are there rules about recording students performing at concerts. I'm fine when someone is recording with a small video camera but find it extremely distracting when someone is using their Ipad, tablet or phone in front of me and it distracts my view of the stage even more.

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There are not official rules, however, appropriate concert etiquette is always expected and appreciated. The music department will consider adding something to programs which respectfully reminds audience members to consider the view of others. Thank you for the feedback.

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Now that Shen's Google apps for education is online, will staff begin to use @shenschools.org for their emails instead of @shenet.org? Also, could a link to the login page be posted on the website? Thanks.

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The primary e-mail for staff members is still their shenet.org account. G-mail is an option for teachers that choose to use the Google Apps domain. Members of the Shenendehowa Google Apps for Education domain (shenschools.org) can access their gmail at mail.shenschools.org. We will post a link the district website soon.

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I've heard several teachers at open house events say "I hate technology" and "I don't have time to update the portal". With the big push on BYOD and the positive impact technology has on the way we learn and communicate, why is it still acceptable for some teachers to not conform?

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It is not acceptable and we urge you to bring it to the attention of the building principal.

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Hi there! Have there been any voting options for the senior prom yet? Thanks for your time.

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Not yet. Students will be voting on theme with the November elections.

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Seniors are a month into class, and colleges and universities are accepting applications, many with rolling admissions. Yet Shenendehowa can't release any official transcripts yet? REALLY?

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Official transcripts were available on October 3rd. Counselors advised students to make an appointment to meet with them in the Counseling, College and Career Center if they had an early deadline date or application submission. We will take your concerns into consideration and evaluate our current process for next year.

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I was wondering why their was no tribute to an amazing kind compassionate former teacher from Shen who devoted his profeesional career of 36 years on the Shen website . He as I have already said touched the Shen community and felt that this was a terrible oversite. He should have been mentioned just disappointed this was not publicly honored.

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As a policy, we do not announce the passing of retired staff members or former students. We have thousands of both and all are important to their family and friends. All have touched the community in some way. It would be far too difficult to provide notification for all, so we do not do any. However, the board of education held a moment of silence to honor the individual at its meeting on 10/8.

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When after school activities were cancelled due to weather on October 6, we did not get the usual SIS email, it wasn't on Shenet, and it wasn't on the Shen Facebook. In addition, the Times Union had closings and listed all the other local schools but not Shen. I'm not complaining...Shen is generally GREAT with all the communication, especially emails and website. So I'm just kind of curious as to what happened? The kids are home now and I still don't see anything on the website.

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After school activities were not cancelled by the district. If individual groups cancel their activity, it is up to them to communicate with their participants.

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Why child is bi-lingual in another language that isn't offered by LOTE. Is there an exam that she can take to prove proficiency, so she can be excused from LOTE?

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The state no longer allows students to challenge the LOTE Checkpoint A or B exams. This change came about with the elimination of the NYS Second Language Proficiency exam and the NYS Regents Exam in LOTE in 2010 and 2011.

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I am just wondering if the "Gang Green Nation" has to be led by seniors? The student section was terrible at the football game Friday night and previous games as well. I am sure there are younger students who would love to take this on and get the fans involved in the game. This group was an embarrassment to the school and themselves on Friday. The only time they cheered was when they were cursing at the refs and the only time they got together as a group was when they were throwing tampons in the air at the "red sea" Guilderland's student section. Way to represent! The parents are a bigger cheering section than this gang green nation. Let someone else take over.. PLEASE!

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Gang Green Nation was created by high school students, for high school students. However, we encourage all in attendance to cheer. As far as something being thrown, we had five chaperones in the student section and no report of the situation you describe. If you had a concern of inappropriate behavior, you could have reported it to a chaperone.

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On Oct 5 I received, in the mail, an order form for the High School Yearbook. My questions is this, why did the district spend $0.46 plus the envelope and the label, on a form that could have been emailed, posted on the parent portal, or sent home with their student? I believe that when all of it is totaled, that is if it was sent to all high school students, between the man hours for stuffing and labeling the envelope, the cost of the envelope and the first class mailing of the envelope, the cost would be close to $2000.00. Shouldn't that money be used for something other than a yearbook mailing? And today I received via an email alert that if my child didn't receive the letter they can pick up a copy of it in the High School West Main Office. At a time when we should be watching how the district uses funds, isn't this a miss use of funds. That money could buy supplies or help offset other expenses. It just doesn't make logical sense.

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That is funded by the the Yearbook Club, in conjunction with the vendor the club works with. No Shen employee stuffed envelopes or otherwise participated in the mailing.

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Can you make a list of teacher emails more accessible? It is very difficult to contact teachers when you need to because it is so hard to find their email listed on the Shenet site!

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A link to staff email is is right on our home page.  It is also on the parent portal.

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1- Why isn't the Grapevine on the home page anymore? 2- When will new Arongen teachers finally set up their web pages, after being in the school- there needs to be uniformity. If the other classes in my child's regrade have web pages, so should my child.

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1-It is. 2- There are many different ways teachers can chose to communicate with parentsHaving a web page is optional.

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it takes you a long time to answer these. Shame on you!

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That is because 75% of the questions asked have already been answered and are in the archives.

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As of tomorrow the football season will be half over.... and still no rosters or schedules on the website. No varsity, no JV, no freshmen, no modified. Shame on the booster club and shame on the coaches, if they do not think that this is important. At least the coaches could remove their own pictures from the website and make for equal recognition.

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All booster clubs are made up parent volunteers who provide a terrific resource for our teams. We are more than thankful for the countless hours these parents put into raising money, providing information to our families and supporting our athletes. The clubs always need volunteers for different projects. If you have a particular interest in the website, we encourage you to contact the sport’s booster club president and volunteer to maintain it.

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Love the sunflowers on the Tesago playground! So cheerful and friendly! Thank you to the person responsible.

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Why doesn't the school have corndogs for lunch? Corn dogs are the bees knees!

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Because they do not fall within the state regulations .

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I have a deficiency with my locker in the high school where you can just pull it open without having to use a combination. Who would I see to fix this?

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See your Class Assistant Principal who will work with the custodians to fix this.

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Why can't seniors with a free period in the middle of the day leave as long as they are back in time?

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Because we are a closed campus.That is just the way it is.

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I'm a junior and want to drive to school. My friends & I have been parking in the lot by the pool, is that ok? I know some of my other friends will park at the elementary schools, too.

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No.

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Is the Italy trip all full?

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The dates for the Latin trip to Italy are February 14 – 22, 2014 and the cost is approximately $3,500. The trip is not full. The deadline for the first payment has passed and the 2nd payment is due October 5. After that, travel insurance is issued and we cannot take any more travelers. For more information, please contact Keziah Armstrong at armskezi@shenet.org.

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If you're in 7th grade and wanna go to a Shen football game do you need a parent? And how much does it cost? Do u need an ID?

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Yes, all middle school students need to be accompanied by a parent. No, middle school students do not need id. Admission is $1 for students.

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My son came home the other day and made a comment about the new "gang green nation" banner hanging on the football field. Now to me this is quite disgusting, for gang green is a disease acquired from a limb rotting off due to lack of blood flow. Personally my family has been affected by this disease for my father lost both his legs to it. So my question is why is this "gang green nation" a thing, who came up with it and how did it get approved?

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Gang Green Nation is a play off of the NY Jets fans nickname. The fans are a gang of fans who happen to where green. This was student-driven, administration approved.

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It appears that the belltower clock in front of HSE is broken. Each side offers a different time. While it is amusing, I am wondering if anything can be done to fix it?

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We will be addressing those repairs shortly.

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why is it that during freshmen football games the scoreboard isn't being used and there is no announcer? Doesn't freshmen level rate? Other schools use the scoreboard for freshmen games.

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No one has asked to use it. If someone wants to run the scoreboard, please let the coach know.

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What is the anticipated number of students graduating in 2015?

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704

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What is the size of the class of 2017?

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796

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The fact that the Board of Education accepted letters of interest for the open seats on the board rather than give the spot to the person that ran a campaign and received almost 2000 votes proves that the board has something to hide. Shame of the board for not doing the right thing. I will never trust a board that is so corrupt.

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The board followed the same procedure that has been used in the past when a vacancy has occurred from a resignation. This keeps practices consistent.

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Who decides whether there is a hs homecoming dance?

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The club that sponsors it.

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Hi! I just graduated in June, and I just want to let you know how well Shenendehowa prepared me for college. i'm proud to say I came from Shen, and always will be. You get such negative remarks on here and nobody stops to think about how amazing shen in as an academic center, and place to make the best friends of your life. Thank you so much!

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Thanks for keeping in touch. That is great to hear.

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How will the new ipads and chromebooks be used? Will students be using them to learn using various apps? Will they be going to any of the elementary schools? If so, which ones? Thanks.

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 iPads will be used in elementary classrooms this year. Students will use the devices for research, projects, and skills practice.
Chromebooks will be used as part of the middle school science program to access and integrate the Discovery Education techbook (www.discoveryeducation.com). Additionally all MS students in the near future will be able to use their Google Apps for Education accounts to individually and/or collaboratively complete assignments and turn them in electronically when assigned by their teacher. Teachers may also implement the use of subject-specific and productivity Google Chrome Apps with the students.

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my son is a very smart does he still need to go to class every day? it doesn't make sense

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Yes.

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Do teachers and administrators pay attention to the issues raised on the grapevine and work to resolve them or are they mearly dismissed with your reply?

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It depends. Comments/questions are sent to the responsible administrator. As for teachers, it is hard to know if 800 teachers are paying attention to the grapveine.

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With the new wifi in the schools, will parents and other visitors be able to access the internet on campus, or do you need a password?

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Yes, they will be able to access it and no, a password is not needed.

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Can you tell me the district id so I can sign into infinite campus on my phone? Thanks.

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PWNSJS

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will you be selling the green we belive shirts again that were sold at the basketball game for Deanna & Chris?

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No, we are not planning to sell them again.

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Where can I pick up a school calendar?

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At the district office, but we don't have a lot left.

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When can we expect to see the latest board of education meeting posted online? The last meeting was Sept. 10th. I was able to go in person but many parents and taxpayers rely on your posting. Thank you

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All of the video postings are up to date now.

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Hello, I just read the question about school supplies, and I believe the point was missed...while the district did a FANTASTIC job the last few years simplifying the elemntary supplies list and posting them, I'd like to recommend the middle schools get together and do the same thing. The lists that are posted on the district site are in no way reflective of what was required. I too went to extra stores 4-5 times after shool started. The supplies are also definitely more than $30 - of which I don't mind paying...I just don't like thinking I'm going to pay $30 when that is not the case. It's really about setting and then communicating expectations that get us frustrated as parents. Thanks!

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If you go to the middle school supply list pages, you will see that the rules for middle school are different than elementary school. Middle schools have a generic list of supplies that will be used for all three years. Then they have the grade level list that cannot exceed $50.00. As far as the list being different than what was posted on the website, you should contact your principal.

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Who is the academic administrator for ELA grades 6-12?

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I've sent in a few messages asking why Shen doesn't have modified soccer programs and now I heard a rumor that next year they will! Can you confirm if Shen will have a modified soccer team for girls and boys next year and if not, can you explain why we don't or won't? Thanks!

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 We tried many years ago to get modified teams but the budget at that time was defeated. Now, with the tax levy cap, many schools are reducing the number of levels of sports teams. However, the Suburban Council still has a strong freshmen league in soccer, so at this point, moving to modified is not being considered.

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Will there be a freshman Lacrosse team this year?

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No, we are moving to modified lacrosse team.  Last year, only three schools fielded a freshmen lacrosse team: Shen, Bethlehem and Saratoga. All three are making the move from freshmen to modified lacrosse teams.There are now 12 teams playing modified lacrosse in the Suburban Council.

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My daughter gym teacher told her she was heavy and needed to lose weight because she got a high mile time excuse me but what gives that teacher the right to say that about my child. Does shen want to make children have eating disorder!

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The goal is  to make students healthier which includes getting them to understand the importance of nutrition and physical fitness. If you have a concern about the approach or content of what was said, you should contact the teacher.

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In HSE, the fire drill evacuation is very slow in the upstairs. Why arnt teachers /staff flowing students faster? If everyone moves at a certain pace, nobody will have to stand still in the upstairs for a whole minute.

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The movement of students and staff is within the time frame that we look for to evacuate about 2600 people in an orderly fashion.

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Is it true that Global Foundries gave money to Shenendehowa? If so,why and how is this money to be allocated?

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No funds were received from Global Foundries. There was a donation of some used items (primarily lockers).

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Will there be a memorial service again this year for Deanna & Chris? I think it would be a great thing to do not only the community but to show the families we still support them.

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No, the Memorial Garden in front of High School East is provided as a place for students and the community to come and remember all of our students who have passed away.

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Please explain how the middle schools plan to administer exams on the 5 half days at the end of the school year, when classes will be only 18 minutes long. Thank you!

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We will not be running 18 minute classes. A schedule has yet to be developed.

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Where can I find the usernames and passwords for the databases my daughter goes on at Shatekon (i.e culturegrams)

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Students can get a copy of these passwords from Mrs. Rao, our computer lab aide. Parents can access these passwords through the Parent Portal as well. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

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you always seem to defend teachers and the school why are you bias?

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We try to provide factual, unbiased information.

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How come teachers can't all send out supply lists PRIOR to the start of school when the stores are stocked and items are on sale? I had to run to 4 stores tonight to get 5 items for my daughters math class....and causing me to spend more than the $30 amount at the elementary school level.

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Every year the elementary school supply lists are posted on thr school web pages in June.

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why are we called shen

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It is short for Shenendehowa.

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What is the district's seat belt policy for buses? Elementary school students are not required to wear their seat belts on Shen buses. New York State law requires buses manufactured in recent years to be equipped with seat belts. What is the point of the seat belts if they are not being buckled? Thank you to the teachers, staff, bus drivers and parents volunteers for helping our elementary school students during the first 2 weeks of school

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Seat belts are mandated equipment on school buses in New York State. However, the use of seat belts is not mandated by law and it up to the individual to use them or not.

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My child started high school and after one day comes home claiming their teacher wants them to have a device to connect to the internet. I really don't want my child to have such a device yet and don't appreciate the pressure being put on me to have to spend money I do not have to buy something I don't want them to have yet. What can I do about this?

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If students have a device they would like to use in support of their learning, and parents are also in support of this, policy permits students to use the device at the discretion of the teacher. Where use of devices is required the district will supply the device. Teachers should not be placing any pressure on students to have devices. Feel free to contact the teacher or building principal to discuss this specific situation.

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Are students in high school not required to run the mile anymore? Thanks

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Yes. Classes will be running the mile next week as part of the Physical Education curriculum.

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WHen do intramurals start at the middle school? What time should they be dropped off? THanks!

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Intramurals for the middle school started September 11th with flag football. No sign-ups are necessary. Students are welcome to come any day they feel like it. Intramurals are not scheduled on any Tuesdays. Students are dropped off at 7:55am and report to the designated cafeteria. A coach will pick them up at 8:00am. This link will provide all necessary information regarding intramurals. http://www.shenet.org/middle/academicdepts/MSPE/grade6pe/6peintramurals.htm

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Are students in High School East allowed to drink water in the locker room after PE?

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Yes.

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Where can the agenda books be purchased at HSE?

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The Business Department Office upstairs next to room 232.

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Can I graduate with a 54 GPA?

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You must have a 65 in all required courses to graduate.

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It would be nice to have one central calendar that describes what games are going on at Stuerwald stadium each day/night. Sometimes I drive by and see field hockey or JV football and would like to have known so I can attend.

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This is the site that the Suburban Council uses to list games.
http://163.153.20.139/sportspak/oecgi3.exe/O4W_SPAKONLINE_HOME. Click on schedules and then Shenendehowa High School and it will list the game on the turf.

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How much work is actually involved in updating athletic team rosters before we are deep into the season. There is no way of telling who are players on the football teams. Players work hard to get there and it should recognized on the web site. The only thing you can see on the web site is pictures of the coaches and last years roster.

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Booster clubs and coaches control the individual web sites. We encourage them to keep the pages up to date, but this isn’t always the case.

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Can a school sports team require you to get a large dollar sponsorship from an outside business? What is the policy on this - shouldn't it be optional or at least disclosed before someone tries out?

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No one is obligated to fundraise.

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A 'last updated' or 'as of date/time' would be great on the Athletic Page where they list practice cancellations and game changes. Thanks!

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Great suggestion, will do.

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What are the hours of the school store? It never seems to be open..I go as soon as I get off the bus.

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The High School East Store is usually open 8th & 9th Periods as long as students are available to work. It usually takes the first 2 – 3 weeks of school to get the appropriate volunteers in place before the store is open on a more regular basis.

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Is the high going to have a week off again this year for regents?

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The high school will have January Regents off for testing, but students who are not performing academically may be required to come into school for those days.

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so why can 12 graders who are not excellerated in science take AP bio.

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It is not in the best interest of students (especially those who are interested in science) to opt out of physics. Students who have not accelerated in science are permitted to take AP Biology so long as they also enroll in some level of Physics.

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how does one get onto the banking staff? as someone who comes from a long line of bankers, I'd really like to do that.

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You will need to apply to be considered. See Mrs. Tarlo or Mrs. Kelly.

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Why are half of the 8th grade koda lockers broken?

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Koda got 50 new lockers and repaired many this summer.

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Are 3rd graders restricted to the shallow end in the swimming pool?

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Third graders are taught in the shallow end with an emphasis on safety at all times. We do progress to the deep end with lifejackets as part of the safety unit. All students are required to wear lifejackets. On the final day they have the option of going off of the diving board with the physical education instructor in the water as well as the lifeguard and aquatics coordinator supervising.

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We are new to Koda Middle School. What is the difference between Team 1 and Team 2? Thanks!

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Teachers are teamed in groups of four or five for core classes (eng, math, science, ss) with common planning time to develop a smaller learning community and focus on student needs across content areas.

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Can you please let me know why Skano 5th graders had to spend their "recess" outside when there was a heat advisory (no other classes that I am aware of went out for recess or gym classes)? Most after school sports were canceled because of the heat!! Secondly, Why did they have to give up their "recess" (a time to wind down and chat with friends) to read a book under a tree? I am all for reading - but recess is time for kids to be themselves and visit with their friends!! If they choose to read during that time, Great!! But it should not have been expected!

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Because many of the classrooms were as hot as the temperature outside. The students were brought outside in the shade and were given the same freedoms as indoor recess. Students could have requested to go inside if needed. If you have additional questions, please contact the building principal.

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which score do you have to have in other to recieve the psat scholaship?

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http://www.nationalmerit.org/steps_nmsp.pdf

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I'm in the high school east and I noticed on my first day of school the amount of cob webs in my classrooms and on stairwells. To me that is vial thinking the maintenance staff doesn't even clean the school during the summer. That just shows how dirty my desks must be and how exposed I am to illnesses. So what I'm asking is what the role the maintnance even is and If they even clean the school at all.

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The schools are thoroughly cleaned, floors refinished and most areas painted over the summer. The custodians are back on their nightly routines and have established cleaning schedules.

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I am a female student of high school east and I noticed that half the bathroom doors don't even lock and the bathrooms are never clean making it just a miserable expierence every time you have to use the bathroom. Also, none of the hand dryers even work and it'd be pretty nice for them to work so I can actually wash my hands and not have to deal with wet hands and so I don't have to worry about girls not washing their hands to avoid having them be wet. invest shens money in stuff that gets everyday use for every student not just the athletes.

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We will have these inspected for cleanliness and any defective equipment will be repaired at once.

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Have you ever considered a Driver's Ed class before school? It is extremely difficult for athletes to participate in DE even over the summer. Athletes serious about playing college sports participate in their sport year around. My son literally got 2 weeks off this summer. The DE classes are extremely intolerant of absences and so we opted for the 5 hour class so he could at least have a driver's license. It is very frustrating. Thanks for considering.

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At this time we are making some revisions to the driver’s education program. For the first time this year, we are offering an “in car” session before school and we are hoping to offer a class before school next year.  However, it is very difficult to find driver education teachers who are willing to teach at that time.

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What is the anticipated number of students graduating in 2018?

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Is Shen. bringing Planned Parenthood back into the classroom this year? Parents deserve a public statement on this matter.

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If the health teachers determine that they want guest speakers in the classroom the parents of those students taking the class will be notified of who and when. For students in health education classes the course outline indicates when these opportunities will take place. In addition, information regarding guest speakers will be posted on the district’s Health Education website.

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What are options for an 8th grader to tryout for freshman (basketball)? Do they have to be invited to? Just curious how they'd get chosen and what the process would be if interested. Thanks!

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Students are recommended by the coaching staff in a particular sport for selection classification.

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Is there some rule that counselors and department heads don't return phone calls to parents after schedules come out? My son was put in a class that was not on his course selection sheet in the spring and nobody will return my calls. My daughter also has a problem and her counselor also has not responded to an email everyday since the schedules came out. I would understand if it was just for a student trying to switch a class because they want to be with a friend, but we have actual issues that would have been best addressed before school starts.. I know that they are working, they just choose to ignore people and that is unacceptable!

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School counselors and academic administors are 10-month employees with  minimal hours scheduled over the summer.  If it is an emergency the building principal otherwise all scheduling issues can be handled the first week of school.

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Are middle schoolers permitted to carry a water bottle and/or eat a snack between classes? Also, can you please tell me what time the lunch periods are?

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They can keep a water bottle in their locker. Lunches are periods 3 – 6.

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hi...can you tell me where i can find information on the national junior honor society?

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Each school is different. You should ask at the counseling center or main office.

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Having a credit union "branch" at the high school is a great idea. Just curious, though...since students are running it, will they have access to the account numbers, account balances, etc. of other students?

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Students will be required to pass all of the background checks and undergo training regarding confidentiality as any “employee” of the credit union. They will be interviewed and yes they have access to these things. A Cap Com employee will be on site each hour the Shen branch is open for business.

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Why doesn't Shen have a Homecoming dance with a Homecoming king and Queen like most High Schools do? I feel like those things kind of a right of passage as a High School experience? It's almost unfair.

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We have had homecoming dances in the past and are open to them in the future. However, they are student-organized and there has been little interest in the past several years.

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Will the organizational chart be posted on the web site? If so, when and where will it be available?

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It is posted under quick links on the Human Resources page and the Staff Resources page.

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I read that other school districts are rejecting the new federal guidelines for what is served at lunch because the kids are not buying it and they are losing money. Is Shen considering also opting out of these requirements?

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No. We receive funding from the government if we participate and we are able to keep the free and reduced lunch program. If we were to opt out of the school lunch program we would not receive any funding and we would not be able to participate in the free and reduced lunch program.

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Please add a 2nd day for selective classification for fall sports. With summer vacations plans it is hard to make that one date. It would be easiest if there was a second time scheduled in June, when the kids can just do it one day right after school. Thanks!

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We agree and are working on that for next year.

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With our reliance on technology and access to accurate, real time info at our fingertips, I'd like to suggest that Shen step it up a bit and make the shenet.org website pages, particularly the academic info, accurate. In trying to prepare my child for the start of the '13-'14 school year, all the grade level info online is from last year. For instance, it would be so helpful and timesaving if all the various binders that are required for middle school were identified by subject, etc. There is no subject specific info available on the team pages. At least clear out last year's info to make way for this year. The only up to date info that I could find was the menu! It seems that a resource rich district such as Shen would provide a more sophisticated online presence. Thank you for considering my suggestion!

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We don't disagree. However, teachers maintain their own web pages and team pages. Some are better at keeping them up-to-date than others.

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Is there a map of the middle schools online I can print out to see where my classes are??

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Sorry but, following the recommendations of the NYS police, we do not post our maps on line. You can get one at the school.

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Why has Shen gotten chromebooks and Ipads?

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It is part of the district's commitment to providing a 21st century learning environment that includes integration of technology in the classroom.

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Are college visits excused absences?

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Yes, approved college visits are excused absences.

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Could this somehow be updated more then once a month just so answers are up to date

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That is the goal, but then I get busy with other things.

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I waited an hour at the sport clearance on August 7th with my daughter at HSE. All I needed to do is hand in four pieces of paper. I realize evening is a popular time. There needs be more nurses at the evening hours and/or more dates/times available.

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Thanks for the suggestion and we will do our best to look at this for the future.

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Regarding these state assessments. Is there more information available on results than just a score and a level number? How are we as parents supposed to know what areas a child needs more work on. With ELA for instance, how are we to know with a lower score whether it was the writing component, the reading component or both that were at issue? It would be helpful for a parent to know what makes up the score for his/her child. Are the districts provided with this information?

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School districts will receive more detailed information about the source of student scores this fall. An individual student report will be mailed to parents in the fall (late September or early October). These individualized reports will provide additional information about the source of the child’s score.

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How do I obtain a copy of my childs NYS Math Test for Spring 2013? I think a mistake was made when grading it because my child has a 90 average in Math and a score of 2 on the state test. It's not very motivating for my child to work her butt off all year and get a 2 on the state test.

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Due to test security, the school is not permitted to share significant portions of the assessment. There are some smaller portions of the assessment that may be reviewed with advanced notice in the presence of the school principal or another school official.

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How come graduation is on a Thursday this year? Isn't it usually Friday? Just curious about the change...

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SPAC availability determines the day of graduation.

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Regarding BYOD: do administrators have a plan to deal with students who text, take photos, surf the web, and record their teachers while they are supposed to be engaged in educational activities? Were teachers included in the decision to initiate this? It will be impossible to monitor, especially at the middle school level.

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Yes, we discipline according to the Code of Conduct...just like we do now when students are caught texting, taking photos, surfing the web, etc.

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Is there still a chance to register for the SAT that's at shen in september?

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We do not offer the SAT at Shen until Nov 2nd. They have until Oct 3rd for online registration. Here is the link to the website
http://sat.collegeboard.org/home?affiliateId=nav&bannerId=h-satex

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Is it true Christmas break is two weeks this year

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I was reviewing the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year and noticed that Christmas vacation is longer this year than previous years (2 full weeks). Can someone explain the reasoning behind this schedule? Was time taken from somewhere else to give them extra days for Christmas vacation?

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That is just how the calendar works out this year. The 2013-14 school calendar has 185 days of instruction, five days above the 180 state mandated days to be used for emergencies (i.e., snow days).

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What are the several vocal performing groups?

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At the HS there are three performing vocal groups: Mostly A Capella, Choraliers, and Concert Choir

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The ONLY music faculty page you can reach from the Shen HS page is Mr. Adrien Gleason's, and he has not taught in the district since 2011. Why hasn't his site been removed, and why haven't the other teachers with sites (Messare, Kenyon, Gumpper, etc.) been added to the page as a shortcut?

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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Other teachers have not asked the web master to add the shortcut.

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Is there a limit to the number of friends/family members a senior can drive to school each day?

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Whatever you can legally fit in your vehicle.

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Have there been any changes to the dismissal traffic problems at the high school? Such as south on moe road going out the back exit

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No.

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Can you apply for a senior parking pass any time through out the year?

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Yes, if you are a student in good standing.

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when will new people be allowed to apply as a sub?

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Continue to check the Human Resources webpage for updates. We will continue to process Certified Teacher substitutes as needed. We have a current substitute list for non –instructional positions and will post dates when processing reopens for additional substitutes..

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Where is the middle school bookstore located? What are the hours of operation? Thanks!

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The bookstore is located in the hallway between Acadia and Gowana. It is typically open before school.

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what is the estimated number of kids graduating in the class of 2016?

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828

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Can you tell me the dates for the HSE and HSW Open Houses? Thanks.

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It is posted on the high school web page.

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where can I find the times for each class period during the day? thanks

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At the bottom of the school's web page.

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Why do I have senior sign in 9 th period and not early release, when I got a letter in the mail saying I was eligible for senior privileges.

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There could be a couple reasons. Perhaps you qualify for privileges but didn’t apply, or your schedule has not yet been changed to reflect your privileges. If you have not applied, you need to apply to qualify for early release. If you have applied, and requested early release, you will be all set.

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If I qualified for early release and my schedule says I have Administrative Dismisal on A-days but only says senior sign in on bdays, am I allowed to leave on the bdays?

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Sounds like a scheduling error. If it isn’t updated by the first day of classes, see Mr. Chandler.

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What is the policy regarding the use of Shen issued email accounts for faculty/staff? Is it acceptable for them to use the address as their primary form of communication when it has nothing to do with school, ie. clubs, coaching sports outside of the school, planning person events, etc.? (BTW, love the Grapevine and your witty responses! Keep up the good work!)

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Our primary concern is that e-mail is not used by staff for any illegal/unethical activities or for personal business gain.

 

 


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