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.

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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.

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Why are ALL of the bathrooms in HSW locked at the end of 8th period?

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The only bathrooms that may be locked up at the end of 8th per. are the ones in the back hallway when we are without monitor support in that location of the building. The bathrooms in the front hallway are always open for the entire school day.

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How many "illegal absences" were there on 6/1?

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Hundreds.

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What time do the late buses take the students home at the middle schools?

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Late buses leave the middle school at 4:15 PM.

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Can I get a refund for not enjoying prom?

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No.

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Whoever runs the Shenendehowa twitter account posted personal pictures off the account. Very unprofessional.

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The public information officer uses her personal phone to post information on the Shenendehowa Twitter and Facebook during non-work hours so that the district can provide information to the community 24/7. While the mix up was unfortunate, it was simply a mistake, it was one picture of three smiling faces and it was taken down within 10 minutes of posting. Thank you for your undertanding.

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What is Green & White Night?

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A fundraiser for the Shenendehowa Educational Foundation.

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Why can I bring a goat to school? Mr. Flint said I couldn't.

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See BOE policy: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE3000policies/BOE3440.htm

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It was stated that Sr Awards would be posted to shenet by last week, where can those be found?

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On the high school page under breaking news.

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During the graduation ceremony this year can the high school band play "We Made It" by Drake as we walk on stage? That would be dope.

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Suggest it to the principal.

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Is there a plan to change the traditional graduation cap and gown colors...green for males/white for females...in keeping with the transgendered bathrooms and plan to paint HS bathrooms gender-neutral colors.

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No.

 

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I visited Lauren Studios website and do not see any photos of the Freshman Awards Ceremony. How do we see/order these photos?

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Please call them directly.

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I wish to comment on the traffic at crossings. Parents use to train their children to STOP and LOOK prior to crossing any street and we need to return to safer procedures. There is an old saying "dead right" and we need to show responsibility for ourselves not blaming others for lack of common sense.

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Children can be impulsive and can make mistakes. Adults should keep this in mind when driving on campus and abide by the rules and laws and exercise caution.

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Is there any estimate at to how long the graduation ceremony is? A Time frame is helpful to coordinate the day's activities.

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It is typically over by 4 p.m.

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I just wanted to say that the district made a great choice for the newest CAP! However, I am saddened to believe that she may not teach business courses anymore... She was my child's favorite teacher. A truly great, wise, inspiring, warm-hearted, outgoing woman.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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I am a high schooler who would like to visit a few of my old teachers at Gowana. Is there a policy that says I can't visit them?

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There is no policy but you need to get the okay from that school's principal.

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What would it look like for a middle school English or reading post for 6th grade only . Would that be under elementary or secondary?

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I am afraid that I don't understand your question, but middle school (gr. 6-8) is considered secondary.

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I'm curious about how field trips are handled from building to building in the Middle School. I could be wrong, but it seems that some have more field trips than others. It's not good or bad, I'm just curious.

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Field trips are suggested by the teacher and approved by the building principal.

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Regarding the prom and after prom activities, has Shen considered organizing an after-prom party at the school especially since the prom ends at 10:30? We are one of the few schools that don't offer an afterparty and it's a great alternative for kids who want to spend more time together celebrating in a safe and fun environment.

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We have had after-prom activities in the past but they have been poorly attended.

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There is a couple in my daughters middle school who make out, hug and touch each other inappropriately in front of everyone. I am worried this is ruining my daughters innocence, and this is not an example I teach to my children and I don't want her to see this. Please do something about this abomination.

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You need to talk with the principal and provide more information.

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Is Shen Color Guard part of the school district like a school sports team or club or is it a separate independent non profit organization run by an outside board? Confused as I know it has members of different ages and not just in one school

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Shen Color Guard is a school district club.

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Class Vice President and CAP, was a wonderful asset to High School East. Her caring and straightforwardness will be missed.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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I read the Community News a couple of weeks ago and the comment about crosswalks. That, along with our own experience trying to get across CP Center Road, make me wonder if it's possible for Campus Security and Public Safety to work together to start handing out tickets. That would certainly change the culture on and around the Shen campus!

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Campus security does not have the authority to hand out tickets.

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Is the school year over at Karigon? There's a 5th grade class that is outside for recess everyday between 1 and 2. Those students have been losing anywhere from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours of teaching time every week for SEVERAL weeks! Why is this allowed to happen?!

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Please call the principal

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I am calculating the amount of money it cost for all the 8th graders to go to the Great Escape. A ticket for a student with a season pass was $35. Let's say that half of that was for the meal, the other half was for transportation. If 800 students went at $17 for transportation, the calculates to $13,600! How can Shen justify this? It is outrageous.

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Shen does not make money on field trips. If that is what was charged, then that is what it cost. We acknowledge that the price of the buses is high and do our best to limit the number of buses that we charter.

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If a middle school student fails a subject one quarter but has an overall passing grade, will he have to take summer school.

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No, not if the student has an overall passing grade.

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Is there a minimum number of students needed to enroll for summer programs to take place? Specifically I'm looking at the SEEC Band Camps that look to have many openings left. Is there a chance they would be canceled if enough students don't register?

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That camp is still scheduled to run at this point in time.

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How do I join Modified Girls Tennis? I'm a 6 grader going into 7th.

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There is no modified girls tennis offered in the Suburban Council or at Shen.

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Do boys get cut from the freshmen team for football?

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It depends on the number of students that come out for the team. Generally, we do not cut in freshmen football, but we have had years where the number of students trying out has exceeded the number of available spots we have on the team.

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Are there any privileges that come with being valedictorian in 8th grade?

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The valedictorian distinction for 12th graders and there are no special privileges.

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Does the school have any idea of where this new property will be?

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The district will assess various vacant parcels, with heavy concentration in the Town of Halfmoon. However, all options remain open.

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In regards to the sale of existing Shen property to search for land better suited, has the district considered the option of building new, green 2 story buildings on the existing campus? A new structure in a distant location will cause transportation issues and parent/student issues. The current buildings are very inefficient, sprawling single story structures, a very dated design. The current campus is a great resource and could be further developed to continue the centralized district approach.

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Various options will be explored.

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I understand it is hot at the end of the school year, but you can explain why we have locked entrances at the middle school if they are just going to keep the exterior cafeteria doors open in Gowana? Seems like a security breach to me.

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When exterior doors are opened due to hot conditions, a monitor is in close proximity.

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What is the seating capacity of High School East auditoritum?

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The occupancy is 1,500.

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I see that substitute R.N's are paid less than the substitute bus drivers. I have great respect for the drivers and the responsibility they have, however a professional degree & the responsibility of carrying a medical license should be paid at a higher rate.

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Thanks for sharing that comparison. The matter will be reviewed by the Office of Human Resources.

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I see the slow/stop crossing signs in front of the middle schools, but I have noticed recently in front of Koda that some cars are not stopping to let children cross at that point and just go through to gowana. Is there any way to get a sign put up in that spot so no children get hit

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Safety is a priority, the matter will be reviewed.

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Can Shen please get rid of voicemail? http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/06/10/412866432/businesses-are-hanging-up-on-voice-mail-to-dial-in-productivity

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Although technology has evolved, there is still an abundance of calls coming into the system.

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As far as I know a student that receives co-teaching as a component of their IEP and is placed in a co-taught classroom with other students that have co-teaching on their IEPS as well have an aide to assist them for the rest of the day that the special education teacher is not in the classroom for reading and math. What happens in a situation in which that child would be the only "co-taught" student in a classroom - they should still have an aide for the times the special education teacher is out of the classroom, correct?

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Coteaching is not a service for 1 or 2 students. Coteaching is designed for a group of students (up to 12 identified students) with significant learning disabilities identified at a specific grade level who will require substantial modification to curriculum, materials, and assessment. If only one student at a grade level requires substantial modification, consultant teacher services would be appropriate to meet the student’s needs. Aide support is provided to support the needs of students in social studies and science (non-cotaught academic classes) in grades 1-8 when a group of students at a grade level or team has been identified. Aides services are not required for cotaught students. The District has provided aide support for groups of cotaught students to ensure the group’s needs are met. Aide services are not provided for individual students unless the student requires such a restrictive service and it is indicated in the student’s IEP.

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is there a reason why the Votech National Honor Society didn't get any recognition the Shen web page?

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Didn't know about it.

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Why is it ok for some kids to park in teacher parking or in the fire lane and not get their cars ticketed or towed outside of HSE, when it is exam week? This school does not enforc en rules evenly or regularly.

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If you see it, report it.

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Whoever runs the Shenendehowa twitter account posted personal pictures off the account. Very unprofessional.

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The public information officer uses her personal phone to post information on the Shenendehowa Twitter and Facebook during non-work hours so that the district can provide information to the community 24/7. While the mix up was unfortunate, it was simply a mistake, it was one picture of three smiling faces and it was taken down within 10 minutes of posting. Thank you for your undertanding.

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I witnessed an awesome undertaking by volunteers and students to hand out 2,000 donuts to students,staff and faculty upon their entrance to HSE. I was very touched by the kindness and generosity of the students that were part of that endeavor. We often times focus on the negative, but it was refreshing to see the 'goodness' of their efforts. I saw lots of smiles and happy faces..what a great way to start a Monday. Kudos to all those involved.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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I understand that the district wants there budget to come together at the end of the year but I question the rational on selling 35 acres next to the Shatekon campus. Clifton Park is still expanding and if the trend continues it is possible Shen may then need more land for a school or field. What will Shen do if there is no surplus land left on campus? Just like Shen needs a monetary surplus Shen should have a land surplus.

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The sale of the land has nothing to do with the budget and everything to do with securing land elsewhere that is conducive to future school needs. The proceeds from the land sale will be earmarked to purchase property that is better suited for school construction.

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Interesting that we stress the rigors of career & college readiness and Common Core yet we remain one of the few schools left with 1/2 day kindergarten.

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And, for that very reason is why we provide extended day kindergarten to students who need it . Overall, our academic performance is strong and extremely comparable to high performing districts with full-day K. We are proud of our commitment to excellence and strive to do more to support our students’ needs.

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In regard to the reply to my question about campus patrol and overseeing traffic at each exit & entrance, I, of course understand they cannot be at each location every day. I was saying that before the signage is placed, they should make it a priority to investigate traffic at each location over a period of time obviously. I understand this is a large undertaking but this is a large school and these are serious issues. My children love to ride bikes & walk to school and I am so apprehensive to let them b/c of the craziness I see & encounter on a regular basis.

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The Signage Committee is taking traffic concerns into consideration for sign placement.

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Is the scholar athlete award only for seniors?

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No. It is for varsity athletes who maintain a 90% average for the marking period they are participating.

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When we receive our report cards, is the gpa on that our weighted gpa? If not, where can we find/calculate our waited gpa?

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Report card grades are not weighted. As far as figuring out their weighted GPA – You can only figure it on final grades on the transcript. You would take the final grade in the course and multiply by the 1.03 or 1.06 – add all of the final course grades not including PE and divide by the number of credits(also not including PE). Keep in mind if the course is only .5 credits than you can only add in ½ the total. For example - a course that you get 100 in you can only add 50 if it is a ½ year course. Hope this makes sense.
When we figure the 3 ½ weighted and 3 ¾ weighted that is a calculation done in SIS that computer programmers have created with the information we gave them several years ago. I believe you have copies of that document.

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Why has there been no acknowledgement of the colorguard performing in Toronto and NYC?

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It is the advisor's responsibility to provide the information to the public information officer.

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After watching my second child go thru the ever growing population in the halls of Koda,Gowana and Acadia has there been any talk about lengthening the time between bells? My daughter carries what she needs had to go from the Koda Cafeteria study hall with no stop at locker all the way to 8th grade math and recvd lunch dentention when she walked in just as the bell was ringing. She hurries as fast as she can. The hall monitors need to keep kids moving as those halls are very overcrowded. This would put a little less stress on the kids who care and try to get where they are going!

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No.

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when will the koda 8th graders be notified of who won the awards? (for example, the academic achievement awards)

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Some will be notified by teachers prior to moving up and some are a surprise and announce at moving up.

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Is hugging allowed in the middle school?

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No. As per the handbook: “Displays of affection (i.e. kissing, hugging, inappropriate touching, etc.) are not appropriate in school.”

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I was left out of the yearbook. Could I get a free one for condolences?

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Talk to the advisor.

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The school should have the halls painted with something cool. Maybe like a double rainbow or a nifty design. It feels so boring when we walk in the halls. Nothing exciting. If they were painted, I could say: "Hey! I'm going to go walk in the rainbow hall!" or something so I could get pumped for class. Is this a possibility?

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Suggest it to the principal.

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Where do teachers get the animals used for dissections?

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We order them from a supplier of science materials and equipment.

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When should we expect schedules for this upcoming school year? Last week of August?

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August 28.

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So today, June 1st, there was Donut Day at High School East. It was a very nice thought, but I want to know why we were unable to enter the building from the side door. Mr. Flynt said the door was locked, forcing us to walk through the main door where people were yelling. This was a huge inconvenience considering it was raining and a Monday, so no one wants to be bombarded like that. Several students did not want donuts and were given them anyway. I though it was not a pleasant way to start the week. So, for the record I would like to know why we were forced to participate and why a religious organization not affiliated with the school was allowed to do this?

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The students who helped organize this Random Act of Kindness were Shen students who worked with the Class of 2017 and Mr. Chandler to do this for HSE students. The side doors were locked so that everyone had an opportunity to get a donut if they wanted by coming into the main lobby.

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High School Mid Quarter Gr. Report 5/21/2015 I can't seem to find it in the usual place under "reports" on the portal. Did it move? Thanks.

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It was active as of May 22 in the usual spot.

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Does Shen have their own employees that take care of the grounds or does the district contract that out? I've noticed when dropping off my child at Okte that the fence in front of the playground is all rusty has fallen down. Also the small little sitting area by the playground (the memorial to the teacher who passed away) is looking pretty shabby. The lawn needs to be mowed and the weeds are all grown up around the area. It would look so much nicer with just a little maintenance. If money is the issue for the district, perhaps volunteers, or members of the PTSA would be willing to tidy up the area and make it look more presentable. Thank you

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The grounds department consists of six employees. Their general duties do include mowing and trimming of all district properties as well as maintaining and readying all of the 32 athletic fields for each practice and event. In regards to the gardens and planted areas (memorials), when these are requested and planted it is with the understanding that the building committees that did the installations also maintain them due to the limited availability of the grounds department. We will do our best to notify those groups to come in and tidy up.

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Is there Shen Summer Adventure Choral Camp this year? Has there been in previous years?

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There has never been a choral camp. The camp director will explore the possibility of having one next year.

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While attending the Underclassmen Awards Ceremony last week, I noticed a photographer taking professional photos of the various groups of winners. Are these photos available for purchase? If so, it may be a nice idea for next year to list a website link and/or phone number right in the program itself. Thanks.

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You may visit Lauren Studios website to see the photographs.

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Did the school calculate a new class rank for seniors after 3rd quarter? My rank which shows up on Naviance didn't change from what was posted at the beginning of the school year. Just wondering how to find out my new rank. Thanks.

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From your counselor.

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if you get requested to do summer school and you say no do you have to stay back a grade?

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You will need to repeat the course which may prevent you moving up a grade.

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If your grade is 1-4 points below the passing grade do you still need to do summer school or stay back?

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If you fail you will need to attend summer school.

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When do the seniors who have achieved a cumulative average of over 95% receive their medal for graduation? They were not received during cap and gown distribution.

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They will be announced later this week and early next week.

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My son who is an eighth grader at Gowana would like to run cross country next year. How would he get recommended by the coach? I'm not even sure who the coach is.

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Contact Head Coach Lance Jordan JordLanc@shenet.org for information regarding cross country.

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My daughter (Acadia 6th grade) and her friends (Acadia 6-8th grade) got in trouble for taking selfies and photos with eachother on the bus. her friends had to delete the photos and i am very upset by this.Can you please explain why this isn't allowed and why they got in trouble for it? No one who didn't want to be in a photo was in it and the location was not anywhere near visible. so there was no reason why they couldn't take a photo.

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In general, school bus drivers will only direct students to put their electronic devices away only if they are being miss-used in some way that is inappropriate or causing a distraction to the driver which does directly affect the safety of all the students onboard the school bus as well as the motoring public.

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If you are doing a special AIS math class next year and you don't pass math this year do you still need to stay back or do summer school?

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The answer depends on the grade level. Students who fail math at the middle school or high school will need to attend summer school to ensure the student is ready for the next level of content. If you have specific questions, please contact your child’s counselor.

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Is it true you cannot bring coffee on the bus anymore? I bring coffee every day and when I go on the bus the other day we have a sub and I got yelled at. This isn't fair. I am in high school and I have to get up very early coffee is a huge help to many students.

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It is State Education Department guidelines that no eating or drinking is allowed on school buses.
The biggest reason for this rule has to do with safety. Every school bus, at every grade level, contains student passengers who are allergic to various things, e.g., milk products, all sorts of nuts, bee stings, and other food products that are too numerous to list. Some of these students’ lives depend on an allergen free environment; otherwise they could end up in the hospital or worse. The current policy is our tool to make sure the students’ environment is as safe as we can make it. We have to keep in mind that the HS buses are also transporting other grade levels both for our own public schools as well as private schools.
The second reason that prohibits us from changing this policy is the enforcement piece. The bus driver is unable to police a policy that is not applied in full. While some students will abide by a policy that says “you may bring food/drink items on the bus but not to consume them on the bus” in other words, bring a thermos on the bus so long as it stays in your backpack, others will take advantage and actually break open their juice bottles and snack packs. I have seen bus videos where students who did exactly that, spill drink on the seats, and on the floor of the bus thus exposing other student to potentially harmful or fatal allergens. With regards to hot coffee, we have experienced students spill hot coffee not only on themselves, but on other students especially when drivers have to brake hard, or due to the bus traversing over a pothole, causing the bus to rock back and forth.
The third reason for not allowing food or drink on the school buses is the attraction of small varmints. Our experience shows that any trace of food or drink products does attract field mice as one example. Even candy paper wrappers will attract these animals and invite them to make their home inside the bus. The damage these small animals do to electrical wires can run into couple of thousand dollars in repairs.
Lastly, inside every school bus are Rules of the Bus that are clearly posted. One of the rules speaks to no eating and drinking. Rules are there for a reason, for us in school transportation, the main reason is safety.

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I can not believe the senior male photos. Previous years have been with a bow tie. This year the wide tie looks awful in my son's photo, as well as the oversized jacket and huge shirt collar. why the change?

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The change was made two years ago to the traditional tie. If your son’s picture is not up to your standards, we can schedule a re-take. Contact the club advisor, Ms. Somogie.

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I appreciate the response to the 5/20 concern regarding meditation. There is a fine line here and I think our kids need to learn about diversity and inclusion and the only way to do that is to teach about variety of cultures. Meditation does not have to be associated only with Buddhism. Everyone can benefit, regardless of their religious beliefs. Our children need to learn tolerance and respect and I think lessons in school help accomplish this, I also think the school/teachers are very careful to not cross the line.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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AM I required to wear anything under my gown? Would it be socially unacceptable to be naked under it?

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Yes to the first and no to the second. No one wants to see a wardrobe malfunction on stage.

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Is a reasonable excuse for having a class during lunch: "I don't need food to keep me going, I need knowledge."

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Students and parents can sign off to give up the lunch in favor of a class.

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Who will be the director/directors of the High School Drama Club in the fall and the High School Musical in the Spring? Will there be an informational meeting in June? Thank you.

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At this time there is no information available regarding director roles. The process is underway.

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This is a feedback in response to the parent who was disturbed by Meditation Activity at school: I am not a Buddhist, and I don't meditate. All I know is it does no harm, but good to soul and body. We are lucky to have our kids being introduced such healthy and peaceful activity that was introduced by Buddhist Philosophy. I wish there were more classes like this to promote peace, understanding, and respect to self and others.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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I'm noticing a glitch in the Grapevine where the answer appears to be part of the question and at first sight it appears that no answer has been given at all. If you could fix that as soon as possible that would be wonderful.

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Thanks for letting us know. It is fixed now.

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could you post the high school testing schedule for this june?

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It is now posted on the high school page in the Principal's June newsletter.

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Is the 2015 HSE finals schedule (regents and other) posted somewhere?

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It is now posted on the high school page in the Principal's June newsletter.

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I cannot believe how many Shen seniors went away for 2 nights after prom with no parental supervision. Big groups of kids are at camps or hotels in Lake George that their parents are paying for, etc. without any parents. Teenagers are not adults. Even great kids have bad judgment a lot of time when with peers. Case in point. When I was driving my daughter and her friends to prom, I saw two boys (I know from school) leaving our neighborhood with their dates. They were in two separate, very expensive cars. As we got on the Northway, they raced up the road, cutting in between cars, must have been going at least 90 mph. I was going about 70 and within in seconds they were so far up the road, I couldn't even see them. And that was before the prom, without alcohol. Imagine them at the after party at a lake house with alcohol and no adults around. It's high school, not college. They are underage, and their brains won't be mature until their early 20's, if they live that long. I just don't get it.

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What students do after the prom is the parent's responsibility, not the school's.

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explain "the long and complicated" TENURED process.

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Contact human resources.

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When will we find out if we get an interview to be a teacher for the next school year

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Principals are screening the applicants and will contact candidates for interviews in the next few weeks.. For our elementary teacher positions, we received more than 300 applications on OLAS.

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Is it true that there was a fire in the 6th grade wing in chango around the 2000s?

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There is no 6th grade wing in Chango, it has been a K-5 building for more than 20 years.

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How many awards are given for the freshman awards night?

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More than 300 students will receive at least 1 of the 37 awards.

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Does the school provide pregnancy tests or contraceptives?

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No.

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Shen has posted a picture of Gowana middle school students being led in a meditation activity as they learn about Buddhism. Do you understand how this crosses the line and goes beyond teaching world religions? Would you have students practice the Rosary in learning about Catholicism or recite the Shema after learning Judaism? Of course not, that would be crossing the line into actively participating in a Religion. Did you notify parents their children would be participating in Buddhist meditation? Do you realize that goes against some people's religion?

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This was not a violation of the Establishment Clause. There was no proselytizing, merely an acknowledgement of the cultural and historical aspects of the religion...much like singing Christian songs at Christmas or lighting a menorah at Hanukkah all of which we do within the context of literature, arts, history, or social customs. Learning about religion and cultures builds respect and acceptance of others through understanding.

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what is the purpose of the awards night on 5/21 ?

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To give out awards.

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North Colonie is now adding full day kindergarten. Are we the only school district in the Capital Area without full day kindergarten? I know classroom space is an issue, but it really seems like Shen is behind the times and needs to finally add full day kindergarten.

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Thanks for expressing your opinion…as noted, space is the issue, as well as the tremendous cost of doing so. To effectively move to full-day K, the district would need to double the number of classrooms now allocated for kindergarten, which means approximately 30 new classrooms. That also translates into the need to hire at least 15 new teachers. Although it would be a major cost for staffing, the biggest hurdle is space. Until or unless a new school with dedicated classrooms for expansion to full-day K is constructed, it is not a viable proposition. Districts like North Colonie implemented full-day K after experiencing significant reductions in enrollment. In the meantime, we will continue to identify and provided additional supports to those students in need through our extended-day K program. Thanks.

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Is there a limit to the number of seniors that can have parking passes? I'm currently a junior planning to take my road test over the summer but I'm afraid that by the time I get my license I won't be able to get a parking pass.

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There is a limited number of passes for seniors. Sometimes students lose their pass which opens up potential spots for others who get their licenses later in the year.

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Shen is FIELD TESTING students this June 3-10th. Are these tests connected to the "Teaching to the Core" Grant? How many classes are being field tested this year?

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Various grades in different schools have been identified by the NYS Education Department to participate in the field testing process. This is a vital component of the process, ensuring that the questions asked of students are developmentally appropriate, aligned with grade level standards and reflect what students are expected to master. The field tests have an even greater importance as the NYS Education Department looks to reform and realign state tests as a result of concerns expressed by parents, teachers and administrators alike. Without this type of analysis, the state will be essentially making decisions that are not experientially-based on students.
The district does not receive any funding for its participation and it is not a part of any grants provided to the district. We strongly encourage students to take it so that their experience with the tests can be used to create better assessments in the future.

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in response to the recent questions regarding drag, I would like to say that it is relatively off putting that Shenendehowa supports students with "different" gender identity, but not "different" gender expression. I really do desire some explanation as to why it's unacceptable to express yourself in the school environment.

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It is unacceptable to do it "for fun or on a whim." However, anyone in that situation should talk to the principal. The social and emotional needs of our students will always be taken into consideration.

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Is it true that after this year Shen will do doing away with the practice of having a Valedictorian and Salutatorian and eventually will get rid of rankings altogether? If so that's pretty unfair to the kids who worked hard to earn those titles.

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The High School Partnership Team is discussing a proposal about this that would not impact students currently enrolled in high school classes.

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To get a medal for graduation do they use the weighted or unweighted grades since I will receive the medal with the weighting but possibly won't without

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Weighted averages of 95% and above are recognized with medals.

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Why are student's not allowed to sit on the benches of HSE? All day and every day I see people getting hollered at because they are just in the hall during a free period just doing work or hanging out on the benches. I don't understand how it's a safety issu- or... unless... the benches aren't really benches! But really can you please tell me? Thanks!

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The inability to supervise these areas prevents us from allowing students to use the benches during the day. However, additional staffing next year will allow us to solve this issue for next year.

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The Shen dress code is catered mostly to the female gender. No where does it state that boys should be dress coded if I can see their underwear hanging out of their shorts. Also, if all distracting parts are covered (with the exception of shoulders) the dress code should not be enforced. You are telling me that I can either change or not have a proper education that day because boys are "directed" by my bare shoulders. What you are telling young women is that the way we dress is more important than our education. When did we go back to the time when women had to cover themselves completely? Thanks for your consideration.

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The dress code was created with input from parents, students (male and female), staff, teachers and administrators several years ago and is similar to almost every other school in the region.

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During swim class my daughter came home crying that her teacher said quote " Fat girls shouldnt wear a binki" my daughter is a little over weight and now doesnt want to go to gym

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You should report it to the principal.

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I would just like to point something out. I noticed that there are various signs around high school east stating that we are a "CPR safe school". I used quotations marks because that statement is false. I took health last year and we never learned about CPR, according to our health teacher we didn't have enough time to learn this life saving skill. She instead assured us that there was only one multiple choice question on the final regarding CPR so she would just tell us the answer because we skipped the unit. I am so glad that I know how to use "I" statements and not how to save lives.(this is heavy sarcasm) Heath teachers need to make CPR a priority.

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Over this past year the district has made a few instructional changes so that we are now ensuring students are being taught CPR.

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I think all Shen High School Students should be required to take Introduction to Business during their years at High School in order to graduate. I think it is as important as some other classes they must take now such as art or foreign language. Anyway this can happen or are course requirements determined by NYS Educ Dept?

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Kids take a variety of courses that are consistent with interests. The Business Department has done a great job expanding course offerings to all more students to take courses. Additionally, the proposed 2015-16 Budget adds some staff to enhance capacity

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Shen will be FIELD TESTING students this June 3-10th. Shen has chosen to enter into a contract with the PEARSON book company that will be using our kids to "test their future common core tests". Did our BOE sign off on this contract? Why is Shen not notifying parents? Parents have the same right to refuse these tests as they did the common core state testing. Did Shen receive anything by offering our children to work for the PEARSON book company? You need to be transparent on this.

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We respect that members of the community are entitled to express opinions. We simply ask that such opinions are at least based on a modicum of fact and truth. School districts, Shen no exception, do not contract with testing companies. Schools have an obligation to follow the laws and regulations of State of New York and will administer field testing with fidelity.

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Where can you sign up for the section II football camp in june for Freshman athletes?

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Information can be found of the Shen Football Booster Club Website at the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/shenendehowafootball/player-resource-page

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When do people find out if they have been accepted into NJHS?

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Students have been notified.

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Do you know what day Koda will be having their walk thru this summer?

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All three middle schools are 9/2 from 1-3 pm

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What is the policy for students walking to school in the morning or home after school? Do they have to be a certain grade to do that on their own?

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We do not have a policy on this. The district has participated in a Safe Routes to School initiative. Safe Routes to School does not place an age limit on who can bike or walk. The SRTS is a federal, state and local program designed to encourage K-8 students (under supervision of parents) to walk and or bike to school.

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I am a dedicated orchestra student. I would love to be able to attend an orchestra summer camp within the district, yet there is none. This did not make me mad until i saw signs for a band and chorus camp!There is also art and drama camps but still no orchestra camps. Me and a bunch of my friends feel like this is discrimination between orchestra and other arts . what is Shen's real reason for not having an orchestra camp?

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Thank you for your interest in orchestra for this school district. Valuable feedback is always important for our program. Currently there is no program in place. Shen Summer Adventures has shared your interest and ideas with the orchestra department. Should we offer a camp for orchestra in the future, it will be well advertised on the Shen Summer Adventures webpage.

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How can I be a SEEC camp counselor? I'm a sophomore currently.

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The roster for counselors in training for the summer of 2015 is currently filled. Please check back next year at SEEC Camp’s website via the Shen Summer Adventure webpage. There will be application information for CIT’s late February or early March of 2016. Thank you for your interest

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About a week a 7th grader in Gowana Middle School got her phone taken away. This was before homeroom and she put her phone in her locker, locked it, and then a hallway aid came up to her and said "give it to me, your phone, give it". then her phone was taken away for the rest of the day. I dont see how that lady had any right to do that. This makes no sense, the student was not doing any harm and she has not done any harm. She also yells at us when we are walking into our classroom "GET INTO HOMEROOM" when we are walking through the classroom doors. I mean she has no right to yell at us when we are doing what we are supposed to do

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The student should speak directly to the building principal.

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Has there ever been a time when the budget didn't pass?

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Yes.

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I am a student who has been receiving Sis-Messenger e-mails since I signed up for the Student Portal. Recently I stopped getting these e-mails (which got me in trouble). What's going on, and how do I sign up again??

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Talk to your principal to determine who in your building handles student e-mail questions.

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Why hasn't this grapevine been update in over 10 days? I posted something, last week, and it hasn't been posted.

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Been busy.

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Other than through CAPTAIN, does Shen have any opportunities for volunteers who are willing to provide tutoring or homework help for elementary or middle school students?
The Community Service Coordinator accepts applications for volunteers in the school district.

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You may contact Mrs. Amy Cullen at 518/881-0612

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does shen have a "flocabulary.com" account?

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Not that we are aware of.

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I'd like to know how taking a school bus to an elementary field trip can cost $27 per student. That's just for the bussing. The fee for their admission to their destination is only $10. I recently priced a Yankee trails bus for a private trip to utica and it was $725 for 55 people. That's a nice cushy bus for less than half of what Shen is charging for a school bus. On a related note, I don't recall ever having to pay for school bus transportation to a field trip when I was a student. Is that the rule now across the board? Do athletes also have to pay for school bus rides to away games? I imagine that would only be fair. I look forward to your answers/explanations.

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School district's charge for field trips at a rate of $2.14 per mile (current school year) and $35.58 per hour labor. We do not charge for sports because they are part of the district's funded programs whereas field trips are not. When charging for self-funded field trips, the school district is obligated to recoup its costs only, it does not make any profit.

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I have children in both HS & elementary as well as I myself sub in the district. I am wondering why the campus traffic directors are not utilized more. I have seen so many "close calls" as well as actual accidents & I see so many drivers making their own traffic rules. I wonder if before the new signage is introduced perhaps placing school patrol at every exit and entrance during start & dismissal of school would be beneficial? ( Arongen and other off campus schools as well)Thank you!

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Our security does handle traffic in different areas throughout the day, but can't be in two or 10 places at once. We do not have enough to be at every exit and entrance.

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Why is it that I cannot find any information on the School Board candidates. I think many people would like to know what they stand for before voting. The only information I can find is their personal Biography on the mailings and website.

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It is up to candidates to provide information about themselves. We provide the same information on each candidate every year. Name, address, education, employment and family members.

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Will there be free food at graduation? If so, who can eat it and will I be able to take any home? <3

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No.

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There was a group of Japanese Drummers at Shensational this year. Who can I contact to find out more about that group?

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Contact the superintendent's office at 881-0610.

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The back doors lock at 7:45am everyday and sometimes my child has to walk around to the front entrance. However when Mr. Robinson (Shen Superintendent) drops his children off they are allowed in the entrance and it's after 7:45am. How is this fair for all the other kids in the building? Are he and his children allowed to disregard the rules of the building?

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There were several students along with Dr. Robinson’s sons who were provided access thanks to the graciousness of the parking lot monitor.

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there was a post on May 7th, 2015 about a bring your pet to school day. I was just wondering why it was "highly unlikely"

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Allergies, animal control, lack of animal bathrooms.

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Is it appropriate for a US History teacher to try to force his/her own views onto impressionable young students regarding controversial historical events (serving in the military, fighting in certain wars, etc.) that have significantly negatively impacted certain students' emotional well-being? Expressing opinions about such matters when that teacher has never served in the military to students who may have loved ones in the military is disrespectful and insulting, and negatively impacts students' performance in class, especially when the affected students' opinions are different from the teacher's opinions.

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Social Studies teachers do teach controversial issues as part of the curriculum. District policy requires them to teach these issues in an impartial and objective manner, presenting differing views and taking into consideration the age and readiness of the students. If you feel that your child’s Social Studies teacher is not following this policy, please contact Lisa Kissinger, the Academic Administrator for Social Studies (grades 6-12) to discuss the situation.

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I was under the impression that the "squeaky wheel" movement to get Planned Parenthood out of health classes had failed, and the group would still be included along with new curriculum items established in the re-vamped sexual education guidelines. Why are Planned Parenthood demos again being removed from classroom instruction?

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Our teachers have the option to provide guest speakers if and when they deem it appropriate. At this time, they don't feel there is a need for a speaker on this topic.

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I am a dedicated orchestra student. I would love to be able to attend an orchestra summer camp within the district, yet there is none. This did not make me mad until i saw signs for a band and chorus camp!There is also art and drama camps but still no orchestra camps. Me and a bunch of my friends feel like this is discrimination between orchestra and other arts . what is Shen's real reason for not having an orchestra camp?

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Summer music camps are teacher driven. If an orchestra camp is wanted, interested students should approach their teachers and express that interest. In the case of the band camp, the band teachers specifically designed the program and enough students were interested in participating. Lastly, we would love to see an orchestra camp at Shenendehowa, but in the meantime consult with your teacher as similar opportunities are available in neighboring school districts (which are open to Shen students).

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: I have a suggestion-when teachers or anyone else from Shen sends out emails to parents, can they PLEASE start including -AT LEAST-what school it is coming from? I have 3 children, in 3 different schools, from Arongen, to Shen High school East and h.s. West. When I get an email, saying, something like, if you need help with a class, contact me here..... Having 3 kids, it makes it hard to tell who the email is ntended for. One time, I got an email, reminding us to study for a test on Friday, on MATTER. NONE of my kids could tell who the email was for, or anything about it. They all denied having a test on MATTER. With 2 high school kids, each having 9 periods, that is 18 different teachers, plus, elemtary teachers. With teachers leaving, retiring, and having new teachers come in, it is very hard to keep track of each person's name and where they work. Can something be put in place (PLEASE) to help, when sending out emails, to parents. Plus, on the PORTAL, there is a copy of each email that is sent to us. Maybe the old emails could be deleted-by Shen(like the ones from the last school year). Anyway, I just wanted to share... I wanted to email Mr. Oliver Robinson, but, I don't know what his email address is. Could you forward this to him? Thanks, A frustrated SHEN mom!

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Is school scheduled for May 22nd?

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No, there will be no classes on May 22.

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She sheer number of bad drivers on the Shen campus each morning is baffling. I get the teen drivers speeding and tailgating (and not giving the courtesy cut in). It's the adults who. have the attitude that they are so important that they MAKE UP drop off locations (sometimes in the roadway blocking traffic) that make me shake my head. What kind of delay do you think will happen to your damn schedule of your child gets plowed over by a car in the correct drop off lane because you are too lazy to wait in line? Why are there never public safety officers at middle school drop off?

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We do not have enough security officers.

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You guys are actually the worst at answering questions. You never answer the question fully and it's ridiculous. Now you're going to comment "Thanks for the feedback." or "Talk to your principal." If you're going to have this available for the public to ask questions then maybe you should actually answer the questions asked.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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If my child is sent home with active symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, is there a policy for when my child can return back to school?

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As advised by the district’s physician the district has followed the rule that students are to be fever free without medication for 24 hours and symptom free from vomiting & diarrhea for 24 hours. These guidelines and practices have been in place and are reviewed in the elementary handbook.

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Hope second time' s the charm...when is the induction of staff members into the 25 year club and who is being honored???

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Asking a question twice does not get an answer any faster. As a staff member, please contact the responsible department by phone or e-mail if you need an immediate answer. The list of staff members honored for 25 years is available in the human resources office.

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How do we have someone from one of the other middle schools ride our bus?

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The Main Office gives bus passes to students who need to go to a friend’s home due to no supervision at their home or if they are working on a school project with their friend.

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You mentioned that a Structured Study Hall is for identified students, what is the definition of "identified" and how is this different from a normal Study Hall. Are these Study Halls in all middle and high school buildings?

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They are for students who at-risk. They are in both HSE and HSW.

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I find it utterly ridiculous that the shen hs announcements give a moment of silence for a schalmont student but not for a former shen student that tragically passed away last night.

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The school had counselors available and also spoke to students about the death of the former student via the PA.

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How can you get a teacher fired that isn't 10 yeared?

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It is "tenured" and it involves a long and complicated process.

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why is it considered inappropriate for me to hug my boyfriend in school?

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It is not, but we limit public displays of affection.

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Is there any reason the district is not enforcing the policy regarding students parking at HSE and Gowana? I will not allow my child drive in because he cannot part at those schools because I was under impression that he could loose his parking priveleges next year as a senior. I was told lots of juniors park there. Is this enforced? If not, I'll let him drive in.

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Students are only allowed to park at the HS currently. Others may have their cars towed. Periodically, campus security is asked to monitor the lots and if students are found to be illegally parking, they also run the risk of losing senior privileges.

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Unfortunately my question was not answered when I asked about Senior parking fees for the needier students and those taking CEIP. Can the fees be waived for these students? There should be an easy way to determine who they are through free and reduced lunch and those signed up for the internship program.

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Something can be worked out for free and reduced lunch students who do an internship with the CEIP program. See Mr. Flynt for more details.

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Why are bathrooms at HSW locked at specific times during the school day?

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The bathrooms in the back hallway of High School West are closed when there are no monitors available to supervise the back hallway. The bathrooms by the cafeteria and gymnasium are always open and available throughout the school day.

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When will the 2015 Geometry regents review dates be announced and posted?

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Geometry Regents review will take place in class.

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Will there be a summer assignment for Honors Algebra 2 for Sophomores going into their Junior Year?

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There will not be a summer assignment for Algebra 2 this year because of the changes that need to be made to the curriculum over the summer.

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What is the difference between a study hall and a structured study hall?

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Structured study hall is smaller and for identified students.

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Where can I find access to the itinerary for the upcoming China field trip in 2016? Can you have it posted online?

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Information will be on the website in the future.

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I know you guys allow Shen graduates to prom but is there an age limit? I heard you can't take anyone who is 21 or older.

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We typically don’t let anyone over 21 attend.

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Im in 9th grade and i was wondering what would happen if you fail the regents exam and bring your grade down?

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You would have to take the exam again in August or January.

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Why isn't the Junior Prom held at the school?

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The students prefer to have it off campus.

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You announced recently that Shen High School was recognized for teaching personal finance to high school students. As the parent of students who are in the high school I don't get this. What exactly did Shen students learn and in what class? I see Shen students who graduate but can not do simple things such as balance a checkbook or write a business letter. Who were never required to take a business class to learn some of these personal financial skills. I think the HS could do better in this area but maybe I don't see clearly what they are learning.

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Students who are declared financial literate take certain business classes and a national test. Not everyone signs up to take the classes.

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Do students ever have a chance to learn about how to do taxes?

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Yes, if they take the Personal Finance class.

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why can't people go to prom if they are transgender?

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They can.

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Did I hear correctly that Sr. Prom tickets were 135.00 each? This is ridiculous! What ever happened to fundraisers? Not to mention it will take place at the same place as the last year! Speaking to many friends of my daughter's, the concensus was that they were deissapointed in the food. More effort should have been put into looking for a cheaper venue, and do some fundraising to offset the cost. Two tickets, prom dress tux, flowers and a limo...Come on people! Help these kids top off thier last year with good memories...Not EVERYONE in CP is made of money!

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The tickets are $75 each.

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I noticed that you had answered a question of whether or not a male student could attend a dance in drag. Your response was no, so I was just wondering what the reasoning was. As long as their clothes are not inappropriate and they are not harming anyone else what is the problem with it?

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We don’t allow students to come to school in ”drag.” Therefore they won’t be allowed at the prom either.

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Does Shen have a Gay-Straight Alliance, and if so, how do you get involved?

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We have GLASS (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Spectrum) Club and the advisor is Melissa Eckler who can get a student involved.

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what is the date of the physics regents?

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"Plan for unified building and wayfinding signs for Shen campus" - I just did the survey on this and realized it was not detailed and didn't even have a place to enter comments or suggestions. Can you please explain the plan and timing for this project? How will the public be involved? Is this project only to improve signs or also to improve the road access?

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This project is to develop a signage plan, to be executed over the next year or so. At some point, the district will be completing a traffic study.

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A newspaper article mentioned that Shen paying for every student to take the PSAT will increase participation in college-level Advanced Placement courses. How?

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When students take the PSAT, it provides data on college potential, as well as potential aptitude to take AP courses, which potentially lends to college credits.

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My child is a student at Gowana and she often comes home UN-pleased on a nice day because she is seeing her koda and Acadia friends going outside for lunch while she is stuck in the stuffy cafeteria !!!!

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Gowana would love to allow students go outside but unfortunately, the space outside of  the cafeteria is close to classrooms (potentially resulting in a disruption of class).

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Are teachers/administrators allowed to have romantic relationships with each other?

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Adult relationships between staff members is not prohibited. The expectation for professional conduct doesn't change.

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What is the passing grade in Shen middle schools for any given subject? 70?

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65

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I was assured this fall that Planned Parenthood would not be invited into health classes this year. Has this changed? Please give an upfront answer as all parents deserve to know. Will Planned Parenthood be teaching Shen students this year?

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No.

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The military runs drills and lets members know it's a drill. Running drills without letting students and their teachers know it's a drill serves no purpose. Why would you do that to students? Your teachers can give you feedback on student reactions.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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How are student athletes selected for being a scholar athlete? Is it done by the coach of the sport, district or section?

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http://nysphsaa.org/Portals/0/PDF/Forms/sa_instructions%2014-15.pdf

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Fall sports usually go on for two weeks prior to Labor Day weekend. According to the Athletics page next fall sports start August 17, so that would be 3 weeks before Labor Day. Why don't they start a week later?

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The starting dates for fall sports are not dictated by the Labor Day Holiday, but rather the NFHS sports calendar that the New York State Public High School Athletic Association follows.

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Is it true that next school year there will be multiple trips offered - Costa Rica and Ecuador during February break and Belize during April break? Any others? What trips are going to be offered the following year? Please add a page to the website to list all upcoming trips information. Different trips are run by different departments and announced at different times, so it's hard to learn about all options and decide as a family on an appropriate trip. Thanks!

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Information about trips will be provided soon.

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When a student gets into trouble for the possession of a controlled substance such as marijuana, what do the administrators that confiscate it do with it?

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It is usually given to police or held until a local community-based health organization collects it for proper disposal.

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Why are there no locks on the girls bathroom stalls at the high school?

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These are periodically replaced because they are often broken off by some students who vandalize the bathroom. However all of the bathroom stalls were checked and they all currently have locks.

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Is it true that if I opt out of the common core exam then my regents exam will not count? I understand if I don't show up the day of the test then it will not count. However, if I show up the day of the exam, write my name on the test then not take the test and take the zero, will it count as a zero and will I be able to take the regents exam?

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The Regents exam is typically 20% of the final grade. If you take both, we use the higher score.

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When is the senior trip scheduled this year

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There is no senior trip.

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When will the senior t-shirts be distributed? I paid for one a long time ago and there haven't been any announcements about when they will be here and I haven't seen a table behind the cafeteria giving them out yet.

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They just started delivery in homeroom today. Anyone who ordered and did not receive please tell them to come to Coach Sykes' office (music hallway) by the main girls gym locker room.

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What are some awards available to 9th grade students? Please let me know as soon as possible!

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They are for effort and achievement.

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School dress code is ridiculous. If monitors are going to enforce it, they do their job and enforce it all the time, to every and anyone that breaks the code of conduct. My daughter has been told to change for her shoulders showing in a a nice spring top when there is trashy girls walking around in spandex shorts shorter than 6 inches long.

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We appreciate the feedback but there is no need to "trash" other students.

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My friend has entered into the Shen Student Senate and his name was not posted on the wall near the white gym. He talked to his counselor and she said he would be put up there. It has been a few weeks and still no change? (The only reason I a, asking is because he has no clue how to use The Grapevine) Thank You.

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Talk to the senate advisor.

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Have notices for Underclassman HS awards been distributed? I see the ceremony is in two weeks.

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Yes.

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Shen High School administrators work the lines at the Rt. 146 McDonalds as part of the annual fundraiser to support high school programs." Why would Shen do fundraising to encourage unhealthy eating at such business?

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Because the school get 20% of the evening’s profits. Not all of McDonald’s products are unhealthy. As with everything moderation is the key.

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What are the average size of lockers? Can you give me specific measurements? Thanks!

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On average about 12 inches wide by 47 inches tall

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Why doesn't shen have air conditioning. We're one of the richest school in Saratoga county and we don't have one. But the district can spend 2 million dollars on a weight room. That is just ridiculous and stupid. Shen should buy air conditioning and stop being so cheap cause it's getting out of control.

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We have approximately 2-4 weeks of weather that may require AC. Retrofitting more than 1 million square feet for air conditioning and then running that air is costly. The district did not spend 2 million on a weight room. It built a physical fitness center to promotes physical fitness and wellness for all students.

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When is the eighth grade moving up ceremony for Gowana?

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http://www.shenet.org/events/DistrictEvents.cfm

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Will there be a meeting the candidate night for the upcoming Board of Education election? If so, will Shen send out an SIS messenger to notify the parents in the district?

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Yes (see breaking news on the home page) and we did send out an SIS notification.

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Will school be in session 5/22 this year?

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I am disheartened to hear Shen charges Seniors to park on campus. While it is not a necessity for some, it is a necessity for other students to help support their families with jobs. Other seniors sign up for CEIP and must have a car to go to their internships. Can these students have their parking fees waived? While I don't agree in general with a fee to be paid for something that should be covered with my taxes, I would hate to think the needier students or those with internships and have to drive to them are being charged.

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Taxes pay for a public education, not parking. It is a way to raise money to cover the costs of parking monitors, security and road work.

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What are excused and unexcused absences? I was kind of confused to see that I was marked unexcused in my classes when I took my road test, I don't really understand why. The DMV doesn't do road tests on weekends so it's not really fair...

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http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7110R.pdf

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Can I protest the school dress code? Or even just the way they approach it? Being told you can't dress a certain way because "it's distracting" is a very backwards and demeaning way of thinking.

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Yes, freedom of speech provides that right.

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Is it true that a male student walked into the girls bathroom last year and at least one young girl was affected by this? Was this incident what lead to the new policy which now allows mixed biology in bathrooms and locker rooms?

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Not that I am aware of  (although I can't say for sure because we have many students, many schools and many different bathrooms), I can say that it is not the reason for a policy.

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Is it weird to like school? I do, and my friends make fun of me for it.

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No.

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my son has been late to multiple classes because of other kids walking to slow in the very crowded hallway. do you have any suggestions on how he can make it to his classes on time with the very slow people?

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Walk around them.

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In one comment where a parent posted about their child being refused food you said "talk to your principal" should you or should you not be taking DIRECT action. That is a serious issue. A child being REFUSED food?

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That situation cannot be handled through an anonymous Grapevine.

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If I don't do the cheer clinics for Jr. Plainsmen, can I still do cheer? PS: I'm a 6 grader going onto 7th grade

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Yes.

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When is winter break 2016?

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http://www.shenet.org/events/2015_16Calendar.pdf

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I was wondering if you make fun of the way a kid's mother sounds, but it is accurate, is that bullying?

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No, but it is not nice.

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As a freshman, is there a way to find out what my weighted average is, considering I take honors and accelerated courses

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No, that is calculated when they do class rank.

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the whole district should have a bring your pet to school day. Then all the students can learn about the other animals besides of what they already own or know about them. This is a great opportunity that the board should take action to.

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Highly unlikely.

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High School health class "decision making" unit coming up and we were told "This unit includes the portion of our curriculum about sexual health and will be taught by a certified health education teacher." Can you please let parents know whether that teacher will be from Planned Parenthood? Thanks.

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Health teachers have taught that unit for a few years now. If anyone else were to come in, parents would be notified.

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What is the school password for Lauren Studios?

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Client id for everyone is 16Shen-STUDENT ID #

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can you tell me when football tryouts are next year?

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http://www.shenet.org/district/AthleticsDept/Athletics.cfm

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I am appalled that the Shenendehowa district thought it was appropriate to share a video about a child announcing that she thinks she is a boy. I have to wonder if your real message was to inform students about the impact of bullying. Would you have shared a video of a student being bullied for their religious faith? Probably not...

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Probably.

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Can any student use the single user bathrooms if they are not comfortable sharing it with a transgender student? Thanks.

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Yes.

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I just wanted to commend you on a job well done. I don't know how I'd be able to sleep at night without knowing when the satellite cafeteria will be serving chicken patties. You always answer the hard hitting questions. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.

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So true.

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Why don't teachers realize we have other classes that we also have homework in?

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They do.

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Shen used to have a gymnastics team & I was wondering why it specifically doesn't anymore?

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Because there was not enought competition.

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During the lockdown drill (May 1st) at the HS some teachers were not aware it was a drill. I heard at least one young student was in tears. Also heard students huddled in the library did not know it was a drill. Is it standard practice to run these drills without notifying teachers.

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Sometimes we tell staff and sometimes we do not. The drills are meant to simulate what we would do in a real emergency. If a student was upset as you described, it was not reported to the administration.

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why aren't chicken patties served in the satellite café?

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Starting in May, Chicken patties will be available in the Satellite cafeteria on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Is the district aware of any schools/grade levels that will be participating in the stand alone field testing for the state tests? I know many parents are concerned that their "refusal" to have their child take the NYS ELA and Math will not include field testing scheduled for June and want to address this in an additional "refusal" letter. Thanks so much.

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We will be administering field tests.

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Can you tell me how showing a transgender video in every high school homeroom (captive audience of underage students) on NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE falls into a student led category? Respect and tolerance seems to end with families of different faiths.

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The actual message of the video is about the impact that bullying and prejudice has on an child. In this case, it is a transgender student. As a district, even as a state with the DASA legislation, ensuring that no child is bullied, is fundamental to our district goals. A message of acceptance and tolerance of differences, be they religious, racial, ethnic, sexual identity, disability, or cultural; is one that we must all embrace as a society.

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Why is Shen not reporting common core math test refusal numbers to the times union? How many refused the test?

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We are not sure what you are talking about because we gave the information to a bunch of different reporters who requested it. We had 936 out of 4,696 eligible (20%) opt out of the math assessment.

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I am scheduled to have Choraliers next year, but on the Choraliers list, I am not listed. How do I know whether I can attend?

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Class lists are still being sorted through and corrections are being made. Contact your teacher directly with any specific concerns.

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How many sectional titles does Shen have this year? Who's in second in the section?

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Shen has won 8 sectional titles, 4 regional titles, 1 state championship and 1 state runner –up through the winter sports season. Shen also has 8 other sports that finished runner-up in the section.

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Are scholar athletes for outdoor sports decided based on third quarter or fourth quarter and weighted or unweighted grades? Thanks.

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It is based on the third quarter, it is unweighted and includes PE.

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My friend, in 6h math and will be in 7/8 math, says she will " get tutored" by the board of education and will be taking Algebra 1 next year. Is that possible? Thanks

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I am not really sure what you are asking, but the board of education does not tutor students.

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Why is the grading scale so messed up? a 65 is just barely passing. you can know over half of the material and just barely pass?

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Earning an 85 or higher is considered mastery.

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To the question "What is a reasonable amount of time for a teacher to take to grade an assignment?" you answered "You need to ask the teacher that question." Please tell parents what the Shen policy is in general - what is the reasonable or maximum amount of time? If there is no such policy one should be set. Grading / feedback on assignments is a very important part of education. If a teacher takes too long to grade an assignment a student doesn't have the opportunity to benefit from the feedback. If a teacher doesn't understand this or gives more assignments than he or she can grade in a reasonable time then Shen administration needs to get involved and set up a policy on how to do this better

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We understand your thinking and have found most teachers work very hard to provide students with timely feedback so students can monitor their own learning. Developing exact guidelines would be very difficult as certain assignments take more time to review. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher.

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I would like to point out that the calendar for next year is wrong, at least in May.

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How?

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Are teachers allowed to assign homework that is due in the middle of spring break?

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Current policy does not prohibit this.

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You mentioned this in a post: We live in the Northeast. For 8 of the 9 months students are in school the average high temperature is 58 degrees, far from necessitating the enormous expense of air conditioned schools. The entire athletic share of the school budget is less than 1% (0.72%). While that may be true, why does Shatekon have air conditioning and parts of HSE?

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They were built that way, not retrofitted.

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What was the point of showing the transgender reveal video during homeroom on Friday, April 17th. Who makes such a decision on behalf "MY CHILD" that it viewed? Why aren't parents notified?

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The video was about the impact of bullying and prejudice. One of the district's goals is to foster a culture and learning environment where respect and acceptance are modeled by all and conducive to learning.

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What time is Graduation Day this year?

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1:30 pm

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Students get multipliers for AP and honors and accelerated classes. How is this multiplier helpful? Do colleges see the grade with the multiplier or without it? Why does the multiplier matter? Please answer soon, I want to know before I decide my classes for next year.
Those multipliers are used for class rank. Colleges do not see the grade with the multiplier.
A bunch of questions Grapevine....keep up the great work. Can I request to see my child's NYS test answers? If so, what will I be able to see? If not, why not? What are the restrictions and/or limitations to viewing the test(s)? If I send my child to school to take the NYS tests, but my child refuses it on the spot, what will happen/what is the process? Since each test is a 3 day test, what happens if my child takes part of the test(the first or second day) but doesn't complete the other parts? Thank you!

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The New York State School Administrators Manual for NYS Assessments addresses this question. For the 2015 Grades 3–8 Common Core English Language Arts or Mathematics Test administration, students and their parents/guardians may be allowed to review only the student’s own responses to open-ended questions in English Language Arts Book 2 and Book 3 and Mathematics Book 3. Parents may be allowed to read passages associated with their student's responses. The review must take place in the presence of school personnel. Photocopying of any of the test materials is not permitted. While rare, if children refuse the test and the school was not notified in advance, parents will be contacted to ensure this was the parent’s intention, where practicable. If children take any part of the assessment, that part of the assessment will be scored.

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My child came home crying saying she said she was hungry in class and the teacher told her she didnt need anymore food she is a big girl

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Talk to your principal.

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I graduated some a few years ago, and I heard about the high school musical for this year from my younger brother -- and I am very ashamed/embarrassed/humiliated. And I am perplexed why there wasn't any protest before the decision for this show specifically was made. And if my former teachers are still there (many of whom I have admired), did not say a word against it... I am a bit disappointed. I know people will cry that this is an over-reaction and a result of our over-politically correct generation... but you really can't understand how it feels to have your culture and language made a spectacle of unless you have had it happen to you personally. It would have been slightly better to even just perform it without the horrible accents. I read the last comment and it's response, "Thank you for the feedback, it has been shared with the administration," was entirely underwhelming.

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The play was a parody with no attempt to imitate or humilate. We are sorry if it was taken that way. Since the play already took place, there is not much else to say other than the response provided.

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Could you please start putting the Board of Education meeting dates and a link to the agenda on your homepage under the "announcement" section?

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The Board of Eduation meeting dates and agenda are posted on the Board of Education page. We will consider your request for this fall when the website is being redesigned.

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I follow Shen on Twitter and I would appreciate you tweeting the dates and times of Board Meetings. I think it's important to know about various student and school achievements, but I also think the district should have a goal of involving the public and informing them of important meetings and gatherings instead of relying on them to search out information on your website. Saturday conversations should be tweeted as well.

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The Community Conversations are tweeted. The BOE meetings are not difficult to find on the website. They are on the BOE page and the calendar of events. They are pretty much the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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On March 6th, a question was asked: When will course recommendation letters (Honors/Acceleration) for 6th graders going into 7th grade be sent? The answer provided was: In the beginning of May. We have heard that many 6th grade students have been notified of accelerated placement for 7th grade already. Do Honors placements get notified as well? Have they been at this time? Why isn't everyone notified at the same time so that the middle school stress of "She got in but I didn't" is removed?

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Students who are recommended for a placement in Honors English, Social Studies and/or Math courses for grade 7 will be notified when course requests are sent out by the middle school guidance department in early May.
Students who are invited to accelerate in English/Social Studies and Math are notified first in order to offer families the opportunity to consider the rewards and challenges of acceleration, and make an informed placement decision for their child. We hold a meeting after the letters are sent out to provide an opportunity for parents to ask questions about the Acceleration program since the decision to accelerate a child has implications beyond just the grade 7 course selection.
Students and parents are welcome to speak with their child’s guidance counselor at any time about the scheduling process for next year.

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Will there be another trip to Belize for spring break of 2017? I am a freshman and would really like to go on the trip junior year

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That is up to the faculty members who may sponsor the trip.

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Just before break I saw a male student going to his bus in overalls and NO shirt. Is this allowed? I can not see how and administrator would miss it.

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No, it is not allowed. It is likely that the student was just coming from gym class and someone clearly missed it.

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Does being in a double accelerated class affect the class ranking or GPA more than a less advanced class?

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No.

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Is it true that there will be a starbucks in high school east in 2019?

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No.

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Will both Shen high schools be hosting the day long advocacy of DAY OF SILENCE this year? If so what day? Will Shen be hosting DAY OF DIALOGUE?

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The Day of Silence was last Friday and was marked by the showing of a brief video in homeroom. We are not aware of what the Day of Dialogue is.

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I'm a 6 grader in seventh honors math. I was wondering, if I don't do good enough to make it into eighth honors, where will I go?

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Students may be considered for Math 7/8 or may take Math 7H again.

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Can you post the transgender video shown to high school students this morning? 4/17/15

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The vide was about the impact of bullying and prejudice, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QG0n9c0L5U, and was shown in conjunction with the National Day of Silence on Friday.

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If my child misses a class to take her road test, is it an unexcused absence?

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It is unexcused.

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This is not a rumor, but I'm not sure whom to ask: Although I didn't see it listed anywhere, I remember that there was a group that was collecting K'Nex building system parts. I have a few K'Nex creations at home, and was wondering if that need still exists. Thanks.

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Yes. Contact Ken McDermith, Academic Administrator for Technology (mcdekenn@shenet.org).

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In addition to a previous question about High School Graduation, I specifically need the time of the graduation as I have out of town guests. I found the date and venue but no time. Could you please help in this area, thank you.

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The graduation is June 25th at 1:30pm at SPAC. There are no tickets needed as seating is first come, first served. There is another graduation before ours and the overflow crowd may use the lawn if there are no seats available.

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When does Shen hire teachers for the fall?

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We are currently looking for quality candidates.  All postings for anticipated openings will be on the Shen website and OLAS today. We will be hiring in all academic areas, art, business, English, math, science, social studies, special education, music , LOTE, and ESL. Hiring of new teachers will take place in May , June and July with appointments effective September 1, 2015. Please check the human resources web page for further details.

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Just curious, how much of the student population in elementary and middle school opted out of the NYS tests? What impact will this have for the students who took the test vs the ones that opted out, the overall scoring, funding for the district? With so many variables surrounding these tests (more comprehensive and difficult, parent's opting their kids out, gathering of sufficient data)how will a true academic baseline be established? Some kids opting out may be AIS students, AP students so how can individual schools at Shen truly be able to interpret the scoring relative to their student body if a percentage of the student body is not taking the test?

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Approximately 20% of the eligible students refused to that take the 3-8 ELA test, which means that more than 3,700 students took the test. The NYSED assessments are used in a variety of ways. They are a key data point in determining both acceleration and the provision of Academic Intervention Services. Clearly, for those students who refuse to take the tests, that is one less data point to ensure a comprehensive assessment of their needs and of their capacity. The assessments also serve as an indicator of progress, recognizing that the curriculum builds from one grade to the next.  Further, the NYSED assessments serve as a standardized comparative measure between Shen and other schools across the state. It is the only mechanism that tells parents their child's academic standing in comparison to their peers. For all those reasons we have and will continue to work with the NYSED to improve the quality of the assessments. The information gained from the students taking the tests will contribute to that effort. At Shen we remain steadfast in our commitment to help our students succeed, regardless of the assessment benchmarks being applied. With dedicated administrators and teachers, focused students and supportive parents, we are confident that we will weather the current storm and ensure our students are prepared to realize their full potential as learners.

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What would happen if i student accidentally broke a chromebook <3

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Accidental damaged is expected and students are not held accountable for fixing or replacing mobile devices. When possible the devices are repaired and returned to service. In the case of vandalism students are disciplined and held accountable for damage to mobile devices.

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We all know it's not Shen. it's the State. These NYS Test are ridiculous. They are ten times harde than the Journey's program at each grade level. What happens next? It's horrible to see my kids come home crying. Feeling down on themselves. It's not fair.

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The district has and will continue to communicate directly with officials at the NYSED. Unfortunately, the issue of testing has become so politicalized. From teacher unions to schools to parents, each have a different reason for advocating against the standardized tests making a solution almost imposssible. It is too bad that students are in the middle of adult machinations.

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If my child gets injured on the Shenendehowa Campus playground, is Shenendehowa liable for such injuries?

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It all depends. Any injury should be reported to the teacher , nurse, or principal. An accident report will be taken and the matter investigated. If the incident occurs outside of school hours and the supervision of school personnel, the liability rests with the parents, not the district.

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Do you know when the results of the CoGat test are supposed to be mailed to parents. Thanks.

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Parents should have received the results via US Mail last week.

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I had asked a question weeks ago about why Shen allows teachers to proctor their own students during NYS tests and why they don't require training for those proctoring, like other school districts in NYS. Can you please respond? Thanks!

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Shenendehowa teachers are trained in test security and administration. The State Education Department does not preclude teachers from administering the assessments and we support this as a good practice, when possible.

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School cheerleading is now considered a sport in New York state. Why is it not under the sports section on the Shen website???

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It is listed under sports and coaches http://www.shenet.org/district/AthleticsDept/Coaches.cfm . The websites on the right hand side of the Athletics page are booster club team pages.

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On April 1, you posted a response that Tesago has been the beneficiary of lower class sizes. The parent specifically asked about next year's 3rd grade and as a parent of a Tesago 2nd grader that is struggling in the large class sizes it is very upsetting to read. I do not find 24 kids in Kindergarten, 25 in first and 25 in second to be considered the beneficiary of lower class sizes. I have one other child that went through the school who was in class sizes 20% smaller. This needs to a priority these are small children who deserve to have one year where they are not put in an oversized room. Who do parents contact to resolve this for the children and the teachers?

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Conversations about your child’s class should be addressed to the principal. The class sizes at the elementary level have been within the ranges adopted by the BOE…K: 18-24, Grade 1: 18-24, Grade 2: 19-25, Grade 3: 20-26, Grade 4: 21-27 and Grade 5: 21-27.

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Hi, Do you know when the Gowana walk through is? We are trying to plan our summer vacation and don't want our son to miss it. Thanks. Great job, by the way.

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September 2nd, 1-3pm.

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Why are we being graded on the information that we know now and not how much we have improved? Surely that must be a better qualification for learning? And why are we being tought things that we will NEVER use in our adult life. Also we are not being tought how to function as adults?

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Learning is a process. The accumulation of knowledge lends to a well-rounded thinker. Facts and figures are not always used for isolated purposes, it is the wealth of knowledge that lends to intelligence. School is designed to help students think, to be consumers of different information and perspectives, and to be learners.

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Are middle schoolers allowed to bring dates (within the school) to dances?

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No.

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Are students that are in 7th grade allowed to attend the 8th grade semi-formal as dates?

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No…8th grade Shen students only.

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Why does plagiarism have a bigger consequence than bullying?

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They are both serious offenses and treated accordingly. Both are a question of dignity, integrity, and respect. Students may be suspended from school for bullying and may lose credit on an assignment for plagiarism.

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Whats the graduation rate at shen?

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In 2014, it was 91%.

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My daughter is in Shatekon Elementary for Kindergarten; we will be moving down the street over the summer but it is zoned as Arongen. Can she continue at Shatekon for first grade or does she have to switch to Arongen?

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She will attend the school indicated by her address.

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My husband and I are both engineers and happy with the new Common Core standards set for students and teachers. We were highly disappointed with the letter that Shen sent to the Governor. Both teachers and students need to step it up so that our country doesn't fall behind. If teachers and school systems feel too much time is dedicated to testing and training on Common Core, then they should be requesting longer school hours instead. Our education systems have been relaxed for generations now spanning decades. It is time to step it up and Common Core is a change for the better. Any negative comments on Common Core are perceived by us as being made by people who are "lazy" and prefer the "status quo". Please retract the letter to the Governor with an apology that it did not reflect the voice of parents as was implied in the letter

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Your perspective is one of many on this topic. The letter was not against Common Core. As a district we simply want to have fair testing (tests that are consistent and aligned with what students are learning). Common Core provides the ability to engage our students in rigorous and relevant learning experiences but the implementation by the state was poorly done (i.e. the assessments were changed before the curriculum was fully implemented). It is not as simple as being “lazy” or wanting something easy. The provision of education is a complex enterprise. First, we must chart a path, a continuum, for the curriculum to follow and then implement assessment tools to measure student progress and mastery. The letter to the governor was meant to communicate that using education as a political token only distracts from any effort to effectively educate students.

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I have heard that this year the budget will address class sizes. Who should we notify about issues at the Elementary level? My child has been in large classes for 3 years at Tesago, and I'm hopeful that next year we will have an additional 3rd grade section for them!

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Conversations about your child’s class should be addressed to the principal. The class sizes at the elementary level have been within the ranges adopted by the school board: K:18-24, Grade 1: 18-24, Grade 2: 19-25, Grade 3: 20-26, Grade 4: 21-27 and Grade 5: 21-27.

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My daughter in middle school told me that a lot of kids are going to refuse to take the state tests this year. Would there be any consequences for this? She's scared her friends are going to get in trouble for something as dumb as that

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While their is no punitive consequence, there are consequences. The NYSED assessments are used in a variety of ways. They are a key data point in determining both acceleration and the provision of Academic Intervention Services. Clearly, for those students who refuse to take the tests, that is one less data point to ensure a comprehensive assessment of their needs and of their capacity. The assessments also serve as an indicator of progress, recognizing that the curriculum builds from one grade to the next.  Further, the NYSED assessments serve as a standardized comparative measure between Shen and other schools across the state. It is the only mechanism that tells parents their child's academic standing in comparison to their peers.

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How many days of school can you miss and still graduate?

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There is no set number. However, students who are not in school typically do not perform well academically, so attendance is a crucial part of a student’s success.

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why does the school have so much money to spend on football fields and other unnecesary things when more than half the school does not have air conditioning.

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We live in the Northeast. For 8 of the 9 months students are in school the average high temperature is 58 degrees, far from necessitating the enormous expense of air conditioned schools. The entire athletic share of the school budget is less than 1% (0.72%)

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Why don't we teach Martin Luther King's speech, "Why I am Oppossed to the War in Vietnam?"

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May historical speeches are taught. It is important for students to understand the history and the events that shaped the history of the country.

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I would like to know what disciplinary action will be taken against the Orenda  teacher who today flipped over a desk in a fit of rage, terrifying the students.

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If you have specific details pertaining to an event you deemed to be potentially inappropriate or unsafe, please report it to the building principal or superintendent’s office. All matters are investigated and handled as deemed appropriate in a confidential manner, we do not release disciplinary actions.

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Are we allowed to bring a same-sex date to the semi-formal?

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Yes, you can attend with or without a date.

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if I'm a male, can I go to prom dressed as a female?

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Talk to your principal.

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Did senior prom tickets go on sale? If not then when do they and how much are they?

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They will go on sale later this month and be somewhere between $65-80.

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What is the policy regarding students from other schools attending semi-formal dances?

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They need to be approved by the high school administration and you must complete a guest form found on the website.

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I heard that the teachers in high school east are all going to be given a gift at the conclusion of this year. Either a car or a vacation. Please dispel this rumor.

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why is the budget including fees to be paid for the 11th graders to take the PSAT every other parent till now has paid for their kids to take these tests it shouldnt be paid out of my school taxes

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That's a decision that the district made to ensure all students are exposed to college course options and the pathway to college matriculation. The test will be given on a school day (rather than a Saturday) to all 10th- and 11th-grade students. It is a small price for the tremendous return of graduates with high aspirations.

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How many times do you say "thank you for the feedback"? Are you thankful for my feedback to your feedback thanking me, or does your feedback thank my feedback's thanking? Thanks for the feedback, and my feedback to yours. Thank you.

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We say "thank you for the feedback" when someone sends in an opinion.

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I have recently become obsessed with grapevine! I check for updates everyday and I just adore the way you answer questions. Thanks for taking the time to answer all of them. I know how much time it takes and I just wanted you to know your efforts are very appreciated

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Thanks for the feedback :)

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can I go to prom in drag?

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No.

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I know a lot of seniors are writing down the license plates of juniors who drive to school, but where can they give this information too and what will be done by administration to discipline these students. I have not seen any cars being towed.

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You may give it to any administrator. Towing is our last resort, but we do have cars towed away.

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How come the Karigon 5th Grade teachers do not have the "5th Grades Got Talent" program for the younger grades during the school day? I don't think the evening performance is even promoted to other grade levels. It would be great if the whole building, especially the younger kids, could see the 5th grade students show off their special talents. The whole thing seems very exclusionary. Isn't the school motto Together We Can Do it?

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The principal thinks these are great ideas! They will discuss it.

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I had a question about proctoring NYS exams. In other districts in the state, teachers are not allowed to proctor a NYS test without some kind of training. I know teachers in the Albany City School District who have been told by their administrators that it is mandatory for ALL proctors to have training and that a teacher is not allowed to proctor their own class. As an employee of Shen I know that these procedures are not followed here and I am wondering why. Is it a state requirement or not? If it is, why is Shen not following? Thanks.

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All NYS Assessment proctors receive training. If you are asked to proctor an assessment and have not been trained, it is important that you reach out to your principal.

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Is soda allowed in places where food is? In my study hall, food is allowed, but I was told to put away my soda. Is it decided by the teacher?

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Can we take Psychology is high school? If so, what are the requirements and what year can we start?

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Yes. Look in the program of studies for more information.

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why does the baseball team get to take funded trips to dave and busters?

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They didn’t. They took a booster club paid trip to Maryland to play baseball only to have it snowed out when fields were deemed unplayable. The trip to Dave and Buster’s in Maryland made light of the fact that the boys travelled that far only to have it snowed out.

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Where is the lost and found for clothing left on the track/football field?

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Check with the coach or your PE teacher.

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I searched the grapevine and I know for freshmen cheerleading you cannot be in seventh grade. What about other freshmen sports? Can my future seventh grader try out for other sports like basketball?

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The coach would have to recommend that your child try out for a high school sport as a 7th grader.

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I read recently that Shen appointed a male teacher to be the new varsity softball coach. Aren't several of the other girls sports teams at Shen coached by men (Basketball, Track, Swimming, Tennis)? While I am not criticizing any of these coach's qualifications I wonder if Shen as such a progressive school should make an effort to have more woman coaching their sports teams, esp the girls teams?

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We hire the most qualified coaches for any available position. For example we also have female as an assistant coach in the boys swim program. The best candidate gets the job.

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what grade do we stop swimming. I always thought that 8th grade is our last year of swimming

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Grade 8 is the last year of swimming in Physical Education.

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Is the Suburban Council eliminating freshman sports teams? My daughter is participating in "off season" training for soccer and I feel we have a right to know if the freshman team will no longer exist. 9th graders are few and far between on JV and I think there will be many sad 9th grade girls next year if they have no team to play on. Let us know now so we can prepare our children! What's the word?

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The Suburban Council Athletic Directors are addressing concerns over the lack of teams at the freshmen level in certain sports. We can field a freshmen team, but other teams in the league cannot. In any event, there will be some form of soccer team for our freshmen girls.

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Is there any chance that one might get a hold of the sheet music of Shen's Alma Mater?

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Yes, contact Mr. Frank Rosselli at rossfran@shenet.org

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What is the youngest grade that a student can join track and field or cross country teams? What grade are sports physicals needed to participate? Thanks.

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Modified Cross Country starts in 7th grade and due to numbers we have to limit Modified Track and Field to grade 8.  Sports physicals are needed for all athletes.

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Do you know what authors are coming to schools this year?

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No, please contact your school.

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Is the Gowana 8th grade finals schedule posted on the website? I need to see which day each subject is.

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Not yet.

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When do band players have lessons in ninth grade? Will I have to miss classes for my weekly lessons?

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Band students engage in weekly lessons during band class. There is enough staff to pull directly from the class rather than a rotating model similar to the one used in middle school.

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I sent in a question a couple days ago about parking a camel on campus. It would be awesome if I could get a response because I want to know if I'd be breaking any sort of school rule if I did this. Please respond, because I am getting a camel in the near future and I want to ride it to school.

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Yes, you can ride a camel to school...April Fools :). Let us know when you get it and we will give you an answer then.

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What is a reasonable amount of time for a teacher to take to grade an assignment? My son turned in an assignment in World Cult/World Lit back in January and the grade is still not in the portal and it's been at least 8 weeks.

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You need to ask the teacher that question.

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Just curious why Spring break is so late next year...thank you.

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We coordinate our April and February breaks with the Capital Region BOCES calendar and that is when they scheduled it.

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The school attendance system sucks because I was marked unexcused several times for my absences when I had a note for coming in late or had a parent call in when I was home sick. Fix it.

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Actually you have to fix it. Go in and speak to the attendance clerk. But this time be civil and respectful. Everyone makes mistakes.

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I'd like to address a post made on March 18th about dress code. I have experienced first hand that at the middle school especially, dress code is NOT enforced by administration. Leggings are all the rage, and they leave nothing to the imagination. It is very upsetting to see this and no one enforcing that decency of our students dress be a part of the education of our students. Teachers do not have the time and energy to send every person who is dressed inappropriately to the office. This should be the aides...who are "aiding" the teachers, and then the administration. I want my children to be in an environment that is free of distraction so that they can receive the best education possible. As a parent, I can read the official dress code guidelines, but why does this exist if no one enforces it. I'm not asking for uniforms. Just a little consistency. Thanks

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Who responds to these questions? Who are you do you work for the school?

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It is managed by the public information officer but many different people answer the questions.

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Is there a link to the diversity video that Dr. Robinson showed to the teachers on Superintendent's Day?

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No.

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Is there any future plans to build more schools? The middle schools in some classes have more than 30 students with no where to put them all. Also the bathrooms need to be be modeled, they aren't holding up at all, and the lockers could use a coat of paint.

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No plans to expand the middle school in the foreseeable future. Each year our maintenance staff reviews each building and identifies areas in need of repairs.

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If I'm a senior taking forensics am I allowed to go on the physics six flags trip

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Only students who are enrolled in Physics will be approved to go to Six Flags.

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My daughter will be entering 6th grade at Koda middle school. She would like to continue with orchestra next fall although all her friends are taking chorus. She is worried that all chorus kids are grouped together on one team, while orchestra and band students would be on the other team. This makes sense to ease scheduling for all. Is this how children are grouped at Koda?

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No, orchestra students are on both teams.

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If a student opts out of the state tests, and these tests are used as a factor in acceleration, does that student miss out on the chance to be accelerated?

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Not necessarily. State assessment scores are one of several data points that are reviewed to ensure a comprehensive analysis of a student’s strengths and aptitude. Clearly, the more data points, the more comprehensive the analysis.

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What is the normal procedure if a bus is unable to proceed along its normal route? Would there ever be a circumstance where parents alerted to students not being picked up?

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If a school bus is unable to travel on its designated route due to road closures, we do our best to contact parents. However, factors may arise that prevent us from reaching parents in a timely fashion. If your child's bus is running 10 or more minutes late please call transportation.

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My 4th grader recently informed me that the students at Chango are not allowed to run on the playground (the blacktop portion). I asked an Okte mom if the same rule was in place at their school and she said it was. Kids not allowed to _run_ on the _playground_? This seems ludicrous. Can you please advise?? Thank you.

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This was already answered. Please contact the principal with additional questions.

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What are the qualifications to become a monitor at Shen?

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Interest in working with students and fingerprint clearance.

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Who do I contact if I am no longer receiving SIS Messages to my email? I searched the website but as usual I couldn't find what i was looking for and I also checked the Grapevine but the link to a similar question is no longer active. Please help!

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Contact your school or the Office of Management Services 881-0665.

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Here's to: Shen Musical - amazing. Bravo! Winter sports - awesome Congratulations to all for your hard work.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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I completely agree about the Shen Pen. Do you understand how horrible that was? Kids will actually start taking pictures of people at school to post over social media. Not happy

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Are there any positions for the Shen enrichment Camps? Or summer employment?

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Summer camps are hired through Community Education. Any other summer employment opportunities available will be posted on the HR website.

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Where can I get dodgeball team photos?

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Check with the Senate.

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Why have the announcements done a contest for African Americans and women, but not men? I understand we are trying to reach equality, but how can equality be reached by focusing solely on the minorities? I request that Shen does a 'mens history' contest, or we are segregating against men. I am offended, and we should reach equality by giving each group equal attention. Thanks.

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The months of February and March are nationally devoted to Black History Month and Women’s History Month. We are sorry that you were offended.

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I'm hearing a rumor that Junior Prom tickets are $130 this year. To me, that seems a little much, regardless of venue and food and DJ, etc... Who would be the best person to talk to regarding this?

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This is not true, but you may speak to the class advisors, Mrs. Harrell or Ms. Saddlemire to get the exact price.

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Regarding the dodgeball tournaments,it is a great way to raise funds for the school! However, it has become more of a competitive event over the years. You have refs, but they miss so much and the wrong teams are sometimes listed as winners. Then it is listed as poor sportsmanship if anyone makes an issue about it. Can they use some of the money earned to higher better refs, so problems don't develop?

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That is a question for the Senate as it is their event.

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Can freshman bring a senior date to semi?

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You will need to check that with Mr. Gutchell. Only under special conditions would this be allowed.

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Will there be a dodge ball tournament next year because I heard there might not be one because of all the drama they had on that day?

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We expect to have another tournament, but without the drama!

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Are you allowed to take a teacher to prom? I don't have a date and know a teacher who would come with me.

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No.

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When will dates for summer walk thru's be released? It's hard to schedule summer vacations when trying to accommodate those dates. Particularly interested in HSE & HSW. Thank you.

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They are typically not posted until the summer. Call your school if you need to know sooner.

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My child bus ALWAYS comes late

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Thanks for the feedback.

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I realize in many cases you copy/paste answers provided to you by the appropriate staff members, but when they make basic errors like 'rally's' rather than 'rallies' and 'would of' rather than 'would have', please edit the response. The answers represent our school district. It reflects very poorly on our district if administrators write like this and it's published on the district site.

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Thanks for the out but that one is on me. I would love to say a grammatical error would never occur again, but I can't. I would hope no one is judging the district based on a grammatical error. For students, the moral of the story is...everyone makes mistakes. Acknowledge it. Fix it. Learn from it. And move on.

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Can bus monitors/aids use profanity on the middle schools busses? An example "I already have a lot of paperwork to do, and I sure as **** don't want any more!" as well as references to genitalia, with the phrase "Who made that high pitched noise. Sounded like someone's manhood hairs got pulled" and along those lines.

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All staff members should serve as positive role models and refrain from the use of profanity.

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Earlier I asked "Will Shen ever consider starting school later? Adolescents don't function well at 7 in the morning. While I understand this may prepare us for the working world, we may be more efficient working at a later time at this age." I got an answer saying it's been brought up before but never changed, how would someone go about starting this change?

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What may seem like an easy change, is actually quite complicated. There are many factors such as transportation, interscholastic competition, work schedules, etc. The decision would be made by the administration and Board of Education.

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I am moved to respond to the post on 3/27 where someone feels Shen, "with all our money" should not be crying about money. When you look at how much money our district has, you also need to consider the number of students (over 10,000, the size of out district, and the programs that our school offers to students of all learning abilities. I couldn't disagree more because NYS schools, not just Shen, are simply asking for the money that was promised by the state to the schools, which was then withheld, to be restored and that the schools are funded fairly. I am a proud alumni and parent of a current student who is glad that our school finally took the step to advocate on behalf of our teachers and students in light of the detrimental effect that the education reform proposed by the Governor will have on our teachers and students.

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Thanks for the feedback. However, we should mention that "finally took the step" is not accurate. We engage in many different advocacy efforts every year.

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You need to fix up the main gym locker room bathroom, it has needed maintenance for my entire high school career

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Thanks for the feedback.

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The superintendent stated that class size will be a priority in the new budget. We currently have grades in elementary that have had 25 students each year. This is too many for young children (and teachers). I have noticed a difference in the education my older child received and my current. How do we get another section of 3rd grade in Tesago next year to allow our students to have at least one year with a smaller class size? I hope this will be a priority!!

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Ironically, Tesago has been the beneficiary of lower class sizes over the past several years. That aside, our class size have been very reasonable and stable at the elementary level, with parity across schools.

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Is a teacher's gradebook set up the same way for each student? Can, for instance, the teacher weight categories differently for students? Can the teacher have different categories for each student?

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Categories are set up by course/section and have the same weight throughout the quarter, semester or year. A teacher can use student groups to differentiate assignments that fall under various categories, but category weights are not differentiated.

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Acadia's walk-thru is 9/2 even though the 2015-2016 calendar has not been approved? Or has it and you're keeping it a secret ;)

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We weren't keeping it a secret. Walk throughs take place before school starts. The calendar has now been approved.

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Will the Superintendent make a statement regarding the news cast on Channel 10 last night. Regarding the Shen Athletics Twitter "calling out Albany Academy"? There should be an appolgy towards Academy, and this Twitter should only be used for factual information. If he wants to tweet his own opinions he should use his personal twitter and not use Shen's for his personal agenda.

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Clearly the intent was not to offend the students and coaches at Albany Academy. We congratulate them on their success and wish them the best of luck this weekend.

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What is the district required to do to confirm next year's calendar? Last night Dr.Robinson stated that all "stakeholders" are in agreement with the calendar. As a parent and a district employee I have not received any notice about the calendar for next year.

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The calendar must be in accordance with all collective bargaining agreements and approved by the Board of Education, those are the only requirements. Once approved by the board, it is distributed to staff and parents.

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I heard the 2015-2016 calendar was approved at the board meeting. When will it be posted and was it agreed upon with the teachers/staff unions? Also, when hasn't Shen had rally's to support education? Shen is the largest district in the area and nothing is said/or very little by Dr. Robinson. I remember he had a lot to say when Cuomo was going to limit superintendent salaries. Why isn't he speaking up for all the children in his district?

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The calendar is posted now. The district did get feedback from union representatives and it is consistent with contractual stipulations. As far as rallies...the local rallies are put on by the BOCES of which Shen is a part. Dr. Robinson has attended some of these. He would have attended the NYSUT rally but did not know about it. He is a vocal advocate for public education. He has written Op. Ed. pieces for the newspapers, met with many legislators/state education representatives,  and, most recently wrote a joint advocacy letter to the governor.  What you neglected to mention is that at the time the superintendet salary cap was proposed, he was president of the NYS Council of Superintendents and his advocacy was on behalf of that organization. From some of the e-mails and the grapevine below, you will see that not everyone agrees on the advocacy efforts.

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Shenendehowa should not be engaging in the political lobbying of state officials for State Aid. Rather than crying about how little money Shen has, expenditures should be cut.

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When will the candidates for the two BOE seats be announced?

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April 20.

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OMG! Alright, I know this might be crazy but I NEED to know! On March 18th, the Grape Vine posted a comment that asks; "Has the district used all of its snow days? I am wondering if there will be school on 5/22." and the response was, "As it stands today, school will be closed on that day unless we use one more snow day between now and then." It wasn't the material that got me, what was is the color of the text. Grape vine posts usually have green question text and black response text. But this question has a black text for the question and green text for the response!!! In all my years subscribed to the vine I have never seen this fascinating event before! Its so wizard! I have to know, how is this possible? What does it mean? Was there a glitch in the Matrix? Can this occur again? Can mine be reversed? Please! Answer this if you can! Thanks! (BTW please don't judge me >_>)

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No, just a mistake. Thanks for letting me know (and for the laugh)!

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Who win the dodge ball tournament?

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Chuck-N-Duck

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I'm a student in 7th grade and my scores in social studies are really high (96%-99%), I don't take any accelerated courses. Is there a chance for honors or accelerated for me next year?

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Please talk to your teacher about your social studies class for next year.

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My 4th grader told me that at Chango, the kids are not allowed to run on the playground? According to my daughter, the aides will tell a child to stop and walk if they're seen running. Is this a district-wide policy? Thank you.

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Children are not allowed to run in the area that is covered with pea stone--that is the area that has the climbing structures and one set of swings. Children do run when playing wallball, basketball, or on the fields during seasons that allow that type of activity. In the Winter, we do the best we can to provide outdoor recess while using good judgement regarding student safety. The recess areas for each elementary school is unique.

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How much does it cost for the college credit courses of Psych and Sociology?

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Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) tuition for the 2014-15 school year is $112.00 per credit hour. A 3-credit course would cost $336.00. Once students register for the SUPA course, they will get an invoice from Syracuse.

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who one the gowana 6-8 doge ball comp?

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Jabbawakeez

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Why do the monitors force us to be quiet after lunch in Gowana? THey make us be completely silent before letting us out... I have been late many times because of this?

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Since classes are still in sessions when students are dismissed from the cafeteria, it is helpful to have students be silent before entering the hallways.

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Is the "Lap Swim" for the pool basically like open swim? Not classes but just free swim time?

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Lap Swim is part of our Community Ed program with sessions available during the fall and spring. For more information on specific dates, fees and how to register, please visit the Community Ed web page.

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When is the eighth grade graduation for Gowana? Thank you!:)

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June 10th

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Why are the Team 1 and 2 activities so different at Acadia? Team 7-2 is having a lock in Friday night and when you have a student whose friends are all on team 2 it makes for a very lonely Friday night. Team 2 for both 6 and 7 have done far better things in the students mind why not offer them the same experiences?

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Some teams do activities and events during the school day while other’s decide to do some after school activities.

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When is Acadia's new student walk through for August 2015?

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9/2 from 1:00 till 3:00

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My child is a 4th grader at Tesago. When are the common core tests? Are there 6 dates? How long is each test? How will my child spend these days if we opt out of the tests? Do I send my child to school if we opt out or do I keep my child home? Thank you for your help. Is there a deadline for opting out?

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The dates for the tests are listed under announcements on the home page and the school pages and on the events page. For more information on testing, including refusal to take the test, go to http://www.shenet.org/DL_CurriculumLearning/DL_StudentAssessment.cfm

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As an LGBT student in Shen, I currently feel really forced to stay silent about my preference even after I already came out due to the extraordinary amount of homophobia I receive from fellow peers on a daily basis. I believe more action should be taken to provide support for myself and others in similar situations throughout the district. Not to mention how much of a joke the current "glass" club is, that is, assuming it's still around, which is doubtful.

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There is a great deal of support at the high school. In addition to our school counselors, psychologists and social worker, many faculty and administration members are “allies” meaning that they are available to help and provide support. All clubs are only as successful as their membership. If you have additional concerns that you feel may be addressed, please feel free to meet with Mr. Flynt, the high school principal.

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I have a question on food services. I know the new rules state that the calories will not exceed 650 for grades K-5, 700 for 6-8 and 850 for 9-12. My daughter is in middle school and her account is restricted to buy lunch only. This allows her to choose the hot lunch, deli or pizza. Can you tell me if those calorie requirements are set for all three lunch choices and not just for the "hot" lunch choice. I want to be sure if she chooses pizza or deli, that she's still only receiving 700 calories. Can you please confirm this? Thanks!

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Yes no matter what choice she gets she is still under the 700 calories. All meals with the fruit, vegetable and milk need to be under 700 calories for 6-8.

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The behavior of one of the dodgeball teams Friday night was appalling! The boys on this team are supposed to be SHEN's "top" athletes but the poor sportsmanship that they showed was inexcusable. I certainly hope that the athletic director as well as the appropriate coaches were made aware of their behavior. Such a disappointment!

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Is the district going to do anything to inform parents how Cuomo's proposals will impact our schools?

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The Governor's proposals are just that, proposals. The district’s advocacy focus has been with legislators and leaders at the NYS Education Department. A major focus has been in the Gap Elimination Reduction and financial stability, recognizing that with appropriate funding students will have access to high quality programs.

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Last night, March 10th, the BOE (about 40 minutes into the video posted on shenet) discussed a mental health facility to be run on Shen campus during school hours. Screenings and assessments were mentioned. This presentation raised more questions than it answered. When and where is the forum to address questions from parents?

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Once the program details are finalized, interested parents will be provided with appropriate information.

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Who is the advisor to the Shen Pen, and do they even read the articles before they are published? The one published in the most recent issue about PDA, though satirical, was wildly inappropriate. I realize the "Kiss Cam" thing was a joke but someone is probably going to take it seriously and do it. The advisor really needs to think about what they allow in their paper, with the extremely sexist article they published last year and now this.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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How do you find out your class rank if you're a senior?

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Talk to your counselor.

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Can I take my Junior boyfriend to Prom. (P.S. I am a guy).

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Yes.

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For Junior Prom, I heard that they are allowing students to wear masks since the prom theme is masquerade. Is this true?

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Only masks around their eyes and not until they are in the venue.

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: Aren't course multipliers used in determining your weighted average for class rank, as well as determining eligibility for the Green Letter Award for having a 95 or higher average?

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My daughter was yelled at by a teacher and told she was going to take points off her grade for being. She had a late pass. Can she do this? Her class prior to is let out late on a daily basis.

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Each situation is different with extenuating circumstances. You need to talk to your teacher or your principal.

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Why don't we have senior quotes like every other traditional high school?

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The Yearbook Club has included senior quotes in the Yearbook in various ways over past years. At this time, however, the necessity to include photos of more than 3,000 students in grades nine through twelve, coverage of sports, clubs, dances, academics, and extra-curricular activities, and the fact that the Yearbook is now 256 pages and created by a student club, precludes the need for student quotes to be included.

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when are speak outs held?

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The SFA Senate holds speak outs when a topic comes up that is of interest to students.

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Are we allowed to have drinks in the Acadia lobby when we are dropped off? Just curious;)

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It used to be allowed but it was stopped because studens started leaving a mess and drinks were spilled and containers left behind with trash.

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I think that the dress code is being ignored by the staff. I see girls skin through leggings every day. It is not just a high school problem because I am seeing this in middle school. I thought that the dress code read that legging can be worn but they need to have a shirt that covers their butt. I understand that the responsibility ultimately lies with the parents, however, if the school started sending kids home for it maybe the parents would take the dress code seriously. I find it very disgusting to see this everyday.

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If we see a student is dressed inappropriately, it is addressed. But our primary mission is education, not policing what students wear.

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The district events calendar has the 2015 Junior prom as being held on Sunday May 10 (Mother's Day). Can I assume that this is a misprint?

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Yes, it is Saturday, May 9.

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I had just seen the drama production of Thoroughly Modern Millie tonight at High School East and as a woman of Chinese decent, I found the play to be incredibly racist and insensitive to the culture of Asian-Americans. Even my two kids felt very uncomfortable during the portrayal of Chinese characters, especially with the accents chosen to be used. I'm not sure what could be done at this point, but I felt it important to voice that this musical has greatly offended me and my family. Please, try to be more sensitive next year.

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Thank you for the feedback, it has been shared with the administration.

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I noticed a lot of people on here are looking for an alternative way to hear from the school regarding snow days. Is it possible to set up a simple Remind 101 for this? They are pretty easy to set up and parents, students and faculty could easily sign up if they wish to do so. Thank you!

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We did look into it. Remind is a free, safe, easy-to-use communication tool that helps teachers connect instantly with students and parents. It is meant for a small number of subscribers. Most services for school districts charge annually per student. Some of the local news stations allow people to sign up for school closings by text message.

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When is illegal absence day?

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Every and any day that you do not have a legal excuse to be absent.

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Is there any way to subscribe to to grape vine? Can I get text remainders when the vine is updated?

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The district website will undergo a redesign this summer and the Grapevine may have some new features.

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What is the school policy on people who like to dress as animals or act as animals? Are they allowed to wear said costumes to school?

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No.

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Whats the policy on dating teachers

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Students are not allowed to date teachers.

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I heard the school might consider funding the Crew Team. Is this true?

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The district does provide funds to the Crew Team.

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Has the district used all of its snow days? I am wondering if there will be school on 5/22.

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As it stands today, school will be closed on that day unless we use one more snow day between now and then.

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Why was the Christmas Bizarre removed? It was an excellent program for the kids. I would understand why the name would have to change to Holiday Bizarre, but why remove it all together?

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That is a question for the PTA.

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You mentioned before that gym grade is not counted into grade average. What else in middle school curriculum is not included into average grade? Or everything else counts? (I mean music, art)

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Just Physical Education.

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What is the punishment for using crude language in the presence of a teacher? I've heard adolescents swear at the teachers and not receive punishment.

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See the Code of Conduct http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE3000policies/BOE3410A.pdf

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While signing up for electives, I overheard someone say if you participate in two school sports you do not have to take PE. Although they said it is frowned upon, is this true?

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State mandates that there are no exemptions for physical education.

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I am actually quite sure that the army recruiters do not harass anybody into joining. They are quite professional and only talk to students who come to them. That comment is false and an insult to all the people in uniform serving our nation.

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It is probably subjective. However, the people in uniform are serving our nation to protect the rights provided in a democratic society including freedom of speech.

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What is the district's policy for handling nut allergies? In the nut-free classrooms, children are unable to bring in a daily personal snack that has nuts or is made on shared equipment. The same classrooms allow children to bring in homemade baked goods and grocery store baked items for birthdays and class parties. The items are made on shared equipment and not necessarily free from contamination with nuts. Why are snacks in a child's individual lunch bag considered unsafe when made on shared equipment but treats being shared with the entire class are not banned or considered unsafe? Even if the child with allergies doesn't eat the baked goods, isn't it unsafe to allow the food in the classroom? I don't understand why a child's personal bag of crackers made on shared equipment is unsafe on Monday, but cupcakes made at a bakery on shared equipment are safe on Tuesday. This inconsistency seems unsafe for children with allergies and could result in a lawsuit against the district if a child is harmed.

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http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7521.htm
http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7521P.htm

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What is the process for taking someone from another school to senior prom?

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You need to fill out the Dance Guest form.

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Can we expect the 2015-2016 calendar will be published this week? In a previous question you stated it has always been published in the middle of March. Since it is now the 16th, will it be on the website this week? Thanks.

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It is still in development. We can tell you that the vacations (pending Board approval) are as follows: Winter Recess-12/24-1/1; Mid-winter Recess - 2/15-2/19; Spring Recess - 4/25-4/29

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I was yelled at and threatened to get banned from the library for eating pretzels in the corrals in the library. This is the only place in the school that is a somewhat quite area for me to get work done and study, I do not think quietly eating something that is not messy at all could get me banned from the library.

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If the library has a "no food" rule, then it must be followed.

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Is there a schedule for when you release answers to questions or is it based on when you get time?

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When I get the time.

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Is a teacher allowed to use the NYS Science test as a student's final grade?If so, what happens to the student who opted out of the state test?

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NYS gr. 3-8 testing can not be used for student grading.

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I get dropped off every morning and before we are allowed to go down the monitor makes us line up and be quiet. That's not my problem. My problem is that if there is only a small group of people who are talking, she doesn't let anyone go down. Then she makes everyone wait and move to the side while the bus kids go down. I get dropped off to get down to class a little early and it's ridiculous that I have to wait for the bus kids before I can go down. What should I do?

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Talk to your principal.

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If you're a senior and still have Money in your lunch account, does the money go back to you?

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Yes.

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If a student doesn't give eye contact to a teacher when they are teaching, and then the teacher meets with the student after class and makes them so stressed out they start to cry, is there something I should do?

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Talk to your principal.

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I have a dilemma. One of my teachers called me a jerk and here is the story. We wrote an essay months ago and still haven't gotten any response or grade about them yet, so I asked this teacher and they said, "In Time." So my friend asked what my teacher said about the essay and I sorta snottily told her what the teacher said, in a way I was mocking him. I was wondering if it were appropriate for my teacher to talk with me and call me a jerk.

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Yes, it is appropriate for your teacher to talk with you. Name calling is never appropriate.

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My teacher yells at students when they don't ask questions, but he also yells at them if he doesn't like the questions they ask... Is this normal?

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I am no authority on normal, but it is not the best way to motivate students.

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Who grades the Common Core exams? I have been told that in some states "graders" are recruited via Craigslist. Is this true for NY? Are experts grading our exams or people with little to zero experience? Of particular concern to me is the writing sections. Is someone with expertise grading what our students have written? I have heard some crazy stories and am wondering if they could be true.

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In Shenendehowa, teachers (active and recent retirees) score the assessments. All teachers, at Shen and across the state, participate in training including use of anchor papers and teachers are required to have accuracy in scoring sample papers prior to beginning the formal scoring process. NYS also rescores test papers from districts ensuring consistency across the state.

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When the Army recruitment officers come into HSE, they always intimidate me and harass me into signing up for the military. I feel threatened. Who can I talk to so I can get these soldiers to leave me alone?

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Please see Mr. Flynt.

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In HSE, is there an AP Art History class? I looked through the program of studies and couldn't find one. If we happen not to have one could Shen possibly have that become a thing?

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We do not currently have an AP Art History course in our Program of Studies. There is, however, an AP Studio in Art course. Consideration will be given to the idea over the next few years.

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Musical banners from previous musicals have still not been re-hung. The Grapevine said they would be before opening of this year's musical. Disappointed.

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They will be up before opening night as promised.

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Are the NYS ELA and Math tests used as part of teachers' APPR scores at Shen? Are there any other methods in place to get the "growth" score for teachers at Shen?

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Shenendehowa uses the NYS ELA and Math assessments as part of a teacher’s APPR scores where required by state regulation.

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Why are we still taking field trips to the Great Escape? I thought that a few years ago the district policy changed so that teachers had to select field trips that supported the curriculum.

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Policy 8460 permits schools to have field trips that provide special events for students at 5th, 8th, and 12th grades.

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If you are taking an accelerated class, what grade actually is taken into account that year? Say if you are in ninth grade and took algebra last year as an accelerated course, when determining awards and those things, is the accelerated class grade taken into account of current year or ninth grade?

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Not sure what awards you are speaking about, but we look at the whole child when evaluating for awards. Typically, the awards are based on a student’s performance, achievement, or actions during the grade they are in when consideration is given for awards. The exceptions are those based on a student’s historical experiences in high school

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Will Shen ever consider starting school later? Adolescents don't function well at 7 in the morning. While I understand this may prepare us for the working world, we may be more efficient working at a later time at this age.

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It comes up every now and then but it has never been changed.

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I was wondering for the karigon kalidascope when is that going to start. Please answer

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Kaleidoscope at Karigon starts next week on Tuesday, the 10th and goes through Thursday, April 2nd.

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Thank you to the High School PTA and Mr. Flynt for organizing the college tours over vacation. My child attended one the tours and found it very useful. Hope there will be more over Spring break.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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I pick up my daughter from HS everyday. I have witnessed many student drivers pulling out in front of traffic on Moe Road. Is there a way to remind students that they have a stop sign and the cars on Moe Road have the right of way? I'd hate to see a serious accident there. Thank you!

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We will remind students.

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Can you please tell me what month the Senior student photo's are taken?

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Please contact Lauren Studios for more information.

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Can hs east students buy new review books (like the ones they buy through teachers) at the school store?

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Contact your teacher about the review book for a particular class.

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Do you know when the senior shirts are coming in?

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Please check with Ms. Sykes or Mrs. Galarneau.

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what is a WP and how would it affect a students transcript?

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It is withdrawn pass. It has no impact, except that it is on the transcript for colleges to see.

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As seniors do we have to attended graduation? Can we just not go and you guys mail us the jazz?

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You are not obligated to go. The school community would like to recognize you for your work to reach this milestone and many people will be disappointed if you don't attend.

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Sure do miss the high school announcements online. Any chance they will come back?

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They are posted daily.

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What's the deal with the computers at Acadia. There are signs that say "Please Choose Another Computer", yet when they run out they just say to flip the sign up. Also, on more than half the computers have a sign.

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The librarians ask students to use the computers first that are within their eyesight to help students stay focused on work and not venture into any inappropriate activity.  All computers are available, it’s just the order in which they are filled.

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When will course recommendation letters (Honors/Acceleration) for 6th graders going into 7th grade be sent?

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In the beginning of May.

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A suggestion: it would be great if the entrance to HSE were converted to a three-way stop. That way cars trying to turn left into the school, and those trying to turn left exiting would not be at the iffy mercy of oncoming buses and cars.

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Thank you for the suggestion, we are in the process of reviewing signage and traffic options.

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Will there ever be a synchronized swim team?

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Not in the near future, but never say never.

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Why can't parents visit their kids for lunch in Elementary School any more?(excluding birthdays)

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The elementary handbook (http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE3000policies/BOE3410P.pdf) states: Parents are welcome to have lunch with his/her child on special occasions only.

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When will the 2015-2016 District Calendar be available? Parents need to plan summer camps and vacations. Who can I call to complain to and light a fire to get this done?

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The school calendar will be adopted by the end of March.

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Have dates been settled for MS Band Camp this summer?

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July 6-10 July 13-17 and July 20-24

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Looks like it has been awhile since the Shen Pep Rally/ Band question has been explored. What is the possibility of getting the band together to play at homecoming only? I find it hard to believe that in a school our size the band teacher would not get enough volunteers to have some form of music at our biggest home game. Maybe this can be explored in lieu of one of the concerts or for "extra credit." It is such a shame that we don't have this and I can't believe that if it was presented the right way that the students would not be on board.

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In past explorations there has not been enough student interest. Furthermore, the cost to run would be beyond our financial capacity at the moment.

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where does shen get there deli meat? i personally do not like the quality

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We get most of our food products from Sysco and US Foods just like most area restaurants and deli’s in the area.

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I've been told if a student misses a day of school that the school then gets less money from NYS for that particular day. True?

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It is a very complex formula that does include student average daily attendance. However, it would take a significant number of absences to adversely impact state aid.

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Is there any way to send a formal complaint regarding a teacher while maintaining anonymous?

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Contact the building principal or superintendent’s office. However, in order to complete a thorough investigation, a contact person would be beneficial.

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The Parent Portal App is not accurate in regards to the planner for middle school students. Specifically the A and B days are no longer accurate. When school first started it was accurate and helped my son prepare for his gym and orchestra days. After the first snow day it has not been right since. I keep expecting it to be updated and fixed but it has not been. My son received a 0 in PE for being unprepared for swim but the planner had indicated it was a non PE day so I did not send him with it. Who should be approached to fix this?
Not seeing the health tab in the parent portal, did they take it out?

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There was an upgrade to our version of IC, it is back now.

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Why are players of a sports team for Shen required to pay for their uniforms? Shen is a public school. It should be paid for by the school district.

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It depends on the sport. Some teams like to purchase their own uniforms, such as home football jersey, bowling, golf, swimsuits for sectionals, etc.

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When are freshman baseball tryouts? I can't locate the date on the website.

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Monday, March 16. Spring start dates have been listed on our Athletics page for some time (http://www.shenet.org/district/AthleticsDept/Athletics.cfm). Also we encourage parents and students to reach out to coaching staff directly as to exact time and location for tryouts. Contact information for all of our coaches can be found at http://www.shenet.org/district/AthleticsDept/Coaches.cfm.

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When will the 2015-2016 calendar be published? On February 6th you said it was still in discussion. Families want to arrange vacations (especially after this snow)! and not knowing when the children return to school is very inconvenient

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The calendar has always been published in the middle of March.

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Does Shen offer the Alternative Veterans' Exemption on school taxes? If not do they plan on doing so in the future?

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No. This was reviewed with the BOE and a recommendation was not forwarded since the provision of this exemption would merely shift the tax burden to non-veteran taxpayers. This is an unfunded legislation.

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Does Shen have a modified softball program and if so what grades is it open to?

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We do not.

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Who do you think will win the 2015 High school dodge ball tournament?

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No clue.

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Is it true that some one from Shen just won an Oscar? If so, what for?

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Yes. A 1994 Shen graduate, Thomas Curley, won an Academy Award for best sound mixing for his work on “Whiplash.”

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What are th4e dates for spring break in 2016?

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The calendar has not been approve yet.

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is it true that for the elementary school plays that they allow strangers to watch the kids? thank you for your time

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It is not a matter of "allowing." The district does not screen audience members.

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My son heard in his Java class that after school a student from RPI was teaching the programming language "Python". Is this correct and do you have contact information.

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Yes. Contact Mr. McDermith mcdekenn@shenet.org  or Mr. Young youndeni@shenet.org.

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Grapevine dude I just want to say that you're awesome and your sassy responses give me life. Can you be my life mentor?

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Thanks, but I am not a dude.

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When is senior skip day?

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Do you mean illegal absence day?

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You mentioned that you can see if questions are sent from shen computers, but can you see the user its sent from, or just the ip?

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Just the IP.

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One of the monitor pinched my daughter on the side of her stomach. What do I do?

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Report it to the principal

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Do the students that work in the school store get paid at all?

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No.

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Shen will the summer programs at the schools for 2015 like SEEC be published?

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It will be posted on the website by late March.

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If there will be new requirements for 5th graders to pass regents exams with an 80, how will they ever graduate? I know there are curves, but an 80 seems like a lot.

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It is definitely a concern. Click here to view a video of the presentation that the superintendent made to the board on this topic.

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How are the children selected for the Koda Gems?

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Teachers and teams select students based on the MS guiding principles of Be Here, Be safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible, and set Goals

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Is a middle schoolers average for gym added into the overall average that is seen on the report card?

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Physical education is not in a student's average calculation at any grade level.

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If I get married in high school, and change my last name, will my old name or new name be used?

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We use your legal name.

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i am a senior and it is really hard to find a parking spot in the morning because many juniors without parking passes drive in to school. i know you will probably tell me to "just take the bus" but i worked hard for my priveledges this year and it's really upsetting to have limited parking because of people being there when they're not supposed to. it's understandable that the monitors aren't checking cars for passes because of the cold weather but is there any way that can be changed? there are too many juniors that drive to school without any passes.

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If you see a junior parking, report that student to the main office.

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Any idea when I final decision will be made on the first day of school for 2015-16? I didn't realize there was a possibility of school starting prior to Labor Day and we've already book a vacation for the first week of September, which is of course, nonrefundable. :-(

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The calendar is typically approved by the Board of Education in late March.

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How come the JV Cheerleading squad First place win at Colonie Raider Rumble Cheer Competition hasn't been announced on the shenet.org website?

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We can't post what we don't know about it. Ask your coach to notify the public information officer.

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I have 3rd period lunch so I'm really hungry at the end of the day. I know we are not allowed to have snacks in class, but can we eat something in between classes? thanks

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Without knowing what building you are talking about, we would think that would be okay but you should double check with your principal.

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What does it take to have these girls stop wearing see through leggings at HSE...???? I have sat in parking lot waiting for my children to come out and I cannot believe what I am seeing. Skin tight,see through,you can see skin and the color dental floss they are wearing with over the knee boots. These girls look like tramps! Parents PLEASE watch these girls are wearing.

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We have a dress code that is enforced to the best of our ability.

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My morning coffee and the Grapevine... I love reading the Grapevine and always watch for updates! Sometimes the questions are very amusing, and those behind the curtain responding to some of these crazy questions are doing an excellent job.

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Thank you.

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Earlier in the month you responded to a question about how Shen responds to delays and emergencies, stating that if someone was interested they could sign up and use Twitter. Are you aware that when someone signs up for Twitter...everyone else who is following Shen can see you? Why would an adult want to subject themself to a student now being able to look at them because it's known that all the kids scroll to see who is "following" and then they back into their tweets, if any, for their reading pleasure? Has the district not come to realize that all parents aren't tech savvy or may not be able to afford a cell phone to follow Shen and that having a simple ROBO DIALER to inform every parent or guardian of a delay, closing or emergency is what the majority of school districts use, both big and small? It is used to call all types of phones and could be programmed to contact all or just certain groups of parents. Something to think about :)

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We may consider that in the future. Right now we post on the website, local media, facebook and Twitter.

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Where can I find the district policy on opting out of the state tests? I can't find it on the website.

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Go to http://www.shenet.org/DL_CurriculumLearning/RefusaltoTaketheTest.pdf for information.

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When are the course multipliers effective? I mean are they multiplied by your total average at the end of each quarter or when are they used? I need to know this really quickly.

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They are only used to determine class rank and are calculated at that time.

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Could you please tell me how many home rooms are there in High School West and about how many kids are in each home room? Thank you!

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Please call the high school principal for that information.

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Every morning I get dropped off and the monitor doesn't let anyone use their phones. What if I need to contact my parents about a club meeting I forgot about? This has happened several times. Please fix it

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Talk to your principal.

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When is senior prom

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May 30.

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Okte complains about parents parking in the circle and the edge of the parking lot but there is NO place to park. We go there because we need to get to the school and there is no place for us to park. You can't just tell parents not to park there, you need to create parking spaces. There are no options for us except the edges of the property. Help us. Morning drop off has been an issue the 11 years I have been there, make the circle bigger, let the kids in a bit earlier.

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Parents were told to not park in the side lot during dismissal as it has caused a safety issue for our children when cars are pulling out in front of parked buses. For the safety of our children, the side lot is for buses only during the short dismissal period of 3:00-3:15PM. Parents cannot park in the path of the bus circle since this prohibits our buses from leaving. Parents using the morning drop-off can use the side lot but must wait for buses to unload first. Once all of the buses have unloaded, parents can pull up in front of the school. The simplest solution is to have your child use our bus transportation as often as possible.

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My child told me if your connect to she n WiFi they can look at everything on your phone

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Not true. Devices connected to the BYOD network simply receive a filtered Internet connection.

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You should ask the IT staff to incorporate a "Like" button for the comments and your answers. Some of your responses make my day.

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Thanks :)

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Why does the administration limit the amount of fun us students can have at sporting events? All we want to do is have fun with our friends and give our High School the competitive edge in big games. It is quite annoying we are not allowed to have as much fun because the admiration gets offended more than the other team?

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We encourage students to cheer as loudly and positively as they can. However, we will not allow behavior that is counterproductive to this. This includes publically making fun of or calling our opponents names.

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I don't want to make fuss with anyone, but I think there should be a job fair held at the high school sometime soon for everyone so kids can really see different careers to pursue.

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A great idea that we will consider.

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When do prom tickets go on sale or have they already?? I've asked this many times and there still has not been a response!!

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They will go on sale in April and the price has not been set yet.

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if my child failed a regents with a 64 and retakes it and fails again with a 55, will colleges see that theyve took and failed twice or will they only see the 64

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They will see two failures.

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Do you believe that making high school juniors and seniors wear their "badges" in order to get out of school early/go to lib signal out the students who have not had good enough academic achievements? My child does not have his early dismissal rights and he feels signaled out this is an outrage!!!!!!!

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The passes are based on satisfactory achievement and attendance and school citizenship. That is a minimum standard that we have set.

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When will prom tickets begin to go on sale??

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Sometime in April.

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When will teacher recommendations for the classes we take next year be distributed?

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Over the next several weeks.

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In reponse to the parent upset with your "sarcastic answer". I really appreciate your humor and sarcasm when answering some of these silly questions. It must difficult trying to answer all these questions and make everyone happy! How sad for that other parent who blames you for how their child is behaving in public. Who knew you reponsibile for raising their kid as well!

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Thanks. We try not to be direct, not sarcastic.

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Can you please explain how parent requests for their children not to take the NYS ELA and Math Assessments will be handled this year? Thank you.

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 Go to http://www.shenet.org/DL_CurriculumLearning/RefusaltoTaketheTest.pdf for information.

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where can I get information on the Alpine ski team? There is no booster club page and it is not listed as a team sport on the website...

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You can contact the athletic department at 881-0390.

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With all of the current news about the measles, I was curious how the district confirms the authenticity of those who claim exemption from vaccinations due to religious reasons. When a fellow parent is aware of a family who is being fraudulent in that area, is there any recourse?

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In accordance with NYSED law and district policy, all documents are reviewed by the district, the school attorney and the district’s physician. If someone provides information clearly contradicting the basis for the exemption, and is willing to put it in writing with their signature (it cannot be anonymous information), that might be a basis for reconsidering or denying the exemption. However, the parent with the contradictory information has no direct right to challenge the exemption.

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Is there any historical records of which days in previous years were taken as snow days?

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Yes, it would be in the district's records.

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Is Shen ever planning on offering full day kindergarten? With all the changes with common core it seems our students are at a huge disadvantage attending a half day program. Most if not all other suburban districts offer or will be offering a full day program within the next year.

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Not in the near future, we don't have the space.

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there was a kid on my bus sitting in the aisle trying to pick up his things and the bus driver freaked out and gave him a refurl I don't think that is fair

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It is up the student who received the referral to dispute, not you.

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Why does the Koda announcement web site show those children who have lunch detention and those children leaving early?

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It shouldn't. Talk to the principal.

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Last week I submitted a quote to the grapevine and I was asking for your opinion of it, but you did not respond to it. The quote was "In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god's blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my intelligence." -Me eh? Disclaimer: Just to be clear, I'm not a professional "quote maker." I'm just an atheist teenager who greatly values his intelligence and scientific fact over any silly fiction book written 3,500 years ago. This being said, I am open to any and all criticism.

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Sorry, I am not a literary critic.

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Hi there just wondering how you determine which middle school students will attend? thanks!

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By boundaries: http://www.shenet.org/DL_Boundaries_maps/MSBoundaries.pdf

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i think shen is having too much bully incidents how do i stop people from giving me big wedgies?

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See something (or experience something), say something. Report it to a teacher, counselor or principal.

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Another snow question, I know. But I don't understand. On one question your said "If we use 3 days total, school is in session on the Friday before Memorial Days." We have used 2, so it sounds like if we use a third, then school we be in session that day. But in the other answer you said, "We have used two with one more to go". Did you mean "if we use MORE than three snow days total, school will be in session the Friday before Memorial Day"? Or am I just reading it wrong? Thanks

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If we use one more snow day, school is IN SESSION on the Friday before Memorial Day.

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The District calendar that was approved by the Board of Education in April 2014 shows 186 school days. I assume that means the SIX (6) days are built in for snow days- since by law the school year is 180 days. Please let me know if I am interpreting this correctly.

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The 180 days set by the state is a MINIMUM, not a maximum. The maximum is set by the teacher's contract. By STA contract…teachers work between 183 and 186 days based on the calendar in a given year. The final outcome of the calendar will be determined at the end of winter, at which point information will be shared with everyone.

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Are the questions on here anonymous? Thanks!

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Kind of...we don't know names but we receive an IP address. If it comes from an internal computer, we can find out which one. If it comes from an external computer, the police can find out where it came from if criminal activity is involved.

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We are going to "opt -out" of the NYS tests for our 6th grader this year. What are the procedures for doing this?

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There is no "opt out" option, there is a refusal to the the test. Go to http://www.shenet.org/DL_CurriculumLearning/RefusaltoTaketheTest.pdf for information.

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In regards to the number of snow says this year- the state requires 180 days of instruction and there are 186 days scheduled in this year's school calendar, so would we have 6 snow days and not 3?

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No. The 180 days set by the state is a MINIMUM, not a maximum. The maximum is set by the teacher's contract. By STA contract…teachers work between 183 and 186 days based on the calendar in a given year. The final outcome of the calendar will be determined at the end of winter, at which point information will be shared with everyone.

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According to this calendar, May 22nd is a day of instruction only if all snow days are used. How many snow days does Shen have built into the calendar? Also, a teacher mentioned that the school delays / early releases are added together and count towards snow days used. Is that accurate? Thank you, http://www.shenet.org/events/2014_15CalendarFINAL.pdf

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If we use three snow days total, school is in session on the Friday before Memorial Day. As of February 10, we have used two snow days.  School delays and early releases do not count.

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According to the board approved district calendar, the district is closed on 5/22/15 unless all snow days are used. You answered a question on February 6th incorrectly.

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The status of the day before Memorial Day is based on snow day usage, that is why it is in red on the one-page calendar. We have used two with one more to go and a long way before the Spring thaw. An actual loss would be if we had to start using the days in purple (i.e. Spring break days). Ultimately the goal of the district is to maximize days of instruction, not days off.

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My son comes home every Thursday, and always asks the same puzzling question. Why are the hash browns only on Thursdays? Why are my well earned tax dollars not being spent to have hash browns everyday?

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New state regulations only allow us to serve hashbrowns once a week.

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Why does the breakfast cart at Karigon consist of sugary cereals and pop tarts?

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The Pop Tarts we sell are made with whole wheat flour, have less sugar and have more calcium than the items sold in stores. All of our cereal is reduced sugar. And we encourage students to buy Cheerios, Kix and Rice Krispies which have no sugar in them at all.

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Good Morning, Tues. Feb 10th is the next BOE meeting. Will there be a second reading of policy 3305 regarding parental rights on student data/privacy and security? Will this meeting be open to public comment, on this or any other issue? Thanks

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Yes, there will be a second reading and there is public comment at this meeting.

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My daughter has told me the new rule at Acadia for not being able to use a phone when she is dropped off early? So is she supposed to sit there for a good 30 minutes doing nothing? Please fix this.

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The Acadia administration is working on this and will be speaking with the monitor who is in charge of the lobby each morning.

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Every day, I go to brekfast at Acadia and if, during the pledge, I don't stand, i get yelled at. This is very unfair.

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While we encourage students to stand and say the pledge, it is against district policy to force it. Talk with your principal.

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Since the 2015-2016 school calendar is not published yet and Labor Day is so late on September 7, 2015, I am wondering is the first day of school typically still the Wednesday after Labor Day or is it typical that school would begin prior to Labor Day?

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That's the big question that is still being discussed.

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People say Shen is cheap. They arent though! They charge us $2.00 for soda....they RIP US OFF

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Shen doesn't charge anything for the soda those vending machines are run by student groups for fundraising.

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How many graduates will there be in the class of 2026?

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http://www.shenet.org/DL_ProfileOfShen/DistrictEnrollments.html

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How many family members can each student bring to Shen graduation? I heard only 4 but I wanted to know if that was true or not.

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It is not limited.

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Was there ever a thought about Shen getting uniforms? or is it a possibility

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No, we are a public school.

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You're my hero.

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Thanks.

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Look, I've been sending lots of questions regarding the the lack of Halal and Kosher meat options, and depriving our Muslim and Jewish students of valuable protean. Our fellow peers who cannot eat the meat served at school are forced to eat veggie sandwiches. I will not stand or sit for this. There will be a change. So please, answer me this: Why is the GrapeVine Staff taking our questions down? And can our problems be solved? Thanks. ?

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Sorry, I thought I answered it already. Contact the food service department with your request at 881-0630.

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I would like to say THANK YOU to the Tesago cafeteria staff for going above and beyond for school lunch and breakfast everyday!

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Thanks for the feedback.

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How does one start a new club?

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By talking to the principal.

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How many snow days are required before we lose the Friday before Memorial Day weekend?

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We don't have the Friday before Memorial Day off, so technically you can't lose it.

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I wanted to bring my grandpa in for a presentation in the middle school. Is this allowed? Does he have to sign anything?

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You need to talk to your principal and teacher.

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Can you please share the specific place where I can find the description of the Transgender bathroom policy and the rules that are to be followed by the transgender person specifically. Thank you in advance.

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http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE5000policies/BOE5645.pdf
http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE5000policies/BOE5645R.pdf

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Why are too much homeworks for English?

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Homework helps you practice writing.

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WHY does Shen not send out text alerts for bus delays and school closings? It is 2015! Why does Shen not have this safety valve capability? Would you be able to send one out in case of an emergency requiring a lock down? My son waited an extra 20 minutes in -5 degree weather for a late bus this week. A text alert communication could have prevented this. Minus 5 is frostbite weather. Should parents bring lawsuits? Would that help Shen get with modern (inexpensive) technology?

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We post on Twitter and you can set it up to receive our tweets by text.

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Who is answering questions on the Shen grapevine. Please note the sarcasm on Jan. 26th: "If this is the greatest injustice in your life, consider your self fortunate". HOW dare Shen respond so sarcastically to a student asking a legitimate question! Shame on you for rudeness! Again - no wonder our Shen students behave poorly in public places (see post re: behavior at CBA game) BTW - I didn't write that one

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It wasn't meant to be rude, just a failed attempt at humor.

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This past week I joined my son at his school book fair. I tried to use the men's bathroom in the Library and was surprised to find it filled with boxes and used as a storage space. Isn't this a fire hazard? With so many male teachers in the intermediate wing, it doesn't seem fair they have share a bathroom. Who should I contact?

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The principal.

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At the elementary level, in whose job description is it to voice the morning announcements? Thank you

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Job descriptions are not that detailed. Different schools use different approaches.

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Can I drive my farm tractor to school?

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Is it allowed on the main road?

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Dr. Robinson represents the Shen school district, so he is a very important speaker. I hope he is aware of an expression that he says a lot - "to be quite frank with you". It is very noticeable and makes him sound less frank. It would be good if he could work on limiting the use of this expression.

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Thanks for sharing.

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I was under the understanding that when road conditions are not good but there is no delay, that a student driving would not get penalized for being late, yesterday roads were worse than the storm the day before, I tell my daughter to take her time, she gets stuck in an accident and gets a late. Its not so much the point of being late, but I don't want her rushing and getting in her own accident and getting hurt or hurting someone else because she is worried about being late. Really?

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We agree and typically tell staff not to penalize students on days when travel is difficult. Talk to your principal if you have an issue.

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Is there a recruitment officer or someone who has knowledge of joining the military in the HSE building, if so who would that be and where might I find him/her?

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The Counseling, College and Career Center can help. Also, there are nearly weekly visits by military personnel to HSE who are available at lunch.

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Wad there a change in the director of the school musical? As a parent with a daughter in the show I am frustrated with the lack of communication about what is going on. First the parent's meeting was never rescheduled after weather cancelled the first one and now it appears that the person in charge is changed and no e-mail or other communication has been sent to parents about why and what changes if any we should expect from the new director. All I have been hearing are rumors and second hand accounts. Why have you failed to let us parents know what is going on directly?

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An advisor to the Musical resigned. He was replaced by Ms. Baird, a veteran music teacher and director of other musical productions at the high school. Mr. Flynt met with students last week to explain the change.

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Just to follow up my question from yesterday. Late last night an e-mail was sent out to the parents of students in the High School musical updating us on the recent changes in director. Don't understand why it took over a week for this to happen during which time there were all sort of rumors flying everywhere but wanted to let you know it finally happened.

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Thanks for your concern. It is duly noted and will be part of our efforts to improve communication.

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does High School East still conduct random drug searches with police dogs?

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Yes.

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Does Shen offer the Alternate Veteran's Exemption from school taxes?

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No. This was reviewed with the BOE and a recommendation was not forwarded since the provision of this exemption would merely shift the tax burden to non-veteran taxpayers. This is an unfunded legislation.

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Is there a list somewhere with all of the old musicals the high school has put on?

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Most recent show banners are displayed in the auditorium and the histroy is posted here http://www.shendrama.com/show-history.html.

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Is there a way to access school boundary maps from prior school years? Are these archived somewhere and/or available to the public?

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No, we post the current map.

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Why are kindergarten parents not made aware am or pm assignments until June?? In a town that doesn't offer full day to its residents, it seems almost irresponsible to make working parents wait until June to know what kind of accomodations they will need in Sept. What can be done to help fix that & perhaps make the assignments known in March after registration is over? (Not teacher assignments, am or pm assigments)

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Several factors with the most significant being the fact that registration is still incomplete. The timeline is reviewed annually.

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Are students in the high school allowed to use the new fitness room if there is someone in there if they get a pass or have free period?

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Yes, but a student should see the PE teacher in the fitness center during your free period to make sure that there is room to workout with the free weights or up on the cardio deck.

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In HSW at the beginning of the year you would play a movie(Frozen) in the auditorium, why hasn't it been playing?

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To show movies for any non-teaching activities, we need to obtain a license to legally do this. Working in conjunction with the High School PTSA, High School West was able to able to obtain a license to show Frozen last year.

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Does Shen have a policy on maximum amount of money a Shen sport would require a family of an athlete to spend during the season in order to participate? What is this amount? Our experience with one sport was $15 total for the season and no volunteering, but another is almost $200 plus multiple hours of parent volunteering. (Both of these sports are done on school campus, so extra cost is not for off campus facility rental.)

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It varies from sport to sport depending on the program. If one program does not play any out of section contests, there could be minimal additional costs associated with the program. If another program chooses to pursue high level of competition out of the section, travel and lodging become the major expense which can cause the need to fundraise at a different levels.

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How is it fair that a special gym class was created only for student athletes and that other students are not allowed to take advantage of the weight room option for their gym class? I'm sure there is nothing nefarious behind this decision, but when there is no explanation and little publicity, it causes people to jump to (usually negative) conclusions.

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The personal development and fitness program was created as track within the PE curriculum to help our student-athletes gain time back in their day. Most student-athlete’s weight training in the past took place before school started in the morning (6:00 am) or after practice ended in the evening (between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm). With that said, we have many non student-athletes in the class who have been very successful with the program. We also offer open weight training and cardio fitness to all students from 2:50 pm to 3:50 pm in the afternoon everyday of the week.

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I would like to view the video of last night's BOE meeting. When I click on the link, I am prompted to enter a user name and password. I do not see a spot to register as a new user. Please advise...Thanks!

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Just hit play. You don't need to log in to view.

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Is the overall average on the report card weighted or unweighted?

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Currently only un-weighted shows on the report card. The only place weighted shows up is on the official transcript.

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Are students at Gowana allowed to get dropped off at 7:30? There is a lot of confusion with this issue. A parent had told me that if they get dropped off early they will apparently get there name written down and receive a referral. I need to fulfill my responsibilities as an adult by going to work every morning as well as my husband and we must drop him off at school. So what I'm asking is, 1: Can they get dropped off before 8:15 2: Can they get written up?

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Unless a student is attending a period 0 class, intramurals, club, jazz band, etc., drop off time is at 8:15am. If a student arrives prior to 8:15am and does not have a class/extra-curricular activity, they will be reminded of the guidelines. Chronic offenders will be referred to an administrator. Students are encouraged to use transportation provided by our school district, then there will be no problem.

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Are the football camps ran by Shen coaches and weight lifting programs held at pit mandatory for boys that want to try out for football? As a single parent, I can't afford to send my son to pit but feel pressured to. I am afraid that boys that attended pit will be looked at more favorably than those that don't.

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No off-season camp or program is mandatory. These opportunities are available for student-athletes who want to continue to develop their skills in a particular sport.

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The weight room option for gym was a great idea. Now I actually get something done for gym class. The coaches and their advice are very helpful. Thankyou whoever's idea that was.

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We appreciate the feedback and this was a result of wanting to gain time back for our student-athletes.

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Can something be done about the parking lot situation when the middle schoolers are being picked up and parents are using the Orenda parking lot? Middle school parents picking up drive recklessly into/out of the parking as well as park illegally! It gets worse and worse throughout the year. Parents are parking so far out of the spaces that parents parked legally in spots can not back out safely. Security only stands to help students cross, which of course is important but when I asked for help one day he sushed me and said that he was on the phone. Something has to be done. Parents and elementary student who have to use that parking lot are being put in unsafe situations and nothing is being done. How can you remedy this situation?

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Our Campus Patrol's priority for this area at that time is to assist with the school buses leaving campus. From time to time campus patrol maybe required to handle or take calls that my need there full attention. As for the fact of the safety concern – We make every attempt possible to maintain a safe campus and also to inform motorist of our parking and driving regulations.

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How do I sign up for text alerts for school closings and 2 hour delays etc. Thanks!

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We don't send out text alerts. We post on the website, Facebook, Twitter and the local media.

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The day before tomorrow, I saw a teacher yelling at a student. The student was laughing during this episode, which reveals that they lacked respect and self-indignation. Should something be done to teach these youngsters some appreciation and reverence for those in authority? This younger generation needs a serious moral makeover. Thanks for the time to read this question. ;)

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The day before tomorrow?

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Do shen care about students safety, even when the busses are sliding on the roads?

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Yes.

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Does gym count toward your overall average in Middle School?

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No.

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Regarding the Pledge of Allegiance-Last year there were a few times I just simply forgot to stand for the Pledge.I was finishing up work or doing something else and the fact that the announcements came on just went over my head. These few times, my homeroom teacher singled me out and yelled at me, called me "unpatriotic", and even threatened me with a referral at one point. As you stated in a previous answer, students have the right to "sit quietly as long as they're respectful" while the Pledge is going on, which is what I was doing. Why was I yelled at and threatened with a referral when I had every right to do what I was doing?

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What you describe should not have happened. Talk to your principal.

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Am I allowed to ride my horse to school and tie it to the bike rack because I cant afford a car?

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No.

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Can I bring my dog into school?

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See BOE policy: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE3000policies/BOE3440.htm

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I feel it is necessary to question the Grapevine authors decision to post a comment with a students name referenced (post dated 1/9 regarding the hockey game) As the parent of a child with an unusual name I would say that you have pointed blame on the few students with a name resembling this one with no proof to the allegations. I wonder if the person who posted this was genuine or hoping to get someone in trouble. I believe the response to be correct I just question why you would leave a students name in something posted to the Grapevine?

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It went unnoticed. It has been removed.

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Who was the principal before Mr. Flynt?

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Mr. Melia

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By any chance, do you know if any celebrities went to high school east when they were a teenager? Im just curious to know if there were any,,,

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Not that we know of.

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Were there any real drills at Shen? (Such as lock-down, fire drill, etc.?) Thanks!

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Yes, we hold real drills regularly.

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As a parent of Shen students I sat at the Shen vs CBA hockey game on January 14th in complete disgust and embarrassment. Our student section was rude, obnoxious and completely disrespectful. They mocked the entire National Anthem, which was sung by a classmate. They chanted totally inappropriate things, laughed, clapped and cheered when an injured CBA player was carried off the ice. My husband brought this behavior to the attention of a Shen "chaperone" only to be told kids will be kids, they can only do so much, it's their parents job to teach respect...really?? As I sat there and watched the CBA fans, who lost by a lot, I was in awe of their grace, respect and ability to control themselves. For the first time I completely understood why parents send their children to private schools, they demand respect. Maybe Shen needs to consider doing away with their student section!!!

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Does it concern Shen that some students fear they'll be vilified by speaking against your new transgender bathroom policy? Related to that, does it concern Shen that one of your teachers in the Times Union vilified the parents who spoke against this policy? Are you concerned that teachers may be setting a bad example for students or creating an atmosphere of fear for those students who more conservative?

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Not sure who you think will vilify a student for speaking out but our students have freedom of speech. Our teachers do as well and exercising that right is setting a good example that it is okay to speak out and one should not fear being vilified.

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Will they canceled school if there are midterms and finals?

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Yes, if weather conditions are bad and roads are unpassable.

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Please answer ASAP: There is a threat of inclement weather during Monday-Wednesday of Regents week. If school closes during on Tuesday and/or Wednesday, how does that work with the Regents and midterms? Will there be snow dates? Or will we just not have them?

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Information about the test schedule if a snow day or delay should occur is posted under breaking news on the homepage of www.shenet.org.

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can juniors drive during regents week

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Yes.

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In making the calendar for this upcoming school year, consider having regents week be the last tuesday-friday in janurary instead of how it is this year, much rather have a monday than a friday

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The state sets those days.

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why cant fans be shirtless at games? I just want to show my school spirit

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It's against the dress code. Show your spirit with a Shen shirt.

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Can you find out your class rank as a sophomore?

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No. We do class rank after junior year.

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Is there a achievement list for 9th graders?

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Yes. It is displayed in the lobby near the cafeteria.

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When do seniors graduate in jan?

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There is no official graduation, but they receive their diploma after all requirements have been met. They may participate in the June ceremony if they would like to by contacting Mrs. Keiper in the Counseling, College and Career Center and Mr. Smith , Grade 12 Associate Principal who coordinates graduation.

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Where does Mr. Flynt get all the quotes and stories he tells on the loudspeaker in homeroom every morning?

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Project Wisdom.

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Will there be a 9th grade orientation for parents to attend?

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Yes. It is February 11th beginning at 6:30pm and more information will be coming out next week.

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Why were the theater banners for Les Miserables and Camelot taken down in the HS East auditorium? Those were a gift from graduating students to commenmorate outstanding performances by our Musical Theater Company.

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These were moved last year and were to be re-hung. We dropped the ball. Thanks for pointing this out. We will work on getting them put back by the March performance.

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Are there really guinea pigs in the faculty work room at the high school?

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Don't think so.

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Why cant high school west, have a place to by candy after school like high school east.

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There are not enough students or activities in HSW after school to make it a worthwhile project there.

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on the bus there was a kid playing a game on his phone and the busdriver yelled at him for taking pictures but he was not taking any type of photos. I think it was really unfair that my friend got yelled at for no reason.

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Without knowing which bus you are talking about, in general, school bus drivers will only direct students to put their electronic devices away if they are being misused in some way or causing a distraction to the driver which does directly affect the safety of all the students onboard the school bus as well as the motoring public.

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My daughter at high school east comes home after school every day telling me she has to wait 20 minutes in the freezing cold/snow for her bus to come in the afternoon. The monitors are aware that this is happening every single day and are not making changes and also told the kids that the bus driver said she will be late every day. It is absolutely ridiculas that kids should have to wait outside in the cold for the bus everyday!

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Students do not have to wait outside they can wait inside and will be called when the bus arrives. Our routing specialist is working on resolving the arrival time for this particular bus and hopes to have a resolution soon.

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Why are BOE emails screened by the Superintendent's office before reaching BOE members?

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All emails to the BOE address goes to the public information officer. Operational questions are shared with the superintendent for responses and policy related questions are shared with the BOE and the president speaks and responds on behalf of the BOE. If a correspondence comes in for a specific board of education member, that correspondence is shared with that individual. The Board of Education and superintendent works in concert to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the district, forming an intertwined governance and leadership relationship.

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Could you please ask someone to update the Instructional Job postings on the Human Resources page? It still shows postings from November. Thank you.

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It is up-to-date now.

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I am wondering who thought BYOD was a good idea in the first place? You have given students a great way to ignore teachers by texting, playing games, and surfing the net. Encouraging students to bring electronic devices to school is against learning and against creating a safe environment. There are plenty of computers and chromebooks at school. Cellphones and other personal devices allow students to video fights, cyber bully, and take inappropriate pictures in a place that should be safe!! even if a student is looking up something related to class, they are still missing what the teacher is saying!

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Take a few minutes to read Policy 7321 and the corresponding regulations. The same expectations apply to a classroom with or without the presence of personal devices when it comes to fostering and maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Use of personally-owned technology is an invitation to students, allowing them use of their own devices to enhance learning and augment the educational program. Personally-owned technology may be allowed to be used by students during the school day for educational purposes and/or in approved locations only. Teachers will indicate to students when such use is acceptable. Students are expected to act responsibly and thoughtfully when using technology resources. Students bear the burden of responsibility to inquire with school administrators and/or teachers when they are unsure of the permissibility of a particular use of technology prior to engaging in such use. Personally-owned technology shall not be used for the purposes of academic dishonesty, to bully, cyber bully, discriminate, harass, plagiarize, or any other violation of the Code of Conduct.

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Does the shen aquatics center offer a lifeguard training course in the spring/summer?

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February 17-20th. At this time, this is the only offering for the course for this school year. The registration form and course details can be found on the Community Ed web page and in the Fall 2014 Brochure.

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What kind of legal authority do the Campus Patrol have on Campus.

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The campus is under the district’s jurisdiction and they are charged with ensuring safety of on school roadways, grounds and buildings. If, necessary they are authorized to engage the Sherriff or State Police to make arrests or issue tickets.

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Wait so its illigal to go on vacition during the school year?!

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It is illegal in the sense of being marked as an unexcused absence for students.

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On school mornings, the intersection of School Drive and the "road" leading to the HS "circle" seems to operate as a 3-way stop or yield. Almost everyone follows this unspoken rule, even without campus security being there, and the traffic flow is amazingly smooth considering the situation. Most people are very polite! However, there are a very few inconsiderate drivers, or maybe people who just don't drop very often and don't know the "rule". Why not just put up 3 Stop or Yield signs there?

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While that seems logical, traffic studies have showed it to be more detrimental to do so. We appreciate common courtesy, which is the fuel for a smooth running society. The district will continue to assess traffic patterns and see what changes are feasible.

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I heard a rumor that next year students who play a shen sport will not have a gym class? is this true?

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Why can't we choose what music we listen to in the HSE work out room? I'm sick of hearing horrible music, and its so loud. I bring my own music but the horrible loud music is to much, thus overpowering my music. Can I take this up with somebody? (^_^)

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Stop in and talk to the Athletic Director, but there is nothing against you bringing an iPod or device to listen to music that suites your own taste.

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he vending machine in the janitor's room costs $0.75 for can of soda. I've attempted to use this vending machine several times, but I'm not allowed. The students are forced to use vending machines that cost more and only offer diet sodas. It would be nice if the students had the same vending machine rights as the faculty and staff. Please fix this injustice.

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Different district groups manage different vending machines. If this is the greatest injustice in your life, consider your self fortunate.

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Kudos for the new online payment for AP exams and review books! So easy to use and no worrying about the check getting lost. Can't wait to see more things on the "e-store". Thanks!

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As technological advancements presents opportunities to me more efficient the district will look to take advantage of them.

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Would a trans-gendered boy be allowed to join a girls sport team? If yes, even the swim team?

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That is not a district determination and currently not allowable under current regulations of the New York Staff Public High School Association.

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Many people didn't know there was a 2 hour delay on January 8 because there was no precipitation (though the delay was a good call!). Is there a way the district can make automated phone calls or emails or texts for delays or closings?

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The method used by the district to communicate delays and closings is TV, the District’s website, Twitter and Facebook. This typically occurs around 5:00AM. We will investigate the possibility of sending out a SIS message.

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The Karigon 5th grade was the only grade NOT present on Friday morning for a chorus assembly on Martin Luther King, Jr. The 5th grade teachers told many people, from other teachers to building and district administrators to THEIR OWN STUDENTS, that they "had too much to do". They insulted Dr. King and all that he worked for, their students missed an inspirational program and they were also rude to Mrs. Mason. I'm tremendously upset that 5th grade students were forced to miss it. Parents and students should've at least been given the opportunity to attend or receive the "extra math practice for next week's test". How were those teachers allowed to opt-out of a building assembly and do such a thing?

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There are many reasons why a grade level might not participate in a particular event. You need to talk to your principal or your child's teachers.

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Is it considered a problem if a teacher only updates the portal twice a quarter - interim and when we are unable to see our grades at the end of the quarter?

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The Portal provides direct email access to teachers…we strongly urge parents and students for that matter to communicate directly with teachers. If that is not successful, communicate with the respective building principal. The portal is widely used by teachers and parents, and we trust that concerns about underutilization will be quickly resolved.

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What do you do if you suspect that a student attending Shenendehowa does not reside within the district?

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Inform the superintendent’s office with specifics, including your contact info in case follow-up is necessary.

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How is it safe for children to be waiting at the bus stop when the temperature is in the negatives without the windchill? When you add the windchill, it cannot possible be safe for children to be standing outside for 10 minutes

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The goal is to minimize exposure, recognizing that living in the Northeast, children will always be exposed to some acute climate. Parents always have the right to transport their child directly on those days or keep them home if they firmly believe the brief wait for the bus creates an extreme hazard.

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As a former Shen parent, I received a notice about the CoGat (Quest) test being administered at the end of the month. My child is in an independent school this year but we are considering returning to Shen. Can/should my child take the test just in case to try for the Quest program? If not, how can new incoming students try to qualify?

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Students must be currently attending a Shen school or registered to attend school in Shen next year to be eligible to take the CogAT test. New entrants to Shen (grades 4 and 5), with strong academic histories, may be tested in August and considered for QUEST at that time.

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What is with the ridiculous line behind Tesago in the morning at drop off? Why can't students that are being dropped off at Skano/Tesago be dropped off in the front of the building? What does Orenda/Karigon do for drop off? It's ridiculous that people can't either put their child on the bus or drop them off in the front. Maybe if they had to drop them off in the front they would be more likely to send them on the bus.

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If you choose to drive your child to school, the student drop off at Tesago and Skano is in the back of the building. This is a safety precaution that was a necessary step to: reduce the traffic in the front of the building, prevent students from dodging out in front of cars, and allow for adequate parking when planned events in classrooms are scheduled. Skano and Tesago are very fortunate to have the option of the back drop off. This is a safety issue and it also assists with a backup of cars on the campus road if we dropped off in front. The long line in the access road behind the school would instead be on the campus road blocking the main flow of traffic in two directions. We have designated aides in the back of the building to assist with the drop off of our students. The safety concerns were paramount in the decision that was made. We have parents who choose to drive students to school and we have tried to accommodate their choice and ensure the safety of students.

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What is the policy for kindergarten students when their parent or guardian is not at the bus stop after school? How long should a bus wait for the parent or guardian to arrive?

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If a parent of a kindergarten student is not at the bus, the driver radios to dispatch for instructions, dispatch will ascertain if the driver still has other drops to make, if the answer is yes, dispatch will instruct the driver to continue on the route and when done to come back around and see if there’s anyone to receive the kindergartner. If no one is at the bus stop for the kindergarten, the driver radios in and dispatch instructs the driver to take student back to school.
Driver’s should not wait more than 20-30 seconds at any bus stop (there is an exception to this – children with special needs are handled differently in that we do give them a bit more time). We expect parents to be at the bus stop at least ten minutes before the bus arrives. Parents need to develop a backup plan, in case they are delayed in route, to have another adult pickup their child. Parents need to inform transportation of who is authorized to pick up their child at the bus stop so the driver can verify with dispatch.

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Why do we have school jan 30th after regents week. The chance that class will be productive is very low.

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The schedule was created in consultation with other area schools and BOCES. Due to the nature where some holidays fell within the calendar and due to the dates of regents, the 30th was a considered a school day.

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heard that some high school students were protesting the recent events in NYC and Missouri by not standing during the pledge of allegiance. Is this true? Have there been any other type of protests? What is the school policy towards this type of activity?

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The principal is not aware of such protests, but the State of New York requires that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited while saluting the flag each day in the schools. Students have the right to refrain from either the pledge or the salute. In doing so, they have the responsibility to respect the rights and interests of classmates who wish to participate. Students who choose not to participate may stand or remain seated quietly while the ceremony is in process.

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I try to read the Koda morning announcements on line every day because I can not hear them in homeroom. It would have been nice to know that the Junior Honor Society was hosting the Holiday Shop. Announcements on line weren't posted again this week for three days! Can these please get posted daily?

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We've been told they are being posted.

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How cold does it have to be before school is cancelled?

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As long as the buses can start, we typially don't cancel school due to cold weather.

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Please answer questions more frequently. I understand that there are many questions, and your lives are very busy, but there are some very important questions on grapevine. Thanks!

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If you need an answer fast, please call the school.

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When does the 2015-2016 school year calendar come out? I am wondering because of Labor Day being Sept 7th. Would Shen ever start school before Labor Day or will is always be after?

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The board typically approves the calendar in March. Next year is tricky because Labor Day is so late.

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When is the 2015 CogAt testing for 5th grade students who would like to enroll in Critical Inquiry in middle school? Also, what is the link to sign up for the 2015 CogAt test? Thank you!

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Information about the CogAt is under breaking news on the home page.

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I am a sophomore and I was wondering why we can't have the same citizenship passes that the juniors have. It seems that we can be just as responsible. Also these passes should certainly apply to sophomores who take many advanced classes as they essentially are juniors. It would be great if we could have this privilege as well.

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These are reserved for juniors and seniors.

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If I am in all junior classes and I am a sophomore, why can't I have a citizenship pass? This really bothers me because when all the juniors are allowed to leave we can't.

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When you are a junior, you will be eligible.

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Can we know our rank in the school in our Freshman year? If so, how?

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We do not rank in grade 9.

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Can high school east have a speak out on the topic of Police brutality?

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No. We don’t have a police presence on campus to warrant this.

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My teacher told me I can eat in the staff lunch room because I dont have friends. But the teachers wouldnt let me in =(

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Students are not allowed to eat in the staff lunch room unless they are working during their lunch with a teacher. Talk to your counselor or the principal about possible solutions for lunch.

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If a child is approved for free/reduced lunch, how does the program work? Is their lunch code used in an effort to maintain privacy for their situation?

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Yes all students receive a keypad # regardless of eligibility. The student receives breakfast and lunch under the program but parents/guardians can also put money in the students account if they want to purchase anything extra that is not included. Please call the food service department with any other questions.

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Is it true that a Freshman was smoking and selling marijuana?

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We are not at liberty to discuss individual disciplinary matters. Unfortunately, marijuana is very accessible in this area. Those who are caught with it will be disciplined.

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I am almost turning 16. Does the high school code of conduct say you cannot get a tattoo even if my mother signs off i can?

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No.

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The stall door in the boy's locker room in high school west currently does not have a door. As it is the only stall in the locker room, why has it not been fixed or replaced?

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You are correct, the stall door is not in place. It was destroyed through an act of vandalism, cannot be repaired and a new door panel had to be ordered which takes time. Once the new panel arrives, it will be installed.

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How much do the campus patrol guys make?

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Security Officer salary range is $18.63/hr (Step 1) - $20.16/hr (Step 5).

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Students (girls) at the Hockey Game tonight 12/19 were completely rude and screaming at a couple in the student section. The couple was just minding their own business when one girl  was harassing the couple and threatening the girl of the couple. something needs to be done about the threatening nature of the students. They need to be reprimanded. Saying "you better watch yourself" to the girl in the couple is not right and something should be done.

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Thanks for the information. You should report it to a chaperone on that night so that the district can actually do something about it.

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How does someone apply to work for a Shen summer program , or club? And do you have to work as a fully time employ to apply? Or can substitutes apply to work at a Shen program over the summer? Thank you

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Opportunities for summer employment are posted for current employees, if there are other openings available , they will be posted on the website for external candidates and current substitutes to apply . Current STA staff are eligible to be hired on an yearly basis for clubs. There are some instances where subs are needed for summer programs, contact the Office of Human Resources in the spring if you would like to be considered for summer sub positions.

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Why is the sink water in the Boys locker room, in the old Gym in high school east cloudy to be close to the color of whole milk? And why do only one of 2 of the 3 faucets actually work? How is the new weight room expected to stay clean when students have to wash their hands with milky water?

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Thank you, We will have this checked out.

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Can you please reconsider allowing students who arrive at Acadia before school and wait in the lobby to use their electronic devices? My kids do their homework/reading at home, and have nothing to do in the lobby. Playing their ipods/listening to music would make them happy. Thank you.

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Yes – we are ok with students listening with headphones on.

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What are the tocuhscreen computers shen has called?

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Dell Optiplex 9010 and 9020.

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When will the dates for Summer Drivers Ed be available? It's never too early to start planning summer vacations. Thanks.

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We will not have the dates for the Driver Ed summer session until late spring – approximately May.

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This coming fall I want to sign up for drivers ed, but my birthday is in early July 4th. Is this possible?

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Students must be 16 years of age and have a valid NYS Learners Permit or license when the course begins. Registration for Drivers Ed in the fall usually begins in mid-August.

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My son and several of his classmates told me that their teacher is forcing them to come in for a workshop outside of school, and it must be during the week, and that if none of them show up, it's going to be a zero on their grade. I've tried to get in contact with the teacher and other school staff members, and the ones that I spoke with had no clue this was even going on. Many others I haven't heard back from at all. My main concern is why are the students being forced by the teacher to meet with them outside of school or lose points on their GPA? I do not believe that this is fair at all.

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Please call Mr. Flynt to let him know what you have heard. This is probably a misunderstanding.

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I'm going to be leaving for a vacation in a few days. Is it true that if you miss 5 days of school in a quater, you get suspended even if you brought all of your school work with you? Thank you for your time.

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No, but the absences are considered illegal absences.

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When is regents week for the high schoolers? Will they receive the week off ?

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There are no classes at the high school on the days of Regents testing . The days are Monday 1/26 through Thursday, 1/29. Classes resume on Friday, 1/30/15.

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I just want to know how much the school spent on these lanyards in the HS that realistically serve no purpose

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These were purchased many years ago in bulk and have been used periodically up to this point. They now have a special purpose.

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What is the actual policy about the junior / senior passes? Why can't a student choose how it is displayed? (on lanyard, on clip attached to shirt, attached to backpack or binder, etc.)

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The administration would like it displayed using a lanyard so that it easily seen and reviewed by the monitors.

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It's time we stopped talking about the failure of teachers and their unions. Instead we've all have to take an unvarnished look at the gorilla in the room: poverty. We must change the conversation. It's not that spending money on education is a bad investment; it's where and how that money is spent that's the problem. The sorry fact is that all of the money we have spent educating our poorest students never makes up the difference when poor kids begin school with 14,000 fewer vocabulary words. We can never make up for some kids having no books at home or no one to read to them.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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I am a parent of a child in Acadia, and I went to click on the Acadia site here on the Shen web page. A survey popped up and told me that i was a "lucky winner!" and told me to take the test. It did not look believable at all, for the first question was "what is your gender?" I found this very odd and concerning, because who ever this is could easily find out your information. Is this a real survey or is this some "glitch" or "hack?" Thanks!!!

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No, sounds like your computer may have a virus.

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To get back on the main shen page, you have to click the shen logo at the top of the page. It took me 10 years to figure this out (I am in 10th grade.) Please make the button to go back to the shen home page more visible/obvious. Thanks!!Happy holidays!

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This summer the district will begin designing a new webpage, we will keep that in mind.

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Was there a time when shen was an open campus

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Not that we know of.

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For the bathrrom issue, is the school prepared to deal with a sexual assault as a repercussion to the decisions made?

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The assumptiom that a transgender student would sexually assault another student is prejudicial. Sexual assualt is a criminal act of violence that can occur at any where, any time by any one and we hope we never have to deal with that.

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Regarding the comment from the parent about her daughter getting a referral for using hand lotion on the school bus. I find this completely ludicrous! My son and daughter (both in high school) are constantly telling me about kids (one boy in particular) smoking pot in the back of the bus and the driver does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! But yet a federal case is made out of using scented hand lotion. Unbelievable! So, I guess if you are not allergic to the smell of pot it's ok to smoke it on the bus.

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If kids are caught smoking pot, they will be disciplined according to the code of conduct.

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How many students are in the entire HSE building?

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http://www.shenet.org/DL_ProfileOfShen/DistrictEnrollments.html 

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I've been hearing rumors pertaining to Nicolas Cage being a former student at Shenendehowa; could you possibly debunk this for me?

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He did not. Consider it debunked.

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has the first day of classes been set for 2015-16 yet ? we are trying to plan vacation.

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Not yet.

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I just re-read the BOE policy regarding holiday discussions and displays in school. While I understand the reasoning, I question the actual implementation. It seems that every effort is being made to avoid any discussion of "Christmas" activities. Something as simple as a Polar Express party almost gets shut down by the parent of a child who says that her child feels "uncomfortable". We are not supposed to put up any religious symbols. I doubt you will walk into any classroom and see a manger or a nativity set up. And yet, many, many classrooms have menorahs in their displays. Where is the logic? how about if we adults calm down and let the kids enjoy the festivities that are this season. And give the teachers a little bit of credit. They are NOT just talking about Christmas. They are teaching about Hanukah and Kwanzaa, and other holidays celebrated this time of year that some of us don't even know about.

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You said the key words...we never want to make a child feel uncomforable with their private religious beliefs. See the comment below, the writer did a good job of describing religious symbols.

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For the question about why a child can bring home a menorah and not a nativity scene: As a parent in a family where Christmas is not celebrated, a decorated menorah is similar to a child bringing home a decorated Christmas tree, wreath, or Easter basket, which the students do each year. (Including my children who do not celebrate Christmas). A nativity scene is not only a holiday symbol, but a representation of God. This, while appropriate for religious school, is not allowed where there is a separation of church and state. There are so many different religious beliefs in our school (with some not believing at all) that holiday symbols that are festive can be accepted by all, while keeping religion out of the classroom. Most religions have their own version of Sunday/Religious school, and that would be a great time to introduce God, the nativity scene, etc.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Why do you take so long to answer questions?

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Trying to balance many other job responsibilities.

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in 2015, Labor Day is really late, will school start before Labor Day?

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The calendar is currently being developed.

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i wish i could tell you how much i appreciate your hard work.

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You just did, thank you very much.

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If a young female should feel comfortable that her modesty and privacy is being maintained while changing in a single stall in the locker room where a biological male is present, why wouldn't the transgender male, now female feel that their modesty and privacy are being maintained in a single stall in a locker room with people of the same biologic gender?

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The student may, then again...the student may not. Everyone is different.

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Thanks Shen for making a great call earlier this week and NOT closing school for a "snow day"! The worst thing we can do is continuely put fear in our children everytime the snow falls! What a great time to teach our children safety, time management and how to slow down!!

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I am so angry right now. I was reading the paper and one of your teachers called the parents at the board meeting about the bathroom polices lowlights ! so just because we didnt agree with the policy gives your teacher the right to call us lowlights real nice shen.

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She didn't call parents "lowlights" she called a particular comment the lowlight of the night. Teachers, as citizens of this country, have a right to free speech too.

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I am a student at high school west and did not get the chance to purchase a yearbook in october. will there be another opportunity?

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Yes, when they come in.

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I was just wondering why Shen rarely uses early dismissal. Yesterday(12/10/14) afternoon, the roads became very bad and dangerous. Now I understand not closing for the entire day, as the morning was ok, however in the afternoon, things got dangerous and could have resulted in something much worse. I've read your responses about students taking the bus, but what about everyone else(i.e. faculty and staff)? By going home early, it would have allowed the staff to get home before conditions got worse, and it would also have prevented the threat of any serious incidents. Overall, why does Shen rarely close early when there is a threat of inclement weather?

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A number of reasons but the biggest is that we don't want to send students home when parents may not be home to watch them.

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Can you explain the BOE process that would allow parents and community members to have their questions or concerns answered by the BOE? Dec. 2 many parents raised questions and concerns about the bathroom and locker room policy. I understand the BOE does not answer or address parents during the comment period. At what point during an open meeting can a parent have an open dialog with the board? As a parent I expect the email I send to the BOE would go straight to all BOE members and not the superintendents office. The board rarely gets email unless they have a big issue. Either way they should receive their email directly from the parent who sent it.

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That is actually not true. The board received most of the letters on the bathroom policy. We stopped sending the form letter to the board from the polictical action group after about 80 because they were identical. Instead we provided a final count and where the letters came from across the state. All of the board members phone numbers are also  published in the district calendar.

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I don't understand why athletes now have to lift during gym class. All coaches say they want athletes to participate in gym class with other students to make it competitive.

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An elective track for weight training in physical education was developed to take the pressure off the lower floor of the fitness center before school, after school and into the evening. This track also allows student-athletes the opportunity to weight train during the day to help them gain some time back in their schedules.

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I heard that the Shenendehowa school district is not properly posted according to NYS law meaning that trespassers can freely move about the campus without permission. If somebody were to get hurt then the district might get sued. Is there something the district might do to fix this problem?

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People can move freely around our grounds, it is a community resource.

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I am a student at Shen and today I heard there were multiple bus accidents due to the bad weather. Is this true and if so why isn't Shen annoncing snow days or delays for the saftey of the students?

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There was one bus accident in the past three days. A teen driver hit a bus that was stopped at a stop light. There was minimal damage to the bus and no injuries.  If we made the decision to close based on the Grapevine comments, we would have used three snow days and it is not even officially winter yet. Come April, many people would not be happy giving up April break because we ran out of snow days. We live in the northeast. We could have 3 1/2 more months of this kind of weather. Students should consider riding the bus when the weather is bad.

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What is the policy for recalling board members?

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http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE1000policies/BOE1240.htm

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Why doesn't campus patrol get out of their cars and patrol the Shen trails (particularly the YMCA trail) for the numerous kids smoking pot on it. As a member of the Shen Cross Country team I do not like running past kids who are high.

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They do.

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Is there a policy against the use of cell phones in the locker rooms for taking selfies or pictures with your friends?

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Yes, BOE policy 7316 and regulation 7316R

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Are there any rules regarding the "Gowana Birthday Locker Decoration?" Some of my fellow peers say that we are allowed to decorate the locker and others say we are not.Thanks.

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Gowana stopped allowing students to decorate lockers a few years ago due to tape/decoration being left on lockers and theft.

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In lieu of the memo that all staff received regarding holiday celebrations, What is our world coming to? Without celebration there is no life! Let our children be children and not become Adults too soon !

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The memo was intended to remind staff to adhere to BOE policy 8360 to ensure that we create a school environment that celebrates diversity by respecting differing points of view concerning religion

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Shen is hosting a forum during school hours to answer questions and hear feedback from high school students (minors) on the newly passed bathroom and locker room regulation allowing biological males into the girls rooms. When and where is the forum for parents to have their questions and concerns answered by the district? The concerns raised at the BOE meeting have not been addressed. Many parents are still learning the truth about this policy as the language is so convoluted.

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The Board policy language was actually written in fairly translucent language and at a Lexile level conducive to the understanding of a reasonably educated person. The HS Student Senate, which has hosted Speak Outs on various topics, such as the BYOD Policy, Code of Conduct, and other topics of interest and relevance to the student body, made the request and the administration has welcomed the opportunity.

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Does the district take weather during dismissal into consideration when deciding whether or not to cancel school? It's times like today where it may seem good enough in the morning but then getting out is dangerous and hectic.

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Yes, but weather forecasts are often wrong.

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Who makes the decision on snow days and whether or not the weather is safe for students to travel in? A poor decision was made today as seen through the multiple accidents involving students.

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If we made the decision to close based on the Grapevine comments, we would have used three snow days and it is not even officially winter yet. Come April, many people would not be happy giving up April break because we ran out of snow days. We live in the northeast. We could have 3 1/2 more months of this kind of weather. Students should consider riding the bus when the weather is bad.

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One of my teachers at HSE won't let any of her students go to the bathroom during class or she will take points off of their grade. She won't even let us go during a test and other kids are saying this is illegal. Isn't it against school policy for teachers to hold students from going to the bathroom when they have the right to? especially lowering a child's grade for a stupid reason?

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Yes. Talk to your principal.

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Bus 589 was rear ended today. Perfect example of why there should not have been school with such treacherous roads, what happened there?

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A bus was stopped at a red light and a teen driver rear ended the bus. The bus had minimal damage. The car sustained significant damage. There were no injuries.

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When is the next BOE Meeting? I have multiple thoughts about the transgender rules.
January. The list of meetings and the agenda can be found here:

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I WAS WONDERING WHY IT'S NOT A PROBLEM FOR MY CHILD TO BRING HOME A MENORAH THAT HE DECORATED IN SCHOOL, BUT NOT THE NATIVITY SCENE? THE MENORAH IS A RELIGIOUS SYMBOL WITH RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE. MY FAMILY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS SIGNIFYING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. WHILE I THINK IT'S GREAT THAT TEACHERS TEACH ABOUT DIFFERENT HOLIDAYS I AM CONFUSED WHY ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE NATIVITY SCENE ARE NOT PERMITTED; HOWEVER RELIGIOUS HANUKKAH SYMBOLS ARE. THANK YOU!

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The BOE Policy 8360  and Regulation 8360R outlines the regulations pertaining to religious observances. You should talk to you child's teacher about your concerns.

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: I was recently discussing with my dad how Shen used to have a marching band when he went to school, however currently, Shen does not have one. Shen is such a big school, and I don't understand, with the music program as big as it is,why Shen can't have a marching band or a pep band. Other smaller schools in the area have marching bands or pep bands, however Shen does not. I have approached a few teachers and staff members about this, and they said that there are a few hurdles involved in forming one. It could really be beneficial for the school and give some skills to music students who might be interested in doing something like this in college. Also, I think it would really add something to sporting events, as they are very popular, especially football. My question is what are the hurdles facing the formation of a marching band or a pep band? And why doesn't Shen currently have one?

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We have tried several times but there was a lack of interest. Talk to the school principal, he can tell you the process for starting an extracurricular activity.

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why does shen suck at getting busses on time?

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Traffic is unpredictable.

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What should a student do if they are late to school with the new "buzz in system?" Should they follow the instructions like a parent/adult would? (I'm in middleschool)

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You can not seriously be considering sending our kids to school today. There have been several accidents including a school bus tip over. Now i realize why my kids say no snow day we live in shen!! think about their saftey please

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In three days, there was one bus accident. A teen driver rear-ended our bus when it was stopped at a red light. We did not have a bus tip over.

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mmmm... the new bathroom /changing room policy "is based on the developmental level of the age group." Doesn't Shen comprehend that students do not all mature at the same rate? Some parents do not want to have this lack of privacy at these ages. What gives a few board members the right to determine the developmental readiness for our children when it comes to having a biological sex child undress in front of them?

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All of those factors will play into the decision.

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When will the Acadia middle school achievement list be updated? It seems to take a long time to update the information.

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It is updated now.

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When Shen is determining a snow day, do they decide based on the road conditions in the immediate Town of Clifton Park, or do they base their decision on the side roads too? I've woken up many times to the roads conditions on my street being close to not being able to drive on them, yet Shen is still open.

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Both.

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If you are not going to cancel school (I am not advocating it should have been closed today) and just operating with a two hour delay, then you need to make sure the buses can complete their runs on time. Its hard enough to deal with a delay none the less the unknown of buses that are running late even with the delay.

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There are too many variables to make that guarantee but the buses all leave the station on time.

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Why does the Wi-fi at HSW not work?

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WiFi across the district is working fine. In fact every day the number of connected users continues to climb. If you are having difficulty connecting to the wireless network please visit the “Connecting to Shen BYOD” page (http://www.shenet.org/district/DITIC/byod/connect.cfm) for instructions. Posters with instructions are also posted in most building libraries. In particular, Apple users need to follow the instructions carefully.

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On Friday at the girls basketball game, a girl played on two teams. They first played on shen freshman and then on shen varsity with the same number and look the same with the same height, they have I be the same person. Isn't there a policy about this? I am enraged

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My daughter was threatened to get written up because she was using hand lotion on the bus. He clearly stated that this was "illegal." Can you please clear up if this is true? Can the bus driver actually give her a referral for this?

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We do not allow students to use any sort of perfume or hand lotion (which could be perfumed) due to students who may be allergic to the smell. So yes, drivers will instruct students to put these types of lotions away or write them a referral if they refuse. Hand lotion that is not perfumed is ok to use.

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On what days will the Grade 4 Science Performance Tests be given at Orenda? I know the date range is 5/20 - 5/29 but have the specific days been scheduled?

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The Grade 4 Science performance test will be administered on May 20 in all elementary schools. The remainder of the window is reserved for makeups.

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Why is Arongen PTA raising money for playground equipment? I thought that is the school district's job to provide playground equipment. Not the role of the PTA?

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The PTA is comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators from within the school community. This group works collaboratively to provide resources and supports that enhance the school experience for all of our students. The PTA continues to be a tremendous partner in helping the school district provide a wide array of resources such as: Interactive Whiteboards, IPads, books for our libraries, equipment, and other important supplies that promote learning and student success. The playground enhancement project at Arongen is a collaborative effort that is being made jointly by the school district and the Arongen PTA. Please feel free to contact the Arongen School Principal or the Arongen PTA President to get more information about the current playground project and efforts.

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Is there a specific grade minimum to get into A.P. classes? Or does the teacher just use their own opinion and decide your future for you?

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There is an open enrollment for Advanced Placement. Teacher recommend who they feel will be successful in these classes. Talk to your guidance counselor.

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how can a senior graduate in jan?

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By earning a minimum of 22 credits by the end of semester 1 for their senior year.

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Are juniors and seniors required to wear the name and picture badges during school ?

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Yes, if they have earned junior citizenship or senior privileges.

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What is up with the new senior passes? I feel disrespected that I have to wear such thing that reminds me of a dog collar. Also who is to say that my senior privileges will be taken away if I don't wear this dumb tag.. I refuse to wear it.

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We are attempting to get students ready for the workforce or college life. ID tags are required at most places of employment and all colleges. If you refuse, your privileges will be revoked. The idea is also to identify, at a glance, who has the privilege.

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I got yelled at by a monitor today for not wearing my black lanyard during my off lab. I don't see why we need to be wearing them as long as we have one on us?

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It must be displayed and the ID is easily worn.

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I was walking in East's halls during the morning (Before Homeroom) and the guy in front of me has his hood up. It was cold out, so there is absolute nothing wrong with that. He gets stopped by a monitor and they tell him to take his hood off. And at this point I'm all like "What"? This guy, who was probably out in the cold a minute ago, has to take his hood off because he is indoors now? Why? Is this a law against the hoods on hoodies? Shen even sells Hoodies!When was this put into a go? I see wanna be young thug kids on the halls blasting their rap/metal music out of their phones and they don't even get stopped and told to turn it off? These are the "gangsters" that must be stopped. I know you don't have power over the actions of monitors and students (OMG, or do you?) but is there anyway Shen can step it up or something? Thank you for your time! =D

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The hood issue is mostly a safety issue so that students can be seen and identified easily.

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My car keys are on the same style lanyard as the juniors have their citizenship passes, will my senior privileges be revoked and will i be forced to only have a junior citizenship pass?

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We can get you a separate lanyard if you would like. As long as you wear your ID you will be fine.

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Why are there secretaries in the high school east workroom? Why can't students go in to ask their teacher something without being stopped?

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They support the teachers.

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Is there a time deadline for the district to call a snow day so I know when to stop checking?

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The decision is typically made by 5:30 a.m. However, if we call a delay you should continue to watch in case it turns into a closing.

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Are students allowed to attend BOE meetings?

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Yes, they are open to the public.

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Will there be another board meeting regarding the new transgender policies?

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Not until it is up for review as part of the regular review cycle.

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Don't you think that it's kind of ridiculous that shen asks their students and staff to drive in, in these conditions. I almost got into an accident and so did many others, I know Shen loses money every time the school is closed so I ask you is your multi-million dollar budget not enough is money really worth more than the safety of your staff and students worth more than our lives

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Schools DO NOT lose money on snow days. Shen does not ask students to drive in. We provide buses. Students who drive can make plans to take the bus when bad weather is in the forecast. As for staff, adults all over the region drive to work in bad weather, including many Shen staff members who do not have the day off when a snow day is called.

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Who decides whether there is a snow day or not? School administration or transportation? Or someone else?

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This web page explains how snow days are determined: http://www.shenet.org/LatestNews_Archive/EmergencyClosingDelayDismissal.cfm

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Does Shen care about the safety of their students and staff at all? How can you make us drive in or have the buses drive in these conditions when almost every other school in the area is closed.

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We do. However, it is winter in the Northeast. Every day could be like this for the next four months. We close school when the roads are unpassable.

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If I get injured on a bus ride from the weather would I be able to hold shen accountable and sue them?

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That is a question for a lawyer.

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Why is the new bathroom & changing room policy not being put into effect for middle schools and elementary schools?

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The policy is based on the developmental level of the age group.

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Does shen send out text messages for school closings

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No. We post them on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

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What if Shen hired a transgender teacher and he-she wanted to use the lady's room with the female teachers. Would Shen policy allow it?

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Yes, that person could request it.

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okay listen up all you ignorant people you have no idea what it's like to be transgender. you don't know what disphoria is. transgenders are not perverts trying to watch you change. they're trying to be comfortable with their identity. and guess what? you probably share a locker room with gays/lesbians every day but you don't complain about that. im a lesbian but im not a pervert in the bathroom/locker room. besides, gender does not = sexual orientation so maybe you need to rethink your life choices. shen please teach my ignorant peers.

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I identify as a Plant, and I'm offended that I have to use a locker room not suitable for Plantkins. I know this is a much bigger issue that's under the radar, for there are several others who Identify the same as me. If my requests for different facility arrangements aren't met, I will DEFINETLY be contacting a lawyer for causing me discomfort. I know I should be getting support from my fellow other supporters of the LGBTQ+2

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Plants don't change for gym.

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How is it fair that a girl can not try out for the cheerleadibg team and go on the team in the middle of the season ?

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None of our teams allow that.

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Would you ever allow a student to become one of the people to answer these questions? Or have a student answer as well as an administrator so that way people could read two opinions from different points of views?

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That is what the comment is. The response is from the administration.

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The Gowana girls bathrooms are absolutely disgusting. Feminine care products are on the floor and the toilets are filthy. A couple of the stalls are without locks and sometimes female students have to wait for a stall to be open. On the other hand, there is always some swear word or horrible language no one should have to see drawn on the stall walls. I once had gone into the bathroom and there was menstrual blood on the WALLS! I have seen more graffiti on the stall walls in the bathroom located near the seventh grade English teacher's room. The bathroom that the females are asked to use during their lunch periods has menstrual blood all over the place. No student should have to use a bathroom in this condition. Also the sinks aren't the best. They leak, and rarely work correctly. I appreciate the custodians work to keep the bathrooms clean but it should be addressed thorougher.

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We inspected all three restrooms, all stall doors have working locks and there was no writing on walls. Our maintenance staff does a wonderful job cleaning thevacility and  restrooms every evening. Students should have respect for the facilities and clean up after themselves during the day. If you find that the restroom is unclean, report it to a custodian.

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Just wanted to comment that I'm very proud of the Administration for creating the new plicy and the Board's action to approve it. Unfortunately, I'm a bit embarrased by the display of public comment at the Board meeting. However, I'm reassured knowing that these individuals merely represent a small, but vocal, minority of people who are scared of difference and change. I'm proud, too, to see the students outpouring of support for and understanding of the new policy.

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I am currently a student at the high school and I and many of my friends are happy about this new policy. We are proud to be a part of a school where all are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. I also find it very funny that everyone angry about this policy is up in arms about "biological males" being able to change in the girls locker room but say nothing about the fact that "biological females" would be able to do so in the boys locker room. Pretty blatant sexism.if you ask me.

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The ignorance in this community is disheartening to say the least. Some people think there will now be boys allowed in the girls bathroom at any given time. Not the case. There is an involved process one must go though to be medically deemed transgender. There are PRIVATE stalls the kids may use. Relax people. Get a hobby, read a book. Find something else to create drama over. Naked boys will NoT be running around the locker rooms.

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Why should taxpayers have to remove their children from Shen. Maybe it is time for single sex charter schools

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They don't.

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When HS students respectfully wait for transgender students of the opposite sex to complete their use of bathrooms and locker rooms before they enter are they going to be subject to discipline?

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They do not have to wait. There are enough private stalls for changing.

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My friends and I are in 8th grade and one of the other 8th grade students is seen in an Instagram picture with a hookah pen... also on her Instagram, there is a video of her making out with her boyfriend and a picture of her and her boyfriend but she is in underwear! I think this is completely inappropriate and it should be reported. But where to?

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This really is not a school issue. You could report it to her parents or talk to your guidance counselor for suggestions.

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re: the silly posts about the new bathroom/locker room policy-seeing hot girls,checking out the boy I like etc. etc. THIS can and will happen because guidelines and policies are made for people who follow the rules. We all know that part of the process of growing up and maturing is doing stupid things and making mistakes. The sad part is that no matter what the punishment for breaking these policies the damage will be done to innocent children. You CANNOT unring that bell. Shen did not open a door for dialogue or understanding they opened a Pandora's box of problems. More research and communication was needed.

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The plain language of the new policy provides ONLY select transgender students: (a) the choice of three bathrooms and two locker rooms; and (b) the choice of what population of students they toilet, change and shower with. The thousands of non-trans HS students do NOT have those choices. That is called DISCRIMINATION. That violates Shen's DASA and Title IX policies. The Board may want to take a careful look at this once again.

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Why is it that the new bathroom policy is only taking place at the high school? What about the kids who are transgendered that are in lower grades then highschool?

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Students at the lower grades may use the single-use facilities.

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What are accelerated and honors class total averages multiplied by in 9th grade?

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Please see the policy for weighted class rank: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7223.pdf

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My friend and i feel so uncomfortable with this new policy our moms are taking us out of Shen. Also, we are boycotting it. We refuse to change in the lockerooms and are speaking to the pricible ASAP. The fact that our rights are being taken away, is such a displeasing thing coming from Shenendehowa. Even in the agenda its states our rights. It doesnt say "one right you may not have is privacy, you are to share this with transgenders." PLEASE do not change a word i say! Please. I appreciate the time you spent reading this.

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This policy states that. at the elementary and middle levels, students shall use the bathroom and/or locker room as designated for male and female, based on biological sex or single-use, private facilities.

At the high school level, single-use, private facilities will be provided for any student requiring privacy. Requests to use facilities that corresponds to the gender identity a student exclusively and consistently asserts at school will be considered at the high school level only and assessed based on strict criteria.

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A quick shout out to the one student who spoke out in favor of the trans-bathroom policy at the 12/2/14 BOE meeting. She was fantastic and a true representation of the student body, I feel!

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We are always proud of how poised and articulate our students are when they speak at board meetings.

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Is there any rules against locker decorating at Koda Middle School? I wouldn't want to come to school with something that I *bought* and have an aid tell me it's "not allowed" even though none of these rules were ever stated to the students.

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The rules are:
They must sign up on a clip board in the main office.
Lockers can only be decorated before school
No balloons
All decorations should be removed after 2 days.

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Are the varsity coaches evaluated? What is the guideline for a consistently underachieving coach to keep their job? All sports should have the best possible coaches not just gym teachers that are interested in the sport part time . The athletes and coaches should have the same level of commitment to the sport they coach.

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All coaches and teams within a program are evaluated at the end of each season.

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will the dec 2 board meeting video be posted?

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It is now.

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I disagree with your response about the soccer field being maintained the best they possibly can be. There is so much more that could be done to improve the conditions. Is the ever a meeting to discuss theses issues? How do we help to get them improved?

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Talk to the athletic director.

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Im am asking you to please put this comment up here.I am a seventh grader girl. I feel very uncomfortable with this new policy. I am very glad swimming is over because the transgenders would've been allowed to see me naked. Because of this new policy, my mom is considering taking me out of Shen. I love it here! But this new policy took it way too far! My other friend's mom is doing the same. While all the teachers and Dr.Robinson are changing in their bathrooms they have privacy, THE GIRLS AT SHEN DON'T! I am asking you please since Shen cares SO MUCH about my rights, put this up and show it to authorities. I feel like no one even cares about how i may feel with this anymore. Why do they get to come in and see me change in the lockerooms? Also, please do not change one thing i put in here. These are my words and have the right to say them. I hope one day, someone will realize how upsetting this is to me and others.

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This policy states that, at the elementary and middle levels, students shall use the bathroom and/or locker room as designated for male and female, based on biological sex or single-use, private facilities. So you don't have to be concerned about the swim program.

At the high school level, single-use, private facilities willl be provided for any student requiring privacy. Requests to use facilities that corresponds to the gender identity a student exclusively and consistently asserts at school will be considered at the high school level only and assessed based on strict criteria.

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The arguments and statements being posted here and elsewhere against the new transgender bathroom/locker room policy are eeriely reminiscent of those that were made during desegregation. It's embarassing. Separate is NOT equal! BTW, earlier this year a Court in Maine awarded a transgender student $75,000 in damages when her school district denied her request that she be allowed to use the bathroom of the sex she identifies with, and instead allowed her to use the faculty/staff bathrooms. I am proud of the overwhelming majority of the HS student body for the maturity, compassion and open-mindedness they have displayed on this issue, despite what they may be hearing at home. I don't always approve of the BOE actions and policies, but I applaud them for not caving to the ignorance displayed at the 12/2 meeting.

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Who answers the questions? Thanks!

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It depends on the question. Many different administrators contribute to the blog.

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Is the "Locker Room Rule" taking place in the middle schools, or just the high schools?

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This policy states that at the elementary and middle levels students shall use the bathroom and/or locker room as designated for male and female, based on biological sex or single-use, private facilities.
At the high school level, single-use, private facilities will be provided. Requests to use facilities that corresponds to the gender identity a student exclusively and consistently asserts at school will be considered and assessed based on strict criteria.

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I understand that for the people who want to change their gender, it's hard for them and this is truly what they feel, but there were private facilities they were allowed to use, But If this eventually occurs and my daughter is made to feel "uncomfortable" then I will request special accommodations for her, The dignity for all act should cover her, Any parent should do the same if their kid is affected by these changes, Then we will see what the board does for us,

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There are private stalls available for all students.

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I was wondering what you think of the new policy? I would also like to mention to those who don't know transgender does not mean they are a different gender everyday, that is called genderqueer but that's a different topic. Transgender means that a person identifies as a gender that is not the one they were born with. Also, for those who say that the new transgender bathroom/ locker room policy could make some students uncomfortable need to think about how the transgender students feel. Imagine having to go into the wrong bathroom. Wouldn't it feel embarrassing or uncomfortable? That's how transgender students feel every day. I would assume (because I'm not transgender so I can't speak for them) that they don't feel comfortable going into the bathroom or locker room they had to go in before the policy. Contrary to certain belief, Shen is taking a big step in the right direction. I believe everyone should become more educated on this topic so that way so won't be so quick to judge the when they hear the term "transgender". Also, for the students who are joking saying that "Does this mean I can dress up as (gender) so I can go into (gender) bathroom and see stuff?" As a joke do not understand how difficult it is to be transgender. Statistically transgender people have a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered. Although some parents are becoming more accepting of their children, there are still a lot who don't. For those who don't know transgender does not mean they are a different gender everyday, that is called genderqueer but that's a different topic. Transgender means that a person identifies as a gender that is not the one they were born with. These people have it hard enough as it is, making jokes about this policy and them does them no help and is irresponsible and offensive (I'm sorry this isn't a question and is so long I just thought it should be mentioned)

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Per BOE Regulation 5645, "Upon request of an elementary or middle school student to use the bathroom facilities that corresponds to the gender identity that the student exclusively and consistently asserts at school, the building principal (in conjunction with the superintendent or designee) will work with the student and his/her family to provide a solution that is reasonable and safe for all students." Will parents be notified when a child at the elementary or middle school receives permission to use bathroom / locker room facilities that correspond to their gender identity?

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No, personal information about students is not for public notification.

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Hi, I am one of many 8th grade LGBTQ+ students in Shen. I'm happy to hear about the bathroom/locker room policy, and it got me thinking. There are way more LGBTQ+ students in our school than you probably know of, and I want everybody to feel safe and have a place to go to for support. I feel like if we had a GSA, we would have a place to go where we KNOW everyone will be supportive, which can also be helpful in finding one's identity, coming out, and even reducing the amount of stress and depression it causes. This is my school where I spend 7 hours of my day. I want to feel less like an outcast, and I want my voice to be heard. Somebody needs to take action, and if I can't do that, I hope somebody out there will.

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We have a GSA at the high school. We do not at the middle school but you could approach the principal about the process to start one.

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Can you please help clarify which board member voted in favor of and against the new locker and bathroom policy that was voted on earlier this week. Thank you.

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Gary DiLallo, Janet Grey, Robert Pressly and Bill Casey voted yes, James Trainor and Mary Blaauboer voted no.

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First off, I would like to thank you for answering so many ridiculous questions on the new trans-gender/locker room policy the past few weeks. Secondly, I was wondering if it was possible if a group of students could make a survey asking the rest of the high school students if they were in favor or not in favor of the new policy. So far, I feel that only the parents of students or the super concerned taxpayers have really been the only people able to voice their opinions on this discussion, and most of their opinions have been very one sided (against the policy). I feel that the students opinions defiantly matter more in this situation since they will be the ones that are apart of this policy, not their parents or the school's taxpayers. And honestly, while this is only a very large assumption, I feel that most students will be in favor of this new policy and are much more tolerant than the very vocal minority that has been against this policy from the start. Thank you so much!

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The superintendent is working with the principal to do something with students. You should be hearing about it soon.

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Is it true that the new field trip policy 8460 includes the same language as the new bathroom and locker room policy to include mixed biological use of facilities? What will Shen do if the off site field trip location does not agree to this mixed biological use, to include an overnight trip that would involve sleeping arrangements? BOE member Mr. Trainor made this same point before all remaining BOE members passed this policy. Mr. Trainor was the single no vote on this field trip policy.

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Again, the policy simply puts a process in place to address requests when they occur. That would be one of the factors to be considered.

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The better solution would be to provide a unisex/handicap restroom open to all without identification of the student. When one points out a transgender person you are asking for trouble.

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That doesn't address the need for a process when a request for alternate accommodations occurs. This policy puts in place a process for these requests.

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I applaud the School Board for doing the right thing with the new bathroom policy. It represents not just a change in policy, but an acknowledgment of the challenges some children face just to feel comfortable and safe in their own bodies. I can tell you first hand, the kids are fine with this. I have two daughters in the high school and I teach there. The kids are not the ones who lack compassion and understanding. It's a few parents. The younger generation has moved beyond issues of sexual orientation and identity. They know who they are and they are fine with their peers knowing who they are. And still the majority of teens are heterosexual and feel just fine in their bodies. Showing compassion to peers who have a harder struggle to find acceptance has not confused them or corrupted them; it has just made them better human beings. That's a good change.

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In response to questions regarding BOE Regulation 5645 you state,"The standard accommodation is single use facilities. The policy simply outlines a process that is to be followed with consistent guidelines in the event that a request is made." When a request is made, will parents in the district have a way to know the request is being considered? Will parents have a way to know when a request is approved or denied? Thank you,

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No, because student information is protected under FERPA.

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im so sorry that you have to go throught all these questions

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Is the Board aware that: (a) the recently reported Maine verdict (discussed at the recent meeting) was based on a District PREVENTING a transgender student from using ANY student bathrooms (completely unrelated to the District's new policy); (b) only Congress can AMEND Title IX (not the OCR as stated by a resident at the recent meeting); and Title IX by its plain language only prohibits gender discrimination?

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Those are for lawyers to debate, neither have anything to do with the reason this policy was developed. The policy was created because Shen received a couple of requests and realized that there was no policy in place to address these requests in a consistent manner.

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What was your college major?

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Business economics.

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People are actually being ridiculous about this bathroom policy. A student of the opposite gender going into the locker room is a last resort. Single use facilities are provided first. I appreciate ya'll trying to respect others sexuality.

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I'm curious as to why there has been not one mention on the website or in the HSE announcement about the Girls Cross Country team -- our team is attending NATIONALS and is 1 of only 22 out the entire country attending!! Who is responsible for giving out this info for the website or announcements?

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Typically the coach or the athletic director.

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Does it seem reasonable that the Superintendent makes more than the governor?

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He doesn't, when you add up the perks. Whether is is reasonable is a matter of personal opinion.

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"Kudos to the person that has to respond to all the idiots that ask questions. I love reading your responses. :)" Is met with a "Thanks" reply by the person entrusted to represent the Shenendehowa district online? Really??? Who is doing the training for the responses? Yet, there have been times on this board where the person on the other end has said that there is not enough time to answer all questions. So- either that's a lie, or more likely, the person that decides to post the "idiot" regard is in fact suffering their own I-D-10-T error. Ridiculous.

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I am pretty sure that we have never said that  there is not enough time to answer all the questions because we pretty much answer every question.

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Stuff the bus was posted on the date of some of the dates it was to arrive at schools. Wouldn't it have been time well spent to inform families ahead of time? My kids go to Arongen- it's by luck that I popped on the Shenet site today to see that the bus is there tonight... Would've been nice to be able to help participate

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Yes, it would have. Sorry about that.

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I know this teacher that gets frustrated about not being able to get into the building. They are a traveling teacher and go from Koda to HSW and HSE. They say that there are new codes to get in or something. I was trying to resolve that issue for them. Thanks

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That teacher needs to resolve the issue his/her self buy contacting our facilities department.

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To expand on the previous question and post. Will parents be informed if/when a transgendered student is granted permission to use the bathroom/locker room facilities of the opposite biological sex at the high school. I have two middle school aged children and I would prefer they not be in the bathroom or the locker room with a student of the opposite sex, regardless of their gender identity. Why is it not a viable option to have a "gender neutral" or community type facility they (as well as any other student) could use? This would also help protect and safe guard the identity of those students. Why do my children need to be made uncomfortable in school for such a small percentage of the student population? It seems the individual choice of the majority of students has been taken away. I also believe this will open the doors up a whole host of other issues and problems within the schools.

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Parents will not be informed because of FERPA regulations. However, it will not happen at the middle school.

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How will a student using a bathroom know if the transgender student who walked in is actually "approved" to use the bathroom, and not just a student going in for the funof it, on a dare, etc.

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You won't. If you have a concern, report it to the monitor.

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I just got off tne phone with District Office asking for clarification of last night's vote on the new Shen transgender bathroom policy.It was explained to me that separate single use bathrooms would be provided at the elementary and middle school levels for gender-identity students. I inquired what the policy would be at the high school level. I was told that a student with gender-identity issues could request to use the opposite gender bathroom or locker room facility if they were uncomfortable with their own gender facility. I was told that they then must submit proper medical or physcological evidence to support their request to the District Office. If approved by the District, these students would then be permitted to use both batroom and locker room facilities of the opposite sex. Although the District representative tried exhaustively to explain how thorough the review process would be , she could not and would not rule out that the possibility existed that an anatomically correct boy could be permitted to use the girls bathroom and locker room shower facilities with other girl students. When asked why my granddaughters might be subjected to exposure to unwanted male genitalia, I was told that Shen had to be an all-inclusive school. A much more easier solution would be for Shen to build a separate locker room facility for those students with these gender identity issues and not to subject the vast majority of female Shen students to these overly progressive policies.We have money for pools ,football fields and much more, I think we could find money to build a separate bathroom / locker room. What rights if any do the vast majority of Shen students and parents have to be heard on this issue? The Shen taxpayers,I believe, would prefer building these separate facilities to accomodate these few students rather than forcing the vast majority of students to now become uncomfortable in their surroundings.It is good to address the concerns of these two students but not to the detriment of the majority.

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Why are there general/nonregents chemistry and physics classes but not general/nonregents earth science? Why do 9th graders only have one option? Earth Science is very difficult for some students to pass. Wouldn't it be better for them to come out of their freshman year with a science credit even if it wasn't for a regents course?

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In order to graduate with a regents diploma in NYS, all students are required to successfully complete 3 units of science; 1 Physical Science (Earth, Chemistry, or Physics), 1 Life Science (Biology), and a third unit of credit. In addition, students must pass 1 Regents Exam in Science (or 2 exams for Advanced Regents Diploma). Longitudinal data shows that Earth Science is the easiest of the Physical Sciences; definitely easier than Chemistry or Physics. Data also shows that most (over 90%) of our students successfully complete Earth Science, Biology, and both of the corresponding Regents Exams in addition to the 3rd required unit of credit, which allows them to achieve the Advanced Regents Diploma.

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Shen High School drama did a great job with Noises off and had a well run cast party after the last show to celebrate. Why were neither of the show's directors there with the students? Shouldn't they be?

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Thanks for the kind words about the show! The cast party is a chance for the students in Drama Club to celebrate their hard work and have a fun time. While the adults involved are very happy to lead the club and help to produce excellent performances, they do not feel it is necessary for them to attend a student party. The directors were hard at work striking the set at the time of the party.

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Is there any way a speaker could be installed in room 117 of High School East. It is impossible to hear the announcements without going into the hallway. The announcements often have important information that my fellow classmates and I need to hear.

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Over the holiday break, a speaker will be installed. However, the room is divided by a portable wall that can easily be opened each morning for access to the speaker.

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Has shen ever thought about testing an "open campus" policy for high schoolers?

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re: bathroom/lockerroom policy. Shame on the BOE for trying to make such monumental decisions without the input of the taxpayers and parents. I encourage ALL to watch the BOE meetings on line if you are unable to attend a meeting. I did andthat's where I heard that by their being voted in they are given the power for these decisions-only partly true. Most people are unaware of the scope of decisions placed in the boards hands,and as time goes on issues arise that were never thought of. These issues are relevant to all and before a decision is made the public should be made VERY aware.We know not every issue can or should come before the public but issues that involve close personal interactions between sexes is not one decided without the notification of the public. Time to get off your sanctimonious high horses and realize that the BOE IS accountable to the public.

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The district posted a draft of the policy prior to the vote on the website and sent information to parents via e-mail . This district provides live streaming video of board meetings and video recordings of meetings. Agendas are posted on the website prior to every meeting and every meeting is open to the public. We also provide detailed minutes of every board meeting. We have a board of education e-mail for parents and taxpayers to provide input to the board and we were the first school district (and one of the only school districts to this day) to offer this venue for public input as well. The superindentent scheudles 5 Saturdays a year for community conversations and many board members are usually in attendance.

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Who is in charge of Color Guard? I would like to get my daughter signed up. I need the name and phone number. Thanks!

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Here is their web page: http://www.shencolorguard.teampages.com/

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Why on earth would a child (male or female) have to put up with being in a locker room or bathroom with a child of the opposite sex - ever???? Why not simply have a separate changing room / bathroom for the child born into one sex but identifying as another? Shen has gone way too far with part of this policy and is now catering to the minority vs. the majority of students. The big question is WHY? Why is this needed if a child has a separate bathroom / changing room to use? WHY? ALL students comforts should be addressed and this policy is not addressing them. WHY?
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We do have separate changing rooms and restrooms.

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All of these people who are so concerned about boys and girls showering toegether or  running around naked in the lockerrooms need to stop watching porn movies. No one is naked, they are in their underwear and students don't shower anymore after gym.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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In HSW the bathrooms near the science labs are always locked. In addition 9th period all the bathrooms are locked, please advise as to why this is? We have 30 minutes or more for a bus ride home and should be able to Pee before we leave. The amount of students and lack of time from class to class prevent us from being able to use them during the day. Maybe we should lock the faculty bathrooms all day so they know it is. For many health reasons this should not be done. Do we need medical excuses in order to use the restroom?

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The bathrooms in the back hallway of High School West are closed when there are no monitors available to supervise the back hallway. The bathrooms by the cafeteria and gymnasium are always open and available throughout the school day.

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Any word on when Arongen will get new playground equipment? I've had at least 1 child in Arongen for 8 years now, fundraising every year. New equipment is needed.

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We appreciate your support and agree with you! We hope that our current fundraising campaign will provide some much needed playground enhancements for Arongen.
The only fundraisers that we are aware of within the last five years took place in the past five months and were headed by Arongen’s PTA. This summer the 3rd annual Karen’s Kids Golf tournament was held with all of the proceeds earmarked to go towards playground upgrades at Arongen. The PTA also held an Entertainment Book sale this past fall to directly support playground enhancements.
Arongen’s Partnership Team and PTA have been working together this year to move forward in purchasing new playground equipment. We are hopeful that we will have new playground equipment installed and being used by students by May 2015.

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Last night Shen BOE adopted a new trans-gender bathroom/locker room policy with very little input from Shen parents or students.This major change was done to accomodate a few students with little regard to how uncomfortable this change may become for the vast majority. The District Office is professing the "all-inclusiveness" of their new progressive policy and are not receptive or understanding to how possibly uncomfortable their actions may be to the vast majority of students. Little or nothing it seems can be done to change their views. What taxpayers can do however is to exercise their voice at the next BOE election and vote those BOE members who voted in support of these changes out. Two positions are currently up in June 2015.

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The policy was initially discussed at the board meetings which are streamed live on the website and videotaped for public viewing. Unlike any other policy, information about this policy was posted on the website and sent by e-mail to all parents two weeks prior to the board meeting when it was still in draft form. This notice was also covered by all of the local media. When the draft policy was finalized for the Dec. 2 meeting, it was posted on the website (six days before the meeting). Board members talked with many constituents prior to voting and read all of the letters and e-mails sent on the issue.

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Some boys were talking in class about how their going to pretend to be transgender for a while so they can see "hot girls" in the locker room .I am really uncomfortable, I dont want to go to gym anymore

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To do so, they and their parents would have to formally make a request and present documentation of specific medical treatment, counseling, or therapy, as well as change in name and gender identity on an official birth certificate. Then the superintendent will work with the family to provide a solution taking into consideration the dignity and integrity of all as well as a number of other factors outlined in the policy.

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so theirs this boy I like so If I pretend to be a transgender I could see him change?

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No.

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To expand on the previous question and post. Will parents be informed if/when a transgendered student is granted permission to use the bathroom/locker room facilities of the opposite biological sex at the high school. I have two middle school aged children and I would prefer they not be in the bathroom or the locker room with a student of the opposite sex, regardless of their gender identity. Why is it not a viable option to have a "gender neutral" or community type facility they (as well as any other student) could use? This would also help protect and safe guard the identity of those students. Why do my children need to be made uncomfortable in school for such a small percentage of the student population? It seems the individual choice of the majority of students has been taken away. I also believe this will open the doors up a whole host of other issues and problems within the schools.

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The standard accommodation is single use facilities. The policy simply outlines a process that is to be followed with consistent guidelines in the event that a request is made.

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Per BOE Regulation 5645, "Upon request of an elementary or middle school student to use the bathroom facilities that corresponds to the gender identity that the student exclusively and consistently asserts at school, the building principal (in conjunction with the superintendent or designee) will work with the student and his/her family to provide a solution that is reasonable and safe for all students." Will parents be notified when a child at the elementary or middle school receives permission to use bathroom / locker room facilities that correspond to their gender identity?

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At the elementary and middle level, students shall use the bathroom and/or locker room facilities as designated for male and female, based on their biological sex. We will work with the families to provide single use facilities.

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I noticed Shen has not referenced the fact that the new bathroom and locker room policy isn't mandated by Shen, but that it falls under the US Department of Education's title IX which prohibits discrimination against (including but not limited to) age, race, gender identity, ethnicity, etc. Taxpayers need to be aware if they insist Shen not follow through on this policy, it can subject the district to massive lawsuits - see how you like your school tax bill then.

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The new policy simply outlines the district's process and protocols to ensure consistency: what are the accommodations, what the process is for requesting alternate accommodations, who makes the decision, what documentation is necessary and what the appeals process.

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What is the basis for the sudden change in the policy for bathrooms for transgender students without student input? Shouldn't the students, who are the ones affected by the policy, have a say in the decision say by school-wide polling, especially in the high schools, rather than the decision being made by the adults who have absolutely NO stake in this decision. If this was a suggestion made by two students (as the news reports have said) then wouldn't the other 2500-3000 or so students in the high school have opinions that were just as valid. Big decisions like this should be made by a LONG-TERM, constructive conversation with the students. I know that having talked with many of my fellow students there is a lot of discomfort with the policy. Perhaps this is because they are not fully aware with what the policy entails, but opening a discussion with the student body. The only reasonable explanation for such a sudden change in the middle of the school year would be the threat of legal action against the school and that still does not justify cutting the students out of the decision making process. The public hearing scheduled for the second is also not adequate for student input as one of my friends called it "social suicide." Student input SHOULD be gathered through a broad, anonymous survey such that every student has a voice and that they are free from judgement.

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The basis for the new policy is on the homepage of the website. It simply outlines the process for requests for alternative accommodations other than single use facilities.

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What would a student have to do to be able to get into A.P. classes? Please include specifics and "ask your teacher" would not help me at the moment.

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Sorry, but that is a question for your guidance counselor or teacher.

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Are students allowed to say Merry Christmas in school?

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Yes.

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Are you aware that Shen is the only district in the Capital Region to have scheduled school on the day before Thanksgiving? Everyone else considers it a vacation day. Why are we the only ones holding classes

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Different schools have different school calendars.

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Can alumni use the athletic weightroom to workout in?

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No, just current students.

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Kudos to the person that has to respond to all the idiots that ask questions. I love reading your responses. :)

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Thanks.

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Orenda PTA committee members provided a wonderful event to showcase the students' Reflections entries. Thank you Principal Smith and board members Bill Casey, President, and Mary Blaauboer for attending. Many Orenda teachers were present. I read many complaints about the Shen district on Grapevine. Some things can be improved, but our students have many opportunities thanks to the committed volunteers, staff and board members. I see teachers at every event, and I don't think they always receive recognition for their commitment beyond the end of the school day.

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Does the proposed change in locker room policy mean that a biological male who is determined to be a transgender female can then play for a girls sports team instead of a boys team such as say basketball?

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This policy does not address that.

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If this is the grape vine, and people post things on the grapevine in order making the grapevine, shouldn't the post be called grapes?

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Probably.

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Thank you for answering the questions posted on this grapevine. However, I urge you to please take the time to write your answers using proper grammar. You represent a school district, and as such, should take pride in your work.

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We try our best but mistakes happen.

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I thought Shen followed the BOCES calendar? We are the only school in the capital district/Saratoga Co. that has school the day before Thanksgiving. I know you said every school is different but if we "follow the BOCES calendar" shouldn't we actually follow it?

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For the most part Shen follows the BOCES calendar, however, there are days that are different due to contracts and local priorities.

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Is 10th grade geometry a regents class?

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Yes.

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Are honors classes weighed? Also, what are the benefits of taking AP Chemistry rather than Regents or Honors Chemistry?

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Weighting for high school classes is clearly articulated in our Program of Studies and only applies to student rank; not GPA. Honors classes are weighted 1.03, AP and College classes are weighted 1.06. Colleges look carefully at “depth of schedule” when considering applicants and students who have completed more rigorous courses in high school are looked upon more favorably than those who have not successfully taken on a rigorous and challenging course load. AP and Honors classes offer rigor, challenge, and depth of schedule.

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Is there any chance in the future of paving over the gravel/dirt area in the back of the parking lot of HSE? There are not enough spots on the pavement for all seniors to park and when it rains/snows, it is a complete mess to try and get in and out cleanly. I know many seniors and underclassmen to come would appreciate this relatively inexpensive addition. Thank You

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Never say never, however, it is a matter of funding and priorities.

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Anythinh being done about the teacher's facebook post about "being raped by bill cosby"? I dont think thats something tne district should take lighly...rape is no joke.

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It has been addressed and removed.

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Please be clear in your hypothetical case that the "alternate accommodations" translates to the biological male using the girls locker rooms and bathrooms. This type of language is what is leading to confusion on what the school is proposing.

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That is one type of alternate accommodation that a student may chose to formally request. If so, the policy outlines the request process, the documentation required, who makes the decision and the appeals process if the student is not satisfied with the decision.

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Any plans to restructure traffic patterns between the Koda, Acadia, and on campus elementary schools? More inlets/outlets to main roads are needed. Traffic congestion is awful before/after school in that area.

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Not at this point.

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Orenda only has one handicapped parking spot but has a spot designated for a PTA fundraiser winner. At the school auction you can bid on the parking spot so that you can always park close to the school. I think the school should revisit this and have it go back to being a handicapped parking spot. The school holds many great events where grandparents attend and there is no available parking. During the recent Halloween parade a handicapped man "took" the PTA spot because the other handicapped spot was taken. The "owner" of the spot mentioned it was hers and while he offered to move, she graciously let him stay there. It seems a school should have more than one designated spot for handicapped parking. There are many other ways to raise money for the PTA...I don't think taking up parking spots at school is one of them

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Orenda has the required number of handicap accessible parking spots. The other parking spot has been committed to the PTA through the end of the school year. In planning for next year we will consider the option of adding an additional handicap parking spot.

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how come other schools get days off due to weather and we do not. our bus drivers can barley see because of how dark it is and now they have to put up with icy roads as well. I think it is a safety hazard to drive the kids to school in such in conditions. My bus driver is 65 and he can he has a hard time seeing... so ask yourself what if that was your kid riding the bus.

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There are many factors that go into the decision of whether or not to close school, darkness is not one of them.

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Hi I am a high school student some boys are pretending to be trans gender in order to get into the girls bathroom. I am very uncomfortable a male stood in the girls bathroom. How can shen allow this

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Okay, let's play this out hypothetically based on the policy:

First, the boys would have to tell the principal that they are uncomfortable using the men's restroom and locker room and why. Then the principal would provide them with access to our single use, private restrooms and changing rooms.

If they are unhappy with that, they (with their parent or guardian) would need to submit a letter to the superintendent requesting alternate accommodations.

They would have to submit satisfactory documentation of gender status/identity. This may include, but is not limited to, documentation of specific medical treatment, counseling, or therapy, as well as change in name and gender identity on an official birth certificate.

The superintendent will then make a decision based on a number of criteria outlined in the policy.

If the boys are unhappy with the decision there is an appeal process outlined in the policy.

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Why doesn't the school have a better sign on Rt 146? Other schools have bigger, digital ones.

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The district is actually in the planning phase to change the signing on both the 146 and the Moe Road entrances. That work is scheduled for this summer.

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When school is delayed due to inclement, either one or two hours, do students in the middle school accelerated classes have their period zero class at the appropriate adjusted time (1-2 hours past 8am)?

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We do not hold 0 period on 1-2 hour delays. I will make sure that our Period 0 teachers notify their students.

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Why is there a rule against birthday locker decorating?

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There is no district wide rule. You would have to ask your principal.

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When someone writes about their being bullying on the cheerleading team that is compeletly false.. When there is so much disrespect on the team and you have to tell underclassmen things they are supposed to do every year, they consider it "bullying" so people will feel bad.

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Maybe your team should be talking about this, rather than hashing it out on the grapevine.

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Can my elementary child be denied his/her lunch time because of unfinished school work or a messy desk? Can his/her time to go to lunch be delayed so that his/her time is less than the scheduled time period?

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No.

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can somebody please update the team 7-2 website for gowana?

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It is updated now.

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Can coaches see their athletes grades? And if so, do they see them weighted or unweighted?

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Coaches can only see interim and quarter grades (unweighted) for their student-athletes.

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question on new policy particular to this clause: "Students shall use the bathroom and/or locker room facilities as designated for male and female, based on their biological sex. A student will not be required to use a locker room or bathroom that conflicts with the gender identity that the student exclusively and consistently asserts at school. A student may be provided access to a single-user bathroom and/or alternative changing facility" TO which student does this last sentence refer? The Student with the gender identity issue or the Student without the gender identity issue? So if my child does not want to undress in front of a person biologically the opposite sex, which student needs to find another place to undress or use the restroom?

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All of our high school locker rooms have private changing areas that anyone can use.

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Are teachers able to change grades after the marking period ends? A couple of my teachers put things in wrong, and I wanted to know if I could get it fixed.

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Contact the teacher to correct any errors, the corrections will be reflected when reports cards are run again in January.

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With regard to the response about the infinite campus portal being closed, this answer is confusing, because teachers are able to input and update grades at any time, whether the portal is closed for student viewing or not. Why is it only this time when they are locked?

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The “Live view” is not the formal “post to report card view” (note that those grades appear in yellow). Teachers may add/correct grades until they “Post to the report card”. This is done to avoid any confusion about what the “Report Card” really is (note that the report card official grade is in green).

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Regarding the singing of the national anthem at the football games. I think it's awesome that we have a club that will sing it, but when the microphones malfunction (as usual), I believe it is better to have the student section do the singing. BTW, just when will we get a proper PA system??

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The PA system is state of the art but it only works when the mic is turned on. A minor adjustment and one that is fixable.

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OMG Shen STOP this PC agenda. If boys/girls are not happy with their birth gender let them use the nurses restroom, but keep them away from the NORMAL population. I have been a taxpayer for more then 30 years and resent this as I say PC stuff (I have another name in mind)

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You are entitled to an opinion. We believe every child (person) is entitled to be treated with respect and dignity. Some call that PC, as a district we call it being unbiased and not tolerating discrimination of any kind.

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Students have gotten their art projects back, the teacher has kept this students work to put it in a show, but the student has asked for the project back for family reasons, and the teacher still will not return the project. Advice to get the project?

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The Art department and respective teachers should not hold art work against a student’s will. Please reach out directly to the art teacher or Mr. Rosselli, the supervisor (rossfran@shenet.org)

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If a middle schooler has a note from a parent in PE class to sit out, will it go in the grade book as a zero, or will she just be exempt? My daughter's grade went down drastically because I sent a note when her ankle was bothering her.

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During units other than swimming, students are allotted 5 parent notes for the entire school year and get marked “excused.” However, during the swimming unit, the excused classes have to be made up. They get entered into gradebook as a zero and the zero gets changed once they have made up the class. Classes can be made up during intramurals (offered every day except Tuesdays) at 8:00am or during a study hall if they have a pre-signed pass.

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Whats this stuff about this new bathroom/locker policy? Can you link some information?

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It's on our homepage.

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Hi, I'm a recent graduate of Shen and I'd just like to say, publicly, that if parents are uncomfortable with their daughter sharing a bathroom with a "male" they shouldn't be worried, seeing as that males will not be sharing the bathroom, females will. If a biologically sexed male identifies as a female, they are a female. The schools not just letting guys who decide they want to go into the bathroom in, coming out as trans* is one of the most difficult, and scary things and telling some one that they aren't allowed to be comfortable because you don't understand it is just wrong. Please, look up some actual information on trans* and gender neutral and fluid people, they are just like you and me, just trying to help out :)

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Thanks for the feedback. The policy that is being proposed looks to provide a comfortable environment for all students…no child should be left to suffer in silence, regard of their unique concerns or interest.

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Why is it that so many feel the need to comment on the perceived meaning behind the reported actions of teachers, possibly actual or manufactured, in a cowardly manner without attaching their NAMES to their opinions? If something is worth complaining about, it's equally deserving of a name attached to the complaint...Doesn't equity apply to individuals, teachers, getting to address their accusers?

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Probably for the same reason that so many staff members send in grapevines.

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When I was a kid - individuals who felt uncomfortable with their identity used the nurses bathroom. With the suggestion of the new bathroom policies I am curious just how many "gender identity" students are in the 10th through 12th grades at Shen? It seems to me that we would be placing a poilicy in effect to for a very small percentage of the studet population. Am I wrong in that thought?

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This situation is very rare. However, we have many students who are provided accommodations for a wide variety of reasons. If any student, 1 or 10,000 has a need, we have a commitment to assess and address it as much as practicable, taking into consideration a slew of factors based on the particular case or circumstance.

It is important to have policies and regulations in place to ensure fair and consistent practices. This particular policy does what all policies do. It outlines what current practices are (single user accommodations); what the process is for requesting different accommodations; who makes the decision (the superintendent or designee); what the criteria is for the decision (documentation among others and what constitutes documentation); and what the process is for appealing a decision.

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If the BOE passes the proposed policy 5645 R on Dec 2 that would allow biological males full use of the girls bathrooms and locker rooms at both high schools, will the district include language to give parents a blanket "opt out" no questions asked if they choose to exclude their daughter from mixed use facilities?

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Board policies do not have opt-out or opt-in clauses. Policies, and this one is no different, simply outline process and protocols that must be followed taking into consideration the various needs of students and staff. In all instances, specific request for a particular accommodation is carefully reviewed.

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Thank you for referring parents to the Nov. 4th BOE meeting in reference to the new bathroom and locker room policy. Can you also inform busy parents that they can fast forward the video to minute 35 to view the discussion on this policy? Thank you as this policy is a sea change that calls for full transparency.

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You are welcome. The policy will be posted on the website on November 26 after revisions are complete and prior to the December 2nd board meeting.

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Several neighbors and friends state they have written to the Grapevine with concerns about Common Core - yet we see little on the website regarding this topic. Are comments / complaints re: Common Core being censored?

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Do a search on the page for Common Core and you will see that there have been six questions answered about the Common Core since June. It says on the top of the page. NOT ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED. If a question or comment has been addressed already or it is just an opinion, it typically will not be published.

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Shen continues to assert that we are "not only sports minded - but academic focused as well". Well - Skano offers 2 days a week of after school intramurals and yet only 2 days a MONTH of after school academic assistance in Math. mmm?

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Intramurals are different from interscholastic athletics. Intramurals focus on physical fitness not competition.

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why only worry about children who feel they are a different gender than they were born as? why are we not worried about the sensitivities and comfort of girls in HS who may now have a boy in their bath/locker room? REALLY?>????

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We worry about the sensitivities of all of our students.

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Who made the rule that in a lockdown students cannot approach the windows and instead must huddle together in a massive target in a back corner?

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Our safety practices are guided by the New York State Police, Homeland Security and NYS Education Department.  Per their recommendations classes shall group together away from doors and windows so as not to be seen. There could be more than one intruder inside or outside. Most importantly you should remain out of sight until you are informed by law enforcement or school representative otherwise.

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Kudos for creating a thoughtful, fair and progressive bathroom policy. This will ensure Shen remains a leader in public education.

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Thanks. The district is committed to preserving a quality environment in which all students can thrive as learners and as individuals.

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the girls locker room has smelt like vomit for the past week. can something be done?

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Which school?

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Where does the $40 fee for senior parking passes go to?

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The general fund budget.

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If you are going to act on a policy, it must be made available to the public in advance of the meeting at which it will be voted on. Please consult Open Meetings law as you are in violation.

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No, we are not. In accordance with recent changes to the state Open Meetings Law, supplemental files to Board of Education meeting agendas must be made available to the public, to the extent practicable, either prior to or at the meeting. We always have public copies available at the meeting.

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The STA contract says when BOCES has a 186 school day calendar the day before Thanksgiving is not a day of instruction. It appears to be 186 days this year. Will this be announced soon?

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The day before Thanksgiving is a scheduled instructional day.

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Are middle school teachers supposed to have electric air fresheners in their rooms? Some of them smell really bad!!

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No. The air fresheners would be considered a chemical brought in from home. The district does not allow any chemicals on site that are not approved and purchased by the district since they pose an allergen issue for building occupants and the district is required by law to maintain an MSDS for each air freshener brought on site.

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After a water main break near Chango, it was unsafe to drink water. Bottled water was given to teachers to provide for students. When the students in one class, thirsty after their gym class, asked for water the teacher refused to give it to them and told them to 'suck it up'.

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The school principal has shared your concern with staff members.

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Why is the shen website called shenet? Why isn't it Shenendehowa.net or .edu?

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Because, believe it or not, many people can't spell Shenendehowa and Shen was taken. Shenet stands for Shen Network.

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BOE meetings that are recorded seem to need a login and password in order to view. Could you please provide instructions or system requirements so that these meetings can be viewed? Thank you

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The login box just comes up but you do not need to login to view.

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Would like to thank whoever was responsible for fixing Lt. Dave Gordon's memorial stone at the football field. It looks great. Thanks again!

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Thanks for letting us know about the issue.

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on the portal, i got a 1 for effort. does that mean goo or bad? (By the way, im in middle school)

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One is the best.

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What does your GPA have to be in order to be considered for the National Honor Society, and is it calculated using weighted grades for honors classes?

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Information on National Honor Society can be found on its web page. http://shennhs.webs.com/

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How many illegal immigrants are students at Shen?

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We would have no way of knowing that. By law, school districts are allowed to ask if you live in the district and do you have proof of that. Citizenship, employment, immigration status are not part of our legal authority.

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Why would Shen deny a request to publicly post the newly proposed bathroom policy? All parents and community members deserve notification and full transparency on this proposed policy before it is rushed through on Dec 2.

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Because it was being revised. It is not being rushed. All policies have a first reading, a second reading and adoption. The entire process usually takes a a month. A message was sent via SIS and posted on the website that the revised policy will be posted on Wednesday, Nov. 26. It goes for a second reading on Dec. 2 and possible adoption on that night.

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When the new soccer fields were finished a few years ago, several parking spaces in the Tesago/Skano parking lot were marked for handicap parking to accommodate the large number of people that might attend a soccer game. In the off season, and during the school day when no games would be played, why can't these parking spots be used by visitors? A simple sign designating as handicap parking during certain hours would be sufficient. It is a large waste of space during the off times when games are not being played. It is a terrible inconvenience and extremely dangerous to have younger siblings having to get out of vehicles on the edge of the road or having to cross the main road. Thank you for looking into this.

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The number of required parking spaces at a facility is based on the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Failure to meet the minimum requirements would be a violation. Perhaps there could be the option of allowing those spots to be used during the off-season (winter months). However, switching back and forth during the active sports season and school day would be difficult to manage and problematic. We will look into any available options while also taking safety into consideration.

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Why do I have to dsign up for the regents prep thing during my one and only free period? I don't want to do it.

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The teacher must feel you need extra support.

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WIll there ever be a time when the CAPCOM branch at the school is open at all times during the entire school week?

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Probably not since it requires more personnel than we currently have to staff this.

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Is Spanish 3A weighted as honors?

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No.

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When will Gowana get their sprit wear/shen apparel back? It stated that it would take 3-4 days for delivery.

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December. It will be announced on the PA when it arrives.

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the boys bathroom in the 7th grade wing at gowana is disgusting with its fine literature and flooding issue.

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We will look into it.

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Why does shen have a bank?

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It is an experiential learning project with our business education students and a financial learning opportunity for students who are credit union members.

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I've heard the junior prom theme is a masquerade, but students aren't allowed to wear masks. If this is the case, doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of a masquerade?

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The students understood the parameters when they voted this theme as their number 1 choice.

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Shen should really check on there study hall and lunch monitors more often. I am in 8th grade in one of the three middle schools, and the study hall monitors who don't have a "class", are roaming around the tri-building, looking for someone who they can rat out and they aren't even in the school they work in! Shouldn't they be watching the door and minding there own business?

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With the exception of a few periods, every monitor is assigned to a study hall or lunch duty. If not doing one of those two duties, they have hall duty in an assigned area.

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Why doesn't the school have a better sign on Rt 146? Other schools have bigger, digital ones.

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The district is actually in the planning phase to change the signing on both the 146 and the Moe Road entrances. That work is scheduled for this summer.

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When will the Koda Fall 8th Grade Pictures be distributed?

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Should be just before Thanksgiving break

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My daughter is in 6th grade and goes to Gowana Middle School. She uses the time in study hall to get her homework and studying done. On many occasions, she is disrupted by the study hall monitors who talk during that time. Is there any way to resolve this issue?

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I'm glad kids were not allowed to dress up at the high school level (for various reasons). But the elementary schools? Seriously? What, is shen afraid of a little 5th grader dressed up as a monkey or a kindergartener dressed up as a princess?

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Each elementary school handles Halloween differently. You should talk to your principal.

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How can Shenendehowa designate a school bus to sit in the Wal-Mart parking lot to advertise for more drivers? Seems like Shen wasn't telling the truth about how badly buses are needed.

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The bus that is used for advertisement is a “spare” bus. It is one of our older buses. Spare buses are used when buses assigned to regular routes are in the shop for preventive or corrective maintenance, and or are undergoing DOT preparation and inspection.

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Why would Shen deny a request to publicly post the newly proposed bathroom policy? All parents and community members deserve notification and full transparency on this proposed policy before it is rushed through on Dec 2.

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The district does not post draft policies under-development and being reviewed by the BOE. When a policy is approved it is then posted. It is the BOE's statutory authority to develop and approve policies, ensuring compliance with any and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The board publicly discusses policies under review at their business meetings which are streamed live on the website. The videos and minutes of the meetings are also available for public viewing on the website.

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At a recent football game the Superintendant found it within himself to give the hand jesture to "cut it" as the kids in the student section were singing the National Anthem? He was then seen shaking his head when the students once again sang the anthem at yet another game, why? Is he not in touch with the fact that these kids belt this song out at EVERY game and although a few may be off key...they do it PROUDLY!

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Any student who felt shunned should know and understand that was not the superintendent's intent. He gave the sign to stop  because, while the enthusiasm of the students is appreciated, the signing was severely clashing with the student group that was asked to sing and prepared to do so. As a school district we pride ourselves on proper edict and decorum, especially when it comes to something as honorable as the signing of the national anthem, and always want to see our students and district presented in the best possible light.

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please update the staff email page

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It is updated now.

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I heard that the district does not want to fund the Shen Crew team because it is too costly. Is this true? I really would like to know why it isn't a district funded sport.

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Crew has never been listed as a sport by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. See link below. It is funded as a club.
http://www.nysphsaa.org/Portals/0/PDF/Handbook/2014-2015%20Handbook/HS%20Sport%20Standards%20-%202014-2015%20NYSPHSAA%20Handbook%20814.pdf

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I have to say that I am very embarrassed about the conditions of the Shen Varsity soccer fields. Could you please tell me what the athletic director and the district plans to do to improve the conditions and when they plan on doing so. It's embarrassing when parents from other districts are commenting on how bad they are.

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We have dedicated soccer fields that are maintained as best as possible.

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Is there any rule against parents parking on the edge of the road connecting the circle at HSE? I am a senior driver and when I pull out of the parking lot I cannot see the road due to cars blocking my view.

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This is only allowed at dismissal and with the driver remaining in the vehicle.

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Why is it ok for students in High School East to blast music from their backpacks in between classes?

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It is not and if this occurs and an adult hears this, they will address it.

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With regards to your response on the NHS officers mispronouncing their fellow classmates names - your answer is weak and unacceptable. "Busy students who are not as prepared as we would like"??? Isn't that the role of the NHS advisor - to assist these young individuals on how to be properly prepared for such an important task?? Stop giving excuses and start acknowledging that some students names were terribly mangled when announced. As Dr. Robinson talked about - being prepared in life is so important and there is no really good excuse for what occurred. The advisor should take note for next year...

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It has been noted.

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is the acadia team 6 2 field trip canceled

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No.

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Since Cheerleading is becoming a sport this basketball season will the coaches need to be certified as other Shen coaches are required? Also since the head Varsity coach isn't a Shen Teacher, will the job be posted to other Shen staff first?

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The coaches are in the process of getting certification. Also, the varsity team is co-coached and one of the individuals is a Shen teacher.

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how can i make soccer a gym activity instead of intermurals

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Speak to your teacher.

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Why can our @shenschools emails only send/receive stuff from other @shenschools accounts? When I went to the college fair I thought it would be smart to give that email to colleges to keep all stuff that has to do with school under one email address and I'm upset to find out I'll never be receiving my emails from them.

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In the interest of student safety and privacy, student gmail accounts have been restricted to only send/receive messages within the district’s two domains. Recognizing that this may be too restrictive for some grade levels we are currently reviewing this decision.

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My child says that she sits next to a boy in one of her classes that has lice. She said that today the boy kissed her on the lips even though she told him to get off of her. Will my daughter get lice?? I am extremely horrified and don't know what to do. I contacted the principal and they just dismissed the issue. This is preposterous and nothing has been done to apprehend the boy. Please address this issue, or else I personally will storm into the school.

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No need to storm the school. Simply call the principal and ask for a meeting to discuss. If that doesn't work to your satisfaction, contact the superintendent.

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SHEN LOGIC: we can't use the new fitness center unless an adult is supervising but they can send a 17 year old off campus without a parents approval all because of her outfit.

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What's the question?

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Girls on the varsity cheerleading team that are seniors are bullying girls that are not seniors and treating them rudely...they are not only bullying them in person and cyber bullying..it needs to be stopped

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This should be formally reported to the high school administration.

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Karigon- were the parents of the fifth graders caught bullying and those being bullied alerted? It is a concern to many parents that this may have been handled "in-house" and that parents are none the wiser as to what their children are doing/experiencing.

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Schools are required to provide education regarding the new State law, Dignity for All Students Act – DASA. There was no concern regarding “bullying” in the school. The concern was about the activities of a couple of students from outside of school. A general meeting with the fifth grade students was held to remind them about using media wisely. A message was also sent to parents about this and reminding parents to monitor their children’s digital life.

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I lost my northface with my phone inside. Im really upset (not to mention my parents) and I don't know where to look because the lost and found in the Acadia office didn't have it.

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If it is not in the lost and found, I don't know what to tell you. Sorry.

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Can you please provide a link to the policy that allows coaches to hold practices during school breaks and explains what repercussions would be for not attending such practices due to a family trip planned during school break?

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There is no policy, but teams have rules regarding practices over breaks that vary from sport to sport depending on a number of factors. Those team rules are supported by the athletic department. Contact the athletic director for further information or clarification.

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The new Physical Fitness Center looks great. How and when will it be available to both male and female student athletes? Will there be training programs incorporated into utilizing the room, and is it also made available to injured students interested in using it for rehab.? And where are the hours posted for when it is available?

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Schedules are posted throughout the building. See Coach Dochat, Ward or Galarneau for further times the room might be open for training or rehab.

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I think you missed the point of the letter on teachers who have served for 25 years of service to the Shenendehowa Central Schools. The writer was looking for the names to be posted. You stated that the webmaster only posts information that they are given. Maybe the concern can be passed along to Human Resources and they can notify the webmaster and the information can be posted.

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The point was not missed. The process to get something posted on the website is the same whether you are a student, staff member or parent: ask the staff member who is responsible for the activity to submit it for posting. Sending in a grapevine is not the protocol to get something posted.

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Can you answer more questions, more frequently? Whenever i come on this site there are no new questions..

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This is one of many ways to communicate with the district. If you need an immediate response, the fastest way is to call.

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What happens to the children who start a fight that results in a teacher in trouble? Are they suspended? Where do they go while the investigation is underway? Do they/will they have a personal monitor so they do not disrupt and cause harm to themselves, innocent children or other teachers?

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Teachers are expected to model a decorum of civility and proper behavior. Further, there are clear guidelines as to how to appropriately deal with student discipline.

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Why is the infinite campus grade book closed for student viewing between the end of the quarter and the release of report cards?

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For teachers to input grades.

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Wondering if there will ever be a followup to the news that students were complaining about inappropriate behavior of a teacher in Gowana. It seems strange that the district would post such a vague notice and thereby start a maelstrom of rumors without any substantiation at all. Was there anything to it? If so, what? And if not, please exonerate the faculty. It isn't appropriate to offer news like that with no detail or resolution.

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This is a personnel matter and the involved party is aware of the status. We expect staff and students to model respectful and positive behavior at all times. When a report of an incident occurs, it will be investigated and disciplinary action may be taken. Disciplinary actions taken against a student or staff member are not released to the public except in the case of extreme safety concerns. We will continue to preserve the trust by taking swift action when a concern is brought to our attention.

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There is this boy in my gym class with special needs. He is very inaporatiate. . He also enjoys swearing and talking about even more inpotpaite things (I cant mention)The aids obviously hear it but do not stop it. It has been getting rather bad, what should I do?

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Tell the PE teacher.

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In may when we get a list of the classes we have chosen for the next year, I also recieved a letter saying that I could not take child physiology because there was too many people who chose to take the class and the classes would be too full. But a person in one of the periods of this class said that multiple students have dropped and joined this class. If that is the case then why is it that I was told in may that I couldn't not take the class??

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The class probably started full and has since been reduced. However, in May it was filled to capacity.

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Is it possible for a high school teacher to give a student a 0 on an assignment, when it is complete because he/she is not satisfied with it's appearance?

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It sounds as if you and the teacher should have a conference about why the work has been assigned a zero.

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How are students allowed to wear Nazi outfits to the football game? That is utterly direspectful and immensely disturbing. It makes no sense that these kinds of costumes are allowed but not simple masks. I think the district and especially administrators failed to do their job and keep the games a safe and enjoyable environment.

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The administration was not aware that someone wore this type of outfit to a game. If they were aware, it would not have been allowed.

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is siena physics weighted x1.06 like ap physics? same with suny/supa courses like Spanish I or such?

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Yes.

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Why is it that high school east students must eat their lunch in the same cafe they buy it in? I understand normally, but on salad bar days you can only get salad (the schools healthiest lunch by far) in the main cafe. I was then forced to eat it alone in the cafe i did not normally eat in because i could not join my normal table in the satellite. This is a ridiculous and unfair rule, as in the past you could walk your food through the back, unpopulated hallway between cafeterias.

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We find less litter in the hallways this year, than in past years, with this rule. It helps keep the hallways free of trash.

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Ok i may be the first one to say this but why do we have to take the course FACS when we learn some useless skills like,hand sewing and having to know how to use a sewing machine and really learning how to iron clothes that pretty straight forward and in 7th grade FACS why do we get yelled at for not knowing how to thread a machine and please answer me truthfully when was the last time you used a sewing machine? I think its very useless to learn things you will never need to know besides learning how to get a job but isn't that what math English social studies are for?

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FACS 7 is a skills-based curriculum. Students acquire and demonstrate communication, leadership, management and thinking skills that can be applied at home, in school, in the workplace, and community now and in the future. Each of the ten content topics in Home and Career Skills adds a comprehensive rigor to the curriculum. If you have concerns about a teacher, contact the academic administrator at lennkris@shenet.org.

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How does the shen bank work in the high school

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Students who are members of the Capital Communications Federal Credit Union may use the branch during lunch on Thursdays or Fridays. A student may become a member at the school’s branch by stopping by and completing the necessary paperwork.

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On a special night when our daughter was inducted into NHS, it would have been nice if student presenters practiced or rehearsed the announcing of the inductees' names. Difficult last names were butchered or at least one last name omitted from being called. On a night when board member Casey and Oliver Robinson extolled the group's virtues, we feel embarrassed that students can't even pronounce the name of some classmates correctly. Sad.

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Please remember that these are students…very busy students, who are still big children who sometimes are not as prepared as we would like. Yet, it is not out of disrespect or lack of concern, but rather a lack of recognition that they need to be more prepared. 

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Having said this, the mispronunciation of names should not detract from the importance of your child’s inclusion into the group. Chances are it bothers you more so than him/her. Thanks for your understanding.
Where is the school store in High School East. I am new to the building and no one ever told me where it is.

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It is located at the point where the back hallway behind the cafeteria splits in two directions. It shares space with the students credit union.

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I strongly suggest that during the morning announcements they should recognize that the shen girls cross country team is currently nationally ranked number 13 in the country. I believe that this is a huge accomplishment and people should know about it.

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Agreed. But we can only announce what we know about.

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I would like to know why, in order to be recommended for honors classes for the next year, a student must have a 95 average in their honors classes in the current year. Why should students who are challenging themselves with an honors class and achieving 80's averages (or even low 90's) be prohibited to take honors classes?

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The 90-95% is a guideline. Students are considered without this by speaking with their counselor and the Academic Administrator. While past performance is not necessarily an indication of future performance, it is often the case regarding academic achievement.

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Are coaches allowed to hold mandated practices over vacations like Thanksgiving and Christmas?

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Yes.

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Two teachers at one school are rumored to be dating. The children are having a field day with this (not to mention the parents). Is there any policy regarding dating fellow teachers, especially those working jointly in many situations?

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No...we simply expect professionalism at all times.

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Ok I can understand why Dr Robinson gets to stand on the sidelines. But why are retired coaches, parents of former players, and random other people allowed? Do I have to buy my way on?

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If you have a need to be on the field, please discuss it with the Athletic Director.

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I am writing this out of concern. My son had a huge bruise on his side and hip from "flag football" in middle school. Apparently it is common practice for some students to body slam/tackle others. He asked me not to say anything and I wasn't going to UNTIL I heard from another parent that a student had broken their leg playing FLAG football last week!! Seriously?? Where are the coaches? Why is this sort of behavior allowed at all? I write this here because I would like other parents to reinforce to their children that tackling without padding/helmet is dangerous. If the coaches aren't going to do it, someone has to. And if my son comes home bruised like this again, you will be seeing me at the District Office.

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Report it to the child's teacher or principal.

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Parking issues at Skano/Tesago- in the back during morning drop off teachers are pulling in along with parents waiting to drop off. I have noticed that the lot behind Skano isn't being used. I asked a staff member why and they said for security and there is no key pad to unlock the door. Why isn't there a key pad on the door so teachers can park in the lot? It really is a hazard and a waste of parking. It seems that the district should allow access to all doors next to parking lots to all staff members when arriving or leaving the school. This seems like a real simple solution and not an expensive cost.

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Teachers should park in the front lot and parents should be dropping off in the back. That is a small lot that can only accommodate 5 – 8 cars and we need to deliveries and garbage trucks to get in there. It is also used for recess when it is wet and muddy outside. However, we will consider intalling a key pad.

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i have noticed that light in the middle school hallways and aquatic center are pretty much always on even over night during the summer and i feel like this is a ineffiect use of electricty and taxpayers dollars. Is there a reason for this?

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Third shift cleaners work in that area during the night.

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How much do the high school west agendas cost? Also, if you lose an agenda, where does HSW keep found agendas?

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Replacement agendas cost $5 and can be purchased from the High School West Bookstore. Before purchasing a replacement agenda, please check the lost and found in the High School West Counseling, College, and Career Center if you have misplaced your agenda.

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Is it against the Student Athlete Code of Conduct to chew tobacco?

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Yes and the student code of conduct.

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I beleive that someone sitting next to me at school has lice... What should I do?

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Talk to the nurse.

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I think it's ridiculous that Shen is allowed to violate the constitution just because they can. The code of conduct says that a school administrator can search you, your property and your car without any legal presence or a warrant as long as there is "suspicion". Where does the school get this authority?

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The school has a right under education law, the penal code and the policies of the board of education to protect the health, safety and well-being of students and staff. The district will diligently do so.

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Who do I talk to regarding the dress code being broken at HSE. I mean really, there are girls wearing "yoga pants" that you can see through and you see thongs. There is a girl in my daughters lunch that flaunts her figure(tight shirts and pants) and boys constantly remark about it.

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The principal.

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I am a single parent of two elementary students at Karigon and a middle school student. We were recently told that the Yearbook will cost $22 plus fees and now another $50 for my kids to be in the school play! For both kids to get a yearbook and be in the play will cost me over $150! It's simply too much money! Who makes these decisions?! and does anyone, like the principal monitor all of these fees?!

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Last year the yearbook became a student based/teacher run school club. The purveyor of that yearbook was not user friendly to student assistance at the elementary level and so a change was made. Your comments are heard and will be on the list when negotiating contracts for the new year. Please be aware that both Karigon and the Karigon PTA offer scholarships for students in need.
The PTA play is run by the PTA. Please contact the Karigon PTA to express your concerns. The contact information was sent home on the informational flyer for the play.

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I wish I could understand why some Grapevine contributors are so upset about Dr. Robinson being on the sidelines of Shen sporting events. I think it's fantastic that he makes an effort to attend as many events as possible. I know he attends contests for many Shen teams (both academic and athletic), not only for football. I hope other superintendents support their districts as enthusiastically as ours does.

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Dr. Robinson attends as many extracurricular activities as he can fit into his schedule.

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As a parent of a student in middle school I am very disappointed with monitors. My son came home the other day with a referral because he forgot to sign out to go to the bathroom. And it's not like he went any where else I would like take note for ridiculous consequences. Thankyou for your time

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Rules are in place to maintain order and safety. Next time he will remember to sign out.

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I would like to know why, in order to be recommended for honors classes for the next year, a student must have a 95 average in their honors classes in the current year. Why should students who are challenging themselves with an honors class and achieving 80's averages (or even low 90's) be prohibited to take honors classes?

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The standards established to enroll in certain courses varies. Students are encouraged to have very high averages in Regents track courses before deciding to challenge themselves in an honors course. The District does not, however, require a 95 average in an honors course in order to remain enrolled in an honors course next year.

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When is the fitness center open to the public

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The fitness center will not be open to the public.

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Why is the Elementary Parent Portal shut down for such a long period of time each quarter? My child's teacher this year consistently uses it to record grades. It's been extremely helpful. Give it's helpfulness, why does it need to be down for such a long period of time? I don't see the same problem with the middle schools. Thanks.

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That is what the elementary schools requested.

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There must be a food club. I have decided this in spanish class and shen should be hosting it. See, in food club, we all gather and eat different types of food. At the end, we all write an essay of the food that we have tasted. We also will have a web page, facebook, twitter and google plus. We shall share pictures of the food we have eaten. We must also have matching leather jackets with "FOOD TEAM" on the back and our favorite foods. Thank you! <3

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Sounds like a plan. Talk to your principal.

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We recognize sports and music personnel....how about all staff members? Let's show some recognition to the personnel who are inducted into the 25 Year Club this year. These people have dedicated their careers to the Shen community and should be publicly recognized. A list of names on the website would be appreciated.

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The web master posts everything that is submitted by staff members for posting.

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Shen has the best looking campus and the best technology, in the capital region.

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Thanks.

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i recently was given a new bus stop location because I moved. after waiting from 6:25 to 7:00 in the rain for my bus, 2 drove right past me and never stopped. this was my only way of getting to school and the bus was supposed to arrive at 6:30.

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Call the transportation department.

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Will you ever catch the graffiti artist that vandalized the school?

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We are working on it.

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Why did the campus patrol not apprehend the vandals who spray painted the school?

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He wasn't in the area when it happened.

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I was very disappointed in the way that the facility and athletic director acted at the varsity boys sectional soccer game. Standing along the sidelines with their arms stretched out acting like a barricade to prevent the players running towards their fans to celebrate a goal is a bit ridiculous and over the top. No one was doing anything wrong. It looked like a pure authority trip. Faculty and staff should be happy that they have fans who come to the game, pay to get in and support their teams. No one was getting hurt, nor being disrespectful. Were their actions really necessary?

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Their actions were absolutely necessary. Spectators are not allowed on playing surface in any sport, at any time. The students in the section continued to disobey the direction of the staff to stay off the field after each goal. The athletic director, administrators and the staff at the game is responsible for the safety of the officials and teams competing in the game.

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Why is there suddenly no ketchup in the HSE cafeteria's?

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We use packets now instead of pumps. Please see a food service employee if you need some.

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Who answers these questions? Is it a student or a faculty member

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The public information officer and various administrators.

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Not to signal anyone out (i.e recent news)...but how can a Latham resident be enrolled at Shen?

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He is not. He used to live here and go to Shen.

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I was looking over the Shen Basketball page and noticed they have a 6th grade program? How do I get information for my child to participate is this?

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Use the contact information on that page.

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The substitute for in HSW has not been showing the morning announcements. Is there anything that can be done about this?

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Ask the sub to put them on.

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is there wifi at hsw for students to use

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Yes.

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When will school start in 2015

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The calendar will not be approved until March. More than likely, students will start school the Wednesday after Labor Day.

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Can the community use the new HSE gym?

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Yes. Contact the Community Services department.

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I was able to walk into the HS East building last night @ 7:30, wakl through the front of the school, by the gym where the girls bb team was practicing, go into the bathroom, walk back through the school again, etc & I realized later on that I shouldn't have been able to do that. Im an adult, obviously not a student. I think there's a real safety issue there

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The balance between having the district be a community resource through use of facilities and safety is the fact that at times doors will be unlocked. However, these types of concerns will be assessed and follow-up accordingly.

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I have seen students disobeying the rule of parking behind the cones in the parking lot at East by parking in front of them, and they are not being told to move. However, when I do this, I am immediately forced to move my car. Selective enforcement of rules is unfair to the vast majority of the population.

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That's life. Those who are caught, are disciplined.

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What is technically a "costume"?

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Clothes, masks, makeup or accessories that are worn by someone who is trying to look like a different person or thing

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Are we allowed to pet the animals in the courtyard during lunch?

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It is probably not a good idea to pet wild animals.

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The bus completely missed my chlid even though she was standing outside with her bags so I called transportation and they informed me the bus had stopped at 8:11,yet I goot on the phone at 8:09

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Maybe one of the clocks is a little off.

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Are Alumni allowed to use this new fitness center?

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No.

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Hello, Neuroscientist here. It has been well documented that children are most sensitive to Spoken language acquisition (called L1) at the ages of 3-12 years of age. The NIH published one study that looked at the English proficiency of Chinese and Spanish immigrants as a function of the age of arrival in the United States (Bialystok and Hakuta, 1999). This 'critical period' steadily declines once a child begins puberty. However, studies also show that in terms of written language and the more finer points of language, things like grammar for example (called L2) are best learned in the teenage years. With that being said, I think the school should look into starting foreign language instruction in elementary schools focusing more on L1 education. Then building upon that basis through middle school and high school with a higher focus on L2 paradigms. Also the students should be offered more relevant language options like Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. These are some very valuable languages to know in this new global economy and in my opinion would better serve a student in their adult life than Latin would for example (I took Latin at Shen many years ago). Please pass on my post to the relevant authorities, Thank you so much for reading!

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I do not understand how teachers at the high school have students hold up their homework and attempt to remember who did it and who did not. Why is it not collected or at least graded at that point instead of waiting a week to put the grade in the portal only to forget who did the homework and place a zero in the grade column. These grades are part of a college transcript and the teachers are hindering students. This is an unacceptable. When students question it and show the papers that are still in their folders the responses are usually " if I didn't see it you did not do it". How would they know since they scan the room for papers being held up. Teachers are supposed to help further our children's education,and help them to succeed, this does not do either of those things. If our children are responsible for doing the assignment, then the teachers should be held accountable for collecting it and grading it properly.

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You should talk to your child's teacher.

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i was blamed for something and got punished and the person who really did it wont do the right thing and i have witnesses what should i do

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Is it true that substitutes on the sub list are only being called if they have a masters degree? If you don't have your masters yet you can only get called to sub if your requested. What about someone like me who's working on their masters right now? I don't think it's fair to only allow subs with masters degree to get called in when we're looking to get in and get a foot in the door. Automated systems like other schools will be better because we would get to pick our upcoming jobs and know the hours we are working. Right now a sub has a lot of waiting to do to get called in. Knowing would be better, and the sub callers should try to call everyone. Shen in a large school district yet their sub callers are very innificent.

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Not true… Substitutes do have to hold valid NYS teaching certificate to substitute at Shenendehowa. The sub callers are provided with list of eligible substitutes to contact and availability for all assignments and days is important. If you have a specific question as to whether you are eligible to substitute , contact the Office of Human Resources.

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When there are well attended events being held at Shatekon (such as Monster Mash) why not open the gate to Arongen to allow for additional parking? Having to park on the Shatekon grass is extremely inconvenient and dangerous.

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The gate was not open the night of the Monster Mash because Arongen was having their Halloween celebration the same evening.

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are there any gluten free lunches at the middle schools? Are just plane salads gluten free? Thanks

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Yes we have many gluten free options. Please contact the cook manager at your school and we can review the menu with you to let you know what options are gluten free. And yes the plain salad (without croutons or a dinner roll) is gluten free.

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What sixth grade classes are NOT included in your average to determine eligibility for National Junior Honor Society?

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Physical education.

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WHERE ARE THE SNACKS AND RANCH DRESSING AT EAST

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In the cafeteria. If you need help finding an item please see one of the employees.

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Can you do something about all the juniors who park on campus? They're using fake parking passes and taking up a lot of the spots that are for seniors.

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Please report any fake parking passes to Mr. Heckman.

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My daughter and boyfriend enjoyed the Homecoming dance , however there were a handful of kids "grinding" on each other in corners and against the wall, making out. Where the was the supervision. She said they saw it and didn't say anything. Very disappointing!

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That is not the case. The administration and chaperones were in the cafeteria where the dance was held the whole evening, and no one was “grinding” on each other or making out for that matter. If that had been the case, those guests would have been addressed.

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What are the hours at Tesago? I am wondering because everyday I go to pick my child up, the doors are sometimes open but sometimes not. Thanks!

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The school opens at 7:55. The doors of the building are locked until 4 pm and then the building is unlocked for parent or student entrance. Recently, doors remained locked on occasion due to teams of students coming from the fields and walking around the building. Custodians tried to monitor the doors to allow students and parents in. You should anticipate the doors being open at 4 pm.

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Why is it that a kid in HS East was made to change his shirt that had a picture of Jesus on it as he was told it was "offending people" but we have a prayer groups at SHEN East; with an faculty advisor; prayers circle in front of the building in the am and allow Northstar to rent our buildings for "church", but a shirt with an image of Jesus is "offensive" that is just hypocritical - and I am appalled that this kid had to change his shirt. The dress code does not say anything about not wearing such clothing. This was a ridiculous decision the CAPS office made.

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You have incorrect information. First, it was Mr. Flynt, the building principal who spoke with the student, and who made the decision to have the student change his shirt. Secondly, it was a picture of Jesus, presenting a gangster sign with the words, “Ultimate Gangster” under the picture on the shirt. Mr. Flynt felt that this was disrespectful and explained this to the student.

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According to BOE Policy 1720, Board Minutes should be available to the public within 2 weeks of the meeting, even if it is a draft. Why is Shen not following its own rules?

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Draft minutes are available by calling the superintendent's office. Draft minutes are not put on the website because they are subject to change.

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I hear that Shen is situated on an old native american site. Did the school have anything to do with the destruction of the village?

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The area of the campus was part of the SHENONDAHOWE (Iroquois for Great Plains) or Clifton Park Patent of 1708. The school was centralized in 1950, so no.

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I heard the app YikYak has made it to the Shen campus and unfortunately is full of degrading thoughts and bullying. Has anyone thought about contacting maponics so they can ban the app from the campus?

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YikYak traffic is blocked byour web filter. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about students who violate the acceptable use policy and use their phone’s 3G/4G data service to access it.

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i have noticed that light in the middle school hallways and aquatic center are pretty much always on even over night during the summer and i feel like this is a ineffiect use of electricty and taxpayers dollars. Is there a reason for this?

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We will have this checked, Thank you for alerting us.

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My daughter is in the 7th grade and received the National Jr Honor Society letter this summer giving her the opportunity to join. I seemed to have misplaced the paper from then to now but she still would like to be a part of the program. Do you know how else I would be able to get the form?

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Contact the counseling office.

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Can we start a shen marching band. and if so how?

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Start by talking to the principal.

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Why is it that Shen censors the grapevine?

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For the most part, we don't.

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Is there picture retakes for high school east? And if so when?

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See http://www.shenet.org/events/DistrictEvents.cfm

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I understand why the security guard stands at the Information System's parking lot entrance during HSE/HSW dismissal to ensure buses travel safely and efficiently from West to East, but why does he have to stop the flow of traffic coming from HSE exiting toward HSW? It seems to me he just wants to assert his authority by holding up the seniors and parents trying to get home from school. I don't understand how it could be unsafe to allow those cars to travel in the opposite direction of the moving buses.

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Security determines when there is a need and how best to handle the situation.

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Do Shen administrators have the right to take our phones if they think we are "cyber bullying" some one? And if so doesn't that violate my 4th amendment right.

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Yes. See the code of conduct under Student Privacy Rights: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE3000policies/BOE3410A.pdf

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I am looking for a coaches @shenet.org email? It is not on the page. Thank you

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Staff e-mail addresses can be found here http://www.shenet.org/DL_StaffDirectory/staffdirectory.cfm

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CAN YOU PLEASE REINSTATE HASHBROWN THRUSDAY. PLEASE :). YOU SHOULD DO WHAT NISKY DOES AND CALL THEM POTATO PANCAKES. EVERY SCHOOL IS FIND WAYS AROUND IT SO WHY CANT YOU GUYS. PLEASE JUST DONT DO IT FOR MY DO IT FOR ALL THE POTATO LOVERS OUT THERE. THANKYOU

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Niskayuna does not participate in the National School Lunch Program. We do and need to follow the regulations.

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How can parents access information about where the school food comes from? The food service website doesn't provide any information about where the food is purchased from, and this is very important to me and several other parent-friends of mine.

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You can contact food services at 881-0630.

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The new pizza in the three middle schools, particularly Koda, is very greasy, the cheese falls off when you pick it up, and the dough is very soggy and soft. Almost like it wasn't cooked all the way. Also, everything looks flattened, even the crust. Now before you say anything, I'm not some obese student that eats pizza everyday. Sometimes I do not like the primary hot lunch so I will get the pizza, and I would like it to be GOOD pizza. The cafeteria workers are saying it is New York Style pizza, when actually, it isn't. Another thing, please tell the cafeteria workers what they are serving, so we know what it is! Thank you for your time.

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We are trying out all different kinds of pizza so please let the staff at your school which ones you prefer.

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Is it possible the Modified Cross Country coordinators can update the school "uniform" we wear? We are running in heavy cotton tshirts. We probably have the biggest budget at our competitions and we have the worst shirts. Other teams have singlets or dri fit shirts and we're out there in heavy tshirts. We were even given nice dri fit shirts to keep...yet we run in regular cotton ones. It's pretty embarrassing. Even my mom sends me out for a run or to soccer practice in a dri fit. Why are we running in heavy, dark colored tshirts?

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Thanks. We will consider this for next season, but for the year this is the shirt we have purchased.

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When you stated "other administrators are allowed on the sidelines" at football games - why are government officials with no connection to the district also allowed? CP Supervisor was on the sidelines for a recent game.

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Town and district officials work collaboratively and are often invited guests at each other's activities. As far as limited access to the sidelines, this is not a Shen issue but a Suburban Council issue. There was a concern that there were more people on the sidelines than actual players at games because there were no rules guiding who can and can’t be on the field. So, recently, Suburban Council schools all agreed to limit the number of people on the sidelines due to safety concerns. Now, the only people allowed on the sidelines are people with “all access passes” or people who are authorized guests.

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The heat in 132/131 of HSE is unbearable. Something needs to be done to address this. The students can not focus on their studies under such conditions. Considering that winter is approaching, this is completely unacceptable.

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The teacher needs to inform the district's facility department.

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Is there an email address for Dr. Robinson and to whom does the transportation head report?

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robioliv@shenet.org.  The director of transportation reports to the assistant superintendent for finance. See the organizational chart: http://www.shenet.org/DL_HumanResources/Org_chart.pdf 

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What do I do if my child has lice? Can they come to school?(they are in high school)

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No, the child should stay home until he/she is lice free.

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I heard a child in tesago had Ebola. Is this true?

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No.

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shen has the dubious honor of the highest paid superintendent but ranks 6th overall and only one elem school in the top 5 the rest falling way below are we getting our moneys worth?

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He has led this district, the largest in the region, for almost 10 years. He is responsible for $160 million budget, 1,800 staff members and 9,800 students. Shen consistently performs in the top ten in academic achievement, while being in the top ten for lowest per-pupil-cost out of all school districts across the state.

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If a sports team coach has their son or daughter their team do they still get paid?

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Yes.

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My son is interested in starting up a new club at the HS. Is there some type of form he needs to complete to request this and who should he speak with? Thank you!

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He needs to speak with the principal.

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This is in regards to the teacher getting arrested. Could you please let me know the policy for teachers having a criminal record and holding a position in the school district? Thanks.

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The actions of the district are contingent upon the criminal nature of the incident and if it impacts a teacher's certification status.

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Why does Shen not have an open campus?

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Too many safety concerns.

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As a current High School student, I would like to voice that the amount of homework we are given is unreasonable and unacceptable. The high school years are a time of tremendous development, both physically and socially and I would argue that homework precludes this. I, personally, have so much homework nightly that I consider myself lucky to get 6 hours of sleep at night, and I am aware of many people who get even less than that. If you were to ask any of the district's health teachers they would tell you that teenagers should get 9 hours of sleep at night for the body to secrete various hormones and such to ensure proper growth. So we are lectured on how we should get more sleep, when it is impossible for us to do so. Furthermore much of the work that we get is work that could be either a) taught in class or b) is busy work, or work for the sake of work. This stuff, quite frankly, is a waste of our time. The teachers also have a bad habit of justifying their actions to themselves by giving us a few days to do larger assignments. However, this again is a moot point when you take into account a) ALL teachers do this often making the assignments due either Friday or Monday and b) The teachers often give work on top of this. In the case of point A, this means that if you have three large projects due Friday, you have to work on them all at the same time, making no difference as to if they were all assigned on different days and made due the next day. In the case of point B, you have to get the work done that they assign on top of the project as well as the project itself, meaning that when work from all classes is combined you really don't actually have much time to address the assignment and end up doing it at the last minute, for which the teachers yell at you for procrastinating. This is not the teacher's choice. At best its that teachers don't understand the kids and need to be told that they're giving way too much homework by the administration and that for the health and wellness of the children need to cut back. At worst this is a problem with the curriculum in which the Board of Education has a very big say in. Most of the teachers seem to live in a bubble consisting of their class(es) and are completely oblivious to the other classes their kids have, their outside obligations, and their social obligations. You can not expect a teenager to stay at home all the time doing homework. That's ridiculous. So therefore, this needs to be addressed, if not at the school level, then at the district, and if not at the district perhaps the state. So I plead to you, is there anyway at all that the district can limit the amount of homework, for the greater good of all of the students.

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See the board's homework policy and corresponding regulation: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE8000policies/BOE8440.htm

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It's really disappointing to find out that most of my sophomore's classes include 33 students. With only 40 minute classes, that's basically a minute a day/per student. What is the maximum limit for class size at the high school?

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The District does not have a class size cap at the high school nor will it in the future as this would require the reduction of many specialized courses that students actively seek out. A concerted effort is made to ensure classroom conditions support student learning. While class size is one factor, there are many other factors that contribute greatly to a student’s educational experience including the quality of the curriculum, teacher expertise, and student-teacher connections. While there are classes with enrollments over 30, there are far more classes with fewer than 30 students. The most recent budget added teachers to address continued enrollment increases and we will continue to monitor enrollment trends as we plan for future needs and look to again increase staffing in the next budget.

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What is Shenendehowa hiding? Why are we so behind on the posting of the Board minutes?

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We are not behind in posting the minutes at all. The minutes are not posted until they are approved by the board. The September minutes were approved last night. They should be posted by the person who takes them within the next few days.

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Recently, students learned that there will be no homecoming king and queen at the upcoming homecoming dance. The reason that administration gave for this decision was that it "singles people out". Other events that single students out for various reasons are held all year. What makes the homecoming dance different than, say, spirit reps?

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Actually, we have not had a homecoming king or queen in recent memory. We also don’t have a prom king or queen.

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Are juniors who have 8th and 9th period study hall eligible for early release from school if they have a job or priority and a form of transportation setup. Thanks

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No.

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Why are the students at HSE not allowed to use the front hallway. Very Inconvienent.

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They are allowed to use this hallway. Traffic is limited, however, during lunch to create an environment conducive to instruction.

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Why cant the freshman go to the homecoming dance?

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They can.

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Can someone fix the flag in the high school east main gym? Flags should be flat when displayed against a wall and it is sagging.

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Yes, it will be addressed.

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There are many many bees on the ceiling in the west lunch room. Two bees actually fell onto my lunch table, is there anyway we can take care of this problem.

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It is being addressed.

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If a student is taken by ambulance to the hospital is it standard practice for a Shenendehowa employee go with the child, or are they allowed to go by themselves?

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It depends on the circumstances...preferably yes, but always in communication with the parents.

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I know some of my teachers use this thing called vmware to access their school computer from home. Will this be available to students soon too?

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VMWare is a virtual desktop environment that provides remote access to some network resources and Windows software applications. As a rule VMWare will not be accessible to all students. Last year we conducted a pilot with a group of students at HS East. The students used VMWare to access a software application that was licensed by the school and required for one of their courses. The pilot was discontinued due to a lack of student participation.
Last year the district also launched a Google Apps for Education domain called shenschools.org. All students in grades 4 to 12 currently have an account that can be used to create, share, store and accessing files. Students can access their Google Apps account on any web enabled device at any time day or night. This is a much more cost effective and accessible alternative to VMWare. More and more teachers are also starting to leverage the Google Apps domain in their classrooms.

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Hi. In front of the aquatics center their is a trail marker that indicates "1 mile." Where does this trail start? Is there a map of it?

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The trail on the Shen campus is marked in ¼- mile increments starting at Clifton Park Center road. The trail travels through the campus ending at the intersection of the High School East rear access road and Moe Road. The overall distance of campus trail is approximately 2 miles.

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can you bring someone from another grade/school to the homecoming dance?

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No.

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What school trips are still available for current seniors to sign up for?

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Probably none, since most trips are planned several months in advance.

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Why is Dr. Robinson allowed to watch his son play football from the sidelines (during his own personal time?) while ALL other parnets have been informaed there will be NO PARENTS allowed onthe sidelines? Sounds like a double standard to me.

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Every superintendent has stood on the sidelines when attending football games on their personal time. As leaders of the district they are granted open access to all facilities. Other administrators are allowed on the sideline as well. His door is always open if you would like to contact him to discuss the matter.

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Is there really a slide in the gymnasium at high school east? My middle school friends and I want to know.

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No.

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How do students find out that they can take an AP exam on their own without taking the class? Is this in a handbook or in a counseling newsletter? Does an individual college consider the grade on the exam the same way they would look at a student earning credit for taking the class?

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Talk to your counselor.

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Why isn't there a rap club in Shen? I have lyrical talent and I wish I could share it some how so I decided to look if there was a Shen rap club. Low and behold, there isn't. I am really sad, when can we see a rap club being added to Shen? Thank you for your time! <3

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Talk to the principal.

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With regard to your answer re: the book fair I am a parent that has been to several book fairs and the children without $$ are taken out of the line & asked to go sit in another area. Although I understand this is to keep tabs on the kids and for lack of space in the "shopping" area. So the children w/out $$ aren't browsing and looking at books

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That questions pertained to Koda and was answered by the Koda principal specifically. If you have concerns about the book fairs, contact your principal.

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Does NY state support local control of schools? Did Shen ever offer the town taxpayers the opportunity to vote on implementation of the Common Core?

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No.

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What are the budgets for each of Shen's sports/athletic teams?

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Too many to list here, please contact the athletic director.

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What is the exact definition of PDA?

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Public display of affection.

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In Koda the lunch moniter for period 5 is threating not to allow the children to go to the bathroom anymore. Is this allowed?

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As with everything, there are always extenuating circumstances. But, in general, children should not be denied bathroom access.

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are freshman allowed to go to the homecoming dance? If so when is the dance and where is it?

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Yes. Oct. 18 at High School East at 7pm.

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When are Freshman Boys Basketball tryouts?

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Monday, November 10th

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What was up with those 3 fire drills?

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Three fire alarms sounded on a day last week. The first was planned. The other two were due to a faulty sensor.

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Since when are breadsticks with a tiny serving of marinara sauce a healthy lunch? Empty carbs to spike a child's blood sugar and do nothing to hold a child over until they get home? How does the school's dietician or other menu-decision-maker let this get through? I don't my kids buy on those days because I can't have them ingesting junk... its sad to visit them during lunch and see the young kids enticed by this meal... most elementary students will not choose the deli option with meats and cheeses over that.

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We offer whole grain breadsticks with tomato dipping sauce. They are also encouraged to buy a fruit, vegetable and milk when purchasing a lunch to meet all the school breakfast and lunch regulations that are based on the dietary guidelines for Americans.

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My daughter and her friends really had to go to the bathroom during lunch, but weren't allowed because 2 girls already were out. I get it if they say the girls don't need to go with their friends, but the fact that all the girls needed to go and not one was allowed, is not right. The period was going to be over in 5 minutes so all of the girls had to wait until the next before they were allowed to go, which is not only unfair but unhealthy. I don't understand why they couldn't have just let the girls go, even when the said they really needed to use the bathroom and asked a few times.

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Contact the teacher.

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I'm a senior and during senior sign-in I've been told I can't sit on the benches during lunch periods. I respected and understood why I couldn't and don't sit there during lunch periods. Then I was told I can't sit there during any period at all even though I quietly sit there and read a book or do work since it's the only place I can find that's actually quiet. Then I go and walk to the library and see a lot of other seniors sitting at the benches while they chatter loudly and the monitors don't yell at them at all when they walk by. This is not fair to me and if monitors are going to yell at seniors for sitting at the benches then why are they there in the first place?

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Thanks for the feedback. We agree that the application of rules and responsibilities should be uniformly enforced.

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Is there a list of the colleges that will be at the college fair on October 9th? If so where can I find this?

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You can access it on Naviance.

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Why was my middle school child taken out of class and forced to go to the book fair? Not every family has money for extras and it is very embarrassing for her to have to sit and watch while other kids get to buy goodies. Why can't kids go from lunch if they want to? This was a problem in elementary too.

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The goal is to get books in kids hands and for them to be able to see the new titles. They don’t need to buy them. They could just find titles they may want to read and take them out.

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Why is my 42 pound third grader at Changov expected to carry home both her practice & regular math workbook in her backpack (approximately 6 pounds)? The pages are perforated so they can be torn out & I have provided an abundance of folders in every color of the rainbow. Why is she expected to carry all of this extra weight in her backpack?

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The principal shared the concern with the grade level team. A teacher wanted to share the materials with parents. The teacher was not aware that this was a concern. A phone call or an e-mail to the teacher is suggested.

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How will we know the day and time of meetings for the high school clubs and can freshmen join any club even if they are held at east high school response heading graphic Listen to the announcements or ask the principal or assistant principals. Hi there, I just wanted to add to this. I use the "Morning Announcements" on the Shen High School" page to get all kinds of info regarding clubs. It's a great resource.

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Good point. Thanks.

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Why is "Dr" Robinson a fixture at varsity football games, on the field, but rarely at other sporting events?

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Because his son plays and he likes to watch football on his private time.

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What was the purpose of changing the Shen Mascot logo and who was in charge of that because I know the Senate is usually involved with most things having to do with the mascot but they seemed to not know what these new logos were. In my opinion I liked the one we had before this vote because it looked more noble and strong and I think this new logo just looks vicious. Thanks!

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The horse has been the mascot for the past 10 years and has not been changed. Another design was created to look more professional and collegiate. It was designed to look determined, competitive and fierce. The choice to use it is up to the students, teams, clubs, etc. No one is stopping you from using the other version.

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Love the new mascot. What will it be used for?

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It is not a new mascot. The horse has been used for the past 10 years. It was just "spruced up" to look more collegiate. Student-based teams, clubs, etc. can use it on t-shirts, sweatshirts, or any other way they chose to do so.

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What takes place at mascot tryouts?

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That is held by the SFA Senate. Contact a senate rep.

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How much weight do accelerated languages such as Spanish 1-2 receive?

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The policy on weighted class rank can be found here: http://www.shenet.org/DL_BOE/BOE_Policies/BOE7000policies/BOE7223.htm

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The district confirmed a case of the respiratory virus that is causing some kids to be hospitalized. The first listed recommendation is hand washing. Very few teachers in the elementary school grades instruct children to wash their hands before lunch or on arrival in the morning. Why is that? Wouldn't you decrease the spread of this illness, flu, pink eye, strep throat and other illnesses in your schools if you followed this easy recommendation?

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Teachers do their best. Parents should also encourage their children to wash their hands.

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How are teachers expected to teach in rooms that are 58 degrees? Is there some policy on acceptable temperatures for students to work in?

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The teacher should contact the facilities and operations department and report the issue.

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How do you self study an AP exam?

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Talk to your counselor.

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My sons teacher compares him to his sibling and says negative comments to my son about his brother. Why can teachers do this?

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They shouldn't.

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why is shen the only school in the capital region that has school the day before thanksgiving and yes im sure they are

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Every school is different.

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I saw some kid smoking what looked light a reefer cigarette on school grounds, does the school allow smoking reefer?

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No.

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What is Odessy of the Mind?

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Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

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Hi, what is the best question you have answered so far. And by best I mean funny. Thanks for your time, you are amazing. <3

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There are too many to mention.

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My daughter is a junior at HSE and I asked her what she knew about the "fitness center". She told me that she doesn't think it is finished yet, the hall is blocked off with construction equipment. When it is completed will the students be given information on when it can be used? Will it be open before/after school and on weekends for student use? What equipment will be in the center? Treadmills, ellipticals, weights? Is it going to be available for use during physical education classes as well? Thanks for the info.

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There will be a dedication ceremony on October 14. After that, it will be ready for use by students and for physical education classes. There will be cardio equipment and weights. Hours of operation are still being determined.

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Will Shen ever be getting uniforms? I as we'll go to Shen and I think IG would be great and so do many other students.

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Probably not.

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For National honor society in high school, do you have to have good grades in middle school or in 9th grade to be chosen?

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It is based on your high school GPA which begins in gr. 9.

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Driving in to school every morning as a senior is a very nice privilege to have. Yet, I find that the traffic cops do more to block traffic, than ease it up. One morning they were not there to stop traffic at high school west. It was the smoothest and fastest I've ever gotten to school. Something or someone needs to improve the way they handle the traffic in the morning and afternoon.

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Read this blog. You will see many requests for security and many complaints about security directing traffic at the high school.

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Why does shen not have a band that plays during football games?

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Lack of interest on the part of student musicians.

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How much is the 2015 trip to China going to cost students?

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You need to contact the advisor of that trip.

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Why are 6th graders being graded on their school supplies? A child's grade should not be impacted if the teacher doesn't like something that the PARENT purchased. Not everyone can afford brand name products, especially when we're expected to purchase binders for each and every class (which in itself is utterly ridiculous!)

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You are correct, grades should not be based on school supplies. Contact the teacher or principal with your concern.

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My neighbor is a Shenendehowa teacher and recently got arrested. How does this individual still have a job at the school?

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We have no knowledge about it.

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Will there be a reunion for the class of 2008?

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Any reunion we know about is posted on the alumni web page.

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Where is the bank in the high school east?

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In the back hallway of the old section.

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My child is in 9th grade and taking Honors Algebra. He tells me that the teacher says she can't go over homework with the students, because there isn't time to get through all of the topics she needs to cover. How can a math teacher not take the time to review homework with the students?

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Express your concerns to your child's math teacher.

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Why is there not more done to enforce parking rules on campus? As I wait to pick up my child from practice at the white gym, I am shocked by the number of people who think parking on a crosswalk is acceptable. Students leaving the school are forced to exit the sidewalk with limited visibility, creating a safety hazard for them and those driving by. Similar situations can be seen at any crowded event on campus. Is anyone authorized to issue parking tickets on campus?

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Seriously, we would need an entire police force to address parking and traffic issues on campus. We would appreciate if people would just obey the traffic rules and be patient and respectful.

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Why are all the kids in my gym class so slow? I feel we should doing more pushups, 2 mile runs, and pullups. How do we expect these kids to make the Olympics?

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All you can control is your own actions.

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My son is trying to learn to speak Latin. I try to talk to him in it but so far all he can say is salvet (hello). Why is it the Latin kids speak Latin. If my son goes to Rome he wouldn't be able to speak Latin!

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That's good because they speak Italian there.

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I have a suggestion. Why doesn't the school put a suggestion box in High School East?

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Suggest it to the principal.

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I see the state test results from last school year on the parent portal. Will something be mailed home explaining more what the number means and how the child's education services might change if they scored below grade level?

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Yes, individual student reports have been mailed home. The reports provide additional details about student performance on the NYS Assessments. Where the school will be providing additional academic supports, parents will be notified. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

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Why are there television sets in the middle school cafeterias?

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For announcements.

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Why can I not access my @shenschools email address? How do I figure out my password?

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Passwords for student and staff Google Apps For Education (GAFE) accounts are synchronized with their SHENET password. The password sync is triggered when users change their SHENET password. For the vast majority of users their password is already synchronized. If a user’s GAFE password doesn’t work please see this video for instruction on changing one’s SHENET password and accessing their GAFE account.

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I am furious right now. My child came home shes in 6th grade and she said the teacher said to a girl shes being a bXXXX . Are teachers allowed to call students bXXXX . Don't side with the school please

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No.

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where do you go if you aren't feeling well in school?

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The school nurse.

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What happens to the money in my elementary school student's lunch account once they move to the middle school?

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The money stays in their account for use at the middle school.

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If someone makes a good play in gym can I smack them on the booty? or this prohibited?

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When in doubt, keep your hands to yourself.

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Why do 6th graders on Acadia Team 6-2 need 2 Glue sticks and 2 Bottles of Elmers glue? This is more glue than they used each year in elementary school!

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The bottles of glue will be used for Interactive Notebooks and the glue sticks will be used for projects throughout the year.

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Is there a microwave available to students in the HSE cafeteria for warming lunch brought from home?

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No.

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What year are accelerated students supposed to take the PSAT and SAT?

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All students are encouraged to take the tests as early as possible. The more preparation students have prior to the SAT, the better.

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I just want to say I love how you guys handle all the negative comments against Shen's athletic program. Being a Shen Athlete, Band member, taking many AP classes and participating in many clubs. I do NOT feel that shen puts sports above other activities. The percussion just got new equipment, many classes at shen have smart boards and really nice textbooks so, in no way are the Shen athletes getting a upper hand.

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Thanks.

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Can you tell me when the HSE walk through will be for the 15-16 school year? Also with Labor Day so late (8/7/15), will the first day of school be on 8/9/15?

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The calendar for 2015-16 won't be developed until late winter/spring.

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Great job Shen Freshman Girls soccer coaches for having a pretty even blend of 8th and 9th grade girls on the team! While all 9th graders were given a spot regardless of skill, it's nice to see playing time is being earned - not just handed out. Glad to hear the rumors about limiting 8th graders wasn't true! Great job!

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Thanks. We appreciate the feedback.

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I heard there's a semi formal dance this year, is that true and if so are you allowed to bring a date from a different school?

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What school?

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Is there any Senior Honor Society Inductee Ceremony? If so: when & where is it going to be held & is parents invited?

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Do you mean National Honor Society? Go to their web page for information at http://shennhs.webs.com/.

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Since BYOD has been implemented, isn't it reasonable for my student to use her "device" app as a graphing calculator instead of requiring her to carry a ti83/4/5? (I am already aware she can borrow one from the school but that isn't my point.)

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Great question – you would think so. The problem is that phones and other BYOD devices cannot be brought into the testing sites for exams – class tests or Regents – due to the other capabilities that these devices have (namely, communication with other students).

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Why is there ice cream available daily at school? Shouldn't that be a treat given at home, not available on a daily basis at achool?

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We offer ice cream that the first main ingredient is milk or fruit and meets all the competitive nutrition standards for all foods sold in school. You can always put a block on your students account if you do not want them buy certain items.

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Is the Grade 10 Parent Orientation on 9/18 similar to the Open House 2 nights before?

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It is a distinct program designed to give students and parents information specifically for grade 10 students.

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Why don't juniors and seniors receive an assignment notebook? I realize they need to prepare themslves for college, but my children always found it very helpful for keeping track of their assignments.

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You can purchase one from the bookstore.

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Will there be a Homecoming dance this year?

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The tentative day is Saturday, October 18th.

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Just a comment to teachers...if you choose not to include your supply items in the published list, then you shouldn't expect the student to have those items on the second day of school. Additionally, the student shouldn't be punished by having to rewrite pages and pages of notes over again once they do get the requested supply. I am a parent who purchased all supplies on the published list well in advance of the first day of school. I work and do not have the opportunity to run to the store on the first day of school to get more supplies that were left off the published list. My child should not be reprimanded for the teaches lack of concern for the parents time.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Kindly post the Skano open house schedule... which grades are at which times. Thanks.

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It is posted on the bulletin board web page http://www.shenet.org/skano/SkanoBulletinBoard/SkanoBulletin.cfm 

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Teachers expect student to be able to have internet access on their phones. My daughter and I cannot afford them. My daughter has to go to class and not know what's going on because she doesn't have a device. Also google drive DOESNT WORK my daughters password doesn't work and you can't change it without going to the school. Do something please before I change schools.

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Students are not expected to have Internet access on their phones. Many teachers are providing access to content through Shen’s Google Apps For Education (GAFE) domain as a convenience. If there is a concern with a specific teacher please contact that teacher for clarification. Also, GAFE accounts passwords are synchronized with school network accounts. Students need only login to a school computer once to synchronize their passwords. For more information please see this video:http://vimeo.com/album/2139742/video/77807363

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Is it true that a junior can get a parking pass if they have a job right after school? Thank you.

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Parking on campus is a privilege that is awarded to Seniors for having good attendance, behavior and grades. Juniors may be issued a temporary one day parking pass if there are extenuating circumstances. Juniors are not issued parking permits for after school jobs. Please see your Class Assistant Principal if you have any questions.

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Can you explain why in HS East, girls are given locks by the school for the gym lockers, but boys have to buy/bring in their own locks?

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We will look into the concern and plan for address it in the future.

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What date will the senior prom be this year?

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May 30.

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is the huge rumor true about the high school home coming dance? there is nothing on the website nor in announcements but it seem to be all people are talking about.

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What's the rumor?

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At dances such as Homecoming can you bring someone from another school?

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There are certain guidelines, you must fill out the Dance Guest form that can be found on the high school page and submit it to the high school administration for approval.

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I know 9th graders are allowed to attend sporting events without a parent/guardian with school ID but photos have not yet been taken. Will there be any issue dropping then off at upcoming football games?

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No.

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Can the adminstration get a couple of the "campus police" to direct traffic out of east in the afternoon ? someone is going to get hurt.

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Campus security is needed in many different areas throughout the day to address traffic issues. Driver's need follow traffic laws.

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What is the appropriate time in which you should hear back from a teacher and/ or academic administrator? I have left 3 voice messages and 2 emails to an academic admin and still have not heard back. My sons guidance counselor said to keep trying they are busy. One week later still no answer, who do I reach out to next?

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The assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment.

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How will we know the day and time of meetings for the high school clubs and can freshmen join any club even if they are held at east high school

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Listen to the announcements or ask the principal or assistant principals.

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A boy in my daughters gym class is attempting to "flirt" with her and continues to talk to her even when she asks him to stop. How can this problem be addressed?

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Talk to the teacher or principal about your concerns.

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Im a senior and Im very frustrated that there is no more HASHBROWNS! The only reason Im still at Shen is because of the hash browns Im considering transferring

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You will have to transfer out of state. New state regulations are not allowing us to serve hashbrowns anymore. Any school you transfer to in NYS will be following the same regulations so you won't find them anywhere!

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What are the exact dates that the different elementary schools first opened to students? Just wondering.

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Go to http://www.shenet.org/DL_ProfileOfShen/DistrictHistory.cfm for historical information.

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Where can I view the Koda morning announcements and the Koda activities/clubs? The web site is not current. Thank you.

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They are in the process of updating it.

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I just moved here with three young children and when talking to neighbours about sports it is there belief that there is little to no chance of getting your child into sports unless they pick one sport and play it all year and nothing else. I've also been told that even that isn't enough and that teams are picked due to "politics" and your affiliation with the school. Is this true, I'd love for my children to at least have a shot.

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A lot of people say a lot of different things. The fact of the matter is that Shen sports are highly competitive but we have a wide variety of sports, clubs, and performing arts opportunities available. If your child is good at a sport, he/she has a good chance at making a team. How your child gets good at a sport is a family decision.

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Why is Northstar church allowed to "rent" from Shen for their mass or whatever they call it. What happened to separation of church and state? I am appalled Shen would allow this and am disgusted. As a former student, Shen, you're really disappointing your Alumni.

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The district has specific guidelines for facility use and Northstar meets those guidelines: http://www.shenet.org/district/CommunityServices/Use_of_Facilities_05/Infopage.htm. To not allow them to use the facility would be discrimination.

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The Middle Schools have recently changed the brand of pizza they serve. It is supposedly "healthier". Frankly, you can see the grease and salt on it. It tastes and looks like microwave pizza. Please go back to Big Daddy's Pizza.

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It is Big Daddy’s pizza but it is whole grain now. We are trying out different types each week so keep an eye out and let us know which one you like the most.

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How do you find the PIN number on Paypams?

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You can’t. They need to call the school or the food service department. Cashiers can also look it up when the student is in line.

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how do i change my password on the portal, i am a student

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See the computer lab aide in your school, they can reset your password.

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My child's teacher is using the Parent Portal, and grades are showing up under the Grades tab, but nothing is showing on the calendar. My other childrens calendar shows when an entry was made to a certain day. How can this be corrected?

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We do not have enough information to diagnose the problem. You need to call 881-0665 so we can trouble shoot the problem further.

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Where do you go to get a early dismissal pass?

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The attendance office.

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My daughter is a senior this year. Last week she went to the high school walk through to follow her schedule and anticipated buying a Senior Class T shirt. In previous years the Senior Class has sold these T shirts as a fund raiser. There were no T shirts for sale at the walk through this year, no big deal it appeared that the senior class was not doing the fund raiser. Today, on the first day of classes, a significant number of students were wearing senior T shirts. The story my daughter was told was that the T shirts were sold privately through a Twitter list. Looking around it appeared that only the "popular" Kids and the sports teams had access to the T shirts, the average student was excluded. If you were not on the list, you did not have the opportunity to purchase a T shirt. This is a perfect example of cyber bullying. Since a selected group of seniors had the T shirts, and they were not made available to all seniors who would like to purchase one, it would seem appropriate for the administration to take a strong anti-bullying stance and ban the wearing of the T shirts on school grounds. If the administration does not address this then it is sending a clear message that some forms of bullying are acceptable at Shenendehowa.

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The class advisors and officers are planning a formal fundraiser later in the fall for senior class T-shirts. This shirt that you are concerned about was available to students via social media and not sponsored by the school. It is not a case of cyberbullying and the shirt will not be banned because it does not violate the dress code.

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Why does shen have two sub callers instead of an online or automated service. The two sub callers are older and can not be heard that well. Surrounding school districts have services where you can see ahead of time what sub positions are available giving you time to see where and when you will be working. Does shen have any plans to get a service like this? It would make our lives easier knowing in advance of we will be getting any income in, especially since the elementary sub caller expects you to beable to work every time she calls even though our contract says must be available to work three days out of the week, if you say can't she won't call you again. We need to cut out the middle man here, just a suggestion

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Thank you for the suggestion. Our sub callers do an excellent job of securing substitutes for teaching staff and we have reviewed alternatives and will continue to do so in the future.

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Can a 6th grader make a club?

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You can join one of many middle school clubs, if that is what you're asking. If you mean can a sixth grader create a club, you would need to talk with your principal.

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Just a thought, but is it necessary to announce the full name of the student at graduation? I think it would be a great way to shorten the ceremony without taking away from the experience by just announcing the first and last name. However, I would recommend that an exception be made for those students with the same first and last name.

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We announce the name as listed by the student.

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Just a comment...I find it strange and somewhat funny that a parent would get bent out of shape at the "suggested reading list" for 9th grade. Specifically, the titles Shining and Dr. Sleep. Kids are exposed to a heck of a lot more then parents want to believe. Thank music downloads,friends, the bus talk, tv, technology, secret fb and Instagram accounts Be happy they still want to read a book! Just saying...........

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Thanks for the feedback. The reading list is merely suggested titles for summer reading.

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Here's a fun fact, being an un-athletic teen in Shen, I can confirm to you that the emphasis on sports in the district is huge. Nobody cares how well you do in art, or music, or just general academics, as long as you can throw a damn ball across a field and run without tripping over yourself. And I am actually glad for the renovation of the weight room, considering that due to it, I got to miss out on using it in the actual gym class. And even though you might disagree with this, I can tell you that other students who I relate to feels the same way. Not to mention the actual gym coaches are the worst when it comes to this, since they believe that the """skills"" they """teach""" us in sports are actually gonna help us out outside of high school. Spoiler alert, it won't. (Unless you're one of those kids who actually go to school for sports) Pretty much what I'm trying to say is that when it comes to sports, Shen prioritizes it over everything else. Thanks for the feedback.

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There is a difference between interscholastic athletic and physical education. Physical education is a state mandate, not a Shen mandate.

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Does Shen have an FFA program and if not why shouldn't they? people have horses and a girl in 7th grade has a few cows :)so why not

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Extracurricular activities are based on student demand. It may be that there was never a demand for such a club. If you are interested in creating a new club, talk to your principal.

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Events Calendar: High School Junior Prom 5/19/2015 Saratoga City Center Is Junior Prom really on a Tuesday?

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No, it is May 9. Thanks for letting us know there was a mistake.

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Is a map available of the middle school on the Shen website?

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Sorry, we don't provide maps on the website for safety reasons.

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Can we send you fan mail? U R my biggest inspiration.

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You just did. Thanks for the kind words.

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My child got a news letter from her teacher and her teacher asks the children to call her by her first name. My child is in 2nd grade and I would rather not have her call her teacher by her first name. Can teachers do this?

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Being a professional environment, we also prefer that students refer to staff as Mr. or Mrs. Please inform the teacher of your preference.

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Is it true that Dr. Robinson is the highest paid superintendent of schools in the suburban council but Shenendehowa teachers are not even in the top ten as far as salary compensation?

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In 2014-15 school year, Dr. Robinson will be the highest paid superintendent in Suburban Council for the first time despite leading the largest school district for the past 10 years. As for teacher compensation, it varies greatly by the demographics of the teaching staff. Schools with an abundance of veteran teachers will likely have a higher average salary and schools with a newer staff will have a lower average salary. According to recent data, the media salary for teachers with 11-15 years is in fact above the county and the region. The district is proud of its efforts to continually attract and retain high quality teachers, expand program offerings, and provide ample opportunities for teachers and staff to hone their skills to better serve the needs of students.

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People complain about Lauren Studios ~ but do they know that Lauren Studios gave back to the Shen Yearbook almost $10,000 ?

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Probably not.

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What year in high school are students inducted into the musical national honor society and what is the criteria? Do students apply or do they have to be recommended by a teacher? Thank you.

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High School students my apply to be in the Tri-M music Honor Society in 10th grade. Students must have an 85 overall cumulative and a 95 cumulative in their music classes. The application and input from music teachers are considered for admittance.

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Our son is in 5th grade this year and will be entering Koda next year. We've heard the security measures of people entering and the children leaving Koda are an issue. Is this being addressed?? We are pleased with the protection at the elementary school and would hope to see the same if not more at Koda. Please advise. thank you.

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This Fall, the district will be implementing the buzz-in system for the main entrances at the middle schools.

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I understand the district's emphasis on athletics. With multiple million dollar investments (turf football field, irrigation for soccer field and the latest a brand new fitness center)for high school athletics. However, the elementary school playgrounds at Shenendehowa are a disgrace. It is left up to each school and their PTA to raise funds for new equipment. Not to mention the manpower to install such equipment. Meanwhile I read on Bethlehem's webpage to see the voters approved a district bond to install new playground equipment at all of their elementary schools. Why can't Shenendehowa make that type of commitment to the district's youngest students, who use the playground more than athletes use the outdoor facilities (in the winter)? Please don't give the response because we are too big because that is not a reasonable answer to the problem. When is the district going to honor what is on the profile of an elementary student which states: when they know we care about them.

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There is no empahsis on athletics. The athletic budget is less than one percent of the entire school budget. That being said, you make a good suggestion and that will be one of the areas looked at when the Five-Year Facilities plan is reviewed next year.

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Can girls play Shenendehowa football? If so, have there been any girls already?

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Yes they can, but they have to go through the mixed competition testing, which is a part of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association bylaws.

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Does Shen offer the Alternative Veterans' Exemption on school taxes?

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No.

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Where can i find the map of the detail highschool east map that shows the room numbers and locations?

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Based on advice from police, we do not put our maps with room numbers on the website. You need to contact the school directly.

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Why is the Superintendents contract not posted? Is it true he recieved a raise of $30,000? Thanks

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The superintendent's contract is posted with all of the other contracts on the human resources page. His salary adjustment was 2.50% totaling $4,800. His average annual salary increase over the past six years  is 1.2% (2009-10=1.08%; 2010-11 = 0.00%; 2011-12 = 0.00%; 2012-13 = 1.75%; 2013-14 = 1.90%; 2014-15 = 2.50%).

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We've decided to drive our elementary and middle school students one way this year. We live close to the schools and feel like the long ride home isn't good for them. How do I communicate this arrangement with the schools?

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Contact the main office of your child's school.

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The 2014 middle school walk through on Wednesday August 27th was a nightmare. There is only A/C in the Office, and there were 3 schools, 3 grades each, kids, parents and siblings walking those hallways. It was so loud in the halls, the kids couldn't hear the helpful advice on locker combos if they tried. There were parents ignoring the "no shelves" policy, and kids crying in frustration over lockers right next to them. Perhaps another year it could be one 6th grade school at a time for walk-throughs, and a 4th day for all the new 7-8th graders.

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We appreciate the feedback and will be meeting to discuss improving the day.

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Shame on Shenendehowa- There is a significant segment of students that are special ed-some mainstreamed and some in specialized classes. It is sad that all these students were not important enough to the staff that serves them to show up for the middle school walk-thru! Most of these children besides being learning disabled have severe anxiety issues. Imagine how much easier it would be on day 1 if they already met their teachers. While I understand some teachers simply cannot be there I think that an emphasis should have been made by those caring for and instructing our special needs friends. Shame on Shen for not making it happen!

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We do our best to encourage faculty and staff to attend the walk-through and are thankful so many do so on their time off. Many special education teachers were present, others had prior commitments.

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Since when has the district taken it upon themselves to advertise with a district bus and signage, in the Walmart parking lot? We would have to ask the question, "how did the bus get itself there?" Please don't say two employees drove over (1 in bus and 1 following in a car) and then they both drove back to Transportation. Does it get brought back and forth daily because leaving it there is a liability. If people are looking for a job, they should look on the website or at a sign that usually hangs on district property by the campus exit on Route 146.

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The decision to place one of our school buses with an advertisement sign on it at the Wal-Mart parking lot was made out of great necessity due to substitute school bus drivers shortages. The normal methods of advertising for prospective sub employees is not working. The bus with the advertisement sign is transported back and forth daily. It is locked while parked at Wal-Mart. Placing a school bus with the advertisement sign off campus is nothing new, we have placed the same sign (different buses) in front of Okte and Chango in an area that provides the greatest exposure. A few years ago we even placed a school bus inside Clifton Country Mall. The district website, while it is a nice tool to use for job advertisement, does not lend itself to the needs of transportation. Hiring school bus drivers is an ongoing process that requires much more exposure and effort than what a website provides or by simply placing an ad in the paper. Utilizing the Wal-Mart parking lot lends itself to the exposure we are looking for, and is cost effective when compared to the traditional methods of advertisement.

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We received a new lunch code for my child who is transitioning from elem. to middle school. I seem to have misplaced that paper, sent last week. Where can I get the code again so he can purchase lunch? Thanks.

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You can call the food service department.

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What is algebra 1 lab?

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It is a course for students needing extra help in math.

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Where can I find the map of high school west?

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Contact the school.

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Will 7th and 8th graders bump 6th graders to show off?

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They shouldn't. If they do they are subject to discipline according to the code of conduct.

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How do I find out how long a teacher has been teaching. I want to know about my 4th grade teacher.

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You could ask the teacher or you could contact our human resources department.

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The answer that I received to a post on Aug. 22nd regarding the stress put on parents to take on the teacher's role over the summer was inaccurate: "Take home assignments are only given for a few accelerated/honors classes because those students are expected to be more independent learners." Take home summer work was assigned to my child who is NOT in any accelerated program - but will be attending Koda in the Fall. (also - take home work was given to my 4th grader) Please re-research your response and reply as I truly feel that having parents become responsible for teaching and directing children's work is growing and growing. Not all families have stay-at- home Moms, and stay-at-home Moms have numerous other things to attend to. Teachers on vacation all summer while parents tutor assignments is simply not right. And please do not say the work is "optional". PLEASE come up with some form of resource to help students. Thank y! ou!

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I can't give you a resource because no one seems to know about a required summer assignment for gr. 4 or 8 (other than honors/accelerated coursework). I would suggest contacting the teacher or the principal directly.

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Is a student required to buy more school supplies if the school supplies they bought are not correct? What if the original supplies cannot be returned?

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Talk to your teacher to work out a solution.

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I have heard many rumors about a homecoming dance. As well as it is a great and fun idea, how is it planned to fit thousands of kids in one room (If said to be true).

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Actually we have had the opposite problem. Homecoming dances in the past have been cancelled due to lack of interest.

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I'm going into my senior year, and every year so far I've received the Green award for an average above a 95%. I'm fairly certain that I maintained an acceptable average for the green award in October, yet haven't gotten anything in the mail about it, although I did receive info about the white award. Who should I contact to fix this issue?

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Is it true that the shen campus roads are always closed a Sunday in August to keep their status as Private roads?

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when can we visit the new weight room

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Students will be able to begin using it in mid-to-late September.

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In regards to the parking situation at HSE, if a senior has student sign-in for late arrival, will he or she have a place to park when they get there? It sounds like it's a first-come first-serve free for all. What is the purpose for late arrival if there are no parking spots when you get there? And if there are no spots, what is a student to do, go home?

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There should be enough parking spaces for seniors with permits.

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What time should seniors taking a period zero class report to school on the first day? Do they attend period zero or just report to the auditorium at 7:45am? Thank you.

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There is no period zero on the first day. Seniors report to the auditorium on Wednesday, September 3rd.

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I am a senior on my schedule itsays i have senior sign in 9th but i qualified for early release why is it not on my schedule

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Please see Mr. Heckman for an explanation.

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Is it possible to set the tower clock to the correct time?

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We are having trouble with one of the clock motors, it is being addressed.

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My Son is a senior this year. His birthday is the first week of OCt and he will be 18 so he will be an adult for most of the school year. How does this affect him at Shen. Do I no longer have to sign parent permission slips or any other changes from when he was 17?

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It does not change anything other than the fact that he can vote on the school budget. The parent is still the legal guardian.

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When will bus assignments be mailed home?

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Bus assignments will be mailed today. The information will be made available on the parent portal after 12:00pm on Monday August 25, 2014.

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The Shining and Dr. Sleep by Stephen King on the 9th grade summer reading list? Are you kidding me? These are adult books that contain adult issues and can be very upsetting to young teenagers. As a parent I have serious concerns about these recommendations.

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The grade 9 “titles of interest” list was developed by the librarian at High School West, and was reviewed by teachers. The list underwent several revisions before it was published. It is not a mandatory summer reading list.

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Do eighth graders taking algebra honors take the eighth grade math nys test? What about earth science?
Students taking Honors Earth Science in Grade 8 (science acceleration) take the Earth Science Regents

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Eighth graders taking Algebra will not take the 8th grade NYS assessment...just the Common Core Algebra exam in June. Earth science students take th exam in June and DO NOT take the 8th Grade Science State Assessment.

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For 8th grade athletics: can't we just submit doctor's physical report instead of attending one of the Sports Physical in the middle of summer? It is interrupting our vacation plans, and I can't get a straight answer from the athletics dept. Thank you

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Sorry, you can’t just submit a form. This is why we have multiple physical and clearance dates listed on the athletic department web site. Those dates are also spread out throughout the summer.

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THe 5th grade supply list for Orenda includes Clorox wipes - is this not a cleaning supply that should be purchased by the district?

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You are correct. The item has been removed.

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We were just looking at the Skano website and we wonder why all the teachers names are not listed, just those with a classroom site. Even before the teacher assignments are made, it would be nice have a place to see who they are and view their picture. Teacher names and info seems to be on a voluntary basis. We think that something as simple as their names, should be available to see. Thanks.

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That spot is for links to teacher web pages.

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Hi I am going to be a senior this year and I am taking Alg 2/Trig. If I passed the class but failed the regents would I still be able to graduate on time? Thanks in advance. :)

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The Regents exam counts as 20% of a student's overall grade in this course. If a student fails the Regents but their overall grade is a 65 or better, then yes, they would be able to graduate. Note that students need to pass three math courses plus one Regents exam to graduate (in addition to all of the requirements in other courses).

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How specific do the middle school supplies need to be? Would it be possible to change a few things around with out changing the learning and organization process?

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The teachers would have to answer questions regarding flexibility in materials needed.

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It is concerning to me that the BOE minutes are not posted the following day. When will the minutes be posted and why is there such a delay? To the casual observer, it would appear odd at best, deceiving at worst that they aren't posted but the picture of the ALS Challenge done by the Superintendent is

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Two different people post those items. The person posting the minutes was having difficulties accessing the site. They are posted now.

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My childs teacher asked parents in a newsletter if we can get chalk and pencils which will be given to the whole class why am I buying your staff supplies? shouldn't you give your staff chalk .

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The district has a school supply list policy for elementary. School supplies requested should be "personal, consumable items." If you feel it has been violated, contact your child's principal.

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I was out with a teacher friend from another school district and she said that they can't accept teacher gifts over $75. I think Shen should follow the same policy. A class collection shouldn't be more than $75 total. Not everyone in Clifton Park is rich.

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That is the current policy for Shenendehowa as well. Pursuant to Section 805-a of the General Municipal Law, he/she shall not, directly or indirectly, solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having a value of seventy-five dollars ($75) or more, whether in the form of money, services, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise, or any other form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended or expected to influence him/her in the performance of official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his/her part.

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When will Kindergarten teacher assignments be sent out?

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They are on the portal and the schools mailed them August 19.

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Why aren't the high school and middle school schedules released at noon like the elementary schools? It is absolutely ridiculous that the district waits until the last possible minute because they don't want to deal with phone calls, etc. And the system ALWAYS crashes!

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We have tried many different approaches. However, even with the technological issues...the portal is still faster than the mail.

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: I know this is going to sound like a complaint, but I'm going to continue anyways. Throughout the years I have been enrolled in nearly every accelerated course available to me, as well as participated in school sports and after school clubs. Many faculty and staff encourage such participation in these activities, but do not realize the impossibility of them. In regards to last year, I was in fall soccer, indoor track, outdoor track, best buddies, and all accelerated. My homework load was nearly three to four hours per night, but with all the extracurricular activities I take part it that number seemed almost impossible. If teachers want kids to be involved in school activities, sports, have a social life, do volunteer work, and get all A's, then they must have some serious brain damage or something. Basically to conclude this long rant, I believe that students would be able to live up to their potential more, not just as a student but also as a member of the community, if the amount of homework given each night was decreased immensely. This would allow for more time to get involved, as well as get the full 8 hours of sleep that is recommended.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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Why do I pay so much in taxes and end up doing the teachers' jobs over the summer? While I appreciate the "take home" assignments goal: keeping children academically engaged over the summer, I do NOT appreciate being a teacher while teachers are on VACATION! Somehow the school needs to support parents better. Perhaps a voluntary program with St. Rose students - or Shen seniors - checking work over the summer so parents don't have to become teachers while TEACHERS take the summer off!!!!

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Take home assignments are only given for a few accelerated/honors classes because those students are expected to be more independent learners.

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With the focus on open government in these modern times, why doesn't Shen post its proposed policies on line and invite public comment prior to the board voting on the policies and approving them?

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Open government means that business is conducted publicly. A first and sometimes second reading of policy changes are reviewed in public at the board meeting and then approved by the board at the following meeting. The development and approval of policies is a legal function of the board.  All approved policies are located on the district’s website so that the public is aware of them.

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When is Shen going to stop be a cheerleader for the common core and the state assessment tests? This nonsense is demoralizing to our kids and an insult to what was already a good education at Shen before the common core. Further, how can Shen support these state assessment tests when the cutoff scores are determined after the kids take the tests and the tests are scored? Seems to me like a way for the State Ed to fix the results. Shen should speak up!

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With or without the common core/state assessments, the goals of the district are grounded in the reality that preparing students with 21st century skills necessitates a major shift from the traditional educational model. To this end, the district is committed to providing engaging and interactive pedagogical practices and a progressive continuum of opportunities. Students maximize their individual academic potential when they meet or exceed challenging learning standards. The district is committed to go beyond good to excellent.

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Apparently, someone is collecting money for an official Shen Senior Shirt. Last day suppose to be 08/17/2014. Is this real?? Is the school making an Official Senior Shirt (besides the football shirt)? Or does this Senior shirt comes from & design by students themselves?

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The senior class typically creates a shirt for sale to raise funds for the class, although we are not aware of any "Official" shirt for sale.

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Will there be awards for seniors who achieved a 95 or higher their junior year?

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The Green Letter, given at the Green and White Awards are for students entering grades 10-12 who earned a 95% GPA.

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Were the invites for the green awards ceremony for over 95 average mailed yet?

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Yes. If you have questions, you can call Mr. Flynt's office.

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Hello, my daughter took two years of band in middle school (gr 6&7)we opted out of a music for 8th gr. Will this decision hurt her in High School? Meaning is music in any form in 8th grade a requirement for high school?

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If she took 2 years of band in middle school, she has met the requirement.

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Any idea when the results will be posted on portal for the NYS tests?

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When the state sends the file to the district, we will load it into the portal.

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When will the grades for the August Regents exams be available? Will they be posted on the portal?

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When summer school certifies the scores and a file is provided to be uploaded.

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I don't understand how the district can justify spending over 2 million dollars on a new sports facility when class sizes are over 30. Is Shen an academic institution or just a sports organization. As the parent of an honors student who is an artist, I am so sick of the money spent on sports. My child is just a number in a class of 30 - there is no time for individual attention. When will the district spend money on actual learning instead of pumping iron? Ridiculous.

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It is a physical fitness center, not a sports facility that can be used by all students including physical education classes and athletics. Interscholastic athletics makes up 0.71% (less that 1 percent) of the annual district budget. ANNUALLY we spend more than $80 million providing direct instructional services to students, $3.3 million dollars on instructional supplies,  $5.3 million in special services to support student needs,  $880,000 on textbooks…so we can say with full confidence that the provision of a high quality educational experience is THE PRIORITY. And yes, the budget also includes funds for the arts, athletics, extracurriculars and numerous other opportunities that help to keep students engaged in school.

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My child will be driving to school this coming school year. We have multiple vehicles that we all shared as a family. The vehicles we drove also is dependent on the weather. Can she register more than one vehicle to be able to park at HSE? Thank You.

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Please speak with Mr. Heckman who is coordinating parking this year to work something out.

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Is it possible to post the school supply lists before the schedule assignments? I am specifically looking for Acadia grade 8. I see one posted for Team 8-1, but nothing for 8-2. I don't know if this is the current list or last year's? I was going to pull out the common items on both lists and then fill in the rest once we have the schedule next week. Thank you!

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Acadia school supply list is posted: http://www.shenet.org/MS_acadia/acadia_schoolsupplies.cfm

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When do incoming Juniors sign up to take the PSAT?

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Early October. The counselors will be going into home room or classrooms to help students with this process.

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When are the supply lists going up for Koda? I've seen nothing on the website.

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http://www.shenet.org/MS_koda/koda_schoolsupplies.cfm

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Can I reach the public information officer by telephone or email if I feel my question was inadequately answered and need more information?

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Yes, defekell@shenet.org.  However, you would be better served to call the administrator who oversees the area in which your question applies.

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(Not so much a question, more of a PSA…) I called Lauren Studios to schedule senior portraits for my daughter and nearly fell out of my chair when they told me the cost! With sitting fees and minimum purchase, the cost approaches, if not exceeds, $300. I then called JC Penney. The cost is about $50 for a package. Wow – what a difference. Parents, please know that you have choices in your photographer. Thanks Grapevine – I love this page :)

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Just keep in mind that it becomes your responsibility to get the picture to the yearbook club for inclusion in the yearbook.

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Seeing as the Registrar job has been vacant for nearly 3 weeks, when will the job be posted and who is filling the position currently?

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Ann Korzun was appointed by the Board of Education as the Registrar, she began August 13. Prior to that, a sub and others in that office fulfilled those duties.

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where do we find the pictures they took when we walked off the stage at graduation?

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Contact Lauren Studios.

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Why is the Shen dress code so anti-feminine? Girls aren't allowed to wear shorts that are above their fingertips when hands are placed down, show bra straps, wear strapless dresses or shirts, etc./ Being a student with long arms, I think that the excuse, "boys will be boys' is overused and girls should wear whatever they please to.

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Boys can't wear whatever they please either.

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when is the walk through?

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http://www.shenet.org/LatestNews_Archive/2014SummerWalkthroughSchedule.pdf

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Is summer homework graded? Specifically, is AP summer homework graded?

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You need to ask your teacher or the academic administrator of your particular subject. Those e-mail addresses can be found here http://www.shenet.org/DL_CurriculumLearning/DL_AcademicDepts.cfm

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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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