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North Colonie Central Schools named a 2015 Top Workplace

North Colonie is proud to announce the district has been named a 2015 Times Union Top Workplace for large employers, with 500 or more employees. North Colonie ranks number two in the Capital Region. »READ MORE

Board of Education adopts 2015-16 budget

On Tuesday, April 21, the North Colonie Board of Education voted to adopt the proposed $102.7 million budget for the 2015-16 school year. The budget, which preserves all existing student programming, carries a proposed tax levy increase of 2.98 percent, and includes a proposal to implement full day kindergarten in the Fall of 2015.  »READ MORE

Ashton Jojo Memorial Fund fundraiser to be held May 9

The Ashton Jojo Memorial Fund was started by Ashton's family immediately after her death in 2012. An annual fundraising event will be held at Latham Spare Time Bowling Center on May 9, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The donation is $20 per person, which includes bowling and shoes. There will also be several raffles, prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. All donated monies to the memorial fund are used in projects that reflect Ashton's memory and for purposes that would be meaningful to her. »READ MORE

A letter from Superintendent Corr

Please find a letter from Superintendent Corr to the North Colonie community, regarding the administration of the New York State tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics. »READ MORE

New York State Police announce teen driving safety campaign, "No Empty Chair", press conference held at Shaker High School

Nearly every year, communities across New York State experience the tragic deaths of young high school students in traffic crashes just prior to graduation. On April 17, The New York State Police announced participation in a week-long, multi-agency, statewide traffic safety campaign aimed at minimizing crashes involving teen drivers, called “No Empty Chair”. »READ MORE

International exhibit on display at Shaker High School

An international exhibit that travels throughout the United States and Germany is on display at Shaker High School in the art gallery. “The White Rose exhibit” is a powerful story of a group of college students who were attending the University of Munich during World War II. The students, dissatisfied with Hitler and his oppression, composed a total of six leaflets that drew attention to the atrocities. After the sixth leaflet, the students were arrested, interrogated, tried, and executed within six days. The White Rose exhibit commemorates the non-violent resistance movement. »READ MORE

Board of Education votes on a balanced 2015-16 budget

The North Colonie Board of Education has approved the proposed $102.7 million budget, with a tax levy increase of 2.98%, which is within the district’s tax levy cap limit. This proposed budget will be officially adopted by the board on April 21 and go before the public for a vote on May 19. The proposed 2015-16 budget includes a full day Kindergarten program for all children entering the district in Fall 2015. In addition, there is no loss of staffing or programming. »CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Southgate Elementary school plans sidewalk dedication ceremony for former student, Ashton Jojo

In June, 2012, the North Colonie Central School district lost one of its students, 11 year old Ashton Jojo, who had just finished fifth grade at Southgate Elementary. For the past two years, Ashton's family has been working with the school to create improved access for all students to the elementary school's playground, in memory of her. On May 1, at 1:00 p.m., a dedication ceremony will be held, officially opening the sidewalk, "Ashton Jojo Way", for student use. »READ MORE

Superintendent Corr receives School Administrator Award in Character Education

The North Colonie Central School District is proud to announce that Superintendent Joseph Corr is the recipient of the School Administrator Award in Character Education, given by The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges. He will be honored at the 12th annual Champions of Character Award Banquet on April 15 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be the honorary chair of the event. »READ MORE

2015-16 State Budget Adoption

The North Colonie Central School District expects an estimated $1,316,878 increase in state funding over the current year as part of the final state budget approved by the State Legislature. This increase includes a one-time Full Day Kindergarten conversion aid of $611,000. To receive the increase, legislators approving the budget are requiring that the district retool its teacher evaluation plan, known as the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), under a new set of undetermined rules. »READ MORE

Teaching is the Core grant

The North Colonie Central School District is participating the Teaching is the Core (TiTC) grant through a consortium of 12 districts, led by Capital Region BOCES and funded through a $399,946 grant from the New York State Education Department. The initiative aims to thoughtfully review and improve assessments in consortium districts to ensure they inform instruction and support learning goals. »READ MORE

North Colonie Music Department receives national honor

For the fifth consecutive year, North Colonie has been designated a Best Community for Music Education, one of 388 school districts across the country to be recognized. Winning districts set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education. »READ MORE

Full Day Kindergarten update

Superintendent Corr made a recommendation to the Board of Education on March 19 that the implementation of a Full Day Kindergarten program be included in the 2015-16 budget. During the committee meeting, this video was shown to exemplify why the district believes in moving forward with the initiative after more than a year of planning and research.  »CLICK HERE TO WATCH

North Colonie elementary student artwork featured in Empire State Plaza Art Exhibit

68 North Colonie elementary school young artists had their pieces selected for inclusion in the annual Empire State Plaza Student Art Exhibit, coinciding with National Youth Art Month. The Office of General Services will host the Student Art Exhibit through March 20, located at the end of the concourse, near the NYS Museum. »READ MORE

SHS junior breaks 1978 triple jump record

Congratulations to SHS junior, Ronel Forde on a very successful day at the NYSPHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championship. Forde unleashed a huge jump of 48' 2" to shatter a 1978 school record held by Ed Roskiewicz. Forde placed 2nd overall in the Federation, 1st for NYSPHSAA, and 5th place all time in Section 2. »READ MORE

Five SHS students named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Out of 16,000 semifinalists, five Shaker High School seniors have met all requirements to qualify as 2015 National Merit Scholarship finalists. This honor places them in a group representing one half of one percent of U.S. high school graduating seniors. »READ MORE

District response to March 4 Times Union article

A message from Superintendent Joseph Corr regarding a Times Union article published March 4 entitled, “Advocacy group fights district”. »READ MORE

SHS student conducts groundbreaking Alzheimer's disease research, wins Intel STS award

Alzheimer’s is a disease that accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, but has no cure. Shaker High School senior, Muhammad Ali, is trying to change that. For three years he has conducted research focused on stopping the disease early on. »READ MORE

Loudonville sixth grade students win the Stock Market Game

For 12 weeks, two Loudonville sixth graders bought and sold stocks everyday with a mock $100,000 that was given to them in November. The students then competed against 51 other Capital Region middle school teams, landing in first place. »READ MORE

Blue Creek second graders make pillows for cardiac patients

Mrs. Carlson's second grade classroom at Blue Creek Elementary recently participated in a “hug a heart” pillow making activity for the YMCA and Ellis Medicine. The YMCA is collecting pillows to be delivered to the patients in the cardiac care unit of Ellis Medicine, to help ease pain and aide in post-surgery recovery. »READ MORE

Assembly and Senate introduce bills to fully end the GEA this year

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) introduced bi-partisan legislation that would result in an immediate end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in 2015-16 and thereafter provide school districts with the full amount of state aid they are legally allowed to receive. In the North Colonie Central School District, residents are encouraged to contact Assemblyman Phil Steck and Senator Neil Breslin to support these bills. »READ MORE

2015 Kindergarten parent orientation presentation

An orientation for parents of incoming kindergarten students was held on Feb. 10. A presentation was given on the district’s exploration of full day kindergarten as a part of the 2015-16 school budget, as well as an overview of the current Kindergarten program in the district. »CLICK HERE FOR THE PRESENTATION

SHS student artwork accepted into prestigious art exhibition

Congratulations to 13 Shaker High School Advanced Art students who had their artwork accepted into the prestigious Annual Regional Juried High School Art Exhibition. This year, 21 school districts submitted 425 pieces and 104 pieces were selected overall. Shaker High School had the most artworks accepted by the jurors over all other area schools this year. »READ MORE

North Colonie Director of Physical Education and Athletics earns top honor

Ed Dopp, North Colonie’s Director of Physical Education and Athletics has been selected by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association as Chapter 2’s Athletic Administrator recipient for 2015. »READ MORE

17 North Colonie teachers receive tenure appointments

At the January 26 Board of Education meeting, 17 North Colonie teachers received tenure appointments. They were introduced and recognized by Superintendent Joe Corr and Board President Linda Harrison. »READ MORE

Four Shaker High School science teachers named NYS Master Teachers by Governor Cuomo

Four Shaker High School science teachers have been selected as New York State Master Teachers, joining a cohort of a content-rich professional development program which has been in effect since the fall of 2013. These teachers join two other North Colonie teachers who earned this award last year, bringing the district’s total number to six. »READ MORE

Teacher Aide Issue

The North Colonie School District has been informed that Mr. Joseph Montimurro, a former teacher aide at Shaker High School, was arrested by the Colonie Police Department on Monday, January 26, 2015, relating to alleged actions involving a North Colonie student. He has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of Forcible Touching, as well as a felony count of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the 1st degree. »READ MORE

Gov. Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase and education reforms, with no mention of the GEA

According to language in the Governor’s proposed budget bill, if the Legislature does not enact the education reforms he outlined, districts will not see an increase in state aid next year or the year after. »READ MORE

North Colonie appoints Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business

Resulting from North Colonie Assistant Superintendent for Business Thomas Rybaltowski's retirement, Superintendent Joseph Corr is appointing G. Scott Hunter as interim Assistant Superintendent for Business.  Given the need to optimize time to generate the strongest applicant pool for a permanent replacement, Hunter will serve in this capacity from January 5, 2015 to approximately June 30, 2015. »READ MORE

Boght Hills father re-enlists in the Navy, ceremony held at the elementary school

It was a special day for Boght Hills Elementary students, Joey and Grace Teson. Their father, Information Systems Technician First Class Petty Officer, Joseph Teson, re-enlisted in the Navy, taking the oath in front of fourth and fifth grade children. Teson taught the students how to stand at attention, and recited the Sailor’s Creed with them as well. »READ MORE

North Colonie Assistant Superintendent for Business retires after 35 years of service in the district

It was July of 1979 when Thomas Rybaltowski first became an employee of North Colonie, entering the non-instructional side of the district where he would dedicate the next 35 years. Rybaltowski had just spent three years in the Peace Corps when he was hired. »READ MORE

First annual Mighty Math Night draws 500 people

The initial goal was to help parents develop a better understanding of how and why math concepts are taught a certain way in today’s classroom; the result was an extremely well-attended night of educational fun. »READ MORE

Statewide graduation data shows overall increase

For Shaker High School, the data shows a graduation rate for 2014 of 93 percent, a one percentage point increase over 2013’s graduation rate of 92 percent. 58 percent of students earned a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, also a one percent increase from 2013. »READ MORE

Shaker High School students earn first place in nationwide engineering competition

Find a problem, develop a solution. That was the task given to Shaker High School seniors Brennan Jelstrom and Kevin Lindsay in their Engineering Capstone class. Over the course of a year, Jelstrom and Lindsay worked together on a project that has now landed them national accolades. »READ MORE

Latham Ridge first graders hand deliver appreciation cards to soldiers

It’s an act of kindness Jennie Bauer has been doing in her classrooms since Desert Storm. This year, just like every other year, Mrs. Bauer had her first grade Latham Ridge students make cards for combat veterans, thanking them for their service, but this year the students received a special visit. »READ MORE

Hour of Code comes to North Colonie

It’s an event being held nationwide, and also happening within the North Colonie school district. The week of December 8-12 marks “Computer Science Education Week”, with schools around the country participating in “The Hour of Code.” It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to help students understand code and show that anybody can learn the basics. »READ MORE

Shaker High School Athletics earns top honor

During the 2013-14 school year, every Shaker High School Varsity team, (27 in total), maintained a GPA of 90 or above. At a recent Board of Education meeting, SHS was officially honored by the NYS Public High School Athletic Association as a Scholar Athlete School of Distinction. »READ MORE

Learning to keep kids safe on social media

In conjunction with the Colonie Police Department, Shaker Junior High School Counselor Stacey Angell and Shaker High School Counselor Robyn Hayes presented two evening programs in November for parents to learn how to keep their children safe while using social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine, and Kik. »READ MORE

Students' artwork graces gallery at the New York State School Boards Association

Annually the North Colonie Art Department displays a collection of student work in the Dodge Gallery of the New York State School Boards Association for a couple of months each fall. »READ MORE

Local veterans honored at North Colonie's Annual Veterans Day Celebration

North Colonie Central Schools recently held its Annual Veterans Day Celebration and honored eight ocal veterans with the North Colonie Patriot Award.»READ MORE

Two Shaker students named Commended Scholars

Amber McKay and Christopher McLean have been named Commended Scholars in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.»READ MORE

Voters approve $2 billion ‘Smart Schools’ bond

New York voters have approved a $2 billion bond referendum that will provide each school district with funding for new educational technology and infrastructure improvements that could also include classroom space for prekindergarten programs. »READ MORE

Chamber Strings group helps Spanish Club celebrate Day of the Dead

Students of the Spanish club had a special treat at their meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 23, as the Chamber Strings group performed a "Día de los muertos" song. »READ MORE

Shaker High students, educators featured in State Education 'Multiple Pathways' video

The State Board of Regents recently approved multiple pathways to high school graduation, in the arts, humanities, CTE and STEM fields, and Shaker High School students and educators helped make the case to do so! »READ MORE

Ten alumni inducted into the Shaker High School Athletic Department Hall of Fame

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the all Sports Booster Club welcomed ten Shaker High School alumni into the Shaker High School Athletic Department Hall of Fame. »READ MORE

North Colonie Ranked No. 4 out of 83 Albany-area schools

The North Colonie Central School District has been ranked No. 4 in student performance in the Albany area in a report recently released by Business First. In total, 83 districts from throughout Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties were included in the rankings. »READ MORE

Students spend a 'Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary'

Last week, students elementary school students in the Gifted and Talented Program spent a “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary,” taking samples of the water and soil at the Mayor James Cavanaugh Hudson Shores Park in Watervliet. »READ MORE

Seventh Graders learn hands-on at Camp Chingachgook

On October 3, the seventh grade teachers in Houston Hall at Shaker Junior High School moved their classes outside for a day of exploration, inquiry, and hands-on learning. To do this, students and teachers went to YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, where students were able to learn in ways that would not be possible within the confines of a traditional classroom. »READ MORE

What Makes North Colonie a Great School District?

That question was recently asked of North Colonie students, teachers, and administrators, district-wide. Their answers were then compiled into a video, courtesy of Capital Region BOCES. »CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

 

Mr. D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools
91 Fiddlers Lane
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: (518) 785-8591
Fax: (518) 785-5504

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