Hillside students earn top honors for healthy heart event

More than 180 Hillside Elementary students literally jumped at the chance to raise money for a good cause each year. It was recently announced that students raised a total of $19,713.50 for the Jump Rope for Heart event – enough to earn them first place in their New York State division, which is made up …

Student Congress announces grant opportunities for clubs and organizations

Student Congress has opened a grant that allows clubs and organizations within the school to apply for funding. Student Congress is not a fundraising entity but money from dissolved club accounts feed into the Student Congress account at the end of the year. This money is distributed to clubs and organizations that Student Congress will …

Board of Education recognizes Niskayuna High School’s National Merit Scholar honorees

Prior to its Dec. 12 meeting, the Board of Education held a ceremony to recognize the National Merit Scholar Contest Semifinalists and a National Merit Award recipient from the Niskayuna High School Class of 2018. Congratulations to: Skylar Litz, Johanne I. Friedman, Bryan Zhou and National Hispanic Scholar Gabriel A. Kammer. Each of the students …

Superintendent highlights career & technical education opportunities

The letter below was sent to families of students in grades 8-11 via School Messenger on Dec. 13. Dear Niskayuna Families: As you know, the Niskayuna High School Program of Studies for 2018-19 was recently distributed to students in grades 8 through 11. As the process of selecting courses for next year begins, I want …

NHS graduate, Foreign Service Officer Seth Wyngowski shares experiences with students

Discusses State Department career, importance of language study Niskayuna High School graduate Seth Wyngowski’s career with the U.S. Department of State has led to assignments around the globe and, on Monday, Nov. 20, it brought him back to Niskayuna on an important mission: to spend time with students. He addressed approximately 200 students in the …

Birchwood students raise money for UNICEF’s hurricane relief efforts

              Funds will be used for hurricane relief On Halloween this year, Birchwood students in the fifth grade classes of Ellen DiRienzo and Amy Isenhart collected more than candy. They raised $559.60 trick or treating for UNICEF. Funds raised through this year’s UNICEF campaign will support children who have …

School Board Meeting Summary for Nov. 14, 2017

Student Representative Report Student representatives reported on the Suburban Council Leadership Conference, the Boys Cross Country and Girls Swim & Dive sectional championships, and the NCAA Letter of Intent signing ceremony, and referenced the new Library Media Center sign-in procedures. Upcoming presentations for students included an assembly with City Mission of Schenectady Executive Director Mike …

Enrollment projection and building capacity studies are available

Enrollment growth expected; Community feedback sought by the district A pair of study documents intended to guide future planning in the district are now available for review by members of the school community. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. announced at Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting that the Enrollment Projection/Demographic Study and Pupil Capacity Analysis have …

Fourteen Niskayuna High School student-athletes sign Letters of Intent for intercollegiate athletics

Decorated athletes and scholars ready to compete at the next level They are scholar-athletes, state and sectional champions, student leaders, and Silver Warriors all. And on Wednesday, Nov. 8, a group of 14 Niskayuna High School student-athletes took the next step into their futures by signing their National Letters of Intent in a ceremony at …

District diversity initiative moves forward on multiple fronts

The district diversity initiative is moving forward on multiple fronts. The work has its roots in the 2015 formation of the community-based Environment and Culture Advisory Council (ECAC) that developed the District Diversity Goals adopted last year. The purpose of the initiative is to make sure that all students feel respected, welcome and included at …