School Board Meeting Summary for March 20, 2017

NYSteam Bus Iroquois teacher Frank Adamo, Library Media Specialist Steve Wolfort and seven students presented their vision to retrofit a Niskayuna school bus with a variety of STEAM activities. (STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, and Math.) Their goal is to create a mobile lab that can travel to Niskayuna’s elementary schools and …

Anthony Lento appointed director of facilities

Anthony Lento, a business owner with extensive experience in construction and project management will be the district’s next director of facilities. He was appointed to the position at the Board of Education’s meeting on Monday, March 20. Lento is the owner and operator of PowerHouse Electric and brings to the district more than 20 years …

John Moskov named director of pupil personnel services

Currently assistant high school principal, he will lead Special Education, student services At its meeting on Monday, March 20, the Niskayuna Board of Education appointed longtime district educator and current Assistant High School Principal John Moskov as the district’s Pupil Personnel Services director. In this new position, he will oversee the Special Education Department and …

March 17 ‘Leading and Learning’ professional development day showcases faculty and staff expertise

Embedded YouTube video featuring professional development activities on March 17 and interviews with district educators Unique professional development day includes 30-plus workshops created by Niskayuna educators to present to district colleagues On Friday, March 17, Niskayuna teachers and staff participated in workshops and training sessions rivaling what they would find at a national conference – …

NHS Odyssey of the Mind team takes first, advances to states

The Niskayuna High School Odyssey of the Mind team won first place in its division at the regional tournament on March 4 at Shenendahowa High School. The team competed in ‘Ready, Set, Build’ where they were tasked with building a tower out of balsa wood that held as much weight as possible. Part of the …

VA Science Bowl team headed back to nationals; High School and Iroquois teams also have strong showings at regionals

Niskayuna will again be sending a Science Bowl team to the national competition, as Van Antwerp won first place in the regional competition, which was held on Saturday, March 7, at GE Global Research. All four Niskayuna teams had strong showings in regional play. Iroquois advanced to the final round matchup against Van Antwerp and …

School Board Meeting Summary for February 27, 2017

Birchwood Students First – “Fifty Nifty United States” Birchwood Principal Deb Berndt introduced fifth grade teachers Ellen DiRienzo and Amy Isenhart and several students, who shared Responsive Classroom strategies they are learning and their work as part of this year’s States Fair unit. The Responsive Classroom focuses on social skills and community-building, and the teachers …