With enthusiasm, compassion and some solid advice, the Class of 2017 heads out into the world

Embedded YouTube video featuring sights and sounds from June 2017 commencement exercises. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Be curious, be present, be kind. Explore. As Niskayuna High School sent its 59th class of graduates off into the world on Thursday, simple and powerful words of wisdom punctuated a ceremony that matched the spirit of …

Video: Many paths to success run right through Niskayuna Schools

Embedded YouTube video featuring many district programs and strategic initiatives There is not just one route to future success for today’s students. Education is changing – but Niskayuna students have access to internships, career and technical training, and experiential learning programs right now. The video above, “This is a Niskayuna Education,” highlights many of these …

District embraces a systematic approach to planning for the future

The strategic plan that the Board of Education adopted last spring resulted in a variety of activity throughout the 2016-17 school year that will shape the future of a Niskayuna education. One of these strategic initiatives is the Instructional Program Advisory Council, or IPAC, which is charged with developing a broad vision for the future …

School Board Meeting Summary for June 13, 2017

Retiree Recognition The meeting started with the Board of Education recognition ceremony to honor the 20 staff members who are retiring this year. “In the years that lie ahead, recall us fondly,” said Board President Rosemarie Perez Jaquith. “Embrace the exciting challenges that await you and make the most of each day. Embrace the knowledge …

With laughter, stories and deep appreciation, district retirees thanked for their service

District says farewell to employees with 400-plus years of service to our schools It was an evening of laughter, stories, even some tears, but mostly deep gratitude and appreciation for service to the children of our community. The 20 staff members, covering all areas of the district, who are retiring this year were honored at …

Unique learning experience brings fourth graders together for a good cause

Students raise $7,500 for local charity Children and adults buzzed through the crowd, hopping from table to table to look at the wares, like walking through a bazaar. Voices could be heard through the hustle and bustle, “Highly recommended – I tried it on my own cat.” “Would you like your nails painted?” The voices …

Airbnb co-founder, 1999 Niskayuna graduate Brian Chesky to enter High School Hall of Fame

Global entrepreneur to address Class of 2017 at graduation Brian Chesky, a 1999 Niskayuna graduate who helped revolutionize the travel industry and create a global community in the process, will enter the Niskayuna High School Hall of Fame at this year’s commencement exercises on June 22. Chesky is co-founder, CEO and Head of Community of …

Board of Education approves Phase I of Smart Schools Investment Plan

Following a public hearing and 30-day comment window, the Board of Education approved the Smart Schools Investment Plan Phase I at its meeting on April 11. The district is now moving forward with submission of the plan to the State Education Department. Phase I calls for the replacement of the district’s aging security camera system …

Niskayuna Community Foundation Surprises Eric Hughes and Thomas Lester with the Murray Award for Excellence in Education

   Annual award recognizes excellence in honor of family who helped establish Niskayuna High School in the 1950s The Niskayuna Community Foundation, a geographic fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, surprised two Niskayuna High School teachers on Thursday, June 1, by presenting them with the 14th annual Murray Award for Excellence …