A Message from the Superintendent: Safety is our top priority

Dear Families: In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Florida this week, I am writing to assure you that the safety of your children and school staff is our number one priority and something that we work at constantly. While we cannot detail all aspects of our security plans, I do want to …

Ten takeaways from the “State of the District 2018”

Students, programs, strategic plan, future vision highlighted At the Jan. 23 meeting of the Board of Education, Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. provided a “State of the District” presentation. This included a snapshot of district demographics, academic results, financial information and the status of initiatives stemming from the District Strategic Plan. Here are ten takeaways from …

Flu season underway – Health information for families

In an effort to help keep our school community healthy during this flu season, the district wants to share some reminders, as well as a fact sheet from the New York State Department of Health. Influenza (“the flu”) is an infectious disease caused by a virus. Infectious diseases are more readily spread in group settings, …

Kindergarten registration is Jan. 17 through Feb. 9

A kindergarten registration period for students entering Niskayuna schools next fall will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and go through Friday, Feb. 9. Children who will turn 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2018, can enter kindergarten this coming September. Families with eligible children who the district is aware of have been sent …

Welcome to the new niskyschools.org

Welcome to our new website! As you begin to take a look at the new site, allow us to point out a few new and enhanced features: Searchable Staff Directory: For the first time, the district website contains a searchable directory of school staff. This replaces the directories that were posted on each school page …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Help shape the future of our schools: Advisory Councils invite community participation

Seven subcommittees focused on priority areas Dear Niskayuna School Community: I am writing to invite you to participate in the process of shaping the future of education for the children of our district alongside fellow community members and colleagues. You may be aware that our district strategic plan calls for advancing our academic programs and …

District updates facilities use procedures and fees

As a school district, we are proud of our many partnerships with community organizations and believe it is important to make school facilities available for community groups when such use does not interfere with school functions. However, it has recently become necessary to update our facilities use procedures, including fees. These changes were prompted by …