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 …

Registration now open for the Summer 2018 Engineering Institute for Young Women

Registration is now open for the Summer 2018 Engineering Institute for Young Women. This is a week-long camp for female students entering grades 7 through 9 who have a strong interest in science and engineering technology. It is being offered for a seventh year by the Niskayuna Central School District in partnership with GE Global …

Niskayuna Career & Technical Education Night highlights student opportunities (with video)

Embedded YouTube video featuring video clips and interviews from the Feb. 8 Career & Technical Education Night First-of-its-kind event draws 150-plus From engineering tech to theater tech, the wide range of career and technical education (CTE) opportunities available to students were on display at the first-ever Niskayuna Family Night for Career & Technical Education on …

“Camelot” is coming to the NHS stage March 1-3; Opening night proceeds to benefit Puerto Rico

Matinee Magic announced for Saturday, March 3 Tickets for this year’s high school musical, “Camelot,” are now available for purchase online until Friday, Mar. 2.  Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased online here. The Music Department and Student Congress have announced that opening night proceeds will benefit relief …

Senior Olivia Owens breaks 1,000 career points

Varsity basketball player Olivia Owens is making a name for herself before she graduates this year. The senior scored her one thousandth varsity point on Friday, Jan. 26  —  an accomplishment only one other Niskayuna girls’ basketball player has done. The first was ESPN sports reporter and commentator Kate Fagan. “This is an outstanding accomplishment for …

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, …

Two Niskayuna teachers earn National Board Certification

Congratulations to Hillside Elementary teacher Christine Mathews and Iroquois World Language teacher Cindy Yetto, both for earning prestigious National Board Certification. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently announced this year’s newest Board certified teachers. The performance-based, peer-review process, often referred to as the “gold standard for accomplished teaching,” can be compared to Board …

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 …

Enrollment and capacity studies presented at Jan. 9 School Board meeting

Enrollment expected to grow; buildings either close to, or slightly above, capacity As part of the Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting, educational consultant Dr. Paul Seversky presented the enrollment projections and building capacity studies that he completed for the district this past summer and fall. These documents will help inform the district’s future planning, …