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 …

Hillside Learning Fair 2018: Registration is Open

Students can now register to participate in the 2018 Hillside Learning Fair via the online form at the link below. The Learning Fair will take place on Thursday, March 22, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register Here: Hillside Learning Fair 2018 Student Registration Form Please note that a separate form must be completed for …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …