District mourns the loss of Niskayuna High School Spanish Teacher Mike Jones

It is with profound sadness that the district shares the news that Niskayuna High School Spanish teacher Mike Jones passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, after a battle with cancer. He spent 22 years as a teacher at the high school and made an impact on countless students and fellow educators. Señor Jones will be …

NHS students educate peers on election with gallery walk

              Niskayuna High School Election Gallery Walk focuses on the issues and the candidates As America goes to vote on Nov. 8, kudos to senior Social Studies classes for the election gallery walk they developed in the high school library, helping build awareness of the candidates and issues involved …

Video: Like a new family…Niskayuna-Hamm, Germany exchange fosters friendship, cultural connections

Embedded YouTube video featuring students from Niskayuna and Germany sharing their thoughts on the importance of cultural exchanges A nearly 20-year friendship in international student exchanges continues as students and teachers from Freiherr-vom-Stein Gymnasium, our partner school in Hamm, Germany, traveled to Niskayuna in September. They will be here until October 9, attending school with …

NHS Counselor Nancy Bushee wins Yale Educator Award

Niskayuna High School counselor Nancy Bushee is was awarded the 2016 Yale Educator Award this month. Educators from across the country and around the world were nominated by matriculating students and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviewed each nomination individually to choose recipients. “I’m truly honored to be recognized with this award, especially because …

Eric Hughes named acting director of music

Longtime Niskayuna High School Music teacher Eric Hughes has been named the acting director of the Music Department K-12. The appointment was made at the August meeting of the Board of Education. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. said that the appointment will provide stability for the department during a period of leadership transitions. Hughes served as …

Video: Class of 2016 welcomes faculty and staff to new year with a message of gratitude

When faculty and staff returned for the opening meeting of the 2016-17 school year on Thursday, September 1, they were greeted by some familiar faces: This video featuring members of last year’s graduating class with a message of thanks. To the class of 2016, we also wish you well wherever your new adventures are taking …

President Obama honors Niskayuna teacher Daniel Mattoon with national award

Niskayuna High School math teacher Daniel Mattoon was among the 213 mathematics and science teachers from across the nation that President Obama honored on Monday with the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2016. The recipients were announced by the White House. For about a year Mattoon has known that …

Elementary teachers take a deep invigorating dive into new Science standards

              Professional development sessions led by High School teachers In one Niskayuna classroom on Tuesday, July 12, elementary teachers debated whether a reaction was a physical or a chemical changes. In another, they calculated density. It was the first of a three-day professional development series for elementary teachers across …