Birchwood Heritage Night to be held on Friday, Nov. 30

Birchwood Elementary will be hosting the Birchwood Heritage Night on Friday, November 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. It will be a night full of food sampling, dance exhibitions, stories and traditions from the different cultures represented in our Birchwood community! Would you like to share part of your family heritage? We’re looking for families and individuals …

Niskayuna High School seeking nominations for Hall of Fame

Niskayuna High School is now accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame, a gallery of Niskayuna High School graduates who have made significant contributions to their professions or communities. The Niskayuna High School Hall of Fame was instituted as part of the school’s 25th anniversary in 1983. It honors graduates who have distinguished themselves in a …

Seventeen Niskayuna High School student-athletes sign Letters of Intent

Decorated student-athletes set to compete at the next level On Wednesday, Nov. 14, a group of 17 Niskayuna High School student-athletes took the next step into their futures by signing their National Letters of Intent in a ceremony at the school. The students were joined by their families, friends, coaches, teachers and school administrators. High …

Our Schools, Our Future Video

As the district continues to plan for the future, guided by the strategic plan and vision shared last month, we invite our community to view the video below, “Our Schools, Our Future.” The District Strategic Plan established in 2016 initiated a systematic effort to transform programs and support systems so that all students are prepared …

Families invited to take cultural proficiency and equity survey

Dear Niskayuna Families: You are likely aware that our school district has had an active Environment and Culture Advisory Council for more than two years. The district and advisory council have identified the need for a focus on equity and cultural proficiency and professional development. As a result, we initiated a partnership with Generation Ready, …

VA is collecting green beans for the Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner

Van Antwerp Middle School Student Council members are heading up the collection of green beans to donate to the Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner. This has been an annual tradition at VA for over 15 years! We need to have 1800 cans of green beans by Friday, November 16th. Please help us meet our goal. Cans of …

Message from Niskayuna High School Principal John Rickert – Friday, Nov. 9

The high school administration has concluded its investigation into the actions that prompted the Monday, Nov. 5, lockdown at Niskayuna High School. An individual student will face disciplinary consequences in accordance with our school Code of Conduct. As a general practice, we do not discuss the details of individual student discipline. The Niskayuna Police Department …

Van Antwerp Update – Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.

Update: 2 p.m. Classes at Van Antwerp Middle School have resumed following the police check of the building in response to the bomb threat note found today. Seventh grade is having its lunch period at this time. The Niskayuna Police Department checked the building with the assistance of canine units from neighboring agencies. Classroom activities …

As cold weather approaches, district sharing winter weather protocols

As colder weather approaches, the district is sharing this reminder of our winter weather protocols, including how we communicate when school is delayed or closed. Student safety is our primary concern in these decisions. When winter weather conditions are predicted, we monitor the forecast closely. Our transportation director checks road conditions and we communicate with …

District sharing vision for the future; PTO and community presentations taking place

Focus is on sustainability and quality education At a series of presentations this year, Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra is sharing a vision for the future of education in Niskayuna that is based on the work of stakeholders from across the district over the last few years. It calls for deeper learning experiences, flexible space for hands-on …