Coming early in 2019: District to launch online community engagement platform

Early in the new year, the district will begin using an online platform to broaden community engagement on a variety of topics. The district is partnering with the company Thoughtexchange for this new approach. The use of this online platform will allow people to share thoughts on important issues at their convenience, as well as …

District leaders outline revised K-5 homework guidelines

At the Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting, administrators outlined revised K-5 Homework Guidelines that were initiated by a year-long review by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators. The new guidelines will take effect in January 2019. They call for up to 15 minutes of daily homework for kindergarten through second grade and 15 …

From the U.S. Senate to Iroquois, a special author’s visit

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand discusses her book on women’s suffrage On Friday, Dec. 7, Iroquois Middle School hosted U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who shared the inspiring stories that she chronicles in her new book, “Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.” Against the backdrop of the book’s illustrated pages, Sen. Gillibrand …

2019-20 budget development calendar is available

The development of the 2019-20 budget will follow a process similar to that of recent years. Presentations on specific departments/areas will be presented to the Board in advance of the presentation of the overall budget for consideration by the Board. January 7, 2019 Transportation and School Lunch budget presentations to the Board of Education,  6 …

NYSTEAMBus hits the road – and the classroom

Team of students and teachers introduces first graders to coding Just before Thanksgiving, every first grade student across the district was given an introduction to coding and a challenge: help a small robot follow the path “to Grandma’s house.” The result was a lot of learning, laughter, and teamwork and a new experience for students. …

Iroquois Read-a-thon is Friday, Jan. 4

Iroquois will be hosting its annual Read-a-thon this year on Friday, January 4th 2019 from 6:30-9:30 pm. The Iroquois Read-a-thon is held to raise donations for the Double “H” Hole in the Woods Ranch in the Adirondacks. To date, Iroquois has raised $47,000 for the Double “H” Ranch over the past 11 years and this …

Phase I of capital improvements finishing under budget

An initial $5.6 million phase of facilities improvements approved by voters in December 2016 focused on some immediate health and safety issues, timed with the district retiring some debt. The work was done mostly over the last two summers and, as it nears final completion, it is expected to come in under budget, Superintendent Cosimo …

High school students leading the way with peer training

Niskayuna High School students are known for being part of the solution, including the 15 who are participating in peer-to-peer leadership training. The sessions, led by a moderator from the Anti-Defamation League, focus on a variety of topics including bias, race and diversity. In the past, Niskayuna High School students have participated in this program, …

Capital Project Community Advisory Committee Meeting Notes for Nov. 20

The meeting included continued conversation of the district’s vision for academic programs and discussion of a preliminary draft of the Pupil Capacity Analysis of district schools. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., emphasized the importance of capital project planning being based on the vision for programs – what students need for the future. Vision informed by program …

Joe Bena Memorial Wrestling Mat dedicated

A wrestling mat honoring legendary wrestling coach Joe Bena was dedicated on Wednesday, Dec. 5, just prior to Niskayuna High School’s home wrestling match against Schenectady. Bena passed away in February of this year. The mat will be used for all Niskayuna home matches moving forward. The fundraising efforts for the mat were organized by …

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