District committee continues study of later high school start time

A district committee is continuing to explore the prospect of a later high school start time based on the benefits that have been associated with more sleep for adolescents. The School Start Times Committee is comprised of parents, students and faculty members, and is co-chaired by parent Deanna Bouton and Niskayuna High School Assistant Principal …

Our Schools, Our Future Q&A: Program Vision

Q&A with Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. This fall, the district outlined a vision for education in Niskayuna as part of the process of planning for the future of educational programs and facilities improvements. This is first in a series of Q&As with district leaders to help keep the community informed along the way. Why did …

District outlines vision for the future

This fall, district leaders have been sharing a vision for the future of education in Niskayuna that is based on the strategic plan and informed by the work of stakeholders over the last three years. The vision is a central part of the capital project planning that is underway. It highlights the direction of district …

Instructional Program Advisory Council Update

The Instructional Program Advisory Council (IPAC) met for the first time this year on Thursday, Oct. 4. A summary is below and the full minutes are available here. IPAC includes parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members. More members are needed on the School Start Times and Multiple Pathways Committees. If you are interested, e-mail …

IPAC committees deliver reports on high school start time, homework and college and career pathways

A later high school start time will be explored, elementary homework guidelines will be updated, and pathways to college and careers will be promoted based on the work of three subcommittees this past year. These groups were part of the district’s Instructional Program Advisory Council (IPAC), which includes parents, students, residents, teachers and administrators. They …

Niskayuna Family Night for Career & Technical Education is Feb. 8

Embedded YouTube video from Capital Region BOCES highlighting career & technical education Please join us for this first-of-its-kind event Did you know that a Niskayuna education can include courses in welding, video game design and HVAC? Our students can also learn about the medical field while on rounds in local hospitals and train to be …

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 …

Video: Many paths to success run right through Niskayuna Schools

Embedded YouTube video featuring many district programs and strategic initiatives There is not just one route to future success for today’s students. Education is changing – but Niskayuna students have access to internships, career and technical training, and experiential learning programs right now. The video above, “This is a Niskayuna Education,” highlights many of these …

District embraces a systematic approach to planning for the future

The strategic plan that the Board of Education adopted last spring resulted in a variety of activity throughout the 2016-17 school year that will shape the future of a Niskayuna education. One of these strategic initiatives is the Instructional Program Advisory Council, or IPAC, which is charged with developing a broad vision for the future …

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