Board member David Koes, student representatives recognized for their service

It was an evening of farewells – and a welcome – at the Board of Education table on Tuesday, June 19, as outgoing Board member David Koes and senior student representatives Ambreen Aslam and Mariah Mizbani were recognized and new student representatives were appointed. Board President Rosemarie Perez Jaquith presented Mr. Koes with a plaque …

School Board Meeting Summary for Oct. 24, 2017

New Board Member Brian Backus Brian Backus took the oath of office for Board service following his election on Oct. 10. Board Member Recognition This week is School Board Recognition Week in New York. As is Niskayuna tradition, books are being donated to each Library Media Center in recognition of the Board member that serves …

Board of Education Meeting Summary – Sept. 26, 2017

Gender Participation and Performance in STEM Director of Science and Engineering Technology Jackie Carrese and Director of Mathematics Bill Wales presented information about student participation and achievement in STEM areas. They discussed national trends that showed the gap between women and men in STEM undergraduate programs and the workforce has narrowed somewhat over the past …

Board Meeting Summary – Sept. 12, 2017

Student Representatives Students were joined by Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. at Starbucks in early September for a meeting to discuss Student Forum this year. They are encouraging 9th graders to become involved. There was a discussion about the possibility of returning the Activities Fair to its prior format, with all students attending at the same …

Board of Education Meeting Summary – August 15, 2017

Capital Project Update This summer’s work at the bus garage is finished and the Van Antwerp roof replacement is expected to be substantially complete the week of August 21. The next phase of the capital project – health and safety improvements across the district – will take place next summer. The geothermal system flush at …

Board of Education member Patricia Lanotte submits resignation

Special election to be held to fill seat Board of Education member Patricia Lanotte has submitted her resignation from the Board for personal reasons, which will result in a special election for the open seat. “It has been my privilege to serve as a member of the Board, and I wish the District continued success …

School Board Meeting Summary for July 14, 2017

Reorganizational Meeting Jennifer Zhao, who was elected to a first term on the Board in May, and Rosemarie Perez Jaquith, who was re-elected, were sworn-in to office. The Board re-elected Ms. Perez Jaquith as Board president and elected David Koes as Board vice president. Student Representative The Board welcomed new junior class student Jonathan Romano …

School Board Meeting Summary for June 13, 2017

Retiree Recognition The meeting started with the Board of Education recognition ceremony to honor the 20 staff members who are retiring this year. “In the years that lie ahead, recall us fondly,” said Board President Rosemarie Perez Jaquith. “Embrace the exciting challenges that await you and make the most of each day. Embrace the knowledge …

School Board Meeting Summary for March 20, 2017

NYSteam Bus Iroquois teacher Frank Adamo, Library Media Specialist Steve Wolfort and seven students presented their vision to retrofit a Niskayuna school bus with a variety of STEAM activities. (STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, and Math.) Their goal is to create a mobile lab that can travel to Niskayuna’s elementary schools and …

School Board Meeting Summary for February 27, 2017

Birchwood Students First – “Fifty Nifty United States” Birchwood Principal Deb Berndt introduced fifth grade teachers Ellen DiRienzo and Amy Isenhart and several students, who shared Responsive Classroom strategies they are learning and their work as part of this year’s States Fair unit. The Responsive Classroom focuses on social skills and community-building, and the teachers …