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Next Board of Education Meeting - February 8, 2016

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PTA WESTERN BBQ DINNER
Tuesday February 9th 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Saddle up partner!! Menands School PTA is hosting a Western BBQ on February 9th  from 4:30 -7:00pm at the school. This event will satisfy the hungriest cowpoke from start to finish when you sample our menu: BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, four-cheese macaroni and cheese, rootin' tootin' cowboy beans, skillet corn bread and tasty desserts! Slosh it all down with a cup of Menands Muck (Hot Chocolate) to warm ya'll up! Adults $9 and Kids $6. Head em' up and move em' out! Eat In or Take Out available, but come on over and experience western music, hospitality and fun for the whole family! Dinner served from 4:30 - 7pm and Games, Raffle Prizes and 50/50 beginning at 5:30pm. (Click for Menu)

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Winter Concert Held

The annual Winter Concert, under the direction of Mrs. Sarah Horaczek, Menands School music teacher, was truly an enchanted evening for all who attended.  The band performed and the students in grades K through sang.   (photos) 

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Menands School Unveils Conceptual Building Design Which Will Make Vision a Reality

The Menands School Community has spent considerable time over the past year and a half, with the assistance of Robert Hendriks of Educational Legacy Planning and the Architectural firm CSArch, to develop a vision for our school and plan to make that vision a reality.

The multiple conversations, planning sessions and forums resulted in the development of a vision, a subsequent “Ed Spec” and ultimately a conceptual building redesign. The work and pr
ogress to date have been captured via both video and print documents, and can be accessed via the school websitw: www.menands.org using the "Menands Legacy Plan" link, or at www.menandslegacyplan.com. We look forward to your attendance and to sharing our vision for our school.  Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Maureen Long via email:  mlong@menands.org or by phone (518) 465-4561.

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Next Steps in the High School Decision Making Process

 

Menands School held ita second annual High School Fair on Tuesday, January 12.  It was well attended during the day by our students, and some of them even brought their parents back for the evening session!  Our eighth grade students have the opportunity to choose from five different high schools:  Watervliet, South Colonie; Heatly (Green Island); Shaker; and Tech Valley.  

We are ready to take the next step in the process of helping you and your child make an informed choice about high school.    We have provided you and your child the opportunity to meet with the leaders in the high schools.  Now, it is up to you and your child to make an informed choice and indicate to the Counseling office what high school your child will attend.   We need this information by February 12, 2016 If your child intends to apply to Tech Valley, there is an application due to their admissions office by this date, as well.   It is also important for you to get in touch with the high school of your choice in order to start receiving information regarding their registration dates, parent nights, sports, clubs, etc.  Please follow the link for the form to turn in by February 12, 2016.
If you are still uncertain, or would like more information from these schools, in accordance with FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) laws we are unable to provide the various high school districts with your contact information and address without your permission.   Please follow the link for the form to turn in by February 12, 2016.  (Ferpa form)

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Eighth Grade High School Fair

The eighth grade students and their parents had the opportunity to meet with the representatives from high schools on January 12. The first session was held in the afternoon for the students only, and parents attended in the evening.  Students from Menands can choose to attend either Shaker High School (North Colonie), Colonie Central High School (South Colonie), Watervliet High School, Heatly High School (Green Island), or Tech Valley High School.  (Click for HS Flyer) (Photos)

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Quarter 1 Honors

Citizens and Scholars, Special Recognition, Superintendent's List, High Honor Roll, and Honor Roll from Quarter 1 have all been announced. (photos) 

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Annual Turkey Trot Held

On Wednesday, November 25, Menands students ran the Turkey Trot course and demonstrated their strentght as runners!  Please see the photos of the great day!  (photos)

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2015-2016 After-School Clubs/Sports - 2nd Trimester

Menands School is proud to offer its students a variety of extra-curricular clubs and sports.  Extra-curricular activities have been scheduled in three trimester sessions:

·        Trimester 1: September 14 - December 11

·        Trimester 2: December 14 -  March 18

·        Trimester 3: March 21 - June 20

 

Please review the following link (Club Packet for Students 2015-2016)for the extra-curricular schedule and descriptions with your child. Then complete club permission forms for the activities in which your child will participate during the 2nd trimester.  Return the permission forms promptly, as extra-curricular activities begin on Monday, December 14. Please keep in mind that some clubs have a maximum number of participants and will close once that number is reached.

**Soccer Club is Closed**(as of 11/23/15)

**Shrinky Dink Club is Closed**(as of 11/30/15)

**Student Health & Wellness is Closed**(as of 12/10/15)

**Volleyball is Closed**(as of 12/16/15)

**Minecraft is Closed**(as of 12/16/15)

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Kindergarten - Grade 5 Dance Held

On the evening of November 2, a dance was held for our elementary students, complete with a DJ!   Please view the photos to see our wonderful party!  (photos set 1) 

(photos set 2)

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Grade 8 Goes to Camp Chingachgook

From September 15 until September 17, the Class of 2016 went to Camp Chingachgook for the annual team building trip.

The students climbed the high ropes, did low ropes activities, practiced archery and had a campfire.  Please view the photos and share the experience. (photos)

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Our First Day of School

Tuesday, September 8, was a wonderful day at Menands School.  The Menands Association of Teachers sponsored the annual Welcome Back Breakfast, and we had an assembly entitled The Show of Love.  Despite the heat, there were lots of smiling faces all throughout the day.  Please view our photos and see what it was like! (photos)

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Supply List  2015-16 (supplies)

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2015 -2016 District Calendar (click here)

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A Vision for Menands School: Menands Legacy Planning Web Page

 

The Board of Education in collaboration with representatives from the entire Menands School Community continues their work of developing a vision of our school for the future. This vision will guide decisions relative to our building and facilities and a potential building improvement project.   Any project or improvements should be rooted in that vision - what we want for the children of our community, and not simply about bricks and mortar.  With the expertise, and under the guidance of Robert Hendriks, of Educational Legacy Planning, faculty, staff and members of the greater Menands community have been involved in the conversation.  This work has been captured on our own Menands Legacy Plan web site which can be accessed at the following link:

 

www.menandslegacyplan.com/Menands_Legacy_Plan/

 

The vision will be finalized in the coming weeks, and the work to achieve it will continue.  Please continue to check the web site for updates and information.

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square bulletParental Notice of Participation in the NYS Dept. of Health BMI & Weight Status Category Report for the 2015-2016 School Year and Parental BMI Opt Out Form (PDF)

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Youth Employment

Working papers can now be found online.  Please go to the "Quick Links" section of the website and click on "forms".

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District Goals for 2014-2015 (goals)

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Free and Reduced Lunch

If your family income or your family situation has changed, your child(ren) may be eligible to receive free and/or reduced priced meals in school. This includes both breakfast and lunch. (letter)  (application)
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Free Parent Today Subscription Available
Parent Today is a fee email service that offers parenting information and tips every two weeks and is sent right into your inbox. (how to subscribe and information )


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Online Meal Prepayment System Available Now

We are pleased to offer a new option to help make your life easier. Myschoolbucks.com is an on-line system that allows you to make deposits into your student’s cafeteria account

Click here for more information. My School Bucks (PDF)

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Town of Colonie Sex Offender Watch
Menands School District works closely with parents and guardians to ensure the safety of students at all times. Parents can become informed about convicted sex offenders living in this area by following this link to the Town of Colonie Police Department website. (more information)

 

 

 

 

 


   Dr. Maureen A. Long
   Superintendent

 

   Mrs. Antonietta Schroeder
   Principal

Phone: (518) 465.4561
Fax: (518) 434.2840
19 Wards Lane
Menands, NY 12204

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