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Field Day Fun

Menands School's annual Field Day was held on Friday, June 10.  The weather was wonderful, and everyone had a great day! (photos)


Grade 8 Goes to Boston

On Wednesday, June 1,the eighth grade traveled to Boston for their class trip.  The students visited the Museum of Science, took a Duck Tour of the city, and ended their day in Quincy Market.  Everyone had lots of fun! (photos)


Successful Budget Vote

Thank you to our Menands School Community for your support of our 2016-17 school budget.  Budget Proposition #1 passed with 93 "Yes" votes and 31 "No" votes (75%) and Budget Proposition #2 passed with 94 "Yes" votes and 26 "No" votes (78%).  Congratulations to Jenn Wilson and John Diefenderfer who were both re-elected to the Board of Education. 

(Official Results)


2016-2017 Proposed District Budget (Newsletter)


Menands School Spirit A-Z Days - May 18th - June 23rd

(click here for schedule)


Spring Arts Festival

On the evening of Tuesday, May 14, Menands students celebrated the arts with a wonderful concert and an amazing art show.   Please view the photos (photos)


Annual Citizens and Scholars/Senior Citizens Banquet Held

On Friday evenng, May 6, Menands School honored the students that had been selected as Citizens and Scholars during the 2015-2016 school year.  In addition, the school honored the Menands senior citizens.  (photos)


Author Visit at School

On Friday, May 6, Menands School was visited by author Charles R. Smith Jr.  The students decorated the halls with inspirations from his work and were treated to assemblies where Mr. Smith read from his writings.  It was a very special day at school!  (photos)


3rd Quarter Citizen/Scholar/Honor Roll Assembly

The 3rd Quarter Citizen/Scholar/Honor Roll Assembly was held on May 4. (honor roll)  (Citizens and Scholar) 


PE Leadership Awards Given

On Monday, May 3, 2016, ten students from Menands were honored at the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Student Leadership Award Ceremony hosted by Hudson Valley Community College.  More than 680 elementary and middle school students from the Capital Region were in attendance and honored at the ceremony.  (info)  (photos)


Mrs. Testo Wins Award

Mrs. Patricia Loonan-Testo, Menands School Art Teacher, received the Capital Area School Development (CASDA)Friends of Education Award on April 20 at the Annual Capital Region Education Awards Dinner.  CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themeselves to serving students and the school community.  (more information)


2016-2017 District Calendar (click here)


Dear Edwina Jr. Performed at School

On Saturday, March 19, the Menands School Drama Club performed the musical, Dear Edwina Jr.  It was enjoyed by all and the cast and crew are to be congratulated on their efforts.  (photos)


Pi Day Celebrated

On Monday March 14, Menands students celebrated Pi Day with a performance by Arithmotickles!  Students and teachers competed in mathematical challenges and team events. March 14 (3/14) is celebrated annually as Pi Day because the date resembles the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — 3.14159265359 or 3.14 for short.  (photos)

Update about Emergency Communication

Through the Village of Menands, we have an additional way of communicating changes in the school day schedule with you.  Through the new Everbridge notification system (please note this is a change from the Code Red notifiation system that we previously used), the school can send emergency messages to your home phone, cell phone, computer, smart phone and iPad.  All parents and guardians are urged to sign up for Everbridge, as this will make it much easier to communicate with you about emergencies and/or important notifications.  To register, go to Everbridge Resident Alert SystemOnce you have enrolled in the Everbridge notification system be sure to select to receive "Menands School Notifications".  Please remember to keep your phone numbers and email addresses up to date.


Middle School Dance

On Friday evening, February 26, the PTA sponsored a dance for grades 6-8.  Everyone had a wonderful time...just look at the photos!  (photos)


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) 


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: using the "Menands Legacy Plan" link, or at 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: or by phone (518) 465-4561.

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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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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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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)


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)


Supply List  2015-16 (supplies)


2015 -2016 District Calendar (click here)


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:


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.


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)


Youth Employment

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


District Goals for 2014-2015 (goals)


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)

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 )


Online Meal Prepayment System Available Now

We are pleased to offer a new option to help make your life easier. 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)

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


   Mrs. Antonietta Schroeder

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

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