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CASDA Friends of Education Award Recipient

Mrs. Waldron, one of the teachers here at Menands School was honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on Thursday, February 15th at the Friends Of Education Dinner.  CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving the students and the school community.

In smaller school districts such as Menands, educators are often called upon to make a variety of contributions that go far beyond what is outlined in their job description.  Mrs. Waldron has embraced this charge for 21 years as both a special education teacher and a tireless champion for students.  She serves as a dedicated member of the Arts & Education Committee, working to organize events such as the Annual Author Visit and Literacy Night.  She has coached soccer and contributed to Drama Club productions.  Mrs. Waldron has demonstrated a deep committment to both students and her colleagues with a generosity that embodies the spirit of a Friend of Education.  Congratulations on this well deserved recognotion.

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Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart is coming...(click here for more information)

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Recess Increase K-5

In response to feedback from parents and families, Menands teachers and administration worked collaboratively to make changes to the schedule to increase recess at grades K-5 to prior year levels.  The new schedule will take effect Monday, February 5th.  A copy of the letter that was mailed home to parents can be viewed (here).

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3rd Annual Yusef Westerman Talent Show

Due to unforseen circumstances and time constraints, the 3rd Annual Yusef Westerman Talent Show has been postponed until Friday, April 20th.  A new rehearsal schedule will be sent home closer to the new date and time.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

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Important Information from the Health Office (PDF)

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Congratulations

Congratulations to Ms. Testo and to our student's whose art work was selected to be displayed at Siena College in honor of the Youth of the Capital Region, featuring original art and writing exhibits on the theme of: 

“We may all have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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2018-2019 Budget Workshop

The first 2018-2019 Budget Workshop was held on Monday, January 8th.  You may continue to monitor the most recent budget information by clicking (here)

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Menands UFSD Policy Committee

The Menands UFSD is in the second year of a comprehensive review of their Board Policy Manual.  The next two Policy Committee meetings will be held on Wednesday, January 31st at 4:30pm and Thursday, February 8th at 4:30pm.  All meetings are open to the public and are handicap accessible.

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Board of Education

The next Board of Education Meeting will be held on February 12th at 6:30pm.  All meetings are open to the public and are handicap accessible.

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Emergency Closing Information

 

In accordance with District policy #8134, Emergency Closing decisions are made in consideration of the fundamental concern for safety, health, and wellness of children.  Among the factors taken into consideration is windchill.  In that regard, the District utilizes the guidance provided from the New York State Center for School Health. 

Any decisions to close or delay are made as early as possible and publicized on the school web page, via local media outlets, and using the Everbridge Notification System.

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Executive Order Does Not Allow for Prepayment of 2018 School Property Taxes

The recent Executive Order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo allowing for the early payment of New York State taxes to assist in federal tax write-offs does not apply to 2018-19 school property taxes. Read more about this Executive Order

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We are pleased to share the web edition of our most recent "Paw Prints", the newsletter of Menands School.  Please note student names have been modified from the print version. December 2017 Paw Prints

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Registration

Please call Menands School at (518)465-4561 to make an appointment prior to coming to the school.

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RFP for Auditing Services (click here)______________________________

From the Health Office

BMI Survey for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Congratulations Students & Staff

It is our great pleasure to share with you that it was reported by the Times Union that Menands School was rated as #4 in the ranking of the 2018 Best Public Middle Schools in the Albany Area.  The information was compiled by Niche, and according to their webpage, "is based on a rigorous analysis of key statistics...ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, middle school ratings, and overall quality of the school district."  In a similar ranking, also by Niche we were recognized among the top elementary schools at #6.

 

This is a testament to the dedication and

 committment on part of our entire staff, and to the hard work of our students.  Follow this link to the Times Union article:  The Best Public Middle Schools in the Capital Region

 

2018 Best Public Elementary Schools in the Albany Area

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Special Area Classes by Grade Level

Click for schedule (pdf)

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2017-2018 School & Community Calendar

(click here for pdf)

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PawPrints Summer 2017 Publication

(click here for pdf)

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2017-2018 School Supply Lists (click here)

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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".

 

Board Adopts 2017-2018  School Calendar

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In order to access the PowerSchool parent portal please click this link. (parentportal)

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Emergency Alert Program

Code Red: Keeping Citizens Informed

 

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the Village of Menands’ Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, school closures and delays, etc.

 

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more.

 

Sign up using the following link:

Everbridge Notification System

Please remember to check the box to receive

“Menands School” notifications.

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Preliminary Results of Menands School Water Quality Testing

(Click Here for Information)

 

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. 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)

 

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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