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Board of Education - Next meeting is April 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.


Administration of the Common Core

English Language Arts and Math Tests

The 2015 Grades 3-8 Common Core English Language Arts Test will be administered during the morning hours on the following days: April 14, 15, 16


The 2015 Grades 3-8 Common Core Math Test will be administered during the morning hours on the following days: April 22, 23, 24


Please make sure your child is well rested and arrives to school on time at 8:10 a.m.


Special Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education will hold a Special Session Budget Workshop on Tuesday, April 21st at 7p.m. to prepare for the public hearing that is scheduled for May 7.


School Budget: Letter to Community Members

Community members recently received a letter from Dr. Long, regarding the development of the Menands Union Free School District Budget for the 2015 – 2016 school year.  The correspondence: highlights influencing and challenging financial factors; speaks to the commitment by the board and the district to provide those opportunities that are expected and valued; and, invites community participation in the process.  A copy of the letter, along with all information relevant to budget development can be found by clicking on the budget tab on the left side of this page. 


Multicultural Dinner Held

March is National Foreign Language Month!  This year's theme is: Learn a Foreign Language, Gain a New Perspective.  As in previous years we  celebrated with trivia questions, a poster contest, costume day and our culminating event, a Multicultural Dinner. (photos)


The Sound of Music  Enjoyed by All

The Menands School Drama Club's production of The Sound of Music was a great success. Congratulations to all involved in the play.   (photos).


Menands School Music Teacher, Mrs. Horaczek, named one of News Channel 13's Top Teachers


Students Enjoy Winter Fun in PE Class

Students went sledding in PE class in order to take advantage of all the snow!  Please see the photos to experience the fun! (photos)
Middle School Dance Held
A wonderful time was had by all at the Menands Middle School dance. Music was provided by DJ Todd Moffre and he had all the students up on their feet!  Please see our photos to view all the fun!  (photos set 1)  (photos set 2)
Request for Qualification - (Architectural Services)

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Kindergarten Registration

If you are a resident of the Menands Union Free School District and have a child who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2015, please call Menands School at 465-4561 to register for the upcoming school year. 

Save the Date - There will be a Kindergarten Parent Information Night for parents only held at the school on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the library.  If you know a neighbor with an age-eligible Kindergarten student, please pass the word!


Common Core Testing Dates for Grades 3-8

ELA - April 14-16, 2015

Math - April 22-24, 2015


Menands School Expands High School Choices

Menands graduates have always had the unique opportunity to select from designated high school choices.  We are very excited that we have worked this year to increase the available choices from three to five, thus expanding the  options and opportunities available to our graduates.  In the 2015 -16 school year, students will have the option of attending Heatly Junior/Senior High School, Shaker High School, South Colonie High School, Tech Valley High School, or Watervliet Junior/Senior High School. This year we held a high school fair where the members of the Class of 2015 and their parents could meet representatives from the different high schools.  (information) (photos 1)  (photos 2)


Honor Rolls, Citizens and Scholars Named for Quarter 2

The Honor Roll and Citizens and Scholars Assembly for quarter 2 was held on February 11. Students named to the Superintendent's List, High Honor Roll, and Honor Roll were presented with certificates (photos).  Citizens and Scholars and a student with special recognition for the quarter were also honored. (photos)


Winter Concert Held

On the evening of Thursday, January 29, the annual Winter Concert was held.  Students in grades K-7 sang choral music, and the grades 5-8 band performed. The concert was under the direction of Mrs. Sarah Horaczek, Menands School music teacher, was a big success and enjoyed by all.    (photos).


Representatives from District Attorney David Soares Speak to Students About New Program

In conjunction with the Menands School District's committment to the OLWEUS anti-bullying program, a morning of lessons and activities were held on Tuesday, February3.  The students joined representatives from DA David Soares' Community Justice Outreach Center who presented information about the Words Can Hurt/Words Can Heal program. DA Soares is challenging students in Albany County to put their words into action by doing random acts of kindness.  The students at our school have enthusiastically taken part in the Random Acts of Kindness initiative since the beginning of the school year. (photos) (Words Can Hurt/Words Can Heal website)


Author James Preller Visits

James Preller, author of  many children's books including Bystander, Priate's Guide, Before You Go, Scary Tales, and Jigsaw Jones, visited Menands School on Thursday, February 5, and met with students throughout the day, answering their questions about and discussing the writer's life and career.  In the evening, Literacy Night was held at the school, with lots of special activities.   (photos)



When there is inclement weather, residents should tune to WGY, WROW or WTRY radio as well as TV channels 6, 10 and 13 for school closings or late openings.  If the Menands School is opening later due to weather, all bus runs will be delayed in Menands.  For example, if the Menands School is opening one hour late, then all buses transporting students outside the district will also be running one hour later.  If the Menands School is closed due to weather, transportation to high schools and private schools will be at the discretion of the Superintendent.  Also, when school is canceled during the day, after-school and night activities at the school are also canceled.


If parents have changed home and/or work phone numbers or emergency contacts, please contact Menands School at 465-4561 to update contact information.


District Goals for 2014-2015 (goals)


PTA Pancake Dinner (photos)


Notice Regarding Recess During the Winter Months

Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will continue to go outside for recess during the winter months.  Now that the snow and cold temperatures have arrived, all students need to be prepared by having the following clothing items with them during recess: winter coat, hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, snow pants, and boots.  Remember to pack your sneakers or shoes to wear in school.


Register for First Call Notification System

The Village of Menands has made it possible for the Menands School District to be connected to their emergency notification system,entitled First Call. Through this system, the school will be able to send electronic messages to you about such emergencies as an early dismissal, or such notices as a reminder to vote on the annual school budget in May. Click here to register  (be sure to check the box to receive notifications from Menands School.) (First Call)

School Calendar (calendar) 
2014-2015 School Supplies Lists (list)
**Important Addition...



Free and Reduced Lunch 2014-2015

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)
Colonie Center School Bucks
The Menands School PTA will be participating in the Colonie Center School Bucks for the 2014-15 school year. This is an easy way to help our school earn points. Please bring any original receipts (within 60 days of the purchase) to the Customer Service Desk at Colonie Center or to Menands School.  At the end of the school year, Colonie Center will award cash prizes to the top ten winning schools.  Our school placed tenth this year and was awarded $500. Thank you for your support.









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)