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Menands School Community Mourns Loss

Over the weekend, one of Menands graduates, Yusef Westerman, class of 2012, lost his life in a tragic car accident in the village.

Counseling and support were made available to students today and will continue to be available.

In such a small school and community, an event like this has a tremendous impact.  I am sure you join us in expressing our condolences to Yusef’s family and friends.

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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)

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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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"Teachers as Artists - A Showcase of Creativity"

Mrs. Testo, K-8 Art Teacher is exhibiting 3 pieces of work at the NYSUT Headquarters (800 Troy-Schenectady Rd., Latham) from November 5-20th.  The Exhibit is open to the public from 9-5p.m.

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Pumpkin Book Decorating Contest

Turn your pumpkin into your favorite book character.
To celebrate the fall season, consider decorating a small pumpkin using paints, markers, yarn, paper, fabric, buttons-anything you like, but DON’T CARVE your pumpkin. Carved pumpkins will spoil quickly.  (Pumpkins)  _____________________________

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)


The August issue of PawPrints is now online.  Please read it for valuable information.  (PawPrints)


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)


8th Grade Class of 2015 Pictures

Graduation pictures for the Class of 2015 have arrived!  They can be picked up at the school between the hours of 8-4. 


Youth Employment

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


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..  (information)


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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