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Congrats to winners of the Creative Expressions Contest


The Arts and Letters Committee of the Albany, NY Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority recognized and awarded 28 winners of the 23rd Annual Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest. The focus of the written and/or artistic work of the winners emphasized the focus of Black History Month. A total of 255 entries were submitted from the Capital Region. Twenty-eight students excelled with one winner being a Menands School student!

Hear from our students in this YouTube video


Menands BOE attends NYSSBA conference


Menands Board of Education President Jeff Masline and two other board members attended the 2019 NYSSBA Capital Conference. This is an exceptional professional development opportunity for board members to learn from the NYSSBA governmental relations team, familiarize themselves with the most up-to-date budget information, and hear from and speak with Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.


Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year (more information).


The next Board of Ed. Meeting will be held Monday, February 11th at 6:30pm. (View agenda)


A Special Meeting of the Board of Education was held on Wednesday, January 23rd at 5:00pm in the library.  All meetings are handicap accessible and open to the public. (agenda)


Free & Reduced Meals/Milk

Has your family experienced a financial change?  If so you may be eligible for Free and Reduced Meals/Milk for your child.  You may complete a new 2018-2019 application at any time during the school year.  Click on the link to the left titled "Cafeteria Program".  Then click on the link for 2018-2019 Free & Reduced Meals/Milk.  Completed applications may be returned to Mrs. McCormick in the Main Office.


February Dates to Remember:

  • 2/6- Parents as Partners: School Resource Officer Workshop - 6pm

  • 2/11 - Board of Ed. Mtg - 6:30pm

  • 2/13 - Citizen/Scholar/Honor Roll Assembly - 1:45pm

  • 2/18-2/22 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess

  • 2/25 - Classes Resume



Congratulations to Mrs. Hayes, Menands School Students, Chorus & Band for a fantastic performance at the Winter Concert. 

Menands School Chorus Performs "For Good"


Grades 3-5, Band & Chorus Perform "My Shot"


Martin Luther King Jr. at Siena College

10 students from Menands School, along with Art teacher Mrs. Testo, attended a reception on Friday evening, January 11th, at Siena College for the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Writing and Art Invitational.  This year's quote was by Maya Angelou, "I sustain myself with the love of my family." 

Student posters were selected by Mrs. Gina Slyer who is a professional photographer.  Congratulations to all!


The Smart Schools/E-Rate proposal was presented by Joseph Reilly at the January 7th Board of Education meeting. 

(click here for presentation). Please direct any questions to Superintendent, Dr. Maureen Long at


Important Information Regarding Drop off and Pick Up of Students - Effective Monday, December 10th (click here).


Important Information in Anticipation of  Winter Weather - (click here)

*Please keep in mind that during times of inclement weather, school buses may be running late.  Thank you for your patience.


Menands Students Send Letters of Appreciation to our Troops

Appreciation letters were sent to one of our staff member's son and troops stationed in the Middle East for Veteran's Day.  The letters were sent from the students in Mrs. Wroblewski's and Mrs. Marinstein's classes. The troops were extremely appreciative of the students thoughtfulness and replied with a big "Thank you Menands School for all of your wonderful letters!"


2018 Menands School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2018 Spelling Bee.  A special congratulations goes out to our winner Daniel from grade 7 and Somida, our runner up from grade 8.  Thank you to Mrs. Ball and the staff members who organized the event.  A job well done by all!

We are excited to share with you the newest edition of the Menands School PawPrints - "From Vision to Realty:  Menands Begins Capital Project!".  You can check it out here : 
Menands Paw Prints

Copies were sent home to all Menands School families.  Print copies are available at the Village Office, library and school.
From Vision to Reality:  Menands Breaks Ground on Capital Project

On October 30th, the Menands School Community in the company of a number of supportive local dignitaries, broke ground for additions and renovations associated with a voter approved capital project. 

In her remarks, Dr. Long shared the following:
"As most of us know, Menands is an incredibly unique and special school and community. It is because of the support and vision of this community that we have arrived at this moment.  A moment that will, for years to come, positively impact the lives of the children of Menands."

(Click here for Ground Breaking Video)

Menands School Path Closed Until Further Notice:  Due to the Building Project and construction occurring at Menands School the path that runs from the Village to the school will be closed until further notice.  For safety purposes pedestrian traffic will not be allowed.  Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.


Changes in Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

The first phase of our capital construction project will include work being done to the entrance by the cafeteria to create what will be the “new main entrance”, and the expansion to the cafeteria.  It will also include additions for a pre-K classroom, and a new middle school wing.  During this work the entrances/exits closest to the cafeteria and the kindergarten classrooms will be accessible only for emergency purposes.  What results are the following changes related to student arrival and dismissal:  Please click here for detailed information.


2018-2019 School Supplies List


Menands School Class of 2018 Graduation Pictures have arrived.  Please stop by to pick yours up.  School hours are 8am-4pm.


Student Handbook 2018-2019

Student Handbook Information


Student Registration

Please call Menands School at 518-465-4561 (ext. 100) to make an appointment prior to coming to the school.


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)


Do Menands teachers floss?

Click here to find out


Menands School 2018-2019 School Year Calendar (click here)


Menands UFSD Audited Financial Statements 2017-2018

(click here)


MENANDS UFSD - Legal Notice


"Pursuant to section 300.573 (b) of 34 CFR of the Federal Regulations 20, the Menands Union Free School District is destroying all records of students who received special education services with birth dates of 1990.  Families of students born who wish to obtain their records from the Office of Special Education, must contct Lisa Buoniconto prior to June 29, 2018 at 518-465-4561 ext. 255.  Records not claimed bt this date will be removed from the files and destroyed.


By order of the Board of Education

Jeanne Mentiply, District Clerk

Menands Union Free School District

Albany County, New York


Important Information from the Health Office (PDF)


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.


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


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


Youth Employment

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


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


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.


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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