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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Evening of the Arts has been rescheduled to

Tuesday, May 20 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Art Exhibit - 6:00 p.m.

Spring Concert - 6:30 p.m.

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2014-2015 Budget Development News:

NEW   Video Message From the Superintendent (click here)

Comprehensive budget information can be found by clicking on the Budget tab on the left side of this page or clicking here

Board of Education Upcoming Meetings (click here)

Budget Overview (click here)

February 27, 2014 Budget Workshop (click here)

March 25, 2014 Budget Workshop (click here)________________________________________

2014 Common Core Test Schedule for Grades 3-8

The Math Common Core Test will be administered to students in grades 3-8 on April 30, May 1, and May 2.  It is important that students arrive on time and eat a good breakfast.

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The King and I  Presented by Menands School Drama Club

On Saturday evening, March 23, the Menands School Drama Club presented Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I to rave reviews. Please view the photos and share in this special evening.  (photos)

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Author's  Visit

Author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen came to Menands School on March 27. Ms. Bardhan-Quallen writes both fiction and nonfiction books for children and teens.  She conducted writing workshops for students in grades 5-8 and presented her fractured fairy tale style books to grades K-4.  She also joined students for literacy night later that day.  For more information on Ms. Bardhan-Quallen please see her website www.sudipta.com(photo)

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Field Day 2014 (click for more information)

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Cultural Fair Held

In celebration of all of our families here at Menands School, the PTA is held a cultural fair on Thursday evening, March 6. For the second year in a row, our gym was transformed into a global arena with family run tables representing different countries and cultures, from around the world and within the United States. (photos)

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Honor Roll and Citizens and Scholars Assembly Held

The students named to the Quarter 2 Honor Rolls, and the Citizens and Scholars for Quarter 2 were honored in an assembly at school on February13.  (Honor Roll Students)  (Citizens and Scholars)________________________________________

Winter Concert  Held (photos)

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Third Graders Receive Dictionaries

As participants of the Dictionary Project, members of the Watervliet Lodge of Elks #1500 provided third grade students a personal dictionary.  We appreciate the support and collaboration of the Watervliet Lodge of Elks #1500 in providing our students with a valuable resource to be used for many years ahead.  (photos)

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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 )

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Walking and Biking Safety Resources

Pedestrian Safety - Tips for parents and other adults

Bicycle Safety – Tips for Parents, Guardians and Kids_

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Grades 6-8 Math School Supplies List for 2013-14,

General Supplies for Grade 5, and All Supplies K-8

Please check our school supplies list for the upcoming school year. (school supplies) (6-8 math supplies)

general supplies grade 5

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Club Schedule for 2013-14

There are lots of great clubs at school this year. Please look at the many offererings and the schedule. (clubs)

 (club permssion slip)

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Dr. Long Comments on the Release of NYS Assessment Scores

Earlier this week, the State Education Department released the results of the April 2013 grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments. This was the first round of state testing based on the Common Core standards.  We should not be surprised or disappointed by these scores.  As indicated by the Commissioner, the drop in the number of students meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations was expected and should not be interpreted as a failure on the part of students to learn or teachers to teach.  In reality our students in Menands fared better than many of their peers across the region and the state. The scores released represent a new baseline.  We fully expect moving forward to see test scores rise as teachers and students continue to adapt to the new expectations and required shifts in teaching and learning.

 

Information will be shared with families in the coming weeks regarding individual student performance and results.  Please see the letter addressed to parents and families from NYS Education Commissioner John King at the following link. (letter)

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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)
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New 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)

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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. For more information, please call our secretary, Mrs. Pattie Miller, or our school counselor, Mrs. Cheri Vandenberg, at 465-4561.
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Town of Colonie Sex Offender Watch

The 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)