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Mrs. Testo Wins Award

Mrs. Patricia Loonan-Testo, Menands School Art Teacher, received the Capital Area School Development (CASDA)Friends of Education Award on April 20 at the Annual Capital Region Education Awards Dinner.  CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themeselves to serving students and the school community.  (more information)




Personal Registration will be on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the main lobby of the Menands School. 

District residents registered with the County Board of Elections and who have voted once in the last four years need not register on

May 11. 


A Public Hearing on the proposed 2016-2017 Budget for the Menands Union Free School District and the Menands Public Library shall be held at the Menands School on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.  The budgets will be available for review on May 3, 2016 at the Menands School Central Office.


The annual meeting of the qualified voters of the Menands Union Free School District, Village of Menands, will be held on Tuesday,

May 17, 2016 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Menands School, at which time the polls will be opened to vote by voting machine on the following items:


1.  To adopt the annual budget of the Menands UFSD

2.  To approve the following proposition:  SHALL the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District be authorized to increase the maximum funding level of the Capital Reserve Fund from $750,000 to an amount not to  exceed $1,000,000, with such Capital Reserve Fund being funded, in part, with an additional transfer from the Repair Reserve Fund in the amount of $200,000?

3.  To elect two members of the Board of Education.  A five (5) year term commencing on July 1, 2016 and expiring on June 30, 2021 and a one (1) year term commencing on July 1, 2016 and expiring on June 30, 2017      

4.  To adopt the annual budget of the Menands Public Library

5.  To elect one Library Board of Trustees member to a 5-year term


Nominating petitions for the Board of Education and Library Board of Trustees seats may be obtained from the District Clerk at Menands School.  Completed petitions are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016.


Applications for absentee ballots will be obtainable between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday from the District Clerk at Menands School.  Completed applications for absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk at least 7 days prior to the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.  Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on May 17, 2016.  


2016-2017 District Calendar (click here)


Menands School Music Program Gains National Recognition

New Federal Education Law, Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA), Places New Emphasis on Music and the Arts as a key to a “Well-Rounded Education”


Menands School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the third year in a row. Our school joins 118 schools across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.


Schools that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

This award recognizes that Menands School is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing —while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.


As schools finalize their 2016-2017 budgets, the NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award and the implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school.


2nd Quarter Citizen/Scholar/Honor Roll Assembly

The 2nd Quarter Citizen/Scholar/Honor Roll Assembly was held on March 29th. In addition, winners of the Siena College, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Competition and the Elks Club Essay contest were also honored.  (photos)


Dear Edwina Jr. Performed at School

On Saturday, March 19, the Menands School Drama Club performed the musical, Dear Edwina Jr.  It was enjoyed by all and the cast and crew are to be congratulated on their efforts.  (photos)


Pi Day Celebrated

On Monday March 14, Menands students celebrated Pi Day with a performance by Arithmotickles!  Students and teachers competed in mathematical challenges and team events. March 14 (3/14) is celebrated annually as Pi Day because the date resembles the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — 3.14159265359 or 3.14 for short.  (photos)

Update about Emergency Communication

Through the Village of Menands, we have an additional way of communicating changes in the school day schedule with you.  Through the new Everbridge notification system (please note this is a change from the Code Red notifiation system that we previously used), the school can send emergency messages to your home phone, cell phone, computer, smart phone and iPad.  All parents and guardians are urged to sign up for Everbridge, as this will make it much easier to communicate with you about emergencies and/or important notifications.  To register, go to Everbridge Resident Alert SystemOnce you have enrolled in the Everbridge notification system be sure to select to receive "Menands School Notifications".  Please remember to keep your phone numbers and email addresses up to date.


2015-2016 After-School Clubs/Sports - 3rd 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:

ยท        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 3rd trimester.  Return the permission forms promptly, as extra-curricular activities begin on Monday, March 21. Please keep in mind that some clubs have a maximum number of participants and will close once that number is reached.

**Student Health and Wellness is CLOSED**

**Pay it Forward is CLOSED**

**Soccer Club is Closed**

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Middle School Dance

On Friday evening, February 26, the PTA sponsored a dance for grades 6-8.  Everyone had a wonderful time...just look at the photos!  (photos)


Winter Concert Held

The annual Winter Concert, under the direction of Mrs. Sarah Horaczek, Menands School music teacher, was truly an enchanted evening for all who attended.  The band performed and the students in grades K through sang.   (photos) 


Menands School Unveils Conceptual Building Design Which Will Make Vision a Reality

The Menands School Community has spent considerable time over the past year and a half, with the assistance of Robert Hendriks of Educational Legacy Planning and the Architectural firm CSArch, to develop a vision for our school and plan to make that vision a reality.

The multiple conversations, planning sessions and forums resulted in the development of a vision, a subsequent “Ed Spec” and ultimately a conceptual building redesign. The work and pr
ogress to date have been captured via both video and print documents, and can be accessed via the school websitw: using the "Menands Legacy Plan" link, or at We look forward to your attendance and to sharing our vision for our school.  Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Maureen Long via email: or by phone (518) 465-4561.


Next Steps in the High School Decision Making Process


Menands School held ita second annual High School Fair on Tuesday, January 12.  It was well attended during the day by our students, and some of them even brought their parents back for the evening session!  Our eighth grade students have the opportunity to choose from five different high schools:  Watervliet, South Colonie; Heatly (Green Island); Shaker; and Tech Valley.  

We are ready to take the next step in the process of helping you and your child make an informed choice about high school.    We have provided you and your child the opportunity to meet with the leaders in the high schools.  Now, it is up to you and your child to make an informed choice and indicate to the Counseling office what high school your child will attend.   We need this information by February 12, 2016 If your child intends to apply to Tech Valley, there is an application due to their admissions office by this date, as well.   It is also important for you to get in touch with the high school of your choice in order to start receiving information regarding their registration dates, parent nights, sports, clubs, etc.  Please follow the link for the form to turn in by February 12, 2016.
If you are still uncertain, or would like more information from these schools, in accordance with FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) laws we are unable to provide the various high school districts with your contact information and address without your permission.   Please follow the link for the form to turn in by February 12, 2016.  (Ferpa form)

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Eighth Grade High School Fair

The eighth grade students and their parents had the opportunity to meet with the representatives from high schools on January 12. The first session was held in the afternoon for the students only, and parents attended in the evening.  Students from Menands can choose to attend either Shaker High School (North Colonie), Colonie Central High School (South Colonie), Watervliet High School, Heatly High School (Green Island), or Tech Valley High School.  (Click for HS Flyer) (Photos)

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Quarter 1 Honors

Citizens and Scholars, Special Recognition, Superintendent's List, High Honor Roll, and Honor Roll from Quarter 1 have all been announced. (photos) 

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Annual Turkey Trot Held

On Wednesday, November 25, Menands students ran the Turkey Trot course and demonstrated their strentght as runners!  Please see the photos of the great day!  (photos)

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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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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)


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)


Youth Employment

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


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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