ENews and Updates (April 14 2021)

Good afternoon,

We hope that you had a fun and relaxing spring recess.  We missed you.  Here are a few updates and reminders for this week.

Asynchronous Wednesday Asynchronous Wednesdays continue.  Following today's, the next one is April 28. Asynchronous Wednesday does not apply to students who attend full day in-person classes.  In-person classes will be held as scheduled. 


Summer Enrichment Program Applications

The deadline for Summer Enrichment Program applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 16.

You can submit your application now by clicking here

The Summer Enrichment Program is designed to help prevent summer slide, specifically around literacy.  Students engage in project-based learning experiences that build natural curiosity, genuine inquiry and confidence.

The program is enhanced through partnerships with several community-based organizations that provide opportunities for real life, hands-on activities and field trips.  Of course, we also hope to be swimming this summer.

At this time, our plans are to provide an in-person program but we continue to monitor conditions and regulations around the pandemic.  If we are allowed to operate in-person, health and safety will remain a priority and all regulations, guidelines and safety protocols will be followed.  

Dates and Details

The 2021 program will be held as follows:
July 12 - August 6
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30- p.m.
Students are expected to be present for the duration of the program.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.


Elementary School Program

The location of your child's program will depend on where she or he attends school.

Howe Elementary School:  Howe, Yates and Zoller students

Van Corlaer Elementary School:  Van Corlaer, Hamilton and Pleasant Valley students

Paige Elementary School:  Paige, Lincoln and Keane students

Woodlawn Elementary School:  Woodlawn and Martin Luther King Jr. students

Middle School Program

The middle school program will be held at all three middle schools.  Students will attend the location of the school in which they are enrolled.

Central Park Middle School

Mont Pleasant Middle School

Oneida Middle School

Who Can Apply?

The elementary program is open to all currently registered students in grades Pre-K through 4.

The middle school program is open to all currently registered students in grades 5-7.

How to Apply

Apply Online Here.

Students will enter the program in the same grade level they are now.  

Applications must be submitted by April 16 at 4 p.m.

Notification to families regarding acceptance status will be sent via mail around May 7.

Please make sure your address and phone number are updated.  This should be done at your child's school. 


If you have questions about the 2021 Summer Enrichment Program, please submit them here.

Yates Village Renovation/Relocation

If you live in Yates Village and are impacted by the renovations, we are here to support you with your child’s schooling and any related potential changes to enrollment.   We are aware that the next phase of the Yates Village project is getting underway.  We will work with you to minimize any potential disruptions and/or transitions that your children may face during this time.

Your primary point of contact is Travis Ghirdharie, the district’s Yates Village liaison.  His phone number is 518-649-0295 and email address is ghirdhariet@schenectady.k12.ny.us.  You can also submit any questions or concerns through Let’s Talk here.   

Address Changes:  Address changes can be made at the school that your child attends.  The district’s registration office will also accept “proof of address” which must include the name and address of the parent or guardian and must be dated within 30 days.  Mr. Ghirdharie is working closely with Yates Village relocation coordinators to make sure we are aware of any changes as they occur.

If you are relocating to an address that remains within the Yates/Oneida zone, you will stay enrolled at the same school.  Please remember to provide your new address and any contact information.

If you are relocating to an address outside of Yates/Oneida, we will work with you to help minimize transitions for children as much as possible.  We recognize that every family has different circumstances so we will work directly with you.  The district’s policy is that if you move after October 15, your child can remain in their current school for the remainder of the school year.  Parents are however responsible for transportation.  You do have the choice of enrolling at the school within your new zone and will receive transportation if eligible.   Reach out to us so that we can work with you to find the solution that best fits your family’s circumstances.

We are happy to work with you and answer all your school-related questions.

Food Services

Effective today, the morning meal pick-up time at Schenectady High School for virtual students  is extended to noon.  The change is in response to feedback we received from you.  The complete meal schedule is available here

Parent Portal

If you haven’t signed up for the Parent Portal, please do so  now.  Once you are registered for the Parent Portal, you will have access to your child’s school information and records including schedules, attendance data, grades, assessment scores and report cards, behavior record, health information.  To sign up now, click here.


School Board Election

 Two seats on the SCSD Board of Education are up for election on May 18, 2021.  Each of the seats is for a three-year term.  If you are interested in running, here is what you need to do:


 * You must reside in the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election and complete the residency affidavit.

 *You must certify that you are a qualified voter.

 *You must not be an employee of the district.

 *You must submit the  nominating petition with at least 50 legible signatures. 


 The petitions are due in the clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on April 28, 2021.

Martha Morris, clerk of the board, is located at 108 Education Dr., Schenectady, 12303.  This is the district’s central office and is located in the back of Mont Pleasant Middle School.  You can drop off petitions Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Morris at 518-370-8100 Ext. 40105 or by emailing morrism@schenectady.k12.ny.us

In-person polling locations will be posted on the district website and included in the mailing in May.

 2021-2022 Budget and School Board Election

 Absentee Ballot Application

The 2021-2022 Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.  The information and application for voting by absentee ballot is available from our website here

To vote by absentee ballot, watch this short video or follow the instructions below:

1. Download the Absentee Ballot Application 

2.  If you request that the absentee ballot be mailed to you, the application must be received by the district clerk no later than seven days before the election. The district clerk will mail your ballot by regular mail no later than six days prior to the election.  Otherwise, the district clerk will deliver your ballot to you or your agent, as designated on your application, when you or your agent appears in the district clerk's office.

3.  Read the application carefully and follow all of the instructions.

4.  Complete the application and sign where indicated. 

5.  Put your ballot in the return envelope and return it to the district.

6.  Ballots must be received by the district clerk by 5 p.m. on the day of the election, May 18.

You may use this application if you are a qualified voter who resides in the Schenectady City School District.  You may only apply for an absentee ballot on your own behalf.

Who is a qualified voter?

You are qualified to vote in your school district if you are a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, a resident of the district for at least 30 days preceding the election, and are a registered voter.


 2021-2022 Budget Development

All budget presentations and updates are posted on our website here

Dr. Bochniak will be providing a first draft budget presentation at the regular board meeting tonight at 7 p.m.  The meeting is virtual.  Connection information is posted at the top of our website.   Videos of the meeting are also posted on the website a day or two following the meeting.  The next budget meeting, following tonight’s presentation, will be Wednesday, April 21.  The purpose of that meeting is strictly budget.

The agenda for tonight’s meeting is posted online here


Superintendent Search Update

All superintendent search updates will be posted online here.   We will also be sure to share updates with you as part of our eNews updates.  There will be some discussion about the superintendent search at the board meeting this evening.  



Congratulations to Schenectady High School students Alyssa Gangaram and Jayda Chance, both winners in this year's Festival of Young Artists (FOYA) 2021.  The event held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center presents student art shows, poetry slams and live performances featuring young dancers, singers and musicians.  Each year, high school students from across the region are invited to submit works in the areas of visual art, literary art and performance art.  

FOYA presents "outstanding artist" awards in each of three categories, visual, literary and performance.  Gangarm won the visual award and Chance won the performance award.  Each will receive a prize of $500.  

Congratulations are also in order for the Schenectady High School Dance Connection Performance Ensemble, which will perform at the in-person festival on June 6.

Visual art students Charles Barnett, Emma Chank, Alyssa Gangaram, Raveena Ganpat, Emma Lindenfelser, Grace Lindenfelser, Nafeesah Rasoully and Liliana Soto all had artwork selected in the FOYA Gallery.

Check out the FOYA 2021 Gallery

Schenectady County Food Resources:  Free Delivery

If your family is in need of food, please call 518-458-1167 for a FREE DELIVERY of food to your door.    See the attached flyer for more information and Food Access Events for April.

Have a great day and remainder of the week.

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