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January 23 2017


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www.schenectady.k12.ny.us JANUARY 23 2017
   
New Website
We are happy to announce that today we launched our new website.  Please check it out.

Not only has the design changed, but, we have also added new content, an array of photos and dashboards to help keep you informed.  Under our "About" dropdown, you can learn about district initiatives, current topics and about the work that we've been doing to grow as a district and improve student achievement.  We will continue to develop this section and provide updates as we move along.

You can browse any school website by clicking on the "Select a School" located at the top of the page.

Under the calendar option, you can add events to your own calendar, sign up to receive calendar alerts
immediately, daily or weekly and you can subscribe via iCal or RSS.  

We have also added a "Virtual Backpack" link to each school website that will eventually include letters, flyers and information sent home in your child's backpack. 

Please take a tour through the site and let us know what you think.

On Your Mobile Device

If you are browsing the website on your mobile device, simply click on the Admin button at the top of the page to see the school listing.  If you click on "Menu," just under the header, you will get a mobile-friendly drop down of the main menu.

We do realize it's a little tricky trying to navigate a new website, but, are confident once you move around, that you will enjoy the new features and content.  If there is something that you can't find, please reply to this email and we'll be happy to help you.

If there is something missing from the website that you think would be helpful to include, let us know.  Our goal is to improve communication, always keep you informed, make information easily accessible and to be transparent. 
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Let's Talk
With the launch of our new website, we are introducing a new communication tool called Let's Talk!  This is a customer service tool designed to improve communication with you.  It provides all members of our school community with an opportunity to reach out and share what's on your mind, from anywhere, 24/7.

Let's talk! can be accessed through the light blue tab located on the left-hand side of each page on the district website.  It can also be accessed through a link that is located on the Parent, Student, Staff and Community dropdown menus.

You can select from the topics and departments to ask a question, express a concern,  submit comments or share your thoughts and ideas.  While it is not necessary to provide contact information,  remember that in order for us provide a response to you, we will need a way to contact you. 

Our goal is to listen carefully and to strengthen our responsiveness to you.  This tool helps us to streamline communication by ensuring that your submission goes directly to the appropriate person for a prompt and accurate response.  You will also have an opportunity to rate our responsiveness. 
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Infinite Campus Parent Portal
The Infinite Campus Parent Portal is now available to parents of high school students.  If you have an accurate email address on file in the system, you should have received an email invitation to register.  If you did not, we encourage you to provide us with an updated email.  You can also sign up by completing the registration form and returning it in person at one of your children's schools.  The form, link to login and resources are posted on the website.  It's the top link under the Parent dropdown menu.

The portal will be extended to parents of middle school students in mid-February and then to elementary in mid-March.

Email invitations will also be sent to middle and elementary school parents providing information on how to register and gain access to the portal. 

We do have a two-minute tutorial that is available off of the website under the Parent Portal link or by following this link:  https://www.infinitecampus.com/audience/parents-students

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding with the delayed and staggered launch and as we've worked through the verification process.   Thank you for your cooperation completing the census verification for your children.  This is an important part of the process.
 
Budget
The 2017-2018 Budget season is underway.  Superintendent Larry Spring is holding Budget workshop meetings with staff, parents and community members.  The workshops will include discussion and exercises to drive and gauge prioritization of programs and services. 

The workshops are not focused on cutting programs and services, but instead, looking at what staff and community members determine as need and, thus, should be added into the budget with consideration to a wide variation of state funding.  Your input is very important to us.

Budget Workshops for Parents/Community Members

January 31:  5:30 p.m. at Mont Pleasant Middle School
February 2:  5:30 p.m. at Oneida Middle School
February 28: 6 p.m. at Central Park Middle School

You can keep up with budget news and updates by visiting the website.  The document container on the budget page will include each of the budget presentations as they are made to the board of education. 

Here is a link to the January 18 presentation:  http://schenectady.ss12.sharpschool.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=805729
 

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