eNews, Updates & Reminders March 04 2021

eNews, Updates and Reminders (March 04, 2021)
Learning Pods

 Yesterday we launched the first round of learning pods for students in grades 7-12.   It was great to see the buses roll up and then students in their classroom pods at Schenectady High School, Mont Pleasant and Oneida, especially those who we haven’t seen in person since last spring.   I know the students, teachers and staff were glad to be back in their schools.  We saw it in the many smiles.  While we know this still isn't in-school learning as we know and want it to be, it's a step in that direction and one that allows for the COVID safety protocols, guidelines, and restrictions.      

Next week, we will open the first round of elementary pods.  

Not every family who requested a pod has been immediately placed.  If you are one of these families, please be patient.  As we are able to staff and roll pods into motion, we will continue to call you  and get your children placed.  We appreciate your patience. 
First day of learning pods at SHS First day of learning pods at SHS

Virtual Tutoring Program

 Does your child need extra academic support?  We have launched an online tutoring program with evening and weekend availability. Download flyer.   Sign up now by clicking here.  

Tutoring Flyer
Parent Portal Registration

 Thank you to those who signed up for the Parent Portal.  If you haven’t, please consider signing up now by clicking here.  

Once you sign up, 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 and more. Your account will be active until your child graduates from Schenectady High School.   Once you are registered, you can log in here.  If you forgot your password or username, go to the login page and select “forgot password,” or “forgot username.”  
Registration for parent portal

Summer Enrichment Program Ideas

 As we begin planning for the 2021 Summer Enrichment Program, we want to hear from you.  Please share your thoughts and ideas about how we can make our program better this year.   Are there events or activities that you think students might enjoy?  Is there something new we should try?  Are there themes we should consider?  Click here to share.  We want to make our summer 2021 program the best one yet.
Summer Enrichment Idea Box

2021-2022 Budget Development

 Just a reminder that all documents and presentations regarding the 2021-2022 Budget are posted on our website.  An overview of Food Services and Central Services was presented at the February 24 Board of Education meeting.  If you have budget questions, concerns or ideas, please submit them here.   We will be scheduling online budget engagement sessions in the near future.  

District Needs Assessment

 Last week we let you know that an overview of the key findings and recommendations from a District Needs Assessment would be presented at the February 24 Board of Education meeting.  As promised, we have posted the full report on our website.  You can access it here

Women's History Month

 Earlier this week we kicked off Women’s History Month, a worldwide celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society.  Click here for eight women’s voting history stories you may not know.   

The National Museum of American History  exhibition of Girlhood (It’s complicated) commemorates the anniversary of woman suffrage by exploring the concept of girlhood in the United States, but also how girls changed history in politics, education, work, health, and fashion.  The exhibition website with six main sections - News and Politics, Education, Work, Wellness, Fashion and A Girl’s Life,  can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Niya Hope-Glenn (Class of 2020)

 Congratulations to Niya Hope-Glenn, a 2020 graduate of Schenectady High School and now a first-year student at Howard University, who was selected as one of 43 Black undergraduate students nationwide for the inaugural class of Patti Grace Smith Fellows.  The Class of 2021 Fellows were selected after a rigorous three-round selection process in which each candidate was thoroughly vetted by a group of aerospace industry professionals, rising star early career employees, and corporate employees.    As a 2021 Fellow, Niya receives a challenging internship at one of the nation’s leading aerospace firms, a living wage, two hand-picked personal mentors, and a cash grant to go towards professional or school expenses.  

Niya is studying chemical engineering and will intern as an engineer at First Mode.  
The Patti Grace Smith  Fellowship was created in 2020 to combat the long standing and well-quantified under-representation of Black and African-American employees in the US aerospace workforce.  Col. B. Alvin Drew, Jr., (USAF, Ret.), a two-time Space Shuttle astronaut and co-founder of the Fellowship said, “These new Patti Grace Smith Fellows inspire us with their drive, their intellect, their work ethic, and their deep commitment to advancing the state of the aerospace industry - not only in terms of our science and engineering, but also in terms of how we cultivate and honor talent in our workforce.” He also said that the students who were selected show “beyond a shadow of a doubt the incredible impact that Black excellence can, has, and will make in aerospace.”   

Drive Thru Meal Pantries

 March 5:  9:30 a.m., Crosstown Plaza

 March 6:  11:30 a.m., the Bridge Christian Church, 735 Crane St

 March 10:  2 p.m., Mt. Carmel Church, 1255 Pleasant St.

Here is a list of food pantry resources.

You can call 518-458-1167 to find out how to access food resources including pantries, mobile stops and more. 

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