eNews, Updates and Reminders (May 05)

May 05, 2021
eNews, Updates and Reminders


2021-2022 Budget

Board adopts $218.8 Budget Proposal that adds $3.6 million in programs & services; Keeps tax levy flat for the third consecutive year

Residents to vote on May 18

Last week, the SCSD Board of Education adopted a $218.8 million spending plan for the 2021-2022 School Year.  The plan, representing a $14.1 million or 6.9% increase over the current year, will add $3.6 million worth of programs and services while keeping the tax levy flat for the third consecutive year.  The proposed plan will also cover expenses for building assessment and long range planning costs, pay for repair and critical needs of the pool at Schenectady High School, and provide for an increased principal payment on debt service.  

The proposal calls for 40 new positions to support the addition of a middle school 8-period day, improving attendance, decreasing elementary class sizes, expanding capacity of the educational equity and instructional support team, and expansion of restorative practice coaching.

The plan was developed with the assumption that there will be a full return to in-person teaching and learning in September and that all programs and services will be restored to how they were prior to the pandemic.  All district buildings will be re-opened with their original grade levels and configurations.

More information, including the April 28 presentation, is posted online here.

A public hearing on the adopted budget will be held tonight - Wednesday, May 5 -  at 7 p.m.  The hearing will be held virtually.  The link to attend is posted on homepage of our website

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2021 School Board Election

On May 18, Schenectady voters will also elect two candidates to the Board of Education.  The two seats up for election are currently held by John Foley and Andrew Chestnut.  Mr. Foley is not seeking re-election.

Each seat is for a three-year term, beginning July 2021.

The candidates are as follows.  The number beside each name is the position in which each will be listed on the ballot.

  • Erica Brockmyer (1)
  • Andrew Chestnut (5)
  • Jamaica Miles (2)
  • Samuel Rose (4)
  • Prince Sprauve (3)

Candidate profiles will be posted on our website soon.

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May 18 Voting Information

Polls will be open from noon - 9 p.m.
Voting Locations are posted on our website.

Information about voting by absentee ballot is posted here.

Note:  Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will allow voters who are concerned about voting in person due to COVID-19 to vote by absentee ballot for the 2021-22 budget vote and board of education election.   Potential contraction of the COVID-19 virus is considered an "illness" for the purpose of requesting and receiving an absentee ballot. 

If you have questions about where to vote, please call Martha Morris, the clerk of the board, at 518-370-8100 Ext. 40105 or email morrism@schenectady.k12.ny.us

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2021 Regents Exams

The New York State Education Department canceled all but four of the Regents exams that were scheduled to be administered in June.  Similar to June of last year, all students who are enrolled and passing courses that include the following Regents exams, will automatically receive an exemption designation on their transcript.  The Regents exams that are canceled are:

  • Global History and Geography
  • U.S. History & Government
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

The following four core Regents exams will be held as follows:

  • English Language Arts - June 17
  • Living Environment - June 22
  • Algebra I - June 23
  • Earth Science - June 24

Students are not required to take the four Regents exams that will be administered.  All students who are enrolled and passing courses that include one of these four Regents will automatically receive the exemption designation on their transcripts.  Students can, however, choose to take the exams if they are enrolled in these courses. Any student who decides to take one or more of the exams will have the option to include the score on their transcript.  As per New York State guidelines, grades on these exams will not factor into a student's course average or have any impact on accountability measures for the district. 

If your child will take one of the four Regents exams, please complete this form by May 17.

High School Final Exams

The district has cancelled final exams for the school year.  We believe this decision is in the best interest of our students and reflects the spirit of the decisions by the New York State Education Department to ensure equity among students.

Teachers have worked all year to provide a comprehensive set of assessments to measure each student's progress.  They will use these assessments and other evidence of learning to determine each student's final course grade in each class.  Assessments for courses that are linked to our College in the High School program will be administered as part of those partnership agreements.

If you have questions, please contact your child's school counselor.

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How are we doing?  Please take our Parent Satisfaction Survey

Our district is on a continuous journey to make our schools the best places for students to learn, staff to work, and parents to send their children for a good education. In this effort, we appreciate your support. It is important to gather feedback from you to celebrate successes and identify areas for growth. Please take a few minutes and complete this Parent Satisfaction Survey to help provide this feedback.

Once the survey is complete, the results will be analyzed by an outside organization. The data from the survey will be sent to each school and the superintendent. Then, the results of the survey will be shared with parents and the community.

The survey can be accessed online at: Schenectady City Schools Parent Satisfaction Survey.  It will also be posted on the homepage of our website.

The survey will be open from May 5 to May 26.

Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education. Please contact your school principal if you have any questions concerning the survey.

Student Survey
It is also important that we collect student feedback and are asking all students to participate in a survey designed for them.   Please encourage your child to take the grade level appropriate survey as follows.

Elementary School

Middle School 

High School

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Schenectady High School Honor Society Fundraiser
at Blaze Pizza

Schenectady High School National Honor Society is holding a fundraiser at Blaze Pizza (Mohawk Commons) on Thursday, May 6 to help fund the Little Free Library Project that brings 'little libraries' to our elementary schools. The fundraiser will be held between 6 and 9 p.m.
Blaze Fundraiser Flyer

2021-2022 Pre-K

We anticipate that the application for the 2021-2022 Pre-K program will be posted on our website in early June.  We will send notification letting you know when it is posted. 

Summer Enrichment Program

If you applied for your child to attend the 2021 Summer Enrichment Program, you should be hearing about the status of your application by the beginning of next week. 

Reminders

Asynchronous Afternoon

The next asynchronous afternoon is scheduled for May 12 with the exception of those students who attend full day in-person classes.  

Friday, May 28 will be a recess day.

 Since we did not use all of our emergency/snow closing days, there will be no school on May 28.

Parent Portal

You can sign up for the Parent Portal online at any time by clicking here.   The Parent Portal is an online platform where you can access your child's school information such as schedule, attendance, grades, behavior record, assessment scores and report cards.  

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Celebrations and Recognition

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week
"Teacher Appreciation Week" is to honor teachers and recognize the lasting contributions they make to our lives.  No matter where many of us are in our lives, it's likely that at least one teacher encouraged, motivated and influenced each of us.  We take this week to say "thank you" to exceptional teachers that we know.  If someone comes to mind, take a moment to let them know how they shaped your life.  

The History of National Teacher Appreciation Day
In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

Teacher appreciation week

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Take some time this month to listen and learn about the diversity within AAPI communities and their connections to American history.  

As a district, we stand firm against racism and are committed to a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion.  Let's work together to teach our young people about the importance of diversity and inclusion and how to be anti-racist. 

Join us in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month by listening, learning and discussing.     

Here are some video resources and links about AAPI history, culture and more:





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