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Dr. Carol Pallas
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Schenectady, NY 12306
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Banner that says vote may 15, 6 am  to 9 pm in the new gym lobbyProposed budget preserves program, staff; increases security, student support

The Schalmont Board of Education on April 9 adopted a proposed $48,636,823 budget for the 2018-19 school year, with a proposed tax levy increase of 2.6 percent, which is at the tax levy limit that
is calculated for 2018-19 through a prescribed state formula. Because the budget does not exceed the state tax levy limit, it requires a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote to pass. Also, the budget does not exceed the state tax levy limit, Schalmont residents would still be eligible for the property tax relief rebate. Read more about the proposed budget.

Jefferson PTO to meet Wednesday, May 2. Childcare, refreshments provided

The Jefferson PTO will meet on Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., to host a conversation on the future of Schalmont students.
The PTO will show clips from the documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" and then talk about what skills our students should have for future success.
This meeting is open to all parents and stakeholders in the Schalmont Central School District. Childcare and refreshments will be provided.
We hope to see you there!

On-campus bus facility would come at no tax increase to the community

Voters to decide on two NO-COST propositions on May 15: bus facility and capital reserve

The Schalmont Board of Education voted to proceed with a proposition on constructing a transportation facility on the middle/high school campus at its March 26 meeting. Read more about the propositions.

Senior portraits to be taken April 9-13

The correct dates for senior portraits are April 9-13, not the week of April 2 as has been advertised by the portrait company. Click here to read a letter from the yearbook staff.

Want to run for the Board of Education? Here's how:

At the upcoming Board of Education election to be held May 15, 2018 there will be two (2) positions up for election. The positions are full three-year terms to begin July 1, 2018 and terminate June 30, 2021. If you are interested in running for the Board of Education, download this informational packet.

Budget update: Advocacy and recommended changes for 2018-19

The Schalmont Board of Education received an update on the budget process at its March 12 meeting. Superintendent Dr. Carol A. Pallas and Business Administrator Joseph Lenz reviewed the process so far and went over some recommendations for 18-19 school budget.  Read more about the budget.

SAA contract provides savings while benefitting members

The Board of Education and the Schalmont Administrators Association have reached a three-year agreement that both parties believe is fair and fiscally responsible to Schalmont taxpayers. Read more about the SAA contract.

High, middle schools conduct successful lockdown drill

The Schalmont Central School District, in conjunction with Rotterdam Police Department, conducted a successful lockdown drill at the middle school/high school campus this morning, Monday, March 5. Read more about school safety.

Board decides not to offer Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption

The Schalmont Central School District Board of Education decided at its Feb. 26 to not offer the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption for the coming year. Read more about the board's decision.

From the Superintendent: The safety of our children is always our No. 1 priority

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. When a tragedy such as the shooting in Parkland, Florida occurs, it forces us to reflect on what we can learn and remind ourselves of what we currently have in place. Read more from the superintendent.

BAC reviews proposed state budget; identifies priorities in 18-19 school budget

The Budget Advisory Committee reviewed the governor's proposed budget and reviewed possible reductions and restructuring at its January meeting. Read more about the BAC.

Your feedback needed: What competencies will a 21st Century grad need?

As you know, Schalmont is currently undertaking a 21st century education initiative. In order to help our parents reflect on the underlying issues surrounding 21st century education we wanted to offer this primer on 21st century education. Read more.

Flu facts

What are the symptoms? Should your child stay home from school?
With flu season upon us, take some time to read this handy flu fact sheet [PDF].

Board considers Veterans Tax Exemption; Vote expected in coming months

The Schalmont Central School District Board of Education conducted a public hearing on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 22. A vote on the exemption is expected in the coming months. Read more about the Veterans Tax Exemption.

Governor Unveils School Aid Proposals

In the governor’s proposal, Schalmont would purportedly receive $14,644,581 in state aid. This would be an increase of $267,402 over last year, but Business Administrator Joseph Lenz cautions that an increase of less than $100,000 is more likely. Read more.

A message from Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas

As we begin the new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the successes of the first few months of the school year. Read the letter from Dr. Pallas.

Schalmont students serve on Assemblyman Santabarbara's cabinet

Five Schalmont students joined Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara at Clarkson University campus in Schenectady to take part in the process to experience what it’s like to create a school budget and have their voices heard. Click here to read more.

Let's build a budget: BAC goes through budget process in tabletop exercise

The Schalmont Budget Advisory Committee recently got a taste of what it’s like allocating limited resources, by putting together a simulated budget in a tabletop exercise. Read more about Schalmont's budget.

Plotting the course for future grads

A lot has changed since 1893. Unfortunately, says Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas, the basic model for how we educate children isn’t one of them. Read more about how Schalmont is developing a Profile of a Graduate in the 21st Century.

Schalmont National Honor Society inducts 20 new members

Membership in the National Honor society is based upon excellence in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character. The students are hand-picked and must have a cumulative average of 88.00 percent or higher. Click to see who was inducted.

Mrs. Ryder's government class tours the Capitol

At the end of October, Mrs. Ryder's government classes toured the NYS Capitol. Read more about the tour.

SMS students honor veterans

Schalmont Middle School was honored to partner with Charter Communications, the History Channel, and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s office to host area veterans at Schalmont Middle School. Read more about the ceremony.

Sabres football players make strides for cancer

The Schalmont boys varsity football team raised more than $3,000 at the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk on October 15 in Washington Park. Read more about the walk.

Schalmont High students raise more than $900 for hurricane relief

The Schalmont community pitched in for hurricane relief in the weeks leading up to Homecoming. Read more about the fundraiser.

Couldn't make it to High School Open House? We have you covered!

If you were unable to attend our High School Open House, or just want a refresher, we have all the information you need to start the year right. Click here for more open house information.

Makerspace 2017-18 schedule available

Schalmont Middle School Makerspace has a number of amazing events and activities planned for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a schedule of events