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High school to phase in electronic delivery of academic information

Parent Portal website screenshotIn an effort to streamline our reporting process, reduce printing and postage costs, and provide immediate access to student grades, Schalmont High School will be phasing in electronic delivery of student academic information using the district's highly-secure, Internet-based Parent Portal. Progress reports will no longer be mailed to parents' homes, unless specifically requested. This new format is effective with the high school's Dec. 19 second quarter progress reports. learn more

Students purchase, wrap and deliver presents to local charity

The best part of Devin Morgan’s entire holiday vacation was delivering presents to a local charity. On Christmas Eve morning, the high school junior joined a group of his peers at the Ronald McDonald House to watch families open the presents he and his classmates purchased, wrapped and delivered. learn more

Technology significantly changing today's science labs

Equipped with safety goggles, aprons, glovesand Google Chromebook computerstoday's science labs are anything but traditional. During a recent sheep heart dissection, seniors in Paula Della Villa’s Human Biology course used computers to follow along with a virtual dissection lab, conduct research and search for specific images. photo gallery/read more

High school January mid-term exam schedule

The Schalmont High School January mid-term exam schedule is now available. exam schedule (pdf) and bus schedules (pdf)

Order your Le Sabre yearbook today!

Ordering your yearbook is easy! Simply fill out the order form and mail it with payment to Balfour Publishing. You may also log onto or call 800-853-1337 to place your oder using your credit/debit card before Jan. 31. learn more

Spring sports clearance dates announced

Students are required to go to the health office on a specific date/time with their completed paperwork for sports clearance. view dates

Senior Elizabeth Jamison selected for All-Eastern Honors Ensemble

Congratulations to Schalmont High School senior Elizabeth Jamison (alto II) on being selected to perform in the 2015 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles. This is the first time in nearly 20 years that a Schalmont High School student has been selected for such an honor. learn more

Budget Advisory Committee meetings underway

A group of community volunteers came together last night for the first in a series of Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meetings to learn more about the budget development process. The entire community is invited to be part of the planning process by attending any number of BAC meetings, budget forums and board meetings, and staying up-to-date with budget news on the district website. View 2015-15 budget development calendar [PDF]

Winter chill advisories in effect, students please dress appropriately for school

Schalmont reminds parents and students to keep in mind the importance of dressing appropriately for the winter weather. Students should arrive to school and leave wearing a coat and other winter accessories, such as hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and boots, as necessary. Together, we can keep our students safe and healthy during this cold spell. cold weather safety tips

Capital Region Gives: Schalmont student touts blood donations

The American Red Cross has heard every excuse in the book for not donating blood. That's why Dante Gallucci, a cancer survivor and junior at Schalmont High School in Rotterdam, decided to put a face on blood donations by speaking at a news conference Monday at the Dunkin' Donuts at 1636 Central Ave., to kick off the "Dunkin' Donors Make a Difference" campaign with the Red Cross. learn more

Career & Tech assembly Jan. 16 for all sophomores

There will be a BOCES Career & Technical school orientation assembly for all 10th graders on Friday, Jan. 16, second period (8:30 – 9:15 a.m.), in the auditorium. The assembly will cover all of the Capital Region Career & Technical School programs that are available to students during their 11th and 12th grade years at Schalmont High School.

Steven Gibbs selected as new high school social studies teacher

After an extensive interview process, Mr. Steven Gibbs has been selected as Schalmont High School's new social studies teacher, effective Jan. 5, 2015.  Learn more

School menus now online

The school menu is now available for Schalmont High School. January menu [PDF]

Teen Science Cafe series underway at miSci

Each month this school year, Schalmont Science Honor Society students help coordinate miSci's (formerly the Schenectady Museum) “Teen Science Café” for students in the area. Events are fun, free and open to all students. learn more (look for teen science cafe for upcoming events)

School Attendance: 'Got to be in it to win it!'

Schalmont Schools takes attendance very seriously! In fact,daily attendance is one of the most important factors in whether or not a student will succeed in school. Every minute counts ... every student counts! more about attendance More about attendance

Second quarter progress reports now online

Second quarter progress reports for Schalmont High School students are now available online through the district's highly-secure, Internet-based Parent Portal. Earlier this month the high school announced that progress reports would no longer be mailed home unless specifically requested. Download the letter explaining this change [PDF] If you are not currently a registered user of the Parent Portal, please visit an instructional page for step-by-step information about the registration process. If you have any questions about using or signing up for the Parent Portal, please contact: Donna Notar at 355-9200, ext. 4005, or Anthony Cassale at 355-9200, ext. 3029,

High school to phase in electronic delivery of academic information

In an effort to streamline our reporting process, reduce printing and postage costs, and provide immediate access to student grades, Schalmont High School will be phasing in electronic delivery of student academic information using the district’s highly-secure, Internet-based Parent Portal. Progress reports will no longer be mailed to parents’ homes unless specifically requested. This new format is effective with the high school’s Dec. 19 second quarter progress reports. learn more

Students design home plans for faculty and staff

Could you imagine having a dedicated shoe closet or a bedroom devoted entirely to your family pet? These are some of the requests Wendy Stearns’ Civil Engineering and Architecture students fulfilled for their “clients"—Schalmont faculty and staff—while designing an affordable one floor housing plan using computer software. Students were also responsible for following some basic guidelines and incorporating green housing concepts. The class project provided students with valuable hands-on experience while also following direction from their clients. photo gallery

Congratulations National Honor Society inductees

Sixteen new members were recently inducted into Schalmont High School's Chapter of the National Honor Society. learn more

Thanks for supporting '31 Days of Thirty-One' raffle

The Schalmont High School Improvement Team would like to thank everyone who contributed to the "31 Days of Thirty-One" raffle. The money raised goes towards the student centered initiatives planned during the year at the high school. The winners were: Pat Lugert, Tracy Pontin, Kate Morphis, Colette McKelvy, Courtney Demming, Angela Masatelli, Karen Ryder, Jackie Gordon, Nora Sabatini, Shelly Haller, Denise Carroll, Linda Seiling, Georgia Olszewski, Christie Malone, Barb Stadel, Stacy Malatesta, Sally Culbert, Terri Osborne, John Condemi, George Hero, Imran Abbasi, Eileen Scheffer, Jacque Lape, Kerry Frank, Ellen Bedell, Brooke Lape and Dorothy Casalinuovo.

New York’s students likely to have multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical education (CTE) option

At its October meeting, the Board of Regents voted to authorize the State Education Department (SED) to finalize a plan that will allow New York’s students to choose from among multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical education (CTE) pathway. The plan is expected to receive final approval in January after a public comment period and will take effect for students graduating in June 2015. learn more

High school students welcome food service changes

The new Sabre Cafe and larger food portions are among the changes students are enjoying this school year under a revised high school food services program. photo gallery

High school honor roll lists now online

Congratulations to students who earned a place on the high honor roll or honor roll for their academic achievements during the first quarter. honor roll lists

Schalmont accepting nominations for Alumni Wall of Distinction

Nominations for the next group of inductees on Schalmont High School's Alumni Wall of Distinction are currently being accepted through March 16, 2015.  learn more

Schalmont baseball pitcher, catcher sign National Letters of Intent

Schalmont pitcher Nick Bird and catcher Anthnoy Yezzo signed National Letters of Intent on Nov. 18, to play Division II baseball next year. The signing was held in the high school new gym among family, friends, coaches and staff. photo gallery

Freshman class gets a glimpse of college life

The entire freshman class got a taste for campus life last week during school-sponsored trips to Hartwick College, SUNY Oneonta or SUNY Delhi on Friday, Nov. 7. full story

RPI student ambassadors visit Schalmont High School

Members of the RPI Student Ambassadors program spent the day at Schalmont High School today to help inspire our young students to consider future careers as engineers. Learn more/photo gallery

Way to go swimmers and divers

Congratulations to the varsity swimmers and divers on their performances Nov. 8 at Section 2 finals! Learn More

Apply for scholarships through Dollars for Scholars

Students are encouraged to create their profile on the Schalmont Chapter of the Dollars for Scholars website beginning their freshman year and keep it updated throughout their entire high school career. The parent group awards scholarships to students annually. Dollars for Scholars

SUPA visits SUNY Albany library

The Schalmont High School SUPA English and Public Affairs class visited the SUNY Albany library on October 6. full story

Sabre Cafe now open

The new Sabre Cafe is now open each day from 7:15-7:35 a.m., during lunches and also from 2:30-3:30 p.m. At this point, only coffee and water is being sold, but eventually other beverages and food will be sold.

Military disclosure opt-out form

Pursuant to the federal education legislation No Child Left Behind, Schalmont must disclose to military recruiters, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of high school students. The district must also notify parents of their right, and the right of the child, to request that the district not release such information without prior written parental consent. Parents (or students 18 or older) wishing to exercise their option to withhold their consent to the release of the above information to military recruiters are asked to sign and return a form, which is available from the high school guidance office and online. Download form [PDF]

Help the high school earn free equipment

Please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with Schalmont High School's code—16011. By doing so, you will automatically earn credit for our school every time your AdvantEdge Card is used. Visit the Price Chopper website to sign-up or re-enroll. If you don't have a card, visit the Customer Service desk at any Price Chopper location. Thank you for your support! 

College representative visits help inform students

Choosing a college or university is one of the most important decisions a young adult will have to make. Fortunately, a number of college admission representatives visit Schalmont High School throughout the school year to help inform students about the variety of educational institutions available. A schedule of visiting colleges as well as other important news is available online. Upcoming college Representative visits [PDF] | guidance blog

Welcome back to school!

Schalmont was filled with excitement on Thursday, Sept. 4, as students returned for the 2014-15 school year. Photo gallery

Parent Today feature: Seniors Offer Advice to Freshmen Students

The transition from middle school to high school can trigger a wide range of feelings — from excitement about increased independence and anxiety about social issues to stress about the workload and nervousness about just about everything else. To read this and other great stories this school year sign up for Parent Today - IT'S FREE! Our Schalmont district ID is 123066.  Log into parent today

Det. Patrick Farry named new Schalmont district SRO

Det. Patrick Farry of the Rotterdam Police Department is the new School Resource Officer (SRO) for the Schalmont Central School District. He begins Sept. 2. Learn more

Math department encouraging students to purchase graphing calcuators now

Summer sales are in full effect. Teachers want families to be able to take advantage of them, especially for a calculator with a high price point. Any new student/students without a calculator enrolled in a high school math class needs to be prepared with a graphing calculator. The following are the recommended calculators: TI- 84 and TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition (no batteries are needed). Other versions of the calculator can be used for math courses. These latest models have features that make it easier to interpret and calculate data. These calculators will be the ones the math department is moving toward. If you decide not to purchase either of these, please ask your teacher about the calculator the first week of school.

District opts out of national lunch/breakfast program at Schalmont High

Families with children currently enrolled in Schalmonst schools should have recieved a letter via regular postal mail, which was dated June 30 regarding a decision to opt-out of the federally-funded National School Lunch and Breakfast Program at Schalmont High School. Parents will have 60 days to share their comments with the district before the change takes effect with the opening of the school in September. read letter [PDF]

Important notice regarding student drop-off and pick-up

Please remember that only school buses are allowed in the middle/high school traffic circle between the hours of 7-8 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Passenger vehicles are not permitted to enter the area during that time, as well as any other time the red light may be flashing. To drop-off or pick-up students, please proceed to the middle school parking lot for fifth- through eighth-graders and the high school new gym (located at the rear of the building) for ninth- through twelfth-graders. Thank you for your cooperation.



Participate in the annual budget development process

Eighth annual 'No Tap' bowling outing set for Jan. 31

Communicating weather-related announcements

"Schalmont City" brings home two Future City awards

Nominations sought for Schalmont High School's 2015 Alumni Wall of Distinction

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