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Linda Taylor, Principal
Scott Ziomek, Assistant Principal

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Middle School News

Hoops for the House event pic'Hoops for the House' raises $5,000 for charity/PTO

The Schalmont Middle School PTO raised $5,000 at its recent Hoops for the House event to be split between the PTO and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital District.

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Library to host Literacy Night April 29

Join us in the Schalmont Middle School library for Literacy Night on April 29, 6:30-8 p.m. learn more (pdf)

Upcoming New York State assessments

The 2015 New York State English Language Arts exams for students in grades 3-8 will be given April 14-16 while the math exams will be given April 22-24. The eighth grade science performance exam will be given May 27 while the written portion will be given June 1.  testing schedule | Test-Taking Tips

Reminder about school dress code

With the arrival of warmer spring weather, we would like to encourage you to take some time now to review the dress code with your children. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Students who violate the student dress code will be asked to modify their appearance in school by covering or removing the offending item. Parents may also be notified so that arrangements can be made to correct the situation. Any student who refuses to modify their appearance shall be subject to disciplinary action. Please pay special attention to the guidelines about apparel that is determined to be revealing or inappropriate. Clothing that exposes a student’s midriff is not allowed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Linda Taylor at 355-6255 or ltaylor@schalmont.net. Thank you in advance for your cooperation! Dress code guidelines [PDF]

Middle School April newsletter

The latest edition of the Schalmont Middle School newsletter is now available. newsletter (pdf)

Middle school menus

The monthly school menus are now available online for Schalmont Middle School. March menu (pdf) and april menu (pdf)

Middle school to phase in electronic delivery of grades 6-8 academic information

In an effort to streamline our reporting process, reduce printing and postage costs, and provide immediate access to student grades, Schalmont Middle School will be phasing in electronic delivery of academic information for students in sixth through eighth grade 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 middle school’s March 12 third quarter progress reports. Principal's letter regarding the change [PDF]

Annual middle school talent show nets $2,000 for charity

Schalmont Middle School held its talent show on March 4. Students and teachers in grade 5-8 performed in 18 acts. The show raised $2,125 for the Vasculitis Foundation. A big thank you to all who attended and we congratulate those who performed! Photo gallery

Library Makers' teaches students to create own computer games

Schalmont Middle School students learned to create their own computer games as part of the Library Makers' Space Program. learn more

Students make drawstring bags for YWCA shelter

Schalmont Middle School students in Ms. Hanson’s Family and Consumer Sciences classes made small drawstring bags and filled  them with travel size hygiene products that they brought in for extra credit. learn more

Fifth-graders share rainforest knowledge with younger students

Sloths, golden lion tamarins and gibbons, oh my! These exotic creatures are among the many fifth-graders researched online and later discussed with younger students. View photos

Seventh graders tout value of vitamins, minerals

Students, parents and teachers visited the seventh grade wellness fair on Friday, March 6 in the middle school library where students showed off their knowledge of vitamins and minerals. view photos

Nearly 90 students honored at SMS breakfast

Nearly 90 Schalmont Middle School students were honored at a February breakfast ceremony for excellence in academics, effort, participation, character, and attendance. learn more

Middle School March newsletter

The latest edition of the Schalmont Middle School newsletter is now available. march school newsletter (pdf)

The important lessons not found in books

Some of the most important lessons students learn aren't found in textbooks. They come from life experiences, in the classroom, with family and out in the real world. To learn more about this visit Parent Today - a free blog provide to Schalmont parents. If you haven't signed up yet, the district ID is 12306. Parent today website

Vaccine is best way to protect against highly contagious measles

An increasing number of measles cases reported in the United States has health officials urging parents to vaccinate their children and be aware of the disease's symptoms. To learn more about this visit Parent Today - a free blog provide to Schalmont parents. If you haven't signed up yet, the district ID is 12306. Parent today website

Middle 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 second quarter. honor roll lists

Megan Case emerges as middle school spelling bee champion

After 13 rounds, sixth-grader Megan Case emerged as the winner of this year's schoolwide spelling bee on Jan. 28. learn more

Procedural change regarding late arrivals: Parent sign-in required

Any student who arrives to school after 7:40 a.m. on a regularly scheduled school day MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian into the school building to be signed in at the guidance office. This change is part of our building's effort to better track and improve student attendance. As always, please remember that whenever a student returns to school following an absence he or she must submit a written excuse. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

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

Planning underway for eighth grade dance

A committee is in the process of planning the eighth grade dance, which will be held following the eighth grade moving up ceremony on Saturday, June 6. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium while the dance will run from 7-9 p.m. Eighth Grade Dance Planning Meeting Minutes [PDF]

Meet Emma Whiteley: A special player on the Schalmont Girls Modified Basketball Team

Shot goes up and swish … the crowd goes wild! Any kid who has ever played basketball has daydreamed about it. But it wasn’t a daydream for Schalmont seventh grader Emma Whiteley – it was a dream come true as she laced up her sneakers for her first game as a member of the Girls Modified Basketball Team. 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]

Seventh graders recognized for Martin Luther King writing work

Students in Mrs. Pepe's seventh grade English classes at Schalmont Middle School wrote poems and essays that were displayed at Siena College's 28th Annual MLK Art and Writing Invitational. Learn more

'Schalmont City' brings home two Future City awards

Congatulations to Schalmont Middle School's eleven-member team on taking home two awards from the annual Engineers Week Future City Competition at Proctors on Saturday.  learn more

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

Schalmont English teacher an 'Educator of Excellence'

Schalmont Middle School teacher Elisa Pepe earned an Educator of Excellence Award at the New York State English Council Conference in Albany this fall for “inspiring excellence in students.” Learn More

School Supplies: Buy online, ship for free, raise money for PTO

Want to avoid some of the time and inconvenience of back-to-school shopping while supporting your PTO? Check out the School Tool Box program, which has school-provided, teacher-approved supplies lists for grades 5, 6, 7 and 8, at Schalmont Middle School. School supplies

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. 

Help the middle school earn free equipment

Please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with Schalmont Middle School's code—16010. 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 today!

 

DISTRICT HEADLINES

Budget proposal focuses on long-term success

Voters to decide on proposition to replace five school buses

SHS actors to stage Hairspray April 24-26

2015-16 school year calendar now online [PDF]

Board of Education nominating petitions available 

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