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middle school feature photoSummer reading fun!

Summer has arrived! To engage your child in a lifelong love and enjoyment of reading, and to prevent the dreaded "summer slide," students are encouraged to join the middle school summer reading club, and borrow library books over the summer. More information about the club, including guidelines and a summer loan permission form is available on the middle school library website. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Fasano at 355-6255 x 2074 or lfasano@sabrenet.net. Learn more

Holocaust middle school book discussion Aug. 5

The Rotterdam branch (Schenectady Public Library) is hosting a book discussion group on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will be led by Mrs Fasano (MS Librarian) on the book "Four Perfect Pebbles" by Marion Lazan, and is geared for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in September. The book traces the author's experiences during the Holocaust, when her family was sent to a concentration camp. If you read the book AND participate in this book discussion group, you will get the opportunity to join the author for lunch in October.

Fifth grade orientation program Aug. 27

Schalmont Middle School will hold its fifth grade orientation program and school tour on Wednesday, August 27, at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria. Learn more (pdf)

August sports clearance dates

Sports clearance will be held in the middle school health office August 4-8, 8:30-11:00 a.m. and August 11-15, 8:30-11:00 a.m. Students must provide the nurse with their completed paperwork. A sports participation card will be filed for all students approved by the school nurse. A copy will also be provided to the coach. Sports clearance

Regional summer school currently underway

Schalmont has partnered with Capital Region BOCES, and the Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville school districts to offer a regional summer school program for students entering grades 7-12. 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

Congratulations Presidential Award recipients

Nearly 60 students were recognized with a Presidential Award during the eighth grade moving up ceremony on June 13. Four students who were inadvertently left off the list were recognized during a special presentation in front of their family and classmates on June 16. Students earned the award for maintaining a 90 or above grade point average throughout grades 6, 7 and 8. Award recipients [PDF]

Students encouraged to join summer reading club

Summer has arrived! To engage your child in a lifelong love and enjoyment of reading, and to prevent the dreaded "summer slide," students are encouraged to join the middle school summer reading club, and borrow library books over the summer. More information about the club, including guidelines and a summer loan permission form is available on the middle school library website. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Fasano at 355-6255 x 2074 or lfasano@sabrenet.net.

Schalmont Sabres Basketball Camp to be held July 21-25

Boys entering third through eighth grade in 2014-15 are invited to register for a basketball camp to be held this summer. Download the camp brochure [PDF]

Students participate in summer reading kick off event

Researchers say children may lose two months of reading achievement, on average, during summer, and teachers can spend a month of instructional time re-teaching what has been lost before moving on to something new. Learn more

Students travel back in time with Colonial Day

Colonial America returned to Schalmont Middle School on May 20. photo gallery

Environmental club makes terraniums

View pictures of the middle school's environmental club making terrariums during one of their last club meetings of the year. photo gallery

Superintendent's letter regarding ELA/math test administration

Students in fifth through eighth grade will be bringing home a parent letter today from Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas regarding a problem that occurred with administration of certain 2014 New York State Grades 5-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams. The information may also be downloaded online. superintendent's letter to parents [PDF]

School board appoints interim middle school principal

On Monday, May 12, the Schalmont Board of Education approved Schalmont Middle School Principal Matt Morgan’s resignation for personal reasons, and appointed Dr. Nellie A. Bush as interim principal, effective immediately, until a permanent replacement is hired. Superintendent's letter [PDF]

Students awarded for outstanding leadership and excellence in physical education

photo of award winnersCongratulations to Schalmont Middle School eighth graders Olivia Nelson, Kaylie Older, Jarrett Reynolds, John Sanders, Brian Thompson and Julia Whipple who were selected for the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Student Leadership Award. Students were honored during an awards ceremony on May 5, at Hudson Valley Community Colleges for their outstanding leadership and excellence in physical education. Students were selected by their physical education teachers based on responsible personal and social behavior, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

Third quarter 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 third quarter. Honor Rolls 

Earth Day inspires recycled art gallery

"One man's trash is another man's treasure," is a phrase that certainly rang true for a group of environmentally-conscience fifth-graders recently. Photo gallery

Fifth-graders learn essential skills for success

Using spaghetti and mini-marshmallows, fifth-graders learned what it takes to shine in the real world while having a lot of fun. Photo gallery

Environmental Club celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day raffle winners and environmental club mascotVictoria the Venus Flytrap made a special appearance during lunch on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22. The mascot for the school's environmental club helped distribute raffle tickets and 12 lucky middle school students won a bag filled with pretzels and decorated with Earth Day charms. Katie Shattuck, Stephanie VanAlstyne, Allison George, Jarrett Reynolds are pictured left with the mascot.

State makes changes to immunization requirements

Students in grades pre-K or K through 6 will be required to have age-appropriate doses of DPT or DTaP. That's one of several changes to immunization requirements, according to the New York State Department of Health. The changes are effective July 1, 2014. Learn more

Budding writers bloom

A number of Schalmont Middle School student writers have been recognized locally for their efforts. Learn more

Book sparks fundraising initiative for South Sudan

Sacrifices are something Gaby Baker and Gabby Fernandez are willing to make. For a two-week period this winter, the seventh-graders gave up their favorite beverages in an effort to help change the world. Learn more

Talking to children about social media safety

There's no question that social media has radically changed the way we communicate. In just over five years, the opportunities and advantages for those who use it properly have exploded. However, when not used wisely, social media can have damaging consequences. That's why parents can't talk enough to their children about social media safety. Learn more

Tools help clarify Common Core for parents

New York State, through its engageny.org website, offers The Toolkit for Parents and Families, a collection of materials and resources that help parents help their children with the changes associated with Common Core State Standards. Learn more

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!

 

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