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Shalmont Central School District
Linda Taylor, Principal
Scott Ziomek, Assistant Principal

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students signing the bullying prevention pledgeMiddle school students pledge to stand up against bullying

Schalmont Middle School students pledge to stand up against bullying and be a friend. 

"I'm a human just like you, Stop hurting me I have feelings too," is among the text in the four sentence pledge students signed in November.  Photo gallery

Middle school/high school briefly evacuated Jan. 20

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, there was an unplanned fire alarm at Schalmont High School and Schalmont Middle School. All middle school and high school students and staff were evacuated from both buildings for approximately five minutes. The fire department responded and it was determined that the fire alarm was accidentally triggered by dust while cleaning near a unit in the high school building. Students and staff have since returned to the building and the regular school day has resumed.

Jan. 20 PTO Meeting and 8th Grade Dance Meeting

The middle school PTO will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the middle school library. An eighth grade dance meeting will immediately follow at approximately 6:30 p.m. All parents who would like to help plan the dance are welcome to attend. PTO Meeting Agenda [PDF] | 8th Grade Dance Meeting Agenda [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

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

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.

Middle school newsletter

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

January School menu

The monthly school menu is now available online for Schalmont Middle School. January menu [PDF] 

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

SMS students spread holiday cheer at tree lighting ceremony

Members from the Schalmont Middle School music department sang holiday carols at the annual Rotterdam tree lighting ceremony Tuesday at Town Hall. Learn More

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 first quarter. honor roll lists

Fifth graders make exercise count during 'Decimal Olympiad'

Exercise and math combined in November for students in Stephanie Lazzari and Lori Hurley's fifth grade classes. Working in teams, students participated in the “Decimal Olympiad” in which they timed and recorded how many seconds it took to run a 50 yard dash and crab crawl, for example. photo gallery

Fourth and fifth graders spread holiday cheer

Schalmont fourth- and fifth-graders are using their creativity to spread holiday cheer and give back. photo gallery

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

Message from the assistant principal regarding character education

With events in October such as the recent visit of Marion B. Lazan, famous author and Holocaust survivor, and the spirited themed activities of Bullying Prevention Week, we have been able to springboard our character program into action! Learn more (PDF)

Grade 8 job shadowing day at SMS

More than 60 eighth graders from Schalmont Middle School got a firsthand look at the workplace from those shaping it at today's annual job shadowing day. learn more

Fifth grade International  Festival celebrates diversity

The entire fifth grade came together on Friday, Oct. 24 for an International Festival to celebrate each other and friends in distant lands. Photo gallery

Holocaust survivor/author visits Schalmont Middle School

Marion B. Lazan, Holocaust survivor and co-author of the book Four Perfect Pebbles, visted Schalmont Middle School again in October to share her personal story of survival and resilience. view a photo gallery

Students sought for Girls' Capital District Basketball League at Schalmont

The Girls' Capital District Basketball League is seeking female students in grades 5-8 who are interesting in playing in a competitive league with 16 other area school districts this fall. Weekly practices (1-2 week nights) will be held at Schalmont in October. The season will run from November 1 to March 1, and games will be held on a Saturday or Sunday. It will not interefere with modified girls' basketball. For more information, contact Kelly Cirilla at or 518-598-9907.

Save the date

The 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony and Dance will be held on Saturday, June 6. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium followed by the middle school dance from 7-9 p.m.

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: Help For Back to School Anxiety

Anxious feelings are normal and expected in times of transition, particularly with a change such as going back to school. To read this and other great stories this school year sign up for Parent Today - IT'S FREE! Our Schalmont district ID is 12306.  Log into parent today

Schalmont students participate in summer honor choir

Schalmont Middle School had 15 students representing the district at the 12th annual Summer NY/American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir conducted by Susan Brumfield (Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University). Learn more

District names new middle school leadership team

Schalmont school officials are pleased to announce Ms. Linda Taylor as Schalmont Middle School's new principal and Mr. R. Scott Ziomek as the building's new assistant principal. 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!



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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