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book tournament displayJefferson first-graders spearhead March Madness book tournament

In honor of March Madness, Jefferson Elementary School first-graders are kicked-off a bracket-style book tournament March 19. Fifteen other elementary classes are also participating. learn more

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 fourth grade science performance exam will be given May 20-21 (please note the change from the printed district calendar) while the written portion will be given June 1. testing schedule | Test-Taking Tips

Dentist promotes dental health at Jefferson

Two Jefferson Elementary School first grade classes had an opportunity to visit with a local dentist this month, learning about dental health and tooth care facts and tips. learn more

Jefferson school menus

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

Jefferson celebrates Music in our Schools Month

Next time you're at Jefferson look for the posters recognizing Music in Our Schools Month. learn more

Author/illustrator AJ Smith visits Jefferson

Kindergarten through fourth-graders met author and illustrator AJ Smith at Jefferson on March 11. learn more

Older students share rainforest knowledge with first-graders

Sloths, golden lion tamarins and gibbons, oh my! These exotic creatures are among the many fifth-graders researched online and later discussed with first grade students. learn more

Schalmont teacher/student headline education forum

A Schalmont teacher and her former student captivated an overflow crowd at South Colonie last night, calling on Gov. Cuomo to take politics out of the state testing system and do what is best for school children. learn more

March monthly school newsletter

The latest school newsletter includes important information and reminders from the school principal's, music/art/library news and much more. March news [PDf] , march PTO newsletter (pdf), march PTo calendar (pdf)

Jefferson library sponsors February read-aloud event

Jefferson Elementary School Librarian, Mary Shands, hosted two weeks of February "read-aloud" events for second graders during lunchtime. Guest readers like Schalmont Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas (shown here) visited the library to read to children from the screen projector and discuss books with them. learn more

First-graders celebrate 100th day of school

First-graders and their teachers decided to have a little fun celebrating the 100th day of school on Thursday, Feb. 12. view photos

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

Jefferson ranked in top third among area elementary schools

Jefferson Elementary School has been ranked in the top third of elementary schools in the Capital Region by Niche. Jefferson was ranked No. 33 out of 100 schools. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students and faculty, and the students are very happy with their experiences. learn more

Jefferson library holds February 'read-alouds'

Jefferson Elementary School Librarian, Mary Shands, hosted two weeks of February "read-aloud" events for second graders during lunchtime. Several guest readers visited the library to read to children from the screen projector and discuss books with them. learn more

Jefferson honors students for perfect December attendance

Jefferson Elementary School held its monthly assemblies to recognize students who had perfect attendance during December. 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

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

2015-16 school year kindergarten registration

Jefferson Elementary School is holding an orientation program for parents of next year's kindergarten class on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. To make sure you receive the paperwork necessary to pre-register your child, parents of eligible children are asked to contact the school at 355-1342, ext. 5080. (Please note the March date was inadvertently left off the printed district calendar). kindergarten registration process

Students use knowledge, creativity to build longhouses

Using tree bark, marshmallows, clay and other supplies, fourth-graders let their imagination and creativity shine during a recent class project. Photo gallery

Jefferson teams with WGNA on anti-bullying song/video

Richie Phillips and his "Reading, Writing, and Rhyming" tour from WGNA 107.7 country radio visited Jefferson Elementary School and helped the children in Mrs. Pink's class produce the latest anti-bullying parody song. learn more

Highlights from the elementary music department

Read the Schalmont Music Department & Friends of Music December newsletter to find out what's happening in the elementary music programs. music  Newsletter [PDF]

Jefferson Elementary School PTO student banking program

Want to teach your child to save money? The PTO-sponsored school banking program makes saving money both fun and rewarding. By opening and maintaining a savings account, students learn the principles of saving, gain a sense of responsibility, and realize the importance of investing money for a return. The program reinforces basic math skills, and gives hands‑on experience in handling money. Participation is entirely voluntary. school savings program details/application [PDF]

Jefferson Principals' Coffee Hours

Once again this school year, Principal Joby Gifford and Assistant Principal Jason Thompson will be hosting a series of Principals' Coffee Hours in an effort to facilitate communications between school leaders and parents.  event schedule [PDF]

The Jefferson PTO needs your help!

All the research says that students whose parents are involved in their education have better grades and fewer discipline problems. Involvement at Jefferson also makes it easier to establish friendships with teachers and other parents. Find out how you can get involved.  Jefferson PTO

Safety procedures at Jefferson

The front doors at Jefferson Elementary School facing Princetown Road are only being used for student arrival and dismissal each day. These doors will remain locked at all other times. All student drop offs, pickups, and parent visitors should enter the building via the primary office accessed by Ford Avenue. Learn more


2015-16 school year calendar now online [PDF]

Participate in the annual budget development process

Third quarter progress reports now online for grades 6-12

Regents approves plan for new statewide science learning standards

Board of Education nominating petitions available 

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