Schalmont Middle School hopes to welcome back all four grades to full in-person instruction next fall, where grades 5-8 will have a curriculum, activities and support students need for their transition back.
“We’re proud of what we’ve been able to provide this past year, even if it looked a little different,” said Principal Scott Ziomek. “We’re looking to grow our programs that we’ve introduced recently such as Digital Literacy and involve more students.”
In addition to core curriculum, the Middle School will offer accelerated opportunities in Earth Science, Integrated Algebra and Spanish I. Digital learning and coding for grades 6-8 will help students explore computer science, and 8th graders will have enrichment classes such as Songwriter’s Workshop and Advanced Art.
The Middle School’s character education program will continue its focus on what it means to be a Sabre Citizen, encouraging positive behavior and supporting the community through work with the Schenectady City Mission and other organizations.
Students will continue to enjoy diverse opportunities such as Art Club, Engineering Club, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council as well as nine different sports to choose from.
Supporting social-emotional needs will be a priority when students return in September as the school’s team of counselors, psychologists and staff will be prepared to help identify and address concerns.
“The social-emotional piece will continue to be a focus when students come back. Providing opportunities for students is part of helping them reach a healthy mental place where they can flourish academically and emotionally,” said Assistant Principal Melissa Judge.