The Schalmont Central School District is dedicated to preparing students for success in college, the workplace and in life.
Schalmont is proud to offer students in kindergarten through 12th grade with a strong academic program in core subjects, as well as accelerated courses, distance learning and a variety of electives, such as Project Lead the Way, art and music.
While academics are at the heart of education, Schalmont students also have access to a variety of extracurricular opportunities throughout their years in grade school. Schalmont produces numerous Section II Class B championship athletic teams, award-winning musicians, accomplished artists, and civic-minded youth who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life in our community and beyond.
The Importance of School Attendance
Every Minute Counts … Every Student Counts
Daily attendance is one of the most important factors in whether or not a student will succeed in school. Students are faced today with unprecedented changes within the field of public education so it’s essential they are present to receive the instruction they need to meet or exceed those standards. If a student is going to be absent or tardy, parents are expected to contact the child’s school directly the morning of the absence.
The concept of curriculum has its roots in the Latin word for “race course,” which signifies the experiences children must past through in order to become adults. Those experiences happen both inside and outside the classroom, encompassing all that is academic and extracurricular.
The Schalmont curriculum is also designed to prepare students for all state assessments including 4th and 8th grade science and math as well as in high school with the Regents exams. New York is a lead member in the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing consortium. The state Education Department is also considering additional state tests in grades K-3, in science and social studies at the middle school level, and in social studies and English language arts at the high school level.
As of 2013, students’ state assessment scores are part of the teacher and principal Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) process. In order to demonstrate student growth under this state mandate, it is necessary to pre-assess students to establish a baseline. These assessments will not be counted as part of the student’s grade, but will be used to help teachers determine what students currently understand in relation to what they will be expected to know at the end of a course. All parents/guardians now have the right to request Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current year’s teacher(s) and principal(s).
Beyond the Core: Extracurriculars, Electives and Other Advanced Programs
Schalmont students are encouraged to strive for excellence through an array of extracurriculars, electives and other advanced academic programs and activities. Those opportunities begin in elementary school and span through high school, where students find multiple options for college credit-bearing courses. Seniors routinely leave Schalmont with opportunities to finish their higher education early, select a second major or change majors without delaying college graduation. Beginning in their junior year, a number of students attend skilled training for various professions provided by Capital Region BOCES.
Schalmont Curriculum Committee Aids Process
Schalmont created a K-12 Curriculum Committee to assist with alignment with the new standards and to help students obtain mastery in their studies. The committee includes teacher and administrative representatives from the elementary, middle and high schools. This group will develop a database of formal curriculum and begin to review the experiences that help develop Schalmont students into young adults.
Parents who have concerns regarding their children and the upcoming changes in school curriculum should seek clarification from their children’s teachers, principals or the office of curriculum.
Schalmont school programs and activities offer every child the opportunity to grow emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially for a successful future. District staff have been and will continue to be committed to helping prepare children to meet the challenges that await them.