Continuing Education

Contact Information | Registration | Course Descriptions | Weather Impact on Classes

Donna Notar
Continuing Education Coordinator
dnotar@schalmont.net
518-355-9200 ext. 4005

Registration

Registration is required for all programs. It is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes are intended for adults 18 years and older, although some courses are open to younger ages as indicated below.

A registration form is available here.

Please mail the registration form with a check made out to “Schalmont Continuing Education” to:

Schalmont CSD
4 Sabre Drive
Schenectady, NY 12306
Attention: Continuing Education

You can also drop it off at the District Office.  Online payment is not currently available. Once your check is received, you are considered registered. You will not receive a registration confirmation but you will be notified if the class is full or canceled. Class fees are non-refundable unless a program is canceled. In the event of a cancellation, you will receive a refund within 30 days via a check sent by mail.

Spring 2023 Course Offerings

Boating Safety Course

Instructor: John Hochmuth
Day/Time: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dates: April 5, 19, 26 and May 3
Location: High School Room 56
Fee: $12 resident, $17 non-residents

This course meets the New York State and the United States Coast Guard requirements for Personal Watercraft (Jetski) Operation and Youth and Adult Boating Certification. Upon successful completion, you will have met the requirements and can operate a PWC (Jetski) or as a youth boater operate a vessel independently. (To operate a PWC independently, a person must be at least 14 years old and have their boating certificate on board with them when operating.) Upon completion of the course, you will receive a boating certificate which is good for life.

The course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation, and includes the following topics: Accidents & Emergencies, Boat Operation, Boating-Related Activities, Boats & Motors Equipment, Fueling & Ventilation, Marine Environment, Numbering & Registration, Personal Watercraft (PWC), and Rules of the Road.

The course is for adults and children 10 years of age and older. This class is limited to 15 participants.

Build Better Feet

Instructor: Amanda Boccio, Chiropractor at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center
Date/Time: Monday, March 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: High School Library
Fee: $12 resident, $17 non-residents, $7 senior resident

Our feet are the foundation of our bodies.  Having a strong base of support can help relieve pain and pressure, prevent injury, and improve balance. Let’s build stronger feet and arches together. Join me to learn a simple foot strength, flexibility and balance routine that you can do at home. Participants should bring a yoga mat or a thick blanket to lie on while exercising. Maximum 10 participants.

College Choice 101: Finding the Best Fit

Instructor: Nancy Adis, Owner of College Choice Consulting
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 15 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: High School Room 56
Fee: $12 per person/family

Making the best college choice – academically, socially, and financially –  is an important and (often) overwhelming process. In this session, high school students and parents will receive strategies and actionable steps to help identify and pursue the best college choice. Attendees will receive guidance on:

  • Making a balanced college list
  • The must-dos of standardized testing and college preparation
  • How to maximize college visits
  • Strategies for college financing
  • The application and essay process
  • The college choice calendar

Couch to 5K Training Program

Instructor: Lindsay, Dan, and Radar McConnelee
Day/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Dates: April 4 – May 25
Location: Schalmont High School
Fee: $27 resident, $37 non-resident, $22 resident senior

Join Radar’s Runners! Whether you are new to running or a seasoned runner who took the winter off, this class is for you! Join us for the Couch to 5K training program! If you are able to jog for one minute this class will build up your stamina so you can run for 3.1 miles – a full 5k! This 8-week program will start slowly and the workouts will gradually increase. We will run a 5K race at the conclusion of the course. The first class will meet in the new gym lobby in the high school (park in the back lot of the high school near the track) for a brief orientation then we will head to the track. Our runs will take place at Schalmont High School, the neighborhood surrounding Jefferson Elementary and other local locations depending on the interest of the group . Materials needed: pair of sneakers, water and a watch or cellphone with a timer.

Dog Obedience – AKC Star Puppy Class

Instructor: Dianne Delpozzo
Day/Time: Tuesdays from 6:00 to 6:50 p.m.
Dates: February 28 – April 4
Location: Art Wing Lobby
Fee: $85 resident, $95 non-resident

Getting your puppy started on the right paw. In six weeks you will learn how to properly socialize and teach practical skills on puppy training and behavior. On the last night you will take a test to earn your AKC Star puppy distinction award. Puppies up to six months.

Dog Obedience – AKC Canine Good Citizen

Instructor: Dianne Delpozzo
Day/Time: Tuesdays from 7:00 to 7:50 p.m.
Dates: February 28 – April 4
Location: Art Wing Lobby
Fee: $85 resident, $95 non-resident

This course focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible dog ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community. At the end of six weeks you will be tested and earn your canine good citizen certification.  Dogs six months to adult.

Financial Planning Basics

Instructor: Jeff Jones
Date/Time: Monday, February 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: High School Room 55
Fee: $12 resident, $17 non-resident, $7 senior resident

In this presentation, we’ll take a look at some general financial planning concerns. While there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” financial plan, this overview should assist you in thinking about your own needs.

Healthcare After Retirement, Part 1

Instructor: Mike Stanton
Date/Time: Monday, April 3 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: High School Room 55
Fee: $12 resident, $17 non-resident, $7 senior resident

Do you know what to expect when it comes to Medicare?  Did you know Medicare is mandatory for those collecting Social Security and it will likely be your greatest expense in retirement?  If you or someone you know is turning 65, ready to retire, or losing your employer plan, this course will help you discover an understanding of Medicare.  From Part A to IRMAA, learn the fundamentals of how each section of Medicare works in this hands-on class aimed at making complex information easy-to-understand.

Healthcare After Retirement, Part 2

Instructor: Mike Stanton
Date/Time: Monday, April 17 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: High School Room 55
Fee: $12 resident, $17 non-resident, $7 senior resident

An educational course designed to help you understand the differences between advantage, supplemental and prescription drugs plans.  This is the second class in the Healthcare series offered by Michael Stanton.

Men’s Basketball

Coordinator: Steve Frank
Day/Time: Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Dates: March 2 – April 27
Location: High School Gym 1
Fee: One-time registration fee regardless of the number of sessions attended
$27 resident, $37 non-resident, senior resident $27

Come and join the community for some basketball. Play a pickup game with others who want to do the same. On any of the scheduled evenings, teams will be created depending upon the number of individuals who show.

Men’s Over 30 Basketball

Coordinator: Glenn Gallucci
Day/Time: Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Dates: March 1 – April 26
Location: Jefferson Elementary Gym
Fee: One-time registration fee regardless of the number of sessions attended.
$27 resident, $37 non-resident, senior resident $27

If you’re looking to have fun and get in shape, join us for a 4 on 4 pickup game. On any of the scheduled evenings, teams will be created depending upon the number of individuals who attend. Maximum participants 15.

Paint with Peggy

Peggy is a certified Alexander Art Instructor and Wilson Bickford Painting Partner. She has been teaching oil painting for over 10 years. At the beginning of class every student is provided with everything needed for an oil painting. Peggy will explain and demonstrate each step in the process to create the painting. At the end of class, every student has their own, unique oil painting. Just bring a box (like an empty pizza box) to take your completed painting home! Look at photographs of the paintings at www.paintwithpeggy.com and
select which classes you want to attend. Peggy can be contacted at paintwithpeggy@gmail.com or phone/text: 518-925-2238. Beginners are welcome – try it! It’s FUN!

“Misty Morning (Loons on the Lake)”

Instructor: Peggy Porter
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 7 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: High School Room 106
Fee: $53 resident, $63 non-resident

Using only five colors, you will create a painting of a misty lake reminding you of mornings in the Adirondacks. The Loons are swimming in the water, and patterns for them are provided. This is a striking painting and anyone who vacations in the Adirondacks will love it!

“Palm Trees Along the Beach”

Instructor: Peggy Porter
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: High School Room 106
Fee: $53 resident, $63 non-resident

Join Peggy and create a wonderful beach scene. Waves will be coming to shore behind the palm trees. Palm trees are such fun to paint!  Let’s add our footprints in the sand!

Social Security

Instructor: Reese Hughes
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: High School Room 55
Fee: $12 resident, $17 non-resident, $7 senior resident

As you approach retirement, when to claim your Social Security retirement benefit is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll need to make. Should you begin receiving benefits at your full retirement age or should you take it as soon as possible? In this course, we will summarize the benefits and drawbacks of taking social security at each age as well as the factors to help you make a decision.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

Instructor: Nick Stark
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: High School Room 55
Fee: $12 resident, $17 non-resident, $7 senior resident

This flagship course has been heard by thousands of people since the launch in 2005. Each year we make adjustments to give you the most up to date information. Learn the basics of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, the true backbone of most portfolios. This informational class will help you understand the differences and similarities of various types of investments and explain “financial lingo”. It will also show you how proper asset allocation will lower your overall risk, understand the benefits of using mutual funds to build a balanced portfolio to plan for a successful retirement.  There will be no attempt to promote any specific investments.

Women’s Pick-Up Basketball

Instructor: Casey Harr
Day/Time: Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Dates: February 27 – April 24
Location: High School Gym 1
Fee: $27 resident, $37 non-resident, $27 senior resident

It’s lady’s night on the court! Come have some fun and laughs while getting a workout in with the girls. Games of pick-up basketball will be created each night. Number of games, teams, and players on each team will be determined each night. This is a great chance to “leave it all on the court!”

Zumba

Instructor: Annie Grzywaczewsk
Day/Time: Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Dates: March 2 – April 27
Location: Jefferson Elementary Gym
Fee: $42 residents, $52 non-residents, $38 resident seniors

Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness. All levels are welcome!

Weather Impact on Classes

Continuing Education courses are canceled when schools are closed due to weather or other emergencies. Please see our website or social media sites for announcements about school closings.