MS Return to School Information

Dear Schalmont Middle School Families,

As summer comes to a close, we hope you are feeling rested and refreshed! We have been busy planning and preparing to greet your students on Thursday, September 9, and we hope you are just as excited for the new school year as we are! It is Schalmont’s commitment and plan to ensure that we work to return our students and families to as close to a traditional in-school experience as possible. When we come together as a community and support one another, great things do happen!

We want to take this opportunity to update you on some important information as we eagerly approach and anticipate the start of the 2021-2022 school year!

New Staff Members

Mrs. Laura Schrepper – Laura will be our new middle school counselor, taking Robin Bingham’s place, who retired in June. Laura is the school counselor for 6th-8th grade families and will be serving our M-Z students. Laura will be joining us from Hadley-Luzerne Central School District, where she has worked for a number of years after spending almost a decade working in the private mental health field.

Ms. Antonia Piccirillo – Antonia will join our sixth grade team. She comes to us from Queensbury where she taught special education for four year.

Ms. Fatima Hussain – Fatima will join us as a part-time Earth Science teacher. Fatima is certified in multiple sciences as well as math and is coming to us from the Hebrew Academy where she taught multiple preps at the secondary level.

Ms. Ashley Williams -Ashley will join our art department and teach our fifth grade students. She joins us from finishing a long-term substitute teaching position in the Schenectady City School District.

Mrs. Katherine Brown – Kate has a background in special education and is joining us from Jefferson Elementary. She will be joining our Middle School special education team.

Ms. Sarah Scotti – Sarah has a background in elementary education and is joining us from Jefferson Elementary. She will be joining our Middle School 5th grade team.

Mr. Steven Gibbs – Steve has a background in social studies and is joining us from the high school. Steve will be joining our 7th and 8th grade Middle School team.

Health and Safety

Faculty, staff, and students are required to wear masks, and students will be given mask breaks throughout the day. As always, the Schalmont school district is dedicated to maintaining a safe environment for students to learn; thus, daily cleaning and sanitation will remain a priority.

Technology

Students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades will receive new Chromebooks when they arrive at school in September. 8th grade students received their new Chromebooks in June and should bring those Chromebooks to school on the first day. Please make sure students are charging their Chromebooks prior to the start of school; students can bring chargers to school as well.

If you have not done so already, please complete the Chromebook Agreement Form for EACH of your students. This form is mandatory, and students will not receive a Chromebook until the form is completed.

*If you have any questions or issues regarding your child’s Chromebook, please contact the Help Desk from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 518-355-9200 Ext. 3099 or send them an email at helpdesk@schalmont.net.

*The Help Desk also has curbside hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (High School Circle, Door 3).

*If you have questions regarding Schoology, please contact John George at  jgeorge@schalmont.net.

Student Schedules

Student Schedules have been posted on the Parent Portal; if you have any questions regarding the Parent Portal, please contact Deb Falcone at dfalcone@schalmont.net.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s schedule, please contact their school counselor, Christina Romano (A-L students), cromano@schalmont.net or Laura Schrepper (M-Z students), lschrepper@schalmont.net.

Supply Lists

School supply lists are available here.

Arrival and Dismissal

Parent drop off will be in the front loop. Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:30am. In order to lessen the build up of traffic, please plan accordingly using the 7:30am time as a guide post for when to arrive. Remember this year, we will have all of our students back at full capacity, and we share the front loop with our high school students, so anything you can do to plan for a drop off closer to 7:30 am would be helpful and appreciated.

Students will be dismissed at 2:13 p.m. (2:10 p.m. for fifth grade students). Parent Pick-Up is in the back parking lot at the LGI entrance (first right as you enter the campus).

Lunch and Breakfast

Breakfast and lunch will remain free for the school year. Students will have access to breakfast before school and traditional hot meals will be available for lunch.

Lockers

All students will be assigned a locker. Fifth grade students will receive their locker assignments at their fifth grade orientation. If they do not attend fifth grade orientation, they can report to the guidance office at the start of the school year in order to retrieve their locker assignment. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will receive their locker assignment in their homeroom on the first day of school. The usage of lockers will be limited in order to minimize congestion and traffic during class time.

Student IDs

All students will be given a student ID at the beginning of the school year. They should bring their ID to school with them every day. Students will utilize their IDs as they exit the bus and during their lunch period.

Schalmont Middle School Bell Schedule:

Grade 5

  • Arrival: 7:40 a.m. – Go to homeroom
  • Lunch: 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
  • Recess: 11:15 – 11:35 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.
  • Dismissal: 2:10 p.m.

Grade 6

  • Homeroom: 7:40 to 7:45 a.m.
  • Period 1: 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Period 2: 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Period 3: 9:15 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Period 4: 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Period 5: 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. (Lunch)
  • Period 6: 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Period 7:  12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
  • Period 8: 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Period 9: 1:30 to 2:13 p.m.
  • Dismissal: 2:13 p.m.
  • Extra Help: 2:20 to 3:30 p.m.

Grade 7

  • Homeroom: 7:40 to 7:45 a.m.
  • Period 1: 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Period 2: 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Period 3: 9:15 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Period 4: 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Period 5: 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Period 6: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Lunch)
  • Period 7:  12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
  • Period 8: 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Period 9: 1:30 to 2:13 p.m.
  • Dismissal: 2:13 p.m.
  • Extra Help: 2:20 to 3:30 p.m.

Grade 8

  • Homeroom: 7:40 to 7:45 a.m.
  • Period 1: 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Period 2: 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Period 3: 9:15 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Period 4: 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Period 5: 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Period 6: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Period 7:  12:15 to 12:45 p.m. (Lunch)
  • Period 8: 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Period 9: 1:30 to 2:13 p.m.
  • Dismissal: 2:13 p.m.
  • Extra Help: 2:20 to 3:30 p.m.

Families, please know, your thoughts, questions, and concerns are of the utmost importance to us and will be used to guide future communication. Thank you for all that you do; we appreciate your continued support! Students, get some rest; we will see you soon!

Sincerely,

Principal Scott Ziomek

Assistant Principal Melissa Judge