A special visitor
Mrs. Stoddard's class had a special visitor in early
April: a baby goat (see photo at right).
shoes or April Fools?
Schoharie Elementary students had fun
celebrating April 1 as a mismatch day, including sporting some fancy
footwear. Others played jokes on their teachers.
100 is an important number at Schoharie Elementary
Elementary students marked their 100th day of school in a variety of
ways, such as celebrating the number 100, working on projects and
dressing up as cententarians.
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Teaching is the Core grant informs instruction
Schoharie Central School is participating the
Teaching is the Core (TiTC) grant through a consortium of 12
districts, led by Capital Region BOCES and funded through a $399,946
grant from the New York State Education Department. The initiative
aims to thoughtfully review and improve assessments in consortium
districts to ensure they inform instruction and support learning
An assessment review team from Schoharie Central
School consisting of classroom teachers and administrators has been
participating in ongoing training and professional development with
their peers from the other schools.
Tests happen throughout school and life: Helping students prepare
Parent Today offers a great resource
for parents and guardians:
Don't stress the test - Preparing your students for taking tests in
general (helpful tips for all tests).
honored for 2nd quarter accomplishments
Schoharie Elementary School celebrated students'
2nd quarter achievements in late February with a special assembly. 5th
and 6th-grade students were also recognized for earning a place
on the school's honor roll for the quarter.
VIEW THE 5TH-GRADE HONOR ROLL (PDF)
VIEW THE 6TH-GRADE HONOR ROLL (PDF).
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Fire prevention is elementary
Schoharie Elementary students are well-schooled in
fire prevention. They learn in class, from visiting firefighters, and
through various activities such as coloring and essay contests. Some
of the children even traded the bus for a fire truck to get to school.
SCS grad, former teacher Karen Olewnick is
Karen Olewnick of Schoharie has been named interim
principal of Schoharie Elementary School, serving from Feb. 26 through
the end of the school year. Olewnick is a former teacher at Schoharie
Central Schools, from which she also graduated.
Spelling Bee lasts 20 rounds, ends with a flourish
SCS's 2015 Spelling Bee lasted 20
rounds, the longest in school history. After correctly spelling flourish
and whey, 6th-grader Ethan VanDerwerken was declared the winner and went
on to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee.
READ MORE & VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
Ricky and Lucy star in SCS STEAM event
STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math)
Fun Night, led by guest robots Ricky and Lucy, was a big hit at SCS.
State tests are required
SCS students take a number of exams every year, including Regents exams,
Advanced Placement exams, local exams and required New York State
assessments. Neither state law nor the education commissioner’s
regulations provide any legal right or mechanism for students – or
school districts – to formally refuse the required state assessments, except for
certain exceptions such as those involving students with disabilities.
Districts may not make "Adequate Yearly Progress" in the state’s
accountability system and could lose federal Title I funding if
participation in the tests falls below 95 percent.
The tests help parents and teachers know—from one objective view—how
well students' achievement measures up to the Common Core Learning
Standards. Test scores also help determine what additional academic help
a student may need to reach the expectations for his or her grade level.
Revised late bus procedures focus on safety
The SCS Transportation
Department revised the procedures parents and guardians follow to
secure late bus transportation for their children. Changes include
designated runs and stop locations and required completion of a late
bus request form.
We believe in . . . Responsibility
Visitors to Schoharie Elementary in January and
February were greeted by a
lobby display "We believe in . . . ," a depiction of five positive
character traits being learned by K-6 students, including responsibility,
the focus of art class activities.
READ MORE/VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
These guest readers know the school very well
SCS's own 6th-grade students shared some great books
with their younger schoolmates during Guest Reader Day.
Wee Read, Wee Count Family Fun
More than 100 children enjoyed Wee Read, Wee Count
Family Fun Night this year, including the students in the photo with Elementary
Librarian Wendy Molle.
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4th graders hit the airwaves with anti-bullying
Elementary students put their anti-bullying message, "Bullying is
Bad," to music so it could be broadcasted all over town.
Flu Facts - Helpful info for parents, guardians, all
Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose,
throat and lungs caused by influenza viruses, of which there are many,
constantly changing strains. Flu is a serious and sometimes fatal
illness. How to protect against the flu?
READ MORE by downloading this helpful fact sheet (PDF).
Why we need to pay attention to our kids' social
Just when you think you have a handle on all the
social media sites your child could possibly frequent, a new one crosses
your radar. What are the dangers, and what can a parent/guardian do?
You don't have to be a parent to
enjoy Parent Today!
Parent Today is a free, bi-monthly, award-winning
e-mail newsletter and companion website designed to help build a
stronger bridge between families and the classroom.
Filled with research-based
information, Parent Today addresses four “chapters” of a child’s
life – early learners, elementary school, the middle years and high
school – with stories about what is happening in the classroom and
Body Mass Index is part of required school health check
New York State Education Law
requires body mass index, or BMI, and weight status group to be included in
a student’s school health examination. The State Health Department
also surveys some schools concerning BMI each year.
5th Grade Team Homework and Helper website
The fifth grade team maintains a website to provide students and parents with homework assignments, fun activities and additional
references for help. Link to the site by
Elementary Parent Teacher Student Organization (EPTSO)
You can view a complete list of events on
EPTSO Web Page.
Informational Brochures for Parents
Published by the State Education Department
The State Education Department has published many
brochures designed to help parents help their children. Below are links
to printable PDFs of some of the brochures available.
Helping Your Child With Homework (PDF)
Helping Your Child Learn Science (PDF)
Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics (PDF)
Families can take part in encouraging reading growth
for their children by visiting the "Get Ready to Read!" Web site at
www.getreadytoread.org. The site offers a number of
skill-building activities for free as well as a selection of
downloadable materials. There is a "Transitioning to Kindergarten"
tool kit to help early childhood professionals and parents plan
activities and collect observations throughout the year leading up to
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