December 11, 2013 - Over the last few weeks, we have had students with mono in the High School. Given the 4-6 week incubation period and contagious nature of the illness, we would like to remind parents of the signs and symptoms. Click here for the letter from Mrs. Barton, HS Nurse.
Compassionate Giving Project
December 2, 2013 - December’s virtue of the month is EMPATHY. Empathy is “relating to, or understanding what someone else is feeling.” Compassion is “Empathy in Action”. We are taking action and holding our fifth annual COMPASSIONATE GIVING PROJECT from December 2nd to December 18th.
This year we plan to donate to the Unity House Domestic Violence Shelter, YWCA Of Troy-Women And Children Program and Military Moms In Action. The first two programs provide assistance to families throughout Rensselaer County. Services include counseling and assistance for families including food and shelter. Military Moms in Action sends support packages to soldiers overseas and they are located in Melrose.
We are asking every student in grades pre-K through 12 to bring in an item that will be donated to these programs. If you prefer to bring in one hand made card for a child who is served by one of the programs, then please do so, or you can bring in an item and make a card! Our families and our entire school community are filled with compassion so let’s join together to share that compassion with others. We are hoping for 100% participation from all students, staff and teachers this year!
We will be collecting items through December 18th.
Compassionate Giving Project Donation List:
Pre-K/ Kindergarten: Kleenex, Chap Stick 1st Grade: Shampoo, Conditioner or Chap Stick 2nd Grade: Hand Towels, Wash Cloths or Chap Stick 3rd Grade: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste or Chap Stick 4th Grade: Mittens, Gloves or Hats (Adult) or Chap Stick 5th Grade: Baby Wipes or Chap Stick 6th Grade: Bar Soap or Body Wash or Chap Stick 7-12th Grade: Slipper-Socks (Adult & Children), Scarves, Mittens or Gloves, Deodorant, Body Lotion, Kleenex, Shampoo/Conditioner, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Baby Wipes, Bar Soap or Body Wash, Chap Stick, Diapers (All Sizes) Teachers & Staff: Scarves/Gloves/Hats ( Adult & Children), Slipper-socks (Adult & Children), Chap Stick, Sweatpants & Sweatshirts (L, XL), Pajamas (L , XL), Diapers (All Sizes)
Parent & Student Portal Updated
November 27, 2013 - eSchoolData has released a user interface refresh to the Parent and Student Portals. The portals have been updated with a modernized look and feel, streamlined navigation menus, and simplified interior page details, resulting in an improved user experience for parents and students. The Gradebook view has been enhanced to provide parents and students with a summary of student performance across all classes. The updated assignment Description field now allows teachers to format text and create links to assignments and other documents stored on the web.
Please contact Kathy Yavaniski (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or problems with the newly released portals. Monday, December 2nd, is the start of the 3rd marking period for students in grades 7-12. When using the portal to check grades you'll probably want to switch back to 2nd marking period to see the marking that has just been completed.
Special Education Quality Assurance Review
November 20, 2013 - Every year the New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education conducts Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Reviews in a variety of schools throughout New York State. Hoosic Valley has been selected to take part of this comprehensive audit for the 2013-2014 school year. The purpose of this review is to assess the District’s compliance with selected Federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.
This review will be conducted by the SEQA Eastern Regional Office and will include representatives from the school district. The quality assurance process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and interviews. In addition, meetings of the Committee on Special Education will be observed. Further, information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA Eastern Regional Office at 486-6366 and/or by contacting Hoosic Valley Central School District at 753-4458, please direct questions Patti Sawyer, Special Education Director.