Next SPACE Meeting
Scotia-Glenville Parents Advocating for
Challenging Education was born of a desire for parents and children attending
the S-G School District to inform and educate each other on enrichment
opportunities available for their children.
Come and join us as we have an opportunity to
share our experiences and discuss programming for the current school year.
For more information about SPACE and resources
available to you visit our website at: http://worknotes.com/NY/Scotia/SPACE
or find us on Facebook!
In Alice Ozma's book, The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We
Shared, Alice and her father started a "reading streak." They made a
promise to read together 10 minutes a day for 100 days. To find out more about
their reading streak, visit Alice's
Reading is a wonderful way to spend time with someone: a parent, grandparent,
sibling, friend, teacher or co-worker. Find a partner, set a goal and start
your own reading streak! You can read anything, any time of day, in any place
you like. Check the public or school library for reading suggestions, or start
with a favorite of your own.
You can start your own reading streak. Here's how:
Pick up a Reading Streak Promise form at any SCPL Library, or download
Fill out the form with the names of the participants and your own personal
Drop it off at any SCPL Library. You and your reading partner(s) will receive
an incentive when you sign up.
Return to the library when you complete your streak and you will receive a
School and other organizations wishing to start a group reading
streak, should contact Karen Bradley at 518.388.4533, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Serena Butch at 518.388.4513.
June 18 - August 24
2012 Teen Summer Reading Club
Register at any SCP Library to pick up your Teen Quest. Complete as many
quests as you like, in any order you choose. Write or show how you completed
each quest in the space provided to earn a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes will
be drawn all summer!
Science Symposium to be
Thursday, May 12 in A-30 at
Scotia-Glenville High School science honors students to show off months worth
of work and planning during symposium on Thursday, May 12
Students in the college-level Science Research course at the high school will
present their work to date on a variety of topics during a symposium from 7 to
9 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in room A-30 at the Senior High
School, Route 147, Sacandaga Road, Scotia.
The event is free and open to the community.
There are 14 students in the three-year research course which connects
students and professionals in their chosen fields. They work closely with the
professional mentors as they select an issue to study – everything from
microbiology, dreaming and cancer genetics to video games, robotics and
dragonflies – design and perform an experiment and finally carry out the
research to arrive at a conclusion.
Students enroll in the class as sophomores and earn college credit throughout
the rest of their high school career.
The class is taught by Christopher Judd.
All of the students will have information about their research on display that
evening. These students will offer more in-depth presentations:
• Sarah Dean will present
• Emily Houlihan will
present on robotics
• Corey McKenna will
present on solar energy
• Sam Musto will present on
• Matt Senecca will present
For more information, contact teacher Christopher Judd at 382-1231 or Robert
Hanlon, communications, at 386-4343.
From the district webpage regarding last Monday night's budget
personnel/program changes from her (Susan Swartz) February 28 Phase 3
reductions were detailed tonight. Figures in parenthesis are the amount of the
2.0 FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) OPAL Teachers, $150,000
Media Specialists would serve students in grades 3-5 with enrichment/gifted
2.0 FTE Teacher Aides, $34,283
.4 FTE Foreign
grade 6 language program that features French, Spanish and German would be
.6 FTE Float Nurse, $35,009
school would have one assigned nurse and there would be one full-time floating
.5 FTE Teaching
Next budget meeting is Monday March 21 at 7:00 in the Middle School cafeteria
UNLEASHING CREATIVE GENIUS...
ONE CHILD AT A TIME Camp Invention
This summer, Scotia-Glenville Middle School is proud to
offer the children in our community an exciting week of hands-on FUN at the Camp
Invention program! Led by qualified local educators, this unique program
challenges children to think creatively about real-world problems and work as
a team to collectively identify solutions.
An ideal solution for parents seeking extended
school-year learning through summer fun, the Camp Invention program is a safe,
creative outlet for children in grades one through six to explore the unknown,
tinker with ideas, and satisfy their natural sense of curiosity – teaching
them how to think like leaders and entrepreneurs.
This year’s INNOVATE program features:
SMArt: Science, Math &
Game On: Power Play™!
I Can Invent: Edison’s
Scotia-Glenville Middle School July 25 - 29, 2011
9:00am to 3:30pm
Children will participate in all five modules each day of the program.
As a proponent of educational enrichment, I am thrilled to direct a program of
this caliber in our community.
Spaces are limited, so register today!
Sincerely, Jeff Denney, Director
Availability is limited. Program location is subject to change. Each
registrant will receive a free Camp Invention T-shirt. Base price for the 2011
Camp Invention program is $215, of which $50 is nonrefundable. Refunds are
available up to three weeks prior to the start date of the program.
For more information contact:
Please join us at a
Forum on Advanced
with Claudia Verga*
January 13th, 7pm
Ms. Verga will discuss:
characteristics of an advanced reader
how schools determine a child’s reading level
suggestions regarding appropriate reading
working with your school to ensure your child
is appropriately challenged
challenging your advanced reader at home
*Claudia Verga is the principal at
AW Becker Elementary School in Ravena. Prior to her appointment, she taught
for more than 25 years at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District and
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School, 18 as the enrichment specialist. She
has presented at AGATE conferences, and has conducted several summer workshops
on gifted children for the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center.
Bring a friend!
November 16th at 7:00 p.m.
the Acadia Middle School Library
Campus — 970 Route 146)
FOR 6th TO 10th GRADE STUDENTS AND
AHEAD FOR COLLEGE:
EDUCATION, M.S., COUNSELING
challenging middle school and high school courses and/or enrichment programs.
interesting extracurricular and community service projects that fascinate
students and develop their strengths or leadership abilities.
and writing as much as possible — go way beyond class assignments! Students
can begin to develop expertise in a subject that intrigues them.
mock interview geared to young students.
of college application process, if time permits.
Rifkin founded College Options in 1995 and has counseled nearly 500 students
through the college application process for the past 16 years. She has visited
475 colleges in 33 states and frequently gives presentations on college
The Science Research class
at Scotia-Glenville High School
will hold a Research
Symposium at 7 p.m. on Thursday May 27 in A-30.
The event is free and open
to the community.
The students, in grade 10 and their
first year of the intensive research class, will present research papers
written by scientists in the fields they are studying.
The areas include: organic solar
• wireless energy
• perception of
• depression relapse
• mind wandering
• forensic science
• child development
Students will eventually hold a
symposium to present their own research as the three-year course continues
into the junior and senior years.
Below, students in the Science
Research class ask questions about college academics of Laura
MacManus-Spencer, an environmental chemistry professor at Union College.
3rd Annual SAGE
Science Discovery Night
April 21st, 2010
Gowana Middle School Shenendehowa Campus Rte. 146,
For detailed exhibit information please visit:
Sponsored by the Shenendehowa Advocates for Gifted Education (SAGE) and the
Shenendehowa Science, Technology & Health / FACS Departments
Event is free and open to all students in the Capital Region. Students
must be accompanied by an adult.
At Science Discovery Night
students of all ages can explore science in their world—with exciting
and hands-on activities by more than 40 exhibitors!
● See the night sky at the
● See how Forensics solves
● Fly a jet plane via
● Visit reptiles, insects,
and service dogs
● Take home a FREE tree!
● Explore how your brain
works, or your heart pumps.
● And maybe win a cool
science prize, too!
GOOGOL of GAMES is back!!
Mark your calendars for
Thursday, January 28th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
at Sacandaga Elementary LMC
It is a night of fun and challenging games
for all students in grades K-8 and their parents.
Come and try out some different games with your kids!
Just a few of the games we will have on hand:
Triominoes, Set, Chess, Blokus, Sequence, Othello, Mancala, Apples to
Sponsored by S.P.A.C.E.
See our website at
Questions? Contact Claire Houlihan at 370-1889.
your calendar for a SAGE meeting you don’t want to miss!
p.m. at the Acadia Library
Find out about the options and meet some of the teachers!
Erin Madden, QUEST instructor, will be presenting.
McCaroll, Critical Inquiry instructor
Gutchell, K-8 Social Studies Administrator
DeSilva, K-8 English Administrator
Gould, Acceleration and Enrichment Programs
Bush, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum
There will be a Q/A session following the presentation. Ensure that your
questions get answered by submitting them in advance… send them in by simply
replying to this email (email@example.com) by January 31.
Saturday Scholars is an enrichment program sponsored by S.A.G.E*. and open to
all students in the Capital District. Classes are held for 5 consecutive
Saturdays from 10am to 12pm during March. Students may select
courses from a variety of challenging hands-on classes in areas such as
literature, art, science, math and foreign language.
The 2010 Course List and Registration Form is now available.
For further information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Scholars 2010
Registration: January 23, 2010, 9:00-10:30 am at Acadia Middle School
Classes: February 27, and March 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00-12:00 am
Twice Exceptional When
children are Gifted and have Disabilities
With Pat Schuler, Ph.D.
December 3, 2009 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn Express, 400 Old
Louden Rd., Latham, NY
Presenter: Pat Schuler, PhD
"Twice-exceptional" students are children who are identified as gifted
and talented and also identified with a disability. During this afternoon
workshop Pat Schuler will discuss identification, assessment, and learning
accommodations for young children who are "2E". Pat is a nationally recognized
expert in giftedness and the unique needs of children who are
Framework for Understanding Gifted Children
a nationally recognized speaker on issues related to gifted education, will be
discussing how some gifted kids today may be out-of-stage intellectually,
out-of-phase socially, and out-of-sync emotionally/psychologically from their
classmates. Some are Twice Exceptional and have additional behavioral, social
and emotional difficulties.
Based on her
experience as a classroom teacher, gifted and talented teacher, and now
therapist, Pat will also share strategies and techniques that teachers,
parents, and counselors can use to better understand and serve gifted kids.
Pat Schuler received
a Master's degree in Gifted Education from the College
Master's degree in Counseling Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Educational
Psychology (Gifted and Talented Education) from The University of Connecticut.
For children of those attending the forum
Chemistry for Kids
– presented by John D. Fisher
in the Sacandaga Cafeteria
Phase Change – Solids, Liquids, and Gases
see demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities of phase changes for
solids, liquids, and gases that will give them a new level of understanding
and wonder for the world of chemistry! Hands-on activities will
include filling balloons with dry ice to observe the change of the solid dry
ice into a gas.
Childcare will be
provided by National Honor Society Students
Child’s Digital Footprint –
Can Grow Like a Weed
management in a digital world
join us for a
by Robert Frederick,
- Coordinator of Career and
Employment Services at
Mr. Frederick will discuss how a
person’s digital footprint can affect their future prospects related to:
Other quality of life issues
He will outline how and why
employers, colleges and business services are gathering information regarding
people’s personal history and will concentrate his discussion on how they can
establish stronger profiles or repair weaker digital profiles using the
technology and resources available.
November 16th @ 7pm
meeting @ 6:15pm
(prior to program) in Room B-2
us and bring a friend!
Join us on
Monday, June 1
S.P.A.C.E. meeting 6:30 at the Sacandaga
Library Media Center!
Mr. Kavanaugh, Director
of Curriculum for Scotia-Glenville, will be joining us for this meeting to
discuss the changes in the OPAL programs for next year. Come and hear about an
exciting new program for 4th and 5th graders and ask any questions that you
Bring a friend!
Childcare will be available for parents
attending the meeting!
Shenendehowa Advocates for Gifted Education
information check out the SAGE website here
Mark your calendar!
The Union College 2009 Rube
Goldberg Challenge will be held Saturday April 25, 2009
The following is the schedule for
the competition day:
8:30am - Set-up
9:30am - Competition Briefing
9:40am - Competition
12:30pm -Lunch 1:30pm (for
Awards immediately following
2:00pm Campus and Engineering
Tours upon request
This is a fun and
exciting exhibit of students engineering skills
Pictures of 2008 competition
Visit Union's Rube website
for more details
Monday March 23, 2009
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
Connecting Boys with Books
with Michael Sullivan, Author
This nationally known speaker is a true advocate of reading, especially for
boys. Parents will learn tips to engage and sustain sonsâ€™ interest in books.
This event is generously co-sponsored by the Friends of the Clifton
Park-Halfmoon Public Library and Capital Region BOCES School Library System and
The Early Childhood Direction Center of the Capital Region. This program
is part of the Libraryâ€™s year long celebration of 40 years of service to the
Required registration beginning Monday, March 2 in-person or phone the Library
SAAC camp to
run from July 6 to Aug. 14 at S-G Middle School
The Scotia/Schenectady Academics and
Arts Camp (SAAC) is an educational enrichment program held for six weeks. Our
goal is to provide a safe, fun environment where children can be creative,
make friends, and continue to learn throughout the summer. Operating under the
philosophy that "a child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit,"
SAAC has enriched the lives of thousands of children since its inception in
It is held at the air conditioned
Scotia-Glenville Middle School, 10 Prestige Parkway, in Scotia.
Check out the site here: http://www.saaccamp.com/
On Thursday, February 5th at 7:00pm
in the Sacandaga Elementary Library
SPACE (Scotia-Glenville Parents Advocating for
Challenging Education) hosted a forum on Visual-Spatial Learners (VSLs)
Visual learners are students who remember what they see, and often forget what
they hear. They often get “the big picture”, but miss the details, can be
excellent problem and puzzle solvers, yet might struggle with organizational
skills and sequential tasks. As a result, they present unique challenges to
their parents and teachers
Speakers included Jan Tunison, High School Librarian, and Becki
Ayers, sixth grade ELA/Social Studies teacher, and Christine McKenna, parent
(all mothers of VSLs) The forum discussed the characteristics of a
visual-spatial learner, parenting strategies, and how we can help them be
successful in the classroom.
Check out our new VSL
page! Click here!
compete in district-wide Spelling Bee
Fifteen students from the four
elementary schools and middle school took turns spelling words during the
annual Spelling Bee at the Middle School on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
Two students - grade 5 student Aubrey
Gallop from Glendaal and grade 6 student Avery Maycock
from the Middle School - will represent Scotia-Glenville at the 27th annual
Regional Spelling Bee on Monday, March 16, at Proctor's Theater in
The winner of the regional bee
receives an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee in
Washington, DC May 24-29. The regional champion will also receive a computer
as well as other prizes for the area's top spellers.
These students were the building
champions who competed in the school-wide Spelling Bee:
Cox, grade 4; Aubrey Gallop, grade 5; and Joie
Prentice, grade 5
Zeman, grade 4; Zachary Ladouceur, grade 5; and
Liam Rooney, grade 5
Yerman, grade 4; Maggie Holley, grade 5; and John
Pierce, grade 5
Van Patten, grade 4; Carter Gibbons, grade 5; and Natalie
Straut, grade 5