SCS mourns teacher's passing
Central School mourns the sudden passing of elementary special education
teacher Rebecca Coughtry. Coughtry, who had taught in Schoharie since
September 1986, was a beloved member of the school and local community who will be
missed by all whose lives she touched.
Services will be held at the United Methodist Church
in Middleburgh on Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M.
A candlelight vigil with Mrs. Coughtry's family will
be held at Schoharie Central on Monday evening at 6:00 P.M. Past and
present students and their parents, and faculty and staff are invited to
attend. The appreciation of her work as a teacher and as a friend will
begin at 6 P.M. Those wishing to participate should arrive at the
entrance to the high school gym between 5:45 and 6:00.
Legislators schedule two forums on the Common Core
Learning Standards and state assessments
Assemblyman Lopez and Senator Seward have been
working diligently with school officials and the public on hearing
concerns about the state assessments and the Common Core. Both
representatives serve on their respective Education Committees in the
state Legislature. Two regional forums have been scheduled for December.
<click here> to read the announcements and for further information
on location, dates, and times.
SCS thanks Peter and Lisa Lopez for their service
Board of Education President Linda Isles presented
an award of appreciation on Nov. 20 to Lisa and Peter Lopez, state
Assemblyman, for their service as volunteer advisors to the SCS
Adventure (Ski) Club for the past 17 years.
Tests and time estimated to take them are shortened
The State Education Department and Board of Regents
reported on Nov. 20 that the Estimated Time on Task (ETOT, or how long
it will take a student to complete a test) will decrease in math in all
grades 3-8 (20 minutes) and ELA in grades 5-8 (10 minutes) in 2014.
These tests in these grades will have fewer questions and are shorter.
In addition, the Session Time (how long students
will have to complete the test) will decrease in math in all grades (20
minutes) in 2014. The ELA Session Time is remaining the same this year,
however, based on field concerns that students have sufficient time to
complete the test.
Senator Seward and Assemblyman Lopez discuss
education issues with teachers, administrators, parents
On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 19, teachers,
administrators and Schoharie County school district board of education
members met with State Senator Jim Seward and State
Assemblyman Peter Lopez to share concerns about significant educational
Topics included implementation of the Common Core
Learning Standards, administration of state assessments, security of
student data, and APPR. Parents in the audience were also able to share
their concerns. The meeting was not a regional public
forum, but an information-gathering session. An evening Regional
Forum for the public on the Common Core and State Assessments
is currently in the planning stages, to be sponsored by the Schoharie
Area School Boards Association. The date will be announced in the near
future, but is being planned with a January time frame.
Exploring the future hands-on at Career Day
Students explored careers in STEM - science,
technology, engineering and math - as well as the arts, trades and other
professions at Career Day 2013.
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District's leadership in distance learning featured
SCS' leadership in using distance learning technology to broaden
opportunities for students statewide is featured in articles in the
Capital Region BOCES and Northeast Regional Information Center (NERIC)
e-Newsletters. Veterinary Science (above) is just one of the courses
hosted at Schoharie.
Link to the article
SED releases Q & A fact sheet about security of data
to be stored on the
EngageNY Data Portal
The State Education Department's new Q & A fact sheet can be accessed by clicking on
<link>. The fact sheet features information about data that will be held
in the portal for parent access, as well as information about
federal requirements that drive the decision-making by the department.
How do I provide feedback to the State Education
Department on state assessments and the Common Core Learning Standards?
Parents, students, and school staff are encouraged
to provide constructive feedback to the State Education Department
regarding their experiences, concerns and questions about the Common
Core Learning Standards and state assessments. Link to the online comment
SCS part of 7-district consortium to collaborate on
professional development for teachers, principals
SCS will join with six other schools in a consortium
to improve instructional practice through collaborative regional
professional development, thanks to a two-year, $1 million
Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 2 grant from the state
Education Department. The districts will develop and implement career
ladder programs leaders for teachers and principals.
Beware of STAR scam; remember to register for 2014
Gov. Cuomo has advised taxpayers to beware of
solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax
Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply on
their own for free.
READ THE GOVERNOR'S NEWS RELEASE
Also, note that homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption must register
with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption
in 2014 and subsequent years.
Read the latest pupdates from Buckles, our school's social
therapeutic classroom assistance dog,
webpage. Buckles was awarded to Schoharie for
receiving the most votes in the 2012 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant
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