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Educators demand end of GEA

Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned

The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.

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Guilderland school district urges civility

Panel talks about interacting positively online and off

Guilderland Central School District, which recently dealt with an incident of cyberbullying, held a community conversation on how to use technology in a safe and responsible way.

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A musical gift for BCSD

Anonymous donor gives $13,000 to Bethlehem High string program

The musically inclined at Bethlehem Central High School have reason to celebrate after an anonymous donor presented the district with a $13,000 check for the purchase of music equipment.

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Forts Ferry kids take a fresh approach

Kindergartners collect activities for the Fresh Air Fund bus ride from NYC

Forts Ferry kindergartners have come together to help children from Downstate stay busy on their bus ride into fresh air and open spaces.

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Chef’s cuisine drawing lines after school

New take-out program generating additional revenue for district

Balancing the books of a school’s food service program amid more strict federal lunch guidelines has led some districts to opt out of the new requirements and lose the funding tied to those guidelines. Voorheesville Central School District though is coming closer to getting out of the red without the federal funds with meal options for students and families.

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Help is at hand at BC High

With budget cuts looming and needed technical repairs increasing, Bethlehem High School’s Tech Services Department had an idea. Why not establish a student help desk similar to ones already in place a

Bethlehem Central High School is using interested students to man it's tech-based help desk.

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At home with reading

Habitat for Humanity, Book House team up for project

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is helping New Books for New Homes get books to children.

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One for the books

Colleagues praise retiring Voorheesville Library Youth Services director’s passion and creativity

Connecting with young readers of all ages is what attracted Joyce Laoisa to Voorheesville Public Library around 16 years ago. Although a library’s role has changed over time, her mission to inspire children remained steadfast.

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Bethlehem students making connections

Ricky the Robot teaches Glenmont first graders about technology

The Glenmont Elementary School teacher Peter Rawitsch has been introducing robotic technology to first graders for more than 25 years.

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Busy bodies

A new gym in Colonie aims to get kids active

Cold weather and early nightfall are not good enough excuses to keep children from participating in physical activities.

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Ballroom dancing hits Slingerlands

Elementary kids get their kicks at after school program

Slingerlands Elementary students are now being given the opportunity to learn how to ballroom dance through a new program being offered after school called Dance Crazy Kids.

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Leashing in school safety

District plans to bring in K9 for locker searches; prior school shooting almost attempted

Guilderland school officials are implementing several measures to address safety issues, but the one attracting the most attention involves man’s best friend.

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Festival for the minds

MiSci to hold Super Science Weekend, Dudley Observatory kicks off activities

Realizing the richness of the area’s science offerings will be a simple calculation at an upcoming inaugural science festival.

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District helps plug into possibilities

Guilderland schools librarians help parents and students become cyber savvy

Guilderland Central School District librarians hosted on Thursday, Oct. 17, a program titled “Cyber Smart: Succeeding in a Digital World,” a series of workshops featuring interactive presentations containing tips for using online tools and accessing district resources.

Gym opt-out on track at BC

District allowed 46 seniors to drop P.E. class this year under state regulations

Some Bethlehem High School students were given the opportunity to opt out of physical education class this year in a new pilot program that could potentially be expanded to help cut costs for the district.