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New school immunization requirementsPosted July 29, 2014
The NYS Department of Health has updated immunization requirements for school attendance to be consistent with the most current national standards.  There are no new, added vaccines for school entry.  However, the number of doses required and the time between doses at minimum intervals has changed.  The goal is to help reduce the prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough or measles. Read more...

Title III Summer Enrichment Program 2014Updated July 29, 2014
A grant-funded summer enrichment program for English Language Learners and Immigrant students is being offered to district residents.  This three week program in July focuses on a different theme each week. Read more...

Meet the Coaches NightPosted July 29, 2014
A Meet the Coaches night will be held Thursday, August 28 in the Columbia High School auditorium. The purpose of a pre-season meeting is to introduce students and their parents and coaches to each other in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere, talk about season expectations, communicate specific information, encourage discussion and promote cooperative community action. Read more...

CHS Welcome Back NewsletterPosted July 29, 2014
As the summer winds down, it's time to start thinking about returning to school in almost one month's time! Here's everything you need to know from Principal John Sawchuk in his Welcome Back Newsletter. Read more...

Keeping the machines well-oiled - Posted July 22, 2014
The buses may not be on their runs, but they're being readied for a return to the road! Read more...

District announces Technology Forum 2014 - Posted July 22, 2014
The East Greenbush Technology Forum 2014 event will be held at Columbia High School on August 20th and 21st.  There are many exciting and innovative sessions being offered that can truly enhance a teacher's ability to use technology in the classroom.  This is a free event and is open to all teachers, teacher assistants, educational technologists, administrators, and other school professionals.  Read more...

District calendars up-to-date for upcoming yearPosted July 22, 2014
Luck favors the prepared! As the school year draws near, feel free to take a glance at the printable and Google versions of the 2014-15 District calendar. A hard-copy calendar will be distributed on the first day of school to one student in each household. An early look is available by clicking on to our website's calendar page.

New Staff Orientation SchedulePosted July 21, 2014
While we're still enjoying the sunshine of the summer, it's already time to start filling your calendar with events for the upcoming 2014-15 school year! If you're a new staff member joining the district, we welcome you with two days of orientation! Read more...

Summer construction projects underwayUpdated July 18, 2014
School’s out for the summer, but there’s still plenty of activity in the buildings scattered throughout the East Greenbush Central School District. Read more...

Green thumbs grow for Farmer's MarketPosted July 17, 2014
Help their garden grow!  Students in the Goff Garden Club are putting their green thumbs to work all summer in the Organic Garden adjacent to the school on Gilligan Road. The fruits of their labor are available at a Farmer's Market, which is open at the farden on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summertime from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Read more...

Summer students: teachers talking tech for new District AcademiesPosted July 17, 2014
Over the last two weeks, several teachers have spent time at the Cisco Networking Academy, with classes at Schenectady County Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to become Cisco-certified computer and networking technicians. East Greenbush teachers will bring back what they’ve learned from the Academy to share with students who choose to enroll in several academies the District will offer itself. Read more...

District welcomes new Buildings & Grounds supervisorPosted July 15, 2014
You’ll see a new face on the roads covering the 78 square miles of the East Greenbush Central School District.  Brian Craft begins this week as the Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds. Read more...

Project complete for longtime Buildings & Grounds supervisorPosted July 14, 2014
He’s saying goodbye to his homes away from home.  East Greenbush Central School District Buildings & Grounds Supervisor Paul Daley will officially be off the clock for the first time in nearly 20 years. Read more...

Commencement photos and videoPosted July 7, 2014
Some additional photos have been posted and edited together in to a slideshop by the great folks who came to HVCC for the Class of 2014 Commencement exercises. For the slideshow from Island Photography, click here...

Exchange students checking inPosted July 3, 2014
A late report from Berlin, Germany suggests that fourteen Columbia High School students and three of their teachers are doing quite well! Thanks to CHS German teacher Rune Williams for sending this back to the states!

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE EAST GREENBUSH CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT:Posted July 1, 2014
The District is distraught by Tuesday morning’s horrific tragedy which happened within our school community. We have been receiving inquiries about the passing of two young girls. They were not students in our schools. We keep them in our thoughts, as well as the many students of our own who live in the neighborhood where this tragedy occurred. As a result, grief counselors have been made available for young people in our school community who may have known the two children who passed away. If your child requires grief counseling, please call the Office of Pupil Personnel Services at 207-2062.

School District welcomes new Assistant SuperintendentPosted July 1, 2014
The East Greenbush Central School District is pleased to welcome Dr. Lynne Pampel as our new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction! Read more...

To the fairway: farewell to an old friendPosted June 30, 2014
After more than forty years in education, the East Greenbush Central School District is saying goodbye to a great guy.  Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Ralph Lyons is retiring this summer. Read more...

Congratulations Graduates!Posted June 30, 2014
Saturday was a day 342 Columbia High School seniors will never forget. They graduated from the school during a ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College. Friends and family members looked on as graduates received their diplomas and recognition for their hard work. The entire East Greenbush Central School District is proud of our students, and can only imagine the great things in store for your future. Thank you for your dedication, graduates, and may the road rise to meet you! Click here for photos from graduation...

Operation Graduation students beat odds, move on to the next chapterPosted June 25, 2014
Fourteen high-school seniors who were once at risk of dropping out have graduated Columbia High School and are moving on to the next chapter of their lives.  They had been enrolled in the Operation Graduation program. It is unique to the East Greenbush Central School District, enabling students facing major obstacles to overcome them and continue with their future education and career training. Read more...

Red Mill students help support local humane societyPosted June 25, 2014
Red Mill students recently presented the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society with a gift of $220.00 to support the organization's work in the community. A class bake, lemonade, and bracelet sale was planned by students in Mrs. Lisa Mahar's 4th grade class after deciding what organization or group it would like to support. Read more...

Bell Ringers Named For 2014Posted June 19, 2014
A favorite annual tradition returns to Bell Top Elementary School! Five graduates returned to the school today to formally be named "Bell Ringers." This recognition is based on a simple principle yet one that can be challenging to achieve. All a Bell Ringer has to do is "leave Bell Top, and do great things!" Read more...

Students, schools awarded in Anti Bullying ContestPosted June 18, 2014
Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar presented five East Greenbush Central School District students with honors for their work to prevent bullying. They submitted posters as part of a contest created by the Sheriff's Office. Read more...

Asbestos Abatement Projects Scheduled for Summer - Posted June 18, 2014
The summer will be a busy time around the district with asbestos abatement projects scheduled at all schools, with the exception of Columbia High School. The abatement is happening at these locations as a result of security ehnancement and re-construction purposes. Read more...

Administrator earns high honor from state associationPosted June 16, 2014 Our Assistant Superintendent for School Business Finance, Lawrence Edson, Jr., was recently recognized for his dedication to the East Greenbush School District. As a result, the district also received a special donation. Read more...

CHS Unified Sports program focus of On Board articlePosted June 16, 2014 The publication of the New York State School Boards Association has posted an article about unified sports teams, and uses the Columbia High School team to serve as an example. Read more...

Regents exams begin this week - Posted June 16, 2014
High school students will take the New York State Regents examinations this week, starting with US History and Government Tuesday morning. For a complete schedule of exams and guidelines for students, as well as when buses will run, click here.

Goff student performs National Anthem at ValleyCats openerPosted June 16, 2014
Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this! But Friday night, Howard L. Goff Middle School 6th grader Jake Goodman proudly performed the National Anthem in front of the crowd at Joe Bruno stadium. Read more...

Green Meadow students dance for a cause - Posted June 13, 2014
When the rain wouldn't go away for the Green Meadow Walk for Diabetes, for creative minds went to work! Read more...

Top CHS students honored - Posted June 13, 2014
On Thursday night, Columbia High School honored the top students from the class of 2014.  Pictured below is Principal John Sawchuk with Lindsey Maughan, who will graduate Magna Cum Laude.

CHS students awarded 'Columbians' - Posted June 13, 2014
Columbia High School students gathered for the annual Columbian Awards Thursday. More than 130 students were recognized for their service to the school and the community. Read more...

Tenured teachers among those honored at Board of Education meeting - Posted June 12, 2014
Ten East Greenbush Central School District teachers were honored for the dedication they display everyday at Thursday's Board of Education meeting. Students and faculty were recognized for their extraordinary efforts in learning and sport. Plus, there's one administrator leaving us we're all going to miss. Read more...

Goff Science Olympiad Finishes 3rd in NYSPosted June 11, 2014
The Howard L. Goff Middle School Science Olympiad team was one of 36 schools that made the cut for state finals. Students took home medals from 15 events, and a 3rd place prize! Read more...

Sen. Marchione Honors "Teachers of Excellence"Posted June 9, 2014
New York State Senator Kathy Marchione recognized seven East Greenbush Central School District “Teachers of Excellence” last Thursday, and awarded each of their schools $500 to underscore their importance in the community. Read more...

East Greenbush Central School District residents approve budget - Posted May 21, 2014
On Tuesday, May 20, East Greenbush Central School District residents approved an $87,863,409 budget for the 2014-15 school year. This budget represents a 2 percent increase in spending over the current year's budget and will result in a 1.17 percent tax levy increase for district residents. Read more...

Absentee Ballots for May 20 vote - Posted April 24, 2014
Residents who will be unable to vote in person can vote by absentee ballot. You may obtain an absentee ballot by completing an absentee ballot application in the District Clerk’s office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Read more...

2014-2015 Budget Newsletter - Posted April 22, 2014
The 2014-2015 Budget Newsletter is now available online. View the newsletter...

**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Updated February 18, 2014
The East Greenbush Central School District is initiating a community wide “call to action” advocacy effort to let state leaders and elected officials know that the District and taxpayers can no longer shoulder enormous cuts in education aid through the unfair Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle is encouraging all community stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, homeowners, seniors and business leaders who support the District’s efforts, to write letters, email and call Governor Cuomo and elected officials to urge them to eliminate the GEA. Read more...

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle recently sat down with state Senator Kathy Marchione to discuss the devastating impact the GEA is having on East Greenbush CSD students and teachers.

Annual Information on Budget Vote and Board Election - Posted February 18, 2014
Click here to view the Annual Information on Budget Vote and Board Election.

Gap Elimination Adjustment Explained - Posted January 28, 2014


Our Regional Advocacy Event, an unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, is this Thursday at Colonie Central High School. The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) is our key topic and attendees will hear how the GEA has affected local districts in the form of programs and services that have been eliminated. Click the video above for background on the GEA, why it's being imposed on our schools, and what it means for your student.

WTEN reports on the East Greenbush CSD's advocacy efforts to eliminate the devastating Gap Elimination Adjustment - Posted December 4, 2013
WTEN recently spoke with district administrators and teachers about the launched advocacy efforts to urge Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders to eliminate the devastating Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its highly negative impact on East Greenbush Schools and the community.

Click here to view WTEN's report.

East Greenbush CSD hosts first “Parent Information Session”Posted October 23, 2013

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle, administrators and teachers last evening hosted the first “Parent Information Session,” a proactive initiative by Dr. Nagle to team up parents and teachers for student success by educating parents on the new Common Core standards, APPR, the shift in state assessments and parent resources. Several media outlets were present at last evening’s forum – click each link below to see video and photos from the Parent Information Session:

Albany Times Union
WTEN
WRGB
WNYT
YNN
“The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Construction continues on the Genet Elementary main entrance on Friday, July 18. Work to make the entrance more secure will be complete by the fall.

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