Gov. Cuomo’s executive order does not allow for prepayment of 2018-19 school property taxes

The new federal tax bill that was signed into law on Dec. 22 caps the allowable deduction for state and local income, sales and property taxes at $10,000 beginning in 2018. Gov. Andrew Cuomo subsequently signed an Executive Order designed to help New York taxpayers pre-pay their 2018 property taxes before Dec. 31, 2017 in …

Staff and students hold district-wide benefit for Cohoes Fire Relief Fund

Last Friday, all school buildings held a district-wide holiday sweater day to benefit the Cohoes Fire Relief Fund. Students and staff wore their favorite or ugliest holiday sweaters and were encouraged to donate money to help fire victims. The effort collectively raised over $2,000 to donate to the fund at Pioneer and KeyBank. View Facebook …

Abram Lansing 4th graders participate in UAlbany SHAPE Project

SHAPE stands for Student Health and Physical Environment. The study, administered by students at UAlbany and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, tracked Ms. Mentzer and her class as they carried small air beams for 48 hours to record data on air quality. Ms. Mentzer and her students also filled out symptom diaries to …

Cohoes High School student ambassadors begin planning improvements to school climate

Cohoes High School administrators held the first of a series of planning meetings with a newly identified group of 27 student ambassadors who will be charged with working together to create a more supportive, positive school climate. The students, representing grades 9-12, were selected upon recommendations of advisors, social workers and counselors and the administration, …

On this #GivingTuesday, consider giving your time

Adult mentors needed to serve as role models for Cohoes students Nov. 28, 2017—The Cohoes City School District is in search of positive role models for students in grades 6-12. Whether you’re interested in career mentoring for the district’s new Future-Ready Pathways program or you’d like to make an impact in the life of one …

New Future-Ready Pathways program puts students on track to graduate with Regents diploma and associate’s degree

New York State Education Department Smart Transfer grant will provide $839,301 over four years for early college high school initiative Earlier today, the entire Cohoes High School Class of 2021 learned of the school’s new Future-Ready Pathways program–a collaboration between the district, Hudson Valley Community College and University at Albany–that provides year-round mentoring and support …

Van Schaick celebrates National Character Counts Week October 16-20

The students wore a special color each day to represent one of the traits of character. Children had the opportunity to receive pink hair extensions or feathers for a $10 donation to Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Students also made fall decorations for the Albany Ronald McDonald House, wrote cards to senior citizens and military …

Abram Lansing third graders travel way “down under” with Google Expedition

The library at Abram Lansing Elementary School transformed into an underwater journey through the eyes of third grade students in Ms. Fitzpatrick’s class using virtual reality viewers from a Google Expeditions kit. After adjusting their goggles, students “dove” right in. The “whoas” and “wows” were genuine, as they found themselves underwater surrounded by coral reef …

Cohoes school chief among “superintendents to watch”Dr. Jennifer Spring

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has named Cohoes City School District Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Spring a ‘superintendent to watch’ for the 2017-18 school year. Nationally, 21 superintendents were chosen based on criteria “demonstrating dynamic leadership with a strong emphasis on communication.” Three superintendents were selected from New York state. “I am extremely humbled …

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