School staff, first responders recognized for aiding cardiac arrest victim

Several Cohoes community members were recognized at Wednesday’s board meeting for providing life-saving first aid to a school employee who went into cardiac arrest. On May 22 at about 4 p.m., Sean Van Sleet, a cleaner at Harmony Hill School, was making his usual rounds. He exited a pre-K classroom on the second floor and …

Prevent “summer slide” with these free reading opportunities

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. The effects of summer slide are cumulative, as researchers estimate that by the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two-year lag in reading achievement. Thankfully, we …

Cohoes students recognized for P.E. leadership

Students representing four Cohoes schools were recognized on May 6 at the 34th Annual Capital Zone NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Leadership Awards Ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College. Students who received this award were selected by their physical education teachers on the basis of leadership skills. The students – from …

Gerhard named School Psychologist of the Year

Laura Gerhard, a school psychologist at Harmony Hill, has been named the New York Association of School Psychologists Chapter J School Psychologist of the Year. The chapter is comprised of Albany, Schenectady, Columbia, Rensselaer and Schoharie Counties. Gerhard was nominated for the award by her colleagues. “She is a true asset to Cohoes,” said Natalie …

John Gray and his dog Keller visit Harmony Hill

Local newscaster/author John Gray visited Harmony Hill School on Friday with his dog Keller. The visit was part of the grand prize of a contest sponsored by Fur-Ever Friends Doggie Daycare, which recently opened in Cohoes. Harmony Hill student Rozzy Annely submitted the winning entry. All three elementary schools received copies of Gray’s book “Keller’s …

Harmony Hill’s “Stuck for a Buck” brings in $2,000 for LLS

Harmony Hill School students and staff “stuck” together Friday to raise money for a good cause. For the second year in a row, Principal Mark Perry and first grade student Lucas Santoro were duct taped to a wall in the gym as part of the school’s Stuck for a Buck fundraising efforts for The Leukemia …

A message about online safety

There has been some talk in our schools about an online phenomenon known as the “Momo Challenge,” which includes disturbing images and messages relating to violence and self-harm. To the best of our knowledge, this is not a real threat and there have been no reported instances of harm to children connected to this social …

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