4th Annual MENtors Walk draws big crowd

Hundreds of male mentors, from dads and grandads to older brothers and uncles, turned out Wednesday morning for the elementary schools’ 4th Annual MENtors Walk. Abram Lansing and Harmony Hill families gathered at Veterans Memorial Park while Van Schaick families met up at the pond. Following a performance by a four-piece band and a proclamation …

Back to school: Review of emergency response procedures

Dear Parents and Guardians, Maintaining the safety of our students and staff continues to be a top priority of the Cohoes City School District. As we begin a new school year, I wanted to take the opportunity to review the district’s emergency response procedures. Our schools regularly practice these responses through safety drills during the …

Free breakfast and lunch for all Cohoes students

District leaders were recently informed that in 2019-20 all Cohoes students will be eligible to receive breakfast and lunch for free under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Last year, only our K-8 students qualified under the parameters of the grant. “This is fantastic news for all of our families,” Superintendent Jennifer Spring said. “Research shows …

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 …

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