• End of Year Celebrations Planning in Process

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 5/16/2020

    I’m proud of how everyone in our school community has rallied as #OneMechanicville. We have been working very hard planning end of year celebrations. We are partnering with City and County agencies to ensure you are appropriately celebrated in the manner in which you deserve!

    Please understand that these are significant events that take careful planning with adherence to appropriate health and safety requirements. Once we receive the appropriate clearances and refine logistics, plans will be shared with you!

    My best to you as we finish the year strong, together!!!

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  • UPDATE 5/1/20

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 5/3/2020

    Red Raider Community:

    Earlier today Governor Cuomo announced that school will be closed for the remainder of the year.

    We will be providing updates regarding the continuity of education as we continue into June.

    I’m writing to assure all of you, we are in the planning stages of what our end of year celebrations and ceremonies will look like, including when and where. Please stay tuned for updates as they become available.

    Please be well, your school district cares about you!

    My best,

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  • Update 4/17/2020

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 4/20/2020

    Red Raider Community:

    Governor Cuomo has extended the pause for NYS, including the closure of public schools until May 15.

    As you are aware, we began new instruction for the 4th qtr this past Monday at the MSHS, and will begin new instruction this coming Monday at the ES. Despite this, our first priority is the mental health and well being of our students, families, and faculty & staff.

    This has certainly been quite an experience, one we will never forget. I’m hopeful that NYS is now or soon will be on the back side of this curve.

    I do not know if the Governor will reopen school this year, or have us return in September.

    REGARDLESS, at some point in the future, when it’s deemed safe to resume regular activities we will host ALL end of year promotional ceremonies such as Kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, & HS graduation.

    My best,

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  • Important BOE MEETING Information

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 4/16/2020

    Important BOE MEETING Information

    Please be advised beginning with our April 21, 2020 BOE Regular Meeting and continuing throughout the Covid-19 social-distancing health crisis, we will be live streaming our Regular BOE Meetings via Google Meet.

    Any guest wishing to join will have view-only access and should follow the connection information below:

    Connection Information:


    * The live stream will connect when the Public Meeting begins at 7:00PM *


    Please note, to accommodate those that are unable to connect and join us at the scheduled time, we will be recording (audio and video) and posting the meeting on our BOE website page. 

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  • Drive Thru Community Dinner 4/21/20

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 4/15/2020

    Red Raider Community:

    I was asked to share the following information:


    Shenendehowa United Methodist Church
    971 Route 146
    Clifton Park, NY 12065

    Menu: Ziti, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, fresh fruit, dessert.

    Date: Tuesday, April 21st

    Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    For questions call the church office at 518-371-7964 or e-mail office@shenumc.org.

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  • Update from Mr. Potter 4/09/20

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 4/10/2020

    Red Raider Community:

    I’m writing to provide you with some information I learned today from a webinar conducted by the NYS School Boards Association, "COVID-19: Addressing New Challenges, New Issues, New Questions".

    As you are all aware, this coming week would have been our traditional April vacation. We are now continuing to provide our continuity of education, and these days will count toward our 180 day school year requirement. It was clear, the Governor’s Office does not want to put district’s in a situation to continue past the 180 day school year as it could put many districts at risk of bankruptcy. Therefore, many of you who have inquired about our school year extending into the summer, that will not happen.

    Information regarding Special Education, related services, and extended school year programs for those students will be decided on a case by case basis. We will be fighting for the appropriate funding our students deserve in order to provide those services.

    Additionally, any change to APPR, and teacher tenure determinations requires an executive order from the Governor. Given the absence of in school time to conduct the required observations there is an expectation of some adjustment.

    Finally, regardless that the Mayor of NYC announced the closure of NYC schools for the remainder of the year, the continuation of our closure will be based on science and data and will be conducted on a regional basis.

    For those of you who recently celebrated Passover, and those celebrating Easter Sunday I wish you the absolute best during this holiday period. I continue to remain hopeful and optimistic, but I am absolutely steadfast in my resolve that we will get through this together, as #OneMechanicville!

    My best,

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  • Regents Exam Information

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 4/8/2020

    Red Raider Community:

    The Board of Regents has provided guidance regarding the impact of canceling the administration of the June Regents examinations.

    Essentially, any student enrolled in a class which culminated with a Regents exam for passing credit is exempt. Specific details are below:

    To qualify for an exemption from a Regents exam, a student must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

    The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or

    The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have passed such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or

    The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020; or

    The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents examination but intended to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.

    My best,

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  • Information on Health Insurance in NYS

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 4/8/2020

    As we work through these challenging times together, NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need during this state of emergency.
    With the recent closure of businesses across the state, many New Yorkers are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage as a result of COVID-19. Many are likely to be eligible for health coverage with financial assistance through NY State of Health due to their loss of coverage and income. NY State of Health opened a Special Enrollment Period last month for people who are uninsured, and the Marketplace has started an awareness campaign to let people know that NY State of Health is there as a safety net in difficult times like these.
    New Yorkers who are without health insurance should apply now through NY State of Health. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan , Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage.
    Thousandsofassistorsarereadythroughoutthestatetohelpconsumersenrollbyphone. NY State of Health is committed to helping New Yorkers get the coverage they need so they can get the care they need.
    Visitus at: www.nystateofhealth.ny.govandletushelpyoufindahealthcareplanthatworks for you.
    If you have additional questions you can contact the Marketplace directly at 518 -486-9102 or NYSOH@health.ny.gov.

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  • MCSD Continuity of Education Plan

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 4/3/2020

    Red Raider Community:

    I’m writing to provide an update to our Continuity of Education Plan.

    We continue to follow the Governor’s directive of when we will return to school. That being said, we need to continue to be prepared to provide instruction remotely. Below are details for each school building.

    Mechanicville Elementary School:
    Mr. Turcio has communicated the distribution of packet information. This routine will continue until further notice. The second trimester report cards have been completed and will be mailed out on Friday, April 3. The faculty will continue with reinforcement work on key skills and will then transition to new learning concepts beginning on April 20. Each week the elementary grade level team will be providing assignments that focus on specific skill development focusing on ELA and math that are developmentally appropriate for age and grade level.

    Mechanicville Middle & High School:
    The 3rd quarter will be extended to April 10. 3rd quarter grades will be based on instruction delivered on content and curriculum taught in class through March 13. Throughout the existing continuity of education plan, work that has been reinforced, made-up, and assessments retaken will be used to improve student averages for the 3rd quarter. Any student with a failing grade will be given an incomplete. Our Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) team will create action plans to work with each individual student to raise their grades to passing.

    Work beginning in the 4th quarter will be focusing on key skill concepts within existing course content. Our remote focus will be on skill standards that will benefit each student in the particular course enrolled.

    Faculty at both schools will be developing rubrics and standards based grading models. Remote learning will not be assessed on the traditional 0-100 scale. The rubrics will inform students as to where they are at in their learning, this is for feedback purposes. Our remote work will focus on complete or incomplete. Students with incomplete work will have individualized plans developed and monitored through the PPS team, similar to that described above.

    General Information:
    We understand, there may be a variety of equity and access issues to technology or other family related conflicts throughout this time. At the MSHS we are considered 1:1 with devices as the district has issued each student a chromebook. Our team has surveyed the ES parents regarding household devices and we implemented a loaner program. Still, there are mitigating factors that are individual to each familiy. We ask you to please work with your child’s teacher, building principal, or any other advocate regarding access to instruction, resources, or opportunity within a busy home during this uncertain time.

    I do not have a crystal ball, that being said, all medical experts believe NYS will reach its peak in 2 weeks. There is no possilbe way to know for certain when we will resume classes. Regardless, we will forge ahead with this plan, we are open to any and all feedback. We will continue serving breakfast and lunch as well. The directive of the Governor is that both plans (education & food) are to continue through what is our scheduled April break. In addition, as of this writing I do not have information on the June administration of Regents exams. The Board of Regents will be meeting on Monday and Tuesday next week. It is the expectation that they will provide an update during those meetings.

    In the meantime, I continue to ask my team and you, our community, to put you and your family first. Mental health and well being are most important. It’s incredibly important to continute to stay safe and follow all of the pause restrictions and social distancing guidelines. Your school is here for you, we are all in this together, and we will get through this together!

    My best,

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  • 3/31 - UPDATED Info for Essential Workers Regarding Child Care

    Posted by Elizabeth Kuzmich on 3/31/2020

    The state government is asking school districts to reach out to parents that are essential workers who may be in need of child care during this district closure. If you are an essential worker as defined by Governor Cuomo (see link) who needs child care, please see the childcare information below. You may also contact Cathy O’Brien cobrien@mechanicville.org for any additional information. We ask that you please complete a simple survey using the following link: https://forms.gle/iAtcf3KzeaCY7Z9w7

    The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES WSWHE BOCES has announced Regional Child Care Center for Essential Workers beginning on March 25, 2020 please see information below: 

    Childcare Location: F. Donald Myers Education Center 15 Henning Rd, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 

    Hours of Operation: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm - Monday through Friday Start Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Current availability: can accommodate 48 children ages 3-5 and 6-12 

    Please note: These are free child care services to the community. We will not be able to provide instruction. However, your child is welcome to bring their schoolwork with them to work on during the day. 

    Capital District YMCA Beginning on March 25, 2020, Capital District YMCA is also assisting essential workers during this crisis. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 7:00am-6:00pm Currently availability: can accommodate 90 children children in Grades K-6 Location: 

    • Southern Saratoga YMCA— 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065 

    Online registration Information for YMCA can be found at this link: https://cdymca.org/EmergencyChildcare/ 

    We have also been coordinating with our local county placements and existing licensed daycare providers in our area and have found the following centers have availability, please feel free to call the centers directly: 

    Adrienne's House 121 Ellsworth Avenue Mechanicville, NY 12118 Total capacity: 12 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years and 4 additional school-aged children Contact: Adrienne Peterson at 518-541-3161 Hours: Flexible based on family need 

    GoJoyKids 518-289-4123 7 Ashley Dr. Ballston Lake, NY 12019 Current availability: 5 slots for infants age 6 weeks to 2 years 9 slots- for children age 2 years - 12 years Hours: 7:30am-5:30pm 

    Miss Donna’s Daycare 518-899-9562 105 Plum Poppy North Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Current availability: 11 slots for infants age 6 weeks to 2 years 4 slots for children age 2 years-12 years Hours: 7:00am-5:30pm 

    Additional Resource: The Office of Children and Family Services is working to support families in need of high quality child care during the Covid-19 health crisis. Please complete the survey below and based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help assist you in finding a high quality childcare program. NYS Division of Childcare Services webpage OCFS. Childcare Survey 

    Quick Link: A list of those considered Essential Services/Business


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