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Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder
Superintendent
432 New Salem Road
Voorheesville, NY 12186
(518) 765-3313
FAX (518) 765-2751


  District Receives New State Aid Numbers

(April 1, 2014) On Monday, March 31, 2014, the School District received new State Aid numbers from the legislature.  The Business Office analyzed the numbers and reported to the Board that an additional $144,210 should be received to support the 2014-15 School Budget.  To view the March 31, 2014 budget presentation, click here
For additional budget information, please visit the "Budget" link on the District web site, http://vcsd.neric.org/Budget/budget_home.htm

 

2014-2015 Budget Update

(March 11, 2014) At the regular March 10 Board of Education meeting, preliminary budget information was presented and discussed.  To view the budget presentation, click here.

Voorheesville Teams Excel at Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament

(March 3, 2014) Six teams from Voorheesville Central School District were among 83 teams from 14 school districts that competed in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament at Shenendehowa High School on March 1. A first place finish by two of the teams advances them to the State tournament at the University of Binghamton in April.

The program would not be possible at VCSD without the support of the PTA, school district, Voorheesville Community and School Foundation, and the incredible dedication and talent of each team’s coaches. Congratulations to all of this year’s participants for a job well done!

About Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through high school. Kids work in teams to apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Learn more at www.odysseyofthemind.com.
 

High School Student, Maddie Stewart, Displays Sculpture

(Feb. 28, 2014) High school junior, Maddie Stewart's Chihuly*-inspired plastic sculpture was recently  displayed at Mohanasen High School Art Gallery for the 2014 Art-in-Three Dimensions show.  Student artwork was on display from February 3 through 28.  Maddie was accompanied by her parents at the opening reception where she received a Certificate of Achievement for being selected for the exhibition.  Her sculpture, titled "Plastic Garden", is made from recycled bottles and plastic cups colored with sharpie marker.
* Dale Chihuly is an American sculptor who creates sculptures from blown glass.

High School Science Olympiad Team Qualifies for State Championships

(February 10, 2014) This past Sunday, the Voorheesville Science Olympiad team sent two full squads and competed amongst a field of twenty two at the Capital District Regional Competition. The team brought home a total of thirty eight medals including two gold and ten silver. Voorheesville placed third overall, narrowly missing second, and qualifying to advance to the State Championships this March in Uniondale, NY. » LEARN MORE

High School Student, Abby Reynolds,
        Exhibits Sculpture at Proctor's Theater

(Jan. 28) Proctor’s Theater sponsored the WAR HORSE “Separation and Strength” art exhibit January 14 – 19.  Students were invited to submit artwork that explores how separation can be the very thing that creates togetherness, and explores the themes of WAR HORSE, including love, loyalty, the human-animal bond, loss, bravery, and the uselessness of war, separation, excitement, survival and identity.

After experiencing WAR HORSE last year in London on a class trip with her international school, Abby Reynolds, an 11th grader from Voorheesville CSD, was fascinated by the opportunity to create and exhibit her sculpture that explored themes from the play.  In Abby's words, "The idea that separation can be the very thing that creates strength is portrayed by the inseparable bond between the main character and his horse during times of war."  Similar to the play, Abby’s artwork displays the connection between a girl and a boy from “different sides of the fence”.  Love transcends all barriers. 

Message regarding Vandalism

Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder

January 13, 2014


Dear Members of the Community:

It is with sadness that I report to you that over the weekend we had an incident of vandalism which has resulted in graffiti painted on the outer wall of the high school and all over our brand new sign.  Similar damage was done at the public library and also to a community member’s car.  We are cooperating fully with the local police who are investigating these incidents.  While incidents such as these are damaging to the school and library, they are also an insult to the entire community which has a vested interest in the properties supported by taxpayers.  Our  new sign was designed by a student and was funded by donations from the Voorheesville School and Community Foundation, the Kiwanis, and the dedicated efforts of a group of long time community residents.  I am sorry for the disappointment we all feel, and I promise that we will pursue every avenue to arrive at resolution.

Seasonal Flu Guide

(Jan. 13, 2014) Schools and child-care settings are required to post influenza education material within their facilities.  Influenza season begins in early fall and can last through May.  To view the announcement regarding the requirement which supports New York State Public Health Law Section §613, click here.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has also provided a Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents.  To view the guide, click here.

2013-2014 School Calendar

(April 26, 2013) The 2013-2014 school calendar was approved by the Board of Education on April 8, 2013.  To view the new calendar, click here. 

Welcome to the “Blackbird Café”

(December 11, 2012) At the December 10, 2012 meeting, the Board of Education resolved to begin the process of dissolving the relationship between the District School Lunch Program and the National School Lunch Program.  This decision has been made with careful consideration of multiple factors. » LEARN MORE

School Lunch Update

(November 27, 2012) Over the past few weeks we have been really struggling to implement the new government guidelines for school lunches.   At some point, it becomes imperative to review whether the guidelines are effective.  School lunches generate about 31 cents per lunch in revenue from the federal support we get because of our involvement in the federal school lunch program.  In the first quarter of this school year, our participation rate has declined dramatically as the students are finding the portion size inadequate to sustain them, the mandated fruits and vegetables to be unappealing, the ingredients not satisfactory. » LEARN MORE

Federal guidelines on school lunch:
Message from Dr. Snyder

(September 12, 2012) We thought it might be a good idea to explain the changes that were mandated this year by Federal legislation and the impact they have on the actual lunches that are served at school.
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Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

(August 22, 2012) Voorheesville Central School District complies with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), passed into law effective July 1, 2012.  »LEARN MORE

District to Release Composite Scores & Effectiveness Rating by Request

 Beginning on October 18, 2013, all parents/guardians will have the right to request Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child's current year's teacher(s) and principal(s).

Read more and download request form.  

Wondering what Voorheesville Central School District news you may have missed? News items previously listed on the district homepage and the school home pages are archived. » NEWS ARCHIVE
 


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