District Receives New State Aid Numbers
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,
For additional budget information, please visit the "Budget" link on
the District web site,
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,
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
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
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
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.
High School Student, Abby Reynolds,
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
including love, loyalty, the human-animal bond, loss, bravery, and the
uselessness of war, separation, excitement, survival and identity.
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,
The New York State Department of Health
(NYSDOH) has also provided a Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents.
To view the guide, click
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
Welcome to the
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. »
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. »
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.
Dignity for All Students Act
(August 22, 2012)
Voorheesville Central School District complies with the Dignity for All
Students Act (DASA), passed into law effective July 1, 2012. »LEARN
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.