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Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder
432 New Salem Road
Voorheesville, NY 12186
(518) 765-3313
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Voorheesville Ranks #1 in Common Core Math Scores

(August 26, 2014) The August 15, 2014 issue of the Albany Business Review has reported that the 2013-2014 Common Core math socres had improved in the 11-county Albany region.  Voorheesville was ranked as the #1 math district in the area with a more than 70 percent passing rate.  » Learn More

 New District Website Coming Soon

(August 22, 2014) The Voorheesville School District is pleased to announce the soft-launch of its new website on Thursday, August 28th. What is a soft launch? The soft launch allows us to make the new website functional for the start of the school year as we add more content.

Our new web address is The old address will simply redirect you to the new address for the next few months. Please make note of the new address and change bookmarks accordingly.

Website content is a continual work in progress. Information and features will be added throughout the year, including the development of an app for Apple iOS and Android phones. We hope to launch the new V-app sometime later this fall.

The new website features a responsive design. Many Internet users are familiar with websites that also have mobile sites. Mobile sites help users easily read web content on an iPhone or Android phone. The Voorheesville Central School District website responds to five different device sizes by collapsing information to the appropriate size of the device! This cutting edge design allows you to easily access information you need while you are on the go!

Student Data Privacy and Security

(July 24, 2014) In accordance with the New York State Budget Education Law, we are required to publish a parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security (Education Law 2-d, effective July 29, 2014).  Please read below:

Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony Available via Live Webcast

(June 3, 2014) We are pleased to announce that the class of 2014 Voorheesville High School Graduation Ceremony will be available for viewing via a live webcast!

EYP Architecture and Engineering is graciously sponsoring the graduation webcast; thank you EYP! This webcast will allow families, friends, and the community not in attendance, to be able to watch the ceremony live on-line Friday, June 27th, at 7pm. In addition, the webcast will be recorded and will be available for re-viewing as early as the week following graduation night.                                                               WEBCAST LINK AND MORE INFORMATION

Summer Reading Website and Information

(June 11, 2014)  The summer reading program information is now available.  LEARN MORE

Welcome to the New Interim School

Business Official

(June 2, 2014) Mr. Charles Snyder has joined us as Interim Business Official beginning today.  Mr. Snyder  brings a wealth of experience in the field, and he will be with us until we re-open the search for a new Business Official in the next academic year.  

Voorheesville 2014-2015 School Budget


(May 20, 2014) District residents voted in support of the 2014-2015 proposed budget by a vote of 414 to 176.  The $22.7 million budget for Voorheesville Central School District represents a $151,216 - or a .67 percent increase in spending over the current year's budget. 

Kristine L. Gravino and Cynthia M. Monaghan, who have served as Board members since 2010, were re-elected for another four-year term on the Board of Education.

The two propositions put before voters also passed.  The proposition for the purchase of two buses and and a truck passed by a vote 410 to 180; the Capital Improvements proposition passed by a vote of 424 to 163.

School District Budget Information with

Required Attachments now Available

(May 2, 2014) The School District is required to make specific information available to the public on its web site.  Information must be in the State required format.  In addition to information already available on the Budget Page, the required information is provided below:

To view the budget brochure mailed to District residents on May 2, 2014, click here.

Congratulations to Mr. Ted Simons, Honored by Clarkson University

(May 12, 2014) Mr. Ted Simons, a physics teacher at the Clayton A. Bouton High School was nominated by his former student, Karen Dawson, as a 2014 Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator.  Mr. Simons was one of four teachers honored during Clarkson University's commencement ceremony on May 10.  

The award recognizes these educators for their lasting impact on their students and in their fields of education.

Karen Dawson, who graduated from Clarkson, studied chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and political science.  She stated that Mr. Simons deserves this award for his passion, his ability to make physics relatable, and for caring deeply about his students' success.  Dawson said, "Amid his lessons on equations and other material, he also shows us how these things could be applied to real life.  Ms. Dawson credits Mr. Simons for inspiring her to consider a career in engineering.  "He offered me great advice that ultimately led me to Clarkson."


Donated Computers

(May 12, 2014)  Like all areas of the Voorheesville School District budget, the technology budget has seen its share of reductions during the past few budget years.  However, thanks to generous donations from state agencies like the NYS Court System and SUNY Oneonta, the impact of those budget cuts have been softened.

Voorheesville Central School District has recently received over 140 donated computers from a New York State program called Project CREATE.  This program matches up various state agencies having surplus computers to school districts with technology needs.

Voorheesville will use these donated computers over the summer months to replace aging classroom computers in the elementary school.  The donated computers will also allow the school district to upgrade the elementary and high school computer labs.

VES Named #2 Top Workplace

(May 13, 2014)  Voorheesville Elementary School has been named the No. 2 small employer in the Times Union Top Workplace Survey for 2014.  For further information, please visit the Times Union web site: 

Voorheesville Elementary School Named

Level One School of Character

(May 13, 2014) Voorheesville Elementary School has been recognized as a Level One New York State School of Character, a program sponsored by the Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges and the Character Education Partnership.  This award program recognizes schools or districts that demonstrate outstanding school climate and academic performance.  Dr. Thomas Reardon attended the 11th annual "Champions of Character" banquet at the Franklin Plaza on April 9 to accept the honor.  A certificate hangs proudly in the elementary school.  We await further word on whether our submission to the Character Best Practices will be published in their yearly national journal.

VCSD 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,

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

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.

2014-2015 School Calendar

(April 26, 2013) The 2014-2015 school calendar was approved by the Board of Education.  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.

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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Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

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