Voorheesville Ranks #1 in Common Core Math
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
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 www.voorheesville.org. 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
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
A student's personally identifiable
information cannot be sold or released for any commercial
Parents shall have the right to inspect
and review the complete contents of their child's education
State and Federal laws protect the
confidentiality of personally identifiable information and
safeguards associated with industry standards and best
practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls
and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or
A complete list of all student data
elements collected by the State is available for public review
at NYSED or by writing to the Chief Privacy Officer at NYSED.
Parents have the right to have
complaints about possible breaches of student data addressed.
Complaints should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools
in the District.
This bill of rights is subject
to change based on regulations of the Commissioner of Education
and the NYSED chief privacy officer.
Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony Available via
(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
LINK AND MORE INFORMATION
Summer Reading Website and Information
(June 11, 2014) The summer reading program
information is now available.
Welcome to the New
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.
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.
Budget Information with
(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
To view the budget brochure mailed to
District residents on May 2, 2014,
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
(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
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
(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:
Elementary School Named
Level One School of
(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
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
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
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.