Drama Clubs go wireless
(November 19, 2014) This summer, thanks to very generous grants from the Voorheesville Community & School Foundation, the PTA, and the Friends of Music, the combined Drama Clubs of the schools were able to purchase a new wireless HME headset system. This system allows students working in the technical area of the theater to communicate with each other. The light booth can communicate with the sound system, and the backstage crew can communicate with lights and sound as well.
What it means to be a Blue Ribbon School
By Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder
(November 13, 2014) This week has been a momentous one for Voorheesville
Elementary School. Ths school received recognition as a Blue Ribbon School by the federal government. This is no small feat. Only a small percentage of schools across the country are invited to apply for the reward. Of that number, fewer actually receive the designation. The applicant pool is inclusive of public, private, parochial, and charter schools. Voorheesville was recognized as a consistently high performing school. I am celebrating, alongside my colleagues at the elementary school, and I am very proud to do so. Since I have come to Voorheesville, I have been impressed on a regular basis by the spirit that characterizes that learning environment. It sizzles with enthusiasm for learning. It is truly a fun place to be, and I can think of no other place I would rather see a small child educated.
However, what makes Voorheesville Elementary School special
is so much more than the performance of our children on assessments, or our
teachers’ investment in the classrooms, or the principal’s legendary
energy. What makes Voorheesville special
can more accurately be described as its soul – a soul that was also highly
present this week. The community lost a
very important member in Cindy Abelseth.
She was a presence in the environment for twenty-eight years and is
known to so many of our families who accessed Kids’ Club for wrap-around care
for their children. While not an
employee of the District, Cindy was so visible and was an essential member of
the community as a whole. She raised her
own children here, and helped raise dozens more because she saw a need and
I received word of her passing from Dr. Reardon who was on
his way to Washington to receive the Blue Ribbon Award. He adjusted his return flight so that he
could be back in time for the opening of morning care in Kids’ Club early
Wednesday morning. The faculty and staff
pitched in to cover for colleagues who needed time for grieving. The entire elementary community, despite
suffering a personal and profound loss, put their grieving aside to help little
children understand and to make sure the children were cared for by familiar
people in their stable environment. The
program continues, the family and personal friends of Cindy can attend to their
needs in this difficult time. What a
legacy and what a tribute to Cindy’s vision that the children came first.
I fully understand why Cindy Abelseth wanted to have her life celebrated at this elementary school. I fully understand why her family, despite their personal grief, wants the community to remember her presence in the school. I would say this experience speaks volumes about why this is a Blue Ribbon School, and I think Cindy Abelseth knew that for years!
Voorheesville Elementary School
was named a US Department of Education
"Exemplary and High Performing"
Blue Ribbon School.
On September 30, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced that 337 public and private schools across the country were recognized for their excellent work. Voorheesville Elementary School was one of 19 schools in New York State invited to apply. Congratulations to Dr. Reardon and the entire elementary faculty and staff for this recognition. They will be honored at an official ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.
Community Invited to Offer Input on New Superintendent
(Oct. 16, 2014) Community members who were unable to attend the October 14 forum, may offer input about the qualities desired in our new Superintendent of Schools through an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DWTX95N. The survey deadline is Monday, November 24.
2014-2015 School Calendar
To view the 2014-2015 school calendar,click here.
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 scores 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.