Welcome to our community
Choosing a community in which to live is one of the most important decisions a family can make.
Community can be defined as a sharing of common characteristics, talents, and interests. The sharing that has made our school district a community didn’t begin or end with different events or activities — it is something that is ongoing and continues to thrive on a daily basis. The interests we share are our school district, its children and the common characteristics of concerned people working together throughout the year by participating in school events, school board meetings, volunteer activity in classrooms, adult education courses, recreational and humanities events in our schools.
Community implies a give and take relationship, and regardless of our position in the Voorheesville community, whether we are parents, teachers, senior citizens or non-parents, it is our children that bind us together. They are our future and they are the reason why we work to provide the level of excellence in education found here in the Voorheesville community.
The Community had its beginnings as a railroad town along the Albany-Schoharie Railroad. In 1826, the Village of Voorheesville built its first school on a ¼ acre lot with a budget of $30. Once this area was dependent upon agriculture and small factories for its economic base. Most of the employment opportunities now exist in the Albany, Schenectady, and surrounding suburban areas. The district is 39 square miles in size and lies entirely within Albany County, mainly in the Towns of Berne, Guilderland and New Scotland. Even though the district is located within a short distance of major highways, rail and air transportation networks, it enjoys the peace and tranquility of the Helderberg Mountains where opportunities for outdoor recreation activities abound. Several cultural and educational centers are nearby including: New York State Theater and Museums, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Proctors Theater, and the Times Union Center. There are local and professional sports teams. Sixteen local colleges and universities offer a wide range of educational opportunities.
The district will create an academic culture of openness and continuous improvement, including continuous teacher development, and high quality instruction across all grade levels.
The district will support student achievement by developing students’ potential for scholarship, curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving capacity for independent, self-directed learning social and emotional growth and well-being.
The district will enhance communication strategies to engage all community members in student learning.
The District will be faithful stewards of the community’s financial commitment to the children and will be responsible in managing all resources.
Farm to School Initiative
Farm to School, commonly referred to as F2S, is a program that helps children learn where their food comes from, how it is grown, and offers hands-on experiences with it, in turn making them more likely to accept new foods into their diet. Farm to School utilizes strategies that are designed to motivate and empower students to make healthy choices.
- Local Harvest Program (district-wide)- showcases a different locally grown produce item on the school menu each month
- Chefs Move to Schools Program (district-wide) – chefs adopt a school to work with; our school has been adopted by Chef Brian Molino of Mazzone Hospitality Group
- NY Farm to You Fest (district-wide) – a weeklong celebration of local food and agriculture
- Good Eats, The F2S Healthy Snack Program (K-3rd Grade) – a hands-on exploration of local food
- NYAIC Ag Literacy Week (2nd Grade) – In celebration of National Agriculture Week, volunteers throughout New York State will read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders. Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities.
- Squash Hunger Program (2nd/3rd Grade) – work with local farmer, Richard Ball, to learn about farming, squash and giving back to the community.
Farm to School Initiative goals include:
- Continued integration of Blackbird Paradise as an outdoor classroom
- An increase in the number and types of fresh, local foods served in the school
- Discussions with teachers and school administrators to work toward an integrated curriculum focusing on nutrition, science, biology, math, social sciences and local community resources
- Continuing and enhancing farm field trips and farm education that explores local economies, biological systems, local environmental issues and the holistic connection that links food, health and the environment
- Hands on food preparation and taste-tests featuring fresh, local foods