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An After School Satan Club could be coming to your kid's elementary school

An After School Satan Club could be coming to your kid's elementary school

The Satanic Temple - which has been offering tongue-in-cheek support for the fallen angel in public arenas that have embraced prayer and parochial ceremonies - is bringing its fight over constitutional separation of church and state to the nation's schools.

Kelly Center fellows study meaning of ‘wilderness,’ female writers

NISKAYUNA

Kelly Center fellows study meaning of ‘wilderness,’ female writers

On the back patio of the Kelly Adirondack Center last week, Sydney Paluch sat in an Adirondack chair with her laptop, surrounded by tall pines and hardwoods, working on a study of female authors.

Mohonasen puts finishing touches on high school technology center

ROTTERDAM

Mohonasen puts finishing touches on high school technology center

The crisscrossed metal catwalk above the black box theater at Mohonasen’s new Center for Advanced Technology feels soft underfoot. It has to be, so that the catwalks cast no shadows when the LED lights shine through them onto the stage.

ALBANY

UAlbany unveils degree in computer engineering

The University at Albany will be offering a new computer engineering degree as part of its expanding engineering offerings at the university’s new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Budget increases allow districts to move on curriculum updates

School districts across the region this summer are in the middle of overhauling, updating and rewriting significant parts of classroom curriculum plans. The rewrites come amidst a flurry of new education standards from the state: new social studies standards were approved in April 2014, a draft of new science standards awaits final approval by the Board of Regents and state officials are currently working on revisions to the state’s Common Core standards.

Schenectady City School District launches curriculum rewrite

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady City School District launches curriculum rewrite

About 40 teachers that met at Woodlawn Elementary School earlier this month to plot out new curriculum units for classes throughout the Schenectady City School District. Using a new process and framework for developing academic units, the teachers worked on units from King to energy dynamics to second grade classroom rules.

Albany Law grad Vilsack a possible Clinton VP pick

ALBANY

Albany Law grad Vilsack a possible Clinton VP pick

Multiple national media outlets are reporting that 1975 Albany Law School graduate Tom Vilsack is now one of the two leading candidates to be named Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

UAlbany president leaving for Illinois

ALBANY

UAlbany president leaving for Illinois

University at Albany President Robert Jones is leaving the Capital Region’s flagship public university in September to become chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Teachers teach teachers to teach science in Niskayuna

NISKAYUNA

Teachers teach teachers to teach science in Niskayuna

Niskayuna schools and the Capital Region BOCES are hoping to put science skills at the forefront for elementary teachers with a new professional development workshop launched at Niskayuna High School last week, touted as “deep dive” in new science learning standards.

2,000 meals -- a day in the life of the SICM summer program

SCHENECTADY

2,000 meals -- a day in the life of the SICM summer program

“I don’t like Cocoa Puffs, it’s too much chocolate,” 10-year-old Zariah Mosley said as she shuffled to a gazebo at Steinmetz Park where she and her fellow day campers dug into breakfast. “I want cinnamon. Cinnamon cereal.”

CAPITAL REGION

Capital Region districts welcome change to substitute teacher time limit

School officials in the region welcomed a rule change that extends the number of days that uncertified substitute teachers can work in a single district from 40 days to 90 days.

AMSTERDAM

Audit faults Amsterdam school district’s management of surplus funds

An audit by state Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli’s office found that the Greater Amsterdam School District consistently developed and adopted realistic budget estimates, but exceeded the limit for the district’s fund balance since the 2012-13 school year.

Nature program lures families to Collins Lake

SCOTIA

Nature program lures families to Collins Lake

About 15 children crowded around a kiddie pool on the beach of Collins Lake on Thursday morning, many of them shrieking out at what was in the water.

CAPITOL

State Ed unveils school accountability plan

Statewide assessments would still play a part in New York’s school accountability system, but so will a bevy of new factors under the framework of a new state plan beginning to take shape in the state Education Department.

OESJ teacher dies in bicycle accident

CAROGA

OESJ teacher dies in bicycle accident

A special education teacher with the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District died in a July 1 bicycle accident in Fulton County, sheriff’s officials said today.

Siblings thrive balancing Harvard, music career

AMSTERDAM

Siblings thrive balancing Harvard, music career

Being a full-time musician touring the country can be a hectic and exhausting career — late to bed after gigs, and early to rise for press junkets and promotional radio and TV appearances. But Fort Plain siblings Jocelyn and Chris Arndt seem to make it work with ease.

Modern Welding School continues providing in-demand skill

SCHENECTADY

Modern Welding School continues providing in-demand skill

Much of the old-time industrial landscape of Schenectady is changed or gone, but a trade school teaching one of the most vital industrial skills is still going strong, and marking its 80th year in 2016.

SCHENECTADY

Sch’dy teachers raise concerns with history Regents exam

The question on the June American History Regents exam asked students to choose two major American reform movements and describe their historical context and how successfully they achieved their goals.

MiSci eyes connection to Vale Park

SCHENECTADY

MiSci eyes connection to Vale Park

The Museum of Innovation and Science is seeking state funding to move forward with plans to connect the museum with Vale Park.

SICM lunch program back for 22nd year

SCHENECTADY

SICM lunch program back for 22nd year

For impoverished families that rely on schools to provide their children with breakfast and lunch during the week, summer brings the additional struggle of affording enough food to nourish their children.

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