SAVE THE DATE: WBH "Snowball" Dance
(February 5, 2016) The Walter B. Howard Elementary School Winter “Snowball” dance is scheduled for Friday, February 26. We are looking for parents to donate glow sticks, streamers and treats for the dance. Please see flyer for more information.
Register for ABC Women's Self Defense Class
(January 26, 2016) Are you heading off to college? Do you travel or live alone? Register for the ABC Women’s Self Defense class being offered at New Lebanon High School on Tuesday, March 1. See flyer for more information.
New Lebanon Jr. High School wins regional Future City competition
(January 19, 2016) The New Lebanon Jr. High School team took first place overall in the Capital District Future City Competition held at Proctor’s in Schenectady on January 9. This is the second year in a row that the New Lebanon team has won the competition.
The team of nine junior high school students scored higher than 19 other teams. They worked for months to develop their city of the future “Marhielo,” under the direction of master teacher Mary-Beth Liles. They will go on to represent the region in the national competition in Washington D.C., February 13 – 17. Read more
2016-2017 Kindergarten and Pre-K registration
(January 19, 2016)The New Lebanon Central School District has begun the process of registering students for the 2015-16 Kindergarten and Pre-K classes. Students need to be legal residents of the School District and reside with parents or guardians within the School District at the time of the opening day of school. Read more
Register for Group Swim Lessons
(January 19, 2016) Registration is now open for New Lebanon Continuing Education Group Swim. Lessons will be every Saturday and begin on February 27. Participants must complete and submit their registration by February 14, 2016. See attached registration form.
New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School teacher named News Channel 13 Top Teacher
(January 14, 2016) New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School teacher Valene Synakowski was named a Top Teacher by WNYT News Channel 13. Watch the full story below. Read more.
Walter B. Howard Winter Carnival
(January 12, 2016 Join us for the Walter B. Howard Winter Carnival this Friday, January 15 at 6 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria. We’ll have carnival games, mini-golf and a magic show by Mr. Twisty. We are looking for parent volunteers. See Flyer for details.
Register for Continuing Education Courses
(January 12, 2016) Are you looking to join an exercise class? New Lebanon Continuing Education is offering classes in Zumba, water aerobics, calisthenics and more. Read more about these classes and others being offered here.
Regents exams Jan. 26 - Jan. 29
(January 7, 2016) The administration of the January Regents Examinations will take place on Tuesday, January 26th through Friday, January 29th. The school day will remain unchanged during this time frame with the following exception:
On January 26th we will administer the Regents in English Language Arts exam to all 11th graders and a few 12th grade students. Students in grades 7-12 who are NOT taking the English Regents Examination will be dismissed on this date at 10:30 am. Regular transportation will be provide for students leaving at 10:30 am and test takers who remain at school until regular dismissal at 2:10 pm.
Please feel free to give the Main Office a call at (518)794-7600 should you have any questions or concerns. See the January 2016 Regents Schedule here
Important Reminder About School Closings and Delays
January 7, 2016) Now that winter weather has arrived, we would like to remind everyone that if a school closing, delay or early release is called, the decision is made as early as possible to give parents an opportunity to plan accordingly. The unpredictable nature of weather forecasts often makes the decision difficult; we appreciate our parents' patience as we weigh all the factors to make the best decision possible. Sign up for Closing/Delay text alerts from WNYT
Read more here.
New Lebanon CSD Welcomes International Students
(December 17, 2015) The New Lebanon Central School District welcomed two international students into the Jr./Sr. High School community for the 2015-16 school year. Mari Lauritzen from Norway and Francisca (Franci) Wolf from Germany. Read more
Teachers Spend Summer Conducting Research
(December 15, 2015) New Lebanon science teachers Kara Sokowlowski and Ben Long spent this last summer working along researchers in labs as part of a unique professional development opportunity offered by Questar III BOCES Summer Science Research Program for Teachers. They were two of seven teachers selected for first year science fellows.
(Photo: Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin, Kara Sokowlowski and Ben Long at Science Fellows Recognition Dinner) Read more
Parent Letter - Suspicious Vehicle Incident
(December 14, 2015) Dear New Lebanon Families,
A parent reported to me today that a week and a half ago, a man driving a blue pickup truck was observed by a student suspiciously traveling back and forth down a back road as the student was walking to his bus stop. The man, described as having white hair and a short white beard, pulled up to the student and attempted to engage the student in conversation. Law Enforcement was notified by the parents upon learning of the incident.
The incident above provides an opportunity to remind all of our students to be vigilant about their safety when out and about. We are asking that our parents and guardians help us reinforce this message by speaking to your child/children about strangers and how to avoid potential dangers. Read more.
Students Build Marble Roller Coaster
(December 3, 2015) This fall, seventh grade students in the Technology Club studied roller coaster design, created roller coasters on the computer using a software program, and ran a simulation to test their design, and obtain a fear factor rating, and data about their roller coaster. Read more
Seventh Grade Spanish Trip
(December 1, 2015) Students On November 13, seventh grade Spanish class students saw a performance of popular songs from different South and Central American countries at the EGG in Albany. They learned a few dances, and some of our students even went on stage. The second show was a Flamenco show. Students learned about different types of rhythms, steps, instruments and use of hands and feet to make music.
On November 13, seventh grade Spanish class students saw a performance of popular songs from different South and Central American countries at the EGG in Albany. They learned a few dances, and some of our students even went on stage. The second show was a Flamenco show. Students learned about different types of rhythms, steps, instruments and use of hands and feet to make music.Posted by New Lebanon Central School District on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
WBH Students Surpass Reading Goal
(December 1, 2015) On Friday, November 23, all students at Walter B. Howard Elementary tallied their reading log sheets to see if they reached their school-wide reading goal of 60,000 minutes. They surpassed their goal reading a total of 61,257 in just two weeks. The prize for surpassing their goal? Principal Andrew Kourt dancing to “Whip Nae Nae.” Read more..
Letter to Parents from Principal Kourt
November 24, 2015
A very sad thing has happened in our school community. Mrs. Michelle Schrader, our art teacher, has passed away. Her death was confirmed yesterday evening. We are all profoundly saddened by her death.
We have shared this information with your children today and had discussions with all the students in their classrooms. Crisis counselors, teachers, and other support staff have been and will continue to be available to students, teachers, and parents. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns. If you need or are interested in contacting the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team you may contact them directly at (518) 943-5555 (12pm – 8pm – 7 days a week including holidays.) Read more
Letter to Parents Regarding Death of Michelle Schrader
(November 23, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with deep regret that I write to you about a tragic event in our school community. The Sheriff’s Department has informed us this evening of the sad news that one of our teachers, Michelle Schrader, has died after she was reported missing on Sunday. Michelle was a cherished member of our school community and our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. Read more
2015-2016 1st Quarter Honor Rolls
(November 18, 2015) New Lebanon CSD has announced the high honor roll and honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year.
Congratulations to the following students on your achievement: Read more
Community Thanksgiving Dinner - Nov. 21
(November 16, 2015) The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is this Saturday, November 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the High School cafeteria. The dinner includes: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, corn, gravy, rolls, pie, and beverages. It is free to attend. Reservations are not required but are appreciated for planning (794-7600).
New Lebanon Class of 2016 Fundraiser
(November 10, 2015) Support the New Lebanon Class of 2016 while painting “Autumn Harvest” Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Lebanon Firehouse. $40 includes your two-hour paint party, all supplies needed to create your acrylic painting on stretched canvas. You must sign-up on-line at Progressive Palette.
New Lebanon CSD Now Offering Yoga
(November 10, 2015) Continuing Education is now offering Yoga starting Thursday, November 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the WBH Elementary School Rooms 3 & 4. See Flyer for more details.
Substitute Teachers Needed
(November 10, 2015) The New Lebanon Central School District is in need of Substitute Teachers. If interested, please pick up and complete an application from the Main Offices or the District Office.
Emergency Release Drill Friday, November 6.
(November 5, 2015) New Lebanon CSD will conduct an Emergency Release Drill on Friday, November 6. All schools will dismiss 15 minutes earlier than their regular dismissal that day. There will be NO late bus.
Dismissal and departure times are as follows:
Jr/Sr High School at 1:55 p.m.
Elementary School at 3:05 p.m.
Walter B. Howard PTA Holiday Craft Fair
(November 4, 2015) The Walter B. Howard PTA Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jr/Sr High School. There will be crafters, silent auction, raffles and more! See Flyer for more information.
Students Visit Williams College Art Museum
(November 4, 2015) Ms. Brooks Studio Art classes and Drawing and Painting class went to Williams College Art museum this autumn to view the current contemporary art exhibit “Your smarter than me and I don’t care” as well as view the current works on display. Students enjoyed an informative art history lesson, then toured the gallery and found a work of art they liked best, and responded to the work by writing a reflection in their handmade journal. Many of the works viewed were in response to a specific culture at a given period of time, responses to war, identity and social issues. A good time was had by all! See more photos from museum visit.
Future Cities Students Tour Processing Center
(November 4, 2015) “Did you now that almost 90% of what is in a landfill could have been recycled? 25% of landfill waste is recyclable paper and 16% is yard waste.”
Last Saturday, the Future Cities team went to visit the Sierra Processing Center in Colonie to learn about waste management for the year’s topic “Waste Not, Have Not.” Students learned about what is recycled, how it’s recycled, the processes and the impact. In addition, students learned about the population the Colonie Landfill serves, the amount of trash disposed weekly, and how the landfill turns the waste into energy for the power plant onsite.
Trunk or Treat
(November 3, 2015) The Trunk or Treat was held Saturday, October 31 in the WBH parking lot. Thank you to all the families that participated! See more photos from the event here.
Students Learn Fire Safety Lessons
(November 3, 2015) On October 29, firefighters from the Lebanon Valley Protective Association visited Walter B. Howard Elementary to talk to students about fire safety. Students learned important fire safety lessons, and firefighters focused on the importance of smoke detectors. Principal Kourt put fire fighter gear on to show students what to expect if fire fighters ever had to come to their house for a fire. See more photos from the event.
4th Annual Veteran’s Day Chili Cook-Off
(October 30, 2015) The 4th Annual Veteran’s Day Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for Sunday, November 8 in the Jr/Sr High School cafeteria from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Price is $2 for contestants, $5 for all students, and Veterans participate free! Come decide the 2015 winner of the Golden Spoon! See flyer for more details.
Jr/Sr High School Recognizes Students of the Week
(October 29, 2015) The Jr/Sr High School recognizes Students of the Week. Congratulations!
Week 3: Daniel Truax and Jacob Weaver
Week 4: Emma Blatt and Henry Miller
Letter to Parents: Chickenpox Exposure
(October 27, 2015)
Your child may have been exposed to Chickenpox (varicella zoster) at school. Please watch your child for the following symptoms. If your child has the symptoms below, please call your child’s healthcare provider for guidance. Read more....
The Second Annual Alumni VS Faculty Basketball Game
(October 22, 2015) The second annual Alumni VS Faculty Basketball game will be November 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tipoff is at 7 p.m. We are still looking for players for both teams, it’s a $5 dollar fee to play and there will be a small spectator fee as well. All proceeds will go to the Junior Class. If you are interested in playing or have any questions please contact Kelsey Norberg.
Parent/Teacher Conferences/Early dismissals
(October 20, 2015)
Thursday, October 22
Jr/Sr High School - Early dismissal at 10:30 a.m.
WBH Elementary - Early dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
Friday, October 23
WBH Elementary - Early dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
Future Cities Team Attend Talk by Former Astronaut
(October 20, 2015) Last Thursday, members of the Future Cities team went to hear former NASA astronaut David Hilmers, MD, EE, MPH, MSEE speak at the Pine Bush Discovery Center.During Dr. Hilmers talk, he told the students he was from a very small, rural town from the Midwest that sounded a lot like New Lebanon. He stressed to the kids that it doesn't matter where you are from, you can still aim high and "reach for the stars". Read more about this event and Dr. Hilmers bio.
Interseted in Being a Vendor for the Holiday Craft Fair?
(October 20, 2015) The Walter B. Howard PTA is looking for vendors for the Holiday Craft Fair on December 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jr/Sr High School. $30 for a 10' space with two chairs. Please contact Christina Seyerlein or Valerie Ozga for details or to reserve your spot.
Career Expo 2015 – Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
(October 13, 2015) Students in grades 7-11 and their parents are invited to a Career Expo at Troy Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This free interactive event helps students explore careers in science and technology. Dozens of area businesses and organizations will provide engaging opportunities for students to learn about emerging and conventional careers that use technology in new and exciting ways. A flyer with more information is available here.
Jr/Sr High School Recognizes Students of the Week
(October 3, 2015) The Jr/Sr High School recognizes Students of the Week. Congratulations!
Week 1: Jaden Tompkins - 7th grade, Brianna Shuhart - 8th grade
Week 2: Calliroe Barlow - 7th grade, Kassidy McGivern - 8th grade
2015 Homecoming Events
(September 29, 2015) Save the date for Homecoming Weekend: Friday, October 16 -17, 2015. A full schedule of events can be found here.
2015 New Lebanon Alumni Soccer Game
(September 29, 2015) The 2015 New Lebanon Alumni Soccer Game is scheduled for Friday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Jr/Sr High School. The entry fee is $10 and t-shirts will be provided to all participants. Proceeds will benefit the New Lebanon Travel Club. Checks can be made payable to NL High Fund.
New Lebanon Ski Club Information & Registration Meeting
(September 24, 2015) The Annual Ski Club information and registration meeting will be held on Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School library and also on Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m. in the High School cafeteria. We will be accepting up to 40 students from grades 3 through 12. All 3rd grade students will require a parent at Jiminy Peak every Thursday during ski club. See Flyer for registration and additional information.
Continuing Education - Would you like to share/teach?
We are also looking for a lifeguard to work one or two nights a week during our community open swim. If you are interested please contact Michelle Bienes or Lisa Kreutziger at the above e-mails.
WBH Family Picnic and Outdoor Movie Night
(September 22, 2015) Thank you to all the families who attended the Family Movie Night at Walter B. Howard Elementary last Friday. The night was a huge success! A big thank you to Hannaford for donating the hot dogs, and hamburgers, and to the Bucknroth family for lending your sound system. See photos from night.
New Teacher Spotlight: Kate Genzale
(September 17, 2015)
Kate Genzale - Special Education Teacher
Education Background: After graduating from West Babylon High School on Long Island (where I grew up and just relocated from), I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education with Special Education Certification from SUNY Geneseo. I then got my Masters in Special Education from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY.
Previous Schools you have taught at: I was an inclusion TA at the high school level in Lindenhurst, NY before filling a one-year leave replacement as an elementary resource room teacher in the Syosset Central School District. I then taught Special Education for four years in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School district. I have been teaching for the last five years at Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School in Far Rockaway, Queens. Read more
Mylocker Apparel Shop
(September 17, 2015) Looking to show your Tiger spirit? New Lebanon has started an online spirit wear shop. The sales are part of our Jr/Sr High School Spirit Club activities, and the club benefits from the sales. A Mylocker Apparel Shop link has been added to the District website under Other Links.
Jr/Sr Open House - Wednesday, September 23
(September 17, 2015) The Jr/Sr Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. Join us for dinner before in the high school cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Yearbook. See flyer for food and cost information.
Save the Date for Travel Club Car Wash
(September 10, 2015) Save the Date for a Car Wash at the LVPA firehouse on Saturday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the travel club trip to Costa Rica in April 2016. Come get your car washed for $6 or donations. Also available: Raffle Tickets $2 each or 6 for $10 for a Bonnie White portrait. Thanks so much, see you there!!
WBH Family Picnic and Outdoor Movie Night
(September 10, 2015) The WBH Family Picnic and Outdoor Movie Night is scheduled for Friday, September 18, at 6 p.m. at the Walter B. Howard Elementary School. Bring a dish to share, popcorn will be served while you enjoy a movie under the stars with your family. See flyer for more details.
Students Art Displayed at Fair
(September 3, 2015) This week, 80 students from New Lebanon Central School District have their art on display at the Columbia County Fair. Art teachers Donna Brooks, and Michelle Schrader selected students that did a great job on their art project from the 2014-2015 school year.
“New Lebanon CSD has been participating in this fair for many years and we are very proud of all our talented artists,” said Schrader.
New Lebanon Annual Soccer Tournament Date Change
(August 6, 2015) New Lebanon's Annual Soccer Tournament will be held September 11, 12 and 13. This year’s competing teams will include New Lebanon, Berlin, Mt. Everett and Taconic Hills. See schedule here
New Lebanon CSD Announces 4th Quarter Honor Rolls
July 2, 2015) New Lebanon CSD has announced the high honor roll and honor roll students for the fourth quarter of the 2014-15 school year. Learn more.
NL teacher awarded ‘Golden Apple,’Future City Team recognized
(June 17, 2015) New York State Sen. Kathleen Marchione (R,C-43) visited New Lebanon schools on Friday to award accolades to a team of students and one teacher at the junior/senior high school, as well as view the fruits of her labors at the Walter B. Howard Elementary School. Read the full story in the Chatham Courier.
New Lebanon Color Run 5K a success
(June 10, 2015) The New Lebanon Travel Club hosted its first Color Run 5K on Saturday, June 6. Thirty-one runners/walkers participated in the 5K and eight children participated in the Fun Run. First, second, and third place male and female finishers were awarded with trophies following the race. Learn more.
NLCSD seeks community input on Smart Schools allocation
(May 26, 2015) The New Lebanon CSD will host three community stakeholder meetings to gain input on how to best use the $288,073 in reimbursement funds allocated to the district through the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014. The meetings will be held: Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Walter B. Howard Elementary School library; Wednesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jr/Sr High School cafeteria; and Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. as part of the Board of Education meeting held at the Walter B. Howard Elementary School library. Learn more.