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Matthew Klafehn, Principal                   Richard Arket, Assistant Principal

mklafehn@newlebanoncsd.org                 rarket@newlebanoncsd.org


14665 State Route 22
New Lebanon, NY 12125
Phone: (518) 794-7600
Fax: (518) 766-6265

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Daily Announcements

In an effort to better inform students and families of Jr/Sr High School news, daily announcements formerly made over the PA system regarding sports, clubs and events will now be posted here each morning. Click here to read today's announcements.

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NEWS

photo of students at STOP ConferenceStudents Together Opposing Prejudice Conference

(January 26, 2016) On January 15, Jr/Sr High School Psychologist Patricia White and Counselor Meghan Pepe took a group of nine high school students to the Students Together Opposing Prejudice (STOP) Conference at Siena College. The event is an extension of the college’s Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King Lecture series on non-violence. It was an opportunity for middle and high school students to work together to oppose prejudice and bigotry. Read more


photo of students during career explorationCareer exploration ‘speed dating’ style

(January 26, 2016) The 8th grade Home and Careers class launched their career exploration unit by inviting guest speakers to talk with students about their jobs. The class was run similar to 'speed dating' – the students were in small groups and met with each guest for a few minutes to talk about their jobs and ask questions before being directed to move onto the next group.
 
Many of the speakers were people the students see on a regular basis, that either have jobs that entail a lot more than what students see, or they have other jobs that they do outside of the school day.  In addition, some alumni shared success stories of their careers and college experiences as well. 


Register for Driver's Ed Program

(January 21, 2016)The Berlin CSD Driver’s Ed program will be open to New Lebanon students for the February to June semester. All interested students should sign up in the New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School Main Office. The cost is $385. The program will run from February 3 to June 8. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 27 at 2:15 pm.


Students Receive Certificate of Excellence for Art & Writing

(January 21, 2016) Congratulations to Sophie Condron, Charlie Gadomski, Zoe Hannah, Henry Miller, Dallas Nolette, Jane Orme-Ouch, Jocelyn Stalker, Quintin Toro and Jaden Tompkins, who received a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of their outstanding submission in the Art & Writing Exhibit at Siena College for the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series.


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.

 


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


No Late Bus - Thursday, January 7

(January 7, 2016)There will be no late bus today, January 7.

Modified Girls practice is cancelled.
Modified Boys practice will take place here in the high school at 3:00pm.


photo of writing centerWriting Center to Open Jan. 6

(December 22, 2015) The Writing Center is run by proficient 12th grade students and will take place every Wednesday starting on January 6. The center is located in the library lab and open to all students in grades 7 – 12.  Students attending will be working one-on-one with peer editors on any writing assignment they are struggling with. Please contact the center with any question.


JR/SR High School Winter Concert - Thursday, Dec. 17

(December 15, 2015 The JR/SR High School Winter Concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m.


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

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


photo of students looking at artStudents 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.


students at processing centerFuture 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. 


Jr/Sr High School Picture Retake Day Nov. 16

(November 3, 2015) Picture Retake Day for the Jr/Sr High School is scheduled for Monday, November 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Order forms are available in the Main Office.


Winter Practice Schedule & Initial Game Schedule

(November 3, 2015)

See Week 1 Winter Practice Schedule Here

See Winter Initial Game Schedule Here


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

Read more about these students here


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.


photo of students with speakerFuture 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.

Shannon Argentina McDonald recognized as Athlete of the Week

(October 8, 2015) Congratulations to Shannon Argentina McDonald who was recognized by the Chatham Courier as Athlete of the Week! Read article here.


photo of college carabvanStudents attend College Caravan

(October 6, 2015) For the second year in a row, the Capital District Counseling Association (CDCA) has offered a College Caravan to high schools in the surrounding capital district. On Monday, September 28, 11th and 12th graders were prepared with questions to ask representatives from 25 colleges and universities. Read more..


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.


Student Recognized as Athlete of the Week

(September 24, 2015) Congratulations to Kyle VanDeusen who was recognized by the Chatham Courier as Athlete of the Week! Read the article here.


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.


Drama Club Fundraiser

(September 22, 2015) The Drama Club is fundraising for a trip to Broadway. A percentage of online clothing sales benefits the Drama Club. Online orders can be submitted until October 15. Order here


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.


photo of students on ropes courseSeventh & Eighth Grade Trip to Berkshire Outdoor Center

(September 15, 2015) On Friday, September 11, seventh and eighth grade students went on a field trip to the Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, Massachusetts with their teachers, school counselor and principal. Students participated in teambuilding activities designed to strengthen their relationships with peers and teachers by working collaboratively with each other to problem solve. A great time was had by all!
See photos from trip.


School Picture Day for Jr/Sr High School - September 25

(September 10, 2015) School Picture day for the Jr/Sr High School will be September 25. Order forms will be given out during lunches and extras will be in the main office.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

From time to time, student directory information (e.g., name, grade, photo, awards) depicting activities in the New Lebanon Central School District is released for use in district publications, on the district Web site, or by the media. Parents who object to the release of their child’s directory information and/or photograph should notify the principal in writing on or before October 15 each school year.

FERPA allows the District the right to publish or disclose specific "directory information" about your child. CLICK HERE to find out more about your rights under FERPA.


Would you like access to your child's school information?

Parents now have electronic access to the school's records on their child's: progress reports, report cards, contact information, health information and discipline reports. To begin setting up your parent account, you must visit the Parent Portal website, https://esd-parentportal.neric.org.  Once you are at the website, look in the blue rectangle for the words, " First time Here? Click to create a new account."  Follow the directions to set up your account. Once you have set up the account, you may come in at any time during the school day to see Sarah Roblez in the main office to have your account activated.  Please bring a photo ID when you come to school.  Once your account is activated, you can access information about your child through the Parent Portal at any time you choose.

Highlights from the Code of Conduct

Attendance

Parents who wish to view their child’s attendance records electronically may set up a parent account on the parent portal of our student management system. 

Students who are absent are responsible for contacting their teacher to access missed work.  

Parents may request homework assignments from the office when your child will be absent for 2 or more days.  When making a request, we ask the following:

  • Request be called in by 9:00 a.m. to the Main Office  - 518-794-7600
  • Call the office at 1:30 to confirm that there is work for your child
  • Pick-up your child’s work from the Main Office by 2:30 p.m.

 

There is no real way to make up for missed classroom instruction.  While we encourage all families to plan vacations during school recesses, we realize that special opportunities may arise during the school year that require students to miss many days of class work.  While teachers will make efforts to provide some work when notified of a planned absence, it is most likely that extended absences will affect your child’s grades. Excused absences are listed in the parent handbook. 

Dress Code

The school Code of Conduct describes appropriate dress.  Our most frequent infractions of the dress code are to the following rules:

  • Clothing must cover all undergarments

  • Midriffs must be covered

  • No short shorts or short skirts – fingertip length is requested.

Specific areas of concern for girls have been extremely short and often tight shorts as well as low-cut tops or visible bra straps with camisole tops.  These tops require a another shirt to be worn as an additional layer.  Under no circumstances should a student be sent to school in a strapless top.  Areas of concern with boys have been sleeveless undershirts and low pants that expose underwear.  Parents can avoid embarrassment to their children by monitoring the clothes worn to school. 

We do not want to become the fashion police, but we will enforce these rules.  Please help us and help your child by monitoring his or her dress for school. 

 

General Announcements


  • Public use of the JSHS pool:  We will post pool hours if the Walter B Howard PTA has been able to arrange for a lifeguard.

  • Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents from the NYS Department of Health

  • The eSchoolData Parent Portal address is:  https://esd-parentportal.neric.org
    Parents now have electronic access to the school's records on their child's: progress reports, report cards, contact information, health information and discipline reports. To begin setting up your parent account, you first need to visit the Parent Portal website, https://esd-parentportal.neric.org.  Once you are at the website, look in the blue rectangle for the words, " First time Here? Click to create a new account."  Follow the directions to set up your account. Once you have set up the account, you will need to come in to see Sarah Roblez in the main office to have your account activated.  Please bring a photo ID when you come to school.  Once your account is activated, you can access information about your child through the Parent Portal at any time you choose.
  • Student Physicals
    All 7th graders and 10th graders must have a current physical exam on file in the Health Office. To be considered current, the exam must have been completed after 9/1/2013.   The District Health Appraisal Form is available on this webpage.  Please click on "Health Forms" (above) to access the form for your family physician.
  • SAT registration & ACT registration:
    Several parents have asked about registering 11th graders for the SAT or ACT exams. While New Lebanon is not a testing site, the deadlines for test registration as well as test administration dates are listed on the Guidance webpage.
  • Sports Physicals
    In order to be eligible to attend practice or complete in athletics, students must have a current physical exam on file in the Health Office.  To be consider current for an athletic season, the exam has to be less than one year old.  The District Health Appraisal Form is available on this webpage.  Please click on "Health Forms" (above) to access the form for your family physician. 
  • Free and Reduced Lunch
    With tight budgets pinching most of us, I want to remind parents of the free and reduced price lunch (breakfast too!) program. The savings can be substantial, especially to families with more than one child in the district. If parents have any concern that a student's eligibility will in some way be identifiable, please don't be worried. The students who receive free or reduced-price meals simply punch in their code on the serving line key pad in the same manner as those students whose parents pre-pay for their meals. When going through the line, they are simply another student whose meal has already been paid for. You may apply at any time. The 2013-14 application is available by clicking on the "Menu & Meal Info" link in the above High School Links. If you would like the form mailed to you, please email me and I will see that we send it right out to you: mklafehn@newlebanoncsd.org