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New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School


Matthew Klafehn, Principal                   Richard Arket, Assistant Principal       

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.

Sign up for the Parent Portal

Are you signed up for our Parent Portal? Parents who have signed up have electronic access to the school's records on their child's: progress reports, report cards, contact information, health information and discipline reports. Learn how.


Summer Jr/Sr High School Office Hours

(July 7, 2015) The Jr/Sr High School summer office hours are 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Summer School programs offered in Troy

(June 19, 2015) Students in Grades 7-12 can take advantage of summer school offerings at Troy CSD. Please see the registration form for details. Contact New Lebanon School Counselor Meghan Pepe with questions at or 518-794-7600.

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.

Regents Exams June 16-23

(June 2, 2015) This year's Regents Examinations are scheduled for June 16 - 23. In addition New York State has added a test administration day of June 2. Monday, June 15, is the last day of school for 7th and 8th grade students. Click here for a Regents Exam and transportation schedule.

Colleen Kroboth named ‘Outstanding Business Student’

(May 27, 2015) On May 7, New Lebanon High School senior Colleen Kroboth was honored by the Capital District Business and Marketing Educators’ Association as an “Outstanding Business Student.” Kroboth was also the winner of a $1,000 scholarship presented by CapCom Federal Credit Union. Learn more.

CASDA honors New Lebanon High School senior, teacher

(May 21, 2015) On May 13, the Capital Area School District Association (CASDA) honored New Lebanon High School senior Evan Burgess and Music Teacher Valene Synakowski at its 29th Annual Scholar’s Recognition program dinner at the Albany Marriot. Learn more.

University in the High School summer courses available

(May 19, 2015) University in the High School courses will be available for eligible students in grades 10-12 this summer. Hudson Valley Community College offers courses at Troy High School, and Columbia Greene Community College offers classes through Catskill, Coxsackie- Athens, Greenville and Germantown school districts. Please see Ms. Pepe for more information or the websites of HVCC and CGCC.

2015 General Dynamics Engineers Week

(May 19, 2015) Last month, nine University Physics students from New Lebanon High School competed in the General Dynamics Engineer’s week competition. In addition, four students from attended a full-day shadowing program. Learn more.

Community Carnival - May 27

(May 15, 2015) The community is invited to a Carnival on Wednesday, May 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Shatford Park. The carnival will include mini golf, kickball, a bounce house, corn hole, pin toss, dart board, face painting, tug-of-war, and much more. Children of all ages are welcome. Students in grades 4-6 have the option of being bused to the carnival following dismissal from school, with permission.
Students in grades PK-3 are welcome and encouraged to participate, but must have parental supervision at all times. Click here for details. All Proceeds benefit the New Lebanon Travel Club and the Class of 2017.

Choir performs private concert for seniors

(May 11, 2015) On Friday, May 8, members of the New Lebanon Senior Citizens Center joined the senior choir at the Jr/Sr High School for a private concert and brunch. Guests enjoyed the food prepared by the Appetites Anonymous Club, while listening to the choir perform. Learn more.

New Lebanon students inducted into National Honor Society

(April 13, 2015) Eleven New Lebanon High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society during a ceremony in front of family and friends on March 19, 2015, in the Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium. Learn more.

NL Jazz Band joins Big Soul Ensemble

(April 7, 2015) On Friday, April 3, the NL Jazz Band spent some time learning about improvisation. The Jazz Band then joined Keith Pray and the Big Soul Ensemble to perform a school-wide concert - some students even had solos. Thank you to the New Lebanon Foundation for making this possible. Check out the gallery on Facebook.

tech classJr/Sr HS tech classes test designs

(March 24, 2015) Students in Rick Jason’s various technology and engineering classes had the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiments to test their knowledge. One class created structures that could hold a surprising amount of weight. Another class designed and produced aerodynamic dragster cars to race against their friends. Learn more.

New Lebanon announces Class of 2015 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

(February 26, 2015) The New Lebanon CSD is pleased to announce Lauren Stone as its Valedictorian and Haley Gubitz as its Salutatorian for the Class of 2015. Learn more.

New Lebanon student wins regional spelling bee for second time

(February 26, 2015) On February 24, seventh grade New Lebanon Junior High School student Lydia Loverin became the first repeat champion since 2003 to take top honors in the Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctors in Schenectady. Learn more.

New Lebanon Drama Club presents "Drinking Habits" on Feb. 27

(February 26, 2015) The New Lebanon Drama Club will present “Drinking Habits,” on Friday, February 27, at 7 p.m. at the New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School. The cost to attend the performance is free, with a suggested $2 donation

College Bound Workshop - April 1, 2015

(February 24, 2015) CapCom Federal Credit Unionw will be sponsoring a College Bound Workshop on Wednesday, April 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Albany Marriot on Wolf Road. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors, as well as their parents are welcome to attend. Learn more.

New Lebanon CSD announces 2nd Quarter Honor Rolls

(February 12, 2015) New Lebanon CSD has announced the high honor roll and honor roll students for the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year. Learn more.

Athletic Awards Banquet Dinner - February 24

(February 12, 2015) The Athletic Awards Banquet Dinner will be held Tuesday, February 24, at 5:30 p.m. Please contact Michelle Bienes and Leuella Sowalski with questions. For more information on the crockpot dinner, click here.

Snow day contingency plan

(February 11, 2015) The New Lebanon CSD has used up all of its alloted snow days for the school year. Should the district need additional snow days, the school calendar will be affected. Please read the memo from Superintendent Leslie Whitcomb for details.

Mary-Beth Liles named Master Teacher

(January 30, 2015) -- On January 21, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo welcomed New Lebanon Junior High School teacher Mary-Beth Liles to the Master Teacher Program. She is the second New Lebanon teacher to join the program. Learn more.

Career Tech Ed. Open House - February 4 in Hudson

(January 29, 2015) Questar III BOCES is hosting an open house for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students interested in Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities. The Open House will be held Wednesday, Feb 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Columbia-Greene Educational Center in Hudson. Learn more.

January 27 Regents exams postponed

(January 27, 2015) The Regents exams scheduled for January 27 have been postponed to Thursday, January 29. Global History & Geography, 8 a.m., Lagonia - Old ISS Room, Brown - Supt. Conference Room. Integrated Algebra, 12 p.m., Christiansen - Supt. Conference Room.


(January 23, 2015) Parents: Your child may have been exposed to scabies at school.  This is not readily passed on to others in a classroom setting, but it is possible. Click here to read the letter sent home with students.

rick jasonNL Jr/Sr High School teacher named News Channel 13 Top Teacher

(January 21, 2015) On January 21, local news reporter Elaine Houston visited the New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School to interview technology teacher Rick Jason, named a 2014-2015 WNYT News Channel 13 Top Teacher. Learn more.

Regents exams Monday, Jan. 26 - Thursday, Jan. 29

(January 21, 2015) January Regents Examinations will be administerd Monday, January 26 through Thursday, January 29.  These days will be regular attendance days for ALL students, as classes will be in session simultaneously. Click here for more infomration and a schedule of exams.

New Lebanon Jr High School wins regional Future City competition

(January 13, 2015) The New Lebanon Jr High School team took first place at Saturday’s Capital District Future City competition at Proctor’s in Schenectady. The team scored higher than 24 other teams. They will go on to represent the region in the national competition in Washington D.C., February 14 – 18. Learn more.

Columbia County DA and Investigator visit New Lebanon HS

(January 8, 2015) Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and Investigator Bill Hogencamp visiting high school students in Ms. Daus' Business Law class on Thursday, January 8. Mr. Czajka spoke to students about the various types of crimes, conviction levels, jury types and provided students with a real-life and local perspective about the topics they've been learning in class. 


Students conduct agriculture research with Cornell Cooperative Extension

(December 22, 2014) High school students in Kara Sokolowski’s Reading, Research and Writing in Science class recently had the opportunity to partner with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) to conduct real-world research affecting the local agricultural community. Learn more.

Students learn about social media consequences

(December 9, 2014) On Monday, December 8, students at New Lebanon High School attended an assembly about social media. The focus of the presentation was on the ways college admission offices, employers and others use social media to determine a person’s character. Learn more.

Chatham Courier: NL club serves up Thanksgiving Dinner

(December 2, 2014) On November 22, more than 70 people benefited from the efforts of the New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School’s Appetites Anonymous Club at its third annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Learn more.

Art students visit Williams College Art Museum

(December 2, 2014) Last month, students in Mrs. Covert's Studio Art class visited Williams College Art Museum to learn about abstract art. Learn more.

materials scienceStudents test the power of reinforced concrete

(October 29, 2014) New Lebanon students in Rick Jason’s Materials Science and Processing class complete hands-on projects relating to the construction and building industry. Recently they transformed their classroom into a testing lab for reinforced concrete. Learn more.

Junior High School students prevent bullying

(October 23, 2014) October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The school counseling department at the New Lebanon Junior High School initiated several activities to promote bullying awareness to help ensure students feel safe, and can thrive both academically and socially. Learn more.

Parent/Teacher Conferences to be held October 16

(October 14, 2014) Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 16, with an early dismissal at 11:15 a.m. Conferences will be held 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Receive weather related notifications via phone, email

(September 23, 2014) Due to our new phone system, we can no longer announce weather related delays and closings on our emergency information line. Please email your email address or phone number to to receive notification on the morning of a school delay or closing. Please note the phone call notification will typically be sent between 5 and 5:30 a.m.

New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School teachers receive tenure

(September 22, 2014) On September 10, four teachers from the New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School received their tenure status. These teachers include David Knudsen, Michelle Daus, Kelsey Norburg and Maureen Squire. Congratulations to you all! Learn more.


Golf outing to benefit Class of 2015, Class of 2016

(September 19, 2014) We are looking for golfers to particpate in a Golf Outing on October 4, at 10 a.m., at the Evergreen Country Club in Castleton to benefit the Class of 2015 and Class of 2016. Please complete the registration form by September 30. Can't participate? Become a sponsor!

Students attend College Caravan

(September 18, 2014) On Tuesday, September 16, more than 80 juniors and seniors from New Lebanon Senior High School had the opportunity to attend the Fall College Caravan presented by the Capital District Counseling Association. Learn more.


Jr/Sr High School to host Open House on September 18

(September 17, 2014) The New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School will host an Open House and Family Dinner on Thursday, September 18. The baked ziti dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the Open House is from 6 to 7 p.m. Please see the flyer for more information.



Jr High Students to Participate in Educational Challenge Course

(August 28, 2014) On September 10, Junior High Students will participate in an outdoor educational challenge course at the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, MA. The program focuses on teambuilding and low elements group challenges designed to build and strengthen relationships with each other (as well as their teachers and principal).  The program focuses on developing trust, problem-solving skills, communication, cooperation and self-confidence, skills that are essential to both academic and social success. Parents must fill out and return the Participant Health Questionnaire and Liability Wavier.


Fall Sports Start Dates and Times

(August 14, 2014) Please find the Fall Sports start dates and times listed below:

  • Varsity and JV Boys Soccer: Monday, August 18, 6-8 p.m., Jr/Sr High School
  • Varsity Girls Soccer: Monday, August 18, 6-8 p.m., Walter B. Howard Elementary
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball: Monday, August 18, 8 – 10 a.m., Jr/Sr High School
  • Modified Boys and Girls Soccer: Thursday, September 4, 3 – 5 p.m., Walter B. Howard Elementary


2014-15 Junior High Supply List now available

(July 25, 2014) The 2014-15 school supply list for 7th and 8th graders has been mailed home and is also available by clicking here.

Jr./Sr. High School Announces 4th Quarter Honor Rolls

(July 3, 2014) Congratulations to the Jr./Sr. High School students who achieved honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. View the Honor Rolls

Congratulations Class of 2014!

(July 1, 2014) Congratulations to New Lebanon's Class of 2014 who accepted their diplomas in front of family, friends, faculty and staff on June 28. Learn More

Two New Lebanon Students Graduate from TVHS Program

(June 25, 2014) Congratulations to the Tech Valley High School® Class of 2014 who graduated on Saturday, June 21 at the University at Albany Campus Center Ballroom on the Albany campus. Graduating from New Lebanon High School are Mackenzie Stone and Josey Bartholomew. Learn More

HS Students Recognized at Rensselaer Education Center Awards Night

(June 9, 2014) Rensselaer Education Center held it's annual Awards Night on June 5. Congratulations to the New Lebanon students who attend the Center and received awards. Learn More

Softball and Boys Outdoor Track Teams Earn Spring Scholar-Athlete Team Awards

(June 5, 2014) The girls softball and boys outdoor track teams have qualified for the Spring Scholar-Athlete Team Award by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Learn More

NL Student Athlete Brandon Tynan Featured by CBS 6

(June 5, 2014) On Monday, June 2, New Lebanon High School senior Brandon Tynan was featured by CBS 6 for its "Personal Best" feature. Brandon has cystic fibrosis but he explains that doesn't keep him from doing what he likes to, including playing on the school's baseball team. Nice job Brandon! See the video

Student Athletes Recognized for Spring Sports

(May 29, 2014) New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School's Spring Athletic Banquet was held May 27 when a number of students were recognized for their contributions during the spring sports season. See Awards

Jr/Sr High School Invites Senior Citizens In For Brunch & Preview of Spring Concert

(May 22, 2014) Members of the Senior Citizen Center were invited for brunch on Tuesday, May 20 while the Senior High Chorus performed for them selections for their Spring Concert, which was held the following evening (May 21). Students turned the gym into a café “Dulce Delicious” with beautiful place settings and a carpeted entrance. The Advanced Foods classes provided the brunch. Learn More/See photos

High School Awards Night

(May 22, 2014) High School students were honored on May 20 at the High School Awards Night. Students were presented with Academic Awards, Special Awards and were recognized for achieving Honor Roll. Attendees enjoyed the National Anthem and Drops of Jupiter (by Train) sung by Samantha Bergdoll. The awards were presented to the students by Superintendent Karen McGraw, Principal Matthew Klafehn and Assistant Principal Rick Arket. Learn More

Junior High Awards Night

(May 22, 2014) Junior High School students were honored on May 13 at the Junior High Academic Awards Night. Students were presented with Academic Awards, Special Awards and were recognized for achieving Honor Roll at least two out of three quarters this school year. Learn More

Prom 2014 Photo Gallery

(May 13, 2014) New Lebanon's Prom was held on Saturday, May 10 at Moscatiello's Restaurant in Troy. View the photo gallery

College in the High School Summer Courses

(May 8, 2014) Students going into grades 11 and 12 for the 2014- 2015 school year are now eligible to sign- up for College in the High School summer courses. Both Columbia-Greene and Hudson Valley Community Colleges will have offerings at neighboring high schools around the region. For a complete listing of courses at HVCC, please visit All C-GCC courses can be found by clicking here. Interested students should see Ms. Pepe in the Counseling Office for more information, or to sign up for one of these college credit courses.

Congratulations Newest Members of the National Honor Society

(May 7, 2014) Eleven students were inducted into the National Honor Society during a ceremony in front of family and friends on Wednesday, April 30, in the High School Gymnasium. Inductees into the National Honor Society are chosen by a selection committee. In addition to academics, students’ leadership, service and character are carefully included in the selection guidelines. Learn More

NL Students Explore Spain During Spring Recess


(May 5, 2014) During the Spring Recess, sixteen New Lebanon 11th and 12th grade students spent the week in Spain exploring its sites, culture and history. Learn More

7th Grade Technology Class Uses Intermittent Manufacturing Process to Fabricate 40 Geo-Clocks

(May 2, 2014) Mr. Jason's 7th grade Technology classes worked collectively and designed a tabletop clock made from white pine wood that incorporates three geometric shapes as a class project, while studying Manufacturing Technology. Learn More

NL Students Experience Broadway Up Close and Personal

(April 24, 2014) Fifty (50) New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School English 12, University English, music ensemble and drama students were given the opportunity to attend a professional Broadway workshop and musical on March 19. Learn More

Jr./Sr. High School Announces 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls

(April 22, 2014) Congratulations to the Jr./Sr. High School students who achieved honor roll for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. View the Honor Rolls

Team Takes 2nd and 4th Place in Engineer Competition

(April 7, 2014) On March 27, a team from the New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School competed in the General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS) Engineer’s Week Competition in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The competition is attended by Berkshire county schools, as well as nearby New York schools including, Hudson, Chatham, and Berlin. Learn More

New Lebanon High School Teacher Jennifer Allard Named Outstanding Social Studies Teacher

(April 2, 2014) New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School Social Studies Teacher Jennifer Allard was named "Outstanding Social Studies Classroom Teacher" at the high school level by the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYCSS) during their annual convention at the Albany Hilton on March 29. Learn More

Jr./Sr. High Music Students Selected to Perform in Jr. High Band and Senior Chorus at All County Music Festival April 3 & 4

(March 28, 2014) Students from the New Lebanon Central School District's Music Department have been selected to participate in the Columbia County Music Educators Association (CCMEA) All County Music Festival on Thursday, April 3, and Friday, April 4, 2014. This festival will be hosted by the Ichabod Crane Central School District and will be held in the ICHS Auditorium. Students in All County Elementary Chorus, Junior High Band, and High School Chorus will represent Chatham, New Lebanon, Germantown, Hudson, Taconic Hills and the Ichabod Crane school districts. The all county experience will culminate in a concert on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the ICHS Auditorium. Doors will open to the public at 7:00 p.m. The event is free. Learn More

Jr./Sr. High Students Participate in Two-Day "Power of Peace" Character Education Seminar

(March 20, 2014) It is the goal of the New Lebanon CSD to help educate the whole child, including character education. As an initiative brought about by the Jr./Sr. High School Counseling Office, the school held a seminar entitled "Power of Peace" on March 4 and 5, for the entirety of both school days. More than two dozen students were chosen at random to participate in this program sponsored by Youth Voices Center, Inc. Learn More

New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School Announces Class of 2014 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

(March 18, 2014) New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School is pleased to announce that Connor Feathers is the Valedictorian and Ryan Etue is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2014. Learn More

Advanced Foods Classes Meet with Times Union Restaurant Critic and Food Blogger Steve Barnes & Tour Facility

(March 18, 2014) The Advanced Foods classes taught by Ms. Daus at the Jr/Sr High School recently took a field trip to the Times Union newspaper facility in Albany where they toured the facility and met with Steve Barnes, restaurant critic and author of the newspaper’s Table Hopping column and blog. Learn More

Spanish Teacher Kara Siciliano Selected WNYT/SEFCU Top Teacher

(March 13, 2014) New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School Spanish teacher Kara Siciliano has been selected for WNYT Channel 13/SEFCU's “Top Teacher of the Week” segment. The piece aired during the local news on Wednesday, March 12. Learn More

NL Music Students Participate in All County Music Festival in Hudson

(March 11, 2014) Students from the New Lebanon Music Department were selected for the All County Music Festival hosted by the Hudson City School District on March 5 & 7, 2014. The festival consisted of students in All County Elementary Band, Junior High Chorus, and High School Band. Learn More

Student Portal Open

(Feb. 27, 2014) Recently the New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School opened the Student Portal to its student management system, which when prompted with a username and password, provides students with information with regard to their report card grades, progress reports, teacher gradebooks, discipline records and health records. LEARN MORE

Winter Varsity Sports Teams Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors

(Feb. 26, 2014) The girls basketball, boys volleyball and swim varsity sports teams have qualified for the Winter Scholar-Athlete Team Award by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. LEARN MORE

Student Athletes Recognized at Winter Athletic Banquet

(Feb. 25, 2014) New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School's Winter Athletic Banquet was held last evening, Feb. 24. LEARN MORE

Jr./Sr. High School Announces 2nd Quarter Honor Rolls

(Feb. 6, 2014) Congratulations to the New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School students who achieved honor roll for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year. VIEW THE HONOR ROLLS

Students Attend "Students Together Opposing Prejudice" Conference at Siena College

(Jan. 30, 2014) A group of students represented New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School at the Siena College and Anti-Defamation League’s 2014 Student Leadership Conference “Students Together Opposing Prejudice (STOP)" on January 17. It was an opportunity for middle and high school students to work together to oppose prejudice and bigotry. LEARN MORE


New Lebanon Team Places 4th at Future City Competition

(Jan. 30, 2014) Competing against 19 teams, New Lebanon Jr./Sr High School took fourth place in the Future City Competition Regional Finals on January 11 at Proctors in Schenectady. They presented “Kaishi” – the virtual city they envisioned, designed and built using SimCity software. LEARN MORE

Robotics Students Compete with Robots They Built & Programmed

(Jan. 24, 2014) After learning how gears work and completing several lab activities highlighting the advantages of “gearing up” or “gearing down," Ms. Kelsey Norberg challenged students in her Robotics and Motion Control class with a competition in December. LEARN MORE

NL Athletics on Twitter

New Lebanon Central School District sports fans can now follow the Athletic Department on Twitter. Scores, highlights and schedule changes will be posted on the "NLCSD_Athletics" Twitter account and sent to its "followers." LEARN MORE

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,  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


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:
    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,  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: