Field Trip Teaches Fifth Grade About Local Civil Rights History
A class research project about civil rights brought fifth graders to downtown Troy on Dec. 16, where the interpretive staff from the Rensselaer County Historical Society taught students about local history. "The best part was it was local history. You don’t have to go to Boston or New York City. It’s right here," said Superintendent Bob Horan, who joined students on the field trip. Read more...
Hour of Code Teaches Students of All Ages Computer Science
Students at all grade levels learned about computer science as part of the Hour of Code, a worldwide effort to introduce students to computer programming and show how anyone can learn the basics of computer coding. “Problem solving is a huge part of this. Students write the code to solve the problem,” said Tim Ryan. Read more...
Story Place Preschool at Home in Schodack Schools
When Story Place Preschool had the opportunity to move its entire program into unused classrooms in Schodack schools this year, it was an easy decision. “We really enjoy being here,” said Preschool Director Michele Rose. “Schodack is so positive and welcoming, from the administrators to the faculty and staff. It really is just a giving district. We feel 100% like a part of the school community.” Read more...
AP Class Sends Holiday Cards to Pen Pals in Japan
English Teacher Sandy Strock’s AP 11 students recently sent American Holiday cards to pen pals in Japan. "The pen pals are students of Kentaro Suzuki, who teaches English there," explained Mrs. Strock. "He was an exchange student at Maple Hill High School in 2003 who lived with the Butterworth family and was a student of mine at the time."
CES PTO Thanks Volunteers for Successful Holiday Bazaar
The CES PTO would like to thank everyone who donated their items and/or their time in order to make this year’s Holiday Bazaar a major success! A special thank you to these amazing Maple Hill High School students who donated their time and energy and made cleanup a breeze: Kayla Carlin, Kayley Fountain and Alex Stuto. Thank you so much!
Middle School Students Do "Awesome Job" at Dec. 16 Winter Concert
"The performances were amazing. The students did an awesome job," said Principal James Derby. "The music department also did a great job coordinating the concert after we had to reschedule both concerts last week due to the snow storms."
High School Winter Concert a Hit with Community
Maple Hill High School held its Winter Concert on Dec. 15 to a packed audience of family and friends. "Every night should end this way," said Superintendent Bob Horan.
Lab Coordinator Shares Scientific Research With Students
MHHS students learned about scientific research in the areas of bioenergy and bioproducts that is being done at the Boyce Thompson Institute of Plant Research in Ithaca when Teaching Laboratory Coordinator Dr. Shawn Kenaley visited students recently. Read more...
Girls' Basketball Team Volunteers with Miracle League
The Maple Hill girls' basketball team spent Saturday with the Miracle League of the Capital Region, an organization that offers athletic and social opportunities at no cost to special needs children, adults and their families. The girls' basketball team spends time each year at Miracle League. Great job!
Distance Learning Turns Study Hall into a Lesson From a Museum
A group of 6th and 7th graders spent their study hall and time afterschool on Dec. 3 learning about biofuels from an educator at the Creative Discovery Museum in Tennessee. The activity was made possible through Distance Learning. Read more...
National Honor Society Students Volunteer at Equinox
National Honor Society students volunteered at Equinox last week to help prepare Thanksgiving dinners for community members in need throughout the Capital Region. Equinox prepared nearly 10,000 meals this year. Great job!
Middle School's Innovative Programs Will Be Shared with New York Educators
MHMS's innovative programs will be shared with educators from across New York on Dec. 19 when Principal Derby presents at NERIC’s Tech Awareness Day. Mr. Derby was asked to present because of how the school uses space to foster creativity, critical thinking and collaboration among students and teachers. Read more...
Journalism and Newspaper Club Students Tour Times Union
High School Journalism students and Middle School Newspaper Club students toured the Times Union on Dec. 2. “We saw the new press, the only one with this technology in all of North America, and we also sat in on the editorial board meeting where they make the decisions for the front page of the next day’s newspaper,” said teacher Heather Flood.