C-GCC plans November in-person commencement for 2020 grads

GREENPORT – Columbia-Greene Community College will tentatively hold in-person commencement ceremonies for 2020 graduates, Saturday, November 28 at 10 a.m.

In a press release, President Carlee Drummer, Ph.D. explained that the decision was made after prospective graduates were surveyed to gauge their preferences for a ceremony.

“The overwhelming response was that our graduates preferred an in-person ceremony, even if postponed,” Dr. Drummer said in the release. All plans will remain tentative as the directives related to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis continue to evolve. Read more…

Ichabod Middle School announces honor roll students

KINDERHOOK – The Ichabod Crane Central School District has announced the middle school students in grades 6-8 who made the honor roll and high honor roll in the third quarter of 2019-20 school year.

The criteria for the Honor Roll is to have a final average of 85 or better. The criteria for the High Honor Roll is to have a final average of 90 or better. Read more…

DISTRICT INSIGHTS: Schools Are Not Closed

If you or someone you know works in public education, then you know our schools are not truly closed. Our buildings and grounds are closed, but our schools are still operating to provide distance learning, student meals, child care for essential workers and other support on a daily basis.

To say this spring has been challenging for K-12 schools would be a major understatement. When the Hudson City School District (HCSD) announced the shift to distance learning in mid-March, we had less than 48 hours to put plans in motion. We knew the challenges we would face in ensuring every student has access to meals and the resources they need to engage in meaningful learning at home.

More than 1,000 laptop devices were provided for K-12 students to use at home. To ensure equitable access, the district also developed plans to help student households without internet to get free or affordable Wi-Fi access through local carriers or mobile hotspots. Our Information Technology department continues to configure and distribute Chromebooks to students weekly, as needed, and assist with hundreds of Help Desk emails. Read more…

Chatham seeks school board candidates

CHATHAM–The Chatham Central School District Board of Education has three seats open for election in 2020. Candidates must be able to read and write, be a current resident of the district for at least one year, and be a qualified voter of the district–a citizen of the U.S.; at least 18 years of age.

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order that rescheduled this year’s school elections to June 9. Based on new guidelines from the Governor’s Office, anyone interested in running for the board may self-nominate. The governor’s executive order waived the provision that required candidates to collect signatures on a candidate nominating petition. Candidates now must email or mail a letter of interest to the District Clerk. This letter must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2020. The letter must state the candidate’s interest to run for the board and include the candidate’s name and address.

District buildings are currently closed to visitors and operating at reduced staffing levels. To contact District Clerk Deborah Pottenburgh email , phone at 518-392-1501, or mail to District Clerk, Chatham Central School District, 50 Woodbridge Ave, Chatham, NY 12037.

ANHNA offers higher education grants

ANCRAMDALE – For the seventh year, as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation serving the Town of Ancram, including Ancramdale and Boston Corners, the Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association (ANHNA) again offers higher education grants to help full-time students who will enter an accredited college, community college, or vocational school this fall.

The grants are intended to help students pay for food, clothing, books or transportation during the first year of continuing education, and will be based on financial need. In the past ANHNA awarded grants of $1,000 to $1,500 to qualified students. Preference will go to first-year students, but all continuing college, vocational and graduate students may apply.

Be assured, as schedules change due to the pandemic, the association will work with eligible students to complete their application. Read more…