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School Calendar Change - Friday, March 27 is full day of Instruction

The Board of Education approved a revision to this year's calendar changing March 27 from a Professional Development Day to a full day of instruction for students. Please see the revised calendar. Posted 3/2415

photo of reading trainThe Reading Train

Last week, Mr. Share and Mrs. Bailey had their first grade classes make a reading train right outside their classrooms in the hallway.  During DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), students read quietly for 10 minutes from their Book-N-Bags (each child has their own bag of books that include their Guided Reading, self-selected and sight word books).  Students were excited to be aboard the reading train and we invite other classes to join us in the future! "Allllllllll aboard!"Posted 3/2415



image of vegetablesConnecting the School Garden to the School Cafeteria

Elementary school cook, Susan Harker has been teaching students daily fun facts about different fruits and vegetables. Ms. Harker does a question of the day with prizes and is growing vegetables in a mini greenhouse that is kept in the cafeteria. In June, Ms. Harker and students will transfer the crops outside in the elementary school courtyard. “The students are more interested and willing to try different vegetables when they are engaged in related activities,” said Harker. Posted 3/13/15


photo dental lessonElementary Students Learn about Importance of Dental Health

Last week, kindergarten and pre-k students learned about the importance of dental health and what they can do to keep their tiny teeth healthy. Thank you to parent Karen Baldwin for teaching the lesson! Posted 3/13/15


photo of odysseyOdyssey of the Mind Competition

Tamarac was well represented at the Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition on March 7 at Algonquin Middle School.  At the competition, the five Tamarac teams presented creative solutions to problems they have been solving throughout this school year.  This year's problems included putting a video game spin on "Pandora's Box" performing a team-created "Silent Movie" and inventing devices that are powered entirely by rubber bands.  Every Tamarac team that competed placed in the top 3 of their problem/division.  The team from Tamarac High School placed first in their problem and will be advancing to the New York State tournament in Binghamton on April 11. Posted 3/9/15

3rd Annual Girls in STEM

Come experience the FUN with STEM at the 3rd Annual Girls in STEM Event sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College and NYSERDA.  This FREE event is for girls in grades 4-8 and will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®). Registration details are on the attached flyer.  Posted 3/10/15

photo fitness ualbanyFifth Graders Participate in Activities that Promote Physical Activity

On February 11, Tamarac fifth graders attended education day at the University at Albany as part of the health and physical education (PE) curriculum. Students had the opportunity to participate in activities that promote physical activity, and listened to student athletes from UAlbany talk about the important responsibilities that come with being a student athlete. The day ended with a UALBANY women's basketball game. The trip illustrated the importance of life long health and wellness, and also incorporated many of the lessons the students learn in their PE classes.Posted 2/26/15


photo of 100 day100 Days Smarter

First graders in Ira Share and Sanada Bailey’s classes celebrated the 100th Day of school by rotating through a number of math and literacy centers.  Centers included: making sculptures out of 100 plastic cups, 100 marshmallows and toothpicks, constructing a picture using 100 patterns blocks, building ice cream cones by counting to 10 and so much more!

Doesn't it look like fun? See more photos..Posted 2/26/15




photo of student making heart pillowFirst Grade Students Make Heart Pillows for Cardiac Patients

First grade students did more than celebrate Valentine’s Day this February, in honor of National Heart month, students learned how to stuff and sew heart pillows for the Capital District YMCA Hug-a-Heart project.

Students paired up and stuffed and sewed 17 heart pillows for cardiac patients at Ellis hospital. These pillows help patients with the healing process after surgery.

This special learning project was completed by Ira Share and Sanda Bailey’s first grade classes with the help of retired teacher Ginny Hanby. These pillows were donated last week at the Troy YMCA. Learn more about the Hug-a-Heart project at YMCA Posted 2/19/15

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School District Calendar

Click here to see and print the entire 2014 - 15 school year calendar. Posted 7/2514

Dignity for All Students ActDignity for All Students Webpage Helps With Efforts to Stop Bullying

As part of the district’s continued efforts to address bullying and harassment, the district has created a webpage that provides parents with characteristics of bullying, ways to stop it and contact information to report concerns. Click here to see the webpage… Posted 10/18/12.


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