Conductor Robert Hansbrough (Daily Gazette file photo)

ESYO wind ensemble to perform in Hungary

The Empire State Youth Orchestra Wind Orchestra will visit Mako, Hungary for three performances, Aug. 15-22, during the annual conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. About 50 students between the ages of 8 and 18 from the…

Niskayuna High School. (Marc Schultz)

Niskayuna students eye March, April walkouts

NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna High School students organizing a walkout and ceremony to honor students killed last month in Florida won tacit administrative support for a March 14 event, but they may face discipline if they carry out a second walkout and…

A group of Niskayuna eight and ninth graders shared safety concerns with the school board on Tuesday night. (Zachary Matson)

Niskayuna students demand safety improvements

NISKAYUNA — Students don’t feel safe in their schools, and they are starting to do something about it. One-by-one, a group of Niskayuna eighth- and ninth-graders on Tuesday night calmly and matter-of-factly stepped before the school board to demand safety…

Niskayuna High School. (Marc Schultz)

Niskayuna school board weighs max tax levy hike of 3 percent

NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna school board members appear ready to support raising local taxes by the maximum amount allowed under the district’s tax cap — just over 3 percent. Board members said during a Tuesday meeting that the district had demonstrated restraint in recent…

Photo Kristin Schultz
Hillside Elementary School students Mia Morrow and Vivian Reeves participated in this year's Jump Rope for Heart.

Pouring their heart into jumping rope

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Their hearts were bursting with generosity again this year as Hillside Elementary School students tied on their tennis shoes and picked up jump ropes for the annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Last year the…