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Abby Weber finally "graduated" from kindergarten. With 34 years of service to Glencliff Elementary School, Weber retired this year.

Abby Weber: Leaving a legacy

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter REXFORD — She said there were only 21 students in the classroom, but on the last day of school it felt like many more. Nevertheless, Glencliff Elementary School Kindergarten teacher Abby Weber handled the bounding…


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STEAM powered: Girls spend week at science camp

Kristin Schultz Daily Gazette The theme for this year’s Engineering Institute for Young Women was “the sun,” a fitting theme, as the program aims to keep girls’ interest in math and science shining bright. Throughout the week, 40 middle school girls…


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Melanie Anchukaitis took students on trips to Spain during her 36-year career at Notre Dame -Bishop Gibbons High School.

It’s adios for Mrs. A

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Spanish teacher Melanie Anchukaitis bid adios after 36 years of helping students conjugate verbs and understand Spanish culture. She leaves behind a legacy of service, caring and inspiring students to see beyond…


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14 of the Niskayuna Central School District's 20 retirees gathered for the 2017 Retiree Recognition Night on June 13.

District honors 20 retirees

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Family, friends and district officials gathered on Tuesday, June 6 to honor 20 retirees who, put together, have given a combined 416 years of service to the Niskayuna Central School District and its parents and…


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Work ethic propels Nisky grad to Princeton

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter She has a big smile, a big heart and a work ethic that won’t quit, and this fall she’s headed to Princeton hoping to pursue a career in surgery and neuroscience. She will be the…


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A jovial Father Bob Longobucco addressed the audience at the blessing and dedication of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish School's newly renovated Manuel Pena Early Childhood Education Center.

St. Kateri dedicates early childhood center

NISKAYUNA — The little tykes at St. Kateri Tekawitha Parish School will have a building of their own, after the Catholic school on Upper Union Street dedicated its newly remodeled convent on June 21. A handful of local government and church…



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A frosty treat awaited runners at Glencliff Elementary School's Fun Run to benefit the Cathy Hartlage Memorial Scholarship.

Fun Run is fundraiser for Hartlage Scholarship

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter REXFORD — Ready, set, go! Glencliff Elementary School hosted its annual Fun Run and Ice Cream Social to benefit the Cathy Hartlage Memorial Scholarship. Students of all ages laced up their running shoes and set…


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Eric Hughes was honored with one of two annual Murray Award for Excellence in Education presented by the Niskayuna Community Foundation.

Teachers Hughes, Lester receive Murray Award

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Two of Niskayuna High School’s best were honored with the 14th annual Murray Award for Excellence in Education on June 1. Niskayuna Community Foundation board members Tina Lee and Cindy Pillippe, along with school officials,…


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Niskayuna schools earn No Place for Hate designation

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter At a time when ratcheting up the rancor is the order of the day, Niskayuna schools are just saying “no” to hurtful rhetoric and behavior. Students, teachers and principals attended a ceremony in Albany to…


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Familiar face takes new position at school

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter His new title sounds vague and perhaps vaguely impersonal. But John Moskov, the recently appointed director of pupil personnel services for the Niskayuna Central School District, knows precisely the needs of special education students and…