Niskayuna Schools

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Bill Miorin has been a bus driver with Niskayuna Central School District for 15 years.

Help wanted: District needs bus drivers

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — The wheels on the bus can only go ’round and ’round if there’s someone in the driver’s seat. Niskayuna Central Schools are among area districts facing a shortage of bus drivers, creating challenges…


GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Brian Grastorf, who was the quarterback at Niskayuna for three years, will be the varsity head coach next season.

Former Nisky QB Grastorf named head coach

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — As part of his day job at Niskayuna High School as a physical education instructor, Brian Grastorf inherited John Furey’s desk this past fall. Next fall? Grastorf starts his first season as head…


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District plans kindergarten readiness

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Niskayuna school officials plan to revamp the district’s voluntary summer sessions to focus on kindergarten readiness rather than middle school enhancement. The new summer program will be for incoming kindergartners to gain classroom experience they…


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Principal Dr. Shelley Baldwin-Nye presents a coupon for a Stewart's ice cream cone to a Glencliff Elementary student at the school's annual learning fair.

Students show off love of learning

  By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter There may have been snow on the ground, but knowledge was budding and blooming in March as Niskayuna elementary school students hosted family, friends and neighbors at their annual learning fairs. Each year, students…


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Changes in state rules will limit how often pitchers can be used in a game or week.

Every pitch counts

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter Duanesburg baseball coach Chris Wyanski is heading into the season with plenty of pitchers, but for Section II’s other small-school teams that do not have that luxury, he has a suggestion. “I’m lucky,” the Western…


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Rosendale 4th graders attended the reception for student artists in the 8th annual Empire State Plaza Art Exhibition and posed with keynote speaker Jillian Hirsch

Students’ art on display

By Kristin Schultz Daily Gazette NISKAYUNA — More than 80 Niskayuna Central Schools students were selected to have their art displayed on the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza for the eighth annual K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection…


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Niskayuna CSD, Chinese school near partnership deal

BY ZACHARY MATSON Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna school officials are closing in on a formal partnership with a private Montessori school in China to share curriculum and establish an exchange program for students and teachers. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr….


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Rosendale Elementary School drama club members rehearse for their sold-out Feb. 10 performance of The Reluctant Dragon.

‘Dragon’ kills ’em at Rosendale

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Rosendale Elementary School Drama Club raised the curtain on its inaugural performance when more than 30 students, a principal and four teachers took the stage Feb. 10 in a production of “The Reluctant…



Niskayuna Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. says the mistake gives district officials an opportunity to 'tighten up' their data-reporting procedures. (Marc Schutlz/Gazette Photographer)

Niskayuna graduation rate really 94%

BY ZACHARY MATSON Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — A data-reporting error created the appearance of a five-point dip in the Niskayuna School District’s graduation rate released earlier this month, when actually the rate dropped just one percentage point. The numbers originally…