Niskayuna Schools

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…






Niskayuna High held a teacher pep rally at the school on Monday morning with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", being performed by music teacher Theresa J. Fitzmaurice and bandmembers. (Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer)

District gets an early, but energetic start

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — On the last day of summer vacation, while kids in Niskayuna slept in, their teachers danced. It was the annual welcome for teachers, referred to affectionately as “Pep Rally,” and rightly so. Friends…


Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra talks with community members during a recent library meeting. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

New superintendent on community listening tour

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Cosimo Tangorra has spent his summer acclimating to his new position as superintendent of the Niskayuna Central School District. Key among his orientation activities has been a series of “Listening and Learning Tour”…


Jean Winkler, then the new Rosendale Elementary School principal, is shown in August 2014. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Rosendale principal named district ELA head

After just one year as principal at Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna, Jean Winkler has been named the district’s K-12 English Language Arts director. While John Yagielski headed the district as interim superintendent, he led a reorganization that included moving…


Dr. Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. is announced as the new Niskayuna Schools Superintendent April 14, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

Schools chief continues his listening tour

Niskayuna schools Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr.’s “Listening and Learning Tour” continues this summer, with open community meetings set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 in the District Office Board Room and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Niskayuna Library….



Volunteers work on a new playground behind Birchwood Elementary School in Niskayuna Saturday, July 11, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

Army of volunteers builds new school playground

UPDATE: The Birchwood playground will be ready for play in September. Organizers are still waiting for the special shock-absorbing floor to be installed for children’s safety. BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Anyone at Birchwood Elementary School, from kindergartners…