Niskayuna Schools

Parts of the Birchwood playground that have wooden supports will be demolished soon to make room for a safer playset. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart

Deteriorated Birchwood playground closed down

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Unseasonably warm weather in the 40s and 50s would normally allow kids at Birchwood Elementary a short window to enjoy their playground before spring. This year, however, that won’t be possible: the playground…




William and Lillian Joralemon, uncle and niece, colored together before lunch on Special Person Day. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart

Sharing special people… and gratitude

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter REXFORD — Second-graders at Glencliff Elementary School prepared for Thanksgiving with a tradition so special, they couldn’t keep it for themselves. It was the third annual Special Person Day, held each year the day before…





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School district to get philanthropic award

NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Central School District will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award at the Schenectady JCC’s fourth annual Robert J. Ludwig Community Service Awards Gala on Nov. 15. The district was chosen for the honor because of its work…


Abby Weber, teaches her kindergarten class at Glencliff Elementary, mathematics through subitizing on Monday. Photo by Stacey Lauren-Kennedy/Gazette Photographer

Common Core at Niskayuna a promising work in progress

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Changing anything about children’s education can be enormously political, as well as deeply personal, with implications for the futures of parents, teachers, students and school administrators. Schools in New York state adopted the…