Superintendent's Brief


Happy Friday,

As we round out our first full week of school, I hope you are doing well and that the school year is off to a great start. If you have unanswered questions or unresolved concerns, I encourage you to first please talk to your child's teacher or principal or submit them through Let's Talk. Keep in mind that most of our schools are holding back to school nights next week. Feel free to make an appointment or ask your questions at that time as well. We are here to partner with you and make this year the best yet.

I also want to provide a reminder of our school start and end times for students. They have changed slightly since last year and it's important that all students arrive on time for school and have breakfast. The times students should be arriving and dismissing are as follows:


Start Time

Dismissal Time

Elementary School

7:45 a.m.

2:10 p.m.

Middle School

8:30 a.m.

3:35 p.m.

High School

8:25 a.m.

3:30 p.m.

As you may know, after-school programming provided by external organizations has been limited or is delayed starting in some places due to staffing challenges. The concern is not just in Schenectady but is one schools and families are facing throughout the capital region. We realize it's an inconvenience but expect things will improve soon. With that, I also want to let families know that our district in currently working on plan to offer two to three hours of extended learning at all schools in the near future. While we are working out the details, I can tell you that our program will be a structured program in which students receive academic support and participate in enrichment activities led by district staff and/or community-based organizations after the school day ends. I will be sharing more about this with you soon.

I wish to offer congratulations to Tiffany Banwari, an executive secretary in my office, who was recognized by Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region at a luncheon this week as a member of the "2022-2023 Council of Women for Girls" and mentor for the upcoming year. We are always proud to see members of our team active in the community and making a difference in so many ways. Please join me in thanking and congratulating Tiffany.

Tiffany Banwari is recognized by Girls Inc.

I would also like to extend a "thank you" to Steve Balogh, a social studies teacher at Mont Pleasant Middle School and U.S. Air Force veteran, who coordinated a special event prior to the start of the Amsterdam and Schenectady football game last week. Players and coaches from both teams and the Schenectady Air Force JROTC honored our veterans and first responders by holding up a huge American flag near the end zone during the playing of the national anthem This was a great moment on our field that brought the two teams together to express honor and appreciation. #schenectadyproud #schenectadyrising #neverforget


Last Friday, prior to the Varsity Football home opener, both teams honored our Veterans & First Responders. Thank you to Colonel Ritmo, our JROTC, Steve Balogh and the Amsterdam players and coaches for helping create this great moment.

There are so many individuals and organizations who care about the needs of our students. We will be seeing more of this as we soon begin the launch of our community schools initiative. This week I wish to express appreciation to Spectrum and the Junior League. Spectrum collected and donated school supplies to elementary school students across the district. The Junior League, as part of Operation Back to School, donated school supplies to all of the students at Yates Elementary School. Thank you to both organizations for your generosity and kindness.

Video:  Yates students receive school supplies donated by Junior League

September 15 kicked off National Hispanic American Heritage Month. This is a national celebration to honor the history, culture and influence of past generations who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. There are many things we can do to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month such as learn more about the rich culinary musical and holiday traditions, visit a museum or take a virtual tour or take some time to read books written by Latinx or Hispanic authors. It's also fun to attend a celebration, especially one that serves food and plays music that pays tribute to Latin culture.

On Wednesday, I had the honor of attending the Capital District YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Kickoff. It was great to be surrounded by other Capital Region leaders who are committed to the success of Black and Latino students. The program pairs students with positive adult mentors and focuses on college readiness, career awareness, educational enhancement, cultural enrichment and helps students develop the skills needed to help them be successful. We are community all working together toward the success of our students.

The 24th Annual Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will take place Monday evening. This is such a terrific event honoring the legacy and tradition of sports in our district. If you want to learn more about the inductees, Jack Edwards, Ernie Marshall and Casper Wells, take a look at the brochure. Today, the Daily Gazette also featured a 4-page wraparound section titled, "Pride of Schenectady," with great stories and photos of the inductees as athletes in action.

A great deal of dedication, hard work and pride goes into an event of this magnitude. Thank you to Bob Pezzano and the committee that works to make this possible each year. I'm looking forward to the event coming up on Monday evening.

In closing, I wish you a relaxing and fun weekend. After our first full week of school, we are all probably a little more tired than usual. I appreciate your hard work, partnership, and continued patience. We know things are not always perfect at the start of the school year but we continue to work at it and will get there.

We look forward to seeing you next week.


Anibal Soler, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

This month is Hispanic Heritage Month

This month, we honor Hispanic Americans' histories and cultures nationwide and recognize their achievements and contributions to society.

Black and Latino Achievers Event in 2022

Back to School Nights

Reminder to mark your calendar for upcoming back to school nights.

Elementary School
Wednesday, September 21

Middle School
Tuesday, September 20

Schenectady High School
Thursday, September 22

Steinmetz Career & Leadership Academy
Tuesday, September 27

Your child's teacher will provide your school's time and any other school- specific details.

2021-2022 Spotlight

If you live in the city of Schenectady, the 2021-2022 Spotlight will be arriving in your mailbox soon. This provides and look inside of all we have accomplished together for our kids and community. Can't wait for it to arrive? Take a sneak peek here.

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Employees from the HR department and Spirit Committee at Spectrum in Schenectady collected and donated school supplies to our elementary school students. District Director of Elementary Schools Joe DiCaprio accepted the donation from Spectrum employee, Deb Rust.

Employees from the HR Department and Spirit Committee at Spectrum in Schenectady collected and donated school supplies to our elementary school students. Joe DiCaprio, Executive Director of Elementary Schools, accepted the donation from Spectrum employee Deb Rust.


2022-2023 Protocols are posted online here.

Staff Note:
In order for an employee to to receive COVID-19 paid leave, as a second or third request, you must provide documentation from a licensed medical provider or testing facility confirming the positive result. See the protocol page for details.

Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile:  Nicole Stabinski

This week's featured alumnae, Nicole Stabinski, works for the district in the transportation department and in the 21st Century After-school Program. She credits a strong relationship with a teacher and administrator at SHS with inspiring her to work with students and families.  "Mr. Dinola always made sure that I stayed in line with what I needed and wasn’t afraid to tell me that I needed to get my act together."

Check out other district alumni profiles here.


Would you like to be featured?

If you are an alumni of SCSD and would like to be featured, let us know by completing this online form.

Purchase Tickets for Tonight's Football at Shen in Advance

If you plan on attending tonight's Varsity Football game at Shenendehowa, please purchase your tickets ahead of time here

Cheerleaders Warm Up

Watch our Patriot cheerleaders warm up prior to last week's home opener.

Video:  Cheerleaders warm up

Patriot Pride

Principal Green captured a lot of Patriot Pride in the student section at last week's home game

Video:  SHS Varsity Football

Athletics Underway

JV Boys Volleyball Team's first home game

ATHLETICS PHOTO JV Boys Volleyball's first home game

Design a Winning Logo for Farm to School Program

Farm to School Logo

The Schenectady City School District is holding a contest to design a winning logo for our Farm to School program. Visit here for more details and requirements. Designs must be submitted to Rebekka Henriksen by October 30.

Farm to School Harvest of the Month Taste. Testing

September's Harvest of the Month is tomato. Food Services will be offering tastings of tomato & corn salad in all our school cafeterias on Friday, September 23rd and collecting feedback from students regarding what they like. If a majority of students like the dish, it will be incorporated into our school lunch menus. Several varieties of tomatoes are grown in New York State, including during the winter months. These are usually grown hydroponically in climate controlled greenhouses.  Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins C and A, and can help keep blood sugar levels in check. If your child is not sure about trying tomatoes, cook them down into a tasty sauce to serve over spaghetti.

Paige Takes The "No Place for Hate" Pledge

Students at Paige spent the first week of school taking the No Place for Hate Pledge in their classrooms. Once the classes signed their pledge, the hallway in Paige was decorated with each student's signature. Watch Mrs. Harlow's 5th grade class take the No Place for Hate Pledge on our YouTube Channel here

Paige takes the "No Place for Hate" Pledge

Hamilton Dance Party

Watch Hammy the Husky lead the Hamilton Elementary back to school dance party

Hamilton Dance Party Video on Twitter

Former NFL Player Visits Mont Pleasant

Former NFL Player Shamiel Gary visits Mont Pleasant Middle School

Former Buffalo Bill, Miami Dolphin and New England Patriot player, Shamiel Gary, visited students at Mont Pleasant Middle School earlier this week. He held assemblies for each grade level but also worked in small groups with students throughout the day. Shamiel delivered a message to the students to "Always show up ready to be the best version of yourself". Watch Shamiel's message to students on YouTube.

Community Notes

Schenectady Youth Basketball
Schenectady Youth Basketball will begin to hold open gym for students in grades 4-8 beginning Monday, September 19. This is free.

Students will receive detail on Capital District Youth Basketball League (CDYBL) tryouts at open gym.

School Vaccination Clinic
Ellis Family Health Center is hosting their annual Back-to- School Vaccination Clinic to help children in the community get their school vaccinations in a timely manner and during hours that are convenient for families. This will be a walk-in service so no appointment is needed. More

Acting Academy After School Program
Students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in the Acting Academy After School Program at Proctors. Runs October 11 through May 4, Monday - Thursday from. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. More info & to register: https://school.proctors.org/events/acting-academy/

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