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Area schools awarded grant to review assessments

BOCES-led consortium wins nearly $440k for 12 districts

A dozen area school districts welcomed an infusion of state funding to help improve assessment practices.

South Colonie harvests sunlight

District will place solar panels on 11 buildings

With schools across the state and nation facing tough decisions and budgets, one school district was able to find a way to save money every year on energy costs without taxpayers footing the bill.

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Tech Valley High makes a move

Regional program prepares for first year at CNSE’s Albany campus

The phones were still off the hook, but Tech Valley High School Principal Dan Liebert could already hear educational opportunities calling area students.

Back To School Resources

This appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School special section.

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Nanotech interns tackle tough questions

CSNE summer program allows students to get hands-on research experience

Nearly 60 students worked one-on-one with SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering professors over the past 10 weeks to gain hands-on experience.

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A better balance

Area schools look for creative ways to provide nutritious meals that kids will want to ea

This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.

Do online report cards make the grade?

More Capital District schools are moving to digital reports to allow parents an easy way to monitor a child’s progress

This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.

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Fostering confidence through creativity

Summer art classes for special education student help them gain life skills and more

Summer school is generally not something students clamor for, but there are some that enjoy the atmosphere and benefit from year-round learning.

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The trials of summer

Albany County Bar Association helps Cohoes teen attend camp that sharpens law skills

A student from Cohoes High School was the first person to be given a newly created scholarship that helped her attend an educational camp in Lake George.

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Dragons and damsels

Landis Arboretum program will take people on a dragonfly hunt

Get an up close look at some unique insects during “Dragonflies and Damselflies,” on Saturday, July 19, at the Landis Arboretum. Anne Donnelly, dragonfly surveyor for the New York State Natural Heritage Program, will lead the afternoon "field trip."

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Delayed diploma

Colonie Central student who spent her graduation in the ER dons cap and gown a second time

After years of hard work and dedication, a Colonie Central student was set to graduate when she lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital Friday, June 27. Following her recovery, her friends wanted to make sure she received her diploma in her cap and gown.

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Menands School students propose utensil swap

Members of Menands Inquiry Team convince school board to make the switch from plastic to reusable silverware

A group of Menands students found that making a small change in the school’s lunchtime routine will save money and reduce pollution.

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Voorheesville eyes $1.3M grant for rail trail project

Village officials finalize plan, target state funds for enhancing trail’s end

Voorheesville Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 27, approved submitting an application requesting $1.3 million of federal Transportation Alternatives Program funding for its rail trail project.

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Colonie teens speak out against distracted driving

Contest winner’s PSA displayed on Central Avenue billboard

High school students united in a campaign to create a public service announcement to bring awareness to distracted driving.

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Not your average school event

Raiderfest includes a 5K race and carnival games

Colonie Central High School is holding a one-of-a-kind event where more than 500 students have volunteered to participate in a fundraiser that has everything from a 5-kilometer race to carnival games, craft vendors and food trucks.

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