This page includes a variety of help articles and resources designed to help parents and their students succeed while in school. Please use the links provided here to access this information. Some of the documents here are in Adobe PDF format; if you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download one for free by clicking here.
Parents are a child's first teacher. They are also a child's best advocate all through school. To be effective in those roles, parents need information. That where South Colonie's award-winning parent newsletter series can help.
These newsletters are written for parents of four specific age groups: pre-school, elementary, middle and high school, and cover wide variety of topics. They are all designed with one goal in mind: To help you help your child become a more successful learner.
A census is conducted each spring by the district to identify all school-age and preschool children living in the district. If you know someone moving into the district with preschool children, please encourage them to contact the district census coordinator at 869-3576.
Students, parents and school personnel must work together to ensure an orderly and pleasant learning environment. We encourage students to become more responsible for their own actions and to understand and accept the consequences of these actions. A detailed Code of Conduct and the range of consequences that may be imposed is thoroughly reviewed with students during the opening weeks of schools. The Code of Conduct may also be downloaded from your child's school page.
Under the school attendance Laws of New York State, parents are responsible for their children’s regular attendance and punctuality. Legal reasons for absence include illness of a child, emergency illness in the family, death in the immediate family, inclement weather and religious observances. A written excuse stating the date and the reason for the absence should be signed by the parent/guardian.
Attendance is a critical factor for educational success. Regular attendance and punctuality will improve a student’s grades, enthusiasm for education, involvement in school activities, and social life. Consistent school attendance, improved academic performance and school completion will contribute to the district’s efforts to reach the higher standards established by the Board of Education. The district has a comprehensive attendance policy in place for all students, which is available for review at your child’s school and the District Office. For more on attendance, click here.
Understanding New York State's Common Core Standards: A Toolkit for Parents and Families
A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. The Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State education reform initiatives known as the Common Core Standards and how the changes will help your child graduate from high school ready for college and careers. We encourage parents and families to use these tools in conjunction with resources and information you receive from your child’s school and teachers. We will continue to build upon this toolkit as we receive feedback from educators and families.
For a Parent's Guide to Common Core Learning please click here.
Helping Parents Deal With Teen Issues
South Colonie provides this list of web sites and resources to help parents deal with issues that may be confronting their teens from peer pressure, to depression to drug abuse and more. There are also library databases available online to research more information. For a list of web sites that help parents/students deal with teen issues, click here. For a list of reading resources, books and authors that address teen issues, click here.
The Importance of Family Engagement