TROY — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student-athlete David Gardiner, of Malta, a mechanical engineering major, has earned recognition as part of the 2016 Liberty League Fall All-Academic Swimming and Diving Team. [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District has been designated as a “District of Distinction” by the nationwide District Administration (DA) publication, the most read resource in K-12 education, for its work advancing [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA — A Ballston Spa High School alumna was recently awarded the Serviceman of the Year award as a result of her efforts in the United States Navy. [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA- Several Ballston Spa students spoke of recent accolades at the Ballston Spa School Board meeting held Wednesday, Apr. 15 at the high school; a few days after the district received its own award for safety excellence.
BALLSTON SPA-Frank Griffin, Saratoga Co. Fair Board Member since 1994 and Dick Rowland, past General Manager of the Saratoga Co. Fair, were given top honors at The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs. [Read more…]
The fair opens to the public on July 16 and runs until July 21. All of the student work will be on display in the Education Exhibit (under the Grandstand). [Read more…]
Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, is seeking Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and are in need of financial assistance to go back to school.
Since 1972, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards program has provided women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training, according to information from the organization. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense. The Saratoga County club will provide a $2,500 cash grant to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Region level, where one recipient will receive $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.
Additional applications and fact sheets for the Women’s Opportunity Awards can be obtained by sending an email request to SISaratogaAwards@gmail.com or by contacting Dora Lee Stanley at 518-587-3226. Applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Saratoga County by Thursday. Dec. 1.
“Soroptimist International of Saratoga County is part of an international organization with 95,000 members in 120 countries and territories. Soroptimist is a volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of woman and girls, in local communities and throughout the world,” according to a statement. “In addition, Soroptimist uses its international voice and official status with the United Nations to advocate on behalf of women’s issues. Soroptmist International of Saratoga County has supported a variety of local service projects since its inception in 1979.”
By JENNIFER FARNSWORTH
For the second year in a row Ballston Spa High has been given recognition for their approach to ensuring high school students are ready for the next phase of education after leaving the district. The district was recently named one of the top high schools in the country on the Washington Post’s annual Challenge Index list.
The annual list looks at the overall comprehensive programs that public high schools utilize while preparing students for college.
Joseph Dragone, superintendent of Ballston Spa Central School District said the district was recognized last year for the same honor making this their second year on the list. He said the teachers and faculty at the high school support access for all students to take the most challenging coursework.
The district was also recognized by the College Board as one of 388 schools in the country to promote access for all students while maintaining the same levels of academic achievement. Dragone said factors like administering 400 AP exams is an example of the school’s success.
“It definitely promotes competitiveness for our graduates as they look to higher education. The most important admission criteria is strength of transcript, and colleges want to see involvement in advanced programs and innovative coursework,” said Dragone.
In light of so much criticism of school districts and teachers across the state, Dragone said he knows it is important for a community to see where their investment in a school district goes and he said he hopes this type of recognition helps.
“We work hard to make sure the community sees results from their investment. These recent awards are just one example, in addition to our new program with Hudson Valley at TEC-SMART and our International Baccalaureate candidacy. People need to know that they are investing in current and future success,” said Dragone.
Since 1998, The Washington Post has looked at area public high schools using the Challenge Index. The formula divides the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors. Although the index is not a measure of the overall quality of the school, the rating is able to give an idea of the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing average, not just high honors, students for college. In 2011, the Post expanded its research to high schools across the United States.
The district was also recently awarded a place on the AP Achievement List for opening AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. The AP Achievement List is made up of all school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance.
Dragone said he hopes to qualify every year, but added that the competition and standards for the index continue to grow every year.
“We don’t work to get recognized; we work to provide the best programs for our students and support our mission. Being recognized at the national level for the accomplishments of our students and staff is the icing on the cake,” said Dragone.