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Knickerbacker Middle School

Knickerbacker Middle School is one of four schools in the Lansingburgh Central School District. Comprising grades 6-8, Knickerbacker Middle School houses approximately 571 students and employs approximately 65 professional and support staff.

              • 320 Seventh Avenue
              • Troy, NY 12182
              • (518) 233-6811
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Developments at Knickerbacker Middle School

 

Michael Harkin named Assistant Principal at Knickerbacker Middle School

Mr. Michael Harkin is the new Assistant Principal at Knickerbacker Middle School effective July 8, 2014.

He had served as the Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics for the Lansingburgh Central School District for 7 years.  During the years prior to this, Mr. Harkin was the Athletic Director at Tamarac Central School District and a Physical Education Teacher with the Albany City School District.
 
Mr. Harkin earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Canisius College and his master's degree in Educational Administration from the College St. Rose.

Congratulations to the KMS Class of 2014!

The 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony took place on Thursday, June 26.


Congratulations to the KMS 2014 National Junior Honor Society Inductees.

 This year’s induction class consisted of 24 members.  

2014 NJHS INDUCTEES

Sarah Bourgault

Brianna Bruno Breanne Crobok

Jarrett Currier

Dejah Defreest

Skylar Demontozon

Michael Digiulio

Jacob Elliott Megan Gilbert

Gabriella Gilligan

Brian Gregoire Catherine Lynch

Samantha Milam

Jenna Pelfrey Steven Roy

Kiana Schwing

Ethan Sopko Arika Struzinsky

Kennedy Teta

Skyler Teta Abigayle Thornton

Natalie Tidings

Alexa Wells Kaylee Wilkinson

 


 

Education Day With The Tri-City Valley Cats

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Eighth grade students along with Ms. Agyeman’s, Ms. Gibson’s and Mr. Jasuta’s classes will be attending a Tri-City Valley Cats Baseball game on June 17th at 10:00 A.M. There will be no cost due in part to the collaboration of Mr. Loatman, a teacher at KMS, Chris Chenes, a Valley Cats Employee and Mr. Paolino the principal at KMS.  All of the students who are attending the game will also receive a lunch compliments of the Valley Cats.

Click here to view the flyer for this event.


KMS Red Team Awarded Earth Day Grant for Courtyard Garden


Congratulations to the KMS Red Team who was recently awarded the Eastern NY AWMA Earth Day Grant (Eastern New York Chapter - Mid Atlantic States Section - Air & Waste Management Association).

The total amount awarded was $500.  This money will be used for lumber and materials from Wiley Brothers as well as topsoil and pea stone from Gallivan Corporation.  In technology, students will be building the raised beds themselves.

Earlier in the year the Red Team also received over $800 in materials from Donors Choose and Disney - including a worm composting system, seedling beds, and many different tools and supplies.

This year the garden will be expanded from 2 raised beds and 6 small pallets to six raised beds (measuring about 7 feet x 4 feet, with two beds built deeper to accommodate root vegetables).  They also hope to update the appearance of the garden by adding pea stone surrounding each bed.


OLWEUS Poster Contest at KMS

We have our winner! Congratulations to Zorea Johnson who won a $25.00 gift certificate to Regal Cinemas! Her poster will be entered into the Rennselear County Student Contest held by the Sheriff's Office. Thank you to all of the students who worked so hard on their posters.

 

Bike to School Challenge at KMS


May is national bike month and KMS will be hosting a the bike to school challenge.  From May 1-22nd, students will be encouraged to ride their bikes to school.  Mr. Donegan will be registering interested students next week. The student who rides to school the most days will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Bike Barn in Cohoes and the highly coveted gear head trophy. (click to view)

KMS Celebrates PI Day


Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3.14) around the world. Pi (the Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. It is an irrational number - a number with no patterns and no end!

In lunches, students competed against their teammates to see who could recite the most digits of pi. 

The winnters were:
6th Grade Blue Team - Jonathan Leinhauser with 28 digits; Orange Team - Alanna Sherrod with 47 digits.

7th Grade Yellow Team - Sadie Gardener with 31 digits; Red Team - a tie between Vinny Harrington and Matthew Rings with 15 digits.
8th Grade White Team - Megan McAffrey with 56 digits; Maroon Team - Tatiana Thomas with 66 digits.

The SCHOOL-WIDE Winner (from the 7th grade Yellow Team) was Naiya Garcia - who recited 111 digits of pi from memory! A new record!


Congratulations to all participants!!


Attention Parents and Guardians of KMS Students

Beware! You might be living with a tween! The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an award-winning, six-week program designed to help parents and their children, ages 10-13, increase communication and appreciation, set boundaries, talk about issues facing them, and develop strategies that help you set limits for them with love. The workshop is unique in that both parents and children attend together.

The program will run Thursdays from February 27 through April 3 from 5-7:30pm.

Click here to view the flyer for this event


KMS Yearbook Orders Due March 14th

The KMS/LHS PTSA will be selling the 2013-2014 Knickerbacker Middle School Yearbook. Year book Pricing is $25.00. Online orders are only being accepted at YBPay.lifetouch.com with the Year book ID Code: 10539114.

Please see the Yearbook letter for more information.


Students Welcome Guest Speaker Nell Stokes-Holmes

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To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and teach our 6th grade students more about the Civil Rights struggle, we had a very special guest speaker at Knickerbacker Middle School on January 17th.  Her name is Nell Stokes-Holmes and she was born in Montgomery, Alabama. Nell shared with us her first person account of what it was like to live in Montgomery when Rosa Parks decided not to give up her seat on a segregated bus on December 1, 1955.

That action sparked the beginning of the civil rights protests and the bus boycott of Montgomery.  Nell, who was 16 years old at the time, helped out.  She volunteered at a local taxi company, packing people’s groceries and luggage into cars. A few years later, Ms. Stokes-Holmes worked across from the Greyhound Bus Station near the firebombing of a Freedom Rider bus in Montgomery.

After Ms. Stokes-Holmes shared her experiences with us, she took questions from the students.  Questions ranged from “Did you meet Martin Luther King, Jr.?” (Yes, she was in the same room with him and Rosa Parks several times when he came to visit the taxi company during the boycott – but she regrets not shaking his hand.) to “Did you have friends when you were growing up?”

Currently Ms. Stokes-Holmes lives in Albany and is former Volunteer Interim Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region.  She also volunteered as chairwoman of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Memorial Scholarship Committee for twenty years.  We are so delighted that Ms. Stokes-Holmes could join us again this year to share her experience and insights with us! 

Holiday Food Drive a Great Success!



 
Once again, KMS and LHS held a Holiday Food Drive the month of December in order to provide meals to families in our community.  KMS Student Council leads the food drive initiative at KMS by making food drive bins for each class, organizing the food collection, and also by offering a pizza party prize to the class that contributes the most food to the drive.  Each grade is assigned different items to contribute like canned veggies, stuffing, mashed potatoes or gravy.  Point values are assigned to the food items, and weekly tallies are taken to see which classes are in the lead to win the pizza party.  It is a friendly competition that motivates our students and faculty to get their donations in!  Lansingburgh faculty donate turkeys and hams, and Stewarts Shops donate milk. KMS student and faculty volunteers got together and boxed all of the food into meals ready for delivery.  Lansingburgh faculty members Mark Smith and Jeff Pasinella organize the food and ham donations, as well as trailer all the food packages and then deliver them to local families right before the holidays! Food bundles were delivered to almost 100 families this year! The winning classes this year were Ms. Gibson, and Mr. Ferris! Great job and thanks to everyone who contributed in some way!  

Thank you to Jeff Pasinella and Mark Smith for delivering so many meals and for your efforts to keep this tradition going!


KMS Character Bucks Program!

 

character bucks

For the past month students have been recognized for displaying positive character traits at KMS. Faculty have focused on recognizing students who have shown empathy and acceptance towards fellow students. Students were given character bucks when they were caught showing great character, this encouraged students to continue these behaviors and also motivated their peers to demonstrate these behaviors as well.
 
Next week before the holiday break students will be able to purchase items from our KMS store with their character bucks.  Faculty and Staff have  donated items for our students to purchase!
 
Mr Donegan's technology class also built a display case in order for students to see what they may be able to purchase during their lunch period! Thank you to Mr. Donegan

Parents' Night Out Hosted by the Girls' Basketball Program

On Friday, December 20th the Girls' Basketball Program will be hosting a Parents' Night Out from 5:30-8:30 at the LHS Gym. The event is open to all Lansingburgh students grades Pre-K through 6. Spots are limited so reserve yours today!

Click Here to view the Flyer


Student Council Update

poetry poetry

Winners of the poetry contest : Standing alone, 8th grader Abigail Baez
Group photo left to right: Sadie Gardner, (7th), Kierra Leak (6th) Leilah Sousis, Tyma Chesnut, 7th)

Student Council hosted Red Ribbon Week at KMS,  a week to educate students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.  During that week, daily trivia regarding drug education was played during the morning announcements and classes were able to win various prizes such as pencils, and book marks. 

We also held a poetry contest for all grades, over 25 students submitted poems! The winners at each grade level received a prize pack from Student Council.  Click Here to read the winning poems.

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DAB II Event

On Friday November 15th KMS will launch their anti-bullying program.  We will have our annual "Dance Away Bullying" Event.  Please encourage your child to attend and take a pledge to stand up to bullying.  Dance is $1.00 at the door and open to KMS students only.  Special guest SKATE will be performing!   For more information please visit the KMS Character website!


OPT OUT Permission to Use Student Photographs

Lansingburgh Central School District may, at times, use photographs, photographic images, names, audio recordings, and/or video recordings of students for purposes of general publicity and/or student recruitment in publications, public relations, promotions, publicity and advertising. Should a parent or guardian NOT want their student to be photographed or recorded, please view and sign the Lansingburgh CSD OPT OUT Permission to Use Student Photographs form and return it to your students principal. For a copy of the form please click here.


NYSDOH, Bureau of Injury Prevention

The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Injury Prevention has developed the "Injury Free Kids" website for health care practitioners, parents, and caregivers. To see the attached letter on this new resource please click here. To see posters for additional details on this new resource please click here.


Change in Contact Information?

If there is a change in your work, cell, or home phone number, please remember to notify the KMS main office at 233-6811. This information is kept on your student's emergency card and in school records. Keeping this information current ensures you may be reached if needed.

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