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Recent high school graduates — Erin Young of Voorheesville, Laila Jerome of Guilderland, and Tyler Goodemote of Berne-Knox-Westerlo — had their senior years upended by the pandemic but adapted, each in their own inimitable way.

NEW SCOTLAND — David Lawrence is one of the teachers who Voorheesville’s Class of 2020 would go to if they had problems.

Guilderland school leaders spoke of the grit that was developed by earlier generations that survived the Great Depression and fought in World War II, and urged the Class of 2020, having endured the coronavirus pandemic, to grow from it.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s senior planning committee is looking at other venues for the school’s graduation ceremony, typically held at The Egg in Albany,  that will accommodate social-distancing guidelines while allowing students a meaningful send-off. 

The Voorheesville library will hold an event that teaches how to fix the items attendees bring in. 

The Museum Education Act should be funded in the state’s budget as it would support the important learning that comes from museum visits and would allow students from poor districts the same opportunities for field trips that students in wealthier districts enjoy.

Alicia Stenard believes that a topic percolating just below the consciousness of the American public — school lockdowns — needs to be addressed. As a longtime Albany teacher, she worried about the effects lockdown drills had on her students’ psyches.

Students — without notes — talked about possibility in the first-ever Tedx Guilderland HS event on Jan. 24. Charles Joseph told listeners about why they should be investing their money and making it work for them. Jun Ho Oh spoke of the changes 5G technology will bring and said that 2021 will be “an entirely different world than we see it now.” Lavanya Prabhakar talked about the arguments for multiverses. Alyssa Koh recommended making a habit of fearlessness by always setting new goals, whether huge or miniscule: “By daring myself to do things, no matter what, no backsies — if I fail, I fail; if I succeed, I succeed,” she said. 

The Guilderland school district has learned from painful experience that, in the space of 20 years, the identity of a person honored by a memorial may be lost to current faculty, staff, and students.

In 2020, the town will begin to charge residents for accepting their household recyclables.  


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