New York Army National Guard Promotions
Latham, NY – Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.
Alex Ciulla from Mechanicville, N.Y. and assigned to the 206th Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.
David Hansen from Melrose, N.Y. and assigned to the 2nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Charles Olson from East Greenbush, N.Y. and assigned to the 466th Medical Company Area Support received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.
Robert Hoard from Berlin, N.Y. and assigned to the Company C, 2-108th Infantry received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.
Joshua Phillips from East Greenbush, N.Y. and assigned to the Company C, 2-108th Infantry received a promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Blake Pobran from Johnsonville, N.Y. and assigned to the Company A, 1-224th Aviation Security and Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.
Justin Aragosa from Troy, N.Y. and assigned to the Military Intelligence Company D, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.
These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.
News from Averill Park CSD
The Averill Park Key Club visited Crossgates Mall and sold Bells of Life leading up to the holiday break. The group helped raise more than $1,500, which benefits Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. Way to go everyone!
West Sand Lake Elementary first grade students from Mrs. Zalucky’s classroom created holiday care packages to send to troops stationed in Afghanistan, including a former Averill Park CSD graduate, Matt Schumaker, class of 2017. Six boxes were sent, which included snacks, toiletries and cards. Students learned how an act of kindness can be spread across thousands of miles. Great work!
Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary K-Kids volunteered at a monthly Sand Lake Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner recently. Students did everything from taking dinner orders to serving food and clearing tables. Great job everyone!
As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – averillpark.k12.ny.us. You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent
Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_EveryStudentEveryDay
Amanda Thrasher – 2019 4-H Lohnes Award Recipient
Amanda Thrasher, the daughter of Randy Thrasher and Debbie Gutierrez of Brunswick received the 2019 4-H Lohnes Award. This award is presented to a senior 4-H equine member that displays outstanding sportsmanship, hard work ethic, ease in working with others and is simply a good role model. Amanda has a hearty and vast 4-H career doing a number of projects from dogs and beef cattle as examples to her focal point of horses which includes showing, educational equine teams and volunteering extensively. Amanda is currently a junior at Tech Valley High School and is very involved in school activities and her community. We thank and congratulate Amanda for her hard work and support of our 4-H Program and being an outstanding role model to her fellow 4-H Members.
East Greenbush CSD to Host 30th Annual WinterFest on January 18
East Greenbush Central School District is hosting its 30th annual WinterFest on Saturday, January 18 at Howard L. Goff Middle School in East Greenbush. The family friendly event begins with a pancake breakfast from 8:00-10:30 a.m. in the Goff Middle School cafeteria. The cost is $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Throughout the day, there will be food, crafts, a used sports equipment sale, activities, bounce houses and fun for the whole family! Visit egcsd.org for more information.
Local SUNY Potsdam Students Named to President’s List
Potsdam, NY – The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named 946 students to the President’s List, in recognition of their academic excellence in the Fall 2019 semester. The SUNY Potsdam students were honored for earning top marks by President Kristin G. Esterberg.
The students included:
Jacob Ali of Troy, NY, whose major is Musical Studies
Alexa Dean-Banks of Rensselaer, NY, whose major is Environmental Studies
Catherine Gagnon of Rensselaer, NY, whose major is Archaeological Studies
Darrell Holovach of Hoosick Falls, NY, whose major is Music Education
Braden Jarosz of Schaghticoke, NY, whose major is Music Performance
Emily Kaarstad of Wynantskill, NY, whose major is Childhood/Early Childhood Education
Michael McDermott of Rensselaer, NY, whose major is Environmental Studies
Maeve Morrissey of Averill Park, NY, whose major is Exercise Science
Cameron Newman of Rensselaer, NY, whose major is Music Education
Benjamin Quinones of West Sand Lake, NY, whose major is Music Performance
Anita Reitano of Averill Park, NY, whose major is Childhood/Early Childhood Education
Phoebe Reuther of Troy, NY, whose major is Music Education
Jamie Salerno of Averill Park, NY, whose major is Music Education
Jeannette Womble of Rensselaer, NY, whose major is Art Studio
Emma Woolley of Cherry Plain, NY, whose major is History
To achieve the honor of being on the President’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
SUNY Potsdam Names Local Students to Dean’s List
Potsdam, NY – The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named 322 students who excelled academically in the Fall 2019 semester to the College’s Dean’s List.
The students included:
Drew Gates of Troy, NY, whose major is Theatre
Justin Geary of Mechanicville, NY, whose major is Exploratory/Undeclared
Conor Golden of Mechanicville, NY, whose major is Computer Science
To achieve the honor of being on the Dean’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of between 3.25 and 3.49 in the given semester.
Margaret Hoyt Achieves Fall 2019 Dean’s List at Belmont University
Nashville, TN (01/02/2020)– Margaret Hoyt from Averill Park qualified for the Fall 2019 Dean’s List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.
Approximately 38 percent of Belmont’s 8,481 students qualified for the Fall 2019 Dean’s List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “This achievement for the fall semester indicates that these students have placed a high priority on their work at Belmont and have invested time and energy in their studies. It is our strong belief that consistent application in this manner will reap great benefits, which will equip them for a lifetime of learning and growing.”
New York Army National Guard Soldier Reenlistments
Latham, NY – Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.
Sergeant David Stpierre from Mechanicville, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the 1427th Transportation Company.
Corporal Joseph Harrington from Hoosick Falls, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Military Intelligence Company D, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion.
Corporal Robert Rhodes from Averill Park, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Military Intelligence Company D, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion.
Sergeant Kurt Knapp from Wynantskill, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the United States Army Cyber Team 173.
01/09/2020 – 01/16/2020
Register for Averill Park Community Education Classes
Registration is open for Averill Park CSD’s Community Education classes! The Spring 2020 brochure of classes for all ages is now online on the district website (www.averillpark.k12.ny.us under “Programs”) or pick up a copy at one of the schools or local libraries. As always, you can register (and pay!) online through Family ID, through the mail, or in person at the District Office. We often add new classes after the Advertiser insert comes out, so keep checking the website and Family ID for updates.
There are classes every day of the week except Sunday from January through May! In addition to returning favorites, we also have 7 new classes and there is still no charge for informational classes (although registration is required). Classes beginning in January are: Dexie’s Exercise, PiYo, Learn to Crochet (new class), Get Down with Jenn Brown, Dog Obedience, Anyone Can Learn to Paint, Zumba Gold, Qigong Infused Yoga, and YMCA Yoga for Families (new).
Our goal is to connect people in our community. Even if you don’t live in the Averill Park school district, you are welcome to participate in or teach our Community Education classes! We look forward to expanding the scope of the program and want feedback and input from YOU! If you have an idea for a class or a one-time-only event, a talent or expertise to share, please contact us today: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-674-7191. -Nancy Bush and Julie Ernest, Co-Directors
01/02/2020 – 01/31/2020
Averill Park Announces Kindergarten Registrations for the 2020-2021 School Year
The Averill Park School District has begun the process of registering boys and girls for the 2020-2021 Kindergarten Classes. If you, or someone you know, has a child who will be five years of age on or before December 1, 2020 please contact the district registrar at 674-7050 extension 7201 to make sure that the child is listed on our school census. This will guarantee that you will receive all upcoming kindergarten information by mail. Registration paperwork should be hand delivered by the parent or guardian to the district registrar at the district office at the Averill Park High School during the month of February. Registration hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3:30 PM. Registration forms are accepted by appointment. All paperwork must be completed by 02-28-2020.
New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter kindergarten and attend school. Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure your child has all the needed immunizations. They are listed below.
Required Immunizations for Kindergarten
Immunizations Number of Doses
Hepatitis B 3
Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2