School Bulletins 06.27.19

Poestenkill Youth Summer Camp

Poestenkill Summer Camp will be held July 8th-August 2nd at Poestenkill Elementary School from 9am-4pm. Each week will be filled with field trips to a variety of locations around the Capital Region including Grafton, Billy Beez, Fun Plex, Liberty Ridge Farm, Valley Cats, Zoom Flume, etc, art projects, STEM challenges, physical activities, water activities and visitors to camp. Swim lessons will be offered at Grafton. Registration information can be found at

Contact Town Office at 518-283-5100 with any questions. Submitted by: Tiffany Buker, Camp Director, Town of Poestenkill

Friends of  the Poestenkill Library

Photo Marcia Hopple, President of the Friends of the Poestenkill Library, left, and Jenna Miller, award recipient.

Averill Park High School graduating senior Jenna Miller was recognized by the Friends of the Poestenkill Library at the School’s annual awards night in June.   The Friends group launched an annual award to a college bound senior at Averill Park High School in 2017, to honor the student’s support for libraries and literacy.  Qualifications include volunteering with a library or literacy organization, or any other activity to encourage reading and access to the written word.  The recipient must be a resident of Poestenkill.  The award this year was $250.  Students are chosen by the high school awards committee.  Jenna is the daughter of Val and Ed Miller and says, “I appreciate that I have had a local library that has allowed me to discover my love for reading and is doing the same for my little brother.” Jenna has volunteered for the Library, including maintenance of the flower beds that add to the Library’s community impact.Jenna will attend Daemen College in Amherst N.Y., where she is accepted into their five-year physician’s assistant program.

Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Available

Wynantskill UFSD would like to inform our community that information and applications for the Free and Reduced- Price Lunch Program are available on the district website,, or by calling Food Services Director Lori Audi at 518-283-4600 ext. 22.

The National School Lunch Program is a completely confidential program that has helped ensure children have access to nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches since 1946.

APHS Class of 1989 30th Year Reunion

Planning is in the works to celebrate our 30th year reunion. August 17th is the tentative date and we are currently looking into possible venues. An email address has been set up for questions, or to contact the planning committee. For classmates who are not on Facebook, please send an email to: and provide your contact information. For those without access to a computer, you may call or text 518 378-5318. Friends and family of alumni, please spread the word and forward the email address to classmates. We are hoping for a great turnout!

Save the date! CHS Annual 70’s Alumni Party

Grads/attendees/teachers of Columbia High School 1970-1979: mark your calendar to attend the annual Alumni Party/Summer Get-Together on Saturday, August 17, 2019. ALL alumni welcome! Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way (off Route 9J), Schodack Landing. Camping available, reserve now; sites are going fast! Watch for further details here and on our FB page: SEVENTIES REUNION. Contact: Caroline Lynch Zeyak at 518-928-3223 or

Save the Date!

The planning of the St. Jude the Apostle Church & School Festival & Craft Fair has begun! The SJF will take place on Saturday, September 28th, from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm, 42 Dana Avenue, Wynantskill, featuring food around the globe, live entertainment, children’s games, haunted house, raffles and much more! FREE ADMISSION We are now accepting vendors, please email for more information.

7th Annual CHS 60’s Reunion

Summer is coming and Labor Day will follow, which means the 7th annual CHS 60’s Reunion will be Saturday, September 7, 2019. Please mark your calendar and save the date. As always, we meet every year the first Saturday after Labor Day. All classes from the 60’s including ‘60 to ‘69 along with all pre ‘60’s classes are invited to attend. We will meet again at the East Greenbush Firehouse pavilion on Phillips Road from 4 to 9 PM. Beer, wine, mixed drinks and soda, along with food will be available at reasonable prices. Pictures from previous reunions are available for viewing at courtesy of Paul Kardos ‘63. No reservation is required. All are asked to pay $5 to cover expenses and the surplus will be donated to CoNSERNS-U for their back to school program. Please share this information with your classmates and encourage them to join you on the 7th. Have a great Summer. Hope to see you in September!

~Bob Flynn ‘63

Columbia High School Class of ‘69 50th Reunion

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Columbia High School, East Greenbush. Class of 1969 is celebrating their 50th year class reunion at Nassau Sportsman Club – outdoor pavilion at 370 Boyce Road,Nassau, NY 12123. The date is September 14, 2019 at 4pm. Food will be served at 5pm. Please RSVP by August 14th with a check payable for $35.00 pp to Colleen Thompson.  15 Thompson Court, Rensselaer NY 12144.

Class Reunion Save The Date

Save the date, October 4, 2019, Catholic Central High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion at Franklin Terrace. More information to follow.

Columbia High School Class of ’79 40th year reunion

The Columbia High School Class of ’79 40th year reunion will be held on Friday, November 29th, 6:30-11:30 pm at The Century House in Latham.

Details on Columbia High School Class of ‘79 Facebook page.

Cameron Coffey Named to Dean’s List at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, GA (06/21/2019)– Cameron Coffey of Averill Park, NY (12018), made the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Alexandra Moak of East Nassau Named to UA President’s List

TUSCALOOSA, AL (06/21/2019)– Alexandra Inez Moak of East Nassau, NY (12062), was named to The University of Alabama President’s List for spring 2019.

News from University of Delaware

For more information contact: Andrea Boyle Tippett 302-831-1421,

Emily Lewis has been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester

NEWARK, DE (06/19/2019)– Emily Lewis of Mechanicville has been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester.

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Friends of the Rensselaer Library

New members are always welcome; it is a wonderful way to improve the lives of our young and not so young people of the city, so volunteer today. We are in need of volunteer gardeners and bakers for the Wednesday concerts.


June 29th Registration for the Summer Reading Kickoff. This year’s theme will be “A Universe of Stories” 11am-2pm. Hot dogs, rocket fuel and moon pies will be served at the Kick-Off Registration.

Sept. 14th — Our first annual fundraiser “Sipping and Sampling” from 5-9pm at City View Terrace above Partition St. Wine and Liquor.

Bismarck State College announces President’s Honor Roll

“Recognition for academic excellence isn’t a right, it’s a hard-earned privilege to be so recognized. We’re always proud of those students who go above and beyond to achieve excellence and the recognition that goes with it,” said BSC President Dr. Larry C. Skogen.

The following area students have maintained at least a 3.50 grade point on a 4.00 scale while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes to qualify for the BSC President’s Honor Roll.

*Designates a 4.00 GPA

Ann Brooks, Troy, N.Y.

Robert Zassowski, Rensselaer, N.Y.

Wynantskill UFSD- Register Kindergartners Now for 2019-20 School Year

Parents of children who will attend kindergarten at Gardner-Dickinson School in the fall are encouraged to register their children now. Your child must be 5 years old by Dec. 1, 2019 to attend kindergarten in September.

To register, parents are asked to call Ms. Fazioli at 518-283-4600 ext. 10, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Forms and registration information are also available at

Registering your child for kindergarten now will make sure your child is ready to start the school year by ensuring all the necessary paperwork is on file. It also helps Wynantskill UFSD plan for the upcoming school year by providing school officials a better estimate of how many kindergarteners will attend school.

Averill Park Senior Wins Scholarship

The Men’s Club of St. Michael’s Church, Troy, recently announced that Ms. Mariah St. Onge, an Averill Park High School senior, was the winner of the St. Michael’s Men’s Club Annual Scholarship.

Ms. St. Onge was presented a check for $500 at the Club’s Annual Steak Roast Dinner, marking the end of the service year for the organization. Scholarship applicants were evaluated based on essays they submitted outlining their past service and involvement in the Parish as well as their plans to continue that service in the future. Mariah will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall with plans to become a Physician’s Assistant at the conclusion of her studies.

Joe Stevens, Jr. #33 Memorial Award

Carl Nitz is the 2019 recipient of the Joe Stevens Jr. #33 Memorial Award. This award is given to a senior who played football for APHS and demonstrated leadership, dedication, loyalty and honesty on and off the field. Given in Memory of Joe who wore #33 and was a 2001 graduate of APHS. Carl was voted unanimously by the members of the football team, stating he exemplified the most qualities like Joe did. Carl’s name has been added to the Memorial Scholarship plaque and will be displayed outside the high school gym.

~ Submitted by Pat Stevens, Averill Park

SUNY New Paltz celebrates Erin Brown at Commencement 2019

NEW PALTZ, NY (06/20/2019)– SUNY New Paltz is pleased to congratulate Erin Brown of Troy, NY, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders during the 2019 Commencement season.

At the annual May graduation ceremonies, the College celebrates new alumni who completed their degrees in the Fall 2018, Winter 2019 and Spring 2019 terms.

SUNY New Paltz releases spring 2019 Dean’s List

NEW PALTZ, NY (06/20/2019)– SUNY New Paltz announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester, a recognition for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

This year’s Dean’s List includes the following students:

Abigail Carola of Mechanicville, NY (12118)

Jordan Caywood of Rensselaer, NY (12144)

Kathleen Dempsey of Nassau, NY (12123)

Shannon Dodson of Troy, NY (12180)

Rebecca Ehrlich of Castleton on Hudson, NY (12033)

Sean Grasing of Mechanicville, NY (12118)

Michael Guardino of Nassau, NY (12123)

Mara Koster of East Greenbush, NY (12061)

Rose Malenfant of Averill Park, NY (12018)

Jordan Newman of Troy, NY (12180)

Joel Olzak of East Nassau, NY (12062)

Adam Russell of Nassau, NY (12123)

Michael Ruth of Rensselaer, NY (12144)

Daniel Suite of Hoosick Falls, NY (12090)

Allison Wark of West Sand Lake, NY (12196)

Ithaca College Congratulates May 2019 Graduates

ITHACA, NY (06/20/2019)– Ithaca College congratulates all May 2019 graduates.

Alexander Brosnihan of Troy (12180) graduated with a BS in Business Administration .

Katherine Hutton of West Sand Lake (12196) graduated Magna cum Laude with a BS in Biology .

Samuel Quinones of West Sand Lake (12196) graduated with a BS in Cinema & Photography .

Victoria King of West Sand Lake (12196) graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications .

Deanna Wetmore of Wynantskill (12198) graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Journalism .

News from SUNY Potsdam

Local SUNY Potsdam athletes named to SUNYAC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for 2018-19 season

The following local residents were among the 102 SUNY Potsdam student-athletes to earn a spot on the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2018-19 school year, the conference announced Tuesday, June 18. Athletes named to the honor roll had a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA for the year.

Sarah Erno of Mechanicville N.Y. is a senior member of the SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team.

Maeve Morrissey of Averill Park N.Y. is a sophomore member of the SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team.

Kristina Sanchez of Averill Park N.Y. is a freshman member of the SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team.

News from Ithaca College

Ithaca College congratulates the following local students named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester:

Katherine Hutton of West Sand Lake (12196), a Biology major.

Kristen Schaefer of West Sand Lake (12196), a Business Administration major.

Christina Bucci of Averill Park (12018), a Clinical Health Studies major.

Isabelle Churan of Troy (12182), a Clinical Health Studies major.

Cassandra Crucetti of Hoosick Falls (12090), a Clinical Health Studies major.

Shannon Seeberger of Averill Park (12018), a Clinical Health Studies major.

Victoria King of West Sand Lake (12196), a Integrated Marketing Communications major.

James Fleck of Castleton on Hudson (12033), a Legal Studies major.

Stephen Ryan of Averill Park (12018), a Music Education major.

Patrick Smith of Troy (12180), a Television-Radio major.

Samantha Marks of Wynantskill (12198), a Writing for Film, TV and Emerging Media major.

News from Hofstra University

For more information contact: University Relations at 516-463-6818

Olivia Lang Named to Spring 2019 Provost’s List at Hofstra University

HEMPSTEAD — Olivia Lang of Castleton, NY achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during the Spring 2019 semester, earning a spot on the Provost’s List at Hofstra University

Hofstra University Congratulates Spring 2019 Dean’s List Students

Hofstra University congratulates the students named to the Spring 2019 Dean’s List for their outstanding academic achievement. Students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 during the semester to make the Dean’s List.

Madison Burns of East Greenbush

Amani Henderson of Troy

News from SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton Celebrates Spring 2019 Graduates

“The sky’s the limit on the possibilities that lie ahead,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran during this year’s Commencement Ceremony. “Your time here at SUNY Canton has opened many doors. You’ve worked hard and learned much. You’ve developed academically and made life-long friends. Now I encourage you to go out there and make the best future for everyone!”

Among the students who graduated from SUNY Canton are:

Brandon A. Palmer of Castleton On Hudson, NY (12033) who earned their Certificate in Electrical Construction & Maintenance. Palmer is a 2014 graduate of Columbia High School.

Tyler Redziniak of Rensselaer, NY (12144) who earned their Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Redziniak is a 2007 graduate of Franklin Academy High School.

Raechel M. Yost of Rensselaer, NY (12144) who earned their Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. Yost is a 2015 graduate of Columbia High School.

Boston University Graduates Schodack Landing, NY, Resident

(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University awarded academic degrees to 6,902 students in May 2019. Among the graduates was Bryn C. Schockmel, who received a Doctor of Philosophy in History of Art and Architecture.

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