School Bulletins 08.22.19

Averill Park Student Leaders Perform Random Acts of Kindness

The student government at Averill Park High School is constantly creating projects and events that benefit the high school students and staff. This past school year, student leaders have created the Madi Stern Kindness Project in an attempt to do just that. This project involves performing small acts of kindness meant to bring joy into the everyday lives of the community in memory of former Averill Park student, Madi Stern. Delaney Burton, a student leader, explains, “Madi was a very kind soul and put everyone else before her. We wanted to find the perfect way to use her memory to affect the school community.”

On the day before the holiday vacation at Averill Park High School, the student government could be found in the main foyer of the high school passing out free hot chocolate. “It was so great to see people’s faces light up when they realized what was going on,” said Alyssa Lindheimer, a member of student government, “It was exactly what we aimed to accomplish.” The line for hot chocolate reached far throughout the school on that day, filled with excited students. Carley Salerno, a student at Averill Park, explained, “It’s not something that anyone expected and it definitely brought joy throughout the high school.”

The idea for the kindness project began at the Suburban Council Leadership Conference at Columbia High School. Student leaders listened to a group of motivational speakers but ultimately got the idea from papers that were hung around the school. They had tear-off slips at the bottom with positive messages for students to take. “I proposed the idea to do something like this in our school and Mrs. Daviero and Mrs. Ferlito agreed,” said Burton, “After talking it over we came to the conclusion it should be in memory of Madi because of how kind she was and the impact she made on the community by constantly paying it forward.”

With the new school year quickly approaching, be sure to keep an eye out for random acts of kindness in your community!

Clinton Heights Area 18th Annual Reunion

The Clinton Heights Annual Reunion will be held at the Melvin Roads American Legion Post, 200 Columbia Turnpike on Friday, September 6th, 2019 (the Friday after Labor Day) from 3:00PM to 7:00PM.  Please come and join us if you grew up in Clinton Heights, Hampton Manor, Prospect Heights, Clinton Park or Hillview in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond.  Everyone is welcome.  If you are in contact with anyone who has left the area, please give them a call also.  This is an informal gathering.  There is no charge but donations to cover expenses would be appreciated.  Please join us for another great afternoon.  For more information, please call Mona Orciuoli at 518-465-9564 or Pam Sanford Dundon at 518-766-9289.

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.

Catholic Central High School 50th Class Reunion

The Class of 1969 50th Class reunion for Catholic Central High School will be held at Franklin Terrace on October 4th, 2019.

If you haven’t received an invitation or have not been contacted please see website

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.

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 pvaperwork 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.

Latham-based NY Army National Guard Soldiers return from Kuwait deployment

LATHAM, NY (08/12/2019) (readMedia)– Eight New York Army National Guard Soldiers based in Latham, N.Y., who are trained to fly and support the Army’s C-12 passenger and cargo transport aircraft, have returned home following a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.

More than 1,000 Students Honored at 130th Commencement

ONEONTA, NY (08/15/2019)– More than 1,000 graduates were recognized at SUNY Oneonta’s 130th Commencement on May 11, 2019. Students who completed the requirements for bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and certificates of advanced study were honored in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House.

Alan Cazarin of Troy (12180) – Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Alexander Enderle of Sand Lake (12153) – Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

Dory Fitzpatrick of Troy (12182) – Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Jennifer Gardy of Rensselaer (12144) – Bachelor of Science in Biology

Emily Gillespie of Johnsonville (12094) – Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Textiles

Alyssa Houghton of Hoosick Falls (12090) – Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Myles Joyce of Averill Park (12018) – Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

Aubrey Kirsch of Castleton (12033) – Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Carly Leubner of Wynantskill (12198) – Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Alyssa McPherson of Troy (12182) – Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education (B-6)

John Murphy of Troy (12180) – Bachelor of Science in Business Economics

Jaelynne Recchia of Brainard (12024) – Bachelor of Science in Business Economics

Quwabe Rose of Troy (12180) – Bachelor of Science in Digital & Studio Art

Gabrielle Serafin of Schaghticoke (12154) – Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies Public Relations

Nicole Urbaetis of Mechanicville (12118) – Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Amanda Weaver of Troy (12180) – Bachelor of Science in Early Chld/Childhood Ed (B-6)

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