News from Averill Park CSD
Algonquin Middle School students visited RPI’s Makerspace through a virtual field trip recently. The state-of-the-art video conferencing / distance learning room at AMS made this field trip a reality and helped students see many different uses for 3-D printers, without missing a full day of classroom instruction.
Statistics students in the high school visited MetLife Stadium to attend Sports in Business Day. Students learned all about various jobs in sports, toured the stadium and even got to walk around on the field!
A number of students are participating in the Arts Letters & Numbers workshop, which is presented by The Arts Center in Troy. Those participating will receive an authentic artistic experience that focuses on open-ended assignments while being exposed to a large artistic community. So far, the work done by everyone has been great!
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
Averill Park CSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Week
The New York State School Boards Association recognizes the week of October 21-25 as School Board Recognition Week. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work that is performed by school board members.
Averill Park Central School District is joining all public school districts across the state in celebrating School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to the Averill Park community and its children.
“The Averill Park Central School District is very fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and committed Board of Education which gives this community, and its citizens, a strong voice,” Superintendent Dr. Franchini said. “The members of this group work year-round and spend countless hours to make sure that we are doing everything we can to meet the needs of and provide opportunities for every student every day.”
Key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:
• Creating a shared vision for the future of education
• Setting the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance
• Providing accountability for student achievement results
• Developing a budget that aligns district resources to improve achievement
• Supporting a healthy school district culture in which to work and to learn
• And much more!
The members serving our district are as follows:
Jessica Zweig, President (2021), Peter Schaefer, Vice President (2022), Jennie Glasser (2020), Ann Morone (2020), Chris Foster (2021), Samantha Hicks (2022), Meghan McGarry (2022)
The Averill Park Central School District and community would like to thank you and your families for your dedication and commitment to the Averill Park community.
East Greenbush CSD to Host School Start Time Community Forums
East Greenbush Central School District has scheduled three community forums for this fall to discuss school start times and the impact potential changes would have on its stakeholders. At each of the meetings, information will be shared, including a proposal to adjust school start times, with the intent of gathering feedback.
For the past year, a School Start Time Committee has been studying the issue of school start times and their impact on educational outcomes and district operations.
Parents and staff are encouraged to attend the session designated for their level, however, based on availability, all sessions are open to anyone. Columbia High School students are invited to attend the high school session.
For more information, visit www.egcsd.org.
School Start Time Community Forums
Date Time Location Audience
Tuesday, November 5 6:30-8:30 p.m. Genet Elementary School Auditorium Elementary Schools
Thursday, November 7 6:30-8:30 p.m. Columbia High School Auditorium High School
Thursday, November 14 6:30-8:30 p.m. Goff Middle School Cafeteria Middle School
Algonquin Middle School – Warriors of the Month
Each month teachers at Algonquin Middle School recognize students who demonstrate outstanding citizenship and work habits.
Students are selected for these honors based on the Algonquin “Warrior Way,” a set of three guiding principles that focus on respect for self and others, putting forth personal best effort in all activities and working to make our school and community a better place each day.
Congratulations go out to the students listed below for their outstanding contributions to the Algonquin Middle School community during the month of September:
Grade 6 Warrior Wall Students: None for September
Grade 7 Warriors of the Month Students: Carly Hunter, Ayla Locci, Chayce Moak, Cecilia Rifenburgh, Delaina Stevens, Nathan Webster
Grade 8 Warrior Way Students:,Spencer Agan, Paula DeAndres, Eleanor Garrison, Caroline Nero, Benjamin Stewart, Hannah Stewart
Athletic Department Seeking Nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020
The Averill Park Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Averill Park Athletic Booster Club, is pleased to announce that the nominating period for the Averill Park Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020 is now open. The Hall of Fame recognizes former athletes, coaches, teams, and contributors who have made significant contributions to the Averill Park athletic program through their service, performance, dedication, commitment, and accomplishment.
The Hall of Fame committee is comprised of administrators (past and present), coaches (past and present), and community members. For information regarding the committee, Hall of Fame guidelines, and nomination forms please see the Hall of Fame link on the Averill Park Athletics page at www.averillpark.k12.ny.us.
Any member of the public can nominate an athlete, coach, team (not eligible until 2022), or contributor for induction assuming the criteria as outlined in the guidelines are met. Nomination forms are available by going to the Hall of Fame link on the Averill Park Athletics page at www.averillpark.k12.ny.us or by contacting the Athletic Department at (518) 674-7000.
The nomination period will run from September 15th through November 15th. The 2020 induction ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, April 25th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.
Registration for Community Education programs is open!
Averill Park Community Education released its Fall 2019 calendar of classes in the Advertiser and online (www.familyid.com). This “Fall” session includes classes that run between September and January. Register in whatever way is easiest for you: online, through the mail or in person at the AP School District Office.
We’ve got some great new programs, as well as our fabulous returning ones! Corrections to the paper brochure (all changes have been made on Family ID):
· Chair Yoga (Wednesdays) runs 5:30-6:30p.m.
· Zumba Gold (Wednesdays) runs 6:30-7:30p.m. in the WSL Cafeteria
· Introduction to Ballroom & Social Dancing (Thursdays) runs 7:00-8:30p.m.
· Family Yoga (Tuesdays) runs 6:30-7:30p.m.
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. Payment of $50 can be mailed to: Columbia High School Reunion c/o Robin Devito, 2022 Main St., Delanson, NY 12053 or electronically to Venmo account Lauren-Clemenzi.
10/17/2019 – 10/24/2019
Cub Scout Pack 528’s Annual Haunted House
Please help support Cub Scout Pack 528 by attending our annual Haunted House. This year the scouts are fundraising so they can attend a sleepover at Fort Henry in Lake George, NY.
Where: Poestenkill Elementary School
When: October 25th, 2019: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: $5/person or $20/for 4 or more people
Don’t forget cash for the bake sale and games!
Hannah Katz Participating in Study in the Adirondacks Semester
Clinton, NY (10/11/2019)– Hannah Katz, of Averill Park (12018), is participating in the Hamilton College Adirondack Program this fall. The place-based, semester-long learning experience combines rigorous academic study with the skills and understanding gained through field experience in the Adirondack Park with local organizations. The focus is on local, interdisciplinary environmental issues with global implications and applications.
New York Army National Guard Soldier Reenlistments
Latham, NY (10/15/2019)– 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 Skyler Long from Troy, N.Y. (zip code 12180) reenlisted to continue service with the 1569th Transportation Company.
Staff Sergeant David Hansen from Melrose, N.Y. (zip code 12121) reenlisted to continue service with the 2nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction).
Master Sergeant Kevin Dougherty from E Greenbush, N.Y. (zip code 12061) reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.
Sergeant First Class Frank Dethomasis from Rensselaer, N.Y. (zip code 12144) reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.
Sergeant Ryan Hogan from Troy, N.Y. (zip code 12180) reenlisted to continue service with the Company C, 1-171st Aviation Regiment.
Specialist Shane Lafountain from Wynantskill, N.Y. (zip code 12198) reenlisted to continue service with the Company C, 2-108th Infantry.
Staff Sergeant Robert Harris from Troy, N.Y. (zip code 12180) reenlisted to continue service with the Heaqdquarters and Support Company, 42nd Infantry Division.
Local students enroll at SUNY Delhi
Delhi, NY (10/16/2019)– SUNY Delhi welcomed more than 1,100 new students for the Fall 2019 semester. The following local students enrolled at the college which is located in Delhi, NY:
Cachet Anderson-Johnson of Troy (Troy High School), pursuing a degree in Veterinary Science Technology.
Macy Fitzgerald of Schaghticoke (Greenwich Central High School), pursuing a degree in Veterinary Science Technology.
Olivea Matatt of Troy (Troy High School), pursuing a degree in Veterinary Science Technology.
Haydn Wagner of Troy (Tamarac High School), pursuing a degree in Veterinary Science Technology.
Breanna Brundige of Petersburg (Berlin Jr/Sr High School), pursuing a degree in Construction Management: Design & Building.
Ethan Simmons of Troy (Tamarac High School), pursuing a degree in Construction Management: Design & Building.
Michaela Hewitt of East Greenbush (Averill Park High School), pursuing a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Darius Hines of Troy (Troy High School), pursuing a degree in Recreation & Sports Facility Management.
Gabrielle Cahill of Troy (Shaker High School), pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.
Tino Rodriguez of Rensselaer (Rensselaer High School), pursuing a degree in Undeclared.
Alyssa Carknard of Schaghticoke (Mechanicville High School), pursuing a degree in Nursing.
Hanjy Nataly Hutchison of Rensselaer (), pursuing a degree in Nursing.
Jessica Nicklo of Johnsonville (Fort Pierce Central Hs), pursuing a degree in Nursing.
Micayla Slattery of West Sand Lake (Averill Park High School), pursuing a degree in Nursing.