School Bulletins 10.31.19

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Columbia Students Selected for All-County and All-State Music Festivals

Congratulations to the following Columbia High School music students who have been accepted into the Rensselaer County School Music Association festival and the New York State School Music Association Zone 7 Area All State festival this fall.

All County JR Band – Teddy Howard – Tenor Saxophone, Raychelle Adadjo – Clarinet

All County HS Flute Ensemble – Devyn Jenks

All County Jazz Band – Tyler Davis – Alto Saxophone, Eric Blostein – Tenor Saxophone, Kevin Stegemann – Tenor Saxophone, Shea Thorpe – Drum Set

All County SR Chorus – Carter Albano, Stephanie Bradbury, Brianna Bujack, Aidan Halsey, Shruti Kamat, Brigid Mack, Alyssa Manning, Noah Milan, Anna Puglisi, Shayda Ramsammy, Layvon Scott, Brandon Smith, Colin Smith, Gavin Trautman

Area All State Band – Ekansh Agrawal – Baritone Saxophone, Eric Blostein – Alto Saxophone, Devyn Jenks – Flute, Wendi Wojnovich – Trombone

Area All State Orchestra – Cecilia Cardona – Violin, Hubert Chang – Violin, Allison Headley – Viola

Area All State Jazz Band – Tyler Davis – Alto Saxophone, Mike Digman – Trumpet, Oli Olds – Trumpet

Area All State Chorus – Brigid Mack – Alto, Brandon Smith – Bass

Conference All State – Brigid Mack

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News from Averill Park CSD

Students enrolled in the Energy and Power class recently designed and built solar power cookers. The group conducted beta testing and cooked hot dogs using their machines! This is a great example of our teachers thinking outside of the box and our students putting lesson plans into action.

Thank you to the volunteer firefighters who visited our Elementary Schools and talked to students about fire prevention. Students were thrilled to visit with real-life heroes and learn all about fire safety.

On Nov. 6, we will be hosting a free viewing of the new film “Screenagers: Next Chapter” at the high school. The film examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the effects of social media, and what can be done in our schools and homes to help build crucial skills in the digital age. The screening will take place at 6:00 p.m.

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – 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

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Rensselaer High School Alumni Meeting Nov. 5th

The Rensselaer High Alumni will meet in the LGI room of the high school at 6:30pm on November 5th. All alumni, former and present faculty and staff, and anyone who attended the high school are welcome and encouraged to attend our meetings. We will be discussing the Oct. 24th PTA Trunk and Treat event which the alumni participated in, the electric sign, our annual yearly fundraiser in December, the April Alumni dinner and the September golf tournament. Anyone who would like to help with the golf tournament should attend the meeting or contact Gerry Mullaney at 518-649-0497.

10/24/2019 – 11/07/2019

DPS Elementary PTO Brown Bag Auction

Donald P Sutherland Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is holding its annual brown bag auction on November 16th, 2019. Doors open at 4:30pm, ticket sales end at 5:15 and the auction will begin between 5:30 and 6pm. Thank you to all who contacted us last year with donations. We need your help once again with the donation of items. We are looking for new or gently used items to auction off at our event. Donation items could be gift certificates, kids toys, gloves, hats, mittens, or household items. Please email or call/text Kelly Evers at (518)269-8719 to provide a donation. This event is open to the community.


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

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 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.


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.


Registration for Community Education programs is open!

Averill Park Community Education released its Fall 2019 calendar of classes in the Advertiser and online ( 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.

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