School Bulletins 11.07.19

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Annual Comic Hypnosis Show at APHS

Averill Park High School’s annual ‘Comic Hypnotist’ will be happening on Wednesday November 13, at 7 pm in the APHS Auditorium, presented by the Class of 2020. The show stars the amazing Michael Ray, and about 20 of our very own Averill Park students randomly chosen from the crowd. Lauren Meyers, a senior who participated in the event last year, swears that the hypnosis effect is real. “I knew what I was doing but at the time it didn’t feel weird. I didn’t think it would work when I went up on the stage… but it did.” Now, we’re posing the question onto you: is hypnosis real? Come find out for yourself at the annual Comic Hypnotist Show! Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 if pre-purchased, and $5 with Algonquin Middle School ID! You don’t want to miss this family friendly, hilarious event!

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Tom Ross Selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

Columbia High School science teacher Tom Ross has been selected as a NYS Master Teacher. As part of the program, Mr. Ross will participate in professional development and attend leadership workshops over the next four years.

“It is all about collaborating with other teachers in our region, teachers from different school districts and other disciplines,” Mr. Ross said. “I will be participating in an increased amount of professional development both in STEM and pedagogy, and I’ll be able to share things that I’ve done in my classroom with other teachers.”

Mr. Ross brings as much fun to his physics lessons as possible, whether he has students launching potatoes out of a cannon behind school or dropping pumpkins from the football field bleachers. He builds engaging lessons that get students excited to learn about physics.

“You get to see them grow and change, and teach them about things that matter,” he said.

Mr. Ross serves as chair of the Science Department and is involved with two academic extracurricular activities. He is an advisor with Serious About Science which hosts events at Columbia such as Dinner with a Scientist and V-Healthy Day and he helped create Columbia’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society last year.

Mr. Ross is the fourth Columbia teacher to be selected as a NYS Master Teacher (Diana Prout, Jessica Hladik, Heidi Gleason).

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News from Averill Park CSD

Congratulations to Bill and Betty Jean Whipple, were honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award at the 4th Annual Friends of Education Dinner. CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and enriching their school communities.

There are 62 new members in the National Honor Society as Averill Park High School inducted a new senior class recently. These inductees have shown tremendous character and have demonstrated strong leadership qualities. Great job everyone!

Second grader Addison Scribner was the overall winner of the MHSL summer reading challenge. As her prize, Addison was named Principal for the Day and did an amazing job taking over for Mr. Sibson!

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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Ft. Crailo DAR to honor Good Citizen Youth

On Saturday November 9th at the Rensselaer Library the Ft. Crailo Chapter of DAR will honor a senior from Averill Park, Columbia, Maple Hill and Rensselaer for their Good Citizen essays. The program will start at 10:20 am to 11:10 am with a social time before the regular meeting of the chapter at 11:30am. Parents, teachers and friends of the 4 recipients are invited to attend as well as other DAR chapters and members.

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.


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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