School Bulletins 11.28.19

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Columbia Viola Player Performing with ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to Allison Headley, a junior who plays in the Columbia High School Chamber Orchestra, for earning a spot in the viola section of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s flagship Symphony Orchestra, its most advanced ensemble that is reserved for players whose technical skills and musicality are at the highest level.

The orchestra receives regular professional coaching and performs in the finest concert venues, including the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.

As part of ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Headley will perform in the Melodies of Christmas, a popular holiday program televised on CBS6 that has raised more than $8 million for the pediatric oncology program at Albany Medical Center. She will also play at a fall rehearsal weekend retreat in the Catskills at Frost Valley YMCA, an annual young people’s concert, a free concert for senior citizens, and in other concerts.

Next summer, she will join the Symphony on a tour to Argentina and Uruguay.

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Dante Boyd Helping RPI Soccer to Record-Setting Season and NCAA Sweet 16

Troy, NY– The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s soccer team has set numerous program records, including wins in a season, on its way to advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in school history, thanks to contributions from Dante Boyd of Troy 12180 and Troy High School.

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Rensselaer High School Alumni need help stuffing envelopes

The Rensselaer High School Alumni will meet on Tuesday December 3rd at 2:40pm in the LGI room to fold and stuff envelopes for our annual drive. All members and any seniors who would like to help with this project are welcome and even if you can only volunteer for 30 minutes it would be appreciated.

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News from Averill Park CSD

Students at Algonquin Middle School developed business plans and pitched their ideas to judges in a Shark Tank simulation based on the popular television show. Those who participated showed great ingenuity as groups used a 3-D printer, created their own websites and developed prototypes. Well done everyone!

Thank you to Rensselaer County, B. Lodge & Co. and the Rensselaer County Youth Department for raising money and donating winter coats to students in need at Poestenkill Elementary! Students will be much warmer during the cold months ahead because of your hard work.

Congratulations to Jess Haskin, Syd Haskin and Kelsey Wood for signing their National Letters of Intent to compete in collegiate athletics. Jess and Syd will be competing on the soccer pitch for Merrimack College, and Kelsey is heading to Sacred Heart University to play basketball. All three colleges are Division I institutions. Good luck ladies!

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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Fort Crailo DAR Chapter Good Citizen Awards

November 9, 2019, The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had their Good Citizen Essay Award ceremony at the Rensselaer Public Library. Chairmen Doris Roberts presented the award to Andrew Kretzschmar a senior from Rensselaer High. Congratulations to our other winners Taylor Demers a senior from Columbia High School, Makaila Maier a senior from Maple Hill High School and Andrew Gorman a senior from Averill Park High School. Taylor Demers will be moving on to the district level competition.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.

This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

Do you have a patriot in your family tree? Are you actively looking to help out veterans and your community through volunteer work? The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are looking for you! Please visit :

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New York Army National Guard Promotions

Latham, NY – Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

John Crosby Leclaire from Mechanicville, N.Y. and assigned to the 1427th Transportation Company received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.

Andrew Botts from Troy, N.Y. and assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received a promotion to the rank of Captain.

Michael Weber from Eagle Bridge, N.Y. and assigned to the 466th Medical Company Area Support received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

John Scott from Rensselaer, N.Y. and assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters received a promotion to the rank of Major.

Victoria Harrington from Averill Park, N.Y. and assigned to the Company G (Forward Support Company Infantry), 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.

Joseph Riviello from Wynantskill, N.Y. and assigned to the Division Signal Company, 42nd Infantry Division received a promotion to the rank of Captain.

Tyler Vorpahl from Troy, N.Y. and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarter Company, 3-142nd Aviation received a promotion to the rank of Captain.

Kaitlin Backes from Buskirk, N.Y. and assigned to the Headquarters and Support Company, 42nd Infantry Division received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.


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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