School Bulletins 12.05.19

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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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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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KofC Breakfast with Santa December 15th

Join us for the monthly St Jude the Apostle K of C “All You Can Eat” Pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 15th from 8am -11am in Damman Hall and have “Breakfast with Santa”!

Breakfast includes “All You Can Eat” pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice, fruit, bagels, cereal, pastry, coffee, and more. Kids 5 and under are FREE, adults $8, kids under 12 $4. Bring your camera to get a picture with Santa!

This monthly event is hosted by the St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus (KofC) and is held in Damman Hall at St Jude the Apostle School located at 42 Dana Ave in Wynantskill, NY. For more information, contact Jules at (518) 488-2928

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News from Averill Park CSD

Mara Little and Mario Hepp were asked to speak at the annual Best Buddies Gala in Albany. Best Buddies creates friendships, employment opportunities and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mara and Mario did a fantastic job representing an outstanding program and the Averill Park Central School District.

Our elementary school Girls on the Run teams participated in the fall 5K at Jennings Landing. This program encourages girls to be respectful and responsible, work together as a team, and helps them develop self confidence. Way to go everyone!

Seven of our fall varsity athletic teams were named NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Teams, including boys soccer, girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls tennis and boys golf. A team’s average GPA for 75% of its roster must be greater than or equal to 90.00. Great job teams!

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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New York Army National Guard Soldier Reenlistments

Latham, NY – 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 First Class Frank Dethomasis from Rensselaer, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.

Staff Sergeant Patrick Kelly from Hoosick Falls, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.

Specialist Shane Lafountain from Wynantskill, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Company C, 2-108th Infantry.


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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