School Bulletins 12.19.19

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News from Averill Park CSD

Students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute visited Algonquin Middle School to talk about the college application process, balancing school and life, and the importance of time management. Thank you to everyone from RPI who took the time to speak to our student body and give our students a different perspective!

Congratulations to this year’s Patriot’s Pen winners! The competition, sponsored by Sullivan Jones VFW Post 7466, had a theme of “What Makes America Great.” Paula DeAndres placed first, followed by Madisyn Locci and Mikayla Malenfant. Great job everyone!

Members of the local Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) ran a food drive and collected 880 items, which were shared between the District’s food pantries and the backpack program. Thank you to everyone who participated in this great effort!

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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West Sand Lake Resident Clayton Besch Returns Following Intensive Research Project

Worcester, MA – Clayton Besch of West Sand Lake, N.Y., a member of the class of 2021 majoring in robotics engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research through the WPI project center in Japan. The project was titled Mapping the Future of Gojo Rakuen. In their project summary, the students wrote, “This project sought to brainstorm ideas to recommend a dream for the area so that we can improve public perception and draw people back into Gojo Rakuen, in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto.”

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Columbia Graduation Start Time Changed to 10:00 a.m.

The start time for the Columbia High School graduation ceremony scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at the McDonough Sports Complex at HVCC has been changed from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The change is being made so Columbia’s graduation ceremony is the first of the day at the venue. In past years, Columbia’s ceremony has followed other schools, which leaves a short amount of time to change seating and stage setup, perform audiovisual checks and for the preceding school’s graduates and guests to vacate the parking lots.

The earlier start time will also allow for cooler temperatures inside the venue and more time for graduates and their families to celebrate after the event.

Visit for more information about Columbia’s graduation ceremony.

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The Continuing Education Program of The Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Southern Rensselaer County

On Saturday December 21st, 2019 from 9am to 3pm there will be a New York State approved Defensive Driving Class to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and be eligible to receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles guidelines.

The class will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County, 544 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

December Fee Special is $28. Class size is limited and registration is required. For registration and additional information please call Raymond Frankoski at 518-286-3788.


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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