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8439 Miller Hill Road Station #1
Averill Park, NY 12018
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Through a community partnership, the Averill Park Central School District will ensure opportunities for each person to maximize individual potential in the pursuit of life-long learning by providing a safe, respectful and nurturing student-centered environment

Due to the weather, we will dismiss students as follows:
AP High School - 10:40am
Algonquin and George Washington 11:00am
Miller Hill/Sand Lake, Poestenkill, and West Sand Lake - 12:00 noon

Child care is open

No afterschool or evening activities

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Averill Park Off-Broadway Players Present Winter One-Acts to Benefit Local Food Pantries by: Colleen Curtin

  Don’t miss the opportunity to see approximately 40 extremely talented Averill Park High School students as they present student-written Winter One Acts on Friday December 19 at 7 pm, APHS. Admission is $3.00 for students and senior citizens and $5.00 for adults, or free with the donation of two non-perishable food items per person. All food items will be donated to local food pantries to help families in need during the Holiday Season.

The one-act plays were written and submitted in October. From the entries submitted, seven shows were chosen. These seven shows were cast soon after the closing of the Off-Broadway Players successful production of The Crucible. Within days, the actors received their scripts and started to rehearse the shows. After a whirlwind month-long preparation through November and December, the one-acts are finally ready to be shown!

  Algonquin's Cultural Connections Club-Making New Friends!

Algonquin’s Cultural Connections Club along with teachers Sharon Johnson, Carol Winkley and Tina Caballero, paid a special visit to an afterschool program for at-risk children. Students prepared a special craft to share with the children, played games, read books, and shared a meal of pizza and dessert as part of the district's service learning program. Everyone had a wonderful time and look forward to another visit!

  PES Student Named Capital News 9 Kid of The Week!
  10-year-old Brandon Harris of Poestenkill Elementary School was honored by Capital News 9 as the Kid of The Week! Instead of getting gifts for his birthday Brandon asked his friends and family to make a donation to the Peppertree Dog Rescue. As a result, he collected $135 for homeless dogs.

Brandon was nominated by his aunt who said she is very proud of his love for animals.

Way to go Brandon!
  Algonquin Idol 2008 Draws a Huge Crowd!

On Friday, November 7, eleven performers amazed an audience of nearly five hundred people as AMS crowned the Algonquin Idol for 2008. Between ticket sales and the bake sale at intermission the event was able to raise almost two thousand dollars. The money raised will be used to help others in three ways: toys for the community through the Toys for Tots campiagn,gift certificates for Algonquin families, and aholiday shopping trip for a small group of AMS students. Thanks toeveryone who supported the event and an extra special thanks to Kimmi Moak, Madeline Falco, Xander Ferrini, Samantha Hanson, Sara Craft, Nick Plumley, Jessica Bowen, Megan Armlin, Sarinah Pond, River Ward and, the Algonquin Idol, Paige Raposa, for sharing their wondeful talents with us!

  APHS Fall Scholar-Athlete Teams Make The Grade!

Many of our athletic teams from the fall season have been named as scholar –athlete teams. Teams who have a collective average of 90 or above are deemed scholar-athlete teams. The fall scholar athlete teams and their averages are: Girls tennis had a 95.2, girls soccer had a 95.2, football 91.1, Girls Cross Country 94.8, Boys Cross Country 92.3, Girls Volleyball 92.4, Boys Soccer 92.4, and Boys Golf 92.4. Congratulations to all of our teams!

  Averill Park Firsts have the Students Bustling with Excitement- by: Raychel Sanford, Averill Park Arts Editor


  The students at Averill Park have been busy over the summer drawing, painting, and memorizing lines all in preparation for this school year. Many of the high school’s talented artists had work selected for various exhibitions over the summer. Dan Schroeder and Krista Barbour had work selected for the annual Superintendents’ Show held at Saratoga Hotel and Conference Center, one of the district’s most prestigious shows. Visual art students, Christine Baumeister, Krista Barbour, and Dan Schroeder were also busy preparing their portfolios at the Sage College Summer Art Program. This program enables students to further develop their observational skills, which increases their chances for obtaining art scholarships and acceptance to college art programs. Click here for more
  APHS Art Department Travel to Museums in NYC

On Friday November 7th, theAPHS art department took 53 students to New York City to view artwork at the Metropolitan, the Whitney and the Guggenheim. While at the Whitney, many students had the pleasure of meeting Ben Stiller! Several students chatted with him and had their picture taken with him. The students said he was very nice, though he was trying to shift the focus to the artwork. One of the lucky students was Cole Hanna (photo). 


Algonquin’s 1st Annual Fall Festival is a Huge Success!


The Algonquin school community is committed to providing positive alternatives to using alcohol and other drugs for our middle school students because the risks of this kind of behavior are so great, especially for young people.  Over 450 students attended the 1st Annual Fall Festival! Everyone had an awesome time. The students got to make crafts, play games, play sports, sing karaoke, and socialize with their friends.  Look for our March Madness event coming in March!

  Averill Park Senior Earns First Place In Competition
Renee Baker, 3rd from the left, Earns First Place Finish

Students in Questar III’s New Visions: Math, Engineering, Technology & Science (METS) program located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earned scholarships in the 2008 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Chapter 20 & Rensselaer Student Chapter S141 and Haas Factory Outlet – Allendale Machinery (Upper Saddle River, NJ) Presentation Contest held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Nov. 5.

Renee Baker, a senior at Averill Park High School, earned a first place finish and a $500 scholarship for her presentation on silicon. Read More

  Falconer Visits Averill Park High School Biology Classes
Recently, Brian Bradley, known as The Falconer, came to Averill Park High School and presented his beautiful birds to several biology classes. Mr. Bradley shared information about how important these birds are to the ecosystem as well as numerous facts about falconry.  To top off the exciting visit, he then flew an owl, a falcon, and a hawk!
  Algonquin's Walk The Talk Club Creates Awareness

Walk The Talk is a program designed by the Student Assistance Counselor (Teresa D'Arcangelis, LMSW) and involves a group of 50 students who are dedicated to bringing awareness and activities about the dangers of underage drinking and drugging to the Algonquin community. In the past year, they have sponsored awareness campaigns through posters and announcements, offered five movie nights, March Madness, Fall Festival and Girls Night Out, and have participated in several Rennselaer County Youth Summits on Underage Drinking sponsored by Kathy Jimino. Read More

  Algonquin Donates to the Wounded Warrior Project
  The Student Council at Algonquin held a dance recently at the middle school. 15% of the dance ticket sales and concession profits were given to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project is a foundation giving care to wounded soldiers after returning home from war. What a great way to give back to those who have given so much!
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Attention APHS- Date of the Holly Ball has been changed to December 20th!

The Holly Ball, has been rescheduled to December 20th. The time is still 7pm-10pm, and the location is still the high school gym. See you there!


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Miller Hill-Sand Lake Collecting Gently Used Books and Toys for Children
Once again Miller Hill-Sand Lake is collecting gently used books and toys for the Feed the Children Program in Albany. This group provides meals, tutoring, game activities, and a safe atmosphere after school and on weekends to the children of Albany. If you are cleaning or organizing your closets, bookshelves, or toy boxes, and find items your children no longer need, they can be placed in the labeled boxes in the gym foyer of Miller Hill School. Last year we collected a large number of very thoughtful and appropriate items, and the staff at the center were most appreciative.

APHS Collecting Items for the Teen Stork Room at The Rensselaer County Cooperative Extension
APHS Student Government, along with 5 economic

students, are collecting hats, mittens,and scarves for the Teen Stork Room at the Rensselaer County Cooperative Extension. They are collecting items for both mothers and children. They are also accepting new and gently used clothing and toys.
There are drop off boxes in all schools in the district. Please feel free to donate any new or gently used items before Wednesday, December 17th. Last year we donated several boxes from the Averill Park School District and it was a huge success. Thank you for your continued support. Any questions please contact Tricia Pultorak or Kathy Miller at the high school.pultorakp@averillpark.k12.ny.us  or millerk@averillpark.k12.ny.us

APHS Collected 1,036 Non Perishable Items for the Local Community
APHS would like to thank all who donated food to the Food Drive.  It was a huge success as 1,036 non perishable items were collected for the local community.  Students enjoyed a friendly competition for a bagel party to see which first block class could bring in the most food.  Pictured is Dr. Panzanaro and his A day Forensics class that brought in 346 items.