Averill Park HS

January 2016 Newsletter

A Message from the APHS Leadership Team:

Dear APHS Community,

As we welcome the start of 2016, we would like to extend to you our best wishes for an outstanding and productive new year! The first semester will come to a close at the end of the month, and as we move into the second half of the year, we hope that you will look forward to the challenges and successes of a new semester.

Winter Break is a time for reflection on the things that are most important in our lives. I hope everyone had time for some of this, especially our students. Family, school, and for students preparedness, are great things to focus on. January of 2016 is here and with it comes an opportunity for renewal. Renewal, depending on how you embrace it, brings energy and focus to our daily lives. Students must find this focus and drive because their future depends on it. From the staff at APHS, best wishes to all and good luck in 2016.

Please see the important dates for this month below:

  • January 6: Financial Aid Night, 6pm - Auditorium
  • January 7: Snow date for Financial Aid Night
  • January 14: National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 7pm - Auditorium
  • January 15-16: Suburban Council Music Festival, Scotia-Glenville High School
  • January 16: APHS Big Band Fundraiser, 7pm
  • January 22-23: OBP Stage and Screen, 7pm - Auditorium
  • January 26-29: January Regents Exams (see information below)
  • January 28-30: All County Music Festival, Auditorium
  • January 29: End of Quarter 2, End of First Semester

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


Ms. Michelle Tsao, Principal

Mr. John Bishop, Assistant Principal (Grades 9 & 11)

Mr. Brian Bishop, Assistant Principal (Grades 10 & 12)

Other News and Notes

January Regents Examinations (January 26-29)

We will be running a modified schedule for January Regents Exams starting on Tuesday, January 26 through Friday, January 29. Please click on the link to see the schedule, and review the extended blocks for each day. In addition, please thoroughly read through all notes provided to ensure complete understanding of these four days.


Many classes will be administering midterm examinations during these four days. Attendance in school is still expected for all students.

Students that have registered for Regents exams will be excused from classes in order to take their Regents.

From the Health Office

Spring sport sign ups will be held from Jan 18-Feb 12 in the Health Office before school, after school and during lunch time. Please note - this is a change from previous procedures. An updated physical for this year is needed.

From the Counseling Center

Seniors Applying to College

There is free scholarship information available to you on the web at FASTWEB.COM.

The Counseling Center also receives information regarding financial aid, invitations to

events on campuses, college scholarships, scholarships offered by organizations, etc.

Students should stop by the Counseling Center for more information or check out the

Counseling Center Webpage at http://www.averillpark.k12.ny.us/aphs-counseling-center. Parents are also encouraged to use these resources at any time. Updates are made when new information is received. You must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASA) to apply for federal student aid and for most state and college aid. Apply online with FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov . Submit your FAFSA early, but not before January 1, 2016.

PSAT Scores

Students, who took the PSAT in October, will be able to access their scores on January 7, 2016 through the College Board website. The Counseling Center will receive the student paper score by January 29, 2016.

Quarter 2 marking period ends January 29, 2016.

Graduation Caps and Gowns

Attention Seniors: Cap and Gowns need to be ordered on January 19th and 20th during lunches. Order forms will be handed out to students in early January.

Molecular/Honors Biology Review Books

Dear Parents,

I would like to order review books for the Biology Living Environment exam in June for students, all Molecular/Honors students are required to take the Living Environment Exam. The cost of the book is $ 12.00

I will collect money up until the Feb break. Please have your son or daughter bring in exactly $12.00 cash or a check made out to APHS in an envelope with their name on it by Friday, Feb 12th.

The review book is titled The Living Environment, Bartsch/Colvard, Prentice Hall. It is NOT available in local bookstores, and must be ordered on-line. We will use the book for HW assignments throughout April, May, and June.

If your daughter or son is interested in taking the SAT Subject Test in Biology she or he will need to purchase a separate review book specific for the exam, and sign up on line to take the test which is offered the first Saturday in June. Information on this exam can be obtained at the Counseling Center.

If you have any questions related to these 2 tests, please contact me at boulayv@averillpark.k12.ny.us

APHS Big Band Fundraiser

The 11th annual Big Band Fundraiser will be held at APHS on January 16 at 7 pm. Please click this link for details: https://goo.gl/YQY8xV

APHS Music Students

WE STILL NEED YOU! Thank you so much for your generous contributions to the Big Band

Swing Dance Fundraiser. We are still in need of some items that were promised but did not make it into the donation box. We are able to extend the deadline for drop off until Thursday, January 7, 2016. If you need more time or you would just like to donate more items please feel free to contribute. We appreciate your generosity.


Mug or Fancy Tea Cup

Dog Treats

Dog Toy

Ice Cream Sprinkles

Hot Fudge Sauce


Brush or Comb

Nail Polish

Manicure Set

Face Wash or Scrub

Thank you!