Averill Park HS

April 2016 Newsletter

A Message from the APHS Leadership Team:

Dear APHS Community,

April has arrived and we are nearing the end of Quarter 3. As tempting as it may be to say "we are close to the end," there is still much work to be completed. The last quarter of the school year can sometimes be the most challenging - students may be thinking about spring break and summer, but they are still expected to keep up their academic work and fulfill obligations of activities and end of the year functions. As we continue through this month, we ask that parents and guardians continue to monitor academic progress with diligence to help make the last quarter their child's most successful one yet. School Tool is an excellent resource to gauge how students are performing, and to monitor your child's attendance. If there are any questions or concerns about your child's academic progress, please reach out to teachers and counselors for support.

With warmer weather on the horizon, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you of our school's dress code (the language below is from the district's Code of Conduct policy):

School is considered a workplace for adults and students. Appropriate dress is:

1. That which is safe and does not disrupt or interfere with the educational process. This includes, but is not limited to chains, safety pins, spikes, animal collars, leashes, etc.

2. That which does not include items which are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender (including identity and expression), sexual orientation, sex, weight or disability.

3. That does not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

4. Student clothing must at all times cover undergarments, midriffs, and cleavage so that none of these is visible to others. Skirts and shorts must reach at least the mid- thigh of the wearer. Tops must not be strapless.

5. The middle and high schools are hat-free campuses. Students are expected to remove all headwear prior to entering the building. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the principal for religious or medical reasons.

We thank you for helping to ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for the anticipated warmer weather in the school environment!

Finally, please see the events and important dates that are scheduled for this month:

  • April 1-2 - OBP presents Young Frankenstein - HS Auditorium
  • April 8 - End of Quarter 3 (Report Cards mailed April 15)
  • April 8 - World Languages 7th Annual Lip Sync Contest - 6:30 PM - HS Auditorium ($3 suggested donation)
  • April 14 - Mr. AP - 6:30 PM - HS Auditorium
  • April 25-29 - Spring Recess - No School

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


Ms. Michelle Tsao, Principal

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

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

Other News and Notes

REVISED: June 2016 Local and Regents Examination Schedule

The Regents examination schedule was published in last month's newsletter. We have added our local examinations - please use this revised schedule for your planning purposes.


From the Health Office

Immunization requirement changes for next year's Seniors:

Children entering or attending seventh and twelfth grades on or after September 1, 2016 will be required to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against meningococcal disease.. Meningococcal meningitis is a serious disease which can lead to death. Survivors may be left with severe disabilities, including the loss of limbs, cognitive deficits, paralysis, deafness, or seizures. Please contact your child's primary health care provider to discuss these immunization requirement changes and schedule an immunization appointment if needed.

From the Counseling Center

 CDCA Spring College Fair

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:00-9:00 pm at the HVCC Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center. The College Fair is an opportunity to speak with representatives from over 180

colleges and universities. There will be public and private, four year and two year, large and small, liberal arts and vocational colleges represented as well as the military. Also

represented will be a number of institutions presenting financial options.

 SAT Prep Classes

Averill Park Adult Education Program will offer a class, Preparing for the SAT, on Monday

evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm beginning March 7, 2016. The cost is $60.00 and students must sign up through the Adult Education Program by mail or by bring the registration form and

payment to the High School Counseling Center.

 College Entrance Exam Dates


June 11, 2016 (Register by May 6, 2016)


May 7, 2016 (Register by April 8, 2016)

June 4, 2016 (Register by May 5, 2016)

Students need to register for the SAT and/or ACT online OR through the mail. The envelope must be postmarked by the registration deadline indicated above.

 HVCC College Financial Aid Workshop

Attend a free college financial aid workshop offered by HVCC to help you understand the

financial aid process and eligibility requirements. The workshop will be held in the Bulmer

Telecommunications Center on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

PRE-REGISTER ONLINE: www.hvcc.edu/finaid/workshops

All families are welcome not just those with students considering Hudson Valley.

Senior Questionnaires

All seniors should have filled out and turned in the Senior Questionnaire to be considered for Scholarships and/or awards at Senior Award Night in June. Emails have been sent and

announcements made to notify all seniors of this request. Only half of the senior class has responded to this request. Please return questionnaires no later than April 8th if you would like to be considered.

 Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarship webpage and the binder in the Counseling Center is available for students to look for opportunities available, to help pay for expenses, toward furthering their education.

Key Club to hold Spring Blood Drive

The Averill Park Key Club will be holding it's spring Red Cross Blood Drive on April 20th. It is from 8:30-3:00 in the APHS Auxillary Gym. Registration can be done on-line. https://esiebelarecprod.redcrossblood.com/eevents_enu/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=esiebelarecprod.redcrossblood.com

Garden Club Plant Sale

The Averill Park High School Garden Club will be holding a Mother's Day plant sale the week of May 2nd-6th. Get Mom some flowers, vegetables, and herbs for her garden! She'll love the fact that you support the students in our community! All items are grown by our members in the greenhouse. All proceeds will benefit the club and help us continue to expand the work we do! Check the school website for days and times as Mother's Day approaches.

Costa Rica Trip - February 2017

Costa Rica Trip February 2017

There is still room on the trip to Costa Rica during February break 2017.

If you are interested please contact Colleen Clark-Apelanz at


To see more information on the trip you can go to;


Senior Events until Graduation

Mr. AP - 4/14 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium

Senior Awards - 6/9 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium

Senior Flower Power Fundraiser end 6/15 (Sales to Ms. Freeman)

Senior Picnic - 6/13 during the school day at Grafton State Park

Graduation Rehearsal - 6/22 at 10:00 AM (required for all seniors)

Senior Dinner Dance - 6/23 at 6-10 PM at Birch Hill in Castleton

Graduation - 6/25 ceremony at 2:30 PM (Seniors to arrive by 1:45) at the Convention Center, Albany

APHS Yearbook - The Threshold

Purchase your APHS 2016 Yearbook! The cost is $75 - Cash or checks written to: APHS Yearbook. (Personalizations are no longer available at this time)

Order forms are in the Main Office and Room 126

Yearbooks will arrive and be distributed in June.

Order your AP book of memories now!

Congratulations to Cast and Crew of Young Frankenstein

The Off Broadway Players (Drama Club) presented Young Frankenstein as the first musical at APHS in 5 years. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors for a great performance!