Averill Park HS

March 2018 Newsletter

A Message from the APHS Leadership Team:

Dear APHS Community,

As the month of March begins, we look forward to the upcoming events that the spring will bring us here at APHS. This month will prove to be busy, with much happening throughout the school to bring us together as a community. In addition, with approximately 15 class weeks remaining in the 2017-18 school year, we want to send a vital reminder to students that maintaining and improving academic progress should be the focus as we move into the spring season.

We encourage all students and parents to continue to monitor student attendance and academic progress using SchoolTool. Second quarter report cards are viewable in SchoolTool, and we are moving towards the mid-quarter reporting period for Quarter 3. Report cards are no longer being mailed home or sent via email, with grades being reported via SchoolTool. Please ensure that you have updated contact information available, as it is important for teachers, counselors, and administrators to reach you when there may be concerns regarding academic progress. Please take some time to review your information on SchoolTool to ensure that we have the most up-to-date phone numbers and email accounts. If you need to make any changes, or need to set up an account, please contact the Counseling Center.

With the upcoming events for the spring, please remember that we have Eligibility Guidelines for student participation and attendance at extra-curricular events and activities. We want our students engaged in these fun activities, but it is an earned privilege through being in good standing for academics, attendance, and behavior. If you have any questions regarding your child's eligibility, please review the guidelines here and reach out to your child's Assistant Principal.

Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter Honor and High Honor recipients! The Honor lists can be viewed here. Congratulations are also extended to our Quarter 3 Citizenship Pass recipients. The recipient list is here.

Please see the important dates and events that are scheduled for this month:

  • 5 - Spring Sports Begin (JV & Varsity)
  • 6 - Grades 8-12 Instrumental Concert - 7:00 PM - APHS Auditorium
  • 7 - Snow Date Grades 8-12 Instrumental Concert - 7:00 PM - APHS Auditorium
  • 8 - LOTE International Potluck Dinner - 6:00 PM - APHS Cafeteria
  • 12 - Spring Meet the Coaches Night - 6:30 PM - APHS Auditorium
  • 16 - Mid-Quarter Grade Reports Posted in SchoolTool
  • 21 - Grades 6-12 Choral Concert - 7:00 PM - APHS Auditorium
  • 22 - Snow Date Grades 6-12 Choral Concert - 7:00 PM - APHS Auditorium

In addition, the following events are planned for April:

  • 13 & 14 - OBP Spring Production - 7:00 PM - APHS Auditorium
  • 16 - Dodgeball Tournament (Class of 2018) - 6:00 PM - APHS Gymnasium
  • 17 - Quarter 3 Report Cards available to view in SchoolTool
  • 25 - Key Club Blood Drive - All Day APHS Auxiliary Gym
  • 27 - Sophomore Soiree’ - 6:30 PM - Franklin Terrace, Troy, NY

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)

Mrs. Christina Mein, Assistant Principal (Grades 9 & 11)

Other News and Notes

Student Services Transition Meeting

A parent/guardian transition meeting for students with disabilities is planned for March 8 at 6 PM in the APHS Library. More information is here.

LOTE News: Hall of Fame and Potluck Dinner

The Wold Languages Department (LOTE) recently inducted it's newest members into the LOTE Hall of Fame. The presentation to the Board of Education is here. Congratulations to the new members!

Don't forget to attend an evening of great food and community gathering! The annual LOTE Potluck Dinner is Thursday, March 8 at APHS beginning at 6 PM.

June 2018 Regents Information

An email was sent to all parents/guardians regarding signing students up for June 2018 Regents re-takes (for a passing grade or mastery on a previously taken Regents exam). All re-takes must be pre-registered by March 23. Please complete the form and contact your child's counselor to have an exam ordered for your child.

For your planning purposes, please see the schedule for June Regents Exams.

Note that the Global History & Geography II exam is a new exam this year, and will be given during the school day on June 5.

Schedule is here: https://goo.gl/CYFXp5

Save the Date - Graduation Rehearsal

Save the date - Graduation rehearsal will be conducted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 11:30-2:30 PM in the HS Gym. Attendance at graduation rehearsal is mandatory for all graduating students! Please be sure to mark your calendars now so you don't miss it.

Applications for 2018-19 Automotive and Construction Programs

Students who are interested in pursuing a CTE program (Auto Tech or Construction Tech) for the 2018-2019 academic year must complete an application via Google Docs by March 16th. Students in Grade 9 met with their School Counselor and were given access via email to the link. We are currently meeting with Grade 10 students to give them access, as well. Juniors will have the opportunity to complete the application within their specific CTE program. If students do not complete an application, they will not be given consideration. Application link is here, and must be completed by students using only their @apcsd.org email accounts.

Senior Questionnaire

Seniors will soon be assigned a task in Naviance to complete their Senior Questionnaire.

This form should be completed if you would like to be considered for senior awards/ scholarships at Senior Awards Night in June.

More information regarding this will be in the April newsletter.

SAT Preparation Classes

APHS hosts SAT preparation classes through our Community Education program. If you have an interest, the registration flyer is here. Classes start March 12, 2018 - there are 6 sessions and the cost is $60.

Naviance - What can it do for me?

Students and Parents, we invite you to explore Naviance Family Connection, which is a web-based resource for students and parents that encourages and supports post high school and college and career planning by allowing students to investigate, research, track, and plan for future careers and the college admissions process.

In addition, Averill Park students now have access to SAT test prep resources through the Naviance site. This free program offers unique test preparation options, including lessons, flashcards, a study schedule and a Game Center to boost test-taking strategies. To get started sign in to your Naviance account and click on Naviance Test Prep under the “resources” section of the Naviance home page.

More information can be found here: https://goo.gl/sZOs9X

New Horizons Fundraisers

New Horizons will be selling Hoffman car wash tickets and is planning a Bottle drive for April 28. Stay tuned for additional details.

Class Ring Sales for Sophomore Class

Students received information on Thursday, March 1st. Extra packets will be in office or in room 218 with Mrs. Clark-Apelanz.

In-school order dates are on Thurs March 8th and Friday March 9th during lunches.

The parent night will be on March 8th from 4:30-7pm in the cafeteria.

Contact Mrs. Clark-Apelanz with any questions at apelanzc@apcsd.org.

Odyssey of the Mind in Regional Tournament

Odyssey of the Mind teams will be competing in the Regional Tournament on March 10th, held at Rensselaer High School. There is one high school team competing at 1:20 PM. Come out to show your support and good luck to the APHS team!

Art Students Awarded for Exceptional Works

The Scholastic Art and Writing Competition receives nearly 320,000 works of art and writing from students across the country and abroad.

Sixteen works from six Averill Park High School students were recipients of the 2018 awards. Nearly 18,000 works earned regional Gold Keys, allowing them to advance to NYC for national adjudication.

In February, regional APHS Gold Keys were awarded to students Lauren Harland (2), and Helen Pond. Regional APHS Silver Keys were awarded to Lauren Harland, Heidi Schuman, Isabella Pastore and Lilly Kronau (2). Regional APHS Honorable Mentions were awarded to Lauren Harland, Olivia DuBois, Heidi Schuman. High school portfolio honorable mention award to Heidi Schuman.

Congratulations to all APHS students honored!

Regional Award Categories

Gold Key

Gold Key works are automatically considered for national–level recognition

Silver Key
Stand-out works that demonstrate exceptional ability.

Honorable Mention
Accomplished works showing great skill and potential.

News from the Athletic Director

Congratulations to our Winter sports teams! We are proud of your accomplishments!

Girls Basketball

- Won the Suburban Council Gray Division and the Section 2 Class A championship

- Will play in the Regional Final on Saturday at HVCC (time and opponent TBD)


- Placed 2nd in Class B at sectionals

- Andrew Fountain and Nik Koch both won sectionals and advanced to the NYSPHSAA Championships

Competitive Cheer

- Won the Section 2 Division 2/Large championship

- Placed 6th at the NYSPHSAA Championships

Girls Indoor Track & Field

- Alana Carroll (pole vault) won the Section 2 Group 2 championship and advanced to the NYSPHSAA Championships

- Alana Carroll (pole vault) won the state championship with a Section 2 record and state meet record 13'6" vault

- Lydia Ware qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championships in the 55m Dash

Boys Indoor Track & Field

- Jamie Cocca won the weight throw, shot put, and long jump at the Section 2 Group 2 championships

- Jamie Cocca qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championships in the weight throw

Spring Sports Meet the Coaches Night is on Monday, March 12th at 6:30 in the APHS auditorium.

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See Something, Say Something

The APHS Building Safety Team meets regularly to review and improve the safety of the school and our students and staff. The Team would like to remind everyone to report any concerns and threats that they see to the school.

You have the power to prevent an incident or possibly save someone’s life by reporting concerns or threats to a counselor or administrator. Please don’t be a bystander!

Lastest Issue - The Chronicle (APHS Student Newspaper)

The February issue of Averill Park High School's newspaper The Chronicle is now available.

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2018-19 Calendar Approved

The Board of Education recently approved the school calendar for 2018-19. If you're already planning ahead, please see the link:


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