March 2021

High School Student Services

March Calendar - Schuylerville

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March Calendar - BOCES

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Important Dates

April 1, 2021 - End of Q3

May 14, 2021 - End of Q4 Progress Reports

June 15, 2021 - June 24, 2021 - Regents Exams

June 18, 2021 - End of Q4

June 25, 2021 - Class of 2021 Graduation at 6:30 pm in the Black Horse Stadium

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Driving & Boating Safety Courses

SUNY Adirondack will be offering a 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course on various dates from March - August. Pre-registration is required. Please email the Continuing Education Office for more information. Also offered is an About Boating Safely (ABS) course on April 10th from 8:30 am - 5 pm via Zoom. Registration is required. More information can be found online.

Department of Environmental Conservation - Career Options

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is committed to conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment. To take a look at the range of careers available, please watch this short video and visit the career page on the DEC website. If you have specific questions, you may reach out directly to DEC here. There are many amazing opportunities available!

Interested in the Air Force?

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Senior Information


Below is a listing of scholarship opportunities we have received since our last newsletter. Please remember, all scholarship opportunities can be found here on our district webpage.

Tri County School Food Service Directors Scholarship: eligible applicants must be a graduating senior who is continuing their education and pursuing a career in the field of food service/hospitality (ex: chef, cook-manager, restaurant, school, foodservice, or nutrition/dietetics). This scholarship may be applied toward any further education such as culinary school, college, or a certification program. Application is available here. Deadline: April 9, 2021

Jonathan Foster Memorial Theater Arts Award (Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs): eligible applicants must be planning to pursue courses in the theater arts, either as a performer or on the technical level. Application information can be found here. Deadline: April 15, 2021

Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship (Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame): applicants must be from Saratoga County and demonstrate a record of academic excellence, exemplary service to the community, and a strong interest in pursuing future studies in history and/or the arts. Application is available here. Deadline: April 9, 2021

Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild Scholarship: applicants must be planning to enter a college curriculum in a healthcare field, have documented volunteer service, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Application is available here. Deadline: March 31, 2021

Tri-County Branch of the Women's National Farm & Garden Association: eligible applicants must be planning on majoring in agriculture, environmental, forestry, horticulture, oceanographic, or related field. Application is available here. Deadline: May 1, 2021

NYSUT Retiree Council 10 Scholarship: eligible applicants must be pursuing a degree in the field of education at either a two-year transfer program or a four-year college. Application can be found here. Deadline: March 22, 2021

Women's Republican Club of Saratoga County: applicants must be a resident of Saratoga County graduating from high school in 2021. Application must include an essay (up to 400 words) describing applicant's community involvement, volunteer experience, and plans for community involvement in the future. Application is available here. Deadline: April 1, 2021

CSEA Local 864 Scholarship: applicants must be a child of an employee represented by the Local 864 and attend school represented by the Local 864. There are three awards available and one application, which can be found here, will cover all awards. Deadline: March 26, 2021

The Saratoga Snowmobile Association, Inc. (SSA) Scholarship: applicants must be planning to attend a trade, two-year or four-year school in the fall and must be a member of or have a parent/legal guardian be a member of the SSA. The application can be found here. Deadline: May 15, 2021

Upstate NY Hosta Society Scholarship: applicants must be planning to pursue a course of study in one of the following fields: Landscape Designer/Architect, Floriculture, Greenhouse Management, Landscape Maintenance, Gardener/Groundskeeper, Golf Course Maintenance, Turfgrass Arborist, Floral Design, Biology (concentration in Plant Science), Natural Resources, Ecology, Environmental Science or some other type of Horticulture major. Application can be found here. Deadline: April 1, 2021

Alfred Kahler Scholarship (Baptist Health System, Inc.): applicants must be a graduating high school student who will use the scholarship to offset the cost of study as they pursue employment in a health-care related field. Application can be found here. Deadline: April 23, 2021

The Saratoga Builders Association Scholarship: eligible applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate current or past involvement in the construction field (including classes taken in high school), and be planning to pursue an education or career in the construction industry. Applications must include a high school or college transcript, or a list of construction classes taken, as well as a short essay on why they are interested in pursuing a career in the field. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, and only the first 25 completed applications will be accepted. For more information, contact Barry Potoker, the association's executive director, at 518-366-0946 or Application is available here.

Ben Stanley Memorial Art Scholarship: applicants must submit three pieces of work demonstrating diversity in each body of work, using three different mediums (different medium for each piece of work), and submit a 250 word essay detailing: the significance of their pieces, how the artist utilized each medium in their work(s), how the applicant hopes to use the scholarship funds. More information can be found here. Deadline: March 15, 2021

Bridging People & Places Scholarship in memory of Dave Vanderzee (founder of Willard Mountain Ski Area): applicant must have faced a serious illness or serious life crisis; must be enrolled in a certified technical, vocational training program, undergraduate, or graduate program for the semester following the application. Application is available here. Deadline: May 30, 2021

Schuylerville Community Theater: eligible applicants must be pursuing a degree in Music, Dance, Drama, or Theater Arts. Applications can be found online. Deadline: April 20, 2021

Saratoga County Farm Bureau: applicant must be pursuing post-secondary education for a career in agriculture or agribusiness; Farm Bureau membership is not required. Application can be found here. Deadline: April 1, 2021

2021 CAP COM Scholarship Program: Applications are being accepted through April 30th for the following Scholarships: Legacy Scholarship, Trade Scholarship, Technology Scholarship, Reinvestment into Learning Scholarship, and Making a Difference Awards for Students and Educators. More information can be found here.

FASNY Scholarship: applicants must be a member in good standing with FASNY or have a parent/legal guardian who is a member, plan to attend an accredited two or four-year institution of higher learning or an accredited technical post-secondary school, serve as a current Junior firefighter, Explorer Scout or RAM in a group affiliated with a volunteer department; a volunteer firefighter; or a volunteer with an EMS unit. Application can be found here. Deadline: March 15, 2021 (postmarked or electronically submitted)

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First New York Federal Credit Union Scholarship: eligible applicants must be a First New York Federal Credit Union member in good standing, plan to attend a two or four-year college in the fall of 2021, and be an active volunteer within the community. Application is available here. Deadline: May 7, 2021
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Old Saratoga Historical Association $500 and $300 Scholarships: scholarships will be awarded to two Schuylerville High School seniors who will be attending a two or four year college this fall. Students must write a 600-word essay on "the role Philip Schuyler played in the development of Old Saratoga (Schuylerville) or how living in a historic village or area has influenced my life." Applicant must also write a short statement with name, address, career plans, and college they will be attending. More information is available below. Deadline: May 1, 2021.

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Junior Information

SAT/ACT Testing Information

The SAT and the ACT will be offered on the following (Saturday) national testing dates. The cost of the SAT is $52. The ACT has a basic fee of $55.00, with an optional writing test (cost with writing is $70.00). If the cost of these tests presents a hardship, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. Please check with Mrs. Rust or Mrs. O'Brien.

SAT Test Date (Registration Deadline)

May 8th (April 8th)

June 5th (May 6th)

ACT Test Date (Registration Deadline)

April 17th (March 12th)

June 12th (May 7th)

July 17th (June 18th)*

*No test center in New York

2021-2022 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common App first-year essay prompts for the 2021-2022 college application season have been released. JUNIORS can get a jump start on their college essay by choosing an essay topic below:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

SUNY Upstate Medical University

This spring, SUNY Upstate Medical University will be hosting Virtual Events for their Bachelor’s and Graduate programs. If you are considering a career in health care, please be sure to take a look at this information. To see a complete list of their events including dates, times and registration, please click here.

Undergraduate programs events:

Bachelor's in Nursing Information Session (for RN’s): March 1 at 4:00 pm, April 5 at 1:00 pm, April 20 at 4:00 pm, May 10 at 3:00 pm and May 18 at 4:00 pm

Radiation Therapy: March 4 and April 6 at 6:30 pm

X-ray and Ultrasound: March 10 and April 8 at 6:30 pm

Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Medical Technology & Medical Biotechnology): March 18 and April 21 at 6:30 pm

Respiratory Therapy: March 25 and April 15 at 6:30 pm

CASDA's Spring Virtual College Fairs

CASDA (Capital Area School Development Association) will be hosting two virtual college fairs this spring - free for students and their families! StriveScan’s 6×6 Virtual College Fair™ format will consist of six colleges each presenting for six minutes. The sessions will last a total of 45 minutes. Students are encouraged to register here for multiple sessions! Once registered, students will receive an email with a link to join the session. Reminders will be sent one day and one hour before. Students may interact with reps from all six colleges throughout the 45-minute session by using the Q&A chat. Students may direct questions to a specific institution or ask general questions to the group. See flyer below for more information.

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Sophomore & Freshman Information

We are currently in the process of virtually meeting with our 9th and 10th graders to work on course requests for next year! Please be sure to take a look at our Course Description Guide to prepare for this scheduling meeting. Please remember, these meetings will be held through Google Meet, not in-person, due to COVID restrictions.

Student Services

Mrs. Tracy Lyon, Secretary

(518) 695-3255. ext 2239

School Counselor Contact Information

Mrs. O’Brien (Grade 9, A-G; Grades 10-12, A-L)

Ms. Bean (Grade 9, H-L; Career Education; AP Coordinator)

Mrs. Rust (Grades 9-12, M-Z)