Averill Park HS

February 2016 Newsletter

A Message from the APHS Leadership Team

Dear APHS Community,

We are officially at the half-way point of the school year - midterms have concluded and the second semester has begun. As we move into the second half of the year, it is important to discuss academic performance with your child. For many students, this new semester will serve as a fresh start with new opportunities to refocus and get on track. If the report card shows your child is struggling, please arrange to have him/her stay after school with a teacher for some extra help. You may also request our child to enter into an Intervention class, if the schedule allows. . As always, your child's counselor can help plan a course for success, so please don’t hesitate to touch base with them.

In looking ahead to the 2016-17 school year, we have been working to update our Guide to Program Planning. We are happy to share with you that it is now ready, and includes eight new courses. The new courses are:

Advanced Placement Studio Art – Full Year Course, Art elective, Graduation Pathway

French 1/2 Accelerated – Full Year Course, LOTE elective

Global and Domestic Issues – Semester Course, Social Studies elective

Health and Nutrition – Semester Course, Health elective

Music Theory – Full Year Course, Music elective

Sociology – Semester Course, Social Studies elective, Distance Learning potential

Survey of Latin American History and Language – Semester Course, LOTE elective

Sustainable Horticulture I and II – Semester Course, Science elective course

As your child will now go into planning meetings with counselors, please review the course guide, search through the course catalog, and review graduation requirements to support the conversations. The website is: http://averillpark.k12.ny.us/guide-main-page

Finally, please see the important dates for this month:

  • February 3 - College Planning Night, 6 PM, Auditorium
  • February 10 - Incoming 9th Grade Parent Orientation, 6:30 PM, Auditorium
  • February 15-19 - Winter Break
  • February 22 - Classes resume

As always, if you have 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

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

Hudson Valley Community College Instant Admission Day at APHS

HVCC is returning to APHS to meet with students for Instant Admission March 10, 2016. Students should sign up in the Counseling Center for an appointment to meet with the representative from HVCC. They will need to complete an online application prior to their appointment. Application fees will be waived for students with an appointment.

The Counseling Center Website

The Counseling Center Website is a resource for students and/or parents to learn about scholarships that are available, financial aid resources, summer academic programs and much more. Remember to check back often for updates and changes. http://www.averillpark.k12.ny.us/aphs-counseling-center

College Entrance Exam Dates


April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016

June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016


March 5, 2016 (SAT I Only) February 5, 2016

May 7, 2016 April 8, 2016

June 4, 2016 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.

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.

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.

From the Athletic Director

Any student interested in playing a spring sport should sign up in the Health Office. Sign ups will continue through February 8th.

Congratulations to APHS Music Students

What a whirlwind two days of music making at Averill Park High School! Many congratulations to all of the talented APHS students who participated in the January RCSMA All-County Music Festival as members of the String Orchestra, Senior Band, Jazz Choir and Junior Choir, and to the middle school students who were part of the Elementary Band! Students from the high school included Allison Wark, Molly Biittig, Lydia Murphy, Meghan Hennessy, Alyssa Winckler, Hadley Chan, Maddie Illenberg, Emma Limoges, Emily Jaworski, Luke Switzer, Ethan Stevens, Dan Wrenn, Ben Miller, Kylie Gaston, Jeanna DiPaolo, Alanna Gill, Tom Francis, Allie Film, Liza Ferrini, Stephen Ryan, Sean Robert, John Farash, Sam Donato, Christian Capone, Joshua Cardinale, Nora Collins, Maddie Hoyt, Jenna Farley, Cassidy Film and Kelsey Kittleson. Plus a "drop in" with Dan LaPointe and Leno Sorriento to help out the jazz choir (and Dan Wrenn pulling double duty). Yes, you counted that right, we had 32 students from the High School alone participating!

Robotics Club Vex Competition Results

Averill Park had 5 teams competing in this weekend's 38 team Vex Robotics Competition at Lansingburgh High School. The team of Joe Bott, Brad Kenneally, James Nichols, and James Clark finished in 9th place. The Group of Eric Dunn, Mikayla Holmes, and Ian Moore qualified for the state tournament again by winning the judges award for the second time this season. They finished in 13th place. Pictures and videos from this event and other can be found on our facebook page at...https://www.facebook.com/APHSRobotics/

Art Students in Juried Show

Averill Park High School is pleased to announce that the work of eight students (9 works of art total) from Ceramics and Sculpture have been accepted into the 2016 Art in Three Dimensions regional show. This is a competitive, juried show with school districts from all over the region participating, including Niskayuna, Mohonasen, Shenendehowa, and Bethlehem, and is sponsored by the Capital Area Art Supervisors and Mohonasen High School.

The Averill Park students whose artwork was accepted into the show are: Alanna Gill, Hope Heritage, Annabella Kerwin, Danielle Kiely, Abby Kronau, Annie Lettko, Jessica Malenfant, and Heidi Schuman.

The show runs from Feb. 1 through Feb. 25 with a reception for the artists scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. at Mohonasen High School Art Gallery.

Congratulations to our talented art students!

Active Parenting of Teens - Workshop Series

A series of workshops will be sponsored by Renssalear County Mental Health regarding parenting strategies with teenagers.

Wednesdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13 @ 6:30 – 8:00 at Algonquin Middle School

Registration required: Contact Tina Anne at 674-7120 or email at: annec@averillpark.k12.ny.us or Kim Favro at 674-7028 or email at: favrok@averillpark.k12.ny.us

Please click here for flyer: https://goo.gl/oH6Whl