Averill Park HS

December 2015 Newsletter

A Message from the APHS Leadership Team:

Dear APHS Community,

December signifies that we are nearly one-third through our school year. While it may feel like the 2015-16 school year just began, we are reminded that time progresses rapidly and planning for the remainder of the year is important. In addition, we will soon release the 2016-17 Guide to Program Planning - there will be adjustments to our curricular programs, in addition to new course offerings. We encourage you to review the Guide when it is made available, to help plan for next year's courses.

In the meantime, the second quarter interim period is drawing near. Please continue to monitor academic progress and encourage students to stay after school for extra help when arranged with a teacher. Additionally, the Library and Mezzanine are open after school for students who need time to complete assignments and study - the library is open daily and the Mezzanine is open for students Tuesdays through Thursdays after school.

Congratulations to all students who earned Honor & High Honor Roll status in Quarter 1! The dedication of our students towards their studies is commended, and we look forward to continued academic achievements by all of our students. The lists for Academic Honors can be found here: http://goo.gl/eMJyKD

Finally, please see the December 2015 events occurring at APHS:

  • Wednesday, December 2 @ 6:30 pm - Winter Concert (Auditorium)
  • Thursday, December 3 - HVCC Instant Admit Day (Counseling Center)
  • Saturday, December 5 @ 7:00 pm - Holly Ball (Main Gym)
  • Monday, December 7 - Transcript request deadline for January 1 college applications
  • December 24-January 3 - Holiday Recess (no classes)

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

We wish you a wonderful December and holiday season.


Ms. Michelle Tsao, Principal

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

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

News and Notes

From the Health Office

Just another reminder to parents that ALL 10th graders need an updated physical, if they have not received one yet. If they would like to have it done here at the school they can email Ms. Valene Miller to schedule an appointment with us. If they have a private physical, a copy needs to be provided to the Health Office.

Any child that is currently playing a winter sport, and their physical is expiring in the middle of the season, needs a physical done prior to it expiring so the child can continue to play, If they would like one schedule a physical they may email or call.

Flu/Cold season is here - For your child’s well-being and for the protection of others please keep your child home when:

1. Vomiting has occurred within the past 24 hours

2. Diarrhea has occurred within the past 24 hours

3. Child’s temperature has been greater than 100° within the last 24 hours please keep them home.

As always, please notify the attendance office when your child is absent from school due to illness.

Threshold - APHS Yearbook

APHS 2016 Threshold yearbooks are on sale for the cost of $65, with an additional cost

for personalization/icons. The base cost will increase by $10 after the holidays. Order forms are available in the Main Office and in Room 126.

Parents: Buy your son / daughter an APHS Yearbook for the Holidays!!

We are accepting Senior Parent Ads until December 18th.

The Yearbook Staff is now collecting Senior baby pictures.

Seniors, please bring in your baby picture to Mrs. Bailey in Room 126 or Ms. Schaefer in Room 151.

Any questions? Ask Ms. Bailey baileya@averillpark.k12.ny.us or Ms. Schaefer schaeferk@averillpark.k12.ny.us

From the Counseling Center


Please review your college applications for specific deadline information. If your deadline is January 1st you must get your request for Transcripts and Counselor Recommendations to your Counselor by December 7th because of the holiday break. The Counseling Center is closed during the December break.

  • APHS Financial Aid Night

A representative from Siena College will conduct a College Financial Aid Workshop in the High School Auditorium on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (snow date is January 7th). The workshop will provide an overview of the entire financial aid process and will include:

  • Guideline for completing financial aid forms (FAFSA & Profile)

  • Method and factors used in determining eligibility for aid

  • Types of financial aid available

  • Consideration for single, separated and/or divorced parents

  • New FAFSA changes for Juniors

  • Plus much more

Please mark your calendars to join us on January 6, 2016 for an evening of learning. Parents of students in all grades are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to the Counseling Center by calling 518-674-7025 or by email at heilmannj@averillpark.k12.ny.us

  • Hudson Valley Community College Instant Admission Day at APHS

HVCC is returning to APHS to meet with students for Instant Admission on December 3, 2015.

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.

  • 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.

Thinking Ahead

Averill Park CSD Kindergarten registration is now in progress for the 2016-17 school year. Please click the link for more information: https://goo.gl/LKDVKV

January 2016 Regents Exam Schedule

For those students who have signed up for January Regents exams, please see the attached schedule: https://goo.gl/FJqVZ9

Averill Park examination start times are 8:00 AM for morning exams and 12:00 PM for afternoon exams.