Averill Park HS

May 2016 Newsletter

A Message from the APHS Leadership Team:

Dear APHS Community,

May will prove to be a busy month, both academically and socially. Advanced Placement exams start this week, we have continued preparation for the June Regents Examinations, and the Sophomore Soiree and Junior Proms are upcoming. During this busy time, we ask students to maintain balance in their studies and social activities. It is important to continue to focus on curricular studies while preparing for extra-curricular festivities. Please remember that the Mezzanine is open for studying after school Tuesdays through Thursdays, and to see your teachers for extra help, should it be needed.

We also ask parents to continue to monitor their children's academic progress, using SchoolTool to check Quarter 4 Interim Reports. In addition, please monitor class attendance using SchoolTool, to ensure students are not at risk of reaching Stages that could result in loss of credit for courses. If you have any concerns, please reach out to teachers and counselors for support.

We have several upcoming events for students which are held off campus in various locations. The safety and well-being of our students is always our highest priority. Therefore we wanted to make you aware of the following precautions that will be taking place for the Sophomore Soiree’, the Junior Prom and the Senior Dinner Dance.

  • All school rules regarding tobacco, alcohol, prescription and illegal drugs (and paraphernalia) are in effect for these events.

  • Students may be subject to search for above mentioned items.

  • Alcohol sensors will be be used to screen students prior to entering and throughout the event.

Additionally Mrs. Miller, School Nurse, will be available at each of these events. Students are prohibited from carrying any medications, with the exception of epi-pens and emergency inhalers. For students who have received permission to be given specific medication with advanced notice, Mrs. Miller will have them available. This must be prearranged by the families at least two days prior to the date of the event. This applies not only to prescription medications, but also to common over-the-counter medicines (such as Advil or Tylenol). Please plan ahead, and make arrangements with Mrs. Miller if your child will require medication during the social events.

Our goal is to assure that these events are safe for our students and any cooperation you could provide would be greatly appreciated. We are looking forward to a Safe Spring with fond memories to last a lifetime.

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

  • May 4-11: AP (Advanced Placement) Exams

  • May 6: Sophomore Soiree

  • May 10: Distracted Driving Assembly - for upperclassmen, during school day

  • May 14: Junior Prom

  • May 19: Junior Class Picture - during Block 1

  • May 25: College Caravan - 8:30-9:00, all Juniors, during school day

  • May 27: Recess Day - No classes

  • May 30: Memorial Day - No classes

  • June 1: Algebra II CC Regents - 7:45-11:00 AM - required for all students enrolled in the course

We look forward to this busy month, and 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

June 2016 Local and Regents Examination Schedule

Please see the link for the June 2016 examination schedule. Exams begin on Tuesday, June 14, with the exception for the Algebra II CC Regents which is scheduled for June 1.


Regents Review on WMHT: May 2 - 13

Regents Review is a series of test-prep programs for high school students who plan to take New York State Regents exams in June 2016. Episodes will air from 5:00 - 6:00 PM on the dates below. Regents Review videos will be placed online after they air: http://www.wcny.org/education/regentsreview/

Regents Review 2016 Broadcast Schedule: 5:00 - 6:00 PM on WMHT-TV

5/2: Common Core Algebra I

5/3: Common Core English Language Arts

5/4: Common Core Geometry

5/5: Algebra 2

5/6: Chemistry

5/9: Earth Science

5/10: Living Environment

5/11: Physics

5/12: Global History & Geography

5/13: U.S. History & Government

From the Health Office

Medication Pick up:

Please remember that if your child takes any medication or has an inhaler at school, the medication needs to be picked up by June 22nd, no later than 2:00PM. Any medication remaining at school will be disposed of.

Fall Sports:

Sport sign-ups for the fall 2016 season have started and will continue through the rest of the school year. If your student is thinking of participating in a fall sport please have them stop by the health office to sign up. I am requesting that all Blue Cards are completed and returned as soon as possible. The first day of practice is August 15, 2016. All blue cards, 30 day assessment and physicals if received over the summer need to be turned in by August 8, 2016- not the first day of practice

Sports physicals will occur during the month of May. In order to participate in a fall sport your student needs an up to date physical. If your student needs a sports physical please call the nurse’s office at 674-7020 or email millerv@averllpark.k12.ny.us. and your student will be scheduled for one.

New York State Physical Requirement:

All 10th graders, for the 2016/2017 school year are required to have and updated physical. If your student has a physical over the summer, please feel free to send it in when it is done. If you student will need the school to complete the physical, please contact the nurses office at 674-7020 or email millerv@averllpark.k12.ny.us.

Immunization Requirement:

All 12 grade students, per New York State law are required to have the meningococcal vaccination. Proof of the vaccination must be provided by the first day of school. Please ask your provider to provide the documentation for this immunization. They can fax it to 674-7052, mail it in or send it in with your student.

Thank you for all your help, it is greatly appreciated.

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.

College Entrance Exam Dates


June 11, 2016 (Registration Deadline May 6, 2016)


June 4, 2016 (Registration Deadline 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.

Working Papers

If you will need working papers for a summer job, please come into the Counseling Center before school gets out to pick up the application for working papers. There is a physical form that must be completed by your family doctor, or the school nurse if there is a current one on file. Your physical must have been within the last twelve months.

**Don’t forget to check the Job Board in the Counseling Center for possible employment

opportunities in the area. **

Scholarship Opportunities

The Counseling Center receives notifications of scholarships being offered to High School students on a continuous basis. Remember to check the Counseling Center website or stop in and check the scholarship binder for information about each scholarship offered.

Summer Programs at College

Many Colleges offer summer programs to High School students in programs of various contents of interest. Some of these programs can be found on the Counseling Center website under College and Career planning.

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!

S.A.G.E.S Plant Sale - May 17

Planting a garden? Need some seedlings? S.A.G.E.S (Students Are Gaining Experience through Service) will be having a plant sale on May 17th. Look for our table when you come in for the Budget Vote. We will have basil, tomato, melon, pumpkin, lettuce, bean and assorted flower seedlings, including sunflowers, just to name a few. Most seedlings are $1.00. We will also have strawberry seedlings for $1.50. Any questions please contact Kelly Ryan at ryank@averillpark.k12.ny.us.

Art Students Selected to Exhibit at Juried Show

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to exhibit in the 17th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Capital Area Art Supervisors, NYSATA and The Albany Center Galler at 39 Columbia St., Albany . This year 23 school districts submitted 465 pieces and 109 pieces were selected overall.

Payton Bielawski(special honorable mention)

Alana Carroll

Maria Decetise

Meagan Lettko

Jessica Malenfant (2 pieces)

Heidi Schuman (2 pieces)

Nina Sivaslian(special honorable mention)

Kelsey VanFleet (3 pieces)

In selecting student artwork for the annual Regional Exhibit, mastery of technical skill is a factor, as is students’ ability to go beyond both technical competence and the apparent classroom assignments to present original or unique visual solutions that reveal something of the artist.

Finally, Congratulations to the following Averill Park High School students who were selected to exhibit in the juried High School Invitational Art Exhibit open to high students (grades 9-12) in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene Counties.

Pictured below, left to right:

Emily Pitts

Elizabeth Pugliese

Trinity Wohlferd

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Senior Events until Graduation

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