Class of 2016 - Information for Scheduling Senior Portraits
On Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 the Lloyd Studio will be at Tamarac High School to schedule appointments for senior portraits over the summer. The dates they are photographing are Tuesday thru Friday and select Saturdays in July and August. They will also be photographing in June if you are looking for an earlier time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
2231 Fifteenth Street
Troy, NY 12180
272-5902 Posted 5/22/15
Pet Food Drive a Success
We would like to thank the school community for making the Pet Food Drive sponsored by the Board of Education such a huge success!
Mrs. Burton's class was the winner with 51 items donated, plus a big bag of handmade toys. Mrs. Cullen-Doin's class came in a close second with 41 items.
The items collected were donated to the Second Chance Animal Center in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Shelter Manager Shona Ross gave District staff a tour. The shelter is starting "kitten season" when they will be full to the roof with kittens until October. If anyone is interested in adopting a pet from the shelter. Posted 5/21/15
Students Win First Place at Music Competition
Abbey McGrath and Lily Fitzgerald were among many participants from around the county at the Rensselaer County School Music Association Scholarship competition. Abbey was awarded first place for students competing for a scholarship toward college. Lily was awarded first place in the grades 6-8 category. Abbey sang a solo and Lily performed on the Harp. Each competitor had to perform a solo that was a minimum of a level 3 out of 6 possible NYSSMA levels for a judge from outside the county. It is an honor for Tamarac to have two first place winners! Congratulations! Posted 5/21/15
Steel Drum Band Performances
The Brunswick Steel Drum Band performed at two venues last weekend. This group is composed of 6 students this year. Maeve Corcoran, Anthony Catricala, Bryan Stockwell, Mackenzie Barcomb, Kora Fortun and Emma Fountain. The steel drummers rehearse once a week on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The band had the opportunity, with the help of parent volunteers, moving equipment for us, to share steel drum music at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts this past Saturday and The Walk to Cure Arthritis this past Sunday. The band was very well received at both locations. Thank you to all of the students for their hard work and the Educational Foundation for their support in our musical journey. Posted 5/21/15
Russian students in grades 8-11 participated in the Olympiada of Spoken Russian in April. They competed against students from all over New York. Students earned 11 bronze medals, 8 silver medals and August Keefer, won a gold medal. The competition gives students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of Russian history and culture while having conversations with native Russian speakers about topics concerning themselves, their families and their communities. Congratulations! Posted 5/21/15
World Language Students Visit Russell Sage College
World Language students enrolled in Level 4 courses for Sage College credit in French, Russian, and Spanish, experienced an exciting campus visit to Russell Sage College. Students toured facilities such as, the campus library; student center; dormitories; classrooms; and had the opportunity to meet with Donna Heald, Dean of Arts & Humanities. Many thanks to Ekaterina Kagan, Language Professor, and the Sage Colleges for the gracious invitation and hospitality. Posted 5/21/15
Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD 2015-16 School Budget Approved
The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District $22,425,975 budget was approved by a vote of 347 (yes) to 141 (no) on May 19. This budget represents a $695,259 increase in spending over the current year’s budget and will result in an estimated 1.96 percent tax rate increase for residents.
Residents also elected three members to the Board of Education—Michael Fortun (338 votes), Anthony Grab (355 votes) and Andy Casale (write-in candidate with 19 votes) were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Education. Thank you to everyone in our community who took the time to vote! Posted 05/19/15
Student & Teacher Honored at Scholar Recognition Dinner
Tamarac senior Madeline Montero was recognized as an outstanding student at the 29th Annual Scholars’ Recognition Dinner last week. Each student chooses one teacher who has had a significant influence on their academic career and Montero chose Social Studies teacher Jordan Carroll.
“Miss Carroll has been a role model for me for the past three years. By example, she has taught me how to be a leader,” said Montero.
This annual event hosted by The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) recognizes high achieving high school seniors from secondary schools in the Greater Capital Region. Students are selected not only for their academic achievement, but also for their qualities of citizenship and leadership.
Montero has a 96.3% GPA and will graduate with a NYS Regents Honors diploma with Advanced Designation. She is active in Olympics of the Visual Arts, VP of her class and President of the National Honor Society.
In the fall, Montero will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Electronic Media Arts and Communications. Congratulations to both! Posted 05/1815
Students Work with Local Artist
This week, in Mrs. Quackenbush and Mrs. Levandusky’s second grade classes, worked with local artist Chris Moran making puppets. The puppet making was a culminating event for their Fairy Tale and Fractured Fairy Tale unit. The students had a great time making the puppets and relating them back to the books they previously read. See more photos. Posted 05/1815
Tamarac Idol - Wednesday, May 20
Tamarac Idol is Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m. in the District Auditorium. Tickets are $7 and all proceeds go to help pay for the Senior Citizens Luncheon held in the fall. Performers include Cara Murphy, Xavier Morris, Hailey Hanson, Mia Rockwell, Liz Sheffer, Mary Spinelli, Calla Yetto, David Alderman, Liam Blaaudoer and Will Heatly. Posted 05/18/15
Ice Cream Social & Ticket Town Fundraiser
Tamarac Elementary School will host its annual Ice Cream Social and Ticket Town fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Ice cream sundaes will be available for $2 in the elementary cafeteria. A variety of adult and kid prizes will also be on display for the Ticket Town Raffle. Friends and family are encouraged to walk the hallways of the elementary school and see student projects on display. All proceeds from the fundraisers will benefit the Character Education Committee, who plan on landscaping the front of the elementary school around the peace pole. Come join us for some ice cream after the budget vote! Posted 05/15/15
Hundreds of proud grandparents and family members visited the elementary school on May 6 and 7. During the visit, there was food, dancing, games, poem writing and more. See more photos Posted 05/13/15
Congratulations to April Students of the Month
Congratulations to Jenna Coughlin, Ryan Derby, Jackson Domurad, Marisa Hudson, Kendall Lapham, Jonathan Mays, Jonah Rescott, Caiden Roadcap, Shannon Walsh and Samantha West who were recognized as students of the month for April. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. The character theme for April was “Respect.” Posted 05/13/15
Eighth Graders Learn About Preserving the American Eel
Eighth grade students recently had the opportunity to learn about the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary program's American Eel Project. Environmental educators and researchers, Katie Friedman and Kacie Giuliano, came to Ms. Tennyson's classroom to talk about efforts to preserve the American Eel. Students learned about the eel's complex life cycle, mapped the long journey eels take from the Sargasso Sea to the Hudson River and had the opportunity to see and touch American Eels in two different life stages. Friedman and Giuliano talked about their Citizen Science project occurring throughout the Hudson River Estuary where community members are calculating the American Eel population. See more photos Posted 05/12/15
Budget Newsletter Available as PDF
The budget newsletter is available as a pdf here and is currently being mailed to all community members. The proposed budget
preserves academic programs, services and staff. It increases the tax levy
by 1.96% which is below what New York’s Property Tax Cap allows. There are
two people running for three seats on the Board of Education. The third will
be filled by a write-in candidate. The community vote will be held
Tuesday, May 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the multipurpose gym. Posted 05/08/15
Choralaires Selling Pre-Season tickets to Great Escape to Fundraise for Festival
The THS Choralaires are selling pre-season tickets to Great Escape to help fund their trip to the Great East Music Festival. Tickets are only $26.96 per person and are available for admission on May 16,17, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 or 31, 2015. Order forms can be here. DEADLINE FOR ALL ORDERS IS MAY 29. For more information, contact Ann Kolakowski. Posted 05/08/15
OVA Painting Team Scores Second Place
The high school Olympics of Visual Arts (OVA) team scored second place in the painting category at the 33rd Annual OVA competition at the Saratoga Civic Center.
Members of the group are: Jillian Galvin, Zoe Gliosco, Camille Gardner, Michaela O'Keefe, and Courtney Dreher. The team was competing against schools from all across the state!
Their long-term problem was to recreate a famous work of art but only in black, white and gray paint. They chose Rene Magritte's painting Lovers II from 1928 (their work is pictured below - they created a diorama and illuminated it with a spotlight).
Although the other six groups did not place, they all did very well on their spontaneous problem (a work of art they must complete in 90 minutes with limited art materials, that answers a surprise "problem"). The painting groups spontaneous is the last photo. A fun and creative day was had by all! See more photos..Posted 05/08/15
High School Concert Band Receives Gold Rating
The Tamarac High School Concert Band just received a Gold Rating at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Majors Festival. They performed at the Level 5 difficulty (out of 6). Congratulations to Jeff Calistri and the Band! Posted 04/29/15
Students Participate in STEM Enrichment Program at Russell Sage College
Students from the middle and high school attended Russell Sage College for part of the day Tuesday to participate in a STEM Enrichment Program. Students conducted experiments and attended a panel discussion featuring professionals in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Read the article from the Record... Posted 04/29/15
Tamarac Junior/Senior Prom
The Tamarac Junior/Senior Prom will be Friday, May 15 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Michael’s Banquet House in Latham. Prom bids will be on sale during lunches starting Monday, April 27 until Friday, May 8. Cost of a prom bid will be $65 each. Checks can be made payable to Class of 2015. If you are bringing a guest from another school, be sure to stop by the High School office to get the appropriate permission slip. Prom bids WILL NOT be sold to a guest without the completion of the permission slip. Prom bids WILL NOT be sold after the May 8 deadline. Reminder – All Juniors/Seniors must attend the Choices 301 field trip coordinated by SADD in order to attend the prom. Posted 04/23/15
Grandparent's Day May 6 & 7 at the Elementary School
Grandparent’s Day at the Elementary school is scheduled for:
Grades 3-5 on Wednesday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Grades PK-2 on Thursday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Posted 04/23/15
World Languages Department Creates Video for 6th Grade Students
The World Languages Department is very excited to roll out a new video that provides 6th grade students (and their parents/guardians) an easily accessible overview of the languages offered at the Secondary School, how they are taught and the benefits of language learning.
The World Languages Department collaborated with students from the media production program to develop the video. Media students recorded activities in classes, interviewed students and worked hard to create the final product.
Tamarac High School Jazz Festival - Tuesday, April 21
The Tamarac High School Jazz Festival will be Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 PM in the auditorium. Jazz Bands from Tamarac, Lansingburgh, Hoosick Falls, Averill Park, and Rensselaer will perform. This concert is free and open to the public. Posted 04/20/15
Board of Education Adopts 2015 - 2016 School Budget
The Board of Education adopted the 2015-16 school budget on April 9, a $22,425,975 budget that requires no cuts to student programs or staffing. The budget requires an estimated 1.96% increase in the tax levy. The community budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19. A budget newsletter will be mailed to all homeowners in early May. Learn more...Posted 04/17/15
2014 Grad's Video Showcased in Film Festival
Tamarac 2014 graduate Dom Fretto had a music video that he created last year as a senior selected for the People's Pixel Project, a Lake George based film festival. The event showcased video shorts made by film makers within 100 miles of Lake George, NY.
Dom wrote the music and filmed the video at his house (backyard). He is enrolled at Lyndon State College in Vermont as a Music Business and Industry major, with a concentration in Self Promotion and Production. Congratulations! View the video... Posted 04/17/15
Secondary Odyssey of Mind Team Places Third at State Tournament
Congratulations to our Secondary Odyssey of the Mind team who placed third in the State Tournament at Binghamton University this weekend! Posted 04/13/15
Brunswick Mourns the Loss of Former Board Member Kathleen McGrath
Sadly, Kathleen McGrath the longest serving Brunswick (Brittonkill) Board of Education member passed away this past Sunday. Kathleen was elected to the Board in 1979 and served for 32 years. In 2006, Kathleen was presented with the Everett R. Dyer Award for Board service.
“Kathleen dedicated her time and efforts to the students, parents and community of Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD for three decades through her work on the Brunswick CSD Board, said Superintendent Angelina Maloney. “The District will miss Kathleen and her commitment to public education.”
The Board of Education will hold a moment of silence at tonight’s board meeting, and plans to purchase several books for our libraries and a book plate dedicating the books to Kathleen.
“I will remember Kathleen for her knowledge of public education issues, her intense dedication to promoting literacy education, and, of course, her wit,” said Board President Matt Wade. “Her speeches on the floor at the NYSSBA convention were never to be missed."
"Kathleen was a well-deserving winner of NYSSBA's Everett R. Dyer award for her outstanding contributions to public education and children in her district," Wade said.
Kathleen is one of only two winners from Brunswick to receive this award. Obituary Posted 04/09/15
Brunswick CSD Sells Former Parker School
The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of the former Parker School in Pittstown on March 19, saving the district $30,000 in annual maintenance costs and returning the property to the local tax rolls.
The former school building has sat empty for the past nine years. The property was listed in 2010 but drew few offers in the past five years on the market, despite several attempts to drop the asking price. Learn More... Posted 04/9/15
Students Art Work Selected for Exhibit
Tamarac High School students Courtney Dreher, Dom Fretto, Isaac Kautz, Madeline Montero and Michaela O’Keefe have artwork that was chosen for the 26th Annual Questar III High School Invitational Art Exhibit at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy.
"It has been an honor teaching these students and watching them develop into such talented artists," said art teacher Jillian Sheffer. "Having their work selected for this juried art show is such an accomplishment. I am so proud of what they have achieved."
Stop by the arts center and check out the work from our talented students. The exhibit runs through April 18 at The Art Center of the Capital Region in Troy and features artwork from 13 local school districts. Congratulations! See photos from opening reception. Posted 04/2/15
Elementary Select Choir Performs at Troy Music Hall
On March 29, the Tamarac Elementary Select Choir performed at the Capital District Youth Chorale's (CDYC) "Choral Fantasy" held at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The only elementary chorus invited, the Select Choir performed alongside select ensembles from Guilderland Middle School, Saratoga Middle School, and CDYC. The audience and organizers of the event alike were impressed by the professionalism and the beautiful singing of our young musicians. For pictures of the event, visit Mr. Siegenthaler's website. Congratulations Select Choir! Posted 03/30/15
Tamarac Key Club Fundraising for the Thirst Project
The Tamarac High School Key Club recently held a fundraiser to raise money for the Thirst Project. New York District Key Club Governor Jacob Spencer and sophomore Aaron Roddy volunteered to be taped to a wall during the girls' varsity sectional basketball game and at the middle school dance. Students paid $1 per piece of tape. The students raised $173 for the Thirst Project.
The Thirst Project is a nonprofit organization that travels across the United States and speaks at schools to educate students about the global water crisis. Its movement, fueled by high school and college students, builds freshwater wells in developing nations and impoverished communities to provide people with safe, clean water. Because The Thirst Project receives private donations to help with operating expenses, it can guarantee that 100 percent of all public donations go directly to funding freshwater wells on the ground.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Thirst Project, and to be part of this movement to end the global water crisis,” said New York District Key Club Lieutenant Governor LeeAnn Owens. Learn More... Posted 03/27/15