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District to Receive Additional Aid Thanks to Senator Marchione

Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District will receive additional state aid funding in the amount of $15,500 thanks to Senator Kathleen Marchione.

The funds will be put towards the Balanced Literacy Program. This program will promote best practices for reading achievement for all students in the elementary school.

“Our administration feels strongly that for our students to succeed they need a strong basis in reading and writing,” said Dr. Maloney. “On behalf of the Board of Education and administration we thank Senator Marchione for her continued support!” Posted 7/2/15

Congratulations to the Class of 2015

Tamarac High School's Class of 2015 graduated on Friday, June 26 in front of family, friends, teachers and staff.
96% received Regents Diploma or higher
56% received Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation
20% Honor Graduates
96% to two or four-year colleges
4% to military or work
See List of graduates. Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District congratulates all of this year's graduates!Posted 6/30/15

Pre-Season Practice Schedule

The Pre-Season Practice Schedule for August and September has been posted on the Sports Website. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Athletic Department at 279-4600 ext. 2411 or ext. 2403. Posted 6/30/15

Summer School/August Regents Exam Registration Deadline

Summer School and August Regents exam registration forms are available in the High School Counseling Center now. Eligibility forms MUST be picked up at Tamarac High School PRIOR to registration at the summer school/regents exam site.  Registration for summer school and regents exams at Troy High School is Tuesday, June 30 and at Cohoes High School on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1.  For more information and times see flyer. Posted 6/24/15

photo of Derway with AwardAssistant Superintendent for Business Receives Award

On June 8, Assistant Superintendent for Business Lyn Derway received the 2015 Dr. Joan Colvin Starship Award from the New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) for her published article on “Solar Power Purchase Agreements”.

Derway was recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the NYSASBO Education Summit in Saratoga Springs. This award is given to an association member who has “made a difference” through submission of a featured article in The Reporter in the prior year. In addition to the award, Derway was awarded a check for $250 and a $1,000 student scholarship will be donated by Dr. Joan Colvin. Congratulations! Posted 6/23/15



photo of students at kindergarten graduationKindergarten Moving-Up Day

See you in September Class of 2027!
Thank you to the Brunswick families for all that you have done this school year, as Mrs. Riley said, “It takes a village.” Congratulations to all the kindergarten students on their moving-up day! See more photos. Posted 6/19/15


photo of reading winners7th Graders Participate in Reading Incentive Program

This week, winners of the 7th grade Read…Read…Read program took a special trip in a limousine to Barnes and Noble and the Cheesecake Factory.

Every year, the 7th graders are invited to participate in a reading incentive program in which they can complete books and fill out raffle tickets for each book completed.  The students who handed in the most raffle tickets were invited to attend the trip.

Students were awarded a $35 credit to purchase books of their choice, enjoyed lunch with other avid readers and their teachers at the Cheesecake Factory, and stopped at the Snowman for ice cream on the way back to school. Congratulations to all the winners, and Thank you to the PTSA for sponsoring this trip! Posted 6/19/15

photo of retireesBoard of Education Honor Retirees

The Board of Education recognized faculty and staff who are retiring this year at the June 11 reception. Retirees are Teaching Assistant Nancy Brooks (14 years), Account Clerk/Typist Rose Craft (10 years), Food Service Helper & Childcare Worker Reta Crandall (29 years), School Bus Driver Christine Daigneault (21 years), Special Education Teacher Mary Gilpatrick (26 years), School Nurse Debra Holbrook (5 years), Maintenance Mechanic Mark Miller (23 years) School Bus Driver Kathy Monroe (30 years), Teaching Assistant Christine Morris (21 years) and Special Education/Elementary Teacher Ira Share (29 years). Congratulations and thank you for your years of service to Brunswick schools! Posted 6/15/15

photo of teahersBoard of Education Recognizes Teachers Receiving Tenure

The Board of Education held a reception before its meeting on June 11 to recognize faculty members who will receive tenure in September. Teachers receiving tenure are Tina Greenwood and Kami Hodgson. Congratulations! Posted 6/15/15




photo of students at teddy bear dressing dayStudents Participate in Annual Teddy Bear Dressing Day

Tamarac Elementary held its Annual Teddy Bear Dressing Day on June 8 where kindergarten through second grade students dressed donated teddy bears and hugged them to fill the stuffed animals with comforting thoughts for the children who receive them.

After the Teddy bears were dressed and filled with love, hope and strength, they were sent off to the Double H Hole in the Woods Camp for campers who have or once were battling some type of illness.  Learn more and see photos.Posted 6/12/15


photo of studentSophomore to Compete at NYS Track & Field Championship Meet

Last Friday, tenth grade student Emily LaPlante won the Group 2 Section 2 State Qualifier in the Pentathlon (five events: 100 m Hurdles, Shot-put, High Jump, Long Jump, and 800 m Run).  She scored 2528 points to win the Group 2 (Small Schools) division.  LaPlante will be representing Section 2 and Tamarac at the New York State Track & Field Championship Meet this coming Friday and Saturday at the University at Albany's Track & Field stadium. Good Luck! Posted 6/10/15



photo of bishop receiving awardTeacher Named as a NYS Teacher of Excellence

Tamarac High School teacher Aimee Bishop was named as a New York State Teacher of Excellence for the 43rd Senatorial District, and honored with a visit to her classroom by Senator Kathleen Marchione. Congratulations! Posted 6/10/15




Students Recognized at Senior Awards Night

The Senior Awards Night was held Wednesday, June 3. During this special evening, 81 students from the Junior and Senior classes were recognized for their many accomplishments including: academic scholarship, athletic participation and service to the school or community. See Awards Program for a complete listing of awards and winners. Posted 6/9/15

Combined Class Reunion '73, '74 & '75

A Combined Class Reunion is scheduled for October 24 at the Troy Country Club at 7 p.m. Help is needed to locate classmates. See Flyer for more details.
Class of ’73 - email, or call  John Cipperly at (518) 577-0447;  Lynn Purtell Neal  at (518) 221-6805
Class of ’74 - email, or call  Bonnie Bourgeois Rufenacht at (518) 480-8260;  Doreen Page Sollecito at (518) 266-9210
Class of ’75 - email, or call  Donna Erickson Hurteau at (518) 391-9640;  Bob Muller at (518) 461- 5754 Posted 6/8/15

Valley Falls-Pittstown Summer Program

Registration Forms for the Valley Falls-Pittstown Summer Program are now available. Program runs from June 29 to August 6.
Swim Program:
Session 1 – July 6 – July 17
Session 2 – July 20 – July 31
For more information see: Parent Letter, Swim Registration Form, Registration Form, or call Mary McNeice at 753-6679 Posted 6/5/15

photo of student in bee hatStudents Busy Like Bees

Second grade students recently completed a Science Unit on Plant and Animal Life Cycles, and this week all classes attended a presentation on Honeybees.

Students learned about the life cycle of honeybees, methods for collecting honey, and constructed a model honeycomb with their own bee. Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to help students construct their honeycomb and to Mrs. Nally from the Scotia Glenville Traveling Museum. See more photos. Posted 6/5/15


Town of Brunswick Summer Recreation Program

The Town of Brunswick Summer Recreation Program registration deadline is today. The Summer Program begins Monday, June 29 and ends Friday August 7. See registration and program information here. Posted 6/5/15

photo of schneider and LaPlanteStudents Qualify for NYS Qualifier Meet in Pentathlon

Congratulations to Max Schneider and Emily LaPlante who qualified for the NYS Qualifier Meet in the Pentathlon.  At the Track and Field Sectionals: Emily placed 1st in High Jump, 2nd in 100 Hurdles and 3rd in Triple Jump. Max was 4th in the 110 Hurdles and 4th in Triple Jump. They will represent Tamarac on Thursday and Friday at SUNY Albany. Good Luck! Posted 6/3/15


photo of choralairesTHS Choralaires Awarded Platinum

The THS Choralaires traveled to the Great East Festival in Massachusetts on Friday, May 29. They performed two songs before Great East judges and were awarded the highest level of Platinum.  Their scores of 98 and 97 are the highest the ensemble has ever received in their seven years of participation. Posted 5/29/15



photo health & safetySecond Annual Elementary Health & Safety Fair

The Wellness Committee organized the Second Annual Elementary Health and Safety Fair for students in grades 2-5. The event took place near the track and featured 14 vendors including Empire Blue Cross, Rensselaer County Department of Health, Brunswick CSD Cafeteria, Brunswick CSD Transportation, Dyken Pond Environmental, DARE Officer Russo, Tri City Valley Cats, Brunswick BOE member Kevin Murphy (Lacrosse), Hart to Heart Fitness, Rensselaer County Dairy Princess, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Wagner Farms, AAA Hudson Valley and Blue Shield. Each table had activities and handouts for students promoting topics such as healthy eating, bus safety and outdoor activities. Students participated in activities such as an inflatable baseball game, lacrosse and petting baby calves. See more photos. Posted 5/29/15

Marrow Donor Registry Drive for Mark Gliosco

A Marrow Donor Registry Drive is being held for Tamarac parent Mark Gliosco on Sunday, June 14 at the Brunswick Elks Lodge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In 2011, Gliosco was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), and underwent treatment and went into remission for 16 months, when he noticed he was losing strength. Doctors did many tests to find out what the issue was. Giliosco tested positive for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. This is a very rare progression of CLL (less than 5 percent of CLL patients are diagnosed with this syndrome) and is called Ritcher’s Progression or Syndrome. Read more Posted 5/29/15

Senior Awards Night - Wednesday, June 3

Senior Awards Night is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the District Auditorium. This is a special evening honoring the many accomplishments of students in the Class of 2015, as well as a few special junior/sophomore honors. Students will be recognized for their academic scholarship, athletic participation and service to the school or community. Posted 5/27/15

photo of booksBOE Purchases Books in Memory of Kathleen McGrath

The Board of Education recently purchased books for the Elementary and Secondary School libraries in memory of Kathleen McGrath who served on the board for more than 32 years. Read Article from Albany Times Union..Posted 5/27/15


High School Jazz Band Performing at Troy Night Out

The Tamarac HS Jazz Band will be hosting the Troy HS Jazz Festival on Friday, May 29 as part of the Troy Night Out festivities.  Performances will take place at the Black Box Theater in the Arts Center on River Street (Downtown Troy).  The schedule will be:
6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tamarac High School Jazz Band (first set)
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Hoosick Falls Jazz Band
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Troy High School Jazz Band
7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.  Tamarac High School Jazz Band (second set)
Learn more about Troy Night Out. Posted 5/26/15

photo of top 10Tamarac Top 10

The Board of Education recognized the Top 10 in the Class of 2015 at last week’s BOE meeting. Congratulations to: Ryan Brantigan, Shanaya Bulmer, Hannah Bornt, Robert DeLaMater, Emma Galvin, Hannah Gilchrist, Brent Legenbauer, Abbey McGrath, Madeline Montero and Jacob Spencer. Posted 5/26/15


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:
Lloyd Studio
2231 Fifteenth Street
Troy, NY 12180
272-5902 Posted 5/22/15

pet food drivePet 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

photo of fitzgerald and McgrathStudents 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


photo of steel drum bandSteel 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

olympiad studentsRussian Olympiada

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

students at RSCWorld 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

photo of montero and carrollStudent & 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

photo student holding puppetStudents 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

Knitters Needed for Teddy Bear Dressing Day

Once again, Tamarac Elementary School is supporting the work of the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch by decorating Bear Den Bags and dressing teddy bears. If anyone in our community is interested in knitting or crocheting sweaters for the teddy bears, the pattern for the sweaters can be found here.Knitted sweaters can be sent to the elementary school until June 5. For questions please contact Sanada Bailey Posted 05/13/15

photo grandpaerents dayGrandparents & Special Visitor's Day

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


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