Students Nominated for Physical Education Leadership Award
The Tamarac Physical Education Department recently nominated a number of students from both the Elementary, and Middle School, to receive the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Award. The award is given in recognition of students that demonstrate the following qualities:
1. Responsible personal and social behavior, sportsmanship and citizenship.
2. Desire to learn and improve.
3. Exhibits a physically active lifestyle.
4. Demonstration of leadership and positive influence upon peers.
This year's recipients from Tamarac are as follows:
8th Grade Students: Ryan Derby, Nate LaPlante, Anthony Styles, Brionna Daniels, Isabella Bisceglia and Haley Honsinger.
5th Grade Students: Tony Derival, Zach Rice, Rocco DiCarlo, Abigal Becker, Abigal Buckley and Jenna Hunt.
The students will receive their awards on Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the McDonough Sports Complex on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College. Congratulations to our students! Posted 05/01/15
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
Animal Shelter Food Drive
In Honor of Administrative Assistant Maria Lewis, the Board of Education is asking students and faculty to bring in canned dog or cat food to be donated to a local animal shelter. All food must be turned in by May 8. See Flyer to learn more.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