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Updated - Letter from Superintendent - Brunswick (Brittonkill) Bus Accident

Dear Parents or Guardians,

As a follow-up to the bus accident today, I wanted to send you a letter to ensure we communicated all the details of the event. Bus #117, Route 1 was involved in an accident with a vehicle on Rt. 7 in Pittstown Tuesday afternoon. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage.

Following district procedures, all 26 students were kept on the bus as EMT evaluated each student as a precaution. One student was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, and the rest of the students appeared to have no significant injuries. At the same time students were being evaluated, parents of students on the bus were called to alert them of the accident. Read More.....Posted 10/21/14 8 p.m.

School Supplies Survey

The PTSA is considering offering a service for all grades, where school supplies would be ordered for you based on your child's specific teacher's list. Supplies would be packaged and delivered to the school in a convenient box for pick-up.

In most cases, prices would be less than if you purchased the items individually. Please take a moment and fill out the survey so we can assess the interest in this service for next year. Posted 10/1614

Image of September students of the monthCongratulations to September Students of the Month

As part of its Character Education Program, Tamarac Middle School recognizes students in front of their peers. The character theme for September was “Self-Control.” Congratulations to all of our students!

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Sarah Arnold
Emilee Kneer
Christian Crandall
Toby Hvizdak

Delaney Galluzzo
Taylor Wagar
Lucas Blowers
Brayden Shaw

Lily Fitzgerald
Nadia Rockwell
Anthony Styles
Riley Willsey

Posted 10/1614

Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School program

Current 8th and 10th grade students interested in learning more about the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School program can attend the information night at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART Facility, located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park on Thursday, November 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Incoming juniors will learn about the two-year program where students can pursue college credit and gain real-world experience, and incoming freshmen will learn about the Early College High School model that is part of the NYS P-TECH Network which offers an opportunity to pursue an associate’s degree. Register for the event Posted 10/1414

Image of students experimentMentos and Soda Experiment

Secondary students at Tamarac were recently visited by two faculty members and students from The Sage Colleges during their science classes. Students participated in the Mentos and soda experiment. The students hypothesized which carbonated beverage ingredients would cause the greatest reaction from dropping a Mentos into the beverage.

Students had a great time participating in the experiment and got to learn about the new STEM Series at Sage (S3) program being offered at Tamarac. Learn more about the S3 program Posted 10/1014

Students Participate in ImPACT Concussion Testing

Students in grades 7, 9 and 11 are currently being administered the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test. ImPACT's test is computerized and is being administered during students’ physical education class.

The test provides a baseline report for each student. If a concussion is suspected, the baseline report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test, which professionals can use to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion. Baseline tests are suggested every two years. Read more....Posted 10/1014

Tamarac PTSA Hosting Halloween Dance

The Tamarac PTSA is hosting the annual Halloween dance on Friday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Elementary School gym and cafeteria. Ticket sales end on Friday, October 17 and payment is not accepted the night of the event.

The cost is $3 per child, adults and chaperones are free. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Please complete this form and send back to school in a sealed envelope with payment of cash or check made payable to Brittonkill PTSA no later than October 17. Donations of baked goods to be sold at the event are greatly appreciated. Posted 10/714

Image of students during character challengeSeptember Specials Team Event

Tamarac Middle School students recently participated in the Specials Team event facilitated by Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center today. The September  (self-control) character challenge is to welcome new students and staff.

Students were broken into teams and rotated through eight different stations set up in the multi-purpose gym. Each station had a card stating the challenge the team must complete and a set of props. Each team had to work together to problem solve each task. The goal of the day was not about how well the students accomplished each challenge, but rather how well they worked as a team to solve each task. See pictures from event..Posted 10/714

Great Gatsby Gallery Walk

Tamarac 11th grade students immersed themselves in 1920’s culture to prepare for their in depth study of "The Great Gatsby." Students spent a class in the library rotating through six different stations where material was presented using: audio clips, short videos and posters. Some topics covered at the stations included: 1920’s fashion, headlines, entertainment, youth culture and music. Coordination for this event was a group effort by, English teachers, Helen Parsons and her husband John Parsons, Regina Button, and Library Media Specialist, Michelle Furlong. See pictures from gallery walk....Posted 10/714

STEM Series at Sage (S3) Program

The STEM Series at Sage (S3) program is for middle and high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students have the opportunity to participate in an after school program of hands-on activities, and explorations led by faculty and students of the Sage Colleges. The program will meet right here at Tamarac after school, with two off-site field trips planned in the spring. Interested students should contact their science teacher for more information. See Program Dates....Posted 10/1/14

Fall Festival on Saturday October 4

The Brittonkill Educational Foundation is sponsoring a free Fall Festival on Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tamarac football field. There will be carnival games, bouncy bounce, face painting, chicken and pulled pork. Come have fun and support great programs for our kids! Pre-orders are being taken for Brunswick BBQ and Brew for chicken and pulled pork dinners. Lean more.....Posted 9/30/14

Tamarac High School to Celebrate Homecoming Weekend

Tamarac High School will celebrate Homecoming this weekend October 3 - 4.
High School Pep Rally
The High School Pep Rally will be Friday, October 3 during 9th period. All the classes will compete in activities and show their school spirit in hopes of winning the spirit stick. The homecoming court will be announced at this time except the king and queen.

Football Game
Tamarac will host Voorheesville on Friday, October 3 at 7 p.m. The Class of 2015 will be selling “spirit scarfs” for $10. The Homecoming king and queen will be announced at half time of the game.

Homecoming Dance
The Homecoming Dance will be Saturday, October 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the High School gym. Tickets for the dance will be sold during lunches this week. The cost is $12 per person and this includes food and drink. If a student is bringing someone from another school, they need to stop into the main office and get a form.
Please show school spirit and wear RED and WHITE! Go BENGALS!! Posted 9/30/14

Image of NadareskiNew Teacher Spotlight



Lynn Nadareski – Kindergarten Teacher

Education Background: I earned my bachelor's degree at the State University of New York at Oneonta

Previous Schools you have taught at:  I have taught both fourth and fifth grade in the Averill Park School District as a permanent classroom teacher. I have also completed several long-term substitute assignments at Tamarac Elementary School, as well as other school districts.

Family: I am married, my husband Edward and I have three children. Learn More...9/26/14

National Junior Honor Society Inducts 24 New Eighth Graders



Image of NJHSEarlier this week, the National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony was held in the district auditorium. This ceremony was conducted by the school's current chapter of NJHS, which consists of 22 ninth grade students. The ceremony celebrated and inducted 24 new eighth grade members.

Students were recognized for their outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. The students look forward to a year of many exciting service projects and activities that will benefit the school and community. Eighth grade English teacher, Ms. Allison Maloy, is the advisor of both eighth and ninth grade National Junior Honor Society. 9/19/14

Smart Snacks in Schools Standards



The District has implemented the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Smart Snacks In Schools” standards. These standards set basic limits on fat, salt, and calories in items sold through vending machines and a la carte cafeteria menus. Learn more here. Please contact Joy Wright, jwright@brittonkill.k12.ny.us with any questions.9/18/14

Tamarac Bengals and Hoosick Falls Panthers Partner to Raise Awareness for Autism



On Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m. the Tamarac Bengals will host the Hoosick Falls Panthers at Tamarac High School. Both football teams are joining efforts to raise awareness for Autism by selling bracelets, pins and collecting donations throughout the game.

It is also Brunswick Bulldog night. During halftime of the game, the Brunswick Bulldogs youth league will be introduced. They will be joining efforts to raise awareness with the teams. Between both schools they are hoping to meet and exceed their goal of raising $2000.

On Saturday, September 20, the Tamarac football team will attend the 11th Annual Autism walk at Central Park, in Schenectady at 10:30 a.m. The team has invited the Hoosick Falls football team and the Brunswick Bulldogs youth program (players and cheerleaders) to join them. If you would like to register to walk or to donate...9/18/14

Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD to Host Drug Prevention Skill Session for Parents



The Rensselaer County Department of Health, Department of Mental Health, Courtney Lovell from Young People in Recovery, and in conjunction with our Superintendent will be presenting a session on Drug Prevention to parents at the Meet the Teachers Night for Grades 7-12, Thursday, September 25, at 6:45 p.m. in the High School library. Learn more.. 9/17/14

Become a PTSA Member

The PTSA invites you to join and make a difference in the education and quality of life of your children. Lend a helping hand by joining the Brittonkill PTSA. See membership form. 9/17/14

Precautionary Information for Parents About Enterovirus EV-D68



At the recommendation of the NYS Health Department, we would like to advise parents about the signs of Enterovirus EV-D68, a respiratory illness that has been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York including the Capital Region. Precautions include following the same common sense steps to prevent flu and other contagious illnesses. Read more…9/16/14

Tamarac High School students perform well on ACT Testing



The District recently received a College Readiness letter from ACT, and Tamarac High School graduates scored higher than the state average in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Brunswick (Brittonkill) Superintendent Angelina Bergin-Maloney commented, “These scores show the commitment of the teachers, students and parents in preparing our students for college.” See College Readiness letter for Brunswick Central School District. 9/16/14

Image of Abbey McgrathStudent selected for national mixed chorus



Very exciting news!  Tamarac student, Abbey McGrath has been accepted into the 2014 National Association for Music Education (NAfME)National Honor Mixed Chorus!  To be considered for this program, students must submit a video of a two minute piece and a letter of recommendation. There were 111 applicants from New York and only 52 were chosen. The event will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center October 26 – 29, 2014.  The final performance will be at the historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about NafME. Congratulations Abbey! 9/12/14

New immunization requirements for students entering 6th grade



There are new immunization requirements for students entering 6th grade. New York State Law Section 2164 requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter 6th grade and attend school.  Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations.  Immunizations required are listed below. Please contact the secondary school nurse, Debra Holbrook with any questions.

Tdap (Boostrix or Adacel) at age 11.
Varicella (chickenpox) requires a second dose.

Image of Jacob SpencerBoard Appoints Student Representative



The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Board of Education appointed its first student board member, Jacob Spencer at the June 12 meeting. In his role as student representative, Jacob will serve as a non-voting board member for the 2014-15 school year. He will voice student interests and give student perspective on all BOE decisions. Learn more..9/12/14


Image of SigenthalerNew Teacher Spotlight



Kate Siegenthaler – Music Teacher

Education Background: My undergraduate was completed at the College of Saint Rose. Piano was my primary instrument. My Masters Degree was completed at University of Hartford.

Previous Schools you have taught at: I taught four years at Cairo-Durham MS/HS, grades 6-12 vocal/general music.

Family: My husband, Chris Siegenthaler also teaches music at Tamarac. We also have a dog, Banjo. Learn More 9/05/14

Welcome Back! Check out our Facebook page for first day photos




Parents shared their first day photos. You can view the " 2014-15 First Day" photo album on Facebook here. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the photos. 9/05/14

2014-15 school calendar now available in PDF Format




The 2014-15 school calendar is now available in PDF format. A limited number of paper copies will be available next week in the front offices of each building. View here. 9/02/14

Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD wins state grant to review assessments




Exciting news! Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD is part of a consortium of 11 school districts led by Questar III BOCES that has won $399,946 to review and improve student assessment practices. The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Learn more here. 9/02/14

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