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
2015-16 School Calendar Approved
The Board of Education approved the 2015-16 School Calendar. See Calendar..Posted 03/27/15
Tamarac Elementary Select Choir to Perform alongside Capital District Youth Chorale
Don't miss the Tamarac Elementary Select Choir performance alongside the Capital District Youth Chorale (CDYC) on Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Select choirs from Guilderland MS and Saratoga MS will also be performing in CDYC's first ever "Choral Fantasy". Each choir will perform their own short program and then combine for a finale with CDYC. Tickets are $10 ($5 for seniors and students). You can buy tickets online, over the phone, or at the event. The concert is general seating (no assigned seats).Posted 03/27/15
Capital District YMCA Outstanding Student Award Ceremony
Tamarac students Liam Fitzgerald, Sarah Gibbs, Maxwell Schneider and Gabrielle Tarbox were recognized this morning at the Capital District YMCA Outstanding Student Award Ceremony for their volunteerism and philanthropy. The annual award ceremony recognizes honors students who go above and beyond the classroom to make a positive impact on their communities. Congratulations! Posted 03/25/15
School Calendar Change - Friday, March 27 is full day of Instruction
The Board of Education approved a revision to this year's calendar changing March 27 from a Professional Development Day to a full day of instruction for students. Please see the revised calendar. Posted 03/24/15
Parent University on Concussions - Tuesday, March 24
The Parent University on Concussions is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. in the Secondary School library. Topics covered will be causes, signs and symptoms, common myths, safe practices, return to play for sport and returning to school. All are welcome to attend and we encourage all parents of student athletes to attend. Posted 03/24/15
Tamarac Middle School presents "Law and Order: C-rhyme and Pun-ishment"
Tamarac Middle School presents “Law and Order: C-rhyme and Pun-ishment,” a musical comedy set in nursery rhyme land. Performances will take place on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday March 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person and available the night of the show at the door. Posted 03/24/15
Congratulations to February Students of the Month
Congratulations to Michael Chamberlain, Elijah Daniels, Giuliana DiCarlo, Lindsey Elwell, Riley Hayner, Katherine Kazunas, Zachary Krill, Sara Kuiken, Renna Poulin, Atticus Jacobson-Schulte, Melissa Washock and Frank Zotto who were recognized as students of the month for February. 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 February was “Responsibility.” Posted 03/24/15
Free Zumba Class - Sat. March 28
Have you always wanted to try ZUMBA?
ZUMBA at Brunswick CSD will be offering a Bonus Class- free of charge to anyone who would like to try out this upbeat, fun, high calorie-burning workout. The class will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.in the Elementary School cafeteria. This class is open to parents, teachers, friends, and anyone who enjoys breaking a sweat to good music! Posted 03/24/15
The Power of Song
This week students in Mrs. McManus’s science classes participated in the Power of Song program with folk singers from Clearwater.
The Power of Song is an interactive learning experience that exposes students to socially conscious music and empowers them to be active on issues that concern them.
“Music is a great way to empower and engage students in learning,” said Mrs. McManus. “Students developed and performed a song of the topic of Invasive Species.”
Thank you to Linda Richards and her son Wyatt of Clearwater for facilitating the program. See photos from program Posted 03/24/15
The Viking Challenge - A Game in Trivial Pursuit
Each year in the spring, students from high schools around the region participate in the annual Viking Challenge at Hudson Valley Community College. Using the CD-ROM version of Trivial Pursuit, high school teams of three students compete. On March 18, ten schools participated and Tamarac came in first place. Congratulations!
Players were tri-captains Tom Becker, Will Heatley and Brent Legenbauer. Posted 03/19/15
Updated Practice Schedule for Spring Sports
The practice schedule for spring sports has been updated. Please check the sports page regularly for the most current practice schedules. Posted 03/13/15
Superintendent Lobbies for Education
Superintendent, Dr. Angelina Maloney was among a group of six other school superintendents who traveled to Albany on March 10 to advocate for education, including the need to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts to school funding in next year’s state budget.
Meeting with Jeffrey Cleary, Director of Governmental Relations, in Sen. Kathleen Marchione’s Office, the group included Cynthia DeDominick (Lansingburgh CSD), Kenneth Facin (Hoosick CSD), Dr. James Hoffman (Averill Park CSD), Robert Horan (Schodack CSD), Leslie Whitcomb (New Lebanon CSD) and Dr. Steven Young (Berlin CSD).
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to advocate for the needs of our students,” said Dr. Maloney. “We had a productive conversation about the many challenges that we are facing, as well as the expectations that our community demands.” Lean more...Posted 03/12/15
Pancake Breakfast to Benefit all Athletic Programs
The Tamarac Booster Club is having a Pancake Breakfast at the Brunswick Elks Lodge on Sunday, March 15 starting at 8:30 a.m. to benefit all athletic programs. See Flyer...Posted 03/12/15
Tamarac Science Expo
The Tamarac Science Expo will be held in the High School gym on Thursday, March 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Secondary school teaching staff and their students will be presenting interactive displays illustrating selected topics they explore in their classes.
Science teacher, Andrew Welkey said, “Many students are volunteering to be a part of the demonstrations, and a few are preparing science demonstrations that they are working on outside of the normal material that their classes cover.” See the expo flyer Posted 03/9/15
Parent University on Concussions Rescheduled to March 24
The Parent University on Concussions scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. in the Secondary School library. Topics covered will be causes, signs and symptoms, common myths, safe practices, return to play for sport and returning to school. All are welcome to attend and we encourage all parents of student athletes to attend. Posted 03/9/15
Odyssey of the Mind Competition
Tamarac was well represented at the Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition on March 7 at Algonquin Middle School. At the competition, the five Tamarac teams presented creative solutions to problems they have been solving throughout this school year. This year's problems included putting a video game spin on "Pandora's Box" performing a team-created "Silent Movie" and inventing devices that are powered entirely by rubber bands. Every Tamarac team that competed placed in the top 3 of their problem/division. The team from Tamarac High School placed first in their problem and will be advancing to the New York State tournament in Binghamton on April 11. Congratulations to all participants! Posted 03/9/15
School Calendar Change
At last night's meeting, the Board of Education approved a revision to this year's calendar changing March 27 from a Professional Development Day to a full day of instruction for students. Please see the revised calendar.Posted 03/6/15
Important Information for Parents or Guardians- Calendar Change
As of February 27, the Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District has used up all of its snow days, as permitted by the New York State Education Department. This has been a difficult winter and instructional time has been lost due to five snow days and five two-hour delays.
I will be requesting a change to this year’s calendar to convert the Friday, March 27 professional development day into a day of instruction for students. In the event of inclement weather, the District will always make the decision that will keep our students and staff safe.
The District is required by law to have no less than 180 days of instruction time. Please read the following information:
- March 27th professional development day is now a full day of instruction for students
- If two additional snow days are needed, the time would be made up during April break. Students and staff would report to school on Friday, April 10.
Please contact the main office of your child’s school with any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.
Dr. Angelina Maloney
Superintendent of Schools Posted 02/27/15
Congratulations to Varsity Cheer Team
We would like to congratulate the Varsity Cheer team for a successful competition season!
The team placed 1st at the Schenectady Midnight Madness and the Scotia-Glenville Invitational and 2nd place at the Columbia High Devil Nation Invitational.Posted 03/3/15
Congratulations to January Students of the Month
Congratulations to Matthew Burton, Grace D'Angelo, Tyler Filarecki, Paul Finch, Gianna Goldey, Marisa Gosselin, Marisa Hudson, Stephen Kneer, Elizabeth Machnick, Brandon Reynolds, Kelsey Sloan and Nichola Tlaiji who were recognized as students of the month for January. 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 January was “Trustworthiness.” Posted 02/27/15
100 Days Smarter
First graders in Ira Share and Sanada Bailey’s classes celebrated the 100th Day of school by rotating through a number of math and literacy centers. Centers included: making sculptures out of 100 plastic cups, 100 marshmallows and toothpicks, constructing a picture using 100 patterns blocks, building ice cream cones by counting to 10 and so much more!
Doesn't it look like fun? See more photos.. Posted 02/26/15
BOE President Advocates for Strong Public Schools for Students
Board of Education president Matt Wade (@mattwade86 on Twitter) joined more than 700 school board and state school boards association leaders in the nation’s capital to advocate for strong public schools for all students.
Wade was in Washington, D.C. with New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA) board members as well as with local representatives from the boards of Schenectady City Schools, Capital Region BOCES, and WSWHE BOCES. Attendees took part in the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2015 Nation Advocacy Institute (NAI), held Feb. 1–3, 2015, which centered on informing and building year-round advocates for public education and local school governance in public, legal, and legislative arenas. Learn more.... Posted 02/17/15
The Faculty Recital is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the district auditorium. Tamarac Elementary and Secondary faculty will be performing. Admission is free, donations at the door support the Brittonkill Friends of Music.Posted 02/20/15
First Grade Students Make Heart Pillows for Cardiac Patients
First grade students did more than celebrate Valentine’s Day this February, in honor of National Heart month, students learned how to stuff and sew heart pillows for the Capital District YMCA Hug-a-Heart project.
Students paired up and stuffed and sewed 17 heart pillows for cardiac patients at Ellis hospital. These pillows help patients with the healing process after surgery.
This special learning project was completed by Ira Share and Sanda Bailey’s first grade classes with the help of retired teacher Ginny Hanby. These pillows were donated last week at the Troy YMCA. Learn more about the Hug-a-Heart project at YMCA Posted 2/19/15
See more photosPosted 02/19/15
Second Quarter Honor Rolls Announced for High School
Tamarac High School has announced the Honor Roll for the second quarter. Students must have a 90 and above, no grade lower than 75 and no incompletes to qualify for Honor Roll. Congratulations to all our students! See the High School honor rolls...... Posted 02/12/15
Second Quarter Honor Rolls Announced for Middle School
Tamarac Middle School has announced the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the second quarter. Students must have between an 89.5 and 94.4 average to qualify for Honor Roll and at least a 94.5 average to qualify for High Honor Roll. Congratulations to all our students! See the Middle School honor rolls...Posted 02/10/15
Congratulations to the Wrestling Team
Congratulations to the entire Tamarac Wrestling Team for coming in third in this weekend’s Class C Wrestling Championships. The wrestlers who placed first through fourth in their weight classes are headed to State Qualifiers this weekend at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Congratulations to - Tyler Petersen, 1st Place; Fritz Scheffler, 2nd Place; Ben D'Aloia, 2nd Place; Logan Brunick, 2nd Place; Matt Fox, 3rd Place; Bobby Treshock, 3rd Place; Cody Sullivan, 4th Place and Peter Wiczar, 6th Place!!!!
Good Luck this weekend! See photos from the Class C Wrestling Championships on Tamarac Friends of Wrestling Facebook page Posted 02/10/15
Students Learn Internet Safety Tips
Rensselaer County D.A.R.E. officer Deputy Jeff Russo talked with 7th grade students today about online safety and bullying.
“We don’t need to be afraid of the internet,” said Russo. “We just need to learn what to share and who to share it with.”
Russo reminded students that they should not be friends with anyone on-line that they do not know. People they meet on the web may not be who they say they are and to never arrange an in-person meeting with someone on-line. He discussed never to share your address, phone number or any personal information in your profile, and to make sure online profiles are set to private and not public. Learn More.... Posted 02/5/15
School Physicals for Sports and Working Papers
School physicals will be done on Thursday, February 12 for sports, working papers and as required by NYSED 7th and 10th grades. Posted 02/2/15
2007 Grad Co-Authors Article
Tamarac High School grad, Jessica Regitano, currently attending Syracuse University, co-authored an article in Teacher Librarian on “ENABLE-Ing School Librarians to Empower Students with Disabilities.”
Last February, one of Regitano’s professors at Syracuse University invited her to work as a faculty assistant at the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL). One of the projects being worked on at the CDL is Project ENABLE (Expanding Non-discriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere).
Initially, Project ENABLE began as a way to provide school librarians with training on how to develop library programs and services that meet the needs of students with disabilities. In-person training was conducted, and a website was created. However, in 2013, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the CDL a grant to expand the content of the website to address the needs of public and academic (college) librarians. Learn more......Posted 01/30/15
As of the last meet, Tamarac Masterminds Varsity is in second place with 5 wins and 1 loss, only 5 total points behind league powerhouse Berlin! (965-960). The JV Masterminds team is 4 and 1, again behind Berlin (815-585). Tamarac will play Berlin at the next meet scheduled for Friday, February 27. Posted 02/2/15
PTSA Hosting Annual Valentine's Day Dance - February 6
The PTSA is hosting the Annual Valentine’s Day dance on Friday, February 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Elementary School gym and cafeteria. Advanced ticket sales end on Monday, February 2. Payment is not accepted the night of the event. Donations of baked goods to be sold at the dance are greatly appreciated. See Valentine's Dance Flyer Posted 01/29/15
Cuomo Proposes $1.1 Billion Increase Contingent Upon Education Reform
Governor Cuomo released his 2015-16 Executive Budget proposal last week. The proposal included an increase in school aid of $1.1 billion (4.8%) over the 2014-15 levels. This increase is contingent upon the legislature adopting the Governor’s education reform agenda which includes new teacher evaluations, more stringent tenure requirements, allowing more charter schools, and a permanent property-tax cap.
If the legislature cannot come to an agreement on these proposals, the Governor indicated the 2015-16 State Budget would include $377 million (1.7% increase) in additional state aid to school districts.
At this time, the Division of Budget has indicated there will not be a release of school aid until an agreement is reached, most likely around the start of the state fiscal year, April 1, giving the district very little time to prepare the budget for voters by May 19. Learn more Posted 1/26/15